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Allama Iqbal Open University to launch Seeratun Nabi degree programmes

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:31
Multan:December 26:Dr Siddiqui said that degree verification process was being converted to the online system and now it would take only 24 hours for verification, instead of months. He said that free education was being offered to special kids and over 1,000 jail prisoners free of charge. About 28 national and international conferences and over 100 workshops had been conducted during the last three years, he said.Published in The Express Tribune, December 25th, 2017.Multan

Allama Iqbal Open University’s 5,000 students to get laptops

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:29
MULTAN:December 26:The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is distributing over 5,000 laptops among its students across the country under the PM Laptop Scheme. This was stated by AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Siddiqui while addressing a ceremony, where 84 students were given laptops at the regional office on Sunday. He said the second phase of free education programme up to matriculation for the south Punjab students would be launched soon, as the scheme had already commenced in FATA and Balochistan. He added that the university had introduced 26 new programmes during the last three years.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Pakistani student wins big at International Junior Science Olympiad 2017

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 13:13
LAHORE:25 December:A Pakistani Student Tuaseen Zafar from Fauji Foundation School, Chakwal won a bronze medal at 14th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) held in the Netherlands in December. Six Pakistani students participated in the IJSO 2017. The Olympiad is an annual individual and team competition in the field of natural sciences for students who are under 16 years of age on December 31 of the competition year. IM Sciences to represent K-P in national finals The competition is held in the first week of December every year, in different countries. Currently, around 50 member countries participate in IJSO every year. The Olympiad aims to introduce the students at a young age to an international network of science enthusiasts and increase the interest in natural sciences among students under the age of 16. In IJSO 2017 over 300 students from different countries represented their understanding in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. The students were given three individual tests followed by a practicum requiring a team effort and worked on real-world challenges related to this year’s theme of water and sustainability. Pakistani team bag silver medal at iGEM 2017 ‘Water’ has become an important issue worldwide. Access to good, clean drinking water is an increasing problem in some countries, while the low lying countries run an increased risk of catastrophic floods because of climate change. IJSO was established in recognition of the significance of the Natural Sciences in the general education of young people and in all aspects of their lives. With the efforts of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Pakistan became a member of IJSO in 2016 and participated in the event held in Bali Indonesia. In 2016 also Pakistan had won Bronze Medal in Experimental Design competition. PSF, after strict written test and interview selected six students for participation in the event. The students’ team led by PSF’s Senior Science Promotion Officer Syeda Rehana Batool took part in both the events and won laurels for the country. The PSF Chairman has termed the Pakistan team’s success a very astounding achievement indeed.Express News.Lahore

Pakistani student honoured by Seoul University

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 13:11
LAHORE:25 December:A Pakistani student, Umair Asif, has won the Best Thesis award at the Seoul National University, South Korea. Asif is a youth activist from Lahore and has graduated from the Seoul National University, which is ranked among the top 30 universities of the world and the best in South Korea. He studied under the Dream Together Masters Programme which was initiated as a legacy of Winter Olympics 2018. Under the programme, 27 young leaders from 23 countries went to South Korea to study under the programme. He was awarded the Best Thesis Award among students from 23 countries for his thesis titled Sports for Development and Peace: The role of sports for development and peace programmes to prevent violent extremism among youth in Pakistan.Published in The Express Tribune,LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Youth Peace Conference 2017

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 13:10
LAHORE:25 December:Wherever there is student politics on campuses in Pakistan, it must be delinked from political parties and violence. This was the crux of views at the Youth Peace Conference 2017 on Friday. Concluding a technical session on a new foundation of student politics, all the speakers and participants unanimously demanded that the mainstream political parties should sign a charter for keeping themselves away from campuses so that a new student politics is revived that is pro-peace, student-centered, women-friendly and is only focused to creating an environment to enhance competencies and skills of students and nurture their personalities through debates, drama, music, quiz and other positive co-curricular and social activities. The two-day mega youth conference was organised by Bargad at the Government College University Lahore in collaboration with the Punjab Higher Education Commission, Population Association of Pakistan, Oxform and Right Here Right Now. Pakistani student honoured by Seoul University Punjab Minister for Youth Affairs Jahangir Khanzada chaired the first technical session of the conference attended by 400 students from different districts of the country, including Multan, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, DI khan and Peshawar. Youth from district Layyah launched a “Clean and Green Pakistan Campaign” at the conference for mitigating climate change in Pakistan. The session on student politics was addressed by PHEC Chairman Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, Burgad Chairman Dr Kaiser Bangali, eminent journalist andradio host Aamir Riaz, former Punjab University Head of Philosophy Department Dr Sajid Ali, GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Hassan Amir Shah, youth development consultant Iqbal Haider Butt, IBA Karachi Director Public Affairs and Communication Dr Huma Baqai and student representatives from different universities including LUMS, GCU and PU. The majority of panelists also recommended there must be well-defined eligibilities for candidates wishing to be part of student unions. They appreciated student representation system of GCU through its societies. GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Shah said that given the extremism and violence around us, the question of student unions and politics should be approached very cautiously, as this may expose students to armed extremist groups. A separate session on climate change was addressed by, Western Sydney University, Australia Director Academic Programs Prof Dr Awais Piracha, Individual Land Program Manager Farhan Khalid, Agriculture University Peshawar student Kashif Islam and Syed Ali Hussain, a student from Layyah. Political worker among five suspects held in Karachi raids During the session, results from a survey with 150 Union Council local officials of Lahore were also shared regarding awareness of officials about climate change. Almost half of the respondents of the survey (53 %) were not aware of the phenomenon of climate change. Almost half of the local officials who claimed to be aware of climate change knew nothing beyond the phrase climate change. Punjab Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Jahangir Khanzada termed the cell-phones digital cocaine for youth, saying that they were sweeping their youth away from healthy sports and co-curricular activities. PHEC Chairman Dr Nizamuddin said there was a need for government to prioritise youth in all its polices and initiatives, saying that as per the recent census, 43% of the country’s population is below the 20 years of age, and Pakistan has no other option except to harness its youth bulge. “We need structural changes in our system to address emotional, social, psychological, physical and economic needs of youth; they need decent jobs, education and playing grounds.”Published in The Express Tribune,LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Jinnah a role model for youths’

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:54
LAHORE:25 December: Ameeruddin Medical College and Post Graduate Medical Institute Principal Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab has said that the great personality of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is a role model for the new generation and it is the need of the hour that teachings of Quaid be transformed into practice. According to a press release issued Sunday, Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab, while talking on the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam, said that this day recalls legacy of Muhammad Ali Jinnah who worked day and night and proved that nothing is impossible in the world. Moreover, political change can be brought by determination and lawful struggle. He said that by establishing a separate state for the Muslims, Quaid-e-Azam spread the message that in any circumstances we should endeavour and keep target clear.The news.Lahore

Schools break for winter

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:57
Lahore:December 24: The government's schools and colleges in the capital city closed on Saturday for winter vacation giving students a week break from studies. The Federal Directorate of Education had announced the closure of schools and colleges overseen by it from December 23 to 31 on account of winter vacation. They will reopen on January 1 (Monday). During the vacation, staff members will remain on duty, while repair and maintenance will be carried out in the FDE-run schools and colleges totalling more than 400 in Islamabad. The private schools too closed their campuses for winter vacation on Saturday.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Anglo’s lively ‘Golden Jubilee Sports Gala’

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:50
Rawalpindi :December 24: At the three-day Golden Jubilee Sports Gala 2017 organised by Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School and College with great fanfare providing ample opportunities and level playing field to the students to exhibit their sporting skills. Principal Saima Afzal, Executive Committee of Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School including President Abdul Waheed Malik, General Secretary Nisar Ahmad Malik, former principal Nisar Nazish, Finance Secretary Amadul Hassan Abbasi, and others attended the three-day event. At the opening Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School Executive Committee President Abdul Waheed Malik was the chief guest. Students and their parents in large numbers attended the sports gala, which was part of the concluding ceremony of school’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Principal and Executive Committee members opened the games by igniting the Sports Gala 2017 flame and later releasing balloons in the air. Speaking on the occasion, Abdul Waheed Malik pointed out to the students that the importance of balancing their time and improving their work ethics by giving considerate amount of time to education besides enjoying sports. He congratulated the management team for organising the Sports Gala and other events as part of Golden Jubilee Celebrations. During the event a traditional students’ parade, where the students clad in different uniforms of professionals like doctors, lawyers, police, pilot, boys scouts, and many others took a round of the school ground and presented a guard of honour to the chief guest. Tiny tots from Montessori presented a beautifully coordinated show. While students from junior wing, clad in colourful costumes presented a well-coordinated PT Show and aerobics. The boys and girls also formed 50 in a beautiful formation to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration of the institution. Students from Anglo Arabic Montessori Wing competed in butterfly race, funny bunny race, fish race and spoon race. The top three positions holders were awarded medals and certificates for their achievements. It was a splendid event as part of annual sports day celebrations, which are hallmark of the school to give some break to the students from curricular activities so that they can play their heart out in their favourite sports amid cheers and excitement. Principal Saima Afzal congratulated the winners and appreciated the other participants for their sportsmanship. She also appreciated teachers for helping the students in bringing out their talent and sportsmanship spirit.Express News.Rawalpindi

SLS marks ‘Creativity and Innovation Week’

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:49
Rawalpindi:December 24: All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School celebrated Creativity and Innovation Week, says a press release. The week-long affair enabled students to do something entirely on their own or in groups by using their own ideas and imagination. The Harley Street Montessori branch students made small DIY projects and other activities, which they later presented in front of their class fellows and parents. The Junior and Senior Montessori students set up outside in the school playground displaying their class projects. The colour-mixing activity had every one excited as a group of Junior Montessori students gave a presentation on mixing primary colours to form secondary colours. Students used old shoe boxes, plastic bottles and ice-cream sticks to make money boxes, flower pots and photo frames with the help of their teachers showing the fun and practicality of recycling. A corner of the school was made into a small winter wonderland by students who had utilized items of everyday use to make snowmen, snowballs and snowflakes. The Advanced Montessori students gave step-wise presentations on their DIY projects. The “how to make a party popper with empty tissue paper roll” and “how to make quick eatable items with jam, cake rusk and dry fruits” presentations were a big hit with everyone. Grade 1 students made a project on Rainforests. They shared facts about animals and birds found in rainforests. They had also made a Sea Life display with paper plates. Section Head, Humaira Zaidi appreciated her team of teachers and students for the wonderful event.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Students showcase their talent at Robotics Expo

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:47
LAHORE :December 24: The 7th Robotics Expo of the Information Technology University (ITU) was held here on Saturday in which third semester students showcased their 15 projects. Addressing the ceremony, US Consul General Elizabeth K. Trudeau said the expo was an excellent display of youth’s potential in innovative technological solutions. She said events like this provide a platform to get the youth out of their comfort zones and showcase their maximum potential. Information Technology University founding Vice-Chancellor Dr Umar Saif said Robotics Expo had undoubtedly become the flagship event of ITU. The biannual event had been inspiring people all over the country for more than three years now. Head of Robotics Programme Talha Rehmani said it was really stimulating to work with the energetic students who were exhibiting such skills. Some of the projects demonstrated by the students were; Rekhta, an Urdu typing and transliteration software that can be used with any browser. Simba, a four-legged robot that can entertain people and share their load. Robosec, a small robot equipped with night-vision that provides security at night. Istarfaa, a platform that can levitate particles using sound waves. Qufl, a digital locking system that ensures fool-proof security. Celox, an automated and secure table saw. Wall-climber, a robot that climbs the walls and cleans glass windows of skyscrapers, and Hugo, a robot that gauges human emotions and attempts to mimic those emotions. Legend Cricketer Mushtaq Ahmad introduced the audience to a new mobile application ‘Insights’. This application not only records individual player performances during a match, but also keeps track of weather and pitch conditions, fielding positions, bowling strategies employed against each batsman and the shot-selection of the batsmen.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

384 degrees awarded in Beaconhouse National University

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:45
LAHORE :December 24: The 12th convocation of Beaconhouse National University (BNU) was held at the varsity’s Tarogil Campus on Saturday in which 384 graduates were awarded degrees. BNU Vice-Chancellor Shahid Hafiz Kardar presided over the ceremony while Board of Governors Chairperson Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri was the chief guest of the event. The board members Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Kasim Mahmud Kasuri, Dr Parvez Hassan, faculty members, graduating students and their parents were also present on the occasion. As many as 291 graduates were conferred bachelor's degrees, 91 master's and two doctoral degrees. Among them, 89 were from Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), 43 from Razia Hassan School of Architecture (SA), 35 from Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SLASS), 93 from the School of Media and Mass Communication (SMC), 60 from the School of Computer and IT (SCIT), 38 from the Institute of Psychology (IP) and 26 from the School of Education (SE). A total of 20 gold medals were awarded this year. Fifteen recipients of the gold medals were girls. The Arfa Karim Gold Medal was awarded to Zunaira Arif of the BS (Hons) Software Engineering programme. Nasim Hijazi Gold Medal was awarded to Muhammad Firas Shams of the BA (Hons) Journalism programme. Vice-Chancellor Shahid Hafiz Kardar presented the annual report. Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri addressed the graduating class of 2017 and stressed the need for liberal arts education and critical thinking among the students. She said, “Liberal arts education empowers us not only to think, interrogate and question but also hones our curiosities with concrete reasoning. The world must continue to produce quality critical thinkers to help all of us to analyse our prejudices and to lead us towards common goals of peace and harmony.”The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreBeaconhouse University

Minister inaugurates National Incubation Center at LUMS

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:42
LAHORE:December 24: Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications Anusha Rehman Khan on Saturday inaugurated the National Incubation Center (NIC) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Ignite CEO Yusuf Hussain, NIC Lahore Director Faisal Jalil Sher Jan, renowned entrepreneur and LUMS Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali, Fatima Ventures CEO Ali Mukhtar and 47 Ventures Investment Country Director Khurram Zafar attended the ceremony. Addressing the ceremony, the minister said the launch of another National Incubation Center after Islamabad was a testament to the government’s resolve to bring a digital revolution in Pakistan. This launch provides young entrepreneurs an opportunity to excel their business ambitions that are ready to make their mark on the world economy, Anusha said, and added her ministry along with Ignite, LUMS and other consortium partners will make the dream of youth a reality. She said her ministry would make five incubation centers across the country and of those, two have been established. She said since 2013, her ministry has done a lot in the IT sector such as launch of 3G and 4G. “During the last four years, we have spent around $400 million on connecting people living in far flung areas of the country. By December 2018, all the areas would have 3G which don’t have at the moment”, the minister said. Anusha also shared that her ministry was ready to promote public-private partnership for better opportunities. Through the advancement of IT, e-medicine, e-learning and e-commerce were being promoted to improve learning for creating better earning opportunities. She announced to launch one million digital skills programmes from the Ignite Fund by January. By training one million youth online, we want to bridge the gap between academia and industry to make the degrees of youth dollar worthy, she added. “I want to see Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg coming out from Pakistan after the 4th industrial revolution,” the minister said, adding, technology will be at the forefront of Pakistan’s economy in the coming years. She said in Islamabad only, her ministry was providing computer training to over 100,000 school girls whereas such training was also being imparted to all the girls housing with Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal across the country. Prof Dr Sohail said he was delighted at the launch of this state-of-the-art facility. “The establishment of NIC at LUMS is a tremendous milestone on a journey we at LUMS embarked on when the LUMS Center of Entrepreneurship (LCE) was established in 2014,” he said adding that it was LUMS that dared to set a vision to became the largest breeding ground of sustainable, high-growth commercial and high-impact social ventures in Pakistan. Yusuf talked about the role of NICs in the knowledge economy of Pakistan and how these would become breeding grounds for sustainable growth and drive Pakistan’s economy forward with 4th Industrial wave technologies. Sharing his thoughts, he said, “For corporations, this is a singular opportunity to transform and thrive in this age of global competition and change by partnering with and invest in start-ups that solve meaningful problems.” He claimed that with the track record of its management team, makerspace, design lab, deep R&D resources, and organic VC linkages, NIC Lahore is poised to graduate true 10x start-ups and become one of the best incubators in Asia. Faisal shared the vision and mission of NIC Lahore. He said NIC Lahore will house the first ever Makers Lab in Pakistan, a modern facility equipped with the latest technologies and smart equipment to bring ideas to life.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLums Lahore

Exhibition of Czech illustrators’ works

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:26
LAHORE:December 16: Exhibition of 12 great Czech illustrators' works titled “12-Worlds-Contemporary Czech Children’s Book Illustrators” was inaugurated by Ms Jeroslava Jebava, Deputy Head of mission of the Embassy of the Czech Republic along with Kamal Monnoo, Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic at Alhamra Art Gallery, The Mall. A rare event in the Pakistani Art Sphere, attracted a large number of visitors, predominantly children from various educational institutions from all over the city. The event was organised by the Czech Embassy, Islamabad and the Czech Consulate, Lahore.The news.Lahore

University of Health Sciences BDS result 2017

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:25
Lahore:December 16: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Friday declared the result of first professional BDS annual examination 2017. Some 930 candidates from 14 affiliated dental colleges appeared in the examination out of which 609 passed. Mahnoor Zahra of FMH College got 618/700 marks and secured first position. Saba Nasir of Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad got 598/700 marks and secured second while Zoha Nasir of de'Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore got 596/700 marks and secured third position. Supplementary exams will commence on January 30, 2018.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

Work on new ITU building to start from 17th

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:23
LAHORE:December 16: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will perform the groundbreaking ceremony of a new building of Information Technology University (ITU) on Dec 17. According to a press release it will be a state of the art purpose-built main campus of Pakistan’s first research focused university being constructed at Lahore. The groundbreaking ceremony is being held on the first convocation of the Information Technology University in which the first batch of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students of the Undergraduate Bachelors programme would be awarded degrees. The purpose built campus of ITU would be constructed on 182 acres on Burki Road near Lahore airport at an estimated cost of Rs 5 billion in a period of 12 to 18 months. The Phase-1 will consist of construction of academic block, library, hostels, sports complex and faculty apartments while facilities would cater the needs of 4,000 students and 500 faculty members. The university will also have 150 labs in phase-1. synopses: A meeting of Punjab University Advanced Studies and Research Board was held on Friday which approved 18 PhD synopses and 16 evaluation reports. The meeting, chaired by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir, also approved two miscellaneous cases and 21 extension cases. Matric forms: Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore on Friday revised schedule for submitting admission forms for Matriculation Annual Examination 2018. According to the revised schedule candidates can now submit forms with single fee till Dec. 22, with double fee till Dec. 29 and with triple fee till Jan 5, 2018. Matriculation Annual Examination 2018 will commence from March 1, The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Punjab allows drones for agriculture

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:20
LAHORE:December 16: The Punjab government has allowed use of drone technology in the agriculture sector. According to a spokesman for Agriculture Department, this will be the revolutionary step to enhance agriculture production. An Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV)/Drone consists of a small unmanned aircraft and after the success of this technology it is ready to astound the agriculture sector. Drone/UAV technology can be usefully deployed in applications of pesticides on crops, monitoring of weeds, pests, and nutritional deficiencies, geographical survey of crops, area and water resources research and development. Interested farmers can apply to the deputy director agriculture (Extension) in his district for NOC for the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or drones. The deputy director agriculture (Extension) concerned shall refer all cases/applications about the use of drones for the aforementioned agriculture use to DC/DPO). After proper analysis and vetting, an NOC may be granted by the DC/DPO to the applicant specifying therein the area, time and duration of use of drones. In arriving at a decision, the protocols about the security of sensitive installations / establishments shall be given due consideration. A police personnel may also be attached with the operator of drone at the time of flying activity. The Deputy Director Agriculture (Extension) concerned shall inform the applicant in a timely manner about the status and outcome of the application for NOC.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Cabinet Committee to look over VC appointments

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:16
LAHORE:16 December: A cabinet committee has been formed for the appointment of vice chancellors at eight public sector universities of the province. The committee, formed on the orders of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, has been notified by the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED). According to the notification issued by the HED, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, the committee will look over the appointment process and deliberate over issues relating to public sector universities of the province. A total of seven members were appointed to the committee. Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani is the convener of the committee, while the chief secretary of the province is the co-convener. Other members of the cabinet committee include law and parliamentary affairs department secretary, planning and development department Secretary, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairperson Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin and the HED Secretary, who will also function as the secretary of the committee. Steel Town Cadet College celebrates 28th Parents’ Day “The Chief Minister Punjab was pleased to constitute a Cabinet Committee for the appointment of Vice Chancellors of Public Sector Universities in Punjab and allied issues related to the Public Sector Universities,” the notification said, The eight public sector universities where vice chancellors are to be appointed included Punjab University, Women University, Multan, Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan, University of Home Economics, Lahore, University of Sahiwal, University of Jhang, University of Okara and Information Technology University (ITU). Earlier, the HED had sent the names of search committee members – who would scrutinise potential candidates for the vice chancellors slot – for approval to the Chief Minister. The names, 12 for each university, were proposed by the PHEC and after the approval a three to five member search committee panel would be formed. The search committees would vet the candidates after the provincial government floats advertisements for the vacant positions in each university. The Punjab government had also revised the criteria for vice chancellors. To this effect, the HED issued the new criteria for VCs and a notification was subsequently issued for each varsity. According to the new criteria, a PhD was not necessary for the potential candidate; however, it was preferred and carried additional points. K-P tops in district education rankings The new criteria also gave the search committee the powers to nominate a candidate for the vice chancellor. The previous practice was forwarding three names to the chief minister, who interviewed and selected a vice chancellor for a public university. Other requirements, as per the new rules of the HED, include experience in a senior academic research or management leadership position and working in a well-reputed international organisation/academic institution (teaching/research /management) at a relatively senior position. Furthermore, the potential candidate should be able to demonstrate the capacity for mobilisation of financial resources from national/international agencies and show documented experience of establishing new organisations or restructuring existing ones. The provincial government is yet to advertise the vacant positions and academics, especially for the Punjab University. Academics are demanding that the CM appoint a permanent head of the institute as the delays were causing administrative problems for the varsity.Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

UAF, FIC ink research deal in Faisalabad

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:08
FAISALABAD:15 December:Faculty of Food, Nutrition and Home Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad and Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology (FIC) inked a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in academia, research, training, internship and other areas of mutual concern with a special focus on health and nutrition. The MoU was inked by UAF Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Iqbal Zafar and FIC Executive Director Dr Anjum Jalal. UAF Faculty of Food Sciences Masood Sadiq Butt, FIC Medical Superintendent Rai Zulfiqar Ali, National Institute of Food Science and Technology UAF Director General Dr Tahir Zahoor and others were also present. As part of the agreement, both institutions will exchange human resources and will develop research collaborations. The organisations will jointly arrange conferences on health and nutrition issues and would assist each other to address health issues facing the mankind. Nutrition should be made part of syllabus: experts While speaking on the occasion, UAF Vice-Chancellor Iqbal Zafar said that there was a need to expedite efforts for the welfare of mankind. He said that diseases were spreading in our society due to changing lifestyle, eating habits, and climate changes. He said, “New trends are being witnessed in the eateries and 50% of the population is facing malnutrition which is a matter of concern.” Anjum Jalal said that dietary patterns were changing in the society rapidly which were also one of the reasons for the increasing health issues. Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2017.FaisalabadUniversity in Faisalabad

Public schools: Punjab ranks third among provinces

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:07
LAHORE:15 December:Punjab was ranked third out of the four provinces in terms of availability, quality and facilities in the public school setup of the country. The ranking was published on Thursday by Alif Ailaan. At the same time, five districts made it to the top 10 of the national District Education Ranking. The districts in the south remained in the lower strata of the nationwide ranking with Muzaffargarh at the bottom. The fifth annual District Education Rankings was launched on Thursday in Islamabad by Alif Ailaan. The rankings used official government data from across the country, along with data from ASER survey, to assess the performance of districts in education. According to the ranking, Faisalabad ranked second, following Haripur district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa. Other districts that fared well in the ranking included Gujranwala at the third spot and Sheikhupura in fourth. Moreover, Sargodha was ranked ninth and Bahawalpur was tenth in the ranking. Negligent schools to be sealed in Punjab Furthermore, districts that ranked in the last 10 spots in the province included Lodhran, Mianwali, Bahawalnagar, Chiniot, Vehari, Kasur, Pakpattan, Rajanpur, Bhakkar and Muzaffargarh. The ranking was based on three broad indicators which included education, school infrastructure and beyond primary readiness. In the overall provincial ranking, Punjab was third among other provinces of the country with an overall score of 70.1. In the education indicator, divided into three parts, Punjab received a total learning score of 66.57, retention score of 49.83 and gender parity score of 93.62. The school infrastructure score was divided into primary and middle. In the primary school infrastructure category, Punjab was ranked second among eight regions of the country. For the middle school infrastructure, Punjab was ranked at the top with school infrastructure score at 92.66. Commenting on the finding, a statement by Alif Ailaan said, “The district ranking demonstrates deep intra-provincial inequalities, and disparities between districts within a province, reflecting a failure of programming at the provincial level. Though provinces should not be held responsible for disparities between each other, they are very much responsible for the wide disparities between their own districts. Provinces need to attend to the different levels of performance in education across their districts.” Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2017.Lahore

Suo motu of high fee welcomed

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 15:06
Lahore:15 December:Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has appreciated the Supreme Court of Pakistan for taking suo motu notice of the exorbitant fee charged by private medical colleges and the lack of uniform admission policy. According to a press release issued here Thursday, PMA central secretary general Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad alleged that the federal government and the Pakistan Association of Private Medical and Dental Institutions had influenced the PMDC to make recommendations, including fee-hike and admission policy for 2017-18. Pakistan Medical Association showed its reservations on the recommendations in this regard. “We demand the Supreme Court of Pakistan that only PMDC should monitor and regulate the medical education in the country, he said, adding that the PMDC should be made independent, auton.The news.LahoreMedical College in Lahore