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Punjab govt reverts changes to curriculum

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:30
LAHORE:22 August:The Punjab government has decided to revert the changes made to the curriculum for the current academic year. The decision of the Punjab government was announced by School Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan at a press conference on Monday. The government also announced it will initiate two separate inquiries into the controversy of claims of removing chapters and topics relating to religious and national personalities.the news.City: Lahore

University of Health Sciences writes to FIA to probe admission test leakage rumours

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:28
LAHORE:22 august: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has written a application to the Cyber Crime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe rumours making rounds on social media that the Medical and Dental Colleges' Admission Test (MDCAT) 2017, held on Sunday, was leaked before its commencement. The university has categorically denied and condemned a malicious campaign on social media from some hidden elements and has asked the FIA to act against those spreading rumours about the paper leakage. UHS Spokesman Muhammad Atif Monday said that news of paper leakage was baseless and it was being spread on social media to malign an institution, which is known for its valid, reliable and secure systems. "The fact is that some mischievous elements, after the conclusion of the test on Sunday, retyped and hand-drew a few questions and diagrams of physics section of the paper and posted them on a fake Facebook account named 'Ya mbbs ha mamu'. The admin of the account gave an impression as if the paper was leaked before the test which was absolutely incorrect. The test was concluded at 12 noon that day whereas the questions were uploaded after more than four hours," he added. The spokesman said that the objective of the post was to create unrest among candidates and incite them against the university and the government. Soon after the admin of the said fake account posted "part of the paper" on the social media, the post went viral and received 1,000 likes and 1,100 comments. Besides, it was shared more than 170 times. The post drew severe criticism from social media users, with one of them commented, "Admin is bluffing, what a shameless act." However, the spokesman for the university said that involvement of commercial tuition academies could not be ruled out. He said that UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan had written an application to the FIA to thoroughly investigate the matter and brought all those to justice who were involved in this conspiracy. He advised candidates not to pay any heed to the rumour and reject all such concocted stories. "The University of Health Sciences would not compromise on its principles of justice, merit, equity and transparency," he concluded. Published in Daily Times, August 22nd 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

Nanak varsity main campus to be set up in Islamabad’

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:19
LAHORE:22 august: Due to multiple reasons, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) has scrapped its original plan of establishing Baba Guru Nanak University (BGNU) at Nankana Sahib as the same would be established at Islamabad. The ETPB now has announced establishing BGNU main campus in Islamabad whereas sub-campuses would be established in other provinces. In 2007, then ETPB chairman Lt-Gen (r) Zulfikar Ali Khan had announced starting the work on the proposed BGNU in Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of founder of the Sikh religion Baba Guru Nanak. According to the original plan, around 25,000 acre land was to be acquired for the university but the same couldn’t be materialised till date. Sources in ETPB told this correspondent that the main hurdle in shifting the plan from Nankana Sahib to Islamabad had come from the legal fraternity besides local tenants, occupying the ETPB land, also played their part. ETPB even offered them alternate land for agriculture and other purposes but they rejected the same offer as well. Later, the Board succumbed to the strong protest and resistance of the locals changed its original plan. It may be relevant to mention here that soon after assuming the charge three years back, the incumbent chairman ETPB Siddiq-ul-Farooq had announced going ahead with the proposed plan of establishing the university in Nankana Sahib on priority basis. Farooq had also announced constructing another university - Gandhara Heritage International University (GHIU) on 400 to 600 acre land in Taxila to honour rich history of the Buddhist. The university has been aimed to promote research on Buddhist culture and help to boost religious tourism. The same plan now has been shifted to Islamabad as well. A year back, ETPB chairman had also announced that then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would lay the foundation stone of the proposed BGNU but the same didn’t take place. The proposed university was to be built on modern lines with state-of-the-art facilities. It was to cater from 5,000 to 10,000 students from across the world. It was also planned to set up various departments in these universities for research on Baba Guru Nanak, Baba Fareed Ganj Shakar and Gotham Budh, etc. After chairing a meeting on Monday, Siddiq-ul-Farooq told media that the Board has approved 50,000 square feet land at its Complex in Islamabad for the construction of BGNU as well as GHIU. He said main campuses for both the proposed universities would also be established in Islamabad soon. The chairman announced that vice-chancellors and project directors of the universities would be appointed soon as classes would commence by October this year. Students from the minority community would get scholarships on merit. He said the proposed plan would give a strong message to the entire world that how much the country loves its minority communities. It would also help us to defeat all the negative propaganda about Pakistan regarding its dealing with its minorities, he added. The chairman expressed hope that Higher Education Commission (HEC) would also increase its grant from Rs1 billion for the proposed universities. Moreover, it is also learnt that ETPB was in consultation with land owners in Sheikhupura for acquiring over 100 acre land to build a campus of the BGNU near at Narowal Road near Muridke. They told that the Trust had around 300 kanal land in Sheikhupura and it needed 100 kanal more for the construction of campus. When contacted, Siddiq-ul-Farooq confirmed that there were some issues regarding acquiring land from tenants and lawyers in Nankana Sahib. The chairman clarified that Law Division had informed them that after 18th Amendment, a university under federal charter has to be built at a federal territory which became another reason behind changing in their original plan. To a question, Farooq said 700 kanal land has been acquired near Muridke for BGNU campus. He said the Board had around 700 kanal land in two scattered forms near Muridke and it had to exchange around 400 kanal land with some private owners for the campus. The chairman ETPB further told that discussion with Islamabad Mayor was underway to acquire 300 to 400 kanal land in Islamabad for the main campuses of both the universities.The news. .................................... CPEC to create jobs LAHORE:22 august: Tevta Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will bring industry in Pakistan and create job opportunities. In a press statement issued on Monday, he said there was a dire need to create a workforce along with industry to fulfill the future needs of industry and added this workforce should meet international standards so they could avail opportunities. Irfan Qaiser said Tevta was offering 50 short-courses to students of Punjab besides it was also awarding Rs 1,000 stipend. He said Tevta had already started HTV driving courses as after the CPEC there would be demand of heavy vehicle drivers. He said similarly hospitality sector was also being focused as trainers from Sri Lanka were training students in this field.The news.City: LahoreNankana Sahib

No major changes in textbooks: minister

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:14
LAHORE:22 august: Punjab Minister for School Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad has said that no major changes have been introduced to textbooks of class 1 to 10, published by the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook BOARD (PCTB) and dispelled the impression that certain changes were made in chapters on Islam, Pakistan and the Pakistan Army. Addressing a press conference at the PCTB office, he said no one could claim to be a Muslim without having a firm belief in the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He said chapters on Hazrat Ai (RA), Hazrat Khadija (RA), Eid Milad-un-Nabi and sanctity of mosques were still part of the syllabus. Only that material has been rearranged which was repetitive, instead more chapters have been added to the syllabus, he claimed. He said a committee had also been constituted under the chairmanship of Schools Education Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik who will prepare a report on rumours of deletion of certain contents from the textbooks. Earlier, different student organisations including Islami Tehreek e Talaba (ITT) and Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) had protested against the alleged changes in textbooks. Health facilities: Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that provision of basic health facilities to people is top priority of the Punjab government. He said the Punjab government wanted to work together with the KP government to curb dengue, which was a good step. He expressed these views in a meeting with minorities MPA Kanji Ram and parliamentary secretary Tariq Masih Gill. The minister said the Punjab government had played proactive role in eradicating dengue in Punjab and now as big brother, the Punjab government wanted to work together with the KP government against dengue. He said eight ambulances of Punjab Emergency Rescue Service 1122 along with necessary medical equipment and medicines have been sent to Peshawar. The minister said that team of Health Department Punjab is also present in Peshawar on the directions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. He said the KP government should work together for the betterment of common people. MS replaced: The Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education (SHC&ME) Department has transferred Dr Noman Matloob, Medical Superintendent, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore, on administrative grounds and directed him to report to the SHC&ME Department. As per the notification, Dr Sohail Arshad Rana, APMO, AMS (Admn), Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore, is entrusted additional charge of the post of medical superintendent till the arrival of regular incumbent.The news.City: LahoreBISE Lahore Board

University of Education Lahore budget:

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:12
Lahore:22 august:The syndicate of University of Education (UOE) in its 51st meeting held on Monday approved the varsity’s annual budget of Rs1.844 billion for financial year 2017-18. The meeting was chaired by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Rauf-i-Azam. According to budget details, a sum of Rs1.425 billion has been reserved for non-development while 418.301 million will be spent on development projects. During the meeting, the VC briefed the syndicate members about the development programmes of UOE in detail.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreEducation University Lahore

syllabus for paramedical students is being modernised

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:10
LAHORE:22 august: Postgraduate Medical Institute Principal Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab has said that syllabus for paramedical students is being modernised and capable professional teachers are being provided so that latest techniques may be adopted. According to a press release issued here on Monday, Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab, while addressing the Independence Day cake cutting ceremony held at School of Allied Health Sciences LGH, said new generation should be given technical know-how and viz-a-viz preparing them as a responsible citizen which would help them in performing their professional duties as well. He asked the Principal of the school Dr Waqas Warraich to monitor discipline and other activities of the institution to ensure high quality of training there. Principal PGMI said that students of this institution have recognition at national and international level capable students can prove themselves an asset for the country. Medical Superintendent LGH Dr Ghulam Sabir, faculty members, students and employees attended the ceremony. Other speakers also highlighted the sacrifices of independence movement and affirmed their commitment to work day and night for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan.The news.City: LahoreMedical College in LahorePost Graduate Medical Institute

Teachers accuse PU VC of manipulating polls

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:41
LAHORE:20 august:Opposition to the current management, especially against provisional Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, was visible among the ranks of the Punjab University teachers’ community as the elections of the Academic Council was held at the varsity. PU teachers divided over VC’s appointment The elections to elect the Academic Council, which is tasked with advising the syndicate on every academic matter and establishing standards for instruction, research, publications and examinations among other things, were organised on Thursday. The teachers’ group opposing the current administration secured 4 out of the total 5 seats in the elections. Dr Shahid Kamal of the Teachers’ Front secured a seat of the Planning and Finance Committee, while the second seat was won by Dr Hassan Mobeen Alam. Similarly, for the Advanced Studies and Research Board, Dr Fakharul Haq Noori, Dr Amir Ijaz and Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi of the Teachers’ Front were successful. The administration barred Dr Sajid Rashid and Dr Mahboob Hussain of the Teachers’ Front from contesting the elections. The Teachers’ Front blamed the vice chancellor of manipulating and sabotaging the peaceful process of the election by declaring two of its candidates ineligible. They called the move sheer violence of the university calendar. When contacted, Punjab University spokesperson said that the impression that the varsity management was backing or opposing certain groups of candidates was false. He added that the whole election process was held according to the rules and regulations of the university calendar. The election is part of a string of events highlighting the administrative divide between the administration and the teachers’ community in the absence of a permanent vice chancellor. Bachelor’s level medical programmes Meanwhile on Friday, the Academic Council in its first meeting approved bachelor’s level medical programmes MBBS and BDS along with curriculum as taught at the King Edward Medical University for the academic session 2017. The meeting was chaired by Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, in which PU Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, heads of academic departments and professors participated. Punjab University restricts media coverage after clash The medical programmes (HEC Level-6, 7 and 8 and PMDC level-1, 2, 3 and 4) would be offered under the Punjab University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, formerly known as Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Addressing the meeting, Dr Zafar said that PU administration was aiming to establish a state-of-the-art medical college and hospital and it would provide the best health services to the people. He said that the varsity administration was making efforts to revise curriculum of all academic programmes on modern lines. The meeting also approved establishment of a Nursing College. The meeting approved several agenda items regarding recommendations of board of studies of all faculties regarding revision of curriculum and other related matters. Published in The Express Tribune,City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

57% of NGO-run public schools fail PEF assessments

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:40
LAHORE:20 august: The Punjab government’s much touted outsourced NGO-run public schools, run under the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF), have shown poor results in their quality assessment. As many as 57% of the total schools failed the quality test conducted by the foundation, The Express Tribune has learnt. PEF conducts quality assurance tests (QAT) of its partner schools under various programmes. One of the programmes, the Punjab School Support Programme (PSSP), handed over low-performing public schools to nongovernmental organisations (NGOs). An NGO that facilitates paediatric surgery However, the latest results of the QAT phase-I programme show that out of the total 626 NGO-run schools of the province, only 271 were able to pass the assessment. At the same time, 341 schools failed and results of 16 of these institutes were late or not announced. The total pass percentage of the schools was recorded at 43%. In phase-I, the NGOs that took over public schools included National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), Akhuwat, CARE Foundation, The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP), Ghazali Education Trust, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), Ghazali Society, Learning Zone, Developments in Literacy (DIL) and Muslim Hand. Among the different NGOs, Ghazali Education Trust had the best results with a 90% pass rate. It had been running 30 schools under phase-I and 27 passed the test. The worst result was shown by Muslim Hands, an NGO running 30 schools, out of which only four passed and it scored a percentage of 13%. Other results revealed that National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), with 100 schools, had a 60% pass rate, while Akhuwat, which runs as many institutions, had a 41% pass rate. CARE, also with 100 schools, scored 40% and TCF had a 36% pass rate from its total 80 schools. PRSP, with its 70 schools, managed to score 41%, while ITA’s 30 schools received a 53% pass score. Ghazali Society had a 24% pass rate from its total 45 schools. Learning Zone, with its 10 schools, managed to score 80%. DIL, with 31 schools, only managed to get a 19% pass rate. When contacted, PEF Spokesperson Aruj Salman defended the results. “When we got these schools, they had 0% scores in the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) results. We then had a third party evaluation conducted to establish a baseline for these schools. It was found that they only had 9% pass rates. Now, the overall result of schools, under PEF, including the schools handed over to NGOs, have a total score of 56%. This is a huge improvement,” she asserted. The spokesperson said the schools which did not perform well in the assessment would be issued warnings. The PEF had been under fire from public school teachers after government educational institutions were handed over to NGOs. The teachers likened the move to privatisation of the education sector and a way of slowly ending the public school infrastructure in the province. The Punjab Teachers’ Union (PTU) had been especially vocal against the handover and held several protests against PEF.Published in The Express Tribune,City: Lahore

65,000 to sit entrance test for medical, dental colleges

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:38
LAHORE:20 august: Around 65,000 candidates, including 41,000 female and 24,000 male, will sit entrance test tomorrow (Sunday) for admission to medical and dental colleges in Punjab. The test shall be conducted by University of Health Sciences (UHS). The Punjab government has finalised arrangements for the test and has deputed senior bureaucrats as monitoring officers whereas medical professors will conduct the test. Divisional Commissioners and deputy commissioners of respective districts will act as 'focal persons' to look after the arrangements. The UHS will depute around 5,500 invigilators and 1,000 superintendents and deputy superintendents to conduct the test. The test shall be held simultaneously at 28 centres established in 13 cities of Punjab, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Dera Ghazi Khan, and Hassan Abdal. In Lahore, there are eight centres established at the Examination Hall of the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on Lawrence Road, Examination Hall of Punjab University on Wahdat Road, Government Comprehensive Girls High School, Wahdat Road, University of Education, Township, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Government Postgraduate College for Women Samanabad, Divisional Public School Model Town and Government College of Science Wahdat Road. Around 19,000 candidates will sit the test in the provincial capital. During a media briefing on Friday, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan said that the Punjab chief secretary had directed all departments concerned to make immaculate arrangements for smooth and flawless conduct of the admission test. The district administration, under the supervision of divisional commissioners concerned and deputy commissioners, had finalized security and logistic plans at their respective centres," Prof Junaid added. He said that district police officers would be responsible for security and deployment of police personnel at test centres. Police would ensure extensive patrolling and technical sweeping of the area before the commencement of the test. Walk-through gates and mobile jammers would be installed at all major centres. Entry of unauthorised persons in the premises of examination centres would be banned, he said. The vice chancellor said that parents and attendants of candidates would be provided waiting areas near test centres. "Traffic police had been directed to make proper traffic and parking arrangements to ensure smooth flow of traffic near test centres," he said. "Emergency healthcare services will be ensured at all centres, which would include fully equipped ambulances, doctors along with paramedical staff and emergency medicines. Moreover, the nearest teaching hospital or district headquarters hospital would be remain on high alert to ensure a state of readiness to deal with any emergency. Arrangements have also been made to ensure uninterrupted power supply at all the centres during the test." This year, the candidates shall compete for 3,405 MBBS seats in 17 public sector medical colleges and 216 BDS seats in three public dental colleges of the province. Besides, there are 2,590 MBBS seats available in 21 private medical colleges and 555 BDS seats in nine private dental colleges affiliated with the university. Published in Daily Times, August 19th 2017.City: LahoreMedical College in LahoreLahore Medical & Dental College Lahore

Government Kot Khawaja Saeed Girls High School, Lahore, has secured 486 marks out of 505 (96 %) for class 9

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:37
AHORE:20 august: Madiha Asad of the Government Kot Khawaja Saeed Girls High School, Lahore, has secured 486 marks out of 505 (96 %) in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore examination for class 9. She stood first in her high school. Published in Daily Times, August 20th 2017.City: Lahore

University of Management signs research deal with Japanese company

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:34
LAHORE:20 august: The University of Management and Technology (UMT) and the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) - a Japanese company - Saturday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for mutual collaboration, faculty and students' exposure, students' fellowship, internship and volunteer exchange programmes. The MOU ceremony was held at UMT campus Johar Town where UMT Director General Abid Shirwani and the AOTS Chairman Syed Nabeel Hashmi signed the deal. Speaking on the occasion, UMT Director Abid Shirwani said that both organisations would promote joint research publication activities aimed at the advancement of human resource, industrial relations and development through scholarship, research proposal grants and paper submission opportunities in Japan and abroad. He said that the university was offering maximum exposure to its students as well as faculty to get benefits of linkages with international organisations. AOTS Pakistan Chairman Syed Nabeel Hashmi said that the agreement would support the UMT in designing and implementing student's projects regarding globalisation of industries, human resource and trade, as well as encouraging investment and international economic cooperation.Published in Daily Times, August 20th 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUMT Lahore

King Edward Medical University reference

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:32
Lahore:August 20:A condolence reference for ex-Medical Superintendent of Mayo Hospital and senior professor Syed Zafar Haider was organised at King Edward Medical University under the supervision of Prof. Qazi Muhammad Saeed, Vice Chancellor KEMU.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

University of Health Sciences Lahore Entrance test:

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:30
Lahore:August 20: The University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, will conduct the Medical Colleges Admission Test at 28 centres in 13 cities of the Punjab on Sunday (today). The timing shall be 9am to 12noon. According to a press release issued here on Saturday, more than 65, 000 candidates are appearing from all over Punjab.The news. City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

Federal Board New Paper Pattern

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:26

Federal Board New Paper Pattern For ICS 2018-2020

Federal Board New Paper Pattern For ICS 2018-2020 Subject Question Type Detail Marks Time Math         MCQ 20 MCQS 20 25 Minutes Short Question 10 Out of 15 40 2:35 Hours Long Question 5 Out of 7 40   Total 15 Out of 22 100 3:00 Hours Physics         MCQ 20 MCQS 17 25 Minutes Short Question 7 Out of 10 40 2:35 Hours Long Question 5 Out of 7 40 Total 15 Out of 22 100 3:00 Hours   Computer MCQ 15 MCQS 15 20 Minutes Short Question 7 Out of 10 21 2:40 Hours Short Question 7 Out of 10 21 Long Question 3 Out of 6 18   Total 17 Out of 26 75 3:00 Hours   Islaymiat MCQ 10 MCQ 10 15 Minutes Translation of Quarnic Verse 1 Out of 2 4 2:15 Hours Translation of Ahadith 2 Out of 2 4 Short Question 8 Out of 10 16 Long Question 2 Out of 3 16   Total 13 Out of 17 50 2:30 Hours Tags: 11th class12th classCity: Islamabad

All textbooks based on 2006 national curriculum’

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:52
LAHORE:19 August: Chairman of the Board of Governors (BOG) of Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB), Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Akram Khan, has rejected reports of removal of chapters related to Islam, the country and Pakistan Army from primary textbooks. Talking to The News, Gen (Retd) Akram Khan said all textbooks were based on the 2006 national curriculum. He said the textbooks highlighted in the media were two years old but the issue was being raised now.He said in order to ensure balance of content as per the spirit of the curriculum some chapters were rearranged. Sharing an example, Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board managing director Amir Ijaz said in one of the textbooks a chapter on Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed was replaced with a chapter on Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed as the chapter on Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed was already in another textbook. He said the move was aimed at maintaining balance in the content keeping in view learning capacity of the students. He said this was the case with other chapters on Islam and the country in some other textbooks. He said a detailed report had been prepared for the chief minister in this regard. He alleged that some individuals with vested interest were leveling allegations against the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board as the board stopped outsourcing of the textbooks.The news.City: Lahore

Dr Asim Dilawar Bakhshi,won Urdu Science Award

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:51
LAHORE:19 August: Dr Asim Dilawar Bakhshi, a renowned writer, educationist and computer engineer, won Urdu Science Award initiated by Urdu Science Board, announced here the other day. He was awarded Rs50,000 for his book written on science articles. Urdu Science Board called manuscripts from science writers and translators in Urdu for Urdu Science Award. Urdu Science Board received a number of books from various science writers from all over the country. After scrutinising the manuscripts, the selection committee chose “Nai Zameenon ki Talash” as the best book written by Dr Asim Dilawar Bakhshi. Dr Asim Bakhshi holds a PhD in computer science and teaches in different universities in Islamabad.The news.City: Lahore

Punjab University to start MBBS, BDS this year

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:48
LAHORE:August 19: Punjab University’s Academic Council has approved bachelor’s level medical programmes ie MBBS and BDS along with curriculum as taught in King Edward Medical University (KEMU) from the academic session 2017. The meeting was chaired by Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir in which PU Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, heads of academic departments and professors participated. A PU official said the university had already applied to Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and the programmes would be offered only after approval. The medical programmes (HEC Level-6, 7 & 8 and PMDC level-1, 2, 3 & 4) would be offered under PU’s Faculty of Health Sciences, formerly known as Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Addressing the meeting, Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said that PU administration was aiming at establishing state-of-the-art medical college and hospital and it would provide the best health services to the people. He said PU administration was making efforts to revise curriculum of all academic programmes on modern lines. The meeting also approved establishment of Nursing College. The meeting approved several agenda items regarding recommendations of board of studies of all faculties regarding revision of curriculum and other related matters. Meanwhile, the PU Examinations Department has declared the results of BSc Medical Laboratory Technology Course (4-year programme) Part-I, Annual Examination 2016 and BS Applied Geology Fourth Professional Second Annual 2016 and Annual Examination 2017. The details are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. expats’ complaints: Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab Vice-Chairperson Shaheen Khalid Butt and Commissioner Afzaal Bhatti have instructed the members of the Lahore District Overseas Pakistanis (DOPC) to expedite the mechanism of resolution of complaints relating to expatriate Pakistanis and proceedings regarding redress of complaints be properly and regularly uploaded on complaints web portal of the OPC. A meeting of the DOPC, Lahore, was held under the Shaheen Khalid and Afzaal Bhatti. CCPO Amin Wains, OPC DG Javed Iqbal Bukhari, Additional DG Police Matters Agha Muhammad Yousaf, Deputy Commissioner Sumair Ahmad Syed and OPC Public Facilitation Committee Chairman Sajjid Ch were also present. During the meeting, the performance of the DOPC, Lahore and data of pending complaints also came under discussion. OPC Punjab Vice-Chairperson Shaheen Khalid Butt and Commissioner Afzaal Bhatt while lauding the efforts of the DOPC, Lahore, for resolving the issues faced by overseas Pakistanis said that members of the DOPC were working hard for swift solution to the problems of expatriate Pakistanis.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Teachers urged to play role for extremism, sectarianism elimination

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:29
MULTAN:18 august: Speakers in a workshop stressed upon the academia to play its role for elimination of extremism, sectarianism and maintaining peace in society. They said that teachers should come forward to determine the right direction for the country which would be helpful to bring peace and tranquillity in the country. Addressing at inaugural ceremony of a three day national training workshop titled "The Role of Faculty in the Protection of Human Rights and Conflict Management" under the auspices of Ministry of Religious Affairs in collaboration with BZU at Islamic studies department on Wednesday, acting Vice Chancellor Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Dr Bashir Ahmad said that the aim of training is to promote religious tolerance, collateral peace and altruism in Pakistani society. He said that accumulation of teachers at this platform was meant to find out ways and means for maintaining peace and harmony in the society. Chairman Islamic studies department BZU Dr Suhaib Qudoos said extremism had played havoc and proved harmful to our society. He said that teachers should equip the students with such kind of education which could be beneficial for the society. Dr Suhaib said the Holy Prophet Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH) in his last sermon taught us the lesson of basic human rights. It was dire need of the hour, to review our curricula to inclusion of human rights in it, he said. He urged upon the teachers to play their part for ending trends of extremism and sectarianism from youth. Director Ministry for Religious Affairs Dr Kashif Mahmood, Ministry of Defence official Dr Muniba Gul, Dr Mukarab, Dr Saeed-u-Rehman and others also spoke. Published in Daily Times, August 18th 2017.City: Multan

Police asked to enhance security at education institutes

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:28
LAHORE:18 august: City police have been directed to beef up security arrangements at schools and other educational institutions in the provincial metropolis. The directive was issued in view of intelligence reports. Meanwhile, private schools have also been asked to ensure that standard operating procedures on security are fulfilled. Schools' administrations have said that the financial burden for additional security measures under the SOPs will have to be passed on parents. On Thursday, Operations DIG Haider Ashraf issued an order to all the divisional SPs to tighten security at all schools, colleges, other education institutions as well as important places to avoid any untoward incident. The divisional SPs, DSPs, and SHOs were asked to visit the administration at schools, colleges, and universities to ensure foolproof security. In his directives, Ashraf has said that entry and exit points at educational institutes should be kept at a minimum and permanent security should be ensured at these points for snap checking of those going in and out. He has asked that the height of all walls at educational institutes should be raised and parking facility should be maintained at a safe distance from the main premises. He has also asked for installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at all educational institutes so that their surroundings could be watched around the clock. Ashraf ordered the SP security to maintain coordination among the Divisional SPs and asked SP Mobiles to check patrolling during school timings. The Operations DIG said that police were also providing security to more than 6,000 schools across the city. He said 326 schools had been declared in A-plus category, over 2,000 in B category and the rest in C category. Speaking to Daily Times, the administration of different private schools stated that it was difficult to follow the security guidelines without reviewing fees charged to students. The additional financial burden for security will need to taken care of by someone, they said.Published in Daily Times, August 18th 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Exhibition marks 70 years of Pakistan in , Information Technology University

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:26
LAHORE:18 august:Dr Umar Saif, vice-chancellor, Information Technology University (ITU), opened an exhibition to commemorate the 70 years of Pakistan's independence at the Arfa Software Technology Park on Thursday. The exhibition, curated by the IU’s Centre for Governance and Policy, will remain open till September 14, 2017, which covers the period from the Lahore Resolution in 1940 to Pakistan's creation and the immediate aftermath. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Umar Saif said there was a need to created awareness among the youth of the country about the ideology of Pakistan and the untiring struggle of the nation's elders who scarified their lives, families and belongings to achieve the milestone of an independent homeland for the nation. It was now foremost duty of the youth to adopt modern technology to make Pakistan a developed country, he added.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreComsats Institute of Information Technology