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International science moot to begin tomorrow

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 14:22
Lahore:October 22:Former federal minister of science & technology Professor Atta-ur-Rehman will inaugurate an international bio-science conference at the University of the Punjab, Lahore, on October 23. An announcement on Saturday stated that the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, is organising the conference, “Trends and Prospects in Molecular Biosciences'', to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the institute. Rehman will also deliver a special lecture in the inaugural ceremony to be held at Pervaiz Hassan Environmental Law Centre of the university's Quaid-e-Azam Campus, on Monday.The news.Lahore

Ali Garh Public High School Seminar

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:45
LAHORE :October 20:LWMC conducted an awareness campaign on Thursday at UC-265, Manga Mandi. Citizens were informed about the necessity of cleanliness. Officials said aim of the campaign was to educate the locals about the importance of cleanliness and in this regard Govt. Boys High School Manga Mandi, Ali Gharh Public High School and Main markets of Manga Mandi were tapped. LWMC’s communication department in collaboration with operations team led the campaign. Seminars were held in schools and a brief presentation, about the role of LWMC, and responsibility of citizens in maintaining the cleanliness, was given to the students. Ali Garh Public High School Principal Squadron Leader (r) Naeem Khan said LWMC has taken an exceptional initiative to raise awareness among citizens and it will mold the typical behavior of public. A special walk and shop to shop campaign was also conducted in which Union Council Chairman Tariq Butt participated along with students and LWMC officials. Tariq Butt expressed satisfaction on the performance of LWMC in the area.The news.Lahore

Students protest ban on CTIs in Punjab

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:01
MULTAN:Scores of students from different government colleges staged a protest demonstration against the Punjab government for imposing a ban on the allocation of College Teacher Interns (CTI) in the province. The CTIs were selected through a given procedure of interview. The students gathered at Chungi number 6 in Multan and shouted slogans against the provincial government. While speaking to The Express Tribune, Shehzad, a student of BS Mass Communication said, “There is only one teacher to teach journalism in our department. The names of the teachers were notified after the selection last week but due to the imposition of ban on CTIs, the teachers did not take over their jobs.” Higher purposes of a university education Mehnaz, another student termed the ban unlawful and said that the Punjab government should reconsider its decision of imposing the ban. “Our parents have invested in our education, but we are not even provided with teachers in colleges,” she said. Irfan, another student termed the decision a failure of education system in the country. He said, “Teachers were banned on political basis. Politicians should worry about the education of youth instead of fulfilling their ulterior motives.” He added, “We cannot afford fee of private colleges and thus got admission in government colleges. But the non-availability of teachers in colleges and sudden ban on CTIs is affecting our education.” Students in Multan suffer as Punjab govt bans CTIs The students demanded that the ban on CTIs should be removed immediately and all the teachers selected after interviews and submission of their credentials should be appointed. Meanwhile, Director Colleges Syed Haider Abbas Gardaizi told The Express Tribune that the decision of banning the CTIs was taken by Punjab government and teachers cannot be appointed without the permission of the government. He said that the teachers would be deployed right after the orders of the provincial government.Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2017.Multan

Civic education 'should be made part of curriculum'

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:59
MULTAN:19 October:Civic education should be made part of the curriculum to enable youth comprehend their fundamental rights as well as obligations towards the state. This was said by former National Assembly speaker Syed Fakhar Imam on Wednesday. Education: a solution for Pakistan He said, “Special courses on civic education were taught at our educational institutions around three decades ago and I think this practice should resume in accordance with contemporary requirements.” He added that easy access to quality education could enlighten youth on their fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution. “Our Constitution says provision of quality education from age 5 to 16 is the responsibility of the state,” the veteran politician said. Higher purposes of a university education He maintained, “The more our youth is enlightened the more they will be aware of their democratic, social, legal, and economic rights. And this way, education also serves as the key to make people perform best in their respective fields.”Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2017.Multan

Balochistan students visit Govt College University

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:58
LAHORE :19 October: A delegation of 40 students from Balochistan Residential College (BRC), Khuzdar, Wednesday visited the Government College University, Lahore on a study tour. The delegation, headed by BRC Khuzdar senior faculty member Prof Mattiur Rehman, visited various academic departments of GCU. GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan said “We are all Pakistanis and we have to serve and protect our country without considering our castes, sects and personal interests. He told the students that GCU had produced countless legendary personalities, including Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Nobel Prize winner Dr Abdus Salam, adding that most of the scientists who carried out nuclear tests and designed missile system also belonged to this institution. The students also visited library, Sports Complex and Naqoosh Museum. They termed their visit very beneficial for their studies.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Students demand end to rising cost of education

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:18
LAHORE:18 October:Students from different varsities of the city protested in solidarity with the students of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad and demanded an end to the rising cost of education in the country. The demonstration was organised by the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) outside the Lahore Press Club on Monday. Students from different universities, including University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, Punjab University, University of Lahore and other educational institutions participated. College teachers to protest new HED policy today The protestors showed solidarity with the students of QAU and said students from all over the country demanded an end to the rising fee and cost of education. They raised slogans against the increase and said government policies had closed the doors to education for the underprivileged. They said that attaining an education was a dream for the have-nots of the country. The students remained of the opinion that middle class families were unable to afford the fee of universities. The protesters said that on the one hand, education was expensive, while on the other, young graduates were unable to find employment. They said that students gave millions in fee to get degrees, but remained unemployed. The protesters pointed out that administrations of educational institutions, fearing protests from students, had turned campuses into jails in the name of security. They said that authorities at these institutions had also given a free hand to violent student organisations, while the progressive ones were barred from any activity on campus. The murder of Mashal Khan was evidence that such elements had a free rein in varsities of the country, they added. The students said that free education and jobs opportunities of were their basic right. They added that they would continue their struggle against the rising fee and their right to free education. PYA National Coordinator Zainul Abideen said “Free education is the basic right of every citizen and all students must fight to snatch their right from the jaws of the ruling class.” ‘We do not accept this’: Students protest CSS results in Multan They claimed that students of QAU Islamabad were being penalised for protesting against a fee raise. They said the demands of the students of QAU Islamabad should be accepted and they should be given free hostel and bus services. As many as eight QAU students were expelled and 18 others were rusticated, while 42 were penalised for their role in on-campus clashes between two ethnic student groups in May 2017. On October 4, students blocked the main road leading to QAU, while also causing the suspension of the transport facility. The move had closed down the university and the situation has remained since, thus suspending all activities on campus.Published in The Express Tribune.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUET Lahore

LHC orders protection for Turkish teachers in Lahore

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:16
LAHORE:18 October:The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday sought records from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regarding the arrival of a special Turkish plane late on October 13 to take a Turkish teacher back to his home country. The court had stayed the deportation of Mesut Kacmaz of Pak-Turk Schools and Colleges, who was among dozens of Turkish school staffers that had been granted temporary refugee status. The court also sought detailed replies from the foreign and interior ministries on a contempt petition filed against the reported deportation of teacher and his family. The court further ordered the Lahore police chief to provide protection for all refugee Turkish teachers in the city. Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza passed the orders on petitions filed against deportation of Turkish teachers affiliated with Pak-Turk Schools and Colleges — Murat Ervan, and Kacmaz and his three family members. Revealed: ‘Missing’ former PakTurk School principal, family deported on Oct 14 Earlier, petitioner’s counsel Asma Jahangir told the court that opponents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were being targeted in Turkey due to political instability there and that his opponents were also being victimised in Pakistan. The senior lawyer pointed out that all the Turkish nationals in Pakistan enjoyed protection under international agreements, but the families were being deported from Pakistan in violation of court orders, which amounted to contempt of court. It had been reported that the kidnapped teacher, Mesut Kacmaz, along with his three family members, had been deported to Turkey on October 14 despite the court’s stay over, she told the court, adding that a special Turkish plane had come to take them back. When Deputy Attorney General Imran Aziz said that the available record showed the family had not been deported, the court sought records from the CAA regarding the arrival of a Turkish plane on October 13-14 to take the Turkish teacher back. Asylum seeker: Turkish family goes missing from Lahore Jehangir also provided a list of Turkish teachers of Pak-Turk Schools and Colleges and requested the court to stay their deportation, fearing they could also be deported. She requested the court to restrain the authorities from harassing them. The court stayed the possible deportation of the other Turkish teachers and restrained the authorities from harassing them. The court ordered the Lahore city police chief to appoint police at residences of Turkish teachers residing in the Wapda Town area of Lahore. The petition had originally been filed against the possible deportation of Turkish teacher Kacmaz and his family. It is alleged that Kacmaz and his three family members were picked up by law-enforcement from their residence in the Wapda Town on September 27 and they would possibly be deported. Kings’ friendship? Talking to the media after the hearing, Jehangir said that the victim family was abducted and taken to Islamabad, where the Turkish police took them away with them. “Eyewitnesses have told us that the victims were crying while Turkish police were dragging them,” she said. “They tortured them as well,” the lawyer claimed. “Is this a country or a jungle, where anyone can be deported after being abducted because our kings are friends with their kings,” she added. Showing the passports of the victims, Jehangir asked how they could have left the country with the documents and when their named are already on the ECL. “We have filed a contempt petition. We will get to the bottom of the issue that who ordered their deportation in violation of court orders after their abduction,” she said. “who is behind their deportation, we need to know and we will not stop until we know that.” Lahore

Special education centres to be set up in Punjab

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:14
Rawalpindi :October 18:Punjab Minister for Special Education Chaudhry Muhammad Shafique has said they have initiated a series of projects to establish thirteen special education centres to provide modern educational facilities to special children. He said the projects to establish Special Education Centres have been initiated in Kallar Sayyadan (District Rawalpindi), Sohawa (District Jehlum), Pind Dadan Khan (District Jehlum), Darya Khan (District Bhakkar), Tandianwala (District Faisalabad), Noshera Virkan (District Gujranwala), Sara-e-Alamgir (District Gujrat), Chunian (District Kasur), Kahror Pacca (District Lodhran), Mailsi (District Vehari), Seetpur Tehsil Alipur (District Muzaffargarh), Saddar (District Bahawalpur) and Shadab (District Multan). The Punjab Minister said Government In-Service Training College has been imparting training to the staff.The news.Rawalpindi

Surprise visits: 24 teachers suspended over absenteeism

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:47
Faisalabad:October 16:Meanwhile, Javed Iqbal also took notice of absence and suspended Nia Madrassa High School Head Maqsood and three teachers of MC High School Raza Abad, including Hafiz Munir, Irfan and Bushra. The CEO education said the government was spending billions of rupees on the provision of best education facilities to the masses and negligence in this regard will not be tolerated. Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2017.Faisalabad

School heads, teachers suspended

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:46
FAISALABAD:October 16:District Education Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr Javed Iqbal Chishti removed heads of two high schools over poor performance and negligence. He also suspended four schoolteachers for their absence from duty. The CEO visited various schools in the district and observed that computer labs were not activated in Government High School Raza Abad and Millat Islamia High School Ghulam Muhammad Abad. Therefore, the CEO immediately removed heads of the schools identified as Abdul Ghaffar and Malik Hamid.The news.Faisalabad

A day out with friends and parents at funfair

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:44
Rawalpindi:October 16:Small children were having time of their life, giggling, running, looking for their friends and chit chatting with them right in front of their teachers, but nobody reprimanded them or told them to remain silent; because they were there on a day out with their friends and families at a funfair titled ‘Let’s Have Fun’ organised by their school as part of its golden jubilee celebrations here on Saturday. Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School turned fifty on October 14. The school has been serving the community for five decades with honour and dignity. Numerous well-decorated stalls were the main attraction for visitors, who thronged the school in large numbers since early morning to join their kids on the meritorious occasion of celebrating the golden jubilee of their school. The ceremony was also attended by Executive Committee of Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School including President Abdul Waheed Malik, General Secretary Nisar Ahmed Malik, former principal Nisar Nazish, Finance Secretary Amadul Hassan Abbasi, and others. The school children as early as third graders and above were seen helping their teachers sell ‘channa chaat’, ‘dahi bhallay’, ‘biryani’, pop corns, ‘pakoras’, ‘haleem’, French fries, juices, ice cream and milk shakes with smiles on their faces. They were very excited for being part of the event. Apart from eateries, stalls of magic show, haunted house, music, handicrafts and books were main attraction for the kids and their parents. A seven-year-old, Manahil was all smiles when ‘The News’ asked her whether she was enjoying the event. “Yeah, of course, I’m. I am quite happy to be here with my parents who also came at the funfair. We ate different things. I enjoyed some swings arranged by the school behind the main arena. It is a new thing for us. I along with my best friend, Farheen, also took pictures,” she added. Mrs Saira, when asked why she came with her kids at the funfair, she said it was delightful moment for her that her kids were happy. “My daughter made her father take day off from his office specially to attend this event. She has been speaking day in day out about the funfair, as how special it will be. “We really enjoyed it over here,” and hope the school will arrange such a well organised event next year as well,” she added. Prizes were also distributed among the visitors by the school management through ticket draw. Principal Saima Afzal made it quite interesting for the visitors asking them if they could bring out a calculator and a nail clipper from their purses, they could be awarded a prize. Luckily for a couple of ladies carrying both the items won the prizes. Young boys clad in traditional Gilgit-Baltistan attire danced to their traditional music enthralling the audience. Later their caps became a hot commodity for girls who borrowed them for selfies.The news.Rawalpindi

Pakistan deports Turkish teacher and family

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:42
LAHORE:October 16: A Turkish teacher and his family who were abducted in Pakistan last month have been deported from the country in defiance of a court ruling, a source and a lawyer said Monday, sparking fears for human rights. Kacmaz Mesut, his wife and two young daughters were picked up in September by plain-clothed officers, blindfolded and bound before being loaded into trucks and taken away, eyewitnesses have said. Lawyers petitioned the courts on behalf of the missing as fears swirled they were targeted for allegedly having ties to an exiled preacher Ankara blames for last year´s coup attempt. The father of the family, Kacmaz Mesut, was a former director of PakTurk International Schools and Colleges, private schools popular in Pakistan allegedly backed by US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen´s Hizmet group. Ankara accuses Gulen of masterminding a coup attempt against Erdogan´s government in 2016 -- an allegation the cleric strongly denies -- and is seeking his extradition from the US. Pakistani officials refused to comment in the wake of the family´s disappearance. But a friend of the family who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity Monday -- as he feared for his own security -- said Turkish police had flown to Pakistan to take custody of them. "Kacmaz Mesut, his wife and two young daughters were handed over to Turkish police at Islamabad airport on Friday night," he said. "I spoke on phone with Kacmaz Mesut´s daughters who confirmed that they have reached Istanbul, but their parents were still in custody while they have been handed over to relatives," he continued. The daughters, aged 14 and 10, also said that Turkish police manhandled their father during the flight, he added. Usama Malik, a lawyer for the family, confirmed the deportation and told AFP it had gone ahead despite a ruling by the Lahore High Court directing authorities not to take any action while the petition was still pending. Malik said that the judge reprimanded authorities Monday and ordered them to submit a explanation by Tuesday. He also said that Mesut family had been granted asylum in Pakistan as refugees until November 2018. There was no immediate comment by Pakistani officials. Last November Pakistan deported dozens of Turkish teachers tied to PakTurk schools after a visit from Turkey´s President Tayyip Erdogan, sparking small demonstrations in major cities.The news.Lahore

Virtual University enrolls 4,500 students without NoC

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:39
LAHORE:October 13:The holding of this conference will be a landmark achievement to bring together open and distance learning academicians, policymakers, practitioners and scholars of Asia. AAOU’s objective is to bring together universities from the Asian countries to improve the quality of education while promoting distance education at the same time.Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahoreVirtual University

Virtual University to host AAOU Conference in 2019

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:36
LAHORE:October 13:Virtual University of Pakistan will host the 33rd Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) after acceptance of its proposal by the executive committee.The Express Tribune,LahoreUniversity in LahoreVirtual University

Punjab University to probe controversial PhD admissions at ICS

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:29
Lahore:October 13:According to the MoU, PU would forward the credentials entered by students to NADRA and NADRA would send verification report against each data in a few days. Dr Nasir said that the MoU was a part of administration’s vision to introduce digital reforms in the university and replace obsolete existing system with the modern ones. The meeting also explored further options of cooperation in various fields of mutual interest.Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University to verify candidates’ record

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:27
LAHORE:October 13:Punjab University (PU) would now verify record of the candidates who would apply for registration from National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for authentication of credentials regarding submitted identification. In this regard, PU has entered into an agreement with NADRA and a ceremony was held at committee room of Vice Chancellor’s office. PU VC Dr Zafar Moeen Nsair, Examinations Controller Dr Shahid Munir, Treasurer Rao Sharif, additional controllers Shahid Javed and Rauf Nawaz, NADRA Public Service Directorate’s Director General Fizah Shahid, Verifications Director Qasim Rizvi and VERISYS Team Leader Asad Ali Bhatti were present on the occasion.The Express Tribune, LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Security measures at Category A schools

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:24
LAHORE:October 13:The Punjab government directed officials to ensure security measures at Category A schools of the province remained in line with the recommendations of law enforcement agencies (LEAs). According to a letter sent to all District Education Authorities (DEAs) Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), the Punjab School Education Department (SED) had ordered a fresh security audit to observe security measures as per standard operating procedures (SOPs) that were put in place. Flawed audit oversight system in Pakistan “A fresh exercise regarding security audit of Category A of Public and Private Schools was conducted in the month of September, 2017, by the team of the Special Branch with the objective to examine the effectiveness of present security arrangements, security administration, threat and risk assessments etc.” The letter asked the CEOs to implement the recommendations. It said that the threat of terrorism still persisted at all educational institutions. It was requested that foolproof and stringent security arrangements be ensured for the safety of all education institutions in Punjab. The document continued that due weight must be given to recommendations of the Special Branch to avert any untoward incidents. Capitalist schools: PEIRA failed to control abrupt increases in fees The letter asked the DEA CEOs to conduct a security audit of schools in category A. “You are therefore requested that security audit of all Category A schools be conducted and sensitise the District Security Committee to ensure observance of all security measures as per SOPs of the Home Department.”The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2017.Lahore

Inter 1st year Total Marks

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:42
11th Class Total Marks 2016-2017-2018-2019-2020   FSC Pre Medical (Part 1) Total Marks =505   SUBJECT Objective Subjective Practical Total  1 URDU 20 80 0 100 2 ENGLISH 20 80 0 100 3 ISLAMIYAT 10 40 0 50 4 PHYSICS 17 68 15* 100 5 CHEMISTRY 17 68 15* 100 6 BIOLOGY 17 68 15* 100   TOTAL 101 404 45* 550

*سال اول میں عملی امتحانات نہیں ہوتے ۔ پریکٹکل (عملی) امتحانات سال دوئم کے امتحان کے ساتھ ہوتے ہیں
اس لئے بیالوجی گروپ (پری میڈیکل ) کے سال اول کے سالانہ امتحان کے کل 505 نمبر ہیں یعنی حصہ معروضی کے 101 نمبر ،اور حصہ انشائیہ کے 404 نمبر

  FSC Pre Engineering (Part 1) Total Marks =520   SUBJECT Objective Subjective Practical Total  1 URDU 20 80 0 100 2 ENGLISH 20 80 0 100 3 ISLAMIYAT 10 40 0 50 4 PHYSICS 17 68 15* 100 5 CHEMISTRY 17 68 15* 100 6 Mathematics 20 80 0 100   TOTAL 104 416 30* 550

*سال اول میں عملی امتحانات نہیں ہوتے ۔ پریکٹکل (عملی) امتحانات سال دوئم کے امتحان کے ساتھ ہوتے ہیں
اس لئے ریاضی گروپ (پری انجئنرنگ ) کے سال اول کے سالانہ امتحان کے کل 520 نمبر ہیں یعنی حصہ معروضی کے 104 نمبر ،اور حصہ انشائیہ کے 416 نمبر

  (ICS) F.Sc Computer Science (Part 1) Total Marks =510   SUBJECT Objective Subjective Practical Total  1 URDU 20 80 0 100 2 ENGLISH 20 80 0 100 3 ISLAMIYAT 10 40 0 50 4 PHYSICS/Statistics 17 68 15* 100 5 Mathematics 20 80 0 100 6 Computer Science 15 60 25* 100   TOTAL 102 408 40* 550

*سال اول میں عملی امتحانات نہیں ہوتے ۔ پریکٹکل (عملی) امتحانات سال دوئم کے امتحان کے ساتھ ہوتے ہیں اس لئے کمپیوٹر سائنس گروپ (آئی سی ایس ) کے سال اول کے سالانہ امتحان کے کل 510 نمبر ہیں یعنی حصہ معروضی کے 102 نمبر ،اور حصہ انشائیہ کے 408 نمبر

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Punjab University withholds canteen contracts

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:23
LAHORE :October 9:Abnormally high bids for some canteens of Punjab University (PU) has put the university administration in a fix which has now decided to withhold the process to award contracts, it is learnt. Through newspaper advertisements, the PU Resident Officer-1 had invited sealed bids for 25 different spots at the varsity including canteens, tuck shops, motor mechanic workshop, fast-food and juice and photocopy shops, etc. with October 6 as the closing date. Sources said the committee overseeing the bidding process went for open bidding as the bids received were low. However, the open bidding turned out to be a totally different experience. The sources further said the open bids led to further confusion as this time abnormally high bids were received which surprised everyone. They added one of the canteens at the university’s Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) was rented out for around Rs 20,000 per month last time but the latest bid for the same canteen turned out to be whopping Rs 200,000 per month in open bidding. Similarly, substantially high bids were received against canteens at Institute of Administrative Sciences and Sociology Department. On condition of anonymity, an official, who is privy to the developments, said the abnormally high bids had raised eyebrows keeping in view feedback of the former contractors as well as the number of students availing services at these canteens. He said even the main canteen of Government College University (GCU) which catered to thousands of students did not cost so much in terms of rent under the contract. He further said it also needed to be investigated whether going for open bidding was violation of Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules or not. When contacted, RO-1 Iftikhar Ahmad Ch said he personally felt that the bids were way too high. He said it was as if the bidders had locked horns and wanted to take lead. “I’m surprised because this will not be manageable for the bidder/s.” To a question, the RO-1 said he had security concern at the back of his mind and added the same could not be ruled out before awarding contracts. PU spokesman Khuram Shahzad, when contacted, said Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir had immediately taken notice of abnormal and surprising increase in the bidding of the canteens. He added the university would get security clearance of the highest bidders. He said the VC had instructed officials concerned not to award contract of canteens and the matter would now be decided after the report of security agencies. He said PU administration would not take any risk in the prevailing security situation of the country.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

World Teachers' Day observed at Alhamra Hall

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:49
LAHORE:07 October: World Teachers' Day was observed on Thursday by paying tribute to the teachers in the provincial capital, as a number of ceremonies were held to focus on the importance of teachers. Different organisations as well as educational institutions and teachers unions held seminars, walks and other events to mark the day, while the School Education Department (SED) organised a major ceremony at Alhamra Hall. Minister for Schools Education Rana Mashood, Schools Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik and a large number of teachers were present. Speaking on the occasion, Rana Mashood said that the purpose of celebrating the day was to pay tribute to the teachers' important role in educating the younger generations. "In this regard, teachers have been provided conducive atmosphere at the schools so that they can educate their students with hard work and consistency," he said. The minister further said that if the students were brightening the name of the country at the international level, it was because of the hard work of their teachers. He further said that the Punjab government had therefore decided to confer star teachers awards, certificates and cash prizes on 500 best teachers of public sector schools. He said that best performing five thousand teachers would be sent to world's best institutions for their capacity building in phases, and added that 300 teachers would be sent soon in the first phase. Similarly, interest-free loans would be provided to the teachers through teachers' foundation for the education of their children, healthcare and for the provision of other facilities, he said. While giving details of different steps taken for the betterment of the teaching community, he said that primary schoolteachers had been upgraded from BPS-9 to BPS-14 and the BPS-15 teachers had been promoted to BPS-16. "Similarly, the elementary schoolteachers have been upgraded in BPS-15, while the BPS-16 teachers of secondary schools have been given two increments. The Schools Education Department has given training to 672,000 teachers so that they can give quality education to their students." He said that 96 percent attendance of teachers had been ensured at schools and the recruitment of 2,116 assistant education officers had been made purely on merit. He said that teachers were the architects of society and "today we should make a sovereign pledge that we shall give all possible respect and honour to the teaching community, as they are the nation-builders". Schools Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik paid a rich tribute to the role of teachers in the education sector and said that it was the teachers' community who educated the children and improved their intellectual ken so that they could face the challenges of life. He said that Quaid-i-Azam Academy for Educational Development had been established as a state-of-the-art institution to provide quality training facilities to the teachers. He said that star teachers were intellectual vanguards of society and the whole nation was united to pay homage to the teaching community. He further said that teaching was not a job but a sacred profession, which "plays a pivotal role in nation building". Later, Rana Mashood distributed awards, certificates and cash prizes among the star teachers. Separately, in a statement on World Teachers' Day, All Pakistan Private Schools Federation President Kashif Mirza said that quality teachers were the key to sustainable global development and their training, recruitment, retention, status and working conditions were among the association's top priorities. "In fact, teachers are the single most influential and powerful force for equity, access and quality in education," he said, adding that worldwide there was a shortage of well-trained teachers. He said that the demand for teachers was expected to rise to 25.8 percent, which had a target calling for a substantial increase in qualified teachers. "The APPSF is determined to achieve universal primary education by 2030," he added. Meanwhile, the Ghazali Education Trust organised a walk in which students, members of civil society, social activists and political personalities paid tribute to teachers. Awards were also distributed among teachers. The participants urged the government to appreciate teachers without any discrimination between the public and private institutions. Similarly, the University of Management Technology (UMT) Lahore organised a seminar and an awareness walk where speakers blessed students with the priceless guidance about the respect of teachers. On the occasion, students voted for the best teachers, who were then presented special awards. The participants, while appreciating the efforts of the teachers, said that educationists had a very important role to play for the education and development of young minds. Published in Daily Times, October 6th 2017.Lahore