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Family of girl tortured by teachers cry out for justice

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:59
LAHORE:29 May: Two government teachers allegedly pushed a class-IX girl student from the third floor of the school building in Shahdara, causing her life-threatening injuries. The teachers, who have been booked for attempted murder case, reported to have committed the crime after the girl refused to “clean the classroom on her turn”. The 14-year-old Fajjar Noor is battling for her life at Ghurki Hospital, Lahore. Doctors say she has multiple fractures and her spinal cord is also broken. Her parents, present at the hospital, are in a state of disbelief and have expressed their shock as to how teachers could turn so inhuman. They want ‘Khadim-e-Ala’ not only to provide best medical care to her but also ensure [stern] action against her tormentors. The incident took place at the City District Government Girls School, Kot Shahabdin, Shahdara. Punjab Secretary Education (schools) Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik confirmed to Dawn on Sunday that two senior teachers - Rehana Kausar and Bushra Tufail - first inflicted corporal punishment on Fajjar Noor and then took her to top (third) floor of the school building and pushed her down. “The incident took place on May 23 but the school administration and some other officials kept it secret from the education department. “We came to know about [the incident] on Saturday evening. A departmental inquiry has been launched and the matter has also been referred to the Chief Minister Inspection Team for a thorough probe. “The chief minister has immediately placed District Education Authority Chief Executive Officer Ehsan Malik, Deputy DEO Tayyaba Butt and Headmistress Naghmana Irshad under suspension for hiding the incident. Both teachers have also been suspended and they will be proceeded under the Punjab Employees Efficiency and Disciplinary Act,” he said. Dr Malik said the government would not only bring the teachers to justice but also bear full expenses of the girl’s treatment. “Noor’s life is out of danger and doctors are trying their best that she could walk again,” he said. But Noor’s parents are not satisfied with the government’s efforts so far. “Although Dr Malik visited us and tried to allay our concerns. The CM should come and see my daughter’s condition...she is in extreme pain,” Rukhsana Bibi, Noor’s mother, told this reporter. Talking about as to how the school administration covered up the incident, she said: “It informed us that Noor fell from stairs and sustained serious injuries. When we reached the Mayo Hospital, doctors told us that she had multiple fractures. Her spinal cord was also broken. They asked us to shift her to the Spine Centre at Ghurki Hospital for better treatment.” After regaining consciousness at Mayo, Noor said: “My class teachers Bushra and Rehana ordered me to clean the classroom as today (May 23) was my turn to do so. I told them that I was not feeling well and she would do it some other day. On this they took me to another room and started slapping me. Then they took me to the rooftop and ordered me to clean it (roof). When I argued, they pushed me from the rooftop.” Noor is second among her five siblings - three girls and two boys. Her father Muhammad Akbar is a van driver. “I have not been going to work since May 24. At the moment I am concerned about the health of my daughter who wants to be a doctor. She is battling for her life because of her teachers. This is tormenting,” Akbar said and urged the chief minister to visit his daughter. On the other hand, the Shahdara Town police have registered FIR against the teachers under section 324 (attempted murder). “Police teams are raiding their residences, however no arrest has been made so far,” a police official said.Published in Dawn, May 29th, 2017City: Lahore

In appointments of VCs, still no progress

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:57
LAHORE:29 May: No progress has been made so far in the pending appointments of vice-chancellors at four public universities in Punjab. The issue seems to have hit a roadblock as a summary has been pending with the chief minister’s office since May 19. The four universities are Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), University of Sargodha (UoS) and Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology (MNSUET) Multan. Appointments at these four varsities were delayed due to a case that was being heard in the Lahore High Court (LHC). When contacted, several officials concerned expressed ignorance over the status of the appointments and said that the decision was pending with chief minister’s office. However, one official said that almost all the candidates at two of the four universities had become controversial. He added that cases in National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the LHC and ineligibility references filed at the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) could further delay the appointments. “Political influence is being used to secure the VC position at Punjab University and LCWU, and that is another reason why the appointment is being delayed.” The LHC, in its verdict on April 27, had given the go-ahead to the Punjab government to appointment VCs at these four universities on the recommendations of a search committee. After the verdict, candidates at two universities are becoming controversial. Mardan university reopens after Mashal lynching; weapons seized during search The candidates for the vice-chancellor’s slot at PU include incumbent acting VC Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, Dr Zakaria Zakar and Dr Mujahid Kamran, who had served nine years at the university including two terms as the VC. For PU, a writ had been filed in the LHC, which stated that the incumbent VC did not fulfil the minimum criteria set by the PHEC. Another alleged financial misappropriation had been unearthed at PU in the incumbent’s tenure. For the former VC, Mujahid Kamran, a NAB inquiry is also looking into financial embezzlement during his nine-year tenure. For the LCWU, the contest is between acting VC Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Dr Uzma Qureshi and Dr Shahida Hasnain. Dr Kausar has filed a representation at the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) against the eligibility of the other two shortlisted candidates. Meanwhile, a writ, similar to that against the eligibility of the Dr Zafar Mueen at PU, had been filed against Dr Uzma Qureshi, which maintained that she did not fulfil the minimum requirement to hold the VC position. At UoS, the candidates include Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, Dr Tahir Kamran, and Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, who is currently the acting VC of PU. For MNSUET, Dr Aamir Ijaz, Dr Mohammad Zubair and Dr Shahid Munir are the candidates for the VC slot. Academic circles had been asking the government to appoint VCs at the earliest as these varsities face many administrative problems because of the makeshift arrangements, and with the LHC verdict in, there is no reason for the appointments to be deferred further.Published in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

Punjab university a writ filed in the LHC,

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:55
Lahore:May 29:For PU, a writ had been filed in the LHC, which stated that the incumbent VC did not fulfil the minimum criteria set by the PHEC. Another alleged financial misappropriation had been unearthed at PU in the incumbent’s tenure. For the former VC, Mujahid Kamran, a NAB inquiry is also looking into financial embezzlement during his nine-year tenure. For the LCWU, the contest is between acting VC Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Dr Uzma Qureshi and Dr Shahida Hasnain. Dr Kausar has filed a representation at the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) against the eligibility of the other two shortlisted candidates. Meanwhile, a writ, similar to that against the eligibility of the Dr Zafar Mueen at PU, had been filed against Dr Uzma Qureshi, which maintained that she did not fulfil the minimum requirement to hold the VC position. At UoS, the candidates include Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, Dr Tahir Kamran, and Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, who is currently the acting VC of PU. For MNSUET, Dr Aamir Ijaz, Dr Mohammad Zubair and Dr Shahid Munir are the candidates for the VC slot. Academic circles had been asking the government to appoint VCs at the earliest as these varsities face many administrative problems because of the makeshift arrangements, and with the LHC verdict in, there is no reason for the appointments to be deferred further.Published in The Express TribuneCity: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

IT University certificates distribution ceremony at Arfa Software Park

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:42
Lahore:May 29: Information Technology University (ITU) will organise its first edX certificates distribution ceremony at Arfa Software Technology Park here on Monday (today). In February this year, ITU had signed an MoU with global education platform edX, a nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, to integrate edX courses in the existing ITU degree programmes. Dr Umar Saif, ITU Vice-Chancellor will award certificates among the successful students. The successful collaboration between ITU and edX is leading to the formation of the first “digital university” in Pakistan. The collaboration with edX has enabled Pakistani students to take courses from top universities in the world in their classrooms at ITU under the supervision of the ITU faculty members. An ITU spokesperson said this is the first of its kind partnership of edX with any university in which online courses on edX are integrated into classrooms and supervised exams. Students earn a course completion certificate from a university such as MIT or Harvard and course credits from ITU. Currently ITU’s first year Electrical Engineering students were enrolled into the Circuits and Electronics course at MIT through this partnership.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Five education officials suspended for corporal punishment

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:40
LAHORE:May 29:School Education Department (SED) Punjab has suspended services of Ehsan Malik holding additional charge of the post of Chief Executive Officer of District Education Authority Lahore, Ms Tayyaba Butt Dy. DEO (secondary education), Ms Naghmana Irshad headmistress and two SST namely Rehana Kauser and Bushra Tufail. These orders have been issued in connection with an incident of corporal punishment which occurred at City District Government Girls High School, Factory Area, Shahdara recently. A 9th grade student Ms Fajar Noor, d/o Muhammad Akbar, was inflicted corporal punishment by two SST Rehana Kauser and Bushra Tufail who also took her to the top floor and pushed her down. The headmistress Naghmana Irshad, Tayyaba Butt DEO (SE) as well as Ehsan Malik didn’t report the matter to the higher authorities and rather tried to cover it up. Secretary SED Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik and Special Secretary Rana Hasan Akhtar Khan, on hearing the incident, immediately rushed to the hospital. They inquired after the student, got details of the unfortunate incident from her and assured her family that justice would be ensured in this case. Taking to The News, Dr AB Malik said the condition of the student was now out of danger after three major surgeries. He said the incident happened two days before the summer vacation, on May 23, and was not reported to authorities owing to which the officials were suspended. He said FIR had already been registered in Factory Area police station against the teachers who pushed the girl student down. The news. The chief minister has taken a serious notice of the issue and on his directions, suspension orders have been issued. Secretary Schools as well as Secretary Health have also been directed to ensure proper treatment of the injured student.The news. City: Lahore

Budget 2017-18: Educationists ‘insulted’ by meager pay rise

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 12:30
LAHORE:May 28:Schoolteachers, college lecturers and university professors slammed the government’s decision to increase their salaries by just 10% in 2017-18 federal budget. They called it a ‘meager’ increase compared to ‘massive’ inflation. The schoolteachers’ representative body, The Punjab Teachers’ Union (PTU), said the 10% increase was simply enough. In a joint statement, PTU leaders, including Central President Chaudhry Muhammad Sarfaraz, Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, Rana Liaquat Ali, Jan Sadiq and others said the raise was an injustice with government employees. They added that with increasing prices, the government should reconsider the decision. The statement demanded that the government increase salaries by at least 20% for employees and raise pensions by 30% hike. The PTU, meanwhile, appreciated the decision to add ad-hoc relief allowance to the basic salary of all public sector employees. Similarly, in a statement, college teachers’ representative body, Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) Lahore Division President Tauseef Sadiq said the raise in salaries of government servants, with the exception of a few enjoying administrative posts, was peanuts. He said the government maintained double standards for members of the parliaments and government servants. “The members got their allowances almost doubled recently, whereas the raise for government servants could be termed as a malicious joke,” he added. University teachers also expressed similar sentiments towards the pay rise. Federation of the All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) Central President Prof Dr Kaleemullah Barech, General Secretary Dr Shakeel Farooqi and others said only a small increase had been given to government employees in the budget.Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2017.City: Lahore

Ganji Makhi: refreshing stories collection

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:50
LAHORE:May 26:Bushra Bajwa’s humorous stories collection titled “Ganji Makhi” is a refreshing addition in the otherwise colourless, drab and tension filled lives of the book lovers in general public. The book is a compilation of six skillfully written stories for all ages but they are the representation of a child’s innocent fantasies and colourful dreamy world of imagination. It is Bushra’s first book which consists of six stories including Ganji Makhi, Besuray Ustad, Boohra Murgha, Nargis ka Kofta, Shahzadi Husan Bano k Sawal and Gajra. “Gajra” is an Urdu translation of Bushra’s story in English titled “spare parts”. She has been writing humorous stories since her childhood which appeared in Urdu newspapers and various weeklies. She also wrote stories for her college magazine. Bushra’s style is simple yet very binding with simplicity of thought and a grip on her subject. Her stories are a strong reflection of our beautiful simple and full of life past, which has disappeared in the materialistic rat race of the modern times. Ganji Makhi is a valuable record of our beautiful past and a memorable visit to our memory lane.The news.City: Lahore

Need to adopt new audit techniques stressed PU VC

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:48
LAHORE:May 26:Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir has said that auditors can ensure transparency in institutions if they play their due role as they stop others from wrongdoings. He was addressing a workshop on issues of local fund audit organised by Divisional Directorate Local Fund Audit Department, Lahore, on Thursday. Divisional Director Amir Mufti, PU Resident Auditor Chaudhry Zaffar Iqbal, former Resident Auditor Naeem Iqbal Qureshi, resource person Jamil Bhatti and a large number of auditors from various departments were also present. The VC said auditors must be respected. He said there was a need to adopt new techniques of audit. Amir Mufti said the purpose of the training workshop was to share experiences with each other and equip auditors with modern techniques to improve financial matters of the institutions. Meanwhile, Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir while addressing a prize distribution ceremony of the 121st annual sports event at Sherani Hall of PU Oriental College said the Oriental College was playing its role in promotion of literature in the country. Faculty of Oriental Learning Dean Prof Dr Fakhrul Haq Noori, heads of various departments and a large number of students were also present on the occasion. For the first time in the history of the college, cash prizes were distributed among the winning players and teams. Amanat Ali and Aaliya Shaheen were declared the best athletes of the event while Department of Kashmiriyat clinched team trophy.The news.City: Lahore

2,820 graduates awarded degrees at PMAS

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:47
Rawalpindi:May 26:A total 2,820 graduates were awarded degrees, while 59 decorated with medals in the 18th convocation of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Thursday. 43 graduates got gold medals, 8 silver medals, 8 bronze medals while 1785 postgraduate, 1,000 undergraduate and 35 Ph.D graduates were awarded with degrees. Two students also achieved the gold medals sponsored by the Bank of Punjab while a student of Literacy Centre also received gold medal. Federal Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, was the chief guest while PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Centre (PARC) Dr. Yousaf Zafar, faculty members and graduates were also present on the occasion. Federal Minister, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said the adoption of modern agriculture accompanied by trained manpower would not only help improve living standards but also produce quality commodities for the international market.The news.City: RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiAgriculture University Rawalpindi

Summer vacation in schools from today

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:26
LAHORE:25 May:Summer vacation in schools have started officially in the entire province of Punjab from Thursday (today). According to a notification issued earlier by the Punjab School Education Department, “Summer vacation will be observed in all schools/educational institutions (government/privately managed) in Punjab with effect from May 25 to Aug 14.” Previously, the Punjab government order summer vacation from June 1 to Aug 14. The summer vacation has been advanced by a week because of Ramazan. However, certain private schools have not complied with the notification of the government and the schools are still open.The news.City: Lahore

University of Veterinary Sciences, Lahore two-day training workshop

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:25
LAHORE:May 25:The Department of Statistics and Computer Science of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore organised a two-day training workshop on the uses of “LaTeX” software at City Campus, Lahore.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreVeterinary University Lahore

City to have 12 sports complexes

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:23
LAHORE:May 25:Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to construct 12 sports complexes in Lahore. Officials said following the directions of the chief minister, LDA has started work on the project by inviting applications for pre-qualification from the engineering firms/contractors, having licence from Pakistan Engineering Council in Category C-A, for establishing these sports facilities. These sports stadiums will be constructed in 11 National Assembly constituencies of Lahore District, officials maintained. Meanwhile, Lahore Development Authority director general has ordered transfers of two officers. Asim Saleem working as Director Land Development-I has been transferred and posted as Director, Record Sifting Cell. Muhammad Asad Ameer working as Director Record Management has been transferred and posted as Director Land Development-I. He has also been entrusted with the additional charge of the post of Director Record Management.The news.City: Lahore

Information Technology University holds job fair

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:26
LAHORE:24 May:The first-ever job fair of Information Technology University (ITU) for its first ever batch of software, electrical engineers and master’s degree holders was held at the university’s Arfa Software Technology Park campus here on Tuesday. ITU Vice-Chancellor and Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister Dr Umar Saif along with Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin inaugurated the job fair. ITU Registrar Zaheer Sarwar and other officials were also present. Addressing a large number of CEOs and representatives of the hiring companies of international repute, Dr Umar Saif said ITU Punjab had produced the first batch of 210 software and electrical engineers and master’s degree holders by training them hard under the world’s best faculty and in the state-of-the art labs. Dr Umar Saif said the graduating batch of ITU year 2017 had a wide array of experience in a diverse arena. They have sound theoretical understanding coupled with experience in practical environment as interns, he said and hoped that the presence of the industry representatives in the job fair would be a morale-boosting factor for the ITU graduates. He said that together with research orientation and entrepreneurial skills, ITU had equipped the first batch, since the inception of ITU four years back, for IT growth and to develop ICT solutions to compete with the world. Pakistan’s IT industry has constraints on supply side, which would be gradually removed,” he added. Later, he talked to the media, and, replying to a question, Dr Umar Saif said the current advanced cyber warfare needed strict measures to address the security of servers and computers. However, security operation to protect the assets has been active for the last two years, he added. The ITU job fair, organised in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education Commission, was attended by a host of companies.The news. City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

SLS School observes Cleanliness and Hygiene Week

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:22
Rawalpindi:24 May:Students of all campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School observed Cleanliness and Hygiene Week, says a press release. Montessori to grade 3 students prepared special morning assemblies and did various activities to demonstrate concepts of cleanliness and hygiene. SLS Montessori, Peshawar Road branch, held a special assembly to emphasise the importance of cleanliness. Students performed a skit showing why it is bad to throw wrappers on the ground. “Bits of paper on the floor make the whole place untidy!” the little students chanted and then proceeded to pick up all the wrappers and throw them in the trash can. A ‘mystery bag’ had everyone’s attention. Students from the audience eagerly participated in getting blindfolded to guess which tools of personal hygiene the mystery bag contained. Happy and colourful poem presentations on the topic sung by the participants and joined in by the audience were the highlights of the assembly. SLS, Hali Road Montessori students did a hand-washing exercise to learn the correct way of washing their hands. A fun guessing game had the students identifying the tool of personal hygiene and matching it with the correct body part. Skits and poems were performed emphasising the effects of littering the environment and not keeping oneself clean. Quotations and short sentences about cleanliness and hygiene were shared by the students driving home the message of the day that a clean home is a happy home and that cleanliness is half of faith.The news.City: Rawalpindi

VC slots in three medical varsities

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:23
LAHORE:23 may: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has declared more than 40 foreign medical degrees/diplomas of senior doctors “unregistered”, opening a new debate on criteria for the selection of heads of the public sector medical institutions in Punjab. The PMDC has also questioned the validity of the degrees after many of these were either found “unfamiliar” by the medical education regulatory body working on the matter or contradicted the claims by the candidates for the vice-chancellor slots in medical varsities of having Level-III qualification. The council, however, gave a clear message to the Punjab health authorities concerned as well as the medics, barring them from submitting the “unregistered degrees/diplomas” in future while contesting for the top slots at the public sector medical institutions, an official privy to the information told Dawn. He said the senior medics had been mentioning these degrees in their profiles and on the plaques at their clinics to present themselves as globally qualified professional. Most of these degrees were issued by renowned medical institutions of United States, England and some European countries, he said. The issue surfaced when the Punjab government asked the PMDC to determine the status of the medical degrees submitted by the 36 senior doctors from all over the country vying for the top slots of the three varsities in Lahore, the official said. He said it was for the first time that the Punjab government had approached the PMDC to get authenticity of the qualifications of the senior medics checked after it received a variety of degrees/diplomas issued by various international institutions submitted by the candidates. The Punjab government had sought applications for regular appointment of vice chancellors at University of Health Sciences, King Edward Medical University and the Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Lahore. He said most of the candidates had submitted five or more medical degrees/certificates of international institutions, creating confusion about their authenticity. Consequently, the PMDC was approached for the verification of these documents. It took PMDC one month to verify these degrees under “Regulations for the appointment of Faculty Professional Staff/Examiners/Principal/ Dean/ Administrative Staff in Undergraduate & Postgraduate medical & Dental Institutions of Pakistan 2011”. The council has recently sent a detailed report to the Punjab government declaring nomenclatures of the registered and unregistered degrees and the level of qualifications of the candidates. A copy of the report is also available with Dawn. According to the report, 36 candidates have deposited over 60 Pakistani and foreign medical degrees/diplomas which were examined by the PMDC on the request of the Punjab government. Most of the candidates had pitched their credentials as Level-III qualification (the actual requirement for the advertised positions), while submitting applications to the health department. However, of them nearly 40 were found to be “unregistered” with the PMDC, while many Pakistani postgraduate degrees (claimed by the candidates as Level- III) were found to be Level-II qualifications. According to the report, six candidates -- Prof Dr Mian Azhar Ahmad, Prof Dr Asima Malik, Prof Dr Sheerin Khawar, Prof Dr Nazifa Ahmad, Prof Dr Abdul Najeeb Khan, and Prof Dr Zafar H Tanvir -- claimed M.Phil as the Level-III qualification. As the Council has already declared the M.Phil as Level-II qualification, these six medics are likely to be dropped from the list of candidates. The higher postgraduate degrees, which have been declared Level- III qualification, included Doctor of Medicine (MD), Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS), Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP), Master of Surgery (MS), DAB and PhD. The PMDC has made it clear that from now onwards only the senior doctors possessing these degrees, would be eligible for the top slots of medical institutions. A senior doctor who is also a candidate for VC slot alleged that the Punjab government had never formed search committees comprising experts from the concerned profession. He said the varsities were globally considered as institutes to create applicable knowledge through high impact research. “Astonishingly, Punjab government, while selecting vice chancellors, has been totally ignoring the research contribution of the applicants, whereas the federal Higher Education Commission requires more than 20 original research papers published in high-impact international journals before considering any applicant for the slot”, he said. He said it was evident from the procedure adopted by the Punjab government that the decision makers were neither qualified nor experienced to handle the job. “Ironically, the search committees formed for selection of VCs comprise ex-judges, bureaucrats, philanthropists or engineers”, he said. He lamented that no medical teacher of distinction or vice chancellor of any medical university had been included in any of the notified search committee. He added that the search committees constituted by federal HEC always included distinguished VCs and teachers with high qualifications.Published in Dawn, May 23rd, 2017.City: LahoreMedical College in LahoreLahore Medical & Dental College Lahore

Punjab University Senate wants NAB probe into VC’s ‘corruption’

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:21
LAHORE:23 May:Punjab University’s (PU) Senate and Academic Staff Association (ASA) have called on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action over alleged corruption and misappropriation by Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir. It said the irregularities occurred when awarding civil work contracts amounting to Rs21.4 million. They alleged that the projects were handed to his “favourite contractors”. In a joint statement, elected members of the PU Senate, the supreme body of the university, also urged the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and its provincial equivalent to also take note of the matter. Demanding the suspension of the VC, the statement said that a formal complaint over the alleged corruption had been lodged with NAB Lahore against the PU administration by a citizen, namely Amir Sajjad. They claimed that favouritism and corruption was evident in the awarding of civil work contracts. They alleged the contracts were given without giving advertisements and were in blatant violation of the Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and regulations. The teachers also raised questions over an inquiry initiated into the matter by the PU administration. “Although PU has initiated an inquiry into these allegations, Dr Mansoor Sarwar has been notified as the inquiry officer. He is a favourite of the current vice chancellor and recently Rs3.7 million in house rent were waved-off by the VC in his favour,” the statement said. “How can a man, who recently received favours from the university administration, probe the matter transparently and independently?” Earlier, allegations came to light that the university administration spent Rs21.4 million on civil works at the university without following legal formalities such as the advertising tender in newspapers. They said contractors were hired and paid by the university. When contacted, a PU spokesperson rejected the allegation, saying that PU VC has nothing to do with any embezzlement in construction work.Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2017. Punjab University Senate wants NAB probe into VC’s ‘corruption’ LAHORE:23 May:Punjab University’s (PU) Senate and Academic Staff Association (ASA) have called on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action over alleged corruption and misappropriation by Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir. It said the irregularities occurred when awarding civil work contracts amounting to Rs21.4 million. They alleged that the projects were handed to his “favourite contractors”. In a joint statement, elected members of the PU Senate, the supreme body of the university, also urged the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and its provincial equivalent to also take note of the matter. Demanding the suspension of the VC, the statement said that a formal complaint over the alleged corruption had been lodged with NAB Lahore against the PU administration by a citizen, namely Amir Sajjad. They claimed that favouritism and corruption was evident in the awarding of civil work contracts. They alleged the contracts were given without giving advertisements and were in blatant violation of the Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and regulations. The teachers also raised questions over an inquiry initiated into the matter by the PU administration. “Although PU has initiated an inquiry into these allegations, Dr Mansoor Sarwar has been notified as the inquiry officer. He is a favourite of the current vice chancellor and recently Rs3.7 million in house rent were waved-off by the VC in his favour,” the statement said. “How can a man, who recently received favours from the university administration, probe the matter transparently and independently?” Earlier, allegations came to light that the university administration spent Rs21.4 million on civil works at the university without following legal formalities such as the advertising tender in newspapers. They said contractors were hired and paid by the university. When contacted, a PU spokesperson rejected the allegation, saying that PU VC has nothing to do with any embezzlement in construction work.Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Training of Lahore wardens

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:20
LAHORE:23 May:Traffic police has started regular training sessions for traffic wardens for behavioural change. Traffic wardens of all sectors will participate. Chief Traffic Officer SSP Rai Ijaz Ahmad, former captain Pakistan cricket team Inzmam ul Haq, Shahid Rasheed and Dr Fozia attended the 1st training session. Chief Traffic Officer SSP Rai Ijaz Ahmad said: We must follow the teachings of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (PBUH) and behave citizens good on roads.The news.City: Lahore

Information Technology University job fair

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:18
LAHORE:23 May:Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education Commission is holding its first ever job fair for the first batch of students from BS Computer Science, BS Electrical Engineering and third batch of MS Computer Science who are graduating this year on Tuesday (today). According to a press release, ITU’s founding Vice-Chancellor and Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab, Dr Umar Saif will inaugurate the mega event.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Pak children to take part in Japan art contest

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:16
LAHORE:May 23:Nine children, who won the 11th Dream Art Contest Pakistan, will compete in World Contest in Japan. Three times previously world winners included Pakistani children. According to a press release issued here Monday, Dream Art Contest is an annual contest held in two sections; the local contest is followed by the world contest in Japan. Children are encouraged to paint their dream car. Ali Asghar Jamali said Pakistani children are immensely gifted. It is very unfortunate that we do not have a lot of platforms to bring this talent out. This art contest is aimed to showcase talent of our children to the world. The company has been arranging this contest for last six years and it is getting bigger and better every year. We have reached 650 schools across Pakistan and received 23,000 entries. Next year we are aiming to reach 1,000 schools across Pakistan,’ he added. The children under 16 years of age are broadly divided into three categories as per age. For the first time, a category targeting children with special needs was also included in the competition, named Royal. The winners of the first category (children under 8 years of age) were Maryam Faraz, Haziq Aftab and Syed Wali Zaidi. The winners of the second category (children aged 8 to 11) were M Umar Nadeem, M Yousuf Memon and Ibrahim Ahmed Qureshi. Similarly, the winners of the third category (children aged 11 to 15) were Sufiyan Salman, Khubaib Ahmed Qureshi and Reeva Nadeem. The winners of this category named as ‘Royal’ for children with special needs were Usman Ghani, Noreen Ameer and Hassan Javed.The news.City: Lahore

Ameer ud Din Medical College Drama night

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:15
LAHORE:May 23:Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and Ameer ud Din Medical College Prof Ghiyas un Nabi Tayyab has said extracurricular activities play vital role to polish personality of students. Medical students have to burn midnight oil for attaining satisfactory numbers. They need more opportunities of recreation and college functions to keep themselves relaxed and fresh. He expressed these views while addressing an event of Drama Night and Annual Dinner organised by Dramatic Society of Ameer Ud Din Medical College and Post Graduate Medical Institute held at Ali Institute, according to a press release issued on Monday. President Dramatic Society Professor Khalid Mahmood, faculty members and a large number of students attended the function. The students presented dramas, music performances and pieces of acting highlighting social issues in lighter tone. This function was also held in honour of outgoing session of first badge of MBBS class of AMC. Addressing the participants, Prof Tayyab said that profession of doctors requires compassion, kindness and humanity. Patients get impressed more by the politeness of a doctor than his treatment. Therefore, doctors should develop habits of tolerance, patience, sacrifice and sympathy within themselves along with best professionalism. Prof Khalid Mahmood said: “It is an established fact that our students are not behind anyone in the world in respect of talent and guts. Great Allama Iqbal was rightly optimistic about our youth and its huge potential. The only task to be achieved is the provision of proper plate farm to youth for taking off for high flying in the skies of opportunities and chances.” In charge Dramatic Society Ujala Ejaz expressed her views during the function. At the end, special guest Prof Tayyab distributed prizes and commendatory certificates among the high performers of the Drama Night.The news.City: LahoreMedical College in LahoreAmeer ud Din Medical College Lahore