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Punjab University students win drama competition

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:45

LAHORE:May 4:Punjab University students from various departments participated in All Punjab Dramatic Competition organised by Punjab Information & Culture department, and clinched prominent positions.

In drama competition, students, including Sara Tariq, Wajahat Aurangzaib and Komal Idrees won best production award while Asim Chaudhry obtained best comic award. In mime competition, students, including Sara Tariq, Wajahat Aurangzaib, Salman Haider, Hamza Ishaq, Arsalan Akram, Azmat Majeed, Khaula Jamal, Zainul Abdeen, Zarbha Khan, Komal Idrees, Roshan-e-Saeed and Muazza Tariq grabbed second position. Meanwhile, in first English Parliamentary Debates Competition-2017, (British Style), at a private school, Sameen Fawad Khan and Amnah Sameen Khan won team trophy. PU VC Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir has congratulated the students on their achievements.The news.

Call to focus on health, education in budget 2017-18

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:44

LAHORE:May 4:Allocation of more resources for health and education, besides practical steps for employment generation should be the focus in the forthcoming budget while the government priorities should be set in accordance with the public requirement.

These views were expressed by the students in Jang Economic Session on ‘expectations of students with 2017-18 budget’.

The students who spoke on the occasion were Abdul Rehman, Abdul Wahab, Tayyab Tariq, Hafiz Shahrukh, Kazim Raza and Hassan Ubaid. The session hosted by Sikandar Lodhi.

Abdul Rehman said that the expectations should not be high while keeping the government performance in sight. He suggested investment in all infrastructure not only bridges and roads besides ensuring health and education facilities.

He believed enrolment in schools can increase by improving quality of education in government schools while socio-economic issues could be resolved with proper education and justice system.

Abdul Wahab said that quality of education should also be focused in next budget.

He said increase in student fee or imposition of tax on it is deplorable. He called for promotion of vocational training and technical education for youths.

Tayyab Tariq said socio-economic issues are worsening due to lack of government priorities.

He said national interest projects should not be politicised. He said education institutions should also be established other than Lahore while youths issues would not be resolved by giving them laptops only. He called for focusing employment generation projects.

Hafiz Shahrukh said that everyone has been compelled to come on roads to raise voice for their rights. He said Lahore is not whole Pakistan so development of one city is not development of whole country. He said the government lacks in decision making capacity.

He said problems would not be resolved by spending money on metro buses and infrastructure projects. He called for cutting down the education fee. He said provision of equal health and education facilities across the board will reduce population burden from bigger cities and stop rural urban migration.

Kazim Raza said that the government should focus on real public issues instead on bridges and roads construction projects.

He said performance of health sector is dissatisfactory which increases the issues of health and economy. He said Pakistani youths did not lack behind in ideas of doing business but these ideas could not be used due to limited resources, research and development. He called for ending recommendation culture.

Hassan Ubaid said that steps for primary, secondary ad higher education is the need of the hour as youths are not benefitted with internship programmes.

He said vast employment opportunities could be helpful in resolving the social issues. He said the situation of government schools is very pathetic and standard education is on the decline. He called for provision of relief to public on utilities.The news.

 

PU ASSOCIATE DEGREE BACHELOR PROGRAMME Date Sheets

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:42

PU ASSOCIATE DEGREE BACHELOR PROGRAMME Date Sheets

Lahore:03 May:Punjab University issue DATE SHEET FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATION, 2017 OF (02) YEARS ASSOCIATE DEGREE BACHELOR PROGRAMME TO BE HELD IN MAY, 2017

 

City: Punjab University Lahore

Lahore schoolboys seek bail for ‘hurling death threats

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:26
LAHORE:03May:After taking leave from school, two bewildered minors appeared before a district and sessions court to obtain pre-arrest bail on charges of hurling death threats over a property dispute. Muhammad Saqib, a class-VIII student, appeared before the court of the sessions judge, who issued a notice to the state and summoned the police record of this case. The minors seemed confused over the whole process when their thumb impressions were recorded in previous bail hearings. An additional district and sessions judge had already dismissed their previous pre-arrest bail petitions. In response, the two boys Saqib, Amir and their mother Sajida Bibi filed fresh pleas on three occasions before the judge finally issued a notice to the state. On this occasion, the court has ordered that the police record of the case be presented on May 3 (today). Zamindara Islamia High School: Punjab’s first high school In previous proceedings, counsel for the accused, Advocate Syed Ijaz Hussain Sherazi, contended the minors had been falsely implicated by police officials. He argued that the two had nothing to do with this particular incident. Talking to The Express Tribune, Advocate Sherazi said the accused had a property issue with their relatives who, in connivance with police officials, got an FIR registered over the matter. Saqib, meanwhile, said he and his brother belonged to a financially-disadvantaged family and his father worked a gardener. He added the boy wanted to continue with their studies, but the police had implicated them in a false case. He categorically denied threatening anyone and said the allegations were far removed from reality.Express News.

King Edward Medical University registrar

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:25
LAHORE:03 May:King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has appointed Prof Irshad Hussain Qureshi, Professor/Chairman of Department of Medicine, as KEMU registrar with immediate effect till the appointment of regular incumbent. The notification was issued by the VC office on Tuesday.The news.

8th annual convocation of Virtual University

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:24
LAHORE:03 May: President Mamnoon Hussain said on Tuesday that skill development in IT is part and parcel of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in country. He stated this while speaking as a chief guest at 8th annual convocation of Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore. He said that significant interest of new generation in IT sector would be helpful for the development of the country. The president said that in the past years education and industry were nationalised which created intense negative impact on the human development sectors.Realising the need of IT and skill development education, universities like Virtual University have been serving the students, he said. Mamnoon Hussain lauded the services rendered by this university in country where a large number of students cannot afford higher education. However, he said the country has been facing new challenges in education sector and more resources were required to meet growing needs and challenges. He said in such circumstances Virtual University has been fulfilling the needs of education successfully. “Its a matter of honour that this institution has been doing projects with UN for education”, and hoped that this university would also sign memorandums of understanding with other international universities so that students could be equipped with modern skills and knowledge. He said the IT has changed the whole world and this department would become more important when CPEC projects would materialise.However, he stressed the need for more IT graduates in coming days and urged the education institutions to pay attention towards the needs of preparing IT experts. He criticised that in the past education sector was ignored due to which literacy goals remained unachieved and human resource development was affected. He said education is the only tool which creates a sense of responsibility and encourages youths to meet the challenges hitting the society.Mamnoon Hussain, who is also Chancellor of the University, gave away gold medals and shields to students who secured prominent positions in various fields. Earlier, Rector of Virtual University Naveed A Malik highlighted the achievements of this institution and said that 6,245 students, including 2,166 from Lahore campus were awarded degrees in different disciplines.The news.

Varsities’ academic staff demands tax rebate in budget

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 16:37
LAHORE:02 May:Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has showed serious concern that the government has not entertained the demand for reinstatement of 75pc rebate in income tax. FAPUASA Central President Dr Hamyoon Khan, General Secretary Dr Mahboob Hussain, Vice President Dr Kaleem Ullah, FAPUASA Punjab President Dr Sohail Aftab in a joint press statement said there were serious reservations and anger among the teachers of universities that the government was not paying heed to their just demand. They said income tax rebate had been reduced by the government three years ago by 40 percent, which was not acceptable for the teachers’ community. Dr Mahboob Hussain said that the preparation process of new federal budget is going on so the government should accept the long standing demand. According to a press release issued Monday, leaders of the FAPUASA has welcomed the Lahore High Court (LHC) latest judgment regarding the appointment of VCs in Punjab’s different universities in which it stated that the provincial government is fully empowered to make rules and appoint vice-chancellors of public universities. The 59 pages detailed judgment stated that the provincial legislature has the power to set standards, procedures and criteria for selection of the VCs. FAPUASA said realising their responsibilities in a post-18th amendment scenario, the provincial governments should allocate 25pc of total education budget to the higher education sector in order to meet growing needs. The first and foremost requirement is to follow transparent and merit based mechanisms for the appointment of university heads through independent search committee comprising of reputed academicians. The autonomy of universities needs to be protected and respected. On the pattern of Punjab government, remaining provincial governments should also prepare roadmaps for strengthening higher education system in their respective provinces, it added.The news.

Education for all: CM inaugurates school enrolment campaign

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 15:56
Lahore:May 01:There are 22 class rooms, accommodating around 650 students and 18 teachers in the school. The school management committee comprises of Dasuha’s notables and the village has the highest enrolment and literacy rate throughout Faisalabad district. Interestingly, the school does not charge any tuition fee while the expenses of maintenance, operation, salaries of teachers and other recurring overheads are bore by Muthidah Anjuman. The then Punjab governor Sir Odvor, who visited the school, had termed the institution as one of the best institutions in the province even though it was located in a small village. This school has a history of distinction in sports. Lal Shah Bokhari, an alumni of this school, led the Indian national hockey team in 1932 Summer Olympics held in Germany. His game was so superior the umpire personally checked his hockey and changed three sticks in one single game. Football Team of this school won All Punjab Open Cup Tournament in 1921 and All Indian Food Ball Open Tournament 1946 held at Lahore. While talking to The Express Tribune, Zamindara High School headmaster Muhammad Arshad said the government should give due importance and upgrade the status of the school. He said the institution has provided imparted education to thousands of students who later served the nation and the country. Express News.

PU postpones selection board meetings on faculty hiring

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:28
LAHORE:01May: The Punjab University has postponed its selection board meetings scheduled for May 3, 4 and 6 in the backdrop of the Lahore High Court verdict on the appointment of vice-chancellors in public varsities. According to a varsity spokesman, the administration has sought lists of experts from the departments concerned. The next meetings of selection boards will be held after approval of all these lists according to varsity rules, he says. Earlier, the Syndicate in its April 8 meeting approved a list of panel of experts which was neither recommended by the board nor presented in its meeting held in February last. Moreover, the administration has also convened meeting of selection board to appoint professors/associate professors in various departments amid controversies. According to a source, the selection board in its Feb 28 meeting approved a list of some 2,000 experts in only an ‘hour-long’ proceeding in violation of university calendar. Besides, heads of departments concerned, who were statutory members of the selection board, were not invited to the meeting. “According to the university calendar, the heads of department are bound to forward the list of experts in consultation with faculty members. The heads did not share the list with their respective faculty members which is another illegality in the process,” he said. The source wondered as how the registrar (who is just secretary of selection board) could exercise functions of the selection board and recommend the updated lists to the Syndicate on his own without presenting these before the selection board. “Only the Syndicate has the authority to delegate its power to any other person or authority and even then the action taken by the person or authority is returned to syndicate again for its approval,” he said. PU spokesman Khurram Shahzad said the lists of experts for their appointment on faculty positions were approved by the selection board in its February meeting in which representatives of all the faculties, Syndicate and PPSC were present. “The lists were presented before the board through proper channel and all formalities were fulfilled. The meeting discussed the lists of expert the lists were recommended to the Syndicate as per rules for its final approval,” he said and added the Syndicate in its April meeting had unanimously approved the recommendations of the selection board.Published in Dawn, May 1st, 2017

Police find no illegal residents at PU hostels

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:27

LAHORE:01May:Law enforcement agencies launched a search operation at the Punjab University hostels late Saturday night but had to return empty-handed as no illegal resident could be found.

Police conducted a search and sweep operation and went door to door for checking the identity documents of the hostel residents.

Sources at the university told The Express Tribune the information about the crackdown was given to the residents prior to the raid.

The operation was supervised by the Iqbal Town SP, DSP Muslim Town and DSP Samanabad. A total of 4 SHOs, 15 upper subordinates and 100 constables took part in the raid.

The police used biometric machines installed at the university hostels as well as android phones along with fingerprint scanners to verify the credentials of the residents.

Accompanied by university security staff, the police checked a total of 450 rooms and questioned 10 students about their identity while taking two in custody. All of the students were released after questioning.

Sources in the university told The Express Tribune the reason why no illegal occupant was identified or taken into custody was the hostel residents had been informed about the operation beforehand and all illegal occupants left the premises.

When contacted, Punjab University spokesperson said the search operation was a routine affair and was part of the administration’s drive to purge the hostels of any illegal occupants. “The university will take action against all illegal occupants without any discrimination,” he added.

In a television interview earlier, Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir had said the university would cleanse its hostels. “As many as 68 rooms were illegally occupied at the varsity, and now after installing biometric system, only 12 rooms were left,” he had admitted.

The university students, especially the Pakhtun, have for long been demanding cleansing the hostels of illegal residents in the wake of recent clashes at the campus. The Pakhtun, Baloch, Sindhi and other students groups have on several occasions claimed that many hostel rooms had been occupied illegally, which was the root cause of violence on campus.

According to a letter issued by the PU Registrar to all deans, chairmen, principals, directors, wardens and heads of non-teaching administrative departments, the university has chalked out an 11-point administrative order to restrict student organisations.

Hall Council chairman, wardens and superintendents have been held responsible to end illegal occupation of university hostels. A list of legal and illegal occupants must be prepared and submitted to the registrar’s office through the Hall Council chairman on an immediate basis, the notification stated.

Biometric identification system and CCTV cameras will also be installed in all hostels and no guests of male students will be allowed to enter the area.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2017.

Education for all: CM inaugurates school enrolment campaign

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:26

Lahore:May 01:There are 22 class rooms, accommodating around 650 students and 18 teachers in the school. The school management committee comprises of Dasuha’s notables and the village has the highest enrolment and literacy rate throughout Faisalabad district. Interestingly, the school does not charge any tuition fee while the expenses of maintenance, operation, salaries of teachers and other recurring overheads are bore by Muthidah Anjuman.
The then Punjab governor Sir Odvor, who visited the school, had termed the institution as one of the best institutions in the province even though it was located in a small village.

This school has a history of distinction in sports. Lal Shah Bokhari, an alumni of this school, led the Indian national hockey team in 1932 Summer Olympics held in Germany. His game was so superior the umpire personally checked his hockey and changed three sticks in one single game. Football Team of this school won All Punjab Open Cup Tournament in 1921 and All Indian Food Ball Open Tournament 1946 held at Lahore.

While talking to The Express Tribune, Zamindara High School headmaster Muhammad Arshad said the government should give due importance and upgrade the status of the school. He said the institution has provided imparted education to thousands of students who later served the nation and the country. Express News.

Zamindara Islamia High School: Punjab’s first high school

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:25

FAISALABAD:May 01:With its perfect past and long history of imparting education, Government Zamindara Islamia High School, the first high school established in rural areas of united Punjab, needs an immediate and due attention of the authorities.
Hundreds of residents of Dasuha and adjacent villages blamed the education authorities for step-motherly treatment with the one of the leading secondary schools for not giving its due recognition and status. The residents complained that more than 14 schools in the vicinity of Dasuha were upgraded to the higher secondary school level but the case of upgrading Government Zamindara Islamia High School to higher secondary level is in cold storage for the last three decades.
Founded by Khan Shahib Mehar Abadan, Zamindara High School was the first high school established in the rural areas of the then united Punjab in 1911. He looked after and the management the institution till 1917. It was the only school in which students coming from all across Punjab were provided the facility of boarding. The construction of the school was completed with an amount of Rs759,000 for which Abadan sold his agricultural land to pay for the construction expenses. In 1918, a managing body called “Muthidah Anjuman” was constituted to run the affairs of the school until it was nationalised in 1972.The news.

A progressive soul who advocates quality literature

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:24

Lahore:May 01:Professor Yousaf Hasan, a progressive Urdu, Punjabi language poet and critic is lucid and curt in his criticism. He is at his best when offering it couched in history and current time.
Asked by this scribe whether he was satisfied with the present day criticism in Urdu literature, he said: “Wherever Urdu literature is being written, literary criticism is also found there at one level or the other. Urdu is now a global language. In Pakistan, the Urdu language as a mother tongue belongs to small percent of the population related to central Urdu language tradition. But along with this tradition, from literary point of view, Urdu even in Punjab has established its own graceful tradition. I must confess my information is just confined to Punjab.”

“As far as I know in Punjab the Urdu literary criticism is not adequate. Especially artistic and aesthetic concepts need to be made more scientific and concrete because from progressive viewpoint the criticism which is limited only to pointing out of social material will be considered as general sociology and not literary sociology,” he added.

Elucidating the point he further said: “For the literary criticism to become literary it is necessary that it should name the distinctive artistic and aesthetic qualities of a literary piece. But unfortunately, the poetic form is recognized only by ‘radeef’, ‘qafia’ and the number of lines. The analysis of poetic composition and rhythm is also necessary.”

To a question that in the past poets were critics as well, today the situation is quite different, he said: “In every language informed prose, poetic and fictional literature blooms quite late. From this point of view both in Urdu and Punjabi literary criticism was primarily written by the poets. For example, the common poet of Punjab and Jammu, Mian Muhammad Baksh in his famous ‘masnavi Safarul Ishq’ generally known as Saiful Maluk wrote brief literary comments about the poets of earlier period and his contemporaries.”

Adding he said: “Every poet has his own literary concept which is formed by the world outlook he holds. His literary awareness helps him polish his poetry. A large number of Urdu poets in Punjab have written best literary criticism, but its quality has gone down these days as they write just for book opening ceremonies. In reality, the poets who can write better literary criticism but without philosophical thought their criticism remains deprived of depth and significance.

As to what is the status of progressive literature in the languages spoken in Pakistan including Punjabi, he commented: “The original languages of Pakistan like Punjabi, Sindhi, Pushu, Balochi et cetera are all the old languages. Punjabi civilization is four hundred years old and still progressing. Punjabi language along with its literary heritage is also rich from linguistic point of view. The strength of any language can be gauged from the number of its singular verbs, which are the source of compound and complex verbs. In Punjabi language the number of singular verbs is 2500 while in the Urdu language the number of singular verbs is 350.

“Progressivism reflects man’s activism and it can be described in the Punjabi language in a better way. Besides epics, Punjabi Sufi poetry is the poetry of spiritual and intellectual activism. If the Punjabi litterateurs become responsible and serious in giving Punjabi language more attention they can lend more elegance to the creations of progressive literature, which our masses can also understand well,” he concluded.The news.

Professor Minhas retires as Head of Institute of Psychiatry

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:23

Rawalpindi:May 01:Saturday, the 29th of April, 2017 marked Professor Fareed A. Minhas’ last day in office after 35 years of distinguished clinical, academic and public service. He served as the Head of Institute of Psychiatry & World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Training and Research at Benazir Bhutto Hospital and Professor at Rawalpindi Medical College for 15 years.
Professor Minhas who retired as the Head of the Institute of Psychiatry started his last day at office by chairing the morning meeting. He heard from the duty doctors about the happenings in the psychiatric emergency and the ward during the past day. Dr. Asif Kamal, Head of Psychiatry Department at Gajju Khan Medical College, Swabi and a former trainee of Professor Minhas specially came to attend the morning meeting and presented a bouquet of flowers to one of the top psychiatrists in Pakistan.
Professor Minhas then proceeded to his office to tend to some official work. This was followed by a team round in the academic room.
He then proceeded to the wards to bid farewell to the nursing staff thanking them for their support and work. He went from bed to bed inquiring to the progress of the patients. One of the patients, Razzaq, the longest-serving ward boy of the Institute of Psychiatry, admitted after sustaining stroke. He reminisced with him about old times, informed him of his retirement, and appreciated his efforts through the years.
During the course of these proceedings consultant psychiatrists and former trainees at the institute Dr. Shahid Khan, Dr. Zainullah Khan, Dr. Nadeem Bhatti, and Dr. Aaliya Hayat came to pay their tributes to Professor Minhas. They went around the institute getting pictures taken with the legend. The newly designated Tariq Saraf Lecture Theatre, Malik Mubbashar Library, and Fareed Minhas Conference Room were unveiled with a photo session.

Professor Minhas then went to the outpatient department for the last time as head of the institute to tend to a few of his regular patients. He reassured his patients that their follow-ups will be in the hands of capable and reliable doctors trained under his personal supervision.

In honor of his last day, Professor Minhas arranged for a gathering in the newly designated Tariq Saraf Lecture Theatre. The session hosted the entire Institute of Psychiatry staff; administrative team, ward staff, nursing staff, psychologists, house officers, post-graduate residents and consultants.

The program ensued with the recitation of the Holy Quran. Associate Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Asad Nizami then paid his tribute to Professor Minhas acknowledging his plethora of contributions. He then opened the house for everyone to say anything they wanted to say about Professor Minhas.

Everyone who spoke lauded Professor Minhas’ contributions not only as a psychiatrist and a teacher but also as a human being. He was appreciated by many as a father figure; as a consolation in their toughest times during life and training. All his former trainees hailed him as the reason for their success in life. Some of them shared that they may have left the profession had it not been for Professor Minhas.

Professor Minhas began his talk appreciating everyone's sentiments. I was told to respect my teachers like my parents and that is one of the reasons for my success. I realized whenever I disagreed with mentors I ended up being wrong. I saw early in my career that to master yourself you have to give yourself to the master, he said.

My conviction to follow what Professor Mubbashar, the founder of the institute said, was key to my success in life, he added.

When Professor Mubbashar left I had very big shoes to fill, he continued. From whatever I learnt from him, I have not changed anything, only delivered it in a different way, he said.

He thanked the speakers for their kind words and said that you have reminded me of things I had forgotten I had done and that it is consoling to know that I have been able to influence lives in such positive ways. One of my principles’, he said, has been to do no harm and help everyone as much as I can. The experiences everyone has had are a testimony to my success on having been able to live these principles, he said.

Appreciating his administrative staff, he said they respected and supported him without having any vested interests with respect to their careers. “I have garnered many relationships with all my staff and colleagues during the course of my career and these have made me from an ordinary man to a very special person.”

He paid homage to the nursing staff saying that they are the backbone of our Institute. I am grateful to all of you, he said.

Psychologists, he said, have been very important for us. The relationship between psychiatry and psychology has been very strained traditionally, but we have been able to have a fruitful interaction. Especially in research their support has been indispensable, he added.

Addressing his former trainees, he said that all of you spent four years with me. Every one of you had ups and downs in your lives and you mentioned how I supported you therein, he remarked. But the support you have given me went unmentioned, he added, you gave me a purpose; your success brought me an unmatched contentment.

Turning to the 22 trainees currently at the Institute, he told them not to be concerned by his departure at all. I hold myself responsible for you until you have cleared your exams, regardless of when that is, he promised.

He said he realized five years back that this day was to come. I withdrew myself from multiple responsibilities so as to empower you and I am confident that I have left the institute in safe hands, he said.

You have two responsibilities, he told his staff; to sustain the ongoing activities and to develop them even further. With that he thanked everyone and the entire audience stood up in respect of the legend and broke down into a thunderous applause.

The audience was ushered to the unveiling of the History Wall of the Institute. The wall had the history of the institute, Professor Minhas’ message to the staff, and the evolution of the infrastructure of the institute. A du'a for the acceptance of the efforts was made along with the unveiling. The staff and patients were then invited to a special lunch hosted by Professor Minhas.

The day concluded with Professor Minhas being presented with bouquets of flowers and the staff saw off the legend as he drove away leaving them indebted.The news.

Punjab gets power to appoint varsity heads

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 12:27

LAHORE: April 29:The Lahore High Court has finally allowed the Punjab government to appoint vice-chancellors at public universities, laying to rest months of uncertainty about powers enjoyed by the acting varsity heads.
Accepting the Punjab government’s appeal against an earlier verdict, an LHC division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah gave the government powers to appoint the vice-chancellors on Thursday.
The court ruled this while announcing the long-awaited judgment on an intra-court appeal against the verdict by a single bench, which had given powers to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to appoint the VCs.

The federation, the LHC ruling stated, can set standards in institutions of higher education always over the minimum national criteria, as it caters to all public-sector universities in the country and maintains national unity and federal compact.

Simultaneously, the province is empowered to develop standards that can be higher and more stringent as compared to the federal standards, but not below the federal standard.

The division bench added the provincial legislature has the power to set standards, including procedures and criteria, for the selection of the VC as long as they are not below the minimum standards set by the federation.

The court directed the Council of Common Interests (CCI) to review all the standards in institutions of higher education framed by HEC in order to make them constitutionally compliant within the next six months.

The judges also directed the HEC and the federal government to work under the supervision and control of CCI and route any policies or regulations through the council. The policies will only be considered legally binding if approved by the CCI.

The court ordered the Punjab government to proceed with the appointment of the VCs of four public-sector universities – Lahore College for Women University, University of Sargodha, University of Punjab and Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering & Technology – strictly on the basis of the recommendations of the VC search committee by considering a panel of three persons in the case of each university. All future appointments at the state-run universities in Punjab will be made according to the law settled with this latest judgment.

The tenure of the provisional VCs of the four named universities shall come to an end when regular VCs are appointed in compliance with this judgment, the court ruled, making it clear that order of the single bench was effective only to the four universities.

The Punjab government had filed the appeal against Justice Shahid Karim’s order passed on December 1 last year. The judge ordered the removal of acting VCs of the four mentioned universities and instructed the HEC to fill the posts according to law.

The court also declared the process of appointing VCs by the Punjab Higher Education Department illegal, directing the HEC to devise a criteria separately for every university and make separate search committees for all universities to fill the seats.Published in The Express Tribune,

VCs appointment case: CCI’s role in education standards

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 12:26

LAHORE: April 29:The Lahore High Court’s (LHC’s) decision on the appointment of vice chancellors has drawn a mixed reaction, not over the jurisdiction of the matter, but on the limitations imposed on the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The court ruled that the HEC should create various criteria for universities and it gave the Council of Common Interests (CCI) the powers to validate the same.
An LHC bench, on Thursday, ruled that the provincial government had the powers to appoint vice-chancellors at public sectors universities. A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, accepting the Punjab government’s appeal against an earlier verdict, decided that the provincial administration had the powers to appoint vice chancellors.

The HEC, the ruling said, could set minimum standards for higher education institutions as the commission catered to all public-sector universities and maintained national unity. Simultaneously, the province was empowered with developing standards that could be raised and made more stringent as compared to federal standards, but not reduced or lowered in any way.

The division bench added the province had the power to set standards, including procedures and criteria, for the selection of the VC as long as they were not below the minimum prescribed by the federation.

The court further ruled that the CCI would review all standards set at higher education institutions within six months of their recommendation and make them constitutionally compliant. The judges also directed the HEC and the federal government to work under the supervision and control of CCI and route any policies or regulations through the council.

The policies will only be considered legally binding if approved by the CCI, the court ruled.

According to the HEC Ordinance 2002, “The controlling authority of the commission shall be the prime minister or, as the case may be, the chief executive of the Islamic republic of Pakistan who may supervise the affairs of the commission”. According to the ordinance, “The chairperson, appointed under sub-section (1), shall have the status of a federal minister.”

Reacting to the verdict, academic circles welcomed the order, but some said giving the CCI powers over HEC would cause impediments. Furthermore, some academics think CCI was not equipped to make academia-related decisions.

Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) President Humayun Khan expressed concern over the decision, saying giving CCI the powers to deliberate over every rule and regulation would further prolong the process.

HEC Chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said the commission accepted the decision and it always maintained that appointments of vice chancellors were done by provincial governments. When asked about seeking the approval of HEC rules and regulations, the chairperson said he had not studied the verdict as a whole. He added he would be able to give a proper reaction after going through the matter in its entirety.

On the other hand, the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) chairperson, in a statement said, “This is a landmark decision. It has laid the foundation to a sound and robust higher education system in the country. PHEC warmly welcomes, accepts and appreciates the judgment, as it will help develop the new landscape of quality education in Pakistan with the effective role of the federation and provinces.

It also emphasises on the effective role CCI for informed decision-making and setting standards of quality. Implementation of the judgment, in true letter and spirit, is our commitment.”Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2017.

Link education institutes with market HEC

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:58

Lahore:April 29:Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana has said the nations who promoted higher education and research have prospered.

Addressing a ceremony regarding National Research Programme of federal Higher Education Commission (HEC) at a local hotel here on Friday, he said there was a need to connect higher education institutes (HEIs) and the market with each other to make the best use of research being carried out in the HEIs of the country. HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and vice-chancellors (VCs) of the universities of the province attended the event.

The governor said the research being carried out in universities needed to be aligned with needs of the country, adding that the same should be encouraged to bring about change in the lives of ordinary people. He said that significant improvement could be noticed in agriculture, social and other social sectors.

Dr Mukhtar Ahmed also spoke on the occasion. Meanwhile, a delegation of federal HEC comprising Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and HEC Media and Communication Director Ms Ayesha Ikram, Media Deputy Director Waseem Shahzad along with a team of journalists visited different universities of the provincial metropolis.The news.

Italian scholar lauds NAP in Punjab University

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:57

LAHORE:April 29:Italy’s Centre for International Relations Chairman Prof Dr Andrea Margelletti has said National Action Plan (NAP) is a not a national but an international plan to combat terrorism.
While addressing a seminar “European Perspective on the Issue of Terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan” organised by Punjab University’s Pakistan Study Centre here on Friday, he said Pakistani government was striving to counter terrorism and there was no Islamic terrorism. According to a press release, eminent political scientist Prof Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, former ambassador Javid Husain, AIG Punjab Police Dr Ejaz Hussain, Pakistan Study Centre Director Prof Dr Massarrat Abid and Dr Gabriele Iacovino and Dr Francesca Manenti from Centre for International Relations, faculty members and students were present on the occasion.
Prof Dr Andrea Margelletti said Islam is a religion of peace but there are organisations and groups who are committing terrorism under the name of Islam. He said Pakistan was not known in Europe before 9/11 but things had changed after the incident. While throwing light on Italy's alliance with NATO and especially with USA, he said 9/11 was not only an attack on the USA but on western civilization also.
Dr Ejaz Hussain said terrorism was a global issue and a cyclic process.

Javid Husain was of the view that Pakistani government condemned terrorism. He said that the US policy on combating terrorism in Afghanistan had four lapses.

“Firstly, US had completely shifted its resources and attention from Afghanistan to Gulf which provided that space for Taliban to gain power. Secondly, in deciding composition of new government in Kabul, the US totally neglected Taliban. Thirdly, for more than 10 years, the US searched for the solution for the issue through military means. Fourthly, while establishing government in Kabul, the US enthusiastically tried to infuse western political values in Afghanistan. India and Afghanistan governments must be stopped by the international community from supporting terrorism in Pakistan”, he said.

Prof Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi pointed out the historical nature of relations between the two countries. He said terrorism must be addressed through four different angles. “One is military and intelligence, the second one is non-military mechanism, the third is societal and religious leaders and the fourth is media houses,” he said. Prof Dr Massarrat Abid said Italy and Pakistan shared a common vision and goal on many crucial issues, including terrorism and security.The news.

A school that serves the Poor

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:55

LAHORE:April 29:Around 30 students of different grades are getting education in a three-marla double storey building. One teacher is a source of inspiration for students and limited resources could be seen in the school as it is located in a low-lying locality of the provincial metropolis. The school was established one year ago where poor students get education free-of-cost.
A resident of the area said the school is a great blessing for them.
According to him, “he has not enough sources to send his children to private schools while the government-run schools are not providing good education. This school is a lost hope for poor parents.
The school has opened horizon for them. According to him, his children will touch the glory and serve the country.

Ali Ahmad, a gypsy community member and student told the scribe with smiling face, “I want to become a doctor and will provide treatment free-of-cost to the people of the area.

The school is a brainchild of Youth Commission for Human Rights (YCHR). Small Grant Ambassador Funds Programme provided funds to the school so that poor students get education free-of-cost.

Wajahat Batool, Project Coordinator, said, according to Constitution of Pakistan 1973, “the state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to 16 years.

According to her, “the YCHR also established 15 schools in district Muzaffargarh where literacy rate is low.

She shared these 15 schools were set up in UCs of Utra Sandila, Manakpur, Thatta Gurmani and Alurid for establishment of home-schools.”

According to her, incentive is being provided to poor students. They have distributed around half a million rupees in term of monthly cash awards to their students.The news.

Convocation of FG Postgraduate College for Women held

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:54

Rawalpindi:April 29:The 28th convocation, 2017, of FG Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road, was held here on Friday in the Salma Masud Auditorium in the college premises. It was organised to award degrees, rolls of honour and merit certificates to the graduates of BA/BSc, MA English and MA Urdu for the session 2013-15. Professor Dr. Zaffar Mueen Nasar, Vice Chancellor of University of the Punjab, Lahore, was the honourable chief guest on this occasion.

The proceedings of the ceremony started with recitation from the Holy Quran by Hira Shafiq while ‘Naat’ was presented by Sajar Ali. As many as 413 graduates were awarded degrees for the session, including 236 degrees of BA, 152 BSc, 6 to MA English and 19 to MA Urdu students. Rolls of honour, merit certificates and medals were awarded to those students who excelled in the University Examination. The recipients of gold and silver medals and rolls of honour of their commendable performance included:

In MA English Samina Fazal was awarded roll of honour , In MA Urdu Amna Yaqoob was awarded gold medal/roll of honour, Muqadasa Matloob was awarded Silver Medal.

In BA Shumaila Boota was awarded silver medal/ roll of honour. In BSc Sana Chaudhary was awarded silver medal/ roll of honour.

Begum Salma Masud Memorial Award was given to Surayya Naz Gold Medal/Best in Co-Curricular Activities 2016-17 MA Urdu and Nimra Tariq for Academic Excellence 2015-17 BSc.

In her address, the Principal Rana Arshad Qazi paid rich tribute to the chief guest Prof. Dr. Zaffar Mueen Nasar as an Erudite Scholar, a dynamic educationist and innovative administrator. Dr. Zaffar Mueen Nasir did his PhD from Kansas State University USA in Economics. He has over 33 years of experience in research, education, teaching and education management. He has the honour of working as a visiting scholar at International Monetary Fund and also as Director Policies at Ministry of Labours in Pakistan. He had been the chief of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and also held the prestigious appointment of Dean of College of Business Administration at American University, United Arab Emirates.

The principal also presented brief synopsis of curricular and co-curricular activities of the last two years. In curricular activities student displayed 96% in Pre-Engineering Group, 95% in Pre-Medical Group, 93% in General Science Group and 94% in Humanities Group.

The concerted efforts of the students and teachers led to a rich harvest of 100 individual prizes, 3 cash awards and 8 trophies in all including Best in region trophy. She further added that education is not merely learning of facts rather it demands to be analytical and critical approach before any adoption or deletion of academics social and moral values.

The principal also congratulated all graduates and wished them a radiant future ahead.

Subsequently the chief guest conferred degrees, certificates to the graduates and distributed medals among them. Moreover he extended his heartiest felicitations to the principal, faculty and students for success in their educational and professional endeavour.

In the end the chief guest during his address put an immense emphasis on the value of education which must be our priority to mount the ladder of success.

The chief guest laid stress on the development of conscientiousness. Being a nation we have to surmount all the barriers by the appropriate use of our potentials. Our lives are governed by technology however being educated being we need to discriminate between good and evil and right and wrong. He further added that being a woman you have to shape the destiny of nation and always be thankful to your Creator.The news.