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GC University Lahore VC presented trophies to winners of the contest

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 13:30
Lahore:26 november:GCU Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha presented trophies to the winners of the contest. Senior Tutor Prof Dr Kamran Ashraf and Prof Dr Asim Aslam were also present on the occasion. workshopS: A two-day workshop on migratory birds concluded at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Saturday. The Departments of Clinical Medicine and Surgery (CMS) and Parasitology jointly organised workshops on “role of migratory birds in disease dissemination” and “handling and restraining of migratory birds with tick identification”. UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the concluding session and distributed certificates among the participants. Prof Dr Shahid Karim of University of Mississippi, USA, Prof Dr Aneela Zameer Durrani and Dr Imran Rasheed were resource persons at the workshops. The objective of the workshops was to highlight the importance of migratory birds in ecosystem and threats faced by these species in Pakistan. The workshops also highlighted the role of these birds in diseases dissemination. The workshops recommended measures to minimise these diseases. Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha stressed for developing linkages and taking steps for prevention of diseases spread by migratory birds. Meanwhile, UVAS, Center for Education Policy and Administration (CEPA) in collaboration with the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) organised GRE Fulbright Orientation seminar for its final year students and faculty members. USEFP Test Preparation Principal Adviser Zeeshan Rahat Qureshi was the resource person. He introduced USEFP, five steps to higher education in USA, fulbright scholarship programmes, GRE/TOEFL orientation, and preparing and appearing for the test.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences declamation contest

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 13:28
LAHORE:26 November:The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Saturday organised the All Pakistan Bilingual Declamation Contest. Students from various universities participated in the contest. In English debate, Rameesa Khan of Punjab University got first position, Haris Ali Virk of Government College University (GCU) Lahore got second and Qurat-ul-Ain of University of Engineering and Technology got third position. In Urdu debate, Haseeb Ahmad Ameen got first position, Arif Nazar got second and Kashaf Saher Rana got third position. Punjab University’s team won overall first position in the contest.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreVeterinary University Lahore

Workshop at GC University concludes

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 14:32
LAHORE:November 24: A three-day training workshop on “Outcome Based Education in Higher Education Institutions” concluded at the Government College University (GCU) on Thursday. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah chaired the concluding session. GCU Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) organised the workshop for young faculty members of GCU which was financed by the Learning Innovation Division, Higher Education Commission. “All good things must come to an end but this end will lead to a new beginning in the university's classrooms,” said QEC Director Iram Sohail in her address at the concluding session. She said higher education was primarily focusing on the success of students. She said universities not only deliver knowledge to the students but also measure if students are indeed learning. She said for fruitful outcome of instruction, teachers must clearly adjust their practices to address students' needs. Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said universities were not tuition centres where focus was only on rote learning, the QEC was making special efforts to equip the young faculty members with latest pedagogical skills. “Educational goals keep changing, terminology keeps changing and as time goes expectations from educational institutions also keep changing, and now it is time for outcome based education,” he said. Later, the Vice Chancellor distributed certificates among the participants. Meanwhile, the GCU has awarded PhD degree to Hafiz Muhammad Qais-ullah in Urdu.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

University of Engineering and Technology reception

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 14:31
LAHORE:November 24: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) on Thursday organised a welcome reception for freshers at university’s main auditorium. UET Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Industrialist and Educationist Syed Babar Ali, academic and administrative staff and freshers were present on the occasion.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahoreUET Lahore

Promotion of university level inventions urged

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 14:30
LAHORE :November 24:Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir has urged the scientists to help society and people benefit from the inventions taking place at the universities. He was addressing the first three-day international meeting of scientists “Science and Society" organised by PU's Centre for High Energy Physics (CHEP) here on Thursday. CHEP Director Dr Bilal Masud, faculty members, scientists and students were also present. Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir said that PU was taking several scientific initiatives which would contribute to the development of urban and rural economy. He said PU would take lead in socio-economic development of Pakistan. He said, "The poor nation is spending a huge money on us to make us scientists and now it is our responsibility to pay the poor people back through inventions which could boost their socio-economic condition." He said PU would organise a science fair soon and the youth and society would also be engaged in it. Dr Bilal said this was a great opportunity for the scientists and students to interact with the scientists of other disciplines. He said the meeting would be helpful in resolving national issues. Meanwhile, the PU VC laid the foundation stone of a dedicated building for Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) beside Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre (SZIC). The earth-breaking ceremony was held at SZIC, New Campus. Faculty of Islamic Studies dean Prof Dr Tahira Basharat, Institute of Islamic Studies Director Prof Dr Saad Siddiqui, SZIC Director Prof Dr Muhammad Ejaz, Academic Staff Association (ASA) President Javed Sami, faculty members and a large number of students were also present. Addressing the event, Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir said that there were misconceptions about Islam in the west, adding that the Institute of Islamic Studies would initiate research projects to remove such misconceptions. He said, "We would send a message of peace and our scholars would present true image of Islam." He said Islam instructs its followers to take special care of human rights. He said Islam is the best religion. He said comparative religion studies would also be promoted at the institute. He said realising the importance of research in Islamic studies, the PU administration had promised some months back to provide separate building for IIS and construction work would start very soon. Dr Tahira Basharat said that for the first time in the history of IIS’s, which is the oldest institute of Islamic studies in Pakistan, it was going to have its own building. She thanked the PU VC for extending all-out support. Prof Dr Saad Siddiqui said that IIS teachers had contributed their one month salary for the construction of new building while Rs 10 million were allocated from the institute’s funds for the purpose. Human resources: Planning & Development Department Chairman Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan has said the initiative of the project "Logical Framework Analysis (LFA)" has been taken to improve the human resources in the province. Addressing a training workshop jointly organised by the Punjab Directorate General Monitoring and Evaluation, P&D Department, in collaboration with UNICEF and DFID on “Logical Framework Analysis (LFA)” here on Thursday, he said that the session would help the professionals and policy makers to accomplish their work in a symmetric and structured way. The P&D chairman lauded the continuous support of DFID. P&D Infrastructure Development and CPEC Adviser Dr Zahir Shah and DFID Statistical Advisor Andy Murray were also present. Dr Zahir Shah praised the new dimension of LFA in P&D. He stressed to improve the planning stage which ultimately helped achieve the policy decision. He appreciated Andy Murray for his valuable contribution. Dr Zahir Shah suggested engaging DFID in further consultation and recommended youth exchange programme between Pakistan and the United Kingdom. KEMU VC: Punjab Governor/Chancellor has appointed Prof Dr Sultan Ayoub Meo as Vice-Chancellor of King Edward Medical University, Lahore, for a period of four years with immediate effect. Punjab Governor/Chancellor also approved that Prof Dr Sultan Ayoub Meo shall remain on probation for four months from the date he assumes office of Vice-Chancellor of King Edward Medical University, Lahore. The Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education (SHC&ME) Department has issued a notification in this regard.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PhD scholar falls prey to falsehood

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 14:29
LAHORE :November 24: Having spent thousands of rupees and investing almost eight years, a PhD candidate from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is being dragged from pillar to post ‘in the pursuit of knowledge’ in the provincial metropolis. Not knowing the institute he got admission in for PhD studies was not authorised by the government to offer the programme, Jalil Abbas from Dera Ismail Khan was all satisfied after securing his PhD seat. He had actually got transferred from another private university in Lahore. The task left at hand was PhD research thesis, its write-up and final evaluation. However, the first university to which he got enrolled in 2009 informed him in 2014 that the university did not have any faculty member to guide him towards completion of the remaining study programme, so he got transferred himself to another private university. Forgetting the injustice meted out to him by the first university, he looked for a peaceful learning experience at another private university. Jalil submitted his dues and was happy to ‘secure’ his future not knowing what was in store for him. The university offered him six courses initially. However, of these, three courses were exempted after several considerations and he passed all the three courses and even got the transcript. However, later on the PhD scholar did not notice any progress while now the time limit for his PhD programme is also about to end. During a recent visit to the university, he was told by the new management that the university had, in fact, no legal cover to offer the programme. This was not less than a bombshell dropped on him. Jalil has now written to the federal Higher Education Commission (HEC) seeking necessary assistance, including extension in time limit to complete his PhD and compensation for the funds he ‘wasted’ at the university. When contacted, Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, the newly-appointed registrar at the private university, said the management was replaced recently and added the new management would definitely find some way so that the student did not suffer. He said the university held the meetings of its Board of Studies, Advanced Studies & Research Board (ASRB) and Academic Council, etc, recently. He said the new chairman of board of governors (BoG) was also trying hard to clear the mess created by the former management. Dr Zakria said the HEC and Higher Education Department (HED) Punjab had been very helpful and had assured all-out support to save future of the students. A government official, seeking anonymity, said this was not a story of just one student rather there were hundreds of such cases in different private universities. He said the government had now starting tightening noose on such institutes, and in the best interest of the students the government was trying to find ways so that their future could be secured. A senior official at the federal HEC said the commission had been warning students and their parents through advertisements in newspapers to be aware of the unrecognised and unapproved programmes and illegal campuses. “So, the students and parents also share responsibility,” the official added.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Need-based syllabi to help resolve jobs issues: experts

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 14:06
LAHORE:November 25: The Punjab government is establishing Punjab Skill Development Authority (PSDA) to improve and expand the quality of vocational and technical education through which curriculum would be altered in accordance with the modern needs and requirements which will pave way for better job opportunities for vocational educated people. These views were expressed by the experts in Jang Economic Session on ‘what steps are required for the promotion of vocational and technical education’. The panellists were Sajid Naseer, Almas Hayder, Huzaima Bukhari, Tamkeen Aftab, Hamid Malhi, Sohail Lashari and Rehmatullah Javeed while the session was hosted by Sikindar Lodhi. Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) Managing Director Sajid Naseer said that education with objectivity is needed to be promoted to resolve the jobs issues and vocational education can help to resolve these issues of poverty and unemployment. He said PSDA is being established for vocational educational reforms. He said more than 80 percent students did not continue education after matriculation in Pakistan so if vocational education is not promoted for job creation then law and order will be out of control and crime rate will increase. He called for making the informal institutes formal and mobile training institutes. He believed that until education is correlated with local culture youths will not be benefited from it. Almas Hayder said that 13 percent education budget in Ayub regime was being spent on vocational education so industry was progressed at that time while now only three to four percent was being spent on it which resulted in shortage of required skilled manpower. He said industrialisation was not moving towards high value addition products. He believed that anyone can work individually after vocational training but technical education was useless without provision of jobs in factories and industries. He called for separating the regulator from vocational education so that public private sectors jointly work to move forward. Huzaima Bukhari said urbanisation is on the rise due to non- provision of job opportunities in rural areas. She called for improving the quality of vocational education and focussing on modern tools instead of books. She said Pakistan needed knowledge-based industry. She said employment opportunities can be improved by developing ties between industries and vocational institutions. Tamkeen Aftab said if vocational education is foussed then it will benefit the nation while non-productive budget expenditures cause many problems. She called for vocational education at every stage besides providing jobs to skilled people. She stressed the need for changing parents mind besides upgrading curriculum. Hamid Malhi said lack of coordination and cooperation among vocational institutions posed a question mark on the success of CPEC projects. He called for skill development and job opportunities for local labour in the CPEC projects. He suggested focussing on agriculture and livestock for the promotion of vocational education. Sohail Lashari said that importance of vocational education increased after second world war but Pakistan is far behind in the sector. He called for focussing on agriculture technology besides technical education. He also suggested ethical education of the society and ensuring jobs for vocational educated youth. Rehmatullah Javeed said that curriculum of vocational education should be need-based for which consultation with industry and trade is crucial for making new syllabus. He said modern machinery, equipment and tools are required besides training of modern technology in vocational institutions. He called for focussing on Tevta and Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) like institution for promotion of vocational education.The news.Lahore

Prof M.Naeem Khan awarded YKSUG Visiting Professor Fellowship Award

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 14:04
LAHORE:November 25: Punjab University (PU) former Registrar and Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan has been awarded the “YKSUG Visiting Professor Fellowship Award” by the “Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno” (YKSUG) for the year 2017. According to the Ministry of Education, the fellowship is intended to improve bilateral academic linkages and research collaborations between Belarusian and Pakistani universities. Under the academic staff mobility program, Prof Naeem Khan will visit Grodno University, Belarus, from November 27 to December 02, to attend a series of seminars and deliver lectures there, besides visiting various academic and research facilities in Belarus. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasar has congratulated Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan on winning the prestigious fellowship award.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

NAB summons PU ex-VC’s wife in her appointment case

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 14:03
LAHORE:November 25: National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Lahore has summoned Associate Professor Shazia Qureshi, wife of Punjab University's former vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, for December 4 to record her statement regarding her appointment, The News has learnt. According to a notice issued to Ms Shazia on November 23, the Bureau has asked her to appear before the Deputy Director IW-III of NAB named Iqbal Hassan on December 4 as investigations against her husband and other PU officials are underway. “Whereas the competent authority has taken cognizance of an offence committed by Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and other PU officials under the provision of NAB Ordinance 1999, during inquiry it has revealed that you are in possession of information/evidence whatsoever, which relates to the commission of said offence”, notice to Shazia reads. The Bureau has asked the wife of Mujahid Kamran to appear before the NAB investigator at 10am. Questions regarding her appointment as associate professor at PU will be asked. “You are advised that filing to comply with this notice, may entail penal consequences as provided in S.2 of the schedule of NAO 1999”, the summon notice further reads. In December 2016, Dr Mujahid Kamran was removed from the post on the orders of Lahore High Court (LHC) after about nine years when he had enjoyed two terms as VC and was on extension for a third time. The National Accountability Bureau is investigating the former Punjab University VC for his alleged role in illegal appointments made during his tenure. power theft: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Lahore, Friday raided a shop located in the Kot Abdul Malik area and registered a case of electricity theft. According to Deputy Director, the FIA team raided Hajvairy Sweet Shop situated at Kot Abdul Malik, Lahore, where a direct phase circuit within the meter was used for electricity theft.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Rawalpindi Arts Council Dialogue on draft Art & Culture Policy

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:26
Rawalpindi :23 November:The Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) organised a dialogue on the draft Art and Culture Policy Framework for Punjab in which artists of the Potohar region belonging to all forms of art and culture took part and gave their suggestions and input. They declared the policy a forward-looking step which will not only help promote culture but also ensure economic protection of the artists. Naheed Manzoor, RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed, Sarfraz Shahid, Masood Khawaja, Aftab Ahmed Khan, Dr Rawish Nadeem, Quyyum Tahir, Dr Zahid Chughtai, Shabir Mirza, Shakila Jalil, Fahim Anwar, Dr Arshad Meraj, Prof Shehbaz Ali, Anjum Hababi, Afshan Shiraz Khan, Rabia Tabbasum, Ashfaq Saleem Mirza, Zulfiqar Baig, Jehangir Imran, Khalid Siddique and others participated in the dialogue and shared their opinion about the policy and gave suggestions about the draft. Naheed Manzoor said the promotion of culture is not the sole responsibility of the government but every segments of society should play their role for this purpose because promotion of culture guarantees improvement in social outlook. Senior poet Sarfraz Shahid said the economic security of artist is the significant part of the policy and this policy will help protect culture and will introduce the youth to our culture. Aftab Ahmed Khan said the Punjab government has taken historic measure by drafting new culture policy. RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed said promotion of cultural education, setting up of culture information centers, provision of material of the promotion of regional languages, creating close link with culture reporters, and setting up of arts council at District and Tehsil levels are salient features of the draft policy. He said arts councils are functional in all nine divisions of Punjab and efforts are underway to establish arts council in eight districts and work on them will start during the current financial year. He said under the draft culture policy local filmmakers will be encouraged, FM radio channel will be set up, while digital art will also be promoted. He said culture policy is being drafted with cooperation with all stakeholders and consultations are being made at every level. On this occasion participants gave their input on the policy. They were of the opinion that no doubt it's a very comprehensive policy draft which needs to be implemented in its letter and spirit. Stipend and funding should also be done for artists.The news.Rawalpindi

Seminar on violence against women held at FJWU

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:25
Rawalpindi :23 November:Women Research Centre (WRRC) organised a lecture titled: ‘Women Empowerment and Violence against Women: Issues and Challenges’ to commemorate 16 days of Activism against Gender based violence. Gender-based violence is a human rights violation and a serious obstacle to women’s progress in all areas of life including health, education, work and participation in society was the base of seminar. Guest speaker of the seminar was Huma Akhtar Chughtai (Director Programmes, Federal Judicial Academy).She talked about the equality and empowerment of women. We have to value women’s rights in every country,” The world has to give “a sense to the girl child that she is as important as her brothers. “She added. While discussing the issues and challenges, Huma Akhtar said that we need to change our behaviours against women, and need to implement a lot of educational programs that teach people about equality. Equality is the key of social change. Chief Guest of the seminar Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University, Prof Dr. Samina Amin Qadir said that violence against women is not just a woman’s issue but primarily a political, social, economic and cultural issue that concerns men as well. We must address the roots of this violence by eradicating discrimination and changing the mindsets that perpetuate it. A large number of students, staff and faculty members attended the seminar.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiFatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi

Allama Iqbal’s philosophy lauded at Government College University

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:24
LAHORE :23 November:The philosophy of Allama Muhammad Iqbal will always remain a guiding principle for the humanity, but, it’s unfortunate that the younger generation of Pakistan does not know much about it. This was stated by National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), Pakistan Executive Director Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema while addressing a seminar organised by Government College University, Lahore, in connection with the 140th birth anniversary of the Poet of the East, according to a press release issued here on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Qirtas Literary Society of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) organised different competitions including sketching and calligraphy as part of Iqbal Day events with the theme of Nashist-e-Iqbal on Wednesday. According to a press release issued here, in Nazam competition, Aliza Fatima, won 1st position, Umair Sultan got 2nd while Zeeshan stood 3rd. In Tahtul Lafz competition, Aliza Fatima won 1st position, Aiman Ramzi got 2nd while Samra Gillani stood 3rd. In Bait Bazi competition, Institute of Biochemistry & Biotechnology (IBBT) team won 1st position and Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (IPS) team got 2nd position. In sketching competition, Atika Alvi won 1st position, Ifrah Irshad got 2nd and Mehreen Hamid stood 3rd. In calligraphy competition, Abdullah won 1st position, Javeriya Khalid got 2nd while Asad Munir stood 3rd. Renowned poet Zahid Shamsi and Cartoonist Jawed Iqbal were the chief guest. Later, Zahid Shamsi, Jawed Iqbal and UVAS VC Prof Dr Talat Naseer distributed shields and certificates among the winners.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Environment engineering labs open at PunjabUniversity

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:23
LAHORE :23 November:Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani on Wednesday inaugurated newly-established state-of-the-art research laboratories for research in coal technology, energy and environment engineering at Punjab University Centre for Coal Technology. According to a press release issued here, Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Dr Nizamuddin, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir, Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Chairman Muhammad Akram Khan, University of Sargodha former VC Prof Dr Muhammad Akram Ch, Punjab Education Foundation Chairman Engineer Qamar ul Islam Raja, MPA Dr Farzana Raja, Centre for Coal Technology Director Prof Dr Shahid Munir, deans, faculty members and a large number of students were present. Under the expansion project for world-class research in coal, energy and environment engineering sector, seven new research laboratories equipped with latest research gadgets worth Rs 14 crore, pilot power plant, four new classrooms, conference room, PhD cluster room, faculty offices and computer labs have been established. Addressing the ceremony, Syed Raza Ali Gillani said Pakistan was on the verge of take off and the government had overpowered energy crisis the country was facing in 2013 as per its commitment with people. Unfortunately we were not aware of our potential and we must appreciate others who were doing good job. We must utilise our resources so that Pakistan could benefit from coal power and we must adopt advanced technology in this regard, the minister said. He said Pakistan had made rapid progress in very short time and no one would be able to defeat China Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said a few neighbouring countries were worrying over rapid development in Pakistan. He said terrorism had nothing to do with Islam and Pakistan. He advised the students not to get disappointed as they were full of talent. We were the people who would bring our beloved country forward and students must serve their country by excelling in their fields, he added. On the occasion, he announced honorarium for the faculty of Centre for Coal Technology. He said such facilities would also be provided in other universities of the province. In his address, Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Dr Nizamuddin appreciated state of the art coal research laboratories and said that such meaningful research institutions were not in good numbers in the universities. He said: “Our curriculum must be in line with existing technology. We must promote entrepreneurship programs and linkages with industry and PHEC would fund seminars and conferences in this regard.” PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir thanked Raza Ali Gillani for extending his support and patronage to Punjab University administration in research projects. He said Gillani showed special interest in PU’s BT cotton project. He said the university would organise science fair soon. Lt-Gen (Retd) Muhammad Akram said: “We would have to rely on indigenous technology because of ban on exporting some specific technologies to Pakistan by international powers.” We must focus on generating power from Thar coal and shale gas. We must produce technologists and work on removing shortcomings in indigenous technology. Conspiracies will also be hatched against Pakistani coal, he said. Prof Dr Shahid Munir said Centre for Coal Technology was the first institution in Pakistan offering MSc and MS in Coal Technology and MSc in Energy and Environment Engineering. He said the latest equipment that the PU centre for Coal Technology had in its laboratories matched the standards of equipment in high-tech European laboratories. He said it was a big challenge to produce environment-friendly energy. He said power generated from coal would meet future needs of Pakistan.The news.Lahore

Death Anniversary: GCU remembers Prof Abdus Salam

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:16
LAHORE:22 November: Prof Abdus Salam, the Nobel laureate and Old Ravian, breathed his last 21 years ago on Thursday November 21, 1996 after a protracted illness. With his sad demise, not only Pakistan but also the entire third world lost a great scientist and humble human being. A seminar was organised on Tuesday at his alma mater, Government College University (GCU) Lahore, to pay glowing tributes to Prof Salam for his contributions in the fields of mathematics and physics and the role he played for development of science in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, VC Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah proudly shared that GCU housed the original Nobel Prize Certificate of Dr Abdus Salam saying that “it was our most cherished possession to-date.” He said it was remarkable how the Italian had owned Prof Salam and honoured him. Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Anglo Arabic School celebrates golden jubilee with annual reunion

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:14
Rawalpindi :November 22: The annual reunion of Anglo Arabic Public Higher Secondary School Rawalpindi was an eventful ceremony where amidst hugs and laughter, the boys and girls revived the old memories cherishing those wonderful moments of their teen life. A large number of old students of the Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School came from across the country to attend the ceremony particularly as part of Golden Jubilee celebrations of the school and cherished the old memories. They had ample opportunity to reconnect with classmates during an elegant gala. MPA Raja Hanif Advocate was the chief guest of the ceremony which was also attended by Executive Committee of Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School including President Abdul Waheed Malik, General Secretary Nisar Ahmad Malik, former principal Nisar Nazish, Finance Secretary Amadul Hassan Abbasi, and others. The ceremony began with recitation from the Holy Quran. Taking opportunity of the reunion, the position holders of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) held under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi were also awarded medals and gifts by the school administration. The ceremony began with recitation of the Holy Quran. Earlier, Principal Saima Afzal welcomed the guests and shed light on performance of the school in SSC examination as well as school team achievements in extracurricular activities. Anglo Arabic Old Boys Association President Abdul Waheed Malik lauded the efforts of the school management. He urged the students to dedicate their time for study so that at the next reunion they should also be proud of their achievements. The students presented different skits and portrayed different in a witty manner. Talking to ‘The News’ a 10-year-old, Ali was all smiles when asked whether he was enjoying the event. “Yeah, of course, I’m. I am quite happy to be here with my parents who also came at the reunion with me. I am really enjoying the music and witty skits performed by my senior schoolmates,” he added. Later on a music and cultural show was held in which students and professional singers exhibited their talent and entertained the audience. The crowd loudly cheered dance performances by youngsters. At the end the chief guest flanked by Executive Committee of Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School and principal cut the cake to mark 50th anniversary of the school.Rawalpindi

international symposium on “Advances in Molecular Biology of Plants and Health Sciences by Punjab University, ’

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:12
LAHORE :November 22: A three-day international symposium on “Advances in Molecular Biology of Plants and Health Sciences” organised by Punjab University, Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), started on Tuesday. Addressing the inaugural session, Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan Executive Director Prof Dr Arshad Ali said varsities must deliver benefits of research to society. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, HEC Regional Director Nazir Hussain, CEMB Director Prof Dr Tayyab Husnain and some 100 scientists from China, Germany, Turkey, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan were present on the occasion. Dr Arshad Ali said the core purpose of establishing varsities was to transfer knowledge from one generation to the next and to advance that existing knowledge. He stressed to develop interest about advanced science and technology among youth. He lauded efforts of CEMB researchers in the field of agriculture and health sciences. He said through their research, a remarkable change could bring in the country. Dr Zaffar Moeen Nasir said CEMB was working for the welfare of society. He said the cotton seed developed by CEMB would save Rs144 billion of Pakistani farmers and bring revolution in the country. Dr Tayyab Husnain said the idea behind the international symposium was to provide scientist from all over the world to interact and share knowledge to each other. He said participation of a large number of scientists across the globe was a good omen. Meanwhile, the inaugural session of the three-day 5th “International Conference on Research in Education” (ICORE) organised by PU Institute of Education and Research was held on Tuesday. Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Director General Dr Shahid Soroya, Faculty of Education Dean Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhtar, IER Director Prof Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar, Dr John Buchanan, Prof Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhary, senior faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir urged the students to come-up with creative and executable ideas to serve the country in both social and economical way. Dr Shahid Soroya said PHEC has taken several initiatives which would bring revolution in higher education sector in the province.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Fatima Jinnah Medical University VC discuss policies of university

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:09
LAHORE:November 22: November 22: Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) Vice Chancellor Prof Khalid Masood Gondal called on Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad to discuss upcoming policies of the university. According to a press release, Prof Khalid said the university was striving to meet the standards as suggested by the HEC. He expressed his vision to make the university one of the leading medical universities at national and international level.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahoreFJMC Lahore

Schools old timings restored

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:07
LAHORE :November 22: Punjab Schools Education Department has withdrawn the notification issued on November 7 about the change in school timings in all public and private educational institutions due to smog in Punjab with immediate effect. A notification in this regard has been issued by the department. All the educational institutions shall now observe the school timings notified prior to the issuance of the said notification of November 7, 2017.The news.Lahore

E-learning and Distance Education conference starts

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:39
LAHORE :November 21:A two-day 4th e-Learning and Distance Education Conference (ELDEC) with the theme "e-Learning and Distance Education: Envisioning the Future: Rethinking, Reshaping, Redesigning Education " organised by the Virtual University of Pakistan started on Monday. A large number of national educationist and delegates from Indonesia and Malaysia are participating in the conference. The international conference is being organised in collaboration with University of Education. A total of 30 research papers, five keynote speeches and 25 leactures in five technical session would be included in the conference. Higher Education Commission (HEC) Executive Director Dr Arshad Ali was the chief guest on the occasion. Rector Virtual University Dr Naveed A. Malik inaugurated the conference. In his inaugural address, he said the conference would help in bringing together academicians and educationists from variety of disciplines and would provide a platform for sharing their experiences of the use of ICT in education. An international lineup of keynote speakers includes Asia e-University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Dean School of Education and Cognitive Science Prof Dr John Arul Phillips and Indonesia Open University, Indonesia former Rector Prof Dr Tian Belawati. The first day sessions were chaired by Dr Najma Najam, Dr Munawar Sultana Mirza and Dr Mahmood Ahmed Bodla.The news.Lahore

Specialised curriculum needed for education system: Dr Nizam

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:12
LAHORE:November 20: Our education system requires specialised curriculum, which should be market-oriented can be achieved through reforms in the education sector through research and using information technology,” said Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin. He was speaking at the concluding session of the 9th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) Pakistan 2017 on Sunday. Need for teacher-student dialogue highlighted Dr Nizam said that there was a need to institutionalise reforms in the education sector through researchers and academia by promoting use of ICT for higher education sector. “Endeavors should be made to conduct O and A level tests within Pakistan rather than depending on other countries,” he added. He said that 6,000 engineers were produced every year with 30% job opportunities only in Punjab and same was the number for doctors while other allied staff such as technicians was not being produced. Discussing the prospects of higher education, the PHEC chairman, while giving comparison of access to higher education, said that in Pakistan 9-10%, Bangladesh 23% and India 30% people had access to higher education.The news.Lahore