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254 receive degrees in Shadbagh college convocation

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:16
LAHORE:23 January: The 2nd convocation of Government Postgraduate College for Women, Shadbagh held here Monday in which a total of 254 graduates and postgraduates received degrees and medals. Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the convocation, he said the department was focusing on providing equal opportunities of higher education to both male and female students. Members of National and Provincial Assemblies, Director Colleges Lahore, the college principal, teachers and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Twenty-two girls received gold medals, 10 were given Roll of Honour for their achievements in co-curriculum activities while five students received Roll of Honour for their curricular based achievements. A total of 204 students were awarded certificates of distinction. Syed Raza Ali Gillani said the government was also focusing on providing equal opportunities to girls and boys in their professional growth. He also said the government was giving special attention to the education of women. He said nations around the world who valued education, research and hard work, were on the top in the ladder of success. He advised the successful students to share their knowledge with their peer groups and society. Honoured: Punjab Nursing Director General Kausar Perveen has awarded best performance award to Services Hospital Chief Nursing Superintendent Samina Yasmin for efficiently taking care of patients, better management of wards, effective record keeping, better infection control and behaving nicely with patients and their attendants. As many as 23 nurses of the hospital have also been awarded commendatory certificates. Kausar Perveen said Samina Yasmin raised the performance graph of the hospital through her effective strategy. She also praised Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for improving service structure of nurses, foreign training for them and transparent recruitment of nurses through Punjab Public Service Commission. His revolutionary steps have brought exemplary improvement in nursing sector, she said. Kausar Perveen applauded Samina Yasmin and said that she enjoys the status of role model for nurses as she has given a fresh passion of serving ailing humanity to nurses. Her dynamic leadership has helped great to earn good name for the hospital. She has set high standard of serving patients through effective training of nurses by conducting training workshops, seminars and symposiums keeping their knowledge updated. Other hospitals should also follow the working style of Samina Yasmin, she stressed. Speaking on the occasion, Samina Yasmin, while expressing her resolve to continue her services with the same passion in future, said that nursing is a noble profession for girls as they can go forward in life with confidence having served people. She also congratulated the nurses for receiving commendatory certificates. These nurses include Asma Taj, Raqaia Rehment, Kahkashan Arshad, Charge Nurse Sadia Naz, Nusrat Perveen, Muneeza Ilyas, Um-e-Kalsoom, Shahnaz Akhtar, Sobia Hussain, Shugufta Kalwar, Gulshan Akhtar, Shakila Nazir, Sadaf Arif, Amrat Ghulam Hussain, Sumaira Arshad, Aqsa Khurshid, Shista Shahzadi, Sadaf Kanwal, Maryam Anita, Fayqaa Aslam, Wajiha Israr, Iqra Shoukat, Isma Khan and Tahira Yousaf.The news.LahoreColleges in Lahore

Forms submission schedule announced for FA/FSc

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:43
Rawalpindi:23 January: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has announced annual 2018 exam forms submission schedule for Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC). February 19 is the last date for online submission of admission forms with single fee for the exams. According to RBISE spokesman Monday, the exams will commence from May 5. Both, part one and part two students have been advised to submit their online applications by February 19 as from February 20, the applications will be accepted with double fee till February 28 and with triple fee till March 9. All the private students who will appear in the exams first time will pay Rs800 registration fee in addition to admission fee. Apart from this, students will also have to pay Rs395 processing fee while all part-II and composite exam students, regular and private will also pay Rs550 certificate fee. The spokesman informed that the admission applications can be downloaded from the board’s website. All the students, private and regular will send complete hard copy to inter branch, RBISE according to the schedule after submission of online application. In case of any difficulty, the students can visit the board office at Morgah or contact the focal person at 0333-5458605 and Controller Examination on telephone numbers, 051-5450917 and 5450918.The news.RawalpindiBISE Rawalpindi Board

Clash in Punjab University Eight injured in student groups’ clash

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:42
LAHORE:January 23: An early morning clash between two student groups at the Punjab University (PU), New Campus, leaving eight students injured, turned the situation tense on Monday with reports of violence and vandalism throughout the day. The clash between activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and Pashtun and Baloch students took place around 4:45am at the Chemical Engineering ground where the IJT had installed a tent for its function to take place in the day. Sources said some PU officials were present for negotiations but failed to convince the students of the two groups and the clash took place in which eight students received injuries. A fire incident also took place at the nearby Institute of Electrical Engineering in the meanwhile. Soon after the clash, PU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Zakria Zakar also reached the spot and took notice of the incident. Later in the day, while dozens of IJT activists were staging a sit-in outside the VC office, some of their fellows severely tortured a Pashtun student at the Department of Sociology which angered the Pashtun and Baloch students who reached the administration block. Meanwhile, the Jamiat activists had left the scene. The violence took place at different points of the university with students pelting stones on each other while a police van was also attacked by the protesting students who damaged the vehicle. Police force used slight tear gas to disperse the students. Students belonging to Jamiat demanded the PU administration to take action against the Pashtun and Baloch students alleging that they were responsible for the clash and the fire incident. However, the other group alleged Jamiat for starting the clash and the fire incident. They alleged that Jamiat had been involved in violent activities at campus on the pretext of organising events. They also warned of academic boycott if the university admin failed to take action against Jamiat activists, including registration of cases against them. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also took notice of the clash between the student groups and ordered a probe into the incident. Later in a press conference, Dr Zakria Zakar said the university was identifying the suspects through the CCTV footage and other means. He also said stern action would be taken against those found involved. Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani and top police officials also reached Punjab University later in the day and held marathon meeting with the PU VC. CCPO Lahore Captain (R) Amin Wains, PU Registrar, SP Iqbal Town and representatives of the departments concerned attended the meeting. The government assured of the all-out support to the administration to purge the university of violent and extremist elements. The minister said Punjab University would remain open on Tuesday (today) as per routine and no one would be allowed to stop teaching and learning process at any cost. He said we need to learn from past mistakes and decisions taken must be implemented in letter and spirit. Syed Raza Ali Gillani said “We are not looking at anyone as a regional groups or religious entity. Criminals are called criminals in terms of law and they will be dealt with accordingly,” he added. Action plan had been prepared and it had been decided to take action against harmful elements who have caused damage to the university belongings and also mistreated students, he added. No unregistered person will be allowed to stay in university hostels and action will be taken against all those staying illegally. In response to a question, the minister said the incident's CCTV footage was available which was being shared with the police. He said the university administration and police would launch separate FIRs against the unlawful elements involved in the incident. Gillani said no one would be forgiven if found guilty. Answering a question, he said the decisions taken in the past have not been implemented and we are facing such situations because of administrations’ leverage in the past. He said no one would be allowed to create institution within the institution and action on Monday’s decisions will be implemented at any cost. Talking to The News Prof Dr Zakria Zakar said the university would rusticate the PU students involved in the incident. He said a new and improved entry system to the hostels would be introduced and no outsider would be allowed to stay at the hostels.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Teachers association to stage sit-in on January 25

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:17
MULTAN:22 January:The Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) has expressed concern over the failure of the Higher Education Department (HED) and Punjab government in fulfilling teachers’ demands and threatened to stage a sit-in on The Mall, Lahore on January 25. The teachers also announced they will boycott classes at local educational institutions, including Civil lines College, Wilayat Hussain Islamia College, Government Emerson College Bosan Road and Alamdar Hussain Islamia College. PPLA Multan Divisional President Tahir Islam said, “In response to our public protests, the PPLA along with HED had devised a comprehensive summary for acceptance of their charter of demands. This summary was developed keeping on board all the stakeholders, including Special Education Secretary Ehsan Bhutta, Provincial Education Secretary Nabeel Awan and Provincial Minister for Higher Education Ali Raza Gilani.” He added the draft summary was to be sent to the chief minister for approval. “However, due to bureaucracy’s lethargic attitude and non-commitment with its own teaching community, the final draft proposal could not be approved by the Punjab government,” he maintained. He lamented, “It is due to the pathetic attitude of HED that PPLA gave protest call in all the district headquarters of Punjab.” He said PPLA had protested peacefully and negotiated with the HED officials. He said that special education secretary had assured the protest participants that their demands would be met within the 30 days. “However, the matter could not be resolved and now the PPLA reserves the right to stage a sit-in at The Mall Lahore,” he warned. Tahir Islam pointed out that the PPLA was protesting in each district of Punjab and threatened in case their demands were not met, the association will be compelled to stage a sit-in at The Mall on January 25. Meanwhile, traffic chaos was witnessed at College Chowk due to PPLA’s protest demonstration. The PPLA had been demanding one step upgradation of teachers, the time scale for promotion, allocation of quota for MPhil and PhD scholar ships for college teachers, privatisation of public sector colleges by making the board of governors, devaluation of administrative powers to directorate level and pay protection and regularisation of contract lecturers. Earlier, hundreds of college lecturers and professors held a protest and staged a sit-in outside the Punjab Civil Secretariat in Lahore, demanding that the provincial government fulfil their promises for “pay protection” and promotions. PPLA member Nazim Hasnain said the government should fulfil its promises as teachers would not wait any longer. “It has been over a year since the government accepted their demands. Timely promotion, pay protection and timescalebased promotions were the rights of teachers.” He added that the government should end their antiteacher policies. PPLA President Hafiz Abdul Khaliq announced that they had been assured that their demand for timescale-based promotions would be met by January 15. He added they were told that a summary would be sent to the chief minister within the given period. “For other demands, including pay protection, the HED has assured us that the finance department will be contacted.” He said, “We raised these demands a year ago and were told that they were all legitimate. Now, after a year, nothing has been done and no commitment materialised. Because of this, we have decided to take to the streets.” He said PPLA held 15-20 meetings with the government officials and was ultimately forced to take to the streets as teachers were getting anxious. “We have been assured that notifications will be issued for the mutually-agreed demands and the government has asked us to wait until January 20.” Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2018.Multan

Customs to facilitate PU in research

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:42
LAHORE :21Januay: Pakistan Customs will facilitate the faculty and students of the Punjab University (PU) in conducting research on modern scientific lines and study the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) trade facilitation concept being implemented across the country. It was decided at a meeting between PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Zakaria Zakar and Collector Customs (Appraisement) Lahore Muhammad Jamil Nasir here on Saturday. The VC said faculty, research scholars, PhD, MPhil and master's students of Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and Institute of Administrative Science (IAS) and Hailey College needed proper forum for carrying out research and practical study of various policies of the Pakistan Customs. The collector Customs, in principle, agreed to facilitate the PU students in all sections of the model Collectorate of Customs, Lahore and five additional collectors and 10 deputy collectors posted at various departments in the city, including at the dry ports of Mughalpura, Prem Nagar and Thokhar Niaz Baig, will provide all sorts of assistance required academically to them. About practical exposure, the collector said the faculty and students would be briefed on how examination was conducted and how declaration of goods was checked and monitored. Earlier, the collector delivered a special lecture to the students of PU’s Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) and briefed them on the overall working of the department. He highlighted the salient features of the paperless and web-based system, which, he said, was one of the best procedures that enhanced the revenue through good governance and better control coupled with speedy clearance of goods.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University workshop

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:41
LAHORE:January 21: Punjab University Career Counseling and Placement Centre (CCPC) Saturday organised a training workshop and conducted interviews for the students of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Electrical Engineering and Chemistry. Career Counseling and Placement Centre Chairman Dr Abdul Qayyum Chaudhary, ICET Director Prof Dr Abdullah Khan Durrani, Fouji Fertilizer HR Deputy Manger Muhammad Ali Imam, HR Senior Executive Major Waqar Hameed Malik, faculty members and students were present. Abdullah Durrani welcomed the participants and briefed about the progress of ICET. Dr Abdul Qayyum guided the students about job seeking techniques and shining their abilities. Muhammad Ali and Waqar Hameed briefed the participants about Fouji Fertilizer and threw light on the steps of job. After interviews, the short-listed students got their trainee engineers letters at Fouji Fertilizer.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PU and Fatimah Jinnah Medical University signed MoU

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:40
LAHORE:January 21: Punjab University and Fatimah Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which FJMU would provide advisory services and allow its faculty to act as a visiting teacher at PU. The Vice-Chancellors of both varsities signed the MoU. According to a press release, PU would provide opportunities for education and research for the faculty development of FJMU through short and long courses. Both varsities would collaborate for improving quality of programmes, curricula, examinations and research in the field of health sciences. Fatima Jinnah Medical University Vice-Chancellor Prof Khalid Masood Gondal, Registrar Prof Shireen Khawar, PU VC Prof Dr. Muhammad Zakria Zakar and Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof Ahsan Nawaz were present.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PMDC computerisation starts

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:38
LAHORE:January 21:The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has started the process of implementing digitalisation system for its better functioning. Ad hoc Council of PMDC Chairman Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan (retd) chaired a meeting at PMDC office on Saturday to improve and revamp the IT system of the office and to implement digitalisation system to speed up the working and to move towards paperless environment, said a press release issued here. National Information Technology Board Director General Farjeel Javed and project head Bilal Abbasi gave a briefing on the digitalisation system going to be implemented. The digitalisation system would includes e-office system which is the first step towards automation of the working and paperless environment. After that, other system is the management information system which would help digitalisation of software system for all institutions imparting medical/dental education and online registration system, etc. The purpose of the e-office system is to provide a standard platform common to all federal organisations, keeping in view the existing rules and regulations of the organisation and to provide a fast, reliable and transparent system for quick disposal of working and to reduce the unnecessary delay and the cost associated with traditional physical file system and record keeping. The chairman said that, with this system, the doctors and medical dental institutions would be facilitated promptly. He appreciated Prof Mubashir Malik for facilitating the process of digitalisation. Mian Shakirullah Jan directed immediate start of the process. On his directions, letters have been written to the National Informational Technology Board to start the process.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahoreAkhter Saeed Medical & Dental College

Sampurna – Book Launch

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:37
Lahore:January 21:ArtChowk Gallery is hosting a book launch titled “Sampurna” by Saffia Saleem Beyg. This book is an attempt to explain the basics of Classical sub continental music traditions in a simple written format. The event will be held at 5pm on Saturday, Feb 3 at the ArtChowk gallery.Call 021-35300482 for more information.The news.Lahore

Aga Khan Trust’s role in health, education commendable: Shahbaz

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 12:14
LAHORE:January 20: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said mutual cooperation between Punjab government and Aga Khan Trust is expanding day by day and unprecedented steps have been taken for the restoration of historical places as well as the centuries-old walled city of Lahore. A delegation of Aga Khan Trust for Culture called on the chief minister. The delegation was led by Aga Khan Trust General Manager Luis Monreal. During the meeting Thursday, bilateral discussion was held regarding further expanding the programme of protection and conservation of historical places. The delegation assured of providing technical assistance regarding conservation, repair and maintenance of Shalamar Garden and Jahangir Tomb. Talking to the delegation, the chief minister appreciated different welfare-oriented steps taken by the Aga Khan Trust and added that its services in the field of education and healthcare are commendable. He maintained that a lot of benefit has been gained through the expertise of Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Punjab government shall provide all sorts of resources for Shalamar Garden and Jahangir Tomb as we only need technical assistance and expertise of the Aga Khan Trust, he added. Luis Monreal said support to the Punjab government with regard to restoration of historical places will continue and expressed satisfaction that partnership with the provincial government has remained wonderful. This partnership will be expanded in future as well, he added. Director of Historic Cities Programme Cameron Rashti and chairman board of directors of Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan Akbar Ali Pesnani were part of the delegation. Walled City of Lahore Authority Director General Kamran Lashari was also present. According to another report, the chief minister paid a surprise visit Thursday to burn unit of the Jinnah Hospital. He also inquired after the patients and the quality of facilities provided to them. He went to the ICU as well. Talking to doctors, the chief minister said those treating the patients are crown of his head and he was happy to see young doctors serving the ailing humanity that is our collective mission. He assured of resolving their problems and ready for talks with them. “I am not an opponent of the young doctors; rather I appreciate the ones who serve the ailing humanity with dedication. He said he has dedicated his life for serving the ailing humanity and the purpose of this visit is to further improve the quality of facilities provided in this hospital. While talking to media, he said a state-of-the-art burn unit has been set up in the hospital and he has been happy to see the neat and clean atmosphere around. Best equipment as well as the highly-trained staff is present to serve the patients. He said state-of-the-art surgical tower has been set up at the Mayo Hospital which will be fully functional in next two weeks. He said burn units have been set up in Faisalabad and Multan and it has been decided to establish two more burn units. He said a ‘drama’ was staged in the name of political gathering in Lahore Wednesday in which heads of the political parties from across the country took part and they were all guests of Qadri. The real objective of ‘drama’ was not to seek my resignation, but was actually aimed at targeting the development projects. To a question about summon issued by NAB, the chief minister said if NAB or any other body could prove corruption of even a single penny during his three tenures, then he shall be fully answerable to the people. To a question, he said work on Zainab murder case is being done speedily. There are things which we should not disclose before time. He said criminals involved in Zainab murder case will be soon arrested and will be given exemplary punishment before the whole nation. Meanwhile, the chief minister has condemned the unprovoked firing of the Indian forces at the Working Boundary in Sialkot, in which two women were martyred. He expressed grief over the death of two women due to Indian firing and extended sympathies to their families. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured persons. The CM also condemned the firing incident at police officials on Zarghoon Road in Quetta. He expressed deep sense of sorrow over the martyrdom of police officials and extended sympathies to the bereaved families.The news.Lahore

Teachers can help prevent child abuse Punjab University

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 12:12
LAHORE:January 20: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zakria Zakir has said schoolteachers can play a pivotal role in sensitising children for prevention of child abuse as school is the most important institution to create awareness about child rights. He said there was a need to do a scientific research to train the schoolteachers to perform the responsibilities of curbing child abuse incidents. The PU VC expressed these views while addressing a seminar on child abuse organised by PU Institute of Education and Research at Waheed Shaheed Hall. Faculty of Education dean Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter, IER Director Prof Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar, Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Abid Hussain Choudhry, heads of various departments, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Dr Zakria Zakir said that teachers’ role in child abuse prevention and creating awareness among children about child rights had been neglected in the past. He said, "We don’t teach children how they could protect themselves and what were their rights." He said that efforts must be made to improve schools’ environment.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

20,000 schools to be solar-powered in Punjab

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:17
Lahore:19 January:Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Wednesday that 20,000 schools will be turned into solar panels to ensure continued power supply under the Ujala programme, according to Radio Pakistan. He remarked while chairing a meeting to review the progress on the Khadim-e-Aala Ujala programme in Lahore. Nawaz left for Saudi Arabia in fear of Shehbaz: Aitzaz Ahsan The Punjab CM added that the aim of the initiative is to guarantee a bright future for the country. He said the project is being completed at a fast pace. “In the first phase of the project 10,000 schools would be solarised in southern Punjab.”The news.Lahore

Punjab University BA/BSc exam

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:15
Lahore:19 January:Punjab University (PU) has notified that BA/BSc Composite (old scheme) Part-I and II Supplementary Exams of 2017 scheduled to be held on November 27 and Nov 28, 2017, were suspended and re-scheduled for December 4 and Dec 5, 2017, respectively. According to a press release, candidates who remained absent due to non-receipt of roll number slips or otherwise have hereby been given another chance to appear in their missed papers.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Teachers’ Front demands ex-PU VC’s name be put on ECL

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:30
LAHORE:09 January:A group of teachers from Punjab University have demanded of the provincial government to put the name of former provisional vice-chancellor’s name on the exit control list (ECL) and a thorough investigation should be carried out against him for alleged irregularities. A statement issued by the Teachers’ Front on Monday stated that the teachers demand that Dr Zafar Moin Nasar should not be given a safe passage and instead legal action should be initiated against him. The statement added that teachers were celebrating the exit of the former VC. The statement stated that Dr Nasar proved to be a very controversial vice-chancellor. It said that after taking charge, he fired 45 senior teachers and after much criticism from academics, he was forced to withdraw his decision. It said that Dr Nasar’s qualification for the post of the vice-chancellor had been challenged in the Lahore High Court and his policies would have a long-term negative effect on the varsity. The statement said that the teachers’ community would not rest until action was taken against him. “Members of the Punjab University Academic Staff Association and Senators appeal to the chief minister and chancellor to not give him a safe passage and conduct a thorough investigation against him and recover millions looted from the Punjab University,” the statement stated. Meanwhile, the Punjab University Academic Staff Association (ASA) – the elected representative body of teachers, supported the former provisional vice-chancellor. In a statement, ASA President Javed Sami condemned the statement by the Teachers’ Front and said that Dr Nasar was an honest man as well as being a pro-merit vice-chancellor. He said that the teachers’ community supports all the initiatives taken by him, including holding selection board and bringing peace to the university campus among other things. He said, “The teachers’ community has already rejected the Teachers’ Front for supporting the illegal activities during the tenure of the former vice-chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran.” Sami said that the faculty would not accept any attempt at character assassination of Dr Zafar Moin Nasar.” He demanded of the Punjab government to immediately advertise the vacant post of the vice-chancellor. He said that the government should ensure that that a permanent vice-chancellor be appointed so that academic and research activities at the varsity could continue. Earlier on January 5, provisional vice-chancellor Dr Zafar Moin Nasar resigned from his position. His resignation came after claims of government’s pressure to handover land of the varsity as well as allegations of Dr Nasar’s involvement in financial and administrative irregularities during his tenure. However, Dr Zafar Moin contended that he had been under immense pressure by the provincial government to provide two kanals of land of the Punjab University to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). The government had asked for the land to build a mosque which was going to be demolished due to the development work on Orange Line Metro Train project.Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2018.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Orientation of Rawalpindi Law College students held

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:29
Rawalpindi:January 9: Chief Executive of Rawalpindi Law College (RLC) Peerzada Rahat Masood Quddusi said that the lawyers of today are the future of Pakistan. These students will lead the nation in the practical life and will enlighten their country and will elevate the green flag to its zenith, says a press release. He stated this while addressing the students of RLC in a welcome party arranged for the new students of LLB-I. RLC Principal Mushtaq Ali Khan Baloch, Jinnah Institute of Informatics & Commerce Principal Masood Sultan Ch. and Rawalpindi College of Commerce Principal Hamid Mehmood were also present on the occasion. Rahat Quddusi said the law students must be updated with the latest innovations in their profession because traditional modes of these legal practices do not lead to the professional culmination. The law students must be completely aware of the new academic dimensions and the practical facets of the legal profession. He said that the lawyers are the most significant community of a state who play vital role in seeking justice for human being. RLC in affiliations with the Punjab University is diligently performing its educational and professional duties for the last 30 years. I feel great pleasure and elevation to mention that RLC produced exemplary results in Annual Examination of 2016-17 of the Punjab University. I pray that RLC should continue achieving its goals and progress continuously and our green Pak flag should be at the top in the comity of the nations of the world. At the end of the ceremony, students performed different skits, tableaus, songs and funny speeches.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiRawalpindi Medical College

SLS School celebrates ‘World as a Global Village

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:27
Rawalpindi:January 9: All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School are celebrating ‘World as a Global Village’ as the theme for their on-going term. Following this theme SLS Tufail Road Branch recently held an Information Fair in which they highlighted a wide array of cultural traditions, food, performances and music from around the globe, says a press release. The purpose of the information fair was to make the students aware of the rapid globalisation and its effects on our everyday life style. Multiple display corners were decorated by each grade level and the school ground looked like a small global village. The primary & secondary students displayed as well as presented projects related to sports, art, culture, style, food and music to show that how a simple melody, a mouth-watering cuisine or a festival celebrated anywhere across the globe aims towards a peaceful global community. The primary students focused on the global aspects of food, sports and festivals. The display corners were seen to be packed with visitors as the students confidently explained in detail about various food chains being run across the globe and the diverse range of sports played in different parts of the world and how they are contributing towards globalization. A display corner show casing various festivals celebrated across the globe was loved by everyone. One by one the students shared information about the origin and religious associations of festivals like Eid, Halloween, Christmas, The Dragon Festival and Basant. The secondary students emphasized on the global aspect of media and music. Students of grade 7 and grade 8 described the importance of social media in connecting people all across the globe and the role of music in bringing people closer through melodies respectively. The highlight of the Information Fair was the colourful and stylish ‘Global Bridal Couture’ pageant in which the girls of grade 9th and 10th dressed up as brides from across the globe. One by one they walked up the stage and very elegantly presented the versatility of styles adopted and shared by the women across the globe in terms of fashion. The special event was appreciated by the parents and students as they enjoyed food served at the food stalls. Managing Director SLS Schools Asiya Talha appreciated the Section Head Samina Zeeshan along with the staff and students and said that all across the globe people adapt to things that are not necessarily a part of their own country. This dependency is not restricted to commodities but it encompasses food, clothing, culture, economy and lifestyle. Therefore the need to understand that we are living in a highly connected globe has become urgent.The news.Rawalpindi

Zakaria is new Vice Chancellor of Punjab University

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:26
Lahore:January 9:Punjab Governor/Chancellor has appointed Dr Muhammad Zakaria Zakar as Vice Chancellor of Punjab University (PU) till the appointment of a regular official. The governor has accepted the resignation of interim VC Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar with effect from Jan 6. Dr Zaffar Mueen had abruptly resigned from the post after serving the university for around a year on an interim basis. It was alleged that he had resigned in protest against the Punjab government for pressurizing him to give 2-kanal of the university land to a seminary. However, according to PU teachers, the teaching community had resisted the move and the VC had not done so. They had even demanded the government hold an inquiry against former VC Dr Zaffar for his alleged corruption as highlighted by the Minister for Higher Education. Meanwhile, Punjab University’s Teachers Front (PU-TF) has demanded the government place the name of Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar on the Exit Control List (ECL) and not to offer him a safe exit.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

New role: Dr Zakria Zakar to take charge as acting VC of PU today

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:15
LAHORE:08 January:Dr Zakria Zakar, who has been serving as the Dean of Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) at the Punjab University, will take charge as the acting vice chancellor of the Punjab University on Monday (today). A notification in this regard is expected to be issued by the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED). According to sources of the HED, Dr Zakar was selected because he was one of the three shortlisted candidates for the position of VC for the Punjab University in 2015. The official said that the decision had been made and the department would soon issue a notification to this effect. When contacted, Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani confirmed the appointment of Dr Zakar for the Punjab University. Dr Zakar is being appointed to the position after provisional vice chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasar resigned from the position recently. His resignation came after claims of government’s pressure to hand over land of the varsity as well as allegations on Dr Nasar for financial and administrative irregularities during his tenure. Dr Nasar contended that he had been under immense pressure by the Punjab government to give two kanals of land of the Punjab University to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). The government had asked for the land to build a mosque which was going to be demolished due to the Orange Line Metro Train project. On the other hand, Gillani had written to the chief minister of Punjab to probe the alleged irregularities by Dr Zafar and his use of chancellor’s powers without approval. In the 26-point charge-sheet, the minister recommended that the Chief Minister’s Inspection Team (CMIT) investigate the irregularities and asked for the removal of the provisional vice chancellor in the meantime. The Punjab government has been unable to finalise the appointment of a permanent VC at the Punjab University since 2015. A case, in the Lahore High Court (LHC), contesting the legal authority over the appointment of the VC, as well as appointing Dr Nasar as provisional vice chancellor until a decision was made. The case ended in favour of the Punjab government and the LHC, in April 2017, gave the Punjab government a go-ahead to appoint vice chancellors in public universities in the province. The court also told the government to appoint a vice chancellor from among the three names finalised by the vice chancellors’ search committee earlier. Among the proposed names were former vice chancellor Dr Mujhaid Kamran, Dr Zafar Mueen Nasar and Dr Zakria Zakar. However, the Punjab government decided to re-advertise the post after revamping the rules for the appointment of vice chancellors and the search committees. The Punjab government has since made little progress to appoint permanent vice chancellors and is in the process of finalising the procedures for the appointments. Dr Zakar is the recipient of the Presidential Pride of Performance in 2015 and also received the Best University Teacher Award for 2012-13 by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2018.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Grade 3 students across Punjab to take part in test

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:14
LAHORE:08 January:The Punjab School Education Department (SED) has ordered to prepare for the six-monthly assessment of grade 3 students in public and Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) schools. A total of 430 schools have been selected for the assessment for March 18, out of which 250 are government-run schools and 180 are PEF schools. The children of these schools will take part in the examination scheduled to be held between February 26 and March 10. The schools are selected from all 36 districts of the province. The assessment will be held for three subjects -Urdu, Mathematics and English. Government introduces education programme for adults According to a letter sent by the SED, “The department is making concerted efforts to improve quality of education by measuring learning outcomes through the six-monthly assessments of Grade 3 students of government and PEF schools across Punjab.” The letter gave instruction for the staff of various departments and officials involved with the assessment process and also informed that external invigilators would conduct the exam. SED Secretary Dr Allah Baksh Malik told The Express Tribune that the assessment was part of the government’s literacy and numeracy test, through which they test the learning outcomes of children. The assessment was aimed at testing what the teachers’ have taught and what has been learned by the students. The test was not a traditional test, which the SED takes every three months, rather it had multiple choice questions, he said. “This assessment is in addition to exams taken by the SED and was administered and monitored by an external agency,” he said. He added that the current assessment was the mid-term test, and another one would be taken in October, when the academic year ended. He said that this assessment, taken by an external agency, was used to devise the district ranking of schools. The letter asked the District Education Authorities (DEAs) Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) to start preparing for the assessment and directed teachers in their jurisdiction to prepare their students for the tests. It further said that the Technical Assistance Management Organisation (TAMO), a private firm, and School Reform Roadmap team representatives would perform the invigilation and monitoring duties of the assessment test in selected schools. The letter stated, “CEOs (DEA) are requested to ensure schools cooperate with the invigilation and the monitoring teams at the time of the test.”The news. Lahore

Affiliation of 71 private colleges to be revoked

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:59
SARGODHA:03 January: The University of Sargodha syndicate in its third and last meeting of 2017 has approved disaffiliation of 71 private sector colleges for their poor performance and falling short of the required standards. It also approved the establishment of Noon Business School in recognition of the services of the Noon family for the cause of Pakistan. In addition, the syndicate approved the launching of an evening programme (certificate, diploma and MSc) in military sciences and management. As a long-awaited step, the revised service statutes of the employees of grades 1 to 21 were also recommended. The syndicate approved the appointment of more than 150 regular faculty members in different departments of the university, including eight professors, nine associate professors, 32 assistant professors and 80 lecturers. The appointments, made through a merit-based transparent process, were recommended by two successive selection boards. The syndicate took notice of the alleged subversive activities of a teacher and recommended his removal from all statutory bodies, including the office of social sciences dean. It approved to grant 15 PhD degrees to candidates of different faculties. It also sanctioned an increase of 200-400 per cent in the death compensation benefits for the families of the deceased employees of the university during their service by bringing the benefits on a par with that of the government employees. The meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed was attended by all syndicate members, including GCU Lahore VC Prof Dr. Hassan Amir Shah, parliamentarians Dr. Nadia Aziz, Waris Kaloo and Gazanfar Cheena, representatives from higher education department and Higher Education Commission, education board secretary and principals of Jauharabad and Mianwali colleges. Published in Dawn, January.SargodhaSargodha University