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MPA wants actionagainst academy mafia

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 14:17
Lahore:September 12:Opposition member Mian Aslam Iqbal on Monday demanded the Punjab government to take strict action against the ‘academy mafia’ minting billions of rupees from students in the name of MCAT and ECAT preparation. The MPA also alleged that elements sitting in the Punjab government were providing complete patronage to these coaching centres, academies as despite decision taken by the government of action against such institutions, nothing had been done. Speaking on a point of order, Mian Aslam Iqbal, the PTI MPA who hails from Lahore and has been elected from PP-148 said that every year, 65,000 students pertaining to nine Boards of Education of Punjab go for the preparation of medical and engineering entrance tests out of which only 3,400 get admission of government-run institutions and similar number of students in private medical or engineering colleges. He said poor students, who even obtain excellent marks in the intermediate exams are unable to pay the heavy fee of the academies which charge billions of rupees from around 65,000 students in the name of Medical Colleges Admission Tests (MCAT) and Engineering College Engineering Test (ECAT). “When only 3,400 students out of 65,000 are able to get admission in medical or engineering colleges, what about the rest and the amount minted by the academy mafia from them in the name of M-CAT and E-CAT preparations” asked Aslam Iqbal. He said poor students, whose parents are not even able to pay their school or college fee how they could meet the expenditures and the burden of M-CAT or E-CAT fee. Aslam Iqbal stated that if the government claimed that it had broken the network of Booti mafia (cheating in exams), it was praiseworthy but this issue was more important than anything else as it was directly related to the woes of poor people. The PTI legislator revealed that already the decision was made by the government to put an end to M-CAT and E-CAT preparation system by academy but having received money from this mafia, an influential person of this House didn’t let anything happen against it, he alleged. Aslam Iqbal said that building bridges or constructing metro buses are not important when it comes to the future of our students who are architect of national progress. He demanded setting up of committee, including additional chief secretary, education ministers, two members from Opposition and persons representing the academies and coaching centres for students.The news. Lahore

New principal of Govt Gordon College, Rawalpindi,

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 14:15
RAWALPINDI:September 12: Professor Altaf Hussain has assumed the charge of principal of Govt Gordon College, Rawalpindi, says a press release.The news.RawalpindiCollege in RawalpindiGordon College Rawalpindi

Girls top in all three groups of HSSC exams of RBISE

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 14:13
Rawalpindi:September 12: The girls once again proving their metal in intelligence overhauled the boy students in the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Examination conducted by Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) in April, this year. According to the results announced by RBISE the girls topped in all three groups and the boys remained far behind thus failing to achieve top slots in the HSSC annual examination. Nimra Riaz (roll no. 740893) of Steps College for Girls, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi clinched the overall first position among girls and boys in General Science Group by securing 1024 total marks. The second overall top position was grabbed by Areeba Nasir (roll no. 741416) belonging to Punjab College for Women, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi by getting 1018 marks. While Safina Almas (roll no. 709582) of Punjab College for Women, Talagang, Chakwal got 1004 marks to remain third among boys and girls in the examination. She also belonged to General Science Group. In Commerce Group Sidra Jabeen (roll no. 732208) of Punjab College for Women, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi achieved 962 marks to grab first position. She was followed by Bisma Khan (roll no. 741405) of Punjab College for Women, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi got second position by securing 951 marks, while Amna Tahir (roll no. 742481) of Punjab College for Women, Main G.T. Road , Gujar Khan, achieved 944 marks and remained third. In Humanities Group Huma Uroos (roll no. 764465) of Government College for Women, Gujar Khan, topped after getting 963 marks. Ansa Bibi (roll no. 701096) of Fateh Jhang, got second position in this group by obtaining 921 marks. Memoona Zafar (roll no. 731494) of Dukhtran Islam College for Women, Murree, got 919 marks and remained third.The news.RawalpindiCollege in RawalpindiGordon College Rawalpindi

PU teachers rally in support of Rohingya Muslims

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 12:46
LAHORE:09 september:Teachers of the Punjab University took out a rally on Friday in solidarity with the persecuted Muslim minority of Myanmar – the Rohingya. The teachers’ community held banners and posters highlighting the plight of the oppressed minority. The rally was organised by Teachers’ Front and it started from the Centre for Undergraduate Studies and ended at Institute of Education and Research. A large number of faculty members, deans, directors and female teachers of the varsity took part in the rally. UN expects up to 300,000 Rohingya refugees The participants were of the view that they wanted to highlight the brutalism witnessed in Myanmar and blatant violation of human rights, coupled with the criminal silence on part of the international community. Talking to media, Teachers’ Front President Dr Sajid Rasheed Ahmed and Secretary Dr Mehboob Hussain said the rally aimed to draw the attention of world powers towards Myanmar’s Muslim massacre. They said the Punjab University was one of the biggest universities of the country and issues raised here were of utmost importance. They said that teachers of the varsity had gathered irrespective of their political affiliations and the only aim was to show solidarity with the Muslims of Myanmar. Over a thousand miles away, Rohingyas pray for a miracle Punjab University Academic Staff Association (ASA) General Secretary Iftikhar Ahmed Tarar, Vice President Dr Shahid Ghazi, Finance Secretary Dr Muhammad Azhar Naeem also attended the rally. On the occasion, senior teachers Oriental College Principal Dr Fakhar ul Haq Noori, Faculty of Science Dean Dr Shahid Kamal, Faculty of Arts Dean Dr Mohammad Iqbal Chawla, Faculty of Islamic Studies Dean Dr Tahira Basharat also spoke to the media and described the teachers’ perspective on the whole issue.Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PhD awarded in Beaconhouse National University

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 12:43
Lahore:09 september:Institute of Psychology of the Beaconhouse National University (BNU) has awarded its first PhD degree to a scholar in Applied Psychology. The thesis of the scholar, Ayesha Sarfaraz, conducted under the supervision of Professor Dr Ruhi Khalid, was titled “Identification, Assessment, and Dispositional Predictors of Work/Family Interface in Pakistani Working Women.” She received positive evaluation from external examiners, Dr Rose Capdevila, Director of Research at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK and Dr Daniel Christie, Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University, USA. Ayesha Sarfaraz presented and defended her work on September 7, 2017, at BNU which was followed by the viva voce conducted by Professor Dr Sarah Shahed and Professor Dr Ruhi Khalid.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreBeaconhouse University

Punjab College bagged first and third positions in BSc Exam

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 12:41
LAHORE :09 september:Two students of Punjab College bagged first and third positions in BSc examinations 2017 of the Punjab University. According to a press release, students Sadaf Zahid and Asma Latif were declared first and third with 681 and 668 marks respectively. PU Vice Chancellor Dr. Zafar Moeen, announced the results and awarded cheques, certificates and shields to the position holders. He also congratulated the students on these outstanding achievements. The management, faculty and students of Punjab College congratulated the position holders on their outstanding performances.The news. LahoreColleges in Lahore

Punjab University teachers rally against Myanmar massacre

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 12:39
LAHORE :September 9:Punjab University (PU) teachers took out a rally on Friday to express solidarity with Rohingya Muslims and criticised the international community on its silence on atrocities against innocent people in Myanmar. The rally started from PU Center for Undergraduate Studies and culminated at Institute of Education & Research (IER), New Campus. The teachers carrying banners and placards chanted slogans in favour of Rohingya Muslims and condemned the Myanmar government.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab Health Foundation meeting:

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:24
LAHORE :08 September: Punjab Minister for Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique presided over a meeting of Board of Directors of Punjab Health Foundation (PHF) at Civil Secretariat on Thursday. According to a handout issued here, Special Secretary and Managing Director of PHF Dr Sajid Mehmood Chohan, officers from Finance Department and other officers attended the meeting. The BoD approved the minutes of the previous meeting. The meeting also reviewed different development schemes of the foundation. Different options were discussed for the investment of reserved funds of the foundation. The minister directed the authorities concerned that a consultation meeting with the finance secretary and other officers concerned should be called to take their point of view in this matter and negotiations should be made with different scheduled banks for the purpose.The news.Lahore

University of Health Sciences board considers thesis reports

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:22
LAHORE :08 September:The 129th meeting of Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) was held on Thursday with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan in the chair. According to a press release issued here, the board considered the thesis reports of Dr Uzma Zaheen Anwar MPhil (Forensic Medicine), Dr Hafiz Ather Farooq MPhil (Haematology), Humaira Najma MPhil (Medical Laboratory Sciences - Molecular Pathology & Cytogenetics), Dr Khalid Ur Rahman MD (Internal Medicine), Dr Muhammad Bin Safdar MD (Cardiology), Dr Hafiz Muhammad Nasir MS (Orthopaedics), Dr Huma Hussain MPhil (Physiology) and Dr Shaher Bano MPhil (Oral Biology). The following synopses were also considered for registration of students in various postgraduate courses: “Factors associated with stress level among different years of study in undergraduate medical students of three private medical colleges” by Dr Farhat Yasmin Minhas MPhil (Behavioural Sciences), “Serum lipase and amylase estimation in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus presenting with diabetic ketoacidosis” by Dr Munaza Saduf MPhil (Biochemistry), “Median of pregnancy associated placental protein-A and beta human chorionic gonadotrophin at 9-10 weeks of gestation in pregnant females” by Dr Lubna Shaheen MPhil (Chemical Pathology), “Activated protein C resistance and protein C inhibitor levels in women using second generation oral contraceptives ” by Dr Namra Mahmood MPhil (Haematology), “Effects of oral contraceptives on protein S and C4b-binding protein” by Dr Kanwal Khawar MPhil (Haematology), “Association of PTEN with estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) in breast carcinoma” by Dr Zunaira Qayyum MPhil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), “Effect of topical phenytoin on wound of extraction sockets in albino Wistar rats” by Dr Maruf Christopher MPhil (Oral Biology), “Synthesis of novel dental composite with antibacterial and re-mineralizing agents, and evaluation of their chemical, mechanical and in vitro bioactivity properties” by Dr Zahra Shafqat MPhil (Science of Dental Materials), “The effect of feedback on academic performance of final year students in a private sector Dental College” by Dr Amjad Mahmood MHPE, “Comparison of endoscopic discectomy versus microscopic discectomy for the treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation” by Dr Muhammad Mansoor MS. (Neurosurgery), “Comparison in outcome of endoscopic discectomy vs hemi laminectomy and discectomy in prolapsed intervertebral disc at L 4-5” by Dr Jamal Nasir MS (Neurosurgery), “Association of comorbidities and angiographic findings in ST-elevation and non ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients 35-50 years of age” by Dr Asim Saif MD. (Cardiology) and “Outcome of middle cerebral artery aneurysm treatment by endovascular approach in terms of Glasgow outcome scale” by Dr Muhammad Atif MD (Radiology).The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

38.32pc pass BA, BSc annual exam

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:21
LAHORE:08 september :Punjab University has declared the results of BA/BSc Annual Examination 2017 here on Thursday. According to result, BSc student Ms Sadaf Zahid (roll number 12476) got overall first position and obtained 681 marks. While BSc students, including Anilah Yasmeen (roll number 19413) & Maleeha Anwar (roll number 17995) jointly shared second position by securing 673 marks while BSc student Asma Latif (roll number 6505) stood third by securing 668 marks. In BA, Nageen Fatima (roll number 22738) stood first by securing 681 marks. While Asma Afzal (roll number 16004) stood second by securing 657 marks and Muqaddas Ijaz (roll number 35247) stood third and obtained 651 marks. The total candidates appeared in BA/BSc Annual Examination 2017 were 229,401 out of which 87,926 candidates passed the exams while the overall pass percentage is 38.32. The total candidates appeared in BA/BSc Annual Examination Part-I 2017 were 133,892 out of which 48,633 candidates passed the exams while the pass percentage remained 36.32. The total candidates appeared in BA/BSc Annual Examination Part-II 2017 were 75,376 out of 33,154 candidates passed the exams while the pass percentage remained 43.98. Total candidate appeared in BA/BSc Annual Examination 2017 (Composite) were 20,133 out of them 6,139 candidates passed the exams while the pass percentage remained 30.49. BT cotton seed: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir has announced that a team of PU scientists has prepared three new high yielding BT cotton seed varieties which are disease resistant, insect resistant and drought tolerant. He made this announcement during prize distribution ceremony organised in the honour of position-holders of BA/BSc annual examinations 2017 at Al Raazi Hall here on Thursday. PU Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Shahid Munir, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Muhammad Taqi Zahid Butt, Dean Faculty of Science Prof Dr Shahid Kamal, additional controllers of examinations Raja Shahid Javed, Rauf Nawaz, position-holder students, their parents and teachers were present on the occasion. According to a press release, addressing the ceremony, Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir said that these BT cotton seeds were weedicide and insect resistant and it was country’s first genetically-modified cotton seed. He said these varieties had been developed using modern molecular genetic engineering and DNA cloning techniques. He said eight international companies have shown interest in purchase of these varieties. He said that PU scientists, including Dr Tayyab Husnain, Dr Idrees Nasir, Dr Ahmed Ali Shahid, Dr Kausar Malik, Dr Bushra Rashid and Dr Abdul Qayyum have made contributions to development of these BT cotton seed varieties which were called CEMB-33, CEMB-Klean Cotton and CA-12. He said that genetically modified BT cotton seed varieties would be commercialised through seed marketing companies for use in Pakistan agriculture sector to generate additional revenue for university. The PU VC said it would contribute Rs144 billion to the country’s economy. He said that PU was playing its role in country’s socio-economic development. Congratulating the position-holders, he said poor girls had clinched top positions in BA/BSC annual examinations and we must appreciate them for their hard work. He announced that PU would waive off fee for toppers and they would also be provided with PEEF scholarship worth Rs75,000. He also announced Rs100,000, Rs75,000 and Rs65,000 prize for first, second and third position-holders respectively. Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Shahid Munir said that PU had started split BA/BSc in two parts and after many years, courses had been revised at bachelor’s and master’s level. He said it was the biggest examination in the history of Punjab University in which 229,401 candidates had appeared. He said that on the instructions of the vice-chancellor, the examination department was moving towards digital revolution to help candidates. He said that PU would start online admissions and verification systems and one window cell would also be inaugurated soon. Talking to media, Dean Faculty of Life Sciences Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan said the PU team had developed these disease resistant, insect resistant and drought tolerant varieties by incorporating various useful, novel genes in cotton seeds at the Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB).The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Pakistan observes World Literacy Day today

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:16
LAHORE:08 september : With somewhat stagnant literacy rate of 58 percent, Pakistan will celebrate International Literacy Day under the theme ‘Literacy in a digital world’ on Friday (today). The country’s overall literacy rate as per the latest Pakistan Economic Survey (2016-17) is 58 percent (among population of 10 years and above) with male literacy touching 70 percent while female literacy rate below 50 percent. Taking into account rural and urban divide, literacy rate is higher in urban areas i.e., 74 percent when compared to rural areas—49 percent literacy. The developed world has started reaping digital dividends and striving hard for more while the developing countries like Pakistan, being on the wrong side of the digital divide, are still struggling to achieve an ‘honorable’ literacy rate. And many of us define this as the ability to read and write! Among provinces, Punjab—the largest province of the country in terms of population has a literacy rate of 62 percent followed by Sindh 55 percent, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 53 percent and lastly Balochistan with 41 percent. Among South Asian countries, Afghanistan (38 percent) is the only country after Pakistan having the lowest literacy rate. Maldives overall literacy rate is 99 percent, Sri Lanka 93 percent, India 71 percent, Bhutan 65 percent, Nepal 64 percent and Bangladesh 62 percent. The literacy rate of Pakistan has actually dropped this time from 60 percent in 2016. It was the same in 2012-13, 58 percent in 2013-14 (when the incumbent government came into power). And sadly, this is despite Right to Education (RTE) laws in place in all the four provinces. However, these are toothless because of absence of rules of business to implement these laws. So far, only the Sindh government has framed the rules for implementation of its RTE law. According to UNESCO’s 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report there were 21.5 million out-of-school children in Pakistan and 5.6 million of them the children of primary school age group which means before these kids started to learn something they left the schools. While this has mainly to do with socio-economic conditions of the families of these children, one can’t ignore absence of basic amenities at schools to provide a good learning environment to the kids. A less than 30 percent of all government schools in Balochistan province have the toilet facility for kids, 50 percent of public schools in Sindh are without drinking water facility, 13 percent public schools in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa without boundary walls while seven percent of public schools in Punjab don’t have electricity connection. These numbers are from Pakistan Education Statistics 2015-16. With almost half of the country’s population illiterate, one can imagine the losses for not being computer literate in an increasingly digital world with economic aspect as a major achievement. At a time when data is being dubbed as the ‘new oil’, we really need to gear up with particular focus ‘data literacy’ in an increasingly digital world powered by data.the news.Lahore

Extremism in universities

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:13
Lahore:08 september : Pakistan is facing various long-standing threats like terrorism, extremism and corruption. Previously, we had terrorists who were less educated, but now, surprisingly, the situation is entirely different. Recently, MQM-P leader Khawaja Izhar Hassan was attacked by highly qualified students. A few months back, Noreen Laghari, a student who joined Isis, was arrested in Lahore. She admitted that she was about to be used for a heinous crime. It is a bitter reality that all of us are equally responsible for this sad state of the country. The government should revise universities’ syllabus and take strict action against those who are involved in these activities.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

VU launches smartphone app for students

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:09
LAHORE:07 september:The solution was based on a collaborative relationship between the Punjab Higher Education Department, nine Boards of the Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) of Punjab, Bank of Punjab and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). The salient features of the system included 24/7 access, the ability to apply from any place with internet access, track admission application statuses via the college website, integration with BISE results, minimising data entry and reducing errors.Published in The Express Tribune, September 7th, 2017.Lahore

Online College Admission System provided a web-based facility

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:07
LAHORE:07 september:The Edvisory ensuring every ambitious student makes the cut Free of cost availability of college broachers and online admission forms were an added feature of the system, while it considerably reduced the visits of students and parents to colleges, while ensuring timely compilation of applications and the merit list. Online College Admission System (OCAS) provided a web-based facility for applicants to submit admissions online. It had been built to provide easy, convenient, efficient and reliable access to students for admissions in government colleges for higher education.The news. Lahore

Online college applications see major boost

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:06
LAHORE:07 september:As many as 683 out of 716 public colleges, registered for online admission across the province, received 278,917 applications since the launch of the 2017 cycle through the Punjab Information Technology Board’s Online College Admissions System (OCAS). OCAS was developed for the Higher Education Department (HED) of Punjab to process intermediate admission applications for their FA, FSC and ICS programmes. It processed almost one million applications over the past few years. For 2017, 88,568 applications from 278,917 online admission applications were submitted online, while 190,349 were uploaded in the system by the respective colleges.The news. Lahore

PU youth convention pays tribute to 1965 War heroes

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:03
Lahore:07 september:Punjab University Department of Punjabi has produced a national song to pay tribute to matyrs of Pakistan Army on the eve of Defence Day. The national song was screened at youth convention organised by PU College of Earth and Environmental Sciences on Wednesday. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir, CEES Principal Prof Dr Sajid Rashid, Chairperson Department of Punjabi Prof Dr Nabila Rehman, Lt-Gen (Retd) Ghulam Mustafa, Brig (Retd) Taimoor Khan, Brig (Retd Aslam Ghuman, faculty members and a large number of students were present. Addressing the ceremony, Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir said PU paid tribute to Pakistan Army who sacrificed their lives while safeguarding the country’s geographical boundaries during 1965 war. He said Pakistan Army won 1965 war with valour by defeating an enemy that was five times bigger in size. He said Pakistan was an atomic power and our nuclear experiments gave a shut up call to India. He said Pakistani nation would always stand by Pakistan Army in any time of test. He said the Muslims must strengthen themselves to save Rohingiya Muslims. Lt Gen (Retd) Ghulam Mustafa said Pakistan Army and the nation were full of spirit and their passion led to the success during 1965 war. He said the passion we had witnessed during 1965 war could not be explained in words. He said despite shortage of weapons and soldiers, Pakistan Army defeated India on different fronts and pushed the Indian troops back conquering various areas of the enemy’s land. He said Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy also taught a memorable lesson to India in the air and the sea. Brig (Retd) Aslam Ghuman said Hindu was a coward nation and Indian Army did not have the courage to face us in the battlefield. He said Hindus could only hatch conspiracies. He said our people tied bombs to their chests and attacked Indian tanks at Sialkot front. He said corruption had hollowed the country and we must focus on character building of our nation. Brig (Retd) Taimur Khan said India had learnt from 1965 war that it could not defeat Pakistan in the battlefield. He said there was need to follow message of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal for the betterment of our country. Prof Dr Sajid Rashid said the nation saluted heroes of 1965 War and lauded their sacrifices. On the occasion, the students presented skits and national songs in connection with Defence Day.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Matric suppl exams BISE

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:01
Lahore:07 september: Secondary School Certificate (Matriculation) Supplementary Examinations 2017 under the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) will commence from Thursday (today). A BISE spokesperson said 56 examination centres had been established and around 28,000 candidates would appear in the exams.The news. LahoreBISE Lahore Board

Women employment training programme

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:59
Lahore:07 september:Provincial Minister for Industry and Trade Sheikh Allauddin has said Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) has taken initiative to train our poor and vulnerable sisters and daughters from the urban areas on technical and vocational skills and then link them with sustainable employment opportunities. Attending the contract signing ceremony for the “Women Focused Employment Driven” training programme here on Wednesday, he stated the Punjab government has taken a lot of initiatives in Punjab for legal and economic empowerment of women, including women entrepreneurship, property ownership, employment, decision-making, education and vocational training through Punjab Women Empowerment Initiatives. The minister said many more women development initiatives are in line, the role of women is important for progress of our country to achieve prosperity in life and maintain peace in our country is almost impossible feat and unattainable achievements unless we protect and empower women. The Punjab government executed initiatives for women empowerment scheme. We must make every effort possible to ensure that more and more women of employment age must enter the workforce and contribute to the economic growth of Pakistan.The news. Lahore

Punjab University will announce BA/BSc result

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:55
Lahore:07 september: Punjab University (PU) will announce the result of BA/BSc Annual Examinations 2017 on Thursday (today). A prize distribution ceremony for position holders of BA/BSc exams will also be held on Thursday where PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir will be the chief guest. The news. LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Schools told to refund ‘overcharged’ fee or else…

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 12:33
LAHORE:01 september:Private schools accused of overcharging and raising fees without fulfilling legal obligations have been directed to refund the amounts or face the music. The District Education Authority (DEA), responsible for checks on schools, has told the schools to present their defence on a hearing which will be held after Eid. The sudden raise in fee by some private schools pushed parents to agitate against the move and call on the Punjab government to take action. Irked by fee spikes, parents set to stage protests The parents accused the institutes of raising fee and said it went against the Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) (Amendment) Ordinance 2017. The parents maintained that continuously rising fee was out of control and unjustified, making it unaffordable for parents. Talking to The Express Tribune on Thursday, Punjab School Education Department (SED) Secretary Dr Allah Baksh Malik said the provincial government held meetings with parents and private school managements over the issue. “We told private school managements and asked them not to raise fee beyond 5%. If anyone had increased fee beyond these set limits, they should immediately refund it. If any school is found guilty of the charges, legal action will be taken against them.” Meanwhile, the Lahore DEA has so far received complaints against 12 privately-run schools in the city and called them to a hearing. When contacted, DEA Lahore Education CEO Bashir Zahid Goraya said the authority sent notices to schools against whom parents had lodged complaints. He said that legally, 7-10 dates were required to hold hearings and gather explanation from overcharging schools. “Strict action will be taken against every school found overcharging or against any discrepancies He claimed that of the 12 schools against which complaints were received, most were of overcharging. However, some fell in other categories such as inadequate security arrangements. Goraya said notices sent to the schools were based on complaints received by the parents, while other charges were discrepancies found by DEA staff. He said action would be taken, if necessary, after the hearing. Teachers protest hits K-P school enrolment drive According to the Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) (Amendment) Ordinance 2017, private schools charging more than or equal to Rs4,000 per month could only raise fees at the start of an academic year by 5% and that to approval from the DEA. When the issue was raised, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif formed a committee to look into the matter. The committee, headed by Punjab Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, held its first meeting on Monday and a detailed report would be submitted to the chief minister. Published in The Express Tribune, September 1st, 2017.Lahore