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Govt asks Punjab University to give land to religious party

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:57
LAHORE:03 January: The Punjab government on Monday asked the Punjab University (PU) administration to hand over its prime two kanals to a religious party. Adviser to Chief Minister Khwaja Ahmed Hassaan held a meeting with the university authorities at 90 Shahrah-i-Quaid-i-Azam on Monday and forced them to let the government acquire the land without any delay. PU Vice Chancellor Zaffar Mueen Nasar, four deans, resident officers 1 and 2, the treasurer and the director of sports were present. The Punjab government had acquired the land of a seminary at Chauburji to accommodate the route of the Orange Line Train project, and now forced the university to give up its land to compensate the seminary. Seminary land was acquired for Orange Line train project One of the participants in the meeting told Dawn that the university authorities asked Mr Hassaan to build the seminary in question on the acquired land of the PU near the PIA Planetarium. “The provincial government told the PU administration and teachers that the land would remain property of the university and the mosque or seminary would also be constructed by the PU using its own procedures and offices,” a varsity official told Dawn. “The fact is the government’s agreement with the mosque committee reveals the contract guarantees allocation of land for the mosque/seminary at a place in the university grounds at Old Campus and it will always remain in the legal control of the mosque administration while the PU administration will have nothing to do with it.” The PU Academic Staff Association recently passed a resolution against the purposed land plan. They said under the PU Act, the land only could be used for academic purposes. Last week, a meeting of all PU deans and principals of constituent colleges was held under the chairmanship of the VC Dr Nasar for a syndicate meeting they demanded that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif stop snatching the PU land and instead, construct the mosque on the premises of other government offices on Lake Road (next to Madrassatul Banat). In the last decade, the government has taken over over 33 PU kanals for the expansion of Pekhewal Mor, the Baba Ground (a.k.a. Chishtia High School Ground) next to the Punjab Secretariat, over 305 kanals for Maulana Shaukat Ali Road, eight-kanals for the Orange Train and now eyes on two kanals more for the same project. The Punjab government has not paid even a single penny to the PU for the land. Sources say then VC Dr Mujahid Kamran gave away the land for road under an unwritten promise from the government that he would be given the third tenure as PU VC. The road has cut the once lush green serene PU New Campus into two halves . The road claimed the life of a female student when a bus hit her on Dec 13. The provincial government had also promised to build two underpasses and paying Rs300 million to the PU for the acquired land. Despite the passages of years, the government has not fulfilled its promise. The government also violated the agreement regarding construction of the commercial market on both sides of the road. The New Campus land was bought from the government by paying around Rs6.4m in 1963. In 1997, then VC Prof Dr Khalid Hameed Sheikh had preferred quitting the post, instead of giving four marlas to the government for a slip road at the Barkat Market crossing. Teachers urged the chief justice to take suo moto of ‘snatching’ of the PU land.Published in Dawn, LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University VC tells teachers land won’t be given to govt

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:55
LAHORE:03 January: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasar on Tuesday assured faculty members that the varsity will not give the land of its Old Campus sports ground to the provincial government. He gave this assurance at a meeting of representatives of different groups of teachers on Tuesday. Academic Staff Association President Javed Sami, Secretary Iftikhar Ahmed Tarrar, Academic Forum President Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, Prof Dr Fakhrul Haq Noori, Prof Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar, Prof Dr Sajid Rashid, Dr Mahboob Hussain and Dr Muhammad Farooq Shahid participated in the meeting. The government is said to be forcing the university administration to let it acquire two kanals of the varsity’s Old Campus sports ground near Chauburji to compensate a religious party. The Punjab government had acquired the seminary land at Chauburji to accommodate the route of the Orange Line Train project, and was now forcing the university to give up its land as compensation. Staff member says Hassaan told to give Planetarium land to religious party All groups of the university’s faculty members who are set to participate in the upcoming election of the syndicate had expressed concern over giving more land to the government to compensate a religious party. One of the participants said they met with Khwaja Ahmad Hassaan and pointed out another piece of government land that could be given to the religious party for constructing a seminary. He said the sports ground had historical significance as Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had addressed Muslims before the creation of Pakistan. And it would also impact the extracurricular activities of students, he said. The vice chancellor also assured the teachers that they would not give the land to the government and would instead suggest they give away the PIA Planetarium land to the religious party. Dr Nasar also expressed the desire that teachers play a role in promoting a positive environment at the university while participating in the syndicate’s upcoming elections. The meeting also condemned anonymous letters against the vice chancellor. All the groups of teachers agreed that mudslinging must be avoided and everybody should take care of each other’s self-respect. The meeting also agreed that such elements must be exposed and action taken against them.Published in Dawn, January 3rd, 2018LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University teachers to resist govt demand

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:54
LAHORE:January 3:Punjab University (PU) teachers expressing concern over the request of the Punjab government demanding two kanal prime PU land at Old Campus sports ground observed that the university land could not be used other than academic and co-curricular purposes. They vowed to resist any such move. The meeting of different groups of teachers was convened by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir who speaking on the occasion said the teachers must respect each other to ensure pleasant academic atmosphere on the campus.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Govt releases Rs3.5b to district authorities for schools

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:23
LAHORE:02January:The Punjab government released Rs3.5 billion in the non-salary budget (NSB) for schools and placed the amount for each district in the Special Drawing Accounts (SDAs) of the District Education Authority’s Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) accounts. The released amount is the second installment for the fiscal year 2017-18 released by the provincial government. It also ordered to place the sanctioned amount in the existing District Education Authority (SDAs) of DEAs and District Education Officers (Secondary) (DEOs). The release of funds for the second quarter of the current fiscal year is part of the Punjab government’s move to give some financial independence to schools so that they could improve infrastructure, hire part-time staff etc. A formula has also been devised to pay the NSB funds to all primary, elementary, high and higher secondary schools in each of the 36 districts of the province. According to the allocation made for the 2nd quarter each district, Attock received Rs72.57 million, Bahawalnagar Rs123 million, Bahawalpur Rs92.31 million, Bhakkar Rs73.15 million, Chakwal Rs58.36 million, Chiniot Rs51.8 million, Dera Ghazi Khan Rs104.18 million, Faisalabad Rs243.9 million, Gujranwala Rs124.09 million, Gujrat Rs97.91 million, Hafizabad Rs45.64 million, Jehlum Rs48.73 million, Jhang Rs103.87 million, Kasur Rs118.46 million, Khanewal Rs123.12 million, Khushab Rs52.50 million, Lahore Rs168.42 million, Layyah Rs85.86 million, Lodhran Rs49.83 million, Mandi Bahauddin Rs62.38 million, Mianwali Rs70.13 million, Multan Rs106.93 million, Muzaffargarh Rs107.71 million, Nankana Sahib Rs54.85 million, Narowal Rs77.1 million, Okara Rs115.19 million, Pakpattan Rs71.68 million, Rahim Yar Khan Rs160.07 million, Rajanpur Rs53.43 million, Rawalpindi Rs116.09 million, Sahiwal Rs100.73 million, Sargodha Rs141.95 million, Sheikhupura Rs94.89 million, Sialkot Rs123.1 million, Toba Tek Singh Rs100.57 million and Vehari Rs105.3 million. The Punjab Management and Implementation Unit of the Punjab Education Sector Reform Programme (PMIU-PESRP) has also written a letter to all CEOs of DEAs to ensure allocation and transfer of funds to individual schools in their respective districts. The letter stated, “Chief Executive Officers, District Education Authorities are requested to ensure that every school council already has an exclusive bank account for these funds. The head teachers and co-chairperson will continue to be the custodian of school council funds as co-signatories. The school council NSB account can only be opened in the name of the school.” Furthermore, the letter said that all NSB funds provided to schools would be subject to audit by the Auditor General of Pakistan. The officials have also been directed to ensure ‘effective and efficient’ monitoring and utilization of the funds, the letter added. A similar transfer of NSB funds of Rs3.5 billion was made for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2017-18.Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2018.Lahore

GC University completes 154 years

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:21
LAHORE:January 2: Government College University (GCU), one of the oldest seats of higher learning in Pakistan, Monday completed 154 years of its academic journey. According to a press release, Founders' Day cake-cutting ceremony was held in which Vice-Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah expressed gratitude to principals, professors and students whose hard work and efforts brought this great institution to its present position of eminence. He proudly said that GCU in its 154 years academic travel produced hundreds of eminent literary figures, politicians, two Nobel Laureates, four prime ministers, jurists, sportsmen, generals in armed forces and scientists. Prof Shah said the biggest challenge, which GCU had been facing for last many decades, was of space for initiating new academic programmes. “I hope, in 2018, this issue would be resolved to some extent, as the first phase of university's new campus at Kala Shah Kaku is near completion,” he added. A large number of Old Ravians also sent felicitation messages through letters, social media and email to their alma mater on its Founders' Day.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

After winter break Campuses re-open today

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 13:00
LAHORE:01January: After annual winter holidays, public sector schools and most of the private schools across Punjab will reopen on Monday (today). According to the schools department notification, the break schedule applies both on public and private schools. However, some private schools do not follow the schedule and adjust their break as per their own academic calendar. After annual winter holidays, public sector schools and most of the private schools across Punjab will reopen on Monday (today). According to the schools department notification, the break schedule applies both on public and private schools. However, some private schools do not follow the schedule and adjust their break as per their own academic calendar.The news.Lahore

Alhamra Literary sitting

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:58
LAHORE:01 January: English Literary Society and Progressive Writers' Association held a session on Japan-born British novelist and short-story writer Kazuo IShiguro at Alhamra Adbi Baithak. It was presided over by Prof Anwar-ul-Haq. The chief guests were Salma Awan and Asim Butt. The writers, including Amjad Tufail, Rubia Jilani, Raza Naeem, Asim Shujaee, Mian Salah-ud-Din, Comrade Shafique and Dr Atta-ul-Wudood gave their views saying the writer was a contemporary fiction writer of all times.The news.Lahore

New students advised to focus on research activities

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 12:09
Rawalpindi :December 28: An orientation ceremony for the new students of Agriculture Faculty was held at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah, Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) Research Farm Koont, here on Wednesday. The ceremony is a regular activity of the University which is arranged for the newly-enrolled students to familiarise them with the university's environment, its rules and regulations, so that students can sail smoothly while earning their degree and harvest optimal benefits out of available facilities. The University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza, while welcoming the new entrants, highlighting the University's efforts for quality education, he said PMAS-AAUR has been striving to provide access to quality literature by facilitating the students with modern technologies. He stressed the students to work hard and focus on research activities with an aim to lead the country towards progress and prosperity. Vice chancellor congratulated the students for becoming the part of this prestigious institution. He said that this university provides an environment that enables its students to develop their academic moral and spiritual excellence and this institution endeavoured professionalism and demand a sense of responsibility from its students. He advised the students to take the opportunity that had been bestowed upon them and put all their efforts to achieve academic career.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiAgriculture University Rawalpindi

Punjab University results of MSc Botany, MSc Geography, MSc Physics and MSc Zoology.

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 12:06
Lahore:December 28:Punjab University on Wednesday declared results of Part-I annual examination 2017 of MSc Botany, MSc Geography, MSc Physics and MSc Zoology.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

9th convocation of the University of Veterinary Quality education priority: minister

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 12:05
LAHORE:December 28: The 9th convocation of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) was held here on Wednesday. Pro-Chancellor/Punjab Minister for Livestock and Dairy Development Asif Saeed Manais chaired the convocation in which 1,256 graduates were conferred degrees and 67 position-holders awarded medals. Out of the graduating students, 252 were DVMs, 282 BS (Hons), 83 Pharm-D, 50 doctors of Nutrition and Dietetics (DND), 40 MBAs, 20 MBF, 36 BBA (Hons), 157 MSc, 311 MPhil and 25 PhDs. According to a press release issued here, the pro-chancellor congratulated the graduating students on getting degrees and medals and urged them to play their due role in nation building. He lauded the progress achieved by the UVAS and positioned itself among the 2.5pc top universities of Asia, the seven best universities of Pakistan in sports and top 10 universities of the country. He said the government is committed to ensuring quality education and raising education standard is its top priority. He listed various initiatives in livestock and education sectors for development. Over Rs 2 billion initiatives for poverty alleviation and Punjab Chief Minister’s Dairy Development Programme under “Kissan Package” of Rs 10 billion to provide heifers and sheep and goats to poor women are the two noteworthy initiatives, he said. Earlier, the pro-chancellor along with the vice-chancellor gave away degrees to PhD scholars and medals to the position-winning graduates. Presenting the welcome address, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha spoke about the academics, research, development, extension programmes and community services of the university. He said with a history of 135 years of excellence, the UVAS has now positioned itself among top 2.5pc Asian universities as per QS World Universities Rankings 2018. As per Higher Education Commission Sports Ranking 2017, UVAS got 4th position among public sector universities of Pakistan and 7th among all public and private universities of the country, the vice-chancellor said, adding the UVAS is also among top 10 universities of Pakistan according to HEC overall ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions for the last two years. Prof Pasha said UVAS is swiftly achieving milestones of need-based multi-level education and establishing itself as talent development institution by using its knowledge, resources and skills for growth of human resources. He said this year UVAS also secured affiliation of Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The vice-chancellor informed the audience that UVAS scientists are executing 91 research projects worth of Rs 1,051 million won by the faculty members from national and international funding agencies. He said the university is executing 10 development projects of Rs 4.5 billion being funded by the Punjab government. Seven of them are ongoing and three new ones approved during current financial year. Ongoing projects include 1 Establishment of Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at Bahawalpur, 2 Establishment of Training Centre for Biologics at UVAS, Ravi Campus Pattoki, 3 Development of Ostrich Farming in Punjab, 4 Propagation of Ducks Rearing in Punjab, 5 Development of Camel Milk Value Chain by adopting modern supply chain mechanism for enhancing farmers profitability in Punjab, 6 Establishment of Para-Veterinary School at Narowal and Provision of urgently needed academic block, students hostels and faculty apartments at UVAS City Campus Lahore. While the new development projects are 1 Establishment of Export Facilitation Center for livestock and poultry industry at UVAS, Lahore, 2 In service training facility of advance veterinary education and professional development for veterinary professionals and, 3 Acquisition of land for up-gradation of Para-Veterinary School, Narowal to College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Narowal. The vice-chancellor said that the UVAS is uniquely structured to provide wide-ranging services to the community including farmers, public and private stakeholders and the industry. The noteworthy services are diagnostics facilities, vaccine production, 24/7 clinical and extension services, consultancy and advisory services and policy framework, he said, adding that the university's outdoor facilities and teaching clinics handled over 20,000 cases during the year. He said that the Centre for Applied Policy Research in Livestock is generating innovative ideas from the laboratory and classroom into the public policy arena, encouraging economic growth, creating jobs, spurring investment, and increasing exports — delivering benefits for farmers and agricultural businesses across Pakistan. Given these facts, the UVAS is assuming a new role as an effective think-tank, the vice-chancellor concluded.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreVeterinary University Lahore

Protesting teachers to hold presser today

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 12:02
Lahore:December 28:As the third day of their protest for salaries and regularisation ended without any talks with the authorities concerned, the teachers affiliated with different groups said on Wednesday that they would hold a press conference on Thursday (today) to announce their future course of action. The demonstrators also warned of a possible move towards the security Red Zone if officials failed to come out for talks. School Education Secretary Iqbal Hussain Durrani was scheduled to come for a meeting with the protesters on Wednesday to hear their problems and recommend possible solutions. Representatives of the protesting teacher groups had also agreed to attend the meeting, but the official failed to show up throughout the day. Though no government representative came out for talks with the teachers, several political leaders and social workers visited the protest camp yesterday, including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders Arif Alvi and Halim Adil Shiekh and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl leader Rashid Mehmood Soomro. They sympathised with the plight of the teachers and expressed concerns over the Sindh government’s failure to resolve the protesters’ issues on a priority basis. As the day drew to a close, New Teachers’ Action Committee Chairman Abubakar Abro said they would hold a press conference on Thursday (today) to announce the protesters’ future course of action. He lamented that the government seemed adamant on using force against the teachers instead of hearing out their demands. The protesters consist of four major groups: National Testing Service (NTS) teachers, the Primary Teachers Association (PTA), teachers appointed in 2010 through a test at the Sindh University and the New Teachers Action Committee’s (NTAC) teachers appointed in 2012 by former education minister Pir Mazharul Haq. The total strength of NTS teachers is 15,000; teachers appointed in 2010 are 8,800 in number; the PTA has 40,000 members; and the NTAC has a 4,400-strong membership comprising both teaching and non-teaching staff. However, around 2,000 teachers have gathered at the press club for the sit-in. They have two major demands: to be regularised and to be paid their salaries. But the PTA has also called for being promoted to the upper grades. NTAC’s Abro had earlier told The News that the provincial government used its power to try to silence the teachers, but he asserted that it was not a permanent solution. “We were legally appointed,” he clarified. Abro said that in the past five years the Sindh administration had made numerous promises of releasing teachers’ salaries but it never fulfilled it, adding that when they took to the streets, the police pushed them towards violence and then government officials made a new promise. “I have attended a number of meetings with high-ranking officials of the Sindh government, but the provincial administration is not determined to solve our problems.” A representative of the teachers appointed in 2010 said the Sindh government had awarded regular status of jobs to other employees of the provincial departments and those employees were also appointed the same year. Even teachers of the same lot from the Karachi region enjoy regular status, but only teachers from interior Sindh are suffering and are forced to protest for their rights, he added. Muhammad Ahmed, a representative of NTS teachers, said they were appointed through the NTS, which was one of the most credible testing services in Pakistan. But, he claimed, the provincial administration wanted to make political appointments after snatching jobs from competent NTS teachers. The education department had earlier announced conducting an NTS test for new appointments. The protesting groups of teachers declared that they would not go back home until the officials of the education department ensured regular status of their jobs and payment of their salaries. Also, on Tuesday, Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) AD Khowaja expressed serious concerns over the use of violence by police in dispersing the protesting teachers outside the Karachi Press Club. He directed the Karachi police to avoid undue use of force and coordinate with the protesters to avoid unpleasant consequences. According to his spokesman, IGP Khowaja said the Sindh police recognised and respected the right of the citizens to conduct peaceful protests. “The Karachi police handle at an average of eight to 10 protests every day which are regulated smoothly.” However, the provincial police chief also appealed to the growers and teachers’ associations interested in staging protest demonstrations to exercise their legal rights within the bounds of law and without causing undue inconvenience to the citizens or hindrances in the smooth flow of traffic. He said the teachers and growers were a source of inspiration for future generations and, therefore, they should be cautious against exploitation by vested groups by setting exemplary conduct in respecting the law.The news.Lahore

SC stops admissions at private medical colleges across Pakistan

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:33
Chief Justice of Pakistan said that if any college was found doing LAHORE:December 26: Supreme Court (SC) has on Tuesday stopped the admissions at private medical colleges across the country and stated that strong action will be taken against any university found violating the orders, reported Daily Times. Hearing the case on private medical colleges’ high fees, Chief Justice of Pakistan said that if any college was found doing admissions in backdate, the owner of the college will be held responsible. He added that it was his duty to hear this case; people will try to scare the judges off but they won’t back out. Justice Ijaz ul-Hassan said one student at a government medical college could become a doctor for Rs 80,000 in five years. The court appointed Barrister Ali Zafar as an assistant of the court. Ali Zafar will present the client’s case. Chief Justice summoned Continental College’s Dr Farid Zafar for demanding high fees. The court also summoned the accounts’ details of the owners of the private medical colleges. He remarked that “although we are producing doctors, we don’t know whether our tool is correct or not.”Lahore

Allama Iqbal Open University to launch Seeratun Nabi degree programmes

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:31
Multan:December 26:Dr Siddiqui said that degree verification process was being converted to the online system and now it would take only 24 hours for verification, instead of months. He said that free education was being offered to special kids and over 1,000 jail prisoners free of charge. About 28 national and international conferences and over 100 workshops had been conducted during the last three years, he said.Published in The Express Tribune, December 25th, 2017.Multan

Allama Iqbal Open University’s 5,000 students to get laptops

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:29
MULTAN:December 26:The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is distributing over 5,000 laptops among its students across the country under the PM Laptop Scheme. This was stated by AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Siddiqui while addressing a ceremony, where 84 students were given laptops at the regional office on Sunday. He said the second phase of free education programme up to matriculation for the south Punjab students would be launched soon, as the scheme had already commenced in FATA and Balochistan. He added that the university had introduced 26 new programmes during the last three years.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Pakistani student wins big at International Junior Science Olympiad 2017

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 13:13
LAHORE:25 December:A Pakistani Student Tuaseen Zafar from Fauji Foundation School, Chakwal won a bronze medal at 14th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) held in the Netherlands in December. Six Pakistani students participated in the IJSO 2017. The Olympiad is an annual individual and team competition in the field of natural sciences for students who are under 16 years of age on December 31 of the competition year. IM Sciences to represent K-P in national finals The competition is held in the first week of December every year, in different countries. Currently, around 50 member countries participate in IJSO every year. The Olympiad aims to introduce the students at a young age to an international network of science enthusiasts and increase the interest in natural sciences among students under the age of 16. In IJSO 2017 over 300 students from different countries represented their understanding in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. The students were given three individual tests followed by a practicum requiring a team effort and worked on real-world challenges related to this year’s theme of water and sustainability. Pakistani team bag silver medal at iGEM 2017 ‘Water’ has become an important issue worldwide. Access to good, clean drinking water is an increasing problem in some countries, while the low lying countries run an increased risk of catastrophic floods because of climate change. IJSO was established in recognition of the significance of the Natural Sciences in the general education of young people and in all aspects of their lives. With the efforts of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Pakistan became a member of IJSO in 2016 and participated in the event held in Bali Indonesia. In 2016 also Pakistan had won Bronze Medal in Experimental Design competition. PSF, after strict written test and interview selected six students for participation in the event. The students’ team led by PSF’s Senior Science Promotion Officer Syeda Rehana Batool took part in both the events and won laurels for the country. The PSF Chairman has termed the Pakistan team’s success a very astounding achievement indeed.Express News.Lahore

Pakistani student honoured by Seoul University

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 13:11
LAHORE:25 December:A Pakistani student, Umair Asif, has won the Best Thesis award at the Seoul National University, South Korea. Asif is a youth activist from Lahore and has graduated from the Seoul National University, which is ranked among the top 30 universities of the world and the best in South Korea. He studied under the Dream Together Masters Programme which was initiated as a legacy of Winter Olympics 2018. Under the programme, 27 young leaders from 23 countries went to South Korea to study under the programme. He was awarded the Best Thesis Award among students from 23 countries for his thesis titled Sports for Development and Peace: The role of sports for development and peace programmes to prevent violent extremism among youth in Pakistan.Published in The Express Tribune,LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Youth Peace Conference 2017

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 13:10
LAHORE:25 December:Wherever there is student politics on campuses in Pakistan, it must be delinked from political parties and violence. This was the crux of views at the Youth Peace Conference 2017 on Friday. Concluding a technical session on a new foundation of student politics, all the speakers and participants unanimously demanded that the mainstream political parties should sign a charter for keeping themselves away from campuses so that a new student politics is revived that is pro-peace, student-centered, women-friendly and is only focused to creating an environment to enhance competencies and skills of students and nurture their personalities through debates, drama, music, quiz and other positive co-curricular and social activities. The two-day mega youth conference was organised by Bargad at the Government College University Lahore in collaboration with the Punjab Higher Education Commission, Population Association of Pakistan, Oxform and Right Here Right Now. Pakistani student honoured by Seoul University Punjab Minister for Youth Affairs Jahangir Khanzada chaired the first technical session of the conference attended by 400 students from different districts of the country, including Multan, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, DI khan and Peshawar. Youth from district Layyah launched a “Clean and Green Pakistan Campaign” at the conference for mitigating climate change in Pakistan. The session on student politics was addressed by PHEC Chairman Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, Burgad Chairman Dr Kaiser Bangali, eminent journalist andradio host Aamir Riaz, former Punjab University Head of Philosophy Department Dr Sajid Ali, GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Hassan Amir Shah, youth development consultant Iqbal Haider Butt, IBA Karachi Director Public Affairs and Communication Dr Huma Baqai and student representatives from different universities including LUMS, GCU and PU. The majority of panelists also recommended there must be well-defined eligibilities for candidates wishing to be part of student unions. They appreciated student representation system of GCU through its societies. GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Shah said that given the extremism and violence around us, the question of student unions and politics should be approached very cautiously, as this may expose students to armed extremist groups. A separate session on climate change was addressed by, Western Sydney University, Australia Director Academic Programs Prof Dr Awais Piracha, Individual Land Program Manager Farhan Khalid, Agriculture University Peshawar student Kashif Islam and Syed Ali Hussain, a student from Layyah. Political worker among five suspects held in Karachi raids During the session, results from a survey with 150 Union Council local officials of Lahore were also shared regarding awareness of officials about climate change. Almost half of the respondents of the survey (53 %) were not aware of the phenomenon of climate change. Almost half of the local officials who claimed to be aware of climate change knew nothing beyond the phrase climate change. Punjab Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Jahangir Khanzada termed the cell-phones digital cocaine for youth, saying that they were sweeping their youth away from healthy sports and co-curricular activities. PHEC Chairman Dr Nizamuddin said there was a need for government to prioritise youth in all its polices and initiatives, saying that as per the recent census, 43% of the country’s population is below the 20 years of age, and Pakistan has no other option except to harness its youth bulge. “We need structural changes in our system to address emotional, social, psychological, physical and economic needs of youth; they need decent jobs, education and playing grounds.”Published in The Express Tribune,LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Jinnah a role model for youths’

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:54
LAHORE:25 December: Ameeruddin Medical College and Post Graduate Medical Institute Principal Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab has said that the great personality of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is a role model for the new generation and it is the need of the hour that teachings of Quaid be transformed into practice. According to a press release issued Sunday, Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab, while talking on the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam, said that this day recalls legacy of Muhammad Ali Jinnah who worked day and night and proved that nothing is impossible in the world. Moreover, political change can be brought by determination and lawful struggle. He said that by establishing a separate state for the Muslims, Quaid-e-Azam spread the message that in any circumstances we should endeavour and keep target clear.The news.Lahore

Schools break for winter

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:57
Lahore:December 24: The government's schools and colleges in the capital city closed on Saturday for winter vacation giving students a week break from studies. The Federal Directorate of Education had announced the closure of schools and colleges overseen by it from December 23 to 31 on account of winter vacation. They will reopen on January 1 (Monday). During the vacation, staff members will remain on duty, while repair and maintenance will be carried out in the FDE-run schools and colleges totalling more than 400 in Islamabad. The private schools too closed their campuses for winter vacation on Saturday.The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Anglo’s lively ‘Golden Jubilee Sports Gala’

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:50
Rawalpindi :December 24: At the three-day Golden Jubilee Sports Gala 2017 organised by Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School and College with great fanfare providing ample opportunities and level playing field to the students to exhibit their sporting skills. Principal Saima Afzal, 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 attended the three-day event. At the opening Anglo Arabic Higher Secondary School Executive Committee President Abdul Waheed Malik was the chief guest. Students and their parents in large numbers attended the sports gala, which was part of the concluding ceremony of school’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Principal and Executive Committee members opened the games by igniting the Sports Gala 2017 flame and later releasing balloons in the air. Speaking on the occasion, Abdul Waheed Malik pointed out to the students that the importance of balancing their time and improving their work ethics by giving considerate amount of time to education besides enjoying sports. He congratulated the management team for organising the Sports Gala and other events as part of Golden Jubilee Celebrations. During the event a traditional students’ parade, where the students clad in different uniforms of professionals like doctors, lawyers, police, pilot, boys scouts, and many others took a round of the school ground and presented a guard of honour to the chief guest. Tiny tots from Montessori presented a beautifully coordinated show. While students from junior wing, clad in colourful costumes presented a well-coordinated PT Show and aerobics. The boys and girls also formed 50 in a beautiful formation to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration of the institution. Students from Anglo Arabic Montessori Wing competed in butterfly race, funny bunny race, fish race and spoon race. The top three positions holders were awarded medals and certificates for their achievements. It was a splendid event as part of annual sports day celebrations, which are hallmark of the school to give some break to the students from curricular activities so that they can play their heart out in their favourite sports amid cheers and excitement. Principal Saima Afzal congratulated the winners and appreciated the other participants for their sportsmanship. She also appreciated teachers for helping the students in bringing out their talent and sportsmanship spirit.Express News.Rawalpindi