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first vice-chancellors’ committee of Punjab

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 11:23
LAHORE:April 14: Vice-chancellors (VCs) of public universities of Punjab on Friday constituted the first vice-chancellors’ committee of Punjab. The committee besides deliberating upon individual matters of universities, would discuss issues related to financial, academic & administrative, quality enhancement, standardisation & internationalisation of higher education reforms and present the recommendations through Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) to the Punjab government. The meeting was chaired by Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani. PHEC Chairperson Prof Dr Muhammad Nizam-ud-Din and VCs from all public universities of Punjab attended the meeting. The meeting nominated GCU Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah as head of the committee. The seven member committee comprises of vice-chancellors of GCU Lahore, University of Education Lahore, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Fatima Jinnah Women Medical University, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Govt Sadiq College for Women University Bahawalpur and Govt College University Faisalabad while Punjab Higher Education Commission would provide the secretarial support to the committee. Syed Raza Ali informed the meeting about the role of PHEC in the post-18th amendment scenario and briefed them about the various meetings and stance of the province on higher education in the Council of Common Interest (CCI).The news.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Lahore govt schools show poor performance

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:11
LAHORE:13 April: The provincial capital of Punjab – Lahore – consistently scored in the middle and lower tier of the quarterly ranking of government schools. The ranking assesses different facilities, learning outcomes and ranks districts and divisions accordingly. The ranking is part of the Chief Minister’s School Reforms Roadmap which measures the performance of public schools in all 36 districts of the province. It is done on the basis of wide-ranging indicators. The latest ranking is for the third quarter of 2017-18 for the months of January, February and March of 2018. It looks at student and teacher attendance, monitoring visits of schools, retention of students in different grades, functioning facilities and hygiene, including toilets, as well as four different literacy indicators. The literacy indicators are based on test results of English, Urdu and Mathematics. Lahore ranked in the lower and middle tier of the ranking for most of the indicators and was only part of the higher rated districts for a few of the results. For the overall student attendance, the city was ranked 35th only ahead of Lodhran, achieving targets for a single month out of the total three. For attendance of grade kachi, Lahore again remained on 35th spot and for the attendance of grades kachi to 3, the district was graded 34th. Lahore was ranked at the top spot among all the 36 districts of the province for retention of students for grade kachi. Similarly, for retention for Kachi to grade 3, Lahore was among the top districts at second position behind Pakpattan. For administrative visits by the Assistant Education Officers (AEOs), Lahore was ranked in 22nd place, whereas the district — along with all the other districts of the province — achieved targets for all three months of the quarterly ranking. In terms of teachers’ presence, Lahore ranked a lowly 32nd place. The capital was among the top ranking districts in terms of functioning facilities and took second spot behind Chiniot. The ranking based is on the results on the functioning or availability of electricity and drinking water, functioning of toilets and boundary walls for schools. However, Lahore once again was rated lower when it came to the availability of a sufficient number of toilets. The district was ranked 26th. For school hygiene indicators, which were graded cleanliness at schools based on building, classrooms, toilets and playgrounds, Lahore was ranked at 12th spot. For the ranking based on the English test, Lahore was ranked at the 8th spot and the district grabbed the same position for the Urdu test. The math test also ranked the capital in the 8th position. However, results based on literacy and numeracy material showed Lahore had performed poorly with a rank of 25th. In the overall ranking based on all the indicators, Lahore district was ranked at the 27th position. While the Lahore division fared poorer by getting the last spot. According to the overall district ranking, district Okara ranked first, Bhakkar second, Sargodha third, Layyah fourth and Khanewal was fifth. The bottom five districts included Gujranwala at 32nd, Mianwali 33rd, Rajanpur at 34th spot, Dera Ghazi Khan in 35th and Sheikhupura at the bottom at 36th. For the ranking of divisions, Sahiwal secured top spot, Rawalpindi division took second, Sargodha was third, Multan fourth, Faisalabad fifth, Dera Ghazi Khan at sixth, Gujranwala at seventh, Bahawalpur at eighth and Lahore remained at the last and ninth place.Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2018.Lahore

SLS Montessori & High School marked World Water Day

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:08
Rawalpindi:13 April: Students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, Satellite Town, Senior Branch marked World Water Day by holding a special program in this regard, says a press release. G.M Memon, resident director, Pak Oasis Pvt Ltd was invited as the chief guest. The program began with students welcoming the guest and the parents by performing on a welcome song. A small fact sheet was shared by some students which described the percentages of water consumption in different areas in our country. A blue and white colour theme was given to the special program and the students were dressed according to it. Highlighting the water content in different fruits and vegetables, a group of students came up on the stage holding placards and presented the information one by one. The fact that water is the one most important element serving as the basis of life on earth and should not be wasted was presented in a colourful tableau on a song ‘Ye Pani Zindagani’ (water is life). Next on the stage came a group of students holding a huge diagram of a hydro power plant which they had made themselves. The students one by one described different parts of a hydro power plant and also explained it’s working and highlighted the use of water in producing energy. Moving towards the last part of the special program some students presented a skit which highlighted several instances in our everyday life in which we waste water without even realising. The second last performance was an interesting display of ‘The Water Cycle’ through props on a very catchy and an informative song. Looking at the performers giving step wise demonstration about the cycle the students in the audience applauded loudly as they were able to revise the science concept in a very fun way. Relating the word ‘Pani’ (water) with different proverbial expressions in Urdu language a skit was performed at the end of the program which had dialogues with multiple Urdu proverbs relating to the term. Everyone enjoyed the skit and applauded in return. At the end of the program Section Head, Adeela Rehman thanked all the parents and the chief guest for coming which was followed by an appreciative note about the special programme from the chief guest. The program ended as everyone got together over a cup of tea.The news.Lahore

Punjab University Library Book Club fourth “Book Talk” programme

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:07
Lahore:April 13: Punjab University Library Book Club on Thursday organised its fourth “Book Talk” programme. The two books selected for the event were “Mr. and Mrs. Jinnah: the marriage that shook India” by Sheela Reddy and “Anarkali: a novel” by Mirza Hamid Baig in Urdu language. Punjab University Faculty of Arts and Humanities Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chawla, being well-known historian, narrated the sensitive issues weaved in the book on the most controversial marriage of the subcontinent and their impacts on the independence movement. A critical review on “Anarkali: a novel” was presented by Department of Urdu Prof Dr Zia-ul-Hassan while honouring the author who accompanied him on the dais. Zia narrated the plot of the book along with reading some extracts from it. He encouraged the audience to read fiction to explore their inner-selves. Mirza Hamid thanked PU Library for providing a platform to discuss books. He informed the audience that his book was based on a research and writing effort span of nearly thirty one years. Punjab University Chief Librarian Dr Muhammad Haroon Usmani expressed his gratitude for the speakers and authors to be a part of PU Library Book Club.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Students, teachers’ role in controlling drug addiction sought

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:06
LAHORE:April 13: A seminar on Awareness of Drug Addiction among youths organised by Punjab University Institute of Applied Psychology. Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Consultant, Anti-Drug/Narcotics campaign was the guest speaker. Prof Dr Farah Malik, Director Applied Psychology presided the seminar and Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Dean Faculty of Life Sciences was the chief guest. Syed Zulfiqar Hussain said that use of drugs among youths is a burning issue in society while teachers and students can play a vital role in controlling drug addiction in surrounding areas. He said the new trends of drug addiction are increasing among students who belong to rich class; crystal ice, cocaine, heroin and different pharmaceutical drugs are easily available in the market. Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Dean Faculty of Life Sciences and Prof Dr Farah Malik Director Applied Psychology highlighted the drug addiction issue among youths and need of enhancing awareness in the community for its prevention. A large number of students along with faculty members attended the seminar.The news.Lahore

Teachers protest against school dept policies

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:04
LAHORE:April 13: Dozens of schoolteachers staging a demonstration here on Thursday protested against the School Education Department (SED) Punjab. United Teachers Council (UTC) had given the protest call in which dozens of schoolteachers participated and expressed their concerns over School Education Department’s policies related to contract staff, departmental inquiries, time scale and absence of service structure for Qari and Computer Lab in-charge in government schools across the province. The demonstrators carrying banners and placards gathered outside Punjab Civil Secretariat and later while chanting slogans marched towards the nearby School Education Department building. UTC leaders including its convener Tariq Mahmood, Allah Bakhsh Qaiser and others addressed the participants and demanded the provincial bureaucracy address their genuine issues. They said the schoolteachers were facing inquiries, adding the services of contract teachers were not being regularised for years. They demanded an increase in science teaching allowance, computer allowance for IT teachers and overall increase in teachers’ salaries. Later, they dispersed peacefully but warned that owing to indifferent attitude of those at the helm, schoolteachers along with students would observe a sit-in outside Punjab Civil Secretariat on April 19. ICAP moot: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) President Riaz Rehman Chamdia said that ICAP's professionals constitute a vital part of the industry staff and it is incumbent on the institute to cater to their needs and expectations. Addressing the ICAP annual CFO conference titled "Evolving Mental Models - Sustaining Competitive Edge: Reflect, Transform, Lead’" here on Thursday, he said the CFO conference over the years had become a strong platform where professionals in business and industry meet to explore solutions. Riaz Rehman Chamdia said the institute was cognizant of the obligation it carried towards the business and finance professionals. It is committed to providing a better platform for the financial leaders of the country to explore and overcome the challenges of the 21st century, he added. He said that in contemporary business environment, the role of a chief financial officer (CFO) had advanced. A panel discussion titled "Synthesising an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem" was conducted by Dr Muhammad Amjad Saqib, founder Akhuwat Foundation. The speakers shed light on the factors and actors of the ecosystem in Pakistan, and outlined the priorities that needed to be set and the strategies that needed to be pursued to nurture the culture of entrepreneurship.The news.Lahore

Seventh-grader commits suicide over scoring low marks

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:03
Lahore:April 13:A 14-year-old student of Grade 7 allegedly committed suicide reportedly after scoring low marks in his annual exams than were expected of him by his guardians. According to Shah Faisal Colony SHO Haji Ishaq, they received a report about the incident in Kohati Mohalla on Thursday morning and found the teenager, Muhammad Sheeraz, dead when they arrived. Ishaq said that Shahdad, who was Sheeraz’s adoptive father, told police that he had promised to gift the boy whatever he demanded if he passed his annual exams with flying colours. However, when the result was announced two days ago, Sheeraz scored less than what was expected of him. Shahdad said the teenager was disheartened by the result, and that when the family went to his room on Thursday morning, they found him hanging from the ceiling fan. The SHO said that Sheeraz’s body was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem. He further said Sheeraz’s biological father, Noor Muhammad, did not want to take legal action against Shahdad and his wife.The news.Lahore

Rawalpindi Grammar School celebration Pakistan Day

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:20
Rawalpindi:12 April: Grammar School Rawalpindi’s Chaklala branch, in its ongoing celebrations of seventy years of Pakistan, organised an event for parents and guests to show-case the presentations done at the school in 2018. Students from the junior and senior sections exhibited and through their presentations expressed that mere sloganeering would not facilitate their beloved homeland. Instead, reflection was required to create opportunities to show authentic love and patriotism by doing practical service for it. The Principal, Sadaf Shaz Janjua, in her address emphasized that to make the students well-grounded, efforts were made at school to guide them to practice balance and harmony in their lives, according to true Islamic values. Students did presentations on the environment, the global perspective of Pakistan, the national flag and our rich cultural heritage. Chief guest, Dr. Ali Ehsan, dean, Foundation University, an alumnus of the school, in his address eulogized the services GSR is committed to for facilitating young Pakistanis lives in positive ways. He said he had developed a strong value system based on what the school had passed on to him, and had achieved his successes in his life due to this grounding.The news.Rawalpindi

Punjab University BA/BSc Part-I annual exams will commence

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:19
LAHORE:April 12: Punjab University BA/BSc Part-I annual examinations 2018 will commence from April 19, for which roll number slips have been dispatched to all candidates through registered mail on their addresses. According to a press release issued here Wednesday, if any candidate has not received slip, he/she can receive the duplicate slip from BA/BSc Hall, Exams Department, New Campus with a photocopy of CNIC. seminar: Punjab University (PU) Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP) will organise a seminar on “awareness on drug abuse” on Thursday (today).The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University seminar on ‘Drug Addiction and Abuse

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:57
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) organised a seminar on ‘Drug Addiction and Abuse: Treatment and Prevention”. Prof Dr Rubina Zakar presided over the ceremony while Drug Advisory Training Hub (DATH) Director Syed Zulfiqar Hussain and counselor for drug addicts Hamid Hashmi were the chief guests. Dr Rubina said drug addiction was a global issue. She highlighted the importance of raising awareness about it. She said there was a dire need to prevent youth from being drugs addict through engaging them in extra-curricular and productive activities.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Faisalabad University and PU will present their plays for Azadi

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:19
LAHORE:10 April: Ajoka Theatre is organising a three-day “Azadi Theatre Festival” at Alhamra Arts Council from today (Tuesday). This is a continuation of Ajoka’s theatre events to mark the 70th anniversary of independence. Besides Ajoka’s regular performing team, young and dynamic theatre groups, including Agriculture University Faisalabad and Punjab University’s Makhotay Theatre will present their plays revolving around the theme of freedom and human dignity. The festival will open with Ajoka’s performance of its landmark play “Chaak Chakkar”, an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s German play “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” today (Tuesday). The play raises fundamental questions about the ownership of a nation’s wealth and resources and the true nature of justice and democracy. The play has been sponsored by the German Embassy in Pakistan. On the second day, Agriculture University Faisalabad will present a mime performance based on message of peace and religious tolerance while Punjab University’s Makhotay Theatre will present play titled "Ghulam”. The festival will conclude with a performance of Ajoka’s latest play “Charing Cross”, specially produced to mark the 70th anniversary of Pakistan. The play is a spectacular musical epic based on major political and social changes on Pakistani landscape with Lahore’s Charing Cross as a witness. Ajoka’s Executive Director Shahid Nadeem while talking about the objective behind organising the fiesta said that the Azadi Festival also marks the 34th anniversary of Ajoka’s inception. “Azadi”, has been elusive even after 70 years of independence and the promises made by the founding father have not been fulfilled. Freedom and human rights have been at the core of Ajoka’s productions over its 34th year long journey. The festival will present a fresh perspective about what “Azadi” means to Pakistan’s youth and also celebrate the contribution of art and culture to the promotion of the ideals of “Azadi”, he concluded. The festival is being organised in collaboration with the Lahore Arts Council, all plays will be presented at the Hall No 1 at 7pm. training session: Women Development Department (WDD) Provincial Secretary Bushra Aman Monday said WDD was training lady councilors at divisional level for awareness about women welfare initiatives of Punjab government. Bushra Aman was addressing the lady councilors’ training session. She said WDD would train some 3,660 women under the Annual Development Programme. Bushra said, “The training is regarding social and economic rights and ensuring gender equity and justice for women.” She urged the lady councilors to apprise the women in their respective union councils about the initiatives of the government of the Punjab for the welfare of the women.The news.FaisalabadUniversity in Faisalabad

PITB for Punjab Textbook Board will promote e-Learning

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:17
LAHORE:10 April: Modern techniques in the field of education through technological interventions developed by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) for Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) will promote e-Learning across the province. This was stated by Dr Umar Saif, PITB Chairman, while addressing the completion of training workshop of 200 teachers here on Monday. He said PITB’s e-Learn Punjab Project would accelerate the pace of modern technology use in educational institutions, which was being sponsored by the Punjab School Education Department. The successful completion of one-year training workshop on the implementation of digital content and multimedia classrooms by a significant number of teachers, subject experts, specialists, content revivers was an encouraging sign, which would establish and pave the way forward for new era of teaching in the province, he added. Around 9000 students of seven schools equipped with 200 multimedia classrooms for grade 6 to 12 in seven districts of the Punjab will benefit from the digital content of science and math subjects. The project aims to develop and implement digital interactive free textbooks in collaboration with (PCTB). The workshop provided the feedback from school teachers, who are teaching digital content from last one year. Project Director explained the way forward and scale-up of this initiative. The Chairman PCTB appreciated the joint effort of PITB and PCTB for the development and pilot implementation of the digital book. Dr Umar Saif and Chairman PCTB and MD PCTB awarded certificates and shields among the high achievers, who performed well in teaching, delivering model lectures and project team.The news.Lahore

TEVTA Female enrollment doubles in three years

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 12:56
LAHORE:08 April: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh has said that moving towards women empowerment TEVTA has increased number of female students from 23,000 per annum to 46,000 per annum. Addressing a meeting of TEVTA Officials at the secretariat on Wednesday, Sheikh said that female enrollment at TEVTA’s institutes was 23,000 in session 2013-14. When he took charge, he pledged to double these numbers and now for session 2016-17 female enrollment remained 46,000, he revealed. He said that for session 2017-18, these numbers will be doubled by enrolling more than 90,000 female students. He said that women play an important role in the development of every society. We, however, have realised this fact now and were working for educating more and more women in vocational and technical sector, he said. Three years ago when he took charge as TEVTA chairman, he took measures which resulted in double numbers of female enrollment. The chairman said that for increasing these numbers, a roadmap had been prepared according to which several female specialised courses will be started in 2018. He added that among top of these courses was Assistant Nursing course which will be started in collaboration with Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU). This course was specific for females which would provide employment to thousands of women across the largest populated province of Pakistan, he added. Sheikh said that besides this course, enrollment will also be doubled in other courses including driving, IT, beautician, cooking, tailoring, designing and Chinese language. Along with increasing female enrollment, these courses will also be started in every district of Punjab, he revealed. Another important fact is that TEVTA in collaboration with Akhuwat Foundation provide interest free loans to its students, he said adding that female students are always given priority for provision of loans through this initiative. He further explained that his loan amount can help females to start their own business at smaller scale which would further help them in supporting their families. Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh also urged the young women to enroll in the E Rozgar program as this initiative is the latest and can provide immediate income for them. He also advised them to work along with men to enhance their standard of living. He also said that the ratio of females getting employment is better than males when it comes to the technical and vocational education. According to a recent research ratio of getting sick for the children of working women is lower than the children of house wives.The Express Tribune.Lahore

TEVTA to help graduates lease cars from banks

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 12:55
LAHORE:08 April: Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, the chairman of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA), said that they will help the graduates of their driving course in leasing cars from banks on easy conditions. Speaking to Punjab DIG Traffic Farooq Mazhar and SSP Traffic Police Athar Saeed at TEVTA Secretariat on Monday, Sheikh expressed that leasing cars from banks would make our youth independent, which is the current need of the hour. Thanks to companies such as Uber and Careem, young adults nowadays can earn between Rs25,000 to Rs35,000 per month, he elaborated. After the success of the first phase of the driving course in Lahore, Sheikh plans to extend the course to Faislabad, Rawalpindi, Multan and Chiniot as well as other areas of Punjab. By the end of the year 15,000 to 20,000 youngsters will be trained, he said.The Express Tribune,Lahore

Punjab University second degree-awarding ceremony held

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 12:53
LAHORE :08 April: The second degree-awarding ceremony of Punjab University’s Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) was held on Saturday. In the ceremony, 360 students of various disciplines, including BS (Hons), MSc (Morning, Replica,), MSc Development Journalism, MSc Film & TV, MPhil Research Track and MPhil Professional Track were awarded degrees while 35 distinguished graduates were awarded PU ICS and Maulana Zafar Ali Khan medals. Punjab Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha was the chief guest while PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zakria Zakar, noted journalists Hamid Mir, Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori, Dr Shafiq Jullandhry, Dr Mehdi Hassan, Dr AR Khalid, ICS incharge Dr Noshina Saleem, Prof Dr Rubina Zakir, Controller of Examinations Dr Sajid Rashid, other officials, students and their parents were present. Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha congratulated the graduating students. She said the Pakistani youth was talented and added that they must play their role in meeting the challenges faced by the country. She said Pakistan was passing through a difficult time due to internal and external challenges. She said Pakistan so far could not get a position and respect in the comity of nations which it really deserved given its geo-political location, minerals, wealth and human resource potentials. Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar advised the students to abide by the journalistic code of ethics in their professional lives. He appreciated the ICS administration for setting the new tradition of taking oath from the graduates. Retired teachers who served ICS were presented special shields for their meritorious services for the institution. Transfers: Dr Majeen Ur Rehman, Inspector General Police Pakistan Railways, issued a notification of transfers, postings of officers with immediate effect. Muhammad Hassan Raza SSP Railway Multan Division has been transferred and posted as SP Lahore Division. Amjid Manzoor has been made Principal Railway Police Training School Walton Lahore, Baqir Mahu Din, SSP Sukkur, has been given additional charge of SP Railway Police Sukkur Division, DSP Niaz AShmad has been given additional charge of SP Railway Police Karachi Division, DSP Shahid Nawaz has been given additional charge of SP Multan and Malik Muhammad Attique has been directed to report to CPO Railway Lahore.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University a seminar on “Pakistan Maritimes Affairs

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 13:13
Lahore:April 7: Punjab University’s Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) and Department of Political Science on Friday organised a seminar on “Pakistan Maritimes Affairs: Prospects & Challenges”.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University announced results of MSc Botany

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 13:11
LAHORE:April 7: Punjab University Friday announced results of various examinations. According to a handout, these results include supplementary examination-2017 of MA Archaeology Part-I, MA Diplomacy & Strategic Studies, MSc Botany Part-I, MA International Relations Part-II, MA Kashmiriyat Part-II, MA Punjabi Part-II, MA Philosophy Part-II, MSc Space Science Part-II, MA Persian Part-I&II and MSc Geography Part-I & II.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

LHC directed govet to notify Punjab Free and Compulsory Education Act

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:08
LAHORE:April 6: The Lahore High Court on Thursday struck down a complete bar on private schools to increase fee, terming it unreasonable and disproportionate restrictions on private schools’ fundamental rights. A three-judge full bench, led by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh, also directed the government to frame uniform regulatory regime through rules under Section 13 of the Ordinance of 1984, within 90 days to determine the increase claimed by schools in fee by also considering the actual cost and expenses incurred and profits made by private educational institutions. The court also directed the provincial government to notify “The Punjab Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2014” to ensure enforcement of fundamental right of education under Article 25-A of the Constitution and also responsibility of private schools for free education. The court ruled that mechanism provided to determine reasonable fee of private educational institutions, through Section 7-A of the Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance, 1984 was valid legislation but a complete bar on increase of fee for academic year 2015-2016 at the rate higher than the fee charged for academic year 2014-2015 and the maximum limit in increase of annual fee at the rate of five per cent and eight per cent under the amended act in 2016 and 2017 respectively for being unreasonable and disproportionate restrictions on private schools’ fundamental rights. The court passed the order on petitions moved by private schools challenging the vires of certain sub-clauses of the Section 7-A of the Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance, 1984 inserted during 2015. Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza and Justice Shahid Karim were the other members of the bench. The bench said that for any increase already made in fee for academic year 2015-2016 at a rate higher than the fee charged for the class during academic year 2014-2015 or beyond five per cent for next academic year i.e. 2016-2017 and increase more than eight per cent for academic year 2017-2018, the relevant private schools shall submit supportive material justifying the increases, with the authority concerned within 30 days. In case, no such material was submitted within the stipulated time or the increases were otherwise not found justified by the authority, the amount received beyond limit shall either immediately be refunded to the students/parents or adjusted in the next fee bill of the students. It directed the government to ensure that parents were not compelled to purchase textbooks, uniform or other material from a particular vendor or provider and schools did not charge any amount other than tuition fee, admission fee or prescribed security from the parents. The bench directed that a periodic inspection of private schools be carried out to check the provision of facilities to students as undertaken by private schools at the time of registration and thereafter from time to time. It said an effective parents-students complaint handling procedure be established by using modern Information Technology. It further ruled that complete data of teachers and supporting staff hired by private schools should be obtained by the registering authority showing educational qualifications/experience and track record of teachers and supporting staff on annual basis. PIA ordered to implement female quota: The Lahore High Court on Thursday ordered Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to implement 10 percent female quota in recruitment of pilots. Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan issued the order while hearing a petition moved by Komal Zafar, a woman who had moved the petition for recruitment of female pilots on 10 per cent quota. The PIA recruitment manager also appeared before the court along with the report that they had been working on implementation of 10 percent quota with the national airline. The officer said that becoming a pilot was a job of a sensitive nature, for which, the merit could not be compromised. Candidates with disabilities could not be recruited as a pilot with the PIA, he said. The reply irked Justice Khan who remarked that half population of the country was consisted on females, and whether they all should be considered handicapped. “Women are flying warplanes after their recruitment with the air force,” the judge observed. The judge allowed the petition with directives to the PIA to implement 10 per cent female quota in recruitment of pilots. On March 16, the same court had stayed till further orders the recruitment process of pilots with the PIA and had sought replies from the respondents. The Ministry of Defence, PIA chairman, Recruitment and Placement Section Organisational Development and Cabinet Secretariat Establishment Division were made the respondents in the petition. The petitioner said that she applied for the posts of cadet pilots with the airline and qualified the test but she could not receive call letters while many others had received the letters. She said there was a policy of 10 percent quota for women in recruitment with the national carrier but the policy was not being implemented. She said the women were ignored in recruitment. She prayed to the court to direct the respondents to implement 10 percent quota across the board in federal government services and order them to recruit her as cadet pilot for being a qualified candidate.The news.Lahore

Punjab University a debate competition of Tax Day celebrations

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:06
LAHORE:April 6: Auqaf and Religious Affairs Minister Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri has said that it is the youth who will determine the road map of the nation. Addressing students at a debate competition organised by Punjab Revenue Authority on the topic ”Tax Evasion is an Impediment to Growth” as a forerunner of Tax Day celebrations, he appreciated PRA’s effort for introducing such healthy competition as part of its Tax Day celebrations on a topic which he considered was need of the hour. He asked the PRA to introduce such more healthy activities. The purpose of the debate was to create tax awareness among the younger generation especially highlighting the negative impact of tax evasion on the economy. Students from leading educational institutions, including Punjab University, Kinnaird College University, Government College University and King Edward Medical University participated in the event. The winners were given cash prizes. The minister also commended the authority’s initiatives for collecting taxes and backed PRA’s stance on a no-spare policy for tax evaders. GCU Vice-Chancellor Amir Hassan Shah stated that revenue authorities were engaged in generating revenue on behalf of the government which ultimately was used for the betterment of society. PRA Chairman Dr Raheal Ahmed Siddiqui said tax evasion was a poison in society which needed to be eradicated as soon as possible. He said the authority had increased its surveillance for tax evaders. He said PRA was the the only tax collection agency in the country which had implemented the restaurant invoice monitoring system to curb sales tax evasion by restaurants. He stated the authority was in process to implement similar smart monitoring systems in different sectors to control tax evasion. He said, through proper planning and management by the authority, a drastic increase in revenue could be seen every year. PRA member legal Kamran Ahmed said that PRA considered the youth as the tax ambassadors. Since 2016, PRA has been celebrating April 10 as Tax Day. Governor: Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana has said Indian brutalities against the unarmed Kashmiris are condemnable, and the developed nations as well as international agencies, especially the United Nations, should take immediate notice of Indian atrocities in Held Kashmir. The Punjab governor expressed these views while talking to Slough, UK, Lord Mayor Ms Syeda Ishrat Shah who called on him at Governor’s House on Thursday. The Punjab governor said the silence of international powers over violations of human rights by the Indian army in Held Kashmir was condemnable.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Sadeeqa’s Learning System Students mark Wildlife Day

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:51
Rawalpindi :05 April: Students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, Peshawar Road Junior Branch marked World Wildlife Day, say a press release. A special programme was conducted by the students of grade one, two and three in this regard. The school stage looked like a miniature jungle with tree branches on the sides. Through colourful song presentations, tableaus and skits the students shared some important facts about wildlife and the dangers faced by them. The students also talked about saving the wildlife, flora and fauna by suggesting ways to provide better living conditions for them. The special program started with the class one students welcoming the parents by performing on their favourite song “In the Mighty Jungle” followed by a poem presentation which was enjoyed by all. A very thought provoking skit followed the poem presentation in which some students were dressed up as tigers and some as hunters. Through a very interesting skit they highlighted how the hunting of tigers has led them to fall under the category of endangered species and if the humans continue to hunt them down they will soon extinct. The importance of conserving the plants was shared by a student of class three she also said the hunting of animals for fun and for their skin should also be stopped as both plants and animals are an important part of our ecosystem and that by cutting the plants and trees we are destroying the habitats of animals. The junior students of Peshawar Road branch also highlighted how birds along with plants and animals are at risk caused by mankind. Through a skit they showed how birds used to live happily and peacefully until their trees were cut down. They performed on a poem which described each animal one by one. The grizzly bear could be seen holding a fish, the elephant moved its trunk and the hippo walked around with all its might. The special one hour programme came to an end when Section Head, Naushin Amjad addressed the students, teachers and the parents. She thanked them for putting up such an informative show and also said that it is our duty to create awareness about protecting animals as just like human beings they also feel pain but cannot speak for themselves.The news.Rawalpindi