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Private universities: Government to decide on unaccredited programmes

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:10
Lahore:November 20:He said that ICT had significantly contributed to health and primary education sectors, which needed to be extended to higher education as well. Private sector was gaining profits out of education activity and their quality was questionable, he added. The four days of the 9th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) Pakistan 2017 was attended by more than 200 researchers and academia from Pakistan and abroad.Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Textbooks to have security labels

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:07
Lahore:20 November:Effective measures are being adopted to make the system of sale and purchase of textbooks transparent and no negligence will be tolerated in this regard. These views were expressed by Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Director Abdul Qayyum while chairing a meeting in connection with security labels. He said the Textbook Board would affix security labels on the books. He warned strict action would be taken against those involved in preparation, publication and sale of the pirated books. The news. Lahore

Online monitoring introduced in teaching hospitals

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:18
LAHORE:15 November: Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Secretary Najam Ahmed Shah said an online monitoring system has been introduced for ventilators at teaching hospitals and healthcare institutions. He said the system would further improve the quality of emergency and intensive care unit services. Changing technology: CIME launches facility for medical students He stated this while addressing a training workshop for the staff of 40 teaching hospitals of the province. They were being trained on standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the online monitoring system of ventilators. The workshop was arranged by the Strategic Planning Unit (SPU) of Specialised Healthcare Department at the Auditorium of Children Hospital. 135 staff members from 40 hospitals attended the workshop.Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2017Lahore

Girl on way to school dies in accident

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:16
LAHORE :15 November:A 13-year-old girl was killed by a speeding van in the Lorri Adda area on Tuesday. Victim Momina of Chand Chowk was on her way to school in a rickshaw when a rashly driven hit the rickshaw, as a result, she suffered fatal injuries. She was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead. Meanwhile, a bike rider was killed by a dumper in the Nishtar Colony area. Victim Awais was on his way on a bike when a dumper hit and killed him. underage driving: The chief traffic officer (CTO) visited various traffic sectors in the city on Tuesday to discourage the underage driving and educate their parents on its dangers. He delivered lectures pertaining to traffic awareness in different educational institutions and distributed pamphlets and flowers among the underage drivers.The news.Lahore

University of Veterinary signed a MoU with University of Malakand

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:15
Lahore:November 15:The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Malakand (UOM) to promote cooperation in education and research. The MoU was signed by UVAS VC Meritorious Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and UOM VC Dr Gull Zaman at the UVAS City Campus, Lahore.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreVeterinary University Lahore

Academic sessions of moot ends with a message of peace

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:00
LAHORE:14 November: The academic sessions of the 1st International Youth Summit Lahore (IYSL) 2017 ended with a message of peace. The moot is being held in Lahore, the cultural hub of Pakistan, by the Centre of Sustainability, Research and Practice (CSRP) with the University of Lahore as the host institution. The IYSL 2017 promises to be a one of a kind event and hopes to become a catalyst of change for the youth of our nation. The academic sessions of IYSL 2017 focused on three thematic areas – sustainability, education and sustainability. The summit began with an opening ceremony; Day 2 focused on sustainability began with keynote sessions by David Woollcombe, President Peace Child International UK on “Youth Job Creation – How to achieve SDGs Goal 8- Target 5” and Raza Ali Gillani, Minister Higher Education, government of Punjab, on “Global Peace and Sustainability”. This was followed by the opening plenary titled “Understanding the Global Challenge of Sustainability” and two workshops titled “Climate Reality Training” by David Woollcombe and “Good Health & Well-being” by Sabrine Hamdi. Day 2 of IYSL 2017 closed with a musical performance by the students of University of Lahore. Day 3 began with an opening plenary session titled “Socially Beneficial Projects & Leadership Potential of Young People”. This was followed by the two plenary sessions entitled “Transnational trends in education and academic change and entrepreneurship” and “Reforms in Punjab Government across social sectors and the role of youth”. Day 3 of IYSL 2017 closed with an evening titled “Stories from Young Leaders” with speakers and Laraib Atta – renowned Visual Effect Artist who has worked on award winning projects such as 10,000 BC, The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince of Persia, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Gravity to name a few, Shahmeer Amir – Cyber Security Analyst and ranked 3rd most accomplished bug hunter worldwide, Samar Khan – cyclist and the first woman in the world to ride a cycle on the 4,500-metre Biafo Glacier in the Karakoram Mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan. The young leaders spoke to the attendees about their respective journeys and how education played a key role in their lives. The talks were followed by a performance by Sanwal Esakhelvi. Day 4 began with an two plenary sessions titled “Youth contribution for peace: global perspective” and “UNDP Panel: Achieving SDG-16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”. An Inter-Cultural Dialogue and Tribe Clan meeting were held after the sessions, so the delegates and attendees could discuss ideas and interact with each other. Day 4 of IYSL 2017 closed with a social event with a talk by ShaheerNiazi – a 17-year-old scientist who has had research paper published in the Journal of Royal Society Open Science and a musical evening. From November 10-12, the delegates visiting from 30 countries will be taken to a trip to old Lahore, historic Kasur, Changa Manga and Narowal. The summit will conclude with a closing ceremony on the evening of November 12. During the summit avenues will be looked in to strengthen cooperation and make joint efforts to create sustainable solutions in the areas of sustainability, education and peace. The IYSL 2017 is supported by the District Councils of Narowal and Kasur. Published in Daily Times, November 14th 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Lahore

School Reforms Roadmap: Performing districts to receive rewards

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:59
LAHORE:November 14: The provincial government has decided to reward administrative officers of schools who performed well and bagged top positions in the recent review of all districts of the province. Administrators of the top five districts and the best-performing division will be given financial rewards for their work. The Punjab government released its school rankings for districts and divisions for the first quarter of 2017-18. It measured performances of public schools in all the 36 districts and the nine divisions of Punjab. The ranking was part of Chief Minister’s School Reforms Roadmap and used literacy and numeracy indicators by measuring test results of English, Math and Urdu, student and teacher attendance, student retention, infrastructure and facilities and administrative staff monitoring. The notification said that administrators and chief executive officers (CEOs) of district education authorities (DEAs) of the top districts and commissioner of the top division would be entitled to receive an honorarium equivalent of two months’ gross salary.Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2017.Lahore

One Health conference begins at UVAS

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:57
LAHORE:November 14: The College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (CVAS) Jhang, a Sub Campus of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC), Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB) organised a 3-day International One Health Conference at UVAS City Campus Lahore. Construction of CUVAS to be completed Primary and Secondary Healthcare Minister Khawaja Imran Nazeer presided over the inaugural session of the conference. Speaking on the occasion, Nazeer said that a multi-sector approach was needed to ensure human health. He said the Punjab government was working actively to control deadly diseases like hepatitis and Congo virus. “Now the government’s focus is on prevention of diseases,” he said, adding that Punjab government was inaugurating a state-of-the-art kidney and liver transplant center in Lahore on December 25.Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahoreVeterinary University Lahore

10 schoolchildren injured as tractor hits van

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:56
FAISALABAD:November 14: At least 10 schoolchildren suffered injuries when a tractor trolley hit a school van due to thick smog on Millat Road, Faisalabad on Monday. Millat Town Police Station Assistant Sub-Inspector Shahid said that a school van, bearing registration number FSO-1261, carrying children was on its way when a recklessly driven tractor trolley coming from behind hit the vehicle near Rasoolpur due to poor visibility. As a result, 10 children sustained minor injuries. They were shifted to Allied Hospital for treatment. Later, they were discharged after provision of first aid. Speed thrills, but…: Barriers to block rally claim two lives Meanwhile, different districts of South Punjab continue to be in grip of severe smog due to variations in temperature. Cities, including Multan, Vehari, Bahawalpur and Muzaffargarh have been affected by smog for the last few days. The smog that consists of nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur and other aerosols is causing health issues for the citizens, who have been complaining about breathing problems, eye infections and minimum visibility on roads.Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2017.Faisalabad

Government College University Mathematics moot kicks off

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:55
LAHORE :November 14:An international conference on "Mathematics and its Applications (ICMA 2017)" began at the Government College University Lahore on Monday aiming to provide a platform to scientists, academicians and industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research in the field of Mathematical Sciences. Eleven foreign and 38 national scientists would present their papers at the three-day conference organised by the University's Mathematics Department in collaboration with the GCU Chawla Mathematical Society, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. According to a press release, GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah chaired the inaugural session of the conference which was also addressed by University of Malakand, KP Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Gul Zaman, Prof Vasile Berinde from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca Romania, Prof Ljubsia Kocianac from University of Nis Serbia, International Islamic University Islamabad Dean Dr Arshad Zia and GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan. In his key note address, Prof Vasile Berinde said there were two major objections being raised against mathematicians these days; one that they were publishing too much and other was that they were doing less practical and more theoretical research. “I agree with the second that we mostly prefer to generalise and extend the existing theories instead of looking into application of these theories,” he added. Prof Berinde said he had turned down two invitations, including one from India to attend this conference. “It's because I have seen some extraordinary research work by the students and faculty of GCU Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences in last few years and I want to personally congratulate them,” he added. Speaking on the occasion, University of Malakand VC Prof Dr Gul Zaman laid a stress on establishing research linkages especially in the fields of science among all the universities of Pakistan, saying that “universities in Pakistan need to pool in their resources for the promotion of research and higher education in the country.” VC Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that GCU was holding three conferences this week but this conference had a special importance because GC Mathematics Department had been the most elderly place of learning and imparting knowledge of Mathematics in Pakistan. “It was the only centre of teaching Mathematics in this part of the subcontinent until 1920 when Punjab University established its Department of Mathematics,” he added. Prof Shah hoped that the conference would also provide opportunities for the participants to exchange new ideas, share knowledge and experiences to establish research relations and to find global partners for future collaborations. Prof Dr Mujahid Abbas, the conference chairman, said the conference would cover all the major areas of Mathematical sciences and public numerical issues such as Fixed Point Theory and its Applications, Fuzzy logics, Topological Vector Spaces and Nonlinear Operator Theory, Best Approximations, Soft Set Theory, Convex Optimisation Theory. He said that foreign mathematicians from South Africa, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Italy are also participating in the conference spread over technical session.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Punjab University library orientation

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:53
LAHORE :November 14:The Punjab University library has started its annual ‘library orientation programme’ for freshers. While addressing the ceremony, PU Chief Librarian Dr Muhammad Haroon Usmani said library was to satisfy the need of all students especially the researchers. He assured continuity and enrichment of the orientation programme. “The library would organise six programmes on daily basis and to accommodate freshers the programmes would continue until January 2018”, he added.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Follow Iqbal’s teachings for respectable life

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:52
LAHORE :November 14:Allama Iqbal’s thought is the only way to progress and it can be utilised to have better relations with the neighbouring countries. These views were expressed by the speakers at the Iqbal Day seminar held by the Iqbal Academy Pakistan at Aiwan-i-Iqbal on Monday. Iqbal Academy Pakistan Vice-President Munib Iqbal presided over the seminar, Director of the Academy Muhammad Bakhsh Sangi delivered the welcome address whereas Sajjad Mir, Irshad Arif, Dr Raghib Naeemi, Salman Ghani, Prof Saleem Mazhar, Muhammad Hassan and Haroon Akram Gill also spoke on the occasion. Students from different institutions recited Kalam-i-Iqbal and won cash prizes and shields. Grandson of Allama Iqbal, Munib Iqbal, said Iqbal’s teachings are the path for youths to rise and play their part in the development of nation and country. “Iqbal is not only the leader for Pakistani nation but also for the rest of the Muslim world. He wanted to make this nation a brave one” said Munib. He advised the new generation to follow Iqbal’s teachings for a respectable life. Sajjad Mir said it is hard to even think about sovereignty without Iqbal’s thinking. Irshad Arif said we are an atomic power but still look for others to help us grow. He said the government has even cancelled the holiday on Iqbal Day and it shows their lack of interest in Iqbal and his teachings. Salman Ghani, Muhammad Hassan, Dr Raghib Naeemi, Dr Saleem Mazhar and Laiba Sohail also spoke on the occasion. Agriculture inputs: The government should take steps to curtail rates of agricultural inputs to lower the price of rice and make it competitive, demanded leading traders. Subsidy on agricultural inputs including seed, diesel, water and electricity be given to growers in addition to incentives on increasing the per acre yield, said Sameeullah Naeem and other leading rice traders while talking to newsmen at a press conference. There should be a systematic improvement in minimizing the input cost and increase in the yield and quality of rice, Naeem said and adding such steps could help in making rice sector competitive in the market.The news.Lahore

Teacher arrested in Lodhran for brutally beating student, breaking his leg

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:04
Lodhran:13 November:A government school teacher was arrested in Lodhran, Punjab on Sunday for breaking a teenage student’s leg while brutally beating him with a stick. Two days ago, Asghar, a teacher at the Govt High School Gogran, subjected 15-year-old Nabeel, a class X student, to severe punishment for not wearing his uniform to school, Express News reported. Following media reports of the incident, Lodhran Deputy Commissioner Raja Khurram suspended the teacher and police booked and arrested the teacher. Four-year-old suffers temporary hearing loss after being beaten by teacher However, the teacher told reporters that he had not hit the student. “Nabeel broke his leg while playing with other boys in the school ground,” he added. In August this year, a four-year-old child suffered temporary hearing loss after his teacher beat him black and blue in the Shujabad sub-district of Multan. Asim, the father of the child, told The Express Tribune that his son studied at a school supported by the Pakistan Education Foundation. The teacher beat his son for making noise in the classroom in his absence. Police arrest seminary teacher accused of beating student Last year, police arrested a seminary teacher for beating a 10-year-old boy at Madrassah Usmania in Ali Akbar Goth of District Malir, Karachi. The teacher, Muhammad Niaz, said he had beaten up 10-year-old seminary student Ahmed Raza because he lost temper when the student told him that he could not attend the seminary classes the day before because he was fasting.The news.Multan

Distribution scheme: More students to get laptops in Punjab

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:03
Multan:13 November:While speaking to The Express Tribune, a student Shaheed Sarfaraz said that he was a needy student and with the help of the government, he could continue his studies. Another student Rimshah Ishaq from Government Postgraduate College said, “We are taking advantage of the educational reforms and are making great progress with facilities like laptop and scholarship.”Published in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2017.Multan

4,100 students get free laptops

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:01
MULTAN:13 November:Provincial Minister for Higher Education Raza Ali Gillani said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government increased the spirit of education among students, who are the future of our country. He shared this while addressing the fourth phase of laptop distribution scheme in Dera Ghazi Khan. Sargodha University establishes e-Rozgar centre At least 4,100 students were provided free laptops. The ceremony was presided over by Mehboob Hussain. It was attended by students, parents, and government officials. On the occasion, the minister said, “For the first time in the history of Pakistan, brilliant students are being rewarded with free scholarships and laptops.”The news. Multan

Some private schools to remain closed today

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:59
LAHORE:13 November:The competent authority has observed, with grave concern, that the aforementioned directions had been conveyed time to time for strict compliance. However, certain incidents [like the death of the student] show poor compliance and negligence on the part of field formations. You are therefore, once again, requested to follow the above mentioned instructions in letter and spirit. Actions taken in this regard must be communicated to this department within a week.”Published in The Express Tribune,Lahore

Protection first : Schools told to spruce up safety measures

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:55
LAHORE:13 November: The Punjab School Education Department (SED) has directed officials to ensure safety and security of students in public and private institutes of all 36 districts of the province. The orders came after reports of a death of a child surfaced when a wall of a school collapsed in Bahawalpur. The letter said, “It has been reported that a wall of a private school named Ahmed School Education System, BindraPulli, Baqarpur Road, Usman Colony, Bahawalpur collapsed and a student died while several others injured. The school is a partner school of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF).” The letter sent by the SED Secretary Dr Allah Baksh Malik said that the competent authority has taken a serious view of this incident and was issuing several instructions in its wake. The letter holds chief executive officers (CEOs) of district education authorities (DEAs) responsible for schools in their jurisdiction. “CEOs of DEAs shall ensure that all schools under their respective jurisdictions are safe and secure,” it said. “CEOs are required to give a certificate in this regard after satisfying themselves. In case a school is not up to the mark, in terms of safety and security of students, the registration of the school shall be cancelled and the institute must be sealed immediately.” 17 private schools fined for unauthorised fee increases “The CEOs and DEAs shall ensure the premises of schools are safe and sound before granting registration. Structure Stability Certificate must be sought from school owners.” It states dangerous school buildings must not be used for any activity involving students and schoolchildren should not be allowed to enter any such structures. “These dangerous public and private school buildings may be repaired/reconstructed on a top priority basis. Shabby boundary walls may be rebuilt ensuring safety of students,” it instructs. Other safety measures include ensuring electric wiring and motor pumps in schools are maintained and there be no risk of an electric short circuit. It said that the officials should ensure that drinking water in schools was not contaminated and water tanks were covered and maintained to avoid any risk of contamination. The letter said that safe exit of students should also be ensured. “For this, a teacher should be deputed daily on the exit.” It added that schools providing transportation for students must obtain a fitness certificate of the vehicle. The letter instructs that all school vehicles should be in good condition and safe for travel.The news.Lahore

68pc Information Technology University students availing scholarship’

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:54
LAHORE:November 13:Information Technology University (ITU) founding Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif has said that 68pc deserving students of the university are availing scholarship to get quality education from research focused faculty in an academically oriented university evaluated to any top institution. He said this while addressing a function held to celebrate the completion of ITU’s five years. Dr Umar Saif, who is also the Chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Adviser to Punjab CM, said the ITU had planned to increase the present number of 900 students to 1,500 by next three years with the completion of its main campus being constructed over a period of 18-24 months on 180 acres of land with a cost of Rs 5 billion. Presently the ITU is running ten degree programmes with 80 faculty members, he added. He advised the first graduating batch to apply for higher education abroad during the next three months, adding to avail this opportunity they should seek guidance from their respective faculty. The university generated its resources through grants and research projects, he added. The event celebrated ITU’s ‘W’ category from the National Computing Accreditation Council and an endorsement from the HEC. The event commenced with a cake-cutting ceremony for completing five years of its existence followed by various entertaining performances by the students including singing, dancing, and acting. The outgoing batch was given a farewell while prizes were distributed among students who got distinction in various disciplines. On this occasion, Dr Saif also launched a website for ITU Alumni Reconnect. PITB tech festival concludes: Pakistan’s first tech centered festival ‘The MIX’ organised by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) concluded after two days marathon festivities here on Sunday. According to a press release, The MIX extravaganza engaged the public through advancement and excitement of technology to promote experience-based learning and give a platform to change-makers using technology. The event jam packed with activities that include AR/VR, 3D gaming, music, food, heritage, health, finance, fashion, media, kids section, digital libraries, art, theatre, etc. attracted a large number of people from different walks of people. The mega event included panel discussions on innovative ideas, smart applications, technology and science, pavilions activated through instruments of technology with a feel of life in a purely digital space.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Lahore

Bise Gujranwala announces Intermediate part-1 results

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:37
GUJRANWALA:12 November: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Gujranwala announced the results of intermediate part-1 examination, on Saturday. According to details, 17,533 candidates appeared in the examination, out of which 8,853 were declared successful, a 50.49 pass percentage. In the sciences group for boys, 5,560 candidates appeared, out of which 2,646 secured passing marks. In the humanities group for boys, 4,473 candidates appeared and 1,862 passed. In the sciences group for girls, 2,961 candidates appeared and 1,766 achieved passing marks. In the humanities group for girls, 4429 candidates appeared and 2,575 declared successful. Police officer nabbed: Anti-corruption circle a police ASI accused of receiving bribe from a citizen. It was reported that a citizen had submitted a complaint against police ASI Ashiq Ali, accusing him of demanding a bribe for registering a report’s cross version. Anti-corruption conducted a raid and arrested ASI Ashiq Ali. He was allegedly arrested receiving Rs 30,000 as a bribe. Suicide attempt: Two women tried to die by suicide by swallowing poisonous pills in Qilla Didar Singh and Fatto Mand. It was reported that both women swallowed poisonous pills due to domestic issues. They were transported to DHQ Hospital for emergency treatment. Published in Daily Times, November 12th 2017.GujranwalaBISE Gujranwala Board

Matric examinations Section 144 imposed at exam centres

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:30
Lahore:12 November:BISE Lahore Chairman Chaudhry Muhammad Ismail, in a statement, said that the board observed transparency and on-schedule announcement of results as per the vision of the Punjab chief minister. The statement stated that the chairman instructed officials of the BISE Lahore to ensure timely resolution of any issues faced by students. He instructed officials, including BISE Lahore Secretary Rehana Ilyas, Controller Examination Prof Nasir Jamil among other officials of board. The BISE Lahore also announced the schedule of the SSC Annual Examination 2018. According to the announced schedule, the examinations will begin from March 1 and candidates would be able to submit fee with single fee from November 13 till December 15. Published in The Express Tribune, November 12th, 2017.LahoreBISE Lahore Board