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Convocation of FG Postgraduate College for Women held

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:53

Rawalpindi:April 29:The 28th convocation, 2017, of FG Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road, was held here on Friday in the Salma Masud Auditorium in the college premises. It was organised to award degrees, rolls of honour and merit certificates to the graduates of BA/BSc, MA English and MA Urdu for the session 2013-15. Professor Dr. Zaffar Mueen Nasar, Vice Chancellor of University of the Punjab, Lahore, was the honourable chief guest on this occasion.
The proceedings of the ceremony started with recitation from the Holy Quran by Hira Shafiq while ‘Naat’ was presented by Sajar Ali. As many as 413 graduates were awarded degrees for the session, including 236 degrees of BA, 152 BSc, 6 to MA English and 19 to MA Urdu students. Rolls of honour, merit certificates and medals were awarded to those students who excelled in the University Examination. The recipients of gold and silver medals and rolls of honour of their commendable performance included:

In MA English Samina Fazal was awarded roll of honour , In MA Urdu Amna Yaqoob was awarded gold medal/roll of honour, Muqadasa Matloob was awarded Silver Medal.

In BA Shumaila Boota was awarded silver medal/ roll of honour. In BSc Sana Chaudhary was awarded silver medal/ roll of honour.

Begum Salma Masud Memorial Award was given to Surayya Naz Gold Medal/Best in Co-Curricular Activities 2016-17 MA Urdu and Nimra Tariq for Academic Excellence 2015-17 BSc.

In her address, the Principal Rana Arshad Qazi paid rich tribute to the chief guest Prof. Dr. Zaffar Mueen Nasar as an Erudite Scholar, a dynamic educationist and innovative administrator. Dr. Zaffar Mueen Nasir did his PhD from Kansas State University USA in Economics. He has over 33 years of experience in research, education, teaching and education management. He has the honour of working as a visiting scholar at International Monetary Fund and also as Director Policies at Ministry of Labours in Pakistan. He had been the chief of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and also held the prestigious appointment of Dean of College of Business Administration at American University, United Arab Emirates.

The principal also presented brief synopsis of curricular and co-curricular activities of the last two years. In curricular activities student displayed 96% in Pre-Engineering Group, 95% in Pre-Medical Group, 93% in General Science Group and 94% in Humanities Group.

The concerted efforts of the students and teachers led to a rich harvest of 100 individual prizes, 3 cash awards and 8 trophies in all including Best in region trophy. She further added that education is not merely learning of facts rather it demands to be analytical and critical approach before any adoption or deletion of academics social and moral values.

The principal also congratulated all graduates and wished them a radiant future ahead.

Subsequently the chief guest conferred degrees, certificates to the graduates and distributed medals among them. Moreover he extended his heartiest felicitations to the principal, faculty and students for success in their educational and professional endeavour.

In the end the chief guest during his address put an immense emphasis on the value of education which must be our priority to mount the ladder of success.

The chief guest laid stress on the development of conscientiousness. Being a nation we have to surmount all the barriers by the appropriate use of our potentials. Our lives are governed by technology however being educated being we need to discriminate between good and evil and right and wrong. He further added that being a woman you have to shape the destiny of nation and always be thankful to your Creator.The news.

Special classrooms for playgroup kids

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:18

GUJRAT:28 April: The Punjab government has approved a grant of Rs 10 million for the construction of special classrooms for playgroup age kids in public sector schools in the district.
The move is aimed at attracting children for enrolement in nursery classes of the same schools later on.

The teachers who will handle playgroup classes have been trained to keep the interest of the kids attached to the classroom and school. As many as 115 public sector schools have been given special classrooms in the district.

Gujrat Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali Randhawa said this while chairing a meeting of the District Education Review Committee here on Wednesday where officials of the Education department were also present.

The DC said that a group of selected teachers had been trained and given kits having various tools for attracting the kids.

An official of the education department who was also among the participants of the meeting said each special classroom would be given an LCD screen, colouring box, small toys, colour pencils, blocks depicting the alpha batiks of the English and Urdu languages and other things of children’s interest.

The meeting also reviewed the overall performance of the education department, particularly the attendance of teachers and provision of missing facilities.Published in Dawn, April 28th, 2017.

Plan to ban sale of junk food in schools

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:17

LAHORE:28 April: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) plans to prohibit the sale of junk food and other unhygienic items at all canteens and cafeterias in educational institutions after its scientific panel strongly recommended a proposal in this regard.
The proposal after a formal approval will be incorporated in the new laws and regulations being introduced soon by amending the PFA Act-2011, according to a spokesman for the authority.
The spokesman stated in a press release that a meeting of the PFA’s scientific panel was held here on Thursday.
Presided over by PFA Additional Director General (Technical) Dr Shah Zaib, the food experts, including 21 PhD doctors, discussed various activities in the wake of introducing new laws.
Keeping in view students’ health, the participants proposed that a ban should be imposed on the sale of all sorts of junk food in cafeterias/canteens of schools, colleges and universities across the province.

They also proposed allowing sale of hygienic food items in the institutions.

The participants reached a consensus on finalizing new regulations and introducing them within a short span of time.

Meanwhile, PFA Director General Noorul Amin Mengal sought creating awareness among the public about the junk food’s harmful effects on public health.

He also directed the PFA officials to follow the requisite procedure while inspecting restaurants, eateries, etc.
Published in Dawn, April 28th, 2017.

Province empowered to appoint VCs, set rules: LHC

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:13

LAHORE:28 April: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ruled that the provincial government is fully empowered to make rules and appoint vice-chancellors (VCs) of public universities.

“The provincial legislature has the power to set standards i.e., procedures and criteria for selection of the VC, as long as, they are not below the minimum and baseline standards set by the federation,” said a verdict announced by a division bench in the VCs appointment case.

The bench, consisting of Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shan and Justice Shujaat Ali Khan, had reserved the judgement in February last on intra-court appeals by the Punjab government and others challenging a single bench decision that struck down appointments of acting VCs at four public sector universities and the process initiated by the provincial higher education department for new incumbents.
Tells govt to follow search body’s panels for four varsities

The four varsities include: the Lahore College for Women’s University, the University of Sargodha, the University of Punjab, and the Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering & Technology, Multan.

The single bench comprising Justice Shahid Karim had in 2016 directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to make the appointments of the VCs.

The division bench allowed the appeals and ruled that the federation could set standards in institutions of higher education, however, they will always pass as minimum national standards, as they cater to all the public universities in the country and maintain national unity and federal compact.

It said, the province, under the legislative subject of ‘education’ in the unwritten residuary legislative list, was empowered to develop standards in institutions of higher education for the province; these standards could be higher and more stringent as compared to the federal standards, but they could not be below the federal standards.

The verdict authored by the chief justice added the HEC Ordinance of 2002 set minimum and non-binding guidelines for the appointment of VCs in public universities.

However, any future legislation under the federal legislative list for mandatory minimum standards would be binding on the provincial government, but in no manner restrain the provincial government to develop standards higher than the federal in order to improve quality of higher education in the province.

Setting aside the single bench’s decision, the ruling said section 14(2) and (4) of the University of the Punjab Act, 1973 and the corresponding provisions in the statutes of other public sector universities were intra vires (lawful) the Constitution.

It held that the single judge had over-emphasized on exclusivity of the federal legislature, sidelining the overarching constitutional structure of federalism and cooperative federalism, which prevailed over Article 142 of the Constitution.

The judgement also questioned the performance of Council of Common Interest (CCI), saying that the role of the council over the years had been disturbingly dormant.

The chief justice directed the CCI to review all the standards in institutions of higher education framed by the HEC in order to make them constitutionally compliant in the next six months.

He also directed the HEC as well as, federal government that in the future, the commission will work under the supervision and control of the CCI and any policies or regulations prepared by the commission shall be routed through the CCI and will only be considered to be legally binding, if approved by the CCI.

The division bench directed government/chancellor to proceed with the appointment of the VCs for the four public sector universities in question strictly on the basis of recommendations of the search committee by considering a panel of three people in the case of each university.

“However, all future appointments in the public universities in Punjab will be made in accordance with law settled in this judgment,” the bench said and added the appointment of provisional VCs at the universities made by the court would come to an end when appointment of the regular incumbents was made in compliance of the judgment.

In a statement, Chairman of Punjab HEC Dr Nizamuddin hailed the judgement saying it would help in developing new landscape of quality education in Pakistan with effective role of federation and provinces.
Published in Dawn, April 28th, 2017.

Punjab Youth Peace Corps event

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:12

LAHORE:28 April:The Punjab Youth Affairs Department launched second phase of its Punjab Youth Peace Corps with a showcasing event on Thursday.

Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Jahangir Khanzada was the chief guest at the event while Nayyer Iqbal, secretary for the Department of Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology and Tourism; Tahmina Habib, Deputy Secretary Planning and Sabiha Shaheen, Executive Director of an NGO participated in the event.

Addressing on the occasion, the minister said, “Punjab Youth Peace Corps is serving as an exemplary voluntary body for the promotion of peace which is perfectly aligned with the Punjab Vision 2030 and the Punjab Youth Policy. I congratulate all the peace champions and wish them best of luck for their future activities.” Secretary for the Department of Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology and Tourism, Nayyer Iqbal said, “Let me assure you of our commitment to youth development. We fully support the need to transform youth into peace champions and help them to become part of peace building cadre that practically works through pro-peace social actions. Peace champions showcased their achievements from the pilot phase through stalls, presentation and a theatre performance to a gathering of 500 people which included youths from Lahore and Multan, local government members, civil society members and other stakeholders.The news.

Provincial govt has powers to appoint VCs’

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:11

LAHORE:28 April:A division bench of the Lahore High Court Thursday held that the provincial government is empowered to make appointment of vice-chancellors in public universities, however, it will have to meet the standard set by the federation.

The bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah ruled this while announcing the long-awaited judgment on intra court appeals (ICAs) against judgment of LHC single bench, which had struck down power of Provincial Higher Education Department’s powers and held that Higher Education Commission of Pakistan was empowered to make appointments of the VCs in public sector universities.

The division bench held that the federation can set standards in institutions of higher education, however, they will always pass as minimum national standards, as they cater to all the public sector universities in the country and maintain national unity and federal compact. Simultaneously, the province is fully empowered to develop those standards which can be higher and more stringent as compared to the federal standards, but they cannot be below the federal standards.

The bench further held that provincial legislature has the power to set standards i.e. procedures and criteria for selection of the VC, as long as, they are not below the minimum and baseline standards set by the federation.

The court directed Council of Common Interest to review all the standards in institutions of higher education framed by HEC in order to make them constitutionally compliant in the next six months.

“We also direct the HEC and the federal government that in future the HEC will work under the supervision and control of CCI and any policies or regulations prepared by the HEC shall be routed through the CCI and will only be considered to be legally binding, if approved by CCI”, the bench held.

The bench directed the provincial government to proceed with the appointment of the VCs for the four public sector universities namely Lahore College for Women University Lahore, University of Sargodha, University of the Punjab Lahore, and Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering & Technology Multan strictly on the basis of the recommendations of the Search Committee by considering a panel of three persons in the case of each university, however, all future appointments in the public sector universities in Punjab will be made in accordance with law settled in this judgment.

The provisional appointments of VCs of the four above-mentioned universities by this court shall come to an end when appointment of the regular VCs is made in compliance of this judgment, the bench said. The judgment made it clear that order of the single bench was effective only to the four universities and cannot upset or affect the appointments made in the other seven universities, which are valid and intact.

On the issue of Constitution of search committees, the court directed the Punjab Higher Education Department to consider following improvements in order to crease out wrinkles in the current process.

“The process of appointment of the members of the Search Committee be brought out in the public domain. The government can draw wisdom for the mechanism of appointment of the members of search and scrutiny committee constituted under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission Act, 2014.

The court held that “The notification for the search committees be issued separately for every university. It may contain the same members but must be separately notified under the respective statute in order to meet the requirement of the law. The search committee for specialised universities e.g., Information Technology, Computer Science, Medical/Health, Agriculture, Women, and General, must comprised of members carrying requisite skill and expertise in the area”.

The Punjab government had filed this ICA against order of Justice Shahid Karim passed on December 01, 2016. Justice Karim had ordered the removal of acting VCs of four above-mentioned universities and instructed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to fill the posts purely in accordance with the law.

Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC on petition of Advocate Saad Rasool had ordered removal of acting VCs, including Dr Mujahid Karman of Punjab University, Dr Uzma Qureshi of Lahore College for Women University, Dr Nazir Sultana of Sargodha University and Dr Fazal Ahmed of Nawaz Sharif Engineering University, Multan.

The court also declared the process of appointing the VCs by the Higher Education Department illegal. It directed the HEC to devise a criteria separately for every university and make separate search committees for all universities to fill the seats.The news.

University of Animals Sciences observed World Veterinary Day

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:10

Lahore:28 April:The University of Veterinary and Animals Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, observed World Veterinary Day on Thursday. A walk and seminar were held to mark the day and create awareness about the welfare of animals in the community.
According to a press release issued here, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha led the walk while Faculty of Veterinary Science Dean Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, Faculty of Life Sciences Business Management Dean Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, Prof Dr Anila Zameer Durrani and a large number of students and faculty members participated in the walk.

Later, a seminar was organised to sensitise people about the importance of animal welfare, health and treatment. Experts urged the faculty members and students to work for this noble cause.The news.

Punjab University signs MoU:

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:02

Lahore:28 April: Punjab University and Centre for International Relations, Rome, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote bilateral relations, exchange faculty members and launch joint research projects.

The MoU signing ceremony was held at committee room of the vice chancellor’s office here on Thursday.

PU VC Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Pakistan Study Centre Director Prof Dr Massarrat Abid, Centre for International Relations, Rome, Chairman Prof Andrea Margelletti, coordinator and analyst Dr Gabriele Iacovino, Asia Desk analyst Ms Francesca Manenti and faculty members were present on the occasion.

Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir said that the MoU would remove misconceptions about Islam and Pakistan. Prof Andrea Margelletti said that Islam is a peaceful religion and has nothing to do with terrorism.The news.

Academics share thoughts on liberalism

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:44

LAHORE:27 April: Speakers at a seminar on Wednesday highlighted various aspects of liberalism as a social, political and economic concept.

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) in collaboration with the Government College University (GCU) organised the event.

Dr Fauzia Ghani of Political Science Department spoke about liberalism as a socioeconomic and political concept. “The word was coined by John Locke and encouraged individual freedom for productivity and development, but by the 20th century the utilitarian theory changed the concept a little by moving from just the individualistic approach to the communalistic approach,” she said.

“Liberalism enhances the individual’s capability of production with little government intervention. People are free to produce, buy and sell to raise their standards of living. In economic liberalism, economic decisions are made by individuals or households rather than by collective institutions or organisations.”

She said there were certain downsides of the system as well. “The political system of a country greatly affects how liberalism comes into motion. In many instances, human rights which are considered important and liberalism are incompatible,” she said.

Liberalism may lead to inequality and disparities but because individuals are given power, they may be able to make changes. Obviously this requires great responsibility, and freedom is not without restrictions and limitations, she said.

Dr Alwin Murad (GCU’s Philosophy Department) emphasised that liberalism advocated equality, respect and dignity of the person, and encouraged freedom of expression and equal distribution of wealth.

Speaking on ethical values, CSJ chairperson Wajahat Masood, a columnist, said liberalism meant accepting the possibility of being wrong, compassion and empathy, productivity and human freedom.

“It has nothing to do with beliefs or dress codes, contrary to what many think it is. It also has nothing to do with judging others from their appearances and practices. Without modesty and humanity, there are no ideals of liberalism,” he explained.

“A person may be called liberal if he or she has empathy for others, and has love for knowledge, creativity, productivity, and strives for equality of rights and opportunities,” he said.

Mohammad Afzal Khan (Philosophy Department) posed counter intuitive paradoxes or questions when it came to liberalism. He questioned whether liberalism, which recognises minorities, also created issues of majoritarianism.

“There are groups who are not given a voice in liberalism even though some of the larger minority groups are,” he said. “From a social sciences and an arts perspective, though, liberalism is important because it allows freedom of thought and imagination, as well as all other freedoms. But is this happening in academic spaces?” he asked, referring in particular to the lynching of Mashal Khan. He said technology, while providing convenience for humans, was also ultimately turning humans into instruments rather than thinking beings. He said at least in academic spaces such freedoms should be there.

Concluding the event, CSJ Executive Director Peter Jacob said it was important to deal with misunderstandings and misconceptions among the youth in particular regarding liberalism. “Some people call those who believe in modernity ‘liberal fascists’ which is sad,” he said.

“In fact, we are only living with one kind of fascism and that is intolerance. That is why a change of mindset is integral. A liberal person has tolerance and open mindedness to change. But no one theory is suitable for all countries, therefore states have to create and maximise opportunities for weaker groups to make them equal in opportunities and rights,” he said.Published in Dawn, April 27th, 2017.

Baloch, Pakhtun students protest PU action

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:43

LAHORE:27 April: Baloch and Pakhtun student councils of the Punjab University (PU) on Wednesday protested outside the Lahore Press Club against the university administration for suspending and expelling their members.

A large number of students gathered at Istanbul Chowk on The Mall and walked towards the press club to protest against the administration for not taking action against the Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT) activists.

The students chanted slogans against the administration, police and government for registering, what they called, fake cases against them and not ensuring their security on campus. The students were also carrying banners and placards. Activists of Punjabi, Seraiki and Sindhi councils also joined the protest.

Baloch council President Asfandyar claimed that the PU administration had expelled and suspended their 10 members over false allegations. Not only were they tortured by IJT activists, but cases were also registered against them.

“We are facing discrimination on campus and 12 of our activists, quitting their studies, have gone back to their hometowns.”

He alleged IJT activists were carrying out their activities on campus daily, but no one from the administration had tried to stop them.

Asfandyar said they had started a sit-in outside the press club, but called it off after Capital City Police Officer Amin Wains assured them that he would contact the PU administration to accept their demands.

He said they had been boycotting classes for a week and would continue to do so till acceptance of their demands.Published in Dawn, April 27th, 2017.

Punjab University engineering students to study in China

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:42

LAHORE: April 27: The Punjab University’s faculty of engineering and technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese company for higher education of its students in China.
A ceremony to the effect was held at PU’s Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology here on Wednesday.
Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Taqi Zahid Butt and Ms Yang Yu and Ms Yan Liuyl from China’s Gorges company were present on the occasion.

According to the MoU, the Chinese company would support the PU engineering students to pursue higher studies in China for two years.

UET: A workshop on ‘Outcome based education implementation’ was held at the University of Engineering and Technology here on Wednesday.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gilani said it was time of learning through teamwork to bring all stakeholders on board for new path of development through education. He said the government was fully committed to ensuring quality of education.

He said educational reforms and the related changes could bring about the country on the road to progress.Published in Dawn, April 27th, 2017

Selection of VCs for medical varsities

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:41

LAHORE: April 27: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and certain candidates have criticised the formation of the search committee for three medical varsities’ vice chancellors (VCs), saying that its members do not belong to the medical profession.
The five-member search committee, notified by the Punjab government, has Punjab Health Minister Khwaja Salman Rafique as convener, while its members are Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Secretary Najam Shah, retired Justice Amir Raza Khan, former University of Engineering and Technology VC retired Gen Muhammad Akram and retired civil servant Sibtain Fazal Haleem.

“We demand that the search committee be made on merit since the matter is related to the future of hundreds of postgraduate students,” PMA General Secretary Dr Rana Wajid said. He said such controversial practices had driven the health department from bad to worse.

Dr Wajid said the members had no technical know-how about medical education.

About the members of the committee, he said the secretary and the minister were government’s representatives whereas the three other members also had soft corner for the rulers.

“How will they resist the government in the selection of candidates for the medical universities?” he said.

He suggested that three former VCs or retired senior medical teachers be included in the committee.A majority of medical teachers, retired VCs of public medical institutions and a few candidates for the VC slot also rejected the selection body.

“Are you going to select a VC for a medical university or a political worker for a party?” said a visibly annoyed candidate, requesting anonymity.

The candidate said why an engineer was included in the committee and why not a doctor.

He said the high-powered board of all non-medical professionals had sent a wave of disappointment among most of the candidates. Up to 35 medical teachers, including former VCs and principals of public medical institutions, have applied for for the top slots of varsities.

The candidate said no one would take up issue with the authorities fearing committee’s revenge in the selection.

He alleged the candidates were now exploring the right connections in Chief Minister’s Secretariat to win over the body members.
Published in Dawn, April 27th, 2017.

GCU Expanded role of health, education sectors

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:38

LAHORE:April 27:Speakers at the opening ceremony of three-day international conference on “Health Psychology: Issues and Challenges” at the Government College University (GCU) here on Wednesday laid a stress on expanding the role of health psychologists in education and health sectors to modify human behaviours.

Scholars and faculty members from 35 universities of Pakistan and delegates from Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada are participating in the conference jointly organised by the GCU Psychology Department, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) and Punjab AIDS Control Programme. The conference is spread over 15 scientific sessions and six talks by eminent foreign psychologists.

In his presidential address at the opening ceremony, Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raza Ali Gillani said health psychology was a broad field that covered multiple issues related to social, emotional and physical well-being. He hoped this gathering of scholars and professionals would make recommendations to the government for meeting the challenges to their education and health care systems. He also said it was psychologists' duty to reform society.

Dr Syeda Shahida Batool, chairperson of GCU Psychology Department, said “Despite the realisation for overall unhealthy lifestyle, increasing ratio of chronic illnesses and escalating health care costs, the government is yet to focus on health psychology which helped modify human behaviour.

Dr Batool highlighted that there was no scope of health psychology in Pakistan while standards of training of health psychologists were undefined. She said the role of health psychologists in the hospitals was not well-defined and sometimes it was confused with that of clinical psychologists.

GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said the university had received more than 300 quantitative and qualitative research papers for the conference on coping with stress, heart diseases, hypertension, cancer, eating disorders, infertility, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, diabetics, burden of care, and assessment issues in healthy psychology. He said the papers would add to their understanding that how psychological, behavioural and cultural factors contribute to physical health and illness of individuals.

In his key note address, Prof Dr Syed Ashiq Ali Shah from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, Canada, highlighted the impact of psychosocial-cultural influences on physical and mental health. He said arrogance, prejudice, xenophobia and aggression eradicated happiness from life while gratitude, thankfulness, sincerity, love and respect toward others were the sources of true happiness in life.

Dr Barabara Keller from University of Bielefeld, Germany, said health was not just absence of disease but the presence of positive well-being and movement towards positive directions. She said that this psycho-biosocial model of health had made health psychology a diversified but specialised field. She also believed faith and religion had key role in strong mental health of individuals.

Adnan Zafar Khan, additional secretary of Health Department, Punjab, also laid stress on expanding the role of health psychology, saying that one major challenge to mental health professionals was to manage chronic illnesses like cancer, arthritis, coronary heart disease, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. He said that in his view, this one of the major segments of population with chronic illness had largely been ignored while making health polices.

Meanwhile, Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani also addressed the international workshop on outcome-based education and implementation at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET). He said universities were powerful engines of innovation and intellectual development which trained the students as best professionals to steer different spheres of the economy. He said outcome-based education benefited students. He urged the engineering students to learn new trends and give innovative solutions for improving the quality of life of the ordinary people through dexterous use of information and communication technologies. The government is committed to fully train the students in universities by providing them with the best facilities. He said that after completion of CPEC, Pakistan would be the new ‘Gulf of Asia’ where different nations would come for trade and commerce-related activities. He said the students should prepared themselves to benefit from the situation.
UET Vice-Chancellor Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Putra University of Malaysia’s Azlan Bin Abdul Aziz also spoke.The news.

British Council delegation visits Fatima Jinnah Women University

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:37

British Council delegation visits Fatima Jinnah Women University
Rawalpindi:April 27:British Council Pakistan in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) visited Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

The aim of visiting FJWU was for improving Institutional capacity of education sector in Pakistan. The visiting team included Nishat Riaz (Director Education British Council), Dr Azra Medows (OBE) and Abou Bakar Fathalla (International Engagement Manager, Cardiff Metropolitan).

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr. Samina Amin Qadir received the delegation with a warm welcome. In her presentation she briefed the delegation that FJWU is the pioneer female university in Pakistan and offering degrees in the fields of Management Sciences, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Education, Computer Arts, Law and Computer Sciences. She further told the delegation that FJWU have approximately 5000 students from every corner of the country and FJWU offering courses to bring women students to an international level of training. Institutions from all over the world have been in touch to develop exchange programs of collaboration. She further said that Fatima Jinnah Women University makes it possible to join the global knowledge for society.

Later on in panel discussion, panellists focused on opportunities to reform international research and education programs to keep advance the quality of education.

The delegation also visited Campus Radio Station (VOW FM 96.6) and Television Studio (Vision of Women). Members of the delegation appreciated the technical equipment installed in the studio and showed interest for future collaborations

In the end university souvenirs were also presented to the honourable guests as a token of appreciation.The news.

Promoting equality: Sensitisation campaign ends at LCWU

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:16

LAHORE:25 April:A seven-month-long project launched with an aim to encourage gender institutionalisation through gender sensitisation of students, faculty and non-teaching staff in public sector universities came to an end at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Monday.
The concluding ceremony of the campaign titled Institutionalisation of Gender Sensitisation and Gender Training Materials in Public Sector Universities was held at the university on Monday.
The Institute of Education (IOE) Director Dr Nusra Inayat welcomed the guests and gave a brief introduction of the project.
The purpose of the project is to encourage and develop students’ ability to raise questions, develop the prospective teachers’ sensitivity to students’ needs and interests as well as integrate gender studies to increase sensitivity not only on matters of gender, but also on matters of class, race, and ethnicity.

Faculty In-charge, Department of Professional Studies IOE and Project Manager Dr Asma Shahid Kazi highlighted the purpose and outcomes of the sub-grant, which aimed at developing the prospective teachers’ sensitivity to students’ needs and interests. It also aimed at equipping them with knowledge to safeguard their interests against gender based discrimination, harassment, violence and stereotyping. The event showcased the various activities through pictorials and testimonials of the beneficiaries of the project.

Aurat Foundation Resident Director Mumtaz Mughal shared the vision and purpose of the organisation and its commitment to improve the gender discrepancy prevalent in Pakistan through various projects. The Grant Cycle 12 B focuses specifically on strengthening gender equity of Public Sector Universities of Pakistan.

LCWU Vice-Chancellor Dr Rukhsana Kausar encouraged students and faculty members to utilise their potential and contribute effectively for the betterment of the society.

Deans, directors and heads of departments of LCWU and other universities, students of LCWU attended the event. This project was being implemented under the Gender Equity Program (GEP) of Aurat Foundation by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Lahore.Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2017.

Punjab University book fair postponed again

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:13

LAHORE:25 April:Punjab University (PU) administration on Monday once again postponed its three-day book fair scheduled to be held from April 27, 2017.

Last month, the university administration had announced holding the book fair from April 6 to 8, 2017.However, it was postponed following a tense situation at the Punjab University after a clash between student groups.

Sources in the university said this time the book fair was postponed in the wake of security situation as clearance was not approved from security agencies. They said Jamiat’s possible interference was also one of the causes as the student group had announced participating in the book fair and announced constituting different committees for this purpose. A Punjab University spokesman, in a statement, said the new date will be announced later.Express Turbuni.

first-ever degree awarding ceremony at Punjab University

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:12

Lahore:25 April: The first-ever degree awarding ceremony of recently graduated students of Punjab University Department of History and Pakistan Studies was held on Monday in which two PhD degrees and 110 degrees of M Phil History, MA History and MA Pakistan Studies were distributed among students. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir awarded the degrees while Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Taqi Zahid Butt, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Controller of Examinations Prof Dr Shahid Munir, Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities and chairman of the department Prof Dr Iqbal Chawla, senior faculty members and a large number of students and their parents were present.Express Turbuni.

Mental health week begins at GC University

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:11

LAHORE:25 April:Government College University (GCU) Monday started observing Mental Health Week to highlight and deliberate upon issues related to human thinking, behaviours and social well-being.
The week long celebrations organised by the GCU’s Dr Ajmal Society Physiological Society and Psychology Department includes a three-day international conference on Health Psychology, besides an awareness walk, pre-conference workshop, invited lectures and inter-universities performing arts competition. On Monday, the celebrations began with a poster exhibition inaugurated by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah. “Self-care isn't selfish: it's self-preservation,” reads one of the many posters put on display the psychology students from twelve different educational institutions.

The posters highlighted the key values that helped people in avoiding stress, anger and drug addictions, and staying positive in negative environments. In her inaugural address, GCU Psychology Department Chairperson Dr Syeda Shahida Batool said they all faced professional stress, social and interpersonal constraints and security challenges, and above all they were fighting the war against terrorism and this all had a very negative impact on their mental health. “So, activities this year mental health week intends to carry out are very effective as one-way or other to safeguard our mental health by undertaking our mind and social needs and indulging us in relaxing healthy activities,” she said.
Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said besides academic and professional debate, the mental health week provided a platform to the students of GCU and other universities to show their innovation and creativity, which was somehow discouraged in our formal education system. Later, the VC gave away prizes and certificates to the winners of the poster competition.The news.

Plan to build Rs260m access road for women college

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:10

LAHORE:25 April:The Punjab government has prepared a plan worth Rs 260 million to provide access road to the students of Government Fatima Jinnah College for Women, Chuna Mandi.

According to a handout in this regard a meeting was held on Monday which was chaired by Punjab Minister for Higher Education and Chairman Board of Governors of Govt Fatima Jinnah College for Women Syed Raza Ali Gillani. Principal Prof Shehnaz Kausar and representatives of Higher Education Department attended the meeting.

The meeting was told this new facility would facilitate 3,000 students as well as the faculty members to easily make it to the college without any hurdle or hassle. The meeting discussed different matters including renovation of historic building and provision of wider access road to thousands of students and faculty members. The meeting discussed the issue of students’ obstruction in reaching the college due to various commercial activities in the close proximity.

The minister directed that renovation work of the college building should be done in a professional way to help preserve and restore its centuries-old grandeur. He commended the fact that the college has been providing quality higher education facilities to the girls of walled city for the last three decades. He approved construction of 10 new class rooms to accommodate the rising number of uptown students. Later, he visited different sections of the college.

Cleanup: Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) Monday launched a cleanup operation in Gawala Colony, Harbanspura. More than a hundred workers took part in the operation during which a large amount of manure was removed from the vicinity with the help of heavy machinery. More than 200 tons of waste was removed during the operation.

Manager Operations Hassan Khalid, Assistant Manager Hamza bin Masood and Zonal Officer Zaki Shah supervised the operation whereas Deputy General Manager Asif Iqbal and senior Manager Operations Suhail Malik paid visit to review the operation.

Manager Operations Khalid Hassan said Gawala Colony did not come under the jurisdiction of LWMC, but it launched the operation to make the area waste free. LWMC was planning to utilise more than 220 tons of animal waste in the locality for converting it into biogas, he said.The news.

Media seminar at Lahore College for Women University

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:09

LAHORE:25 April:A seminar held at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Monday highlighted the importance of media and media studies departments in protection and promotion of democracy and democratic dispensation in the country according to the spirit of the Constitution of Pakistan.
According to a press release the Lahore College for Women University Department of Mass Communication organised an interactive session with media experts and academicians on the issue of “Democracy in Pakistan, Role of Media and Media Studies Departments”.

Dr Mughees ud Din Sheikh shared many experiences and historic examples to make the students of media studies understand their importance in society. Lahore College for Women University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Ms Mobina Ali and Dr Anjum Zia spoke while documentary related to the topic was played on the occasion.The news.