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University Of Education: Leadership programme from March 4

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:22
LAHORE:10 May:University of Education (UoE) is planning to organise Women Leadership Programme 2017 on March 4 with the support of different organisations at its Township Campus. According to a statement issued by the varsity on Wednesday, the programme will continue till March 8 under the supervision of Directorate of Students Counseling UoE. University of Education Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Rauf-e-Azam, actor and trainer Saimi Raheel, Bushra Ansari, Ahsal Khan, Schuitema human excellence consultant Omair Rana, Bank Alfalah Ltd group head Ahmed Nauman Anees, Amal Academy CEO Benge Williams, author Noor Aftab and other national and international speakers will deliver lectures to students and the other audience at the UoE.Published in The Express Tribune,City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreEducation University Lahore

Pakistani university among world's top 300 business schools

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:20
Lahore:10 May:The Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has been ranked among the top 300 business schools of the world, by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British ranking agency. While Harvard University in the United States topped the ranking, followed by London Business School in the United Kingdom, SDSB at LUMS ranked at 251. Pakistani universities fail to make mark in Asia’s best university ranking Being the only Pakistani university to be featured on the list, LUMS took to its official Facebook page to announce the achievement. The rankings for each subject were based on four factors: Academic reputation Citations per paper Employer reputation H-index citations The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 cover a total of 46 disciplines – highlighting the world’s top-performing universities in each academic area. The rankings are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics are used to rank universities. Last year, six Pakistani institutes of higher education were ranked among the world’s top 800 universities by QS rankings.Dawn.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreLums Lahore

HEC warns students against taking admission in this Lahore varsity

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:18
Lahore:10 May: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has warned students across the country against taking admission in a Lahore-based college, saying the regulatory body observed serious irregularities and mismanagement in the institute’s academic operations. “HEC has banned the operations of Imperial College of Business Studies (ICBS), Lahore from offering further admissions with effect from April 2017 onwards at all levels/degree programmers,” read an advertisement published in newspapers on Sunday. “Parents, students and public in general are advised not to take admission in this institution.” Express Tribune.City: Lahore

Declamation contest winners announced

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:14
LAHORE:10 May:The Federal Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Tuesday announced the winners of the 19th All Pakistan Inter-University Declamation Contest for Award of Allama Iqbal Shield 2017 (Punjab Region) organized by the HEC’s Regional Center. Over 120 students from 30 Universities of Punjab both public and private sector participated in the contest. The winners were awarded cash prices, shields as well as participation certificates to all the participants. Prof Dr M. Taqi Zahid Butt, Officiating Vice Chancellor, University of Punjab, was the chief guest and distributed cash prizes, shields, and certificates among the contestants. Prof Dr Zahid Munir Aamir, Oriental College, University of the Punjab, Lahore was the guest of honour. First, second, and third positions in Urdu declamation contest were secured by Awab Hussain, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Hassan Younus, King Edward Medical University, Lahore and Ms. Sabahat Qamar, University of Punjab, Lahore respectively. In the English Declamation contest first, second, and third positions were secured by Ms. Aisha Sajjad, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Saad Khan, Government College University, Lahore and Ms. Arwa Anwar, King Edward Medical University, Lahore respectively. In his welcome address, Nazeer Husssain, Director General HEC Regional Centre, Lahore highlighted the significance of All Pakistan Inter-University Declamation Contest organised by HEC. He underscored the challenges the higher education sector was facing when HEC was established in 2002 and the significant achievements made by HEC during the last decade.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Report on brilliant schoolteachers launched

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:12
Lahore:10 May:The Pakistan Education Specialists Group (PESG) and the British Council on Tuesday launched a report “Great Teachers in Punjab: Who they are and why they teach” that profiles 20 brilliant government schoolteachers in the Punjab school system. According to a press release, the report selected teachers based on a search carried out by the delivery chain of education in the province. The profiles include that of Abdul Lateef Khan who has delivered excellent results despite being in an under-resourced school that has to work in a multi-grade classroom. Another teacher, Najma Basharat is easing community tensions between Pakhtun and Punjabi residents in her locality by making sure the school is welcoming to the influx of internal migrants. Mubasher Khaleeq, a schoolteacher from Bahawalpur dewormed all the children in his school when he learnt that worms in children could affect brain function and learning. Mohammad Boota of Fatehpur learnt cane and bamboo making to create makeshift structures for his students, paints the walls with child-friendly images and maintains the garden of the school on his own so his pupils find the school a bright and attractive place. All the teachers in the report treat education as a mission, and have gone above and beyond the call of duty, making them the unsung heroes of this century. Dr Shamim Akhtar of Khanewal in an effort to make her government school competitive with elite private schools improved her school so much that she won an international award by the British Council, and she has been regularly presenting her research at international universities. Punjab School Education Minister Rana Mashhood was chief guest at the event. He gave all the teachers shields and announced creating an annual recognition award for the best teachers of the Punjab. He also thanked both DFID and the Punjab Education Sector Programme (PESP) for their work in education.The news.City: Lahore

Declamation contest winners announced

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:07
LAHORE:10 May:The Federal Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Tuesday announced the winners of the 19th All Pakistan Inter-University Declamation Contest for Award of Allama Iqbal Shield 2017 (Punjab Region) organized by the HEC’s Regional Center. Over 120 students from 30 Universities of Punjab both public and private sector participated in the contest. The winners were awarded cash prices, shields as well as participation certificates to all the participants. Prof Dr M. Taqi Zahid Butt, Officiating Vice Chancellor, University of Punjab, was the chief guest and distributed cash prizes, shields, and certificates among the contestants. Prof Dr Zahid Munir Aamir, Oriental College, University of the Punjab, Lahore was the guest of honour. First, second, and third positions in Urdu declamation contest were secured by Awab Hussain, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Hassan Younus, King Edward Medical University, Lahore and Ms. Sabahat Qamar, University of Punjab, Lahore respectively. In the English Declamation contest first, second, and third positions were secured by Ms. Aisha Sajjad, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Saad Khan, Government College University, Lahore and Ms. Arwa Anwar, King Edward Medical University, Lahore respectively. In his welcome address, Nazeer Husssain, Director General HEC Regional Centre, Lahore highlighted the significance of All Pakistan Inter-University Declamation Contest organised by HEC. He underscored the challenges the higher education sector was facing when HEC was established in 2002 and the significant achievements made by HEC during the last decade.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Urdu language case put off until 25th

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:37
LAHORE:09 May:The Lahore High Court chief justice on Monday observed that a comprehensive analysis of ground realities was critical before enforcing Urdu as official language in the country. Hearing a petition seeking implementation of a Supreme Court judgement that ordered enforcement of Urdu as official language, Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah observed that there were many technical implications in the way of the apex court’s judgement. The chief justice said it had to be examined whether there was room for immediately adopting Urdu as official language as government schools and colleges were still imparting education in English. The chief justice also turned down a request of the petitioner’s counsel A.K Dogar for suspending a government notification that made English language mandatory at government schools. Earlier, law officers of federal and provincial governments told the court that steps were being taken for the enforcement of Urdu as official language in light of the Supreme Court’s judgement. The CJ adjourned hearing until May 25 for further arguments.The news.

Multidisciplinary graduate moot ends at Fatima Jinnah Women University

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:36
Rawalpindi:May 9: The Department of Education, Fatima Jinnah Women University arranged 1st Multidisciplinary International Graduate conference. The aim of this conference was to bring together students and faculty from different fields to share conceptual and methodological perspectives, practices, ideas, and experiences in a collegiate environment. The Forum also provides students and scholars an opportunity to become a part of larger scholarly community thus resulting in collaborative work among students and faculties at local, nation and international level. The paper principal presenters were all PhD/MPhil students enrolled in 14 different universities, the universities were AIOU, Lahore college for Women University, FJWU, PMAS-Arid University, Preston University, NUML, CUST, School Education Department, QAU, IIUI, University of Punjab Northern University, University of Agriculture- Faisalabad, Foundation University ,University of Sterling UK, Himalayan University, NDU and State University of New York-USA. Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Samina Amin Qadir was the chief guest of the closing ceremony. While expressing her views, she said that FJWU has always been collaborating with other organizations for the commencement of such national and international conferences to promote the culture of research and critical thinking in Pakistan. She further said that “I believe that research shows an inspiring and well equipped teacher in the most important factor influencing student’s achievement and quality research in higher education is primarily a core need of education in new era.” She also thanked to all participants who shared their research on this platform and all the organizers of the conference. The conference was attended by a large number of teachers and students across Pakistan.The news.

UMT University a press conference about fake degree

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 11:49
LAHORE:06 May:The University of Management and Technology (UMT) held a press conference on Friday about the fake degree unearthed by the varsity during the admission process. Talking to the media persons, UMT Rector Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad gave details of how the forgery was detected. “UMT has established a fast, secure, automated and reliable system that verifies degrees, certificates, and qualifications of students as well as employees prior to making them a part of UMT community,” he said. He said strong safeguards were needed at universities to detect such scams. “All the institutions of higher education should set up a mechanism for genuine enquiries so that fake degree holders are not able to infiltrate the system,” he advised educational institutions. UMT alleges BISE official running fake degree racket He said students needed genuine and powerful degrees achieved through hard work, grounded in real learning, and in-depth research. “Parents should be careful from the widespread fraudulence exercised by some elements who are involved in the heinous crime of creating fake degrees and minting money,” he remarked. “Fake degree holders are jeopardising their future and they can never make a difference in life by taking shortcuts to success, which cannot take place shape without formal education and developing critical thinking skills,” he concluded.Express news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUMT Lahore

Punjab University would send its employees for haj and Ummra

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 11:02

LAHORE:06 May:Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir has announced that PU would send its employees through draw for haj and Ummra to the previous practice.

According to a press release, he made the announcement in a ceremony held to distribute the copies of the Quran among the employees of Grade 1 to 5 received from Khadim-ul-Harmain Sharifain Shah Salman Bin Abdul Alziz Al Saud.

PU Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Additional Registrars Ghulam Jillani, Jalil Tariq, Acting Treasurer Rao Muhammad Sharif and a large number of employees were also present on the occasion.

The VC thanked Shah Salman Bin Abdul Alziz Al Saud and the Saudi Embassy. He said around 3,000 copies of the Quran would be distributed among the employees before Ramazan.

Cleanliness: Imam of Jamia Mosque Habib Ganj Latif Saiyalvi highlighted the importance of cleanliness in his sermon prior to Friday prayers. He also requested the citizens to ensure their role in keeping the environment clean and green.

Officials said the sermon was given as part of Albayrak Waste Management Company's campaign to sensitise the citizens about proper waste management.

Moreover, a market awareness activity was arranged in Farooq Ganj Bazaar. The communications teams of Albayrak set up awareness camp in the area. A special cleanup operation was also carried out with the help of heavy machinery. A walk was also held in which UC Chairman Younus Khan, Vice -Chairman Malik Hashim, local general councillors and students of schools also took part.The news.

PU’s Dept of Zoology on Friday adopted two lion cubs

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 11:01

LAHORE:06 May:Punjab University’s Department of Zoology on Friday adopted two month-old two lion cubs, Chris and Angela, at Lahore Zoo for one year.

The lion cubs have been named after the British trainers who have recently visited Pakistan and equipped the staff with modern zoo keeping techniques.

A ceremony was held at Lahore Zoo in which PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir, Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Department of Zoology Chairman Prof Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi, Associate Professor Dr Zulfiqar Ali, Lahore Zoo Director Shafqat Ali, Punjab Wildlife Headquarters Director Naeem Bhatti and a large number of students participated.

Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir said, "We must adopt and love animals to promote patience, harmony and peace in society. Natural habitats were vanishing. If we did not take steps, a lot of species would face extinction." He said PU was adopting the animals to sensitise society and philanthropists to take care of animals. He urged the students to create awareness about animal protection among people.

Dr Naeem Khan said affection with animals helped reduce feelings of anger and depression. Dr Javed Iqbal said deforestation had resulted in destruction of environment.Later, the PU VC distributed cheques among the zoo keeping staff for their excellent performance.The news.

City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University’s project to promote tolerance among students

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:59

LAHORE:06 May:Punjab University’s Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) has launched a comprehensive project to promote narrative of tolerance among students under the title “Let tolerance be our virtue.”

According to a press release, a seminar was held at ISCS which was attended by PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Zakria Zakir, Associate Professor Dr Rubeena Zakir, faculty members and a large number of students.

The tolerance campaign has been launched to counter effects of hate speech through social media as Pakistan had faced many unfortunate incidents. Not only in Pakistan, people around the world witness this issue and often have been victim of hate speech amplified on the basis of religion, ethnicity, gender and cultural indifferences. To mitigate the issue, PU ISCS students launched social media campaign through Facebook page titled “Let tolerance be our virtue”. The team also aims at using other social media tools like Twitter and WhatsApp, etc.

Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said this was a noble cause and every student of PU must play their role in addressing disharmony in society. He said, "We must respect thoughts of others and forgive them on their mistakes."

Dr Rubeena Zakar also inaugurated the campaign of ISCS students regarding their participation in International Competition of Peer to Peer Facebook Global Digital Challenge: Promoting Narrative of Tolerance among Students.The news.

City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

LHC suspends governor’s decision in Bahauddin Zakariya University case

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:57

LAHORE:May 6:The Lahore High Court on Friday suspended a decision taken by Punjab governor in capacity of chancellor regarding Lahore sub-campus of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan.

During hearing of a case about illegality in establishment of the BZU’s Lahore sub-campus, counsel for the sub-campus’s former chairman told a full bench that BZU syndicate had not endorsed the establishment of the Lahore sub-campus.

The management of the sub-campus challenged the syndicate’s decision before the chancellor/governor through a representation, he said, adding that the chancellor also dismissed the representation.

The counsel pointed out that Governor Rafiq Rajwana had been legal adviser to BZU; therefore, ethically it was not appropriate for him to hear the matter of the university. He asked the bench to set aside the chancellor’s order.

The bench headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi suspended the chancellor’s decision and sought arguments from the parties by May 11.

Reply sought: The Lahore High Court on Friday directed the federal government as well as Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to file replies on a petition seeking enforcement of the law against broadcasting television programmes debate on sub-judice matters. Justice Shahid Karim heard initial arguments of the petitioner’s counsel, AK Dogar, and directed a deputy attorney general to seek instructions from the government and Pemra within three weeks.

drone camera: The Lahore High Court on Friday directed the Punjab government to present copies of three notifications before the court which put a ban on use of drone cameras for media coverage of public meetings.

Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza issued this order on a petition of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf which termed these notifications illegal and unconstitutional. The judge directed a law officer to present these notifications till May 08, the next date of hearing.

PTI MPA Shoaib Siddiqi had filed this petition making respondents to Punjab chief secretary, secretary interior and director general of public relations. The petitioner submitted that he is convener of central administration committee of PTI for the purpose of public gatherings. He said his party is arranging public gatherings to motivate the people and aware them of actual facts relating the corruption of the federal government. The PTI leadership has issued the schedule of public gatherings in different cities of the country as on May 07 in Sialkot, on May 12 in Sargodha and on May 14 in Abbottabad.

Siddiqi said the Punjab government had issued a handout on April 27 based on three notifications issued by additional chief secretary Punjab stating that the government has imposed a ban on coverage of any public rallies through modern devices like drone technology, remote control, heli camera, balloons and UAS system till May 31. It is further mentioned in the handout that a ban has also been imposed on public gatherings outside and within boundary walls without proper permission from the deputy commissioners concerned, the petitioner said.

He requested the court to declare the handout and notifications illegal and unlawful. He requested the court that until the final decision of this petition, operation of impugned handout and notifications be suspended. The court did not pay heed to this plea for interim relief.The news.

City: MultanZakariya University Multan

Life of Galileo’ staged at GC University

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:51

LAHORE:May 6:Government College University’s Dramatic Club (GCUDC) presented Brecht's play “Life of Galileo” at the university's Bukhari stage here on Friday.

The performance of the students received a loud applause by the city's literati, Old Ravians, students and faculty members.

The action of the play, directed by GCUDC President Mariam Hassan Naqvi under the guidance of eminent philosopher Prof Mirza Ather Baig, follows the career of the Italian philosopher Galileo Galilei who is tried by the Roman Catholic Church for the promulgation of his scientific discoveries.

Prof Baig, the writer of famous novel Ghulam Bagh, said everybody knows about Galileo's life but their play focuses on the strangest of the questions that how great conflicts of ideas, sometimes quite complex and technical from Copernican theory to the theory of Big Bang, come to work out, from moment to moment in the flesh and blood life world of human protagonists? How the agony of conflict and the ecstasy of discovery come face to face with the euphoria of acceptance and applause and the horror of torture.

It is here that Bertolt Brecht's masterpiece "Life of Galileo" or simply 'Galileo Galili emerges as an act of great literary genius, fusing the facticity of history with the immanence of existence, he said.

Prof Baig said the play explores not only the convoluted psychodynamics of reason and faith in history but also at a different plane tries to deconstruct the very idea of a hero. At a certain juncture of events in Bechet's play Andrea, a lifelong pupil of Galileo, (played by Amar Taj) laments: "Unhappy is the land that breeds no hero" Galileo answers, “No Andrea, Unhappy is the land that needs a hero.”

For us, Prof Mirza Ather Baig, said in an academic institution like GCU with its strong interdisciplinary leanings these are some of the most difficult questions of great importance; who is right and who is wrong, or perhaps both are right: How to decide?

GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah welcomed the revival of GC's age old tradition of staging intellectually stimulating English plays, saying that theatre was not only meant for entertainment, rather it had more important function i.e. to reform the society. He hoped all universities should play vital role for reviving culture of quality theatre in the country.

Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana is also scheduled to watch the play this weekend.

The cast of the play also includes Shehar Bano, Abdullah Mohsin, Rahat-ul-Ain, Ali Nawaz, Eesha Raazia, Riaz Umer, Umair Khan, Amna Azmat, Hassan Firdous, Waqas Khan, Shahrukh Baig, Afaq Imran, Javaidan and Salman Sikander.The news.

City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

UVAS Workshop Isolation and Uses of Macrophages

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:38

LAHORE:May 5: A two-day training workshop “Isolation and Uses of Macrophages in Research”, organised by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), started on Thursday.

According to a press release, UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the inaugural session of the workshop while Faculty of Bio-Sciences Dean Prof Dr Habib-ur-Rehman, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Chairman Associate Prof Dr Aqeel Javeed and a number of participants from public and private sectors were also present.

Various aspects were discussed on animal care, use of microphages in research and data analysis, and isolation of mouse resident peritoneal macrophages.

Meanwhile, the 48th syndicate meeting of the UVAS was held.

The vice chancellor presided over the meeting in which various agenda items were discussed and decisions were taken.The news.

Sorry state of affairs: PU staff divided over supporting VC

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:23

LAHORE:04 May:Punjab University Academic Staff Association (ASA) and Senate have shown their opposition to a press release published in several newspapers in support of provisional vice-chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, PU ASA Treasurer and Senate member Dr Azhar Naeem, Dr Muhammad Ayub Afridi, Chaudhry Naeemullah Khan and several others said they were not taken into confidence before the ‘baseless’ press release was issued.

“The ASA representatives, supporting the provisional administration, had cases of corruption and fraud against them and were actually supporting their own vested interests,” the ASA stressed.

The teachers said the provisional set up caused serious problems over the past four months. The association added the vice chancellor had to withdraw a lot of his orders, which was an embarrassment.

They added the administration, in cahoots with certain elements, terminated the contracts of 43 internationally-acclaimed retired professors and appointed a “corrupt” individual as director of the department of geology.

“All these orders were withdrawn only because decisions were taken against merit and this attracted huge criticism nationwide.”

According to ASA representatives, teachers, students and employees had witnessed rise of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) for the first time in nine years. They alleged the student body gained strength thanks to the “open support” of the administration.Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2017.

Literary tribute: UAF all set to establish Waris Shah Chair

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:22

FAISALABAD:04 May:The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) will set up the Waris Shah Chair to work on the wisdom from messages of saints and promote Punjabi language which is  vanishing from society.

While speaking to The Express Tribune on Wednesday, University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said, “Waris Shah was a legend of Punjabi Language in the sub-continent. His realistic depiction of details of life and the political situation in the 18th century remains unique.”

He added his entire poetry was an album of colourful and enchanting pictures of life in Punjab, of varied views and was deeply absorbing.

He said, “Waris Shah was originally an author of Punjabi folk culture like ‘Heer Ranja’ which is a treasure-trove of Punjabi phrases and idioms.”

Dr Iqrar Ahmad maintained Waris Shah was a learned sufi poet and his story of romantic love was a poetic expression of the mystical love of the human soul towards God.

The vice-chancellor regretted it was very unfortunate that due recognition was not given to Waris Shah by the academia. “However, the UAF has decided to take practical steps for setting up an independent Waris Shah Academic Chair in the department of humanities and linguistics.”

He said Waris Shah Chair will be responsible for the promotion of Punjabi literature, language, culture, multilingual research based on language experiments (comparative studies) and initiating new degree programmes on the contributions, personality, literature and poetry of the sufi poet.

He told The Express Tribune that literary functions, stage performances, promotion of Punjabi culture will be held under the new initiative.

The UAF VC pointed out an infrastructure would be established for Waris Shah Chair with one professor, three associate and assistant professors as well as three research officers with the status of lecturers. Besides, a seminar room will also be setup, he said.Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2017.

Moving forward: CM announces two varsities

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:21

LAHORE:04 May:Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said the youth can become economically empowered through technical and vocational education. He said the importance of such training has increased manifold and two universities will be established for skill development – one in Lahore and the other second in Faisalabad. The CM issues this statement during a high lever meeting in the city on Wednesday.

He said precious time had already in simply promoting skill development and now was the time for action. “We have to move forward with hard work and determination. He said CPEC had opened up new avenues for technical and vocational education and we should fully benefit from these opportunities. He added cooperation with Chinese province Tianjin would be promoted for vocational and technical education.

Provincial Ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Malik Nadeem Kamran, Sheikh Allauddin, Chairman TEVTA and concerning officials attended the meeting.Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2017.

Environmental education should be a compulsory subject’

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:47

Lahore:May 4:WWF-Pakistan marked Earth Day 2017 with an aim to encourage people to promote environmental and climate education campaigns across the country.

A number of activities were organised by WWF-Pakistan in different cities which engaged education institutes, corporate entities, civil society organisations, local communities and government departments.  Speaking on the occasion, Hammad Naqi Khan, WWF-Pakistan director general, said that education could play a pivotal role in addressing environmental problems which were increasing day by day. It can also help create public support for conservation of the earth’s resources and can be a voice for change. "With quality education, we can inspire action towards environmental protection and sensitise people to adopt green technologies", he said. He was of the view that people should switch to alternative energy, end use of plastic bags, conserve freshwater bodies and make effective and wise use of natural resources It is time to take environmental and climate issues seriously and mobilise people to develop public momentum to mitigate greenhouse emissions, increase tree cover, reduce pollution and protect endangered species.

He also emphasised that environmental education should be a compulsory subject and taught in schools across the country.

In Lahore, WWF-Pakistan organised a main event at Ali Institute of Education (AIE) and also planted indigenous trees there. Another event was organised at Changa Manga. The participants planted  saplings and showed commitment to protect the earth through increasing tree cover in the city. The participants also visited WWF-Pakistan's Vulture Centre.The news.

Punjab University awarded PhD degree to Farrukh Hussain

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:46

LAHORE:May 4: Punjab University has awarded PhD degree to Farrukh Hussain in the subject of Environmental Sciences after approval of his thesis entitled “A Study to Quantify the Environmental Impacts from the Management Options of Municipal Solid Waste of Aziz Bhatti Town, Lahore: A Life Cycle Assessment Approach with Focus on Global Warming”.

elephant tusk: A team of researchers of Punjab University Department of Zoology has discovered 13 million years old lower tusk of elephant from Chabbar Syeddan, Sohawa area in Punjab.

The team consisted of former chairman of Department of Zoology Prof Dr Muhammad Akhtar, Dr Muhammad Akbar Khan, Dr Abdul Majid Khan, PhD students Ghayour Abbas, Muhammad Khalil Nawaz and other PhD scholars.

In a press statement, Dr Muhammad Akhtar said that the lower tusk belonged to Protanancus Chinjiensis species of elephant and its family was called Gomphotheriidae.

He said that this species belonged to ancestors of elephant and was found only in that area and was named after the locality. He said that right and left heavily worn teeth, called molar 3, of the fossil were preserved.

He said that the length of the mandibles was 700mm both sides and the estimated length of both teeth, molar 3, was 171mm. He said that its lower tusk was shovel shaped which was naturally good for digging the earth.The news.