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Faisalabad University and PU will present their plays for Azadi

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

PITB for Punjab Textbook Board will promote e-Learning

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

TEVTA Female enrollment doubles in three years

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

TEVTA to help graduates lease cars from banks

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

Punjab University second degree-awarding ceremony held

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

Punjab University a seminar on “Pakistan Maritimes Affairs

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

Punjab University announced results of MSc Botany

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

LHC directed govet to notify Punjab Free and Compulsory Education Act

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

Punjab University a debate competition of Tax Day celebrations

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

Sadeeqa’s Learning System Students mark Wildlife Day

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

Woman reportedly dies of dengue at JPMC

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:44
Lahore: 05 April:An elderly woman died on Wednesday reportedly due to dengue fever and related complications at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) on Wednesday. This is the first dengue-related death reported this year, however, doctors were also quick to point out that dengue was not the only health issue the deceased was dealing with. The elderly woman, identified as Akraman Mai, a resident of Surjani Town, was taken to JPMC with complaints of multiple ailments, including fever, a few days back. Subsequent medical tests revealed that she was also suffering from dengue fever. According to JPMC Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali, the woman was suffering from multiple diseases, including dengue fever, and she died due to complications of her various ailments. However, the Sindh Dengue Control and Prevention Program was not aware of the dengue-related death. When contacted, Dr Abdul Rasheed Sheikh, its program manager told The News that he could neither confirm nor deny the reports of a patient dying from dengue fever because his office had not received any report from the JPMC administration. “In 2017, a total 12 people, including four women, had died from dengue fever in Karachi,” he said. Sheikh added that seven of the 12 deceased last year also suffered from other illnesses along with dengue. Cases pile up Meanwhile, as many as 10 more dengue fever cases have been reported from across Karachi, taking the number of reported cases to 216 since January 1. According to the weekly report issued by Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in Sindh, at least 10 new dengue fever cases surfaced across the city in a week, while no new case was reported from other parts of Sindh. A total of 229 dengue cases have been reported throughout Sindh, 216 of which are from Karachi alone.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahoreFJMC Lahore

Govt forms committee to regulate school fee increase

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:43
Lahore:05 April:On the directives of the Sindh High Court (SHC), the provincial government has formed a 12-member committee to regulate any increase in private schools’ tuition fees. On March 5, the SHC, while disposing of petitions filed by parents of children studying in private schools against the managements for increasing fees by more than five per cent in violation of the rules and regulations, had directed the government to form rules for increasing fees within 90 days. The school education and literacy department constituted a 12-member committee, which is led by Dr Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui, and includes as members Ihsanullah Laghrai, Rafia Jawed, Dr Fauzia Khan, Jameel Yousif, Amina Saiyed, Dr Akbar Yasdani, Asim Yaqoob, Uzma Mukhtar, Khalid Shah and Sharfuzzaman. The committee has been tasked to draft rules through suitable amendments in the Sindh Private Educational Institutions Regulations Control Rules 2005.The news.Lahore

Punjab University Centre for South Asian Studies Seminar

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:42
Lahore:05 April: Punjab University Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) and Department of Political Science will organise a seminar on “A Reflection on Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir” on Thursday (today) at 2:30pm in the seminar hall of CSAS. Ms Mishal Malik, w/o Yasin Malik (JKLF), will address on the occasion. Meanwhile, CSAS will also organize another seminar on “Pakistan Maritime Affairs: Prospects & Challenges” at 12 noon in which Pakistan Navy’s former Commodore SM Shahzad will be keynote speaker.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University Kashmir solidarity walk

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:40
Lahore:05 April: Punjab University’s Centre for South Asian Studies and Department of Political Science organised a rally to express solidarity with the people of Indian Held Kashmir (IHK). Department of Political Science Chairperson Prof Dr Umbreen Javaid, Academic Staff Association President Dr Mahboob Hussain, faculty members and students were present on the occasion. The rally was started from Department of Political Science and concluded outside Faisal Auditorium. The participants were chanting slogans against Indian brutalities on killing of innocent Kashmiris. Addressing the participants, Dr Umbreen said Kashmir was once lauded as the paradise on earth but because of Indian Army’s atrocities, it had become one of the most militarised regions in the world. She said India had used repressive state apparatus in IHK to suppress the voice of Kashmiris who were demanding their right of self-determination. She called upon the international community to intervene and play its role in resolving the enduring Kashmir dispute by involving Kashmiris as stakeholders between India and Pakistan.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PMGI called students to participate in co-curricular activities for better physical

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:39
LAHORE: 05 April: Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI) Principal Prof Dr Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab called upon the students to participate in co-curricular activities for better physical and mental growth. He was addressing the concluding ceremony of three-day All Pakistan Parliamentary Debating Championship ‘Damer-18’. Competition’s Management Committee Chairman Prof Dr Farooq Afzal was also present on the occasion. Prof Ghias-un-Nabi lauded the efforts of Debating Society’s President Afsheen Nasir, Vice-President Asad-Ullah Farooq, Finance Secretary Ahmed Faraz Tarrar and others on holding debating competition. The topics of debating contest were education, politics, interfaith harmony, philosophy, health, technology and international relations. In Urdu debates FCC College while in English debates Lahore Law College got first positions respectively.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahorePost Graduate Medical Institute

Training session for patrolling officers to educate deaf and dumb people

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:38
LAHORE:05 April: National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) organised a Training of Trainers (TOT) training session for patrolling officers to educate deaf and dumb people about road safety and resolve their issues pertaining to roads in Pakistan. Sign language expert Falak Tanveer held a training session for motorway police officers about basic sign language, how to assist and handle the disabled, inputs for standardisation and uniformity of briefing material and techniques for distribution of briefing material to deaf persons. Reviewing the training session, Zonal Commander DIG Ahmad Arslan Malik said deaf and dumb people have their own capabilities and it is need of the hour to take initiatives to support them and facilitate them as they are integral part of society. He said special SMS system would be introduced in Emergency 130 service of the Motorway Police to facilitate the persons with hearing disabilities. He said special traffic signboards would be set up for hearing and speech impaired people on national highways as well as motorways to facilitate them and make their journey safe. DIG Ahmad Arslan said NH&MP is working to address the issues faced by hearing impaired people while travelling on road. NH&MP is owing to introduce insignia for deaf and dumb, introduction of syllabus related to deaf in the driving training institutes and deployment of sign language interpreters in DLAs for the facilitation of deaf and dumb people, he added.The news.Lahore

School leaders from 140 schools met at Pakistan Schools Conference

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:37
LAHORE: 05 April: More than 220 teachers and school leaders from over 140 schools met at the Pakistan Schools Conference, hosted by Cambridge Assessment International Education at a local hotel here on Wednesday. The conference theme was ‘Measuring what matters: understanding and improving educational impact.’ “The concept of ‘educational impact’ has become increasingly important in academic research and education debate, as no school can make meaningful progress without understanding the effect of its practices on students’ learning,” explained Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International to conference delegates. “Cambridge schools across Pakistan work hard in many ways to help their students learn. They do this through careful curriculum design, inspiring extra-curricular activities, professional development of teachers, and the creation of school environments conducive to learning,” he continued. During the conference, principals discussed how to measure the impact of their work, including the different methods used to do this and how to make the best use of the information gathered. They also examined how teachers can measure the educational impact of their lessons and the role that professional development plays in this. Speakers included Tristian Stobie, Dr Liz Taylor, education consultant, Rosemary Hilhorst, Country Director, Pakistan, British Council. A lively panel discussion explored ideas around the challenges of understanding impact and whether everything in schools can be measured. Uzma Yousuf Zaka, Country Director, Pakistan, Cambridge International, said: this type of conferences are important as not only they generate meaningful debate around key educational issues, but also give us an opportunity to hear from schools in Pakistan”. Killing of Hazara condemned: Protesters at Liberty Roundabout on Wednesday condemned the killing of Hazaras in Quetta and demanded action against the responsible. They marched from Liberty Roundabout to Hussain Chowk. They were holding placards and banners with the slogans against the authorities and the killers. A police official told The News that the police was providing them security as they were on the roads for their rights. Sara Suhail, Saleha Rauf, Arif, Amar Ali Jan, Aima Khosa and other social activists joined the protest and said during one month some 50 people of Hazara community were murdered.The news.Lahore

Punjab government launched School Enrollment Campaign 2018

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:23
LAHORE:03 April: In a bid to impart quality education and to promote learning, the Punjab government launched the School Enrollment Campaign 2018 on Monday. Provincial Minister for Schools Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad formally launched the campaign at a ceremony held at Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED), a press release issued. Addressing the participants, Rana Mashhood said that the media and other stakeholders should come forward to make this campaign a success. He lauded the performance of the provincial government in the education sector and said that government reforms have helped a great deal in improving the quality of public sector schools. He maintained that a historic education budget will be presented by the Punjab government this year as well. He urged parents to make education a top priority for their children. He added that around 0.5 million girls were enrolled in schools in 16 southern districts through Khadim-e-Punjab Cards. “These girls are being paid stipends as well,” the minister added. “Other provinces are also following Punjab’s model and showed appreciation for our digital monitoring system.” “In fact, Punjab is the only province which has been sending the best students from across the country to study at top universities around the world.” Earlier, Schools Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik presented the welcome address and highlighted different features of performance of schools education department. The ceremony was largely attended by Schools Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik, Special Secretary Rana Hassan Akhtar, chief executive officers of District Education Authorities as well as teacher and academicians. The Punjab government had badly failed to achieve public schools’ enrolment target of 600,000 students in 2017. It could hardly complete 23% enrolment during the said period. According to the Punjab government’s official statistics, parents of over 25,000 students had to transfer their children from public to private schools because the government’s education system was fast deteriorating in Punjab.Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2018.Lahore

Major university teachers association announced week-long protest

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:22
LAHORE:03 April: The major university teachers’ association announced a week-long protest against the newly-adopted criteria of appointing vice-chancellors in Punjab. The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) announced that it will observe ‘Black Week’ from Tuesday (today) against the government’s decision and faculty members will perform their duties while wearing black armbands in protest. While speaking to The Express Tribune, FAPUASA Punjab Chapter President Professor Dr Javed Ahmed said that the demonstration would continue throughout the week. “All teachers in every university of Punjab will participate in the protest,” he said. Dr Javed added that if the government did not address reservations of the teaching community, then FAPUASA would announce its further course of action. The decision to protest was made earlier in the week in a meeting of FAPUASA Punjab chapter, where the association’s General Secretary Dr Muhammad Nauman Aftab chaired the meeting. The moot discussed the recently modified eligibility criteria for the appointment of vice chancellors in public universities of Punjab. During the meeting, serious concern was raised over the Punjab government’s plan to fill the vacancies of the VC with candidates who did not hold PhD degrees. The participants showed concern over the government’s intention to remove the PhD requirement. ‘Allocate more money for higher education’ Meanwhile, Dr Muhammad Nauman Aftab appealed to the chief minister to take note of the matter and save the future of universities. “The role of the Higher Education Department (HED) should be minimised in the affairs of universities and more autonomy should be given to varsities.” Dr Aftab also criticised the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and expressed concern over its ‘poor performance’. He also condemned the attitude of PHEC chairman for supporting the current criteria for appointing vice chancellors. Earlier, FAPUASA threatened to shut down universities in protest after the Punjab government floated advertisements for the vice chancellor slot of the University of Sahiwal. Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2018.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate cancels SSC English, Physics papers

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:20
Rawalpindi: 03 April: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has cancelled the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) second group papers of English Part-II and Physics Part-II rescheduled earlier for April 4 and 5. According to RBISE spokesman, the papers have been cancelled due to an appeal pending in Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi Bench. All the institutions concerned and private candidates have been directed to remain connected with the Board till the final verdict is given by the court which has fixed April 17 for the hearing.The news.RawalpindiBISE Rawalpindi Board