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University of Engineering Seminar

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:40

A symposium on “Energy and Nanomaterial’s” was organised by Department of Chemical and Physics at seminar hall of University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore.
SNGPL Managing Director and ex-Uetian Amjad Latif was the chief guest of the symposium. Department of Chemical Engineering Chairman Prof Dr Naveed Ramzan the aim of the department was to be a leading chemical engineering institute through knowledge and academic programme. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid appreciated the department for organising the symposium. He said that academia and industry should contribute to the innovations for the nation.
SNGPL MD Amjad Latif said nanotechnology was the technology of tools and techniques that allowed the atoms and molecules of all matter to be understood and manipulated.The news.

Punjab University approved 14 PhD Synopses

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:39

A meeting of Punjab University Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB) was held on Tuesday which approved 14 PhD synopses, 19 evaluation reports and 7 panel of examiners.
The meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir also approved 15 extension cases and 2 miscellaneous cases. Prof Dr Muhammad Taqi Zahid Butt, Prof Dr Shahid Kamal, Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zakar, Prof Dr Muhammad Fakhar-ul-Haq Noori, Prof Dr Tahira Basharat, Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter, Prof Dr Hassan Mobeen Alam, Prof Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi, Prof Dr Khalid Hussain, Prof Dr Iqbal Chawla, Dr Shazia Noureen Qureshi, Chairperson DPCC Prof Dr Kanwal Ameen and others attended the meeting.The news.

Punjab University results of MA Arabic part-II supple Exam

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:38

LAHORE:April 19:Punjab University has announced the results of MA Arabic part-II supplementary examination 2016, MA Archeology part-II supplementary examination 2016, MA Diplomacy and Strategic Studies part-II supplementary examination 2016, MSc Geography part-II supplementary examination 2016 and BBA (Hons) (first & third year) annual examination 2016. Details are also available at the PU website www.pu.edu.pk The news.

Student arrested in security forces operation in Lahore

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:28

LAHORE (APP):17 April: It turned out that the women who was arrested in security forces operation near Punjab Housing Society Lahore, has been identified as Noreen Jabbar Laghari – the second year student of MBBS in Liaquat University of Medical Science (LUMS), Jamshoro.
It is pertinent here to mention that Noreen Jabbar Laghari went missing in February and was feared to have joined Islamic State militant group.
It has been reported that Noreen spent two months in Syria and returned to Lahore almost six days back.
Meanwhile, Noreen’s college card and her father’s ID card and letter were also recovered during the operation. As per details, the security forces conducted a special intelligence-based operation (IBO) near Punjab Housing Society Lahore.
It was reported that one terrorist identified as Tariq was killed while Noreen and two others got arrested in the operation. Moreover, suicide jackets and explosives were also recovered during the operation and four soldiers including two officers got injured during the clash.Dawn.

Mardan student lynching: Protesters demand justice for Mashal Khan

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:27

LAHORE:17 April:Freedom of speech is not a privilege, it’s our right and everyone is entitled to use it accordingly, said human rights activist Nighat Dad while addressing a gathering of dozens of protesters at the Liberty Roundabout to protest against the lynching of a university student in Mardan.
“We have gathered here to speak of something publicly which we usually avoid talking about at workplaces and at home, because we’ve been taught not to talk about it,” Nighat said.

“The protesters gathered here do not represent any political party, religion or government. We are here for the rule of democracy which entails the freedom of speech for everyone,” she added.

A protester Aima Yousuf said: “One of the things that deeply disturbs me is that the perpetrators ignore the clear message of peace by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and prefer killing people.”

“This behavioural norm of violence in the name of religion is not something which began today or a day before, it’s something which is deliberately being built up as a state sponsored narrative,” she said.

She added that whenever incidents like these took place, the state avoided speaking up about it, which gave an impression that it was supporting such elements.

Another protester Mir Rawtah said that if they agreed Mashal had committed blasphemy, even then nothing could allow a mob of students to brutally murder a fellow student and make videos of it.

Mehwish Rani, a researcher on extremism, said that they should stop referring victims of extremism like Mashal martyrs. “Terming Mashal a martyr is actually celebrating his death and denying the fact that he was brutally murdered,” she said. “He is not a martyr and we will not celebrate his murder in cold blood. We want justice for him.”

“In our universities, extremist ideologies are allowed to flourish while progressive thought processes are discouraged just like in a seminary, where anyone who dares to question is blacklisted immediately,” Mehwish said.

“Ironically the university where Mashal was killed is named after Abdul Wali Khan, who was a secular Pashtun leader and a supporter of non-violence politics throughout his life,” she said, adding it was a failure on the part of the university which allowed its students to be perpetrators of such violent and extremist narrative.

“Even more ironic is the fact that those who killed Mashal were not illiterate. They were university students which should make us realise that critical and balanced thinking is more important than having meaningless degrees,” Mehwish lamented.Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2017.

Anjuman Faizul Islam completes 75 years

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:25

Rawalpindi:17 April:Anjuman Faizul Islam (AFI) Rawalpindi, which is a reform oriented welfare democratic organisation of moderate volunteers from different walk of life, completed seventy five years of its purposeful role for national reconstruction.
“It launched a quiet movement by organising collective efforts for social welfare and reformation in 1943 at the behest of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and has since been playing purposeful role in this respect by promoting Islamic Values, national objectives, cultural traditions and welfare and educational activities without indulging in public strife sectarian and regional prejudices and extremism. It has also been making due contribution in national integration by providing shelter, necessaries of life and facilities of moral oriented modern education to children from all regions of Pakistan in its orphanage called ‘Apna Ghar’, said Mohammad Siddique Akbar Mian, President of AFI
The Executive Committee of Anjuman planned and organised a meaningful programme to commemorate Pakistan Day and 75th foundation day of the Anjuman in a befitting manner. The programme started with an exhibition of science and creative projects, painting, calligraphy, dresses at Mandra Campus of the Anjuman. The exhibition was followed by a competition of speeches, national Songs and tableaus on the theme of national integration. Senator General (r) Abdul Quyyum who was the chief guest on the occasion lauded the efforts the Anjuman in the field of social welfare and education and appreciated the performance of students. He emphasized the need of promoting Islamic values and national ideology to maintain national integration.The news.

Institute of Psychiatry arranges lecture on Borderline Personality Disorder

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:24

Rawalpindi:17 April:The management of patients with borderline personality disorder takes time but the efforts are worth it and hence it feels very rewarding to treat such patients. Since majority of the sufferers are females, managing one patient even to some extent is beneficial to the whole family.

Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist at the NHS (Hampshire, UK) and Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Dr. Saadia Muzaffar expressed this while delivering a guest lecture arranged by Institute of Psychiatry & World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre at Benazir Bhutto Hospital on ‘Diagnosis and Management of Borderline Personality Disorders’.

Consultants, postgraduate trainees serving at the institute along with psychiatrists, psychologists and students attended the lecture.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental disorder marked by a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behaviour, self-image, and functioning. A person with BPD may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last from only a few hours to days. Some people with BPD also have high rates of co-occurring mental disorders, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, along with substance abuse, self-harm, suicidal thinking and behaviours, and suicide, reveal studies.

In the introductory speech at the lecture, Head of Institute of Psychiatry Professor Fareed Minhas talked about the ethical dilemmas in patients with borderline personality disorder, especially in the domains of boundary settings, transference, counter-transference and confidentiality.

He emphasized on the massive physical and psychiatric co-morbidities in such patients and stated that although it is either easy or hard to diagnose it, it is even harder to manage, because the illness tends to simmer but does not completely eliminate.

Dr. Saadia started her lecture by talking about her interest in the management of borderline patients. On diagnosis of BPD, she highlighted the overlap of features between BPD and Bipolar Affective Disorder patients and the fact that it is more acceptable to make a diagnosis of the later.

She highlighted the importance of a rich childhood history including the details and age of onset of self harm, circumstances during childhood such as bullying, abuse in house, whether the patient has been looking after an ill family member. Asking about whether a patient was brought up in an environment where expression of anger was promoted rather than inhibited, gives us an additional information that he or she might have developed a tendency to bottling up anger inside resulting in self harm, she said.

She said it is a privilege to get to know some of the deepest and horrendous secrets of patients’ lives so the matter of confidentiality is of utmost importance in a patient-doctor relationship and hence the entitled trust should be maintained at all costs.

“Inpatient admissions must be short; about 72 hours maximum, in order to minimise disorganized relationship building between the patient and the hospital staff or other patients,” she said.

She described the different criteria for the diagnosis in detail; particularly giving importance to the identity disturbance in such patients since an increase in eating disorders has been reported in the United Kingdom, in the form of unstable self image, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, binge eating and co morbid depression and anxiety almost always accompanies it. Secondly, impulsivity is another aspect demanding attention owing to the high rates of substance misuse, promiscuity, reckless driving and self harming behaviour in such patients.

Proceeding to the management of the patients, she mentioned the role of psychotherapy to be of prime importance, involving therapies like Dialectal behavioural therapy, Schema focused therapy, Mentalisation based Therapy, Cognitive Analytical Therapy and Transference Focused Therapy.

The role of medicines, she added, is only indicated when other strategies fail and they work best in combination with Dialectical Behavioural Therapy or Cognitive approach.

She ended with the take home message of being patient and consistent with borderline patients since it takes time and effort to deal with them however efforts never go futile and do some good in one way or the other. “Treating such patients is a challenge and they might make us feel inadequate at times but it is at this point that one must seek supervision and be careful not to take such patients’ poor progress or negative feedback personally.” Eventually, insight is the end of the pathway of management of Borderline Personality, she concluded.

Consultant at the Institute of Psychiatry Dr. Azeem gave the concluding remarks by acknowledging the challenging nature of the topic along with the critical issues of boundary settings and overwhelming value of psychotherapy in such patients.The news.

Why Punjab is failing to impart quality higher education

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 10:35

Lahore:16 April:A few years back, the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) reduced the years of service required for promotion of a BS-17 lecturer to the post of assistant professor from 22 to 17. The decision-makers saw it as an improvement in their promotion formula, but it speaks volumes about the dismal service structure in the provincial education department. In simple words, it means that a young lecturer joining the department needs to wait for 17 long years to move just one step up the ladder.
Against this backdrop, many pertinent questions come to mind.
How can the education department attract the best and brightest into the teaching profession? How those who still join the profession because of their passion or inclination can maintain their motivation with such remote possibility of promotion?

Upward mobility is not the only issue impacting quality teaching; selection and training of teachers are equally important.

How does the Punjab HED selects teachers? Does it have any mechanism in place to test inclination of the candidates? Is there any mandatory training for the selected teachers before they take charge of classrooms?

Before looking for answers to these questions, let’s take a look at the numbers. The Punjab HED official website doesn’t offer an exact figure for students enrolled in the public sector colleges of Punjab, but the estimated numbers fall between 700,000 to 800,000 students who are taught by around 18,000 teachers, both men and women. One may be surprised to know that there is simply no mechanism to test a candidate’s aptitude for teaching, which is crucial to ensure that the person hired for imparting knowledge is competent and will help achieve the stated official goal of improving the quality of education. After all, good selection along with effective training and prospects for advancement in career are imperative for quality teaching.

Flawed hiring, non-existent training

It can be claimed that recruitments are done on merit through the Public Service Commission. But the issue is not the agency, but the criterion of selection. The existing procedure doesn’t look for good teachers; it picks up ‘top scorers’ from a big pool of unemployed degree-holders. For many, teaching is the only chance to get a job, and for some, it is the last choice after exhausting other options. Only a few are truly interested.

In such a scenario, many job-seekers, who by their inclination or by personal preferences are not built to teach, join the education profession. Obviously, such uninterested ‘teachers’ cannot inspire, guide and educate the youth.

In addition to proper selection, effective and mandatory training is essential for quality teaching. After hiring uninterested job seekers who see teaching as a profession with less work, more pay and job security, the Punjab HED directly unleashes them into classrooms without any training. In the absence of any professional training, fresh entrants are left to learn the ‘tricks of the trade’ from their seniors and peer-groups. And many seniors offer time-tested tips on how to do minimal-unavoidable work just to ensure the continuity of salary. Hence, no one should be surprised if work-avoidance is prevalent in the education department.

Finland’s education system sets an important example in this regard, where the main focus is on the selection of genuine teachers and rigorous training.

Progress – a mirage

The few who become teachers due to their commitment to profession don’t sail with the mainstream and find it really hard to maintain their resolve against many odds, particularly little chance for upward mobility. Their hard work and commitment notwithstanding, the first-ever-promotion has to come after 18 to 20 years in any case. It means giving the most productive years of one’s life in service of a department that doesn’t honour devotion or good work. In this context, how can the department attract or keep the best and brightest? No wonder many use it as a stopgap until they find greener pastures, and those who stay on usually take it as a part-time occupation.

Let us examine ‘promotions at snail’s’ pace’ and some related issues in a little detail. In the absence of time-scale for promotion, there is a complex numeric scheme called 4-tier formula. A relatively better pace of promotions, under this formula, depends on many factors like regular recruitment, updated seniority lists, and regular calculus of available posts. The department, however, practically makes this formula dysfunctional by making contract appointments (instead of regular appointments through the Public Service Commission), hiring teachers as college teacher interns (CTI) for the academic session, and by not updating seniority lists. All such ad-hoc appointments and inaction have adverse impacts on the promotion structure.

In addition, the outdated seniority lists and certain dichotomies between rules and practices make things more complicated and absolutely unfair. In principle, the preparation and presentation of the promotion cases are the duty of the administrative staff, but in practice, the whole burden is shifted to the teachers concerned. Quite unfairly and illegally, the teachers are asked to produce their own ‘confidential’ evaluation reports and for the missing performance evaluation reports (PER), they are made to suffer. In reality, the duty to maintain and keep PERs lies with the principal’s office or the directorate.

Another interesting example of shifting responsibility is that, according to a very strange rule, recommendations for promotion remain valid for one year. It implies that if the department fails to issue posting orders within a year, the recommendation of promotion would become void. Isn’t it senseless? Obviously, those who are recommended for promotion are not supposed to issue their own posting orders. Clearly, it is the responsibility of the department to issue posting orders. It’s a pity that an officer or teacher who waited for a posting for one year loses their recommendation for promotion in case of a mistake by the department. A Punjabi expression “sikha shahi” – which roughly denotes arbitrary rule – seems an appropriate description.

Possible solutions

Things can improve, but only if the education department can reconcile its stated objectives with operational procedures and practices. Currently, the department is exactly reaping what it sowed through its structures. It never made teaching profession attractive for the most talented professionals. It did let job-seeking non-teachers come in a large number and never imparted mandatory professional orientation, effective teaching methodology, and familiarity with rules and regulations through a compulsory training. It never incentivised performance or discouraged non-performance in an appropriate way. No wonder if all is not well. The official response, sadly, is a cost-benefit analysis following business-industry model, further burdening or just keep cursing the ‘idle teachers’ out of frustration.

The road to betterment goes through structural reforms. Firstly, the government should make a procedure to select good teachers and establish a teachers training academy. Secondly, every selected teacher must undergo a rigorous training for six to nine months before starting actual teaching. However, the duration of training and the courses can be decided after consultation with experts. Lastly, it should be accepted that a fair chance of upward mobility and reasonable salary packages are not the luxuries but essential requirements of a decent career. It is how the Punjab HED can hire, train and retain good teachers and resultantly provide quality teaching – a prerequisite for quality education.

Having said that, the department needs to acknowledge that the current policies and practices regarding recruitment, training and promotion are quite unhelpful. To know the real situation on the ground, the department needs to listen to the voices from the field. The official ‘proper-channel’ cannot tell the truth. The teachers who know the issues and can write and speak must also contribute to improving the system. It is a moral, social, and professional responsibility of the teachers to keep striving for change. Since they are an agent for change, they owe a greater, a higher (than any other consideration) responsibility to this society.

Shahid Anwar is an Islamabad-based analyst with experience of working in both academic and administrative positions at Punjab Higher Education Department. He can be reached at .Express News.

CM Punjab criticised for alleged postponement of Exams

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 10:34

Faisalabad:16 April:Leader of the opposition in the Provincial Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed criticised on Saturday the alleged postponement of exams in schools due to the visit of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to Faisalabad saying protocol to VIPs should not bar children from education.
“We strongly condemn reports suggesting postponement of exams for thousands of children during the visit of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to Faisalabad,” Rasheed said in a statement.
According to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader, postponing the exams in the name of providing protocol to the CM was a shameful and unacceptable act.

“It would have been better if the chief minister provided powers to the local bodies representatives,” he said.

Nawaz comes out all guns blazing against Sindh govt

He further added that there was “no comparison between the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab government with regard to performance”, claiming the former was far more superior than the later.

“There is no concept of corruption in K-P,” Rasheed claimed, “every major project in Punjab is tainted with corruption.”

Pointing out the deplorable situation of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy in Faisalabad, Rasheed also urged CM Punjab to visit the hospitals in Faisalabad district to become cognizant of the actual health conditions there.The news.

Govt Postgraduate Islamia College for Women Convocation

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 10:32

LAHORE:16 April:Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said that girls have been provided with equal opportunities of studies in higher education institutions so they should benefit from the opportunities.
Addressing the second convocation of the four-year programme of Bachelor of Science (BS) of 2011-2015 session of the Government Postgraduate Islamia College for Women, Cooper Road, he said that with the provision of opportunities to girls, the potential of half of the population could be fully exploited for the collective wellbeing of society.
As many as 472 students were awarded degrees and gold medals were conferred on 20 students.

Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, Public Instructions (Colleges) Punjab Director Chaudhry Jahangir Ahmad, Director (Colleges) Lahore Division Zafar Inayat Anjum and a large number of students attended the ceremony.

Raza Gillani said sufficient funds would be made available for improvement in public sector colleges in the next budget.

Earlier, in her welcome address, Principal Prof Farzana Shaheen presented the performance report of the college.The news.

PU announces results of Various Exams

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 10:31

LAHORE:16 April:Punjab University (PU) has announced the results of various examinations.
The exams include MA History Part-II Supplementary Examination 2016, MA Islamic Studies Part-II Supplementary Examination 2016, MA Mass Communication Part-II Supplementary Examination 2016, MA Physical Education Part-II Supplementary Examination 2016, MA Political Science Part-II Supplementary Examination 2016, MSc Applied Psychology Part-II Supplementary Examination 2016, MSc Physics Part-II Supplementary Examination 2016 and MSc Statistics Part-II Supplementary Examination 2016. The details are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.

Shahbaz announces Rs20 bn projects for University of Agriculture

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 10:30

FAISALABAD:April 16: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday announced Rs 20 billion development projects for the Faisalabad city.
He said this while addressing the Local Government convention at the Iqbal Auditorium, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He announced establishment of the Information Technology and Skills University and the metro bus project in Faisalabad. He said that work on the metro bus project would begin this year and it would be a wonderful gift of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the people of Faisalabad.
“The elements, who are terming the speedy, secure and economical travelling facility as ‘jangla bus’, have planned to launch the same in their province after four years of useless agitation.” He said that the metro bus service had provided the best transport facility to the labourers, orphans, widows, lawyers, clerks, and doctors and these people were reaching their destinations in a respectable manner. The chief minister said that the politics of agitation had badly damaged the country’s economy. He said that Bhikki power plant, Haveli Bahadur Shah gas power plant and Balloki gas power plant were nearing completion. The Bhikki power plant would start generating electricity from next week, he added.

The CM stressed the elected LG representatives to focus their full attention towards the solutions of citizens’ problems

Earlier, the Punjab CM inaugurated a 50-bed Children Hospital emergency block. State Minister for Water & Power Abid Sher Ali, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafiq and others were also present. The children hospital has been established at a cost of Rs1,000 million provided by the provincial government. He said that the hospital would be completed in September this year. He said that an expert was needed for providing quality healthcare to children in this hospital. The chief minister said: “I have contacted the high commissioner of Pakistan in the UK and asked him to contact the Pakistani doctors working in different parts of England. Our team will go to England within a week and the doctors would be brought to the Children Hospital on the salary acceptable to them.”

He said that billions of dollars investment was being made in the CPEC under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said that there was a need for unity to take the maximum benefit of this investment.

Similarly, the Punjab CM laid down the foundation stone of 260-bed Haseeb Shaheed Hospital. The CM also visited the house of martyred police inspector Fida Hussain and handed over Rs15 million cheque to Fida’s widow. He also handed over a 1000cc car with Rs 50,000 petrol per month. He also announced that the son of martyred Fida would be recruited as SI in the Punjab Police while education expenses of Fida’s children would also be provided by the Punjab government.

Shahbaz Sharif also visited Karma Wali Haveli at Samundri and met MNA Shahbaz Babar Gujjar and MPA Rao Kashif Rahim.The news.

Hamid Mir given lifetime achievement award at GC University

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 10:29

LAHORE: The annual reunion of the Old Ravians was held at the Government College University’s Oval Ground on Saturday night.

Former prime minister and Old Ravian Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali was the chief guest at the grand event which was also marked by a music concert and a lifetime achievement award to eminent journalist and Old Ravian Hamid Mir.

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and a large bureaucrats, politicians, artists and academicians also attended the reunion dinner.

In his inaugural address, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said the Old Ravians without any doubt were the strength who helped GCU in advancing the university’s vision and mission. He said a university required multi-billion rupees investment for new buildings, laboratories, classrooms, equipment etc, therefore, it was essential that both the government funding and fundraising by Old Ravians Union must continue. He said the GCU had this year allocated one billion rupees from the government for its new 400-acre campus at Kala Shah Kaku.

Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, who remained the captain of Government College, Lahore’s hockey team, shared his memories of studying at the Government College.

He said his biggest pride in life was the roll of honour in hockey from the Government College.

Old Ravians Union President Kazi Afaq Hossain said the union every year awarded lifetime achievement awards to eminent Old Ravians. And, this year the union’s executive committee decided to give away this award to Hamid Mir for his contributions to the freedom of press, democracy and his alma mater. Last year, this award was given to the late noted write Bano Qudsia. The historical Gothic Style building of GCU was also illuminated for the reunion celebrations.The news.

Imran inaugurates school for special children

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 10:27

LAHORE:April 16: PTI chief Imran Khan said serving others is the height of humanity and only those who make selfless service live even after their deaths. He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a modern school for special children established by the Adbul Aleem Khan Foundation at Mughalpura on Saturday. Imran Khan emphasised that greatness never comes from wealth or influence but from philanthropy and selflessness.
He praised Abdul Aleem Khan for accomplishing a good job for children whose upbringing and care was even a big challenge for their parents.The news.

Teacher turns ‘tormentor’ of schoolchildren

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 11:39

SAHIWAL:16 April: A primary schoolteacher allegedly beat her five young students, locked them up in a room for hours and struck their names off the rolls on suspicion of their involvement in stealing her mobile phone.
A teacher of the Government Girls Primary School, Rehmat Shah village (Pakpattan) lost her mobile phone during last week.
She grilled her students Kalsoom Bilal, Mahnoor, Laiba, Aisha Riaz and Sana Farooq and allegedly locked them up in a room after beating them.

Going a step further, the teacher expelled the five students from the school.

Mr Bilal, the father of a student, claimed that he came to know that the teacher had found her mobile phone in a cupboard.

He filed a complaint with the District Education Department and demanded an inquiry into the matter.

The parents demanded action against the teacher and readmission of the students.Published in Dawn, April 15th, 2017.

Educational reforms: Teachers must focus on skill building of students

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 11:38

BAHAWALPUR:16 April:Teachers should focus on promoting positive, constructive & progressive abilities and skill building of the students in order to make them good human beings.
Minister for State, Interior & Higher Education Baleegh-ur-Rehman made these remarks while speaking as a chief guest at a concluding session of three-day national workshop on educational planning & management through software data management. The event was held at Ghotvi Hall, Islamia University, Bahawalpur on Sunday.
“The government is fully committed to modernising the higher education sector by investing billions of rupees which is reflected in the report by UNESCO,” the minister said.
He maintained the government is working on seven key educational projects which stand as pivotal goal posts to streamline our higher education system on modern lines.

He said the government paid special attention to establish a solid and effective educational operational frame work by awarding scholarships to the talented & deserving students.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2017.

On IJT’s call, PU seeks action against Pakhtun

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 11:37

LAHORE:16 April:The Punjab University administration bowed down to the demands of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) and forwarded an application to the Iqbal Town precinct to take action against five Pakhtun students allegedly involved in the March 21 clash.

Late Thursday, the IJT announced a protest outside the PU campus for Friday to condemn the varsity’s action against its members, terming it ‘one sided’.

However, the varsity administration was able to convince IJT not to take to the streets and accepted their demands.

The Punjab University had announced action against 17 IJT students for their involvement in the March 21 clash and suspended 10 students. The details of the seven expelled students were provided to police for further legal action. The university announced it had initiated phase-wise action and this was the first step.

On Friday, the IJT called off the protest in exchange for action against Pakhtun students, whom it alleged had attacked their members.

The university administration, in a letter to the Iqbal Town SP and Muslim Town SHO, identified five Pakhtun students.

The IJT also announced it would protest if the police failed to take action in the next eight hours.

“It is intimidated that the following personnel have been identified by the fact finding committee for disciplinary action as they are offenders involved in beating fellow students in a brutal manner. Therefore, it has been decided by the PU that the police department may start criminal proceedings according to the law,” the letter stated.

The PU, in a statement, said it had taken action against eight more students involved in the March 21 clash in the second phase.

PU spokesman Khurram Shahzad said the varsity suspended five students and issued charge-sheets to them, seeking reply in seven days.

He said the names of these five students had also been forwarded to police officials to initiate criminal proceedings.

The five students are Institute of Education and Research’s Dawood Khan, Department of Gender Studies’ Alamgeer Khan, Institute of Business Administration’s Abdul Waris Khan, Department of Political Science’s Daulat Khan and Salman Shah and Muhammad Bilal of the Institute of Social and Cultural Studies.

The spokesman said the administration initiated disciplinary proceedings against students involved in the incident, indiscriminately, and without any pressure.
The spokesman highlighted that the administration was taking action as per rules and regulations and offenders had been identified on the basis of evidence.
Reacting to the decision, Pakhtun Education Development Movement (PEDM) member Jaffar Khan said the decision was baffling “There is no footage or other evidence against students targeted in the letter, except for the word of the IJT. We strongly condemn such actions and will protest against this decision of the Punjab University administration.”Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2017.

Punjab University takes action against eight more students

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 11:35

LAHORE:April 15:Punjab University administration on Friday took action against eight more students involved in March 21 clash outside Institute of Education and Research in the second phase.
According to PU spokesman Khurram Shahzad, the university has suspended five students and issued charge-sheet to them, seeking response in seven days. He said the names of these five students had also been forwarded to police officials for initiating criminal proceedings in the case. He said these students include Dawood Khan of Institute of Education and Research, Alamgeer Khan of Department of Gender Studies, Abdul Waris Khan of Institute of Business Administration and Department of Political Science’ Daulat Khan and Salman Shah. Muhammad Bilal of Institute of Social and Cultural Studies was also issued charge-sheet, he added.

Moreover, the spokesman stated, on violation of SoPs during the event, the administration also issued charge-sheet to Muzammil Khan and Najeeb Ullah, organisers of the event. The spokesman said the university administration had initiated disciplinary proceedings against the students involved in the incident indiscriminately without any pressure. He said the administration would not adopt biased attitude towards any student. He said the administration was taking action against students as per rules and regulations who had been identified on the basis of evidences.

Chinese course: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, organised a two-week basic Chinese language course under Pak-China Desk on its City Campus.

According to a press release, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the concluding session of the Chinese course and distributed certificates among the participants.

Meanwhile, the students of Departments of Social Sciences and Biological Sciences of the UVAS, Lahore, organised an event on the topic of “Nikah Namaa Aik Sawal” to create awareness about the importance of Nikah Nama in the perspective of Islam. Scholar Mohtarma Razia Madni and Advocate Ms Sofia Masood delivered lectures.

Medical camp: Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) is conducting medical screening of its employees especially of those working at the landfill and dump sites.

Officials said a medical camp was established at Mian Munshi Hospital for medical checkup and screening of the employees where free of cost medical tests particularly hepatitis C and B tests of field workers were carried out. They said during the 10 days of medical camp over 140 employees, including senior manager, manager, assistant manager and other officials of landfill site, were examined for blood screening and vaccination.

LWMC Managing Director Bilal Mustafa paid visited the camp and said the dump site workers worked under high-risk environmental conditions leading to diseases such as hepatitis despite adopting precautionary measures and use of personal protective equipment, therefore, LWMC organised medical camps for their proper and timely checkup.

Cleanup operation: Albayrak Waste Management Company carried out a special cleanup operation in and around churches and Christians' graveyards here Friday.
Officials said the drive was carried out with the help of sanitary staff and heavy machinery prior to Easter. These field operations are being executed under the supervision of operations department of Albayrak Waste Management to facilitate Christian community in observing Good Friday and Easter.
Furthermore, an office order notified holidays for Christian workforce on occasions of Good Friday and Easter. The Christian sanitary staff of Albayrak will also get half salary for the month of April in advance. Moreover, the Christian workers, who will be on duty during these days, will receive an additional allowance PKR 450 per day.The news.

Banning student events: IJT to challenge government’s decision at LHC

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:14

LAHORE:14 April:The Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) has decided to challenge the Punjab government’s decision to bar student bodies from conducting functions at public varsities of the province.

The decision came in the wake of a letter sent to all vice chancellors of public sector universities in the province asking them that all activities should be held with the administrative control of vice chancellors.

Reacting to the decision by the provincial government, IJT Spokesperson Tamour Khan said that the provincial government did not had the authority to ban student activities. He claimed organising such events was a part of their basic rights enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan. “We will challenge it in the Lahore High Court (LHC) as such activities are part of the learning process.”

Tamour said the decision showed the double standards of the government when it came to public and private educational institutions.

“Why hasn’t the same orders given to private universities, where similar events are organised by student bodies?” he questioned. He added that in private universities, societies with different names operate and hold functions and events for the students of the university. If these [student activities] were harmful in any way, then the private universities should have also been asked to ban them, he said.

According to the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) letter sent to all vice chancellors of public universities of the province, “Activities by students in the name of holding functions should not be allowed, on their own, in order to ensure a conducive educational environment. Such activities must be under the administrative control of the vice chancellors without exception.”

The letter was a response to violence between the IJT and the Pakhtun Education Development Movement (PEDM) when the latter held a culture day at the Punjab University. The clash resulted in injuries to several students and both sides blamed the other for starting the incident.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2017.

PU admin takes disciplinary action against 17 students for March clashes

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:13

LAHORE:14 April:The Punjab University administration has started phase-wise disciplinary proceedings against the students involved in the March 21 clash that left dozens injured. After their identification, action was initially taken against 17 students.

According to PU spokesman Khurram Shahzad, of the various students and outsiders identified in the recommendations of the inquiry committee, PU has suspended 10 students in the first phase for serious violations of university rules creating law and order situation on campus and charge-sheets have been issued to them, seeking a response within seven days.
Clashes hit Punjab University over ‘Pashtun Culture Day’

Moreover, details of seven expelled students have been provided to police for further legal action. The spokesman said the administration would implement the recommendations of the inquiry committee and disciplinary action would be taken against students involved in the incident in phases.

He said that peaceful environment would be ensured on campus at all cost.

PU officials confirmed that action was taken against students belonging to the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) who were identified through CCTV footage.

When contacted, IJT spokesperson Taimur Khan said action should be taken across the board instead of just against the IJT. “Our members were also injured in the scuffle but no action had been taken against the people we identified [as attackers],” he complained.He reiterated his call for the administration to refrain from taking a one-sided approach.