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PU, Plan9 team up to boost students' entrepreneurial skills

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:22
LAHORE:June 8: The Punjab University's Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and the Plan9 Technology Incubator have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for promotion of entrepreneurial skills among the youth. The memorandum of understanding signing ceremony was held at committee room of the Vice Chancellor's Office on Tuesday. Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar, Punjab University Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development Director Nabeel A Qadeer, Punjab University IBA In-charge Sajida Nisar and other officials were present on the occasion. The memorandum calls for arranging training programmes to build capacity of students and develop their interaction with others institutions. Addressing the meeting, Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar said that the initiative would promote cohesion between the industry and academia. Nabeel A Qadeer said that the memorandum of understanding signified the intention of Plan9 and Punjab University IBA to forge strong mutual ties between industry and academia for progress of the two sectors. "The Plan9 is aimed at replicating its model of business incubation that was considered credible globally to guide our partner in establishing their business incubation centre," he said. Sajida Nisar said that Plan9 would provide access to its network of trainers, mentors and investors to Institute of Business Administration students. She said that workshops, trainings and mentoring sessions would be arranged at the premises of IBA where startu-ps would be invited to interact with the Plan9 mentors.Daily Times.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

UHS declares BSc nursing results

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:08
LAHORE:June 8: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Tuesday announced results of BSc nursing (Post RN 2-Year) annual examination. According to details, a total of 186 candidates from seven affiliated institutes appeared in the exams. The passing percentage rained 77.3 percent, with 143 candidates passed and 42 failed Sadia Ibraheem of the New Life College of Nursing, Multan, bagged first position by securing 452marks. Shabana Nasim of the Postgraduate College of Nursing, Lahore, got second position by securing 439 marks. Third position was shared by Farah Nazir of the Postgraduate College of Nursing Lahore and Zeenaf Aslam of the Multan Medical and Dental College.Both secured 434 marks each.Daily Times.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

HEC honours eminent biologist

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:05
LAHORE:June 8: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday appointed eminent biologist Prof Dr Ikhramul Haq as 'Distinguished National Professor' in recognition of his invaluable services in the field of botany and biotechnology. Prof Haq, who is professor emeritus at the Government College University (GCU), did his post-doctorate from the Cornell University, New York, and has written over 300 national and international publications and five books. GCU VC Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and senior faculty of GCU have congratulated Prof Ikramul Haq, saying that he is the first one from GCU to be honoured by the HEC. Prof Ikramul Haq is also a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtaiz and three international awards, including the ISESCO Science and Technology Award 2016. He was also the founder director of the Institute of Industrial Biotechnology at the GCU, and also served as Faculty of Science and Technology dean at the GCU.Daily Times. City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Punjab Information Technology Board Online Pilgrims Registration

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:20
Lahore:June 7: The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) on the request of National Haj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has developed and launched ‘Online Pilgrims Registration’ platform for the automation of their operations for Haj 2017. About 9,5000 people from Nigeria will perform haj; 20,000 through private tour operators and 7,5000 through government arrangements. NAHCON approached Pakistan’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony for developing an information and communication technology (ICT) platform replica devised by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) for Pakistan’s haj operations, exercised during the recent haj management, which was overall widely lauded by majority of the pilgrims. A Nigerian delegation visited Pakistan’s haj mission in Makkah twice to study the haj operations and termed PITB’s haj management system a robust and pilgrim-friendly ICT application. PITB’s technological solution empowering the haj operations has about 15 modules; which mainly include online registration of haj applications, selection of hajjaj through transparent e-balloting, automated flight scheduling and building/rooms allocation, automated and centralised haj camps. A team from PITB visited Nigeria in March 2017 to understand their operations and gather required data. In May 2017, PITB launched Nigeria’s Online Pilgrims Registration and trained five master trainers to further train officials in the 36 states of Nigeria and to extend it to 776 towns. For the coming year, automation of state haj agencies, bio-metric database of all the pilgrims, tracking of pilgrims’ training attendance, vaccination inventory management, tracking of pilgrims’ vaccination, tracking of pilgrims’ visas, flight booking as per qualified air carriers, flight adjustments, building booking, room allocation, finance management system and luggage modules are in the pipeline. PITB’s electronic hajj management system has vastly improved the services for intending pilgrims from Pakistan and curtailed the delays. PITB’s input is extended at every step of haj operations. During the year 2017, 10 designated banks with their 9,061 branches and more than 19,000 bank officials were involved in online registration for 10 days through a centralised system of PITB connected with VPN without a single second downtime, and balloting in 45 minutes on the completion of 10 days registration period, which earlier used to take three months. The recent Hajj operation witnessed 338,696 entries declaring around 89,040 successful. The balloting took place on group leader basis, resulting 22,997 groups successful. PITB initiated the automation of haj operations in 2013, which have been further improved over the years.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

ITU computing lab invites applications for research positions

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:18
LAHORE:June 7:The Embedded Computing Laboratory (ECLab) of Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab has invited applications for various research positions, including PhD candidates and research associates. According to a press release, the selected candidates will be involved in national and European research projects in the areas of information security (software/hardware), massively parallel computing systems and advanced computer architecture and approximate computing. The required qualifications are MS in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, or similar degrees, from a reputed national/international university with good academic performance, strong programming skills, good knowledge of computer architecture, hands-on with Linux operating system and programming. The interested candidates can email with all relevant documents attached (CV, publications) with the title “Application for position-name” at khurram.bhatti @itu.edu.pk and apply directly through university’s admission portal (for PhD positions only) at https:// application.itu.edu.pk/ not later than July 05, 2017. More details about the ECLab are available at http: //itu.edu.pk/research/eclab/ The news.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

international education conference held in Lahore

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:16
LAHORE:June 7:Punjab Minister for Schools Education Rana Mashhood has said a two-day international education conference will be held in Lahore on October 5 and 6. Chairing a meeting in the committee room of School Education Department on Tuesday, the minister said the world renowned educationists, experts and representatives of international organisations would participate in the conference. The aim of this gathering is to share experiences, study and adopt international models of education, he added. Secretary Schools Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik, representatives of Unicef, Higher Education Department, Punjab Higher Education Commission, Punjab Information Technology Board and other departments concerned were present. Rana Mashhood said a special function would be arranged in honor of best performing teachers while Teachers Night and cultural activities would also be observed during the conference.The news.City: Lahore

Tevta has increased number of student for on-job training to 59,000

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:59
LAHORE:06 June: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh has said that it has increased the number of student for on-job training from 9,000 to 59,000 in the past three years. Addressing a meeting here on Monday, he said that in 2014 the number of on job training for students was only 9,000 students which had now been increased up to 59,000 in the current year. He said Tevta aimed at increasing the number of on job training to 100,000.The news.City: LahoreColleges in Lahore

Research internship with University of Washington

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:56
LAHORE:06 June:A pioneering FinTech research Center at Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab, first in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Digital Financial Services Research Group (DFSRG) University of Washington (Seattle) is providing eight weeks summer internship opportunity from July 1, 2017 to August 25, 2017, to enthusiastic individuals who intend to join the collaborative research with University of Washington on Digital Financial Services in Pakistan. According to a press release the internship is designed to provide research opportunities in Financial Education, Financial Inclusion of Women and FinTech Center Workshops while work areas include Research Design, Qualitative and Quantitative Research and Data Transcription and Analysis. The skills required for the internship are good writing and communication, strong analytical skills and passion to learn. ITU students interested in working in ICTD and Digital Financial Services are encouraged to apply and will be preferred. CVs should be sent to: FinTechCenter@itu.edu.pk Dr Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor Information Technology University (ITU) and Dr Richard Anderson, Head DFSRG & Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington (Seattle USA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January this year to establish a pioneering FinTech research Center in Pakistan.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

AM Anglo Montessori School holds plantation campaign

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:54
Rawalpindi:06 June:The students of AM Anglo Montessori School and College celebrated gardening week with much enthusiasm within the school vicinity. As deforestation has increased at its extreme level and global warming has been proved a killing threat for all the species of the earth, the students of AM Anglo School is trying to build up a habit of plantation. The students have tried to give a message to the society not to cut but plant trees. It is a silent message to a noisy global warming that they will take care of their environment.The news.City: RawalpindiCollege in Rawalpindi

Punjab University to set up medical college

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:19
Lahore:05 June:They said that for the first time, police was deployed at the university for more than one month because of the VC’s failure to handle the situation. They also accused the VC of supporting Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), because of which its activities of vandalism had increased on campus, they claimed while adding that teachers and students felt fearful on campus. But other members of the ASA, syndicate and senate, including ASA president and member syndicate Javed Sami and ASA Secretary Iftikhar Ahmed Tarar presided over a meeting to show their deep concern and resentment over the possible inclusion of the name of Dr Kamran among vice-chancellors’ interviewees. They said that the teachers’ community was upset because of this and demanded that Dr Kamran should not be the part of any process reinitiated for the selection of a vice chancellor. They said Dr Kamran was not acceptable to the community because of his highly controversial past as he was involved in teachers’ victimisation, harassment, undue delays in holding selection boards, nepotism – specifically the illegal promotion of his wife to the rank of professor – and the issuance of fake degrees and illegal appointments. Moreover, they said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had already initiated an inquiry against Dr Kamran for corrupt practices and embezzlement from university funds during his two tenures as vice chancellor.Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PU teachers divided over VC’s appointment

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:18
LAHORE:05 June:Punjab University’s academics are divided over the appointment of a new vice-chancellor at the university, which is expected to be announced by the Punjab chief minister in the upcoming weeks. One group of teachers is demanding that former vice chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran should be reappointed, while another is demanding that Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir be made the permanent VC. In a joint press statement issued on Saturday, PU Academic Staff Association (ASA) Treasurer Dr Azhar Naeem, executive members Naeemullah Khan and Dr Ayub Afridi, and members of the PU Senate including Dr Kamran Abid, Dr Abdul Qayyum, and others insisted that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should appoint Dr Mujahid Kamran as vice-chancellor to restore order and academic culture on campus since he has vast administrative experience and tops the list of three candidates. Punjab University restricts media coverage after clash They said that after the appointment of Dr Nasir, university affairs had run amok because of administrative failures. They added that the university had stopped progressing academically because of poor policies and practices adopted by Dr Nasir. Dr Nasir had withdrawn several “unwise and illegal office orders” in five months, which was unprecedented in 135 years of history of the university, after facing strong criticism and even protests, they said. They added that Dr Nasir was not capable of running Punjab University and the administration of Pakistan’s oldest seat of learning must be handed over to a person with greater administrative experience. The corrupt mafia in the ranks of teachers was against the appointment of Dr Kamran, who is the top choice on merit, they said, adding that the chief minister must appoint a competent person as a VC. They said that teachers, employees and students witnessed a peaceful atmosphere under the leadership of Dr Kamran. For the first time in the history of Pakistan’s oldest seat of higher learning, teachers, students and employees had witnessed closure of varsity gates because of security situations, they said, adding that because of the sorry state of affairs, three registrars, three additional registrars and three resident officers had been replaced so far in just four months because of the VC’s lack of understanding of university affairs.Express turbuni.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Family of girl tortured by teachers cry out for justice

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:59
LAHORE:29 May: Two government teachers allegedly pushed a class-IX girl student from the third floor of the school building in Shahdara, causing her life-threatening injuries. The teachers, who have been booked for attempted murder case, reported to have committed the crime after the girl refused to “clean the classroom on her turn”. The 14-year-old Fajjar Noor is battling for her life at Ghurki Hospital, Lahore. Doctors say she has multiple fractures and her spinal cord is also broken. Her parents, present at the hospital, are in a state of disbelief and have expressed their shock as to how teachers could turn so inhuman. They want ‘Khadim-e-Ala’ not only to provide best medical care to her but also ensure [stern] action against her tormentors. The incident took place at the City District Government Girls School, Kot Shahabdin, Shahdara. Punjab Secretary Education (schools) Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik confirmed to Dawn on Sunday that two senior teachers - Rehana Kausar and Bushra Tufail - first inflicted corporal punishment on Fajjar Noor and then took her to top (third) floor of the school building and pushed her down. “The incident took place on May 23 but the school administration and some other officials kept it secret from the education department. “We came to know about [the incident] on Saturday evening. A departmental inquiry has been launched and the matter has also been referred to the Chief Minister Inspection Team for a thorough probe. “The chief minister has immediately placed District Education Authority Chief Executive Officer Ehsan Malik, Deputy DEO Tayyaba Butt and Headmistress Naghmana Irshad under suspension for hiding the incident. Both teachers have also been suspended and they will be proceeded under the Punjab Employees Efficiency and Disciplinary Act,” he said. Dr Malik said the government would not only bring the teachers to justice but also bear full expenses of the girl’s treatment. “Noor’s life is out of danger and doctors are trying their best that she could walk again,” he said. But Noor’s parents are not satisfied with the government’s efforts so far. “Although Dr Malik visited us and tried to allay our concerns. The CM should come and see my daughter’s condition...she is in extreme pain,” Rukhsana Bibi, Noor’s mother, told this reporter. Talking about as to how the school administration covered up the incident, she said: “It informed us that Noor fell from stairs and sustained serious injuries. When we reached the Mayo Hospital, doctors told us that she had multiple fractures. Her spinal cord was also broken. They asked us to shift her to the Spine Centre at Ghurki Hospital for better treatment.” After regaining consciousness at Mayo, Noor said: “My class teachers Bushra and Rehana ordered me to clean the classroom as today (May 23) was my turn to do so. I told them that I was not feeling well and she would do it some other day. On this they took me to another room and started slapping me. Then they took me to the rooftop and ordered me to clean it (roof). When I argued, they pushed me from the rooftop.” Noor is second among her five siblings - three girls and two boys. Her father Muhammad Akbar is a van driver. “I have not been going to work since May 24. At the moment I am concerned about the health of my daughter who wants to be a doctor. She is battling for her life because of her teachers. This is tormenting,” Akbar said and urged the chief minister to visit his daughter. On the other hand, the Shahdara Town police have registered FIR against the teachers under section 324 (attempted murder). “Police teams are raiding their residences, however no arrest has been made so far,” a police official said.Published in Dawn, May 29th, 2017City: Lahore

In appointments of VCs, still no progress

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:57
LAHORE:29 May: No progress has been made so far in the pending appointments of vice-chancellors at four public universities in Punjab. The issue seems to have hit a roadblock as a summary has been pending with the chief minister’s office since May 19. The four universities are Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), University of Sargodha (UoS) and Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology (MNSUET) Multan. Appointments at these four varsities were delayed due to a case that was being heard in the Lahore High Court (LHC). When contacted, several officials concerned expressed ignorance over the status of the appointments and said that the decision was pending with chief minister’s office. However, one official said that almost all the candidates at two of the four universities had become controversial. He added that cases in National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the LHC and ineligibility references filed at the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) could further delay the appointments. “Political influence is being used to secure the VC position at Punjab University and LCWU, and that is another reason why the appointment is being delayed.” The LHC, in its verdict on April 27, had given the go-ahead to the Punjab government to appointment VCs at these four universities on the recommendations of a search committee. After the verdict, candidates at two universities are becoming controversial. Mardan university reopens after Mashal lynching; weapons seized during search The candidates for the vice-chancellor’s slot at PU include incumbent acting VC Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, Dr Zakaria Zakar and Dr Mujahid Kamran, who had served nine years at the university including two terms as the VC. For PU, a writ had been filed in the LHC, which stated that the incumbent VC did not fulfil the minimum criteria set by the PHEC. Another alleged financial misappropriation had been unearthed at PU in the incumbent’s tenure. For the former VC, Mujahid Kamran, a NAB inquiry is also looking into financial embezzlement during his nine-year tenure. For the LCWU, the contest is between acting VC Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Dr Uzma Qureshi and Dr Shahida Hasnain. Dr Kausar has filed a representation at the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) against the eligibility of the other two shortlisted candidates. Meanwhile, a writ, similar to that against the eligibility of the Dr Zafar Mueen at PU, had been filed against Dr Uzma Qureshi, which maintained that she did not fulfil the minimum requirement to hold the VC position. At UoS, the candidates include Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, Dr Tahir Kamran, and Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, who is currently the acting VC of PU. For MNSUET, Dr Aamir Ijaz, Dr Mohammad Zubair and Dr Shahid Munir are the candidates for the VC slot. Academic circles had been asking the government to appoint VCs at the earliest as these varsities face many administrative problems because of the makeshift arrangements, and with the LHC verdict in, there is no reason for the appointments to be deferred further.Published in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

Punjab university a writ filed in the LHC,

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:55
Lahore:May 29:For PU, a writ had been filed in the LHC, which stated that the incumbent VC did not fulfil the minimum criteria set by the PHEC. Another alleged financial misappropriation had been unearthed at PU in the incumbent’s tenure. For the former VC, Mujahid Kamran, a NAB inquiry is also looking into financial embezzlement during his nine-year tenure. For the LCWU, the contest is between acting VC Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Dr Uzma Qureshi and Dr Shahida Hasnain. Dr Kausar has filed a representation at the Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) against the eligibility of the other two shortlisted candidates. Meanwhile, a writ, similar to that against the eligibility of the Dr Zafar Mueen at PU, had been filed against Dr Uzma Qureshi, which maintained that she did not fulfil the minimum requirement to hold the VC position. At UoS, the candidates include Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, Dr Tahir Kamran, and Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, who is currently the acting VC of PU. For MNSUET, Dr Aamir Ijaz, Dr Mohammad Zubair and Dr Shahid Munir are the candidates for the VC slot. Academic circles had been asking the government to appoint VCs at the earliest as these varsities face many administrative problems because of the makeshift arrangements, and with the LHC verdict in, there is no reason for the appointments to be deferred further.Published in The Express TribuneCity: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

IT University certificates distribution ceremony at Arfa Software Park

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:42
Lahore:May 29: Information Technology University (ITU) will organise its first edX certificates distribution ceremony at Arfa Software Technology Park here on Monday (today). In February this year, ITU had signed an MoU with global education platform edX, a nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, to integrate edX courses in the existing ITU degree programmes. Dr Umar Saif, ITU Vice-Chancellor will award certificates among the successful students. The successful collaboration between ITU and edX is leading to the formation of the first “digital university” in Pakistan. The collaboration with edX has enabled Pakistani students to take courses from top universities in the world in their classrooms at ITU under the supervision of the ITU faculty members. An ITU spokesperson said this is the first of its kind partnership of edX with any university in which online courses on edX are integrated into classrooms and supervised exams. Students earn a course completion certificate from a university such as MIT or Harvard and course credits from ITU. Currently ITU’s first year Electrical Engineering students were enrolled into the Circuits and Electronics course at MIT through this partnership.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Five education officials suspended for corporal punishment

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:40
LAHORE:May 29:School Education Department (SED) Punjab has suspended services of Ehsan Malik holding additional charge of the post of Chief Executive Officer of District Education Authority Lahore, Ms Tayyaba Butt Dy. DEO (secondary education), Ms Naghmana Irshad headmistress and two SST namely Rehana Kauser and Bushra Tufail. These orders have been issued in connection with an incident of corporal punishment which occurred at City District Government Girls High School, Factory Area, Shahdara recently. A 9th grade student Ms Fajar Noor, d/o Muhammad Akbar, was inflicted corporal punishment by two SST Rehana Kauser and Bushra Tufail who also took her to the top floor and pushed her down. The headmistress Naghmana Irshad, Tayyaba Butt DEO (SE) as well as Ehsan Malik didn’t report the matter to the higher authorities and rather tried to cover it up. Secretary SED Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik and Special Secretary Rana Hasan Akhtar Khan, on hearing the incident, immediately rushed to the hospital. They inquired after the student, got details of the unfortunate incident from her and assured her family that justice would be ensured in this case. Taking to The News, Dr AB Malik said the condition of the student was now out of danger after three major surgeries. He said the incident happened two days before the summer vacation, on May 23, and was not reported to authorities owing to which the officials were suspended. He said FIR had already been registered in Factory Area police station against the teachers who pushed the girl student down. The news. The chief minister has taken a serious notice of the issue and on his directions, suspension orders have been issued. Secretary Schools as well as Secretary Health have also been directed to ensure proper treatment of the injured student.The news. City: Lahore

Budget 2017-18: Educationists ‘insulted’ by meager pay rise

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 12:30
LAHORE:May 28:Schoolteachers, college lecturers and university professors slammed the government’s decision to increase their salaries by just 10% in 2017-18 federal budget. They called it a ‘meager’ increase compared to ‘massive’ inflation. The schoolteachers’ representative body, The Punjab Teachers’ Union (PTU), said the 10% increase was simply enough. In a joint statement, PTU leaders, including Central President Chaudhry Muhammad Sarfaraz, Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, Rana Liaquat Ali, Jan Sadiq and others said the raise was an injustice with government employees. They added that with increasing prices, the government should reconsider the decision. The statement demanded that the government increase salaries by at least 20% for employees and raise pensions by 30% hike. The PTU, meanwhile, appreciated the decision to add ad-hoc relief allowance to the basic salary of all public sector employees. Similarly, in a statement, college teachers’ representative body, Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) Lahore Division President Tauseef Sadiq said the raise in salaries of government servants, with the exception of a few enjoying administrative posts, was peanuts. He said the government maintained double standards for members of the parliaments and government servants. “The members got their allowances almost doubled recently, whereas the raise for government servants could be termed as a malicious joke,” he added. University teachers also expressed similar sentiments towards the pay rise. Federation of the All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) Central President Prof Dr Kaleemullah Barech, General Secretary Dr Shakeel Farooqi and others said only a small increase had been given to government employees in the budget.Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2017.City: Lahore

Ganji Makhi: refreshing stories collection

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:50
LAHORE:May 26:Bushra Bajwa’s humorous stories collection titled “Ganji Makhi” is a refreshing addition in the otherwise colourless, drab and tension filled lives of the book lovers in general public. The book is a compilation of six skillfully written stories for all ages but they are the representation of a child’s innocent fantasies and colourful dreamy world of imagination. It is Bushra’s first book which consists of six stories including Ganji Makhi, Besuray Ustad, Boohra Murgha, Nargis ka Kofta, Shahzadi Husan Bano k Sawal and Gajra. “Gajra” is an Urdu translation of Bushra’s story in English titled “spare parts”. She has been writing humorous stories since her childhood which appeared in Urdu newspapers and various weeklies. She also wrote stories for her college magazine. Bushra’s style is simple yet very binding with simplicity of thought and a grip on her subject. Her stories are a strong reflection of our beautiful simple and full of life past, which has disappeared in the materialistic rat race of the modern times. Ganji Makhi is a valuable record of our beautiful past and a memorable visit to our memory lane.The news.City: Lahore

Need to adopt new audit techniques stressed PU VC

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:48
LAHORE:May 26:Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir has said that auditors can ensure transparency in institutions if they play their due role as they stop others from wrongdoings. He was addressing a workshop on issues of local fund audit organised by Divisional Directorate Local Fund Audit Department, Lahore, on Thursday. Divisional Director Amir Mufti, PU Resident Auditor Chaudhry Zaffar Iqbal, former Resident Auditor Naeem Iqbal Qureshi, resource person Jamil Bhatti and a large number of auditors from various departments were also present. The VC said auditors must be respected. He said there was a need to adopt new techniques of audit. Amir Mufti said the purpose of the training workshop was to share experiences with each other and equip auditors with modern techniques to improve financial matters of the institutions. Meanwhile, Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir while addressing a prize distribution ceremony of the 121st annual sports event at Sherani Hall of PU Oriental College said the Oriental College was playing its role in promotion of literature in the country. Faculty of Oriental Learning Dean Prof Dr Fakhrul Haq Noori, heads of various departments and a large number of students were also present on the occasion. For the first time in the history of the college, cash prizes were distributed among the winning players and teams. Amanat Ali and Aaliya Shaheen were declared the best athletes of the event while Department of Kashmiriyat clinched team trophy.The news.City: Lahore

2,820 graduates awarded degrees at PMAS

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:47
Rawalpindi:May 26:A total 2,820 graduates were awarded degrees, while 59 decorated with medals in the 18th convocation of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Thursday. 43 graduates got gold medals, 8 silver medals, 8 bronze medals while 1785 postgraduate, 1,000 undergraduate and 35 Ph.D graduates were awarded with degrees. Two students also achieved the gold medals sponsored by the Bank of Punjab while a student of Literacy Centre also received gold medal. Federal Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, was the chief guest while PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Centre (PARC) Dr. Yousaf Zafar, faculty members and graduates were also present on the occasion. Federal Minister, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said the adoption of modern agriculture accompanied by trained manpower would not only help improve living standards but also produce quality commodities for the international market.The news.City: RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiAgriculture University Rawalpindi