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AIOU has largest book warehouse in Asia

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:19
Rawalpindi;29 January:With a capacity of over five million books, the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has one of the biggest book warehouses in Asia. According to the University’s Press and Publication department, a large number of books are available in the warehouse at any given time to meet the needs of its 1.3 million students. The printing network is the one of the largest in the country, where on an average 3.5 million books are printed each semester. The varsity employs the latest printing, cutting and folding machines to handle the immense load. While most of the machinery has been imported, Around 30 per cent of the work is conducted through an in-house printing process, while the remaining 70 per cent is out-sourced. There are about 40 registered printing houses in the country which deal with this massive task. However, the university handles sensitive work such as printing of academic degrees and exam answer books. Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2018.Rawalpindi

32 of arrested PU students served show-cause notices

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 12:09
LAHORE:27 January: The Punjab University (PU) administration on Friday served the first instalment of show-cause notices on 32 students of the varsity allegedly involved in recent clashes between Islami Jamiat Tulaba (IJT) and the Pukhtun Council. Students Affairs Director and disciplinary committee Secretary Shahid Mehmood Gull sent the notices with a detailed charge-sheet to residential addresses of the students as well as prisons where they were being held after an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) sent them on physical and judicial remand. An ATC handed over 13 students to police on a seven-day physical remand and 183 others to jail on a 14-day judicial remand for their alleged involvement in clashes in the PU on Monday and Tuesday. However, not all of the 196 arrested students belonged to the PU. The show-cause notices available with Dawn mentioned that the students had been charged with disrupting the honour, prestige and dignity of the university during the clashes that took place on Monday and Tuesday among the activists of IJT and Pukhtun Council. Other charges included creating chaos on campus, setting ablaze and damaging university installments at Electrical Engineering Department of the varsity, and creating a sense of fear among girl students. The students who were served with notices in the lock-ups were enrolled in Department of Gender Studies, Institute of Communication Studies, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, Department of Political Science, Institute of Education and Research, Law College, Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Department of Physics, Institute of Business Administration, Department of Space Science, Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Institute of Geology and Hailey College of Commerce to name a few. The students were directed to submit their written defence within three days through their heads of departments concerned. The disciplinary committee would also visit the suspended students in prisons to record their statements. Since the clashes erupted on Monday, more than 225 students had been arrested by police from hostels and four cases under terrorism charges registered against them at Muslim Town police station. The students were charged with destroying university property and damaging vehicles, including two police mobiles and five motorcycles, during the clashes that erupted between the IJT and Pakhtun as well as Baloch student unions on Monday. The PU spokesman said they were completing all legal formalities to take action against the miscreants. He said the students were being given an opportunity to prove their innocence and cases were quashed against those who were found not guilty by the disciplinary committee. Shahid Gull told Dawn that this was the first instalment of show-cause notices sent to students. They had received data of the 196 students arrested, but officials will visit the lock-ups and confirm how many of the arrested were PU students, and then send the second instalment of notices.Published in Dawn, January 27th, 2018.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Fatima Jinnah Medical University announced MBBS result

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 12:07
LAHORE :27 January: Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) announced the result of 3rd Professional MBBS Annual Examination 2017. According to details, Mahrukh Afzal and Natasha Irfan each got 768 marks and secured first position. Asma Wahid, Maaza Javed and Maryam Saleem Raza each got 761 marks and secured second position. Ayesha Zafar got third position with 751.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahoreFJMC Lahore

Punjabi Congress to hold moots

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 12:04
LAHORE:January 27: Fakhar Zaman, chairman of World Punjabi Congress and International Sufi Council who has returned after six weeks tour of Europe, has announced that two international peace conferences would be held in Sweden and Austria in the current year. In a press statement, he said that he had meetings in Sweden with cultural and literary figures like Peter Currman, Karin Perers, Mrs Lena and Azar Mohiuddin. The international moot in Sweden would be held either in Stockholm or Avesta. The subsequent peace conference will be held in Austria for which Fakhar Zaman had given the responsibility to World Punjabi Congress President Akram Butt and International Sufi Council President Denis Mete. Zaman also had meetings with Latvian writers and Hungarian literary figures. The culminating mega international festival of peace would be held in Lahore early next year and more than 50 countries wold be represented at the event by high-profile scholars, writers, educationists and intellectuals.The news.Lahore

Educating girls collective responsibility: Malala

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:34
DAVOS:26 January: Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai stressed collective responsibility to promote education of young girls across the globe. While speaking the World Economic Forum session titled 'An Insight, An Idea with Malala Yousafzai', she admitted that the fight for female education was not a single person's job. "Not one person will be able to do this. I alone can't send all girls to … [Read more...] .Express turbuni.Lahore

Clean-up’ operation continues at Punjab University

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:33
LAHORE:26 January:The Punjab University administration has decided to take measures to end presence of student groups at the hostel and started a ‘clean-up’ operation by removing the office of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT). The university administration moved against the offices of the IJT after clashes erupted at the campus on Monday resulting in more than a dozen injuries as well as subsequent arrests of IJT members and Pashtun and Baloch students. More than 200 students have been arrested since Monday, out of which 196 were presented before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday. The court handed over 19 students to the police on a seven-day physical remand, while 177 others were sent to jail on a 14-day judicial remand. The ‘clean-up’ operation was conducted at Hostel Number 1 and Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, thought to be the epicentre of the IJT. The student organisation had its offices at both locations and served as its base of operations in the university. The administration removed banners and logos of the student organisation, as well as removing their literature from the campus. A statement by the university stated, “On the directions of Dr Zakir, the hostel administration and PU security officials removed offices of a student organisation set up at Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre Hostel and Hostel No 1. The administration also removed posters and insignias of student organisations from all hostels and underpasses. Meanwhile, PU hostel administration has cancelled allotment of 31 students involved in incidents of violence. The luggage of the students has been shifted to storeroom.” Meanwhile, the university administration initiated action against 37 students it had identified earlier and had started disciplinary action against them, which could result in their expulsion from Punjab University. In this regard, a high-level meeting was held at Punjab University. Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zakria Zakir instructed the administration to take measures to ensure fair and timely trial of students who were found involved in the incident of recent unrest in the campus. He instructed the officials to serve show-cause notices to the students in custody through police officials. Dr Zakir also ordered PU Disciplinary Committee to accord opportunity of personal hearing at jail and police lock ups, so that no issue should hinder process of doing justice in this matter.Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2018.Express turbuni.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Islami Jamiat Talaba offices at PUnjab university closed down

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:32
LAHORE:26 January: Punjab University (PU) administration on Thursday closed down illegal offices of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) at New Campus and removed the graffiti and the insignia of the group from different places at the campus. Jamiat had set up its offices at the hostel of Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre and room number 244 at hostel number one. The administration also removed the posters and insignia of other student groups from all hostels and underpasses. Meanwhile, while chairing a meeting, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zakria Zakar instructed the university officials to serve show-cause notices on the students involved in recent incidents of violence. He said the notices be served in prison and police station lockup through police officials. PU Hostel administration has cancelled allotment of around 31 students involved in the incidents of violence. The luggage of the students has been shifted to storeroom. The VC also instructed the administration to take extraordinary measures to ensure fair and timely trial of students who were found involved in the incident of recent unrest on campus. A PU official, seeking anonymity, said the IJT was able to open its office again after many years during the short tenure of interim VC Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasar. Dr Zafar had resigned from the post earlier this month allegedly after pressure from the government for not allocating a piece of university’s land to the Punjab government. But, some PU and government officials claim that Dr Zafar Mueen resigned fearing disciplinary action as there was a charge sheet ready against him. The former VC has denied any wrongdoing.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PEF barred from making recruitments against 52 posts

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:19
LAHORE:23 January: The Lahore High Court on Monday barred Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) from recruiting 52 district monitoring and evaluation officers on a petition challenging alleged illegal appointments. Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan issued the order on an application related to an already pending petition against 126 illegal recruitments with the foundation. Muhammad Qadeer Aslam, a local citizen, moved the petition through Advocate Shoaib Saleem, submitting that the recruitment was being made in violation of the Recruitment Policy, 2004. He pointed out that in the main petition, he had questioned the appointment of 126 district and monitoring evaluation assistants. He added that during pendency of the petition, the Punjab Education Foundation advertised another 52 posts for the same positions. The counsel submitted that 126 officers, who were appointed by the foundation, were former military men. He added not a single civilian had either been shortlisted or called for the interview. The foundation blatantly violated Recruitment Policy 2004 by recruiting only ex-servicemen without any merit and justification. The recent ad for 54 posts was a political stunt before the general elections and was clear evidence of favoritism and nepotism, the counsel said. He said that PEF didn’t display any merit list.Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd, 2018.Lahore

PITB launches online business registration system

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:18
LAHORE:23 January: A team of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has launched replica of Business Registration Portal for the Sindh government and completed the process of necessary training for the respective officials of the stakeholder departments. The portal has been made active for testing and training purpose. Soon after the incorporation of all the change requests indicated by the departments concerned, the system shall be made public for online registration of businesses enabling the business community to get their registration done from home without any visit to the respective departments. PITB has provided an online platform for registering a partnership firm or their businesses with Sindh Employee Social Security Institution (SESSI) and/or Labour and Human Resource department as per their requirements, with detail/ summary reports and a comprehensive dashboard for the management, trainings to the staff concerned for managing operations via online portal, implementation of change requests and scope enhancement, ensuring infrastructure with high availability, reliability and secure quality services, online system monitoring through Network Management System (NMS); while changes can be reflected to the “Ease of Doing Business” website accordingly and to ensure that necessary changes to be made on Business Registration Portal for the same if required. It is a follow up of marathon meetings on Ease of Doing Business at International Finance Corporation (IFC) office Karachi held last month and attended by a team of World Bank, Sindh Board of Investment, Labour and Human Resource Department of Sindh, Sindh Employee Social Security Institution (SESSI), Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control Department of Sindh and Sindh Revenue Board. PITB made comprehensive presentation about the portal and presented at CS Sindh office which was lauded by the chair and Chief Secretary-Sindh directed the Secretary Planning and Development department- Sindh to process the same flow for Sindh province. Haj operation: The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB)’s Hajj automation project for the fourth time is successfully facilitating the Ministry of Religious Affairs & Inter Faith Harmony (MoRA & IH), government of Pakistan in Hajj-2018 operations across Pakistan and KSA at Jeddah Airport, Makkah, Medina Airport, Medina and office of the Pilgrims Affairs (OPAP), Makkah & Medina, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, initiated in 2015, said Dr Umar Saif, PITB chairman, while appreciating the efforts of the respective officials in meeting here on Monday. In the meeting Dr Umar Saif was informed about major new initiatives under new Hajj policy of the government, which would allow 5,000 pilgrims above 80 years age to perform Hajj with one helper making a total of 10,000 without ballot while all those applicants who remained unsuccessful for three to four consecutive years would be given priority by allocating 10,000 seats to get another chance to win in the overall ballot. The meeting was informed that 10,612 branches of 13 banks across Pakistan have started receiving Hajj applications from January 15, 2018 till January 24, 2018 involving banks workforce of 22653 personals while balloting would be conducted on January 26, 2018. Dr Umar Saif appreciated the dedicated efforts of the PITB team for encouraging improvements in the Hajj operations and facilitating the Hujjaj by establishing online registration and balloting systems, Automation of Haji Camps, Flight & Building Booking and Room Allocation System for Makkah, Room induction for Medina and Online Differential System. PITB has also provided assistance to the government of Nigeria for their National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) by replicating systems & services in Hajj-2017, Government Hajj Scheme Pilgrims Online Registration System, Establishment of Hajj Helpline and Call Center in KSA, Pilgrims Complaints Lodging and Redressal System (complaints, inquiry & suggestions) and Electronic Medical Record System.The news.LahoreBISE Lahore Board

254 receive degrees in Shadbagh college convocation

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:16
LAHORE:23 January: The 2nd convocation of Government Postgraduate College for Women, Shadbagh held here Monday in which a total of 254 graduates and postgraduates received degrees and medals. Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the convocation, he said the department was focusing on providing equal opportunities of higher education to both male and female students. Members of National and Provincial Assemblies, Director Colleges Lahore, the college principal, teachers and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Twenty-two girls received gold medals, 10 were given Roll of Honour for their achievements in co-curriculum activities while five students received Roll of Honour for their curricular based achievements. A total of 204 students were awarded certificates of distinction. Syed Raza Ali Gillani said the government was also focusing on providing equal opportunities to girls and boys in their professional growth. He also said the government was giving special attention to the education of women. He said nations around the world who valued education, research and hard work, were on the top in the ladder of success. He advised the successful students to share their knowledge with their peer groups and society. Honoured: Punjab Nursing Director General Kausar Perveen has awarded best performance award to Services Hospital Chief Nursing Superintendent Samina Yasmin for efficiently taking care of patients, better management of wards, effective record keeping, better infection control and behaving nicely with patients and their attendants. As many as 23 nurses of the hospital have also been awarded commendatory certificates. Kausar Perveen said Samina Yasmin raised the performance graph of the hospital through her effective strategy. She also praised Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for improving service structure of nurses, foreign training for them and transparent recruitment of nurses through Punjab Public Service Commission. His revolutionary steps have brought exemplary improvement in nursing sector, she said. Kausar Perveen applauded Samina Yasmin and said that she enjoys the status of role model for nurses as she has given a fresh passion of serving ailing humanity to nurses. Her dynamic leadership has helped great to earn good name for the hospital. She has set high standard of serving patients through effective training of nurses by conducting training workshops, seminars and symposiums keeping their knowledge updated. Other hospitals should also follow the working style of Samina Yasmin, she stressed. Speaking on the occasion, Samina Yasmin, while expressing her resolve to continue her services with the same passion in future, said that nursing is a noble profession for girls as they can go forward in life with confidence having served people. She also congratulated the nurses for receiving commendatory certificates. These nurses include Asma Taj, Raqaia Rehment, Kahkashan Arshad, Charge Nurse Sadia Naz, Nusrat Perveen, Muneeza Ilyas, Um-e-Kalsoom, Shahnaz Akhtar, Sobia Hussain, Shugufta Kalwar, Gulshan Akhtar, Shakila Nazir, Sadaf Arif, Amrat Ghulam Hussain, Sumaira Arshad, Aqsa Khurshid, Shista Shahzadi, Sadaf Kanwal, Maryam Anita, Fayqaa Aslam, Wajiha Israr, Iqra Shoukat, Isma Khan and Tahira Yousaf.The news.LahoreColleges in Lahore

Forms submission schedule announced for FA/FSc

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:43
Rawalpindi:23 January: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has announced annual 2018 exam forms submission schedule for Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC). February 19 is the last date for online submission of admission forms with single fee for the exams. According to RBISE spokesman Monday, the exams will commence from May 5. Both, part one and part two students have been advised to submit their online applications by February 19 as from February 20, the applications will be accepted with double fee till February 28 and with triple fee till March 9. All the private students who will appear in the exams first time will pay Rs800 registration fee in addition to admission fee. Apart from this, students will also have to pay Rs395 processing fee while all part-II and composite exam students, regular and private will also pay Rs550 certificate fee. The spokesman informed that the admission applications can be downloaded from the board’s website. All the students, private and regular will send complete hard copy to inter branch, RBISE according to the schedule after submission of online application. In case of any difficulty, the students can visit the board office at Morgah or contact the focal person at 0333-5458605 and Controller Examination on telephone numbers, 051-5450917 and 5450918.The news.RawalpindiBISE Rawalpindi Board

Clash in Punjab University Eight injured in student groups’ clash

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:42
LAHORE:January 23: An early morning clash between two student groups at the Punjab University (PU), New Campus, leaving eight students injured, turned the situation tense on Monday with reports of violence and vandalism throughout the day. The clash between activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and Pashtun and Baloch students took place around 4:45am at the Chemical Engineering ground where the IJT had installed a tent for its function to take place in the day. Sources said some PU officials were present for negotiations but failed to convince the students of the two groups and the clash took place in which eight students received injuries. A fire incident also took place at the nearby Institute of Electrical Engineering in the meanwhile. Soon after the clash, PU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Zakria Zakar also reached the spot and took notice of the incident. Later in the day, while dozens of IJT activists were staging a sit-in outside the VC office, some of their fellows severely tortured a Pashtun student at the Department of Sociology which angered the Pashtun and Baloch students who reached the administration block. Meanwhile, the Jamiat activists had left the scene. The violence took place at different points of the university with students pelting stones on each other while a police van was also attacked by the protesting students who damaged the vehicle. Police force used slight tear gas to disperse the students. Students belonging to Jamiat demanded the PU administration to take action against the Pashtun and Baloch students alleging that they were responsible for the clash and the fire incident. However, the other group alleged Jamiat for starting the clash and the fire incident. They alleged that Jamiat had been involved in violent activities at campus on the pretext of organising events. They also warned of academic boycott if the university admin failed to take action against Jamiat activists, including registration of cases against them. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also took notice of the clash between the student groups and ordered a probe into the incident. Later in a press conference, Dr Zakria Zakar said the university was identifying the suspects through the CCTV footage and other means. He also said stern action would be taken against those found involved. Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani and top police officials also reached Punjab University later in the day and held marathon meeting with the PU VC. CCPO Lahore Captain (R) Amin Wains, PU Registrar, SP Iqbal Town and representatives of the departments concerned attended the meeting. The government assured of the all-out support to the administration to purge the university of violent and extremist elements. The minister said Punjab University would remain open on Tuesday (today) as per routine and no one would be allowed to stop teaching and learning process at any cost. He said we need to learn from past mistakes and decisions taken must be implemented in letter and spirit. Syed Raza Ali Gillani said “We are not looking at anyone as a regional groups or religious entity. Criminals are called criminals in terms of law and they will be dealt with accordingly,” he added. Action plan had been prepared and it had been decided to take action against harmful elements who have caused damage to the university belongings and also mistreated students, he added. No unregistered person will be allowed to stay in university hostels and action will be taken against all those staying illegally. In response to a question, the minister said the incident's CCTV footage was available which was being shared with the police. He said the university administration and police would launch separate FIRs against the unlawful elements involved in the incident. Gillani said no one would be forgiven if found guilty. Answering a question, he said the decisions taken in the past have not been implemented and we are facing such situations because of administrations’ leverage in the past. He said no one would be allowed to create institution within the institution and action on Monday’s decisions will be implemented at any cost. Talking to The News Prof Dr Zakria Zakar said the university would rusticate the PU students involved in the incident. He said a new and improved entry system to the hostels would be introduced and no outsider would be allowed to stay at the hostels.The news. LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Teachers association to stage sit-in on January 25

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:17
MULTAN:22 January:The Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) has expressed concern over the failure of the Higher Education Department (HED) and Punjab government in fulfilling teachers’ demands and threatened to stage a sit-in on The Mall, Lahore on January 25. The teachers also announced they will boycott classes at local educational institutions, including Civil lines College, Wilayat Hussain Islamia College, Government Emerson College Bosan Road and Alamdar Hussain Islamia College. PPLA Multan Divisional President Tahir Islam said, “In response to our public protests, the PPLA along with HED had devised a comprehensive summary for acceptance of their charter of demands. This summary was developed keeping on board all the stakeholders, including Special Education Secretary Ehsan Bhutta, Provincial Education Secretary Nabeel Awan and Provincial Minister for Higher Education Ali Raza Gilani.” He added the draft summary was to be sent to the chief minister for approval. “However, due to bureaucracy’s lethargic attitude and non-commitment with its own teaching community, the final draft proposal could not be approved by the Punjab government,” he maintained. He lamented, “It is due to the pathetic attitude of HED that PPLA gave protest call in all the district headquarters of Punjab.” He said PPLA had protested peacefully and negotiated with the HED officials. He said that special education secretary had assured the protest participants that their demands would be met within the 30 days. “However, the matter could not be resolved and now the PPLA reserves the right to stage a sit-in at The Mall Lahore,” he warned. Tahir Islam pointed out that the PPLA was protesting in each district of Punjab and threatened in case their demands were not met, the association will be compelled to stage a sit-in at The Mall on January 25. Meanwhile, traffic chaos was witnessed at College Chowk due to PPLA’s protest demonstration. The PPLA had been demanding one step upgradation of teachers, the time scale for promotion, allocation of quota for MPhil and PhD scholar ships for college teachers, privatisation of public sector colleges by making the board of governors, devaluation of administrative powers to directorate level and pay protection and regularisation of contract lecturers. Earlier, hundreds of college lecturers and professors held a protest and staged a sit-in outside the Punjab Civil Secretariat in Lahore, demanding that the provincial government fulfil their promises for “pay protection” and promotions. PPLA member Nazim Hasnain said the government should fulfil its promises as teachers would not wait any longer. “It has been over a year since the government accepted their demands. Timely promotion, pay protection and timescalebased promotions were the rights of teachers.” He added that the government should end their antiteacher policies. PPLA President Hafiz Abdul Khaliq announced that they had been assured that their demand for timescale-based promotions would be met by January 15. He added they were told that a summary would be sent to the chief minister within the given period. “For other demands, including pay protection, the HED has assured us that the finance department will be contacted.” He said, “We raised these demands a year ago and were told that they were all legitimate. Now, after a year, nothing has been done and no commitment materialised. Because of this, we have decided to take to the streets.” He said PPLA held 15-20 meetings with the government officials and was ultimately forced to take to the streets as teachers were getting anxious. “We have been assured that notifications will be issued for the mutually-agreed demands and the government has asked us to wait until January 20.” Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2018.Multan

Customs to facilitate PU in research

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:42
LAHORE :21Januay: Pakistan Customs will facilitate the faculty and students of the Punjab University (PU) in conducting research on modern scientific lines and study the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) trade facilitation concept being implemented across the country. It was decided at a meeting between PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Zakaria Zakar and Collector Customs (Appraisement) Lahore Muhammad Jamil Nasir here on Saturday. The VC said faculty, research scholars, PhD, MPhil and master's students of Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and Institute of Administrative Science (IAS) and Hailey College needed proper forum for carrying out research and practical study of various policies of the Pakistan Customs. The collector Customs, in principle, agreed to facilitate the PU students in all sections of the model Collectorate of Customs, Lahore and five additional collectors and 10 deputy collectors posted at various departments in the city, including at the dry ports of Mughalpura, Prem Nagar and Thokhar Niaz Baig, will provide all sorts of assistance required academically to them. About practical exposure, the collector said the faculty and students would be briefed on how examination was conducted and how declaration of goods was checked and monitored. Earlier, the collector delivered a special lecture to the students of PU’s Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) and briefed them on the overall working of the department. He highlighted the salient features of the paperless and web-based system, which, he said, was one of the best procedures that enhanced the revenue through good governance and better control coupled with speedy clearance of goods.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Punjab University workshop

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:41
LAHORE:January 21: Punjab University Career Counseling and Placement Centre (CCPC) Saturday organised a training workshop and conducted interviews for the students of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Electrical Engineering and Chemistry. Career Counseling and Placement Centre Chairman Dr Abdul Qayyum Chaudhary, ICET Director Prof Dr Abdullah Khan Durrani, Fouji Fertilizer HR Deputy Manger Muhammad Ali Imam, HR Senior Executive Major Waqar Hameed Malik, faculty members and students were present. Abdullah Durrani welcomed the participants and briefed about the progress of ICET. Dr Abdul Qayyum guided the students about job seeking techniques and shining their abilities. Muhammad Ali and Waqar Hameed briefed the participants about Fouji Fertilizer and threw light on the steps of job. After interviews, the short-listed students got their trainee engineers letters at Fouji Fertilizer.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PU and Fatimah Jinnah Medical University signed MoU

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:40
LAHORE:January 21: Punjab University and Fatimah Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which FJMU would provide advisory services and allow its faculty to act as a visiting teacher at PU. The Vice-Chancellors of both varsities signed the MoU. According to a press release, PU would provide opportunities for education and research for the faculty development of FJMU through short and long courses. Both varsities would collaborate for improving quality of programmes, curricula, examinations and research in the field of health sciences. Fatima Jinnah Medical University Vice-Chancellor Prof Khalid Masood Gondal, Registrar Prof Shireen Khawar, PU VC Prof Dr. Muhammad Zakria Zakar and Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof Ahsan Nawaz were present.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PMDC computerisation starts

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:38
LAHORE:January 21:The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has started the process of implementing digitalisation system for its better functioning. Ad hoc Council of PMDC Chairman Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan (retd) chaired a meeting at PMDC office on Saturday to improve and revamp the IT system of the office and to implement digitalisation system to speed up the working and to move towards paperless environment, said a press release issued here. National Information Technology Board Director General Farjeel Javed and project head Bilal Abbasi gave a briefing on the digitalisation system going to be implemented. The digitalisation system would includes e-office system which is the first step towards automation of the working and paperless environment. After that, other system is the management information system which would help digitalisation of software system for all institutions imparting medical/dental education and online registration system, etc. The purpose of the e-office system is to provide a standard platform common to all federal organisations, keeping in view the existing rules and regulations of the organisation and to provide a fast, reliable and transparent system for quick disposal of working and to reduce the unnecessary delay and the cost associated with traditional physical file system and record keeping. The chairman said that, with this system, the doctors and medical dental institutions would be facilitated promptly. He appreciated Prof Mubashir Malik for facilitating the process of digitalisation. Mian Shakirullah Jan directed immediate start of the process. On his directions, letters have been written to the National Informational Technology Board to start the process.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahoreAkhter Saeed Medical & Dental College

Sampurna – Book Launch

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:37
Lahore:January 21:ArtChowk Gallery is hosting a book launch titled “Sampurna” by Saffia Saleem Beyg. This book is an attempt to explain the basics of Classical sub continental music traditions in a simple written format. The event will be held at 5pm on Saturday, Feb 3 at the ArtChowk gallery.Call 021-35300482 for more information.The news.Lahore

Aga Khan Trust’s role in health, education commendable: Shahbaz

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 12:14
LAHORE:January 20: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said mutual cooperation between Punjab government and Aga Khan Trust is expanding day by day and unprecedented steps have been taken for the restoration of historical places as well as the centuries-old walled city of Lahore. A delegation of Aga Khan Trust for Culture called on the chief minister. The delegation was led by Aga Khan Trust General Manager Luis Monreal. During the meeting Thursday, bilateral discussion was held regarding further expanding the programme of protection and conservation of historical places. The delegation assured of providing technical assistance regarding conservation, repair and maintenance of Shalamar Garden and Jahangir Tomb. Talking to the delegation, the chief minister appreciated different welfare-oriented steps taken by the Aga Khan Trust and added that its services in the field of education and healthcare are commendable. He maintained that a lot of benefit has been gained through the expertise of Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Punjab government shall provide all sorts of resources for Shalamar Garden and Jahangir Tomb as we only need technical assistance and expertise of the Aga Khan Trust, he added. Luis Monreal said support to the Punjab government with regard to restoration of historical places will continue and expressed satisfaction that partnership with the provincial government has remained wonderful. This partnership will be expanded in future as well, he added. Director of Historic Cities Programme Cameron Rashti and chairman board of directors of Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan Akbar Ali Pesnani were part of the delegation. Walled City of Lahore Authority Director General Kamran Lashari was also present. According to another report, the chief minister paid a surprise visit Thursday to burn unit of the Jinnah Hospital. He also inquired after the patients and the quality of facilities provided to them. He went to the ICU as well. Talking to doctors, the chief minister said those treating the patients are crown of his head and he was happy to see young doctors serving the ailing humanity that is our collective mission. He assured of resolving their problems and ready for talks with them. “I am not an opponent of the young doctors; rather I appreciate the ones who serve the ailing humanity with dedication. He said he has dedicated his life for serving the ailing humanity and the purpose of this visit is to further improve the quality of facilities provided in this hospital. While talking to media, he said a state-of-the-art burn unit has been set up in the hospital and he has been happy to see the neat and clean atmosphere around. Best equipment as well as the highly-trained staff is present to serve the patients. He said state-of-the-art surgical tower has been set up at the Mayo Hospital which will be fully functional in next two weeks. He said burn units have been set up in Faisalabad and Multan and it has been decided to establish two more burn units. He said a ‘drama’ was staged in the name of political gathering in Lahore Wednesday in which heads of the political parties from across the country took part and they were all guests of Qadri. The real objective of ‘drama’ was not to seek my resignation, but was actually aimed at targeting the development projects. To a question about summon issued by NAB, the chief minister said if NAB or any other body could prove corruption of even a single penny during his three tenures, then he shall be fully answerable to the people. To a question, he said work on Zainab murder case is being done speedily. There are things which we should not disclose before time. He said criminals involved in Zainab murder case will be soon arrested and will be given exemplary punishment before the whole nation. Meanwhile, the chief minister has condemned the unprovoked firing of the Indian forces at the Working Boundary in Sialkot, in which two women were martyred. He expressed grief over the death of two women due to Indian firing and extended sympathies to their families. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured persons. The CM also condemned the firing incident at police officials on Zarghoon Road in Quetta. He expressed deep sense of sorrow over the martyrdom of police officials and extended sympathies to the bereaved families.The news.Lahore

Teachers can help prevent child abuse Punjab University

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 12:12
LAHORE:January 20: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zakria Zakir has said schoolteachers can play a pivotal role in sensitising children for prevention of child abuse as school is the most important institution to create awareness about child rights. He said there was a need to do a scientific research to train the schoolteachers to perform the responsibilities of curbing child abuse incidents. The PU VC expressed these views while addressing a seminar on child abuse organised by PU Institute of Education and Research at Waheed Shaheed Hall. Faculty of Education dean Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhter, IER Director Prof Dr Rafaqat Ali Akbar, Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Abid Hussain Choudhry, heads of various departments, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Dr Zakria Zakir said that teachers’ role in child abuse prevention and creating awareness among children about child rights had been neglected in the past. He said, "We don’t teach children how they could protect themselves and what were their rights." He said that efforts must be made to improve schools’ environment.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore