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University of Health Sciences declares MDCAT result

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:56
LAHORE:09 november: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) declared the result of Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT), 2017 on Wednesday. According to a press release issued here, a total of 48,533 candidates appeared in the test held on October 29, out of which 61.74pc scored 60 per cent and above marks, 14.38pc scored 50 to 59 per cent whereas 11.55pc candidates secured 40 to 49 per cent marks. Kumail Ijaz, son of Ijaz Hussain, and Muhammad Shoaib, son of Hafiz Muhammad Ismail, shared the first position securing 1076/1100 marks each whereas Hafiz Nadir Murtaza, son of Amjad Hussain, and Farah Saeed, daughter of Muhammad Saeed Akhtar shared second position securing 1070/1100 marks each. The eligible candidates will compete for 3022 MBBS and 175 BDS seats available in open merit in 17 public sector medical and three public dental colleges, respectively. The admission forms for government medical and dental institutions will be available from November 10 to November 17 (including Saturday and Sunday). All those candidates who have secured 83.4 percent and above aggregate marks according to the PMDC’s formula will be eligible to apply for admission on open merit. The first selection list will be displayed on November 29 whereas classes in all public sector medical colleges of the Punjab will commence on December 06. The admissions form and prospectus will be available, free-of-cost, at UHS Lahore, Nishtar Medical University Multan and Rawalpindi Medical University Rawalpindi.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

Late Zamurad Malik’s book published

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:54
LAHORE:09 november:Late Zamurad Malik was a scholar, critic, poet and teacher of great distinction. He is the first and the only critic who wrote articles on Punjabi contemporary literature. He was very popular English teacher in Murray College and Islamia College, Sialkot before he came to Lahore in early 70s and brought a new vision into the criticism of Punjabi and Urdu writings. Fakhar Zaman, a close friend of Professor Zamurad, edited and published his unpublished work in the form of book titled “Zamurad Malik – Shakhsiyat aur Takhleeqat”. The book is dedicated to his daughter Qurat-ul-Ain Malik. The book contains his Punjabi poems, a couple of Urdu short stories and essays. Various distinguished writers like Khalid Hassan, Amin Mughal, Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Shahid Malik, Akhtar Mirza, Zamurad Malik’s wife Zareena Zamurad, Professor Ashfaq Sarwar and Fakhar Zaman have written articles on the personality, writings and talent of the great scholar Zamurad Malik. Fakhar Zaman in his write up about Zamurad Malik said he was an institution in himself, he was a multi-dimensional personality who was well versed in subjects like Philosophy, Palmistry, Astrology, Painting and even Tarotology. Zamurad has left indelible marks on criticism of Punjabi literature because of his fresh vision. He died in an early age but he will always be remembered for his integrity, commitment and caliber, Fakhar Zaman said.The news. Lahore

Punjab University Teachers Front condemned new policy of Govt

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:53
Lahore:09 november: Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), Punjab University Teachers Front (PUTF) and several office-bearers of PU Academic Staff Association (ASA) have condemned new policy and process initiated by the government for the appointment of vice-chancellors in public sector universities and warned the government of agitation. According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, FAPUASA Punjab Chapter President Dr Javed Ahmed, PUTF President Prof Dr Sajid Rashid, General Secretary Dr Mahboob Hussain, ASA’s treasurer Dr Azhar Naeem, executive members Dr Ayub Afridi and Naeemullah, in a joint press statement, said the composition of Search Committee and the whole process reflected that private sector was being promoted and public sector was being ignored.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Islamic banking workshop held at COMSATS

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:04
LAHORE:07 November: Center of Islamic Finance (CIF) at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, in collaboration with Department of Management Sciences (CIIT-Isb) and State Bank of Pakistan, organised a two-day event capacity building workshop on Islamic finance. The opening ceremony was chaired by Faculty of Business Administration Dean Dr Prof Khalid Riza. Profound Ulma Ikram, renowned bankers, and officials of takaful companies attended this workshop. Bank Islami Pakistan Supervisory Board Chairman Mufti Irshad Ahmad Aijaz was the speaker of the event. He discussed all the dimensions of Islamic banking and answered the questions of the audience. The closing remarks and certificates were given by Department of Management Sciences Head Dr Aneel Suleman along with Associate Head Dr Fahim Aslam. The vote of thanks was extended by CIF In-charge Dr Abdul Sattar Abbasi.Published in Daily Times, November 7th 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahoreComsats Institute of Information Technology

University of Veterinary Sciences ranked among top 10 by HEC

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:03
LAHORE:07 November: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad ranked the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore among the top 10 universities, in terms of sports, for the year 2015-16. UVAS was ranked in seventh position for men’s sports and eighth for women’s sports. HEC ranked the universities on the basis of overall results of intervarsity sports championships for 2015-16. The events spread over 30 categories of sports for men and 24 for women. UVAS got 682 points in men’s sports among 95 universities and 507 points in women’s sports among 47 universities of Pakistan. In HEC’s previous sports ranking, UVAS secured 10th position in both men and women’s sports. In the latest ranking, the university improved three positions to advance to seventh in men’s sports and eighth in women’s sports. UVAS ranked among top Asian universities UVAS has already been ranked by the HEC among top 10 universities of Pakistan in overall ranking. It was positioned among the 301-350 top Asian Universities, as per QS Asia University Ranking 2018. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha congratulated the faculty, staff and students on this achievement. He said that the university’s motto of “Provoking Potentials, Producing Professionals’ had fast moved the varsity towards a multi-level education and skill development institution. He said this was made possible by using knowledge, resources and skills for human resource development. He hoped the university would continue its journey of progress and development in the future.Published in The Express Tribune, November 7th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahoreVeterinary University Lahore

Public schoolteachers demanded govt revise school timings.

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:02
LAHORE:07 November:Schools in the province have been asked to follow a health advisory due to increasing health-related problems caused by the thick cover of smog. Public schoolteachers have demanded that the government revise the school timings. In a letter issued by the Punjab School Education Department (SED), all schools of the province have been asked to follow preventive measures to deal with the smog. The letter, sent to all District Education Authorities (DEAs) Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), ordered following of the advisory issued by the Punjab health department. The letter stated: “The health department has already published the preventive measures for smog in newspapers. Therefore, the instructions given by the health department may kindly be circulated to all field formation and to schools for observing these measures.” The letter further gives instructions which include drinking eight to 10 glasses of water every day, reducing outdoor activities, closing windows and doors of rooms and using masks and handkerchiefs by all students, particularly those riding on bicycles and motorcycles. It also advised not to use fans in classrooms or houses and not burn waste material. The letter encouraged the wearing of eyeglasses during journeys, frequent washing of the hands, face, nose and eyes. It told locals not to rub their eyes and avoid drinking cold water or beverages. Meanwhile, teachers are also concerned over the thick blanket of smog in different cities and are demanding the government revise school timings due to low visibility and health hazards. “Our primary students are the most affected by smog and there is also a low turnout in schools.”Express News.Lahore

Computer courses for traffic wardens

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:00
LAHORE:07 november:Lahore Chief Traffic Officer Rai Ejaz Ahmed said City Traffic Police (CTP) is being equipped with latest technologies. With the collaboration of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), computer courses have been started at Arfa Karim Information Technology Tower for paper-less working. Initially 120 traffic wardens would be trained in this course. These wardens would serve as duty officers and ticketing officers at important places. Duty roasters, order books and traffic arrangement programme would be sent online in all offices of City Traffic Police through the computerised system. He said the computerised system will not only improve the performance of traffic wardens but also be a time saving initiative. OPC: Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab has reclaimed Rs 11 million of an expatriate Pakistani. OPC Punjab Commissioner Afzaal Bhatti said that Gulzar Asmat Mirza, settled in the United Arab Emirates, lodged a complaint that he gave Rs 20 million to Muhammad Nasir of Okara district for business purposes. After one and half year, he demanded his amount back but Nasir refused to return. His complaint was forwarded to OPC Okara office. DIG Agha Yousaf made effort and reclaimed Rs 11 million in cash from Nasir. He would pay the remaining nine million in three months. Gulzar Asmat Mirza thanked the OPC team.The news.Lahore

Director for Punjab Lee Swanson visited Govt College University

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:59
Lahore:07 november: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Director for Punjab Lee Swanson on Monday visited the Government College University (GCU) Lahore to identify areas of cooperation for youth development. According to a press release, Lee Swanson held a detailed meeting with GCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah. Faculty deans Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid and Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed were also present.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Lahore College for Women University and PCSW MOU

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:58
Lahore:07 november:The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to unite their resources to promote women empowerment. LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Uzma Qureshi and PCSW Chairperson Fauzia Viqar signed the MoU. Senior staff from both sides attended the event in Syndicate Hall of the varsity. Under this partnership, PCSW and LCWU would organize six seminars in LCWU in each academic year. PCSW would support LCWU for the development of course content on women’s empowerment and provide resource persons for extension lectures for students of Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) at LCWU. WILL would undertake research on topics suggested by PCSW and PCSW would appoint WILL students at internships. LCWU students from the media studies department would promote PCSW events. Fauzia Viqar lauded LCWU’s role in empowering women through education. She said PCSW is an organization committed to women development through promotion of awareness and act as a bridge between the government and masses on gender issues. She said the MoU would be helpful to collaborate on various skill and development programmes to strengthen the human resource needs of the country.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

PTI motion against education policy

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:54
LAHORE:07 november:PTI MPA Dr Murad Raas has submitted an adjournment motion in the Punjab Assembly secretariat against the government’s failure to stop students from leaving public schools in Rawalpindi district. Citing a media report, the PTI legislator said in 950 government schools, the Pindi administration was not able to enroll new students and failed to stop students to drop out, adding the number of school leaving students was on the rise. He submitted that this increasing ratio was mainly due to changing of educational polices on regular basis. Besides, the shortage of teachers and facilities like computers, classrooms, toilets were also reasons behind the dropout in public schools.The news. Lahore

Construction ofCholistan University of Veterinary Sciences to be completed

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:22
LAHORE:06 November: The Punjab government which had approved the establishment of a new university named Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (CUVAS) in Bahawalpur will be completed soon as construction work was nearing completion. Hunting allowed across province sans Cholistan The PDWP had earlier approved its PC-I amounting to Rs2,395 million and the government had already allocated 1,000 acres of land in Bahawalpur for the university. The work for land levelling has also been completed and boundary walls are being constructed to launch it very soon. Around four sessions of training of its staff, including teachers, in Turkey had also been completed. UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, who was a focal person for execution of the project, said the livestock sector was a source of livelihood and food security for the people in the country especially in south Punjab. The sector had enormous potential for economic growth of the country.Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

PU newbies break in with artwork at the Shakir

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:17
LAHORE:06 November:An exhibition titled as ‘Subjective realities’ was organised where 19 recent graduates of Punjab University (PU) College of Art and Design showcased their works to the public at the Shakir Ali Museum in the city. One of the artists, Zeb-Un-Nisa Asad’s thesis revolved around the phenomenon of over-thinking. Explaining the concept that drove her artistic process, Nisa said that everyone had passed through variety of situations and challenges during their lifespan which had helped them become better and practical every time. She said that she had experienced many similar challenges due to overthinking for the past few years. Those experiences had influenced her process of thinking with a visible impact on her work, she added. Lahore-based artist, Sidra Saleem Tahir, said that her topic revolved around human skin, its form and fleshed gestures. ‘Karachi looks like Karachi again!’ “From our childhood, we start to look at features of skin as an identity of certain individual in life and I have gone through many changes,” she said. According to Sidra, her work was not related to any specific identity or character but was a general exploration of recreating the form and gestures of skin. Revisiting forgotten heritage through art at the Karachi Biennale Another artist Zaunaira Sultan said that her work was a series of events that depicted most of our lives. She said that it included the stages everyone went through, how they changed us and how we redeem ourselves from the evil living within us. “I believe that every person has another side, a side that no one knows about except for that person. We have all done things in the past but how we deal with that remorse makes us who we are,” she added. Visual artist Aaisha Younas said that she wanted viewers to visualise current state of the art monuments through her thesis work. “Overlapping of massive structure in place of old buildings has become our socio-political priority,” Aaisha explained. “It causes deconstruction and ignorance from maintaining our historical architecture and opposite ways of conserving them,” she said. Saba Tanveer’s art series “The other side” was about paintings representing the ignored aspects of social phenomena that one should look upon. Artist Farkhra Asif’s artistic practice revolved around figurative art, basing her work on skin and figure and its connection with male and female mentality. The exhibition concluded on Sunday, November 5th, 2017.Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Govt to construct SPU Headquarters with Rs636.7 million

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:14
LAHORE:06 November: The Government of Punjab is going to construct Specialised Protection Unit (SPU) Headquarters at Tehsil Ladheikay Uchey, District Raiwind at an estimated cost of Rs636.7 million. The building will also have a training school, indoor firing range, barracks, quarter of guards and tube well chamber OHR reservoir. Traffic police chief tells people not to panic Documents available with The Express Tribune showed that the training school in the building will cost Rs39.5 million, indoor firing range Rs26.5 million, tube well and turbine Rs16.1 million, upper barracks at a cost of Rs137.8 million, HQ at an estimated spending of Rs39.8 million, quarter of guards Rs10 million, Office of DIG (SPU) wing at a cost of Rs35.7 million and stores at a cost of Rs18.9 million. Besides spending at the above mentioned infrastructure building, Rs27.7 million will be spent on 10% External Development Charges, 5.6 million on 1% Horticulture Charges, 23.4 million on Mega Project Charges, three million on WAPDA & Sui Gas Charges, 11.8 million on Consultancy Charges and 30.2 million on P.S.T charges. IG Khawaja lauds Motorway Police SPU was a specialised force created for protection of foreigners and CPEC projects. Official website of Punjab Police stated that Special Protection Unit (SPU) was created on 23/10/2014 as a dedicated unit for the security of foreigners working at different projects of national importance in the province. Protection of the premises and important persons notified by Provincial Police Officer, the persons on high risk as notified by the Government of Punjab or IGP/PPO also fall in the ambit of SPU as per SPU Act 2016. Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2017.Lahore

No Littering Day celebrated at Fatima Jinnah Women University

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 12:03
Rawalpindi:November 5:National Cleaner Production Centre in collaboration with Army Heritage Foundation celebrated No Littering Day at Ayub National Park, Rawalpindi. The purpose of this activity was to motivate and mobilize people about waste segregation concept. Students from Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and Hassan Academy of Special Education participated in the event. The activities included litter and trash pickup from park followed by awareness walk. Students approached different families and made them aware about how their little actions can make a big difference in making the environment clean. Irshad Ramay (Coordinator NCPC) interacted with students and volunteers and made them realize that a small piece of litter you have in your hand today could amount to billions of litters at the end of the year. Billions of rupees are spent just to clean up the litter that many people have thoughtlessly tossed out on the streets and other public spaces. But if each of us try a bit more of discipline and application of basic knowledge about the effects of litter, how much money could be saved and used for other more important services. Colonel (r) Imran from Army Heritage Foundation appreciated the efforts of National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) and emphasized to conduct these types of activities frequently. Dr. Ahmed Hassan and Major (r) Saleem of Hassan Academy Special Education stressed the involvement of special children in these activities as they are equally citizens of Pakistan and have that energy, talent and strength to showcase them.The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiFatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi

Fatima Jinnah Women University NAB hold speech competition

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 11:55
RAWALPINDI:05 November:Students of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) exhibited oratorical skills at a speech competition-2017 on Wednesday in English and Urdu languages with the theme of Say No to Corruption. The competition was arranged by Debating Society of FJWU in collaboration with NAB.Published in The Express Tribune,The news.RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiFatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi

Punjab CM to prohibit corporal punishment in schools

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 11:51
Lahore:November 5:A group of child rights defenders has urged the government for prioritisation of child rights. Addressing a press conference, Shafaq appreciated the federal government for enactment of The National Commission on the Rights of Children Act 2017.” Sameer Haider urged the Punjab CM to prohibit corporal punishment in schools and other settings.The news. Lahore

Pakistan Academy of Science awards gold medal to CIIT professor

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:42
LAHORE:November 4: Pakistan Academy of Science awards Gold Medals and Prizes in thirteen fields of Science and Technology to Pakistani scientists who have made original research contributions. Nominations for the awards are made by the Fellows of the Academy, Universities and R&D Organizations. The nominations are evaluated by Expert Committees constituted by the Council of the Academy. So far nearly 200 .Daily times. LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Teachers, parents call for changing school timings

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:39
LAHORE:November 4: Smog caused a sharp decrease in attendance at schools on Friday, as teachers, students and their parents demanded for a change in the school timings until the smog cleared out. Lahore was hit by dense smog almost a week ago, which is causing several respiratory diseases, eye irritation and many other problems. However, the children – who are said to be hit the most by this smog – have to face it at least two times a day: while going to school and then returning home after attending the schools. According to reports, around 200 to 300 patients having respiratory and eye problems are visiting hospitals on a daily basis. After heavy smog during the last couple of days in the morning, the teachers, students and their parents have demanded the authorities and the associations of private sector schools to change the school timings until the smog had cleared. Talking to Daily Times, Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) General Secretary Rana Liaqat Ali observed that the government should review the school timings due to massive smog prevailing in Punjab. He added that a dense layer of smog was affecting the students of primary classes, which is causing a drop in the daily attendance of students and disturbing their studies. “Therefore, the government should change the timings of single and double shift schools from 10am to 2:30pm in the wider interest of students, especially students of early classes. Sajida, the mother of a class three student, observed that her child had been suffering from eye irritation for the last couple of days and now his eyes were reddish. She went on to say that either the government should control smog or close the schools until the smog had left Punjab. Sajida added that the government’s steps to control smog were temporary as they were waiting for rain to rescue the general masses. However, the fact is that the government’s policies of focusing only on road infrastructure were also a major cause of this smog, she claimed. Mother of a teacher, Shahnaz, whose daughter is a patient of asthma, observed that her daughter was teaching at a private school and was unable to attend the school since the smog had prevailed the city. She added that whenever her daughter goes outside the house, she starts facing breathing problem; therefore she was not going to school. “If the timings would be changed then perhaps it would provide her some relaxation from smog,” Shahnaz said. However, the private schools association has opposed the suggestions, as President of All Pakistan Private Schools Owners Association Kashif Mirza explained that this would not be a good decision. “If the government implements it, the private schools will oppose the decision.” He added that smog’s density remains the same the whole day, so nothing would be done by changing the timings of schools. “Rather the government should take immediate steps for controlling this dangerous smog.” Kashif said that it was not only affecting children but every person who was staying at home or going outside. “If the timings were changed, it would affect the daily routine life of parents,” he added.Published in Daily Times, November 4th 2017.Lahore

Publication of textbooks reviewed Board of Governors of Punjab Curriculum

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:38
Lahore:November 4:Various important decisions were taken in the 47th meeting of the Board of Governors of Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board.The meeting, chaired by the board chairman, Lt-Gen (r) Muhammad Akram, reviewed the timely publication of low-cost, quality and error-free textbooks in the light of the Chief Minister’s Educational Reforms Programme. The meeting also approved promotion of the board employees.Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Managing Director Abdul Qayyum briefed the participants on the board performance. The participants expressed their satisfaction on it. The promoted employees include Iftikhar Ahmad, Faiz Rasool, Kamal Ahmad, Asad Ali, Arshad Mahmood, Muhammad Latif and Qaiser Iqbal.The news.Lahore

Punjab university VC Trauma centre inaugurated

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 12:36
LAHORE :November 4:The University of Punjab (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir on Friday inaugurated ‘Psychological Trauma Centre’ at Centre for Clinical Psychology. This is the first initiative by any university for mental treatment of the patients facing psychological problems. Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Centre for Clinical Psychology Director Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar, senior faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Addressing the ceremony, Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir advised the students of psychology to serve humanity at their best and make it a goal of their life. Dr Rukhsana Kausar said the trauma centre was a milestone in the history of PU.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore