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87,000 kids of kiln workers enrolled in schools

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:08

LAHORE:14 April:Minister for Schools Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan has said the Punjab government has paved the way for total elimination of child labour from brick-kiln industry through sustained reforms aiming at providing free educational facilities to children. It is heartening that as much as 87,000 children of brick-kiln workers have been enrolled in different government sponsored schools for getting free education espoused by the Punjab government.

He said this during his surprise visit to a school for brick-kiln workers’ children near Kasur bypass on Thursday. The representatives of schools education, labour and other line-departments were present. The minister put up different questions to the students and appreciated their hard work and keen interest in studies. He said the students are harbingers of social change who would excel in life through the educational opportunities provided free of cost by the Punjab government. He said besides free education, books, stationery items, uniform, shoes and monthly stipends were being provided as consolation. The government has ensured conducive atmosphere in the schools for positive personality development of the students. He said Rs 1,000 is given to a student every month while his parents get Rs 2,000 at the time of registration as encouragement. He termed the project unique and game-changer in South Asia and said a sustained monitoring system has also been designed to ensure the project is implemented according to the vision of the CM. The district vigilance committees would strictly monitor the educational activity of the students so that this educational process may not hamper at any stage.

During his visit, the minister visited Govt Elementary Teachers Training College, Kasur, besides holding a meeting with the parliamentarians at the office of DC to review the educational process in the district.The news.

GC University intellectual property Workshop

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:08

LAHORE:April 14:A one-day training workshop was held on Thursday at the Government College University (GCU), Lahore on ‘Intellectual Property’ to guide the university faculty and postgraduate scholars in registering their intellectual property rights i.e. patents, copyrights, trademarks and industrial designs.
According to a press release issued here, the workshop was organised by the university’s Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO)-Pakistan, a government body working under the Commerce Division.

Speaking on the occasion, GCU QEC Director Ms Iram Sohail said intellectual properties were intellectual creations of mind. These are intangible goods that hold value.

Therefore, she said, that intellectual properties’ protection should be given the same treatment and as respect to personal and real property. She said the purpose of the workshop was to create awareness to guide and assist the participants in registering intellectual property rights.

Ms Shakra Khursheed, a resource person from IPO-Pakistan, said the United States last year removed Pakistan from priority watch list due to effective measures taken by IPO and their coordination with international enforcement agencies. She said that 124 cases of intellectual property rights had been registered in first half of 2016, including 62 in Punjab and 40 in KP.

She said the enforcement of intellectual property laws was critical for sustaining and strengthening the national economy.

She said intangible assets in the form of intellectual property were needed to be protected from misappropriation as effectively as the tangible assets are protected.

She said piracy has been made in Pakistan a police cognizable and non-bailable crime. Thus piracy has been bracketed with the most heinous crimes like murder and high treason.

This is; therefore, a high visibility of Pakistan’s Copyright law which few countries of the world can match. Counterfeiting also attracts very serious punishments, she added.

blood donation camp: The students of the Government College University, Lahore have donated almost 100 pints of blood for the patients suffering from cancer at a one-day blood camp organised by the university’s Blood Donor Society (GCU-BDS) in collaboration with the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC).

According to a press release issued here on Thursday, GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of Blood Donor Society members that donate more than 1,200 pints of blood every year for the children suffering from thalassaemia. Prof Shah advised all the students to donate blood and highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation in protecting precious human lives. A large number of faculty members and female students also donated the blood at the camp.The news.

Pakhtun students protest ‘inaction’ against IJT

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:44

LAHORE:13 April: Punjab University’s (PU) Pakhtun students on Wednesday blocked the Campus Bridge to protest against the university administration and police for not taking action against Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT) activists who had allegedly tortured them.

A large number of students gathered on the bridge in the morning and shouted slogans against the administration and police. Traffic was blocked on the canal and Iqbal Town Main Boulevard for more than two hours.

The protesters demanded arrest of students and IJT activists nominated in first information reports and a ban on the entry of IJT members on the campus.

Meanwhile, IJT activists also reached the bridge but they were stopped by police and university administration.

University administration and Iqbal Town Superintendent of Police (SP) Umar Farooq held negotiations with the protesting Pakhtun students and opened the road for traffic.

The SP said that the protesters were demanding action against the nominated suspects involved in torturing Pakhtuns on the campus. The education minister had constituted an inquiry team, which would suggest the course of action against the students. However, he said they stopped both student organisations from getting into an argument again and succeeded in dispersing them.

A university administration official said that they were trying to sort out the matter peacefully and all IJT activists who were not PU students were not allowed on the campus. He said they would also take action on the suggestion of the inquiry team.

Earlier, the provincial higher education department had written to public universities and directed them to ensure that activities by students in the name of holding functions were not allowed and that such activities were under the administrative control of the vice chancellor.

The functions were banned in universities after IJT activists stormed a cultural festival of Pakhtun students. More than 15 students were injured in the clash.Published in Dawn, April 13th, 2017.

Govt to set up college teachers’ training schools

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:42

LAHORE:13 April:The Punjab government is working on an institutionalised mechanism for capacity building of college teachers through training by setting up training institutions at divisional level.

The plan aims at sensitising and educating teachers about latest teaching methods and would benefit the faculty of 721 public-sector colleges. More than 28,000 lecturers of colleges are likely to benefit from this programme.

Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani said this while presiding over a meeting at the Forman Christian College University (FCCU) on Sunday, where participants pondered over the teachers’ training programme for capacity-building of college teachers in the province.

Gillani said an institutional mechanism of college teachers’ capacity building would be established.

While discussing the concept of teachers training, he said different steps had been taken to elevate the standards of higher education.

“Colleges would be given funds in the next budget to provide different facilities, including IT labs to their students,” he added. “Capacity-building of teachers will ultimately benefit the students who would get quality education”.

The minister said the programme would help teachers learn new concepts and ideas in their subjects. The teachers training programme would be continuous so they could improve their professional competence and skills.

Gillani said universities would be encouraged to act as engines of research and innovation, where top-of-the-line research facilities would renew the intellect of the students.
“Instead of increasing the number of jobless educated youth, we want our institutions should develop best trained professionals, who can lead the country in different fields,” the minister added.
Forman’s Dr Cusrow J Dubash briefed the participants about the concept of teachers training at the meeting also.
The meeting was attended by Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Dr Nizamuddin, Higher Education Department (HED) Special Secretary Tahir Yousaf, Forman college Registrar Dr Hamid Saeed and officials of higher education department.Published in The Express Tribune,

HEC approves 12 PU research projects

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:41

LAHORE:13 April:The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) has agreed to provide Rs39.5 million for 12 research projects proposed by various faculty members of the Punjab University.
PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said this while chairing a meeting of Punjab University Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC) at the committee room of the vice chancellor’s office. ORIC Director Prof Dr Tahir Jamil, Punjab University College of Information Technology Principal Prof Dr Mansoor Sarwar, Institute of Chemistry Director Prof Dr Makshoof Athar, Department of Political Science Chairperson Prof Dr Umbreen Javed, School of Biological Sciences Acting Director Dr Naeem Rashid and senior faculty members participated in the meeting.
Dr Zafar reviewed the projects accepted by HEC in the faculties of behavioural and social sciences, science, life sciences and pharmacy. He appreciated the efforts of the faculty and said the university administration had the vision to promote research culture in the university and was making efforts in this regard. The administration would encourage all faculty members who were engage in research projects, he said.Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2017.

Punjab University Results of MA Arabic Part-I supple Exam

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:40

Lahore:13 April: Punjab University Examinations Department has declared the results of MA Arabic Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MA Diplomacy & Strategic Studies Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MA History Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MA Persian Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MA Physical Education Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MSc Sports Science & Physical Education Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MBA (3 ½ years programme) Part-III (3rd year) annual examination 2016 and MSc I.T (first year) annual examination 2016. Details are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk, according to a press release issued here on Wednesday.The news.

Punjab University BA/BSc Part-I annual exam

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:39

Lahore:13 April: Punjab University BA/BSc Part-I annual examinations 2017 will commence from April 19, 2017, for which roll number slips have been dispatched to all candidates on their addresses.
According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, if any candidate has not received slip, he/she can receive the duplicate slip from BA/BSc Hall, Exams Department, New Campus with a photocopy of CNIC.The news.

All Pakistan trilingual declamation Contest

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:38

Lahore:13 April: Punjab University students from various departments have shown outstanding performance and clinched prominent positions in the “LAFZ 17” 5th All Pakistan trilingual declamation contest and second bilingual parliamentary debating championship 2017 organised by University of Gujrat.
According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, in bilingual declamation contest students Rameesha Khan and Hamza Mustafa won team trophy while in English Parliamentary Debate Muhammad Abu Bakar and Fizzah Akhtar clinched team trophy as well. Naima Ali obtained Best Urdu Parliamentary Speaker Award, Muhammad Abu Bakar got Best English Parliamentary Speaker Award and Rameesha Khan clinched Best English Declamation Speaker Award. Hamza Mustafa got second Best Urdu and Punjabi speakers Award.The news.

HEC approves Rs39.5 million 12 research projects

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:37

LAHORE:13 April:Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has approved 12 research projects worth Rs39.5 million presented by various faculty members of Punjab University for the first time.
According to a press release issued on Wednesday, in this regard, a meeting was organised by Punjab University office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation at committee room of vice chancellor’s office. The meeting was chaired by Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir in which Director ORIC Prof Dr Tahir Jamil, Punjab University College of Information Technology Principal Prof Dr Mansoor Sarwar, Director Institute of Chemistry Prof Dr Makshoof Athar, Chairperson Department of Political Prof Dr Umbreen Javed, Acting Director School of Biological Sciences Dr Naeem Rashid and senior faculty members participated. PU VC Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir reviewed the projects accepted by HEC in the faculties of behavioral and social sciences, science, life sciences and pharmacy. The VC appreciated the efforts of faculty and said that the university administration had the vision to promote research culture in the university and was making all out efforts in this regard. He said the administration would encourage all faculty members who were doing research.The news.

Two students injured as miscreants target school in Gujranwala

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:47

Gujranwala:12 April:Several efforts were made to contact Mangi but none bore fruit. Her office was visited for four consecutive days but she was not available. Her office assistant, Jawed Akhtar Lashari, who had earlier promised to convey the message to her, said, “How can I give her your message when she is not in the office?” One of her clerks, requesting anonymity, said she seldom attends office during working hours. “However, she sometimes visits office late in the evening for an hour or so,” he added.
After this, the director of secondary education, Abdul Aziz Hakro, was approached, who could not offer much help. “She [Zaibun Nisa Mangi] works according to her own will,” he conceded.
Sindh Education Secretary Abdul Aziz Uqaili was not available for his comments.Dawn.

flower exhibition at Greater Iqbal Park

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:47

Lahore:12 April:Pakistan Muslim League-N central leader, MNA Hamza Shahbaz has said that healthy environment and quality recreational activities are basic right of every citizen.

Talking to reporters after inaugurating the exhibition of seasonal flowers at Greater Iqbal Park, Hamza Shahbaz said keeping the environment clean is our joint responsibility and in addition to government, every citizen will have to play its role in this regard. He said the Punjab government has tried to provide maximum facilities in minimum expenditure and now protection of this park is moral responsibility of every citizen.

He said that world standard Greater Iqbal Park is a national asset and gift for every Pakistani and represents all the four provinces. He said a memorable recreational park through use of modern technology at Minar-e-Pakistan is unprecedented. He said that first time an international standard park has been developed in which splendid water fountains are worth seeing. He said according to the instructions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, all government departments have performed well.

He paid a detailed visit to Greater Iqbal Park and expressed satisfaction over the facilities provided at different places. He appreciated Punjab Horticulture Authority team and said it was the result of team work and added that provision of historic and recreational facilities at one place was prominent feature of the park.

He talked to a child visiting the park who expressed happiness over the facilities in the park and the audience clapped with joy.

Sikh Sardar congratulated Hamza Shahbaz on setting up of this excellent park and said people from East Punjab will also visit this park. Hamza Shahbaz appreciated Punjab Tourism Development Cooperation for providing bus facility.

Director General PHA Mian Shakeel Ahmed gave a briefing to Hamza Shahbaz and said about one million saplings have been planted in Greater Iqbal Park and work has been completed at many times low cost in different sectors developed on the pattern of Dubai.The news.

Technical, vocational training to boost economy

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:46

LAHORE:12 April:The government has given immense importance to TVET sector and implemented youth skill development programme. Skillful youth is vital for progressing economy. Job opportunities are not much for youth in our country.
These views were expressed by Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana during the tool kits distribution ceremony of NAVTTC trainees who completed their training under Prime Minister’s Youth Skill Development Programme held at Governor’s House.
The ceremony was attended by president, Lahore Chamber of commerce and Industries, Abdul Basit, columnist Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami, Altaf Hassan Qureshi and prominent industrialists and media personnel. The governor emphasised due to technical and vocational training, opportunities for employment will increase within and out of the country as well. Consequently, it would lead to enhancement of foreign exchange, he said.
On this occasion, Executive Director, NAVTTC, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema while addressing the audience said that due to technical and vocational training poverty in the country has been evidently decreased and the youth is tremendously been attracted towards technical training.
He said NAVTTC has successfully been able to transform obsolete examination system with contemporary effective and result oriented system comprising of 90pc practical exercises.
President, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Abdul Basit said sincere efforts and steps have been taken to make this sector efficient and functional by the head of NAVTTC. He assured that Lahore Chamber and all industrialists under the umbrella will fully support NAVTTC. At the end of the ceremony, the governor distributed tool kits among the pass out trainees of NAVTTC.
Many young boys and girls informed that NAVTTC has provided them employable training in different trades like beautician, fashion designing, electrician, and plumber due to which they are earning handsome amount and now are able to support their families.The news.

No student union in future: minister

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:44

LAHORE:12 April:Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said the government is establishing faculty development academies to equip teachers with modern teaching skills. He said there would be no student organisations on the campus and students would study there only as they had come for their studies.
Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani inaugurated the office for establishment of Punjab University Medical College at Undergraduate Block here on Tuesday.
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Dr Muhammad Awais, President Academic Staff Association Javed Sami, Secretary Iftikhar Ahmed Tarar, deans of various faculties, heads of departments and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
Addressing the ceremony, Raza Ali Gillani said he had announced setting up PU Medical College and steps were being taken practically for its establishment. He said he was paying special attention to improve world ranking of Punjab University and in this regard, the government would utilise maximum resources. However, he said, the dream could not come true unless teachers play their role in raising standard of the university. He said the government was giving special attention to produce quality students. He said the government was also establishing faculty development academies to equip teachers with modern teaching skills. He said that there would be no student organisations on the campus and students would study there only as they had come for their studies.
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said "we would make PU Medical College the best medical college and we wish that sensitive operations like heart and liver transplant could be carried out there in future." Giving a briefing on the salient features of PU Medical College, Dr Muhammad Awais said it would be a world class medical college.The news.

Fatima Jinnah Women University annual book fair ends

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:43

Rawalpindi:12 April: Library of Fatima Jinnah Women University has arranged Annual book fair from April 10 to 12. The reason of the fair was aimed at providing an opportunity to students and Faculty members to purchase the books of their interest under one roof and to promote reading habits among students.
In the book fair different vendors participated where they displayed and provided books related to Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering, Urdu and Islamic Literature at discounted rates. Speaking on the occasion Fatima Jinnah Women University Vice Chancellor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir said that book fair is very important and highly remarkable intellectual activity specifically for the promotion of higher education.

It’s a regular feature of Fatima Jinnah Women University and very well organized activity. We are obliged to the vendors who participated in book fair and provide exposure to our students and faculty members who may not have enough inspiration to go to bookshops, she said.

She urged to promote the culture of book reading, and all educational institutes must arrange book fairs.

She added that it’s encouraging to see that students purchased the books and faculty also recommended the books in their own discipline.

Large number of students and faculty members attended the book fair. They purchased and recommended many book related to their interest and disciplines.The news.

Out-of-school children ‘a serious issue’

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:46

FAISALABAD:11April:Increasing number of out-of-school children remain a serious challenge as a large number of children are denied their right of education owing to lack of resources and awareness.

This was said by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan on Monday while speaking at the inauguration of newly constructed college building.

He emphasised the government, civil society and general public should take steps to provide education to out-of-school children. He said, “No nation can make progress without quality education.”

He added, “Committed, skilled and trained manpower is the guarantee of a bright future that will help meet the challenges of modern era.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2017.

A function organised to pay tribute to great poet Lala Sehrai

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:17

MULTAN:11April: A function was organised to pay tribute to great poet and writer Ch Muhammad Sadiq famously known as Lala Sehrai on his 17th death anniversary here on Monday.

The ceremony was jointly organised by the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a local NGO. Senior politician Makhdoom Javed Hashmi while speaking as the chief guest said that Lala Sehrai was an author of 20 books and he was a symbol of change. He said that his various books, including ‘Chaman Meri Umeedonka’, ‘Nae Phool Purani Khushboo’ and ‘Noor Minara’, were a great work. The other speakers, including Prof Dr Aslam Ansari, Dr Rafiuddin, Khawaja Razi Haidar, Dr Riaz Majid, Naseer Ahmed, Dr Mukhtar Zafar, Dr Javed Sadiq, Dr Sadiq Ajmal, Hafiz Iqbal, Shakir Hussain Shakir, Prof Zubair Ahmed, Prof Anis, Dr Muhammad Shah and Hafiz Abdul Waheed, paid rich tribute to Lala Sehrai and said that he was a versatile poet and writer. They said that Lala was lucky that a large number of people gathered here to listen to his poetry.
The speakers also lauded the services of the MCCI for promotion of literature and art in the south Punjab.The news.

Irregularities detected in BZU distance education

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:16

MULTAN:11April:Some alleged irregularities have been detected at the Bahauddin Zakariya University Distance Education as the varsity officials hired the services of unapproved, non-specialised external examiners for the specialised subject of Masters in Public Administration, The News has learnt.
The professional degrees of nearly 100 students would be at stake on taking viva and comprehensive examination in Masters in Public Administration by unconcerned, unapproved and non-specialised persons. The BZU senior faculty members said that the degrees of the MPA could be canceled. The BZU insiders said that the Distance Education Directorate hired the services of Awais Bin Aslam from a private company for conducting a viva of the Masters. Later, the university appointed the same person for taking comprehensive examination in the Masters of Public Administration in Distance Education on April 9. However, on the students protest, the varsity replaced Awais Bin Aslam with Education University Assistant Prof Sohail Ahmad, allegedly a non-specialised person in the PA Masters Distance Education Director Prof Dr Azra Asghar Ali called private person Awais Bin Aslam for comprehensive examination out of the list of experts. Awais conducted viva at the BZU Distance Education last week while he also conducted internship viva of the students of the PA Masters. When contacted, BZU Distance Education Director Prof Dr Azra Asghar Ali denied dealing the affairs illegally and said that the appointment of Awais was cancelled at the eleventh hour when it as learnt that he was serving in a private company. She said that the services of Education University Assistant Prof Sohail Ahmad were hired to conduct the comprehensive examination of the Masters in PA. She claimed that no private person was hired to conduct the MPA examination. When Education University was contacted, the officials said that AP Sohail Ahmad was specialised in Information Technology, not in MPA. The BZU senior faculty members said that if an external examiner with different degree instead of MPA conducts the comprehensive exam and viva, the degree would be challenged and cancelled.The news.

Punjab University,s dinner to bid farewel to welcome newcomers.

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:15

Lahore:11April: Punjab University’s Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP) organised a dinner to bid farewell to the outgoing batch and welcome the newcomers.
IAP Director Prof. Dr. Farah Malik and faculty members welcomed the guests including Dean Faculty of Life Science Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, founding chairperson Dr Rafia Hassan, former Directors Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Prof Dr Ruhi Khalid, Prof Dr Sameen Alam, Prof Dr Yasmin Farooqi, Dr Mian Aftab Ahmed, Professor Emeritus IAP Prof. Dr. Najma Najam, Ex. President of Pakistan Psychological Association Dr Bilal Aslam Sufi and Riaz Fatyana.
The programme included diverse skits depicting everyday life of a psychologist. The fun continued with the singing performances of students, mimes highlighting the creativity and involvement of the students.
The students gave away titles and souvenirs to their seniors.
The programme ended with the director’s note on the importance of such events in which alumni meet, share experiences and most importantly relive the moments once spent.The news.

Information Technology University Lahore

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:14

Lahore:11April:In order to provide intermediate and A-level students and their guardians an opportunity for an orientation to the institution and the faculty, Information Technology University (ITU) will hold an Open House on its campus on Tuesday (today).
A spokesperson, in a press release on Monday, said the ITU had invited applications for online admission for its undergraduate programs i.e. BS Computer Science and BS Electrical Engineering www.itu.edu.pk/admissionswith a deadline of April 25, 2017 while the candidates will appear for entrance test on April 30.
Those who have registered for Open House are required to bring their original CNIC for entry into the premises.The news.

Punjab University results of Doctor of Pharmacy Final Exam

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:13

Lahore:11April: Punjab University has announced the results of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) Final Professional seconds annual examination 2016. Details are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.