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Schoolteachers reiterate demand of 20 percent pay raise

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:34
LAHORE:June 12: Punjab public schoolteachers have yet again demanded the provincial government to grant them 20 percent pay raise. Talking to Daily Times on Sunday, representatives of Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) Sajjad Kazmi Group have demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to accept their demand of a pay raise. "Besides, the government should also increase house rent and medical allowance up to 50 percent," they said. Punjab Teachers Union President Muhammad Sarfraz said that inflation was getting out of control, which was causing severe problems for common people, especially government employees. " The increase in salaries of government employees up to 10 percent is not enough keeping in view the rise in inflation." Sarfraz said that most of the government employees were dependent on only one source of income to meet their expenses, and it had become very difficult for the government employees to make both ends meet with a meagre increase in salaries. "Besides, the government has imposed several new taxes, which will obviously increase burden on government employees and teachers as well." It might be mentioned that both Punjab and federal government had announced 10 percent increase in salaries and pension of serving and retired government employees, respectively, a move severely criticised by government employees and trade unions. He said that the government should announce 20 percent increase in salaries of teachers of schools, colleges and universities. "Teachers are nation builders who strive to make future of any country safe and secure, therefore, the government should support them in the larger interest of the country," he added. He also urged the government to offer medical facilities or medical allowances to retired government employees. "The government should restore the medical allowance to pensioners as senior citizens need more healthcare facilities," he concluded.Daily Times.City: Lahore

Naatia Mushaira’ held to celebrate Ramazan

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:29
Lahore:June 12:A magnificent Na’atia Mushaira at ‘Turabi’s Baithak’ was organised by Dr. Nisar Turabi and his team in connection with the holy month of Ramadan. It started with recitation from the Holy Quran magically done by Ali Bin Aziz. After introductory remarks about Dr. Ehsan Akbar presiding over the function and guest poets Dr. Muhammad Amin and Anjum Javed, Dr. Nisar Turabi handed over conduct of the Mushaira to Mehboob Zafar, a gentleman with commendable expertise and poise. He performed this role in an entirely professional and graceful manner. It was a great Ramazan afternoon of course with all great poets present to show their love for the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) at Na’atia Mushaira. As the poets came in turn amidst hot weather, they were given standing ovation. The participating poets recited their ‘Na’atia Kalam’. Everyone’s heart gripped with emotions. The recited Na’ats were rousing, delicate, touching and motivating. The audience relished the beauty of Na’atia poetry. They listened to the Na’atia compositions of the illustrious poets with international fame like Dr. Muhammad Amin, Dr. Ehsan Akbar, Anjum Javed, Naseem-e-Sahar, Mehboob Zafar, and Farhat Abbas -- all seasoned celebrities in the realm of poetry whose participation is considered to be the touchstone for the success of such literary congregations. Dr. Ehsan Akbar throwing light on the significance of modern Na’atia literature said that this kind of Na’at was first written by Allama Muhammad Iqbal and the rest followed his style. He said our era needs to strictly adhere to the path of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) if it wants peace. In the end, Dr. Nisar Turabi arranged a relishing ‘iftar’ dinner. Thanks were extended to all the poets especially to Dr. Ehsan Akbar, Dr. Muhammad Amin and Anjum Javed for gracing the occasion. Everyone left this event with pleasant memory. At the Na’atia Mushaira characterized by spiritual fervour and reverence to the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him), the following names regaled and captivated the audience: Rakhio mujay nazroun mein muj par abhi guzray ga Ek aur zameen andar ek aur zamana bhi Dr. Ehsan Akhbar Sanayay khawja hee se hosla hayat ka hai Nabi ki naat waseela meri najaat ka hai Yeh mehro mah sitaray yeh aasmaanay baseet Ishara shaqay qamar se tasurrfaat ka hai Muhammad Ameen Manzloun ka nishan raastoun bharum Uon ka naqshay qadam uon ka naqshay qadam Anjum Javed Jo sar jukha hazoor ki chokhat pe aik baar Who phir kaheen jukhay ga zamanay ki bhool hai Farhat Abbas Atta huayay hain qareenay tu naat likhi hai Banay hain lafz nageenay tu naat likhai hai Naseeme Sahar Muj ko aaka ki shufaat ka khazeena day kay Meri bakhshash ka waseela bhi khuda ne rakha Nisar Turabi Chor kar aap kay dar ko jayoun kahan Main bura aap ka main bhala aap ka Mehboob Zafar Mera amal hee kia hai shafaat pe hai nazar Likhoun amal ki baat tu tar daamni likhoun Mahmooda Ghazia Aik kashti kay musafar aur itna ikhtalaf Hum se badbaktoun ko bas Allah hai ya aap hain Tahira Ghazal Diloun kay kaasay, talab kay naghmay, tarap kay qisay Daray Nabi pe har ek tamanna gulaab bun kay saji hui aj Shamsa Noreen Wo jo ubhra tha Hira ka sooraj Os se shab ka farayb khatm hua Ali Bin Aziz Aala Arfa husn jamal Kidray milay na koi masaal Saleem Akhtar Gar hai yahi ek shartay wafa shahay Madina Hum Jaan bhi kar dain gay fida shahay Madina Zahid Rabbani.The news.City: Lahore

447 students awarded scholarships at GCU

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:36
LAHORE:11May: The Old Ravians and philanthropists have donated about Rs 15.7 million to the Government College University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) at the Annual Scholarship Distribution and Fundraising Dinner 2017 for the scholarships of the university's financially-challenged students. Eminent nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand was the chief guest at the ceremony where donors were invited to personally meet the students who are being benefited from their donations. Speaking on the occasion, GCU EFT Executive Committee Secretary Prof Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt said this year, the trust awarded scholarships worth Rs 12.29 million to the university's 447 financially-challenged students, including 41 golden scholarships which covered the university fee and hostel expenses of students. He said that the trust had awarded Rs 58.6 million scholarships to 1,746 students since 2009.Daily Times.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

IT University,and University of Colorado will jointly install water ATM machines

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:34
LAHORE:11May: In a historical collaboration between the Information Technology University (ITU), Lahore and University of Colorado, United States, water ATM machines will be set up all across Punjab in order to provide clean drinking water to the people. According to reports, the whole project will cost around $374,599. The project will be undertaken under the Pakistan - United States Science and Technology Cooperation programme. ITU's Dr Tauqeer Tauseef and Dr Mustafa Naseem will be working together on this project and it will be completed under the supervision of America's National Academy of Science and Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan. According to the details released by the ITU, research has shown that due to ineffective monitoring of the water filtration plants, locals are being deprived of clean water facilities. It also says that Pakistan is on the brink a severe water crisis as the underground water level has now gone down to a 1000 cubic metre, which is alarming. Water ATM machines will be controlled electronically and it will be possible to measure the quality of the water as well. According to the details the project will begin soon. A water ATM is an automated water vending machine that dispenses pure drinking water. It can be installed in urban and rural localities which do not have access to clean and pure drinking water. A water vending machine works like any regular bank ATM, the only difference being that it provides water instead of money. A water ATM machine brings several advantages for the citizens: It dispenses safe and pure water 24/7 round the year. It can be installed in - schools, hospitals, bus/railway stations or community meeting places. It saves time and efforts that people spend on travelling or standing in queues to fetch safe and pure drinking water. It reduces the dependence of citizens on packaged drinking water, which otherwise is an expensive option, especially for those living in rural areas.Daily Times.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Media can educate citizens on causes of disasters’

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:32
Lahore:11May:Two-day long refresher training workshop for media coordinators of Punjab Emergency Service/Rescue 1122 concluded at the Managers Training Centre, Emergency Services Academy, on Saturday. The basic purpose of the workshop was to train the audio/video cameramen of the service about incident reporting, effective monitoring of emergency staff, visual monitoring of operations, event management and coordination with media professionals on emergency operations sites. Jam Sajjad Hussain, head of public relations, was the course coordinator. Dr Farhan Khalid, registrar of the academy, Ali Hassan, head of law and administration, Mohsin Durrani, emergency officer coordination, Imran Ali, art section in charge and others were also present on the occasion. Punjab Rescue DG Dr Rizwan Naseer, while addressing the concluding ceremony, said that the media coordinators were the eyes and ears of the Service by playing their role of effective monitoring of emergency operations. Addressing them, he said, “You have to play the role of connecting bridge among public, media and the Service while engaging all stakeholders of society for prevention of emergencies.” He said the media was an important pillar of state and it could play an effective role in prevention of emergencies through education of the citizens about the causes leading to emergencies and disasters. He said monitoring was essential element to ensure working of emergency staff in a professional manner during management of trauma patients, medical emergencies, fire emergencies, building collapse and hazardous material incidents, etc. He said stressed the need to ensure uniform standards of emergency services being provided in all districts of the Punjab. According to him, reporting and visuals of emergency operations depict several hidden aspects of operations. Dr Rizwan Naseer said that visual monitoring feedback of emergency operations might further motivate rescuers to improve their performance through professional firefighting and emergency management. Later, the DG distributed commendatory certificates among the participants and organisers of the workshop.The news. City: Lahore

Rs15.7m donated to GC University for scholarships

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:31
LAHORE:11May:The Old Ravians and philanthropists donated about Rs 15.7 million to the Government College University’s Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) at the Annual Scholarship Distribution and Fundraising Dinner 2017 for the scholarships of the university’s financially-challenged students. Eminent nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarikmand was the chief guest at the ceremony to which donors were invited to meet the students who are being benefited from their donations. GCU-EFT Executive Committee Secretary Prof Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt said this year, the trust awarded scholarships worth Rs 12.29 million to the university’s 447 financially-challenged students, including 41 golden scholarships which covered the university fee and hostel expenses of student. He said that the trust had awarded Rs 58.6 million scholarships to 1,746 students since 2009. Prof Butt informed the trust donors that the scholarships were given purely on merit after the interview of candidates by the GCU Financial Aid Committee which comprised five heads of departments. He said all documents of applicants from income certificates to utility bills were examined in detail. GCU-EFT Executive Committee President Iqbal Z Ahmed said that the fund had swelled to Rs 340 million, and their target was to raise it to Rs 1 billion by 2020, so that all financially-challenged students could get scholarships. He added that more than 2,000 students apply to the trust for scholarships every year. GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah appreciated the untiring efforts of the GCU-EFT executive committee members, Iqbal Z Ahmed, Mian Misbah ur Rehman, Mian Muhammad Ashraf, Javaid Oberia, Zia Rizvi and Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt for the development of the university’s fund. He asked the scholarships’ recipients that these GCU EFT executive committee members should be their role models who were successful in their lives and were now paying back the debt of their alma mater by supporting its students. Dr Samar Mubarikmand expressed pleasure that Old Ravians were contributing towards continuation of education among the younger generation. He said GCU Endowment Fund was a role model for other educational institutions as well. Later, inspired by the transparency and credentials of the scholarships’ recipients, the Old Ravians, including Khawaer M Butt, Dr Safdar Malik, Main Asad Bashir, Dr Zaheer Ahmed Siddique, Javaid Oberia, Aftab Iqbal, Ahsan Saeed Mian, Dr Sarfraz Khalid and a few private banks gave away donations to the trust at the dinner.The news. City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Arid Agriculture University approves budget

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:09
Rawalpindi: The Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) has approved the recurring budget of Rs 2049.183 million the fiscal year 2017-18. The budget was approved in the Finance and Planning Committee meeting held at the main campus. It was chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad. The other committee members included representative members of University Syndicate as well the government departments representatives. The committee estimated Rs 2049.173 million expenditure and Rs 2049.183 million in income. The university expects Rs 701.026 million grant from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Rs 78.423 million from the the Punjab government. Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad thanked the participants for their valuable contribution and said it is the first time of the PMAS-AAUR that the university's income had been equal to the grants of the HEC and the Punjab government. He also added that the heads of the departments would be provided financial management training.Daily Times.City: RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiAgriculture University Rawalpindi

CTP delivered road safety lectures to 5,000 students

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 12:42
LAHORE:10 June: Lahore Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Rai Ijaz Ahmad Friday said that the City Traffic Police (CTP) delivered road safety lectures to more than 5,000 thousand students at d50 educational institutions during the first ten days of holy fasting month of Ramazan. The chief traffic officer said that students took keen interest in the road safety lectures which would help decrease traffic rules violation. He said that the traffic police was not only serving citizens on roads but also delivering road safety lectures at different educational institutions - both government and semi-government.Daily Times.City: Lahore

Information Technology University Water quality

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 12:39
Lahore:June 10: Information Technology University (ITU) and University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) will work together to develop “Design and Implementation of Water ATMs – Water Dispensing and Quality Measurement Units” in Pakistan under Pakistan-United States Science and Technology Cooperation Programme. For this project, Dr Tauseef Tauqeer of ITU and Mustafa Naseem of UCB have jointly been awarded a competitive research grant of US $ 374,599 by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in the US and by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan. According to a press release, the Punjab government is determined to install water filtration plants – community clean water collection points, where community members can get clean drinking water free of cost. Research has shown that due to the lack of regular monitoring of various filtration mechanisms, water quality is below acceptable levels at many plants. Pakistan is an extremely water-starved country, with water levels falling below 1,000 cubic metres per capita in the recent past. Access to clean drinking water is an even greater challenge, with 16 million people in Pakistan having no choice but to drink unhygienic water, resulting in death of 41,000 children per year due to diarrhea, substandard water and lack of sanitation. This project aims to create a Water ATM – an electronic water dispensing device with quality measurement unit. The Water ATM will comprise probes that measure pH, turbidity, residual chlorine and total dissolved solids (TDS). The water quality and dispensing quantity will be measured throughout the day and the data will be recorded via telemetry on the web-based dashboard. In this way, any water wastage or filtration plant maintenance issues can be promptly highlighted and timely addressed.Daily Times.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

PHEC, GCU ink MoU on PhD scholarship programme

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 12:37
LAHORE:June 10:Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and Government College University (GCU) signed an MoU here on Friday to launch International Split PhD Scholarship Programme for the faculty of public sector colleges and universities of Punjab. PHEC Chairman Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin and GCU Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah signed the 33-point MoU regarding funding, eligibility criteria and other initial standard operating procedures for the new international programme. According to the Split PhD programme, the selected teachers would spend a year at the leading foreign universities for their research work at the government funding, which includes all their expenses, including admission fee, stipend, book allowance, medical, travelling cost and settlement allowances etc. However, the PhD scholars would complete their two-year coursework at GCU Lahore, where foreign faculty would also be invited for conducting workshops under the programme. According to the accord, the PHEC would initially provide six scholarships worth Rs28.92 million for the year 2017-18 for the launching of a pilot Split PhD Scholarship Programme in the fields Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. The GCU Lahore would advertise the Split PhD Programme and would process all the admissions. However, a Joint Selection Committee comprising representatives of GCU Lahore and PHEC will shortlist the candidates based on the approved criteria. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Nizamuddin said the Split PhD programme aimed to maximise opportunities for higher learning and research for the teachers of public sector higher education institutions. “We are determined to enhance the capacity of the faculty of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by offering them an international exposure and funding their studies at top-ranked international partner universities,” said the chairperson. Prof Nizam said PHEC intended to scale up the programme with GCU next year and was also planning to extend it to other universities of Punjab in next phase to meet the shortage of qualified PhD faculty especially in the fields of social sciences and arts in the colleges and universities of Punjab. Vice-Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah said the International Split PhD Scholarship Programme would help to refine the research culture at local universities. “The faculty members would get an opportunity to study at top-ranked universities and would be engaged in research activities with foreign and local experts,” said the vice-chancellor. He said that GCU Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran and PHEC DG (Quality Assurance) Muhammad Anees Sadozai are appointed as the focal persons to ensure the smooth and timely implementation of the programme. GCU Academic Planning and External Links Director Ms Fouzia Shahin said the eligibility criteria for the scholarship had been defined in the MoU, according to which applicant must be less than 45 years of age and regular faculty member of any higher education institution in Punjab having minimum 3.0 CGPA in MS/MPhil Degree Programme.Daily Times. City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

PU Syndicate holds ‘illegal’ meeting, approves Rs 9bn budget

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:56
LAHORE:June 9: The Punjab University on Thursday held its syndicate meeting despite the stay order by the Lahore High Court (LHC). Teachers held a protest outside the vice chancellor's office and tried to stop the meeting. The meeting of syndicate approved budget for fiscal year 2017-18 of Rs 9 billion however, a number of teachers including elected members of PU Senate and PU Academic Staff Association (PUASA) stormed into the syndicate meeting and staged a protest demonstration outside the vice chancellor's office terming the meeting illegal. Moreover, because of lack of quorum, PU admin could not start syndicate meeting for four and a half hours as only 8 members out of 19 were present in the beginning. Later, at around 2:45pm, Additional Secretary Finance Abdul Samad arrived and the administration wrapped up Rs 9.27 billion budget meeting in just 15 minutes. Earlier at 9:30am, the teachers held a demonstration outside the VC's office. The protesters were holding placards and banners bearing slogans against Provisional Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir. The main gate of the VC's office was closed but the teachers strongly protested and the move finally ended after opening of the gate on the orders of the acting registrar. A minor scuffle also erupted between Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir and the media persons. The university administration also had to shift meeting's venue from Committee Room of Vice Chancellor's office to the Committee Room of Planning and Development Wing situated on second floor. Elected members of the senate Dr Kamran Abid and Engr Dr Azhar Naeem briefed the members of the syndicate, saying that the court had stayed syndicate meeting and the approval of the chancellor had also not been sought. They said the meeting had been convened in sheer violation of orders of Lahore High Court. Talking to media outside VC office, PU's elected members of senate and Academic Staff Association including Dr Kamran Abid, Engr Dr M Azhar Naeem, Dr Ayub Afridi, Dr Yumna, Institute of Geology's former director Shahid Samini and others said that the meeting was illegal as the approval for convening the meeting including its agenda items had not been sought from the chancellor as ordered by the Lahore High Court in WP No 20756-16 titled Dr Mansoor Sarwar vs Province of Punjab. They said that even the quorum (10 members of the syndicate) of the meeting was not complete but the VC, who did not have the experience of running a public sector university, continued to hold the meeting in sheer violation of court orders and university act. They said that as per university calendar, half of the total strength of the syndicate was mandatory in attendance to fulfil the requirement of the quorum and there should be at least 10 members present in the meeting. Dr Kamran Abid said that the VC did not care about stature, rules and regulations of the university. He said that Provisional Vice Chancellor Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir had increased student fees thus dropping a "fee bomb" on poor students. He further added that Dr Zaffar Mueen was taking every step to destroy alma matter of the poor people and promoting private sector. He also said that that they would challenge convening of the syndicate meeting in Lahore High Court on account of contempt proceedings and on account of statutory quorum requirement given in the act of the university. However, despite all the unrest and protest, Punjab University Syndicate meeting, presided over by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir, approved Rs 9 billion budget for the year 2017-18. The university expects a total grant of Rs 2.548 billion from Higher Education Commission. According to details, in order to encourage research activities, the university has increased research grant from Rs 120 million to Rs 150 million. According to other salient features of the budget, special students will also be provided with free education along with boarding facilities, while students taking admission on sports basis will be provided free education. The university will continue to waive tuition fee of Hafiz-e-Quran. The university has allocated Rs 70 million for overseas scholarships and Rs 70 million for participation in national and international conferences. In order to facilitate students, Punjab University is providing funds of Rs 11 million to its students in terms of scholarships, student affairs and career counselling and other activities. Moreover, HEC scholarships worth Rs 9.74 million and PEEF scholarships will also be provided to students. Punjab University is providing Rs 220.40 million as hostel subsidy, Rs 4.83 million as transport subsidy and Rs 10.14 million as Internet subsidy to students. The net subsidy on the mentioned services has been increased from Rs 210 million to Rs 270 million and in addition to the above, subsidy on electricity bills in teaching departments is also being provided. The PU has allocated Rs 410 million for development projects.Daily Times.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Rs9b PU budget approved amid teachers’ protest

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:54
LAHORE:June 9: Punjab University syndicate meeting chaired by interim Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir approved Rs 9 billion budget for the year 2017-18, amid strong protest from some members of the varsity senate, elected members of the Academic Staff Association (ASA) and faculty members. Those who protested were of the view that the interim VC was supposed to get approval to hold the syndicate meeting from the chancellor, which they claimed he didn’t, owing to which the same was allegedly illegal. According to the budget details, the Punjab University expects a total grant of Rs 2.548 billion from Higher Education Commission (HEC), 38 percent of the total budget. In order to encourage research activities, the university has increased research grant from Rs 120 million to Rs 150 million. As per other salient features of the budget, special students will also be provided with free education along with boarding facilities while students taking admission on sports basis would also be provided with free education. The university will continue to waive off tuition fee of Hafiz-e-Quran. The university has allocated Rs 70 million for overseas scholarships and Rs 70 million for participation in national and international conferences. In order to facilitate students, Punjab University is providing funds of Rs 11 million to its students in terms of scholarships, student affairs and career counselling and other activities. Moreover, HEC scholarships worth Rs 9.74 million and PEEF scholarships would also be provided to students. Punjab University is providing Rs 220.40 million hostel subsidy, Rs 4.83 million transport subsidy and Rs 10.14 million internet subsidy to students. The net subsidy on the mentioned services has been increased from Rs 210 million to Rs 270 million and in addition to the above, subsidy on electricity bills in teaching departments is also being provided. PU has allocated Rs 410 million for development projects. Earlier some elected members of PU ASA and Senate flanked by a large number of faculty members from different departments staged a protest demonstration outside Vice Chancellor's office terming the meeting illegal. Moreover, because of lack of quorum, the PU admin could not start syndicate meeting for four and half hours as there were only 8 members out of 19 were present in the beginning. Later, at around 2:45pm, the administration wrapped up Rs 9.27 billion budget meeting just in 15 minutes. The protesters were holding placards and banners bearing slogans against interim Vice Chancellor Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasar. The main gate of the VC office was closed but the teachers strongly protested and the move finally ended opening of the gate on the orders of the acting registrar. The university administration had to shift meeting’s venue from Committee Room of Vice Chancellor's office to the Committee Room of Planning and Development wing situated on second floor. However, the teachers continued to follow the venue and stormed near the meeting room. Elected members of the Senate Dr Kamran Abid and Engr Dr M. Azhar Naeem briefed the available members of the syndicate saying that the court had stayed syndicate meeting and the approval of the Chancellor had also not been sought. Talking to the media outside the VC office, PU’s elected members of Senate and Academic Staff Association including Dr Kamran Abid and others alleged that the meeting was illegal as the approval of convening the meeting including its agenda items had not been sought from the Chancellor as ordered by Lahore High Court in WP No 20756-16 titled Dr Mansoor Sarwar vs Province of Punjab. They also alleged the interim VC had increased student fees thus dropping a “fee bomb” on poor students. A PU official, when contacted, said the administration had sought approval of the Chancellor and added no illegality was committed in holding the syndicate meeting.The news. City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

PU, Plan9 team up to boost students' entrepreneurial skills

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

UHS declares BSc nursing results

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

HEC honours eminent biologist

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

Punjab Information Technology Board Online Pilgrims Registration

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

ITU computing lab invites applications for research positions

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

international education conference held in Lahore

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

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

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

Research internship with University of Washington

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