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Glowing tributes: Faiz Ahmed Faiz remembered

13 hours 44 min ago

Lahore:March 1:The work of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, one of the most beloved poets in the country, is considered the backbone of development of Pakistan’s literature, arts and poetry, said Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Rukhsana Kausar on Monday.
While speaking at an event organised by the LCWU Urdu Literary Society to remember Faiz, she said the poet maintained the need to promote peace and harmony and believed that writers from the subcontinent should promote this cause. “Along with Allama Iqbal, Faiz is often known as the Poet of the East,” she added.
Dr Rukhsana said that Faiz was an icon of peace. “People like Faiz and Picasso lit the world with their beliefs in peace and harmony,” she added.
LCWU Urdu Department Chairperson Humera Irshad said: “We can acknowledge, but not truly understand, the suffering of Faiz as personified in his poetry. His era marked the era of sensibility. He always said his pain was chartered for the causes of humanity.”Published in The Express Tribune,

13pc Christian schools have no toilet

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Lahore:March 1:Punjab Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Minister Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said collective efforts are needed to facilitate low-cost Christian schools of backward and village areas of the province as these institutions are rendering commendable services to segments of society.
He said this in a launching ceremony of low-cost Christian schools of Punjab survey report 2016 on Tuesday. MPA Shehzad Munshi, Principal Saint Anthony School Shahid Amroz, National Director Starfish Pakistan Ansar Javed, Shahid Baloch, Professor Farzand and representatives from NGOs and Christian community were present.
The survey report of 604 low-cost Christian schools has revealed that around 85,135 male and female students were being taught by 4,218 teachers whereas 13 percent of the schools had no toilets for children, around half had no separate facilities for staff and playgrounds, with missing facilities of drinking water, furniture and other educational facilities along with notebooks, libraries, electricity and proper uniforms.
It has revealed that these schools were charging nominal fee of Rs 50 to 200 from each student whereas teachers’ salaries ranged from Rs 2,000 to 7,000 per month compared to minimum wages of Rs 14,000 fixed by the government. The educationists appreciated the role of NGOs for identifying the problems of low-cost Christian schools and stressed the need to these schools financially and with other educational facilities.
New OPD Block: The Punjab government approved construction of new OPD Block in Services Hospital, Lahore at the cost of Rs1.39 billion.
Total five development schemes of various sectors at an estimated cost of Rs5.9 billion were approved in the meeting. Provincial Secretary P&D Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, members of the Planning and Development Board, provincial secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant provincial departments also attended the meeting. Other approved development schemes included social forestry to increase tree cover farmlands at the cost of Rs568.53 million, water quality survey, identification of outlived pipes, outsourcing of water supply schemes, rationalisation of staff in Wasa, TMAs and PHED and prequalification of contractors and manufactures (PC-II) at the cost of Rs762.175 million, establishment, including civil works, procurement, installation and maintenance of 12 permanent and 36 mobile weigh station under Axle Load Management Regime in Punjab at the cost of Rs2.217 billion and construction of flyover at Sublime Chowk, District Sialkot, at the cost of Rs953.627 million.The news.

University of Education Lahore Distinction

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Lahore:March 1:The Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of University of Education (UoE) has been awarded 90.50 percent score in a qualitative assessment conducted by Quality Assurance Agency of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, for the period ending June 30, 2016 and ranked it in 'W Category.'
According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, the university’s Quality Enhancement Cell has maintained its ranking in 'W Category' for a consecutive two years.The news.

Punjab University approves appointments

13 hours 48 min ago

Lahore:March 1:Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir presided over a meeting of the selection board at committee room of his office here on Tuesday.
The meeting unanimously approved a list of world-known panel of experts for appointments and promotions in all the faculties. Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said solving teachers’ problems was one of his top priorities.The news.

Punjab University approves appointments

13 hours 48 min ago

Lahore:March 1:Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir presided over a meeting of the selection board at committee room of his office here on Tuesday.
The meeting unanimously approved a list of world-known panel of experts for appointments and promotions in all the faculties. Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said solving teachers’ problems was one of his top priorities.The news.

Matric exams begin today BISE

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Lahore:March 1:Secondary School Certificate (Matriculation) Annual Examination 2017 will commence across Punjab on Wednesday (today). Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, has set up 806 examination centres in its jurisdiction while Section 144 has also been imposed in and around the centres.The news.

Institute of Psychiatry holds lecture in mood disorder Research

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Rawalpindi:March 1:Quarter of human illness is mental and studies gave a figure of 28 per cent for the disease burden by neuropsychiatric problems in different non-communicable diseases to disability-adjusted life-years worldwide. Mood disorders contribute more than cancer in this regard.
Chair of Mood Disorders at King’s College, London Professor Allan Young stated this while delivering a lecture here at the Institute of Psychiatry in Benazir Bhutto Hospital on the topic ‘Emerging Trends in Bipolar Disorder.’ Bipolar disorder can be defined as a mental condition marked by alternating periods of elation and depression.

The Institute organised the lecture by Professor Young who is president of the International Society for Affective Disorders. The distinguished guests included Dr. Imran Chaudhary, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Brigadier Mowadat H. Rana and Brigadier Farrukh Hayyat. Consultants, residents, house officers and psychologists from the Institute of Psychiatry, KRL Hospital and the Armed Forces Institute of Mental Health were also in attendance.
Professor Young started his presentation with the depiction of a statue showing different phases of bipolar. This picture was taken from one of the gates of the Bethlem hospital. He said that bipolar disorders are often misdiagnosed as recurrent depressive disorder. He described recurrent affective (Mood) disorder as Bipolar I, II, mixed states, rapid cycling bipolar disorder and sub-syndromal states.

He then elaborated the course of bipolar disorder and its age of onset quoting from Merikangas et al published in Archives of General Psychiatry in 2011. He then explained the complexities in the diagnosis of bipolar depression like initial diagnosis can take more than or equal to 10 years and initial presentation is typically of depression. Also one-third of patients are misdiagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. Co-morbidities are common and complicate diagnosis, he said.

Professor Young suggested that in older patients, first look for organicity particularly if its onset is after 50 years of age. Further, he added the historical aspects of bipolar affective disorder that mania and melancholia were recognised in the early stages of scientific medicine by Hippocrates in the 5th century BC. He was also the first physician to refer to them as ‘brain disorders’.

He added that in bipolar disorder, patients on follow up visits, more often present with depression and its sub-syndromal symptoms as compared to mania and hypomania and these issues should be appropriately addressed.

He then spoke of lifetime prevalence of specific co-morbid anxiety disorders in any bipolar disorder and showed that it is more as compared to co-morbid anxiety in major depressive disorder.

Prof. Young then narrated the natural history of bipolar disorder and called it extremely variable and complex. For the trainees he shared ten guiding questions in assessing any patient with bipolar affective disorder. He urged them to ask about recurrence, severity, episode of depression, hypomania and mixed state, psychiatric co-morbidity and physical ill-health, age of onset, family history, treatment history and functional/neurocognitive status.

He expressed the need to evaluate patients physically as it usually get neglected and contributes to psychiatric patients dying younger than the general population. He said that he believes that the Bipolar Brain has a great capacity to recover and he further added that on an average these patients have an IQ of 110.

He concluded his talk with a summary that bipolar disorders are common, clinical complex and costly. Diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorders are complicated due to symptom overlap, heterogeneity of patient symptoms, co-morbidities and residual symptoms, he said.

He added that early, accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment interventions are associated with improved patient outcomes. Restoration of patient functioning and quality of life are important treatment goals; cognition is important. Optimised treatment (pharmacotherapy and psychological in Mood Clinics) improves patient outcomes and this approach should be more widely adopted, said Professor Young.

He urged the attendees to be on the lookout for novel treatments. Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Institute Professor Fareed A. Minhas concluded the session and thanked the guests and attendees for their time and attention.The news.

Punjab University M.A M.SC Exam Schedule 2017

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 14:24

Punjab University M.A M.SC Exam Schedule 2017

Admission Forms & Fee for M.A./M.Sc. Annual Examination 2017

It is hereby notified that the Admission Forms & Fee for M.A./M.Sc. Annual Examination 2017 will be received according to the following programme:- Regular Candidates M.A./M.Sc. Part-I Submission of Forms Personally Submission of Forms By Post With Single Fee 22-03-2017 08-03-2017 With Double Fee 29-03-2017 15-03-2017 M.A./M.Sc. Part-II Submission of Forms Personally Submission of Forms By Post With Single Fee 15-03-2017 08-03-2017 With Double Fee 27-03-2017 15-03-2017 Private Candidates M.A./M.Sc. Part-I Submission of Forms Personally Submission of Forms By Post With Single Fee 30-03-2017 15-03-2017 With Double Fee 12-04-2017 22-03-2017 M.A./M.Sc. Part-II Submission of Forms Personally Submission of Forms By Post With Single Fee 22-03-2017 15-03-2017 With Double Fee 05-04-2017 27-03-2017 Commencement dates for the Examinations will be announced later. Dated:- 19-01-2017. (GHULAM JILANI)
Deputy Controller (Conduct)
for Controller of Examinations

Two-day film festival at Forman Christian University

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:31

Lahore:28 February:The Forman Christian College University (FCCU) will organise a two-day film festival on April 6 and 7 at the college campus under the aegis of Forman Journalism Society (FJS).
According to FJS Media Director Ahmed Saad, students of media studies departments of different universities and colleges will be invited to showcase their creative work comprising short films, documentaries, TV commercials and music videos.

The FJS has formed a 10-member organising committee under the chair of Syed Muhammad Saqib to make necessary arrangements for the events.

Famous personalities from media, film and advertising industry would be invited to share their experiences with the students.
Published in The Express Tribune.

Two-day film festival at Forman Christian University

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:31

Lahore:28 February:The Forman Christian College University (FCCU) will organise a two-day film festival on April 6 and 7 at the college campus under the aegis of Forman Journalism Society (FJS).
According to FJS Media Director Ahmed Saad, students of media studies departments of different universities and colleges will be invited to showcase their creative work comprising short films, documentaries, TV commercials and music videos.

The FJS has formed a 10-member organising committee under the chair of Syed Muhammad Saqib to make necessary arrangements for the events.

Famous personalities from media, film and advertising industry would be invited to share their experiences with the students.
Published in The Express Tribune.

Govt colleges to stage sports events bi-annually

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:30

Lahore:28 February:Sports events will be held twice every year in public-sector colleges, said Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani on Monday.
While addressing the annual sports day at Government Postgraduate College for Women, Raiwind on Monday, the minister said that instructions have been issued to the divisional directors for staging the events.
“The purpose is to promote the passions of sportsman-spirit, leadership as well as positive social norms in the youth so that they could be developed as best human beings,” he added.

The minister said that sports grounds should remain filled with the youth, because when grounds were full, then hospitals would be deserted. He added that a detailed departmental roadmap had been chalked-out in consultation with the 721 colleges’ administration to provide necessary missing facilities at the earliest and their suggestions would be included in the upcoming development budget of the higher education department for the financial year 2017-18.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had a clear vision to make Pakistan stronger through education-promotion and this vision was being fully implemented by the higher education department, because higher education was the backbone of every sector, including the economy, said Raza. Teachers must also help students connect with the world and understand the issues that practical world faces, he added.

He asked the teachers to sensitise their students about Islamic teachings of character building so as to develop their girl-students as best mothers and team-players in their future life.Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2017.

FPSC under fire after CSS paper leak on social media

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:29

MULTAN:28 February:Candidates who appeared in Central Superior Services (CSS) exam 2017 said the news regarding the leakage of CSS exam papers on social media has put the credibility of Federal Public Service Commission at stake.

They said the FPSC is an auspicious and highest authority which selects the officers to run the administration of Pakistan and thus is responsible for conducting fair examination giving each and every candidate a chance to prove his abilities.

More than 500 candidates from Multan demanded fair investigation of the matter on immediate basis.

Court orders holding CSS exam in Urdu

Ali Hussain, a candidate who appeared in CSS 2017 exam, said although FPSC issued a press release and sought FIA’s assistance in the thorough investigation of the matter, but still no information has been revealed to the candidates.

“This does not happen for the first time. Earlier, it happened in 2014 when some students were given easy access to the question paper prior to exam and later on FPSC ordered re-examination in Faisalabad,” said Zunaira, another candidate. She said the FPSC should reconduct the exam as if this scam proves true, it would give unfair advantage to some students and it would be injustice to the others.

Alarming CSS pass rate

Earlier, a news item appeared in the press about availability of guess/questions papers on social media relating to two compulsory papers of CSS-2017 examination. It has been alleged that the actual questions in the papers were quite similar.

The candidates emphasised the need to develop strong and foolproof mechanisms to maintain secrecy and confidentiality of question papers and other related information at the FPSC.

They opined certain quarters might be making an attempt to cast aspersions on the working of the FPSC .The matter had been taken seriously by the commission and accordingly referred to Federal Investigation Agency to probe and investigate the matter.

FIA Director General ordered to launch an investigation into CSS paper leak scam. Officials claim a woman leaked the CSS examination questions on social networking site facebook some 20 days before the exam date.

They revealed the woman leaked English paper on January 26, while the assessment was held on February 16. The woman also mentioned two queries of current affairs paper on January 31.

The questions asked in CSS examination were same which she wrote on her account. It was learnt that a group had been releasing secret information regarding FPSC and was charging Rs30,000 to Rs80,000 from individuals for such services.

On the other hand, senior bureaucrats said they will soon unearth the reality behind the scam.Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2017.

Court warns BZU VC jail for defiance of order

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:28

Lahore:28 February:A Lahore High Court full bench on Monday came hard on Bazhauddin Zakarya University’s vice-chancellor and registrar for failing to complete the process of adjusting students of Lahore Campus in various universities in compliance with court’s interim order.

The court warned the officials of the varsity to follow court’s order before the next date of hearing, or be ready to go to jail.

The bench headed by Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi made the remarks while hearing several petitions moved by students of the sub-campus seeking NOCs, issuance of degrees as well as their recognition.

On February 7, 2017, the bench passed an interim order in which the university was directed to issue degrees to students who had passed their examinations at Lahore sub-campus.

The petitioner-students through their counsels told the bench that despite court orders they had not been issued degrees and also NOCs. The bench took notice of non-compliance of its previous order and observed, “Kot Lakhpat jail is not far from here.” The court, in this regard, gave time to the officials and put off further proceedings until March 6.

Almost 4,000 students had filed their petitions and challenged non-recognition of their degrees as well as non-issuance of their degrees. They said that they paid huge fee to the varsity and attended classes but despite all this, they had been deprived of degrees.

They prayed that their degrees be issued and also be recognised by the authorities concerned. The students had also staged several protests against the administration of the sub-campus of the varsity.

parents meeting: The Lahore High Court has been requested to allow litigant parents to meet their children at homes instead of the Guardian Courts in wake of the law and order situation and security threats to state institutions.

Advocate Fahad Ahmad Siddiqi made the request in a public interest petition and contending that meetings on court premises do not serve their purpose and aew not in the welfare of minors.

He states that meetings of minors with parents should preferably be held on the premises of contesting parents to familiarise minors with environment there, to strengthen a healthy relationship and dispel fears of future re-union. However, he says, only in extreme and exceptional cases, guardian courts can be chosen as a venue for which detailed reasons should be cited, thus a mechanical order in the context is not acceptable.

The lawyer pleads that keeping in view the situation of law and order prevailing in Lahore, the interim visitation of the minors be altered and an at home visitation be allowed instead of a scheduled meeting of the minor on the court premises.The news.

Sardar Aasif Ali Sial Leadership Programme in California University

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:26

Lahore:February 28:Sardar Aasif Ali Sial, who is the chairman of Lahore High Court Bar Association's "Access to Environmental Justice Committee," has been selected for participation in the University of California, Berkeley's prestigious Beahrs Environmental Leadership Programme (ELP) for year 2017.
His selection was finalised after a rigourous screening and selection process. The committee had received a large number of applications but only 40 of them were accepted for participation in the leadership programme.The news.

Student of Govt MAO College securing first position in BBA

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:21

Lahore:February 28:Fareed Ali, a student of Govt MAO College, was awarded a gold medal for securing first position in BBA (Hons) Banking and Finance in the college. The gold medal was awarded in annual convocation of the college by Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani. Fareed Ali is among the first batch of students of the BBA (Hons) programme started by the Punjab government in selected public sector colleges of the province.The news.

Punjab University: ‘Administrative changes in best interest’

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 13:36

Lahore:February 27:According a statement issued on Saturday, the degree programmes are being offered for both undergraduate and masters degree including a four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) in dairy and food technology. The UMT management claimed the new programmes were being introduced after conducting industry analysis and keeping the current food demands in view.
Expressing his views, School of Food and Agricultural Sciences, UMT Director Nauman Khalid said UMT was the first institution in the private sector which has launched innovative degree programmes in agriculture and food technology. He said no other institution in private sector was offering degree programmes in pure food and dairy technology and UMT’s programmes were aimed at bridging the gap between the local industry and academia.The Express Tribune,

Degree courses: At UMT, new programmes in food, agriculture

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 13:35

Lahore:February 27:The University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore has announced new and innovative degree programmes in agriculture and food technology.The Express Tribune,

New appointment: PU staff backs vice-chancellor’s decision

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 13:31

Lahore:February 27:Responding to a press conference and call for a protest at the Punjab University’s Institute of Geology for replacing the head of the institute, the newly elected Academic Staff Association (ASA) of the varsity has defended the decision by the acting vice-chancellor, calling it a decision based on merit.

The PU vice-chancellor, in exercise of the powers under the Punjab University Act, 1973, appointed Dr Shahid Ghazi as Institute of Geology director. Dr Shahid is the senior most and (the only) professor at the institute.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the ASA said the orders have been resisted by some teachers of the institute and some teachers not belonging to the institute.

The ASA alleged these teachers belonged to a group previously patronised by a former VC and were unlawfully promoted to various academic ranks.

“The ASA finds the orders in tune with the ‘merit policy’ espoused by the vice-chancellor, which has already been widely appreciated by all the stakeholders,” the statement said.

The PUASA endorsed the lawful steps taken by the vice-chancellor and demanded that a disciplinary inquiry be initiated against hooligans.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2017.

Nurses return after training from Turkey

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 13:30

Lahore:February 27:A 20-member group of nurses have returned from Turkey after completing two months nursing training course on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

The group was warmly received at the Lahore airport by Director General Nursing Kousar Perveen, LGH Deputy Chief Nursing Superintendent Farhat Mahboob and other staff as directed by Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Secretary Najam Shah, according to a handout issued here on Sunday. The family members of the nurses were also present at the airport who along with others chanted slogans of 'Pak-Turkey Friendship Zindabad' on the occasion.

The foreign-trained nurses told that Turk government accorded them special protocol and best hospitality during their stay in Turkey. The nurses, belonging to LGH, PIC, Jinah Hospital and hospitals of Multan and Bahawalpur said that they were imparted modern training on how to deal with patients from their arrival to hospital till recovery, ward management and other skills through lectures, visits and useful information.

Madam Kousar Pervin and Farhat Mahboob appreciated the health vision of the chief minister and said that his health policies had provided an effective healthcare system to the masses.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had managed dengue training for doctors and nurses in Thailand and other countries some years ago to overcome the menace and now he had got the nurses trained abroad in order to ensure quality healthcare in the province.

Deputy Chief Nursing Superintendent Farhat Mahboob said that the training which Pakistani nurses had got from Turkey would also be transferred to their colleagues so that maximum healthcare could be provided to patients.The news.

PUASA shown its concern against a lawful decision of the VC

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 13:25

Lahore:27 February: Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) has shown its concern and dismay over 'an unjustified hue and cry against a lawful decision of the vice chancellor.' In a press release, the PUASA leadership while mentioning the appointment of the director at PU Institute of Geology observed that the orders were according to the merit policy adopted by the VC. They added that PUASA fully endorsed the lawful steps taken by the VC.The news.



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