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VC slots in three medical varsities

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:23
LAHORE:23 may: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has declared more than 40 foreign medical degrees/diplomas of senior doctors “unregistered”, opening a new debate on criteria for the selection of heads of the public sector medical institutions in Punjab. The PMDC has also questioned the validity of the degrees after many of these were either found “unfamiliar” by the medical education regulatory body working on the matter or contradicted the claims by the candidates for the vice-chancellor slots in medical varsities of having Level-III qualification. The council, however, gave a clear message to the Punjab health authorities concerned as well as the medics, barring them from submitting the “unregistered degrees/diplomas” in future while contesting for the top slots at the public sector medical institutions, an official privy to the information told Dawn. He said the senior medics had been mentioning these degrees in their profiles and on the plaques at their clinics to present themselves as globally qualified professional. Most of these degrees were issued by renowned medical institutions of United States, England and some European countries, he said. The issue surfaced when the Punjab government asked the PMDC to determine the status of the medical degrees submitted by the 36 senior doctors from all over the country vying for the top slots of the three varsities in Lahore, the official said. He said it was for the first time that the Punjab government had approached the PMDC to get authenticity of the qualifications of the senior medics checked after it received a variety of degrees/diplomas issued by various international institutions submitted by the candidates. The Punjab government had sought applications for regular appointment of vice chancellors at University of Health Sciences, King Edward Medical University and the Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Lahore. He said most of the candidates had submitted five or more medical degrees/certificates of international institutions, creating confusion about their authenticity. Consequently, the PMDC was approached for the verification of these documents. It took PMDC one month to verify these degrees under “Regulations for the appointment of Faculty Professional Staff/Examiners/Principal/ Dean/ Administrative Staff in Undergraduate & Postgraduate medical & Dental Institutions of Pakistan 2011”. The council has recently sent a detailed report to the Punjab government declaring nomenclatures of the registered and unregistered degrees and the level of qualifications of the candidates. A copy of the report is also available with Dawn. According to the report, 36 candidates have deposited over 60 Pakistani and foreign medical degrees/diplomas which were examined by the PMDC on the request of the Punjab government. Most of the candidates had pitched their credentials as Level-III qualification (the actual requirement for the advertised positions), while submitting applications to the health department. However, of them nearly 40 were found to be “unregistered” with the PMDC, while many Pakistani postgraduate degrees (claimed by the candidates as Level- III) were found to be Level-II qualifications. According to the report, six candidates -- Prof Dr Mian Azhar Ahmad, Prof Dr Asima Malik, Prof Dr Sheerin Khawar, Prof Dr Nazifa Ahmad, Prof Dr Abdul Najeeb Khan, and Prof Dr Zafar H Tanvir -- claimed M.Phil as the Level-III qualification. As the Council has already declared the M.Phil as Level-II qualification, these six medics are likely to be dropped from the list of candidates. The higher postgraduate degrees, which have been declared Level- III qualification, included Doctor of Medicine (MD), Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS), Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP), Master of Surgery (MS), DAB and PhD. The PMDC has made it clear that from now onwards only the senior doctors possessing these degrees, would be eligible for the top slots of medical institutions. A senior doctor who is also a candidate for VC slot alleged that the Punjab government had never formed search committees comprising experts from the concerned profession. He said the varsities were globally considered as institutes to create applicable knowledge through high impact research. “Astonishingly, Punjab government, while selecting vice chancellors, has been totally ignoring the research contribution of the applicants, whereas the federal Higher Education Commission requires more than 20 original research papers published in high-impact international journals before considering any applicant for the slot”, he said. He said it was evident from the procedure adopted by the Punjab government that the decision makers were neither qualified nor experienced to handle the job. “Ironically, the search committees formed for selection of VCs comprise ex-judges, bureaucrats, philanthropists or engineers”, he said. He lamented that no medical teacher of distinction or vice chancellor of any medical university had been included in any of the notified search committee. He added that the search committees constituted by federal HEC always included distinguished VCs and teachers with high qualifications.Published in Dawn, May 23rd, 2017.City: LahoreMedical College in LahoreLahore Medical & Dental College Lahore

Punjab University Senate wants NAB probe into VC’s ‘corruption’

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:21
LAHORE:23 May:Punjab University’s (PU) Senate and Academic Staff Association (ASA) have called on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action over alleged corruption and misappropriation by Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir. It said the irregularities occurred when awarding civil work contracts amounting to Rs21.4 million. They alleged that the projects were handed to his “favourite contractors”. In a joint statement, elected members of the PU Senate, the supreme body of the university, also urged the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and its provincial equivalent to also take note of the matter. Demanding the suspension of the VC, the statement said that a formal complaint over the alleged corruption had been lodged with NAB Lahore against the PU administration by a citizen, namely Amir Sajjad. They claimed that favouritism and corruption was evident in the awarding of civil work contracts. They alleged the contracts were given without giving advertisements and were in blatant violation of the Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and regulations. The teachers also raised questions over an inquiry initiated into the matter by the PU administration. “Although PU has initiated an inquiry into these allegations, Dr Mansoor Sarwar has been notified as the inquiry officer. He is a favourite of the current vice chancellor and recently Rs3.7 million in house rent were waved-off by the VC in his favour,” the statement said. “How can a man, who recently received favours from the university administration, probe the matter transparently and independently?” Earlier, allegations came to light that the university administration spent Rs21.4 million on civil works at the university without following legal formalities such as the advertising tender in newspapers. They said contractors were hired and paid by the university. When contacted, a PU spokesperson rejected the allegation, saying that PU VC has nothing to do with any embezzlement in construction work.Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2017. Punjab University Senate wants NAB probe into VC’s ‘corruption’ LAHORE:23 May:Punjab University’s (PU) Senate and Academic Staff Association (ASA) have called on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action over alleged corruption and misappropriation by Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir. It said the irregularities occurred when awarding civil work contracts amounting to Rs21.4 million. They alleged that the projects were handed to his “favourite contractors”. In a joint statement, elected members of the PU Senate, the supreme body of the university, also urged the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and its provincial equivalent to also take note of the matter. Demanding the suspension of the VC, the statement said that a formal complaint over the alleged corruption had been lodged with NAB Lahore against the PU administration by a citizen, namely Amir Sajjad. They claimed that favouritism and corruption was evident in the awarding of civil work contracts. They alleged the contracts were given without giving advertisements and were in blatant violation of the Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and regulations. The teachers also raised questions over an inquiry initiated into the matter by the PU administration. “Although PU has initiated an inquiry into these allegations, Dr Mansoor Sarwar has been notified as the inquiry officer. He is a favourite of the current vice chancellor and recently Rs3.7 million in house rent were waved-off by the VC in his favour,” the statement said. “How can a man, who recently received favours from the university administration, probe the matter transparently and independently?” Earlier, allegations came to light that the university administration spent Rs21.4 million on civil works at the university without following legal formalities such as the advertising tender in newspapers. They said contractors were hired and paid by the university. When contacted, a PU spokesperson rejected the allegation, saying that PU VC has nothing to do with any embezzlement in construction work.Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2017.City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Training of Lahore wardens

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:20
LAHORE:23 May:Traffic police has started regular training sessions for traffic wardens for behavioural change. Traffic wardens of all sectors will participate. Chief Traffic Officer SSP Rai Ijaz Ahmad, former captain Pakistan cricket team Inzmam ul Haq, Shahid Rasheed and Dr Fozia attended the 1st training session. Chief Traffic Officer SSP Rai Ijaz Ahmad said: We must follow the teachings of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (PBUH) and behave citizens good on roads.The news.City: Lahore

Information Technology University job fair

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:18
LAHORE:23 May:Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education Commission is holding its first ever job fair for the first batch of students from BS Computer Science, BS Electrical Engineering and third batch of MS Computer Science who are graduating this year on Tuesday (today). According to a press release, ITU’s founding Vice-Chancellor and Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab, Dr Umar Saif will inaugurate the mega event.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Pak children to take part in Japan art contest

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:16
LAHORE:May 23:Nine children, who won the 11th Dream Art Contest Pakistan, will compete in World Contest in Japan. Three times previously world winners included Pakistani children. According to a press release issued here Monday, Dream Art Contest is an annual contest held in two sections; the local contest is followed by the world contest in Japan. Children are encouraged to paint their dream car. Ali Asghar Jamali said Pakistani children are immensely gifted. It is very unfortunate that we do not have a lot of platforms to bring this talent out. This art contest is aimed to showcase talent of our children to the world. The company has been arranging this contest for last six years and it is getting bigger and better every year. We have reached 650 schools across Pakistan and received 23,000 entries. Next year we are aiming to reach 1,000 schools across Pakistan,’ he added. The children under 16 years of age are broadly divided into three categories as per age. For the first time, a category targeting children with special needs was also included in the competition, named Royal. The winners of the first category (children under 8 years of age) were Maryam Faraz, Haziq Aftab and Syed Wali Zaidi. The winners of the second category (children aged 8 to 11) were M Umar Nadeem, M Yousuf Memon and Ibrahim Ahmed Qureshi. Similarly, the winners of the third category (children aged 11 to 15) were Sufiyan Salman, Khubaib Ahmed Qureshi and Reeva Nadeem. The winners of this category named as ‘Royal’ for children with special needs were Usman Ghani, Noreen Ameer and Hassan Javed.The news.City: Lahore

Ameer ud Din Medical College Drama night

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:15
LAHORE:May 23:Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and Ameer ud Din Medical College Prof Ghiyas un Nabi Tayyab has said extracurricular activities play vital role to polish personality of students. Medical students have to burn midnight oil for attaining satisfactory numbers. They need more opportunities of recreation and college functions to keep themselves relaxed and fresh. He expressed these views while addressing an event of Drama Night and Annual Dinner organised by Dramatic Society of Ameer Ud Din Medical College and Post Graduate Medical Institute held at Ali Institute, according to a press release issued on Monday. President Dramatic Society Professor Khalid Mahmood, faculty members and a large number of students attended the function. The students presented dramas, music performances and pieces of acting highlighting social issues in lighter tone. This function was also held in honour of outgoing session of first badge of MBBS class of AMC. Addressing the participants, Prof Tayyab said that profession of doctors requires compassion, kindness and humanity. Patients get impressed more by the politeness of a doctor than his treatment. Therefore, doctors should develop habits of tolerance, patience, sacrifice and sympathy within themselves along with best professionalism. Prof Khalid Mahmood said: “It is an established fact that our students are not behind anyone in the world in respect of talent and guts. Great Allama Iqbal was rightly optimistic about our youth and its huge potential. The only task to be achieved is the provision of proper plate farm to youth for taking off for high flying in the skies of opportunities and chances.” In charge Dramatic Society Ujala Ejaz expressed her views during the function. At the end, special guest Prof Tayyab distributed prizes and commendatory certificates among the high performers of the Drama Night.The news.City: LahoreMedical College in LahoreAmeer ud Din Medical College Lahore

Virtual University seminar to International Day for Biological Diversity

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:12
Lahore:May 23: Virtual University of Pakistan organised a seminar to celebrate “International Day for Biological Diversity” on Monday for creating awareness among the masses, especially the students on the importance of biodiversity and its threats. The VU Environmental Protection Society in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan organised the seminar in which Dr Masroor Elahi Babar, Dean Faculty of Science & Technology was the chief guest.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreVirtual University

WIFi service at Lahore College for Women University

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:20
LAHORE:22 May:Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has signed an MoU which will extend the existing wireless facilities of the university. LCWU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar said the the university would be developed into a 'smart university’ as the federal Higher Education Commission (HEC) would provide WiFi blanket across the campus. Express News.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

Second shift in schools ordered

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:17
LAHORE:22 May:Punjab School Education Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik has directed the CEOs of District Education Authorities (DEAs) across the province to ensure education facilities near the homes of students to achieve 100 percent enrolment target by 2018. Chairing a meeting held at Directorate of Staff Development (DSD) here on Sunday, he also directed the CEOs to ensure second shift in schools where possible so that no child was left behind. Talking to The News, Dr AB Malik said the CEOs had been directed to ensure that teachers should be accorded the highest respect. He said the scholarships being provided to the students in 16 selected districts would be completed by May 30.The news.City: Lahore

The News Education Expo concludes

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:16
LAHORE:22 May: Attracting a large number of visitors, particularly students, The News Education Expo’17 concluded at the Expo Center here on Sunday. The two-day event organised by the Jang Media Group featured more than 50 universities, higher education institutions (HEIs) and schools under one roof. Over the years, The News Education Expo has emerged as a mega platform for education institutions and a great opportunity for prospective students to explore which academic programmes participating institutions offer, what are their policies and fee structure etc and which are emerging subject areas. On the concluding day, Saadia Shariff of the Jang Media Group also distributed shields among the participating institutions and appreciated their active participation in the expo. Besides providing information related to academic programmes, admissions, policies and fee structure some of the institutions taking part in the expo also organized learn and fun activities for the visitors. While some offered a free facility of measuring blood pressure and body weight, some arranged painting and fun games for children visiting the expo with their families. A special presentation on “Emerging Subject Areas & Scholarship Opportunities” delivered by renowned educationist and career counsellor Syed Abidi was also held on the concluding day. Talking to students and audience, Syed Abidi highlighted the importance of career couselling especially at high school level and explained how important and key role this phenomenon played in the development and success of a nation’s economy and progress. He said it was unfortunate that most institutions, especially public sector, totally ignored providing career counselling and guidance to students especially when selecting their majors or specialisms. He added in the absence of professional career counselling, most students end up choosing a course that does not match their academic interests, likes and dislikes, attitudes and behaviours and finally their career objectives. This leads to divided and confused decisions and broken careers where a U-turn is required with huge wastage of crucial years and money. In his presentation, Syed Abidi emphasized on bringing the latest and innovative subject areas and degrees that are aligned with the rapid impact and development of digitalisation and technology in daily life. He identified several new degree areas especially at the postgraduate level in Engineering, Computer Science, Biological Science and Management which are in high demand not only in Pakistan but across the world. He added that specialization is now a must if our youth is to become successful and quickly find jobs in the market place. He also gave a comprehensive description on international scholarship opportunities, process to apply, requirements and documentation etc. and said scholarship opportunities existed for all Pakistani students and one should keep on applying and following it up with proper papers and they should be able to qualify for some kind of scholarship in most countries. Syed Abidi also appreciated Jang Media Group for organizing the expo saying the event would go a long way in helping the Pakistani student community in finding study opportunities through close interactions which was provided at the forum. This year’s platinum sponsors of The News Education Expo’17 were Punjab Group of Colleges, The University of Lahore and Information Technology University (ITU), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, CA Pakistan and E-Learn Punjab. The gold sponsors were Lahore Leads University, UMT, Superior Group of Colleges, KIPS Education System, Stars Academy, Unique Group of Institutions, GC University, Lecole, SKANS, PAC, Minhaj University, Riphah International University, NISA Girls Colleges, Adabistan-e-Soophia School, FC College (A Chartered University), Millennium Roots Schools, TMUC, FAST-NU, High Brow, Star Institute, Virtual University and Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan.The news. City: LahoreUniversity in Lahore

Moot on learning issues in education

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:18
Lahore:21May:An NGO on Saturday organises a conference to discusses the issues related to language in education in Pakistan. The event, Language and Learning Conference , was aimed to interrogate the role of regional, national and global languages in the education system of Pakistan, address the current practice of the teaching of languages, review the policies regarding the medium of instruction, and identify the key gaps and challenges that ultimately contribute to poor student learning. The experts, speaking on the occasion, said that in the Pakistani context, there was a need for careful consideration of the roles of various languages that children were exposed to in the classroom, with a specific focus on the evidence that shed light on the appropriate medium of instruction to be used during early years of schooling. They said language teachers needed to be trained to use pedagogical strategies that were the most effective in fostering authentic language learning among students. They said that having an appropriate language-in-education policy was just the start of the struggle towards effective language learning. "Our teachers need to be supported and trained adequately, the appropriate language learning materials need to be developed, and we should strive to incorporate technology in our pursuit of authentic learning," the experts said. Training: Lahore Transport Company (LTC) Saturday organised a training programme at RA Bazaar for drivers, fare collectors and other related staff in connection with operations of the buses plying on various routes. LTC kicked off the training programme at different locations of the city with the collaboration of its private transport operators as awareness campaign to facilitate the general public. According to a press release, LTC officials are creating awareness among the staff of the buses about the observance of traffic rules and regulations.The news.City: Lahore

A major step in medical education, health care improvement

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:16
Rawalpindi:21May:A number of health experts serving in this region of the country appreciated the efforts of provincial health department and Secretary Health Najam Shah for launching of Rawalpindi Medical University, Nishtar Medical University and Faisalabad Medical University. According to many health experts, the launching of medical universities will not only raise the standards of medical education but also health care facilities by producing more and competent specialists in the province. There are only three medical universities in the Punjab province in the public sector while Sindh which is province with a much lesser population, fewer doctors, medical students and health care facilities has eight medical universities. All the three public sector medical universities are located in Lahore, said Senior Registrar at Holy Family Hospital in town Dr. Zahid Mehmood Minhas while talking to ‘The News’. He said as many as 78 health institutions including medical colleges, dental colleges and other institutions are affiliated with the University of Health Sciences in Lahore. The establishment of one medical university northern part of the Punjab province can share some medical institutions in this part of the province facilitating the administrations of medical colleges and medical students further, he said. He added that the decision of making three medical universities, one in southern region of the province in Multan, the other in northern part in Rawalpindi region and another in central Punjab in Faisalabad is highly commendable as the training programs under these universities will be more supervised and assessable to the doctors being in the university hospitals. He, like many other health experts, rejected the criticism being done by some sections against the announcement of the establishment of the three medical universities. The decision of chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif is highly appreciated and welcomed by general public, medical community especially the medical students and the doctors aiming at higher post graduate medical education, said Dr. Minhas. The establishment of three medical universities would further improve medical education and healthcare standards in the province, said a top official serving at the allied hospitals. Pleading anonymity, he said there are 39 universities in India and 27 universities in UK. There are four medical universities in private sector in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. In Northern Punjab, there is no medical university in public sector while Rawalpindi Medical College is one of the oldest and largest medical colleges of the province, said the official. He said the Sindh province had evolved its own postgraduate system to provide specialist cover to its population, nearly 60 million while Punjab lacks behind to produce specialists to cater to the needs of population with over 100 million people.The news.City: RawalpindiUniversity in rawalpindiArmy Medical College Rawalpindi

Information Technology University students develop 100 robots

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:14
Lahore:21May:The Information Technology University (ITU) students have developed 100 robots so far through innovation to handle the daily life problems by providing ICT solutions. Soon the ITU will send a team to an international robotic competition. Such activities are bridging the gap between academia and the industry, said Dr Umar Saif, founding vice-chancellor of ITU, while talking to the media at the sixth Robotics Expo, Machines of The future: Robots, here on Saturday.. Yuriy Fedkiw, consul general, US Consulate, Lahore, speaking as chief guest, said that young talent coming up with solutions to the human problems had significant economic growth potential through innovation as science and technology were playing a major role in Pakistani economy. The US is cooperating with Pakistan in science, technology and knowledge economy through scholarships in American institutions and advanced training in various technological disciplines, he said. The sixth Robotics Expo displayed 15 new robots prototypes developed by the students of ITU under the guidance of the faculty to address locally relevant problems of Pakistan. Inzamam ul Haq, chief selector, Pakistan National Cricket team and Mushtaq Ahmed, head coach of NCA, were also present to encourage the work of ITU students. They said that Pakistani youth had potential to compete in the world. Talha Rehmani, leader of robotics programme at ITU, said that the energy and passion among the students to work for their society and to serve the humanity confirmed that Pakistan had potential for a brighter future. The projects showcased included Rekhta, which brings Urdu word prediction and transliteration to fingertips of people.The news.City: LahoreUniversity in LahoreComsats Institute of Information Technology

The News Education Expo 17 attracts thousands of students on first day

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:09
LAHORE:21May: Pakistan’s biggest “The News Education Expo’17”, an initiative of the Jang Media Group, started at the Expo Center here on Saturday, which attracting a large number of students on the first day. Dr Umar Saif, adviser to the Punjab chief minister and vice-chancellor of the Information Technology University (ITU), was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony, who formally opened the expo. Sarmad Ali and Saadia Shariff of the Jang Media Group were also present. Dr Umar Saif, who is also chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), visited stalls set up by different universities and education institutions from across the country and interacted with the representatives of the institutions. He showed keen interest in programmes being offered by the participating universities, their student enrolment and faculty strength. The acclaimed Pakistani computer science and entrepreneur Dr Umar Saif, who is also chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan, highlighted the need of creating more opportunities of quality higher education for youths of the country. He also lauded the contribution of the private sector in the field of higher education. “Pakistan’s higher education is taking off and it is good to see progressive policies being introduced by both federal and provincial HECs,” he said. He also appreciated the efforts of the Jang Media Group saying “The News Education Expo” had been a great opportunity creating awareness among students and institutions over the years. More than 50 universities and higher education institutions, career counsellors and education consultants are part of this year’s expo which will continue till Sunday (today) from 10am to 7pm with free entry. “The best thing about this expo is the presence of so many universities under one roof," said one of the visitors, Sahar, who was exploring different stalls to seek admission and scholarship related information. Madiha Qayyum, Director Admission at University of Central Punjab (UCP), said the university had attracted many potential and serious candidates and added the overall response of the expo was good. She talked about merit-based scholarship opportunities for students at the UCP and said the university was even offering scholarships on the basis of students’ participation in curricular activities. “We received many potential inquires on the first day of the expo and expect many more on the second day,” said Akram Faiza, student counsellor at Superior Group of Colleges. She said her group had around 160 international partners while a split degree programme was also being offered. “Information Technology University is relatively a nascent university but has truly world-class facilities and highly accomplished faculty,” said Farzana Shahid, the varsity’s Director Academics. She said the university was involved in locally relevant research and she particularly mentioned low-cost ventilator and low-cost sensors in hospitals to automatically monitor bed occupancy developed by the ITU faculty. She also termed the expo a great platform for students to explore different academic opportunities. Prof Manzoor ul Hassan Niazi, project director of Leads Schools and Colleges, termed the expo arrangements perfect and a great opportunity for both students and institutions to interact. He said 21 colleges and 75 schools were running under the project which was growing fast. “The News Education Expo’17” will feature a free counseling seminar “Emerging subject areas and scholarship opportunities” by renowned educationist and career counsellor, Syed Abidi, at the Expo Center at 3pm on Sunday (today). This year’s platinum sponsors of The News Education Expo’17 include Punjab Group of Colleges, The University of Lahore and Information Technology University (ITU), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, CA Pakistan and E-Learn Punjab. The gold sponsors are Lahore Leads University, UMT, Superior Group of Colleges, KIPS Education System, Stars Academy, Unique Group of Institutions, GC University, Lecole, SKANS, PAC, Minhaj University, Riphah International University, NISA Girls Colleges, Adabistan-e-Soophia School, FC College (A Chartered University), Millennium Roots Schools, TMUC, FAST-NU, High Brow, Star Institute, Virtual University and Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan.The news.City: Lahore

TEVTA establish collaboration with Tianjin University of Technical

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:40
LAHORE:May 20:To fulfil the future manpower needs of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, TEVTA Punjab will establish Pakistan’s first vocational training university in collaboration with the Tianjin University of Technical Education (TUTE). The agreement to set up the University of Technical and Vocational Education (UTVE) was signed by TEVTA Chairperson Irfan Qaiser Sheikh and TUTE President Liu Xin in Tianjin, China. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Minister for School Education Rana Mashhood were also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Irfan said that youth comprised 60% of Pakistan and establishing UTVE would provide skilled manpower to CPEC. K-P approves setting up CPEC Security Force According to the agreement, around nine degree courses would be offered at the university, including information technology, automobile, electronics, mechanical mechatronics, management sciences, advanced Chinese language, pedagogical training and 3D printing. The agreement stated that the Chinese varsity would share its experience to establish and operate the new university. The areas in which expertise would be shared include curricula and discipline setup, development of core courses, curricula development, revision, laboratories and training of trainers. Pakistan welcomes Britain’s desire to join CPEC TEVTA would provide a building in Punjab, bear the expenses of operational aspects and the required equipment. It would also have UTVE teachers trained in China when required. At the same time, TUTE would send Chinese experts/master trainers to Pakistan, stated the document. TEVTA would annually arrange trainings of a mutually agreed number of people who would be sent to China.Published in The Express Tribune,City: Lahore

Fakhar’s Punjabi novel translated into English

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:38
Lahore:May 20:A few years back, Fakhar Zaman wrote his sixth Punjabi novel “Toon Keh Main” which was widely acclaimed and translated into Urdu, Hindi, Gurmukhi and a couple of other Indian languages. Now this novel has been translated into English by Hamid Yousafi and Chaudhury M Ashraf under the title “You or I?.” Fakhar Zaman has an individual technique of novel writing which is based on symbolism, surrealism, free association. His writing’s total effect is cinematographic. When he wrote his first novel ”Sat Gawachay Log” in early 1970s, Amrita Pritum did a special programme on Doordarshan and declared that this novel had open up new directions and given a new trend for the Punjabi writers of India and Pakistan. His later novels except his magnum opus “Bandiwan” translated into many languages and published by UNESCO and also a UK publisher, all other novels are total departure from the conventional novel writing sort of which are found in India and Pakistan. The present novel has a one central character Khairu, who embodies all echelons of our society. He represents the hopes and despairs, the happiness and sorrow, the aggression and withdrawal, the culture of Punjab, the birds and the trees and the flowers of Pakistan, though it could be of any country because the novel is not localised into one land. Basically it’s a novel on peace and the whole activity takes place in the “no-man’s-land” (is it between India and Pakistan?). Here the trees talk, birds chirp and flowers speak the language of peace and love, good neighbourliness and brotherhood. It is a Sufiistic approach in a symbolic cinematographic manner. For example, the dove, a symbol of peace, sets up her nest on the barrel of a gun and its eggs are taken away by a raven, what represents neocolonialist and expansionist mindset. Khairu’s journey starts when a massive flood in the village engulfs his parents hut and they climb up a tree where he is born. His mother dies in the process of giving him birth and his father is stung by a venomous snake. Khairu, belonging to the lowest rung of society, does all the menial work in the house of a “Wadera”. His one duty is to consistently pull the big handmade fan fixed in the ceiling. He is beaten and abused by the Chaudhury when sometimes he dozes off. From that point onwards, he runs up and adopts the company of different kinds of trees and eventually reaches the no-man’s land. Here every physical reality behind him disappears. He is happy now in the company of new companions and forgets village where everybody branded him imbecile and idiot. But in the denouement, he enters his village triumphantly, in the company of his non-human friends and his success achieved in the no-man’s-land for the peace is admired by the village inhabitants who say in a chorus that “Khairu you are not abnormal, it were we who were abnormal.” Khairu smiles “You or I?”. —Shahab Ansari .The news.City: Lahore

The News Education Expo 17 from today

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:37
LAHORE:May 20:“The News Education Expo’17”—a mega education event by Jang Media Group, is starting at Expo Center, Johar Town, on Saturday (today). The two-day expo will continue without any break from 10am to 7pm with free entry to all on Saturday (today) and Sunday (tomorrow). Like previous years, the event is likely to attract large number of visitors, particularly prospective students and their families, as dozens of local and national educational institutions and education consultants are taking part in the expo. The second day of “The News Education Expo’17” will feature a free counselling seminar “Emerging subject areas and scholarship opportunities” by renowned educationist and career counsellor, Syed Abidi at the Expo Center at 3pm. Information Technology University (ITU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Umar Saif, who is also adviser to the Punjab chief minister and Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) will inaugurate the expo. This year’s platinum sponsors of The News Education Expo’17 include Punjab Group of Colleges, The University of Lahore and Information Technology University (ITU), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, CA Pakistan and E-Learn Punjab. The gold sponsors are Lahore Leads University, UMT, Superior Group of Colleges, KIPS Education System, Stars Academy, Unique Group of Institutions, GC University, Lecole, SKANS, PAC, Minhaj University, Riphah International University, NISA Girls Colleges, Adabistan-e-Soophia School, FC College (A Chartered University), Millennium Roots Schools, TMUC, FAST-NU, High Brow, Star Institute, Virtual University and Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.The news.City: Lahore

Public School Support Program meeting:

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:27
LAHORE:May 19:The first meeting of CEOs of newly established District Education Authorities (DEAs) of Punjab has been scheduled at Directorate of Staff Development (DSD) for May 21. The meeting to be chaired by Secretary Schools Punjab Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik will discuss the enrolment campaign 2017, recruitment of educators, double shifting in over-crowded public schools, up-gradation of schools to next level, establishment of ECE rooms, Public School Support Program (PSSP) and other issues. Meanwhile the Punjab government has constituted a committee for nomination of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Technocrat members of the DEAs in Punjab. The members of the committee are Minister School Education, Chairman Punjab HEC, Additional IG (Special Branch), Secretary Schools, Chairman PEF, VC Sargodha University, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi and Dr Nasreen Rehman of LUMS, Divisional Commissioner concerned and Deputy Commissioner concerned. The committee will conduct interviews of the candidates and recommend three names for Chairman and Vice Chairman of each DEA and will also finalize the prescribed number of technocrat members of each DEA.The news.City: Lahore

market-based education

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:25
LAHORE:May 19: Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Prof Dr Nizamuddin has said that PHEC is making efforts to ensure market-based education and skills to youth. He said this while addressing Rotary Youth Leadership Award organised by Rotary Club of Lahore Canal at Punjab University (PU) Pervez Hasan Environmental Law Auditorium here on Thursday. The ceremony was presided over by President Rotary Club of Lahore Canal Syed Shahbaz Bukhari. District Governor Rotary International Mir Arif Ali, District Governor Elect Faiza Qamar, past district governors, including Sajid Pervaiz Bhatti, Saeed Shamsi, renowned Rotarians, delegates from foreign countries and a large number of talented youths from different segments of society were present on the occasion. Dr Nizamuddin said students should focus on finding opportunities to create jobs through entrepreneurship rather than becoming job seekers. He said new ideas of students would be marketed and the culture of entrepreneurship would be promoted in this regard. He said incubation centres must be set up to market ideas of students. He said Pakistan was the 6th largest country of the world and major strata of the population belonged to students so we must equip our students with skills along with degrees. He said we had high hopes from our youths and country’s future depended on them. Syed Shahbaz Bukhari said the purpose of Rotary Youth Leadership Award was to appreciate our youths who had shown outstanding performance in various fields.The news. City: Lahore

Punjab University Organised a pre-budget seminar

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:23
LAHORE:May 19:Punjab University Department of Economics on Thursday organised a pre-budget seminar in which the speakers said 2017-18 budget must be public-friendly budget. Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Prof Dr Nizamuddin, economist Dr Ashfaq Hussain, Chairman Department of Economics University of Lahore Prof Dr Muhammad Aslam Ch, Vice President Pakistan Kissan Board Sarfaraz Ahmed, In charge PU Department of Economics Ms Kulsoom Zulfiqar, faculty members and a large number of students were present. Dr Nizam said entrepreneurial opportunities might help reduce poverty from the country. He advised the students to focus on finding earning resources through entrepreneurship means. Dr Ashfaq said economic growth was a critical element in the development process. He said economic growth created jobs, raised income of people, generated more tax resources, more development spending and more growth. He said it had been realised that though economic growth was necessary for poverty reduction, it had nevertheless widened the gap between the rich and the poor in many countries. He said fruits of growth had not been shared by all the segments of the society. Prof Dr Aslam Ch said CPEC was a golden opportunity which would bring economic stability in Pakistan. He said 2017-18 budget must be public-friendly budget. He said the government should avoid increasing tax on the goods already in the tax net which would help reduce poverty from the country. Sarfaraz Ahmed said small farmers belonged to the poorest strata of the country that were deprived of basic education and health facilities. He said agriculture was exempted from tax worldwide except Pakistan. He said there was a need to build dams in the country to manage water scarcity issues. He said hundreds of thousands of tons of wheat got wasted because of lack of storage capacity. Ms Kalsoom Zulfiqar said the purpose of pre-budget seminar was to create awareness among students regarding budget.The news. City: LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore