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Parking at educational institutes
Lahore, April 14, 2008: The issue of parking outside various educational institutions is still unresolved, and is hampering smooth flow of traffic during the morning and afternoon.

Last year, the City Traffic Police issued notices to the administrations of such educational institutions to address the problem, but no satisfactory solution has been reached. Traffic police sources said on Saturday that parking outside educational institutions during working hours was one of the major reasons for traffic chaos on various roads in the city.

They said that severe traffic jams could be observed on Jail Road, Cooper Road, and in Gulberg, where hundreds of vehicles parked outside educational institutions to pick or drop students. They said that irresponsible parking obstructed the smooth flow of traffic, and often restricted the movement of ambulances.

Sources said that traffic police had issued notices to some important educational institutions six months ago to resolve the issue, but that no action had been taken against them. The City Traffic Police also issued notices to the administrations of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and Kinnaird College to take immediate steps regarding traffic management.

Chief Traffic Officer Ghulam Mehmood Dogar said, "Parking outside educational institutions causes severe traffic problems, and we have already issued notices to several educational institutions in this regard."

He said that the department would now issue reminders to such institutions.

On the other hand, the Education Department does not have any policy forcing educational institutions, especially colleges, to arrange parking space inside the institutions' premises.

Executive District Officer (Education) Zahid Hussain said, "Parking outside educational institutions is not permitted, but it is not for long hours, and it cannot be avoided at the moment." He said that the department had directed schools to change their timings by at least 15 minutes, particularly in those areas where two or more schools were situated within a short distance of each other. "Some schools have started this practice, and hopefully the situation will become better soon," he added.

Edu dept not interested in updating website
Websites of different government departments are supposed to provide information to people especially to those related to these departments in order to keep them updated and aware of various programmes, functions and future plans.

Therefore, it could be said that regularly updating its website for provision of authentic and useful information to the stakeholders was the duty of a respective department.

A number of teachers serving in government schools and colleges expressed their concern over the website of the Punjab Education department saying it was unfortunate that the website could not be kept updated with important information such as data about vacant posts etc.

They said in past, during tenure of the previous government, the website could not be updated by the department high ups while, at present, it was not functioning for the last many months.

They further said teachers had been demanding the authorities to put important data such as details of vacant posts on the department's website but to no avail. They said teachers, from far-flung areas of the province, had to come to the department to know about vacancy position.

"The exercise, coming to the City from other areas, is certainly painful," said one of the teachers, adding, "Besides bearing fatigue of long journeys, teachers had to bear financial burden too."

The teachers suggested if the same data was provided online it would be a great favour for the teaching community. They have urged the new government for taking t full advantage of internet technology in order to ensure online availability of data about vacant posts and copies of various important notifications so that the stakeholders might be facilitated.

Additional Secretary of the Education department, Amjad Saleemi, when contacted said that the official website of the department was under review these days, adding with updated information; it would be relaunched very soon. Daily Times

Lahore college old student association dinner on 19th
The Lahore College Old Student Association is organizing the Annual Dinner on the 19th April 2008.

According to a press statement, the members of LCA will present a talent show, followed by exhibition of items related to women's interest.

At the end, dinner will be served in the University front lawn. Old students can collect their cards from Dean of Natural Sciences Dr Kausar Jamal Cheema, Chairperson Department of Mass Communication Ms Anjum Zia, Ms Ishrat Azhar of Home Economics Department and Ms Shereen Mazhar of the Psychology Department, the statement concluded. The News
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