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Laptop obsession leaves schools in neglect
Lahore, April 23: The Punjab government's obsession with its laptop scheme is costing
schoolchildren and their parents dearly as many issues of the grave
concerns regarding schools have been left unattended by those at the
One such issue is non-acceptance and non–recognition
of results of the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) by the government
and private schools while the other is about non-availability of
textbooks in schools as well as in the market.
quite contrary to the miseries being faced by students, the officials
responsible have been sending "Sub Acha Hai" (everything is fine)
reports to the high-ups which is evident from the fact that the
government has yet to move to address the issues being faced by
schoolchildren. Both the issues have been extensively highlighted by the
A number of private schools, including St
Anthony's, and government schools, including the Government Central
Model School, Lower Mall, blatantly refused to accept and recognise the
results of Class-8 examination conducted by the PEC despite the fact
that the Punjab Examination Commission was formed by none other than the
Punjab government itself. These schools did not promote Class-8
students to the next class on the basis of the PEC results and instead
preferred to follow results of their respective internal assessments and
tests. Thus, a good number of students, even those who had secured over
60 percent marks in the PEC exams but could not perform well in the
school's internal assessments or tests, were not promoted to Class-9.
is pertinent to mention here that in 2009, the School Education
Department Punjab had made primary and middle examinations compulsory by
making it mandatory for all the students of government and private
schools to appear in Class-5 and Class-8 exams organised by the PEC.
was also notified that from April 1, 2010, the government schools would
admit only those students to Class 6 and Class 9 who have passed the
PEC exams at primary and middle standard level.
wonders as to why the Punjab government has been spending millions of
rupees to conduct primary and middle exams under the PEC, on a uniform
basis, when they are not acceptable and recognized by private and
The non-availability of textbooks to students is another issue which has been irking schoolchildren and their parents alike.
to talk about provision of textbooks to students of private schools who
have to buy books from market when students of the government schools,
who are supposed to be provided free books, are unable to find the same.
There are reports of non-availability of a number of books of different
classes in the market.
The Government New Model Girls
High School, Sant Nagar, near the Commissioner's Office, though has
provided almost all the textbooks but the students of Class-6 are still
deprived of Home Economics book despite the fact that first month of new
academic session is about to over. Interestingly, and quite
unfortunately, the school has now asked the students to buy the book
from the market as it had not received the book from the government.
students and parents are still hopeful that Chief Minister Shahbaz
Sharif will certainly spare some time from his busy schedule devoted to
his education-friendly e-Youth Initiative and look into these grave
issues as well.
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South Asia Education Tour 2012
Lahore: South Asia Tour 2012, an education fair funded by the United States, made a
two-day stop in the provincial metropolis at a private university
A large number of students from Lahore and
across the province obtained information about studying in the United
States and student life in America directly from representatives of US
universities present at the two-day fair.
representatives from the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York; the
University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa; Valparaiso University
in Valparaiso, Indiana; and Educational Credential Evaluators from
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had joined the tour to demonstrate the unique
benefits of a US university education.
Department of State-funded global network of student advising centres,
organised the event. This was the second South Asian annual education
fair tour organised by the network.
Last year, US
university representatives travelled across the region from Sri Lanka to
Bangladesh, to Nepal, and then to Pakistan. The program was so
successful it was repeated again this year and it included Afghanistan
as well. The news
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MAO dept makes do with incomplete faculty
Lahore: The MAO College mass communication department is one of the
many public-sector departments, which is working without a regular
faculty. The department imparts education to more than 300 students
pursuing master's in mass communication (morning and evening shifts) as
well as BS (Honours), a recently-launched initiative.
The Punjab University has warned the department of withdrawal of
affiliation if at least six regular faculty members including a PhD and
two MPhil degree-holders are not inducted at the earliest.
College Principal Prof Dr Farhan Ebadat Yar Khan says he had moved a
requisition to the Punjab Higher Education Department to create six
regular faculty member posts and appoint qualified academics.
With the launch of the BS (Honours) programme, he said, the college
would not admit students to the MA mass communication programme in the
morning shift alone.
Established in 2004 on grant of an NOC by the Higher Education
Department and affiliation by the Punjab University, the department has
been running on a no-profit-no-loss basis. It was being run by faculty
hired from within and outside the college, including senior journalists
and teachers, until recently.
The teachers say they are being given remunerations at the rate of
Rs500 per lecture and earlier there was a proposal to double the amount.
However, the appointment of new college principal has led to an impasse
as the incumbent says the college lacks funds to pay even Rs500 per
There was a hue and cry when the college administration offered all
faculty members a remuneration of Rs15,000 per month across the board
with a condition of taking a minimum of four periods a day spread in two
shifts from morning to evening. The only person to go was head of the
department, Rana Latif Athar who refused to work against such a meagre
salary. The college students protested the 'removal' of the head of the
Prof Khan admits it is highly insufficient salary but the college is
supposed to stay within its means. Though there are claims that the
college earns Rs1.8 million from evening students and the salary
expenditure is not more than Rs0.5 million, the principal says people do
not count other expenditure like logistics, library and others.
Answering a question, the principal admitted that a senior political
science teacher had been given the charge to look after the
administrative matters of the department. A faculty member, who accepted
the paltry salary package, had been made academic in charge. Currently,
two journalists and four college graduates are serving as faculty
A political science department teacher is also taking national and
international affairs class at the mass communication department.
Prof Khan said the situation at the department would improve as he
expected that the Higher Education Department would create posts and
appoint regular faculty members with the beginning of next academic
session in September.
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B.Com student commits suicide
Lahore: A B.Com student hanged himself after
failing to find job to meet his studies expenses in Ghaziabad on
Ghaziabad police said Aamir of Aamir Street wanted to continue his
studies and was searching for some job as his parents were poor.
On Saturday, he locked himself in his room and committed suicide by hanging with a ceiling fan. Dawn
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KEMU wasted public money: YDA
Lahore: The Young Doctors Association (YDA), Pakistan, has alleged that the
administration of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has wasted
around Rs 2 million from public exchequer by sheer incompetence in the
establishment of KEMU's private diagnostic centre.
to a press release here on Sunday, the YDA Pakistan office-bearers
claimed that KEMU had hired a building at Shadman Chowk, Jail Road,
reportedly on Rs 400,000 per month rent on November 15, 11 and it had
been lying vacant for the last six months as no lab could be started
They claimed that the machines were yet to be
purchased for the centre but the staff to operate them had been hired
who were sitting idle in the empty building and getting salaries too.
The YDA office-bearers demanded probe into the matter.
meeting: The Pakistan National Board (PNB) will hold its executive
board meeting and the fifth national seminar of postgraduate education
at King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, on April 28. The
purpose of the meeting is to make uniform standards of MD, MS, MDS, PhD,
M Phil and Diploma postgraduate programmes being run by all medical
universities, faculties of medicine of general universities and
postgraduate medical institutes at Pakistan level and to raise the
quality of these programmes in the light of 'Best International
PNB President Prof Azam Hussain Yousifani, the
vice chancellor of Peoples Medical University, Nawabshah, will preside
over the meeting.
Prof Asad Aslam Khan, the vice
chancellor of King Edward Medical University will be the organiser while
Prof Syed Muhammad Awais, the national coordinator of the PNB, will act
as a coordinator.
Doctors greeted: The Punjab Medical
Association (PMA) has congratulated doctors after promotion of doctors
from grade 18 to 19. The Punjab Health Department has promoted 236
senior medical officers to posts of additional principal medical
officer. According to a press release here on Sunday, PMA office-bearers
including Dr Ashraf Nizami, Dr Tanveer Anwar and others also thanked
the Punjab government for promoting the doctors after a long time.
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Female students at IIU awarded prizes
Islamabad: The female students who showed extra ordinary performance during the 24th
annual cultural week of the International Islamic University (IIU) were
awarded prizes at a colourful ceremony held here.
prize distribution ceremony was attended by Ambassador of Bangladesh in
Pakistan Suhrab Hussain whereas High Commissioner of Kenya in Islamabad
Mishi Mashika, the wife of the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, Prof. Fateh
Muhammad Malik, Rector of IIUI, Professor Dr Mumtaz Ahmad, President of
IIU, and Professor Dr Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman, Vice President of IIU.
Hussain said that he is delighted to say that the students both male
and female of IIUI did really hard work to exhibit the cultures of
various Islamic countries in the cultural week. Regarding students
exchange programme he said that both Pakistan and Bangladesh need to
exchange students to expand the bilateral relations and develop
understanding about one another.
At the end, the guests
gave away certificates and prizes to the female students who
demonstrated outstanding performance during cultural activities.
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Academicians Panel wins IIU ASA elections
Islamabad: The Academicians Panel of the International Islamic University (IIU) was
declared successful in the elections of Academic Staff Association
(ASA) for the year 2012-13.
The Academicians Panel
included (President) Professor Dr. Muhammad Sher Joyia, Department of
Computer Science and Software Engineering, FBAS, (Vice-President)
Ataullah Wattoo (Male), Department of Law, and (Vice-President) Zara
Sabeen (Female), Department of Management Sciences, FMS. Dr. Zafar Iqbal
Baloch, Department of Media and Communication Studies, was elected as
general secretary, Ameer Usman (Male), Faculty of Usuluddin, and
Shagufta Khanum (Female), Faculty of Arabic as joint secretaries, Faiz
ur Rahim, International Institute of Islamic Economics (IIIE), as
finance secretary, and Muhammad Aamir Khan, Faculty of Engineering and
Technology, as information secretary. The news
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