PUámagazine golden jubilee ceremony
PU VC advises students to adopt reading habits
Lahore, April 25: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr
Mujahid Kamran on Tuesday advised students to adopt reading habits,
which would open new horizons for them.
Addressing a golden
jubilee ceremony of the annual magazine of the university, Mahver, at
the New Campus, Dr Kamran said that the nation had talent, but it was
unfortunate that rulers did not give priority to education.
analyst Orya Maqbool Jan, renowned poet Amjad Islam Amjad, Safdar
Saleem Sayal, Dr Khalid Humayun, Iftikhar Feroz, Saleem Mansoor Khalid,
Director Students Affairs Iftikhar Chaudhry, faculty members and a large
number of students participated in the event.
will go from bad to worse if the rulers continue to ignore education as
the priority," Dr Kamran said, adding that "if we believe that life and
death, and respect and livelihood were in the hands of God, then we
should not be afraid of anybody".
The vice chancellor
congratulated the editorial board of Mahver for their hard work on the
golden jubilee number and making a good selection of articles from
issues of the magazine from the past 50 years.
Orya Maqbool Jan
said that in the 5,000-year-old history of mankind, no nation had
progressed who got education in a foreign language. He said that
unfortunately, our language had been snatched from us.
Islam Amjad, editor of Mahver in 1967, said that such journals and
ceremonies were the beauty of educational institutions. Safdar Saleem
Syal, first editor of Mahver, said man is recognised by his behaviour
and etiquettes, not by his knowledge.
Saleem Mansoor Khalid, the magazine editor in 1977 and Iftikhar Feroz, a former student leader, also spoke on the occasion.
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PU jhelum campus
Jhelum: Punjab University (PU) commenced regular classes at its
Jhelum Campus on Tuesday. Administrator Jehlum Campus M Akram Ch,
faculty members and students in a statement thanked chief minister and
PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran setting up the campus there. The news
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LUMS wins LCCI Business Plan Competition
Lahore: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Business Plan
Competition was won by the Lahore University of Management Sciences
(LUMS), Lahore College for Women University and the University of
Management and Technology, grabbing the first, second and third
The Business Plan Competition was held
at the Chief Minister's House and MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif was the chief
guest on the occasion. The competition was part of the Lahore Shopping
Separately, a student of the University of
Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) took first position in the LCCI
photography competition held at the City Heritage Museum, there also
Hamza Shahbaz was the chief guest.
At the photography competition both second and third prizes went to the Punjab University.
President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Senior Vice President Kashif Younis
Meher, Vice President Saeeda Nazar, Sheikh Muhammad Arshad, MNA Pervaiz
Malik and LCCI Executive Committee Member Nasir Saeed were among the
The winners of the photography competition included
Jamal Nasir of the UVAS, and Awais Ali Sheikh and Jawad Khalid of the
Punjab University, respectively. The Business Plan that took first three
positions included Nutritif Farms, Dehydrated Egg Powder and Mosquito
Repellent. A special prize of Rs 15,000 was given to the University of
Engineering and Technology (UET) for presenting a plan on Exotic
Security Intelligence, while another special prize of Rs 10,000 went to
the Hailey College of Banking and Finance.
participants of the Business Plan and photo competitions, Hamza Shahbaz
said that education was the only answer to multiple internal and
external problems being faced by the country and that was the only
reason the Punjab government was making all out efforts to impart
education to all.
He called for preparation and implementation of
long-term policies to bring the country out of multiple challenges it
had been facing for years.
Hamza Shahbaz said that the country
was fortunate that more than 50 percent of its population was below the
age of 25 years, and that the people had the potential to change the
destiny of the country.
He said that it was strange that the
countries which were far behind Pakistan only 50 years ago, were now
fast making their place in the developed countries.
He said that
the government, in consultation with the private sector, would have to
evolve out-of-box solution to cope with ongoing crisis-like situation.
said that the Lahore Shopping Festival had given a lease of life to the
Lahoris who were looking for such beautiful functions. He said that the
Punjab government would continue to support all such events aimed at
strengthening the economy of the country.
The LCCI president
urged the students to focus on their studies as the country was in dire
need of innovative entrepreneurs. He said that there was no dearth of
resources in the country, but the only thing that had kept it behind was
lack of awareness about the latest business techniques, and that the
education was the only way to success.
He said that the LCCI
would continue to arrange business competition plans so that the
industry gets skilled and competent people. The competition would also
help students interact with premier bodies of the business community
like the LCCI, he said. He thanked the leading businessmen who
performing as jury at the competition. Daily times
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GIKI Engineering Convention
Swabi: The three-day International Mechanical
Engineering Convention concluded here at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute
(GIKI) of Engineering Sciences and Technology on Tuesday with the
delegates calling for sharing knowledge for the collective benefit of
South Asia people.
Delegates from Sri Lanka, Turkey and Bangladesh participated in the
convention where Anjum Asad Amin, member of National Disaster Management
Authority, was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony. The
event was organised by American Society for Mechanical Engineering, GIKI
Dimuthu Prasad Wijethunge of Sri Lanka said that the convention
provided a platform for productive interaction. He said that such events
helped the students, academia and experts to come into close contact,
boosting trade and business activities.
He said that the South Asian countries must share knowledge and
improve trade for the benefit of the region and its people. "It has
always been the desire of the foreigners to capture the South Asian
markets," he said.
Prof Sumer Sahin of Turkey said that their participation in the
convention was a fruitful experience. "Pakistan is our brotherly country
and we will never feel any hesitation to come here in future," he said.
Dr Mohammad Mahbubul Alam of Bangladesh said that the latest
technological knowledge taught at the GIKI impressed him. He said that
Bangladesh cricket team should visit Pakistan because it could improve
relations between the two brotherly countries.
Jehangir Bashar, rector of the GIKI, said that there were about 25
professional students' societies in the institute and all of them had
been organising different programmes each year.
Dr Mohammad Abid, dean Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, said that
one of the objectives of the convention was to work on working papers
while inculcating the idea of innovation in the participants. Dawn
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VCs demand 4 pc of GDP for education
Peshawar: The vice-chancellors of various universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Tuesday declared to launch a national movement to press the government
to allocate at least four percent of the gross domestic product (GDP)
They urged the parliamentarians and
policy-makers to utilise energies and resources for making four percent
allocation as mandatory for education, which they said was a panacea to
all the problems of the country.
The vice-chancellors of
15 public sector universities and heads of degree awarding institutions
met at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar,
with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Higher Education Qazi Mohammad Asad
on the occasion of the visit of Higher Education Commission (HEC)
Chairman Javed Laghari and executive director HEC Sohail H Naqvi to the
Vice-chancellor UET, Peshawar, Syed
Imtiaz Gilani in his inaugural remarks said that the vice chancellors
were now very clear that unless and until education was promoted,
nothing would improve in the country.
He said the
vice-chancellors were now open to demand adequate investment in
education. Global average investment in education is five percent of GDP
while Pakistan is spending only 1.7 percent which is even not enough to
bear the recurring expenditures of universities, he added.
Laghari stressed the need for promotion of quality education. He said
that only education was a solution to all the problems faced by the
country. Every problem from air crash to railway's bankruptcy and floods
was being faced due to lack of quality education, he said.
said they would focus attention of formation of similar forums in other
provinces to have better policy regarding education.Laghari lauded the
performance of the UET. He said that the return rate of PhD scholars
sent by UET abroad was 100 percent and they were making great
contribution in promotion of research culture in the province. The news
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