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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.

Senior 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.

"Our situation 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.

Amjad 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 positions, respectively.

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 Festival 2012.

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.

LCCI 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 speakers.

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.

Addressing the 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.

He 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 chapter.

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) for education.

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 provincial metropolis.

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.

Javed 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.

He 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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