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BISE Lahore matric result: Student commits suicide

Matric student commits suicide one day after exam result
Lahore, Aug 06: A matric student, one day after the result of the Matriculation Examinations 2010 was announced, committed suicide in the Shafiqabad police precincts on Thursday.

The deceased was identified as Hamza, son of one Abdul Razaq. The victim's father told police that Hamza was tense due to his matriculation result. On the day of the incident, he had locked himself in his room and took pills, after which he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he breathed his last. Also, a seven-year-old boy died after he fell down from his rooftop in the Manga Mandi area. The deceased was identified as Naeem. Police said the victim was playing on his rooftop from where he accidentally slipped and fell down to the street below, as a result of which he sustained severe head injuries. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Separately, a 30-year-old unidentified man was crushed to death by a train in the Badami Bagh police precincts. Police said the deceased, yet to be identified, was crossing the railway lines in Badami Bagh when a train hit him, as a result of which he sustained severe injuries and died on the spot. Daily times

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August 13 last date for GCU admission
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) has announced August 13 as last date for submission of form for admission to various disciplines of the intermediate.

GCU spokesman said the students who passed matriculation examinations in 2010 and 2009 second annual examinations were eligible to apply, adding there would be no admission on self-finance basis.

The spokesman added trials/tests for admissions on sports /co-circular basis would be held from August 16, 2010 to August 21, 2010.

Lahore's last year minimum merit for admissions to various disciplines of Intermediate was 972 marks for pre-engineering, 962 for pre-medical, 905 for computer sciences, 867 for general sciences and 792 marks for arts.

The university is also offering Intermediate in Commerce (I.Com) for the first time.

The GCU prospectus and all forms have been made available online on http://www.gcu.edu.pk/ProspectusFAFSC.htm for the convenience of students.

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PBTE admission
Lahore: Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) has issued an admission schedule for 2010-2011 session. A press release said last date for submission of admission forms without late fee has been fixed as September 24. It added registration forms with bank challans could be submitted in the board office by October 14 and with late fee, the registration form could be sent to board office by October 21. The registration forms with double fee bank challans could be sent to the board by October 28, 2010.

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LCWU admission
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has announced admission for intermediate programme with August 12 as last date to get and submit forms. The varsity has set up stalls within campus to facilitate students and their parents. As per seat break-up, LCWU will offer 180 seats for FSc Pre-Medical, 120 Pre-Engineering, 300 General Science, 120 I.Com, 60 Home Economics and 540 for Arts. The first merit list will be displayed on August 20.

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PU research budget
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) has risen spending on research from the previous Rs 4 million to Rs 50 million in the current year's budget.

Addressing students, research workers and senior faculty members after inaugurating a newly-upgraded computer laboratory in the Department of Mathematics, New Campus here on Thursday, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran added this was done to promote high quality research work in the varsity

He said state-of the-art facilities and equipment was being installed in PU laboratories to facilitate advance studies as well as to promote research work. He said presently there were 641 regular faculty members in PU out of which only 33.7 per cent were PhD scholars. He said it was his mission and dream to bring this ratio to at least 70 to 80 per cent so that varsity could play an exemplary leadership role in boosting academic and research work.

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FCPS distinction
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan has awarded an FCPS degree to Prof Attiya Kahalid, Chairman of the Anatomy Department of King Edward Medical University, for her 23-year service in the medical profession. The news

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Daanish schools to impart secondary education
Lahore: In a major shift in policy, the Punjab government has decided that Daanish School System (DSS) will offer high school education instead of the basic concept of admitting the children belonging to poorest of the poor to Class-I.

Being dubbed 'the poor-man's Aitchison', three such schools are nearing completion in Chishtian, Hasilpur and Rahim Yar Khan.

Admissions to Class-VI in Daanish schools would be competency based and applicants would be adjudged on the basis of their Class-V results to be conducted by the Punjab Examination Commission, Izhar Ahmad, additional secretary of the school education department, said while talking to reporters at a workshop titled 'Young Champions Project for Girls Education, Lahore district', at a local hotel on Thursday.

Stakeholders and media personnel also attended the workshop organised by the Jahandad Society for Community Development (JSCD).

Ahmad said the criteria to facilitate poorest of the poor would stay as students whose parents' income would not be higher than Rs6,000 and they would have no agriculture land in their name would be selected for admission.

The additional secretary said the DSS project was aimed at imparting quality education in a state-of-the-art facility and developing the children belonging to poorest of the poor families into well-groomed individuals in five years. He said the Punjab government had planned establishing 17 such schools in the province where teachers would be hired from open market.

The additional secretary admitted that the standard of quality education in public schools was on sharp decline because most of the teachers were not committed as was the case some three decades ago.

He said that there was a huge gap between demand and available resources. What to say about enrolling more and more out-of-schools students, the government was not able to cater to the existing number of students in schools, he said and added that most of the 63,000 schools in Punjab still lacked basic facilities while the government was allocating Rs4 billion annually for the purpose.

Answering a question that there seemed no impact of provision of missing facilities in schools, Ahmad said that only 1,500 schemes were approved to spend Rs4 billion annually.

Earlier, JSCD president Prof Dr Yasmin Raashid briefed the media about the baseline data of marginalised out-of-school children in 20 selected union councils of Lahore district. She said the JSCD selected young champions who conducted survey in 280 households in their respective UCs. Some of the young champions were also present on the occasion

She said the survey results were just shocking because there were more and more children out-of-school for one reason or the other. She said the JSCD young champions found 5,825 3-10 years of age out-of-school children of which 3,031 (52 per cent) were girls.

Of these out-of-school children, Prof Raashid said 4,287 (75.4 per cent) were unable to go to school because of their parents' poverty. Similarly, 543 children were not going to school because schools existed at a considerable distance, 241 because their parents were against female education, while other causes that kept children away from schools included unsafe to go to school, parents' perception that there was no benefit of education, children generating income for family and corporal punishment.

Prof Raashid stressed that community itself could develop with its own efforts, even if there was no support from the government. She, however, urged the government to raise its allocation for education from around two per cent of gross national product (GNP) to at least six per cent of the GNP.

Young champions' representatives also spoke on the occasion.

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BISE chief admonished
Lahore: The Punjab higher education secretary on Thursday admonished the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education chairman for mismanagement at the matriculation examination ceremony.

Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema called BISE Chairman Prof Dr Akram Kashmiri and asked him why the function was mismanaged to the extent that everybody including position-holders, their parents and media persons complained.

He directed the board chairman to remove board's public relations officer Qaiser Virk. Dawn

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BISE employees stage demo for raise
Lahore: The employees of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, staging a demonstration on Thursday criticised the board management for not implementing federal government's decision of 50 percent ad hoc increase in salaries.

They protested and demanded the government take notice of the issue and provide relief to them. An official of the Punjab Higher Education Department, the controlling authority of education boards of the province, said it was likely that the board employees might be given 35 percent increase in salaries as they had been enjoying 15 percent increased salaries than other government employees over the years.

Similarly, the faculty members and staff of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) have been expressing concerns against the varsity administration for not awarding the recent 50 percent pay raise.

It is learnt that the LCWU administration had been finding it difficult to provide the same to its employees owing to substantial cut in budgetary allocation of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) which subsequently has been creating problems for varsities to meet their expenses. The news

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