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BS (Hons) degree programme in Punjab colleges

'BS (hons) to ensure quality education'
Lahore, Aug 07: Secretary Higher Education Punjab Ahad Khan Cheema said that the introduction of new BS (Hons) programme in 26 colleges of the province was an initiative to ensure quality education and capacity-building of students at the existing tuition fee structure.

Addressing students and teachers at the auditorium of Government MAO College on Friday, he said the standard of higher education was deteriorating in colleges for which steps have been taken to save it from total collapse. The moot was organised as part of a campaign launched by the department to remove misconceptions about the new BS (Hons) programme.

He said the government had initially allocated an additional budget of Rs 250 million to meet the expenditure on human resource and infrastructure development in this aspect. He added the tuition fee would remain the same while the universities charged Rs 50,000 per annum and over Rs 150,000 by the private institutions for BS (Hons) programme.

The Secretary Higher Education further said the establishment of laboratories, libraries and faculty would commensurate with the demand of the semester based BS (Hons) studies in colleges adding nowhere in the world, a college was without BS (Hons).

Answering a question, he said there was no truth in reports that 26 colleges were being privatised and the teachers and staff would be dislocated.

He said the government had given financial and administrative autonomy to the colleges only through BoGs so that the college administration could take decisions for faculty development and other local expenditure for uninterrupted disbursement of education.

This pattern is followed world-wide wherein higher educational institutions enjoy autonomy and are free from cumbersome governmental procedures, he added.

Ahad Khan Cheema further said instead of giving power to one person, the collective wisdom of BoGs would make decisions adding 75 percent of BoGs would comprise senior government officials.

Principal Government MAO College Prof Syed Irfan Hussain Zaidi said that MAO College would introduce BS (Hons) in nine subjects of Science and Arts while it already offers MA/MSc in six subjects. Additional Secretary Yawar Hussain was also present on the occasion.


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PU research journals
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor presided over a special meeting of the Research Journal Committee on Friday to review status and improve standard of 31 journals of the varsity.

PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran asked all the editors to keep their record up-to-date and maintain the same as per requirements of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The participants pointed out lack of sufficient PU representation in various sub-committees constituted by the HEC for recognition of varsity research journals.

It was noted that there was some hesitation on the part of faculty members for getting their research papers published in the journals which were not recognized by the HEC. The participants underlined the need for holding of the HEC meeting frequently for early recognition of the varsity research journals.

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UVAS employees protest
Lahore: Dozens of sacked employees of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) staged a demonstration on Friday demanded of the Punjab government to restore their jobs and award them salaries of past many months.

The demonstration was organised outside Lahore Press Club. The protestors said it was unfortunate that despite assurances and commitment of chief minister in the Punjab Assembly in June 2010, nothing practical had been done to solve their problems. They said they had ended their protest on various occasions following assurances form elected representatives; however, they were compelled to take to the road once again as none of the commitments made with them were honoured. The protestors said their families were disturbed due to financial problems after being jobless, adding the holy month of Ramazan was approaching but no relief has been in sight.

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BISE employees demand raise
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore's employees continued protest against the board management on fifth consecutive day on Friday for not implementing the federal government's decision of 50 percent ad hoc increase in salaries. They observed Black Day and staged a demonstration outside the office of the BISE Chairman to express resentment by chanting slogans against the board management and the government. The protestors said the employees of BISE Lahore and Faisalabad were being denied 50 percent increase in salaries unlike six other boards of the province. The news

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School of Professional Advancement launches new Masters programme
Lahore: An introduction seminar for the launch of Master in School Management (MSM) was organised by the School of Professional Advancement (SPA) at the University of Management and Technology (UMT) Lahore. School heads and perspective school heads from the private and public sectors were invited for a briefing of the major features of the MSM program, followed by a complimentary lunch. Dr Naveed Yazdani, Director SPA, provided a brief introduction of SPA. He highlighted the objectives of setting up SPA and the scope of the programs offered by the School. The MSM degree programme was highlighted by Mrs Farah Naz, the Programme Head. She discussed the importance of the MSM program for the professional enhancement of the school heads and senior teachers. Daily times

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UoG to organise ceremony for position holders
Gujrat: The University of Gujrat will organise a farewell party and cash prize distribution ceremony in the honour of those students who secured top positions in the BA/BSc and BCom examinations at Hafiz Hayat Campus on August 9.

University of Gujrat Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin would be the chief guest in the ceremony and would give away cash prizes to the position holders. All the position holders and their parents were invited to attend the ceremony.

Meanwhile, the University of Gujrat VC has launched a campaign for collecting relief aid for the flood victims of the country at Hafiz Hayat Campus. Under the directives issued by the Student Services Centre, a batch of 15 students from different departments had been directed to collect donations.

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Lecturer not in secret agencies custody, court told
Lahore: The Ministry of Interior on Friday told the Lahore High Court that a missing lecturer of the Islamia College, Jhang Road, Toba Tek Singh was not in custody of any agency working under the domain of the ministry.

This was stated in a written reply on behalf of the secretary interior submitted before the court of Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif in connection with a habeas corpus petition for the recovery of Hafiz Tahir Mehmood. The secretary informed the court that there were 15 agencies under his control but all of them denied the custody of the missing teacher. At this, the chief justice sought a report from the director general ISI, which fell under domain of the Defence Ministry, by August 24 and directed a deputy attorney general to ensure the submission of reply. The home secretary, Punjab, was again directed to file a reply in this regard as he did not submit the same on Friday. Parveen Akhter of TT Singh had filed the petition, stating that on July 9, 2010 some 18/20 personnel of secret agencies in plain clothes raided her house and held all inmates hostage. They tortured the whole family and picked up her son Hafiz Tahir Mehmood, a lecturer in Islamia College, Jhang Road, along with two guests, including Usman Gujjar and Javed Anwar. She said the raiders introduced themselves as personnel of secret agencies and refused to disclose any reason of their action and arrest of the inmates. They also took away passport, credit cards and all the belongings of Hafiz Tahir with them. The petitioner said that the abductees had not been produced before any court of competent jurisdiction and his whereabouts were not known to her. She pointed out that on July 27 she, through a telephone call, was informed that her son had gone mad in the custody of the personnel of agencies. She expressed apprehensions that the personnel of the agencies might kill her son in a fake police encounter as the practice had become an order of the day. She prayed to the court to get her son recovered and set him at liberty as he was not involved in any case. The news

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