Schools, colleges vacations in Punjab
Edu institutes to reopen on Sep 13
Lahore, Aug 11: The schools and colleges will reopen after 3 and half months
summer vacation on September 13 after Eidul Fitr. During the period the
colleges will complete the admission work for 1st year. The admissions
have since started and last date for receipt of admission forms in
government colleges will be Aug 16. The nation
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Students, teachers protest against launch of 4-year BS programme
Lahore: A large number of college teachers, students unions and civil
society members, on Tuesday, gathered in front of MAO College and
protested against the launch of a four-year BS honours programme in 26
colleges across the province.
Teachers shouted slogans against
the launch of the programme, and claimed that setting up of Board of
Governors (BoG) in these colleges was a step towards privatisation.
Professor and Lecturers Associations (PPLA) President Dr Zahid Sheikh
said teachers and students likewise would continue to protest against
this measure and even boycott the educational institutions concerned if
necessary. He said this move could deprive underprivileged students of
education, as the college fees would obviously be increased after the
The Punjab Higher Education departments had
recently given instructions for the introduction of a BS programme in 26
colleges across the province, whereas six colleges across the city were
also selected for introducing the BS. The teachers have been holding
protests against this decision across the province ever since.
Tuesday, teachers and students blocked The Mall, shouted slogans and
demanded the government take back its decision regarding the BS
programme. Protesters later reached the Punjab Assembly and delivered
speeches there against the government decisions.
According to a senior member of a teaching organisation, the government
has implemented this decision without even completing the related
paperwork and without consulting any of the teachers concerned.
"We are consulting our lawyers and will take the matter to court if necessary," Dr Zahid said. Daily times
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Boards of governors in public colleges: Official accuses teachers' bodies of deceit
Lahore: Teachers' associations are doing politics on planned
boards of governors in colleges and deceitfully using the word
'privatisation', says higher education secretary Ahad Khan Cheema.
Cheema was speaking to faculty members at Government Islamia College,
Civil Lines, on Tuesday. The college is one of the selected institutions
where four-year BS (Honours) programme is being launched and board of
governors is being formed to run college affairs independently.
Cheema told faculty members that teachers' representatives had no moral
ground to oppose the BS (Honours) programme and boards. "It is not the
prerogative of teachers' associations to oppose government's policies.
Such representatives must be held accountable," he said.
said people had the mindset that most public colleges were not offering
quality education and this thinking was reflected from the fact that
public colleges' enrolment remained static at 550,000 despite a
three-time increase in enrolment in higher education institutions during
the last few years.
The secretary said universities' job was
to impart training at the postgraduate level and conduct research, but
they picked undergraduate honours programmes for commercial purposes
because they had the authority to take decisions at the institutional
level. "The colleges could not take advantage of this initiative though
there was a huge public demand for such programmes," he said.
In the absence of certain powers, Cheema said public colleges could not
grow despite the fact that they had infrastructure worth billions of
rupees and well qualified faculties. He said there was a lengthy
procedure to get a new college commissioned, SNE approved and teachers
recruited through the Punjab Public Service Commission. "This procedure
is a sure recipe that the new college should fail even before taking
off," he said.
To eliminate the red-tape culture, Cheema said
colleges must vie for getting delegated powers through BoGs and take
decisions according to their requirements. "The legislature has
delegated its powers to collective wisdom that rests with BoGs under the
law," he added.
Referring to teachers' apprehensions, Cheema
said some colleges faced problems after they were given autonomy because
the government did not support them after giving them autonomy. Now, he
said, the autonomy model would be improved in consultation with
teachers, keeping in view teachers' job security, students' interests
and quality of education. He said the higher education department had
got approved Rs500 million - Rs250 million each for infrastructure and
The secretary assured teachers that BoGs would
not have powers to transfer teachers or increase fees. They would just
take policy decisions on budgets, re-appropriation of budgets, creation
of posts and recruitment of teachers for the BS (Honours) programme.
Cheema said vacant posts would be filled from college cadre teachers.
BoGs would recruit teachers from the open market for disciplines
currently not offered in public colleges.
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Honour for PU students
Lahore: Students of the Punjab University have won the
Nishan-i-Quaid Team Trophy for the third consecutive year in the
All-Pakistan Inter-University Competitions during sixth Quaid-i-Azam
Shamoon Ahmad of the College of Pharmacy,
Ghulam Mohyuddin of the Institute of Communication Studies and Touheed
of the College of Art and Design clinched first positions in English
speech, Urdu speech and national songs competitions, respectively.
In quiz competition, the PU team, comprising Ammad Ramzan of College of
Pharmacy, Waseem Afzal of Law College and Asim Khan of Hailey College
of Commerce, bagged fourth position.
The four-day event
organised by Baqai Medical University, Karachi, was participated in by
15 teams including five Sindh universities, Hazara University and
Virtual University, Islamabad.
Hailey College of Commerce
student Atif Amin has won the "Best National Hiker Award 2010" during
the 18th National Rovers Scout Hike. Atif Amin had also earned second
position in the HEC Inter-University Rovering Championship in 2008 and
2009. He also represented the PU in the fifth SAF Camp 2007. Dawn
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