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Int'l conference on quality higher education: No Pak university among world's top 500, says Sartaj
Lahore, Dec 2: No Pakistani university is included in the list of top 500 world universities, Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Sartaj Aziz said on Monday.

Addressing the second International Conference on Assessing Quality in Higher Education, Sartaj, chief guest at the inaugural session, said that ensuring quality was a continuous process. He said that quality higher education in the country could be ensured if we follow seven points: merit admissions; the development of courses by professionals and experienced teachers; effective timetable; imparting good communication skills to graduates; establishing an internal evaluation system; good quality-assurance team; and a special emphasis on research.

The three-day event has been organised by the Punjab University (PU) Institute of Quality and Technology Management (IQTM) and the University of Management and Technology (UMT). Vice-chancellors of 31 Pakistani universities, 30 directors of quality enhancement cells, delegates from eight countries and representatives from the Higher Education Commission and the Pakistan Engineering Council are participating in the conference to discuss ways to ensure quality higher education in Pakistan. PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said that quality higher education was key to any nation's survival, adding that this quality could be ensured through various factors, especially teachers who inspire youths.

There is a shortage of PhD teachers in the country, he said, adding that of 650 teachers in the PU, only 220 were PhDs. He asked the government to release funds of the HEC so that various research projects could culminate, adding that quality education could be ensured only by generous patronage and committed teachers.

IQTM Patron-In-Chief Dr Abdul Rauf said in his welcome address that a lot had been done in the industrial sector to ensure quality, but unfortunately nothing had been done to ensure quality services. IQTM Director Dr Niaz Ahmad said the objective of the conference was to highlight the need to improve higher education in the country, adding that the world's best practices in this regard would be introduced in Pakistan. He said that the senior representatives of various universities present at the moot would give recommendations to improve higher education in the country, adding that the recommendations would also be forwarded to the governor. He said that quality enhancement cell directors would hold separate meetings during the conference. Daily Times

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Punjab Boards committee extends dates for submission of exam forms for annual secondary school examination 2009
Lahore: Punjab Boards' Committee of Chairmen in its meeting here Monday, extended the dates for submission of forms for annual secondary school examination 2009 to be held under the boards of intermediate and secondary education (BISEs) in the province.

BISE Lahore's Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akram Kashmiri presided over the meeting, which discussed in detail the candidates' problems regarding submission of examination forms.

The committee's decision gave another three days to private and regular candidates to submit their forms with single fee.

Now the private candidates could submit the examination form till December 04 instead of December 01, 2008, while the last date for the regular students has been extended from December 15 to 18, 2008.

Dr. Kashmiri advised the candidates to submit their forms within the given deadline to avoid the payment of double fee.

The Committee meeting also took up the matter pertaining to arrangements for the conduct of contests of Chief Minister's Essay Writing and Speech Contest at district and division level.

The focal person Prof. Haji Muhammad Dogar briefed the meeting about the selient features of the programmes and hoped that these would be conducted in accordance with the directives of the Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. App

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Punjab University Eid-ul-Azha holidays schedule
Lahore: Punjab University will remain closed from Monday, December 8 to Friday, December 12, 2008 on account of Eid-ul-Azha. Punjab University Examination Department has issued the exam date sheet of B.Com and MSc Home Economics. According to details B.Com Part-I, 2nd Annual Examination 2008 will commence from December 24 and conclude on 16 January. B.Com Part-II, 2nd Annual Examination 2008 will commence from December 26 and conclude on January 17. MSc Home Economics part-I Annual Examination 2008 will commence from December 17 and will conclude on December 26. MSc Home Economics part-II Annual Examination 2008 will commence from December 18 and will conclude on December 31. Detailed date sheet is available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. Ppi

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Punjab University declares MEd results
Lahore: Punjab University examination department has declared the result of MEd Visual Impairment, 2nd annual examination of 2005-06 and 2006-07. The pass percentage in the examinations remained at 38 and 70 percent respectively, said a PU spokesman here Monday.

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PU publishes Urdu translation of book on climate change
Lahore: Punjab University has published the Urdu translation book of International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Stockholm, Sweden, published under its outreach and communication programme.

PU spokesman said here Monday that the book provides detail information about the global climate change especially in Pakistan, and it would prove to be helpful for the graduate and postgraduate students of Environmental Sciences Departments in national universities and departments including Botany, Ecology, Geography, Meteorology, Environmental Law, Geo‑environmental Sciences, Sustainability and Geology.

PU Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology Assistant Professor Dr Ghazala Nasim, Director Prof Dr Rukhsana Bajwa and FAST National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences Islamabad Rector Dr Amir Muhammad translated the book.

PU department of Tarjama‑o‑Taleef and Punjab Environmental Protection Department are the publishers of the the book printed at PU Press.

The translation is based on the contents of International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Report No. 55. The book states that the world faces significant environment problems including shortage of clean and accessible fresh water, degradation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, increase in soil erosion, loss of bio‑diversity, changes in the chemistry of the atmosphere, declines in fisheries and the possibility of significant changes on the climate.

These occurring over and above the stresses imposed by the natural variability of a dynamic planet and are intersecting with the past and existing patterns of conflict, poverty, disease and mal‑nutrition.

The changes taking place are, in fact, changes in the human nature relationship and these human‑driven changes to the global environment will require societies to develop a multitude of creative response and adaptation strategies.

The book suggests that Pakistan, while categorizing its priorities,should award the global environmental change a more central place in human affairs. App

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