Punjab colleges commerce education
Concern over proposal to outsource commerce education
Lahore, Feb 04: The Punjab government is planning to outsource commerce education
from public sector colleges to an NGO amid opposition from the Education and
Finance departments, it has been learnt.
documents, the deputy secretary (Assembly) of the Chief Minster's
Secretariat has forwarded an application of the Anjuman Farogh-e-Taleem project
director who had requested the Higher Education Department to allow his NGO to
start commerce education at the divisional level government colleges at
affordable fee package in the 2nd shift.
The NGO contended that except
10 to 15 government colleges, the rest of the colleges did not have
infrastructure to provide commerce education whereas private sector was
providing the same at a very high fee.
However, when the case was
examined by the Education Department, it found that commerce education was being
imparted through 66 government colleges in the morning and evening shifts while
few more applications from various colleges were also received for getting no
objection certificate (NOC) to offer the same.
According to the sources
in the department, some high officials initially opposed the idea, however, the
manner in which the case was followed by the Chief Minister's Secretariat, they
succumbed to the pressure.
They alleged that ever since the request from the
NGO, Advisor to Chief Minister Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri was ambitiously pursuing
the case as the NGO in question was owned by one of his friends, adding that he
also got included himself in a committee constituted to govern the affairs
related to commerce education under the public-private partnership.
sources further said that the advisor to the CM had also suggested that the
maximum fee package under the public-private partnership should not be more than
Rs 8,000 and Rs 12,000 per annum for ICom and BCom classes
In its observations the Finance department had stated:
"Before embarking upon any ambitious project of public-private partnership, it
would be prudent to carry out an objective study to gauge the demand of the
subjects among students as well as their future prospects in the job market.
Moreover, in order to ensure transparent and efficient use of public resources
(college infrastructure) and to avoid any loss to the same, there is need to
formulate a comprehensive policy for public-private partnership in
The sources, however, said that the Higher Education
department did not carry out the study and after few meetings of the committee,
a summary was sent to the chief minister seeking approval for outsourcing
commerce education as pilot project under the public-private
According to the summary, the department had proposed to the
government to either engage private partners in 15 to 20 colleges through
advertisement or allocate 5 to 10 colleges to the Anjuman
When contacted, Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan
Cheema, however, denied that the department was pressurised in connection with
allowing the NGO to start commerce education in government colleges, saying the
department had proposed outsourcing of education through an open competition. He
said the department had sent proposal to outsource commerce education as a pilot
project as was the case with computer education. To a question, Mr Cheema said:
"The financial interest is always there by the private sector," and added "But
we are not going to compromise on merit."
Answering another question, he
said unlike five percent of gross income by private parties involved in computer
education, the department had proposed 10 percent for commerce
When contacted, Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri denied that the said
NGO was owned by one of his friends, saying it had been decided in principle
that the commerce education would be outsourced through open bidding and firms
across the country would be allowed to compete. He further said it had also been
decided that no firm would be allowed to start commerce education in more than
one or two colleges.
Zaeem Qadri further said he got himself included in
the committee following a meeting with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif regarding
the initiative. He claimed that besides the Anjuman Farogh-e-Taleem, another
firm had also showed willingness to start commerce education at government
colleges. When asked, he said he had forgotten name of that firm. The news
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Minister rejects raise in school fees in name of security
Hyderabad: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq has termed
'illegal' unilateral raise in fees by private institutions in the name of
security measures and urged parents to lodge complaints to the Regional
Directorate of Private Institutions.
The minister said that private institutes could not raise fee
unilaterally. They could not raise fee beyond five per cent and even that raise
must be backed by some justification, he said.
He opposed establishment
of more than one private school in a street and said under the relevant rules
and regulations distance between schools should be at least one or two
He called for registration of private schools and declared
raise in fees in the name of security measures as illegal.
parents to lodged complaints about the fee raise to the directorate and assured
that their identity would be protected. The officials had standing directives to
give priority to such matters, he said.
"They don't have manpower to
visit each and every school. Someone will have to show courage and give us
information," he said.
He said that he had asked officials to suspend
licenses of erring schools and supported healthy competition between private and
That was the reason behind education
department's move to raise salaries of teachers, whose scales were being revised
upwards from BPS-9 to 14 under the new education policy, he said.
minister said that he knew that teachers in private institutions were underpaid
and had asked officials to ask such institutions why they could not increase
salaries when they collected huge fees.
"The affected teachers themselves will
have to come forward and lodge complaints against their employers," he said.
He said the government had introduced merit-based policy in the
education department to help teachers with meritorious record come forward and
students' stipend had been raised to Rs2,400 from Rs1,000.
He said the
department was planning to serve one time meal to students at primary schools
and initially it would be done in one or two districts before introducing it all
schools of the province.
He said that 13,500 teachers were being
recruited and SNEs (schedule for new expenditures) for more appointments had
been approved. Regional directorates for private institutions would be set up in
all divisional headquarters to facilitate parents and coordinate with
managements of private institutions, he said.
He said that he had
received complaints about torture of an underage student at a local private
institute and he had directed officials concerned to probe the matter.
Meanwhile, a number of students complained to journalists that their school had brought them in a coffin carrier
bus. The students clad in white dress were visibly shaken and disturbed
at their ordeal. Dawn
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Lawrence College accused of victimisation
Lahore: The parents of the expelled students of Lawrence College, Ghora
Gali, Murree, have complained that the college administration has victimised
their children by expelling them without any solid reasons.
speaking at a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Wednesday, Haji Abdul
Razzaq, Syed Ghawas, Junaid Ali, Adil Zaib, Khalid Abbas, Shaukat Ali and others
along with their children alleged that college principal, Air CDRE (retd) Farooq
H Kayani, who also claims to be a relative of General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, had
made their children scapegoats to vacate seats to adjust children of influential
political and government personalities.
While giving details, the parents
of the students said that their children, who belonged to all four provinces and
were studying in 7th class, were suddenly expelled from the college on the basis
of bizarre reason of 'drop in percentage of marks' in their respective results -
the reason of which sole responsibility lies with the college because the
students were staying in the college.
They said that their children had
got admission in class one on merit and were showing excellent results from
class one up to 7th class. "We have paid Rs 1,640,000 in seven years at the rate
of Rs 240,000 every year as annual fee for each student," they
They said that nine children of 7th class were expelled from the
college while one student, who had got admission in 5th class on merit was
eventually denied admission. They alleged that the principal had expelled their
children for apparently being offended over asking about drop in marks
percentage of the students by their parents.
The students who were
expelled are Kalimullah, s/o Haji Abdul Razzaq, from Chaman, Khizer Adil from
Mardan, Mohibullah from Mardan, Shafqat Bhatti from Kohat, Hazrat Jalal from
Waziristan, Ali Hasnain from Hyderabad, Rai Hasan from Lahore, Hasan Raza from
Multan and Amir Bhatti from Muzaffargarh while Ehsanullah from Karachi was
denied admission to 5th class. "Ehsanullah is denied admission for refusing to
pay Rs 200,000 in addition to regular admission and college dues," said Junaid
Ali, uncle of Ehsanullah.
While citing a particular example, the parents
alleged that student Kalimullah, an 11-year-old Hafiz-e-Quran and who had shown
brilliant results throughout his academic record in the college, had suddenly
dropped in percentage of his marks in 3rd term of 7th class while showing high
percentage of marks in the 1st and 2nd term exams.
The student had got 81.50 per
cent and 5th position in the 1st term, 85.75 per cent and again 5th position in
midterm, while suddenly dropped to 76.63 per cent and 11th position out of 66
classmates in 3rd term exams.
"The principal has victimised my child Kalimullah
for asking about sudden drop in his marks percentage because neither he has
fallen sick nor remained absent from his class," said Haji Abdul Razzaq. He
alleged that the principal had appointed junior teachers to check papers of
their children to drop their marks percentage whereas senior teachers had given
their comments in writing about excellent performance and conduct of the
"The government has launched Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan on the one
hand while the Lawrence College is depriving my child from continuing his
education despite showing brilliant results," he added.
alleged that several other students, who belonged to influential families, were
still studying in the college despite consistently showing poor
The parents said that the principal had been occupying the
position for the last 10 years and had also submitted his request for another
three year extension to the Punjab government whereas no principal had
ever-stayed for more than five years, including two-year extension.
alleged that the principal, during his 10 years at the college, had also
dismissed over 60 teachers and scores of other employees without any solid
reasons. An employee, Adil Zaib, who served as a dispenser for more than 16
years in the college, has been dismissed within one-day notice on baseless
charges of misconduct.
Adil Zaib, who was also present on the occasion, alleged
that the college administration had also withheld his CP fund. He demanded the
government immediately restore him on his position.
students' parents asked the prime minister, Punjab chief minister, Punjab
Governor/Chairman Board of Governors of the Lawrence College and the Lahore High
Court chief justice to take notice and hold inquiry into the matter.'
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PU supple exam datesheet
Lahore: The Punjab University Examinations Department has issued the
written examination date-sheet of MA/MSc, Part-II, Supplementary Examination,
2009. As per date-sheet, the exams will commence from February 23 and will
conclude on March 10. Detailed date-sheet is also available on PU website
Later, Punjab University announced
that it will remain closed on Friday (tomorrow) on account of Kashmir Day on
February 5, 2010. According to another announcement by the PU administration,
the university will also remain closed on February 8, 2010 (Monday) as
Meanwhile, The Punjab University College of Art & Design faculty member
Muhammad Arif Khan won the 'Alburda Award' in a competition held in Dubai.
According to a press release on Wednesday, Mr Khan has been teaching at the
university for the last 12 years and made a name at national and international
level in the calligraphy. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has
congratulated Muhammad Arif Khan and PUCAD Principal Prof Rahat Naveed Masud on
Later, Punjab University awarded PhD degree to four research
scholars. A press release here on Wednesday said they included Abdul
Qayyum son of Abdul Rashid, who has been awarded the degree in Zoology after
approval of his research thesis titled "Glycemic Status and Associated Risk
Factors High Attitude Population". He completed his thesis under the supervision
of Prof (Retd) Dr Abdul Majeed Cheema of PU Zoology department.
Hannan son of Sabir Ali has been awarded the degree in Mycology & Plant
Pathology after approval of his research thesis titled "Mutagenic Strain
Development of Aspergillus Niger to Enhance Pectinases Production Potential".
He completed his thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Rukhsana Bajwa,
director of PU Institute of Mycology & Plant Pathology. Fahim Arshad son of
Mehboob Arshad has been awarded the PhD degree in the Botany after approval of
his research thesis.
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SALU mourns student's death
Kharpur: Shah Abdul Latif University (Salu) remained closed on Wednesday
to mourn the death of one of their students on the campus on Tuesday and sources
anticipate its closure, till further orders.
No official was available
for comments despite repeated attempts to contact them.
Gambhir, killed on Tuesday, was buried the same evening at his ancestral
graveyard in Waris Gambhir village.
The DCO Khairpur Mohammad Abbas
Baloch, representative of the CM House, Khairpur Mazhar Ali, students of SALU
and those belonging to Sindh People's Students Federation attended his funeral
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah offered condolence with
the father of the deceased student by phone. Atta Hussain Gambhir, father of the
deceased student lodged an FIR at A-section police station under section 302,
324, 148, 149 of the PPC late on Tuesday evening against five SALU students
Hafeez Mangi, Sabir Sakhani Chandio, Abid Shar, Jamil Abbas Katpar and Shakeel
Ahmed alias Dodo Soomro.
The complainant stated in FIR that he had gone
to SALU for some work and was sitting at the university canteen with some of his
relatives, including his son Mohammad Khan. The accused came there and told
Mohammad Khan that he had insulted them in point-bus. The news
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