Punjab lecturers show cause notices
Legal action against absent lecturers
Rawalpindi, Feb 15: Taking legal action against 612 teachers who remained
absent since long, the Punjab Government have served show cause notices to all
According to details, Director Public Instruction Colleges
Rawalpindi has taken strict notice of absent of male and female lecturers
performing their duties in different colleges of the province including
The notices have been served to these undisciplined teachers
under section 5(1)(b) of Punjab Employees Act 2006.
Instruction Colleges Rawalpindi has directed all these lecturers to appear in
front of him within 15 days of issuing of serving notices.
According to list
issued by Director Public Instruction Punjab, 289 male and 323 female lecturers
are among these 612 teachers and 90 lecturers belonged to Department of Physics,
40 from Chemistry, 70 from Biology, 65 from Mathematics and 80 from the
Department of English. The nation
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Agricultural varsity notifies pay-raise
Peshawar: NWFP Agricultural University has issued a notification about upward
revision in the pay of the members of the faculty. A press release of the
university on Sunday said the Institute of Business and Management Sciences
(IBMS) was being run on self-sustaining basis and the faculty was hired on fixed
monthly salary on terms and condition mutually agreed.
To get regular
status in graded position, the IBMS faculty had filed a writ petition in
Peshawar High Court and subsequently the court passed a short order. The
university administration is abiding by the court's order and whatever the final
decision of the court, the release said, adding that the university, however,
placed the faculty's request for pay raise before a committee after getting
opinion of legal advisor.
The committee held meetings chaired by the vice
chancellor and also heard the views of IBMS faculty members. Taking into account
all the relevant factors, the committee approved raise in the pay package. In
the revised package, a minimum of Rs8,600 per month increase was approved for
lecturers and 12,000 for an assistant professor.
professor's package has been raised to Rs53, 470 from the existing Rs43,470
while lecturers getting Rs27,095 each would now get 33,695. Those drawing salary
in the range of Rs13,400 to Rs26,244 will get increased amount of Rs6,600. It
said that the ad hoc/interim relief announced by the government and annual
increase commensurate with the status of the faculty would also be allowed to
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the teachers' association has rejected
the pay raise and vowed to continue the strike. "We will continue our protest
till the acceptance our demands," the spokesman, adding the association had
already rejected the so-called raise in the salary.
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HEC training workshop
Islamabad: The National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE), a project of
the Higher Education Commission (HEC), in collaboration with the USAID funded
Pre-Service Teacher Education Program (Pre-STEP) is organising a four-day
workshop from February 15-18 in Lahore.
The title of the workshop is
'National Workshop: Training Master Trainers of PCEPT'. A total of 32 higher
education faculty members from different universities of Pakistan will attend
the workshop. Pre-STEP is a five-year $75 million programme sponsored by the
USAID as part of its assistance to the Government of Pakistan in support of its
goal of improved classroom teaching. Pre-STEP is collaborating with the Ministry
of Education and HEC to strengthen pre-service teacher education and policy
actions in support of the 2009 National Education Policy to meet the need for
more and better teachers. Pre-STEP programme is implemented by the Academy for
Educational Development (AED).
The main purpose of the workshop is to
prepare the participants to become Master Trainers at a national level. These
trainers will be authorized to teach NAHE modules in future programmes. The
reviewers of modules from Pre-STEP Dr. John Dirkx and Dr. Rhonda Ejidio along
with our two module developers and Resource Persons Dr. Aslam Adeeb from Islamia
University Bahawalpur and Dr Jane Alam Khaki from Agha Khan University will
conduct the workshop. Dr. Aslam Adeeb and Dr. Jan e Alam Khaki will work as
Master Resource Persons for the future National Workshops on Training Master
Trainers of PCEPT.
NAHE has been working hard since 2004 to conduct
professional development training courses for the enhancement of teaching
competencies of university teachers at their doorstep.
In Phase-I NAHE
imparted training to 3564 university teachers in 38 Human Resource Development
Centres established at public sector universities of Pakistan. NAHE conducts
these training courses through its key component named as "Professional
Competency Enhancement Program for University Teachers" (PCEPT).
It is a 24-day
programme that covers seven modules which are; Teaching as a Profession,
Academic Planning and Management, Curriculum Development, Assessment &
Evaluation, Learners' Psychology, Andragogical Skills, Communication skills and
Research Methods and Skills.
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FAST university competitions
Islamabad: The students competing for distinctions made hectic efforts on
Sunday to get into the final rounds of their respective competitions in a
three-day 'Tamasha 2010' being held at the FAST University.
students from 30 universities put in their best efforts for top slots in various
competitions, including essay writing, bilingual declamation, painting, theatre
and cultural performance.
The students set up a society at FAST called
'Jagoo' for enlightening the souls of young fellows. 'Tamasha 2010', under the
flag of 'Jagoo,' aims to provide a thought-provoking platform for discerning
students to refresh the standard of their emotions, sensitivity along with
agility and brainpower. Another purpose behind 'Jagoo' is to help the people in
need besides reviving the realisation of potential and responsibilities in young
The second day of the event witnessed some exciting display of
skills by the young students in bilingual declamation contest. The declamation
competition was bilingual and actually encouraged the participants for
contention in words or the healthy discussion for the purpose of elucidating
truth or influencing action.
The speakers were free to choose from the
list of topics provided to them. The topics of the final round would be
announced today (Monday) and one of the speakers from each team would speak on a
humorous topic while the other one would debate on a serious subject. "We have
put in all our efforts to make youth learn about their duties, through different
platforms and competitions, for their beloved homeland without blaming them
directly for not playing their role," said Shaheer Mansoor, who has been
assigned the task for organising theatre competition.
competition the students were given two days to complete their work but those
who ended with their work displayed their paintings at the gallery to secure
comments from the students.
"Our paint for glory show looks to provide a
platform where the youth of today can reproduce their artistic talents by
displaying creation in style. Theatre contest attempts to infuse theatre as a
cultural norm in our society and movie making contest expects the students to
put their creativity and skills out on stage," said Hira Zainab, a student and
coordinator of the event.
The focal point of the evening programme was
bound to arouse not just a laugh or two but a hysterical downpour of laughter
through 'Mushaira'. The prominent poets provided fun and excitement to the
audience that enjoyed a real fun time amid cheers by the students.
number of stalls have been set up by various cellular and multi-national
companies where their representatives are offering special packages and prizes
to the students.
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True teachings of Islam
Islamabad: Patron-in-chief of Minhaj-ul-Quran International and Chairman
of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Professor Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri on Sunday urged
the youth to forge unity among their ranks and follow the teachings of Islam in
letter and spirit.
"Islam is a religion of peace and condemns terrorism
in all forms and manifestations. Terrorism does not have even the remotest
possible link with Islam," he said in his telephonic address to the participants
of a Milad March in Rawalpindi.
The Milad March was organized by
Minhaj-ul-Quran Youth League in connection with the birth anniversary of the
Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). Thousands of youth from the twin cities of
Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated in the March, which was headed by League's
Central President Bilal Mustafvi. The march started from Chandni Chowk and
calumniated at Committee Chowk. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, who has recently issued his
150-page edict (fatwa) against terrorism and suicide attacks, said that all the
terrorist' acts were clear violations of human rights and contravention to
Islamic teachings. He said that the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) always
promoted love and tolerance in the society and there was an urgent need today to
highlight his teaching in its true perspective.
He said the country was
passing through critical times and the youth must come forward and play their
due role. "There lies a great responsibility upon the shoulders of youth as they
are future of the nation. They must not only disassociate themselves from the
terrorist activities but also project the true Islamic teachings," he
"The entire nation should also stand behind their armed forces, who
are busy in safeguarding the innocent lives and securing national defence by
eradicating terrorism," Dr Qadri said. Highlighting the importance of
Eid-Milad-un-Nabbi (peace be upon him), he said it was the best source of
expressing love and reverence for the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). Speaking
on the occasion, Bilal Mustafvi said that by participating in the Milad March
without any fear of terrorist attacks, the youth had proved their love and
respect for the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).
Minhaj-ul-Quran Youth League would organize a number of torch-bearer rallies in
various cities of the country in the month of Rabi-ul-Awal in connection with
birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). The news
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Changes in education sector
Islamabad: Revolutionary changes are required in the education
sector to make Pakistan a developed country, said Allama Iqbal Open University
(AIOU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Mehmoodul Hassan Butt.
addressing the concluding ceremony of a six-day workshop on 'Television script
writing'on Sunday. The workshop was held to train the newly recruited staff of
the Faculty of Education.
He appreciated efforts of the AIOU Institute
of Educational Technology Director Qasim Haider for organising the
Referring to the 'National Scheme of Studies' prepared in 2006,
he said that it was devised in consultation with all the provincial education
ministers. "The scheme is placed on the Ministry of Education's website and also
of the AIOU," he informed the participants.
He said that few changes in
the country's education system were suggested in the scheme. Giving details, he
said the scheme envisaged that more resources should be diverted to the study of
Math, Social Studies and Science subjects. APP
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