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Govt lacks funds to open labs in all schools
Lahore, Jan 21: Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman admitted in the Punjab Assembly on
Thursday that the government could not open science laboratories in most
of the schools owing to paucity of funds.
He avoided giving any
assurance to the House that the government would open science
laboratories in all the schools and said that the members of the
assembly could equip schools with science laboratories through their
On the first day of its 33rd session of the
assembly, Mujtaba remained a target of the strong criticism of the
members across the divide who demanded the Speaker give him stern
warning or to suspend him as he had failed to hold accountability of the
Education department which was feeding wrong answers to him.
to the query of Treasury MPA Raheela Khadim Hussain, Mujtaba informed
the House that the provincial government had allocated Rs 2 billion
during 2010-11 for opening science labs in schools but the amount was
diverted to the flood-hit areas.
However, Treasury MPA Naveed
Anjum claimed the government had allocated Rs 2 billion for opening
science laboratories in schools but they were not spent by the
government for that purpose. He was of the view that the government was
playing with the future of students, alleging that it allocated amount
for the purpose but later, diverted it to other issues. Even Speaker
Rana Iqbal directed the minister for giving assurance to the House
regarding opening of science laboratories. Nevertheless, the minister
avoided giving any assurance amidst claims that members could do it from
their personal development funds.
The members also pointed out
to the Speaker that there were certain questions which did not have
answers. They lamented that the department was giving answers to their
questions after three years but they were incorrect, missing or
A number of members, including Ihsanul Haq Naulatha,
Azma Bukhari and many other alleged that the education minister had a
habit of giving wrong answers so there should be an enquiry against him.
The Speaker Rana Iqbal directed the education minister to hold
departmental enquiry of wrong answers and submit a report to the
Responding to a question raised by the PML-Q's Seemal
Kamran during the question-hour session, the education minister said
that laptops would be provided to students purely on merit and it was
the decision of the government to make every student computer literate.
He said the Punjab government had started the process of distributing
laptops from the higher education side and would facilitate students of
the province. However, the statement of the provincial minister could
not satisfy the questioner who, in her question, insisted that the
minister must tell the House what measures were taken to equip the
science labs in the schools of Punjab.
Punjab Assembly Speaker
Rana Mohammed Iqbal asked the Opposition MPA to let the proceedings
continue after the answer had been given but his remarks further annoyed
the PML-Q legislator who protested against the 'new trend' started in
the assembly when the chair was answering on the behalf of the minister
or the parliamentary secretary.
Responding to a question of
PML-Q's Khadija Umer whether there were opportunities the PTC, SST
teachers and lecturers of promotion, the minister replied that there
were chances of promotions for them. Ehsanul Haq Nolatia of the PPP
expressed dissatisfaction with the answer of a question mentioned in the
answer book which, according to him, was contradictory to the facts.
Deepender Sindh, member of Lok Sabha and son of Indian state Haryana's
chief minister, also watched the assembly proceedings from the visitors'
gallery. He was welcomed by the Speaker and other members of the House.
A PML-Q member, on a point of order, also voiced concern over the
deaths caused due to open manholes in the City and demanded measures to
prevent such occurrences. The news
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Governor to interview PU VC slot candidates
Lahore: Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has decided
to interview the three selected candidates for the appointment of vice
chancellor of the Punjab University on Jan 26.
governor said after the Lahore College for Women University's
convocation on Friday that he had received the panel of three candidates
from the Chief Minister's Secretariat.
He said the chief minister had recommended Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran for his appointment as VC.
have decided to call the three candidates Prof Kamran, Prof Dr Zafar
Iqbal Jadoon and Prof Dr Jamil Anwar on Jan 26 and interview them before
fixing my seal on the PU VC appointment,' the governor said.
The CM Secretariat had moved the summary to the governor's secretariat on Jan 4. Dawn
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LCWU 9th Convocation: PM announces Rs50m fund for Benazir Chair at LCWU
Lahore: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday announced Rs 50million
endowment fund for Benazir Bhutto Chair for Peace, Reconciliation and
Development at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) besides
Rs10 million to start a sports centre for special children at the
Addressing the 9th Convocation of the LCWU, he
announced university's main campus as IT Campus and also asked the
administration to submit PC-I for inclusion of renovation of the
university's historic Ganga Ram building in the next annual development
The premier asked the LCWU administration to
integrate the Benazir Bhutto Chair for Peace, Reconciliation and
Development with the university's Women Institute for Leadership and
Learning (WILL), saying that Benazir was a role model not just for women
of Pakistan but of the world. He said his government was committed to
the cause of women empowerment, adding that the government fully
realized the importance of education and had focused on skill
development for which a special ministry was also created. He said
investing in education not only helped economically but also to achieve
the millennium development goals (MDGs).
Talking about his
student life, Gilani said he used to visit the Lahore College and other
colleges, including Kinnaird College and Fatima Jinnah Medical College
when he was a student of the Mass Communication at the Punjab University
as part of his research thesis.
"The press was not hostile as
it is today," he said lightheartedly while adding "We have abolished all
draconian laws and there should be more freedom," he added. The premier
also announced Monday as holiday in connection with university's 9th
convocation, saying Saturday and Sunday were already holidays. Earlier,
Punjab Governor/Chancellor Latif Khosa gave away degrees to 885
graduates of BS, MS/MPhil and PhD scholars in Natural Sciences,
Engineering, Technology and Management Sciences, Social Sciences and
Humanities and Islamic and Oriental Learning while the prime minister
awarded gold medals to students for their outstanding academic
In her address, LCWU Vice-Chancellor Dr Sabiha
Mansoor said education was the backbone of any nation and higher
education more so in terms of providing future leaders with a strong
knowledge base and skills which contributed to the national development.
She further said the LCWU Syndicate had finally approved for setting up
four new institutes in 2011, including the Women Institute of Learning
and Leadership as a part of the LCWU's Strategic Vision 2020.
is pertinent to mention here that distinguished alumni of the Lahore
College for Women (LCW) included women leaders in Pakistan and abroad in
diverse fields such as medicine, science and technology, engineering,
art and literature, politics, human rights, social work, business,
banking and finance, education, mass-media and law were also recognized
in the convocation.
They included Prof Dr Bushra Mateen
(Education) Ex-VC LCWU, Dr Basharat Yousaf (Medicine), Ex-Principal
Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Dr Bilquis Fatima (Medicine),
Ex-Principal Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Prof Urmila Sirajuddin
(Education), Ex-Head Department of English, LCW, Prof Saeeda Rashid
(Education) Ex-Vice-Principal, LCW, Begum Rashida Ahsan (Politics and
Social Work), Prominent Politician and Social Worker, Prof Naeema Mohsin
(Education) Ex-Head Department of Physics, LCW, Ms Bano Qudsia
(Education), Renowned writer – Urdu Fiction, Prof Salima Hashmi (Fine
Arts and Human Rights) Dean, School of Visual Arts and Design, BNU and
Prof Dr Arfa Sayeda Zehra (Education) Leading Educationist/Chairperson
National Commission on the Status of Women.
LCWU former VC Dr
Bushra Mateen was also awarded Professor Emeritus Award. Meanwhile,
according to a press statement, LCWU would remain closed in connection
with 9th convocation. However, examinations would be held according to
the same schedule while teaching and non-teaching staff related to the
examination duty would attend offices in routine. It is important to
mention here that Prime Minister Gilani had announced Rs110 million for
the Government College University (GCU) which included Rs100 million for
university's development projects and Rs10 million for the GCU
Endowment Fund, during the university's 8th Convocation in 2009.
it is learnt the GCU had so far received only Rs10 million for its
endowment fund while rest of the amount is still in the pipeline.
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Punjab gives Baboos' land to universities
Islamabad: The Punjab government has annulled a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
signed by its predecessor with a foreign builder to construct some 300
residences for bureaucrats on a small part of state land in Lahore and
instead decided to allot this tract to seven top ranking universities,
free of cost.
The land measuring 700 acres, which was to be
partially used for officials' residences and partly given to the builder
free of cost, is estimated to have the market value of Rs28 billion,
Rs5 million per kanal as per the going rate in the area, a senior
He said top line educational institutions
like the Institute of Business Administration Karachi, Fast, Nust,
Ghulam Ishaq Khan University, Aga Khan University etc. will be allocated
100 acres each for their campuses. The area has been designated as
The land is located in Rakh Dera Chall, adjacent
to Defence Phase Five and Six and the Ring Road. The official said that
some real estate tycoons and land developers have also been approaching
the Punjab government to get this land for their projects. "By taking
the final decision to make a better use of this consolidated piece for
educational purposes, all the rosy plans of such elements have been
nailed," he said.
He said that these wealthy people were coming
out with different proposals with the prime objective of pocketing huge
dividends. Nowhere in the heart of Lahore city, he said, is such huge
compact piece of land available at an impressive location.
official proposal was that a theme park should be created on this land,
which was also rejected. The official said that under the cancelled MoU,
the foreign constructor was to build nearly 300 residences for senior
government servants and was to take the remaining land free of cost for
its own housing and commercial projects.
He said that the issue
of proper utilisation of land was lingering since long. Some time back, a
committee headed by the provincial chief secretary was formed, which
suggested the use of the land for the Knowledge City. The Punjab cabinet
approved the proposal last week.
The official said that in many
countries, prestigious universities were given land grants by the
governments to promote establishment of esteemed institutions in
different areas. He said that 100 acres of land earmarked to each
university would take care of its requirements. The congestion and
parking problem would also not arise.
The official said that if
the housing project had been allowed to be executed, only one-third of
the 700 acres would have been used for it while the builder would have
taken the rest of the piece free of cost.
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GCU to set up Centre for China studies
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) will establish a Centre for China
Studies in collaboration with the Chinese universities and Punjab
government and a project plan in this regard has also been forwarded to
the Pak-China Bureau.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad
Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said this while talking to a 30-member delegation of
students and teachers from Chinese universities during their visit to
varsity on Thursday.
Higher Education Department Punjab's
Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir, GCU Political Science Department Chairperson Dr
Khalid Mazoor Butt and other officials were also present.
Chinese delegation led by Southwest University of Political Science and
Law Chairman Zhang Guolin and Tsinghua University Vice Chancellor Li
Xiguang discussed in detail the policies of the government on education
and academic environment of Pakistani universities with the Education
Secretary and GCU Vice Chancellor.
Dr Ijaz Munir said the Punjab
government was establishing four world-class women universities to
impart quality education to the female students besides focusing on
information technology and vocational training.
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Lahore: Government College University (GCU) has established the Directorate of Research
Innovation and Commercialisation (DIRC) to hone the research potential
of the university. The directorate has been established after the
approval of the university syndicate. Noted researcher Prof Dr Muhammad
Zakria Butt has been appointed the first Director of the DIRC. Prior to
his current assignment, Prof Zakria served Lahore Board and GCU Physics
Department as Chairman. He did his PhD in Physics from the Manchester
Taking charge as the DIRC Director on Friday,
Prof Zakria said the DIRC would work to train young researchers and seek
sustainable international and national collaborations to broaden the
impact of research projects and their sustainability.
young faculty members needed to be trained in effective bidding for
external sources of funding, inter-cultural communication, advance
research techniques and strategic skills like influencing, negotiating,
presenting and embedding international partnership impact across
institutions for developing and maintaining international networks.
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B-form compulsory for inter students
Faisalabad: The male and female students appearing in the annual intermediate
examination 2012 (part-II) will have to produce their B forms before the
examination to ascertain their date of birth.
This was stated
by Faisalabad BISE secretary Dr Shaukat Ali Shaukat on Thursday. He said
that the B-form had been made compulsory on the order of the Punjab
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Laptop policy irks YDA
Lahore: Young Doctors Association (YDA) expressed serious concern over removal of
names of postgraduate students working in medical institutions of Punjab
from lists of those registered students who would get laptops from
chief minister's youth development programme. Earlier, heads of 23
medical teaching institutions had sent names of the house officers and
PG students who were not getting any stipend to the CM's Secretariat. In
a press statement here on Friday, YDA office bearers Dr Rana Sohail, Dr
Salman Kazmi, Dr Talha Sherwani, Dr Ghulam Qasim, Dr Murtaza Bloch and
others said this injustice would deprive many deserving young doctors
from having laptops.
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Lahore: Punjab University Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS) faculty member Prof
Dr Ghazala Nasim has been invited to contribute to an Encyclopaedia of
Ecology titled "Biomes and Ecosystems an Encyclopaedia." The
encyclopaedia, comprising six volumes, will be published by Golson
Media, New York, USA. Dr Ghazala Nasim has submitted her contributions
to the publishing house. It is noteworthy that Dr Ghazala Nasim is the
only representative not only from PU but also from leading varsities of
the country. The news
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