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Punjab teachers continue protest
Rawalpindi, Jan 17: Professors and lecturers continued their protest on the 8th consecutive day on
Monday across the province despite being threatened by the Punjab
The protest was started on the call of All Punjab
Professors and Lecturers Association (APPLA) in favour of their demands,
which remain unresolved for a long time. Professors and lecturers of
both male and female colleges boycotted classes, affecting studies of
students in all institutions of the province. However students backed
their teachers and raised slogans in favour of their demands. Student
leaders also held demonstrations in their respective educational
institutions and called upon Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif
to accept demands of professors and lecturers, including regular and
those working on contract basis.
Talking at the
Gordon College, Rawalpindi, APPLA Rawalpindi Division President Ilyas
Qureshi said that professors and lecturers, both male and female, have
decided to take out a big protest rally on Wednesday, which would march
on Benazir Bhutto Road and stage a protest demonstration on reaching the
offices of 'The News' and 'Jang' at Mareer Chowk.
government, instead of accepting our demands, has issued termination
letters to protesting professors and lecturers serving in Punjab
colleges. However, we did not receive termination orders. We will
continue our protest movement till acceptance of our demands, which are
genuine. We will continue our boycott of classes and will not yield to
any threat or pressure by the Punjab government," the APPLA divisional
He said: "The protest movement is peaceful at
the moment but if pressure tactics are adopted and services of
protesting professors and lecturers are terminated practically then they
will adopt a strict strategy in due course of time."
to the demands, Ilyas Qureshi said that in all other provinces of the
country, including Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa besides Azad
Jammu and Kashmir, professors and lecturers are provided with facilities
but in Punjab all kinds of incentives are missing, which is unjust.
said that the existing system of boards of governors only in 26
colleges of the province should be abolished immediately. Under the
system, students could not get admission in BA and BSc in 26 best
colleges (boys and girls) of Punjab, including Rawalpindi, Chakwal,
Jhelum, Gujranwala. "This system should be abolished forthwith. It is
our demand," he added.
"Our second demand is time-frame
promotions of lecturers and professors on completion of 23 years of
service in colleges." He also demanded, on behalf of professors and
lecturers, reduction in time period of promotion from 23 years to 10
years. Lecturers and professors who complete 10 years service in college
should be moved to grade 18. After completion of 15 years of service,
the upgradation process should continue till retirement.
to third demand, Ilyas Qureshi called upon the Punjab government to
regularise services of contract lecturers who have cleared the public
service commission test. Those joining service after passing public
service commission tests should be recruited on regular basis instead of
appointing them on contract basis, he demanded.
demand is implementation of one-step upgradation policy of professors
and lecturers in all male and female colleges of the province, he
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College principals, teachers get notices
Lahore: The Higher Education Department, Punjab, has sought explanation from
principals of eight different colleges and issued show cause notices to
over a dozen teachers in connection with the ongoing academic boycott on
the call of the Punjab Professors & Lecturers Association (PPLA).
is learnt that Higher Education secretary Dr Ijaz Munir on Monday sent
notices to principals of eight colleges – including Govt Islamia
College, Civil Lines, Govt College of Science, Wahdat Road and Govt
College for Women, Model Town of Lahore. The other colleges receiving
the notices included two colleges of Muzaffargarh and two colleges each
of Khanewal and Sialkot. The education department sough explanation from
the colleges' principals about the active participation of their
teachers in disrupting academic activities at their respective campuses.
Besides, over a dozen college teachers from across the province were
also issued show cause notices by the Higher Education secretary.
It is learnt that, in the coming days, more teachers would be served with the notices.
it is learnt that a meeting of PPLA delegation would be held with Law
Minister Rana Sana Ullah at the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday (today).
Sources privy to the developments said Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) secretary
general Liaqat Baloch had played a key role in organizing the meeting
and he would also attend the meeting. It is pertinent to mention that
PPLA issued the call for academic boycott at government colleges as part
of its protest campaign against the Punjab government for not
fulfilling demands of college teachers. The demands include: time-scale,
one step up-gradation, regularization of contract lecturers, etc.
in the department said the government had assured PPLA leadership that
the department was ready to regularize contract lecturers appointed
through Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) till 2010 besides
providing Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 as MPhil and PhD allowance,
respectively. However, they said, the teachers' demands of one-step
up-gradation and time scale were not feasible as employees of other
department would also demand the same.
An official of the
department, seeking anonymity, said there were around 12,000 college
teachers while over 350,000 schoolteachers. If timescale and
up-gradation were awarded to college teachers, others would also demand
the same, he added, terming the demand unfeasible.
He said the
government had agreed on establishing the Punjab College Teachers
Foundation but it was unfortunate that college teachers were protesting
and boycotting classes as it was affecting academic activities at the
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British Council honours Pakistanis graduating from UK
Islamabad: This is the first time the British Council held an event in Pakistan to
honour and acknowledge the academic achievement of Pakistani students
who completed their graduation in the UK. The event was held here for
Pakistani students who completed their studies in the UK but were unable
to attend their graduation ceremonies.
Pakistan's foremost nuclear physicist Dr. Samar Mubarkmand was also present on the occasion.
with the support of the British High Commission, the ceremony honoured
over 200 of the many thousand Pakistanis who have graduated from the UK
universities and encourage the brightest and the best Pakistani students
to study in the UK.
Pakistan and the UK enjoy strong social,
economic and cultural ties rooted in years of a shared history. As a
result, the UK remains a favourite destination for Pakistanis seeking
educational opportunities abroad. However, many Pakistani students who
return from the UK express disappointment at having missed out on their
graduation ceremonies. The event in Islamabad is the first of a series
of three events providing an opportunity for alumni from the UK
universities to relive their graduation moments and to celebrate their
academic achievements with their loved ones. Similar events will be held
in Karachi and Lahore later this month to honour the UK alumni across
Alumni received certificates of achievement from British Deputy High Commissioner Alison Blake.
on the occasion and appreciating the contributions of Pakistan's UK
alumni, Alison Blake said, "The thousands of Pakistani graduates from UK
universities embody the strong and lasting connections between our two
countries. These are remarkable individuals who are working towards
building a brighter, better future for Pakistan and we are proud of
Since a very large number of Pakistanis go
to the UK each year for education, there is a big alumni presence in the
country, which the British Council was keen to work with.
on their work in this area, British Council Country Director David
Martin said that to organise the alumni and assist them in networking
with each other, the British Council has established the British Alumni
Association of Pakistan (BAAP). The organisation has four provincial
chapters and many other smaller sub-chapters across the country. "We
encourage all graduates of UK universities to join their local
chapters," he said.
Dr. Samar Mubarakmand, while speaking on the
occasion, said that a project has almost been finalised to produce
electricity by utilising Thar coal reserves, which are one of the five
largest coal reserves in the world. The project is all set to achieve
the national goal of making the country self-sufficient in energy
Under the project, he said, the coal would not be mined
rather plants would be installed on deposits to produce gas in a most
sophisticated manner. The Thar coal reservoirs have potential to
generate 5,000MW electricity for at least 800 years to meet growing
energy demand of the country, Dr. Samar added. He said inexpensive
production of electricity would bring an industrial revolution in the
country, putting it on consistent path to progress and prosperity.
British Council, in collaboration with British High Commission, is
committed to supporting higher education in Pakistan. Each year, the
British Council administers a number of scholarships like Chevening,
Charles Wallace fellowships and Commonwealth scholarships. Under
Chevening Scholarships programme alone, over £550,000 was spent to send
23 Pakistani scholars to the UK last year in September for a one year
postgraduate degree programme. The scholarships allow Pakistani students
the chance to benefit from the UK's tradition of academic excellence
and make productive contributions to their society back home.
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Missing ACRs may deprive 35 FDE teachers of promotion
Islamabad: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Monday refused to give
promotion under upgradation package to 35 teachers (18 males and 17
females), currently working in BPS-17 and BPS-18, whose Annual
Confidential Reports (ACRs) are still missing, mainly due to negligence
of principals of their respective colleges.
Sources said the
teachers whose ACRs are missing include eight from Federal Government
College for Women (F-7/2), six from Federal Government Margalla College
for Women (F-7/4), eight from Federal Government Postgraduate College
(H-8), six from Federal Government College (H-9) and three from Federal
Government College for Girls (G-10/4).
The official data showed
that a total of 166 teachers (82 males and 84 females) from grade 17 and
grade 18 have been considered for time-scale promotion but the issue of
missing ACRs is likely to cause tension between FDE and teachers'
FDE Director General Atif Mehmood Kayani told this
correspondent that rules and procedures never allow them to promote any
teacher who fails to present all his or her ACRs so they would follow
the existing rules while promoting teachers of grade 17-18.
teachers' association has raised voice against the 'criminal' negligence
of the principals who never bothered to write ACRs of all teachers
while leaving their posts.
The official data showed that two
principals of Federal Government College H-8 - Professor Sheikh Saeed
and Professor Ali Athar Zaidi - had retired from their posts and they
never sent ACRs of eight teachers to the ACR Wing of FDE before their
Atif Kayani said if the principals got retired then
rules and procedures still allow them to write ACRs of teachers because
technically no one except them could do so. "The teachers can approach
retired principals and ensure they write their ACRs before announcement
of the upgradation package," he said.
Federal Government College
Teachers Association (FGCTA) Secretary General Professor Tahir Mehmood
said it is not the fault of teachers if their principals did not write
their ACRs so now the FDE should itself approach the retired principals
and direct them to complete their work at the earliest.
quite unfortunate that the FDE don't have clear procedures to force the
principals to write ACRs of all teachers before leaving their job. No
one could punish anyone on the fault of any other person and if it
happens then we would raise voice against it," he said.
showed that after the approval of service rules by the Federal Public
Service Commission (FPSC) and Establishment Division, the Departmental
Promotion Committee (DPC) has already given approval for upgradation of
around 2,500 teachers of BPS-14 to BPS-16. All teachers of grade 14,
including trained undergraduate teachers, drill masters and physical
training instructors, have also been upgraded to grade 16.
Establishment Division has also approved the summary for promotion of
the teaching staff under the time-scale promotion formula having
financial benefits for them. Those benefiting from the formula include
the teaching staff working in BPS 17 to 20 in federal government schools
and Islamabad model schools and colleges.
Atif Kayani said they
support the cause of promotion of teachers but they have to follow
procedures so teachers must ensure production of their ACRs to secure
eligibility for upgradation package. The news
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FDE to check O/A level demand among students
Islamabad: Prior to the launch of O/A level education, the committee formed by the Federal Directorate of Education
(FDE) would soon conduct a survey in its institutions to check its
demand among students.
Talking to APP, Director Model
Colleges, FDE, Tariq Masood said a performa, in this regard, will be
distributed among the students of class 7th and 8th.
After assessing the demand the course will be introduced in the institutes where it is required, he said.
said introduction of O, A level studies was aimed at realising the
dream of unified education system in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT)
and it would help the students who could not afford the course in
private schools due to high fee structures.
directorate will launch a pilot project in two schools and colleges each
for both boys and girls from among 418 FDE-run institutions, he said.
the success of the pilot project, O and A level classes would be
extended to all FDE institutions within a few years, he added.
Masood said that the students belonging to the middle class could not
afford to study these courses in private sector educational
Contrary to this, the public sector educational
institutions would not charge more than Rs6,000, enabling the students
of lower class and even middle class to availthe international standard
About the teachers, Tariq Masood said that the federal
institutes have well qualified teachers to teach O, A level courses and
the best teachers among them will be selected and given extensive
'Our teachers are quite capable of teaching these
creativity based courses only they have to adopt student-centered
teaching approach', Tariq Masood observed.
The directorate will hire new teachers too if it is required, he added.
FDE is currently managing 418 schools and colleges for girls and boys having around 8,600 teachers.
would be the first education directorate across the country offering O
and A level education to the students of public institutes. app
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PhD review committee meets in IIUI
Islamabad: A meeting of the PhD Review Committee was held at the International Islamic University (IIUI) on Monday.
committee comprised Higher Education Commission (HEC) Adviser (HRD) Dr
Riaz Hussian Qureshi, Arid Agricultural University Rawalpindi Vice
Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Mehmood Khan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir
University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Habib ur Rehman, former Fatima Jinnah
Women Univeristy Rawalpindi vice chancellor Dr Saeeda Asadullah, IIUI
Vice President Dr Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman, and deans and directors of
various IIUI departments.
Dr Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman briefed
the committee about the higher education standards at IIUI. He also told
committee members about the subsidiary units of the IIUI. He said that
the Islamic Research Institute had been established under the
constitution of Pakistan in 1960 and had completed 200 publications,
which was ample work in the field of research. Dawn
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Online, manual systems to run concurrently: BISE
Lahore: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
(BISE) chairman Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik has said that online as well as
manual system will be run simultaneously until functional awareness of
online system among students, their parents and teachers.
Dr Malik was speaking to officers under training at the Civil Services Academy who visited the BISE offices here on Monday.
explained board's activities with regard to holding of examinations,
marking answer scripts and declaration of results. He also informed the
visiting officers about the problems faced in preparing results in 2011.
BISE examinations controller Anwar Farooq and secretary Dr Abdul Razzaq Shahid were also present. Dawn
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UAF urges HEC to increase funds
Faisalabad: The research portfolio of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad has
increased up to 1,200 from 300 in four years, making it third best
university of the country, according to Higher Education Commission for
the year 2010.
This was stated by UAF VC Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad
Khan while addressing an oath-taking ceremony of Academic Staff
Association held on Monday at Old Senate Hall. He said for the year
2011, the university was emerging second best university in the country.
He said that during the span of four years, the university had
introduced 100 elective courses in a bid to strengthening its
educational programmes and producing quality students. He called for
transforming the knowledge intro goods and services with boosting up
outreach programmes. He said that Pakistan Agricultural Research Council
had been set up with 200 foreign scholarships while the UAF established
in 1961 with 100 foreign scholarships. He said that recent initiative
of Punjab government to provide 300 foreign scholarships for UAF would
prove hallmark for the agriculture of the country. He also urged the HEC
to increase the funds for the UAF because of increasing expenditures.
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PU declares results
Lahore: The Punjab University Examinations Department on Monday declared the
results of various examinations. According to details, the exams include
MA Islamic Studies, Part-II, Annual Exam 2011, BA Special Annual Exam
2011 held in Kuwait, BA Special Annual Exam 2010 held in Madina
Munawwara, KSA, BA Special Supplementary Exam 2010 held in Dubai, UAE,
BA Special Annual Exam 2011 held in Ankara, Turkey, BA Special Annual
Exam 2011 held in London, UK, BA/BSc Special Annual Exam 2011 held in
Dubai, UAE, Professional Diploma in Painting, Graphic Design, Textile
Design, Print Making & Drawing, Semester System, Session 2010-2011,
Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Design, Semester System, Session
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PU awards 8 PhDs
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) on Monday awarded PhDs to eight candidates.
to a press statement, Saima Shamas d/o ShamasUddin has been awarded the
degree in Urdu after approval of her research thesis "Urdu Ghazal Main
Marg-o-Hayat Ka Tasawwur," Mujahid Hussain Bukhari s/o Yousaf Ali Shah
in Chemistry after approval of his research thesis "Synthesis,
Characterization and Biological Studies of Pyrimidine Related
Compounds," Tariq Majeed s/o Abdul Majeed in the subject of Urdu after
approval of his research thesis "Urdu Nasar Kay Firog Main (Punjab Kay)
Deni Madaras Ka Kirdar" Ahmad Ejaz s/o Chaudhry Muhammad Ishaq in
Political Science after approval of his research thesis "Kashmir Issue
& US Security Concerns in South Asia 1990-2002," Syeda Salma Hasan
d/o Sarfraz Hasan in Applied Psychology after approval of her research
thesis entitled "Study of Psychosocial Determinants of High and Low
Academic Achievers," Mahboob Iqbal s/o Bashiruddin in the subject of
Zoology after approval of his research thesis "Taxonomy and Dental
Morphological Studies on Fossil Artiodactyls from Type Locality of Dhok
Pathan, Punjab, Pakistan," Furqan Ahmad s/o Subhan Ahmad in Islamic
Studies after approval of his research thesis "The Concept of Taubah
(Repentance): A Comparative Study of Semitic Religions" and Bushra d/o
Karam Din in Mathematics after approval of her research thesis
"Configurational Structure and Ideals of BCC/Weak BCC-Algebras".
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LCWU to set up research unit
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha
Mansoor has announced that the university will establish Disaster
Management Research Unit.
She was addressing the inaugural
session of two-day training workshop on "Disaster Risk Management" held
at the LCWU in collaboration and support of the National Disaster
Management Authority (NDMA), National Institute of Disaster Management
(NIDM) Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Dr M Atiqur Rahman,
Associate Professor at the LCWU and focal person of the workshop,
welcoming the participants highlighted the aims and objectives of the
workshop. He said the workshop was aimed at increasing general awareness
and technical knowledge about Disaster Risk Management, and how to
minimize risks associated with natural and human induced disasters.
said the audience that LCWU was playing a leading role to take care of
the needs of physically challenged persons within its campus in
collaboration with Milestone Society of the Special Persons. Similarly,
the Disaster Risk Management measures would be integrated in all future
development decisions of LCWU, he added. Addressing the seminar, Waqas
Hanif, National Project Manager, UN DRM Program; Ahmad Raza Sarwar,
Director NDMA and Nisar Ahmad, Director Coordination PDMA Punjab
appreciated the idea of establishing Disaster Management Research Unit
at LCWU and ensured maximum cooperation from NDMA, PDMA and UNDP for the
continuity for such activities on sustainable basis.
days training workshop comprised of 14 technical sessions. Training
experts include Falak Nawaz (DRM Consultant of UNDP), Mubushar Hussain
(Director NIDM/DRR Mainstreaming Expert, UNDP); Shaker Mahmood Mayo (DRR
Mainstreaming Consultant), Faran Shoaib Naru (Policy Advisor, PDMA,
Punjab) Wajahat Ahmad (PDRM Coordinator, PDMA, Punjab); M Ajmal Shad
(Director Flood Forecasting Division, PMD, Lahore), Dr M Atiqur Rahman
(Associate Professor, Environmental Science Department, LCWU), Dr Rizwan
Naseer (Director General Punjab Emergency Services Rescue 1122,
Lahore), Ather Ashraf (Punjab University).
The Director General
of Punjab Emergency Services Rescue 1122 will address the training
workshop on the concluding day (today) while special demonstration would
be organized by Rescue 1122 with the participation of students of LCWU.
The closing session will also be attended by Dr Arifa Tahir
(Head of Environmental Science Department, LCWU), Muhammad Ahmad Rajwana
(Director Operations PDMA, Punjab) Prof Dr Kausar Jamal Cheema, Dean
Faculty of Natural Sciences, LCWU.
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Lahore: Government College University (GCU) Debating Society has won the All Pakistan
Bilingual Declamation Contest 2012 organized by a private college.
According to a press statement, 56 speakers from 14 prestigious
educational institutions took part in the contest. In Urdu debates,
Zahid Ali secured the first position wile Adnan Farooq stood second.
Qurat-ul-Ain secured the third position in English debates. GCU team
also lifted a team trophy. The news
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