Punjab University BCom paper re-examination
PU to hold re-examination of BCom paper
Lahore, June 29: Punjab University will hold re-examination of Advance Accounting paper
of BCom tomorrow (June 30) at 9:00 am at its examination center under the same
roll numbers in which the students appeared in the annual examination conducted
on June 11.
The PU has given two options to BCom Part-II students in Advance
Financial Accounting paper.
Either the students should avail 25 grace marks
or re-appear in the said paper on said date.
All the candidates can opt any
one of the two options given to them.
However, grace marks will be awarded
automatically to those students who are not willing to appear in the said paper
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DSS to eliminate double-standard in edu system
Lahore: Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashhood has said that Pakistan is
facing the dilemma of double standards in education system but Chief Minister
Punjab has initiated work on the Danish School System (DSS) to eliminate these
standards, which will provide equal education opportunities to the children
belonging to poor strata of the society.
He expressed these views while
talking to a five-member delegation of the US at Punjab Assembly Secretariat on
Members of the US delegation included Fatima Samar, US Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, Zahir Shah, Political Advisor US Consulate, Sajjad
Mughal, USAID Development Specialist, Deputy Health Officer USAID Islamabad and
USAID Officer in Punjab.
Rana Mashhood said that gulf between the rich and
the poor regarding education system was increasing as the poor students were
unable to get admitted in the institutions like LUMS, Atchison and LGS owing to
He said that the only reason for no-entry of the poor
students in the stated institutions was that their parents lack financial
resources to send their children to the education centres of the rich.
said that no country could progress without providing good education
opportunities to its youth belonging to all classes.
The Deputy Speaker said
that Danish School System was meant for the poor students and the entry of the
rich would be banned in this school system.
The facilities of education and
boarding would be provided free of cost to the poor in the stated school system
and the students of these schools would also be provided fare to visit their
homes, he maintained.
About the increasing terrorism in the country, he said
that the terrorists were damaging the peace and security of the country but
their number was very marginal.
However, security forces of our country with
the support of the masses were fighting the terrorist elements to foil their
evil designs. The nation
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Teachers protest autonomy to colleges
Lahore: A large number of college teachers staged a demonstration on
Monday, protesting against the government's move of granting autonomy to 26
public colleges in the province.
The demo was held at Faisal Chowk near
the Punjab Assembly in which representatives of the Punjab Professors and
Lecturers Association (PPLA) and Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) also participated
and expressed resentment against the move.
The protestors blocked The
Mall for quite some time and chanted slogans against the government, terming the
move a bid to privatise the government colleges. They demanded the government
revert its decision.
On the other hand, addressing a press conference,
Punjab Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan Cheema said the constitution of
Board of Governors in 26 colleges of Punjab was not privatisation because
colleges would remain under the government control and the BoG would only run
"This is not privatisation but only relegation of
powers," he said, adding that colleges, to be managed by Board of Governors from
September, would not increase any fee structure, as additional expenditures
would be borne by the Punjab government which would provide Rs 500 million
additional grant to these colleges annually for providing quality education to
Ahad Khan Cheema said present fee structure would remain
unchanged as every college would get a grant of Rs 20 million annually. These
colleges would revamp their course outline according to the marketing needs and
requirements and students would also be trained in the IT to equip themselves
with the changing requirements of the modern world, he maintained.
Higher Education secretary further said that all the necessary requirements,
including modern IT labs, science laboratories, libraries and human resource
would be met and these colleges would be issued degrees by the universities to
which they would be affiliated. He said four of the proposed autonomous colleges
out of six from Lahore would be affiliated with the Punjab University and one
each with the Government College University (GCU) and the Lahore College for
Women University (LCWU).
Cheema said the educational standard of the
colleges would be equal to that of a university and students would be the
ultimate beneficiaries.Explaining various problems being faced by the college
sector in the province, he said the department was facing administrative as well
as financial compulsions besides the lack of staff, which sometimes hindered the
provision of quality education. He said at times, the education department was
facing shortage of teachers which spiralled from 4,000 to 4,700, adding that
keeping in view these problems, it had been decided to grant necessary financial
and administrative autonomy to selected 26 colleges in the province so that they
could resolve their routine issues on their own.
The secretary said the
government would provide Rs 250 million under developmental head and Rs 250
million under non-developmental head in the ADP to give the colleges necessary
financial strength. This would totally cost Rs 500 million, he
Ahad Cheema further said that the proposed BoGs would comprise of
12 to 13 members, including six officials and chosen members from local
philanthropists, industrialists, social workers and educationists. The principal
of each college would be appointed by the government in consultation with the
BoG concerned, he maintained, adding that the terms and conditions of the staff
would remain the same; however, the internal accountability process would help
improve the college working. He said only the seats, not available in the cadre,
would be filled by the BoG.
Cheema said that since 2005, the Higher
Education Commission had introduced four years bachelor programs in the
universities which had created a difference between the level of degrees of the
colleges and universities.
He said that to bridge the gap between the
universities and colleges, the Punjab government had decided to start four years
bachelor program in the 26 colleges. He said the universities were not ready to
start four years program in the colleges because they said that the colleges did
not have infrastructure and proper trained staff and laboratories, but we
negotiated with them and convinced them to start four years degree in the
colleges. He admitted that there were some shortcomings in the semester system
but now this system was recognized all over the world. He said that purpose of
the recent move of the government was to bring the level of degree of these
colleges equivalent to the level of the universities.
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CIMA to open office in Lahore
Lahore: The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) on Monday
announced opening of its second office in Pakistan.
Speaking at a press
conference held at the Lahore Press Club, CIMA Regional Director for South Asia
and Middle East Bradley Emerson, Regional Manager Business Development and
Communication Radley Stephen and Javaria Hassan from the CIMA Pakistan said the
new office in Lahore would be opened on Tuesday (today).
They said that
following the launch of Karachi office in April 2009 the Lahore office of the
CIMA was being opened in response to the increasing demand for international
finance professionals throughout the region.
Bradley Emerson said, "With
the kind of demographic distribution in Pakistan where 50 percent of the
population is under the age of 20, we are convinced that Pakistan would be a
source of talent for the future of economic development globally."
said the present CIMA curriculum was developed through research involving top
professionals from leading businesses globally which fit to fulfil the needs of
the future labour market.
"Opening the Lahore office is yet another
initiative by CIMA to provide the youth of Pakistan with knowledge and skills to
make them globally competitive," he added. Bradley Emerson said, "The Lahore
office would also allow us to offer even greater support to our existing
members, students and tuition providers who are rapidly growing in Pakistan."
The speakers said, "As a leading global professional institute, CIMA
offered an internationally recognised qualification in management accountancy
and had seen 23 percent membership growth over the last five years.
CIMA qualification equips members to work anywhere in the world. It is the only
international professional accountancy qualification with a syllabus that has a
sole focus on the education and training of business leaders." They said
globally 70 percent of CIMA members were employed by the organisations with an
annual turnover of 50 million pound or more.
They said the Chartered
Institute of Management Accountants, founded in 1919, was the world's leading
and largest professional body of management accountants with 172,000 members and
students operating in 165 countries, working at the heart of business.
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Thousands attend The News Education Expo
Lahore: The mega educational event of the provincial metropolis, The News
Education Expo 10, was held on Monday and it attracted thousands of visitors
particularly prospective students.
Dozens of universities from private
and public sector, education consultants, boarding schools and foreign
institutes and examination bodies participated in the one-day expo. The event
proved a great help to the visitors especially students who explored academic
opportunities in the wake of upcoming academic session.
arrangements excellent and appreciating the Jang Group for organising the
education expo over the years, most of the visitors were of the view that such
events should continue for at least two days.
Talking to The News, a
number of students said the expo was a good initiative and a great help for them
for seeking information regarding courses offered by public and private sector
universities, fee structure and admission-related matters.
Faisal, said the education expo helped him a lot by giving a comparison of
academic courses being offered by different universities as well as the fee
structure. "This is a good initiative especially when seen in connection with
approaching academic session," he said.
Sidra, another visitor, said the
event housing dozens of universities under one roof facilitated the students a
lot as they needed not go to university to university and seek information. "Its
true information is also available on websites of the universities," she said
while replying to a question, adding, "However, such an event provides an
opportunity to get answers of many unanswered questions."
representatives of different participating institutes also lauded the
arrangements and expressed satisfaction with the overwhelming response they
received. Mustafa Hasnain, Director Creative Village of the University of
Lahore, said the event proved a great excitement as visitors showed keen
interest in academic programmes offered by the participating
University of Gujrat's Additional Registrar Sheikh Abdul
Rashid said the expo also provided an opportunity to universities to introduce
themselves and the innovative programmes they were offering. He said it was a
positive initiative and need of the hour.
Minhaj University's Admission
Officer Ahmed Salman Anwar said the response was beyond expectations, adding
that every university from private and public sector should participate in such
expos to reach out to more and more students. Director Academics and Admissions
of the University of South Asia (USA) Nadeem Farooqi said the response was good,
adding that it was good to know students' valid questions regarding recognition
Abid Ishaq, Edexcel's Regional Development Manager for
Pakistan, said the turnout was great and added that students were well aware of
foreign qualifications being offered in Pakistan. He was also of the view that
such events should be organised on a regular basis.
Dozens of students
were also accompanied by their parents who took keen interest in the event and
explored maximum opportunities to choose the institute of their
The University of South Asia, Preston University and National
Institute of Health & Social Sciences were the platinum sponsors of The News
Education Expo 10 while the University of Management Technology, Superior Group
of Colleges, ICMAP, Edexcel, NCUK, KIPS College, Riphah International
University, COMSATS and ATS Training Institute were among the gold
The other participating institutes included SKANS School of
Accountancy, College of Accountancy & Professional Studies, Pak AIMS, UET
Lahore's Institute of Business & Management, Textile Institute of Pakistan,
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, The Hub School, FC College
University, Institute of Business and Finance, Pakistan Institute of Fashion
& Design, CFE Group of Colleges, American Heritage University, Professionals
Academy of Commerce, Falcon Education & Consultancy Services (Pvt) Ltd and
HR Consultants (Pvt) Ltd.
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GCU to develop database for PHATA
Lahore: Students of the Government College University's geography
department will digitalise manual maps and develop a database for the Punjab
Housing and Town Planning Agency (PHATA) by applying modern techniques of the
In this regard, GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid
Aftab and PHATA Director-General Rashid Manzoor signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) on Monday.
The GCU will organise workshops for the
officials and experts of PHATA to train them about the latest tools and
technologies of Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global
Positioning System (GPS), Total Station and Automatic level.
will provide internship opportunities and research projects to the students of
GCU geography department.
CERIFICATES: University of Veterinary and
Animal Sciences (UVAS) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz on Monday
distributed certificates among successful veterinary officers of the Brook
The UVAS had organised a six-day training course tilted
"Training of Trainers" (TOT) to help the Brook Pakistan build capacity of its
staff members as well as community-based animal health workers (CBAHWs) with
special focus to improve equine welfare in Pakistan. The Brooke Pakistan is a
UK-based organisation striving for healthy working animals at the global
The TOT training covered capacity building of trainers to conduct
orientation/induction trainings, CBAHWs trainings and all other tailor-made
trainings for the Brook Pakistan staff at all levels.
Later, Dr Nawaz
along with Institute of Continuing Education and Extension director Dr
Salahuddin distributed certificates among the successful course participants.
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Pak students visit Berlin Technical University
Lahore: The position-holder students of Punjab, who are in Germany as part
of their study tour of Europe on the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, visited Technical University Berlin.
to a DGPR handout issued here on Monday, the first secretary from the Pakistan
embassy, Dr Zafar, gave them a warm welcome. They were taken to the Main Hall
where Lin, in charge of the academic collaboration, briefed the students about
the university. She informed that it was the biggest technical institute in
Germany with seven faculties and around 30,000 students, of whom 19 percent come
from other countries.
Security, knowledge and management, information
and communication, water, energy, health and nutrition and human habitat design
are some of specialized fields taught in the university. The students were
further informed that there were 320 professors, 396 visiting professors, 2,246
scientific staff, and 43,790 employees in the university. Students were also
shown the library which was spacious with seven floors, 2.4 million books and
thousands of e-journals. Automatic Transportation System for books attracted the
attention of students.
Later, the student delegation attended a
reception given by Shahid Kamal, the ambassador of Pakistan in Germany. The
students also exchanged ideas with Pakistani PhD scholars in Germany.
The ambassador appreciated the Punjab Chief Ministerís initiative of
sending top position holders to leading universities of European countries with
a view to securing admission in foreign universities. After the reception, the
delegation boarded the Inter Continental Europe Train and left for Frankfurt. The news
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