Country's first IT university opens
Shahbaz opens country's first IT university project
Lahore, June 01: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday that the first
information technology university in the country was being set up in the
provincial metropolis and special funds would be allocated for the
purpose in the next financial year.
He was addressing a
function after opening of the project of Punjab Technology University
(PTU) at Arfa Karim Software Technology Park here.
education minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Higher Education
Commission chairman Dr. Javed Leghari, Punjab Information Technology
Board chairman Dr. Umar Saif, Higher Education secretary Ijaz Rahim,
intellectuals, columnists and experts in IT education were also present.
He said that the provincial government would provide
free of cost land for Punjab Technology University (PTU) which would be
managed by an autonomous board so that it should have the highest
standard of computer education.
The first campus of the
Punjab Technology University had been set up on the sixth floor of Arfa
Karim Software Technology Park where classes would start from September
More than one thousand boy and girl students
would be equipped with modern education in computer science in this
campus while six thousand students would study at the permanent campus
of PTU at Dera Rakh Chahal on the Ring Road, he said.
said that the permanent campus of Punjab Technology University would be
established with the collaboration of Middle East Technical University
Replying to a question, the chief minister said
that he was ready to set up campuses of Punjab Technology University in
other provinces as well so that the project could benefit the whole
CM condolence: Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep
sense of sorrow and grief over the death of Amin Dogar, Deputy
Comptroller, Chief Minister's Secretariat, Punjab.
condolence message, the chief minister prayed to Allah to give eternal
peace to the departed soul and grant the bereaved family courage to bear
the irreparable loss with fortitude.
Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) chairman Lt. Gen.(r) Sabahat
Hussain, during a meeting of the Punjab cabinet at the CM's Secretariat,
paid rich tributes to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for
promoting culture of merit in the province.
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Private schools all set to defy vacation schedule
Lahore: The private sector in education is, once again, all set to defy the Punjab
government orders by not following the schedule for summer vacation
starting from today.
The Punjab government through a
notification on May 30, 2012 had announced summer vacation schedule for
public and private schools of the province from June 1 till August 19,
However many private schools are conducting
examinations these days owing to which it has become impossible for
these schools to announce abrupt closure of their campuses on the
The confusing situation has greatly
irked students and their parents who are already perturbed, among many
issues, over massive power cuts, ever increasing inflation and extreme
hot weather. It is pertinent to mention here that almost each year a
controversy surfaces over summer break schedule with private schools,
openly defying the government's orders by keeping their campuses open
for weeks after the notification's dates. The stakeholders especially
students and their parents have strongly criticised the Punjab
government for its persistent failure, over the years, in stopping
unbridled working of private schools. They are of the view provided the
Punjab government had ensured establishment of a regulatory body, as it
claimed after coming in power, for private schools the situation would
have been different today.
They have urged the chief
minister to personally intervene and ensure that all the private schools
follow the government's schedule keeping in view increasing level of
mercury. According to information gathered by this scribe, a number of
schools would observe summer vacation later than the government
schedule. Some of them will observe vacation from June 4 and some
probably from the end of the next week. Tanvir, a resident of Sant
Nagar, said if the government could not ensure implementation of its
notification it should simply omit "private" schools from the
notification. He further said many private schools had already announced
summer camps during summer vacation which would be another challenge
for the government to curb fleecing of poor masses in the name of
education. Another citizen, Ashfaq, said each year the Punjab government
issued summer vacation notification just a couple of days before
vacation started. According to him this provides a golden opportunity to
private schools to exploit the government and people on the pretext of
ongoing examinations. Had the government announced summer vacation
schedule in mid May or earlier, the present confusing situation might
have been averted, he opined. When contacted, Punjab School Education
Department Secretary Muhammad Aslam Kamboh said keeping in view ongoing
exams at many private schools the department had decided to take action
against private schools only if private schools were found open after
June 6. He said any private school found open for students after June 6
would be closed down by the government. The news
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Suicide fear: LCWU shuts roofs to students
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) administration has
banned access to roofs of the university for students in an apparent bid
to thwart any potential threat of suicides by them.
The administration has locked all the doors that are linked to approach a roof of any building on the campus.
administration has not only locked all such doors, it has also raised
the height of boundary walls of several departments to avoid any
According to sources in the university, the
administration has also plans to construct a wall on roofs of department
buildings "which are still unsecured".
Sources said any such construction would be completed during summer vacations.
Vice Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor confirmed these arrangements. She
said that all buildings on the campus had been designed in a manner to
make them inaccessible for students. It has been done for the safety of
students, the vice chancellor added.
She also addressed a press conference at her office, throwing light on suicides by students.
by young students are very tragic and eye-opening incidents. To avoid
such incidents, educational, social and psychological experts must get
together and finalise recommendations for a violence-free society."
Childhood, according to Dr Sabiha, is no longer a joyful experience.
stress, peer pressure, family matters and change in social attitudes
are common reasons for increasing trend of suicides among students," the
vice chancellor said.
"Severe competitions, comparisons and
fierce expectations from parents, teachers, family and friends have
exerted an enormous amount of pressure on these kids."
Dr Sabiha said that whatever the cause is, suicide attempts should always be taken seriously.
said that several reports have blamed the current education system,
teachers' attitude, competitive exams, admission processes and parental
attitude as primary reasons for suicide by a student.
not only the competition for a successful life has been increased but
also for survival, which is evident from poverty. Parents want to see
their children achieve high without giving time and putting efforts to
resolve their issues and looking at their interests. Resultantly, burden
and pressure falls on children which causes personality damage and
leads to emotional breakdown," the vice chancellor said. LCWU Registrar Riffat Saqlain was also present. Daily times
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