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2,100 PU students get laptops
Lahore, June 13: The Punjab University on Tuesday distributed
laptops among 2,100 students of evening classes at the seminar hall of
the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology.
Students of the Institute of Communication Studies, however,
complained that they were being given laptops in small groups. "The
process of delivering laptops to ICS students is very slow and many
students, who came to collect their laptops, had to go empty handed," a
The students said the condition of submitting a stamp paper was another great hassle.
Punjab Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and Youth Affairs Rana
Muhammad Arshad distributed 10 laptops among top merit students at the
ceremony. He said the government would also give 125,000 laptops to
talented students in the next financial year, for which Rs4 billion had
He said the government had enhanced Punjab Educational Endowment Fund
to the tune of Rs10 billion. He said the government had also decided to
offer internship to 50,000 students at the rate of Rs10,000 per month
He also distributed laptops to the evening students of the Institute of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences.
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HEC foreign professor removed from GCU
Lahore: Government College University
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman has removed Dr Zahid Mahmood,
director (clinical psychology unit) of the psychology department.
Associate professor Dr Farah Malik has been appointed as in-charge of the clinical psychology unit.
Sources claimed that the vice chancellor had also received complaints
about psychology department chairman Prof Dr Asir Ajmal's academic
credentials and the "deteriorating environment" in the psychology
Both Prof Mahmood and Prof Ajmal are serving the GCU as Higher Education Commission's foreign professors.
Sources claimed that Prof Ajmal's this year contract period was going
on while the VC forwarded Prof Mahmood's extension for only three
months, when his performance would be closely monitored.
When contacted, Prof Ajmal said he was approached in England to be
hired as foreign faculty member, while he was serving as clinical
psychologist at National Health Service in England.
Upon joining the GCU, he said, he developed PhD programme at the
psychology department. He said one PhD would be finalised shortly and
over 20 students were registered as PhD scholars. "Topics of eight
students have already been approved by the Advanced Studies and Research
Board," he added.
Stating that he was not a retired faculty member, Prof Ajmal said he
had over 20 research papers to his credit. He categorically rejected
allegations about the "deteriorating environment" in the psychology
department and termed it "character assassination". Answering a
question, Prof Ajmal said he was facing pressure from different quarters
because he had objected in a meeting against the appointment of retired
Prof Dr Zikariya Butt as director (research). He said the Supreme Court
had prohibited that no retired person should be appointed against an
When contacted, GCU VC Prof Rahman admitted that he had received
complaints against both foreign professors and would also look into
their previous evaluation reports. He said he had removed Prof Mahmood
from the clinical psychology unit's directorship because it was not a
full-fledged department but a programme. "The programme needs to be run
as a programme," he said.
With regard to the "deteriorating environment" in the psychology
department, the VC said officials were monitoring the environment.
When contacted, HEC Foreign Faculty Programme Project Director Waseem
Hashmi said the commission was extending foreign professors' tenure
every year on the recommendation of their respective departments' heads
and endorsed by the vice-chancellor.
Responding to complaints, Mr Hashmi said PhDs were not done in days
but it took up to six years. "In foreign countries, professors produce
only four to five PhDs in their whole life," he said. In Pakistan, he
said, there were only 13,000 PhDs.
Criticising the vice chancellor for holding Prof Mahmood's extension
case for the last two months, Mr Hashmi said, "What Prof Ajmal had done
in the last five weeks that everybody was complaining against him"? "Are
the papers, being published by Prof Ajmal in journals and conference
Mr Hashmi claimed that no negative report against any of the two professors had been received by the commission.
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Private schools refuse to reserve 10pc quota for poor students
Lahore: All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) has rejected
the Punjab government's decision to make it mandatory for private
schools, charging over Rs 5,000 per month fee, to reserve 10 percent
quota for poor students.
Addressing a press conference
at the Lahore Press Club, APPSMA central president Adeeb Jawadani, who
was flanked by representatives of various private schools, said the
Punjab government should first start implementing its order at Aitchison
College which was receiving grants of millions of rupees from the
provincial as well as the federal government. He said the decision
should also be implemented at Chand Bagh School which had received Rs 60
million grants from the Punjab government recently.
Jawadani said the Punjab government should focus on improving the
condition of public sector schools, instead of issuing such
instructions. He said if the government withdrew all kinds of taxes
imposed on private schools and provided salaries to the teachers the
private schools would start providing free education to students. Dawn
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3,100 new teachers to be inducted in Pindi district
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government has formally approved induction of
3,100 new female and male teachers for Rawalpindi district. These new
inductions would commence from the start of the new financial year - in
August and September - on contractual basis. Headmasters, OT, Primary,
Middle, computer teachers, science teachers and mathematics teachers
would be hired, who would most probably join their job in October.
Meanwhile, Executive District Officer (Education) Zahoorul Haq has
issued notice for promotion of 157 teachers in the district. Ninety male
and 67 female teachers have been made SST from EST and promoted from
scale 14 to 16 under the 50 percent departmental promotion quota. EST
Teachers Association President Shafique Bahlwalia, Zafar Iqbal and Umer
Hayat Gondal, while lauding the promotions, have demanded that job of
teachers in all categories be regularised. Daily times
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Summer vacation in FDE institutes from June 16
Islamabad: Summer vacation for the students of educational institutions working under
Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will start from June 16
Three months vacation will continue till August 26 to give relief to the students in scorching heat of summer.
to the spokesman of Capital Administration and Development Division
(CADD), Rafique Tahir, the holidays were approved by CADD on the
proposal of Federal Directorate of Education to announce summer vacation
from mid of June.
The summer vacations have been delayed this year so that the students can
have holidays during the whole month of Ramazan and can celebrate the religious festival of Eid-ul-Fitr in befitting manner.
Last year, the vacations were announced from June 1 to August 10 and then extended by the Directorate till after Eid-ul-Fitr. The news
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Nursing college to start classes soon
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government has given a green
signal to Rawalpindi Medical College to establish its nursing college
Talking to Dawn, RMC Principal Dr Mussadiq Khan said the government
had allowed commencement of BSc nursing classes from the next academic
session of the college.
He said it would be the first nursing college in the city and second in the province after Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore.
"Nurses undergo four-year training from nursing schools established
at three government-run hospitals and get a diploma which is not
recognised at the international level," he said.
After the establishment of the nursing college, the nurses would get
better education and improve their qualifications. He said it would also
encourage the nurses to continue their profession.
Dr Khan said the RMC would initially launch BSc nursing classes with
25 students and would increase the number of seats gradually. "The
college will also accommodate male nurses who were earlier not allowed
to get training in the nursing school of the college," he said. He said
the ban had been imposed on male nurses to get education at the nursing
schools adjacent to the government hospitals but it was not applicable
to the RMC.
"The induction of male nurses will end the shortage of nurses in
government hospitals as female nurses mostly do not continue their
service after marriage or due to other domestic reasons," he said.
According to sources, more than 100 posts of head nurses in BPS-17
are lying vacant in the three city hospitals due to absence of qualified
nurses as the post required a BSc in nursing degree or higher diploma
from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), Islamabad.
According to official figures, the three hospitals have a total 550
nurses for 1907 beds – Holy Family Hospital (HFH) 300 nurses for 950
beds, Benazir Bhutto Hospital 190 nurses for 600 beds and DHQ Hospital
has 120 nurses for 357 beds. Dawn
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Private schooling both a rural-urban phenomenon, says Faisal
Islamabad: Private schooling and education is not just an urban elite phenomenon, but a
rural-urban concept as private schools are mushrooming in all parts of
Pakistan thus scaling literacy, access and bridging the quality divide,
said Roots School System (RSS) Executive Director and Founder & CEO
of Change-in-Education Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq.
is also promoting and scaling objectives in support of Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) and beyond. If Pakistan is to be destined to
greatness, then budget allocations and investment in educational
infrastructure, access, quality, training and capacity building must be a
sustained goal of every government. Private schools create excellence,
sponsor educational change and promote innovation across classrooms and
student entrepreneurship," he stated in an interview with 'The News'.
take pride in many achievements, but amongst all such achievements the
most rewarding has been the introduction of Chinese language at Roots
schools. I developed the Asia's first Information Community Technology
(ICT) Digital Literacy Curriculum in partnership with the Intel
Education. It created a digital revolution across Pakistan as more than
10,000 students are benefiting from it. I promoted the concept of
student counselling and mentoring services at Roots schools. Due to it,
the Roots students are getting admissions at Ivy League and Uxbridge
universities each year. I also helped in preparing the Roots National
School Curriculum and our own Montessori, Primary and Lower Secondary
Qualifications with global endorsements. The award-winning Roots
National Institute of Teacher Training & Education (RNITTE), which
has trained more than 8,000 teachers across public and private sector
to-date," he said.
Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq regularly
represents Pakistan in international conferences. He is an active member
of the Planning Commission and UNDP Youth, Education and Community
Engagement team. He is a member of the Pak-China Think Tank and a member
of the Indus Entrepreneurship (Islamabad) and All-World Network
Pakistan 100 Winner. He is also an honorary member of the University of
Cambridge International Examinations Advisory Council. He contributes
regularly as national speaker of school reforms, educational
development, curriculum enrichment, entrepreneurship, role of career
counselling for youth, school improvement, teacher and student
relationship management, where he has had the honour to win nine awards
in the categories of 'Young CEO Excellence Award' and 'Education
Industry Excellence Award' by the Global Media Links (GML)-Pakistan. The
prestigious 'Accomplished Leader Award' by ABI, USA, 'Appreciation and
Leadership Award' by Intel Education Pakistan, 'Leadership Excellence
Award' by KFC Pakistan, 'Achievement Excellence Award 2009' by the
Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Pakistan, 'The Indus
Entrepreneurship Award' by the Indus Entrepreneurs TIE, Pakistan
Chapter, 'Brand of the Year Award 2010' by the Brands Foundation,
Pakistan, 'Environmental Excellence Awards 2010' by the Ministry of
Environment & the prestigious 'Best Young Entrepreneur Award 2011'
by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Pakistan. Under
his leadership, the Roots has also won the Unesco Peace Pillar Award. A
firm believer in global harmony and celebrating cultural diversity, he
launched the practice of celebrating all UN action days across all
campuses of Roots School System. Upon his motivation, the Roots has
participated in the Global Visions Project, Brisbane, Australia.
Faisal Mushtaq has been recognised by Prime Minister of China Wen Jia
Bao for his services in support of Chinese language promotion. He also
initiated the German Pasch Partners Schools Programme. He has signed
corporate agreements with the University of London, Edexcel, CIE,
British Councils, Coke, Telenor, WWF, TIE Islamabad, Intel Education,
China Radio International, universities within Pakistan and abroad and
bridge academia-industry linkages.
Responding to a
question of university acceptances, he said: "Our dreams turn into
reality when students of the Millennium Campus break world records and
score top positions in the world in national and international
examinations, attain perfect scores in SAT-II 2400/2400, receive
admission offers in top national & international universities with
full scholarship in the disciplines of physics, social sciences, arts,
technology and engineering in world top universities, including MIT,
Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Cornell,
Dartmouth, Amherst, LSE, UCL, Kings College, Warwick, Aga Khan
University, GIK, NUST, LUMS, IBA, UET and many more." The news
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