PU vacations | Education budget
Lahore, June 23: Punjab University (PU) Teaching Departments, Institutes, Centres and
Constituent Colleges will remain shut for summer vacation from Monday,
July 9, 2012 to Friday, September 21, 2012. Meanwhile, according to a
press release on Thursday, PU Department of Gender Studies would
organize a launching ceremony of its first News Bulletin "Zeal" and
Inauguration of "PU Gender Alliance" (Alumni) on Friday (today), June
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Position-holders visit UK varsity
Lahore: A delegation of positions-holders of Pakistan, led by Government College
University (GCU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman,
visited Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom, where
students were briefed about the history of the college, campus life,
research facilities and education system in the Great Britain.
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FAPUASA wants increase in education budget
Islamabad: The Punjab and Islamabad chapters of Federation of All Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Associations, and Academic Staff
Associations of Quaid-i-Azam University, Allama Iqbal Open University,
International Islamic University and National University of Modern
Languages expressing deep concern over the huge financial cut on
education in the 2012-13 budget have demanded increase in the allocation
FAPUASA Vice-President Prof Zahid Majeed,
PAPUASA, Punjab chapter, President Dr. Suhail Aftab Qureshi, ASA QAU
President Dr M Gulraiz Akhter talking to this scribe said that the
government should immediately increase the higher education budget and
make it proportional with the increase in salaries. They asked the
Finance Ministry to release the remaining part of fourth tranche of all
They said that teachers are
the backbone of universities who are suffering due to "wrong promotion
policy of Higher Education Commission". In a meeting of Punjab chapter
of FAPUASA held at Engineering University, Lahore, the members also
showed concern on the increasing number of violence incidents in the
universities of Pakistan. They were of the view that such actions should
immediately be stopped where teachers' integrity is affected. They
showed full solidarity with the ASA, Punjab University, and condemned
students act of beating a respectable faculty of the university.
a resolution, the meeting asked for enhancing the retirement age of the
university teachers from 6o to 65 years as promised by HEC.
Suhail Aftab Qureshi said that forthcoming General Body meeting of the
federation in Islamabad on June 28 would formulate future policy.
QAU ASA asked HEC to pay the amount required for BPS Incentive Scheme
as part of the budget earmarked for Tenure Track System as the Incentive
Scheme was part and parcel of TTS programme promulgated in 2007 which
is a performance-based relief for those teachers who are not offered
hefty and lucrative TTS package.
The HEC is completing
meeting all the expenses whatsoever of TTS faculty but refuses even
providing salary budget of BPS faculty. Universities are being
pressurised to use resources for income generation and increase fees.
Talking to his scribe on the eve of presentation of 20012-13 budget in
National Assembly, Dr Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC, had stated
that HEC is going to write a letter to all universities not increase the
salaries as announced in the budget. He said this in the wake of
rumours that the government is contemplating an election budget whereby
the salaries will be doubled.
One wonders what chaotic
conditions HEC letter would have triggered in the universities. HEC
subsequently did not write the letter as it turned out to be a
non-election pragmatic budget announcing a meagre 20 per cent increase
in the salaries.
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40 teachers to undergo training in US
Islamabad: The US Embassy hosted an orientation for 40 Pakistani public school male
and female English teachers who will participate in six weeks training
under US-funded 'Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Programme'.
teachers were selected from the public secondary schools and the TEA
programme will provides educators a unique opportunity to develop
subject expertise and enhance their teaching skills. Participants will
engage in group training seminars and internships at US secondary
schools. The US Department of State pays for all travel, living
stipends, health insurance and tuition for the entire period of study.
Embassy's Cultural Affairs Officer, Brent Beemer, encouraged the
teachers to take advantage of the opportunity and return to Pakistan
prepared for a challenge: "to teach your students to write and speak
excellent English, nothing less."
"With 70 per cent of
its population under age 30, the future of Pakistan, and its role in the
world, is dependent on the success of its children in school right now.
The job of educating that generation relies on teachers like you, and
what an opportunity. Imagine tens of millions of educated, multi-lingual
young Pakistani men and women serving as soldiers, politicians,
diplomats, engineers, lawyers, doctors, scientists, businessmen, and
teachers: what a great nation and a great world they-through you - will
Benish Baig, a grantee from Usta Mohamad,
Jafarabad in Balochistan, is one the selected grantee who will be
leaving soon, was also present. She is really excited about the
programme, as this is the first time she will be travelling
internationally. She believes that progress in the province has to be
two-way. People of Balochistan has to be equally supportive.
Raza from Wah, who is an alumni of TEA programme, was also present at
the occasion. He is currently teaching at IMCB Tarnol. He went on this
programme a year ago and believes that such programmes promote harmony
among nations. "People in Pakistan consider opinions as judgments, while
in US every one's opinion is listened with open heart."
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BUMUN Conference 2012 commences
Islamabad: Bahria University's first Model United Nations (BUMUN 2012) Conference started at its Islamabad campus on Thursday.
NUST, Engineer Mohammad Asghar, was the chief guest. Deputy Director
General UN, Yasir Ahmed, also attended the opening ceremony. The closing
ceremony will be held on June 24.
The delegates from
across the country will engage in intense debates and diplomacy as
customary in a 4-day event that will feature different social events.
UNDP Country Head, Toshihiro Tanaka, will be speaking to the delegates
on 'Decentralization. The theme of the conference is 'Peace Possible.'
consists of eleven committees, which include National Crisis Cell
(NCC), United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), Disarmament and
International Security Committee (DISCE), Social Cultural and
Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM), United Nations Environment Program
(UNEP), Historical Security Council (HRC), Futuristic General Assembly
(FGA), Pakistan National Assembly (PNA), Crisis Committee (CC), UEFA,
Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) and Union of European Football
Rector Bahria University, Vice Admiral Shahid
Iqbal, said that the students of Bahria University have been attending a
number of Model United Nations across the country and also
internationally specially the Harvard University Model United Nations.
Participating in Model United Nations is an excellent way to develop
ones logical thinking and negotiating skills as well as to broaden one's
perspective on a variety of international issues. "We also aim to seek
solutions to some of the direst problems being faced by Pakistan such as
the energy, food crisis, ethnic, and religious fragmentation," he said.
NUST, Engineer Mohammad Asghar, said that conflict as we know is a
social phenomenon. "Whenever human beings settled there has been a
competition among them and then conflict follows. Two major wars in the
world took away lives in millions therefore United Nations was
established to seek the solution to conflicts. Due to Pakistan's
geographical position, it is bound to be affected. We have an advantage
because of its geographical location but has to face the challenges to
be the only nuclear Muslim power," he said. The news
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