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Retired professor as GCU head

Retired teacher to head GCU
Lahore, June 19: The Government College University Vice-Chancellor has 'hired' a retired professor to look after the prestigious institution in his absence.

VC Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman on Monday left along with top position holder students for a one-month's visit to European universities.

Former GCU Faculty of Science and Technology Dean Prof Dr Ikramul Haq was re-hired as professor some three months ago after his retirement on March 4. Now, he has been `elevated' to the slot of acting vice-chancellor to the astonishment of available senior professors.

In violation of a Supreme Court order that prohibits appointment of a retired person against an administrative post, Prof Haq was also appointed as director of varsity's Institute of Industrial Bio-Technology.

Though Prof Haq could not be contacted, a GCU spokesman confirmed that the former had been appointed as acting VC.

It may be mentioned that the Government College University has been without any dean of faculty since the retirement of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences dean Prof Dr M Khalid Pervaiz on May 31. Prof Pervaiz was holding the charge of dean of all three faculties - science and technology; arts and social sciences; and Islamic and Oriental Learning.

Commenting on the appointment of a retired professor as acting VC, GCU Academic Staff Association president Prof Dr Hassan A Shah said in principle it was a wrong practice. He said that it was also a matter of grave concern that the university was working without a dean.

"Had there been a dean, it would have been easy to appoint an acting VC," he said.

Another senior professor requesting anonymity said there was a big question mark on the Punjab government that how it was running public sector universities. He also questioned the `wisdom' of sending the GCU VC abroad along with top position holder students.

He said it was unprecedented that the Punjab government had failed to appoint any dean of the Faculty of Languages, Islamic and Oriental Learning since the death of Prof Dr Suhail Ahmad Khan in March 2009. Dawn

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Thousands benefit from The News Education Expo 2012
Lahore: The venue for The News Education Expo 2012 remained jam-packed on the concluding day of the mega event on Monday.

The two-day expo organised by the Jang Media Group attracted thousands of people, especially students, on both the days.

The last day of the event witnessed students visiting the venue, especially in groups, while many parents accompanying their children were also seen at various stalls set up by over 50 organisations.

The visitors were seen interacting and having discussions with representatives of schools, colleges, universities, higher education institutions and other education-related organisations, in particular, education consultants and career counselors.

Youth Ambassador of Geo and Jang Group, Ali Moeen Nawazish, who holds a world record in A-levels, held a special counseling session with students on the concluding day. This session was aimed at providing useful advice to students vis--vis academic planning and career. The venue for the session also remained crowded with eager students who carefully listened to the talented youth and asked him questions. The session was also shown live on big screens installed at different points of the venue.

"The expo proved quite a rewarding experience for me," said a student, Amjad, who wanted to get information about the institutions offering business programmes at graduate level. He said he was a bit confused as to which institute would be best for him in terms of quality education and monetary affordability.

"I have detailed discussions with various institutions and now I am in a position to select the best for me," he went on to say.

Another visitor, Habibur Rehman, said he had come to know about scholarships, adding that the same information was available at various stalls set up at the expo including that of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). He said the best part of such events was to have a better picture and get answers of many questions, which otherwise remained unanswered on the websites of such organisations.

Sohail Ashraf, Deputy Head Customer Relations Management of the Allied School and Resource Academia, and Saad Javaid Malik, Deputy Manager Sales, were quite optimistic about the outcome of the event. Saad termed the expo a useful diversion for people in the wake of political instability in the country. He suggested the expo should be held at least on a biannual basis as it was a good platform for those who were in search of quality education for their children and themselves.

Sohail said it was great to see parents discussing future academic goals and careers for their children with representatives of participating organisations.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Media Manager Murtaza Noor also termed The News Education Expo 2012 an excellent initiative by the Jang Media Group, saying the event had helped the HEC to provide its services to a large number of people during the two days. He said that most of the queries were related to scholarship opportunities, degree equivalence and attestation of degrees, etc.

Pakistan Institute of Public Finance Accountants (PIPFA) Executive In-Charge for Lahore and Faisalabad, Naeem Akhtar, said the expo had proved quite a good platform to promote working of PIPFA.

Student Services Executive at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Faizan Hussain said the expo was an opportunity both for awareness and marketing purposes. He particularly appreciated the parents visiting the expo along with their wards, saying they had discussed in details options, scope and job prospects for their children in future.

Sultan Jaffer Ibrahim, Career Counselor at KIPS, said the response of the expo was quite remarkable and many visiting parents were aware of the fact that they could not just focus conventional institutes and wanted to know what market had for them in terms of demand-driven and market-oriented academic disciplines. Assistant Professor at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Haroon Rashid suggested that such expos should also be held in small cities, saying the awareness level was low in such cities as compared to the big cities.

It is important to mention here that the Platinum Sponsors of The News Education Expo 2012 were the Allied Schools, University of Lahore, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), British Institute of Management Studies (bims), AusPak International and Preston University.

The Gold Sponsors were the University of Management and Technology (UMT), Superior Group of Colleges, Institute of Business & Management (IB&M) of the University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore, Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Hajvery University (HU), Lahore Leads University, Pak-AIMS, ATS, Higher Education Commission (HEC), AEO Pakistan, HR Consultants (Pvt) Ltd, Riphah International University, SZABIST, KIPS, University of South Asia, Shalamar Institute of Health Sciences and The National School.

The Silver Sponsors were FC College University, NTS, FAST, virtual University, Iqbal Academy, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Interwood Furniture, and USEFP while the Bronze Sponsors are AUCKANZ, EEUA, PIPFA, Tri Star, Knowledge Bridge, CSUEB, Institute of Space Sciences, Falcon Education & Consultancy Services, Qurtaba Consultant, City Education-Oxbridge, National College of Management & Design, Career Advisory Services (CAS), The Right School Countrywide Network, Minhaj University, Premier Educator, SEB'S School of English and Sharif College of Engineering & Technology.

Later in the evening, a souvenir distribution ceremony was also held in which Sarmad A Ali, Managing Director of Jang Media Group, gave away shields among the participating organisations. The news

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Begging for school fees?
Islamabad: Child begging is on the rise in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and no law exists in federal capital for the protection of these children. The number of child beggars on the streets, markets and signals has increased many times over the years.

They are not begging for any aim except to fill their stomachs. Not a single beggar in the federal capital says he is begging to pay his school fees. Rather, he is trained by his parents and elders to become a professional beggar.

Talking to APP, the head of a NGO, Qindeel Shujaat said parents should have the conviction that the future of their children can be protected by collective efforts. He said society should realize that children have a place at schools and not in markets or signals, adding they have a right to their childhood that should not be infringed upon in any case.

Qindeel said childhood becomes enjoyable in the process of learning and is painful when it is subjected to hazards, abuse and exploitation. app

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ASA assures support to AIOU VC
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will take all possible steps to ensure transparency in its admission and examination system, said AIOU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi while talking with a delegation of the Academic Staff Association (ASA).

The delegation, led by Zafar Ilyas, assured their support to the vice chancellor for enforcing administrative and financial discipline in university's overall working. The VC said that steps are being taken to redress complaints of students, adding that the one-window operation has already been introduced in the university's main campus. He said that steps have been taken to provide bonuses twice a year and loans to employees, provision of computers, laptops, sewing machines and bicycles to the low-paid employees.

The ASA, in a meeting, condemned the protest staged by the family of a university employee who was dismissed sometime back because of misconduct. The employee and his family members caused severe injuries to a security staffer who tried to stop them from entering into the VC's office. This was also an attempt to defame the university and damage the positive work being done by the vice chancellor. The ASA expressed solidarity with the vice chancellor in his efforts to cleanse the university from corrupt elements.

They appealed to the university's employees not to be misled by such elements, and perform their duties peacefully. The meeting noted that the vice chancellor is playing an exemplary role towards not only quality education but also taking keen interest in the welfare of employees. The university administration has got registered an FIR against the said employee with police.

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MPhil completed
Peshawar: Abdur Razaq, a lecturer in English at the Government Postgraduate College Dargai has completed his MPhil degree from Qurtuba University of Science and Information Technology Peshawar.He did his research on Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge. His topic was The Mayor of Casterbridge: A Symbolic Structure and his supervisor was Dr Qabil Khan. The news

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