Punjab University 118th Convocation in Faisal Auditorium
4 percent of GDP must for education'
Lahore, March 29: The only way to live honourably and achieve greatness for Pakistan at
an international level is to ensure the utilisation of at least 4
percent of our GDP for educational promotion through the enactment of
necessary legislation in parliament, Punjab University Vice-Chancellor
Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said on Saturday.
of the university's 118th Convocation in Faisal Auditorium, Kamran said
that three convocations had been held under the present PU
administration, a feat unprecedented for 40 years.
"The PU has
signed an unprecedented number of memorandums of understanding with
institutions from academically-advanced countries to promote
cooperation in research and educational fields," he said, adding that
the university's students had won a total of 218 individual prizes and
48 team trophies in national competitions. He said the university had
also won 23 awards in the Model UN debates in Europe during the past
He said the university had been declared the
all-round champion in the inter-university competitions held in
2008-09, winning 49 gold, 41 silver and 24 bronze medals in men and
Appointed:"A record number of 368 teachers were
appointed during the period from January 15, 2008 to February 3 in 66
PU Selection Board meetings," he said.
urged the students to attain superiority in their respective
specialisations. He advised them to regularly undertake their personal
accountability before going to bed every night to achieve perfection in
their lives. Earlier, the vice-chancellor gave away degrees to 143 PhD
scholars, 297 Mphil and 310 prizes to 142 top position holders.
Vice-Chancellor Education Prof Dr Munawar S Mirza, Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Ch, Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan,
Controller Examination Prof Dr Zahid Karim Khan, deans of all
faculties, principals, directors and heads of departments were also
present on the occasion. Daily times
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Only 22pc of varsities faculty members PhDs: PU VC
Lahore: The University of Punjab has produced a record number of 126 PhDs in one year, the PU vice-chancellor has said.
to a news agency on Sunday, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran it was
unfortunate that only 22 per cent faculty members of all universities
in Pakistan were PhDs whereas hardly 33 per cent teachers in the PU
were PhDs which was insufficient.
The VC said it was a practice
the world over that any university or educational institution was only
recognised on the basis of the quality of research.
He said he
had put great emphasis on the quality of research and the Higher
Education Commission during his tenure had so far approved 238
publication and research works of the PU teaching department, which was
a step forward to better research.
Dr Mujahid Kamran said
faculty members would be appointed assistant professors, associate
professors and professors only after they fulfilled the mandatory
criteria of internationally recognized excellent research and
He said for the first time in its 128 year
history, the PU within its own meagre resources, sent a large number of
faculty members abroad on full scholarships for PhDs with special
emphasis on science subjects.
He said the PU would continue to
facilitate researchers. The VC said all deans, directors, principals,
heads of the teaching departments and Chief Librarian Chaudhary
Muhammad Hanif had been directed to upload research papers of their
fellows on their websites so that other researcher could benefit from
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Parent-teacher interaction at government schools urged
Lahore: Besides many other factors responsible for people's preference to
educate their children at private educational institutions is the
opportunity of regular interaction between parents of the students and
Unlike most of the government run educational
institutions, the private schools regularly arrange parent-teacher
meetings on campuses in order to encourage parents to discuss
performance of their children in detail.
The event provides an
opportunity to the parents to discuss academic issues faced by their
children and thus mutual efforts are made to find out ways to solve
these issues so that the students, the real stakeholders, can get
maximum advantage of the whole system.
This also provides
opportunity to the parents to question educational standards and any
other move by management of private schools, which otherwise they could
not because of hectic schedule of daily life.
In most of the
cases, private schools declare it mandatory for parents to visit the
institutions and talk to teachers of the students especially after
examinations. But, unfortunately it is generally observed that the
government schools are often shy of holding such important meetings.
The lack of liaison affects the character building of the students as
well who sometimes conceal issues which, if addressed, can prove
helpful for them in their academic endeavours.
The recent move
by Punjab Higher Education Department through which most of the
government colleges informed parents about performance of their
children in studies and attendance through postal notifications are
being seen as a positive development by the stakeholders who demand
that the government schools should also follow suit. Academic circles
are of the view that the government should issue directions to school
heads to arrange parent-teacher meetings on regular basis and even
declare such meetings compulsory on quarterly basis. They are of the
view that such move would certainly help in attracting people who are
increasingly losing trust in public sector schools.
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Student Services Council of the University of Veterinary and Animal
Lahore: Sciences (UVAS) has announced a full week for student activities
starting from 29th March to 3rd April, 2010.
The week will be
dedicated to UVAS students and its festivities are being organized by
the Proctorial Board, which is a vibrant student council of UVAS. Vice
Chancellor of UVAS Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz has also approved programme
of events during this week according to which Qirat and Naat
competitions will be held on March 29, (Monday), bilingual declamation
on March 30, Mushaaira and bait-bazi on March 31, drama and performing
arts on April 1, quiz competition on April 02 and funfair day will be
observed on 3rd April 2010.
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UHS employees to set up hunger strike camp
Lahore: The employees of the University of Health Sciences will
set up a hunger strike camp on Monday (today) outside the university in
protest against the varsity administration's act of banishing them
since March 26.
The UHS administration has been closing gates to
deny entry to the employees for the last three days (third day though a
holiday on Sunday) for protesting for regularisation of all contract
employees from grade 1 to 15 in compliance with the orders of the
Punjab government. It suspended the official work of the university,
which also created a great deal of difficulties for the varsity
administration to dispose of work.
The employees, who are
protesting under the banner of the UHS chapter of the All Pakistan
Clerks Association (APCA), claimed that all female employees of the
university had also shown complete solidarity with their colleagues and
decided not to attend the university.
The UHS employees also
announced that they would hold a protest rally from the UHS to The Mall
and stage a demonstration in front of Punjab Assembly on Tuesday
(tomorrow) followed by Monday's hunger strike outside the university
premises. During Tuesday's protest demonstration at Punjab Assembly
Chowk, they informed, the APCA representatives under the leadership of
its President Haji Irshad would also join their protest by organising a
peaceful protest rally from the Punjab Livestock Department to Punjab
Assembly to show solidarity with the UHS employees.
condemned the UHS administration's 'anti-worker policies' under the
patronisation of Vice Chancellor Prof Hussain Mubashar Malik, who had
awarded five-year and six-month contracts to employees instead of
regularisation in violation of the Punjab government's clear orders to
abolish contract policy in the province.
They vowed to
continue their protest till the acceptance of their demand for
regularisation. They demanded Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif
take notice of the UHS administration's blatant violation of the Punjab
government's orders and regularise all contract non-gazetted employees
of the university. The news
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PEF to pay fees of 128 private school students
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation has entered into an
agreement with 128 new private schools of nine districts for providing
Rs 23,040,000 as monthly fee of 64,000 students up to secondary level.
schools, belonging to Lahore, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Narowal,
Gujrat, Sargodha, Okara, Pakpattan and Mandi Bahauddin, have been
selected after the holding of quality assurance test by a third party
to ensure transparency and merit. A ceremony was arranged by the PEF at
the Ali Institute of Education on Saturday to sign agreements with the
new partner schools, said a handout.
In his address, PEF
Chairman Raja Anwar said IT-based data of all the students of partner
schools was being prepared to ensure complete transparency. He said the
PEF's role was being extended to all the 36 districts of the province,
adding that revision of the fee structure to make the FAS program more
attractive for the partner schools was also being considered. He said
the initial installment would be delivered to the new partner schools
in the first week of April while free books would be given to them in
the second week of the month, adding that the schools would also be
provided free library books.
The PEF chairman said the
students would be eligible to apply for the Punjab Educational
Endowment Fund (PEEF) stipends from 90 percent share of the public
sector schools. "Besides this, we are also arranging proper training
for teachers and school administrators as it will help improve the
general standard of education, and this is what the government is
looking for." Raja Anwar said the PEF had already launched phase-6 of
the FAS program in Rawalpindi and its six adjoining districts with an
amount of Rs 37.8 lakh for 10,050 students of 90 partner schools while
the same was being done in DG Khan, Layyah, Vehari and Rahimyar Khan in
next few days. Dawn
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