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2,373 students awarded degrees at 11th Convocation of LCWU
Lahore, Mar 29: As many as 2,373 graduates of BS, MS/MPhil, Pharm-D and PhD of
the batches of 2012 and 2013 were awarded degrees at the 11th
Convocation of the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Monday.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was the chief guest on the occasion, and
was accompanied by Governor Muhammad Sarwar and LCWU Vice Chancellor
Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor. Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad,
lawmakers, faculty members, students and their parents were also present
Addressing the gathering, Shahbaz said that he would
open funds for the LCWU if it gains academic rankings of the world
universities, conducted by researchers at the Centre for World-Class
"I will open funds for your university if you
become part of the world's top 500 universities," Shahbaz announced
while addressing the participants of the convocation.
He said that
the younger generation was a precious asset and the hope of a bright
future of the country. He said that Pakistani women were talented and
playing an important role in medical, engineering, education, health and
other sectors of national development. He said that the nation was
proud of its daughters. He made an appeal to the women to join the
practical field after getting their degrees instead of sitting in their
homes, so that they could play an active role for national progress and
He said that the destiny of the nation could be changed
and Pakistan could regain its lost status in the comity of nations
through honesty, hard work and determination. He said that universities
should be the centre of education and research, but unfortunately, no
university of the country was among the top 500 universities of the
world. He said that vice chancellors, education authorities and experts
should bring the standard of education and research in Pakistani
universities at par with international universities. He assured that the
Punjab government was ready to provide all funds for this purpose.
addressing the ceremony, Governor Sarwar said that the future of
Pakistan was safe in the hands of the youth who were making progress in
various fields of life.
He pointed out that the LCWU was striving to
promote quality education among young girls and its role in grooming
young ladies speaks of its commitment towards women empowerment.
praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for increasing the budgetary
allocation for the education sector. He said that the higher education
opens up unlimited vistas and possibilities of success and growth for
graduates if they opted for a career. "You are privileged to have an
opportunity to study and it is your responsibility to think about the
underprivileged, who don't have access to education at all," he said.
Chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor informed Governor Sarwar and Chief
Minister Shahbaz Sharif that the LCWU was pursuing its path to be
amongst the top ranking universities globally through its Vision 2020
and a landmark five-year strategic plan. She asked parents to encourage
and fully support their daughters to take up careers and become
The vice chancellor also pointed out that
underprivileged students were receiving specified and need-based
scholarships at the LCWU without discrimination. "We are making higher
education accessible to students from all walks of life," she said. "The
LCWU is a leading teaching and research university and a hub of
academic excellence, producing highly skilled, professionally empowered
and well-groomed women to make a positive difference in the
socio-economic development of Pakistan," she said.
On the occasion,
as many as 273 graduates were awarded rolls of honour and 90 position
holders received gold medals. Tabinda Gohar and Sidra Aziz received the
VC Gold Medal in academic and co-curricular achievements. The university
also conferred awards on 10 alumni who have made significant
contribution to the national development. Daily times
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Rs2b allocated for Punjab HEC: minister
Lahore: Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that Chief Minister
Shahbaz Sharif has allocated initial funds of Rs 2 billion for the
constitution of Higher Education Commission Punjab which will help set
up new universities instead of upgrading the existing government
He said this in a meeting with Punjab Professors
and Lecturers Association (PPLA) regarding the implementation of 4-tier
formula for the promotion of lecturers. The negotiation with the
lecturers proved successful after which the PPLA announced to withdraw
its ultimatum for protest.
Rana Mashhood said the problems
of doctors and teachers should be resolved before they take to the
streets. He assured the representatives of professors and lecturers that
besides implementation of 4-tier formula for promotion, the genuine
rights of young lecturers would also be upheld. It was decided that the
seniority lists of lecturers would be updated within next three months.
was also decided that the number of vacancies in all colleges
affiliated with Higher Education Department Punjab would be recalculated
while data of lecturers recruited in 2012 would be collected within two
months to regularise their services.
The meeting also
decided that the next phase of negotiations would be held on April 02 in
which minister for education, secretary higher education, secretary
law, provincial secretary finance and prominent educationist Prof Zafar
Iqbal Qureshi will also participate. The minister said a five percent
increase had been witnessed in the enrolment rate in the government
colleges and the Punjab government had sent requisition to Punjab Public
Service Commission (PPSC) for the recruitment of 4,500 lecturers
against new posts on the permanent basis. The news
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High court declares NTS unapproved body
Lahore: The Lahore High Court has declared National Testing Service an unapproved body under Higher
Education Commission Ordinance 2002 and ruled that the recognised
universities/institutions are not under any lawful obligation to conduct
tests by the NTS or bound by the results of the tests.
Syed Mansoor Ali Shah ruled this in a 13-page judgment passed on a writ
petition filed by a student of M.Phil (Chemistry), Syeda Anam Ilyas.
petitioner in order to pursue her Ph.D in Chemistry applied for
admission and was required to pass Graduate Assessment Test (GAT)
conducted by NTS apparently working under the authority of the HEC.
grievance of the petitioner was restricted to the marks awarded to her
in the GAT by NTS and during the course of hearing this grievance was
However, an important legal question surfaced during
the course of the hearing regarding the legal status and authority of
NTS under the law.
The HEC stated in the court that no formal
approval from the board of the commission had been granted to NTS to act
as national testing body in terms of section 10 (1) (n) of the Higher
Education Commission Ordinance, 2002.
The judge also observed that
the documents placed on the record by HEC and NTS failed to show that
NTS was a duly approved and recognised testing service under the
After hearing all the stakeholders, Justice Shah ruled
that the NTS did not have any approval under the HEC Ordinance to hold
itself to be as a national testing body in terms of section 10(1)(n) of
The judge further ruled that the directions issued
in favour of NTS by HEC were without lawful authority and any such
notification or letter issued by HEC shall be immediately withdrawn.
however, observed that the NTS may continue as an entity and act as a
testing body but it had no support or blessing of the government and it
was voluntary on the universities and educational institutions to engage
or not to engage its services. The judge directed that the NTS shall
not hold itself as an HEC approved 'national testing service'. It may,
however, continue operating as a private entity under the law, but shall
not in any manner be taken to be an HEC approved entity.
judge ordered that the existing arrangement between HEC and NTS shall
only continue till May 30, 2014 (cut off date) and HEC shall not enter
into any arrangement/contract with NTS after that date.
will not affect previous admissions and scholarships already granted or
refused on the basis of the tests conducted by NTS. Dawn
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Lahore: Punjab University (PU), Examinations Department, has issued the schedules for
submission of admission fees and forms for Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
(4-Year Programme) in Graphic Design, Textile Design, Painting,
Sculpture, Print Making Part-IV Annual Examination 2013.
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PU wins contests
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) students showed outstanding performance in various
co-curricular activities organised by Fatima Jinnah Women University
(FJWU) and clinched first positions in all competitions. PU Law
College's Sikander obtained first position in photography while College
of Art and Design (CAD) student Umme Kalsoom got first position in
painting. In Ghazal and Nazam competitions, IBA's Hamza and ICET's
Zeeshan Cheema obtained first position, respectively and were declared
best team in Bait Baazi.
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CM approves Provincial Higher Education Commission
Lahore: Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif Saturday gave approval to the
establishment of Provincial Higher Education Commission in the province
This was decided at a high level meeting presided
over by Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Chief
Minister's Office. Various proposals with regard to promotion of higher
education in the province were considered in the meeting.
meeting also decided to set up state-of-the-art Information Technology
University in the Knowledge Park to be established here in the City.
Free educational facilities would be provided to the poor but talented
children in the Information Technology University.
the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that the Punjab government was taking
concrete measures for promotion of higher and quality education in the
province. He stressed the need for establishing institution like
Provincial Higher Education Commission for the promotion of higher
education in the Punjab. He said that universities played very important
role for promoting the process of research, therefore, special
attention should be paid to the research in the universities.
CM said that the faculties in the universities should be harmonized
with the modern demands of present era. He issued directions to evolve a
comprehensive planning for meeting the shortage of Ph.D scholars in the
universities of Punjab. He said that the Punjab government would
provide all necessary resources for improving the standard of education
in the universities of the province.
IT: IT experts of
various countries called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz
Sharif at Arfa Karim Software Technology Park and appreciated his steps
for the promotion of information technology in Punjab.
takes notice: Shahbaz Sharif Saturday took notice of torture of a
housemaid, Najma, in Bahria Town and sought immediate report from police
He directed the officials concerned to
provide the best treatment facilities to the affected housemaid and take
action as per law against those involved in the incident.
message: Shahbaz Sharif Saturday said that 23rd March is very important
with regard to Pakistan's Independence Movement as, on this day, the
Muslims of the Sub-Continent decided their destiny under the flag of
In his message on Pakistan Day, the CM
said the resolution adopted in the historic public meeting at Minto
Park, Lahore was the practical shape of the idea of Poet of the East
Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
Mauritius envoy: Mauritius High
Commissioner in Pakistan Muhammad Rashad called on Punjab Chief Minister
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Sunday. Matters of mutual interest and
bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting. The news
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