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5000 PU students receiving scholarships
Lahore: A record number of 5000 students of the Punjab University, out of a total of 27,000 pursuing higher studies at under graduate and post graduate courses, are being given merit and need-based scholarships. Vice Chancellor PU, Prof Dr. Mujahid Kamran said here Sunday that fifty per cent students have been given merit scholarships ,while the remaining were given need-based support. "All these scholarships are being given by the university from its own resources--without any funding either from government or public or private sectors", the VC observed.

He said that for the first time ever,39 faculty members of various teaching departments were pursuing higher studies leading to PhD in internationally recognized universities under PU sponsorship scheme. "Special emphasis was given to conducting international standard research by all teachers in their relevant academic fields". The VC lauded that brilliant students of PU, within a short span of 4 months, won 65 gold and silver medals in various international and national declamation contests. PU is the only public sector university in the country which is offering master level education in more than 62 subjects while charging affordable fee but showing excellent academic results.

Dr. Mujahid said students of PU Law College also excelled in international contest held in USA and clinched the first position. He informed that all vacant seats of the Professors, Associate Professor, Assistant Professors and Lecturers and non-academic staff were being filled in through selection boards. The VC said some groups, with vested interest, were critical of him for defeating their nefarious designs. He vowed not to deviate from merit as he strictly believes in rule of law and discipline,as well as healthy and peaceful atmosphere on the campus. App

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Government's security guidelines not enough?: Lahore's schools hiring private security consultants
Lahore: In the wake of reported terrorist threats for schools providing Western educational facilities, the city's elite educational institutions are hiring private security consultants to provide foolproof security to students and faculty.

The schools have decided not to rely solely on the security instructions issued by the government.

It was also found that some schools had even started to charge for the beefed-up security, by adding an extra head to the fee charts. The government has termed its security guidelines as 'state of the art', and claims that no terrorists would be able to strike if the schools adopted the measures advised by the authorities.

The Home Department and City District Government Lahore (CDGL), a few weeks ago, had issued general security guidelines for the administrations of all private and public schools, after intelligence agencies reported that terrorists could attack co-educational and elite institutions.

The warning had forced a number of elite schools to shut down in Islamabad and other cities. The schools were re-opened after the schools' authorities adopted more stringent security measures.

In order to leave no loopholes, the administrations of these schools have now started to hire private security consultants.

"This country is beginning to sound more and more like a war zone, and we have so many enemies in and outside our borders. No wise person would take a chance in a situation like this and we are doing the same by hiring private security experts, who are striving to make a foolproof security net around our schools," the administrator of one of the city's most elite school chains said.

He said the administration of his school had asked the parents to inform the school of the registration numbers of their vehicles, and the names and relations of the people mostly coming to pick the children from the school. He said the administration had also asked the parents for their cell phone and other contact numbers in order to stay in touch with them. He said parking stickers were also being issued to the students.

Satisfaction: "We know that the situation is not that critical here. There has not been a single incident of terrorism against any private school in the country, but we can't take a chance. We don't have any problem with what the government is advising us to do but we believe that we need to do more for our personal satisfaction and that's what we are doing now," he said.

Checking: Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajjad Bhutta said that the government had assured full support to the educational institutions seeking to improve their security. He said the guidelines issued by the district government for schools' security were adequate. However, he said, the government did not discourage the schools from taking their own measures for security, including the hiring of private consultants.

Bhutta said the government was planning to check how far the schools had complied with the government's security directives. "What we have asked them to do is enough to ensure security but we don't have any problem if someone takes any further measures to give their students a sense of extreme security. We are definitely working on the issue and will check if they have adopted at least what we had asked them to do," he said.

Bhutta said the terrorists would feel encouraged if the security guidelines were adopted in a haphazard way.

Previous government instructions
* Every school should have three iron gates, which must be opened only after ascertaining the visitor's identity

* Schools should have private security guards

* Telephone numbers of the DCO Office, TV channels and newspapers should be displayed on the notice board of every school

* An alarm to summon everyone at a specific place should be installed in every school

* Schools should have different closing timings

* Every school should have four telephone numbers and CLI

Additional measures taken by schools' administrations are:
* Erecting fenced walls
* Installing walk-through gates
* Reinforcing boundary walls
* Placing huge barriers outside the schools' entrances
* Hiring trained and well-equipped security guards
*Ensuring that there is no place for any attacker to hide
* Disallowing visitors
* Banning the entry of all kinds of vehicles.

DHA schools, admin first to enact security initiatives
Lahore: The Defence Housing Authority (DHA) was the earliest residential locality where the administration as well as the schools took initiatives to increase the security of schools situated in the area. The authority increased the number of mobile vans patrolling around the schools, while also ensuring the presence of policemen around the institutions during school timings. The authorities asked the administrations of the schools to ensure the removal of any internal security loopholes. They erected fencing on the walls, increased the height of walls around schools, and covered possible points of entry. Plainclothesmen were also deployed around the schools even during the night. There are seven public and a number of private institutions situated in the DHA, with a number of them providing co-education, and they are considered some of the most elite institutions of the city. Daily Times


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PBTE exams from 6th
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical Education's first annual examination, 2009, of Diploma in Commerce and Diploma in Business Administration will start from May 6. According to a press statement, 166 examination centres have been established in all over Punjab and in Gilgit. Approximately 48,000 students will participate in this examination. Roll number slips have been issued to all candidates through their colleges. The News


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Education policy to focus on technical training: PM
Lahore: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said huge emphasis will be given to technical and vocational training in the new education policy.

He was addressing the certificate awarding ceremony of 1st batch of various technical and vocational courses of Rangers Institute of Technical Education (RITE) at Rangers Headquarters here on Saturday. Lahore Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Ejaz Ahmed Bakhshi, Director General Rangers (Punjab) Maj. Gen. Muhammad Yaqub Khan, NAVTEC Chairman Adnan A. Khawaja, TEVTA Chairman Mohsin Syed, RITE Director Col. Ghulam Raza were also present.

Gilani maintained that the government wanted to implement an education policy, which was in accordance with the wishes of the people and had greater focus on technical aspects of education. "For this, all relevant quarters are being consulted in formulation of education policy, which will cater to all sections of the society," he added, while observing that that technical and vocational training would turn students into a skilled workforce having ample job opportunities, which would ultimately save them from becoming militants and extremists, who focus on jobless people to use them as tool to achieve their nefarious designs. "Technical education will not only help make the youth useful citizens but also enable them to support their families in a dignified manner," he said. The Nation


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Punjab University awarded PhD degree
Lahore: The Punjab University has awarded a PhD degree to Umbreen Javed Khan d/o Javed Anwar Khan in Zoology after approval of her research thesis "Epidemiology, Economic Importance and Therapy of Paramphistomosis in Cattle and Buffaloes." 0According to a press statement, she completed her thesis under the supervision of PU Department of Zoology Prof Dr Tanveer Akhtar while University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, Department of Parasitology Chairman Prof Dr Azhar Maqbool was her co-supervisor. The News


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