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IJT to hold book fair in collaboration with PU
Lahore, May 09: Punjab University (PU) chapter Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) has claimed that the varsity s upcoming book fair will be organised in collaboration of the Jamiat and the administration. An IJT statement issued on Sunday claimed that besides people from different walks of life, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan Chief Syed Munawar Hasan would also attend the book fair. It is pertinent to mention here that PU administration has already announced that the book fair would be organised by the administration on New Campus from May 12 to May 14 while Jamiat had announced its three-day book fair starting from May 10. PU administration has been claiming that no student organization, including IJT, will be allowed to organise the event while recently some IJT activists had also thrashed two employees of the varsity who were found removing Jamiat s posters in connection with its book fair. A PU official, seeking anonymity, said IJT office bearers after realising the fact that they could not hold book fair independently were now claiming that the fair would be held with collaboration of the both. The news

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Job fair at PU
Lahore: The Punjab University College of Information Technology held its first ever "Job Fair 2011" at Old Campus, which attracted a positive response by the university graduates and final year students who turned up in large numbers.

Around 18 reputed IT organisations set up their stalls at the career fair and informed the students about available vacancies at their organsiations. The companies conducted interviews of over 300 candidates, written tests of 200 students and collected 150 resumes.

Talking to media, the students lauded the services of Principal Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar and said because of his initiatives, students had been provided with quality IT education and healthy academic environment.

They said that the recent activities had resulted in recruitment of around 40 students to various IT organisations and more students were being selected through such activities. The nation

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PBTE officials bribed to tamper with results: students
Lahore: The students involved in using unfair means in the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) and result tempering scandal have revealed that they had paid bribe to various officials, having contacts with some of the board s officials, for passing their papers.

According to a PBTE press release on Sunday, a student, Syed Zeerk Hussain s/o Syed Ziaul Hassan of GCT Rasool, revealed before the disciplinary committee that he had paid Rs 15,000 allegedly to Nazir Ahmed Minhas, a teacher of Govt High School, Mandi Bahauddin, to pass papers.

Similarly, Zahid Munir s/o Munir Ahmad, Roll No 55461, of Rehman Colony, Okara, revealed that a payment of Rs 70,000 was made by him allegedly to Mian Abid, an official of the PBTE, to pass his papers. Usman Ali s/o Hassain Ali, Roll No 8131, paid Rs140,000 allegedly to Malik Riasat, a clerk of GCT Rasool, for the same purpose, Asadur Rehman s/o M Ramzan submitted a written declaration before the committee that he had paid Rs10,000 allegedly to M Arshad, a clerk of GCT Layyah, for getting him declared pass. M Javad Shoukat, Roll No 32906, a student of GCT, Layyah, said that he paid bribe allegedly to Shakeel, a clerk of his own college, for the same purpose. Mehr Gulam Rosool, a student of GCT Layyah, submitted a written statement before the disciplinary committee that he had paid Rs 20,000 allegedly to Javed Iqbal Bhatt, an instructor of his own college, for to pass the exam.

Earlier 294 students were declared pass by tampering their actual results with the mutual collaboration of internal and eternal mafia during exams of DCom and DAE of the PBTE for the year 2010. The board management took stern action and cancelled results of all those students declared pass by tampering their results.

PBTE authorities had already given Zahid Javed and Muhammad Nazim official of the computer section of the board allegedly involved in tampering results in the custody of the Anti Corruption police Lahore after investigations. The news

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Trend of tuition centres, academies on rise in city
Lahore: Some of the greatest thinkers, scholars, philosophers, doctors, mathematicians and scientists in the history of mankind never attended a school during their childhood. Yet, they went on to gain immense knowledge and imparted it to others too.

They were responsible for inventions, theories and contributions to society that not only left their mark in history, but also often changed the way human beings thought and worked together.

However, in today's era, education is no more confined only to schools, colleges and universities but has spread to tuition centres, coaching centres and academies. These coaching centres, tuition centres and academies are found in almost every street and corner of Lahore. A coaching centre or a tuition centre uses special teaching methods and attempts to prepare a student specifically for the exam he/she is planning to take.

An excess of these types of centres in city has led people to question the quality of education they are providing, both in public and private sectors. Currently, there is no official data regarding the number of tuition centres in Lahore.

In some posh areas of the city, several tuition centres are also regular private schools in the mornings. Also, there are several smaller tuition centres in almost every residential area, which have been set up in houses and contain one or two rooms. These are usually set up by schoolteachers or students at bachelor and intermediate levels to earn some extra money.

Students and parents believe that joining an academy or a tution centre is a must for good grades. They think it is necessary to get the children admitted in a renowned academy for good performance in studies. They also argue that such institutions provide extra help and practice through test sessions that help students in preparing for their exams.

Ahsan, a student of grade 10 said, "These academies and tuition centres provide good study material, like mock test papers that a student cannot easily get hold of in schools or colleges and all these factors help a student prepare better for a competitive examination."

He said that the most crucial advantage of taking up coaching is that one gets to know the paper pattern, questions asked in the previous exams as well as their solutions, which chapter or question should be given more importance, etc. He added, "These centres provide study material that include a detailed syllabus, which is usually not covered in regular schools."

However, in some cases students merely join academies because of peer pressure or because of parents'

Separately, most of the teachers hold students responsible for joining these centres. A secondary school teacher, Nadia, said, "Students just do not feel satisfied with whatever they have studied in the school so, in the evening they go to a nearby coaching institute to study that extra bit they feel they have missed." She added, "Some young people who have hardly completed matriculation have opened tuition centres in their homes and provide low quality coaching. They are wasting their own time as well as students' time and money."

Nadia said that scoring well should not be the only purpose of joining tution centres. Getting good grades mainly depends on the calibre of a student, she said, adding, "Students feel that joining academies guarantee good grades and would relieve them from self study." Most of the parents, however, appreciate their children joining academies and tution centres.

A mother, Kishwer, said that these institutes are also a place where children can socialise. "It enhances a child's social abilities through exchange of notes and books."

She said these centres effectively prepare a student for exams by regularly holding mock tests. Also, the students are made to submit assignments that also aid them in their preparation. She said, "These institutes also serve as a platform where students can clarify their doubts and discuss them with other students as well." Daily times

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Teachers in Punjab boycott polio drive
Lahore: The Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) has announced a boycott of the polio vaccination drive of the Punjab government across the province starting from today.

According to PTU central President Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi and other office-bearers, including Rana Liaqat, Haji Nazar Muhammad and Rai Mustafa Riaz, the government schoolteachers would not perform non-academic duties as these had been causing academic loss to the students over the years.

They said the participation of schoolteachers in additional and non-academic assignments was badly affecting results of the students, adding that in the end always the teachers were held accountable.

The PTU office-bearers also warned that if disciplinary action was taken against any schoolteacher for not performing non-academic duties like polio vaccination drive, the teachers from across the province would strongly agitate and protest it and entire responsibility would then rest with the government.

They said schoolteachers were already performing duties in connection with ongoing census survey and Universal Primary Education (UPE) survey claiming in this way around 60 percent schools were almost closed for the students owing to non availability of teachers.

The teachers said their prime job was teaching but unfortunately they had to roam in streets like salesmen. The news

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FJMC convocation on 11th
Lahore: The Fatima Jinnah Medical College is organising its 11th convocation for the graduates of 2005 to 2009 at its auditorium on May 11.

College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan President Prof Dr Zafarullah Chaudhry will be the chief guest at the convocation.

Health Secretary Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan will be the guest of honour at the event. Dawn

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PMDC flayed for NOC to migrated students
Lahore: The Young Doctors Association (YDA) Pakistan has condemned Pakistan Medical and Dental Council s decision to grant NOC for admission to public medical colleges of the country to five students of third year repatriated from Cuba and Kyrgyzstan.

YDA office-bearers Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi and others said that the PMDC had taken this decision in its 118th meeting held on April 3, 2011 in violation of the rules and decision already taken in the council s 117th meeting.

They said there was no such precedent of migration of students from abroad to public medical colleges, which could potentially destroy the medical education system in the country. They added that this decision was a great injustice to thousands of other students who were on merit but couldn t get admissions in public medical colleges.

The YDA, Pakistan, therefore, strongly protested over this decision and demanded of the PMDC immediately revert this unwise decision.

Pharmacists, doctors in same scale : PAKISTAN Pharmacists Association (PPA), while rejecting federal government s career structure for health professionals, demanded the government keep pharmacists and doctors in the same Special Pay Scale-9.

This was the consensus of the office-bearers and members of PPA s central and provincial chapters during an emergent meeting held on Sunday.

PPA s Central President Khalid Saeed Bokhari and Provincial Chapter President Bashir Ahmad observed that the academic career of pharmacists also spanned over 17 years as of medical doctors while dental doctors academic career was based on 16 years. They termed it injustice that the dental doctors were categorised with medical doctors in SPS-9 while pharmacists were given SPS-8.

They demanded the federal government withdraw its career structure for health professionals and categorise pharmacists with medical doctors otherwise they would announce a protest movement for the fulfilment of their demands.

Besides, they also demanded increase in salaries of pharmacists as well as non-practicing allowance to the pharmacists. The news

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