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Punjab colleges summer vacation 2012

College summer vacation from June 4
Lahore, May 26: While the Punjab government on Friday announced schedule for annual summer vacation for colleges starting from June 4, there is no official news about summer holidays for schools.

According to a handout, Directorate of Public Instruction (Colleges) Punjab has announced that all colleges, public as well as private, in the province will remain closed from June 4, 2012, to August 14, 2012, for summer vacation. However it is most likely that private sector might not follow government's schedule for summer vacation this year too. It is generally observed each year that private educational institutes follow a totally different pattern of holidays primarily to ensure collection of fees from all students ahead of summer vacation. For this purpose most of the private educational institutions especially schools conduct examination in the first and second week of June in order to gain maximum time to collect fees for the coming months. The stakeholders argue that provided the Punjab government had succeeded in introducing a regulatory body for private educational institutions the situation might have been different today. According to them, Punjab government's failure to set up an independent regulatory body for private schools has once again exposed powerful mafia involved in education sector.

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GCU sets up Naqoosh Research Centre
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) has established the Naqoosh Research Centre (NRC) at the Postgraduate Library in collaboration with historical literary house Naqoosh to promote the interest of students and researchers in Urdu literature.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman along with a large number of eminent writers inaugurated the first researcher centre of Urdu literature established in any university of Pakistan.

The research, equipped with an Urdu library and state-of-art reading room, is a part of GCU Naqoosh Museum that houses more than 10,000 literary letters and manuscripts of noted poets and writers including Mirza Ghalib, Allama Muhammad Iqbal and many others.

Addressing the NRC inaugural ceremony, noted Urdu critic Dr Saleem Akhtar said a healthy combination of language and culture spoke of a healthy society but unfortunately we had not put enough effort to promote our culture and literature. "That is why, today's language is that's of weapons and materialism", he added. Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said the GCU was giving equal importance to humanity, social and natural sciences and established the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation to promote research in all disciplines. He also offered the Naqoosh House to mark the death anniversary of late Muhammad Tufail, Editor Naqoosh, at GCU every year. The news

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KU awarded 29 PhD, 07 MPhil degrees in various disciplines
Karachi: In a recent meeting, the Board of Advanced Studies and Research, University of Karachi, approved the award of 29 PhD and 07 MPhil degrees in various disciplines of Arts, Science and Islamic Learning. Moreover, two MS degrees have also been issued by the BASR. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser expressed his satisfaction over the quality of research being conducted in the university.

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HEC-BC joint workshop on research methods
Islamabad: The English Language Teaching reforms (ELTR) Phase-II of Higher Education Commission, in collaboration with the British Council, organised an eight-month International Resource Person (IRP) course on Research Methods at HEC Islamabad. The course comprises three-week-long training workshops, a baseline study and a follow-up programme, and between the workshops an online mentoring.

The course has been designed particularly keeping in view the modern trends in the area of research. Nineteen faculty members of different colleges and universities across Pakistan are attending this course. Most of them are enrolled in MPhil and PhD programmes.

The resource persons include Dr Simon Borg, of the University of Leeds (UK). He is a leading researcher in teacher education with international experience in the area of curriculum development.

The purpose of the course is to provide research methods' training for a cadre of trainee-researchers for covering a range of research settings across Pakistan and a range of research approaches, i.e., ethnographic and quantitative, without neglecting action research. The course mainly focuses on the modern techniques of quality research in the field of English Language and Literature.

The course content includes major research paradigms, nature and value of qualitative research, key themes/priorities in English language education research in Pakistan, strategies for collecting qualitative data: observation, interview, open-ended questionnaires, journal writing, narratives, visual methods, qualitative data analysis. The workshop will contribute to an emerging research and teaching field in Pakistani universities and colleges.

This was a third joint IRP training programme. One course on Research Methodology and a series of training workshops on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) was held earlier. The HEC and the BC are also engaged in deliberations to finalise future trainings in the areas of testing and assessment in English.

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Blood donation camp at IIUI women campus
Islamabad: In order to save the lives of thalassemic patients, the Pakistan Thalassemia Welfare Society on Friday held a blood donation camp at International Islamic University's women campus, in collaboration with students of Centre of Media and Communication to meet the increasing demand of blood for deserving thallassemic patients.

Women Campus Director Dr Zaitoon Begum, while speaking on the occasion, said that it is the moral and religious obligation of every Muslim to contribute in all possible ways to save precious lives of their brothers and sisters. "Blood donation is one of the most pious and virtuous deeds." The NGO has been working in the health sector since 1991. Every month, the PTWS donates blood to deserving patients, especially the thalassemic patients. Presently, the NGO has some seven thousand registered patients. But collection of blood is not meeting the demand, said its administration. Daily times

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