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PhD programmes & PU global rankings

PhD programmes vital to improve varsities rankings
Lahore, Nov 08: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that we can help lift our varsity's position in global rankings by setting targets for 1500 faculty members besides launching an organised PhD programmes in the university. But this would require huge additional funding which will have to be generated right from today.

He expressed these views in a letter addressed to all national universities heads here on Sunday. He also invited proposals from faculty members on the subject at the earliest.

PU vice chancellor also called upon faculty members to set targets for future direction of the universities and persistently strive for their attainment by putting their heads together and joining hands as a single fraternity in order to lift this institution of higher learning to an enviable pedestal and for saving future of 185 million inhabitants of the country in coming decades. The VC stressed the need that if the Punjab University fails, Pakistan is bound to fail but if PU takes off, Pakistan is bound to take off as well. Continuity and ownership of developmental activities can only be ensured for the country if targets are set after consultation with academic community.

Thus we have a huge responsibility on our shoulders which we are duty-bound to meet with fullest energy, genuine spirit and commitment, he added.

Dr Kamran said the present administration has paid special attention to PhD and faculty development programmes so that the entire faculty possesses PhD degrees for training young graduates in the art of research to promote creation of new knowledge which can truly be termed as the backbone of any varsity.

There are currently 30,000 students at PU with 896 regular and contractual faculty members, out of which only 298 are PhDs. As against this, the Manchester University with a student body of 35000, has 3900 faculty members and a PhD population close of 5800.

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PMA calls PMDC white elephant
Lahore: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has declared Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) as a white elephant and responsible for destruction of medical education in the country.

According to a press release issued on Sunday, PMA office-bearers including Dr M Sarwar, Prof Dr Yasmin Rashid, Dr Ashraf Nizami, Dr Akhtar Rashid Malik, Dr M Tanveer Anwar, Dr Ibrar Ashraf, Dr Shahid Malik, Dr Izhar Ch, Dr Salman Kazmi and others said the PMDC was responsible for mushrooming of private medical colleges in Pakistan by irrationally registering them just to earn money, which was causing a major damage to the standard of medical education in the country.

They said the private medical colleges were opening fast but were not fulfilling even basic criteria of PMDC of medical facility, attached hospitals, bed to patient ration, facilities and building as well. They said currently there were some 92 private medical colleges in the country but sadly PMDC did not have any mechanism for monitoring to maintain the standards of medical education according to the criteria laid down by the supreme governing body of medical education in the country.

The PMA demanded of the prime minister to take notice of PMDC's inefficiency and failure to regulate private medical institutions and medical education in Pakistan. The nation

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Punjab Public Library faces shortage of books
Lahore: The Punjab Public library was established to cater to the demands of the book readers, but one finds it disappointing that worthy books particularly mentioned in library catalogues are not available on the shelves.

A survey conducted has found that it's hard to get books, as either they are missing from the shelves or dislocated due to a faulty catalogue.

The books, which are priceless or rich in information, are always missing despite the fact that they have been mentioned in the library catalogues.

The librarians seem to show least interest in the preservation and the security of the books.

The book lovers have complained that it's easy for the resourceful people to obtain books on a single call. The library was firstly started in the Baradari Wazir Khan, an imperial building of great historical importance, built by the governor of Lahore Nawab Wazir Khan, during emperor Shahjahan's reign, with the assistance of the government of Punjab, whose main purpose was to provide a public library and a reading room for the use of all classes of the people without any discrimination of class, race and creed.

The Punjab Public Library Lahore lies in the heart of the city of Lahore at the Library Road near Lahore Museum. Thus the library is centrally situated and has a congenial atmosphere for a quiet and peaceful study. The library holds a rare collection of books in English, Urdu, Persian, Arabic and Punjabi. Its total collection is about 500,000 books, bound volumes of back numbers of magazines and newspapers, reports, the old gazettes of Punjab, Pakistan and undivided India and more than 1,500 manuscripts. The library receives 170 magazines out of which 24 journals are subscribed while the rest are sent as complimentary copies. Also, 12 newspapers are received in the library.

The aims and objectives of the Institution are to provide a public library for the use of all classes of people in the province, which shall contain official publications as well as general literature, both oriental and accidental. Assistant Librarian Fiaz Ahmed said that the library holdings and its reading rooms were open to all classes of people but the borrowing facilities were provided to the members only.

The number of our general members stretches to around 48,000. Life members are 4,000 and students are around 4,000 to 5,000, Fiaz reavealed.

He said that the library issued four books to life members at a time and two books to general members.

Some eminent people have donated books to the library as well. The largest collection has been named the Riffat Sultana Memorial Collection.

A well-known scholar and former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, Dr Mumtaz Hassan, donated about 9,000 volumes to the library in the memory of his daughter Riffat Sultana.

Besides that, some other prominent collections include Prof Abdul Qadir Collection, Maulana Muhammad Ali Qasuri Collection, Abdul Hamid Collection and Dr Azhar Ali Collection.

Dictionary catalogues have been provided for the English and Oriental sections and to all other collections of the library. Books can be searched by consulting the catalogues through authors, titles or subjects. A computerised catalogue is also available at the circulation desk. Daily times

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'2,000 new English medium schools set up in Punjab'
Mianwali: Deputy Secretary Education School Wing Qaisar Rashid has said that 2,000 new English medium schools have been set up to provide quality education to students in the Punjab.

He was addressing the participants of the Round Table Forum organised by the Provincial Gender Education Team with the collaboration of the UNICEF and the Punjab government here on Saturday.

Qaisar Rashid said that the performance of English medium schools remained above board and the Punjab government had decided to double the number by the next academic year April 2011.

He revealed that 586,000 students were given free textbooks, from Prep to Matriculation level, and the government had provided stipends to poor students of 15 districts of the Punjab where the female literacy rate was low.

He said that many other incentives were in the pipeline for deserving children who could not go to schools because of their abject poverty and other social barriers.

Provincial Coordinator Saima Musarrat and Research Officer Hina Butt told that communities could not achieve their goals without imparting education to their female members so female education was as much important as was male, so parents of remote areas should invest their sources on their daughters as they were doing on their sons. Hina Butt said that the UNICEF and the Punjab government were contributing their share for promotion of female education in Mianwali district, adding that it was the duty of local administration to persuade parents for rise of female literacy rate. The news

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GCU wins 93 awards at 39 contests
Lahore: The Government College University Lahore debating society won 93 oratory awards including 23 team trophies and 26 best speaker awards at the 39 national and international debating competitions.

The GCU spokesman claimed on Saturday that the university's orators lifted team trophies in the declamation contests held at the University of Central Punjab, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chand Bagh Public School, Government Postgraduate College, Jhang University of ARID Agriculture Rawalpindi, Nazria-e-Pakistan Foundation, Government College for Women, Gulberg and Defence Degree College Lahore.

The GCU bagged the English parliamentary team trophies at the FC College, Lahore School of Economics, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Technology and Lahore University of Management Sciences. The GCU debating society also won the Urdu parliamentary team trophies at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Technology, Urdu Challenge Cup and Lahore Grammar School Defense.

The GCU also lifted the team trophies at the recitation competitions held at the Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore, Fatima Jinnah Medical College Lahore and Government College Shahkot.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab has congratulated the university's best speakers Ummar Ziaud Din, Adeel Anjum, Ali Zafar, Saadul Hassan and others for their outstanding performance at the debating contests. The nation

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