Punjab girls degree colleges staff contracts renewal
Punjab girls degree colleges staff contracts have not been renewed
Rawalpindi, Oct 3: The future of over 10,000 female students is at
stake as contracts of the teaching staff at eight girls degree colleges
have not been renewed by the education department.
contracts of 98 female lecturers expired on August 30 and since then
their cases have been pending with the office of the Punjab secretary
The contractual teaching and non-teaching staff
members have not been paid salaries and are working only on the hope to
get their contracts renewed soon.
The degree colleges for
women that have all their staff members, except the principals, on
contractual basis are located at Dhoke Hasso, Dhoke Ratta, Mohanpura,
Dhoke Ellahi Bukhsh, Zafarul Haq Road, Muslim Town, F Block and D Block
of Satellite Town.
President Punjab Professors and Lecturers
Association Ilyas Qureshi said that four of the colleges were
established in 1998 and the remaining in 1999. He said the teachers
were hired on contractual basis and were getting their contracts
renewed every year.
Criticising the education department, Mr
Qureshi said the government had started hiring new teachers on
contractual basis through the Punjab Public Service Commission but was
not ready to extend the contracts of the teachers who had been working
for the last one decade.
He called upon the education
department to regularise the services of the teachers and non-teaching
staff for the smooth functioning of the colleges that were already hit
hard by the shortage of teachers.
Lamenting the apathy of the
Punjab government towards resolving the issue of shortage of teachers
in colleges, he said honourary teaching assistants were hired last
summer but they were sent home in February this year and no concrete
steps were being taken to induct new teachers.
Colleges Dr Mohammad Ashraf told this reporter that his office had sent
the cases of these teachers for the renewal of their contracts and
hoped the issue would be resolved soon. Dawn
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IIUI signed MoU
Islamabad: The Iqbal International Institute for Research and
Dialogue (IRD), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and
the Council of Social Sciences Pakistan (COSS) here Friday signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in study and research
in the field of social sciences. APP
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International expo held at IMCG
Islamabad: Awareness of environmental issues is a must to protect
environment, said French Ambassador Daniel Jouanneau here on Friday.
was addressing the inaugural ceremony of an international expo on
environment titled "The Earth's Future in Our Hands" as the chief
guest. Federal Minister for Science and Technology (S&T) Senator
Muhammad Azam Khan Swati presided over the function.
Science Foundation (PSF), Ministry of S&T organised the exhibition
in collaboration with Embassy of France, at Islamabad Model College for
Girls (IMCG), F-7/4, as a part of science promotion activities and
celebration of National Year of Environment 2009.
environment protection was on top of French government agenda and
collaboration in organizing this exhibition on environment was French
government's contribution to celebration of 2009 as National Year of
Environment by Pakistan.
He also highlighted the French
government's achievements towards environment protection including
measures to build environment-friendly houses in France.
said environmental degradation was the problem being faced with by the
countries all over the world. "Either we will have to address this
particular problem or face natural calamities like drought and
desertification," he added.
Swati called upon teachers,
scientists, students and media to play their role in creating awareness
of environmental degradation among students and general public. He
urged them to take practical steps to make the world realise that
Pakistan was a responsible country and playing its role in saving the
environment for future generations.
Kashif Murtaza, Federal
Secretary, Ministry of S&T, said the expo was relevant and timely
to highlight the environmental threats. "It would help students and
young scientists learn a lot about ecosystem and its key functions,"
said Murtaza, adding, availability of per capita water was decreasing
in the world as fresh water sources had been severely polluted. He said
potable water quality was also deteriorating resulting in decline in
fisheries. He also highlighted different biodiversity problems and
ministry's efforts to address this issue.
Dr Syed Azhar Hasan,
Chairman, PSF, said the exhibition was aimed at creating awareness
among students about urgency to act if we are to save our earth for our
The expo offers solutions to problems as
proposed by the scientists, he said, adding, the exhibition is
structured around three major themes including Living with Our
Environment, Tomorrow's Consumption and Production and Responsible
Sharing of Resources.
Pierre Beauvallet, creator of the
exhibition from Scientific, Technical, Industrial and Cultural Centre,
France, conducted a three-day training workshop at the same venue for
master trainers in order to train them for explaining the exhibits to
the visiting students and general public, he said. Dr Hasan said the
exhibition, which had already traveled to a number of countries in
Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, would be held in four major
cities of Pakistan including Islamabad, Abbottabad, Sukkur and Multan
for two and half months.
PSF Member Science Dr Manzoor Soomro
thanked Ministry of S&T, French Embassy, Federal Directorate of
Education, Principal IMCG F-7/4 and others for contributing towards
organisation of the exhibition.
The Expo will continue
in Islamabad daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm till October 16 at IMCG F-7/4. Daily times
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Teachers celebrate regularisation of jobs
Timergara: Lauding the decision of regularising all contract employees,
all contractual subject specialists and Senior English Teachers (SETs)
have demanded of the provincial government to issue a notification in
The teachers belonging to Dir Lower organised a
thanksgiving rally in Timergara after Friday's prayer to express their
delight over the announcement made by the provincial government to
regularise all contract employees.
While holding placards
inscribed with slogans of appreciation and in favour of their regular
status, the contractual teachers chanted slogans lauding the provincial
government decision. Later, teacher representatives including Zarif
Shad, Shaukat Ali, Jehangir Khan and Inamullah during a press
conference at Timergara Press Club said that it was their longstanding
demand and appreciated the NWFP government for saving their carrier.
They demanded of the government to issue a notification in this regard.
correspondent adds from Nowshera: The teachers staged a rally here
Friday and lauded the government's announcement regarding
regularisation of their services and observed thanksgiving day. They
termed the announcement of regularisation of contract employees a
historical step taken by the government.
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Four teachers kidnapped
Dera murad jamali: Unknown armed men on Friday kidnapped four teachers
of a private school from Manjho Shori area of district Naseerabad.
to the local police, the gunmen who were armed with sophisticated fire
arms seized four teachers of the Universal Public School identified as
Principal Gul Mir, Abdul Rasheed, Javaid and Tayyib and shifted them to
an undisclosed location.
Motive behind the abduction could not
be ascertained. However, locals and officials feared that the abduction
could have been for ransom. Local police are making efforts to secure
the safe release of the kidnapped teachers. The news
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