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Education Expo attracts large number of students
Lahore, Oct 29: The International Education Expo attracted a large number of prospective students on its concluding day here on Thursday.

The two-day event held at the PC Hotel was organised by HR Consultants (Pvt) Ltd in media partnership of the Jang Group. Representatives from dozens of top universities, mainly from the UK, and also from the USA, Canada and Australia had set up stalls in the expo where the visitors were given information.

The visiting students held detailed discussions with the representatives regarding their prospects of studying abroad and expressed satisfaction over the presence of professionals in the field of foreign education. They were briefed on the admission requirement, fee structure and visa related matters. The foreign universities were offering a vast range of courses in the subjects, including Business, MBA, Engineering, Fashion Design, Computer Engineering, Public Health, Health Services and Medicines.

A number of visitors said such events should be organised on a regular basis as they were of great help for those planning to study abroad. Behroz and Shoaib said the event had proved helpful for them as necessary free information and guidance were offered to them in detail.

This is something one cannot get through the Internet, they added.

A visitor, Syed Shan-e-Umer, said that the expo was a great opportunity for students seeking admission to foreign varsities, adding that he was amazed to find representatives of so many foreign institutions at a place. Cavendish College London's International Admission Officer L. Sukran Day said the expo was a great experience. She said Pakistani students were bright, intelligent and committed. She further said that around 30 to 35 Pakistani students were already enrolled at the Cavendish College London, adding that most of them were pursuing MBA and other postgraduate courses. We look forward to having more students from Pakistan, she added.

Hamid Rauf of the HR Consultants (Pvt) Ltd, said free guidance and information besides visa assistance was provided to the students during the two-day event. He said it was a matter of great honour that his firm was the official representative of many top universities in Pakistan.

Group Market Manager Pakistan for Navitas Ali Rehman and Middlesex Universitys Manager Operation (Regional Office, Gulf) Anoose Faris said the expo had received good response and got many focused students.

Anoose Faris said his varsity had three campuses in London and one each in Dubai and Mauritius where a vast range of courses, including engineering, business, MBA and IT, were offered to students. The news

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GCU told to remove registrar
Lahore: The Punjab higher education department has directed the Government College University administration to remove registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid and re-advertise the post of the registrar to recruit a suitable candidate on a regular basis. It may be mentioned that Khurshid's three-year contract expired early this month and GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab had moved a summary to the Punjab higher education department, requesting that Khurshid's contract may be treated as a probation period and a summary be moved for his regularisation. The higher education department sought an advice from Punjab government's regulation wing, which said treating the contract period as probation was against the law.

Officials seeking anonymity said that Dr Aftab had met Governor Salmaan Taseer and asked him to allow Khurshid to work as registrar for the time being. It may be mentioned that Khurshid is still working as registrar.

Senior GCU faculty members want the VC to appoint any one of them the acting registrar.

Dr Aftab and Khurshid were not available for comments. Dawn

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'Education key to economic dominance'
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said only those nations achieve socio-economic superiority and dominance over other nations that devote their time and energy for the creation and utilisation of knowledge through education and research.

He was speaking at the launch of a book "Atom Bomb - Tasawar say haqeeqat tak" authored by pro-vice-chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar on the varsity campus here on Thursday.

Dr Kamran said the creation of an atomic bomb had given rise to the possibility of annihilation of mankind from the face of earth.

Keeping in view the US strategy in Iraq and ongoing Afghan war, he said, the likelihood of an atomic war could not be ruled out.

The VC said that ummah leaders should raise voice against US atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also called for the allocation of at least four per cent of the GDP for the education sector.

He said the PU had started uploading a title page of books on the varsity website written by its faculty members. In addition, he said, it had also decided to publish low-cost editions of famous books through varsity printing press that would enable students to purchase a book at low price of Rs50 instead of Rs400 in the market.

Former finance minister Sartaj Aziz stressed the need for undertaking a comparative study of all scientific innovations till to date with a view to evaluating which scientific discoveries had promoted human welfare and which had paved the way for its destruction.

He urged the educationists to seek maximum benefit from emerging scientific and nuclear advancements for ushering in an agrarian and industrial revolution in the country.

Columnist Attaul Haq Qasmi said the US government towards the end of the World War-II had been repeatedly instructing Japanese generals through mass media to lay down their arms but they preferred death over surrender. As against this, he said, one of our generals publicly admitted defeat and the other surrendered on a single telephone call.

Author Prof Anwar and poet Amjad Islam Amjad also spoke.

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UVAS Workshop:
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) conducted a two-day workshop on "Talented Researchers Exchange Programme" in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission and the British Council in their "INSPIRE link".

UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz is the patron in chief who will conduct four workshops at the university while Dr Zulfiqar Ali will replicate the exercises as one such workshop was conducted in Windsor, London, in February last.

The purpose of the workshop was to provide focused development for participants from a number of selected British Council projects, increase project sustainability, deepen institutional support and secure additional funding.

It would specifically address intercultural communication for collaboration, project management and sustainability, strategic skills assertiveness, influencing, negotiating and embedding partnership impacts across the institution and developing and maintaining wider international networks.

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UoE admissions
Lahore: The University of Education has admitted some 7,000 students to its 33 academic programmes including five newly-launched ones.

At a meeting, UoE Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Munawar Mirza said the university was making efforts to impart quality education. She stressed that teachers must continue to improve their skills.

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AIMC contemplates bio-eradication method
Lahore: Keeping in view the dengue outbreak, Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) experts in collaboration with an MNA will introduce the most advanced and effective bio-eradication method to kill the dengue virus in the latter's constituency.

This experiment will be carried out for the first time in the country to kill mosquitoes carrying dengue virus.

Looking much hopeful of its outcome, AIMC medical experts claimed that this would bring a revolution in the country if the required results were obtained.

"It is a big challenge for AIMC/Jinnah Hospital medical experts and doctors who worked for years on the research," a senior doctor said.

AIMC experts said this method had already proved successful all over the world as vector aedes aegypti had almost been eradicated in most of the developed countries.

They said the outdated 'formula' like the insecticide spray had proved ineffective, but the Punjab government was adamant that it would carry on with that despite facing the enormity of the menace.

AIMC Principal Prof Javed Akram said the medical institution had developed bio-weapons, mainly cyclops, during the dengue epidemic of 2008 and these would be generated at a very low cost in the college laboratory.

He said that cyclops would be mixed in the drinking water reservoirs in the NA-123 constituency of PML-N MNA Pervaiz Malik.

He said this micro-organism was effectively being used in many countries for the eradication of vector aedes aegypti.

The bio-eradication is now a recommended strategy world over since the mosquito has developed insecticidal resistance.

He said the institution would also treat all complications related to dengue infection free-of-cost, including the single donor platelet transfusion.

He said Pervaiz Malik established a dengue help centre in his constituency. He said the AIMC fully supported the initiative and would depute the trained medical and paramedical staff at the centre.

This centre would also serve as a collection center for the dengue investigation, including platelet counts Elisa etc, he said. Dawn

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Students resort to violence
Lahore: Some students of the Government College for Boys Gulberg resorted to violence on Thursday following a scuffle took place between a student of the college and a conductor of a bus over fare. The angry students pelted the buses with stones and broke the glasses of almost three buses on Ferozpur Road while traffic mess was also witnessed on many adjacent roads for quite some time. The students thrashed the bus driver and conductor while some passengers also got injured when the students pelted the buses with stones. Meanwhile, association of transporters has demanded the government take notice of the issue and compensate for the loss. The news

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