Why girls perform better in studies and exams
Boys' poor performance: Punjab University bosses put their heads together
Lahore, Oct 14: The Punjab University administration has taken up a
'serious issue' of identifying that why girls are performing better in
their studies and examinations and boys are lagging behind.
PU administration has also constituted a committee to give
recommendations as to how male students could be groomed in a better
Chairing a meeting of deans of all faculties, PU
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said it had been noticed that
girl students were getting all positions in various examinations as well
as grabbing most seats in various disciplines due to their high merit.
The VC stressed that the newly-admitted students possessed raw talent
that needed to be honed and developed through proper grooming and
counselling by respective academic departments' heads and deans of
He said students mainly focussed on securing a
degree to get some reasonable job but failed to become truly
knowledgeable by seeking an in-depth insight into their areas of
studies. In this connection, Prof Kamran stressed the need to revive
tutorial system for their personal, intellectual academic and
The vice-chancellor constituted a
special committee headed by pro-VC Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry to give
practicable recommendations within a week's time to be implemented by
faculties' deans and respective academic departments' heads. The
committee members are: Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik, Professor Emeritus
Dr Khwaja Amjad Saeed, Prof Shaista Sonnu Sirajuddin, Prof Dr Rukhsana
Kausar, Prof Dr Muhammad Hafeez and Col Ikramullah Khan (retired).
The meeting also decided to present a cash award of Rs100,000 to
Gujranwala Campus MBA student Muhammad Inam, who had won a gold medal in
freestyle wrestling at Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
The Punjab University's Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology
(ICET) and Textile Testing International (TTI) have signed a memorandum
of understanding to bridge the gap between academia and industry. At
the MoU signing ceremony, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran stressed the need
to promote closer linkages between academia and industry to improve
employability of varsity graduates in high-paying jobs both within and
outside the country.
The VC said the newly-signed MoU that
would help bridge the existing gap between the academia and the industry
would also assist the students to get first hand insight into the
recruitment requirements of industries.
Speaking on the
occasion, Textile Testing International CEO Hamid Latif said their firm
was a pioneer in the field of testing of textile products in Pakistan
and had the largest accredited scope in the country. He said the TTI
would assist varsity faculty to initiate short courses in the Chemical
Engineering Institute for meeting the requirements of industry in
general and improving performance of textile products in Pakistan in
The PU administration is holding a
grand welcome party for over 2,000 newly-admitted students of BA/BSc and
MA/MSc at Faisal Auditorium at 10am on Thursday (today). VC Prof Kamran
will speak to the students.
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UET, UoG heads get extension
Lahore: The Punjab government on Wednesday re-appointed
vice-chancellors of the University of Engineering and Technology,
Lahore, and the University of Gujrat for another four years.
The Governor's Secretariat has notified the appointments.
UET Vice-Chancellor Lt-Gen Muhammad Akram Khan (retired) has got the
fourth four-year term, while UoG Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad
Nizamuddin has got the second tenure.
It is learnt that the
Punjab higher education department has also moved a panel of three
candidates for the appointment of vice-chancellor of the Government
College University, Faisalabad.
Prof Dr Zakir Husain is a principal and a potential candidate to get the slot.
The Allama Iqbal Medical College's debating team has lifted a
team trophy at the All-Pakistan Inter-Collegiate Urdu Parliamentary
Debates Competition hosted by the Lahore Grammar School, Defence.
The subject of the debate was "Presidential Immunity."
The Government College University, Lahore, Debating Society team
comprising Muhammad Zulqarnain, Abbas Nazir and Ali Zafar stood second
and grabbed the runners-up trophy. Abbas Nazir also bagged the best
As many as 48 speakers from 16 top institutions had participated in the debating contest.
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Demand to ally vet college with PVMC
Bahawalpur: Students of the Islamia University, Bahawalpur,
(IUB) Veterinary College have demanded college's accreditation with the
Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC).
students, the IUB established the college five years ago outside the
premises of the university campus and for that reason the college failed
to get the accreditation of the PVMC.
They say the college
should have been on the university campus as the PVMC rules do not allow
a college in a private building outside the university campus. They
said the university had assured them at the time of admission that the
college would be granted the PVMC accreditation but despite the passage
of four years, the process could not be completed.
that with the completion of their five years' course, they would not be
able to get recognition from any government institution. They demanded
that their college be shifted from the private building to the
university campus so that the college gets the PVMC accreditation.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Muhammad Mukhtar said the grievances of the veterinary students would be addressed in a week.
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New cadet colleges plan in doldrums
Peshawar: The construction of cadet colleges in militancy-hit
districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been facing undue delay as the
federal government has not provided any funds after the plan was
unveiled several years ago by former president Gen. (retired) Pervez
Musharraf, sources said.
They said that Mr Musharraf had
promised that the federal government would share the construction cost
of these colleges with the provincial government.
was aimed at providing quality education to the children of
militancy-hit districts of the province. Though education is a
provincial subject, the federal government had pledged to share the
construction cost of these cadet colleges keeping in view the meagre
resources of the province.
The sources said that as a matter of
policy, the provincial government had agreed to provide land for the
colleges while the federal government had promised to provide funds for
construction of building and furniture. Once completed these colleges
would meet their annual recurring cost from their own resources to be
generated through admission fee, tuition fee etc.
Musharraf failed to implement the project during his rule the present
government also ignored the plan for establishment of cadet colleges in
militancy-hit poor districts of the province.
provincial government has made a substantial progress on the plan, as it
has purchased land for the establishment of cadet college in Swat at
the cost of Rs70 million. Similarly, the community has provided free of
cost land for cadet college in Lakki Marwat and the government's land
has been acquired for college in Chitral. Also, site has also been
selected for the Charsadda cadet college, officials said.
first denial of funding the project came from the incumbent federal
government soon after the announcement of National Finance Commission
(NFC) award. It was of the view that as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would get
a big amount from the NFC award it should construct the cadet colleges
with its own resources.
After the 18th amendment education
became provincial subject and on this pretext the federal government
again refused to provide funds for the cadet colleges, sources said,
adding diversion of major chunk of federal funds to the rehabilitation
and reconstruction projects in flood-affected areas has put a damper on
Still, the provincial government was determined to
pursue the case and establish these colleges for imparting quality
education to the youths of the terrorism-hit province, the sources said.
The provincial government has taken the plea that since the
federal government had made announcement of construction of these
colleges it should take its share of responsibility to implement the
People of the militancy-hit districts where the cadet
colleges were to be established are also unhappy over the federal
government's refusal to implement the project. Dawn
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Teachers Convention 2010
Peshawar: Corps Commander of Peshawar Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik on
Wednesday said that education was the only and most important instrument
for bringing about a change and teachers being the beacons of light
could effectively use that tool for the betterment of the society.
expressed these views while speaking at the Teachers Convention 2010
titled 'Recovery Begins with Teachers' that was organised by the Army
Public Schools and Colleges System at the Garrison Recreational Complex
here. "Teachers have certain obligations towards their students as they
have to become role model for the future generations and have to be the
torch of morality and beacons of knowledge," he said.
commander said the worth of teacher emanated from his wisdom,
outstanding personality, teaching and training abilities, and not from
his wealth. He said that after mother, a teacher was the most important
pillar of the society as he/she nurtured and shaped the future of a
nation. He said there were four objectives of education with prime focus
on making a child a good human being, a practicing Muslim, patriotic
Pakistani and successful and productive member of the society. "This is a
sequence how a child should be educated in our country and the focus
should be on character building," he added.
Of the curriculum, Asif
Yasin Malik said that it was an integral part of education but there was
much more than they copy anyone else. "So teachers should work on
themselves with a view to instil good qualities in their students," he
Syed Talat Hussain said that all prominent figures are the
products of their teachers. He underscored the need for making children
think and imagine as every product was first born in the head when an
idea or thought originated in the mind.
"We as a nation are on
decline as we have detached ourselves from our centuries-old traditions
and values. We need to focus on practice and hand work," he said, adding
that civilisations survived on applying existing solutions to existing
Talat Hussain said that the media was the quickest means of
education and could be effectively used for the purpose. He said the
advertisement agencies did not sponsor children programmes that lead
kids to miss a number of useful information-based programmes.
Hussain said that teachers should be fair to their profession as
teaching was basically character building, a bridge between child and
curriculum, a moral craft and an instrument to change the world. He said
that teachers needed to strike a balance between their expertise and
nurturance. He said they were not only source of knowledge and social
values but also transformers of the society.
"The staff room should
be made places for learning and unless there is learning in the staff
rooms, there would be no quality teaching in the classroom," he said,
adding that newspapers should be provided in the staff rooms to keep the
Teachers from Army Public Schools and Colleges
System and other private sector schools turned up in great number at the
ceremony that started with welcome note by Miss Azra Qazi. The corps
commander gave away souvenirs to the guest speakers and thanked the
participants at the end of the ceremony. The news
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