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'Pakistan develops search engine for free online courses'
Karachi, Oct 08: Pakistan will become the first country to offer
top-quality education on an integrated online platform that will
include free online courses from hundreds of top universities around the
world, claimed Dr Prof Atta-ur-Rahman, the former chairman of the
Higher Education Commission, at the Second National Conference on Space
Science on Monday.
Speaking to Dawn on the sidelines of the first day of the conference,
he said that the search engine had been developed. He added that the
Hussain Ebrahim Jamal (HEJ) Institute of Chemistry would launch the
integrated platform for the best available free online courses like MIT
open courseware, Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy, Virtual University of
Pakistan and other courses next month.
Dr Rahman said that the lack of trained faculty was a major hurdle in
educating the masses especially in developing world. And joining hands
with world's top varsities such as MIT and Harvard to deliver excellent
academic material would greatly help Pakistan and other developing
countries, he added.
According to the former HEC chairman, Pakistan will be the only
country to have brought together the great wealth of educational
material from around the world on one single platform.
Some 60 research presentations and papers will be presented at the
two-day event being organised by the Institute of Planetary Astrophysics
(ISPA), the University of Karachi, to celebrate the 'World Space Week
The first day of the two-day conference brought together scholars and
experts from Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission
(Suparco), Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Science and
Technology, Institute of Space Technology, ISPA and other institutes.
The official topic of this year's Space Week celebrations is "Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth".
In an interesting presentation, Salman Zubair from the department of
Geography, Karachi University, shared his findings about road designs
and accidents, which according to him, could be curbed using the help of
satellite imagery and Geographical Information System.
He also urged road planners to consider the mass awareness about the
new road facilities and GIS planning while designing major roads, a lack
of which was responsible for 34 per cent accidents directly or
Mr Zubair said that Karachi ranked fourth in the world when it came to road accidents.
In another lecture, Mohammad Shafique from the National Centre of
Excellence in Geology, the University of Peshawar, said that Pakistan
witnessed 138 major disasters over the past 30 years. He said remote
sensing and satellite imaging could be used as an important tool in
disaster mitigation and management.
Other scholars presented their findings in cosmology, theoretical
physics, renewable energy, Mars explorations and other topics related to
Space Science, technology and cosmology.
NCSS-2013 has been organised with the collaboration of Suparco, HEC and Pakistan Science Foundation.
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SZMDC told to charge fee as per BoG sdecision
Lahore: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial
ordered on Monday the Sheikh Zayed Medical and Dental College to charge
an annual fee from students as per a decision of then board of governors
in 2009 (Rs365,000) instead of an unapproved (Rs475,000) annual fee.
The chief justice passed this order while disposing of a petition
moved by Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Secretary-General Dr Tanvir.
The chief justice directed the Punjab government to constitute new BoGs of the medical institution within three months.
However, till the constitution of the BoG no adjustment or refund would be made to students, the CJ said in the order.
Representing the PMA, Advocate Noshab A. Khan contended that the SZMC
was the only public sector institution which was collecting fee from
its students equal to private colleges despite getting considerable
funds from the government.
He said the SZMC was handed over to the Punjab government on Feb 14,
2012, under the devolution policy after the 18th Amendment.
The counsel said the institution continued to charge exorbitant fee
from students without the approval of the competent authority.
He prayed to the court to issue directions to the administration of
the respondent college to develop their fee structure on a par with the
public sector medical colleges in the province.
The college had taken a plea that it was meeting all expenses from
the fees received from students as no grant had been received from the
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Punjab University security: it's time to drive the nail aright
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) administration has beefed up security on the campus as well as in
hostels to ensure that the institution is free of terrorists, extremists
and 'external' elements.
On the orders of Punjab government, PU Vice chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran has taken key security measures.
on entry gates has been made strict and vehicles without official
stickers are also not allowed to enter the university.
Now the PU
gate 2, which is outside Sheikh Zayed Hospital and used by most of the
students, is usually closed at 6pm while other gates also remain closed
and are opened only after security guards make ensure that the entering
vehicles are of a PU student, teacher or an employee.
and surveillance has also been increased on the campus as well as in the
hostel area. It is noteworthy that PU has 26 hostels, including 16
hostels for boys and 10 for girls.
Management of the boys hostels
always faces tough time due to presence of political elements and Qabza
groups there. Making strict security measures on PU campus, which
houses 32,000 students is a Herculean task.
Even former PU VC Lt
Gen (r) Arshad Mahmood could not deal with political elements such as
IJT. The way Dr Kamran is dealing with the IJT without support of Punjab
Police and the Punjab government is commendable.
Dr Kamran has
proved his commitment of taking action against extremist elements and
IJT hooliganism on the campus by launching a series of crackdown on
outsiders. The university administration is striving hard to make the
campus apolitical. In the past, this university has been remained in the
shackles of Tanzeem-e-Islami, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) teachers wing and
IJT and JI students wing.
The JI always believes that Punjab
University is not a public sector university but it belongs to
Mansoorah. The party has deep-rooted political and economic interests in
PU. It used to control the admission policy, recruitments of teachers
and PU employees.
Dr Kamran has changed the campus environment to
a great extent, as he dared to stand firm against hooliganism. The
university's world ranking has also showed a considerable upward trend
under his supervision.
The Punjab University administration team
of senior teachers and administrative officers, headed by Punjab
University Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Akhter, on Thursday
night paid a surprise visit to Hostel Number 15. The team locked six
rooms of the hostel when it found that some persons belonging to IJT,
including IJT Naib Nazim Hafiz Wajid who is involved in many illegal
activities, were residing illegally in the rooms.
activists, including Hafiz Wajid, Tanzeelur Rehman, Usama, Adnan Saeed,
Abdul Kabeer and Zaid resisted the action of the Hall Council team and
misbehaved with the teachers.
Later, the IJT workers broke the
locks of three rooms out of six rooms which were locked. They also
besieged the house of Hall Council chairman and raised slogans against
him and the vice chancellor.
Hostel wardens and superintendent at
a meeting announced that the keeping in view the situation, illegal
residents could not be evicted from hostels without help of the
government. The Hall Council chairman called upon the government to help
Punjab University administration expel illegal residents from hostels.
date the Punjab government has not provided any practical support to
the university administration. The administration has registered around
75 FIRs against IJT criminal activities. However, Punjab Police have
been unable to take action against nominated accused due to some
Now when PU teachers, hostel wardens and
superintendents have launched an operation against non-student criminal
elements, they are facing resistance form the IJT. They have demanded
police support from the Punjab government which is nowhere. Reacting to
such an attitude, PU teachers have questioned the policy of Punjab
government in this matter. They have demanded the government shun
diplomacy on this issue and support the university administration once
for all to help it get rid of political elements.
teachers and the academic staff association have demanded the Punjab
government and Punjab Police 'drive the nail aright' and take corrective
measures on the campus. Daily times
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Lahore: Punjab University's Oriental College has extended the date of admission to
two-semester oriented diplomas in various languages till October 10,
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7 PhDs awarded at PU
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) awarded seven PhD degrees to the scholars in different subjects on Monday.
to a press release, Muhammad Saadullah s/o Muhammad Yar has been
awarded a degree in Islamic Studies after the approval of his thesis
titled "Islami Riasat Main Ghaer Muslamon Ke Haqooq-Aasri Afqaar Wa
Rujhanaat: Aik Tajziati Jaiza", Muhammad Shafiq s/o Muhammad Ishaq in
Education after the approval of his thesis titled "Relationship of
College Teachers' Emotional Intelligence and Self-Efficacy with
Organisational Commitment", Samreen Riaz d/o Riaz Ahmad in Biological
Sciences after the approval of her thesis titled "Study of Protein
Biomarkers of Diabetes Mellitus Type-2 and the Effect of High Dose
Thiamine on Their Level", Naveed Ahmed s/o Muhammad Yaqub in Chemistry
after the approval of his thesis titled "Synthesis and Biological
Evaluation of Various Substituted Thiazinic Compounds", Mamoona Khan d/o
Muhammad Ahmad Khan in Art and Design after the approval of her thesis
titled "The Aesthetics of Islamic Art in Timurid Safawid Painting",
Muhammad Aslam s/o Muhammad Siddique in Islamic Studies after the
approval of his thesis titled "The Classification of Qirate Shaddhas
(Rare Recitation of Verses of the Holy Quran As Well As the Blaming in
Perspective and View Point of Orientalist in Respect of Missconstruction
in The Holy Quran: An Analytical Study" and Saima Gulzar in Earth and
Environmental Sciences after the approval of her thesis titled
"Characterisation of Materials, Environmental Impacts and Conservation
Strategy for Historic Structures in Shahdara Complex, Lahore".
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LCWU merit list
Lahore: (LCWU) announced the first merit list for admission to varsity's BS (Hons) programme.
to LCWU spokesperson, BS Biotechnology programme is on the top of the
list with 928 marks as per first merit list while the merit for other
subjects is as follows; BS Chemistry 913 marks, Zoology 876 marks,
Computer Science 868 marks, Physics 846 marks and Botany 836 marks. The news
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Notice to PU VC withdrawn
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Monday withdrew a
show-cause notice issued to Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid
Kamran for not deciding a matter about non-issuance of result card to
an LLB Part II student.
The counsel for the university told the court that the grievance of
the petitioner had been addressed and result card issued to her. He also
presented a copy of the result card in the court.
At this the court disposed of the petition and withdrew the notice issued to the VC.
Uzma Zia filed the petition saying the court had ordered the VC to
decide the alleged controversy about her result card within one month
after affording her an opportunity of personal hearing.
She said the VC failed to comply with the court's order and had not
decided the matter within the given time. The petitioner sought
proceedings against the VC under contempt of court charges.
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PU VC ordered not to act against lecturer
Lahore: The Punjab ombudsperson on Monday restrained
Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran from taking any
punitive action personally or manipulating any proceedings at any
forum, including the Syndicate, against PU Law College lecturer Khujista
Rehan while her case was pending.
Khujista had filed a complaint against the VC for allegedly harassing
her. On Monday, she appeared before the ombudsperson for a personal
hearing wherein she presented documents to prove she had been harassed.
The ombudsperson directed the VC not to take any steps or measures
during the course of proceedings against the complainant directly, or
indirectly try to manipulate by using his authority, which might
undermine the spirit of the Protection Against Harassment of Women at
The ombudsperson had directed Prof Kamran through a letter on Sept 10
that the complainant should not be called to any meeting by him nor
asked to appear in person before him – subject to findings of the
Khujista said she still demanded suspension of the VC for a fair inquiry.
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Science teachers on admin posts against rules
Layyah: Education authorities have posted science education teachers on administrative posts in elementary and middle
schools in violation of rules.
As per rules, general cadre teachers are appointed as headmaster or headmistress in schools.
Executive District Officer-education Samina Bahsar says her
predecessors had made these adjustments. She was posted in Layyah in
April this year. She admitted that the postings of headmasters were
against the policy.
"Under the transfer policy of 2013, I cannot transfer headmasters,"
she said, when asked to undo the wrong."The move of shifting science
teachers from teaching to administration is not only at odds with chief
minister's policy of promoting science but is also a naked manifestation
of misrule to please politicians influencing the transfers and
postings," said educationist Shahzad Gul.
There are 1,673 schools in the district with 826 sanctioned teaching posts in boys' middle schools and 1,049 in girls schools.
As per departmental rules and regulations, only general cadre
teachers can be posted headmasters of elementary and middle schools but
in sheer violation of this policy the local district education
department posted dozens of science educators recruited in 2009 as
headmasters of middle schools.
Hasnain Shams was posted headmaster of the Basti Shah Nawaz Middle
School, Amir Khan Targar Jadeed Middle School, Mureed Kazim Khalilabad
Middle School, Abdul Ghaffar MC No 2 Middle School, Mahr Mujeeb Ahmed
Aqilwala Middle School, Ateequz Zaman Jhakhar Middle School, Khaleelur
Rahman Chak No 283-TDA Middle School, Ruqiya Perveen 438-TDA Middle
School, and Sadia Noureen as headmistress of Girls Middle School 154-TDA
The education authorities also violated rules and regulations in posting subject specialists as headmasters.
Abdul Wahid, subject specialist of political science with the higher
secondary school of 93-ML, was posted headmaster of the Chak 306-TDA
High School, and Nazir Ahmed, subject specialist of physics and working
at the higher secondary school of Jaman Shah, was posted headmaster of
the high school of Shahpur in recent weeks. Dawn
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