Private education in Punjab | LUMS convocation
Private education goes further beyond parents' reach
Lahore, Sept 27: The private sector schools have this year again
squeezed parents by raising their already exorbitant fees from 10 to
over 20 per cent, making a mockery of Punjab government's tall claims
regarding its intention to regulate the sector.
returned to their schools after prolonged summer vacation, they were
issued fee vouchers with enhanced fees ranging from 10 to 20 per cent,
and in certain cases as high as 45 per cent. The impact of the fee raise
ranges up to Rs3,000 and more in certain cases.
education secretary Aslam Kamboh admitted the private sector was
becoming problematic for the government in the absence of any regulatory
authority. He said the private schools were raising fees arbitrarily
without considering parents' problems.
While no regulatory
authority has yet been established for the sector, most parents are
protesting against the fee raise in the backdrop of high inflation
coupled with recession in the country. Some of the affected parents even
staged small protests outside school campuses and submitted fee
Some parents said that they were
unable to pay the raised fees and felt compelled to withdraw their kids
from schools and get them admitted to some relatively low-fee
institutions during the next academic session.
complained the schools were charging enhanced fee for providing
air-conditioned classrooms to their wards even after the summer vacation
when the weather had changed.
It is learnt the Salamat School
System has raised fees up to Rs2,000 and the Beaconhouse School System
to Rs2,500 and so is the case with Lahore Grammar School, Crescent Model
Higher Secondary School and other private school chains. It is learnt
that the Aitchison College has also increased fee substantially.
Besides the elite private schools and chains, the parents have equally
been squeezed by various low-fee institutions. The Punjab School is one
such example which added Rs500 to its roughly Rs2,000 fee despite
parents' protest. It is learnt that some of the parents turned violent
when they pelted the school office with stones and on another day they
clashed with some school employees over the issue.On the other hand, the
private schools' managements blame inflated utility bills, particularly
those of electricity, besides other overheads, and the increases
teachers' salaries for the fee raise.
Beaconhouse School System
spokesman Tabraiz Bukhari said parents were never happy, when a school
enhances its fee. He said the parents conveniently ignore the economics
of a business entity. "It is not an NGO, but a private limited entity,"
He said the BSS did not increase fee by 15 per cent
to enhance its profits, but the decision had to be taken to meet the
ever increasing running expenses. He said the school system needed to
meet rising costs in terms of increased salaries, rent of buildings and
above all the rocketing power bills along with additional generators'
operation cost. BSS faculty members have been given pay raises from five
to 20 per cent, he claimed.
Punjab School Chief Executive Syed
Ihsanullah Waqas dispelled the protest 'rumours' saying some people
belonging to the PML-N were protesting and added that he kept politics
out of the school campuses.
He said the school was compelled to
enhance fee just because the school's salary bill had increased by
Rs3.2 million a month. He said the government increased 50 per cent
salaries and the school had to pay teachers more, otherwise they would
have switched over to other schools for higher pays. He said the
school's electricity bill had also increased from Rs150,000 to Rs200,000
per month, besides around Rs300,000 bill for the diesel used to run
Chief Minister's Taskforce on Elementary Education
chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar said a special 20-member committee had
drafted a law after a year-long hectic exercise. The proposed "Private
Educational Institutions Promotion and Regulatory Authority" bill was
sent to the law department for whetting and its onwards submission to
the Punjab Assembly for its enactment.
"The enactment of law was delayed because of serious reservations expressed by private sector schools," he added. Dawn
"We would like to strongly protest against your increasing of Rs. 500/- monthly in addition to annual increase in the month of April 2010 by the Punjab School, Lahore as per law not any institution can increase in fee during an academic session. My three children are studying in your school and their academic achievements are not just due to teachers efforts but due to effective parents supports and guidelines from home side. There is no justification of about 35% increase in a year. There are almost 150 study days in a year including examinations and activity week. Increase in electricity cost is just a lame excuse/generator cost. Further especially teachers of early classes are under paid and are frequently change. therefore, its another lame excuse increase the fee. I think , the Punjab School is running under Makkah Foundation a non profit organization, How you people increase such a big chain of four schools and many nominated places from a tinny contribution of 1.4 million Rs. Further, we have reserve the right to go into the court against these fee increases."
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Convocation held amidst tight security
Lahore: The 22nd convocation of the Lahore University of Management
Sciences (LUMS) was held at the varsity campus under tight security on
Unlike past, extra ordinary security measures were
witnessed for the ceremony in which the degrees were awarded to 626
students, including 203 graduates, 423 undergraduates and 20 law
graduates. Outstanding students were honored with awards and medals for
The keynote speaker at the convocation was Dr
Mehmood Khan, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of
PepsiCo, Inc, while LUMS Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali and Rector Razzak
Dawood were also present.
Dr Mehmood Khan, speaking on the
occasion, emphasized that the eagerness to learn coupled with humility
was a prerequisite to leading a successful life. He said Pakistan was
passing through a critical time as, on the one hand, it was facing
economic crunch, and, on the other hand, hit by unprecedented floods.
Friday evening, the traditional Graduate Night dinner was held at the
LUMS campus where graduates achieving distinctions in different subjects
and those making it to the coveted Dean's Honour List were awarded
medals and shields.
As many as 67 graduating students who made it to the Dean's Honour list or received Corporate Gold Medals were honoured. The news
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An institution that needs honest appraisal
Lahore: While the Government College University – the premier seat of learning
-- keeps on celebrating its success in board examinations for winning
medals well earned by its intermediate students, a good number of
students end up being placed in B and C grades. The issue keeps nagging
many parents who pay high fees out of their hard-earned incomes to
ensure higher grades of their children.
In keeping with the
tradition, the GCU recently organised an event to celebrate the 10
medals its students won in the intermediate annual examination for 2010.
What the college administration, over the years, has failed to
assess is why the results of a number of students decline in the
intermediate examination compared to their matriculation performance.
Any student aspiring to be a Ravian knows it takes at least an A grade
in matriculation examination in pre-engineering and pre-medical in
particular and in general science, humanities and other groups in
general to achieve the goal. In few instances students with relatively
lowers marks make it to the premier institution on a sports basis or
through 'other' means.
An analysis of the intermediate
examination for 2010 results shows that the GCU has also produced C and D
graders and even those who have failed. One wonders what brings about
the rapid decline in the performance of the students who got admission
to the GCU after scoring fairly good marks.
Of the 936
candidates who appeared for the BISE intermediate annual examination
this year, as many as 138 students (14.74 per cent) have been placed in C
and D grades. Besides, forty Ravians have failed. If the B graders are
included in this list, the number rises to 288 students (33.77 per
Meanwhile, GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab,
while addressing the students and their parents at the function
organised in the honour of the medal-winners, said "the most crucial
challenge Pakistan confronts today is a dearth of quality human capital,
and it is a crisis graver than the financial crunch". He further said:
"Semi literate individuals fail to make a worthwhile contribution to the
national progress and therefore are a liability." Dawn
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PU date sheets
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has issued the written date sheets
of MBBS, Second Professional (New Re-Organized Scheme), Annual
Examination 2010, MBBS, Second Professional (Latest New Re-Organized
Scheme), Annual Examination 2010, Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), 1st
Professional Annual Examination 2010 and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D),
2nd Professional, Annual Examination 2010.
According to a press
statement, the written exam of MBBS, Second Professional (New
Re-Organized Scheme), Annual Examination 2010 and MBBS Second
Professional (Latest New Re-Organized Scheme), Annual Examination 2010
will commence from 01-10-2010 and conclude on 07-10-2010, Doctor of
Pharmacy (Pharm-D), 1st Professional, Annual Examination 2010 will
commence from 01-10-2010 and conclude on 19-10-2010 while Doctor of
Pharmacy (Pharm-D), 2nd Professional, Annual Examination 2010 will
commence from 15-10-2010 and conclude on 29-10-2010. Detailed date
sheets are also available at Punjab University website www.pu.edu.pk. The news
PU announced LLM results
Lahore: The Punjab University on Saturday declared the results
of LLM (final) annual examination for 2009, BS (Honours) clinical
psychology, semester system, session 2005-09; and MA archaeology,
semester system, session 2008-10.
ASRB: The PU has scheduled its Advanced Studies and Research Board meeting for Sept 29. Dawn
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PGMI merit list out
Lahore: The Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI) Lahore
administration has issued the merit list of candidates for various
courses of specialisation which can be also watched on PGMI website.
was stated by Institute Principal Professor Dr. Tariq Salahuddin at a
meeting held to review the administrative affairs for new educational
session. PGMI Additional Dean Professor Tanveer Ali Khan Sherwani,
Coordinator Admission Committee Professor Khalid Bashir, Administration
Committee Member Professor Robina Sohail and other doctors attended the
The meeting was informed that the admission was given to
400 doctors from entire country and AJK in various diploma and degree
courses. Academic session will start from first October 2010-11.
Tariq Salahuddin said the facility of downloading the admission form
was provided for the first time for the doctors from far-flung areas of
the country. The PGMI website address is www.pgmipnjab.edu.pk and email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Tariq Salahuddin said Chief
Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif was struggling to provide modern medical
facilities and education to poor masses. The news
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Lahore: The University of Engineering and Technology has earned a position among
top 100 technical universities in Asia after being ranked 281st top
technical university in the world. The ranking has been evaluated and
published by the Times World Ranking of Universities 2010. Dawn
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