Punjab colleges BS(Honours) new degree programme
BS (Honours) draws massive response
Lahore, Sept 21: The newly-launched four-year BS (Honours) programme in
26 selected colleges in 12 districts has drawn an overwhelming response
from students as the colleges have received admissions forms much higher
than the total admission forms received last year. Still, the last date
for submission of admission forms in some colleges is Sept 25 and
others Sept 30.
Following massive response to BS (Honours)
programmes in various universities, it seems the students community has
realised the importance of studying market-driven courses and gaining
practical skills to compete at home and abroad.
education department senior officials say the selected 26 colleges have
so far received over 24,000 admission forms against 20,000 submitted
last year. They believe that the merit for admission to the four-year
programme will surely go up as compared to the last year, when the
colleges offered two-year degree programme.
Some students applying for the four-year programme in selected colleges
in Lahore said their confidence boosted with the assurance from the
Higher Education Commission that the programme had international
standing and market was also responding positively towards the BS
(Honours) degree holders. They expressed the hope that the colleges
would be able to engage highly competent faculty to impart them learning
in practical terms instead of the theoretical knowledge that was
leading the youth nowhere.
The students said constitution of
boards of governors was a good step if they strived to improve academic
standards while exploiting all resources except raising fees as feared
by respective colleges' teachers. They, however, admitted that the
respective colleges and the higher education department had assured that
no college would revise the fee structure and keep the fee for new
market-driven disciplines like business and information technology in
the same bracket.
Punjab Higher Education Secretary Ahad Khan
Cheema said the Punjab government was committed to provide basic
infrastructure as well as latest equipment for labs. He said the BoGs
had been constituted to delegate powers at college level so that
institutional development could take place without falling into the
quagmire of procedural snags in the overall government functioning. He
said the BoGs would also ensure that the teachers stay at their colleges
to take their due teaching workload.
Protest: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of schools, colleges and universities' teachers
and students association has decided to hold a protest rally from Nasser
Bagh to the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday (today) against the constitution
of BoGs, District Education Authority, increase in fees and class-based
The rally will be led by JAC chairman Dr Zahid
Sheikh and other leaders of respective teachers and students'
associations. The JAC has invited teachers and students from all
divisions to participate in the rally.
Dr Sheikh said teachers
did not want to take to the streets but the government had pushed them
against the wall. He demanded that the chief minister de-notify the
constitution of BoGs in 26 colleges and abandon the four-year BS
(Honours) programme. Dawn
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Varsities urged to generate funds
Lahore: The vice-chancellor of the Government College University (GCU), Prof Dr
Khalid Aftab, has said that in the wake of ongoing financial crunch when
the higher education is being pushed downward, the public sector
universities are in a dire need to generate money from their won
resources. He said the options available to the universities include fee
raise, industry funding and finding the donors for building Endowment
Funds. The news
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GCU won't leave talented students in the lurch: VC
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) will not leave
its deserving students in the lurch and despite all financial
constraints it will make all possible efforts to provide financial aid
This was stated by university's vice-chancellor Prof Dr
Khalid Aftab while addressing members of the Higher Education
Commission at the GCU on Monday.
According to a press release,
the HEC team led by its adviser Dr Riaz Ahmad Qureshi visited the
university to discuss scholarships/financial aid for university
Prof Aftab said in the wake of ongoing financial
crunch when the higher education was being pushed downward on the
priority list, public sector universities were in dire need to generate
money from their won resources for survival.
He said the
universities around the world were establishing their endowment funds of
billion of dollars with the help of their alumni. "Harvard University
has an endowment fund of about $37 billion and even a small university
like the University of Virginia has an endowment fund of $3.219
billion," he said.
HEC adviser Dr Riaz Qureshi said the
opportunity of acquiring higher education was available only to five per
cent of the 20 million country's youth.
However, despite all
constraints the HEC was arranging scholarships for talented students
with the help of international donor agencies, he said.
crunch: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on
Monday apprised Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman of the crisis
which the universities, including the Punjab University, were facing as a
result of a cut on the HEC budget during the current financial year.
VC stressed the education minister, who called on him at his office,
that the provincial leadership must approach the federal government for
the allocation of additional funds to the HEC to pull state-run
universities out of financial crisis.
He said the financial crisis in universities would negatively impact on the future of younger generation.
VC also informed the education minister that the cut in funds would
adversely affect the completion of ongoing infrastructural projects as
well as scholarly research works and foreign scholarships programme of
the varsity.The minister acknowledged that the PU was making impressive
strides in the domain of academic and research fields in a peaceful
scholarly atmosphere. Mr Rehman said the Punjab government would do
everything within its available resources to brighten up the academic
future of the country's youth.
The VC and the minister also
discussed issues to raise the standards of academic and research
activities on the campus.
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Tuition fee waiver in flood-hit areas
Lahore: Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman says
the Punjab government has waived tuition fee of 65,000 students to the
tune of Rs300 million in the flooded areas. He said the government was
trying to provide a maximum relief to flood affected people for their
He said this at the inaugural session of the
second international conference on 'Realizing the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs) through Teacher Education' on Monday. Over 50 scholars
from national and international universities are participating in the
He said that he would also recommend to Chief
Minister Shahbaz Sharif to give a fee concession to the students of
sub-campuses of the University of Education (UoE) in Multan and Dera
Mr Rehman said Pakistan was committed to achieving
MDGs, set by the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, which had set a specific
timetable and roadmap for the international community to achieve them.
Therefore, he said, the government had attached great importance to the
implementation of MDGs and had incorporated these goals into its
national development strategy and set a series of objectives for
building a well-rounded society in Pakistan.
He said the
government supported institutions and organisations working towards
MDGs. But, he said, it was still a challenge for countries like Pakistan
to achieve these goals, since the economic growth was unevenly
distributed and poverty was a big problem.
Prof Dr Munawar S Mirza said that education was instrumental for human
resource development. She said that dedicated teachers could play a
pivotal role to eradicate poverty through raising awareness among the
people about the significance of education and enhancing literacy rate
by providing friendly environment to the students in classroom.
She added the conference would prove helpful to guide teachers and also
cover all areas of teacher education and related disciplines, including
teacher education for sustainable development, development of teachers
for promotion of peace, and internationalisation of practices and
universal primary education. Dawn
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Fsc pre-engineering distinction
Lahore: Hammad Shakil, son of Ch Shakil Ahmad, a student of
Forman Christian College, secured second position in Fsc pre-engineering
in the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
examinations. He obtained 1,020 marks out of 1,100 marks. The news
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