Dengue chapter in Punjab schools syllabus
Shahbaz for inclusion of one chapter on dengue in syllabus
Lahore, Sep 17: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has stressed upon provincial ministers,
advisors, elected representatives and the secretaries of various departments to
set aside their official status and strive, like ordinary workers, to eliminate
dengue virus and server humanity.
He also issued directions to include a
chapter in the syllabus from class one regarding protection from dengue virus
and other preventive measures against the disease. He was presiding over a
meeting regarding elimination of dengue virus and the steps taken to cope with
the problem, here on Friday. National and provincial assembly members, the
chairmen of town committees, the secretaries of various departments and experts
were also present.
The chief minister said bureaucratic formalities
should not be allowed to impede the process of exterminating dengue virus and
the required machinery and other material available anywhere should be airlifted
for the provision of better medical facilities to the people.
private laboratories not to consider the natural calamity as an opportunity for
profiteering. He said that government would not hesitate from any action if the
blood testing charges were not made affordable to the poor people. He said that
a long-term policy was being evolved to eradicate dengue virus and a special
cadre was being set up for the purpose.
The CM said that all available
resources were being utilized for providing best treatment facilities to the
dengue patients. He said that eight filter clinics would start functioning at
various places in the provincial metropolis for which modern machines had been
brought from Karachi by air.
He said that Social Security Hospital,
Manga Raiwind Road, had also been allocated for dengue patients and modern
machinery, air-conditioners and diagnostic facilities had been provided there.
He said that, due to rush of patients in the major hospitals of Lahore,
air-conditioned camps should be set up in their lawns for providing medical
facilities to the patients, issuing orders to give final shape to a plan in this
He said the cooperation being extended by the private hospitals
in providing free treatment to the dengue patients was commendable. When told
that private laboratories were charging exorbitant fees for blood test, the CM
said that private laboratories should realize their responsibility and serve the
ailing humanity, instead of indulging in profiteering. He said that a committee
comprising elected representatives and health department officials should
negotiate with the owners of private laboratories and fix the rate of these
Dengue being a viral disease, there was a need to evolve both
short and long-term planning for its control, he said, adding that a special
taskforce, headed by the Chief Secretary, had started working and steps would be
taken in the light of its recommendations for curbing viral diseases. The news
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Private schools urged to ensure anti-dengue spray
Lahore: Member National Assembly and Chairman Emergency Response Committee for
Dengue Virus, Ravi Town has stressed upon the owners of private educational
institutions to ensure anti-dengue spray in their schools and colleges within
holidays announced by the government, otherwise stern action would be taken
against the persons violating the government instructions.
He passed these instructions
while chairing a meeting of Emergency Response Committee for Dengue Virus, Ravi
Town here on Friday which was attended by MPA Dr. Asad Ashraf, TMO, SP Special
Branch, DDO Health Dr. Hamid Raffique and other concerned officers of various
The meeting was informed that
15 government schools after buying spray pumps and medicines had started spray
in school buildings. Moreover owners of factories functioning in Ravi Town were
being called upon to ensure spray of anti-dengue virus along with adopting the
precautionary measures during working hours, he added.
Later on, Chairman Malik
Muhammad Riaz and Doctor Asad Ashraf inspected the quality of spray pumps and
said that spray pumps of better quality could give affective results in less
He warned the private
laboratories and dengue investigation camps running under government supervision
to ensure free tests of dengue virus. The meeting was further told that IR spray
had been done in 6 union councils of Ravi Town on Friday. The nation
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Registration of 10 schools cancelled
Lahore: The Executive District
Officer (Education) Lahore has failed to ensure the implementation of government
s order regarding closure of private schools in the wake of growing dengue
A number of private schools in different localities of the
provincial metropolis kept their campuses open on Friday exposing uncaring
attitude of these schools towards innocent students and indifferent attitude of
the EDO Lahore towards private schools.
EDO office, however, claimed
through media reports that it had cancelled the registration of around 10
schools for opening up their campuses despite holidays announced by the
government. The News could not reach EDO Pervaiz Akhtar despite repeated
attempts on his cell phone. An SMS was also sent to him seeking data of the
private schools whose registration was cancelled but to no avail.
pertinent to mention here that the Punjab government had announced closure of
all educational institutions, public as well as private, in Lahore district till
September 24. Punjab University s Institute of Education & Research (IER)
had announced to organise Golden Jubilee Postgraduate Students Conference 2011
in connection with the golden jubilee celebration of the institute on Saturday
However, a number of students seeking anonymity said it was
strange that the PU administration was organising a gathering of students at a
time when all the public and private varsities of Lahore were closed on the
orders of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in the wake of growing
dengue fever cases. Lahore College for Women University will remain open on
Saturday (today) for fumigation and spray against dengue virus.
Meanwhile, rumours kept circulating that the government might allow
reopening of private educational institutions from September 19 (Monday)
following submission of certificates by these institutions with assurances that
they would ensure maximum anti-dengue measures. However, official sources denied
any such possibility.
Spray campaign: Punajb Teachers Union (PTU) in a
meeting held on Friday overviewed anti-mosquito spray campaign in the provincial
metropolis. In a press statement, PTU president said fumigation campaign in all
government, primary and higher secondary schools of Lahore have been completed.
He chaired the meeting. He said all educational institutes had bought
spray machines. He also lauded Chief Minister s and EDO Education s efforts to
Meanwhile, Muslim Teachers Federation (MTF) Punjab in a
press statement has demanded of the Punjab government to shut the schools across
MTF Punjab Chairman Mian Naeem Ahmad, President Mukhtar
Hussain and other officials said that as dengue fever was spreading to other
cities of Punjab so the government should close schools across the province to
ensure proper fumigation and other preventive measures. The news
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OIC terms UAF, AKU top Pak universities
Faisalabad: The Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) has ranked the
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad second best Pakistani university after
Agha Khan University.
This was stated by Prof Dr
Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor of UAF, while addressing the Assistant
Professor's meeting as a chief guest held on Friday at New Senate Hall of the
university. Dr Iqrar urged the young scientists to explore new avenues as a
global researcher as a lot of funding opportunities were available in various
funding agencies and global universities in many disciplines. He said that the
Australian Nobel Laureate in Microbiology Mr. Berry Marshal has agreed to
supervise PhD & post doctoral scholars from the UAF and he asked the young
faculty members to enhance their capacity under the supervision of the said
Nobel prize winner.
Dr Iqrar said due to highest
standard of education & research, the number of research projects being run
by the university's scientists has increased fourfold during the last three
years as in the said tenure, the UAF have won 214 external funded projects worth
of Rs. 1085 million as compare to 70 projects worth 200 million three years
back. Talking about pay system, he said traditional Basic Pay Scale System is
being replaced with Tenure Track System in Public Sector the universities have
adopted this mechanism keeping in view enhancement of teaching standards. Now,
it is the era of the TTS as it plays pivotal role in grooming of the teachers he
said, adding that the teachers on TTS enjoy 30 percent increase in their
salaries in the financial year as compare to 15 percent in BPS.
Terming the educationists an
engine of growth, he urged them to expedite the pace of work for the development
of country as well as common man as he said salaries of the educationists are
being paid from the taxes of the common man so they should leave no stone
unturned to come up to the expectations of the society and for the welfare of
Prof Dr Asif Ali, Director of
Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) UAF, said on the
occasion that the faculty members are taking keen interest in the research as it
could be gauged from the fact that as many as 365 research projects worth 3,000
million are in pipeline that will be executed soon. The nation
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GCU, UoE extend date of form submission to 22nd
Lahore: A number of public universities of the provincial metropolis have extended last date for admissions
to various academic programmes in the wake of the Punjab government s holidays
at educational institutions because of growing dengue cases.
College University (GCU) has extended the last date for submission of admission
forms for BA/BSc (Hons) to September 22, 2011. The decision in this regard was
taken on Friday by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman keeping in
view the ongoing situation of rain and dengue virus. GCU Registrar Anjum Nisar
informed the media that entrance test for admission to the MS/MPhil would be
held as per already announced schedule. Meanwhile, University of Education has
also extended the date of admissions in intermediate based programmes at varsity
s Bank Road, Lower Mall, Joharabad, Multan, Okara, DG Khan Campuses and Division
of Science and Technology from September 16 to September 22, 2011. Now the
students can submit their admission forms till September 22 up by 4:00pm. The
decision was taken by Vice Chancellor Dr Faiz-ul-Hasan. It is expected that
Punjab University, where September 17 (today) is the last date for submission of
forms, will also extend the date to facilitate the admission seeking students. The news
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Professors' another article found plagiarised
Lahore: A three-member probe committee investigating a
plagiarism case committed by a couple - who are serving as professors of
chemistry in the Punjab University and the University of Engineering and
Technology, Lahore - has found another research article plagiarised by the two
The Punjab University administration were reported two research
articles authored by Punjab University Institute of Chemistry's Prof Dr Zaid
Mahmood and his wife Dr Syeda Rubina Gilani, serving as associate professor
at UET's chemistry department.
While a three-member inquiry committee headed by director of Public
Instruction (Colleges), Punjab, Dr Jalil Tariq, was probing the plagiarism of
two research articles, it has been provided another research article published
by both authors in 2002 prima facie from two research articles and supplementary
data published in 1999.
The committee has received an article entitled "Sunthesis and spectroscopic
studies of molybdenum and tungsten tetra carbonyl compounds with Schiff base
ligands" published in Pakistan Journal of Scientific Research 54(3-4): 2002
pages 72-78 by Z. Mahmood and S.R. Gilani.
The complainant alleged that this research paper was plagiarised from
articles - Ayfer Mentes' "Molybdenum and tungsten(0) tetracarbonyl complexes
with pyridyl amine Schiff base ligands" published in Transition Metal Chemistry
24:"1999, 77-80; and another article "Molybdenum-tetracarbonyl complexes with
Schiff base ligands" published by Ayfer Mentes, John Fawcett, Raymonds D. W
Kemmt and David R. Russell, in Acta Crystallographica C55:1999, 48-50 and this
article's supplementary data.
The complainant has marked the papers authored by two faculty members and
original articles published abroad. The comparison of article published in
2002 had identified some 39 plagiarised points. Prof Mahmood was not available for comments.
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University students demonstrate against fee hike
Taxila: Hundreds of students from the University of Wah held
a protest demonstration against 40 per cent fee hike by the university here on
The angry students besieged the administration block of the university and
put traffic out of gear on the Mall for over three hours.
The university has made 30 to 40 per cent increase in tuition fee, stand-up
fee and other expenses for new as well as already enrolled students from
Carrying placards, wearing black armbands and chanting slogans against the
university administration, the students marched from the academic block to the
administration block at around 10am and staged a sit-in there.
They later gathered on the Mall and suspended traffic.
The students said the increase in fees started from the
new academic session but the 40 per cent hike was notified for the students
studying in even final semesters.
They said as it was a private sector university, its fee was already very
high and the latest 40 per cent increase in the fees had made it difficult for
the middle class students to continue education.
Sadia, who was leading the female protesting students, said there was always
six to 10 per cent increase in fees of the university but by notifying 40 per
cent hike the institution had pushed the students and their parents to the wall.
She said most of the students had no option but to leave the university as they
were unable to pay the high fees.
Another student, Saqib, said in no university there was such a fee hike for
the already enrolled students.
Shazia Parveen said the federal and Punjab governments always claimed that
they were working for promotion of education but such steps would ruin the
dreams of the students to get education.
They called upon the chairman Higher Education Commission and the governor of
Punjab to direct the university administration to rationalise the fee structure
and withdraw the 40 per cent hike.
The students called off the strike around 1.30pm after the administration
promised that their demands would be considered in a meeting of the board of
governors of the university.
When contacted, Vice Chancellor Prof Maqbool Ahmed said the university was
facing financial crunch after the POF administration and the HEC reduced
financial support to it.
He said the university was also facing problems to meet the salary
expenditure of the academic and non-academic staff and it was necessary to
enhance the fee to meet the expenditure. Dawn
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