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Parking at educational institutes
Lahore, April 14, 2008: The issue of parking outside various educational
institutions is still unresolved, and is hampering smooth flow of traffic during
the morning and afternoon.
Last year, the City Traffic Police issued
notices to the administrations of such educational institutions to address the
problem, but no satisfactory solution has been reached. Traffic police sources
said on Saturday that parking outside educational institutions
during working hours was one of the major reasons for traffic chaos on various
roads in the city.
They said that severe traffic jams could be observed
on Jail Road, Cooper Road, and in Gulberg, where hundreds of vehicles parked
outside educational institutions to pick or drop students. They said that
irresponsible parking obstructed the smooth flow of traffic, and often
restricted the movement of ambulances.
Sources said that traffic police
had issued notices to some important educational institutions six months ago to
resolve the issue, but that no action had been taken against them. The City
Traffic Police also issued notices to the administrations of Lahore College for
Women University (LCWU) and Kinnaird College to take immediate steps regarding
Chief Traffic Officer Ghulam Mehmood Dogar said,
"Parking outside educational institutions causes severe traffic problems, and we
have already issued notices to several educational institutions in this
He said that the department would now issue reminders to such
On the other hand, the Education Department does not have
any policy forcing educational institutions, especially colleges, to arrange
parking space inside the institutions' premises.
Officer (Education) Zahid Hussain said, "Parking outside educational
institutions is not permitted, but it is not for long hours, and it cannot be
avoided at the moment." He said that the department had directed schools to
change their timings by at least 15 minutes, particularly in those areas where
two or more schools were situated within a short distance of each other. "Some
schools have started this practice, and hopefully the situation will become
better soon," he added.
Edu dept not interested in updating website
Websites of different government departments are supposed to provide information
to people especially to those related to these departments in order to keep them
updated and aware of various programmes, functions and future
Therefore, it could be said that regularly updating its website
for provision of authentic and useful information to the stakeholders was the
duty of a respective department.
A number of teachers serving in
government schools and colleges expressed their concern over
the website of the Punjab Education department saying it was unfortunate that
the website could not be kept updated with important information such as data
about vacant posts etc.
They said in past, during tenure of the previous
government, the website could not be updated by the department high ups while,
at present, it was not functioning for the last many months.
said teachers had been demanding the authorities to put important data such as
details of vacant posts on the department's website but to no avail. They said
teachers, from far-flung areas of the province, had to come to the department to
know about vacancy position.
"The exercise, coming to the City from other
areas, is certainly painful," said one of the teachers, adding, "Besides bearing
fatigue of long journeys, teachers had to bear financial burden too."
teachers suggested if the same data was provided online it would be a great
favour for the teaching community. They have urged the new government for taking
t full advantage of internet technology in order to ensure online availability
of data about vacant posts and copies of various important notifications so that
the stakeholders might be facilitated.
Additional Secretary of the
Education department, Amjad Saleemi, when contacted said that the official
website of the department was under review these days, adding with updated
information; it would be relaunched very soon. Daily Times
Lahore college old student association dinner on 19th
The Lahore College Old Student Association is organizing the Annual Dinner on the
19th April 2008.
According to a press statement, the members of LCA will
present a talent show, followed by exhibition of items related to women's
At the end, dinner will be served in the University front
lawn. Old students can collect their cards from Dean of Natural Sciences Dr
Kausar Jamal Cheema, Chairperson Department of Mass Communication Ms Anjum Zia,
Ms Ishrat Azhar of Home Economics Department and Ms Shereen Mazhar of the
Psychology Department, the statement concluded. The News