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Pakistan Private Schools & two-day weekend

'Private schools not taken onboard over two-day weekend'
Lahore, Apr 28: The government did not issue any formal notice to private educational institutions for observing a two holidays in a week, All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association President Adeeb Javdani said on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club, he said they had not been given any formal notice but educational teams raided private schools across Punjab on Saturday demanding that schools be shut down immediately.

He said if educational teams tried to close down schools forcefully, they would strongly resist it. "Pakistan is a developing country and cannot afford two days off at schools. Students will not be able to cover their syllabi if schools were to remain close for two days in a week," Javdani added. "We strongly condemn the government decision of closing of private schools for two days and the schools will continue to remain open for six days as per routine," he said. Daily times

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New Punjab schools timings
Lahore: The Punjab school education department on Tuesday notified new school timings from Monday to Thursday spanning almost seven hours from 7:15am to 2pm.

There will be nine periods of 35-minute each with a 45-minute break.

On Friday, the schools will observe timings from 7:15am to 12:45pm with a 15-minute break. Dawn

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Again a male in race for FJMC principal slot
Lahore: Senior male professors are once again in the race to win the office of the principal of Fatima Jinnah Medical College (an institution of the female students) going to be vacant next month, disclosed college sources on Monday.

Sources said since inception of Pakistan, seven male professors remained posted as principal of the FJMC for 33 years while nine female professors could get themselves posted on the said post for only 27 years after litigation and hard struggle against male professors.

A female professor of the college seeking anonymity, said FJMC was an institution meant to impart education to the female students and there should be a female head of the institution. No female professor has ever been appointed as head of any institution of the male students. So there is no logic behind appointment of a male as head of a female institution, she said.

Female professors have always been facing problems for their appointment as FJMC principal and keeping in view the said situation in 1980, then secretary health Brig S Khawaja had issued a notification stating that while making promotions and appointments in the college the senior female staff should be preferred. But the directions contained in the notifications were not implemented in letter and spirit and appointments on political basis continued and male professors backed by political parties were appointed as principal of FJMC, said another female professor.

In the past, Dr Shabnam Iqbal Niazi, a female professor has filed a writ petition in the court against appointment of Dr Zafar Aziz Khan as FJMC principal.

She was successful in getting her viewpoint validated by the court and was appointed as principal of the college. Similarly, there remained a tug of war between Professor Dr Akbar Ch and Dr Shahina Manzoor when former was appointed as Principal of the college in 2002.

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FMJC affiliation case hearing adjourned
Lahore: Lahore High Court on Monday adjourned till May 11 the hearing of a suo moto case against affiliation of Fatima Jinnah Medical Collage (FJMC) with the University of Health Sciences (UHS).

An application for adjournment was submitted to the court of Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif on Monday on behalf of the counsel for UHS and on this the court deferred the hearing till May 11. The chief justice directed the Punjab govt to submit on next date hearing the minutes of the meeting, in which FJMC was affiliated to UHC from Punjab University. The FJMC students had resented the decision of the govt to affiliate it with newly-made UHS against the consent of the students. The chief justice had taken a suo moto notice of the matter on the continuous protests of students of FJMC against the affiliation of the collage with UHS by detaching it from Punjab University. The nation

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Teachers for implementing pay body proposals
Gujranwala: The Punjab Teachers Union staged a rally on Tuesday to press the government for acceptance of their demands.

The teachers gathered outside the Government Iqbal High School and marched on GT Road up to Gondlanwala Chowk.

Speaking to the participants, PTU provincial president Hafiz Ghulam Mohayyuddin and district president Nazar Muhammad Cheema demanded that all qualified teachers should be given qualification allowance while group insurance be converted into life insurance.

They demanded that their salaries should be enhanced in accordance with the recommendation of the Pay and Pension Commission from January 2010.

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Clerks, UHS employees stage protest
Lahore: All Pakistan Clerk Association (APCA) carried out protest rallies against the provincial administration for not regularising them.

The protests rallies were held on Sandah Road and Cooper Road wherein the members of APCA were chanting slogans for their demands.

They stressed the provincial government to give them proper attention so that they and their families could also spend a prosperous life.

Meanwhile, the contract employees of University of Health Sciences (UHS) also staged a protest demonstration in front of the Punjab Assembly. They were also demanding regularization of their services.

They said it was the 33rd day since they were protesting but Punjab CM and governor didn't take any action in this regard.

They said UHS Vice Chancellor Dr Malik Hussain Mubasshar in collaboration with the UHS Board of Governors Chairman Ishaq Dar has started recruiting new employees instead of giving old and experienced ones a chance in the UHS.

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Govt to facilitate KEMU: PA speaker
Lahore: Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal said on Tuesday that the provincial government would provide all facilities to the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) to improve standard of the university.

He was addressing a seminar on cancer arranged by the Radiology Department of the KEMU. He said students of the university would be provided with all modern education opportunities. Pakistan is rich in talent but there is only need to raise the standard, he added.

KEMU Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Zafer Ullah Khan said the university administration was trying it best for the provision of high standard education to the students.

Mayo Hospital Medical Superintend Dr Zahid Parvez said that the hospital had been providing free health facility.

Radiology Department Chairman Dr Khawaha Rasheed and Dr Sarwat Hussain also spoke on the occasion.

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Painting exhibition at UET
Lahore: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Akram Khan inaugurated the two-day All Pakistan Environmental Painting, Sketching and Photography Exhibition at the university here on Tuesday. The news

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