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Punjab Schoolteachers protest | AIMC convocation

Schoolteachers protest against Punjab govt
Lahore, April 29: A large number of schoolteachers held a demonstration on Thursday to protest against the Punjab government for, what they termed, its anti-teacher and anti-education policies.

The demonstration, held outside the Lahore Press Club, was organised by the the Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) and Joint Action Committee (JAC) of schoolteachers in which dozens of teachers participants expressed resentment against the Punjab government's policies.

Speaking on the occasion, the PTU and JAC office-bearers, including Rana Muhammad Arshad, Sajjad Akbar Kazmi and Rana Liaqat, also announced a protest rally against the government from Nasir Bagh to Punjab Assembly on May 4.

They said the schoolteachers were on the roads owing to insensitive attitude of the government and officials of their department.

Carrying banners and placards, the protesting teachers chanted slogans and demanded revision of pay scale, abolition of new promotion policy and substantial increase in medical and conveyance allowance and house rent, saying that the ever-increasing inflation had made their lives miserable.

The teachers also criticised the government for non-implementation of Teachers' Package, alleging that the funds were being embezzled in the name of group insurance of employees. They were of the view that assigning non-academic and additional duties to schoolteachers was a conspiracy against the education system. They demanded the government fill all the vacant posts of teachers across the province.

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PU awarded two PhDs
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhDs to two students in Molecular Biology. According to a press statement, Noreen Latief, daughter of Sheikh Muhammad Latief, has been awarded a PhD after approval of her research thesis "Pcdh15 Gene Knockdown Mice By RNAi Technology." Zil-e-Huma Bashir, daughter of Malik Bashir Ahmad, was awarded a PhD after approval of her research thesis "Molecular Analysis of Inner Ear by Using Forward Genetic Approach." They have completed their theses under the supervision of Dr Zubair Ahmed of PU National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology and Prof Dr S Riazuddin of PU National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, respectively.

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PU results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) announced the results of different examination on Thursday. According to a press statement, the exams are: MA Arabic and Punjabi, Part-I, Supplementary Examination 2010, Master of Health Administration (Evening), Semester System, Session 2004-2006, BSc Computer Science (2-years), Semester System, Session 2003-2005, BSc Computer Science (2-years), Semester System, Session 2006-2008 and BSc Chemical Engineering and Technology, Third Professional (Sessional Scheme), 2nd Annual Exam 2006.

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AIMC convocation
Lahore: The Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC), Lahore, will hold its 11th convocation for the sessions 2009-10 and 2010-11 at AIMC auditorium on May 24. Eminent nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan will be the chief guest on the occasion.

AIMC Principal Prof Dr Javed Akram said that the college administration would award gold and silver medals on 152 top position holders of the two academic sessions, besides conferring MBBS degrees on 1,000 students.The principal has requested all the graduates of AIMC, who had earned medals during 26 years history of the college but were deprived of the honour, to register themselves before May 5, 2011 so that they could be awarded their duly-earned medals during the convocation.

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HEC maintained integration among varsities, says VC
Tank: The Gomal University Vice-Chancellor Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi has said that performance of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) showed that it maintained integration among public sectors universities.

"Although the provinces still have a big role in the management of public sector universities, higher education is a national matter and it should not be dealt with at the provincial level," he said while talking at his office.

The VC said whatever the motivation behind the HEC devolution, the fact remains that it had played pivotal role in increasing enrolment at universities. He said the HEC performance gained international recognition and appreciation and helped in raising and allocating funds for higher education.

Dr Kundi said that in case the HEC was devolved, public sector universities would not be able to successfully manage to raise funds and maintain better governance. The academician said a significant feature of the HEC was that it was an apolitical public institution that enjoyed support of international donors. He said there must be a debate on the HEC restructuring instead of arguments with regard to its devolution.

"There may be some flaws in HEC that can be debated and removed with consensus," he added. He suggested that provinces should be given equal representation in HEC by rotating its higher offices.

Dr Kundi said the point to ponder was that HEC's substitute to be set up by the provinces in the near future might not be able to devise an appropriate financial mechanism to maintain sustained funding level for public sector universities to ensure the quality and standard of higher education. The news

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