Universities & unemployed youth
Varsities make mockery of unemployed youth
Lahore, April 25: Pakistan is facing the worst-ever inflation while the menace of unemployment also remains as
one of the challenges the country is facing. Undoubtedly, apart from illiteracy,
these two factors are also contributing to the rising extremism in the country.
Nevertheless, it is unfortunate whenever educated youth find a job
opportunity, especially in government sector, they have to experience a
situation which makes mockery of their joblessness and poverty.
Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) announced various non-teaching posts
in November 2010 and received hundreds of applications together with prescribed
payment of Rs500 for BPS-17 and above posts from each
Similarly, the Government College University (GCU) Faisalabad
announced different teaching and non-teaching posts in October and December 2010
and received Rs500 from each applicant for the post of lecturer.
LCWU, the administration did not even bother to inform the applicants about the
fate of their applications. An applicant, Adnan, said that he did not receive
any information as to what happened to his application. I had submitted Rs500
and it is strange no information has so far been passed on to me in this regard
by the varsity administration, he said dejectedly. He said the government should
take notice of such practices as they were promoting a sense of deprivation
among the unemployed youth and further depressing them in the wake of
ever-increasing inflation and lack of opportunities.
still available on the LCWU website reads, University Authorities reserve the
right to shortlist the candidates, not to fill any vacancy without any reason,
withhold appointment, on any advertised post and increase or decrease the number
of vacancies. Another applicant argued that by imposing such conditions, the
university administration in fact tried to safeguard its own interests, adding
that everyone should know where the amount collected from applicants eventually
went. He said that in case the whole process was terminated, the amount should
be reimbursed to the applicants.
He further said that he had applied for
the post of Public Relations Officer (PRO), claiming that around 200 people had
applied for the post alone. As per the advertisement, a written test was to be
conducted in case of more than 50 applicants, he said, adding that To date I
have not been informed if any test was conducted.
At the GCU Faisalabad,
the situation is a bit different. According to a number of applicants, they had
submitted Rs500 each for the post of lecturer. They said, however, through a
later advertisement, they were informed that the applicants would have to appear
in a test to be conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS).
was not something which disturbed the applicants but their concern this time was
Rs500 as the test fee to be charged by the NTS.
We had deposited
prescribed amount of Rs500 and now have been asked to pay for test fee as well,
said an applicant while seeking anonymity, questioning What the university will
do of the amount it collected from the applicants? He was of the view that since
underemployment and unemployment were among the major social issues those at the
helm should wake up and save people from such fleecing.
are of the view that the government should direct public universities to follow
a transparent policy in connection with recruitments and at least every
candidate should be informed about fate of his/her application if reimbursing
amount to them was not possible.
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Lahore: The elections of University of Education's
Academic Staff Association (ASA) were held on Saturday. Muhammad Afzal was
elected president. His panel won six out of seven seats. Abdul Majeed was
elected senior vice president, Faqir Hussain vice president, Asma Razzaq joint
secretary, Saima Khan finance secretary and Aftab Akram press secretary. The news
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DPS becomes degree college
Lahore: Board of Governors, Divisional Public School Model Town, has
approved the proposal of giving degree college status to the prestigious
In a BoG meeting chaired by Commissioner
Lahore Nadeem Hassan Asif, senior member Javed Yousaf presented the
proposal of giving degree college status to the DPS.
approval from the BoG, Nadeem Hassan Asif asked the Principal DPS to
complete necessary paper work and submit recommendation of the BoG to
his office at the earliest. The Commissioner would forward the proposal
to the Punjab Government for further action. The nation
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Book reading habit takes blow as IT takes over world
Lahore: Globalisation and revolution in the field of information technology (IT) has reduced the habit of
book reading across the globe.
In our country, there was a time when the
habit of book reading was very popular and most of the people used to spend
their free time reading books.
Elders, youth and children were often
seen reading books under streetlights or even in the light of lamps and candles
in old times. School and public libraries encouraged and cultivated the habit of
reading. Book lovers used to gift books to friends and beloved ones while
collection of good books also remained a popular hobby amongst people.
However, then dawned the era of technology in which people preferred
watching television or using the Internet instead of reading books and indulging
in other similar literary activities.
Book reading has now become
obsolete and the Internet culture is becoming more and more popular, also giving
an increase to the trend of reading soft copies or e-books of printed books. The
emergence of e-media and blurring of traditional media has weakened the bond
between books and their readers.
Easy accessibility, large numbers of
e-versions of books on very nominal fee, provision of unlimited access to
e-books with facility of downloading them on desktops for references, are the
major factors that had contributed in decreasing the book reading trend.
According to a survey, one among every four adults does not prefer
Separately, online book selling, online libraries and
online book rental services are gaining popularity in Pakistan nowadays.
A large number of websites are available on the Internet which provide
information on books, their authors and prices.
Online rental services
are also gaining popularity since they offer the books to the readers at nominal
rates as compared to the expensive printed form of the same books.
of an online rental services website, Usman Siddiqui said that due
to a marked decrease in the reading habit amongst people, he and his team
members decided to provide books online at cheap rates.
Usman said that
currently, 40,000 books are available on his website for sale. He said that he
had started the website with only 50 books and now more than 25,000 books had
been sold through it.
Globalisation and digitalisation cannot be alone
blamed for the decrease in the trend of book reading. There are several other
factors, including lack of public libraries, quality content, quality writers,
book fairs, reading clubs, writing competitions, encouragement at school level
to read books other than course books.
Separately, The National Book
Foundation (NBF) had also been formed to promote the book reading culture in the
country. However, the foundation was unable to achieve its goals because of the
lack of interest on part of the citizens.
Nevertheless, the foundation's
officials claimed that their efforts are yielding positive results as the number
of book readers had increased in the recent years.
According to the
NBF's website, books are provided to members at 50 percent discount across 47
important cities. The remaining 50 percent is paid by the NBF authorities.
Similarly, books can also be obtained on 55 percent discount from NBF bookshops
under this scheme.
Experts says that the need of the times is that book
clubs should be formed on a large scale, reading circles should be encouraged,
young graduates and high school students should take out time and encourage
younger ones to indulge in literary activities. Daily times
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PU professor leaves for China
Lahore: Punjab University Dean Faculty of Economics and Management
Sciences, Law, Education and Director Institute of Business
Administration Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik proceeded to China
participate in the international conference on "Legal Education in the
Context of Globalization" Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. It is an
honour for the varsity as well as the country that Tsinghua University,
ranked among top 100 universities of the world has invited Prof Dr Ehsan
Malik to participate in the conference. In his absence Prof Dr Liaqat
Ali Dean Faculty of Commerce will look after the routine matters, said
spokesman of the university on Saturday. The nation
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Old Ravians pledge to support deserving students
Lahore: The annual
dinner of the Old Ravian Union (ORU) was held at the Government College
University s Oval Ground with a pledge to support the poor and deserving
students of their alma mater, who cannot afford their academic expenses.
Acting Vice Chancellor GCU Prof Dr Ikramul Haq was the chief guest at
the reunion, which was attended by hundreds of bureaucrats, journalists,
industrialists and politicians from all over the country including former Lahore
High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, senior bureaucrat Kamran
Lashari, Lahore Board Chairman Dr Ikram Kashmiri and Gymkhana Club Chairman Mian
Misbahur Rehman. Speaking on the occasion, ORU Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt
said that Old Ravians including Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had donated as
many as Rs 130 million to the GCU Endowment Fund Trust in just four years, which
was really something admirable and exemplary as no other public sector
university in Pakistan have such mechanism to involve the old students in
development of their alma mater. In his message at the reunion gala, noted
nuclear scientist and ORU President Dr Samar Mubarikmand said Old Ravians played
a crucial role in making Pakistan a nuclear state. Out of total 140 experts, who
carried out nuclear tests in 1998, as many as 60 were Old Ravians and their team
leader who pressed the button for explosion was also a former student of the
Government College Lahore, he added. He hoped that in the present era, GCU would
provide leadership to steer Pakistan out of its present economic and political
turmoil. Chief Justice (Retd) Khawaja Muhammad Sharif said it was the duty of
every Old Ravian to payback the debt of his alma mater and to help the deserving
students was the best way of doing it. Later, noted classical singer Ustad Hamid
Ali Khan, comedian Hassan Abbas and singer Sanam Marvi performed at the musical
evening organised by the Old Ravians Union. The historical Gothic Style building
of GCU was also illuminated for the reunion celebrations. The news
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