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KUST convocation | CPSP golden jubilee

Over 500 graduate at KUST convocation Kohat, 16 April: Bachelor of honours and master's degrees in 17 disciplines were given to more than 500 graduates at the recent 6th convocation of the Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST).

At the ceremony in which Governor Syed Masood Kausar was the chief guest, 48 students were awarded gold and silver medals for achieving distinctive positions.The ceremony was largely attended by vice chancellors of various universities, senior government officials, elite of the area and parents of the graduates.

On the occasion, the governor said Kohat University of Science and Technology should establish an institute of geological sciences at its main campus for manpower development.

He noted with pride that this year alone 10 faculty members of Kohat University of Science and Technology received national research productivity awards, an achievement second only to the University of Peshawar in Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa. The news

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LCWU set to celebrate 90th anniversary
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Sunday announced to celebrate its 90th anniversary in the first week of May.

LCWU, Asia's largest university for women, was established as a college on May 5, 1922.

In a meeting with the management committee, Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Sabiha Mansoor finalised the activities for the anniversary celebrations, forming different committees for the purpose.

The three-day celebrations will commence from May 3. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will inaugurate the Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) in the campus and will later attend a seminar in the auditorium.

Exhibitions of painting and ceramics, documentaries illustrating the history and vision of LCWU, and distribution of booklets comprising experiences of the alumni will be a part of the celebrations. Daily times

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CPSP golden jubilee celebrations
Lahore: College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) President Prof Zafar Ullah Chaudhry has said that since there are more hurdles in the way of Pakistani doctors to go abroad for higher education, the CPSP is the only institution in the country which is providing expertise of international level to its doctors.

He was speaking at a function held in connection with Golden Jubilee celebrations of CPSP here at a local hotel on Saturday.

Punjab Acting Governor Rana Muhammad Iqbal was the chief guest on the occasion.

The CPSP President said that CPSP was included in the best educational institutions of the world and the fellows of CPSP were rendering their meritorious services throughout the world.

Presently, he said, that the college was organising postgraduate training for more than 16,000 trainees in 154 hospitals within the country. He said that there were 14 regional centres in the country, including head office in Karachi, where around 500 employees were working. All regional centres are video linked and different educational courses are conducted simultaneously throughout the country, he said. The training is monitored through internet system," he added. While paying tributes to the founder of CPSP, Prof Zafarullah Chuadhry said the college came into being in 1962 and Lt Gen Wajid Ali Burki played a leading role in the establishment of CPSP.

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GCU, IMSciences win Inter-University Debate Contest
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU), Lahore, and the Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences), Peshawar, won the 14th All Pakistan Inter-University Debate Contest for Award of Allama Iqbal Shield, in Urdu and English categories, respectively.

The final round of the contest was held at Higher Education Commission Secretariat in Islamabad on Thursday. Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, Chairperson of HEC, was the chief guest on the occasion. GCU team comprised Saad-ul-Hassan and Adnan Farooq while Sheharyar Khan and Afzal Humayoun took part from IMSciences.

In individual debates, Afzal Humayoun and Sheharyar Khan from IMSciences and Roshan Amber Ali from University of Sargodha won first, second and third positions in English category, respectively. While Saad-ul Hassan from GCU Lahore, Huda Hussain Bhurghari from University of Sindh and Uzair Khan from Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences clinched first, second and third positions, respectively.

The Contest is first organised at the university level wherein students from all departments and constituent colleges take part. Second round is organised at regional level in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and Islamabad (for Federal, AJK, Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan universities). The top scorer teams, consisting of two students, and individual top scorer selected in second round participate in the final round, both in English and Urdu categories. The winners of first, second and third positions were given cash prizes Rs30,000, Rs25,000 and Rs20,000, respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Laghari said that basic objective of the contest is to promote communication skills and critical thinking of the students, enhance their understanding of socio-economic and political issues as well as divert their energies towards healthy activities and creative thinking.

The chairman said that communication aspect is an important component of education and the purpose of these debates is to identify best speakers among the youth. He said that the youth, comprising two-thirds of the population of Pakistan, is the only beacon of hope for the country.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Sohail Naqvi, executive director of the HEC, emphasised that students play an important role in building the nation and take it forward. He said that debating competitions help students learn the art of communication.

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Six BISE paper setters disqualified
Lahore: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, has disqualified six paper setters for preparing wrong instructions for marking of answer sheets for the Secondary School (Annual) Examination, 2012.

A spokesman for the BISE said part of one question in the paper of Islamiat was wrongly prepared by five paper setters and it was corrected later. He said the marking of this paper was yet to be made and special instructions had been issued to sub-examiners for marking accordingly to facilitate the candidates. He said BISE Chairman Muhammad Nasrullah Virk disqualified the paper setters for all kind of Board's assignments on account of inefficiency. The paper setters are Arshad Ali, senior subject specialist, Government Higher Secondary School, Wah Radha Ram, Ch Ghulam Rasul, headmaster, Government Dar-ul-Furqan High School, Begumpura, M Shabbir Toor, senior headmaster (R), Asghar Ali, senior subject specialist, Government Higher Secondary School, 40/3-R, Okara and Riaz Ahmad, senior headmaster, Govt High School, Kot Ranjeet, Sheikhupura.

Javed Iqbal, senior headmaster, Government High School, Lakhoder, paper setter in the subject of Mathematics, had also been disqualified.

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Call to shift commerce education from Tevta
Lahore: The United Teachers Association (UTA) of Technical Education Punjab has demanded the Punjab government complete the process of shifting of commerce education from Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) to the Higher Education Department, Punjab, lawfully without further loss of time.

In a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, United Teachers Association (UTA) president Prof Muhammad Arif said the Punjab Assembly had passed an amendment bill on May 2, to amend the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Amendment) Act, 2010 with an object to shift control of Commerce institutions presently working under Tevta to the Higher Education Department.

He further said a sub-committee comprising Secretary (Regulations), Secretary Higher Education and Chairman Tevta was constituted by the Chief Secretary to work out modalities of shifting of commerce education from Tevta to Higher Education. The Secretary (Regulations) submitted its recommendations to the Secretary Higher Education long ago but it has been pended without any solid reason, which was causing great loss to commerce education, he added.

Prof Arif said contrary to the decision of the the Punjab government, Tevta had stopped admission of D.Com Part-I and B.Com Part-I for female students in four government colleges of technology in Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur. Resultantly, they closed doors of commerce education on girl students. He further said Tevta also stopped regular second shift initiated by the chief minister himself since Sept 15, 2009.

Resultantly, the future of thousands of commerce students has been adversely affected and avenues of professional/ technical education have been shut on coming generation, he added. The news

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