Laptops event at Punjab University
Laptops event at PU: LHC questions CDGL plan to reimburse expenses
Lahore, April 13: The Lahore High Court on Thursday directed the City
District Government of Lahore to explain under what law it was going to
reimburse expenses made by the Punjab University on a laptops distribution
ceremony held on March 23.
On March 22, Justice Umar Ata Bandial had restrained the university vice
chancellor from bearing expenses of the ceremony. The Punjab government had
announced that it would bear the expenses incurred on the ceremony.
A citizen, Nazir Ahmad filed the petition on the matter.
A Punjab government law officer told the court on Thursday the CDGL would
reimburse Rs10.61 million to the university. At this, petitioner's counsel Aftab
Ahmad Bajwa raised an objection and said how the CDGL could use its funds for a
function based on political projection of a particular party.
He said the PML-N leaders delivered political speeches at the laptops
distribution ceremony. The machines could have been distributed
students by the university itself without staging a 'political drama'.
Justice Bandial agreed with the counsel's version and sought explanation from
the CDGL within two weeks to justify its act of bearing the laptops distribution
The petitioner had submitted that the PU VC had arranged the function only to
please Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his brother, Nawaz Sharif.
He said the respondent VC for the satisfaction of the chief minister
allocated Rs30 million for the ceremony and also spent Rs5.8 million on
The petitioner also alleged that there was apprehension that the huge amount
allocated for the laptops distribution function would be embezzled by the vice
chancellor. He urged the court to declare the impugned act of the respondent
waste of public as well as students' money. Dawn
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Lahore: PU on Thursday announced results. These exams included Diploma in Medical
Radiology Therapeutics (DMRT), Part-II, Supplementary 2010, Diploma in
Laryngology & Otology (DLO), Part-II, Supplementary 2010, Diploma in
Tuberculosis & Chest Diseases (DTCD) one year, Supplementary 2008, BSc
(2-year), Semester System 2001-2003, MPhil Persian (Semester System), Session
2009-2011, and Diploma in Persian (Semester System), Session 2010-2011.
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Schoolteachers hold protest against Punjab govt
Lahore: Hundreds of schoolteachers held a rally on Thursday and strongly
protested against the Punjab government for ignoring their problems. They also
announced to boycott any kind of non-academic assignments given to them by the
government in the future.
The Muttahida Mahaz Asataza Punjab (MMAP) had organised the rally, which
turned into a protest sit-in at its culmination point. It started from Nasser
Bagh, Lower Mall, and ended near the Punjab Civil Secretariat. The protest also
caused a great traffic mess on the Lower Mall and many adjacent roads for many
The participants of the rally, carrying banners and posters, chanted slogans
against the Punjab government and demanded timescale promotions, increase in
salaries and benefits as being paid to the teachers by the federal government
and other provinces.
The MMAP office-bearers addressed the participants at the sit-in and strongly
criticised the government. They condemned the government move of assigning
non-academic duties to schoolteachers on a frequent basis.
They also strongly protested against the Punjab government's move of
converting all the public sector schools into English medium schools besides
condemning the alleged move of introducing changes in the syllabus of Islamiat
subject. The news
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Over 450 FDE teachers await regularisation
Islamabad: As many as 456 of the contractual and daily wage
teachers in the basic pay scale (BPS) 16 and 17 in the federal capital are still
waiting for regularisation of their services, it has been learnt.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani's announcement on January 5, 2011,
that all contractual employees would be regularised had given a new hope to
Later the same year, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) started the
process of regularising the teachers on the basis of seniority. Official sources
said so far all the BPS-16 teachers who joined the department before September
11, 2006, had been regularised. As far as teachers in BPS-17 are concerned,
those hired by August 22, 2007, have been regularised while all others
joining the department after that day are in the waiting list.
Officials also said the FDE was expecting that by the end of this week about
100 more teachers would submit their particulars for regularisation.
A source in the FDE requesting not to be named said initially it was decided
that teachers who had completed one-year contractual service or three spells of
89 days each by December 31, 2011, would be regularised. Later, however, the
facility was extended to all those who met the criterion till February 29,
"Because of the new decision, we once again sought data from all the
educational institutions and so far have received almost 95 per cent data. As
soon as we get the remaining information, it will be sent it to the Capital
Administration and Development Division (CADD)," he said.
About the teachers in BPS 16, he added that there were 195 junior lady
teachers working in the model schools and 61 in the federal government colleges.
"Almost 90 per cent contractual and daily wage teachers in BPS-16 are females,"
the official said."There are 192 females who have been working in BPS-17 on
contractual or daily wage basis. Out of these, 173 are in model colleges and 19
in the federal government colleges. Besides, 53 male daily-wage teachers are
also working in different colleges," he said.
One of the teachers said she had been working for the last three years and
was at the edge of promotion. However, she added: "Now we are being told that
new vacancies will have to be created for our regularisation."
She added: "We are worried because if our services are not regularised within
a few months, the election campaign will be started and after that no one will
get time to look into our issue. It is also a fact that only the PPP government
has the reputation of regularising the services of its employees. If some other
party comes to power, it might even start downsising."Spokesman for Federal
Government College Teachers Association Professor Tahir Mehmood said the
association was struggling to get the services of all the teachers
When contacted, Joint Secretary CADD Prof Rafique Tahir said it has been
decided that all the contractual teachers would be regularised. "Head of the
cabinet committee Syed Khursheed Shah has been taking personal interest in
resolving the issue and as soon we get the data of the teachers, it will be
forwarded for creation of new posts so that services of the teachers will be
regularised," he said. Dawn
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Textbooks not available
Lahore: The Punjab government seems to have failed to address shortage of textbooks
of Punjab Textbook Board (PTB). The text books of various subjects are still unavailable to students of
private and government schools despite start of new academic session.
The students of government schools have yet to receive full set of books
given to them free of cost by the Punjab government. The Government New Model
Girls High School, Sant Nagar, near the Commissioner's Office has asked its
students to buy book of Class-VI Home Economics from market, despite the fact
students of public schools are supposed to get all the textbooks free of cost,
since the school had not received book of Home Economics from the government.
However, the book is also short in the market which has greatly irked innocent
students and their parents. Similarly, the students of private schools are
facing difficulties in finding Class-9th's Islamiat textbook from the market.
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Position-holders of scholarship exams get prizes
Rawalpindi: A prize distribution ceremony for position-holders of primary and middle
standard scholarship examinations held under the Federal Government Educational
Institutions (Cantonment-Garrison) was held at the Federal Government
Quaid-i-Azam Public School, Chaklala.
In primary standard scholarship examinations, Muhammad Ismail got first
position by getting 501 marks out of 600, Ammara Yasmin got second position by securing 497 marks and Muhammad
Sikandar got third position by getting 487 marks. In middle standard
examinations Shafaq Arooj got first position by securing 613 marks, Madiha Ejaz
got second position with 609 marks and Nimra Tariq got third position by getting
Addressing students, Federal Government Quaid-i-Azam Public School (Chaklala)
Principal Muhammad Younas Bajwa appreciated position-holders and encouraged
other students to work hard for best results.
In the end, the principal distributed prizes, certificates, appreciation
letters and shields among position-holders.
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Roots holds award ceremony for high-achievers
Islamabad: Roots School System (RSS), DHA-1 Campus, held High Achievers Award
Ceremony-2012 at the Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad, on Thursday to
celebrate achievements of the graduating students.
Once again, Rootsians got coveted acceptance offers from top universities of
the world for four years of undergraduate study.
The chief guests for the occasion were Farzana Raja, minister &
chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP); Begum Shehnaz Wazir
Ali, MNA & co-chairperson of the Pakistan Education Task Force; Sardar
Muhammad Umar Goragaje, federal minister for postal services; Thomas Miller and
Michael Gainan, minister counsellor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy;
Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia, ambassador of Argentina; Rita Akhtar, executive
director of the USEFP, Dr. Nilf Tomef, director education at the British Council
and Uzma Yousaf, country manager of the Cambridge International Examinations.
Speaking on the occasion, Khadija Mushtaq, executive director of the Roots
School System, DHA-1 Campus, congratulated the high-achievers and said: "Roots
has set new standards and raised the bar in terms of fascinating futures for all
The top 10 high-achievers are Ahsan Mehmood who got acceptance from Princeton
University with a full scholarship of $56,780 per annum for 4 years; Anjum Malik
got acceptances from University of Cambridge and Cornell University with a full
scholarship of $62,255 per annum for 4 years; Sarah Tariq got multiple
acceptances from Cornell University, Amherst College and New York University on
a scholarship of $55,000 per annum; Sabih Sami Siddiqui and Yasir Sarosh also
got acceptances from Cornell University; Muhammad Hassan Kiani got acceptance
from Dartmouth College with a full scholarship of $64,000 per annum for 4 years,
Asim Hasan got multiple acceptances from Duke University, Tufts University,
Amherst College and Middlebury College all on a full scholarship of $55,000 per
annum for four years; Farrukh Khan Jadoon got acceptances from Duke University
with a full scholarship of $60,570 per annum for four years; Omer Farooq got
acceptances from Richmond University and New York University with a full
scholarship of $60,000 per annum for four years; Mahnoor Din Malik from
Swarthmore College with a full scholarship of $54,000 per annum for four years,
Usman and Junaid from Baits College on $54,000 per annum, Saad Shukran in Union
College on $51,000 per annum, Zunaira Komal from Washington University on
$56,000 per annum, Haider Inam from Boston University on $51,000 per annum,
Alizeh Zaman and Minnal Abbassi from Mount Holyoke College on $55,000 per annum,
Rumman Waqar from Colgate College on $57,000 per annum, Saim Ali Kazmi from New
York University on $55,000 per annum, Iqra Naqvi from UC, San Diego on $50,000
per annum, Shahzaib from UC, Santa Barbara on $56,000 per annum, Muneeba Alam
from Connecticut College on $54,000 per annum, Iqra Khan from St. Lawrence
University on $51,000 per annum. The scholarships for Canada and the rest of the
world will be announced shortly.
High-Achiever Anjum Malik, while speaking on the occasion, said: "At Roots,
we are constantly reminded not to limit our challenges, but to challenge our
limits and achieve the unachievable. It may come as no surprise that such
doctrine, together with an outstanding mentor like Khadija and the dynamic staff
has made every student a high-achiever, global leader and a model citizen, I for
one could not have gotten so far without such a stellar institution on my side,"
RSS Founder Riffat Mushtaq, along with Colonel (r) Mushtaq Rasool Chaudhary,
congratulated all students. The news
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