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Governor tells PU IER director to begin co-education

LAHORE, April 17(Daily Times): Governor Khalid Maqbool, also the chancellor of Punjab University, has directed the director of the PU Institute of Education and Research (IER) to start classes with both male and female students to build the students' confidence.

Maqbool was speaking at the inauguration of a national conference on Changing Role of the Teacher in the Era of Globalisation organised by the IER. The chancellor said holding separate classes for boys and girls had many disadvantages. He said girls could not ask for female-only job interviewers after they graduated from the university. He said the students must have the confidence to interact with people of both sexes.

Maqbool said model classrooms equipped with the latest technology would be set up at the IER. He also directed all universities offering English language and linguistics subjects to set up laboratories for practical training. He also asked PU authorities to solve the problems of hostel students.

At the inaugural session, Maqbool said the government had arranged training programmes for qualified people to polish their skills and eliminate unemployment from the country. "These youths will be given practical training according to modern needs so that they serve the country in a better way."

He said the government had launched the National Internship Programme (NIP) under which qualified people would be trained with a stipend of Rs 10,000 per month. He announced that about 25,000 post-graduate students had been registered under the NIP scheme. He said the government was utilising all its resources to emphasise teachers' training because the teacher's role in society was important.

"It is the government's responsibility to produce good quality teachers who can make a better society," he said, adding that if teachers understand their syllabi, psychology of their students and have up-to-date knowledge of the world, they would be able to teach in a better way. PU vice chancellor Lt Gen (r) Arshad Mahmood said the PU would start online distance learning programmes for students of Gulf states. He said the overseas students would be offered market-oriented programmes. He also asked teachers to focus on grooming the students' personality and building their confidence.
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