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
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
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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