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Girls outnumber boys at colleges and universities

Number of girls at higher education institutions has risen from 102,243 in 2001-02 to 212,997 in 2005-06
Lahore, Aug 30, 2008: The number of female students at colleges and universities in the country is rising faster than the number of male students, according to the Higher Education Commission's statistics.

According to HEC statistics, the number of female students in higher education institutions in the year 2001-02 was 102,243. This number rose to 128,443 in 2002-03. In 2003-04, the number of girls in these institutions witnessed a major increase of 50,587 students, bringing the number to 179,030. The statistics for 2004-05 show that the number of girls in the institutions had risen further to 19,555 and in 2005-06 to 212,997.

This increase in the number of girls at universities is expected to result in a sharp increase in the number of workingwomen in the country.

The number of male students in colleges and universities is also steadily increasing, but at a rate lesser than that of females. The HEC statistics show that in 2001-02, female students at higher education institutions were 36.84% and males were 63.16% while in 2005-06, the females were at 40.85% of the total students and the men were at 59.15%.

Prof Dr Aisha Ghaus Pasha, director of research at the Beaconhouse National University's Institute of Public Policy, said the rise in numbers of female students in the country was a positive sign. She said, "An educated woman can make a lot of difference irrespective of whether she opts for a job or serves her family as a housewife. We should encourage women to study because the phenomenon itself is enough to revolutionise our society."

Equal opportunities: Dr Aisha said educated women would help strengthen the country's economy and the development of society. She said that the government should also ensure that the graduating women get equal job opportunities and no one exploits the market.

HEC Director for Operations and Planning Dr Mukhtar Ahmad claimed that the increase in the number of female students was a major achievement of the HEC. He said that the HEC's policies had encouraged women to pursue higher education. He added that women had realised that they could make a difference in all fields of study and were now progressing in the fields of science and engineering.

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First Sikh to graduate from PU: 'Seats must be reserved for Sikhs'
Lahore: The first Pakistani Sikh to graduate from the Punjab University (PU) since partition says that there should be reserved seats for Sikhs at the university.

Juswinder Singh, who has passed his Bachelor's in Arts (honours) programme, said that he belonged to the North Federal Administered Tribal Area (NAFATA), and got admission to the PU in 2004 on a seat reserved for NAFATA students. Juswinder said that he had scored a 3.4 GPA (grade point average) in his honours programme. He said that he would do his Masters in Business Administration in finance from the PU.

He demanded that the government reserve seats for Sikhs intending to take admission to the PU, as it was one of the most prestigious and oldest universities of Pakistan.

He said that the PU had reserved seats for children of army personnel and teachers, university employees and on the basis of sports and debate. "They have also reserved seats for students coming from NAFATA, Waziristan and Balochistan, but no seat has been reserved for minorities," he complained. He said that the PU should make a policy on giving admission to all minorities.

He said that bilateral relations between India and Pakistan should be strengthened further, as it would give an opportunity to Pakistani Sikh students to be educated in India.

He said that Pakistani Sikh men usually married after they turned 30, as there were very few Sikh girls in Pakistan. He said that during times of peace between the two countries, Pakistani Sikh men could marry girls from Amritsar, which was not possible these days.

He said that he had enjoyed his time at the PU. "No one discriminated against me because of my religion and appearance during my four years at the university. It was the best time of my life because there were no worries," he said.

He said that Muslim students had neither created hindrances nor had humiliated him at the PU. He said that he was proud of being the first Pakistani Sikh in the country's history to get a four-year degree from the PU.

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PU teacher pens book on Persian poet
Lahore: A book titled 'Dewan-e-Saeed Khan Multani' (Qasaid and Ghazaliyat-o-Maqattat), has been written by Punjab University Department of Persian Chairman Dr Moeen Nizami, and has finally been released.

According to a press release issued by the Punjab University (PU), the book comprising 465 pages is a detailed research on the life of Saeed Khan Qureshi Multani and his Persian poetry. Saeed Khan Multani was a poet, writer and a political personality during the time of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. He served in various positions and participated in many wars. During the rule of Aurangzeb Alamgir, he went back to Multan and constructed a double story mosque, an aiwan for holding Mahfil-e-Naat, a garden and his tomb. Although the mosque and tomb still stand at Dehli Gate, Multan, the other structures have been destroyed. Saeed Khan's poetry focused on hamd, naat and the arifana kalam of saints.

Dr Moeen Niami is a poet of Urdu and Persian, a translator, researcher and an author. He is a recognised personality in Iran and his books have won two 'Best Research Awards' as well as various gold medals, shields and appreciation certificates.

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PU holds seminar on rights and duties of youth
Lahore: A seminar designed to create awareness among the youth about their rights and duties was held in the Institute of Communication and Study at the Punjab University (PU) on Friday.

Jawad Ahmed, a singer attending the seminar, said that the uplift of the underprivileged would help solve some of the problems faced by society. He said that society should pay attention to the socialisation of children so that they could play their role in constructive activities. Professor Dr Mugheesud Din said that society is divided into classifications, which is a great hurdle for youth. He said that proper attention is not given to the problems faced by children. Salman Gani, a senior journalist and analyst, said that the youth of today are the future of the country, therefore proper education is a necessity. Dr Ahsan Akhthar Naz, Amir Waqas and Dr Aslam Dogar appreciated the efforts made by the students who organised the seminar.

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UVAS to offer Pharm-D classes
Lahore: The Pharmacy Council of Pakistan has allowed the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore to initiate Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) degree classes this year, according to a handout issued by UVAS on Friday.

The permission was granted at a meeting of the Pharmacy Council held in the UVAS's City Campus. Council Vice-President and University of Balochistan Department of Pharmacy Chairman Dr Javed Iqbal, Sindh University Dean of Pharmacy Dr Abdullah Dayo, University of Karachi Assistant Professor Pharmaceutics Dr M Haris Shoaib, Dr Khalid Saeed Bukhari from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Pharmacy Council of Pakistan Secretary Nazeerud Din Ahsan, Punjab Pharmacy Council Secretary Muhammad Shamoon and Dr Ayaz Ali Khan attended the meeting. UVAS Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Muhammad Nawaz and various UVAS deans were also present.

Earlier, the VC gave a presentation to the council on UVAS academic programmes and its planning and the facilities available for initiating the Pharm-D programme. The council also visited the site where Pharm-D classes will be held and inspected the laboratories, classrooms and other facilities for the programme.

A four-day workshop on Project Designing and Management was held at the UVAS from Tuesday - Friday.

The Life Sciences Business Management Department's faculty of the UVAS, in collaboration with the Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department, arranged the workshop for senior livestock professionals.

Upon completion of the workshop, Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Nawaz and Dean Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha awarded certificates to all participants. Daily Times

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