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Lahore, Aug 30: The Punjab University has announced that the last date for submission of registration forms for BA/BSc Annual Examination 2011 with double fee Rs 3700 is August 31. No form either by hand or by post will be entertained after August 31. The news

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A controversy over prolonged summer vacation
Lahore: A tussle erupted between private schools and the Education Department this week over the re-opening schedule of educational institutions, as several private institutions, contrary to the Education Department's wishes, want to open their institutions within this week.

Students as well as parents had to face a lot of inconvenience, consequently openly criticising the lack of cooperation between government and educational authorities.

Separately, the Executive District Education (EDO) Department reportedly took strict action against the owners of private schools; closing all private schools that violated the government's notifications and re-opened the institutions before September 9.

The EDO Department also issued letters to the private schools, warning them of legal action in case they further violated the government's notifications. The department also performed raids across the city, during which it had been reported that several private schools had already opened and they openly refused to comply with the government's orders.

Separately, several private institutions made an announcement this week, stating "the private schools are not bound to follow the Education Department's orders and all private schools would be re-opened today as per the schedule".

A spokesman from the EDO announced separately that "according to the government orders, all educational institutions are going to be re-opened after Ramazan on September 9", adding that private institutions will violate official orders if they re-open the schools on August 30.

The EDO announced that the city district governments and Education Department have constituted teams to keep a check on schools and have been ordered to initiate legal action against the schools' managements that are violating official orders.

This attitude of government authorities towards the private institutions has been largely condemned. The private institutions have been contributing a lot to the education sector, which had been evident in the recent Matriculation and BA/BSc examinations, whereby the students from private schools/colleges secured all the top positions. The unsatisfactory performance shown by the students from government schools clearly reflects the poor administration system at these institutions.

According to sources, the students' unsatisfactory performance could also be a result of lack of facilities and infrastructure at these institutions. There are several schools across the province having no roofs and boundary walls. Several government schools do not have the facility of "fresh water", whereas several lack proper sanitary facilities. Almost all government schools lack libraries and labs and there are many schools where the teachers are on official leaves for unknown durations, while the students continue to suffer. All the government institutions today have become a hub of corruption with the government constantly ignoring the situation. Daily times

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Schools in flood-hit areas may open after Eid
Lahore: The Punjab school education department is hopeful of starting academic activity in flood-affected districts within a week after Eidul Fitr and in the meanwhile has started an exercise of collecting reserved textbooks lying in respective districts across Punjab.

The school education department believes that it has reserved textbooks, already printed some five per cent above the required number, and will purchase some books from the market to be distributed among students in flood-hit areas.

School education department secretary Aslam Kamboh said that an on-ground survey of damaged schools, infrastructure and the requirement of new textbooks for distribution among students had been started. "The exact figures about the damage done by flood and the requirement of infrastructure and textbooks will be ascertained in a week's time," he said.

Mr Kamboh said that some 2,800 schools had been damaged completely as well as partially in 13 flood-hit districts.

He said schoolteachers were working in relief activities in their respective districts and would soon start academic activity, where floodwater had receded and displaced people had vacated school buildings.He said the required number of textbooks for re-distribution among flood-hit students would be ready within a week's time. Besides collecting reserved textbooks from all districts in Punjab and purchasing from the market, he said, the department had asked the Punjab Textbook Board (PTB) and the Provincial Monitoring and Implementation Unit (PMIU) to be ready to produce textbooks, if needed.

PMIU project director Capt (retired) Asif said the assessment of flood damage had been started in certain areas, while several areas were still inaccessible.Commenting that availability of textbooks in flood-affected districts was a minor issue, he said, the more serious situation was that many schools were still waterlogged, many school buildings were serving as flood relief camps, while teachers were also busy in flood relief activities. "The academic activity will not be affected due to books but could be affected due to other reasons," he said.

PTB chairman Suhail Masood said the board was ready to get new textbooks printed but had yet not received any demand either from the school education department or the PMIU. Dawn

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Private schools warned of action
Lahore: A spokesman for Education Department has said that announcement of opening of schools by some private schools associations on August 30 (today) is illegal and violation of the official orders for summer vacation. The spokesman further said the government had already notified that due to holy month of Ramazan, all the private and government schools would remain closed till September 9, 2010. There will be no class work except summer camps for class 5th, 8th, 9th and class 10. The City District Governments and Education Department have constituted teams to check the schools and initiate legal action against the management of the schools involved in violating the official orders.

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Degree-awarding status for PGMI sought
Lahore: The Medical Teachers' Association of Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI) and other organisations have demanded the government authorise the institute of awarding degrees to graduates so that the country could produce professional doctors.

A resolution was passed in this regard during a meeting presided over by President of the Medical Teachers' Association Dr Ghayasun Nabi Tayyab, said a press release here on Sunday. Others who attended the meeting included Vice President of Pakistan Medical Association Lahore Dr Mumtaz Ahmad, General Secretary Dr Tanveer Anwar, leader of Young Doctors' Association Dr Imran Bajwa, General Secretary of Medical Teachers' Association Afsar Ali Bhatti, Dr Anwar Chaudhry and Dr Naveed Ashraf.

The resolution said that if the institute was given the degree-awarding status, it would be able to start the courses of medical technician and medical engineering. During the course of the meeting, it was observed that the graduate doctors of PGMI were not only serving in district and tehsil hospitals, medical colleges and various universities of the country but they were also providing services in foreign countries.

It was said that if the institute was authorised to award degrees, its significance would increase and it would further progress rapidly. Vice President Pakistan Medical Association Lahore Dr Mumtaz Ahmad said the degree-awarding status would enable the institute to directly facilitate patients with treatment. He said that acquiring education from PGMI was inexpensive as compared to other institutes of the country, adding if the local doctors were not given the facility of specialization in the Institute, they would have to go abroad and they would hardly come back. Paying tribute to Chief Minster Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for his services to the flood-affectees, he said the doctors' community would stand by him in this noble cause. The news

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QAMC baton-charge: More students record evidence
Bahawalpur: District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Islam, heading one-man judicial tribunal probing the Aug 18 baton-charge of students at the Quaid-i-Azam Medical College (QAMC), Bahawalpur, continued recording the evidence of desirous witnesses for the second day here on Saturday.

On Friday, over 100 QAMC students, including girls, had got registered their names to record their statements before the tribunal. The tribunal chief had also given witnesses an option to either record their evidence in person in his court or submit their statements in writing.

Availing the opportunity, a majority of the girls filed their evidence in writing on Friday. Besides, scores of students recorded their evidence before the judge. District bar president Munir Akhtar Peerzada, with the consent of the judicial inquiry officer, remained present to oversee the inquiry process in the court.

The inquiry officer said the inquiry might continue on Monday (tomorrow) provided the remaining witnesses desired to record their evidence. He said he had been directed to submit his report within a week's time.

The medical students meanwhile continued their protest against the college principal on the ninth day of their on-going strike on Saturday. However, the protesters did not attempt to close down the outdoor patients department (OPD) on Saturday.

The local administration had deployed police outside the OPD to use force if the striking students tried to close down the OPD and push the patients out.

The college administration on the other hand held sent-up exams of the first year class. Some of the students claimed that a majority of them, including girls, had abstained the test while the administration's claim was contrary to it. Dawn

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PU teams working in flood-hit areas
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) relief teams have distributed relief packets worth Rs 850,000 among flood victims besides providing medical treatment to 1,300 patients.

In a press statement, PU Advisor Students Affairs Iftikhar Ahmad Ch said the varsity faculty and students had stepped up their relief activities for provision of dry ration and medical care to the people in the flood-affected areas of Southern Punjab.

He said two relief teams comprising 11 volunteer students, varsity senior medical officer and paramedical staff along with an ambulance were distributing relief goods among the affectees of Jampur and Muzzafargarh areas.

He said the varsity relief teams had set up their base camps at Shah Jamal and Rohaila Wali. The team members visit the flood affected villages in the morning and distribute relief chits among the affectees who in the afternoon collect packets of relief commodities from the base camp. Each packet contains a 10-kg Atta bag, 2 kg sugar, one kg vegetable ghee, 2 kg rice and other dry ration, he added.

It is pertinent to mention here that on the directions of PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, the university has already opened an account number 2502-46 at Habib Bank, New Campus Branch, to enable the well-to-do and philanthropists to generously donate their cash donations. The news

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LUMS students rally for flood victims
Lahore: Around 300 students from the Lahore University of Management Sciences took to the streets of DHA on Saturday to raise funds for those affected by the floods. The students left LUMS and marched to Masjid Chowk and came back via H Block Market. LUMS has been collecting funds internally but now has taken its flood drive to the community at large. The rally was appreciated by the residents and security officials of DHA, who were most cooperative.

The students had prepared placards and even stopped passing cars to collect funds. They appreciated the media's support as well as that of the officials and residents of DHA. They collected substantial funds adding to the Rs 2.5 million already collected and some of it disbursed. The aim is to collect funds for the rehabilitation and immediate relief of flood-affectees. LUMS is already contributing to the Pakistan Army's relief efforts as well as an NGO, Pukaar.

To join hands in the flood-relief efforts, LUMS has constituted the LUMS Flood Relief Fund, which is collecting donations for disbursement to those affectees by the disaster. The LFRF is targeting LUMS' faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends for fundraising. Institutionally, LUMS is also contributing to this cause by cutting down on the planned activities and diverting funds to the LFRF. In the last three weeks, the LFRF has received more than Rs 3,500,000 in cash donations.

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KEMU sends another six medical teams to flooded areas
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University (KEMU) on Saturday sent six fresh teams of doctors and paramedic staff to replace the previous teams working in the flood-hit areas of Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh, Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Jampur, Rajanpur, Mianwali and Layyah. According to Dr Aslam Khan, the principal of the College of Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences, the teams will establish eye care camps in collaboration with district health authorities in the flood-affected areas. He said all necessary medicines have also been dispatched. In another statement issued by the Punjab Health Department, the medical teams are working round the clock to provide medical facilities to the flood victims and so far have treated more than 878,000 patients. Daily times

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