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Punjab Education dept & Unicef relief efforts

Education dept, Unicef to launch rehabilitation
Lahore, Aug 27: Some 2,863 schools in 11 flood-hit districts of Punjab have been damaged, declares the education department. "With a view to restoring normal functioning of schools in flood-affected areas, a comprehensive action plan is being prepared in collaboration with Unicef," said a statement issued by the department here on Thursday.

Under the programme, the teachers of flood-affected schools had been directed to join their duties and make arrangements for cleanliness and necessary repairs of school buildings so that academic activities could be restarted after summer vacation.

"Under the approved plan of action text books, drinking water and teaching material should be provided (to schools) on an urgent basis," it said.

"Once the floodwater recedes the district officers of the education department, monitoring officers and Unicef staff will conduct a survey for assessment of the damages. Necessary action will be taken for the restoration of these schools in the light of surveys."

The department said the floods had resulted in increase in poverty in the affected areas. Financial problems might affect the studies of the children and dropout rate might also surge consequently, it said.

The provincial secretary (schools) has directed the officials concerned to gather all the necessary details pertaining to damaged school buildings like furniture and water points, extent of the damaged etc.

He also asked them to do the exercise carefully so that a comprehensive rehabilitation plan could be prepared and implemented.

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Summer vacation: Notices to 35 schools for flouting govt order
Lahore: The education department on Thursday issued show-cause notices to 35 private schools in the city for not complying with its order regarding extended summer vacation.

The department had allowed the private schools to only hold V, VIII, IX and X classes for preparation of board examinations. Since the government's check is not affective, there are reports that some private schools continue to flout the official order.

An education department official said show-cause notices had been issued to 35 institutions. He said the schools ignoring the notices would be dealt with sternly.

According to the order, the schools both public and private will open on Sept 15.

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Entrance test: Explanation sought from Punjab govt
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Thursday sought an explanation from the Punjab government on a point as to how the permission of arrangements for holding medical entrance tests allowed it to amend rules framed by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).

A division bench, comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Anwar Bhaur, issued this order while hearing several identical petitions assailing the procedure of entrance test for MBBS.

Earlier, advocates Mian Abdul Qaddus, Azhar Siddique and Mian Qamaruz Zaman advanced their arguments on behalf of petitioners.

They said the PMDC was a regulatory body and had the jurisdiction to introduce rule and regulation for admission to medical colleges and the procedure of obtaining doctorate degree in Pakistan.

They said the Punjab government overlooked rules of the council and held entrance test before the announcement of FSc results.

Counsels pleaded that the result of entrance tests should be stayed because it would not provide an equal opportunity to all students across the country. They insisted that holding entrance tests in such a manner was a violation of fundamental rights as envisaged in the Constitution and also a clear-cut violation of the mandatory instructions issued by the PMDC.

They prayed that respondents be directed to act strictly according to law and follow criteria for holding entrance test as laid down by the PMDC. Dawn

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PEEF Scholarships
Lahore: Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF) has launched Masters Level Foreign Scholarships Programme for brilliant and less privileged students to pursue higher education in the top ranking universities of the world. A DGPR handout said under this programme, PEEF had selected 13 students for overseas scholarships for postgraduate level studies for the year 2010. The scholarships are need-based and include airfare, full tuition fees, and stipend for boarding and lodging. PEEF has so far disbursed 10,700 scholarships to the talented and deserving students in local schools, colleges and universities, he concluded.

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PU VC meets UK educationists
Lahore: Representatives of Northern Consortium UK (NCUK) held a detailed meeting with vice chancellor of Punjab University (PU) on Thursday in which the varsity agreed to sign an MoU with NCUK to help its students obtain their degrees from UK varsities.

The meeting was held in connection with offer made by the NCUK that either PU students can spend one, two or three years in Pakistan and go to one of the 11 partner universities of the consortium to complete a degree in UK or they can complete their degrees in Punjab University for four years and get a degree from one of the partner universities.

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LCWU BS result
The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has announced the result of BS (Hons) Statistics 8th Semester Final Term Examination 2010. A press statement 13 candidates had appeared in the exam and all were declared pass.

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Defence Public School distinction
Lahore: Defence Public School has once again produced excellent results in Cambridge's O level Exams. Naila Ramazan and Maham Tariq from Defence Public School for Girls got 8 A* and 2 As and secured first position while Maha Tariq clinched second position with 8 A* and 1 A while the third position was shared by Kinza Ilyar Bhatti and Mehak Sajjad who got 7 A* and 3 As respectively.Among boys, first position was bagged by Awais Khan who secured 4 A* and 4 As, second Zain ul Abideen with 4 A*, 1 A and 3 Bs while third by Hammad Sohaib with 3 A*, 3 As, 1 B and 1 C. The news

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