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PU issued MBBS, B Pharm examinations datesheet
Lahore, Dec 20: The Punjab University has issued the practical date sheet of MBBS, and written and practical date sheet of Bachelor of Pharmacy (B Pharm) examinations.

According to a press statement, MBBS Final Professional (New Re-Organized Scheme), Annual Examination, 2009, will commence from January 11, 2010 and will conclude on January 27, 2010.

MBBS, Final Professional (Re-Organized Scheme), Annual Examination, 2009, will commence from January 15, 2010 and conclude on January 22, 2010.

Written examination of Bachelor of Pharmacy (B Pharm), Final Professional, 2nd Annual Examination, 2008 and 1st Annual Examination, 2009 will start from January 4 and conclude on January 18 while practical exam will begin from January 20 and conclude on January 26, 2010. The news

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Winter vacations started
Lahore: All educational institutions in government and private sector in the Punjab have been closed down for a period of eleven days commencing from Monday (tomorrow).

The Punjab Education Department has notified that all public and private schools will remain closed for winter vacations from Dec 21, 2009 to Dec 31, 2009.

The Punjab University (PU) has already been closed down as Saturday, is usually a closed day in the varsity. The PU administrative offices will remain open except on 8th, 9th and 10th Muharram.

Previously, the government had declared eight days winter holidays from Dec 24 to Dec 31. However, as the Youm-e-Ashur is falling in the winter vacations, the government has extended the vacations to eleven days starting from Saturday. The nation

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Students urged to study culture
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has urged the students of tourism to study history and culture of the country to promote tourism.

He said Pakistan had great potential for tourism as it was very interesting country for foreign tourists.

The VC stated this while awarding certificates to the students of Tourism and Hospitality Management who successfully completed a 10-day research course at the Punjab University.

New Zealand Waikato University research scholars Dr Tim Lockyer and Dr Asad had delivered lectures during this course which started from December 7. The vice-chancellor told the students it was very necessary for them to study history to know about culture and tourism potential of Pakistan. Phalia, Gujrat had been named after the horse of Alexander the Great, he informed the students.

He also advised them to sustain and maintain and consolidate this learning. He told the New Zealand Waikato University research scholars that the Punjab University had extended collaboration with many foreign varsities, signing over 60 MoUs. He also expressed hope that the PU would soon sign a MoU with Waikato University to continue such kind of academic collaboration. Dr Tim Lockyer and Dr Asad said the PU students had a lot of potential and hoped they would bring professionalism in the tourism industry of Pakistan. Principal Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch and Prof Anwar Chaudhry also attended the ceremony. The news

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Five medical colleges may lose PMDC umbrella
Lahore: At least five public medical colleges of Lahore may have to face the withdrawing of recognition by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council as 14 seats of professors, 62 of associate professors and 70 of assistant professors are lying vacant in these colleges and medical students and young doctors are suffering due to the vacancies.

Young Doctors' Association (YDA) office-bearers, including Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi, Dr Aslam Rao, Dr Rai Ahmed, Dr Talha Sherwani, Dr Mariam, Dr Lala Rukh and Dr Fareeha, said on Saturday that the Punjab government had also failed to make regular appointments through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) during the last 13 years and cases of promotions of senior doctors, including associate and assistant professors, medical officers, were pending in the health department for the last three years.

In the King Edward Medical University (KEMU), five seats of professors, 24 seats of associate professors and 15 seats of assistant professors; in the Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS), four seats of professors, eight of associate professors and seven seats of assistant professors; in the Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC), three seats of professors, nine of associate professors and 13 seats of assistant professors; in the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI), two seats of professors, six of associate professors and seven seats of assistant professors; in the Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC), eight seats of associate professors and six seats of assistant professors; in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), one seat each of associate professor and assistant professor; in the Institute of Public Health (IPH), six seats of associate professors and seven seats of assistant professors; and in The Children's Hospital, 13 seats of assistant professors are lying vacant.

The young doctors said that despite of vacant seats in Lahore, the new professors being appointed through the PPSC were being sent to Rahimyar Khan and Bahawalpur while the process of promotions was also still pending.

They have urged the Punjab chief minister to take steps to fill the vacant posts of medical teachers to improve the standard of education and training of medical students in order to meet criterion of the PMDC. They said the process would ensure quality treatment to patients in attached teaching hospitals.

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KEMU signed MoU with PEPAC
Lahore: The King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Pakistan Environment Planning and Architectural Consultants (PEPAC) Pvt Ltd for construction of a new block of the university.

The MoU was signed between KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafarullah Khan and PEPAC Managing Director Muhammad Ashraf Malik.

According to a press release here on Saturday, the PEPAC will construct a new block of the university at a cost of Rs 222 million in two years and three months. The seven-storey new building would include academic and administrative blocks with all modern and supporting facilities for education to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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LUMS volunteers to train students to cope with all emergencies
Lahore: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Emergency Management Services (EMS) will train students from eight universities across the city in civil defence and basic paramedical techniques.

The training, which will begin in January, would cover a wide spectrum of emergency care including oxygen therapy, bleeding control, automated defibrillation and assistance with basic medications.

LUMS EMS head Babar Asad said that their team would meet the officials of Rescue 1122 today to discuss the framework of their training for students.

The establishment of an EMS club in LUMS has generated much interest in universities across the city as huge numbers of students thronged the LUMS campus to be a part of the club.

According to an official of the EMS, the eight universities whose students would get training under the EMS are University College of Lahore (UCL), Forman Christian College University (FCCU), Kinnaird College (KC), Home Economics College, University of South Asia (USA), Punjab University (PU) and University of Management and Technology (UMT). They would be joining the camp next month.

Babar said they were aiming towards expanding EMS not only in Lahore but to other provinces too. He said the universities who have contacted them would send 20 students each and would also help them expand their network to other provinces.

He said they were planning to set up an official collaboration with the Rescue 1122. He said they were also planning to arrange for a force of students who would be responsible for donating blood during emergencies and they would also arrange for an ambulance in the near future.

He also said that they were doing everything on a volunteer level.

The initiative of the LUMS EMS team has been highly appreciated by everyone as they are duly carrying out the role of being responsible citizens. Daily times

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IT labs in 4,286 schools
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the Punjab government has completed an almost impossible task of setting up IT Labs project in a record period in 4,286 schools of the province.

The CM was speaking at an IT fair held on Saturday. The CM inspected stalls set up by various international and local IT companies in the fair and showed keen interest in them.

The CM said the government had laid the foundation of a revolution in the field of education field and hundreds of thousands of students will have access to and modern knowledge through this project. He praised the effort of Additional Chief Secretary & Project Director Javed Aslam, Chief Secretary Javed Mahmood and the entire team for completing the IT Labs project in a transparent manner and minimum period.

The CM said the world had become a global village and it was imperative to equip the young generation with this technology for the development of the country. He said that keeping in view the importance of IT technology, the project of IT Labs has been completed expeditiously. He said that an agreement was inked with Microsoft in 1998 for promotion of IT in the province but due to toppling of the democratic government by a dictator, this project could not be completed. He said that now again an agreement was being made with Microsoft and soon a delegation will also visit Punjab with regard to this agreement. He said that we are thankful to those international companies which have extended cooperation for setting up IT Labs. He said that computers and other facilities have been provided in IT Labs under a complete package which included provision of computers, training of master trainers, after sale service and all other matters. He said that there was a need to promote IT in agriculture, livestock, industry, health and other sectors and 3,400,000 students will benefit from IT Labs annually and play their due role in the development of these sectors.

A talented student, Arfa Karim, who showed best performance in IT sector and got Microsoft certificate at a very young age paid rich tributes to Punjab CM on steps taken for the promotion of IT in the province, saying this step will bring a revolution in education sector. She said that information technology which was a dream for students of far flung areas of the Punjab had now become a reality.

Later, the CM gave away shields to government officers and representatives of the companies who took part in the IT Labs project.

The CM said that a comprehensive strategy had been evolved for improvement of education, health, agriculture and other sectors of social development. He said the future of Pakistan was linked with the quality training and education of young generation and promotion of technical education. He said that revolutionary steps were being taken for improvement of education sector. He said that for the first time in the history of the country, IT labs project at a cost of Rs.5 billion in more than 4,000 schools of the province had been completed in the record time with the cooperation of internationally reputed companies.

The CM said that students belonging to far-flung areas of the province will benefit from the modern knowledge as well as changes taking place in the world through these labs. He said that recruitment of 37000 educators on merit was a major achievement. He said that 65 percent educators recruited on the basis of merit policy of the government are M.Phil, MA and MSc. He said that Punjab government was not only encouraging position-holder students but cash prizes are also being given to their parents and teachers as well. He said that 20 position holder students had been sent to a study tour of UK and Germany and now second position holders in the examinations have been sent to the visit of Iran.

Shahbaz said the Punjab government was taking solid steps for the promotion of agriculture, livestock and welfare of farmers. He said that like previous year, 10,000 Green Tractors were also being provided to farmers this year and subsidy of Rs 200,000 was being given on each tractor. He said that besides provision of loans on soft term basis, agri equipments was also being provided to farmers on concessionary rates. He said that the improvement of infrastructure was of great importance for the rapid development of the province and the Punjab government was spending billion of rupees for this purpose under which underpasses, flyovers and other projects are being completed speedily.

He said that contrary to the tradition of the past, transparent utilization of each penny of the people and timely completion of the projects was being ensured and third-party audit system has been made compulsory for all mega projects. He said that elected representatives should keep close liaison with the people and utilise all their energies for resolution of peoples' problems. He said that MPAs should play their due role for transparent and timely completion of development projects so that people could benefit from these projects.

Sahibzada Ghulam Nizam-ud-Din Sialvi, Engineer Imran Ashraf, Sardar Muhammad Hussain Dogar, Muhammad Asif and Ahsan Raza Khan called on the CM. The news

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AIMC imported swine flue medicine
Lahore: The Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) has imported the medicine of swine flue from the UK.

"We have imported swine flue medicine initially for 500 patients," AIMC principal Prof Javed Akram said on Saturday.

He said the medicine relenza (zanamivir) is in inhalation form and injection pandemrix is vaccine. Besides this, Jinnah Hospital was providing PCR test and other facilities to swine flue patients.

He said the AIMC was also organising an awareness seminar on Monday in which all medical superintendents and executive district officers (health) would participate. Dawn

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Vocational training
Lahore: Taskforce on Essential Items Chairman SA Hameed has said that the Punjab government is initiating a training programme worth one billion rupees for imparting vocational education to the women living below the poverty line.

Talking to a delegation of the Women Chamber Of Commerce and Industry on Saturday, he said women's role in national progress could not be ignored, therefore, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif issued instructions to Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) and Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) to introduce modern training courses. The news

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