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KEMU's 150 years celebrations end
Lahore, Dec 30: The 150-year celebrations of the establishment of King Edward Medical College have ended with the culmination of a four-day international symposium at the King Edward Medical University on Wednesday.

A large number of Kemcolians from the US, Britain and all over the world attended this historic occasion. The medical experts delivered 164 lectures in the light of modern medical education and research during the last four days.

KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan while thanking all the participants said that the best way to pay compliments to this historical institution was to maintain the glory of medical education and to further upgrade it to international standard. He also thanked the Punjab government for announcement of 10 acres of land and Rs 50 million for the expansion of the university. The news

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VC for professional development of teachers
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Wednesday held a meeting with Director Institute of Quality & Technology Management (IQTM) Dr Aamir Ijaz, Dr Ayyaz Muhammad and Dr Imran Sajid.

The VC appreciating acknowledging efforts and performance of varsity faculty members, gave away certificates of appreciation to Dr Ayyaz Muhammad and Dr Imran Sajid who underwent 12 weeks extensive Master training courses under faculty professional development program (MT-FPDP) conducted by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad. The main objective of MT-FPDP is to provide training to teaching faculty related to latest pedagogical and research skills required for effective teaching, higher learning and research techniques.

Stressing importance of faculty development, the Dr Kamran remarked that it was not possible to have qualitative improvement in education without professional development of teachers. The nation

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LUMS team to attend world competition
Lahore: A four-member LUMS MBA students' team will leave the city for Canada on Thursday (today) to attend the 30th annual John Molson MBA International Case Competition.

Thirty-six top business schools with 230 participants from around the world will attend the competition to be held from Jan 3 to 8 in Montreal, says a press release.

LUMS team consists of Sharjeel Musa Hussain, Babar Hassan, Shahid Yazdani, Sayed Nabeel Ahmad and Prof Dr Irfan Butt.

The competition is a not-for-profit event open to top business schools worldwide, and is recognised as the largest competition of its kind. Its main purpose is to bridge the gap between corporate and academic worlds, which ultimately enriches both students and executives alike. The winning team takes home the Concordia Cup, a cheque for $10,000 and the prestige of winning the world's oldest and largest business competition. Dawn

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GCU wins Programming Competition
Lahore Department of Computer Sciences of the Government College University has won the Speed Programming Competition in Brainiac-2010, organized by the University Engineering and Technology Lahore (UET).

As many as 36 educational institutions including LUMS, FAST, and Punjab University took part in the contest in which GCU team comprising Ajmal Ismail and Muhammad Saqib Ali scored the record 539 points. Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT) secured the second position in the contest with overall 179 points. Each team was given six algorithmic problems in the contest held at the UET Al-Khawarizmi Institute of Computer Sciences. GCU DCS Director Muhammad Saleem Khan has congratulated the university team on winning competition. The nation

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Compulsory education in KP
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in a draft bill on compulsory education has proposed a fine of Rs100 per day or imprisonment which may extend to three months or both if any parent fails in enrolling his children in schools.

This was stated by Secretary Education Muhammad Farid Qureshi while speaking at an orientation workshop titled 'Corporal punishment and the draft bill to provide

for compulsory education in the province' organised by the Education Department

and Society for the Protection of the Right of the Child (Sparc).

He said the KP government had prepared the draft bill and after deliberation it would be sent to Law Department in March 2011 for tabling it in the provincial assembly. He said the bill shall come into force on April 1 and would be called "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province Compulsory Education Act, 2011."

The provincial government, he said, had proposed amendments in the North West Frontier Province, Compulsory Primary Education Act, 1996. Society for the Protection of the Right of the Child's National Manager Imtiaz Ahmed presented his survey regarding corporal punishment in the province.

He said the dropout of children from schools was still high at 50 per cent including 62 per cent among males and 34 per cent for females. Imran Takkar, Society for the Protection of the Right of the Child's representative, said the organisation with support of the Education Department has declared 75 government schools as model schools in Peshawar division where corporal punishment was banned. Executive District Officers for Education from various districts of the province, representatives of non-governmental organisations and members of the media attended the workshop.

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Fazaia college for women convocation held
Peshawar: The convocation ceremony of BEd and Montessori diploma courses was held at Fazaia College of Education for Women, Peshawar on Wednesday.

Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest on the occasion whereas Begum Farzana Qamar Suleman, wife of Chief of the Air Staff who is President PAFWA (Pakistan Air Force Women Association) was also present on the occasion. Air Commodore (R) Dr Ijaz A Malik, Vice Chancellor Air University, Islamabad, presided over the function.

The chief guest distributed merit certificates and gold medals among the position holders of different batches. Later, Dr Ijaz awarded degrees and diplomas to the graduating students. Total awardees comprised 87 graduating students, out of which, 70 received BEd Degrees, while 17 got Montessori Diplomas. The news

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