PEF result for FAS Quality Assurance Test

PEF result
Lahore, Feb 19: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has announced the result of 10th Quality Assurance Test of Foundation Assisted Schools (FAS) programme.

A total of 1,77,365 students of 1,722 FAS partner schools in 29 districts appeared in it while the pass percentage of the schools remained 91.02.

He added that the PEF had also announced the results of 8th QAT of Education Voucher Scheme and 5th QAT of New Schools Programme.

Detailed results can be seen on the foundation's website

UK team visits PEF: A two-member delegation of UK based Department for International Development (DFID) led by Victoria Francis, Head of Communication & Policy Team, paid a detailed visit to the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) on Friday.

Maleeha Batool, Director (EVS) of Punjab Education Foundation, gave a detailed presentation to the DFID team about the foundation's initiatives for promotion of education in deprived segments. On the occasion, different department heads also informed about their working.

Later, the DFID team visited different PEF partner schools in Lahore besides visiting residences of two EVS students where they held discussions with the mothers about the impact of PEF's sponsored free education on their children.

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PU VC for 25pc raise for TTS teachers
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that the varsity is depending upon young PhDs to further strengthen the education standard, adding he will make efforts to abolish the sanction of extra teaching on Tenure Track System (TTS) teachers.

He stated this at a meeting with TTS teachers at the varsity's Al-Razi Hall, Undergraduate Block here on New Campus on Friday. He said he always thought for the solution of problems being faced by teachers in advance as he decided to lift the ban on extra teaching on TTS teachers on his own.

He said due to increase in Basic Pay Scale (BPS), the difference between TTS and BPS teachers pay has been reduced adding he said that he had written a letter to HEC for increasing 25 per cent pay of TTS teachers and also asked permission for granting medical facility to them.

In this regard we are waiting for Planning Commission's response, he added.

PU VC said he was trying to increase the ratio of PhD teachers and number of publications in the varsity adding five seats would be created for doing post PhD within the country while fund would have to be created for doing post PhD abroad. He said teachers would now get published their books from University Printing Press.

He said the future of PU is very bright as 2000 PhD and MPhil students were registered in the varsity. The news

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PUASA activists disrupt VC's meeting
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) broke into a hall on Friday where Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was holding a meeting with 50 teachers appointed under the tenure track system (TTS).

Dr Kamran called guards and closed the Al-Razi Hall. PUASA executive committee members led by president Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar and general secretary Iftikhar Tarar chanted slogans against the vice-chancellor and also distributed among faculty members a charter of demand.

The PUASA executive committee alleged that Prof Kamran had called the meeting to help the teachers belonging to the Teachers' Front, which lost the recent PUASA elections.

When association members broke into the hall, the VC reportedly said that he did not welcome them in the meeting. PUASA activists, however, sat in the meeting, saying they were faculty's representatives. They claimed that faculty members had strongly criticised the varsity officials, particularly additional registrar Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, which infuriated the VC. PUASA leaders demanded that the VC remove officials insulting faculty members.

The Punjab University Teachers Front has meanwhile released a pamphlet criticising the Academic Group and the Academic Forum for joining hands to protect "teachers involved in immoral and illegal activities".

Teachers Front (TF) leaders claimed that the PUASA members were trying to avoid action from the varsity administration. They claimed that top leaders of both the Academic Group and the Academic Forum were being accused of admitting an expelled student, standing along employees who were using 'derogatory' language against teachers and top university administration and protecting motorcycle and car thieves.

They said that the TF would not succumb to PUASA's negative tactics.

Also, a PU spokesman says VC Prof Kamran had assured TTS faculty members that ban on taking extra classes would be abolished.

The VC said the PU was banking on young PhDs to further strengthening education standards in the university. He said that he was working to resolve teachers' problems and added that he had written a letter to the Higher Education Commission for increasing 25 per cent pay of teachers serving on TTS. He said the varsity administration was waiting for the Planning Commission response.

He said he was trying to increase the ratio of PhD teachers and the number of publications in the university. He said that five seats would be created for doing post-doctorate within the country while fund would be created for doing post-doctorate abroad.Prof Kamran said the university teachers could now get published their books from the University Printing Press.

The PU spokesman stated that PUASA president Prof Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar attended the TTS teachers meeting and thanked the VC for calling the meeting and lauded his efforts for solving teachers' longstanding problems. Dawn

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PU results
Lahore: The Punjab University announced the result of Doctor of Pharmacy (Condensed/Deficit Course), annual examination 2009. According to a press statement, detailed results are available on PU website The news

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Kinnaird College Convocation
Lahore: The Kinnaird College is holding its 74th convocation on Feb 22 (Tuesday) in college's amphitheatre.

The convocation will be presided over by KC board of governors chairman, while Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will attend as a chief guest. Dawn

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GCU Economics Society pays tribute to Dr Mehbubul Haq
Lahore: The Government College University Mehbubul Haq Economics Society (MHES) on Friday organised a seminar that paid homage and glowing tribute to an eminent old Ravian and world-renowned development economist Dr Mehbubul Haq, on whose name the society is named.

The Chairperson of Mehbubul Haq Human Development Centre and the wife of Mehbub-ulHaq, Khadija Haq, graced the occasion as chief guest while GCU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean, Dr Khalid Pervaiz, Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Social Sciences Dean, Dr Hafeez Pasha, LUMS School of Social Sciences and Humanities Dean, Dr Ijaz Nabi, Foreign Service Academy's former director, Iqbal Riza, and GCU Economics Department Chairman, Asif Saeed, addressed the seminar and lauded the contributions made by Dr Mehbubul Haq in the realm of development economics.

Khadija Haq shared many incidents of Dr Haq's life that testified his intellectual courage, creativity and his devotion towards people who were unvoiced, marginalised and suppressed. She said that Dr Haq raised the issues of human development many times but he always confronted political games. She quoted Dr Haq, "Human destiny is by choice, not by chance". She concluded her address by saying that the finest legacy of Dr Haq was his intellectual courage. Daily times

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