Shahbaz drops IT university decision
Lahore, Jan 10: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday announced withdrawing an earlier decision of his government to establish an information technology university at his 8-Club Road secretariat built by his predecessor, Pervaiz Elahi.
The announcement to turn the secretariat into an IT university was made soon after the formulation of the PML-N government which had accused Pervaiz Elahi of squandering public funds on its construction.The government could not implement the decision even after Shahbaz Sharif became the chief minister because of various reasons, mainly objections by the bureaucracy.
Officials said now the idea had finally been dropped on the recommendations of a committee set up by the chief minister under Chief Secretary Javed Mahmood to assess the viability of turning the secretariat into the university.
Now, the secretariat would be used by the chief minister's staff and to hold important meetings with foreign dignitaries. Dawn
BA/BSc admission forms
Lahore: The candidates, who failed in BA/BSc Supplementary Examination 2008, can now submit their admission forms for BA/BSc Annual Examination 2009 till tomorrow (Saturday) with single fee and a fine of Rs 625. App
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400 female teachers unpaid for six months
Lahore: About 400 regular English teachers employed by the Punjab Schools Department have no been paid their salaries for the past six months.
The Punjab Education Department hired about 17,000 male and female English teachers in 1997 from across the province. Out of these, 400 female English teachers were recruited with the promise that they would be promoted to a higher pay scale and would teach in government high schools. In 2007, the former chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi announced the 'Teachers Package', under which the teachers were to be promoted. In accordance with the orders, six months ago, the Punjab Schools Department took the service books of the teachers in order to implement the orders, but the books were not returned to the teachers. Because of the extended processing time, the teachers have also not been paid.
Financial difficulties: One of the female teachers said that it had become very difficult to continue their service, adding that they were facing financial difficulties. She said that they had tried to have their service books returned a number of times, but the authorities had said that their upgrade was still in process. Another teacher said that because of the absence of their service books, they were facing problems in registering their annual progress reports.
Probe: The Punjab Schools Department secretary said that the situation had not been brought to his attention. He said that the Executive District Officer (EDO) and District Coordination Officer (DCO) were the competent authorities to comment on the issue. However, he said that he was currently out of the city and would inquire into the matter after his return.
Education EDO Chaudhry Abdulrehman and DCO Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta could not be contacted. An official in the Education Department said that they had over 100 service books in their possession, but they could not be returned before the upgrade was completed.
Protest: Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) Chief Organiser Allah Rakha Gujjar said that the teachers had been recommended for promotion during the tenure of the former chief minister, adding that their suffering was tragic. He criticised the EDO and said that the teachers would protest against the undue delay. Daily Times
GCU approved BSc (Hons) programme in communication studies curriculum
Lahore: A meeting of the board of studies of Government College University's Department of Mass Commutation was held on Friday which approved the curriculum for four years for BSc (Hons) programme in communication studies.
The curriculum includes specializations in Print and Electronic Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations and Audio and Visual Production.
Dean Faculty of Languages Islamic and Oriental learning was the convener while the Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Chairman Department of Mass Communication of Beaconhouse National University and other members of the Board of Studies attended the meeting as members of Board of Studies.
Meanwhile, Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of the GCU is going to organize a three-day staff training programme (STP) under the valuable guidance of Vice Chancellor Prof Khalid Aftab for newly inducted teaching and administrative staff from January 14 to 16, 2009.
Rs 500,000 cheques given to AIMC students
Lahore: Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) Principal Prof Dr Javed Akram, on behalf of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, has handed over the cheques of Rs 500,000 each to top medal-wining candidates during the AIMC's 9th Convocation held on December 24, 2008. The principal gave away cheques to Dr Muhammad Zaman Khan and Dr Zarish Shaukat. Dr Muhammad Zaman Khan (2007) got 14 gold medals including Mian Muhammad Sharif Gold Medal while Dr Zarish Shaukat (2007) also got 14 medals including seven gold and silver medals each. The News
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