PU declared MBBS, MBA exams results
Lahore, Jan 22: The Punjab University Examinations Department on Thursday declared the results of various examinations.
These exams included MBBS, First Professional, Part-I, Annual Examination 2009, MBBS, First Professional, Part-II, Annual Examination 2009, Master of Business Administration (Insurance & Risk Management), Morning, Semester System, Session 2007-2009.Your Comments
Inclusive Schooling Model
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Institute of Education and Research (IER) has conducted a study on the root-causes of dropout rate at primary level schools and proposed an Inclusive Schooling Model for Pakistani Schools and further gave a plan of its implementation from macro to micro level in the field. This study can form a basis for achieving the target of 'zero dropout' and 'Education for All' which will lead our society towards social inclusion in future.
For this study, the PU has awarded a PhD degree to Muhammad Shahid Farooq in the subject of Special Education. His thesis was entitled "Development of An Inclusive Schooling Plan for Prevention of Dropout". He completed his research thesis under the supervision of PU Department of Special Education Ex-Chairman Prof Dr Abdul Hameed.
The researcher, applying quantitative and qualitative approach, conducted intensive interviews of dropout students of primary schools. He also interviewed these students' teachers and parents to know the cause of the dropout. The study was conducted in eight districts of the Punjab province including Okara, Hafizabad, Sheikhpura, Gujrat, Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Chakwal and Multan.
The major causes identified through study are students' difficulty in learning, lack of interest in school, lack of interest in studies, class repetition and low socio-economic status of parents of the dropouts.
The present primary school seems unhealthy, unfriendly and not open to all the students belonging to different shades of society. The news
What made govt affiliate FJMC with UHS?
Lahore: The Lahore High Court chief justice on Thursday directed Punjab health secretary to apprise him of the circumstances which compelled the government to affiliate the Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC) with the University of Health Sciences (UHS).
Chief Justice Khwaja Sharif also sought information regarding national and international rating of the degrees being awarded by Punjab University and the UHS.
Justice Sharif was heading a division bench which heard the suo motu proceeding initiated over the prolonged protest launched by FJMC students against college's affiliation with the UHS.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan was the other member on the bench.
Earlier, the bench expressed its concern over the matter, observing that earlier the government had exempted the FJMC and the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) from UHS affiliation.
Now it was unreasonable to affiliate the FJMC with the UHS, which was only an eight-year-old institution, the bench observed, adding it (UHS) even did not have its own premises.
The bench observed, "We want to know the reasons and circumstances under which the government affiliated a renowned institution in Asia which was named after Madar-i-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah with a varsity which had not even its own premises, in place of Punjab University, a historical institution in the region."
Meanwhile, UHS, FJMC and PU, through their counsels, filed their written contentions in the court.
The bench converted the suo motu proceeding into a writ petition and adjourned further hearing till Jan 28.
A large number of FJMC students also attended the court proceedings. Dawn
Educational fund to be raised to Rs10bn
Lahore: The Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) has decided to include middle standard and technical education pass-outs in the scheme of awarding "merit-based scholarships to students coming from the poor families".
The PEEF, created with an endowment fund of Rs4 billion, has this year awarded 5,326 scholarships to pass-outs of secondary and intermediate annual examinations for year 2008 across Punjab. Of these, 389 scholarships were awarded to other provinces' students including 200 scholarships to Balochistan students.
This was informed by PEEF chief executive officer Dr Kamran Shams while briefing mediapersons about the PEEF and its functions. Earlier, PEEF vice-chairman Dr Amjad Saqib briefed about the status, focus, vision, mission, objectives and scholarship policy of the fund.
Dr Shams said that as many as 80 per cent scholarships were awarded on merit to public sector schools' students coming from families with maximum monthly income of Rs15,000. (At least 10 per cent of these scholarships were for low-cost private schools' students).
While 20 per cent scholarships were given through a special quota for orphans, children of government servants in BPS 1-4, children belonging to minorities, and special children.
On the basis of middle, secondary, intermediate and technical education annual examinations for 2009, the fund is currently in the process of awarding 5,389 scholarships, he said.
The scholarships are given bi-annually through a bank draft sent to the college principal, where the recipient is enrolled.
Dr Shams said the PEEF was awarding scholarships from the income of the endowment fund.
He said he hoped that the PEEF endowment fund would be raised to Rs10 billion with the financial assistance of the Punjab government in a phased manner.
Explaining the process of identifying scholarships' recipients, Dr Shams said the fund got the database of students of government schools and colleges, who obtained over 60 per cent marks in their annual examinations.
The fund then categorized students in gender-wise at tehsil level and selected the top students against the available scholarships. If no candidate was available in any stream like that in commerce education among girls, he said the available scholarships were transferred to other categories in the same tehsil.
Dr Shams said the PEEF had also signed a memorandum of understanding with the LUMS asking it to add 20 talented and needy students to its National Outreach Programme (NOP) and the PEEF would contribute 50 per cent of the financial needs of those 20 students.
As the PEEF selected students through its own policy and sent intimation letters to them, he said, the fund received massive response from students mostly expressing their surprise that could they be approached for a scholarship without asking for it.
Dr Shams said the PEEF had also identified 230 Centres of Excellence (COEs) – academic institutions that had exemplary academic standing – which would operate as a hub for networking of PEEF scholars and other stakeholders.
He said these COEs would also be operating as the central coordinating authority for PEEF scholar community in its vicinity.
At these CEOs, he said, the PEEF scholars would be trained in soft skills such as leadership, critical thinking, analytical skills, personality development and communication skills.
He said the PEEF had launched its portal www.peef.org.pk and it was posting the list of recipients of scholarships on the website with an objective to make its operations transparent.
Dr Shams said the PEEF had also created email accounts of its 5,000 scholarship recipients in the first phase and they were interacting about their experiences, curriculum issues and future plans.
He said these email addresses would be linked with the PEEF portal to provide different interactive services to PEEF community like PEEF chat, blogs and messenger.
Dr Amjad Saqib said the PEEF aimed at creating a pool of talented Pakistani youths from less privileged background, contributing towards economic and social development and to realise the dream of a moderate, progressive and prosperous nation.
GCU tribute to Ghalib
Lahore: Nazir Ahmed Music Society of the Government College University (GCU) paid a glowing tribute to Mirza Asadullah Khan, popularly known as Ghalib, in connection with his 212th birth anniversary on Wednesday.
The society held special music session at which students raised the roof with Ghazals and poems of the great poet. The news
Educational institutes closed
Mianwali: All educational institutions of Isakhel tehsil remained closed while high schools at district headquarters observed a one-hour strike on Thursday in protest against the abduction of a class VI student of the Government Girls High School, Makarwal, some 80km from here.
Reports said five armed men on Wednesday bundled Misbahur Rasool, 12, into a car (LDM-5323) from the main gate of the school in broad daylight and escaped towards the adjoining mountains. After some time, local traders blocked Mianwal-Makarwal Road for two hours, burnt tyres and chanted slogans against the police.
A police team, headed by Isakhel DSP Saeedullah Khan Niazi, reached the spot and the protesters dispersed on his assurance.
On the complaint of girl's father Faiz Rasool, Makarwal police have registered a case against Saadullah Khan, a resident of Makarwal, and his four unidentified accomplices under sections 36-B, 148 and 149 of the PPC.
When contacted, Makarwal SHO inspector Hafiz Muhammad Rustam Khan said: "We are trying to arrest the culprits who are hiding in mountains. We have recovered the car used in the crime."
Faiz Rasool said: "I want my girl back who was kidnapped by 'vagabonds' of an influential figure of the area."
He has appealed to the IG police to intervene and get her daughter recovered from the clutches of the influential.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Teachers Union has threatened to go for a province-wide strike if the accused are not arrested. Dawn
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