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CM thanked for GCU grant
Lahore, Jan 17: Government College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab and Endowment Fund Trust Executive Committee President Iqbal Z Ahmed have welcomed Rs 50 million grant announced by the Punjab Chief Minister and Old Ravian Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for Government College University Endowment Fund Trust.

In a press statement, the vice chancellor called on all the alumni of GovernmentCollege University to play active role in the university's further development. He said that the CM has great love for his alma mater, which was heartening.

GCU EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said that the best aspect of the donations to the endowment fund was that the principal amount collected by it was never spent but only the income earned on the principal amount was used by Government College University for development projects and scholarships of deserving students.

He said that the fund has already initiated more than 24 scholarships being given to the GovernmentCollege University deserving students on merit every year. He said more of such scholarships would be initiated in the near future with the support of Old Ravians.

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Shahbaz suspends EDO over demolished primary school
Lahore: Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday ordered immediate suspension of EDO Education Dr Muhammad Arshad for his failure to construct a new school in place of the demolished one due to the Ring Road at Chachuwala Pind, Bedian Road, Lahore.

Besides, he also ordered action against other administrative officers who had shown negligence in this regard. The CM also issued instructions for setting up a special committee, comprising locals, for identifying the site for the new school within 48 hours on which construction work could start within seven days.

Taking strict notice of a report telecast on a TV channel regarding the serious problems being faced by students, especially girls, due to non-existence of a primary school at Chachuwala Pind, the CM personally visited the village to ascertain the facts. The locals who informed him that after the demolition of the primary school due to Ring Road, they had contacted the EDO Education on a number of occasions for making alternative arrangements as the girl students had to travel four to five kilometres to Ludhar village for education but he paid no attention to their request.

At this, the chief minister said that it was highly lamentable that in spite of the demand of the local population, the officer concerned had neither taken any action for the construction of a new school nor did he make temporary arrangements for education of girl students due to which students were forced to study in the open. He said that had there been a problem of school for the children of the elite, the building would had been raised overnight but no attention was paid to the problem of the common manís children. He said that this attitude of bureaucracy was a big hurdle to the national development as it preferred to sit in offices instead of resolving the public problems. He also ordered temporary arrangements for the education of girl students till the construction of the school building.

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PEF to train 3,500 students
Lahore: Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) chairman Raja Anwar has said that the PEF has chalked out a programme to impart professional training to the poor and deserving students in different fields. He was speaking at a symposium titled 'Public-Private Partnership in Vocational Training', organised by the PEF here on Saturday. The PEF chairman said that 3,500 students would get free of cost training under the programme being initiated through the program. He said that the agreements would be signed with TEVTA, different NGOs and business associations under the programme. The news

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Objection over house rent payment to VC
Multan: Auditors have found flaws in the payment of house rent to the Bahauddin Zakariya University vice chancellor (VC) declaring it against the rules and failure of financial controls. VC Prof Muhammad Zaffarullah, however, says he has been drawing the money since his appointment on Jan 2, 2007, in accordance with the rules.

External Audit Officer Zulfiqar Qadri in its report stated that during the university external audit of 2009-2010, they found the VC had been drawing Rs63,570 per month as house rent despite using a furnished accommodation.

The university treasurer also illegally released maintenance charges, electric charges, gas charges and generator use charges to the office in question which stand at Rs3.659 million.

Dr Zaffarullah said an official notice in 2003 had declared the VC House as a camp office and designated accommodation of the VC. He said his predecessors had paid house rent under the same law since 2003.

He said that he had been paying the house rent according to the schedule devised for the tenure track professors of grade 22.

He said that his house was entitled for all utilities.

He said he had forwarded his explanation on the objection and a public account committee would decide about it.

The auditor says declaring the official residence of the vice chancellor as camp office is neither allowed in the rules nor justified by any means of justice nor a good example by an official working as employer in the institution. Dawn

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