Parents, teachers demand ban on music concerts
Lahore, Jan 11: Parents and teachers have demanded of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to ban musical concerts in educational institutions in order to save children from the fate of the three Punjab College girl students, who died during a stampede at the end of a musical concert. Mrs Afshan Khalid, while talking to APP said musical concerts were blind imitation of the western values and had nothing to do with our eastern values. She said the unfortunate incident at the Al-Hamra Cultural Complex on Monday night was an eye-opener for the private educational institutions, which followed blindly the methods of the European society, bereft of values and morality.
Professors and lecturers boycott classes
Lahore: Professors and lecturers of colleges in Punjab continuing their protest on the second day observed a complete strike and boycotted the classes in their respective educational institutions in Rawalpindi district like other parts of the province.
As protest was observed by the teaching community, the studies of the students in both women and boys colleges remained affected at large. The protest campaign by professors and lecturers started on the other day is being done in favour of their demands on the call of Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association, Rawalpindi Division.
The demands of professors and lecturers include the announcement of their service structure. Similarly, one-step upgradation of professors and lecturers be enforced, four point formula for promotion be introduced. Besides this, the services of lecturers and professors working on contract basis should be regularised with out any further delay.
On Tuesday, professors and lecturers of Government Post Graduate College, Satellite Town, Government College Asghar Mall, Gordon College, Hashmat Ali Islamia College, Post Graduate Women College, Muslim Town, etc boycotted their classes in protest.
President of the PPLA, Rawalpindi Division, Mohammad Ilyas Qureshi visited all colleges for boys and women and addressed the protesting professors and lecturers in which he demanded of the government to accept their demands.
Ilyas Qureshi threaten that if the demands of the professors and lecturers are not accepted, they would continue their protest. The association president gave a deadline of January 13 to the Punjab government for accept their demands. On failure, professors and lecturers would adopt strict strategy including holding protest rallies along with the students. Professors, lecturers and students would also approach the people to apprise them of the problems being faced by the teaching community.
Laptops for students to increase next year
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the young generation is the guarantee to the glorious future of the country and the goal of progress could be achieved by equipping the youth with modern knowledge.
Addressing assembly members of various districts here on Tuesday, Shahbaz said the project of setting up IT labs in more than 4,000 schools at a cost of Rs 5 billion had been completed transparently and in a record period and students were gaining information about the latest inventions through the labs.
The chief minister said a project had also been evolved for the distribution of 100,000 laptops in a transparent way. He said the project would be implemented expeditiously and transparently and the number of laptops would also be increased the next year.
The CM said that a major chunk of the country's population comprised youth and unemployment problem could be overcome by imparting them various skills. He said the government had also set up the Skills Development Fund and distribution of interest-free loans of Rs 1 billion among the skilled persons had started.
He said establishment of the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund was a revolutionary step and scholarships were being awarded to students not only of Punjab but Azad Kashmir and other provinces as well. He said more than 30,000 students were benefiting from educational fund.
Shahbaz Sharif said the Danish schools had been set up for the provision of modern educational facilities to the students of the far-flung areas. He said students were also being offered free of cost boarding facilities in the schools.
He said the Punjab government also launched the Ashiana housing scheme for providing shelter to the lower strata of the society citizens and such residential facilities had been made available in the schemes as were available earlier only in the residential colonies of the rich. He said yellow cab scheme was being implemented expeditiously and cabs were being given to the youth in a transparent manner.
Lahore: Punjab University's Examinations Department has announced results of MA Urdu, Political Science & Fine Arts, Part-II, Annual Examination 2011, and Master of Surgery (MS), Part-I, Supplementary Exam 2007.
Medical college made UHS constituent
Lahore: The Punjab government has declared Gujranwala Medical College (GMC) as the constituent college of the University of Health Sciences (UHS).
According to a notification issued by the provincial health department on Tuesday, the management, administration and control of Gujranwala Medical College has been transferred to the UHS with immediate effect.
The District Headquarters Hospital, Gujranwala shall continue to function as attached teaching hospital for the Gujranwala Medical College.
The existing employees of GMC, Gujranwala shall continue to be government employees under the Development Scheme of GMC, till completion of the scheme.
These employees, at their option, shall be considered for absorption as employees of the university in accordance with UHS Ordinance 2002 and the rules framed there under.
UHS Vice Chancellor Prof. Malik Hussain Mubbashar, in a message on this occasion, congratulated the students and faculty of GMC on becoming the part and parcel of University of Health Sciences.
He noted that the students of GMC were trailblazers by becoming the first undergraduate medical batch of the university, and he anticipated that this development would make a significant contribution to the medical education in Punjab and to the health of the population.
"We are all here for our students, to produce new generation of well-trained and humanistic physicians, and for making positive contribution to medicine in Punjab, through education, training, research and service, he said, adding that the university would look after the faculty and staff of GMC and its attached hospital.
Prof. Mubbashar announced that Gujranwala Medical College would be the sub-campus of UHS and resolved to make it a 'model medical college'. Gujranwala Medical College was established by the Punjab government in 2010 and it has recently been recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council for teaching 100 MBBS students. The DHQ hospital Gujranwala, with 450 beds, has been attached as its teaching hospital. The news