Distribution of laptops among students

110,000 laptops to be distributed among students by March: CM

Lahore, Jan 31: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said distribution of 110,000 laptops would be completed by March while 300,000 laptops will be distributed among the talented students next year at a cost of Rs12 billion.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the project of distribution of laptops to the students at Punjab University here on Monday.

Shahbaz said the Punjab government's programme of distribution of laptops would provide a strong basis to the country, eliminate hunger and poverty and strengthen agriculture and industrial sectors. The chief minister said he was very pleased to be at the function held to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of brilliant students at a prestigious educational institution of the country. He said it was a historic day as the project of distribution of 110,000 laptops among the students first time in the history of the country was being formally inaugurated and the process would be complete by March. He said the project would spread knowledge from Attock to Rahimyar Khan and translate the dreams of Iqbal and Quaid into reality. He said the purpose of holding the inaugural ceremony was to recognise the hard work and dedication of the brilliant students and their parents and teachers. The CM said Pakistan was achieved after innumerable sacrifices but despite the passage of 64 years it was still facing various problems and crises. He said Pakistan of Quaid was disintegrated in 1971 but no lesson was learnt from the tragedy.

The CM said the country was in darkness and the energy crisis had left negative impact on industrial, trade, agriculture and other sectors. He said a corrupt government was in power and the sooner the nation got rid of it the better it would be for the country. He said Pakistan on the one hand was a nuclear power while on the other hand, its rulers were running about with a begging bowl. He said the foreigners threw a few pennies in the begging bowl and force rulers to obey their commands which was intolerable for a living nation. Citing the example of Germany, he said that it was totally devastated in the World War II but after 50 years of hard work, it had again become a strong economy.

He said that during his recent visit to Germany, he was impressed by the German leadership that though Pakistanis was a poor nation but they had honour and dignity and wanted trade rather aid and technology. CM said time had come for the nation to follow the golden principle of work, work and work for progress. He said the Punjab government under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif was following a comprehensive programme of development of the province. He said the new generation was the guarantee to a glorious future of the country; therefore, such steps had been taken for the uplift of education sector as were unprecedented in the history of the country.

Shahbaz said that besides the students of Punjab, brilliant students of other provinces would also be given laptops. He said that just as scholarships were being given to the students of other provinces from the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund similarly talented students of other provinces were also being included in the programme of distribution of laptops.

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PU MBBS result
Lahore: Punjab University has announced the result of MBBS, First Professional (Re-Organised Scheme), Annual Exam 2011.

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LCWU wins first Persian Olympiad
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has won the first All Pakistan Persian Olympiad. The contest was arranged by Iran Cultural Centre Lahore and teams from different colleges and universities across the country participated in the contest. Written as well as oral tests were given to the participants to check their abilities in Persian language and literature. LCWU students of BS Persian Maria Umar and Amber Zulfiqar won the 1st and 3rd positions respectively. Director Iran Cultural Centre Abbas Famuri, Punjab University's Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran and Government College University (GCU) Lahore Dr Khaliq-ul-Rehman gave away prizes.

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BISE suppl result
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore will announce the result of Intermediate Supplementary Examination 2011 on Tuesday (today). A BISE spokesman claimed that there was not a single case of Result Late (R.L) in the said result. He said BISE Chairman Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik directed the Controller of Examinations to dispatch the Result Cards to all candidates on residential addresses. About 30,079 candidates appeared in the said examination. The spokesman further claimed that the BISE Lahore was continuously announcing the last three examinations' results well in time and error free. Results will be available on the board's website www.biselahore.com.

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FDE teachers to get promotions from Jan 2011
Islamabad: The official who signed the notification regarding upgradation of 1,046 FDE teachers has distanced himself from the issue of date of implementation of the package and insisted that all the teachers would stand promoted from January 2011 as announced by the prime minister.

Joint Secretary of the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Rafique Tahir, insisted that the notification wrongly carried the date of January 5, 2012 instead of January 1, 2011 for implementation of the up-gradation package and a new notification would be issued today (Tuesday) to rectify the mistake.

It is pertinent to mention here that the notification issued some days back clearly mentioned that the decision would be implemented from January 5, 2012, but the Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA) and Federal Government Teachers Association (FGTA) termed it a violation of directives of the prime minister and threatened to launch movement for their rights.

According to the notification 474 male and 572 female teachers have been promoted from BPS-16 to BPS-17 category that would make them eligible for other benefits.

FGCTA Secretary General Tahir Mehmood said the CADD administration ignored the directives of the prime minister and now it should issue a new notification otherwise the teachers would continue to raise voice for their rights. He said it was quite astonishing to know that the upgradation package would come into effect from January this year because all stakeholders had developed consensus that the teachers working in BPS-16 would be promoted to BPS-17 from January 2011.

Tahir Mehmood said the teachers' community has been struggling for their upgradation ever since they were assured by former prime minister Shaukat Aziz on World Teachers Day on October 5, 2006.

"In pursuance to teachers' dedicated struggle at every forum, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani had reiterated his pledge to upgrade the teachers under a package on November 8, 2010, so it should be implemented in true letter and spirit," he said. Various groups of teachers were also of the view that it was a deliberate effort on the part of the CADD administration to get to know the reaction of the teachers so there should be no doubt about their commitment for this cause as teachers got promotion after 18 to 20 years as a result of consistent and long struggle.

Playing down the issue, CADD Joint Secretary Rafique Tahir said the teachers should wait for a day and their demand would be fulfilled in line with the promotion formula prepared in coordination with all the stakeholders.

He reiterated that they would give a serious thought to demand of the teachers and every step would be taken in their interest. "I assure that appropriate steps would be taken to meet demands of the teachers," he said.

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Winning teams from NUST awarded
Islamabad: On behalf of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar here on Monday distributed cheques worth Rs3 million among NUST students, who excelled in an international business plan competition, Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) - Battle of Ideas World Cup 2011.

The competition was held in Istanbul from December 3 to 6, 2011. The cheques awarding ceremony was held at NUST main Campus. The secretary commended the NUST teams (Sahara and Saltech) for their impressive performance at a global business plan contest in which the best entrepreneurs from 43 countries participated. He felicitated the NUST teams, saying the youth of Pakistan had no dearth of potential and the performance of NUST students was its true reflection.

It may be mentioned here that these young NUST entrepreneurs called on the prime minister after proving their mettle before the world. The premier appreciated the young minds on making the nation proud with their cherished accomplishment in the mega event. He also announced a prize of Rs3 million for the students. The chief executive lauded the role of National University of Sciences and Technology for nourishing budding entrepreneurs and intellects, who play vital role in the national development. Earlier, the secretary also attended an important consultative conference between NUST high-ups and a team of World Technopolis Association.

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Roots National Olympiad 2012 ends
Islamabad: The Roots National Olympiad 2012 concluded with a gracious closing ceremony here on Monday, says a press release.

A night before the concluding ceremony, a packed Roots College International, I-9/3 Millennium Campus, Islamabad, was treated to mesmerising music of Ali Azmat. All students, organisers and highly-charged youth were high enough to rub up against the ceiling. There was no stopping them. The warmth in and around the capital on Sunday evening defied the meteorological office's predictions of freezing cold conditions in the city. The warmth was provided by the singing of Ali Azmat in fact, natural laws cease to exist with him around. The Platinum Sponsorship of MEGA Event was by Ufone and Change - in Education.

After the successful completion of the Roots National Olympiad 2012 addressing the audience at the closing ceremony elated and accomplished idea sponsor of the Olympiad, Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq, executive director of the Roots School System (RSS), said: "The Roots National Olympiad 2012 was all about providing students an opportunity to take part in creative fields and have fun at the same time as we are committed to improve the educational experience of our students. Along with the academic competitions there were social events: concerts, stage performances and a myriad of other exciting extravaganzas in these three days that became a cherished memory of your life."

The ceremony was graced by Turkish Ambassador Babur Hizlan as chief guest. While addressing the closing ceremony, he praised the hard work and dedication and said: "The Roots National Olympiad this year simply exceeded expectations. The hard work of the organisers has truly paid off in shape of this mega event. I would like to offer my felicitations to all students and salute the dedication and commitment of this great institution, leadership, management and teachers who are nurturing the future of Pakistan. It is pertinent to appreciate here, the intellectual wisdom and vision of Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq, who is the idea sponsor of this dynamic initiative."

Organisers took pride in the remarkable management of the Roots National Olympiad 2012. There were red faces last week when organisers were excited as well as enthusiastic about the event to begin but at the same time were highly worried and concerned about the preparations. But their untiring efforts, sleepless nights and sweat of hard work all have been blended most skilfully to produce this event.

Bright faces, confident tenor, smiling eyes and giggling voices were speaking volumes of the fact that their four-day Olympiad was a great success that involves an untiring and unmitigated spirit and hard work. One of the organisers said, "The Roots National Olympiad 2012 management team is proud to support and organise this Olympiad with every day being breathtaking, exciting, well organised leaving everyone awestruck. Throughout the event thrill was in the air and heat was rushing through the veins. It was really heart-warming to see that everyone had fun and was united under one banner; to share ideas and explore out of the box." The news

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