Punjab colleges 4,000 vacant posts

4,000 college teacher posts lying vacant
Lahore, Jan 28: Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman says there are some 4,000 posts lying vacant in colleges in the province.

Despite such a shortfall of teachers, he says, there is a 1-40 teacher-student ratio in colleges in the province.

The minister said this during a question hour in the Punjab Assembly on Friday.

Mr Rehman faced a tough time from the treasury which billed his answers either irrelevant or wrong.

Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) forward bloc's Sheikh Allauddin wanted to know about colleges in the province that had less number of students than faculty members. The minister had no exact figures. He said there might be a couple of such colleges in remote areas.

Mr Allauddin claimed there were 29 such colleges in Punjab where teachers outnumbered students. According to him, government's policy to open such colleges (on political consideration) was wastage of money and nothing else.

Mr Rehman asked Mr Allauddin to inform him about such colleges so that he could initiate an action against the officials.

PML-N's Zamurad Yasmin, Mian Naseer and Nighat Nasir Sheikh rejected the minister's answers regarding the Quaid-i-Azam Public Library and the Punjab Public Library affairs.

The education minister said the government would open public libraries in every union council.Responding to questions about the marking system, which were submitted in August and November in 2009, the minister informed the house that education boards in Punjab had introduced online and computerised system to discourage unfair means in examination centres and boards.

After the question hour, the law minister introduced the Punjab Local Government (amendment) Bill of 2012 to provide legal cover to administrative and financial network in the new districts and tehsils.

Soon after the introduction of amendment bill, PPP's Faiza Malik pointed quorum that broke the proceedings.

Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood adjourned the proceedings till Monday as the number of members in the house could not exceed 50. Dawn

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Rabi-ul-Awwal celebrations at IIUI
Islamabad: The Da'wah Academy of the International Islamic University has decided to dedicate the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal to educate people about the message of Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH).

Professor Dr Sajidur Rehman, vice president of the university, called a meeting of heads of various sections of Da'wah Academy and formed committees to organise programmes about salient features of Seerat-un- Nabi. He said creating awareness among educational institutions about Seerat-un-Nabi is the tradition of Da'wah Academy. He said the academy has chalked out a comprehensive programme to commemorate the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal. Daily times

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Teachers seek scholarships for all students
Rawalpindi: Teachers' community has demanded the Punjab government to allow scholarships to all students, instead of only those who achieve 60 per cent marks in the Rawalpindi Board examinations (9th and 10th).

The demand was made by teachers of Rawalpindi district headed by Punjab SES Additional President Chaudhry Mohammad Yasin, while talking to journalists here on Friday. Teachers' Association, Rawalpindi District, President Sajid Iqbal Janjua, General Secretary Farman Sli Abbasi, and member executive body Chaudhry Mohammad Daud Khan were also present on the occasion.

They expressed concern over the ban imposed by the government some three years ago, which has deprived hundreds of children of serving educators, retired teachers and the deceased employees.

They said that the scholarship is awarded to the students through benevolent funds deducted from the salaries of teachers every month. It is our right to decide whether to give or not the scholarships to the students. It is our amount and the government has nothing to do with it, they said. As benevolent fund is deducted from our salaries, we call upon Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to extend the scholarship to all students, who clear the board exams even though they achieve less than 60 per cent. The mandatory law of attaining 60 per cent marks should be lifted immediately, they stressed.

To a question, Chaudhry Mohammad Yasin informed that over the last three years the teachers had been demanding during negotiations with concerned officials and through letters for lifting the ban but to date no positive step had been taken in this regard. However, if the government fails to lift the ban in the next two weeks, they threatened starting protest movement, boycott of classes, and staging of sit-ins in all parts of Punjab.

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Inter-collegiate English debate competition held
Islamabad: Students exhibited extraordinary oratorical skills in the inter-collegiate English debate competition held at the Islamabad Model College for Girls (Postgraduate), F-7/4, Islamabad on Friday. Students of thirteen colleges presented their views in favour or against the topic 'Only strict mother can teach a child'.

The chief guest of the ceremony was Samina Shamim, former principle of IMCG (Postgraduate) F-7/4 Islamabad. Ayesha Moeen, Professor Rohi Zaka and Syeda Huma Batool were the Jury members of the debate competitions.

Afifa Yousaf of FG (Postgraduate) College, Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi clinched first prize. Aqsa Zehra IMCG, F-10/2, Islamabad received second and Naima Binta Shahab of FG (Postgraduate) College, Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi got third prize. And the consolation prize was given to Hadia Arif of ICG F-6/2 Islamabad. The trophy was awarded to FG (Postgraduate), Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi.

Samina Shamim appreciated the winners for their performance, and said it was a great pleasure to be in this institution once again. She shared a quote "Teaching is the second most difficult occupation, parenting is the first one." She said that mother should be in a sense of proportion not leaning toward strictness not leaning toward relaxation, but toward reconciliation of both.

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Beaconhouse to host 'Little Leaders' workshops
Rawalpindi: The Beaconhouse School System (BSS) will host 'Little Leaders' - a series of free interactive workshops, for parents and young children tomorrow (Sunday), says a press release.

Selected Beaconhouse schools across the country will be open for parents of children aged 3 to 8 for a full day of free interactive workshops and activities. The programme of fully interactive workshops is based on the latest research in education and child development and will include hands-on activities and question-and-answer sessions.

The topics include 'How to Raise a Leader'; 'Parenting for Today: Raising Tomorrow's Leaders'; 'How to Raise a Reader'; 'How your Child can love Maths'; 'How your Child can learn through Play', and 'How to use Technology with your Child'. Each is designed to provide simple strategies to instil a sense of leadership and responsibility in the young, as well as helping them to develop core skills in a world that has become increasingly competitive.

In particular, the event will highlight ways in which to promote a lifelong appreciation and love for books. Parents will also be guided on tips and techniques to practise with their young ones to make them appreciate the fun and magic of mathematics and technology and how they can be applied in virtually every sphere of life.

While parents will be busy in the workshops, the children will be provided the opportunity to fully occupy in a range of activities including storytelling, handprint-making, potter's wheel, puppet-making, jumping castle etc. Parents may walk-in, call or visit http://tbt.beaconhouse.net/littleleaders/ to register for the workshops at any of the Beaconhouse schools hosting this event.

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Colloquium held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: A colloquium was organised at Fatima Jinnah Women University here on Friday participated by the faculty of the university. University's Registrar Dr Maryam Rab and Dr Sophia Khalid, Lecturer of Department of Environmental Sciences were the speakers.

Dr Maryam Rab stated that the ambition of the internationalisation is to offer benefits to improve their education and attract foreign students and staff. The challenges and opportunities faced by internationalisation were also discussed. Fifteen years back internationalisation in Pakistan meant establishing labs, students' mobility, starting and external programmes but now internationalisation is knowledge, students and faculty exchange. It also focuses on the reversal of brain drain, cross-cultural studies; joint publications and sabbaticals. Dr Sophia Khalid also addressed the participants. The news

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