LUMS & ACCCA Pakistan Teach Excel workshop

'Teach Excel' workshop concludes at LUMS
Lahore, July 18, 2008: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCCA) Pakistan organised two-day 'Teach Excel' workshop at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), which concluded on Thursday.

The workshop was the part of ACCA's efforts to develop excellence in professional accounting education and establish best practices amongst tertiary accounting education providers. Punjab Minister for Population Welfare Neelam Jabbar who was the chief guest on the closing ceremony of the workshop distributed certificates among the participants.

William Parrott of KAPLAN Financial who is an experienced ACCA tutor was main tutor, besides Alan Hatfield and Jonathan Mbewe.

The workshop participants included faculty members of ACCA Approved Learning Partners in Pakistan. The participants appreciated ACCA's initiative efforts in enhancing the capacity of professional accounting education faculty members. They opined that the workshop was useful and relevant to their work as it enabled them to learn new teaching skills, adding that the workshop had energised them and they were motivated to improve their performance.

On the occasion, Arif Masud Mirza, Head of ACCA Pakistan said Teach Excel was manifestation of ACCA Pakistan's commitment to faculty development of professional accounting education tuition providers. "Our students have demonstrated ability and potential to be world class professional accountants. Through initiatives like 'Teach Excel', we were facilitating ACCA tutors to help young generation of Pakistan in pursuing their ambition of a successful career in finance, accounting and taxation," Mirza said.

Neelam Jabbar commended ACCA for arranging the event, adding that teachers can play an important role in producing professional accountants of high calibre to meet global challenges. "Such kind of training workshops should become a regular feature," she suggested. At the conclusion of the ceremony, shields and certificates were distributed amongst the workshop leaders by Arif Masud Mirza.

It may be mentioned here that ACCA is the global body for professional accountants, which aims to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a challenging career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports 122,000 members and 325,000 students throughout their careers, providing services through a network of 80 offices and centres.

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LUMS to organise Model National Assembly event
Lahore: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) will organise a Model National Assembly event to educate the students about the process of law making in parliament and its flaws, the organisers said on Thursday.

The LUMS Law and Politics Society (LPS) would organise the event and delegates from all major universities of the country would be invited to attend it. Students from different countries including India, Bangladesh and Nepal would also be invited to the event next year, if the first one proves to be a success, as they were also invited to a LUMS Model United Nations event.

The organisers have established four different political parties on the basis of different agendas including a socialist party, an Islamic party, a democratic party etc. The parties have been asked to design their manifestos so that they would be able to give them to the voters and would formally launch an election campaign inside the campus after August 25. All the political parties would be allowed to organise their campaigns according to set rules. The winning parties would be allocated seats in the Model Parliament according to their scores. They would be allowed to conduct parliamentary sessions and enter the process of law making under the Constitution of Pakistan.

Political process: The event's Chief Organiser Madeeha Luqman said that it was a unique project and was aimed at sensitising the students about the political process. She said that the society intended to organise the event with the start of the next academic session and the process of political campaigning, voting, election of the candidates and a model parliament's establishment would be based on the law prevalent in the country. Madeeha said, "The students will learn the ins and outs of the political system and in the end they would be able to discuss public affairs and construct law in accordance with people's needs."

She said it was a difficult job to organise an event of such a scale and it was the first time that the university had planned anything of such magnitude. Madeeha said, "We used to organise the Model United Nations event every year and we found that we were successful in educating the students about the role and working of the United Nations. They learned how the fate of different nations was decided on an international platform and now they would learn how the fate of the Pakistani people is decided in parliament." The organiser added that students would be educated about participating in the political process, about the rules of holding an assembly session and the LPS had already prepared training material that they would need during the process.

Madeeha said, "The students will not abuse each other during the sessions as is observed during the real event and they would learn the flaws in the system which allow politicians to disrupt the process of law making and hinder the elected representatives of people from coming up with solutions of certain issues."

Outgoing LPS President Basil Nabi Malik said that the event was his brain child and it would not only educate the students about law making, but would also enable them to see how the sessions of the National Assembly could be conducted in an amicable way. He added that different political parties' representatives including the speaker should always keep the collective good of the public in mind during the process of law making.

Lawmakers: He said that the event would last 45 days from the beginning till the conducting of Model Assembly sessions and the lawmakers would discuss issues such as terrorism, inflation, economy, debts and dams during the assembly sessions, and try to come up with practical solutions. Daily Times

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