Foolproof security for MBBS entry test directed
Lahore, July 10: District Coordination Officer Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta on Friday ordered foolproof security arrangements for MBBS medical entry test scheduled for July 22.
He was presiding over a high level meeting of police, education, planning and other department officers.
Bhutta directed the officials to ensure foolproof security on July 22 at the examination centres, install walk-through gates, set up barriers on the entry and exit points, and check the students with metal detectors. He stressed the Wapda officials to ensure electricity supply to the examination centres without any interruption for the convenience of the students. He also ordered to depute officials of civil defence at entry and exit points.
"All officers should consult EDO Education regarding arrangements," he said. He further issued directions to the officers to submit a report regarding arrangements after visiting the entry test centre. The nation
1,129 lecturers' promotion reviewed
Lahore: The Departmental Promotion Committee of Higher Education Department, headed by Additional Secretary Ehsan Bhutta, on Friday considered 1,129 cases of lectures for their promotion from BPS-17 to 18.
According to a handout, the committee reviewed the promotion cases of 567 female lecturers and 562 male lecturers. Approximately 800 eligible lecturers with complete ACRs were cleared for promotion and remaining cases were deferred due to non-availability of ACRs. After the receipt of their ACRs, the remaining lecturers would also be promoted.
It is pertinent to mention that the hundreds of lecturers had been waiting for there promotion for more than 20 years. The department created vacancies by dismissing more then 600 absconder lectures and promoting 500 assistant professors. The departmental authority had directed lecturers and field officers to complete the ACRs of the deferred cases so that their promotion notification could be issued at the earliest.
AJK seeks college's affiliataion with UHS
Lahore: The Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) has requested the Punjab government to affiliate its first public sector medical college, being established in the capital city of Muzaffarabad, with the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore. In a letter written by AJK Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan to Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, it was said that the UHS had gained national and international standing with a high degree of credibility in the world of academia in a very short time. The news
Use of govt buildings: Private schools violate rules to make more money
Peshawar: The administrators of the schools operating under the Public Private Collaboration (PPC) agreement, signed between the government and private parties, have been violating rules, according to sources.
Sources said that according to the agreement, the administration of PPC schools was supposed to impart education from nursery to intermediate level in the respective primary, high and higher secondary schools.
But they have started graduation and professional classes in these schools which is a clear violation of the agreement. "Secondly, they have also started charging higher fees from the students," an official said.
The elementary and secondary education department had decided in 2002 to allow individuals to set up private educational centres in the government school buildings to boost education in the province.
In this connection agreements were signed the same year with people, most of whom were retired educationists. They were allowed by the government to start evening classes in buildings of schools across the province.
In the early years, the PPC schools were run under a project but later its administration was shifted to the respective executive district officers (EDOs).
"We had clearly told the PPC school owners to charge minimum fee from the students as well as strictly barred them from setting up graduation and professional colleges in the buildings of the government schools in the evening," the official said.
Under agreement it is binding on the PPC school administrators to pay 10 per cent of their income to the government which will be spent on the renovation of the respective school building. Before launching of the PPC schools, they were asked to share the electricity bills with the education department as well as repair furniture and electric appliances in the classrooms if damaged.
However, neither the 10 per cent income was given to the government nor furniture and electricity appliances were ever repaired, sources said.
Sources said that the administrators had also occupied rooms in those schools to use the same as offices. "We have repots that some of the administrators lock their offices and the rooms cannot be used for other purposes in the morning," the official said.
When asked what was wrong with the starting of graduation and professional classes at the PPC schools, the official said that graduation was not the domain of the elementary and secondary education department. "There are many colleges in each district. If someone is interested in setting up graduation and professional colleges in the evening, they should contact the higher education department," he said.
The additional director development of the department, Syed Bashir Hussain Shah, when contacted, confirmed that the PPC school administrators were violating the agreement. However, he claimed that PPC schools were functioning smoothly in some districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
"We have directed all EDOs to scrap contract with those administrators of the PPC schools who are not honouring it," he added. To further improve the PPC schools' affairs, he said, the department would sign agreement with the administrators of the PPC schools instead of the EDOs. Dawn