Shahbaz doubles PEEF scholarship for students
Lahore, July 01: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the target of students getting scholarships under the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) should be enhanced from 25,000 to 50,000 this year.
He further said that scholarships of Rs 1.25 billion would be given this year and if additional resources were needed to provide scholarships to 50,000 students, they would also be made available.
He was addressing the 6th meeting of the PEEF Board of Directors here on Thursday. Shahbaz said that the PEEF had ensured the completion of educational activities of talented students facing financial constraints and such students were getting education not only in the prestigious institutions of the country but also abroad. He said the establishment of the fund was a revolutionary step of the Punjab government in the 63- year history of the country, through which, talented students facing financial problems were getting their education. He said scholarships had been given to 17,000 students out of the fund so far.
The chief minister said the youth was a guarantee of the bright future of the country and all possible resources would be provided for equipping them with modern knowledge. He said the PEEF was the largest endowment fund of the country through which scholarships were not only being given to the talented students of the four provinces but also to the male and female students of Gilgit-Baltistan, Fata and Azad Kashmir. He also directed the PEEF management that this year, 20 students should be sent to prestigious universities of the world for getting education.Your Comments
PEF to provide subject specialists to private schools
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has entered into an agreement with 92 low-cost private schools of 17 different districts of the province to provide the services of subject specialists to teach the subjects of Science and English to 5,000 students of these schools.
In this regard, a ceremony to sign the memorandum of understanding was held at Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAC) Auditorium on Thursday which was attended by the school owners and PEF management.
Punjab Education Foundation Director (CPDP) Ms Bushra Saeed signed the MoU on behalf of the PEF.
This programme has been launched under "Teaching in Clusters by Subject Specialists" (TICSS) with a view to improve and strengthen the overall quality of education in low-cost schools where, often, school owners cannot hire highly educated teachers because of their financial constraints.
According to the MoU, the PEF will provide 46 subject specialists to 92 schools in the districts of Sialkot, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Toba Tek Singh, Sahiwal, Okara, Pakpattan, Nankana Sahib and Faisalabad. Every Subject Specialist will teach in two schools and the PEF will pay salaries to them.
The PEF director (CPDP) hoped that the partnership would also help the low-cost schools learn the modern concepts of teaching. The news
UoE discontinues double degree programme
Lahore: The University of Education (UoE) has announced that the double degree programme based on master's and graduation level in science and arts is being discontinued from academic year 2011 beginning from September this year.
The decision has been taken on the instructions of the Higher Education Commission.
Announcing this decision, UoE Registrar Bashir Ahmad Chaudhry said the one-year B.Ed and M.Ed programme would continue as per HEC policy. He said the university would issue two degrees to students who would seek admission to double degree programme of spring session 2011 and fall 2010. He said the degrees of students of 2004-05 and 2005-06 sessions would be considered equivalent to the 14-year BSc degree. A list of graduates who had obtained these degrees was being sent to the HEC so that they do not face any problems in future. It may be mentioned that a meeting of HEC officials and UoE management was held in February to discuss the double degree issue. Former acting vice-chancellor Prof Dr Farhat Saleem, QEC director Dr Saeed Akhter, Division of Arts and Social Sciences director Dr Muzaffar Abbas and other senior faculty members informed HEC officials about degree programmes of the university as well as planned programmes.
HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi and other commission officials had approved the commencement of four-year B.Ed (Honours) Programme and Associate Degree in Education (ADE).
Moreover, the HEC had suggested direct admission to M.Phil and PhD. The officials had ordered discontinuation of M.Phil leading to PhD programme. Dawn
Lahore: The Punjab University on Thursday announced the results of MBBS, Final Professional (New Re-Organized Scheme), Supplementary Examination 2010, Pharm-D, First Professional, Second Annual Exam 2010 and BS Ed, First Professional, Second Annual Exam 2009 and First Annual Exam 2010. Meanwhile, according to a press statement, the PU has awarded a PhD degree to Zahid Yousaf, son of Muhammad Yousaf, in Communication Studies after approval of his research thesis "Minorities' Press in Pakistan with Focus on Women Rights Protection Bill, Blasphemy Issues and Electoral System (October 1999 - December 2006)."
'Microbiology in high demand'
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz has said microbiology discipline is in high demand of public and private sector job market.
According to a press statement, he said this while addressing a two-day workshop on Internship BS (Hons) Applied Microbiology 2007-2011 session held at department of microbiology seminar room here on Thursday. Faculty of Veterinary Science acting Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Athar Khan, Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf, Prof Dr Mansur ud Din Ahmad, Prof Dr Khushi Muhammad and Dr Aftab Ahmad Anjum were also present. Dr Aftab Ahmad Anjum said applied microbiology covered a variety of subjects, including medical, atomic energy, molecular biology, biotechnology, vaccinology, agriculture biotechnology, genetic engineering, epidemiology and environment.
Dr Samina assumes charge as FJWU VC
Rawalpindi: Renowned educationist Professor Dr. Samina Waqar has taken the charge of vice-chancellor (VC) of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU). The official notification in this regard has been issued. Dr. Samina Waqar with 33-year long experience is one of the eminent educationists of the country. She is the third VC of FJWU after Professor Dr Najma Najam and Professor Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan. Dr. Samina Waqar has also served at Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan and FJWU, Rawalpindi.
126 graduates to leave for study in US
Islamabad: As many as 126 graduates from all over Pakistan will be departing for studies at universities in the United States on the Fulbright Scholarship Programme.
During the Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) arranged by United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), the grantees were briefed by USEFP about the programme, visa regulations, American culture, US higher education and campus life and adjusting to life as a new student in United States.
The Fulbright Programme is the flagship academic exchange program of the United States Government. Funded by the US State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the awards cover travel, living stipends, health insurance and tuition for the entire period of study.
The 126 students who are travelling to US would include 94 in Masters programs and 32 in PhD programmes. Of these, 37 per cent are women. The grantees come from AJK, Balochistan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, ICT, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh and include a wide variety of academic disciplines including 29 are studying some aspect of business, 21 engineering, 19 social sciences, 12 public policy/administration, 11 education, 7 fine arts, 6 mass communications, 6 technology, 6 law, 5 health-related subjects, 3 computer sciences, and 1 in basic sciences. The students are required to return to Pakistan after completion of their studies to play a positive role in the country's economic development.
"We are very fortunate to have the world's largest Fulbright Program in Pakistan. This is one example of the U.S. government's long-term commitment to the education of Pakistanis and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries." said US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Mark Davidson.
HEC Chairperson Dr. Javaid Laghari encouraged the students to concentrate on their studies as there is rising demand of higher education and particularly PhD's in Pakistan across many universities nationwide.
The Fulbright programme in Pakistan is administered by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), now celebrating its 61st year of operation in the country. Since 2005, USEFP has sent 1,180 people advanced degrees on Fulbright awards for Masters or PhD degrees. Nearly 40 per cent of these grantees are women.
"Opportunities for Pakistani students to study in the US have never been greater", said USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar. She congratulated the departing students saying, "This was a very strenuous and transparent competition. We know you will represent Pakistan very well in the US and return to make a real difference here." USEFP, a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the United States, is one of 51 'Fulbright Commissions' located throughout the world. Fulbright is the flagship educational exchange programme of the United States Department of State. The mission of the programme is to promote mutual understanding between the people of Pakistan and the people of the United States through educational and cultural exchange. Since its inception more than 61 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more than 800 Americans have participated in USEFP administered exchange programs. In addition to the Fulbright program, USEFP administers a number of scholarship programs for undergraduates, teachers, journalists, and other professionals.
In addition, USEFP offices in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi assist students interested in applying to study in the United States. USEFP also runs testing centres in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi administering the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, and other standardized examinations. The news
Students of Veterinary College demand accreditation of degrees with PVMC
Islamabad: Students of the Islamia University, Bahawalpur (IUB), Veterinary College on Thursday demanded accreditation of their degrees with the Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC). The students also staged demonstrations infront of National Press Club (NPC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) during last two days, demanding degree accreditation. Young students hailing from Bahawalpur gathered in front of NPC and HEC and chanted slogans against non-accreditation of their degrees to PVMC. "IUB established the college five years ago in the premises of varsity while assuring accreditation of their degrees from PVMC at the time of their admissions", a group of students said.
However, the first batch consisting of 55 students could not get affiliated degrees after passing the exams, they said. They said that PVMC was reluctant to affiliate their degrees due to unknown reasons.
Despite the promises made by office bearers of PVMC, the degrees of all the students have not been affiliated yet with the said organization.
They said that they cannot get any government jobs and the private departments are also not ready to hire their services because of the non-affiliation of their degrees.
A student Anwar Abbas said, "We have completed our course with the expenditure of more than Rs 1,500,000 and all of the money would be wasted if we fail to get our right of affiliation."
They have demanded the high-ups of Higher Education Commission (HEC) to press the PVMC officials to rectify the problems of the students by affiliating their degrees from PVMC.
Talking to APP, Executive Director HEC Sohail Naqvi said earlier the matter was not in our notice and now the officials of HEC have held a meeting with Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC) to find solution of this issue.
The commission is also discussing the matter with the Vice Chancellor and the issue will be resolved within two week, he said. app
AIOU regional directors moot concludes
Islamabad: A two-day conference of the senior regional directors of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) concluded, says a press release issued here on Thursday.
AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir A. Sangi, during the concluding ceremony appreciated the regional directors and all other stakeholders for their tremendous efforts making the university as one the world's mega universities in imparting education to millions of students.
The university administrators seriously felt for the adoption of new technology by the university in order to remove the distance between the university and the students so as to make education more effective and student friendly. The vice chancellor directed all the regional directors to be students friendly and more efficient by making every effort to take education to the doorsteps of the students. He also advised to take great care in appointing professional and intelligent tutors so that students get greater understanding of learning.
AIOU Regional Services Director Prof. Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj while speaking at the concluding ceremony lauded the efforts of the vice chancellor for introducing new technology in the distance education enabling the university to achieve its true objectives for which it was created.
The conference discussed new strategies for improving educational delivery, examination, communication methods, adoption of new technology, students care, appointment of tutors, future plans and future achievements. The conference was attended by senior regional directors from all provinces of the country. The news