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VCs for revamping of scholarship criteria
Islamabad, July 17: Vice chancellors of nine universities demanded the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to award scholarships on merit, with special focus on social sciences, which would have a direct impact on the socio-economic development of the country.

Resultantly, the proportion of social sciences in local and foreign scholarships would increase.

This was stated during a meeting of heads of member institutions of Inter-University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan (IUCPSS), which is the first of its kind inter university alliance formed by nine leading universities of Pakistan.

They also demanded that the education budget be increased to 4 per cent of the GDP, ensuring continuous funding to higher education sector in Pakistan so that the pace of progress and development in this important sector may not suffer.

The vice chancellors were of the view that without continuous financial support, it will not be possible to improve the state of social sciences in Pakistan which has suffered continuous neglect in the past.

The heads of inter university consortium have also decided to establish social sciences labs in their respective institutions so that young scholars can get first hand experience and thus contribute towards the betterment of society.

The heads of inter university consortium have also decided to introduce a course on community services at their respective institutions, undertaking collaborative programs - preservation of local culture/heritage - for promoting a soft image of Pakistan. In the pipeline an international conference on International Social Sciences is being planned.

They have also decided to establish Pakistan Council of Social Sciences Research (PCSSR) to promote social sciences research in Pakistan.

This council will act as a hub for promotion of social sciences and research in the development sector.

The status of the council will be autonomous and will work under the supervision of Board of Directors and an Advisory Board, comprising renowned and experienced social scientists from academia, civil society and R&D organisations. Dawn

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Degrees of veterinary graduates to get recognition soon
Rawalpindi: Degrees of veterinary graduates of the Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) would be recognised by the Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC) till the end of this month, said PMAS-AAUR Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Irfan Ul-Haque.

Professor Dr. Irfan Ul-Haque, who took charge as vice-chancellor two months back, said that the issue of the degrees of veterinary doctors was pending for many years. "Our students suffered a lot. The Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council has now assured us that this issue will be solved soon."

He said that when he took charge as VC, there were many challenges for him, but now they have solved many issues which were pending for years. He said that keeping in view the energy crisis, they were working five days a week like other universities, which would save Rs10 million per annum. "Not only this, we have also made seniority list of all faculty members and lower staff as well because most of them were working in the same grade for last ten years and there was no concept of promotion.

Professor Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq said that they have also announced regular seats for faculty members in the university. "We have constituted a selection committee for hiring process, which is independent and select all candidates on merit," he said.

The VC said: "Agriculture is the backbone of our economy and there is a need to pay more attention to this sector. We have best land and environment that's why our fruits and vegetables are famous all over the world.

Talking about the role of Higher Education Commission (HEC), the VC said that the HEC has brought change in higher education and supporting universities. "It should be independent if we want good results in higher education," he concluded.

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Teachers press for demands
Lahore: Dozens of schoolteachers on Monday staged a protest demonstration at the Education Complex, Hall Road, against the non-fulfillment of their demands, including incentive of 2010 and conveyance allowance of summer camp 2011.

A protest camp was organised by Punjab Teachers Union (PTU), Lahore district.

Addressing the protesters, Punjab Teachers Union office-bearers, including Mian Muhammad Arshad, Malik Saeed and Rana Liaquat Ali, said the teacher community would not tolerate such ruthless acts of the government against their rights.

They said that ads had been given in the print media for new appointments but in-service promotion was delayed.

They complained that those educators who were appointed in 2012 had yet to get their salaries.

The Punjab Teachers Union office-bearers demanded of the government to release funds to pay them their incentive of 2010 and conveyance allowance of summer camp 2011 at the earliest.

The education EDO visited the camp of the protesting teachers and invited them for dialogue.

Punjab Teachers Union's Central President Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi and others held a meeting with the Education District Officer and later called off the strike after the latter assured them that their grievances would be addressed within one week. The news

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UVAS head unhappy at livestock workshops
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha has said that short-term private sector insemination training workshops are playing havoc with the livestock as well as small farmers.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day training workshop on livestock extension services organised by Agriculture Support Linkages Programme (ASLP) in collaboration with Charles Sturt University (CSU) Australia and UVAS on Monday.

He said the private's sector one-month training workshops were not imparting quality practical training and leading to complications for animals. Indirectly, he said, the small farmers were also facing the brunt of complications to animal health. He said the university was offering practical training to small farmers spanning over three months.

Categorically pointing out the bitter reality regarding the semen production, Prof Pasha said 2.5 million semen doses were being produced by public sector and 3.5 million doses by the private sector. He questioned the quality of semen adding that what was the parameter regarding selection of bull and progeny test programme. "The small farmers are the actual assets of Pakistan's livestock farming but they are facing tremendous challenges to run their businesses," he added.

The vice chancellor said the university had produced combine oil based HS (haemorrhagic septicaemia) and FMD (foot and mouth disease) vaccine. He said these diseases were causing economic loss and adversely affecting animal health in this regard. He said it had great importance of extension training for the sake of livestock improvement and to enhance milk meat potential across the country.

ASLP Project Manager Hassan Mehmood Warraich briefed about the farm management techniques, right way of dissemination, effective extension services. He said the ASLP was working on community farm development and added that almost 11 veterinary institutions had been engaged for this project across the country. Dawn

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