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LUMS holds 23rd annual convocation
Lahore, June 20: The Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS) held its 23rd annual convocation on Saturday at the Syed Maratib Ali Sports Complex on the LUMS campus. State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Shahid Kardar was the chief guest at the event.

The University community celebrated the graduation of 567 students and honoured its outstanding students with awards and medals for their excellent academic performances. At the ceremony, degrees were conferred to the graduates and the National Management Foundation medals were awarded to the graduates, who had secured top positions in various programmes.

Speaking at the occasion, Kardar said that in his earlier days, as a consultant, while interacting with young researchers, he discovered that there were just two kinds of graduates those who were currently studying in LUMS and those who aspired to take admission in LUMS.

"Running the Punjab Education Foundation, which has been providing free education to 547,000 children in just two and a half years, has been the most fulfilling experience" he said.

Kardar further said while sharing his own experience, "Based on my life experience, I can tell you, with all honesty, that someone who can stand on his or her feet, has been exposed to the kind of education and knowledge that you have been, and carries the confidence that comes from strong convictions, is a sure bet for a picture perfect, run-of-the-mill, candidate for any job".

At the end of the speech, he admitted that his generation could have done a better job in developing and managing the country, so that the younger generation could have been given a stronger, socially cohesive and just society and a more robust economy on which to build an impressive edifice.

The SBP governor said, "But I am fully confident that since your generation is more competent, dynamic and demanding of good governance and better quality leadership, this country will be in safer and more capable hands". Daily times

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Pak students in Berlin
Lahore: A team of position holder students, visiting Germany on the initiative of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, visited Technical University, Berlin, and other historical places of the city.

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Interviews for BISE posts
Lahore: A high-powered committee on Saturday conducted interviews of short listed candidates for the posts of controller of examination and secretary of different examination boards of the province. The Punjab government has been in search of chairmen, controllers and secretaries of different exam boards, including Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore, BISE Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Dera Ghazi Khan.

There are total of nine posts of secretaries and controllers and five of chairmen which, at present, are either occupied by officials on additional charge while some are likely to fall vacant in near future.It is learnt that the committee comprising Additional Chief Secretary Sami Saeed, Higher Education Secretary Haseeb Athar, Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar and representatives of Schools Department and Regulation Department interviewed around 50 candidates at the PEF office.

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PEF to expand voucher scheme
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) will expand its Education Voucher Scheme (EVS) to 14 education-wise backward districts of the province where 15,000 deserving students will get free education.

PEF Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar said this while chairing a departmental meeting about expansion in EVS at his office on Saturday. He said the districts selected for the launch of EVS are Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Muzaffargarh, Vehari, Multan, Khanewal, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Okara, Faisalabad and Khushab.

Through the proposed expansion in the EVS Rs 5 million would be spent on 15,000 students every month. At present, Rs 9 million are spent on the education of 25,000 students in four districts, Lahore, Kasur, Multan and Rawalpindi.

Field survey has been completed and EVS will be launched in new districts after the summer vacation, the meeting was told.

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Technical education challenges discussed
Lahore: The 47th meeting of the Committee of Chairman and Directors Technical Education (CCDT) was held at Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) recently.

According to a press statement issued on Sunday, CCDT Chairman Dr Shafiq Ahmed, who is also chairman of the PBTE, presided over the meeting while Prof Muhammad Saeed Siddiqui, chairman of Sindh BTE, Amanullah Khan, secretary, KP BTE, Muhammad Ramzan Achakzai, secretary, IBCC, Amanullah Chaudhry, secretary, PBTE, Javed Malik GM (Academic), Tevta and other members attended it.

The committee discussed various ideas and proposals in order to meet the challenges of modern era. The need was felt to increase the number of meeting to make the committee dynamic and vibrant and decided to hold at least three meetings in a year.

The committee appreciated the innovative idea of the chairman of BTE of KP to change the syllabus of post Matric, two-year Diploma in Commerce, three-year Diploma of Associate Engineers (DAE) in order to equip the students with skills and training pre-requisite.

It was also resolved to constitute a curriculum revision committee consisting of three experts and secretary, IBCC, under the supervision of the chairman, CCDT.

The committee also took into consideration statutes of trade testing boards and skill development councils functioning parallel to the Boards of Technical Education (BTEs) in the provinces resulting in overlapping of jurisdiction of each other and decided to constitute a committee which would devise a comprehensive plan after considering technical and legal connotations.

The committee also appreciated proposal of the PBTE to adopt academic audit pro forma for quality assurance, of all its affiliated institutes as well as adoption of Tevta developed courses by all BTEs. The news

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