SC seeks details of facilities in govt schools
Islamabad, June 08: The Supreme Court ordered the four provinces and the Islamabad administration on Thursday to submit details of facilities available in government schools.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had taken up a suo motu case relating to a girls school functioning in a graveyard in Gujranwala division.
It expressed concern over spending of a huge amount on the Daanish School System in Punjab at the cost of government schools that lacked basic facilities.
The court observed that the provincial government's plan breached Article 25-A of the Constitution which recognised education as a fundamental right of every citizen.
"The Punjab government has allocated billions of rupees for distribution of laptops but girls are compelled to study in the graveyard. It is unfortunate that education is not our prime priority," the chief justice said.
"It is a good opportunity for the court to interpret Article 25-A which states that education is a fundamental right of every citizen."
Punjab Advocate General Ashtar Ausaf said the provincial government had allocated Rs5 billion for 628 schools which lacked basic facilities. He said he had visited the school allegedly being run near the graveyard and Rs40 million had been allocated for it.
MNA Kashmala Tariq, who was present in the courtroom, admitted that it was the job of lawmakers to take action on such issues and requested the court to seek reports from others provinces since schools in Sindh and Balochistan were also in a miserable condition. The hearing was put off for four weeks. Dawn
PU various exams results
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department announced the results of various examinations on Thursday.
These exams included MSc Seismology (Morning Programme), semester system, session 2009-11, MPhil Applied Geology, semester system, session 2009-11, MA Political Science (Special Exam), Part-I Annual 2010 held in January/February 2012 at (Canada), MA Urdu (Special Exam), Annual 2011 at (Kuwait), MA Political Science (Special Exam), Part-I Annual 2011 at (Dubai), MA Political Science (Special Exam), Part-I Annual 2011 at (Kuwait), MA English (Special Exam), Part-I Annual 2011 at (USA), MA History (Special Exam), Part-I Annual 2011 at (Kuwait), MA History (Special Exam), Part-II Annual 2011 at (Riyadh), MA English (Special Exam), Part-II Annual 2011 at (Al-Taif), MA Economics (Special Exam), Part-I Annual 2011 at (Riyadh), MA English (Special Exam), Part-II Annual 2011 at (Riyadh) and MA English (Special Exam), Part-I Annual 2011 at (Riyadh). Detailed results are available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The news
USAID launches training for trainers at LUMS
Lahore: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday launched a four-day 'Train the Trainers Programme' under its Assessment and Strengthening Programme (ASP) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
According to the programme, USAID would train around 30 faculty members from LUMS, the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi and the Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar on procurement management, monitoring and evaluation and human resource and administration of development assistance programmes.
The ASP is a five-year USAID-funded initiative, which aims at strengthening the capacity of local organisations to effectively manage development funds. Daily times