2,100 PU students get laptops
Lahore, June 13: The Punjab University on Tuesday distributed laptops among 2,100 students of evening classes at the seminar hall of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology.
Students of the Institute of Communication Studies, however, complained that they were being given laptops in small groups. "The process of delivering laptops to ICS students is very slow and many students, who came to collect their laptops, had to go empty handed," a student said.
The students said the condition of submitting a stamp paper was another great hassle.
Punjab Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and Youth Affairs Rana Muhammad Arshad distributed 10 laptops among top merit students at the ceremony. He said the government would also give 125,000 laptops to talented students in the next financial year, for which Rs4 billion had been allocated.
He said the government had enhanced Punjab Educational Endowment Fund to the tune of Rs10 billion. He said the government had also decided to offer internship to 50,000 students at the rate of Rs10,000 per month scholarship.
He also distributed laptops to the evening students of the Institute of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences.
HEC foreign professor removed from GCU
Lahore: Government College University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman has removed Dr Zahid Mahmood, director (clinical psychology unit) of the psychology department.
Associate professor Dr Farah Malik has been appointed as in-charge of the clinical psychology unit.
Sources claimed that the vice chancellor had also received complaints about psychology department chairman Prof Dr Asir Ajmal's academic credentials and the "deteriorating environment" in the psychology department.
Both Prof Mahmood and Prof Ajmal are serving the GCU as Higher Education Commission's foreign professors.
Sources claimed that Prof Ajmal's this year contract period was going on while the VC forwarded Prof Mahmood's extension for only three months, when his performance would be closely monitored.
When contacted, Prof Ajmal said he was approached in England to be hired as foreign faculty member, while he was serving as clinical psychologist at National Health Service in England.
Upon joining the GCU, he said, he developed PhD programme at the psychology department. He said one PhD would be finalised shortly and over 20 students were registered as PhD scholars. "Topics of eight students have already been approved by the Advanced Studies and Research Board," he added.
Stating that he was not a retired faculty member, Prof Ajmal said he had over 20 research papers to his credit. He categorically rejected allegations about the "deteriorating environment" in the psychology department and termed it "character assassination". Answering a question, Prof Ajmal said he was facing pressure from different quarters because he had objected in a meeting against the appointment of retired Prof Dr Zikariya Butt as director (research). He said the Supreme Court had prohibited that no retired person should be appointed against an administrative post.
When contacted, GCU VC Prof Rahman admitted that he had received complaints against both foreign professors and would also look into their previous evaluation reports. He said he had removed Prof Mahmood from the clinical psychology unit's directorship because it was not a full-fledged department but a programme. "The programme needs to be run as a programme," he said.
With regard to the "deteriorating environment" in the psychology department, the VC said officials were monitoring the environment.
When contacted, HEC Foreign Faculty Programme Project Director Waseem Hashmi said the commission was extending foreign professors' tenure every year on the recommendation of their respective departments' heads and endorsed by the vice-chancellor.
Responding to complaints, Mr Hashmi said PhDs were not done in days but it took up to six years. "In foreign countries, professors produce only four to five PhDs in their whole life," he said. In Pakistan, he said, there were only 13,000 PhDs.
Criticising the vice chancellor for holding Prof Mahmood's extension case for the last two months, Mr Hashmi said, "What Prof Ajmal had done in the last five weeks that everybody was complaining against him"? "Are the papers, being published by Prof Ajmal in journals and conference proceedings, false"?
Mr Hashmi claimed that no negative report against any of the two professors had been received by the commission.
Private schools refuse to reserve 10pc quota for poor students
Lahore: All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) has rejected the Punjab government's decision to make it mandatory for private schools, charging over Rs 5,000 per month fee, to reserve 10 percent quota for poor students.
Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club, APPSMA central president Adeeb Jawadani, who was flanked by representatives of various private schools, said the Punjab government should first start implementing its order at Aitchison College which was receiving grants of millions of rupees from the provincial as well as the federal government. He said the decision should also be implemented at Chand Bagh School which had received Rs 60 million grants from the Punjab government recently.
Adeeb Jawadani said the Punjab government should focus on improving the condition of public sector schools, instead of issuing such instructions. He said if the government withdrew all kinds of taxes imposed on private schools and provided salaries to the teachers the private schools would start providing free education to students. Dawn
3,100 new teachers to be inducted in Pindi district
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government has formally approved induction of 3,100 new female and male teachers for Rawalpindi district. These new inductions would commence from the start of the new financial year - in August and September - on contractual basis. Headmasters, OT, Primary, Middle, computer teachers, science teachers and mathematics teachers would be hired, who would most probably join their job in October. Meanwhile, Executive District Officer (Education) Zahoorul Haq has issued notice for promotion of 157 teachers in the district. Ninety male and 67 female teachers have been made SST from EST and promoted from scale 14 to 16 under the 50 percent departmental promotion quota. EST Teachers Association President Shafique Bahlwalia, Zafar Iqbal and Umer Hayat Gondal, while lauding the promotions, have demanded that job of teachers in all categories be regularised. Daily times
Summer vacation in FDE institutes from June 16
Islamabad: Summer vacation for the students of educational institutions working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will start from June 16 (Saturday).
Three months vacation will continue till August 26 to give relief to the students in scorching heat of summer.
According to the spokesman of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Rafique Tahir, the holidays were approved by CADD on the proposal of Federal Directorate of Education to announce summer vacation from mid of June.
The summer vacations have been delayed this year so that the students can
have holidays during the whole month of Ramazan and can celebrate the religious festival of Eid-ul-Fitr in befitting manner.
Last year, the vacations were announced from June 1 to August 10 and then extended by the Directorate till after Eid-ul-Fitr. The news
Nursing college to start classes soon
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government has given a green signal to Rawalpindi Medical College to establish its nursing college from September.
Talking to Dawn, RMC Principal Dr Mussadiq Khan said the government had allowed commencement of BSc nursing classes from the next academic session of the college.
He said it would be the first nursing college in the city and second in the province after Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore.
"Nurses undergo four-year training from nursing schools established at three government-run hospitals and get a diploma which is not recognised at the international level," he said.
After the establishment of the nursing college, the nurses would get better education and improve their qualifications. He said it would also encourage the nurses to continue their profession.
Dr Khan said the RMC would initially launch BSc nursing classes with 25 students and would increase the number of seats gradually. "The college will also accommodate male nurses who were earlier not allowed to get training in the nursing school of the college," he said. He said the ban had been imposed on male nurses to get education at the nursing schools adjacent to the government hospitals but it was not applicable to the RMC.
"The induction of male nurses will end the shortage of nurses in government hospitals as female nurses mostly do not continue their service after marriage or due to other domestic reasons," he said.
According to sources, more than 100 posts of head nurses in BPS-17 are lying vacant in the three city hospitals due to absence of qualified nurses as the post required a BSc in nursing degree or higher diploma from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), Islamabad.
According to official figures, the three hospitals have a total 550 nurses for 1907 beds – Holy Family Hospital (HFH) 300 nurses for 950 beds, Benazir Bhutto Hospital 190 nurses for 600 beds and DHQ Hospital has 120 nurses for 357 beds. Dawn
Private schooling both a rural-urban phenomenon, says Faisal
Islamabad: Private schooling and education is not just an urban elite phenomenon, but a rural-urban concept as private schools are mushrooming in all parts of Pakistan thus scaling literacy, access and bridging the quality divide, said Roots School System (RSS) Executive Director and Founder & CEO of Change-in-Education Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq.
"This is also promoting and scaling objectives in support of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and beyond. If Pakistan is to be destined to greatness, then budget allocations and investment in educational infrastructure, access, quality, training and capacity building must be a sustained goal of every government. Private schools create excellence, sponsor educational change and promote innovation across classrooms and student entrepreneurship," he stated in an interview with 'The News'.
"I take pride in many achievements, but amongst all such achievements the most rewarding has been the introduction of Chinese language at Roots schools. I developed the Asia's first Information Community Technology (ICT) Digital Literacy Curriculum in partnership with the Intel Education. It created a digital revolution across Pakistan as more than 10,000 students are benefiting from it. I promoted the concept of student counselling and mentoring services at Roots schools. Due to it, the Roots students are getting admissions at Ivy League and Uxbridge universities each year. I also helped in preparing the Roots National School Curriculum and our own Montessori, Primary and Lower Secondary Qualifications with global endorsements. The award-winning Roots National Institute of Teacher Training & Education (RNITTE), which has trained more than 8,000 teachers across public and private sector to-date," he said.
Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq regularly represents Pakistan in international conferences. He is an active member of the Planning Commission and UNDP Youth, Education and Community Engagement team. He is a member of the Pak-China Think Tank and a member of the Indus Entrepreneurship (Islamabad) and All-World Network Pakistan 100 Winner. He is also an honorary member of the University of Cambridge International Examinations Advisory Council. He contributes regularly as national speaker of school reforms, educational development, curriculum enrichment, entrepreneurship, role of career counselling for youth, school improvement, teacher and student relationship management, where he has had the honour to win nine awards in the categories of 'Young CEO Excellence Award' and 'Education Industry Excellence Award' by the Global Media Links (GML)-Pakistan. The prestigious 'Accomplished Leader Award' by ABI, USA, 'Appreciation and Leadership Award' by Intel Education Pakistan, 'Leadership Excellence Award' by KFC Pakistan, 'Achievement Excellence Award 2009' by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Pakistan, 'The Indus Entrepreneurship Award' by the Indus Entrepreneurs TIE, Pakistan Chapter, 'Brand of the Year Award 2010' by the Brands Foundation, Pakistan, 'Environmental Excellence Awards 2010' by the Ministry of Environment & the prestigious 'Best Young Entrepreneur Award 2011' by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Pakistan. Under his leadership, the Roots has also won the Unesco Peace Pillar Award. A firm believer in global harmony and celebrating cultural diversity, he launched the practice of celebrating all UN action days across all campuses of Roots School System. Upon his motivation, the Roots has participated in the Global Visions Project, Brisbane, Australia.
Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq has been recognised by Prime Minister of China Wen Jia Bao for his services in support of Chinese language promotion. He also initiated the German Pasch Partners Schools Programme. He has signed corporate agreements with the University of London, Edexcel, CIE, British Councils, Coke, Telenor, WWF, TIE Islamabad, Intel Education, China Radio International, universities within Pakistan and abroad and bridge academia-industry linkages.
Responding to a question of university acceptances, he said: "Our dreams turn into reality when students of the Millennium Campus break world records and score top positions in the world in national and international examinations, attain perfect scores in SAT-II 2400/2400, receive admission offers in top national & international universities with full scholarship in the disciplines of physics, social sciences, arts, technology and engineering in world top universities, including MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Amherst, LSE, UCL, Kings College, Warwick, Aga Khan University, GIK, NUST, LUMS, IBA, UET and many more." The news