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PU vacations
Lahore, June 23: Punjab University (PU) Teaching Departments, Institutes, Centres and Constituent Colleges will remain shut for summer vacation from Monday, July 9, 2012 to Friday, September 21, 2012. Meanwhile, according to a press release on Thursday, PU Department of Gender Studies would organize a launching ceremony of its first News Bulletin "Zeal" and Inauguration of "PU Gender Alliance" (Alumni) on Friday (today), June 22.

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Position-holders visit UK varsity
Lahore: A delegation of positions-holders of Pakistan, led by Government College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, visited Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom, where students were briefed about the history of the college, campus life, research facilities and education system in the Great Britain.

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FAPUASA wants increase in education budget
Islamabad: The Punjab and Islamabad chapters of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations, and Academic Staff Associations of Quaid-i-Azam University, Allama Iqbal Open University, International Islamic University and National University of Modern Languages expressing deep concern over the huge financial cut on education in the 2012-13 budget have demanded increase in the allocation for education.

FAPUASA Vice-President Prof Zahid Majeed, PAPUASA, Punjab chapter, President Dr. Suhail Aftab Qureshi, ASA QAU President Dr M Gulraiz Akhter talking to this scribe said that the government should immediately increase the higher education budget and make it proportional with the increase in salaries. They asked the Finance Ministry to release the remaining part of fourth tranche of all public-sector universities.

They said that teachers are the backbone of universities who are suffering due to "wrong promotion policy of Higher Education Commission". In a meeting of Punjab chapter of FAPUASA held at Engineering University, Lahore, the members also showed concern on the increasing number of violence incidents in the universities of Pakistan. They were of the view that such actions should immediately be stopped where teachers' integrity is affected. They showed full solidarity with the ASA, Punjab University, and condemned students act of beating a respectable faculty of the university.

In a resolution, the meeting asked for enhancing the retirement age of the university teachers from 6o to 65 years as promised by HEC.

Dr. Suhail Aftab Qureshi said that forthcoming General Body meeting of the federation in Islamabad on June 28 would formulate future policy.

The QAU ASA asked HEC to pay the amount required for BPS Incentive Scheme as part of the budget earmarked for Tenure Track System as the Incentive Scheme was part and parcel of TTS programme promulgated in 2007 which is a performance-based relief for those teachers who are not offered hefty and lucrative TTS package.

The HEC is completing meeting all the expenses whatsoever of TTS faculty but refuses even providing salary budget of BPS faculty. Universities are being pressurised to use resources for income generation and increase fees. Talking to his scribe on the eve of presentation of 20012-13 budget in National Assembly, Dr Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC, had stated that HEC is going to write a letter to all universities not increase the salaries as announced in the budget. He said this in the wake of rumours that the government is contemplating an election budget whereby the salaries will be doubled.

One wonders what chaotic conditions HEC letter would have triggered in the universities. HEC subsequently did not write the letter as it turned out to be a non-election pragmatic budget announcing a meagre 20 per cent increase in the salaries.

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40 teachers to undergo training in US
Islamabad: The US Embassy hosted an orientation for 40 Pakistani public school male and female English teachers who will participate in six weeks training under US-funded 'Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Programme'.

The teachers were selected from the public secondary schools and the TEA programme will provides educators a unique opportunity to develop subject expertise and enhance their teaching skills. Participants will engage in group training seminars and internships at US secondary schools. The US Department of State pays for all travel, living stipends, health insurance and tuition for the entire period of study.

US Embassy's Cultural Affairs Officer, Brent Beemer, encouraged the teachers to take advantage of the opportunity and return to Pakistan prepared for a challenge: "to teach your students to write and speak excellent English, nothing less."

"With 70 per cent of its population under age 30, the future of Pakistan, and its role in the world, is dependent on the success of its children in school right now. The job of educating that generation relies on teachers like you, and what an opportunity. Imagine tens of millions of educated, multi-lingual young Pakistani men and women serving as soldiers, politicians, diplomats, engineers, lawyers, doctors, scientists, businessmen, and teachers: what a great nation and a great world they-through you - will build."

Benish Baig, a grantee from Usta Mohamad, Jafarabad in Balochistan, is one the selected grantee who will be leaving soon, was also present. She is really excited about the programme, as this is the first time she will be travelling internationally. She believes that progress in the province has to be two-way. People of Balochistan has to be equally supportive.

Hassan Raza from Wah, who is an alumni of TEA programme, was also present at the occasion. He is currently teaching at IMCB Tarnol. He went on this programme a year ago and believes that such programmes promote harmony among nations. "People in Pakistan consider opinions as judgments, while in US every one's opinion is listened with open heart."

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BUMUN Conference 2012 commences
Islamabad: Bahria University's first Model United Nations (BUMUN 2012) Conference started at its Islamabad campus on Thursday.

Rector NUST, Engineer Mohammad Asghar, was the chief guest. Deputy Director General UN, Yasir Ahmed, also attended the opening ceremony. The closing ceremony will be held on June 24.

The delegates from across the country will engage in intense debates and diplomacy as customary in a 4-day event that will feature different social events. UNDP Country Head, Toshihiro Tanaka, will be speaking to the delegates on 'Decentralization. The theme of the conference is 'Peace Possible.'

BUMUN consists of eleven committees, which include National Crisis Cell (NCC), United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISCE), Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Historical Security Council (HRC), Futuristic General Assembly (FGA), Pakistan National Assembly (PNA), Crisis Committee (CC), UEFA, Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) and Union of European Football Council.

Rector Bahria University, Vice Admiral Shahid Iqbal, said that the students of Bahria University have been attending a number of Model United Nations across the country and also internationally specially the Harvard University Model United Nations. Participating in Model United Nations is an excellent way to develop ones logical thinking and negotiating skills as well as to broaden one's perspective on a variety of international issues. "We also aim to seek solutions to some of the direst problems being faced by Pakistan such as the energy, food crisis, ethnic, and religious fragmentation," he said.

Rector NUST, Engineer Mohammad Asghar, said that conflict as we know is a social phenomenon. "Whenever human beings settled there has been a competition among them and then conflict follows. Two major wars in the world took away lives in millions therefore United Nations was established to seek the solution to conflicts. Due to Pakistan's geographical position, it is bound to be affected. We have an advantage because of its geographical location but has to face the challenges to be the only nuclear Muslim power," he said. The news

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