Retired professor as GCU head
Retired teacher to head GCU
Lahore, June 19: The Government College University
Vice-Chancellor has 'hired' a retired professor to look after the
prestigious institution in his absence.
VC Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman on Monday left along with top position
holder students for a one-month's visit to European universities.
Former GCU Faculty of Science and Technology Dean Prof Dr Ikramul Haq
was re-hired as professor some three months ago after his retirement on
March 4. Now, he has been `elevated' to the slot of acting
vice-chancellor to the astonishment of available senior professors.
In violation of a Supreme Court order that prohibits appointment of a
retired person against an administrative post, Prof Haq was also
appointed as director of varsity's Institute of Industrial
Though Prof Haq could not be contacted, a GCU spokesman confirmed that the former had been appointed as acting VC.
It may be mentioned that the Government College University has been
without any dean of faculty since the retirement of Faculty of Arts and
Social Sciences dean Prof Dr M Khalid Pervaiz on May 31. Prof Pervaiz
was holding the charge of dean of all three faculties - science and
technology; arts and social sciences; and Islamic and Oriental Learning.
Commenting on the appointment of a retired professor as acting VC,
GCU Academic Staff Association president Prof Dr Hassan A Shah said in
principle it was a wrong practice. He said that it was also a matter of
grave concern that the university was working without a dean.
"Had there been a dean, it would have been easy to appoint an acting VC," he said.
Another senior professor requesting anonymity said there was a big
question mark on the Punjab government that how it was running public
sector universities. He also questioned the `wisdom' of sending the GCU
VC abroad along with top position holder students.
He said it was unprecedented that the Punjab government had failed to
appoint any dean of the Faculty of Languages, Islamic and Oriental
Learning since the death of Prof Dr Suhail Ahmad Khan in March 2009. Dawn
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Thousands benefit from The News Education Expo 2012
Lahore: The venue for The News Education Expo 2012 remained jam-packed on the concluding day of the mega event on Monday.
The two-day expo organised by the Jang Media Group attracted thousands of people, especially students, on both the days.
last day of the event witnessed students visiting the venue, especially
in groups, while many parents accompanying their children were also
seen at various stalls set up by over 50 organisations.
visitors were seen interacting and having discussions with
representatives of schools, colleges, universities, higher education
institutions and other education-related organisations, in particular,
education consultants and career counselors.
Ambassador of Geo and Jang Group, Ali Moeen Nawazish, who holds a world
record in A-levels, held a special counseling session with students on
the concluding day. This session was aimed at providing useful advice to
students vis-à-vis academic planning and career. The venue for the
session also remained crowded with eager students who carefully listened
to the talented youth and asked him questions. The session was also
shown live on big screens installed at different points of the venue.
expo proved quite a rewarding experience for me," said a student,
Amjad, who wanted to get information about the institutions offering
business programmes at graduate level. He said he was a bit confused as
to which institute would be best for him in terms of quality education
and monetary affordability.
"I have detailed discussions with various institutions and now I am in a position to select the best for me," he went on to say.
visitor, Habibur Rehman, said he had come to know about scholarships,
adding that the same information was available at various stalls set up
at the expo including that of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). He
said the best part of such events was to have a better picture and get
answers of many questions, which otherwise remained unanswered on the
websites of such organisations.
Sohail Ashraf, Deputy Head
Customer Relations Management of the Allied School and Resource
Academia, and Saad Javaid Malik, Deputy Manager Sales, were quite
optimistic about the outcome of the event. Saad termed the expo a useful
diversion for people in the wake of political instability in the
country. He suggested the expo should be held at least on a biannual
basis as it was a good platform for those who were in search of quality
education for their children and themselves.
it was great to see parents discussing future academic goals and careers
for their children with representatives of participating organisations.
Higher Education Commission (HEC) Media Manager Murtaza
Noor also termed The News Education Expo 2012 an excellent initiative by
the Jang Media Group, saying the event had helped the HEC to provide
its services to a large number of people during the two days. He said
that most of the queries were related to scholarship opportunities,
degree equivalence and attestation of degrees, etc.
Institute of Public Finance Accountants (PIPFA) Executive In-Charge for
Lahore and Faisalabad, Naeem Akhtar, said the expo had proved quite a
good platform to promote working of PIPFA.
Services Executive at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
(CIMA) Faizan Hussain said the expo was an opportunity both for
awareness and marketing purposes. He particularly appreciated the
parents visiting the expo along with their wards, saying they had
discussed in details options, scope and job prospects for their children
Sultan Jaffer Ibrahim, Career Counselor at
KIPS, said the response of the expo was quite remarkable and many
visiting parents were aware of the fact that they could not just focus
conventional institutes and wanted to know what market had for them in
terms of demand-driven and market-oriented academic disciplines.
Assistant Professor at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Haroon Rashid suggested that such expos should also be held in small
cities, saying the awareness level was low in such cities as compared to
the big cities.
It is important to mention here that the
Platinum Sponsors of The News Education Expo 2012 were the Allied
Schools, University of Lahore, Chartered Institute of Management
Accountants (CIMA), British Institute of Management Studies (bims),
AusPak International and Preston University.
Sponsors were the University of Management and Technology (UMT),
Superior Group of Colleges, Institute of Business & Management
(IB&M) of the University of Engineering & Technology (UET)
Lahore, Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Hajvery University
(HU), Lahore Leads University, Pak-AIMS, ATS, Higher Education
Commission (HEC), AEO Pakistan, HR Consultants (Pvt) Ltd, Riphah
International University, SZABIST, KIPS, University of South Asia,
Shalamar Institute of Health Sciences and The National School.
Silver Sponsors were FC College University, NTS, FAST, virtual
University, Iqbal Academy, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, Interwood
Furniture, and USEFP while the Bronze Sponsors are AUCKANZ, EEUA, PIPFA,
Tri Star, Knowledge Bridge, CSUEB, Institute of Space Sciences, Falcon
Education & Consultancy Services, Qurtaba Consultant, City
Education-Oxbridge, National College of Management & Design, Career
Advisory Services (CAS), The Right School Countrywide Network, Minhaj
University, Premier Educator, SEB'S School of English and Sharif College
of Engineering & Technology.
Later in the evening, a
souvenir distribution ceremony was also held in which Sarmad A Ali,
Managing Director of Jang Media Group, gave away shields among the
participating organisations. The news
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Begging for school fees?
Islamabad: Child begging is on the rise in twin cities of Rawalpindi and
Islamabad and no law exists in federal capital for the protection of
these children. The number of child beggars on the streets, markets and
signals has increased many times over the years.
They are not
begging for any aim except to fill their stomachs. Not a single beggar
in the federal capital says he is begging to pay his school fees.
Rather, he is trained by his parents and elders to become a professional
Talking to APP, the head of a NGO, Qindeel Shujaat said
parents should have the conviction that the future of their children can
be protected by collective efforts. He said society should realize that
children have a place at schools and not in markets or signals, adding
they have a right to their childhood that should not be infringed upon
in any case.
Qindeel said childhood becomes enjoyable in the
process of learning and is painful when it is subjected to hazards,
abuse and exploitation. app
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ASA assures support to AIOU VC
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will take all possible steps to
ensure transparency in its admission and examination system, said AIOU
Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi while talking with a
delegation of the Academic Staff Association (ASA).
delegation, led by Zafar Ilyas, assured their support to the vice
chancellor for enforcing administrative and financial discipline in
university's overall working. The VC said that steps are being taken to
redress complaints of students, adding that the one-window operation has
already been introduced in the university's main campus. He said that
steps have been taken to provide bonuses twice a year and loans to
employees, provision of computers, laptops, sewing machines and bicycles
to the low-paid employees.
The ASA, in a meeting,
condemned the protest staged by the family of a university employee who
was dismissed sometime back because of misconduct. The employee and his
family members caused severe injuries to a security staffer who tried to
stop them from entering into the VC's office. This was also an attempt
to defame the university and damage the positive work being done by the
vice chancellor. The ASA expressed solidarity with the vice chancellor
in his efforts to cleanse the university from corrupt elements.
appealed to the university's employees not to be misled by such
elements, and perform their duties peacefully. The meeting noted that
the vice chancellor is playing an exemplary role towards not only
quality education but also taking keen interest in the welfare of
employees. The university administration has got registered an FIR
against the said employee with police.
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Peshawar: Abdur Razaq, a lecturer in English at the Government Postgraduate
College Dargai has completed his MPhil degree from Qurtuba University of
Science and Information Technology Peshawar.He did his research on
Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge. His topic was The Mayor
of Casterbridge: A Symbolic Structure and his supervisor was Dr Qabil
Khan. The news
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