PU vacation | Punjab schools vacation
Lahore, June 07: Punjab University's teaching departments, institutes, centres and constituent
colleges will remain closed for summer vacation from July 14 to
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Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has issued schedules for submission
of admission fee and forms for BS Applied Geology 2nd and 3rd
Professional second annual examination 2013 and annual examination 2014.
The last date for submission of admission forms with
single fee is 12-6-2014 while the forms can be submitted with double fee
till 13-6-2014. PU Examination Department has also issued
written/practical date-sheets for the BSc Nursing (4-Year Programme)
(1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year) annual examination 2014. The news
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PU FM 104.6 celebrates 10th anniversary
Lahore: The Punjab University's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS)
celebrated the 10th anniversary of varsity's FM 104.6 radio with a
colourful event at its auditorium on Thursday that highlighted the
importance of the medium of radio in student training and mass education
Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran,
Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Culture Rana Muhammad
Arshad, Radio Pakistan Director General (DG) Samina Pervaiz, Columnist
Dr Ajmal Niazi, ICS Director Dr Noshina Saleem, Anchorpersons Muhammad
Ajmal Jami and Huda Ikram, PU FM 104.6 Programme Manager Irshad
Chaudhry, faculty and a large number of students participated in the
VC Dr Kamran inaugurated the festivities by cutting the
anniversary cake. Speaking on the occasion, he stressed the importance
of radio as an important source of information and entertainment that
had served as an educator for the masses of Pakistan. He said that the
ICS was started as a small department with an aim to promote journalism.
He said that FM 104.6 had helped students become professional
journalists and many of them were now working with major media
Rana Arshad said that the PML-N government have the
credit of making the country an atomic power, winning GSP plus status
and attracting $35 billion investment from China.
He appreciated the
work of FM 104.6 radio and said that it had served as the identity of
the varsity. He said the Punjab government would extend maximum help to
the ICS for extending the broadcast range of FM 104.6.
Dr Ajmal Niazi
said that listening was more effective than visuals. He said that his
experience of working for radio was more rewarding than working for
television. DG Samina Pervaiz said that radio was the most effective
tool for creating consensus in the society. She appreciated the services
of FM 104.6 in Muzaffarabad during the earthquake of 2005. Dr Noshina
Saleem said that the ICS would further invest in the FM 104.6 and that
soon its broadcast range would be extended and transmissions enhanced.
Jami and Huda Ikram, who are ICS alumni, said that FM 104.6 was their
first professional school, which helped them excel in their careers. Daily times
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PU syndicate greeted
Lahore: Federal ministers, including Khawaja Saad Rafique, Rana Tanvir Hussain, Shahid
Khaqan Abbasi, Barjees Tahir, MNA Malik Pervaiz and PML-N leader Sohail
Zia Butt have felicitated the newly-elected Syndicate members and Punjab
University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran.
to a press release, they expressed the hope that the newly-elected
members would play their constructive role for the development of the
They added the members would cooperate in the
administration's policy for the promotion of research activities in the
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Private schools to skip vacation
Lahore: While annual summer vacation in public schools started in Punjab following
academic activities took place for the last day on Saturday, private
schools, including a trust school run by the Secretary of School
Education Department, are not following the government's schedule, it is
This is not for the first time that private
schools are defying the Punjab government's instructions, as over the
years successive governments failed to regulate affairs of schools run
by the private sector and hence could not implement their orders.
observed in the past most private schools keep their campuses open
during first few weeks of summer vacation on various pretexts such as
examination and summer camps with the ultimate "goal" of collecting
tuition fees in the meanwhile.
The same is being done
this year again as many private schools have scheduled their in-house
examinations starting from first or second week of June while campaigns
and arrangements for "special" summer camps are also in full swing.
pathetic situation exposes callousness on part of private schools and
their indifferent attitude towards the plight of innocent students who
would be forced to attend schools in the scorching heat. This phenomenon
does not certainly apply to schools managed under different trusts and
which don't charge any tuition fee but again the government's writ must
prevail and its order must be implemented.
As per the
Schools Department academic calendar, a summer break is observed in
schools from June 1 to August 14 every year. Chief Minister Muhammad
Shahbaz Sharif while taking into account extreme weather conditions and
power crisis had issued special instructions to extend the annual summer
holidays till 30 August in 2009.
highlighted by many parents, The News talked to, is the collection of
"fuel charges" by private schools these days to ensure uninterrupted
power supply trough generators and UPS units in schools in the wake of
prevailing power cuts. They demanded the government to take stern action
against schools involved in the practice.
Department had issued a notification on May 7 this year barring private
schools from charging tuition fee for entire summer vacation in advance.
However, no committee was formed to ensure its implementation. On the
other hand, most private schools instead of collecting entire three
months' tuition fee received it on a bimonthly basis i.e. many schools
collected tuition fee for May and June in May while that of July and
August will be collected in early June.
Secretary Schools Abdul Jabbar Shaheen who is also Chairman Board of
Governors of Thal Public School & Inter College, district Khushab,
said there was no harm if schools remained open during summer vacation
as long as students were not forced to attend.
question he said parents who think their children should not attend
school in summer vacation should not send them to school and inform the
department about their concern. He said summer camps were organised for
the betterment of students and for those who needed extra coaching.
brief history of the Thal Public School (Chak No. 22 MB which lies 40
kilometers to the south west of Khushab city inside the Thal desert),
available on its website reads: "The government primary schools
available in the area are in extremely dilapidated condition. The
physical hardships and poor conditions of educational infrastructure in
the area force majority of boys and girls to discontinue their education
after primary level."
One wonders why and how primary
schools in the village are in "extremely dilapidated condition" when a
native of the village has been Secretary Schools for almost a year now?
Mr Abdul Jabbar Shaheen was posted as Secretary School Education
Department in June 2013.
Replying to the question, he
said information about the condition of schools was that of year 2006,
when the foundation of Thal Public School was laid under a trust.
"Today, there is a public high school and two separate public middle
schools, each for boys and girl students in the area," he added.
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CM announces Rs2b for KEMU campus at Muridke
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced a grant of Rs2 billion for the
construction of a new campus of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) at
an earlier provided land of 120 acres for the purpose in Muridke.
annual convocation of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) here
Tuesday, the chief minister said healthcare was among the government
priorities and the Punjab government was providing maximum resources for
the provision of best treatment facilities to the masses. He said
doctors were associated with a sacred profession and their oath of
service to the ailing humanity demanded that they should spare no effort
in the treatment of patients.
He said doctors should abide by their code of conduct and serve the ailing humanity without any discrimination.
chief minister congratulated the new graduates and said they were now
stepping into practical field and like their parents and teachers the
people of the province also had high expectations from them. He said
participation in the annual convocation of KEMU was an honour for him as
this institution had been producing a number of prominent doctors for
decades who were serving ailing humanity in Pakistan as well as abroad
in a commendable manner. He said KEMU was rendering invaluable services
for the promotion of medical education and research in this sector. He
said maximum resources would be provided for the uplift of the health
sector. He said the common man had as much right over modern treatment
facilities as judges, generals, politicians, ministers, police officers
and elite, so doctors should also serve at rural and basic health
centres as well as tehsil and district headquarters hospitals.
said there was no shortage of resources and the health experts should
sit together with the government and submit proposals and
recommendations for improving healthcare system.
Vice Chancellor KEMU Dr Faisal Masood, in his welcome address,
highlighted the academic activities of the institution. He said solid
measures were being taken for improving the standard of education of the
university. He said investment in education sector was the vision of
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the Punjab government had provided a
large piece of land in Muridke for setting up new campus of KEMU.
chief minister awarded gold medals to position-holder doctors. Vice
Chancellor of KEMU presented a shield to the chief minister.
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Molecular biology lab
Lahore: The first Molecular Biology Lab was inaugurated at Virtual University's Davis Road campus on Tuesday.
to a press release, VU Director Finance Naeem Tariq inaugurated the lab
and said that for the last 12 years Virtual University of Pakistan was
mainly offering degree programmes in the field of Computer and
Management Sciences which was attracting many students throughout the
country, especially in the areas where interactive mode of education was
not possible due to non-availability of colleges and universities.
Dr Masroor Ellahi Babar, who recently joined the Virtual University and
established this lab, explained the aims and objectives of the lab. He
said this lab would help postgraduate students of Bioinformatics
enrolled in VU to have hands-on training on Molecular Biology techniques
and procedures. The news
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University of Gujrat under pressure to hire lawmakers 'favourites'
Gujrat: The University of Gujrat (UoG) administration is in
deep waters for not complying with the demands of PML-N legislators who
are also a part of the UoG syndicate and they have formally registered a
'complaint' against the university administration with the government
as well as the party leadership.
Dawn learnt a delegation
of PML-N lawmakers from Gujrat held a meeting with Hamza Shahbaz Sharif
last week and apprised him of their grievances against the university.
source privy to the meeting said the lawmakers accused the UoG
administration of showing reluctance in accommodating their recommended
people in the university, especially regarding jobs, though it often
obliged the PML-Q leaders which had caused an embarrassing situation for
them in their constituencies.
Three members of the Punjab
Assembly from Gujrat who are the syndicate members, namely Nawabzada
Haider Mehdi, Moin Nawaz Warraich and Haji Imran Zafar, had also charged
the university administration with committing irregularities in
regularising the jobs of staff despite the fact that the last meeting of
the syndicate on April 25 had not endorsed the recommendations made by
the selection board. They said the membership of the syndicate was
useless for them if they could not get their recommendations
At this, Hamza Shahbaz asked the delegation to submit
a written report on the alleged irregularities in the UoG and four
members of the syndicate, including those mentioned above, and another
member, Dr Ijaz Basheer, are preparing a report.
syndicate members have written a letter to Vice Chancellor Dr
Nizamuddin, saying that the syndicate in its last meeting did not
endorse the recommendations made by the selection board and that the
syndicate could not do that until the registrar presented the details of
the advertised posts and the selected candidates. However, they added,
the university had issued letters to the selected candidates having the
sentence that this selection board had been
approved by the syndicate but the fact was otherwise.
government had appointed three more legislators belonging to PML-N as
syndicate members against the three seats reserved for prominent
citizens in addition to the existing three seats for lawmakers nominated
by Punjab Assembly speaker for the UoG syndicate.
A UoG official
said the extra representation of politicians in the decision-making body
of the university was causing inconvenience to the administration to
run the affairs due to unnecessary demands of the dominating strength of
lawmakers in the syndicate.
He said the PML-N lawmakers were
exerting pressure on the university to accommodate the job seekers they
recommended even on contract or daily-wage basis which was not possible
for the university under the prevailing rules and regulations.
source in the PML-N said that the party lawmakers had launched a
campaign against the UoG VC so that he could not get a third term in the
office after his second term would end in coming October.
contacted, PML-N MPA Nawabzada Haider Mehdi denied the reports that they
wanted the university to hire the candidates recommended by them. He
claimed that they had raised their voice against the irregularities
being carried out at UoG.
Meanwhile, UoG VC Dr Nizamuddin has
convened another meeting of the syndicate to discuss the issues raised
by the members as the meeting and the meeting was likely to be held on
June 19 in which the university budget of the next fiscal year would
also be presented for approval. Dawn
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KEMU Literacy Society holds Urdu poetry competition
Lahore: The Urdu chapter of King Edward Medical University (KEMU)
Literary Society organised All Punjab Poetry Competition on Tuesday in
which teams from 20 educational institutes from across the province
The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) won
poetry competition while University of Engineering and Technology (UET),
Lahore, stood second.
In poem category, Quaid-e-Azam Medical College
(QMC), Bahawalpur, won first position, the UET second while Government
College University (GCU), Lahore, stood third. In ghazal category, the
GCU stood first while University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
(UVAS) stood second while the QMC remained third. On the basis of best
performance, the GCU won the team trophy. KEMU Literary Society
Presidents Syed Ahsan Shehzad and Ayesha Sikandar conducted the event.
Guests included famous poet and writer Khalid Shareef, Adnan Mohsin,
Zohair Latif and former society president Abubakar Khan Gurmani. Daily times
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IBA Sukkur, UAF to launch joint degree programme
Faisalabad: The Institute of Business Administration Sukkur and University of
Agriculture Faisalabad will launch a joint degree four-year BBA
(Agriculture) programme in order to strengthen inter-provincial harmony
and to produce trained manpower equipped with entrepreneurial skills.
was said by UAF Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while
addressing a delegation of 15th Senior Management Course, National
Institute of Management, Karachi, headed by Additional Director Staff
Capt Waqar Ahmad here on Monday. The VC said that the students would
spend half academic period at each institution. He said that total 132
credit hours degree programme had been designed for 100 students, 50
from each institution that would be exchanged after spending two years
at their home institution. Talking about water scarcity, he said that
agriculture production might face severe setback in years to come as the
threat of water scarcity looms large. The promotion of cost-effective
efficient irrigation system and water storage capacity at farm level
could help fight the challenge, he added. He said that fertile land
could be converted into a barren if timely steps were not taken. He
stressed the need to develop and promote drought resistant wheat in a
bid to provide sufficient bread for ever-increasing population. Talking
about the UAF, he said that the university competitive research grants
had touched to Rs 2 billion, which was the highest in the county.The news
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