Educational institutions on high alert
Lahore, March 10, 2008: Apprehending threat of terrorist activities in the educational institutions and
calling for a high alert to combat any such threat, the government has asked
heads of educational institutions to beef up security arrangements by deploying
security personnel and installing necessary gadgets at the entry points.
circular issued by the Punjab education department to heads of all schools,
colleges and universities, has pointed out with attribution to reliable sources
in the intelligence that there is likelihood of terrorists action in the coming
days in which public functionaries are to be targeted.
The situation demands
high alert. The EDO (Education), DEO colleges, principals and headmasters have
been directed to beef up security and make foolproof arrangements to ensure
security at schools, colleges, hostels etc by deploying security guards besides
installing walkthrough gates, and conducting strict checking through metal
detectors and vigilance on entry points.
They have also been advised to
finalise security plans in consultation with DPOs (SSPs) concerned in all
The heads of institutions have been advised to meet the
expenditure on security plans from the contingency funds of the respective
schools and colleges. They have also been advised to ensure immediate compliance
of the instructions.
Following the directive, the heads of institutions have
started recruiting security personnel and purchasing necessary equipment,
uniforms, metal detectors and walkthrough gates.
The directive has created a
sort of panic among quarters concerned who have immediately made stopgap
arrangements on Saturday by alerting their watchmen and gatekeepers.
have also closed the rear gates and small entry points. The circular has also
concerned to the parents of students. The Nation
Universities arrange extracurricular activities
Lahore: Extra curricular activities play a vital role in character
building and personality development of students by providing them opportunities
to exhibit and polish their hidden talent.
During the last week,
students from different universities of the City as well as from across the
country and from India took part in various extra curricular activities in three
different events organized by three different universities of the provincial
The Punjab University College of Arts & Design (PUCAD)
was the first one which came up with its second five-day Inter-Universities
Performing Arts Festival (IUPAF-2008) started on 1 March in which dramatic teams
from over ten different universities participated and mesmerized the audience by
their wonderful performances.
The Government College University (GCU)
organized its second weeklong Indo-Pak Drama Festival 2008 starting from March 3
in which dramatic teams from universities of the country as well as from India
participated and presented enthralling performances.
The five-day LUMS
Olympiad 2008, featuring various competitions among the students of different
schools, colleges and universities across the country, was organized by the
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
All the events provided
opportunities to the budding student-artists to exhibit their talent and to
learn further besides knowing the importance of team-work and collective
efforts. However, some students and teachers were also critical of lack of
coordination among universities, saying all the events were organized almost
simultaneously, giving a bit tough time to participating students as well as to
all those who wanted to attend these events.
They claimed that maximum
learning and entertainment for students would have been possible provided there
was coordination among the universities in organizing these events.
Nevertheless, academic circles viewed these entertaining and academic
events as a wave of fresh air amid news of suicide bomb blasts and prevailing
socio-political uncertainty and urged for regular arrangements of such events.
PUASA flays blasphemous caricatures
General body meeting of the Punjab University's Academic Staff Association (PUASA) was held last week in which
republication of sacrilegious caricatures by some Danish newspapers was
condemned. The meeting, chaired by PUASA president Dr Mumtaz Ahmad Salik,
expressed its resentment over the offensive act and passed a unanimous
resolution, condemning the republication of blasphemous cartoons. PUASA general
body urged the Muslim Ummah to express their resentment over the blasphemous
move besides demanding the government end diplomatic ties with the countries
where newspapers published such sacrilegious caricatures. The News
Quality enhancement cells to meet at PU on 12th
Lahore: The 10th three-day meeting of quality enhancement cells,
established in 30 public/private sector universities of the country, will be
held at the Punjab University's (PU) Institute of Quality and Technology
Management (IQTM) from March 12 to 14.
According to press release issued
on Sunday, representatives of participant universities will present a progress
report on the quality enhancement cells of their respective universities. PU
Quality Enhancement Cell Director Dr Niaz Ahmad will coordinate the meeting. PU
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will be the chief guest.
meeting will discuss the establishment of the quality enhancement cells
secretariat at each university, outcome of the evaluation of the education model
developed, steps taken to overcome the deficiencies, status of the
self-assessment exercise in various universities and faculty awareness and
cooperation on quality assurance issues. Daily Times
University of Sargodha accreditation
Sargodha: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has accredited the
University of Sargodha and its law degree.
A decision in this regard was
taken at a PBC meeting in Karachi on Dec 14. According to the notification dated
Feb 13, a PBC committee considered the matter at length and decided to recognise
the university and its law degree with effect from March 16, 2006.
PBC also announced that any person who appeared in the university's LLB
examination after March 16, 2006 and passed it would be entitled to enrolment as
a lawyer with any of the PBC's provincial bar councils. Dawn
Punjab Board of Technical Education Diploma result
Lahore: The result of
Diploma of Associate Engineer/ Dress Making/ Mining Second Annual Examination
2007, conducted by Punjab Board of Technical Education, has been announced. The
total students appeared in the first year were 22343 out of whom 7680 had passed
the exams. The passing percentage remained 34.37. Similarly, total students
appeared in the second year were 12633 out of whom 4653 had passed, and the
passing percentage remained 36.83 per cent. In third year, total students
appeared in the exam were 5358 out of whom 2327 had passed while the percentage
remained 43.43 per cent. The News
FCCU holds alumni reunion
Lahore: The annual reunion of alumni was held at Forman Christian
College University (FCCU) on Saturday.
A large number of Formanites
attended the function. Caretaker Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro was the
chief guest, but he did not show up. Later, Tariq Aziz, Personal Secretary to
President Pervez Musharraf, chaired the function.
FCC Principal Dr Peter
H Armacost said, "It is a privilege to welcome our alumni at the reunion. We
look forward to the opportunity for you to rekindle old memories and review
Formanites Alumni Association President Ahmed Saeed said,
"I am pleased that in less than five years my alma mater has made major
Seminar: A seminar was held on campus in which a large number
of FCCU students participated. The participants discussed students' problems and
a number of ongoing development projects on campus. Daily Times
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