Int. Electrical Engg conference ends

2nd International Conference on Electrical Engineering concludes
Lahore, 27 March, 2008: The concluding session of the Second International Conference on Electrical Engineering was held at University of Engineering and Technology (UET) on Tuesday.

Department of Electrical Engineering Dean Dr Noor M Sheikh appreciated the efforts of his fellow colleagues, especially Dr Asghar Saqib for organising the conference and making it a success.

He mentioned how the students benefited from the expertise of world-renowned researchers and scholars. He said the conference covered the wide spectrum of electrical engineering, which includes Power Electronics, Control Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Signal Processing. He also appreciated UET's role as a leading research and educational organisation.

The chief guest, Project Director of Vision 2030 of UET Dr Shaukat Hameed congratulated the young scholars and undergraduate students for presenting their papers. He acknowledged UET's relevance with the latest technological advancements in Pakistan and the world at large. He was optimistic that the number of papers submitted will swell in the years to come. He appreciated UET in producing the finest engineers and promoting the field of engineering.

He envisaged the vision of 2030 whereby each citizen of the country will contribute to national development. He called upon the need for supporting students in the development of their analytic and creative skills. In the end, the chief guest, Dr Shaukat Hameed distributed shields and certificates among the faculty and student volunteers.

Chairman Department of Electrical Engineering Dr Mohammad Saleem Mian and Chairman Department of Computer Sciences Dr Mohammad Ali Maud were also present on the occasion. Daily Times

'Student enrolment rises by 20 per cent'
Lahore: Results in the education sector have been very encouraging in the last four years as there has been 20 per cent increase in enrolment, said Punjab Education Department Special Secretary (Schools) Capt (Retd) Zahid Saeed.

Participating in a Three-Day conference on "Transforming Teacher Education: Improving Practicum and Internship, he said that every year the government was hiring 20,000 teachers in the public sector. Since 2007, the focus was on quality of education, so that was the top priority of the government, he said. He added the government was working on measures to retain teachers.

He said the primary school teachers should be at least BA and that the government was providing scholarship to in-service teachers who were earlier recruited on PTC basis, for doing BA. He said, "We should all reflect what we were preparing the children for?"

The moot opened on Wednesday here at a local hotel. The conference was meant to share best practices in the field of education.

It was organized by Canada Pakistan Basic Education Programme (CPBEP).

The moot hopes to build synergies between education and research, said Project Director CPBEP Dr Amjad Saqib. Earlier, in a presentation, Canadian Teacher Education Specialist Dr Robert A Sergeant, said, "Children today will eventually leave school to enter jobs, which are not there - to work on technologies, which are not yet invented. The News

GCU holds Urdu literary conference
Lahore: The Government College University's (GCU) Majlis-e-Iqbal arranged a literary gathering on Wednesday in which intellectuals from both Pakistan and India participated.

According to a press release issued by the GCU, Intizar Hussain, who was chief guest of the occasion, said Pakistani educational institutes lacked discipline and congenial interactive environment. "Our writers and intellectuals should have interaction with scholars of other countries," he said.

Talking about his recent visit to Indian universities' Urdu departments, he said it was strengthening to see Urdu flouring there.

Siddiqueur Rehman Qudwai of the Ghalib Institute, Delhi, said that Lahore was a great ancient city and was a hub of Urdu literary activities.

Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi, Prof Shamim Hanfi discussed about the ghazal style of Nasir Kazmi, Munir Niazi and Ahmed Mushtaq. Dr Sohail Ahmed Khan, the dean of GCU Languages, Oriental and Islamic Learning, said the GCU was striving to maintain the glorious past of the Urdu language and literature.

Social Sciences Conference: The GCU is holding a one-day conference on social sciences today (Thursday). The educationists will address the conference and suggest ways for the promotion of social sciences in Pakistan. Daily Times

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