Cambridge Top in the World awards for Pak students

Pakistani students receive Cambridge awards
Lahore, Mar 03: Nine secondary school students from schools in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad will receive Cambridge Top in the World awards for outstanding results in the June 2008 Cambridge International A Level exams. The students are: Sara Jamil (law), Hamza Aftab (Physics), Anum Shaukat (Urdu) and Reema Tariq Butt (Chemistry) from Lahore; Zainab Shafi (Sociology), Hira Omar (Accounting) and Ahmed Tariq Soz (Mathematics) from Karachi; and Zara Durrani (Economics) and Mahin Alamgir (Psychology) from Islamabad. More than 160 students from Pakistan will receive Brilliance in Pakistan awards for outstanding exam results in Cambridge O Level, Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge AS Level and Cambridge International A Level. "Pakistan ranks as one of CIE's highest achieving countries in terms of outstanding students," Cambridge International Exams Regional Manager William Bickerdike said in a statement. Daily Times

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7th convocation of Lahore School of Economics: Students are future leaders
Lahore: Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer has said that the students getting education in economics are future leaders of industries and business of Pakistan. There is a need for creating such "financing mind" for our future success who should be proud of being Pakistani and consider themselves part of that society where millions of people are still to be educated.

Addressing the 7th convocation of Lahore School of Economics here on Monday, Salmaan Taseer said that the process of learning does not end with obtaining of degree. Young graduates still have to learn a lot and this process continues throughout the life. The governor said that Pakistani nation had provided facilities and opportunities to the students due to which they can achieve many successes.

He advised the students that after achieving a prominent place in the society they should remember those who lag behind and are deprived of such facilities and opportunities. He said that the success of nations is not only judged by the number of successful people but the number of persons who lag behind. There is a need of such economic experts who could formulate economic policies for the welfare of poor people which could help check the increase in number of deprived people and our society could achieve new avenues of prosperity.

Earlier, Rector of Lahore School of Economics Dr Shahid Amjad Chaudhry presented performance report of the school. The governor awarded degrees to those doing MPhil, MS, MBA, Executive MBA, MSc, BSc(Honours) and BBA in various research disciplines of economics and gave away medals to the students showing outstanding performance. The Nation

Regulation of private schools suffers setback
Lahore: The efforts to regulate unbridled working of private sector schools have once again suffered a setback following collapse of PML-N government in Punjab after disqualification of Sharif brothers.

Prior to this, the PML-Q government had also taken up the issue to streamline affairs of private schools but to no avail. A special committee of the Punjab Assembly was formed but except giving some hope to the people it could not succeed to address their genuine concerns.

Recently Shahbaz Sharif had formed a committee comprising officials from School Education Department, representatives of private educational institutions as well as senior educationists and some members of the Punjab Assembly (MPAs) to recommend suitable amendments in Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance 1984.

The government had also decided in principle to establish an autonomous regulatory institution to oversee fee structure, registration, quality assurance and other aspects of private sector schools.

The stakeholders had hopes that they would be provided with some relief after establishment of a regulatory body for private schools but the collapse of PML-N government once again made them worried.

The resentment among the masses over unchecked working of private schools has been increasing with every passing day. A number of factors are held responsible for this resentment, including unrealistic collection of dues at the time of admission, heavy monthly fees, collection of different funds and compulsory purchase of stationery items and uniform from prescribed stores.

An interesting trend witnessed over the years in Punjab is continuation of different policies which are really in interest of the common people. Various policies continued despite change in the government only because these were directly related to the welfare of people.

A prevailing perception is that any effort to do away with such policies might invite wrath of the masses therefore politicians avoid doing so despite having strong differences among themselves.

Some best examples are introduction of Rescue Services, provision of free medicines in hospitals and provision of free textbooks etc to students of the government schools. More recently, the Governor's Rule in Punjab is striving hard to continue programmes like Sasti roti and one dish law in Punjab.

Similarly, it can be expected that the policies introduced by PML-N government like establishment of endowment fund for the needy but talented students and establishment of computer labs in over 4,000 high and higher secondary schools would not be scraped.

Academic circles believe that like many of the policies of public interest introduced by previous governments the new rule in Punjab should not do away with the efforts related to streamlining working of private sector schools.

Pak-Turk International Schools science fair
A science fair was organised under the aegis of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges here on Sunday.

Students of different classes set up stalls to display their projects, presentations and models based on subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and computer. A large number of people including parents of the students and delegations from US and Turkey also visited the fair and appreciated students' work.

Punjab University announced MA Urdu result
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has declared the result of MA Urdu (Semester System), Session 2006-2008 examination. According to a press statement, detailed result is available at the PU website

French language certificates distributed
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran distributed certificates among the students who have completed French language programme of the university. According to a press statement speaking at the annual function of French Department, the VC said that for having close relations with developed nations and taking advantage of their development in the fields of science and technology, there was need to know their languages.

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UHS exams schedule

The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the schedule for all professionals MBBS annual examinations to be held this year for candidates of its affiliated colleges, said a press release here on Monday. The schedule is as follows:

First Professional MBBS Part-I: Anatomy October 02; Physiology Oct 5; Biochemistry Oct 8. First Professional MBBS Part-II: Anatomy Oct 20; Biochemistry Oct 23; Physiology Oct 26; Islamic Studies and Pakistan Studies Oct 28. Second Professional MBBS: Pharmacology Oct 9; General Pathology Oct 12; Forensic Medicine Oct 14; Behavioural Sciences Oct 16.

Third Professional MBBS: Special Pathology December 1; ENT Dec 3; Eye Dec 5; Community Medicine Dec 8. Final Professional MBBS: Medicine-I November 10; Medicine-II Nov 12; Surgery-I Nov 14; Surgery-II Nov 17; Obstetrics Nov 19; Gynaecology Nov 21; Paediatrics Nov 23. Admission forms and the detail of examination schedule 2009 are available on the UHS website The News

Urdu poet's death anniversary passes unnoticed
Lahore: The 37th death anniversary of noted Urdu poet Nasir Kazmi passed without any fanfare on Monday, as no commemorative ceremony was organised anywhere in the city.

Considered one of the great poets of his era, Nasir is especially known for his sonnets and romantic poems. He is also known for translating English poetry.

Remembering the poet, noted writer Asgher Nadeem Syed said Nasir was not only a sensitive poet but was very politically aware. He said that in Nasir's poetry, the features of the political and cultural life of Pakistan were quite prominent. He said that many incidents of the country, including the formation of Bangladesh, were aptly hinted at in the poems. Nasir Kazmi wrote books of poetry, prose and drama. He passed away on March 2, 1972 at the age of 46. Daily Times

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