Students laud Iftikhar's restoration

Students, teachers also rejoiced over restoration
Lahore, Mar 17: The teachers and students in the educational institutions of the city celebrated the success of long march and restoration of judiciary in a befitting manner.

The Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association, Punjab University Academic Staff Association, IJT, MSF and other students groups arranged receptions and distributed sweats among the people.

They expressed the hope that the Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry will take notice of the plight of teachers and students and withdraw cases registered against them during the martial law of Gen Musharraf.

They were also anticipating that the Chief Justice would be a helping hand in restoring students' unions as announced by the present government soon after its inception.

Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) Punjab University celebrated the day as 'Thanks Giving Day' for the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. IJT Nazim of PU chapter Qaisar Sharief during his address to the students at varsity campus said the restoration of Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was a result of continuous struggle by the students, lawyers and the people of Pakistan and all those who sacrificed their lives during this movement would be remembered in the history of Pakistan.

The restoration of judges has also proved that the people of Pakistan would not tolerate any form of dictatorship, he added. The Nation

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PU holiday on 23rd
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) will remain closed on March 23 (Monday) on account of Pakistan Day, said a press statement issued on 16th.

FDE schedule for PREP admission
Islamabad: Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has announced the admission schedule of PREP classes in federal educational institutes for the academic year 2009-10. According to the schedule, the registration forms would be issued from March 24 to 31 while forms would be received from April 1 to 7.

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28 out of 834 matric exam centres 'sensitive'
Lahore: Chairman Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, Prof Dr Muhammad Akram Kashmiri has said that a total of 834 centres have been set up for matriculation exams 2009, adding out of these, 28 centres have been declared as sensitive centres.

At a press briefing about the matriculation exams 2009 starting from 17 March (today) Prof Kashmiri, who was flanked by BISE Secretary Haji Muhammad Dogar and Controller of Examinations Prof Manzur ul Hassan Niazi, said extra police support had been sought at the sensitive centres so that no one could disrupt peaceful atmosphere and cheat during the exams. He, however, refused to give details of the sensitive centres. He said a total of 421416 candidates would be appearing in the exams from various districts which came under the purview of BISE Lahore. The News

Matric exam from today
Lahore: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore, is all set to hold annual Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination-2009 from tomorrow (Tuesday). In a media briefing at Board office here Monday, the Chairman Dr. Muhammad Akram Kashmiri said that all arrangements had been finalized to hold the examination in a transparent manner. While, 834 examination centres had been established in all the five affiliated districts- Lahore, Okara, Kasur, Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib, he said, adding that this year, 421,416 candidates would appear in the annual matric examination. Dr. Kashmiri said that BISE constituted a monitoring committee, while Punjab government also formed a body headed by Additional Secretary (Education) Zuhra Gilani for the purpose. While, 301 mobile inspection teams had also been constituted, which would pay surprise visits to any of the examination centres to discourage booty mafia, he maintained.

The Lahore BISE had also organized workshops in its affiliated districts to impart special training to examination staff to ensure transparency during the examination, he said. The Chairman said that BISE also forwarded a written request to Lahore DCO for provision of necessary security to ban the entry of people other than students in the examination centres.

The LESCO had also been requested to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the examination centres, he added. The rule number slips of the private candidates had been delivered on their respective addresses, while of those regular candidates, had been sent to their relevant schools. App

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UHS degrees recognised
Lahore: The Jordanian government has recognised the degrees and courses of the University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore. According to a handout here on Monday, in a letter from the cultural office of the Embassy of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Islamabad, it has been informed that the Higher Council for Recognition of Higher Educational Institutes, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Amman, in its 5th meeting, decided to recognise all the courses and scientific degrees of the UHS. The UHS is also recognised by the World Health Organisation and the General Medical and Dental Council of United Kingdom. The News

GCU to hold conference on 'Culture and Mental Health'
Lahore: Government College University Society of Psychology Department will organise an international conference on Culture and Mental Health from March 17 to March 21 at the university's campus, it was learnt on Monday.

The conference would include five symposia: Culture and Gender Studies, Indigenous Research on Schizophrenia and Expressed Emotions in Families, Indigenous Perspective on Positive Psychology, Qualitative Research in Cultural Context, and Developmental Psychology. The inauguration of the conference on Culture and Mental Health will commence on March 18 at 9:30am at Bokhari Auditorium. Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) and British Prime Minister Initiative Award will fund the conference. Daily Times

Lack of educational facilities irk college students
Skardu: Students of the Federal Government Degree College, Skardu, are facing acute hardships and problems because of shortage of teachers and lack of other educational facilities for the last several years.

A number of students said the college was the largest educational institution in two districts of Baltistan where over 2,000 students were studying but their career was at stake because of lack of teachers.

They said the number of teachers was same in several colleges of Gilgit and Baltistan where the number of students was from 14 to 18 and in the Skardu federal college. The students said there should be at least 60 teachers in the college and lamented that one of the three Urdu teachers has been transferred to Khaplu College.

It is a sorry situation that there is no teacher for chemistry, history and some other subjects, while there is only one teacher each for science and physics, they maintained. They said after deduction of holidays, only four months remain available to the students for study, which are not sufficient for completion of syllabus and demanded the government to give them at least six months for the same.

They said frequent reshuffling of teachers in the college affect educational activities and results of the students. Dawn

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