Punjab schools educational funds

Punjab spending Rs13.6bn on schools
Lahore, March 03: Chairman Chief Minister's Task Force on Elementary Education Raja Mohammad Anwar has said the provincial government has provided Rs13.60 billion for improving the education facilities in schools.

He said that the government was spending Rs8.4 billion on the on-going schemes and allocated Rs520 billion for new projects. "Another amount of Rs5.15 billion is being used for providing missing facilities in the public sector schools," he said.

Mr Anwar said that the Punjab government had decided to encourage the hardworking teachers showing exemplary performance in improving literacy rate by bringing school drop-outs and child laborers back to schools, arranging missing educational facilities with the help of philanthropists for their students and showing good results by giving quality education. Such teachers will be given increments, cash awards "as they are an asset for the whole society", he said.

He said that elementary education was the main tier of the whole system of education as it gave necessary strength to the didactic structure. "The provincial government has announced 2010 as the year of 100 per cent literacy in primary education and teachers should be encouraged to persuade poor families in their areas to send their children to the schools," he said.

He said that the government was committed to providing education for all and ensure that no poor child is deprived of school education and end up as hotel waiters rather they are encouraged to become known future leaders.

He said that the provincial government was also introducing English medium in schools and the same has already been introduced in five per cent boys and 10 per cent girls' schools at district level while Rs2.5 million stipends have also been provided to the deserving students.

He said that the government was also giving performance based incentives worth Rs1 billion to the teachers showing exemplary performance. Dawn

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PU students held protest against examination system
Lahore: Students of the Punjab University (PU) Law College held a protest on Tuesday against the annual examination system being followed by their college and demanded implementation of the semester system.

Students protested in front of the Hailey College on the Canal Road, which disrupted traffic and caused problems to commuters, who criticised the university administration for not taking action against the protesting students. The protesters, most of whom belonged to the Islami Jamiat-e-Taliba (IJT), were holding placards and chanted slogans against the varsity administration.

They demanded that semester system be implemented in their college as the annual examination system causes them a lot of problems. The protesters also demanded that the pass requirement of 40 percent be lowered.

PU IJT nazim Hassan Butt said that students of the varsity are suffering due to the strict laws enforced by the administration and it is difficult to obtain 40 percent passing marks and 45 percent overall GPA.

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Danish schools project
Lahore: The establishment of Danish schools would bring an educational revolution in backward areas and provide quality education to the poor masses, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday.

The chief minister said this while visiting the under-construction Danish schools in Chistian and Dahranwala.

Shahbaz said the improvement of education sector, establishment of modern educational institutions and provision of high standard academic facilities are the top priorities of the Punjab government.

The chief minister said both male and female students would be educated in the schools in two shifts. Bahawalnagar district coordination officer (DCO) informed Shahbaz that Chistian Danish School would cost Rs 700 million and provide quality education and be completed in nine months.

Shahbaz also reviewed the under-construction work of primary sections of the school. Daily times

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Medical education moot
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS), in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, UK, is organising a weeklong educational extravaganza for the medical faculty and students of 34 medical and dental colleges of the province, which will start from March 28.

This includes a three-day international symposium on medical education (ISME-2010) titled "Medical Education: A Roller Coaster Ride", which will be held from March 29 to 31.

The objective of the symposium is to provide an opportunity to discuss, at length, the issues and current trends in medical education, and the challenges and opportunities posed to medical teachers in their quest to provide quality medical education to today's medical students to become competent and caring doctors of tomorrow.

The topics of the symposium include: (i) Traditional vs Problem-based Learning in medical teaching and (ii) Professionalism vs Commercialism in medical practice. Medical educationalists from United Kingdom, Scotland, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, UAE and Pakistan will present their papers in the symposium. Prof Dr Arif Rashid Khawaja is the coordinator of the symposium.

The symposium will be preceded by a series of four workshops to be facilitated by international experts on March 28. This includes: (i) "Learning Skills" to be facilitated by Hazel Howden-Leach from the University of Liverpool, UK, (ii) "Development of Continuing Medical Education Programme in Pakistan" to be facilitated by Dr. Gohar Wajid from Ministry of Health, UAE (iii), "Medical Teaching" to be facilitated by Dr. Simon Cole from Aberdeen University, Scotland, and (iv) "Attitude towards Problem-based Learning and observing the education process", which will be facilitated by Prof Robert Skafie of the University of Liverpool, UK.

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2 PhDs approved
Lahore: Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has recommended Ms Riffat Dar, a lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts, for the award of a PhD degree in Fine Arts.

The research was made under the supervision of Dr Mussrat Hassan, a former professor of Fines Arts, LCWU.Meanwhile, according to another press statement, Ms Fakhra Sherazi has been recommended for the award of a PhD degree in Punjabi.

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BZU student visit UVAS
Lahore: A 41-member delegation of students from Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan, visited the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, and called on its Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz.

The BZU students of Pharmacology, Microbiology, Parasitology and Pathology departments were led by Dean FVS of BZU Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry. They visited UVAS Pet Center, University Diagnostic Laboratory (UDL), WTO Quality Control Laboratory and outdoor clinic of the varsity.

UVAS VC Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz talked about the importance of veterinary education as well as its scope worldwide, saying the students, getting veterinary education, should prove themselves strong veterinarians and helpful in boosting the livestock sector of the country.

"Today in USA, UK and in many other countries of the world the students of UVAS are serving amongst the top world veterinarians", he claimed, adding "The UVAS will also offer short courses of lab-technicians that will help make the veterinary students more and more competent." Associate Professor Dr Aneela and other faculty members of UVAS were also present. The news

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