PPSC interview result | Teachers put off protest

1,585 qualify for interview
Lahore, May 26: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has cleared 1,585 candidates for interview as a result of written test for the recruitment to 313 posts of Lecturer English (Female) BS-17 in the Punjab Education Department. The details of candidates qualifying for the interview are available at Commission's website www.ppsc.gov.pk.

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Teachers put off protest
Lahore: The Primary Elementary Teachers Association (PETA) has postponed its protest demonstration scheduled for Tuesday (today) after successful dialogue with Schools Secretary Nadeem Ashraf. In a press statement issued on Monday, the PETA office bearers including its Patron Muhammad Mazhar Iqbal and Secretary General M Afzal Sajid claimed that a 16-point charter of demands was presented to the Schools secretary out of which 13 were approved while the secretary also agreed to move a summary to the Punjab chief minister in this regard. According to the statement, the schools secretary said the learning coordinators (LCs) would be restored to their previous position. He said EST and PST would be given scales 14 and 12 respectively while their salaries would also be increased.

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PGMI Admissions
Lahore: The Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI), Lahore, has extended the last date of receipt of applications/admission forms for various postgraduate degrees and diploma courses from May 25 to June 1. The News

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Educationists ask for legislation, more funds
Lahore: The government should pass legislation in parliament and increase the funds allocated to education in the budget in order to improve the standard of education in the country, educationists demanded at a seminar on Monday.

The seminar, titled 'National Education Policy: Review and Reflections', was organised by the Punjab University (PU) Faculty of Education at the Institute of Education and Research (IER) at the New Campus.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was the chief guest on the occasion, while Faculty of Education Dean Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal presided over the seminar. Institute of Education and Research (IER) Director Dr Mumtaz Akhtar, Mrs Rana Hussain of Agha Khan University-IED, Karachi, Dr Shahid Siddiqui of Lahore School of Economics (LSE), Javed Hassan Aly, faculty members and a large number of students attended the seminar.

Higher standards: Addressing the seminar, Dr Mujahid Kamran emphasised that the standard of higher education must be improved to raise the education standards at graduation, Intermediate and lower levels because the faculty members of institutions providing higher education has a direct or indirect bearing on the education and curriculum of colleges and schools. Kamran said the standard of education could not be improved without involving educationists in the formulation and implementation of policy. He said the Higher Education Commission had sent scholars abroad for their PHDs in recent years, which was a positive step. He said special attention should be paid to continuing this policy.

Speaking on the occasion, Rana Hussain said there were no proper arrangements for training teachers in Pakistan. He said good teachers could not be prepared without institutions for training teachers. She said the standard of education could not be raised by merely raising their salaries.

Multiple systems: While addressing the seminar, Dr Shahid Siddiqui talked about language and gender. He said the standard of education was not up to the mark due to the existence of multiple education systems. He said even the medium of instruction of a great number of students was still Urdu, due to which they had to face difficulties in their practical lives. Quoting a research, he said in the last five years, only 50 percent of the total funds allocated for education were utilised.

Education expert Javed Hassan Aly discussed the Draft Education Policy 2009, and highlighted its salient features, strengths and weaknesses. He stressed that the procedure for formulating policy must be made transparent. He said it could not be denied that we had very little resources, but the importance of education could not be ignored either. He said, "If we really want to improve the education system, we have to allocate 25 percent of the GDP for education." Daily Times

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Students asked to accept challenges of modern
Lahore: The Vice Chancellor Government College University Lahore Prof. Khalid Aftab has called upon the young students to show solid commitment for building economic future of the country. He said "We should accept the challenges of modern age through integrated efforts." He was addressing the participants of the Ravian Economists Alumni, Economics Department of GCU. He said that we should prepare ourself for facing the economic challenges posed the current financial crisis. He said that we were lacking in many fields and human resource deficit is perhaps our biggest problem.

Prof. Khalid Aftab said that inspite of numerous problems and hurdles, we at GCU have maintained our standards and incessantly engaged in providing better facilities to our students. Dr. Ijaz Nabi, Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences was the Guest Speaker on the occasion. He spoke on the current state of the economy and said non-collection of taxes, decline in exports, escalation in imports, extremely weak social protection system, energy crisis and deteriorating law and order were the major issues confronting Pakistan.

He said presently we were facing tough times and passing through a very critical stage of our history. He said we were not focusing on economic growth and after 2007 our economy has been damaged badly. He underlined the need to Lear from the growth experiences of the East Asia in which exports provided the impetus to their economies. Addressing the ceremony the Chairperson Economics Department Asif Saeed presented the annual report and highlighted the achievements of the Departments in research and teaching. Before the dinner the Editor "Econo Mag" Syed M. Asif Bukhari launched the 9th volume of the magazine, while Hammad Raza and Huma Rabbani conducted the ceremony. The Music Society of GC University Lahore entertained the audience during musical evening after the dinner. F.P report

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