IT professionals for global market in Punjab

IT manpower for Int'l market
Lahore, May 06: With the demand for IT professionals on the rise globally, Punjab can produce IT manpower if it can fine-tune students who qualify from second tier institutions and need some training before entering the job market.

All IT professionals agree that the greatest challenge that is faced by the IT industry of Pakistan is quality human resource. They have little problem in hiring graduates from the first tier institutions like FAST, LUMS and NUST but the students rolled out some private institutions and even some universities lack some skills needed by IT industry.

"Pakistan with prudent approach can become a hub for Information Technology (IT) human resource, as there is dearth of IT professionals in the world particularly Middle East where huge investments have recently been made in IT", said Chairman Punjab Board of Information Technology Dr Javed Ghani. He said the PBIT had taken an initiative in this regard and had invited all jobless IT graduates for evaluation by competent IT experts.

He said based on their competence evaluated by the experts, the PBIT had arranged one to four months remedial training courses based on industry needs and with the cooperation of the industries.

He hoped that after proper grooming, these students would find suitable jobs not only in Pakistan but also in other countries. He said Punjab would be the first province in the country where all provincial departments would be fully computerised and interconnected. Another feature of this computerization, he added, was that all Punjab departments would be using licensed software.

He said infrastructure issues like scattered basic information had been overcome and PBIT was creating a secure data base to rule out the breach of the security of data. He said with sustainable infrastructure in place, the PBIT in first face would be focusing on health, education, agriculture, livestock and Planning and Development Departments of the Punjab government.

He said collecting data did not resolve the issue since the prudent application of that data was also necessary. Elaborating his point, he said the land record data for instance had been computerised in many districts of the province by the Board of Revenue. It is now essential to verify the data of land ownership up to lowest level. He said Fard issued by Patwari for instance was of vital importance in land ownership. He said under a pilot project, the Fard record of seven villages in Kasur would be verified in May and it would also be seen that whether it matched with the land record already computerised. He said such mutation was essential to eliminate the future frauds. The software for land record, he added, was ready and would be in use after successful completion of pilot project.

Dr Ghani said the Punjab had the required infrastructure in place and would lead the way in good use of computer. He said not only the e-governance would be introduced but industry linkages would also be strengthened to promote the growth. He said the internet access made available in parts of the province through school computer labs would be used after school hours to pass on information on agriculture, weather and health issue in real time. The news

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31pc schools without toilet facility
Lahore: Chairperson Idara Tehleem-o-Aaghi Dr Baila Raza Jameel has said according to an annual survey of education report (ASER) 2008-09 conducted by the Idara in eight districts including Faisalabad, Jhang, Lahore, Miawali, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Rawalpindi and Sheikhupura, children from age group three to 16 only 17 percent children can pronounce words properly while 20 per cent children are at initial level or they do have the ability to read and right.

Speaking at a Press briefing at LPC Wednesday she said that the survey shows that 54 girls of rural Punjab do not go to school while 70 percent teachers and 79 percent children of primary schools come regularly, which shows lack of concern towards education. According to the survey, only 72 percent schools have the facility of drinking water whereas 31 percent schools do not have the facility of toilet, she added. Dr Baila said that literacy rate couldn't improve until the government will take positive initiatives and involve education experts.

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LCWU new building inaugurated
Lahore: The new building of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) was inaugurated at a simple but impressive ceremony conducted on the commemoration of 88th Founders celebration of the LCWU on Wednesday. The new building, which comprises admin and academics blocks was opened formally by Vice Chancellor Dr Bushra Mateen.

She unveiled the plaque at the Admin Block and VC's office and cut the cake in connection with founders' day ceremony. Dr. Bushra Mateen on the occasion congratulated the faculty members and administration staff. She said LCWU was considered as a renowned educational institution of the female because of quality of education and discipline. The VC appreciated the financial support of Higher Education Commission (HEC) for this project and added that the building would house the VC office, Registrars' office, Examination branch under one roof, which will ensue better performance and convenience.

Previously the administrative offices were scattered in various parts of the university and the staff was facing difficulties in performing their duties, she added. She said that the new four-storey building completed according to schedule comprised administrative offices and departments of biotechnology, microbiology, business studies and pharmacy. It will house laboratories of both the science departments. There were no admissions in biotechnology and microbiology due to lack of building and now the admissions will be made from the next session. The nation

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GCU acquires Holy Quran in Braille
Lahore: The full text of the Holy Quran is now available in Braille at the Government College University (GCU) for visually-impaired students from the GCU Centre for Special Students (CSS). A copy of the Holy Quran in Braille was donated to the university library by Iqra Educational Trust's United Kingdom Chairman Anees Qari.

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed said, "The donated copy of the Quran is divided into twelve parts and has been placed in the Centre for Special Students (CSS). It was published in Saudi Arabia and the Braille paper is acid-free."GCU Vice Chancellor Professor Khalid Aftab has issued special directions to provide all kinds of facilities to the university's special students, the chief librarian maintained. Waheed said the university has already digitalised the curriculum and reading books for visually impaired students besides printing them in Braille. The GCU CSS has high-tech computers which are capable of running heavy screen-reading software. "The centre surprises its visitors when they see blind students sending and receiving emails, chatting and browsing without any help," he added. Visually-impaired students at the university expressed their pleasure at the availability of the Holy Quran in Braille at the CSS.

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Ineligibility of 88 students: LHC issues notices to GCU, BISE officials
Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday issued notices to officials of the Government College University (GCU) and Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) on a petition filed by 88 students seeking directions for university officials to forward their admission forms for the upcoming intermediate exams.

Justice Sheikh Ahmed Farooq directed the chairman and BISE controller examinations, the GCU vice chancellor and registrar and the Punjab education secretary to file their replies and produce the relevant record on Thursday (today). The petition has been filed by Abdullah Saeed and 87 other GCU students of FA/FSc, challenging GCU authorities' order of not sending their examination forms for intermediate exams, starting from May 8.

GCU Registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid appeared in court and said that the students were barred from participating in the exams for not fulfilling the requirements according to the GCU rules.

Petitioners' counsel Waseem Arif Chaudhry submitted that the GCU authorities did not forward the petitioners' examination forms on the grounds that their attendance was less than 75 percent. He further submitted that the petitioners' admission forms should have been submitted in December 2009 but the university authorities did not disclose the information to the students at that time. Now, one week prior to the start of the exams, the students approached the university authorities for their roll number slips, but they were instead given letters regarding shortage of their attendance. Daily times

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UVAS faculty attends moot on avian flu in Turkey
Lahore: University Diagnostic Laboratory (UDL) Director Prof Dr Masood Rabbani of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences has recently attended and represented Pakistan in a five-day training course on "Differential diagnosis for highly pathogenic avian influenza and secondary complicate infections" in Istanbul, Turkey as the resource person for capacity-building of Afghan and Pakistani veterinary professionals.

A press release here on Wednesday said that he delivered four lectures on "lab tools for avian disease diagnosis", "sudden death syndrome in chicken", "low path avian viruses" and "vaccines for avian disease control" in the training course.

Moreover, he informed the organisers and trainees about the UVAS diverse capabilities, which could be used for the capacity-building of the professionals of under developed countries. He emphasized on the need for enhanced collaborations between various organisations of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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'NCHD implementing projects for Edu, Health sectors'
Lahore: The NCHD is implementing various programs in Punjab for the uplift of education and health sectors.

This was said by the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) chairperson, MNA Nafeesa Shah in a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at the Chief Minister's Secretariat here on Wednesday.

She apprised the chief minister of various programs of the commission pertaining to education and health sector. She informed the CM that NCHD was implementing various programs in Punjab for the uplift of education and health sectors and district officers had been deputed in every district headquarter for the purpose. She requested the CM to provide support for various ongoing projects of the commission in the province.

The chief minister said that the NCHD was playing vital role under the chairpersonship of Nafeesa Shah. He issued directions to constitute a committee to explore new vistas of cooperation in various programs of the commission in the province. The committee would formulate recommendations keeping in view of the significance of the program.

Provincial Minister for Education Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Member National Assembly Saira Afzal Tarrar, Member Provincial Assembly Dr. Saeed Elahi, Chairman Taskforce for Elementary Education Raja Muhammad Anwar, the Planning & Development chairperson, the secretaries of Health and Education Departments and the director general of National Commission for Human Development were also present. The news

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