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IJT to hold book fair in collaboration with PU
Lahore, May 09: Punjab University (PU) chapter Islami Jamiat
Talaba (IJT) has claimed that the varsity s upcoming book fair will be organised
in collaboration of the Jamiat and the administration. An IJT statement issued
on Sunday claimed that besides people from different walks of life,
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan Chief Syed Munawar Hasan would also attend the
book fair. It is pertinent to mention here that PU administration has already
announced that the book fair would be organised by the administration on New
Campus from May 12 to May 14 while Jamiat had announced its three-day book fair
starting from May 10. PU administration has been claiming that no student
organization, including IJT, will be allowed to organise the event while
recently some IJT activists had also thrashed two employees of the varsity who
were found removing Jamiat s posters in connection with its book fair. A PU
official, seeking anonymity, said IJT office bearers after realising the fact
that they could not hold book fair independently were now claiming that the fair
would be held with collaboration of the both. The news
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Job fair at PU
Lahore: The Punjab University College of Information Technology held its first
ever "Job Fair 2011" at Old Campus, which attracted a positive response by the
university graduates and final year students who turned up in large numbers.
Around 18 reputed IT organisations set up their stalls at the career fair
and informed the students about available vacancies at their organsiations. The
companies conducted interviews of over 300 candidates, written tests of 200
students and collected 150 resumes.
Talking to media, the students lauded
the services of Principal Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar and said because of his
initiatives, students had been provided with quality IT education and healthy
They said that the recent activities had resulted in
recruitment of around 40 students to various IT organisations and more students
were being selected through such activities. The nation
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PBTE officials bribed to tamper with results: students
Lahore: The students involved in using unfair means in the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE)
and result tempering scandal have revealed that they had paid bribe to various
officials, having contacts with some of the board s officials, for passing their
According to a PBTE press release on Sunday, a student, Syed
Zeerk Hussain s/o Syed Ziaul Hassan of GCT Rasool, revealed before the
disciplinary committee that he had paid Rs 15,000 allegedly to Nazir Ahmed
Minhas, a teacher of Govt High School, Mandi Bahauddin, to pass
Similarly, Zahid Munir s/o Munir Ahmad, Roll No 55461, of Rehman
Colony, Okara, revealed that a payment of Rs 70,000 was made by him allegedly to
Mian Abid, an official of the PBTE, to pass his papers. Usman Ali s/o Hassain
Ali, Roll No 8131, paid Rs140,000 allegedly to Malik Riasat, a clerk of GCT
Rasool, for the same purpose, Asadur Rehman s/o M Ramzan submitted a written
declaration before the committee that he had paid Rs10,000 allegedly to M
Arshad, a clerk of GCT Layyah, for getting him declared pass. M Javad Shoukat,
Roll No 32906, a student of GCT, Layyah, said that he paid bribe allegedly to
Shakeel, a clerk of his own college, for the same purpose. Mehr Gulam Rosool, a
student of GCT Layyah, submitted a written statement before the disciplinary
committee that he had paid Rs 20,000 allegedly to Javed Iqbal Bhatt, an
instructor of his own college, for to pass the exam.
Earlier 294 students
were declared pass by tampering their actual results with the mutual
collaboration of internal and eternal mafia during exams of DCom and DAE of the
PBTE for the year 2010. The board management took stern action and cancelled
results of all those students declared pass by tampering their results.
PBTE authorities had already given Zahid Javed and Muhammad Nazim
official of the computer section of the board allegedly involved in tampering
results in the custody of the Anti Corruption police Lahore after
investigations. The news
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Trend of tuition centres, academies on rise in city
Lahore: Some of the greatest thinkers, scholars, philosophers, doctors, mathematicians and scientists in the history of
mankind never attended a school during their childhood. Yet, they went on to
gain immense knowledge and imparted it to others too.
responsible for inventions, theories and contributions to society that not only
left their mark in history, but also often changed the way human beings thought
and worked together.
However, in today's era, education is no more
confined only to schools, colleges and universities but has spread to tuition
centres, coaching centres and academies. These coaching centres, tuition centres
and academies are found in almost every street and corner of Lahore. A coaching
centre or a tuition centre uses special teaching methods and attempts to prepare
a student specifically for the exam he/she is planning to take.
excess of these types of centres in city has led people to question the quality
of education they are providing, both in public and private sectors. Currently,
there is no official data regarding the number of tuition centres in Lahore.
In some posh areas of the city, several tuition centres are also regular
private schools in the mornings. Also, there are several smaller tuition centres
in almost every residential area, which have been set up in houses and contain
one or two rooms. These are usually set up by schoolteachers or students at
bachelor and intermediate levels to earn some extra money.
parents believe that joining an academy or a tution centre is a must for good
grades. They think it is necessary to get the children admitted in a renowned
academy for good performance in studies. They also argue that such institutions
provide extra help and practice through test sessions that help students in
preparing for their exams.
Ahsan, a student of grade 10 said, "These academies and tuition centres provide good study material, like
mock test papers that a student cannot easily get hold of in schools or colleges
and all these factors help a student prepare better for a competitive
He said that the most crucial advantage of taking up
coaching is that one gets to know the paper pattern, questions asked in the
previous exams as well as their solutions, which chapter or question should be
given more importance, etc. He added, "These centres provide study material that
include a detailed syllabus, which is usually not covered in regular
However, in some cases students merely join academies because
of peer pressure or because of parents'
Separately, most of the teachers
hold students responsible for joining these centres. A secondary school teacher,
Nadia, said, "Students just do not feel satisfied with whatever they have
studied in the school so, in the evening they go to a nearby coaching institute
to study that extra bit they feel they have missed." She added, "Some young
people who have hardly completed matriculation have opened tuition centres in
their homes and provide low quality coaching. They are wasting their own time as
well as students' time and money."
Nadia said that scoring well should
not be the only purpose of joining tution centres. Getting good grades mainly
depends on the calibre of a student, she said, adding, "Students feel that
joining academies guarantee good grades and would relieve them from self study."
Most of the parents, however, appreciate their children joining academies and
A mother, Kishwer, said that these institutes are also a
place where children can socialise. "It enhances a child's social abilities
through exchange of notes and books."
She said these centres effectively
prepare a student for exams by regularly holding mock tests. Also, the students
are made to submit assignments that also aid them in their preparation. She
said, "These institutes also serve as a platform where students can clarify
their doubts and discuss them with other students as well." Daily times
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Teachers in Punjab boycott polio drive
Lahore: The Punjab Teachers
Union (PTU) has announced a boycott of the polio vaccination drive of the Punjab
government across the province starting from today.
According to PTU
central President Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi and other office-bearers, including
Rana Liaqat, Haji Nazar Muhammad and Rai Mustafa Riaz, the government
schoolteachers would not perform non-academic duties as these had been causing
academic loss to the students over the years.
They said the participation
of schoolteachers in additional and non-academic assignments was badly affecting
results of the students, adding that in the end always the teachers were held
The PTU office-bearers also warned that if disciplinary
action was taken against any schoolteacher for not performing non-academic
duties like polio vaccination drive, the teachers from across the province would
strongly agitate and protest it and entire responsibility would then rest with
They said schoolteachers were already performing duties
in connection with ongoing census survey and Universal Primary Education (UPE)
survey claiming in this way around 60 percent schools were almost closed for the
students owing to non availability of teachers.
The teachers said their
prime job was teaching but unfortunately they had to roam in streets like
salesmen. The news
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FJMC convocation on 11th
Lahore: The Fatima Jinnah Medical
College is organising its 11th convocation for the graduates of 2005 to 2009 at
its auditorium on May 11.
College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan President Prof Dr Zafarullah
Chaudhry will be the chief guest at the convocation.
Health Secretary Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan will be the guest of honour at the
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PMDC flayed for NOC to migrated students
Lahore: The Young
Doctors Association (YDA) Pakistan has condemned Pakistan Medical and Dental
Council s decision to grant NOC for admission to public medical colleges of the
country to five students of third year repatriated from Cuba and Kyrgyzstan.
YDA office-bearers Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi and others said that
the PMDC had taken this decision in its 118th meeting held on April 3, 2011 in
violation of the rules and decision already taken in the council s 117th
They said there was no such precedent of migration of students
from abroad to public medical colleges, which could potentially destroy the
medical education system in the country. They added that this decision was a
great injustice to thousands of other students who were on merit but couldn t
get admissions in public medical colleges.
The YDA, Pakistan, therefore,
strongly protested over this decision and demanded of the PMDC immediately
revert this unwise decision.
Pharmacists, doctors in same scale :
PAKISTAN Pharmacists Association (PPA), while rejecting federal government s
career structure for health professionals, demanded the government keep
pharmacists and doctors in the same Special Pay Scale-9.
This was the
consensus of the office-bearers and members of PPA s central and provincial
chapters during an emergent meeting held on Sunday.
PPA s Central
President Khalid Saeed Bokhari and Provincial Chapter President Bashir Ahmad
observed that the academic career of pharmacists also spanned over 17 years as
of medical doctors while dental doctors academic career was based on 16 years.
They termed it injustice that the dental doctors were categorised with medical
doctors in SPS-9 while pharmacists were given SPS-8.
They demanded the
federal government withdraw its career structure for health professionals and
categorise pharmacists with medical doctors otherwise they would announce a
protest movement for the fulfilment of their demands.
Besides, they also
demanded increase in salaries of pharmacists as well as non-practicing allowance
to the pharmacists. The news
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