Teachers hold rallies for raise
Lahore, May 23: Government school teachers took out rallies in the provincial metropolis on Saturday to protest against the Punjab and Federal governments, demanding substantial increase in their salaries in the upcoming budget.
Mutahidda Mahaz Asataza Punjab (MMAP) and Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) held separate rallies in which hundreds of schoolteachers from across Punjab and other provinces participated and expressed their anger over ever-increasing inflation and, what they termed, anti-education and anti-teachers policies of the government.
The MMAP s rally started from Nasir Bagh on the Lower Mall and culminated in front of the Punjab Civil Secretariat where the protesting teachers also staged a sit-in for over an hour to press the government for their demands. The teachers representatives from other provinces, including Balochistan, Sindh and Azad Kashmir, also participated in the rally.
There was a traffic jam on the Lower Mall and many other adjacent roads for quite some time, adding to the miseries of the commuters.
The representatives of different teachers associations including Hafiz Abdul Nasir, Dr Zahid Ahmed Sheikh, Hafiz Ghulam Mohiuddin and Muhammad Nawaz addressed the rally participants and strongly criticized the government for ignoring teachers problems in the wake of ever-increasing inflation.
They demanded substantial increase in salaries, end to new promotion policy, time scale promotions, regularization of contract teachers and Urdu as medium of instruction.
The protestors were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against government.
Hafiz Abdul Nasir, who is also president of the Punjab government schools Senior Staff Association (SSA), criticized the chief minister s project of Daanish School System, saying it had in fact introduced another class in the already class-based education system of the country. He said rejecting foreign aid was a good move on part of the Punjab government. However, he added, the government should also cut down on the expenditure of bureaucracy and parliamentarians.
SSA president also announced that teachers would march towards the Parliament House in Islamabad for their demands on May 26.
The PTU rally was taken out from Education Complex, Hall Road, after the teachers and clerks held a joint protest gathering there. The rally culminated near the Chief Minister s Secretariat on The Mall where the protestors also held a protest sit-in for quite sometime, creating traffic mess on the road. The newsYour Comments
PU Librarian wins UNESCO World Book & Copyright award
Lahore: A librarian of the Punjab University Central Library, Abdul Rauf clinched second position in "UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day 2011" competition.
PU sources told APP here Sunday that Pakistan Library Club in collaboration with BIZTEK-Institute of Business and Technology, organised a nationwide competition and a large number of people from all walk of life participated in an open contest and Abdul Rauf was finally selected for second position by a panel of experts.
Chief Librarian PU Chaudhary Muhammad Hanif and other Deputy Chief Librarians congratulated Abdul Rauf of securing second position in competition. app
PU book fair widely lauded, record books sold out
Lahore: With a stunning sale of record 75,000 books in less than 30 hours, the largest three-day book fair of the country, held from May 12 to 14, successfully concluded at the Punjab University (PU) New Campus.
The varsity administration, faculty and students kept the tradition alive and organised the book fair in the main corridor of Institute of Education and Research (IER). PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Profesor Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the book fair that was attended by heads of various departments, faculty members, VC's of various universities and a large number of students.
As many as 150 renowned publishers, book sellers, IT companies and career-counselling centres established their stalls and sold local and foreign books with 10 to 50 percent discount. Almost all kinds of books were on provision, which included books relating to science, marketing, business, economics, geography, mathematics, history, philosophy, Islam, novel, fictions, biographies, poetry, Urdu, English literature, etc. Many of the stalls also had books for children, including storybooks as well as academic books.
Visitors increased in number each day during the book fair and apart from locals, the visitors included renowned politicians, writers, poets, educationists and other celebrities. On the first day, after the inauguration, the VC visited various bookstalls and also purchased some books. While expressing his views, Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the purpose of organising the book fair was to provide high-quality books on discounted rates to students, teachers and the visitors in order to promote the culture of book reading.
"Being a teacher, I feel that students lack the required expression skills and book reading could improve this deficiency by offering new vocabulary and ideas to them," he said.
The students, while talking to the media, said that the book fair provided them with the convenience of buying their academic as well as other books at the lowest prices possible and the sale of low-priced yet high-quality books is an open proof of the administration's knowledge-friendly policy.
The second day of the book fair was more enjoyable because of the pleasant weather in the city. Hasan Nisar, Sohail Warraich, Wasi Shah and others visited the book fair on the second day. Hassan Nisar said that such book fairs were necessary to promote a study culture in society. "The tradition of holding book fairs was a positive and constructive one," said Waraich. While expressing his expectations from the youth, he said that the youth should equip itself with knowledge by reading books and gaining as much information as it could. Expressing his views, Wasi Shah said that he had deep relations with literature and it was a poet's duty to appreciate an activity being organised for the promotion of knowledge.
The third and the last day of the book fair was specified for families. It saw active participation from families of celebrities and other notable personalities. PPP General Secretary Jahangir Badr, former provincial minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, provincial Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rahman, famous anchorperson Mubashar Luqman, poet Amjad Islam Amjad, columnist Dr Ajmal Niazi, IG Prisons Kaukab Nadeem Warraich, Syed Noor, Raja Munawar and research scholars with their presence made the occasion special. Jahangir Badr said that positive activities such as book fairs were a dire need of the times. He also emphasised on the need to eliminate disparity in the education system and said that education must be provided to every child of the country.
Separately, Amjad Islam Amjad expressed his joy over the success of the book fair, saying that a culture of book reading and research needed to be promoted in society for the country's development. Meanwhile, Dr Ajmal Niazi also appreciated the event and said such positive activities must continue to keep alive the habit of book reading among the masses. The success of the entire event was a result of fierce loyalty towards duty by each of the administration members. There were about eight committees that were dealing with the event's management. The VC appreciated each one of them for their efforts.
All in all, the PU book fair was a wonderful success and was appreciated by all, from the most famous celebrity that attended the event to a common citizen and each one benefited equally from the book fair. Daily times
UET entrance test
Lahore: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore has announced the schedule of combined entrance test for the year 2011. The test will be held simultaneously at ten different centres across the country on July 24. The application forms shall be filled online through varsity s web link www.admissions.uet.edu.pk from June 15 onwards. The last date to submit the entry test forms is July 11. The results will be announced on August 3 and the same will be available on the UET website. The news
GCU to observe Int'l Forest Biodiversity Day 2011
Lahore: The Government College University's (GCU) Sustainable Development Study Centre (SDSC) is to hold a "Forest Biodiversity Model Exhibition" today (Monday) to celebrate the International Forest Biodiversity Day (IDB), 2011.
BSc (Hons) students are to showcase their projects and models during the exhibition that are based on different themes pertaining to forest ecology. The students will highlight different anthropogenic activities which are posing a threat to global biodiversity.
GCU SDSC Director Professor Dr Aminl Haq said that forest biodiversity was the theme for this year's IDB. "It is important to preserve biodiversity because it is a measure of an ecosystem's health. Greater biodiversity implies greater health," he said.
VU holds 2nd convocation at Lahore Expo Centre
Lahore: The second convocation of the Virtual University (VU) was held at the Lahore Expo Centre on Saturday.
Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa was the chief guest at the event.
Degrees were conferred upon 1,800 bachelors and masters graduates. Laptops and gold medals were awarded to the high achievers, and merit certificates were awarded to graduates who had gotten distinctions.
In his welcome address, VU Rector, Dr Naveed Malik, highlighted the achievements of the university and the role it was playing as a leading varsity, which was providing quality education to its students. The Punjab governor appreciated the achievements of the university and congratulated the successful graduates and high achievers. Dignitaries, teachers and parents of the graduates, attended the convocation. Daily times
Exam superintendent suspended
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, controller of examination on Saturday suspended superintendent of an examination centre for negligence in performing his duties.
According to a press statement issued here, the controller of exams, Prof Manzur ul Hassan Niazi, paid a visit to different exams centres of the ongoing intermediate annual exam and suspended a superintendent deputed at exam centre at Govt City District High School, Green Town, for negligence in examination duty.
In a separate move, a BISE monitoring team, on instructions of the controller, raided on an exam centre No 295 set up at Himayat-e-Islam Boys School and caught a candidate involved in impersonation. Sohail Abbas was caught appearing in paper under Roll Number 770457 in place of Khurram Shahzad. He was handed over to Nawankot Police after registration of FIR.
Only one teacher for 200 students in Malakwal school
Malakwal: People have demanded more teachers at Government Girls Primary School at Chak Jeewan where there is only one teacher for 200 girls.
They said the government was converting schools into English medium ones, but the seats of teachers lying vacant. The news