PU students financial assistance
Rs 20m to finance PU students
Lahore, May 07: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has announced Rs
20 million for financial assistance of university students under the
newly established Students Advancement Fund Endowment (SAFE).
announcement was made at a workshop on Students Advancement Fund
Endowment and Student Start-Up Business Centre (SSBC) organised by PU
Faculty of Education, Higher Education Commission and Promotion of
Education in Pakistan (PEP) INC, New York, here on Saturday.
Aziz, Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) VC Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar,
Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) VC Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor,
University of Gujrat (UOG) VC Prof Dr Nizamuddin, Forman Christian
College Rector Prof Dr Peter H Armacost, PU Faculty of Education Dean
Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, PEP Foundation President Dr Khalid Iqbal,
Dur-e-Shehwar from Higher Education Commission, Afaque Ahmed from
Education Enrichment Foundation Karachi, ITC-ILO consultant Sadaf Abid
and many others from various top public and private sector institutions
participated in the workshop.
Dr Kamran said the workshop
would bring something new for students. He said PU was already financing
students with an amount of Rs 70 million and the amount of 20 million
would be allocated from the earning of its own investment of Rs 4
He said the administration was working on the
revival of Punjab University's alumni association which would also help
support the programme.
Giving presentation on
establishment of Students Advancement Fund Endowment, Dr Khalid Iqbal
said the purpose of SAFE was to make higher education accessible to the
needy students, enhance their learning experience and make the
universities more competitive.
He said PEP Foundation had
already established SAFE at Punjab University, GCU, Lahore, UET,
Lahore, GCU, Faisalabad and at a private university in Lahore.
said each beneficiary might sign an honorary agreement to return
voluntarily an amount twice equivalent (received) to SAFE within 10
years of gainful employment, which would provide funds for future
He thanked HEC Executive Director
Sohail Naqvi for providing all-out support for establishing SAFE as HEC
would award at least Rs 1 million to the university.
Sabiha spoke on "Fundraising Done Right" and said that financial
pressure was growing on universities. She said it was very difficult for
women to return educational loans as they got married after education.
Dr Hafiz Iqbal said that because of initiatives taken by HEC, higher
education enrollment had increased substantially. He lauded the efforts
being made for the establishment of SAFE at educational institutions.
Later, a discussion forum was also held to exchange ideas.
approved: University of Animal and Veterinary Sciences' Advanced
Studies and Research Board chaired by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat
Naseer Pasha has approved the launching of new postgraduate diploma
"Food Safety and Controls" at the Food and Nutrition Department.
ASRB also discussed and approved 81 MPhil synopses and 31 PhD synopses.
The Vice-Chancellor also briefed the board members about university's
achievements like winning projects of approximately Rs300 million. He
congratulated his team on attaining the good HEC ranking.
The meeting was attended by members of the board from UVAS and other nationally renowned scientists from various organisations. The news
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Teachers on road to seek justice
Lahore: Schoolteachers are protesting against the Punjab government's
policies and 'apathy' towards their problems. The teachers, who are
considered the nucleus of the school education system, had started their
protest campaign in February and stepped it up from academic boycotts
to protest meetings, demonstrations at divisional headquarters and
finally a big show of protest rally and sit-ins on
Shahrah-i-Quaid-i-Azam, where Section 144 was imposed banning protest
rallies and gatherings.
A case had been registered against 31 nominated and 700 unidentified
teachers with the Civil Lines police. Still, none of the government
functionaries came to negotiate with teachers even for the
implementation of the already-decided incentives.
Criticising the government functionaries, a Punjab Teachers Union
leader said the 'so-called' education minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman
was so oblivious to teachers' issues that he did not even issue a
statement – in favour of or against the teachers.
"The teachers have made up their mind that they will get justice on
roads as was the case of restoration of the chief justice of Pakistan.
So they are protesting and will now hold march in Islamabad from the
National Press Club to Parliament House and then observe a sit-in on May
16," the PTU leader said.
The schoolteachers say they had prepared a 12-point charter of demands and submitted to the School Education Department,
the schools secretary, the chief secretary and the chief minister. The
teachers say they were demanding that they should not be involved in
non-academic activities and allowed to teach students with peace of
They stated that last year they performed various duties like
correction of voter lists, census, anti-polio vaccination duties and
Universal Primary Education survey and remained absent from schools.
They claimed that teachers' absence from schools decreased enrolment in
the public-sector schools.
"There were 11.1 million children in schools but this year the enrolment fell to 10.6 million," a PTU leader claimed.
The teachers' representatives say the government had launched 100 per
cent enrolment campaign without taking teachers into confidence. In
rural areas, they say, children work with their parents in fields or
work in factories and shops to make both ends meet.
They said the teachers were asked to find out-of-school children and
enroll them. They said the teachers' UPE duties charged those already
enrolled and dropped out due to teachers' absence. Then, they said, the
school education department directed monitoring officials to check
teachers' attendance. The teachers were even denied their casual leaves.
The respective schools headmasters' powers to grant leave to teachers
were also withdrawn and were asked to get leaves approved from DDEOs or
DEOs. Citing two examples, a PTU leader said a teacher's father died
and he was compelled to attend school in Khanewal with the direction
that he could attend funeral in the evening.
On the other hand, they say, almost 50 per cent primary schools have
two teachers and no replacement was available in case a teacher could
not attend school for one or another reason. They say the government was
also merging male and female primary schools but it will lead to drop
out of girl students.
The PTU leaders say the Punjab government as well as the school
education department top bosses are giving step-motherly treatment to
schoolteachers. Explaining teachers' demands, PTU central president Syed
Sajjad Akbar Kazmi said the primary and elementary teachers should be
given BPS-16, SSTs be given BPS-17, while subject specialists be given
He said the government should either give time-scale promotions to
teachers or incentive package against all sanctioned posts of teachers.
The teachers' pay scales should be revised by merging 65 per cent ad hoc
The house rent and medical allowance should be raised up to 60 per
cent and 25 per cent, respectively, while conveyance allowance be
doubled. The benevolent fund should be transferred to the Punjab Teacher
Foundation and revived as a functional organisation.
The PTU also demands in-service quota promotions, quotas in jobs for
teachers' children as well as cent per cent concession on fees for
higher education studies. The union also demands that Urdu should be
allowed as medium of instruction along with English medium in
public-sector schools. The NGOs, boards of governors and monitoring
cells should be abolished.
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UVAS develops vaccine for poultry disease
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal
Sciences (UVAS) has developed a vaccine for new castle disease in
poultry birds that has killed millions of birds and cost the industry
more than Rs7 billion in recent days.
According to Vice-Chancellor Prof Talat Naseer Pasha, the vaccine was
successfully applied to birds in the university and its trial at the
farm level was currently under way. These trials are now 22-days old,
and results are encouraging so far.
The disease, which originated from Malaysia, regularly kills billions
of birds around the world and Pakistan, where migratory birds brought
it with them, has been no exception. "In the last few months, the
industry has suffered a loss of over Rs7 billion, as the disease kept
killing the entire flock of many farms," says Maj Javed Bukhari of the
Pakistan Poultry Association.
The disease is a global phenomenon and Pakistan has been regularly
importing vaccine for it. However, there was some change in virus
anatomy, which made traditional vaccine totally ineffective. This
triggered panic in the industry as millions of birds fell victim to it.
Things are still not fully under control, but situation has improved
with new vaccine, he claimed.
According to Prof Pasha, the university and the industry, along with
the government, were making efforts to control the situation. The Punjab
government had already made committees for long- and medium-term
solutions and legislation. Dawn
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