Punjab university equitable appointments

Punjab university assigned duties wishfully
Lahore, Nov 7: The Punjab University (PU) is continuously ignoring the equitable appointments of head examiners and paper setters for centralised marking of B-Com Part I and II scripts of examination 2009.

The ugly practice was in vogue during the centralised marking of current year despite representation by the senior examiners concerned, whose request has been sent to the dustbin. According to their representation made to the PU Vice-Chancellor, the assignments of paper setters, head examiners are wishfully preserved and allotted to the varsity teachers irrespective of their status and designation.

Even lecturers are obliged and preferred to those of professors/associate professors of government colleges, which is quite unjust, uneven and unfair practice. For instance, in marking of B-Com Part II, three head examiners, one assistant professor (Azam Shafique) and two lecturers, Ms Nabila, a lecturer on visiting faculty in the Hailey College of Commerce and Miss Ammarah, a lecturer in the same College on contract basis, were appointed head examiners for BC-407 (Economics of Pakistan).

The senior and experienced teachers in the same discipline related to the affiliated government colleges had been intentionally ignored - rather dishonoured because an assistant or associate professor is supposed to present test instalment of papers for approval before his/her own student at the rank of lecturers, appointed as head examiners. This is an all round practice prevalent almost in every discipline of the PU.

The affected professors, Hafiz Muhammad Ashraf, Associate Professor of Economics/Head of the Department Government College of Science, Wahdat Road and Prof Manzoor Ahmad Tahir, Associate Professor/Head of the Department/Vice-Principal, Government MAO College have urged the PU Vice-Chancellor to revise the lecturers' appointments as head examiners and appoint senior teachers invariably from government colleges in their place. The nation

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PU to celebrate Iqbal Day
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) will celebrate Iqbal Day on the birth anniversary of the great philosopher and poet of the East, Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, with national zeal and fervour. According to a press statement, the day will start with special prayers for Iqbal. Punjab University vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran along with teachers, students and administrative staff will offer Fateha, laying floral wreath on Mizar-e-Iqbal. Special buses carrying students, teachers and employees will leave from Faisal Auditorium (New Campus) at 8:30 am. The news

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Star Laureate 2008
Lahore: Punjab University Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan has been selected for the "Star Laureate 2008" award by South Asian Publications Pakistan in the science and technology category. Dawn

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Ban on postings and transfers in Punjab
Lahore: Punjab Government have imposed complete ban on posting and transfer of teaching and non-teaching staff in the School Education Wing (SEW) and revised the service structure for move over of primary schools teachers (PSTs) and elementary school teachers (ESTs).

The ban has been imposed with immediate effect and a notification to this effect has also been issued.

Accordingly to the Punjab Education Department (School Education Wing), 50 per cent of primary school teachers in BS-09 will be given move over to BS-12 in level-1 and 35 per cent of BS-12 to BS-14 in level-2. Similarly, 50 per cent of elementary school teachers in BS-14 in level-1 will move over to BS-15 and 35 per cent of them to BS-16 in level-2. While 50 per cent of elementary school teachers (English) in BS-14 will move over to BS-15 in level 1 and 35 per cent of them in BS-16 in level 2.

The Punjab Education Department has declared it necessary that higher scales will be allowed on the recommendation of the District Selection Committee (DSC) on the basis of satisfactory performance of the teachers during the last three years provided no regular enquiry is pending against the incumbents. EDOs (Education) on the basis of working strength of teachers on 1st December of every year will fix the total number of posts for each level of higher scale/upward mobility and shall notify the same.

The number of posts at each level of higher scale worked out on the prescribed ratio approved under the notification shall automatically stand up-graded. The nation

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Teacher invented new word for 'fifteen'
Lahore: A lawmaker from the PML-Q informed the Punjab Assembly (PA) on Friday that during his visit to a school in his constituency he was amazed to see an English Language teacher writing "fiveteen" instead of "fifteen" for the "better understanding" of his students. Elaborating on the issue, PML-Q's Sheikh Allauddin said that the recently inducted teachers in the educational institutions of Punjab were not properly qualified to teach English as most could not write proper English. He pointed out that they could not even spell "fifteen" correctly. He also told the House that the majority of the 41,000 teachers lacked the appropriate qualifications to teach in the English language despite being graduates from the Allama Iqbal Open University. Many of these 'unqualified' teachers had poor educational backgrounds, having failed exams conducted by education boards and universities and had subsequently joined the distance-learning programmes. Allaudin added that the government had inducted these graduates with 'good intentions'. Dawn

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Guru Nanak varsity setup
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the Punjab government will fully support the establishment of Guru Nanak University in Nankana Sahab and students of all religions will be given admission to the university.

The CM was speaking at an international seminar on philosophy of Baba Guru Nanak Ji's Interfaith Harmony organized by Diyal Singh Research and Cultural Forum on Friday.

He welcomed all Sikh Pilgrims who had arrived in Lahore to attend the birthday celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He said Guru Nanak had his own special place in the religious history of the world. He said Guru Nanak's father and grandfather belonged to Jati Umraa which was in Eastern Punjab and he visited his native village in 1964. He said he had special affiliations with Sikhs and he kept on meeting them time and again in various parts of the world.

He amused audience with some jokes associated with 'Sardars', saying Sikhs were peace-loving people and so were Muslims.

Evacuee Trust Board Committee Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi said Pakistani Muslims loved Sikhs. He lauded the efforts of Diyal Singh Research and Cultural Forum, saying this institution was playing its role very well. He requested the CM to order construction of a school and park in Chak 105 near Faisalabad which was the native village of Sardar Baghat Singh.

Renowned Columnist Shafqat Tanveer Mirza said Baba Guru Nanak was a pragmatic person and he believed in action. He said Muslims and Sikhs had many things in common and one of those important things was the language.

Sardar Manmohan Singh Khalsa said Sikhs had great love and affiliation with Lahore. He said Muslims and Sikhs both hated the caste system. He said Sikhs friendship with Pakistan was not because of India rather we had direct links with Muslims.

Sardar Swaran Singh said basic lesson of religion was love and true religion was the one which promoted worship of one God. He said Islam and Sikhism both disliked Hindus.

At the end, souvenirs were presented to Sikh leaders.

Speech, essay competition: The Chief Minister's Speech and Essay Writing Competition 2009 will start from November 11.

The first phase of the competition will be held from November 11 to 14. Urdu essay writing competition at primary level on the topic of "Safai Nisf Imaan Hai", middle level Urdu essay writing competition on the topic of "Mehnat Mein Azmat Hai" and middle level English essay writing competition on the topic of "Parents are the Best Teachers of a Child" would be held on November 11.

Urdu speech competition at primary level on "Subah Ki Sair" would be held on November 12 and middle level Urdu speech competition on the topic of "Amal Se Zindagi Banti Hey Janat Bhi Jahanam Bhi" will be held on November 13. Middle level English speech competition on the topic of "Students' Problems" would be held on November 14.

transfers banned: Shahbaz Sharif has imposed ban on transfer/posting of teaching and non-teaching staff of the Punjab School Education Department. The news

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GCU skill-based training
Lahore: The Government College University's quality enhancement cell organised on Friday a day-long skill-based training for the university faculty members at Fazl-i-Husain Reading Room.

The training was conducted by Beth Trudell, a senior fellow in language teaching at the American consulate. She stressed importance of students' involvement in both teaching and learning processes.

Ms Trudell briefed the participants about the new researches on skill-based learning methods. Citing a research on 500 teaching and learning methods by one of the largest universities of the United States, she said the most effective was "students teaching students".

She said it gave a chance to students to lead, speak, understand and resolve. "So, group discussions should be arranged in classes on a regular basis," she added.

Ms Trudell also gave a research summary to the GCU faculty members, which concluded that "the less we talk in a lecture, the better our students will do".

Ms Trudell also told the teachers about some modern and innovative teaching techniques, including cooperative learning groups, the believing and doubting game, two minutes paper, think like a teacher, wrestle with a problem and questioning the teacher. The instructor discussed the merits and demerits of all these techniques.

The participants praised the two-minute paper and think-like-a-teacher techniques. She also gave a couple of problems to the participants of the training programme to solve them applying the techniques. She praised teachers' innovative ideas to resolve teaching and communication problems. About critical thinking, Ms Trudell said it was a process of evaluating, analysing, investigating and exploring new ideas that the world did not need yes-men any more.

"It is the responsibility of teachers to make students think rationally about the issues and create their own opinion," She said. Earlier, Quality Enhancement Cell Director Iram Sohail said training programmes were being arranged to improve teaching and communication skills of the university's faculty members.

She said another training programme on presentation skills will be held on Dec 11 for the GCU teachers. Later, in a group discussion, the participants called the training programme highly informative and expressed their firm resolve to use the new innovative teaching techniques in their classes and give feedback to each other. Dawn

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UVAS recognition
Lahore: The Kingdom of Jordan has given recognition to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore. According to a UVAS press statement issued on Friday in a letter to the Registrar of the UVAS, the Cultural Counsellor in the Embassy of Jordan in Islamabad said, "I feel immense pleasure to inform you that the Higher Council for Recognition of Higher Educational Institutions in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Amman, has decided to recognize the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore." The letter further said that Jordan desired to maintain and further strengthen the cordial relations between the two countries, especially in the field of higher education.

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KEMU appointed four teachers
Lahore: King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has completed selection against four vacant posts of assistant professor at the Anaesthesia Department and four vacant posts of demonstrators at the Maxillofacial Department. A special selection board, headed by KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Zafar Ullah Khan, selected the candidates after interviews. Appointment letters will soon be sent to the successful candidates. The news

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