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Punjab girls degree colleges staff contracts renewal

Punjab girls degree colleges staff contracts have not been renewed
Rawalpindi, Oct 3: The future of over 10,000 female students is at stake as contracts of the teaching staff at eight girls degree colleges have not been renewed by the education department.

The contracts of 98 female lecturers expired on August 30 and since then their cases have been pending with the office of the Punjab secretary education.

The contractual teaching and non-teaching staff members have not been paid salaries and are working only on the hope to get their contracts renewed soon.

The degree colleges for women that have all their staff members, except the principals, on contractual basis are located at Dhoke Hasso, Dhoke Ratta, Mohanpura, Dhoke Ellahi Bukhsh, Zafarul Haq Road, Muslim Town, F Block and D Block of Satellite Town.

President Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association Ilyas Qureshi said that four of the colleges were established in 1998 and the remaining in 1999. He said the teachers were hired on contractual basis and were getting their contracts renewed every year.

Criticising the education department, Mr Qureshi said the government had started hiring new teachers on contractual basis through the Punjab Public Service Commission but was not ready to extend the contracts of the teachers who had been working for the last one decade.

He called upon the education department to regularise the services of the teachers and non-teaching staff for the smooth functioning of the colleges that were already hit hard by the shortage of teachers.

Lamenting the apathy of the Punjab government towards resolving the issue of shortage of teachers in colleges, he said honourary teaching assistants were hired last summer but they were sent home in February this year and no concrete steps were being taken to induct new teachers.

Director Colleges Dr Mohammad Ashraf told this reporter that his office had sent the cases of these teachers for the renewal of their contracts and hoped the issue would be resolved soon. Dawn

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IIUI signed MoU
Islamabad: The Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and the Council of Social Sciences Pakistan (COSS) here Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in study and research in the field of social sciences. APP

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International expo held at IMCG
Islamabad: Awareness of environmental issues is a must to protect environment, said French Ambassador Daniel Jouanneau here on Friday.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of an international expo on environment titled "The Earth's Future in Our Hands" as the chief guest. Federal Minister for Science and Technology (S&T) Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati presided over the function.

Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Ministry of S&T organised the exhibition in collaboration with Embassy of France, at Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), F-7/4, as a part of science promotion activities and celebration of National Year of Environment 2009.

Jouanneau said environment protection was on top of French government agenda and collaboration in organizing this exhibition on environment was French government's contribution to celebration of 2009 as National Year of Environment by Pakistan.

He also highlighted the French government's achievements towards environment protection including measures to build environment-friendly houses in France.

Swati said environmental degradation was the problem being faced with by the countries all over the world. "Either we will have to address this particular problem or face natural calamities like drought and desertification," he added.

Swati called upon teachers, scientists, students and media to play their role in creating awareness of environmental degradation among students and general public. He urged them to take practical steps to make the world realise that Pakistan was a responsible country and playing its role in saving the environment for future generations.

Kashif Murtaza, Federal Secretary, Ministry of S&T, said the expo was relevant and timely to highlight the environmental threats. "It would help students and young scientists learn a lot about ecosystem and its key functions," said Murtaza, adding, availability of per capita water was decreasing in the world as fresh water sources had been severely polluted. He said potable water quality was also deteriorating resulting in decline in fisheries. He also highlighted different biodiversity problems and ministry's efforts to address this issue.

Dr Syed Azhar Hasan, Chairman, PSF, said the exhibition was aimed at creating awareness among students about urgency to act if we are to save our earth for our future generations.

The expo offers solutions to problems as proposed by the scientists, he said, adding, the exhibition is structured around three major themes including Living with Our Environment, Tomorrow's Consumption and Production and Responsible Sharing of Resources.

Pierre Beauvallet, creator of the exhibition from Scientific, Technical, Industrial and Cultural Centre, France, conducted a three-day training workshop at the same venue for master trainers in order to train them for explaining the exhibits to the visiting students and general public, he said. Dr Hasan said the exhibition, which had already traveled to a number of countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, would be held in four major cities of Pakistan including Islamabad, Abbottabad, Sukkur and Multan for two and half months.

PSF Member Science Dr Manzoor Soomro thanked Ministry of S&T, French Embassy, Federal Directorate of Education, Principal IMCG F-7/4 and others for contributing towards organisation of the exhibition.

The Expo will continue in Islamabad daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm till October 16 at IMCG F-7/4. Daily times

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Teachers celebrate regularisation of jobs
Timergara: Lauding the decision of regularising all contract employees, all contractual subject specialists and Senior English Teachers (SETs) have demanded of the provincial government to issue a notification in this regard.

The teachers belonging to Dir Lower organised a thanksgiving rally in Timergara after Friday's prayer to express their delight over the announcement made by the provincial government to regularise all contract employees.

While holding placards inscribed with slogans of appreciation and in favour of their regular status, the contractual teachers chanted slogans lauding the provincial government decision. Later, teacher representatives including Zarif Shad, Shaukat Ali, Jehangir Khan and Inamullah during a press conference at Timergara Press Club said that it was their longstanding demand and appreciated the NWFP government for saving their carrier. They demanded of the government to issue a notification in this regard.

Our correspondent adds from Nowshera: The teachers staged a rally here Friday and lauded the government's announcement regarding regularisation of their services and observed thanksgiving day. They termed the announcement of regularisation of contract employees a historical step taken by the government.

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Four teachers kidnapped
Dera murad jamali: Unknown armed men on Friday kidnapped four teachers of a private school from Manjho Shori area of district Naseerabad.

According to the local police, the gunmen who were armed with sophisticated fire arms seized four teachers of the Universal Public School identified as Principal Gul Mir, Abdul Rasheed, Javaid and Tayyib and shifted them to an undisclosed location.

Motive behind the abduction could not be ascertained. However, locals and officials feared that the abduction could have been for ransom. Local police are making efforts to secure the safe release of the kidnapped teachers. The news

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