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Boys' poor performance: Punjab University bosses put their heads together
Lahore, Oct 14: The Punjab University administration has taken up a 'serious issue' of identifying that why girls are performing better in their studies and examinations and boys are lagging behind.

The PU administration has also constituted a committee to give recommendations as to how male students could be groomed in a better manner.

Chairing a meeting of deans of all faculties, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said it had been noticed that girl students were getting all positions in various examinations as well as grabbing most seats in various disciplines due to their high merit.

The VC stressed that the newly-admitted students possessed raw talent that needed to be honed and developed through proper grooming and counselling by respective academic departments' heads and deans of faculties.

He said students mainly focussed on securing a degree to get some reasonable job but failed to become truly knowledgeable by seeking an in-depth insight into their areas of studies. In this connection, Prof Kamran stressed the need to revive tutorial system for their personal, intellectual academic and professional development.

The vice-chancellor constituted a special committee headed by pro-VC Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry to give practicable recommendations within a week's time to be implemented by faculties' deans and respective academic departments' heads. The committee members are: Prof Dr Muhammad Ehsan Malik, Professor Emeritus Dr Khwaja Amjad Saeed, Prof Shaista Sonnu Sirajuddin, Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Prof Dr Muhammad Hafeez and Col Ikramullah Khan (retired).

The meeting also decided to present a cash award of Rs100,000 to Gujranwala Campus MBA student Muhammad Inam, who had won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

The Punjab University's Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (ICET) and Textile Testing International (TTI) have signed a memorandum of understanding to bridge the gap between academia and industry. At the MoU signing ceremony, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran stressed the need to promote closer linkages between academia and industry to improve employability of varsity graduates in high-paying jobs both within and outside the country.

The VC said the newly-signed MoU that would help bridge the existing gap between the academia and the industry would also assist the students to get first hand insight into the recruitment requirements of industries.

Speaking on the occasion, Textile Testing International CEO Hamid Latif said their firm was a pioneer in the field of testing of textile products in Pakistan and had the largest accredited scope in the country. He said the TTI would assist varsity faculty to initiate short courses in the Chemical Engineering Institute for meeting the requirements of industry in general and improving performance of textile products in Pakistan in particular.

The PU administration is holding a grand welcome party for over 2,000 newly-admitted students of BA/BSc and MA/MSc at Faisal Auditorium at 10am on Thursday (today). VC Prof Kamran will speak to the students.

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UET, UoG heads get extension
Lahore: The Punjab government on Wednesday re-appointed vice-chancellors of the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, and the University of Gujrat for another four years.

The Governor's Secretariat has notified the appointments.

UET Vice-Chancellor Lt-Gen Muhammad Akram Khan (retired) has got the fourth four-year term, while UoG Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin has got the second tenure.

It is learnt that the Punjab higher education department has also moved a panel of three candidates for the appointment of vice-chancellor of the Government College University, Faisalabad.

Prof Dr Zakir Husain is a principal and a potential candidate to get the slot.

The Allama Iqbal Medical College's debating team has lifted a team trophy at the All-Pakistan Inter-Collegiate Urdu Parliamentary Debates Competition hosted by the Lahore Grammar School, Defence.

The subject of the debate was "Presidential Immunity."

The Government College University, Lahore, Debating Society team comprising Muhammad Zulqarnain, Abbas Nazir and Ali Zafar stood second and grabbed the runners-up trophy. Abbas Nazir also bagged the best speaker award.

As many as 48 speakers from 16 top institutions had participated in the debating contest.

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Demand to ally vet college with PVMC
Bahawalpur: Students of the Islamia University, Bahawalpur, (IUB) Veterinary College have demanded college's accreditation with the Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC).

According to students, the IUB established the college five years ago outside the premises of the university campus and for that reason the college failed to get the accreditation of the PVMC.

They say the college should have been on the university campus as the PVMC rules do not allow a college in a private building outside the university campus. They said the university had assured them at the time of admission that the college would be granted the PVMC accreditation but despite the passage of four years, the process could not be completed.

They feared that with the completion of their five years' course, they would not be able to get recognition from any government institution. They demanded that their college be shifted from the private building to the university campus so that the college gets the PVMC accreditation.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Muhammad Mukhtar said the grievances of the veterinary students would be addressed in a week.

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New cadet colleges plan in doldrums
Peshawar: The construction of cadet colleges in militancy-hit districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been facing undue delay as the federal government has not provided any funds after the plan was unveiled several years ago by former president Gen. (retired) Pervez Musharraf, sources said.

They said that Mr Musharraf had promised that the federal government would share the construction cost of these colleges with the provincial government.

The project was aimed at providing quality education to the children of militancy-hit districts of the province. Though education is a provincial subject, the federal government had pledged to share the construction cost of these cadet colleges keeping in view the meagre resources of the province.

The sources said that as a matter of policy, the provincial government had agreed to provide land for the colleges while the federal government had promised to provide funds for construction of building and furniture. Once completed these colleges would meet their annual recurring cost from their own resources to be generated through admission fee, tuition fee etc.

After Mr Musharraf failed to implement the project during his rule the present government also ignored the plan for establishment of cadet colleges in militancy-hit poor districts of the province.

However, the provincial government has made a substantial progress on the plan, as it has purchased land for the establishment of cadet college in Swat at the cost of Rs70 million. Similarly, the community has provided free of cost land for cadet college in Lakki Marwat and the government's land has been acquired for college in Chitral. Also, site has also been selected for the Charsadda cadet college, officials said.

The first denial of funding the project came from the incumbent federal government soon after the announcement of National Finance Commission (NFC) award. It was of the view that as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would get a big amount from the NFC award it should construct the cadet colleges with its own resources.

After the 18th amendment education became provincial subject and on this pretext the federal government again refused to provide funds for the cadet colleges, sources said, adding diversion of major chunk of federal funds to the rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in flood-affected areas has put a damper on the project.

Still, the provincial government was determined to pursue the case and establish these colleges for imparting quality education to the youths of the terrorism-hit province, the sources said.

The provincial government has taken the plea that since the federal government had made announcement of construction of these colleges it should take its share of responsibility to implement the project.

People of the militancy-hit districts where the cadet colleges were to be established are also unhappy over the federal government's refusal to implement the project. Dawn

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Teachers Convention 2010
Peshawar: Corps Commander of Peshawar Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik on Wednesday said that education was the only and most important instrument for bringing about a change and teachers being the beacons of light could effectively use that tool for the betterment of the society.

He expressed these views while speaking at the Teachers Convention 2010 titled 'Recovery Begins with Teachers' that was organised by the Army Public Schools and Colleges System at the Garrison Recreational Complex here. "Teachers have certain obligations towards their students as they have to become role model for the future generations and have to be the torch of morality and beacons of knowledge," he said.

The corps commander said the worth of teacher emanated from his wisdom, outstanding personality, teaching and training abilities, and not from his wealth. He said that after mother, a teacher was the most important pillar of the society as he/she nurtured and shaped the future of a nation. He said there were four objectives of education with prime focus on making a child a good human being, a practicing Muslim, patriotic Pakistani and successful and productive member of the society. "This is a sequence how a child should be educated in our country and the focus should be on character building," he added.

Of the curriculum, Asif Yasin Malik said that it was an integral part of education but there was much more than they copy anyone else. "So teachers should work on themselves with a view to instil good qualities in their students," he stressed.

Syed Talat Hussain said that all prominent figures are the products of their teachers. He underscored the need for making children think and imagine as every product was first born in the head when an idea or thought originated in the mind.

"We as a nation are on decline as we have detached ourselves from our centuries-old traditions and values. We need to focus on practice and hand work," he said, adding that civilisations survived on applying existing solutions to existing problems.

Talat Hussain said that the media was the quickest means of education and could be effectively used for the purpose. He said the advertisement agencies did not sponsor children programmes that lead kids to miss a number of useful information-based programmes.

Abbas Hussain said that teachers should be fair to their profession as teaching was basically character building, a bridge between child and curriculum, a moral craft and an instrument to change the world. He said that teachers needed to strike a balance between their expertise and nurturance. He said they were not only source of knowledge and social values but also transformers of the society.

"The staff room should be made places for learning and unless there is learning in the staff rooms, there would be no quality teaching in the classroom," he said, adding that newspapers should be provided in the staff rooms to keep the teachers updated.

Teachers from Army Public Schools and Colleges System and other private sector schools turned up in great number at the ceremony that started with welcome note by Miss Azra Qazi. The corps commander gave away souvenirs to the guest speakers and thanked the participants at the end of the ceremony. The news

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