Public universities teachers black day
Teachers to observe Black Day on 22nd
Lahore, Sept 18: Teachers of public sector universities across the country will
observe Black Day and stage demonstrations on September 22 to protest
against the non-provision of sufficient budgetary funds for ongoing
academic, research and infrastructural projects of varsities.
Black Day and demonstrations in this regard have been planned on the
appeal of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Association (FAPUASA). Likewise, PU Academic Staff Association (PUASA)
members would also observe the Black- Day by wearing black gowns, black
badges and ribbons on the campus on September 22.
members observed that the promotion of education had never been a top
priority of the rulers and governments while hollow slogans were raised
by rulers in this connection.
They demanded of the government to
ensure the provision of required funds to all the public sector
universities so that high priority educational and research projects
could be completed without any further loss of time.
It is pertinent
to mention here that vice chancellors (VCs) of public sector
universities expressing strong concern over non-provision of funds to
varsities on Thursday had threatened to resign if the government failed
to assist the varsities.
Meanwhile, different student organizations
including Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) have condemned the government for
ignoring the higher education sector by not allocating the required
PEF to educate 20,000 children: The Punjab Education
Foundation (PEF) will provide free educational facilities to 20,000 poor
out-of-school children under its Educational Voucher Scheme in Lahore
by this year so that these children can have an access to the quality
education through public private partnership.
This was stated by PEF
Chairman Raja M Anwar while talking to a 25-member student delegation
of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur on Friday. The news
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4-year BS (Hons) irks teachers, students
Lahore: Though government has gone ahead with the recently launched
4-year BS (Honours) programme, but it has caused strong reaction among
teachers and students alike since they consider it discriminatory and
riddled with problems, as it has been implemented in 26 colleges while
neglecting the rest.
Now, these colleges have virtually closed
admissions of students seeking admission in 2-year programme since the
4-year BS (Honours) programme has been initiated from academic year
2010-11. This has been done so after a letter from the Secretary Higher
Education as per which these colleges have been directed to stop
admission in the 2-year programme, and instructing them to give
admissions to students in 4-year programme only.
teachers and students have resorted to protests, demanding that the old
system should continue since the government was ill-prepared to carryout
the programme. Secondly, they also see that the number of admissions
would be drastically reduced though these colleges' administrators
About the impending affiliation from seven universities,
the administrators are optimistic that they would get nod for this,
which is being deemed impossible by adversaries, who think that these
universities – especially when PPP's governor is the Chancellor of these
institutions – will hesitate in extending affiliations. It is also
doubt that colleges' administrators were in contact with the
universities in this regard.
"Since these colleges are in the
process of giving admissions to these students, and if the universities
slack in granting affiliations, then there will be another crisis,"
opined a teacher, who sees blatant contradictions in the government's
claims of revolutionising the education sector where an equal
opportunity is available to all, especially in the higher education
sector. "This is like bifurcating the public sector education, and
creating elite among the educated from these institutes, who will get
4-year degrees, while the rest will be the same old ones," averred the
He also pointed out for the 4-year programme the government is yet to
develop an infrastructure, including labs, hostels and rooms. "Already
these colleges are facing dearth of classrooms, and when these students
will be there for four years and more following them, then these
colleges will not have space to accommodate them," he observed.
the same vein, he pointed out the colleges do not have enough strength
of teachers to cater to the ever-growing number of students. "So far,
the government has not recruited educationists despite the fact that a
large number of vacancies are lying vacant," he maintained.
ahead of the launch of the programme, the Education Department has
already notified Boards of Governors – comprise nine official members
and seven non-official members – in all 26 colleges selected for the
ambitious plan of imparting quality education. "This also problematic
area considering that fact that quite a few members have less to do with
education. Consequently, they will their own means and issues to deal
instead of contributing to the education sector," opined the
The BoGs will now prepare rules and regulations for
the programme. However, for their convenience, the Education Department
has already drafted a document while improving the already available
rules and regulations of the autonomous institutes.
Secretary Higher Education Ahad Khan Cheema was not available for comments. The nation
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Engineering varsities entrance test tomorrow
Lahore: Entry test for admission in engineering institutions of Punjab
for undergraduate programmes (Entry 2010) will be held on September 19
at 10am. The test will be held at UET Lahore, UET Taxila, BZU
Engineering College Multan, Islamia University Bahawalpur, NFC Institute
of Engineering Research and Fertilizer Faisalabad, University of
Gujrat, Siddique Public School 6th Road Satellite Town Rawalpindi, NED
University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, University of
Engineering and Technology, Peshawar and Balochistan Boys Scout
All candidates are advised to reach the test centres
at least one hour before the commencement of the test. In total, 36,660
candidates are appearing in the test, of which 14,181 candidates are
appearing at UET Lahore, 3,417 at Texila, 6,097 at Multan, 1,729 at
Bahawalpur, 3,077 at Faisalabad, 1,873 at Gujrat, 3,793 at Rawalpindi,
1,173 at Karachi, 1,117 at Peshawar and 203 at Quetta respectively. In
case of any complaint about the marking, the candidate may contact Chief
Coordinator Entry Test Prof Dr Salim Abid Tabassum within 10 days after
the announcement of the result. Daily times
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Women training institute students stage demo
Taxila: Scores of female students of technical and vocational
training institute for women, Hassanabdal, on Thursday staged
demonstration to register their protest against the alleged harassment
of students by institute employee.
As the students have been
protesting in peaceful manner for the last 19 days by boycotting
classes, they became violent on Thursday after the principal of the
institute refused to transfer of the official.
He accused an
instructor for instigating the students for agitation. The violent
students took out protest rally and chanted slogans against the
accountant and principal of the institute.
They were also
carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the
official and for his immediate removal. A student of one year diploma in
computer application, who wished not to be named, alleged that the
accountant had obtained their cellphone numbers from their bio data
forms and made them telephone calls.
She said that the official
also harassed many students and when students complained to the
principal, she turned a deaf ear to their complaints.
Other students alleged that despite repeated complaints, the principal was reluctant to take action against the official.
They also blamed the principal for teasing an instructor to the extent
that she had tendered her resignation. They demanded of the institute's
administration to return her resignation.
They said that they would continue their protest till transfer of the accountant and principal from the institute.
It has also been learnt that an inquiry team headed by Tevta district
manager Nadeem Akram also visited the institute on Friday and recorded
statement of 59 students.
In the light of these statements, he would present preliminary report to the provincial Tevta authorities.
When contacted, principal of the institute Samina Waqar has rejected
the allegations. She said that conspiracy was being hatched against her
by some staff members for their vested interests. Dawn
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Nine rooms to be built for PU staff
Lahore: Punjab University(PU) Vice Chancellor on Friday performed the
foundation stone laying ceremony of the construction work of nine
additional rooms for faculty staff, including a modern committee room to
be equipped with the state of the art audio visual facilities, at the
Institute of Chemistry, New Campus.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran directed the Project Director that the entire construction work
of the project should be completed in all respects before the end of the
He further instructed that the institute library
should be named after the great Pakistani hero Dr AQ Khan. He said the
estimated cost of replacement of existing floor of the library with
granite tiles should be put up to him without any further delay.
was further decided that the existing auditorium of the institute should
be named after late Har Gobind Khorana who came from Raipur, Tehsil
Kabirwala, District Multan, and did his MSc honors in Organic Chemistry
from the varsity institute and was awarded the prestigious noble prize
in the year 1983. The news
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