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.

The 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.

The faculty 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 funds.

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.

Seeing this, 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 negate it.

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 teacher.

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.

In 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.

Moreover, 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 educationist.

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 Association Office.

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 current year.

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.

It 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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