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PPSC clears 187 candidates for interview
Lahore, Sep 9: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has cleared 187 candidates for interview for recruitment to 48 posts (including one post reserved for disabled person and two posts for female candidates) for Senior Special Education Teacher (Deaf Field) (BS-17) on contract basis for a period between three and five years in the Punjab Special Education Department. Besides, the PPSC also cleared 80 candidates, including five tie cases, for interview against 15 posts and three disabled candidates against disabled quota for the posts of Subject Specialists Education (Female) BS-17 in the Punjab Education Department (School Wing).

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UET holidays
Lahore: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, and its campuses/constituent colleges will observe Eidul Fitr holidays from September 9 to 13, 2010, according to a press release here on Wednesday.

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Varsities in EU-funded project
Lahore: The faculty members from several engineering universities of the Punjab participated in a four-day training session conducted under the European Union-funded SCI-Pak project which aimed at promoting sustainable and cleaner production in Pakistan.
Under the project, training was concluded for faculty members of different Pakistani engineering universities. The purpose of the training was to share the concepts and tools of sustainable production along with case studies from Pakistan and from across the world to build the capacity of the faculty members of Pakistan's engineering universities so that they could impart such trainings to their students.
The University of the Punjab (Lahore), University of Engineering and Technology (Peshawar), Kinnaird College for Women (Lahore), National Textile University Faisalabad and University of Management and Technology (Lahore) participated in the training.
Earlier, from August 3-6, 2010, a training workshop was conducted by TNO Science and Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands, in Tilburg Netherlands for industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs) in the textile processing and leather tannery industries of Pakistan. The news

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IUB approves MBA programme
Bahawalpur: The academic council of the Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) has approved an MBA programme after 14 years of education.

According to a university press release issued here on Wednesday, the council, at its 35th meeting held under the chairmanship of vice-chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar, approved GRE (international) subject examination with prescribed passing score necessary for admission to PhD programmes.

The syllabus and course contents of various science and arts post-graduate subjects, including BSc electrical and engineering, and term rules for affiliated colleges and amendments to semester rules and examination rates were also approved by the council.

The meeting nominated new members of the board of advance studies. Dawn

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Govt urged to give top priority to literacy
Lahore: Speakers at a seminar stressed the need for putting the problem of illiteracy, prevalent across the country, as the topmost priority of the government of Pakistan with the partnership of public and private sector and government's motto should be "education for all" without any discrimination.
It was concluded in a seminar "Literacy and Socio-Economic Development in Pakistan" organised by the Mir Kahlil ur Rahman Memorial Society (MKRMS) in collaboration with the government of Punjab and the UNESCO in connection with the International Literacy Day at a local hotel here on Wednesday.
In his presidential address, the provincial minister for education said illiteracy was no doubt an obvious problem of the country and, undoubtedly, it should had been eradicated because it was the main cause of all other evils prevalent in the country.
He said the current government was doing its utmost to bring about change in society and it knew very well that the change won't be possible without changing the mindset of the people, and for changing mindsets, education and literacy were the most important tools.
Wasim Haider Shirazi said the UNESCO declared the 8th September as International Literacy Day in 1965 and it was observed first time on 8th September 1966.
Allah Baksh Malik said the Punjab Literacy Department had increased its literacy budget to 125 percent and it showed its will to solve the deep-rooted problem of illiteracy in the country.
He said the Punjab government was starting the National Literacy Award from the year 2010. He said from the next year, a committee would be at work, which would distribute the awards among the people who worked for the spread of awareness about literacy in the country.
Dr Saeed Elahi said, "Ignorance was not our fate but for the last some years, we had been completely unable to do away with this menace."
He said the Punjab chief minister had put the education and health on the topmost of his priorities. He said the chief minister had increased the Punjab Endowment Fund to four percent.
He said it was the responsibility of the government to allocate funds in the education sector and to monitor the work of NGOs in this sector.
He said, "By controlling illiteracy in the country, we can control all of our problems in general and the problem of terrorism in particular."
Yasmen Zaki said 43pc of the population could read and write and 4.2million girls didn't have access to school. She said even then she hoped that Pakistan would be prosperous one day on the map of the world. She said everyone in Pakistan wanted an end to ignorance and illiteracy.
She said, "We must get united on the nation building agenda." She also gave a brief introduction of the Child Care Foundation.
Shahzad Ahmad from Rotary Club gave a brief introduction of his organization and said it was started in 1995 and at present there were 91 rotary clubs working in the country.
Shaheen Attiq ur Rehman said more than 50pc of the children in the flooded areas of the country were not going to schools and there was no such families which didn't have children less than seven.
She said, "We have to be united as a nation in order to rebuild the country. Nothing is more important than the survival of our country." She said illiteracy was the death of Pakistani nation.
Rana Zulqernain said the budget allocation for the education had always been miserable and education had always been at the last on the priority list of the government.
Ali Hussain Malik gave his brief presentation on his work related to literacy in the country.
Zulfiqar Ahmad said Pakistan was among the thirty countries in the world which won't be able to achieve its educational targets till 2015.
Zakia Shahnawaz said corruption in the country was the root cause of every evil and it could only be removed through making people literate and aware. She said chief minister was doing his best in order to improve the education and health sector in Punjab.
Sarfaraz Cheema and Colonel (retd) Ikram also spoke on the occasion.
The seminar was hosted by MKRMS Chairman Wasif Nagi and he was assisted by Shehzad Raoof.

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PU faculty
Lahore: Dr Hafiz Muhammad Rafique has recently joined the Punjab University Department of Physics after completing his PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. Dr Rafique's field of specialisation is Surface Science. During his PhD project, he characterised Transition Metal Oxides with Peronkite Structure using Synchrotron Radiation Source of Dareshury Laboratories, Warrington, UK. He spent about four years in the UK during his PhD studies. The news

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Gujrat varsity dispatches relief items
Lahore: In the second phase of its flood relief campaign, the University of Gujrat (UoG) has dispatched relief item to the affected areas worth Rs 10.15 million.
According to a press release, the UoG relief campaign was started on August 03, 2010 and in its 1st phase, the students and university staff raised Rs 9.7 million up to August 27.
The second flood relief convoy of the UoG consisting of 17 trucks loaded with beddings, cloths, shoes, crockery, water coolers, tents, plastic sheets, food items and medicines etc.) left for Southern Punjab on September 06, for distribution of goods to flood victims of Jampur, Rajanpur and Kot Addu.
"Volunteers of UOG worked with more enthusiasm and dedication and beat their previous targets", the release further said. The nation

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