Over 36,000 take engineering entrance test
Lahore, Sept 20: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) on Sunday conducted a combined entrance test for admission to engineering institutions of Punjab for undergraduate programme.
The key containing correct answers to the entrance test for admission to engineering institutions was also released on Sunday.
As many as 36,660 candidates appeared in the entrance test simultaneously at 10 centres in various cities of the country amid tight security. Out of which 14,181 candidates appeared at UET, Lahore centres, 3,417 at Taxila, 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 examination centres.
According to a press release, the test was conducted in a peaceful environment and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere. Special measures were adopted to ensure secrecy and transparency to conduct the entrance test.
UET vice-chancellor Lt-Gen Muhammad Akram Khan (retired) along with chief coordinator Prof Dr Salim Abid Tabassum visited different examination centres at UET. The result will be uploaded on the UET website on Sept 26, 2010.
Meanwhile, the UET vice-chancellor urged the government to sort out matters pertaining to budgets of public sector universities without any delay otherwise the situation might aggravate in the near future.
He said that universities had been under immense crisis due to regular budgetary cuts imposed by the federal government.
The vice-chancellor said this while talking to journalists after conducting of the entrance test at a UET centre here on Sunday.
Expressing his displeasure over the performance of a six-member committee comprising the Planning Commission deputy chief, education secretary, the Higher Education Commission chairman and three vice-chancellors of universities, he said it was a matter of concern that the committee could not resolve the issue.
He said although the prime minister had intervened promptly and constituted the committee, it (committee) should not have taken much time in resolving the issue as universities were finding it difficult to continue higher education programmes in the country for lack of funds. DawnYour Comments
'UoE creating hurdles to teachers' education'
Lahore: A number of lecturers in various subjects of the University of Education have accused the university administration of creating hurdles to their higher education. After an emergent meeting of the university's Association of Lecturers on Sunday, a member, on condition of anonymity, said it was unfortunate and unjust that despite the issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the vice-chancellor to all the lecturers who had applied for admission to Punjab University for PhD, the university was reluctant to sanction them study leave.
"Now as we have deposited admission fee for PhD classes in the Punjab University, going to start from September 20 (today), the VC should not be reluctant," said the lecturer, adding that the VC should follow the governmentís slogan of producing more and more PhDs and promotion of research culture in universities.
He said over six lecturers from different campuses of the university were facing the problem.
The aggrieved lecturers alleged that the VC had earlier granted leaves to the lecturers who were completing their PhD from other countries but the VC had adopted a discriminatory attitude towards the lecturers who wanted to do PhD from universities in the country.
They appealed to the Governor Punjab, who is also chancellor of university, to intervene in the matter and redress their grievance. When contacted, UE VC Prof Dr Munawar S Mirza said she had never discouraged capacity building of the faculty members, adding, however, everything should be done through proper process and procedure.
She said she could not recall as to how many lecturers had applied for the study leave to do PhD, adding however that allowing all of them would not be possible as a new session had started and the university would be need faculty members to teach the students.
Dr Mirza further said that it was also yet to be determined as to how many lecturers were eligible for the study leave, adding that the university not only facilitated but encouraged its faculty members to pursue higher education. The news
FAPASA to join protest against HEC budget cut
Lahore: The Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Association (FAPASA) on Saturday decided to observe a strike on Wednesday and hold a sit-in in front of the National Assembly on next Saturday to protest against cut in budget of the Higher Education Commission.
According to association president Prof Mahar Saeed Akhtar, the protest, which was put on hold during the last one month for floods and Ramazan, would now continue with a renewed zeal.
For ending the protest, which includes all 68 public sector universities, the government will have to remove the federal finance minister, who has turned out to be more of a "practitioner rather than a visionary," Akhtar says.
The minister has shown his poor understanding of the education sector and national development by grossly cutting down the HEC budget, he says.
The minister showed his mettle in a meeting with 68 vice-chancellors this week when he asked them to raise fees rather than looking up to the federal government, he says. "If higher education is not the responsibility of the government, where should the people go?"
He says it is insensitivity of the highest proportion. The premier must replace the finance minister with a "visionary" manager who realises the importance of education, rather counting money.
Apart from observing general strike on Wednesday, he says, staff of all 68 public universities is also planning additional activities, which includes protest processions and wearing black armbands. But the association will not back down unless the government restores the over Rs7 billion budget for universities, which it reduced during the last federal budget. Dawn
UVAS live drama to raise funds
Lahore: Vice Chancellor University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz has said that flood-hit people direly need new homes after the receding waters and appreciated the university dramatic societies that were doing good job for the rehabilitation of the victims.
He was addressing a live drama performance titled 'Chog Kusambhi Di' organised by the UVAS dramatic society the other day at University Auditorium. UVAS Registrar Dr Kamran was also present on the occasion.
Almost 13 universities and educational institutions including Islamia University Bahawalpur, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Fatima Jinnah Women University, GCU Lahore, Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University, Kinnaird College and Lahore University students held this meeting to evolve strategy to raise funds for flood victims. The nation
Interns' qualification not being utilised
Lahore: Scores of interns out of 10,000 or so working in various government departments of the province under the National Internship Programme (NIP) have not been given assignments commensurate with their qualifications, frustrating the objectives of the programme aimed at imparting training to jobless young men and women.
The federal government launched the NIP a few years ago to benefit jobless young people having 16 years of education from recognised universities or degree-awarding institutions.
The scheme was designed to give financial relief to such unemployed young men and women by keeping them engaged and interested in acquiring practical knowledge and work experience. Besides, the NIP was also aimed at facilitating government organisations in selecting potential candidates to cope with shortage of staff in various cadres.
According to rules, the interns are supposed to work on various assignments in the ministries, divisions, attached departments, autonomous bodies, corporations of the federal, provincial and district governments, conveniently located near to their hometowns.
The placement of interns with various organisations is based upon their academic qualifications matching the broader academic requirements of jobs within the government departments.
The interns are required to join the programme on a full-time basis for a period of one year against a monthly stipend of Rs10,000. They are bound to follow rules and regulations, office timings and other working standards of the organisation concerned.The district-wise placement of interns in Punjab is as under: Attock 110, Bahawlnagar 180, Bahawalpur 658, Bhakkar 76, Chakwal 66, Chiniot 9, Dera Ghazi Khan 373, Faislabad 1,644, Gujrawala 228, Gujrat 100, Hafizabad 21, Jhang 106, Jhelum 61, Kasur 57, Khanewal 141, Khushab 82, Lahore 1,916, Lodhran 169, Layyah 78, Mandi Bahauddin 54, Mianwali 77, Multan 782, Muzaffargarh 293, Nankana Sahib 44, Narowal 36, Okara 76, Pakpattan 64, Rahim Yar Khan 231, Rajanpur 106, Rawalpindi 1,052, Sahiwal 235, Sargodha 651, Sheikhupura 87, Sialkot 106, Toba Tek Singh 166 and Vehari 268.
"I have a postgraduate degree, but here I am performing the job of a dispatch clerk which is not commensurate with my qualification," an intern working in a provincial department said.
She said though the NIP was an excellent scheme to facilitate the jobless young people financially by inducting them in various government departments, it needed to be reviewed properly so as to get the required output.
Muhammad Tariq Jamil, a section officer of the Punjab services and general administration department who deals with the NIP, admitted that there were many interns who were not adjusted commensurate with their qualification.
He said the purpose of the programme was not only to assign interns work according to their qualification but also to impart them administrative training so that they could achieve proficiency in office management.
"Though the S&GAD has already issued instructions to other departments to assign the interns jobs according to their qualification by following instructions issued by the NIP, monitors have also been appointed to check the placement and performance of interns so as to achieve the objectives of the programme," he said.
He said the youth affairs ministry was considering expanding the NIP by offering internships to graduates with 14 years of education.
"The government has reportedly expanded the NIP by accepting applications from graduates in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and rural areas of the Sindh province. Soon the graduates in Punjab and other parts of the country will be offered to join the NIP, as a summary has been submitted to the prime minister for approval in this regard," Jamil added. Dawn