41,000 appear for UET entrance test
Lahore, Sep 17: University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, conducted a combined entrance test for admission to engineering institutions in Punjab for BSc engineering classes and BSc engineering technology programmes on Sunday.
As many as 41,000 candidates appeared in the entrance test for BSc engineering for about 5,000 seats. The test was held simultaneously at UET Lahore, UET Taxila, College of Engineering BZU, Multan, College of Engineering Islamia University Bahawalpur, NFC Institute of Engineering and Fertilizer Research, Faisalabad, University of Gujrat, Siddeeq Public School Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Government College of Technology, Rasul, Dr AQ Khan Institute of Technology, Mianwali, UET Peshawar, Provincial Headquarter Balochistan Boy Scouts Association, Quetta and UET Lahore's Kala Shah Kaku Campus.
About 5,500 candidates appeared for the BSc engineering technology for about 500 seats. This test was held at UET Lahore, Government College of Technology, Bahawalpur, Government College of Technology, Faisalabad, Government College of Technology, Rasul and Dr AQ Khan Institute of Technology, Mianwali. According to a UET spokesperson, the test was conducted in a peaceful environment and no untoward incident was reported anywhere. He said special measures were adopted to ensure secrecy and transparency of the test.
The result of the test will be declared on September 20 (midnight) and would be available at web link http://admission.uet.edu.pk. However, the key for self-marking would be uploaded on the website on the midnight of September 16/17, 2012.
Regulatory body on private schools still awaited
Lahore: The incumbent Punjab government while coming in power four years back had embarked upon a public welfare plan of establishing a much-needed regulatory authority for private schools.
However despite passage of almost four years, the said regulatory authority is yet to be established. This exposes how strong is the mafia involved in private sector education as since then, like before, it has been quite successful in protecting its interests, obviously with connivance of those at the helm.
In absence of regulatory body, private schools are free to determine their fee structure, imposing various kinds of funds on monthly/regular basis as well as charging hefty admission fees and making purchase of books, stationery items and uniforms as mandatory from prescribed shops. Besides, abrupt increase in fee is another regular nightmare for parents whose children are enrolled in private schools.
Over the years the situation has gone from bad to worse, nonetheless. It has been causing concern among the stakeholders but the incumbent government like the previous governments has been making just tall claims as evident from its "efforts" in this regard.
The incumbent government in Punjab seemed serious as a couple of years ago a special committee, constituted by none other than Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif himself, had proposed setting up of an autonomous body to regulate the affairs of private sector schools. However despite the fact the committee recommended more than 50 per cent representation to private sector in the proposed autonomous body, nothing came out of the same afterwards.
Earlier in January this year the Punjab government through a massive advertisement campaign invited feedback of stakeholders, including students, their parents and teachers, for the establishment of a proposed education commission to regulate working of private educational institutions.
But once again nothing happened afterwards and anything official to control the unbridled working of private schools is still awaited.
The stakeholders question as to why the Punjab chief minister had formed a committee four years back when the government could not dare to actually regulate working of private schools.
They also argue that the Punjab government instead of working for a select group of people through its various "education-friendly" initiatives like distribution of laptops and establishment of Daanish schools, etc should go for initiatives that matter to all.
Recently the Punjab government has started working to introduce legislation with regard to implementation of Article 25-A of the Constitution which makes free and compulsory schooling a fundamental right. The Article 25-A was inserted in the Constitution through the 18th Amendment a couple of years back thus it is evident how "swift" is the Punjab government on this matter too.
Sources privy to the developments have said that the Punjab government now plans to introduce legislation with regard to establishment of regulatory body for private schools together with legislation for Article 25-A. According to them, there might be a single legislation covering both.
Nonetheless, stakeholders have once again demanded the Punjab government not to further delay the much-awaited and much-needed regulatory body for private schools and save them from being fleeced in the name of education. The news
Varsities make a fast buck in admission season
Students visiting universities to seek admission are complaining that they are being charged extraordinarily high rates for prospectuses and admission forms. They are also supposed to pay full prospectus and admission form charges even if they want another form to apply in another discipline simultaneously.
Most of these complaints have come from aspirants for the Lahore College for Women University. The students reported that the varsity was charging Rs800 for each prospectus and admission form. They said their parents were being forced to pay thousands of rupees in the process of admissions, and high scores in inter examinations counted for little.
Some of the students alleged they were also made to pay Rs800 even if they submitted admission forms after downloading them from varsity's website.
"We do not need many prospectuses but simple admission forms," an applicant said.
The parents have demanded that the varsity administration charge Rs800 for once and provide more admission forms at the rate of Rs10 or 20.
Rs1.52 billion for youth internship programme
Lahore: The Punjab government has allocated Rs1.52 billion for the Punjab Youth Internship Programme.
Six development schemes have also been approved with an estimated cost of Rs3.8 billion in the 11th meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party of the fiscal year 2012-13 presided over by Planning and Development Board chairman Javaid Aslam.
According to a handout issued here on Sunday, the approved schemes included campaign for enhancement of literacy in four districts of Punjab at a cost of Rs720 million, upgradation and development of Hazrat Bibi Pak Daman shrine in Lahore at a cost of Rs581 million, setting up of the Centre for Energy Research and Development at University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore (Phase-I) with a sum of Rs292 million, widening/improvement of 54 kilometer Pattoki to Kanganpur Road in Kasur district at a cost of Rs1.08 billion, widening/improvement of 31 kilometer Pir Mahal Darkhana Road in Toba Tek Singh district (revised) at a cost of Rs430 million and widening/improvement of 35 kilometer road from Sadiqabad Kashmore (Dauwala Switra section) in Rahim Yar Khan district (revised) with an amount of Rs746 million. Dawn
300,000 participate in 2nd phase of Youth Festival 2012
Lahore: The number of participants in the second level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 reached near 300,000 on day eight of the Union Council phase on Saturday.
Approximately 75,000 youngsters took part in 669 sports and general events on Saturday while 1,543 union councils also took part in different activities throughout the province.
Around 1.8 million participants have taken part in the festival since it started in the last week of August.
First, as many as 55,200 Sports and Youth Development Councils of the province took part in the Neighbourhood and Village level, which was the first phase of the festival. This follows the Union Council level in the second phase, which will continue until September 18. The third phase of Tehsil level will follow the Union Council level.
Lahore's nine towns saw 1,961 people from 18 UCs gathering at different venues to compete in 57 events of sports and general category. In Nishtar and Gulberg towns, more than 700 participants took part in nine events while 254 showed their abilities in Data Ganj Bakhsh Town.
Shalamar, Wagah, Aziz Bhatti, Iqbal, Ravi and Samanabad towns showed an influx of more than 150 youngsters each in their respective competition venues.
In the bodybuilding competition of Samanabad Town, Hafiz Imran won the competition in the respective weight category. International referee Zubair Butt and Mr Pakistan Imran Qureshi were guests on the occasion.
In Nishtar Town, general category competitions of cooking were held under the supervision of Social Welfare Department in which 16 participants took part.
Aysha Nazim of UC 137 was the winner while UC 134's Faiza Naeem was second and UC 138's Farhat Israr was declared third.
In Ravi Town, Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan addressed a seminar attended by students from private and government schools.
MNA Mian Marghoob, Iqbal Dogar, Dr Irum Aziz and Naseem Butt were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, sports and general category events were also held in Sheikhupura, Kasur and Nankana Sahib.
Rawalpindi had the participation of 6,786 youngsters in 82 events. Also in Rawalpindi district, 65 union councils registered around 2,183 people for 35 events of sports.
In Gujjar Khan Tehsil, 464 people took part in six events while Murree saw 300 participants taking part in eight events and more than 200 displayed their talent in Kahuta.
Chakwal witnessed participation of 1,974 people while 1,493 participants took part in different competitions in Attock.
In Sargodha Division, Bhakkar registered 2,714 people from 22 UCs in nine events. Sargodha was represented by 1,502 participants and Mianwali by 1,076 for as many as 80 competitions.
Gujranwala again remained one of the most active divisions where 15,922 people assembled for competition in 99 events. They represented 391 UCs, while the city of Gujranwala had 1,977 participants in 35 events.
In Sialkot, 9,936 people from 100 UCs competed in 22 events.
In Faisalabad, 17,333 people took part in 94 events and out of 280 UCs, 160 were from the Faisalabad city alone. Daily times