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Top men at PU, MNSUET: CM conducts quickfire interviews with VC hopefuls
LAHORE:25 june:Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif interviewed all six candidates vying for the slots of Punjab University and Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology (MNSUET) vice chancellors.
Brief interviews were on Saturday and selected government officials were also part of the process. Candidates, who had earlier been shortlisted for the top post at the two varsities, were informed about the interview late on Friday night. All six appeared before the panel for the interview.

The candidates included incumbent Punjab University Provisional Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran and Professor Dr Zakaria Zakir who were in the running for top man at PU. Dr Aamir Ijaz, Dr Mohammad Zubair and Dr Shahid Munir appeared for the interview in the hope of claiming the empty VC slot at MNSUET.

Sources privy to the matter told The Express Tribune that the interview concluded in minutes as the CM had to go to Islamabad. “In the brief interview, he asked each candidate to explain what they would do differently in their respective university,” the source said.

They added Shehbaz had called for a meeting between officials concerned after Eid holidays to finalise the appointment. “A meeting between ministers, senior Higher Education Department (HED) officials and Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) will be organised after Eid. These officials will finalise appointments of vice chancellors at the two varsities.”

Appointments of VCs at four public universities of Punjab were delayed as a case was being heard over the matter at the Lahore High Court (LHC). On April 27, the LHC gave the go-ahead to the Punjab government to appoint vice chancellors at Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), University of Sargodha (UoS) and Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology (MNSUET) Multan as per recommendations of their respective search committees.

The provincial government was only able to appoint VCs at LCWU and UoS, while vice chancellors were functioning at Punjab University and MNSUET on a provisional basis, as per the instructions of the LHC.

The appointment of vice chancellors at public universities in Punjab has become a controversial affair for the provincial government. The LHC directed the government to appoint VCs. However, the Punjab government’s appointments and nominees for various universities came into question as they reportedly failed to meet the minimum criteria.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 25th, 2017.
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Education News in Punjab / University students launch ‘safe charity’ campaign
« Last post by sb on June 25, 2017, 01:26:31 PM »
University students launch ‘safe charity’ campaign
Lahore:23 June:Youths and students belonging to various universities have kicked off their ‘safe charity’ awareness campaign in the city, maintained a statement issued on Thursday.
These peace champions belonged to the Institute of Business Administration, University of Karachi, Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw University and the Institute of Business Management.

The students have made use of banners, fliers, panaflexes, rickshaw flexes, car posters, stickers and key chains to convey their public awareness messages.

The campaign will specifically target businessmen in the markets of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Bahadurabad, Tariq Road, DHA, North Nazimabad and Saddar, observed Bargad Executive Director Sabiha Shaheen during the second policy dialogue held on charity for goodness.

The dialogue was organised by Bargad – a youth development organisation - at a hotel.

The panellists at the policy dialogue lauded efforts of the youth campaign to promote the message of safe charity on streets and roads and through shop-to-shop visits in markets of located in the city’s two districts.

The campaign is part of a project titled 'Charity for Goodness' to engage the youth in a noble cause so that charity reaches those deserving of it.

In May, a panel discussion on safe charity, which was co-organised by the IBA, Karachi, and the Bargad Organisation for Youth Development at the G&T Auditorium, IBA’s main campus, had called for donating money to charities which took up worthy  causes as well as for ensuring money was utilised to strengthen Pakistan.

The seminar provided a thought-provoking forum on the merits of safe charity and a stimulating interaction between IBA students and the abovementioned charity organisations.

The host emphasised the importance and impact of charity on Pakistan and the whole community. In view of the approaching month of Ramazan, everyone was urged to not only donate to charities which took up worthy causes but also to ensure that the money was utilised to strengthen and not make Pakistan worse.

Moderating the session, an associate professor of the IBA, Dr Huma Baqai, spoke about the scholarship opportunities offered by the organisation to individuals who planned to pursue their studies abroad and then return to Pakistan to serve the nation.

The panel discussion was based on the ground reality that “Pakistan has an annual charity contribution of around 650 billion, which is not properly utilised” and the biggest contributor was Karachi. An discussion ensued on how this significant amount could be efficiently utilised to benefit the underprivileged and to contribute towards strengthening Pakistan.  —APP/News Desk
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Education News in Punjab / LHC suspends KEMU acting VC’s appointment
« Last post by sb on June 25, 2017, 01:25:35 PM »
LHC suspends KEMU acting VC’s appointment
LAHORE:23 June:The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday temporarily barred Prof Dr Asad Aslam from working as acting vice-chancellor of King Edward Medical University (KEMU).

Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah suspended Dr Asad Aslam’s appointment as acting vice-chancellor and directed KEMU Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Qazi Tariq to look after the affairs.

The court issued this order while hearing a petition filed by Iftikhar Ahmed against Dr Asad Aslam's appointment as KEMU acting vice-chancellor.

The petitioner's counsel Rana Afzal argued that Prof Dr Asad Aslam was working as chief executive of Mayo Hospital as well as KEMU acting vice chancellor. He pointed out that his appointment as KEMU acting VC was made in violation of KEMU Act, as the law did not permit appointment of an acting vice-chancellor. Only pro vice-chancellor was empowered to look after the affairs in absence of vice-chancellor. He pleaded the court to set aside the appointment of Dr Asad Aslam as acting vice-chancellor.

The counsel further submitted that under hospital rules, there was no slot of chief executive. But, despite the fact, the respondent was appointed as chief executive of Mayo Hospital, he added. He pleaded the court to ask the respondent to explain his position that under what authority he was working as chief executive.

He further argued that the respondent was also working as KEMU acting vice-chancellor and recently an MoU had been signed through which the control of hospital laboratories was being shifted to KEMU Pathology Department. He questioned why the control of the laboratories was being shifted to KEMU despite providing facilities to four million patients annually. The court after recording initial arguments sought reply from respondents and stopped the acting vice-chancellor from work.
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Education News in Punjab / Punjab launches meal programme for schoolchildren
« Last post by sb on June 25, 2017, 01:24:41 PM »
Punjab launches meal programme for schoolchildren
Lahore:23 June: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Thursday presided over a meeting to review the progress on the roadmap for in education sector.
The meeting decided to launch a meal programme for schoolchildren across the province. The meeting also accorded approval to provision of schoolbags to students. It also decided to start to start Khadim-e-Punjab School Sawari Programme in the province.

Under the programme, students will be provided packets of energy biscuits and milk to help improve their health.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that the pilot project of the programme would be started in Muzaffargarh and Layyah districts. He said schoolchildren would be provided free transport service under the Khadim-e-Punjab School Sawari Programme

Terming the programme a game-changer in the education sector, the chief minister said that the pilot project of the programme would be started in six selected districts of the province. He sought a comprehensive plan for the launch of the programme.

Moreover, Shahbaz said that the Punjab government was mulling over a plan to introduce technical education in public schools for grade 8 and 9 for which 39 schools had already been identified.

He said that an innovative approach was needed to achieve 100 percent enrolment in schools in Cholistan area. "The target could be achieved by involving the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for education uplift in Cholistan.

"Every step should be taken to educate children of Cholistan, while technical education institutes should also be set up to provide employment opportunities to the people of Cholistan," he added. The chief minister directed authorities concerned to constitute a committee which would recommend different proposals for education uplift in Cholistan.

The chief minister said that the Punjab government had taken result-oriented steps to promote education. He said that third party validation would be held to achieve the enrolment target.

Referring to the Zewar Taleem Programme, the chief minister said that the programme was successfully going on in 16 selected districts where thousands of girls were benefiting from the programme. Present at the meeting, Schools Education Secretary Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik gave a detailed briefing about implementation of educational programs and future course of action.

Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Syed Raza Ali Gillani, Punjab Education Foundation Chairman Qamarul Islam Raja, Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF) vice chairman, experts and officials concerned attended the meeting. Bahawalpur Division commissioner attended the meeting via a video link.

Separately, the chief minister Thursday chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Law and Order. The meeting reviewed situation of law and order in the province and different steps adopted for the protection of life and property of the people on Jummatul Wida and Eid holidays

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister directed foolproof security arrangements across the province. He said that special arrangements should be made to maintain traffic flow in tourist places, especially Murree. Lawmakers, police high-ups and personnel of law enforcement agencies attended the meeting.
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Education News in Punjab / KEMU pro-VC temporarily restrained from working
« Last post by sb on June 25, 2017, 01:23:53 PM »
KEMU pro-VC temporarily restrained from working
Lahore:23 June: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice of Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on Thursday temporarily restrained Dr Asad Asalm from working as the pro-vice chancellor of the King Edward Medical University (KEMU).

The chief justice also sought reply from Dr Asad within two weeks on a petition against his appointment.

Iftikhar Ahmad, a local resident, has petitioned the high court.

The petitioner submitted that the government had appointed Dr Asad Aslam in violation of the law. He said that the King Edward Medical University Lahore Act 2005 did not allow the appointment of an acting vice chancellor.

He submitted that only the pro-vice chancellor could take the administrative control of the university until appointment of a permanent vice chancellor as per the law.

The counsel for the government in a reply to the petition said that the appointment of Dr Asad Aslam was temporary. He requested the court to dismiss the petition as it was "misconceived".

The chief justice, however, after hearing the arguments suspended the impugned notification of appointing the pro-vice chancellor and also sought replies from the government and Dr Asad Aslam.
Published in Daily Times, June 23rd, 2017.
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Education News from Sindh / IMCB, G-9/4 produces 100% result in SSC exam
« Last post by sb on June 25, 2017, 01:22:44 PM »
IMCB, G-9/4 produces 100% result in SSC exam
Islamabad:23 June: The Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB), G-9/4 which is named after Adnan Hussain Shaheed achieved distinction of being the only boys’ educational institution under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) producing 100% result in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE).

The Adnan Shaheed Model College also finished on top of all the model schools and colleges with GPA of 4.67. All the 126 students passed the SSC examination with 34 of them giving A+ result and similar number candidates A Grade.

Talented students Saad Bilal, Zabihullah and Hasnain got 1020, 1018 and 1011 respectively out of 10 marks. The Adnan Hussain Shaheed Model College (IMCB G-9/4) is among top educational institutions of Islamabad and it has been giving over 95% in SSC examination for the last many years.

Farhad Ali Shah, the Principal of the College has congratulated all the teaching staff and students over the big achievement. “This is by kindness of Almighty Allah and hard work of students that we achieved this success,” he said.

The Islamabad School for Boys I-9/4 is second on the list with 96.93 % with GPA of 3.68.  In all 164 appeared in the examination and 158 were passed.  The IMSB G-6/4 and IMSB 1-14 produced pass percentage of 92.14 and 92.08.
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Education News from Sindh / Qirat, calligraphy, naat, contests held at AIOU
« Last post by sb on June 25, 2017, 01:21:48 PM »
Qirat, calligraphy, naat, contests held at AIOU
Islamabad:23 June: Forty-four regional offices of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) across the country have completed first-phase of Qirat, Naat, calligraphy, speeches and postal completions among the local students.
In the second phase, the competitions will be held at seven provincial and regional headquarters, Lahore, Multan, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Gilgit and Islamabad.

Later, the winners will be invited to Islamabad for the final competitions, to be held at the university’s main Campus. “We received overwhelming response from the students taking part in this extra-curricular activity, that was aimed at promoting natural talents of the students, said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui,

The activity was arranged during Ramazan so as to promote the message of the Holy Month and to motivate the young generation to follow ‘Quran and Sunnah’ in their practical life. This was also for the purpose of promoting positive-attitude and their character-building, he added.

According to the Director Regional Services Dr. Mian Arif Saleem Arif, the winners of the competitions will be awarded cash prizes and special shields for their encouragement. He hoped that final competitions would be held here by the end of July.

Besides, arranging such activities, earlier the AIOU held ‘Welcome Ramazan’ seminar to underline the important role of social and educational institutions in motivating the people to bring into practice the true spirit of fasting in their day-to-day life.

Those who had addressed the seminar included Minister of State for religious affairs Pir Muhammad Aminul Hasnat Shah, eminent religious scholar Dr. Habib Rehman Asim, Senator Naeema Kishwar, renowned columnist Khurshid Anwar and the University’s Dean of Islamic Studies Dr. Shah Mohyuddin Hashmi. A university’s research journal on ‘Seerat studies’ was also launched on the occasion.
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Education News from Sindh / SLS School students win art workshop prize
« Last post by sb on June 25, 2017, 01:21:02 PM »
SLS School students win art workshop prize
Islamabad:23 June:Nine students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School won the prize of attending the Nukta Art Workshop in this year’s Art Beat - The Little Art’s National Child Art Competition, says a press release.

Out of over 2500 entries, Sarah Jabeen and M. Wasif from the SLS, Gulraiz campus, M. Yousaf, Khadija Imran and Unzila Muskaan Qamar from the SLS, Peshawar Road campus, Farheen Noor and Sarah Khan from the SLS, Lalkurti campus, Shammas Nasir from the SLS, Harley Street campus and Tashif Wali from the SLS, Westridge campus won the art workshop along with forty-five other students from Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Sarah Khan from grade 7, SLS, Lalkurti campus was selected for the second time in a row to attend the art workshop, winning it last year as well.

The one week art workshop was held under the guidance of Sajjad Akram, Artist and Assistant Professor at the National College of Arts, Rawalpindi.

The students started with sketching and later learnt to shift their work on different mediums. They brought their favorite toys and were taught pencil sketching, later shifting their drawings on to a canvas with oil paints. They used coloured papers to make origami art all the while playing fun games and making new friends. Sculpturing from dough had students making scenes from the city or their favorite buildings.

Managing Director, SLS Schools, Asiya Talha congratulated her students and appreciated the wonderful new art skills they had acquired.
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Education News from Sindh / SSUET to organise moot on bio-medical engineering
« Last post by sb on June 25, 2017, 01:20:13 PM »
SSUET to organise moot on bio-medical engineering
Karachi:23 June:The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) will organise an international conference on bio-medical engineering and medical sciences in the second week of October 2017, an official announced on Thursday.

According to the official, the two-day conference, which will be held as part of the celebration activities on the eve of the 200th birth anniversary of great reformer, educationist and visionary Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, aims to address new developments in the domain of biomedical engineering and medical sciences.

“The conference will host talks of internationally renowned speakers from industry, academics and research institutes. The Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys’ Association has declared the year 2017 as the year for celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.”

He mentioned that a number of celebratory events had already been held under the aegis of the SSUET and the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys’ Association, while more are to follow during the year – the biggest being Sir Syed Day to be observed on October 17.

He said that a 14-member Organising Committee comprises Professor Dr MA Haleem, chairman of the Bio-Medical Engineering Department, Dr Bushra Jabeen Mehdi, Dr Engr. Zia Mohy-ud-Din, Dr Darakshan M Saleem, Dr Mariam Raziq, Dr Engineer Eraj Humayun Mirza, Dr Uzma Mahmood, Engineer Nadia Sikandar, Engineer Muhammed Muzzamil Khan, Engineer Syed Fahad Akbar Ali, Engineer Shafia Tabassum, Engineer Syed Muhammed Oamar, Engineer Nageen Shahid and Engineer Sania Tanvir.
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Education News from Sindh / BSEK starts working on strategy to check cheating in exams
« Last post by sb on June 25, 2017, 01:19:35 PM »
BSEK starts working on strategy to check cheating in exams
Karachi:23 June:The chairman of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK), Professor Dr Saeeduddin, has said that his department started working on an aggressive strategy with new gadgets and tactics to check the use of unfair means in examinations and crack down on the mafia behind it.

The board, with its enhanced efficiency, would try to announce the exam results of the ninth and tenth classes ahead of schedule, he said.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, in his recent budget speech, had reaffirmed his government’s commitment to eliminate the cheating culture from the province once and for all.

“This year, we have taken steps to identify and eradicate the cheating mafia in different cities of Sindh. We will further strengthen the examination system so that no one could deprive talented and hardworking students of their better carrier,” the CM had said.

In an interview with APP, the BSEK chairman warned the cheaters and their facilitators of strict systematic and administrative checks under the board’s calculated and scientific strategy from the next annual examinations of ninth and tenth classes.

There would be zero tolerance for cheating and tampering with the results, he said and stressed that instead of relying on the use of unfair means, students and teachers must utilise their energy, time and skills to better prepare for the examinations.

“We have planned detailed meetings with heads of private and government schools to inform them that the BSEK would be tougher from the next year by using many innovative tools and mechanism.

“They would also be convinced to support the board’s efforts to eliminate the menace of copy culture and help build a strong academic base for students who are the future of the country, he said.

Dr Saeeduddin, who has served on senior positions in the education department before taking the responsibility as the KSEK chairman in the second half of last year, was determined that the copy culture would be eliminated through coordinated efforts supported by the government and law enforcement agencies.

He praised the chief minister for showing his resolve and extending full support to the board’s efforts to eliminate the cheating mafia, “who are enemies of the nation”.

He appealed to all sections of the society, especially political and religious leaders, to play their vital role in wiping out the copy culture, which, he said, had badly damaged the nation in the face of a tough global competition and fast evolution of new disciplines.

About some major corrective measures being introduced by the board, Dr Saeeduddin said that from the next year the number of examinations centres would be reduced to 150 from 392 because it was also very difficult to properly monitor such a large number of centres. From next year, he said, only schools having big, safe buildings with all required facilities would be selected as exam centres.

He added that at least three months before the examinations, the final list of the exam centres would be displayed at the board office and uploaded on its website.

Dr Saeeduddin said only teachers of very good repute and strong commitment would be assigned duties as chief control officers, superintendents and invigilators.  “Now, I have understood the demography of Karachi,” he remarked.

He claimed that the board had also improved the assessment/marking procedures to ensure transparency and authenticity of the results and for their earliest possible announcement.

The board had received around 160,000 answer copies and after secret coding these copies had been handed over to the three assessment centres set up by the board at secret places in the city, he noted.

Ten assessors/examiners and one deputy head assessor had been appointed to see the marking done by juniors. Then, the head assessor would countercheck the marking.

For the first time, the board had appointed deputy heads and head checkers over the checkers, he said.

When the copies returned to the board office, the marks awarded by the assessors would be recounted by all these checkers placed in the three categories so that there was no chance of mistake, he added.

The BSEK chairman said that the board’s question papers’ bank would be ready before the end of July, and the screening and evaluation of the questions would be completed from August to November.
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