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Education News in Punjab / Punjab University engineering students to study in China
« Last post by sb on April 27, 2017, 01:53:54 PM »
Punjab University engineering students to study in China
LAHORE: April 27: The Punjab University’s faculty of engineering and technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese company for higher education of its students in China.

A ceremony to the effect was held at PU’s Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology here on Wednesday.

Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Taqi Zahid Butt and Ms Yang Yu and Ms Yan Liuyl from China’s Gorges company were present on the occasion.

According to the MoU, the Chinese company would support the PU engineering students to pursue higher studies in China for two years.

UET: A workshop on ‘Outcome based education implementation’ was held at the University of Engineering and Technology here on Wednesday.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gilani said it was time of learning through teamwork to bring all stakeholders on board for new path of development through education. He said the government was fully committed to ensuring quality of education.

He said educational reforms and the related changes could bring about the country on the road to progress.Published in Dawn, April 27th, 2017.
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Education News in Punjab / Selection of VCs for medical varsities
« Last post by sb on April 27, 2017, 01:53:12 PM »
Selection of VCs for medical varsities
LAHORE: April 27: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and certain candidates have criticised the formation of the search committee for three medical varsities’ vice chancellors (VCs), saying that its members do not belong to the medical profession.

The five-member search committee, notified by the Punjab government, has Punjab Health Minister Khwaja Salman Rafique as convener, while its members are Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Secretary Najam Shah, retired Justice Amir Raza Khan, former University of Engineering and Technology VC retired Gen Muhammad Akram and retired civil servant Sibtain Fazal Haleem.

“We demand that the search committee be made on merit since the matter is related to the future of hundreds of postgraduate students,” PMA General Secretary Dr Rana Wajid said. He said such controversial practices had driven the health department from bad to worse.

Dr Wajid said the members had no technical know-how about medical education.

About the members of the committee, he said the secretary and the minister were government’s representatives whereas the three other members also had soft corner for the rulers.

“How will they resist the government in the selection of candidates for the medical universities?” he said.

He suggested that three former VCs or retired senior medical teachers be included in the committee.A majority of medical teachers, retired VCs of public medical institutions and a few candidates for the VC slot also rejected the selection body.

“Are you going to select a VC for a medical university or a political worker for a party?” said a visibly annoyed candidate, requesting anonymity.

The candidate said why an engineer was included in the committee and why not a doctor.

He said the high-powered board of all non-medical professionals had sent a wave of disappointment among most of the candidates. Up to 35 medical teachers, including former VCs and principals of public medical institutions, have applied for for the top slots of varsities.

The candidate said no one would take up issue with the authorities fearing committee’s revenge in the selection.

He alleged the candidates were now exploring the right connections in Chief Minister’s Secretariat to win over the body members.Published in Dawn, April 27th, 2017.
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Education News in Punjab / Promoting equality: Sensitisation campaign ends at LCWU
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2017, 12:54:39 PM »
Promoting equality: Sensitisation campaign ends at LCWU
LAHORE:25 April:A seven-month-long project launched with an aim to encourage gender institutionalisation through gender sensitisation of students, faculty and non-teaching staff in public sector universities came to an end at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Monday.

The concluding ceremony of the campaign titled Institutionalisation of Gender Sensitisation and Gender Training Materials in Public Sector Universities was held at the university on Monday.

The Institute of Education (IOE) Director Dr Nusra Inayat welcomed the guests and gave a brief introduction of the project.

The purpose of the project is to encourage and develop students’ ability to raise questions, develop the prospective teachers’ sensitivity to students’ needs and interests as well as integrate gender studies to increase sensitivity not only on matters of gender, but also on matters of class, race, and ethnicity.

Faculty In-charge, Department of Professional Studies IOE and Project Manager Dr Asma Shahid Kazi highlighted the purpose and outcomes of the sub-grant, which aimed at developing the prospective teachers’ sensitivity to students’ needs and interests. It also aimed at equipping them with knowledge to safeguard their interests against gender based discrimination, harassment, violence and stereotyping. The event showcased the various activities through pictorials and testimonials of the beneficiaries of the project.

Aurat Foundation Resident Director Mumtaz Mughal shared the vision and purpose of the organisation and its commitment to improve the gender discrepancy prevalent in Pakistan through various projects. The Grant Cycle 12 B focuses specifically on strengthening gender equity of Public Sector Universities of Pakistan.

LCWU Vice-Chancellor Dr Rukhsana Kausar encouraged students and faculty members to utilise their potential and contribute effectively for the betterment of the society.

Deans, directors and heads of departments of LCWU and other universities, students of LCWU attended the event. This project was being implemented under the Gender Equity Program (GEP) of Aurat Foundation by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Lahore.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2017.
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Education News from Sindh / Teachers receive training from HEC
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2017, 12:52:57 PM »
Teachers receive training from HEC
KARACHI:25 April:Sindh Madressatul Islam University [SMIU], in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission [HEC], Pakistan’s Learning Innovation Division, organised a five-day training course, ‘English as a Second Language’.

The comprehensive course was designed for the Transforming English Language Skills [TELS], 2017 training programme. The training has been designed by the HEC and universities send proposals to commission to conduct trainings, explained SMIU Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Ali Shaikh, adding that once the HEC accepts the proposals, they bear the funding of the training while the university executes the training.

“The university awards certificates to faculty members after the approval of the HEC,” he said.

HEC calls meeting to discuss campus violence

The participants benefitted from the rich learning experience of the first day of training which comprised sessions on academic planning, management, assessment and evaluation and communication skills.

The main objective of TELS is to inculcate the ability to communicate in the language and create connections with a wider range of people as well as to help people maintain academic integrity in their work.

Through this training programme, participants will learn and improve their listening, reading, speaking, writing skills, develop and extend literacy skills and learn a variety of ideas to teach effectively.
HEC defends move to end 2-year BA

The programme will also create a balance of receptive and productive skills which will be developed through communicative classes, self‐study and evaluation. The training is designed to provide a more stimulating and rewarding experience for both students and trainees. Express News.
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Education News from Sindh / Results are out: 80% students pass BISE exams
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2017, 12:52:06 PM »
Results are out: 80% students pass BISE exams
Karachi:25 April: We are working beyond our resources and ability to stop cheating, but are confronted with an imbalance between the resources and the problems,” he said.
He tacitly suggested the media avoid showing, through videos and images, the malpractices taking place during the exams and requested coverage at centres where no violations were taking place.Express Turbuni.
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Education News from Sindh / More than 108,000 students to appear for BISE exams today
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2017, 12:51:22 PM »
More than 108,000 students to appear for BISE exams today
HYDERABAD:25 April:More than 108,000 students will sit for the intermediate exams that are starting from today [April 25]. The exams are being conducted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Hyderabad, in 10 districts of Hyderabad and Nawabshah divisions.
At a press conference on Monday, BISE Chairperson Prof Dr Muhammad Memon said 133 examination centres have been set up, of which 24 centres have been declared sensitive, including seven in Benazirabad, four each in Hyderabad and Jamshoro, three in Matiari and one each in the remaining six districts.

He said that 38,873 female and 69,134 male students have been issued admit slips. Although BISE has persistently failed over the years to curb cheating in the exams, Memon emphasised that there would be 20 vigilance committees and visits by the deputy and assistant commissioners to ensure the practice is reduced.Express Turbuni.
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Education News from Sindh / Corporal punishment: Parents demand action against teacher
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2017, 12:50:36 PM »
Corporal punishment: Parents demand action against teacher
Karachi:25 April:Faculty members who are protesting for their rights are now demanding the VC be removed, a move that has come immediately after the syndicate of the University of Karachi declared on April 20 the Muhammad’s PhD degree plagiarized.
According to officials at the Higher Education Commission and University of Karachi, from where he received the degree, the degree was plagiarised. “How can such a controversial man be the head of our varsity?  What will be the reputation of the institute?” questioned another teacher at the university, Asghar Dashti.

The teachers have started a campaign titled ‘Go VC, Go’ and are demanding the varsity’s chancellor, President Mamnoon Hussain, intervene and revive the selection board of the varsity.Express Turbuni.
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Education News from Sindh / Students suffer in FUUAST's teacher-administration feud
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2017, 12:49:51 PM »
Students suffer in FUUAST's teacher-administration feud
KARACHI:25 April:The teachers of six departments of the Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology [FUUAST] Abdul Haque campus have stopped teaching and boycotted classes since March 20.
The faculty of the departments of mass communication, international relations, social welfare, education, teacher’s education and Urdu have been protesting against the administration, as it has refused to facilitate the teachers for the past two years.

“The fight is against the basic administrative crisis,” said a teacher of the mass communication department, Dr Erfan Aziz, who is also on the committee formed to protest for the teachers’ rights – the ‘Urdu University Bachao Committee’. The committee also comprises teachers from the Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Islamabad campuses.

Universities often hire cooperative teachers in departments that are short of faculty but the administration has stopped allowing cooperative teachers. Aziz gave an example of the international relations department and said that the department has to teach 43 courses for which they have only four teachers. Four of its teachers are out of the country for research purposes.

K-P govt under fire for ad-hoc teachers

Sharing another example of the lack of facilities, he said that the department of mass communication has a capacity of 60 admissions each year but the administration has given 148 admissions this year despite the fact that the facilities have not been increased and in the last two years, three teachers retired from the department.

The doctorate programme in the Sindhi, social welfare, education and teacher’s education departments closed down this year due to lack of faculty at the departments.

Suleman D Muhammad, who is the acting vice-chancellor of FUUAST, cannot hold the selection board for promotions but can facilitate the cooperative teachers. “The university has contacted the teachers today and agreed to facilitate them but now it is useless, as the annual examinations are to be held from May 10,” lamented Aziz, who claimed that now the administration is just trying to save face because the students will question them when the examinations will be delayed.Express Turbuni.
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Education News from Sindh / Dow University of Health Sciences VC appointment case
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2017, 12:49:03 PM »
Dow University of Health Sciences VC appointment case
KARACHI:25 April:The Sindh High Court (SHC) reserved on Monday its verdict on the contempt of court plea against the Sindh governor and his principal secretary in a case relating to the appointment of the vice-chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS).
A two-judge bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro, reserved its verdict after hearing arguments from the lawyers representing the varsity’s former vice-chancellor, Professor Masood Hamid, DUHS and the provincial and federal governments.

Professor Hamid had moved an application seeking contempt of the court order proceedings against the provincial governor and the principal secretary to the governor for allegedly violating the court’s April 2016 order.

Governor directed to appoint DUHS VC in three days

He argued that the court had ordered the formation of a search committee last year for the appointment of the medical university’s vice-chancellor on a regular basis. Till such an appointment was made, the court had ordered that Professor Hamid will continue to act as the vice-chancellor, the judges were told.

However, Hamid alleged that instead of making an appointment on a regular basis, the governor had appointed Professor Khawar Jamali pro-VC of the university, disregarding the court’s directives. Therefore, he pleaded that contempt of court proceedings be initiated against the governor and principal secretary to the governor.

The lawyer contended that the summary for the appointment of the regular VC was running between the Governor House and the CM House.

Dow varsity VC: SHC orders search for new candidate

Objecting to the maintainability of the contempt of court plea, the additional attorney-general, Salman Talibuddin, argued proceedings could not be initiated against the governor since he enjoyed impunity under the Constitution.

The petitioner’s lawyer argued that the Supreme Court had convicted the then sitting prime minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, despite having impunity. He argued the governor could also be proceeded against for the contempt of court orders.

Talibuddin said the governor was out of the province and will issue a notification regarding the appointment of the DUHS VC, in compliance of the court’s directives, upon the governor’s return from Islamabad on Friday.

Long-serving VC of Dow varsity removed

The lawyer representing the university argued an individual could not be appointed as VC for more than one term under the university’s law. Opposing the petition, the lawyer argued that Professor Hamid was appointed as VC three times, which was an illegal act.

Since Hamid has retired it is the responsibility of the governor to appoint any suitable candidate on the VC’s post, he added.

After hearing arguments from the lawyers representing the parties, the bench reserved its verdict.Express Turbuni.
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Education News in Punjab / Punjab University book fair postponed again
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2017, 12:47:34 PM »
Punjab University book fair postponed again
LAHORE:25 April:Punjab University (PU) administration on Monday once again postponed its three-day book fair scheduled to be held from April 27, 2017.

Last month, the university administration had announced holding the book fair from April 6 to 8, 2017.However, it was postponed following a tense situation at the Punjab University after a clash between student groups. 

Sources in the university said this time the book fair was postponed in the wake of security situation as clearance was not approved from security agencies. They said Jamiat’s possible interference was also one of the causes as the student group had announced participating in the book fair and announced constituting different committees for this purpose.  A Punjab University spokesman, in a statement, said the new date will be announced later.Express Turbuni.
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