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HEC to confer best university teachers' awards
Islamabad, Feb 19: To enhance external and internal efficiency of education at university level, the Higher Education Commission (HEC), would confer 'Best University Teachers' Awards 2011' 63 university faculty members.

These 63 university teachers have been selected by 'Best Teachers Awards Committee' after comprehensive evaluation and scrutiny of 153 nominations received from higher education institutions from all over the country. The awards will be given in a special ceremony to be held at HEC Islamabad shortly.

Best University Teachers Awards Programme was initiated by HEC in 2004 to improve the quality of education. The programme provides monetary as well as self-esteemed incentives to teachers from universities and degree awarding institutions through awards and certificates.

Each year nominations for the awards are invited from the Public Sector and W category private universities and degree awarding institutions of Pakistan.

Nominations are based on the contributions of teachers towards teaching, research and efforts for professional development. So far 349 awards have been conferred over a period of eight years under this programme.

Commenting over the programme, HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R. Laghari said that the programme aims to improve the quality of education along with enhancing external and internal efficiency of university education. "It also envisages to up-grade quality of research through staff development and provision of better facilities."

He said that this national recognition of the contributions made by university faculty will act as catalyst for others to enhance their efforts in the fields of teaching and research."It is expected that a changed atmosphere rising as a result of this scheme will help in lifting the standards of education and research in Pakistani institutions of higher education," he remarked.

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Beaconhouse hosts BMUN
Islamabad: Beaconhouse Margalla Campus hosted its 6th All Pakistan Beaconhouse Model United Nations (BMUN) between 15 - 17 February, says a press release.

Best debaters from around the country participated in the three-day envent. Sectary General, Mahmood Iqbal Chuadhary, Director General, Haider Hayat, and Auditor General, Zohan Tariq, along with the host team worked diligently to make the event possible.

BMUN had a night filled with sensational music where Farhan Saeed performed at his best. In several committee sessions, the delegates debated their way through to make their case. The level of debate remained very high throughout the conference.

The guests of honour included Ayesha Aziz, Principal Beaconhouse Margalla Campus, Asif Butt and Headmistress Riffat Arif. Awards for the coveted outstanding diplomacies and honourable mentions were given out. The best delegation award was for the delegation of Russia, which came all the way from SISA, Lahore.

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National School holds orientation session
Rawalpindi: The National School, Westridge, Peshawar Road, organised an orientation session with psychologist Brigadier (r) Saleem Malik, says a press release.

The session was held under the supervision of National School Director Fahad Fareed Chaudhry along with the school teachers. The aim of the session was to evaluate mental, social and emotional development of the children. During the session it was observed that child's psychology should be analysed socially, culturally and emotionally.

The ultimate goal of the session was to improve parenting, education, understanding, how children grow, think and behave. Children are shaped and developed according to the environment in which they live and brought up. A child also learn from the proximate environment consists of not only the events that occur, but the people around him also matter.

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PBTE results
Lahore: Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) has announced annual results 2012 of its different diplomas on Saturday. According to a press release, a total of 6826 candidates participated in part-I and 3965 were declared as pass. Similarly, 8250 candidates appeared in part-II exam and 3812 were declared pass.

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PEF to increase fee
Lahore: Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has planned to make an annual increase of Rs 50 for next five years in the students' fee of its partner schools to enable the partners to arrange better educational facilities for students as well as to pay better salaries to teachers.

Addressing the prize distribution ceremony of a PEF partner school at Nishtar Colony on Saturday, PEF Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar said it had also been decided to de-cap the ceiling of students in schools partnered under the Foundation Assisted Schools (FAS) programme from the month of April with a view to provide an opportunity to the maximum number of deserving and needy students to benefit from this facility of gratis education.

Raja Anwar informed that the PEF had also planned to educate the out of school children, saying these children would be provided free educational facilities in the partner schools, and the PEF would bear all expenses.

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Restoration of GCU, PU grounds ordered
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has issued orders for immediate restoration of grounds of the Punjab University (PU) and Government College University (GCU) in their original shape and directed the authorities to remove debris accumulated there owing to construction of the Metro Bus Service. He further sought additional facilities in the grounds and the restoration work should start immediately.

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PU awards six PhDs
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) awarded PhDs to six scholars in different subjects on Monday.Samina Sarwar, daughter of Ghulam Sarwar, has been awarded a PhD in Botany after approval of her thesis entitled "Boletes and Their Ectomycorrhizal Morphotypes from some Coniferous Forests of Pakistan", Tayiba Ashraf, d/o Muhammad Ashraf, in Botany after approval of her thesis entitled "Molecular and Morphological Characterization of Pezizales (Ascomycota: Hymenomycetes) from Himalayan Moist Temperate Forests of Pakistan", Ume Kalsoom Dar, d/o Rakhmat Zada Dar, in Chemistry, Najeeb Ullah Malik, son of Malik Ghulam Muhammad, in Medicine (Rehabilitation Medicine), Nakhshab Choudhry, s/o Nazir Ahmed Choudhry, in Biochemistry and Saadia Sultana, d/o Munawwar Hussain, in Islamic Studies after approval of her thesis entitled "A Critical and Analytical Study of Methodology of Al-Siraj-Ul-Wahhaj."

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GCU awaits funds to develop new campus
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) Syndicate has approved master plan for the university's new state-of-the-art campus at Kala Shah Kaku (KSK) but the university is awaiting funds for its development.

According to a press release, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said this while talking to a delegation of education reporters on Monday.He said as Higher Education Commission (HEC) had moved into uncharted waters, they had pinned all their hopes on Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who was an Old Ravian and always generously supported the development and progress of his alma mater.

He said the GCU had initiated 20 postgraduate programmes in the last one year which included three PhD programmes and they had left with no space on the existing campus for new departments and programmes. He said law, mass communication and management studies departments would be established on priority on the new GCU campus.

The VC said he had not increased the fee for the last two years which was resulting in financial challenges for the university. "But, I strongly believe that universities belong to students and they must be facilitated in all possible manners," he added. He also pledged GCU would continue with its financial aid and scholarships programmes for its financially-challenged students. The news

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