College admissions prinicipals authority

Principals can withdraw admission
Lahore, Feb 10: Principals of the government colleges of the Punjab have been authorised to withdraw the admissions of those students for examinations who do not attend the classes after their admission forms have been sent to the boards or university.

In this connection, the Divisional Directors (Colleges) have been asked to ensure that classes/weekly tests are being conducted to prepare students fully for final examinations. In addition to that, Divisional Directors have also been directed to ensure that science labs of the colleges are being properly used especially during the time between theoretical papers and practical exams.

These decisions were taken in a meeting chaired by Secretary Higher Education Ahad Khan Cheema.

The meeting observed that to improve the quality of education, teachers and principals should ensure continuity of the classes after send-ups.

It was decided that the BISEs would not issue duplicate roll number slips unless the same was verified and recommended by the principal concerned. The principal will also ensure the continuity of classes till the start of examinations.

Secretary Higher Education observed that Science Laboratories had been established in government colleges at the cost of millions of rupees but students, primarily owing to lethargic attitude of teachers, were not benefiting from these facilities and were forced to pay huge fees for these facilities at private labs.

He directed that Divisional Directors (Colleges) would make sure that laboratories were being used properly and practical notebooks of the students were up-to-date.

He further said they would conduct inspection of the science labs as an integral part of their monitoring duty. The news

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Boycott against the TEVTA Authority Bill 2010
Lahore: Teachers, students and employees of institutions running under administrative control of the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) continued their strike on Tuesday and observed a boycott against the TEVTA Authority Bill 2010. TEVTA employees also staged a demonstration outside the Punjab Assembly and warned if the government tried to impose the bill, a strong protest campaign would be launched.

The protestors, carrying banners and placards, chanted slogans while a traffic mess was also witnessed on The Mall and other adjacent roads due to the demonstration.

In the wake of intense protest, the Punjab Assembly's Standing Committee on Industries also held a meeting with the representatives of different associations of TEVTA employees and instructors and asked them to submit their concerns to the TEVTA secretary within five days.

Later, Hundreds of students and dozens of teachers of six technical education and vocational training institutions boycotted their classes on the second consecutive day on Tuesday in protest against a proposed Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) Bill, 2010.

The teachers also formed a joint action committee to devise a strategy to resist the legislation that reportedly empowers the authority with enormous power. Teachers fear the service structure in the proposed bill will deprive them of several benefits

The protesters blocked Liaquat Road for two hours and chanted slogans against the bill.

Dr Muhammad Yasin, Sahiwal College principal, died of a heart attack on the college premises. He was 58. He held a PhD in bio-chemistry from the UK. He is survived by four daughters.

Around 46 wardens completed a four-month training course at the Sahiwal central jail.

Chaudhry Rauf Nazir, jail superintendent, said the wardens would help discipline the jail effectively. Dawn

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Medical teachers attitude
Lahore: Medical educationists have asserted that teachers in medical colleges need to change their own beliefs, behaviour, perception and assumptions about teaching and learning in order to provide quality medical education to the students so that they could become competent doctors of tomorrow.

These views were expressed by Prof Arif Rashid Khawaja at a ceremony organised at the conclusion of a 24-day long course for medical faculty. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with University of Health Sciences (UHS) under its Professional Competency Enhancement Programme for Teachers (PCEPT) arranged the ceremony, which was attended by 35 teachers from different medical colleges of the province. Increasing concern over the shortcomings of traditional medical education was a common theme expressed by the medical educationists during the course.

"In our medical colleges, the emphasis is on the passive acquisition of knowledge rather than on its discovery through curiosity and experiment. Students often become passive recipients of abundant information transmitted by teachers thus resorting to rote-learning as a 'survival mechanism' to pass highly content based examinations," said Prof Ibrahim Khalid from University of Education Lahore.

Prof Shakeela Zaman, Dean Institute of Public Health Lahore, emphasised that teachers needed to become the guide-by-the-side who facilitated and nurtured the intellectual and learning process.

Prof Khalid Mahmood from University of Education Lahore was of the view that an academic who only presented facts was not a teacher, "teacher is one who nurtures the learning process and thereby modifies behaviour and patterns of thinking for a lifetime". The nation

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PU ASA polls
Lahore: The annual election of the Punjab University's Academic Staff Association (ASA) will be held on Wednesday (today). The news

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CIE exams toppers
Lahore: Amn Nasir, a brilliant Lahori student, earned two top positions in the world in Chemistry and Commerce, and topped in the best seven and eight As category in the O-Level International Examinations of Cambridge University.

Amn is now enrolled in the A-Level programme at Lahore Grammar School 1-A-1, and takes part in several extra-curricular activities including parliamentary debates.

The world distinction holder said she was happy she had brought a good name to Pakistan by setting a world record. She said she studied hard both at home and at school and never opted for tuition throughout her academic career.

She mentioned that she would pursue higher education and specialise in genetic engineering either at home or abroad, adding that her family had promised to meet all expenses of study and admission to any educational institution in the world.

When asked about her future, Amn said she wanted to become a prime minister, and felt that Pakistan badly needed a system based upon factors such as good governance, rule of law, and supremacy of the constitution.

She said all politicians, irrespective of their political alignment and affiliation, must be patriotic and attach supreme importance to national interests in order to make Pakistan strong and stable. APP

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