University of Health Sciences MBBS final exams

UHS announces results of MBBS final exams
Lahore, Feb 26: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) announced the result of final professional MBBS annual examination on Thursday. A total of 1745 candidates from 11 affiliated medical colleges appeared in the exam out of whom 1314 passed and 375 failed. The result of 56 candidates was put on the RL list.

The pass percentage remained 77.80 percent. Yasir Illahi of Nishtar Medical College, Multan, got first position by securing 1261/1500 marks. Muhammad Imran Haider of Nishtar Medical College, Multan, and Samreena Saleem of University Medical College, Faisalabad, got second and third positions by securing 1256/1500 and 1255/1500 marks respectively. The supplementary exams will commence on April 08.

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Lack of facilities at Punjab varsity
Lahore: A number of students from the Punjab University (PU) staging a protest demonstration on Thursday criticised the university administration for 'lack of facilities' at hostels of the PU Old Campus.

According to a press statement, the protestors said most of the students boarding at varsity's Old Campus hostels were students of PU College of Information Technology (PUCIT), adding that owing to unavailability of internet facility at hostels they had to face problems.

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Cash prizes distrubed
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Thursday distributed cash prize of Rs 3.2 million among officers and officials of the varsity's Examination Department.

Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had announced the cash prizes in appreciation of PU examination staff's extraordinary performance in the timely announcement of the BA and BSc annual results for the year 2009.

A press release said the cheques equivalent to the respective employee's one month basic salary were given to the officers and staff of the Examination Department. Controller Examination Dr Zahid Karim Khan was also present on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, the PU VC said promotion of literacy and education was the top most priority on the agenda of the Khadim-e-Ala Punjab.

Dr Mujahid Kamran further said the unprecedented educational reforms introduced by the chief minister for speedy development of the education sector would always be remembered in history of the province.

Referring to the setting up of Endowment Fund as well as distribution of Rs 120 million worth of cash prizes amongst the top position holders belonging to the under-privileged and deprived classes in addition to arranging their visits to academic institutions of advanced countries, the vice-chancellor said that these un-paralleled academic measures had paved the way for a silent revolution.

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Teacher training vital to education
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that teachers training is of paramount importance for the promotion of education and to equip the youth with modern knowledge.

He said, for the first time in the history of the country, 37,000 educators had been recruited on merit for the training of the nation builders. He said that teachers' training institutes had been reorganized and set on modern lines, to enable teachers provide proper guidance to students.

He was talking to a delegation of Pakistan Education Taskforce, led by its Co-Chairs Shahnaz Wazeer Ali and Sir Michael Barber, at the Chief Minister's Secretariat, here Thursday.

Provincial Minister for Education Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Taskforce chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar, the secretaries of Higher Education and Schools, the Punjab Education Endowment Fund vice-chairman and educationists were also present.

Shahbaz Sharif said education, health and maintenance of law and order were the top priorities of the present government and revolutionary measures had been taken for the improvement of education sector during the last two years. He said the former government had made tall claims for the betterment of education sector but the facts showed quite a different picture.

Shahbaz Sharif said that we need to follow Islamic teachings to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state and promote the sentiments of brotherhood, mutual unity and harmony in the society.

Later, The senior advisor to the Punjab chief minister, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, has said the government will consider the board employees genuine demands sympathetically and take measures to solve their legitimate problems.

Presiding over a meeting of the committee, formed by the chief minister to consider the demands of employees of educational boards, Khosa said the government would provide grant to the educational boards to run their day to day affairs until alternate arrangements of finance were made.

The meeting was attended by Finance minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, Education minister Mujtaba Shujja-ur-Rehman, the Home secretary, the additional IG police, the higher education secretary, the additional Finance secretary, Punjab board employees federation chairman Khalid Jeved Khan Niazi, Lahore board employees association president Muhammad Aslam Gujjar Muhammad Aslam Gujjar, assistant secretary general Imtiaz Ahmed and Muhammad Hanif, besides other government officials. Khosa said the government did not want to delay the matriculation examinations, asking the board employees to work for holding matriculation examination on time.

As the case regarding the demand of 15 per cent increase in existing medical allowance was pending in the court, the board employees should withdraw this demand and accept the court verdict, the meeting said.

The senior advisor asked the representatives of the board employees to submit their demands in black and white to the Education secretary and the government will solve their genuine problems.

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Private schools registration
Lahore: Secretary School Education Muhammad Aslam Kamboh has directed EDOs (Education) and DMOs of the province to ensure and complete registration, survey of private schools by April 15.

The circular issued in this regard states that private schools are rendering commendable services while registration of the private schools is the weakest aspect of the educational management in the province.

He further said to promote the private sector schools, the department had already notified enhancement of registration period of schools for five years in case of those functioning in rented building while 10 years for schools functioning in buildings owned by the management. Besides, the registration fee of these schools has also been reduced. To bring these schools in the mainstream, legislation is also on way, he added.

Secretary Schools further said introduction of uniform education system was the priority area of the government. The Punjab Examination Commission would conduct a uniform examination for Grade 5 and 8 students, he said, adding the exams had been declared mandatory for all the private schools.

He directed all the EDOs (Edu) and DMOs to undertake a comprehensive survey of private schools in the province, saying special teams would be constituted by them to visit the private schools and ensure on-the-spot registration. The EDOs are required to complete the task by April 15, 2010, he added.

He further directed that the process must be transparent and even dining or taking refreshment from private schools should by avoided by the officers /officials of School Education Department.

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LUMS students internship
Lahore: The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has offered internship opportunities to the students of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

The announcement to this effect was made by Kamal Hyat, Chief Executive/Managing Director, PPAF, during his visit to the LUMS and an interactive session with students on Thursday.

He further said the PPAF would provide an opportunity to the LUMS graduates to link up with communities, enable them to immerse with them and work with the poor people at the grassroots level. He said the development sector had become viable and offered dynamic employment opportunities to the young professionals.

Kamal Hyat said the elite-poor interaction would help the former realise the problems of the poor, who had great potential and energies but did not have resources to utilise their potentials for their own betterment. He said the PPAF was already running the Young Professionals Programme (YPS), and the students at the LUMS could benefit to understand the problems of the poor masses.

He maintained that the youths were the future of Pakistan, and the LUMS was one of the best institutions producing young leaders and specialists in every field of life. He said the PPAF was empowering the poor people and helping them realise their potentials so that they could chalk out their own destiny. Keeping this in mind, he said the PPAF would be considering supporting the LUMS National Outreach Programme (NOP).

In his presentation, Ahmed Jamal, Chief Strategy Officer, PPAF, briefed the students about the ten years performance of the institution, purpose of the establishment of PPAF and its future plans.

Dr Fahim-ul-Islam, Associate Dean, LUMS, briefed the visiting PPAF delegation about various programmes being offered to the students, particularly the Social Enterprise Development Centre and its activities. He said the LUMS and PPAF would soon be launching various training programmes for the students and development practitioners.

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UET, SMEDA project
Lahore: The foundation stone of the Foundry Service Center was laid at the University of Engineering & Technology (UET) on Thursday.

Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) Chief Executive Officer Shahid Rashid and UET Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (r) Mohammad Akram Khan laid down the foundation stone of the Foundry Service Center (FSC) which was being taken as a joint project of SMEDA, UET and Pakistan Foundry Association (PFA).

Addressing the participants of the ceremony, Shahid Rashid said the government of Pakistan had granted approval to the project last year and provided funds of Rs 179.40 million in this regard. "A piece of land, measuring approximately four kanal, has been provided by the UET for the project" he added.

A presentation was also made on the occasion according to which over 1800 foundries were operating in the country including Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Multan, Peshawar and Karachi and 95 percent of the existing foundries fell in the category of SMEs.

It was stated that operation of the Foundry Service Centre at UET would enable the foundry sector avail modern facilities like computer aided pattern designing, material testing and training. The news

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3 IUB students held
Bahawalpur: The Baghdadul Jadid police on Thursday arrested three students of the Islamia University Bahawalpur, who were among several pupils nominated in the FIR of Feb 19 on-campus violence.

The police, on the complaint of university officials, had registered a case against scores of students, including 19 nominated ones of the IUB's engineering department. Those arrested on Thursday were Safdar, Rameez and Adeel (nominated) while the police said they were conducting raids to arrest the others.

During the clash students of two rival groups set ablaze rooms of an hostel and ransacked the VC's office and art gallery. Two university buses also were 'hijacked'. Dawn

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