HEC scholars | KC convocation

507 scholars complete studies
Islamabad, Feb 28: Under 'Post-Doctoral Fellowships Programme' of Higher Education Commission (HEC), 507 scholars have successfully completed their Post-Doctoral studies and joined their parent organisations.

Through this programme, so far 563 Pakistani university faculty and researchers holding PhD degrees have been provided opportunity to work at leading higher education institutions and state-of-the-art laboratories of academically advanced countries.

The main objective of the programme is to build the capacity of universities by improving the quality of education and research and promoting cooperation with universities and research centres abroad.

These scholars have worked in the fields of biotechnology, food sciences, animal nutrition, bio chemistry, nano-technology, plasma physics, cell biology, civil and environmental engineering, fisheries, pharmaceutical chemistry, high energy physics, leadership, culture and social preferences, geophysics, mathematics, computer sciences, business education, social sciences, humanities, environmental sciences and other disciplines.

Commenting over the programme, HEC Chairperson Dr. Javaid R. Laghari termed it productive and successful. He remarked that through this programme, Pakistani scholars are not only acquiring new technologies and knowledge from academically advanced countries but also contributing for the socio-economic development of the country through practical application of learned knowledge and techniques. He was also of the view that as outcome of this programme, educational and cultural linkages of Pakistani scholars and universities have been established with the academia and researchers of developed countries.

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Bill on new university deferred
Islamabad: Opposition from the PML-N ON Wednesday led to delay in the passage of a bill that seeks establishment of yet another private university in the federal capital.The National Assembly in its previous session had also passed bills for establishment of three private universities in Islamabad.

As the minister for capital administration and development Nazar Muhammad Gondal moved the bill for establishment of the Capital University in Islamabad in private, the PML-N member Zahid raised an objection that a provision is there in the legislation that the government would have no powers to question the resources allocated to the institution.

He further said it was not the first university with this name as a university was already functioning for the last over 15 years. In response the minister the objection raised by the member could be discussed but he said it was a new university and the university as pointed by member is for different purposes. Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza deferred the bill till Thursday (today) asking the minister and the opposition members to sort out the matter.

Meanwhile, the Speaker appreciated the role of the opposition in legislation and other house business saying what the assembly had done during last five years was a big achievement.She also appreciated the House for maximum legislation during its tenure, saying most bills were passed unanimously. "Although the government on the basis of its majority could have got bills passed yet it preferred to create consensus," she said.

Dr Fehmida Mirza proposed that last three sessions of all the assemblies should start with the National Anthem. "As the assembly is going to complete its five years, I propose that the last three sessions should begin with the National Anthem," she said.She said that upcoming general elections will be free and fair and nobody should have doubts about their credibility.

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Annual prize distribution at FG Sir Syed College
Rawalpindi: The annual prize distribution ceremony was held at FG Sir Syed College to award the students who achieved positions in the board and university examinations during the academic session 2011-2012.

FGEI Director Brigadier Raheel Ashraf was the chief guest on the occasion. The ceremony was attended by a large number of parents, teachers, students and educationists of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

FG Sir Syed College Principal Professor Syed Khalid Zareef on this occasion highlighted achievements of students and performances of the academic institution in the academic year 2011-2012. She appreciated efforts put in by faculty members and stressed on the need for further improving the standard of education.

Later, the chief guest distributed prizes among the high-achievers of the college. In his speech Brigadier Raheel Ashraf appreciated the performance of the students and faculty members.

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KC convocation held
Lahore: The 76th convocation of the Kinnaird College for Women was held at the college's Amphitheater here on Wednesday in which 355 undergraduates and 295 Master's and MPhil graduates were awarded their degrees.

The convocation, a part of the KC's Centenary celebrations, had Ms Caroline Best, the great-great granddaughter of Lord Arthur and Lady Mary Kinnaird, as the chief guest. Lady Kinnaird is one of the founders of Kinnaird College and the college is named after her family. As many as 16 students received gold medals for excellence in academic and extracurricular activities. Monetary awards were awarded to five students who were position holders in FA, FSC and ICS examinations.

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Student issued 2 roll number slips
Kasur: The inefficiency of the Lahore BISE officials was exposed when they issued two roll number slips bearing different examination centres to a student.

Um-e-Kalsoom, daughter of Mukhtar Ahmad of Nizampura, had submitted her form for appearing in the SSC examination 2013. The authorities issued her registration No 00243-12047-2011. She was issued the roll number slips for both groups - A & B. One slip bearing Roll Number 233331 indicated Group A and centre at Govt Girls High School, Baldia Chowk, while the other slip contained Group B and Roll No 232447 at Govt Degree College For Women, Kasur. The student has appealed to the BISE officials to issue her one roll student so that she could appear in the examination. The news

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UN, ILO organise cultural mela at PU
Lahore: The United Nations, the Association of Network for Community Empowerment (ANCE), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Punjab University jointly organised 'Cultural Mela to Empower Brick-Kiln Workers' at the PU College of Art and Design on Wednesday.

ILO Pakistan Director Francesco d'Ovido, Punjab Literacy Secretary Dr Pervez Ahmed Khan, Social Security Director General Anfal Ahmed, ANCE President Raja Abbas Ali, PUCAD Principal Prof Dr Rahat Naveed Masud, Rana Sheer Khan Babur from NADRA and PU Architecture Department head Prof Dr Anis A Siddiqui addressed on the occasion.

A large number of brick-kiln workers who are beneficiary of ILO-ANCE Literacy Project were also present on the occasion.

Paintings, sculptures, impression on canvas and 2D reliefs made by children working at kilns with the help of PUCAD students were displayed at the festival.

Addressing the ceremony, Francesco d'Ovido said that the ILO was supporting social justice and improving working conditions in the world.

Talking to brick-kiln owners and workers, he said that time had come to end the practice of bounded labour for the healthy growth of society.

He told the parents of young brick-kiln workers that they were doing a wonderful job, but they had compromised on the education of their children. "You must take a decision for the education of your children," he said through his Urdu language interpreter.

He said that the ILO had also worked for the welfare of brick-kiln workers in collaboration with the ANCE and the Pakistan Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI).

Dr Pervez Khan said that more than 30 million people of Punjab were still deprived of basic literacy, and that his department was making sincere efforts to make them literate.

ILO Senior Programmes Manager Dr Muhammad Saifullah said that the organisation and the PU had provided an opportunity to the children of brick-kiln workers to reach out to other members of society and express their feeling through paintings, sculptures, greeting cards, handbags and other artworks.

Principal Dr Rahat Masud said that the ILO and his college team had been working together for the welfare of the children of brick-kiln workers. She said that such activities were worth appreciation and support.

Dr Anis Siddiqui, who was the programme manager from the PU side, said that five teams of their department were involved in this work. Drawing a line of resemblance of the department's work with those of brick-kiln workers, he said the management were very happy to provide joyous moments and impart a sense of creativity to the children of brick-kiln workers.

Punjab Social Security DG Anfal Ahmed said that in collaboration with the ILO and the ANCE, they had issued PESSI insurance cards to 126 brick-kiln workers. He said that the ILO was providing six percent of their income to the PESSI in this regards.

The PUCAD gallery was giving a festive look in the real sense, with various stalls of artworks and colourful buntings hanging in the hall and at the entrance.

The participants praised the organisers and asked them to make the cultural festival a regular annual feature. Daily times

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Shahbaz distributes solar panels among students
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif launched the programme of free distribution of solar panels among 25,000 talented students of govt schools and colleges of Lahore under Khadim-e-Punjab Ujala Programme at University of Engineering and Technology Auditorium.

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57 research topics of MPhil, PhD scholars approved
Peshawar: The 3rd meeting of the Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB) of the Islamia College University (ICU) Peshawar Wednesday approved 57 research topics of its MPhil and PhD scholars.

The ASRB meeting chaired by its acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Ihsan Ali Khan and attended by all deans, members of ASRB, research supervisors besides Director Higher Studies and Research, Dr Abdul Qadar Baloch, discussed at length the validity, depth and research value of the research topics submitted for approval by the scholars through their respective graduate studies committees.

After necessary amendments, 57 research proposals, which were submitted by scholars from departments of Pakistan Studies, Urdu, English, Islamic Theology, Arabic Mathematics, Management Sciences and Zoology were approved.

The ASRB also granted approval to the final results and award of degrees to 25 research scholars from various departments of the ICU, who have successfully completed their research work and whose dissertations have been evaluated and examined. ICU Director Higher Studies and Research Dr Qadar Baloch also apprised the ASRB about the ongoing process of MS, MPhil and PhD programmes for the academic session 2013-14. The news

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