Aitchison College abolishes kinship
Lahore, June 21: The Aitchison College Board of Governors has abolished the provision of kinship for admission to the college in a bid to ensure admissions on merit.
The decision was taken in the Aitchison College BoG meeting chaired by Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar at Governor House on Wednesday.
The meeting has unanimously decided that the college will not increase its fee so that the students belonging to middle class families could also get quality education at the institute. The meeting also reviewed progress of different development projects.
The meeting was attended by college principal Shamim Ahmad Khan, GOC Lahore, Dr Safdar Abbasi, Dr Ayesha Ghous, Raza Quli Khan and Dr Umer Saif. Dawn
PU cancels vacation of security staff
Lahore: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on Tuesday presided over an emergency meeting of all heads of departments at Al-Raazi Hall to review PU's security arrangement in the light of situation prevailing in the country. The participants of the meeting decided to take stern measures to further tighten the varsity's security and keep a vigilant eye on suspicious elements. They also decided to cancel vacation of security staff. They offered fateha for the victims of Quetta and Karachi terrorist attacks besides condemning the attacks. Daily times
Two PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) has awarded PhD degrees to two scholars in different subjects.
Shahzada Nadeem Abbas s/o Ghulam Rasool has been awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Biological Sciences after the approval of his thesis "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies on Mechanism and Stereochemistry of the Reaction Catalysed by Phosphoglucose Isomerase from Thermococcus Kodakaraensis" while Jamshed Ali s/o Ziarat Gul in the subject of Pharmacology after the approval of his thesis titled "Pharmalogical Screening of Hypericum and Valerian Species Potentially Useful for Depression Pain and Addiction".
workshops: The Career Counselling and Placement Centre of Punjab University organised training workshops at different departments of the varsity on "Interview Skills and CV Writing" and "Self-exploration".
Trainer Qasim Ali Shah, Atif Mirza and Farhan Shabbir shared interesting and useful tips with the participants of the workshops. Meanwhile, PU Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP) and Centre for Clinical Psychology (CCP) in collaboration with the Department of Library and Information Science (DLIS) organised a workshop on "Managing Qualitative Research with Nvivo 10" at IAP. Besides faculty members, MS/MPhil/PhD scholars and students attended the workshop. Dr Kanwal gave a lecture on "Overview of the Qualitative Research" followed by an extensive workshop conducted by Dr Shafiq.
IJT activists 'manhandle' PU guards
Lahore: A few activists of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) of Science College on Tuesday allegedly manhandled Punjab University (PU) security staff deputed at Gate I.
In a statement, a PU spokesperson said the varsity administration had tightened the security at all entry and exit gates keeping in view the current situation of the country and no one was being allowed to enter the university without proving identity. He said that on Tuesday afternoon, four IJT activists riding a government number plate motorcycle bearing registration number LEQ-3348 tried to enter from gate I where PU security guards asked them to prove their identity, upon which, they got infuriated and manhandled the security staff, interfering in the security system.
UET approves Rs3.7b budget
Lahore: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Syndicate has approved Rs 3.724 billion budget for the year 2014-15 with a deficit of around Rs 12 million.
According to a UET spokesperson, the UET Syndicate meeting chaired by Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Akram Khan approved the recurring budget of Rs 2.435 billion and development budget of Rs 1.296 billion.
A raise of 10 percent in the salaries and pensions has also been approved despite financial constraints.
The spokesperson said Rs 145 million had been proposed for solar energy equipment, Rs 109.108 million for student scholarships, Rs 70 million for UET Rachna College of Engineering and Technology, Gujranwala and Rs 500 million for UET Narowal Campus.
To generate income, the UET Syndicate also approved new projects, including distance learning programme and incubation activities, for which Rs 6 million and Rs 18 million have been allocated, respectively.
The syndicate approved Rs 20 million for National Library, Rs 30.5 million for transport, Rs 10.7 million for examinations, Rs 60.7 million for general administration, Rs 90.7 million for student services and Rs 130.43 million for Kala Shah Kaku Campus.
The syndicate also paid rich tributes to the UET vice chancellor for his efforts for the development of the university.
Lahore: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, on Saturday announced its schedule for summer vacation starting from June 17. The summer break will be observed till August 2, however, examinations will continue according to the schedule.
Lahore schools await IT labs announced in previous budget
Lahore: The EDO Education Lahore has failed to establish/ replace IT labs and provide science equipment to selected public schools of the provincial metropolis, as announced in the budget for fiscal year 2013-14.
Sources privy to the developments disclosed that Lahore was the only district of Punjab where one of the flagship projects of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as announced in the previous budget could not even take off despite passage of a year.
They said while many of the districts had already completed the procurement process and had been establishing the labs and providing laboratory equipment to selected schools while some were in the process of procurement of supplies these days.
According to the sources, around Rs96 million were released to the district government Lahore for establishment of IT labs in 12 elementary and 40 high schools besides up-gradation/replacement of such labs in 20 schools. Around Rs26 million were released for the provision of equipment for science labs at 30 selected schools of Lahore.
This is certainly going to be a challenge for the new DCO Lahore Capt (r) Muhammad Usman as undoubtedly the rise in cost vis-à-vis delay in the process owing to ever increasing inflation is certainly unavoidable and a loss to provincial kitty is obvious in the given circumstances.
It is learnt that in December 2013, Secretary School Education Punjab Abdul Jabbar Shaheen had directed all the EDOs (Education) across the province to ensure procurement of required supplies at the earliest for establishing and strengthening IT and sciences labs.
It is also worth mentioning here that on the directions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, IT labs were established at 4,286 high and higher secondary schools of the province in the year 2009 for which Rs5 billion were allocated in the 2008-09 budget. It is also interesting that besides other targets the Schools Department has set a target of providing of IT labs in 900 secondary schools and 500 in elementary schools across Punjab in the new budget.
When contacted, EDO Education Muhammad Pervaiz Akhtar Khan claimed that tenders were floated twice for the purpose of IT labs and science equipment but bidding were cancelled. He said technical committee cancelled the bidding because of low number of bidders and because the samples were not as per the standard required. To a question, Pervaiz Akhtar said though the funds were allocated in the previous budget but were released in January/February this year. The EDO Education did not recall when the second tender was floated and said the first tender was floated in May this year while the third on June 13, 2014. He said the process would be completed within the ongoing summer vacation, which continued till August 14.
BZU announces result
Multan: The Bahauddin Zakariya University on Saturday announced the result of BTech Electronics Technology part I second annual 2012 and first annual examination 2013 here.
Total 342 candidates appeared in the exams while 100 were declared successful with 75 per cent pass percentage. The roll numbers of successful candidates are: 30, 32, 33, 36, 40, 44, 48, 50, 51, 1351, 1355, 1359, 1362, 1363, 1365, 1366, 1367, 1370, 1372, 1373, 1375, 1376, 1377, 1380, 1383, 1384, 1389, 1398, 1407, 1408, 1409, 1410, 1411, 1412, 1413, 1414, 1417, 1418, 1432, 1446, 1453, 1455, 1457, 1459, 1462, 1479, 1480, 1481, 1484, 1491, 1492, 1493, 1494, 1496, 1499, 1500, 1503, 1505, 1509, 1511, 1412, 1514, 1515, 1516, 1517, 1519, 1521, 1523, 1524, 1531, 1532, 1533, 1534, 1536, 1538, 1539, 1540, 1541, 1542, 1543, 1545, 1549, 1554, 1555, 1557, 1559, 1563, 1564, 1565, 1567, 1568, 1581, 1583, 3017, 3029, 3069, 3079 and 3080. The news