KEMU sends medical experts to flood-hit areas
Lahore: On the directions of Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad, the King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has sent experts in ophthalmology, social organisers and ophthalmic technicians to flood-affected areas, a government statement said on Friday.

The KEMU College of Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences has sent six medical teams consisting of experts in ophthalmology, social organisers and ophthalmic technicians to the flood-affected areas of DG Khan, Muzaffargarh, Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Jampur, Rajanpur, Mianwali and Layyah. These teams will stay there for one week. Daily times

Tevta to offer 14 new evening courses
Lahore: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) has approved 14 courses certified by City & Guilds (a UK based internationally accreditation body) to be offered at its 24 selected institutes in second shift across the province.

The 29th Tevta meeting chaired by Chairman Saeed Ahmad Alvi was informed that the City & Guilds would train 300 teachers of Tevta Institutes through Sri Lankan Master Trainers. This six week training of trainers (TOT) would not only enhance their professional skills but would also upgrade their Academic skills. The City & Guilds programmes would be launched in April 2011.

The authority has agreed to offer Three Years Diploma in Telecommunication System, Construction Industry; Technician Award in Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Motor Vehicle Engineering; Two Years Certificate in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Computer Aided Drafting (Civil), Computer Aided Drafting (Mechanical), Electrical Installation and Metal Machining; One Year Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair; Six Months Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Quantity Surveying.

The Tevta approved to start these courses at its institutes located at Lahore, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Mandi Bahauddin, Sahiwal, Multan, Sargodha, Sialkot, Mianwali, Gujrat, DG Khan, Khanewal, Jehlum, Joharabad and Gujranwala.

Saeed Ahmad Alvi informed the meeting that these courses would facilitate Tevta graduates to seek admission abroad. The award of internationally accredited certifications to Tevta graduates would not only add desired quality but also greatly enhance their employment opportunity in international job market besides meeting the skilled workforce requirements of local industry, he concluded, The news,

College vacation cancelled for flood relief
Lahore, Aug 21: To invite and mobilize youth to support the government in relief and rescue activities in the wake of large scale destruction by the floods in different parts of the province, the Punjab government has cancelled summer vacation of all public colleges.

However, academic activities will not resume with the opening of the colleges.

It is pertinent to mention that the colleges were scheduled to reopen after September 9 after the summer break.

The Punjab Higher Education Department has informed college heads to call teachers and students and engage them in collecting relief goods for the flood affected people and mobilize youth to come forward with clear instruction that no academic activity would be resumed with opening of the institutes.

At the same time the colleges, situated near flood affected areas, would also cater to the dislocated people. According to the department officials, over 15,000 flood affected people had already been provided shelter in government colleges of Dera Ghazi Khan division alone.

They said the department had developed a mechanism under which all the eight Boards of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISEs) would also be engaged for packing and transportation of relief goods to the affected areas.

According to initial reports received by the department, around 9 colleges had been partially damaged by floods in Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh, DG Khan and Mianwali districts. The official said the picture would be cleared after receding of flood water, adding the number of colleges damaged by flood waters might be more than the figures received so far.

They said that, after collection of relied goods, including medicines, teams comprising college volunteers would be dispatched to flood affected areas, adding that the recently formed Youth Commission would also be involved in the whole process.

The official further said that the department was aware of problems being faced by students of flood hit areas as many of them were supposed to get admission to colleges in the provincial metropolis and other big cities for intermediate studies but could not do so in the wake of floods.

Higher Education secretary Ahad Khan Cheema said the government had already postponed the entrance test, scheduled for August 8, for admission to engineering universities and institutions of the province keeping in view devastating floods in different areas of the province.

He said the students failing to get admissions to colleges owing to floods would be facilitated even in terms of fees, however, he added, at the moment, the government was focused on the rescue and rehabilitation of flood affectees.

The secretary said no academic activity would be held at colleges while teachers and students would be mobilized to collect relief goods for the flood affected people and volunteer themselves for the cause.

PEF result
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) on Friday announced the result of 4th Quality Assurance Test of NSP held in Chiniot, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur and Rajanpur. According to result, out of 45 schools, 44 schools have passed the test. The detailed result is available at PEF website

D.Com position
Lahore: Hafiz Ishtiaq Ahmed, son of Naimat Ali, has secured the second position in the D.Com annual examination 2010 in Government College of Commerce, Allama Iqbal Town. He wants to become a lawyer in future.

PU directed to submit record
Lahore: An election tribunal of Lahore High Court on Friday directed the Punjab University to submit the record of BA degree of PML-N MPA Farah Deeba till August 24 on a petition seeking her disqualification on the basis of bogus degree.

On last hearing, the court had sought the degree record of woman MPA but the varsity failed to submit the said record on Friday. The tribunal showing annoyance delay gave fresh orders to the university in this regard. The LHC election tribunal was hearing a petition filed by Shahida Parveen challenging the election of MPA Farah Deeba for allegedly having a fake degree.

The petitioner submitted that Farah, daughter of comic legend Rangeela, was elected as the Member of Punjab Assembly on a special seat reserved for women. Parveen said that Deeba had allegedly lied to the Election Commission and her degree was fake.

Majid Karim Khokhar, the petitioner’s counsel, submitted that Farah’s actions were in violation of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution and requested the court to declare her election illegal.

After hearing the arguments, the tribunal issued a notice to Farah Deeba for August 20 and sought record from the university. The nation

Visitors to BVH suffer: Police rough up doctors, QAMC students
Bahawalpur: A police contingent let loose its indignation at the Bahawal Victoria Hospital doctors who joined the students in their protest.

Also, visitors to the hospital’s OPD got more trouble than relief on Friday as some students of the allied Quaid-i-Azam Medical College forced the doctors to join them in their protest.

The students boycotted their classes for the second consecutive day, demanding exemption from loadshedding and other concessions.

With the doctors staying away from duty, the patients faced inconvenience. The police baton-charged the protesters to prevent any untoward happening.

QAMC Principal Dr Ijaz Hussain Shah said that the administration prevented the doctors from joining the protest.

BVH Medical Superintendent Dr Altaf Malik said some of the doctors accompanied the students but they resumed work shortly afterwards.

District Police Officer Babar Bakht Qureshi told this correspondent that there was no truth in the statement of the Pakistan Medical Association’s Punjab chapter that 70 doctors had been arrested.

He said only 20 QAMC students had been taken into custody in connection with Thursday’s violence.

It was learnt the police released the students after their successful negotiations with the college administration. Dawn

Private schools allowed holding partial classes
Lahore: The education department has allowed private schools to call the students of Class V, VIII, IX, and X for preparation of their examinations.

Education EDO Dr Mohammad Arshad said that the department had only allowed the private schools to open the institutions before Sept 15 so that the studies of those students whose exams were approaching should not affect.

“However, the schools calling the students of other classes will face action,” the EDO said and added that two institutions – The Punjab School and Kurban School – had been issued notices for violating the government direction.

The Punjab government had extended summer vacation to Sept 15 for all public and private schools, primarily for Ramazan and loadshedding.

The private schools associations had protested the decision and urged the government to allow them to open the institutions.

Private campuses reopen, defy govt orders
Lahore: Challenging the writ of the government once again, private schools have opened their campuses, ignoring the government’s notification according to which all private and government schools were scheduled to reopen after September 9.

Some private schools had opened their campuses on August 16 while many leading private schools reopened on August 20, Friday, with examination schedule starting from August 23, Monday.

A notification of School Education Department, Punjab, issued on May 31, a copy available with The News, clearly mentions that schedule of summer vacation would be observed in all the schools (government/privately managed) in Punjab w.e.f June 1 to September 9.

It is pertinent to mention that most of the leading private schools had also defied the government’s notification by not observing the summer holidays from the day fixed by the government in June this year.

The stakeholders are quite critical of the government’s inability to bring private sector under some kind of control as, over the years, they have been demanding a regulatory body for private schools but to no avail.

It is important to note here that many of the private schools have opened campuses in the name of summer camps duly allowed by the Punjab government in June, 2010.

The Lahore Literati is among those private schools that opened their campuses on Friday while Esna Foundation, Fairfield High School and many other schools have informed parents about reopening of their schools from 23 August.

According to the government, the decision to allow private schools for summer camps was taken in the wake of extended summer vacation as compared to previous years, adoption of five days week and squeezed academic session.

The stakeholders also argued that the government had failed to ensure uniformity with regard to syllabus followed by private and public sector schools but it was pathetic that the government could not ensure uniformity in working of schools.

The News could not reach Schools secretary Muhammad Aslam Kamboh for comments.

When contacted, EDO Education Dr Muhammad Arshad said the government had taken strict notice of private schools’ not following its directive and opening up campuses before the announced schedule.

“All such schools are being closed”, Dr Muhammad Arshad said, adding that the people should contact EDO Education Office in case they have any complaints against private educational institutes. The news

PU BCom results annual examination 2010

Punjab University BCom result
Lahore, Aug 21: The Punjab University (PU) Examination Department on Friday declared the result of B.Com, Part-II Annual Examination 2010, according to which overall pass percentage remained 54.40.

A total number of 39,944 male and female candidates had appeared in the examination out of which 21,730 had been declared successful. Out of a total number of 11,727 female candidates, as many as 7,861 girls have passed the examination and as such their pass percentage comes to 67.03 percent. As against this, a total number of 28,217 boys appeared in the examination and only 13,869 could qualify the examination with a pass percentage of 49.15 percent.

Similarly from Lahore only, 8,957 boys appeared in the B.Com part-II examination this year out of which 4,409 had been declared pass with a success percentage of 49.22 percent. As compared to this, out of a total number of 4,183 girls, 2729 girls have passed the examination and their success rate is 65.24 percent. As such, out of a total number of 13,140 boys and girls who appeared in the exam from Lahore, as many as 7,138 had been declared successful with a pass percentage of 54.32.

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