Punjab gets power to appoint varsity heads

LAHORE: April 29:The Lahore High Court has finally allowed the Punjab government to appoint vice-chancellors at public universities, laying to rest months of uncertainty about powers enjoyed by the acting varsity heads.
Accepting the Punjab government’s appeal against an earlier verdict, an LHC division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah gave the government powers to appoint the vice-chancellors on Thursday.

VCs appointment case: CCI’s role in education standards

LAHORE: April 29:The Lahore High Court’s (LHC’s) decision on the appointment of vice chancellors has drawn a mixed reaction, not over the jurisdiction of the matter, but on the limitations imposed on the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The court ruled that the HEC should create various criteria for universities and it gave the Council of Common Interests (CCI) the powers to validate the same.

Link education institutes with market HEC

Lahore:April 29:Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana has said the nations who promoted higher education and research have prospered.

Addressing a ceremony regarding National Research Programme of federal Higher Education Commission (HEC) at a local hotel here on Friday, he said there was a need to connect higher education institutes (HEIs) and the market with each other to make the best use of research being carried out in the HEIs of the country. HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and vice-chancellors (VCs) of the universities of the province attended the event.

A school that serves the Poor

LAHORE:April 29:Around 30 students of different grades are getting education in a three-marla double storey building. One teacher is a source of inspiration for students and limited resources could be seen in the school as it is located in a low-lying locality of the provincial metropolis. The school was established one year ago where poor students get education free-of-cost.
A resident of the area said the school is a great blessing for them.

Convocation of FG Postgraduate College for Women held

Rawalpindi:April 29:The 28th convocation, 2017, of FG Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road, was held here on Friday in the Salma Masud Auditorium in the college premises. It was organised to award degrees, rolls of honour and merit certificates to the graduates of BA/BSc, MA English and MA Urdu for the session 2013-15. Professor Dr. Zaffar Mueen Nasar, Vice Chancellor of University of the Punjab, Lahore, was the honourable chief guest on this occasion.

Convocation of FG Postgraduate College for Women held

Rawalpindi:April 29:The 28th convocation, 2017, of FG Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road, was held here on Friday in the Salma Masud Auditorium in the college premises. It was organised to award degrees, rolls of honour and merit certificates to the graduates of BA/BSc, MA English and MA Urdu for the session 2013-15. Professor Dr. Zaffar Mueen Nasar, Vice Chancellor of University of the Punjab, Lahore, was the honourable chief guest on this occasion.

Special classrooms for playgroup kids

GUJRAT:28 April: The Punjab government has approved a grant of Rs 10 million for the construction of special classrooms for playgroup age kids in public sector schools in the district.
The move is aimed at attracting children for enrolement in nursery classes of the same schools later on.

The teachers who will handle playgroup classes have been trained to keep the interest of the kids attached to the classroom and school. As many as 115 public sector schools have been given special classrooms in the district.

Plan to ban sale of junk food in schools

LAHORE:28 April: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) plans to prohibit the sale of junk food and other unhygienic items at all canteens and cafeterias in educational institutions after its scientific panel strongly recommended a proposal in this regard.
The proposal after a formal approval will be incorporated in the new laws and regulations being introduced soon by amending the PFA Act-2011, according to a spokesman for the authority.
The spokesman stated in a press release that a meeting of the PFA’s scientific panel was held here on Thursday.

Province empowered to appoint VCs, set rules: LHC

LAHORE:28 April: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ruled that the provincial government is fully empowered to make rules and appoint vice-chancellors (VCs) of public universities.

“The provincial legislature has the power to set standards i.e., procedures and criteria for selection of the VC, as long as, they are not below the minimum and baseline standards set by the federation,” said a verdict announced by a division bench in the VCs appointment case.

Punjab Youth Peace Corps event

LAHORE:28 April:The Punjab Youth Affairs Department launched second phase of its Punjab Youth Peace Corps with a showcasing event on Thursday.

Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Jahangir Khanzada was the chief guest at the event while Nayyer Iqbal, secretary for the Department of Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology and Tourism; Tahmina Habib, Deputy Secretary Planning and Sabiha Shaheen, Executive Director of an NGO participated in the event.

University of Animals Sciences observed World Veterinary Day

Lahore:28 April:The University of Veterinary and Animals Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, observed World Veterinary Day on Thursday. A walk and seminar were held to mark the day and create awareness about the welfare of animals in the community.
According to a press release issued here, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha led the walk while Faculty of Veterinary Science Dean Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, Faculty of Life Sciences Business Management Dean Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, Prof Dr Anila Zameer Durrani and a large number of students and faculty members participated in the walk.

HEC chairman calls for raise in education budget

LAHORE:28 April:Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed has laid a stress on increasing the budget for higher education in Pakistan, saying that presently there is a shortage of 36,000 PhDs in the country.
He was addressing a group of journalists from the federal capital during their visit to the Government College University, Lahore, according to a press release issued here on Thursday. The visit was arranged by the HEC for enlightening the journalists about the academic and research development at GCU.

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