Budget 2017-18: Educationists ‘insulted’ by meager pay rise

LAHORE:May 28:Schoolteachers, college lecturers and university professors slammed the government’s decision to increase their salaries by just 10% in 2017-18 federal budget. They called it a ‘meager’ increase compared to ‘massive’ inflation. The schoolteachers’ representative body, The Punjab Teachers’ Union (PTU), said the 10% increase was simply enough. In a joint statement, PTU leaders, including Central President Chaudhry Muhammad Sarfaraz, Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, Rana Liaquat Ali, Jan Sadiq and others said the raise was an injustice with government employees.

Ganji Makhi: refreshing stories collection

LAHORE:May 26:Bushra Bajwa’s humorous stories collection titled “Ganji Makhi” is a refreshing addition in the otherwise colourless, drab and tension filled lives of the book lovers in general public. The book is a compilation of six skillfully written stories for all ages but they are the representation of a child’s innocent fantasies and colourful dreamy world of imagination. It is Bushra’s first book which consists of six stories including Ganji Makhi, Besuray Ustad, Boohra Murgha, Nargis ka Kofta, Shahzadi Husan Bano k Sawal and Gajra.

Need to adopt new audit techniques stressed PU VC

LAHORE:May 26:Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir has said that auditors can ensure transparency in institutions if they play their due role as they stop others from wrongdoings. He was addressing a workshop on issues of local fund audit organised by Divisional Directorate Local Fund Audit Department, Lahore, on Thursday. Divisional Director Amir Mufti, PU Resident Auditor Chaudhry Zaffar Iqbal, former Resident Auditor Naeem Iqbal Qureshi, resource person Jamil Bhatti and a large number of auditors from various departments were also present.

2,820 graduates awarded degrees at PMAS

Rawalpindi:May 26:A total 2,820 graduates were awarded degrees, while 59 decorated with medals in the 18th convocation of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Thursday. 43 graduates got gold medals, 8 silver medals, 8 bronze medals while 1785 postgraduate, 1,000 undergraduate and 35 Ph.D graduates were awarded with degrees. Two students also achieved the gold medals sponsored by the Bank of Punjab while a student of Literacy Centre also received gold medal.

Summer vacation in schools from today

LAHORE:25 May:Summer vacation in schools have started officially in the entire province of Punjab from Thursday (today). According to a notification issued earlier by the Punjab School Education Department, “Summer vacation will be observed in all schools/educational institutions (government/privately managed) in Punjab with effect from May 25 to Aug 14.” Previously, the Punjab government order summer vacation from June 1 to Aug 14. The summer vacation has been advanced by a week because of Ramazan.

City to have 12 sports complexes

LAHORE:May 25:Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to construct 12 sports complexes in Lahore. Officials said following the directions of the chief minister, LDA has started work on the project by inviting applications for pre-qualification from the engineering firms/contractors, having licence from Pakistan Engineering Council in Category C-A, for establishing these sports facilities. These sports stadiums will be constructed in 11 National Assembly constituencies of Lahore District, officials maintained.

Information Technology University holds job fair

LAHORE:24 May:The first-ever job fair of Information Technology University (ITU) for its first ever batch of software, electrical engineers and master’s degree holders was held at the university’s Arfa Software Technology Park campus here on Tuesday. ITU Vice-Chancellor and Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister Dr Umar Saif along with Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin inaugurated the job fair. ITU Registrar Zaheer Sarwar and other officials were also present.

VC slots in three medical varsities

LAHORE:23 may: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has declared more than 40 foreign medical degrees/diplomas of senior doctors “unregistered”, opening a new debate on criteria for the selection of heads of the public sector medical institutions in Punjab. The PMDC has also questioned the validity of the degrees after many of these were either found “unfamiliar” by the medical education regulatory body working on the matter or contradicted the claims by the candidates for the vice-chancellor slots in medical varsities of having Level-III qualification.

Punjab University Senate wants NAB probe into VC’s ‘corruption’

LAHORE:23 May:Punjab University’s (PU) Senate and Academic Staff Association (ASA) have called on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action over alleged corruption and misappropriation by Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir. It said the irregularities occurred when awarding civil work contracts amounting to Rs21.4 million. They alleged that the projects were handed to his “favourite contractors”.

Training of Lahore wardens

LAHORE:23 May:Traffic police has started regular training sessions for traffic wardens for behavioural change. Traffic wardens of all sectors will participate. Chief Traffic Officer SSP Rai Ijaz Ahmad, former captain Pakistan cricket team Inzmam ul Haq, Shahid Rasheed and Dr Fozia attended the 1st training session. Chief Traffic Officer SSP Rai Ijaz Ahmad said: We must follow the teachings of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (PBUH) and behave citizens good on roads.The news.

Information Technology University job fair

LAHORE:23 May:Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education Commission is holding its first ever job fair for the first batch of students from BS Computer Science, BS Electrical Engineering and third batch of MS Computer Science who are graduating this year on Tuesday (today). According to a press release, ITU’s founding Vice-Chancellor and Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab, Dr Umar Saif will inaugurate the mega event.The news.

Pak children to take part in Japan art contest

LAHORE:May 23:Nine children, who won the 11th Dream Art Contest Pakistan, will compete in World Contest in Japan. Three times previously world winners included Pakistani children. According to a press release issued here Monday, Dream Art Contest is an annual contest held in two sections; the local contest is followed by the world contest in Japan. Children are encouraged to paint their dream car.

Ameer ud Din Medical College Drama night

LAHORE:May 23:Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and Ameer ud Din Medical College Prof Ghiyas un Nabi Tayyab has said extracurricular activities play vital role to polish personality of students. Medical students have to burn midnight oil for attaining satisfactory numbers. They need more opportunities of recreation and college functions to keep themselves relaxed and fresh.

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