Dearth of teachers, dilapidated state afflict school

RAWALPINDI:February 12:Dennys Higher Secondary School situated on Kashmir Road is a physical representation of Muslim, Hindu, Christian, and Sikh heritage and intelligentsia of the subcontinent.
The institution’s rich history of over ‘136’ years, notwithstanding, the school is in a derelict state facing a dearth of funds to bring it back its old grandeur.
Originally established back in 1881 by employees of Military Accounts Office who formed the school in Calcutta House Saddar for their children.

700 students of Virtual University received laptops

Lahore:February 12:More than 700 students of Virtual University (VU) received laptops under the Prime Minister’s National Laptop Scheme (PMNLS), phase II.
A ceremony in this regard was held at Virtual University, MA Jinnah Campus, here on Saturday. Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal was the chief guest of the ceremony.
A total of 2500 Virtual University students from across the country have benefited under the scheme.

Punjab University students win contests

Lahore:February 11:Punjab University students from various departments participated in the Chief Minister Punjab debate, essay writing and speech (Eng/Urdu) Lahore division and provincial level competitions and performed well by grabbing prominent positions.

According to a press release, at provincial level students including Muhammad Zohaib Nasir clinched 1st position in English speech while in English debate Fizzah Akhter and Abubakar got 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.

E-Rozgaar centres to be set up in 11 universities

Lahore:February 11:An ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the inaugural centres of the Chief Minister’s e-Rozgaar Training Programmes was held at the Arfa Software Technology Park.

The vice-chancellors from 11 public sector universities, which have been selected in the first phase of training, signed the MoUs with Dr Umar Saif, chairman, Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).

Punjab University tense after two student groups clash

Lahore:February 11:Punjab University (PU) New Campus on Friday once again turned into a battlefield following a clash between two student groups —Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and Baloch, FATA students.
The situation was so tense that the police had to resort to tear gas to disperse the students at the varsity’s Hostel No.1—a stronghold of Jamiat.

National Green Day observed at PMAS-AAUR

Rawalpindi:February 10:National Green Day observed at Pir Mehr Ali Shah — Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), here on Thursday, under the Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Programme.
PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad kicked off the tree plantation campaign by planting an olive plant at campus. While addressing, he appreciated the tree plantation drive and said that there is dire need to raise environmental awareness among the society.

Restore student unions Islami Jamiat Talaba

Lahore:February 10:Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists blocking Lower Mall Thursday protested against 33 years of ban on student unions.

The IJT activists from Islamia College Civil Lines, IJT stronghold in the provincial metropolis, blocked the road with the help of a mini-truck, halting traffic flow coming from Data Darbar side.

The traffic mess caused immense problems for the commuters. The activists carrying placards chanted slogans and demanded the government hold student union elections at the earliest.

PBTE launches online fees challan form

Lahore:February 10:Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) Thursday launched online bank challan form to receive all kind of fees.

PBTE Chairperson Ms Saima Javed inaugurated the new system in a ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, she said the whole examination system of the PBTE starting from registration up to issuance of diploma was fully computerised and now the bank challan system was also made online.

Universities launch green campuses programm

Lahore:February 10: A number of public sector universities of the province Thursday organised ceremonies including tree plantation and walk under the Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Programm

At Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir launched a tree plantation campaign at the varsity’s Centre for Integrated Mountain & Research (CIMR) with other government and non-government organisations. Director CIMR Dr Khalida Khan, deans of various faculties, faculty members and a large number of students were present.

Media asked to leave Kinnaird College Function

Lahore:February 10:An unpleasant situation developed at a ceremony at Kinnaird College on Thursday where National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was the chief guest.
The speaker requested electronic media persons to leave the hall if they wanted to take the footage as the event was supposed to be private. The media persons informed the speaker that the PID had invited them to cover the event.
Earlier, some media teams faced difficulty to get an access to the college to cover the event.

Higher education being reformed’

Lahore:February 10:Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said a comprehensive reforms programme is under way to develop higher education sector according to needs of the 21st century so that the country could progress through human resource development.

Chairing a meeting at Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), the minister said for this purpose research-based activities were being fully encouraged and the teachers were provided capacity building opportunities.

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