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.

Baloch, Pakhtun students protest PU action

LAHORE:27 April: Baloch and Pakhtun student councils of the Punjab University (PU) on Wednesday protested outside the Lahore Press Club against the university administration for suspending and expelling their members. A large number of students gathered at Istanbul Chowk on The Mall and walked towards the press club to protest against the administration for not taking action against the Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT) activists.

Punjab University engineering students to study in China

LAHORE: April 27: The Punjab University’s faculty of engineering and technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese company for higher education of its students in China. A ceremony to the effect was held at PU’s Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology here on Wednesday. Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Taqi Zahid Butt and Ms Yang Yu and Ms Yan Liuyl from China’s Gorges company were present on the occasion. According to the MoU, the Chinese company would support the PU engineering students to pursue higher studies in China for two years.

British Council delegation visits Fatima Jinnah Women University

British Council delegation visits Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi:April 27:British Council Pakistan in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) visited Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi on Wednesday. The aim of visiting FJWU was for improving Institutional capacity of education sector in Pakistan. The visiting team included Nishat Riaz (Director Education British Council), Dr Azra Medows (OBE) and Abou Bakar Fathalla (International Engagement Manager, Cardiff Metropolitan).

Promoting equality: Sensitisation campaign ends at LCWU

LAHORE:25 April:A seven-month-long project launched with an aim to encourage gender institutionalisation through gender sensitisation of students, faculty and non-teaching staff in public sector universities came to an end at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Monday. The concluding ceremony of the campaign titled Institutionalisation of Gender Sensitisation and Gender Training Materials in Public Sector Universities was held at the university on Monday. The Institute of Education (IOE) Director Dr Nusra Inayat welcomed the guests and gave a brief introduction of the project.

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