LAHORE: The Punjab University (PU) Senate approved rupees 9 billion budget for the year 2018-2019 in its 351st meeting at the Senate Hall, Old Campus here on Thursday.
The meeting of the Senate, which was held after a lapse of almost 12 years, was chaired by Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad Akhtar with about 100 members in attendance. The last meeting of PU Senate was held in 2007.
The PU Senate also granted ex-post facto approval to the budgets for the previous fiscal years from 2007 onwards.
The Senate gave approval to the adoption of Tenure-Track Statues version 2.0, revision in criteria and honorarium for Professor Emeritus, adjustment of sabbatical leaves of the faculty members working on TTS and raising minimum qualification for appointment of lecturer and assistant professors as per HEC notification.
Briefing the media after Senate’s meeting, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad said that the incumbent administration believed in merit, good governance, transparency and accountability which would be reflected in every operation and function of the university.
The VC said the PU administration would make all statutory bodies functional and within two months meetings of all statutory bodies had been held, adding that it would be helpful to streamline university affairs and ensure transparency.
He said that PU would take part in the race of international ranking of the universities and documents had been submitted for QS Asia ranking.
He said that PU would promote socio-economic impact research so that the country and society could develop besides making efforts for maintaining the student-teacher ratio. He said the university had advertised top positions for removal of ad hoc culture and all positions would be filled on merit.
Dr. Niaz said the administration would encourage foreign students and foreign faculty members for internationalizing the university, claiming the past glory and academic excellence of the country’s oldest alma mater would also be restored. He said that the administration would launch a compressed semester program in summer in collaboration with the universities of all provinces to promote provincial harmony.
‘Teacher’ who asked pupil to wash his car, suspended!
FAISALABAD: AC Tandlianwala today suspended a schoolteacher on the charge of forcing a pupil to wash his car.
Spokesman of the education department said that the AC paid a surprise visit to Govt High School for Boys Chak No.455 and found Ali Hasnain, a student of second grade cleaning a car and washing its tyres. After interrogation, it transpired that schoolteacher Rizwan had asked the minor student to wash his car.
Taking serious notice, the AC Tandlianwala immediately suspended the schoolteacher Rizwan and censured the headmaster Muhammad Iqbal Khan. Further departmental action was underway.
Socio-economic development of Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Tariq Banuri on Friday said that knowledge-based economy was only way forwards for socio-economic development of Pakistan.
Dr. Tariq Banuri recommended for promoting the export of knowledge production, process designs, and solutions, upgrading the knowledge component of traditional export products, international migrating strategy as a development strategy and attracting students to Pakistan. He said this while addressing the 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) which concluded here.
The Conference was hosted by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), with the support of the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform and co-sponsored by HEC Pakistan, International Labor Organization and Centre of Excellence for China Pakistan Economic Corridor, said a Press release issued here by PIDE.
The Chairman HEC also highlight and explained ‘how knowledge opens new vistas for economic growth.’ He said that Pakistan’s approach should be supportive for Information Technology (IT) related industry, financing for higher education, research funding and incentives and goals for academia. He said some of the richest companies of the world did not produce or sell consumable goods; rather they own formulas and designs for smart products.
These companies owe their success to their investment in research and development. The Chairman HEC said the goal of any development in modern times means moving toward becoming knowledge producers. Directors, Centre of excellence, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Dr. Shahid Rashid said a wide range of factors could help move Pakistan’s economy forward. He said that this includes 800 kilometers of Gwadar’s coastline available for value-added export industries and also for international trade of energy. Director, Chinese Studies Centre at NUST, Ambassador(R) Syed Hasan Javed, predicted that CPEC would help Pakistan to join the ranks of top ten economies by 2050. It is already among the top ten states in terms of population, overseas nationals, agriculture, and nuclear fields.
Imran Khan inaugurates Shelter Homes in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated four shelter homes for shelterless people here today.
These shelter homes, that have been established by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government under its one-hundred-day plan, will harbor 430 people.
Those taking shelter in these homes will also be provided with complimentary food. As the temperature drops more and more homeless are expected to take shelter in these homes.
Relevant: Prime Minister Imran Khan today arrived in Peshawar on a day-long visit to the provincial capital. The Prime Minister soon after arrival inaugurated the shelter home at Pajagi road Peshawar City and inspected its various portions. The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, District Nazim Peshawar and senior officers of provincial administration were present on the occasion. The Prime Minister in his day-long visit would also address the special cabinet meeting and an event marking the first 100 days of the KP government at Nishtar Hall Friday afternoon. He will also meet Governor KP, Shah Farman.