Quaid-i-Azam University Issues Show-Cause Notice to Holi Celebrating Students

Several students at Quaid-i-Azam University have received show-cause notices for celebrating Holi without permission. This incident followed a controversial letter from the Higher Education Commission (HEC), which initially criticized the celebration but faced public backlash and was later withdrawn.

The students were accused of organizing and participating in the festival on 12 June, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, without permission from the university or its event management committee, as per official notice. Despite warnings from the university’s security staff, the students persisted in playing loud music, causing discomfort to others.

Their actions were deemed to have violated public morals, potentially insulted or physically harmed other university residents, undermined the university’s authority, and disrupted its functioning.

The notice mandated that the students appear before the disciplinary committee on 18 July at 12:30 pm and provide a written response. Failure to appear would lead the committee to make a decision based on the available evidence and records.

The notice also alerted the students to penalties and punishments, which include fines, loss of hostel accommodations and financial benefits, suspension of admission, temporary bans from entering the premises, cancellation of examination results, suspension for a specific period, and even expulsion.

Source: Pro Pakistani

PM launches Pakistan Education Endowment Fund, reforms in National Curriculum

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif launched Pakistan Education Endowment Fund worth fourteen billion rupees and reforms in National Curriculum in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said a budget of three billion rupees has been earmarked this fiscal year for the endowment fund to equip the youth with education and make them builders of the nation.

He also clarified that this budget will not go into the endowment fund this year but directly to the youth in the form of scholarships. He said he wants to see the allocation of Pakistan Education Endowment Fund increasing to one hundred and forty billion rupees in the next ten years saying it is only through promotion of education, the country can be taken forward on the path of progress and development.

The Prime Minister recalled that Punjab Education Endowment Fund was established back in 2008 which provided scholarships to four hundred and fifty thousand students.

Terming the promotion of education as a sacred duty, the Prime Minister said special focus should be given to the areas which lag behind in development.

He said we have to focus on education which is meaningful and has relevance with the modern day requirements to better compete with the world.

Shehbaz Sharif said the tenure of present government is ending on the 14th of next month and then the Election Commission of Pakistan has to announce the election date. He said whosoever forms the next government after elections, top priority should be given to the education to make this nation great.

The Prime Minister was appreciative of the financial assistance extended by China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the difficult times. He however said we have to do introspection to put the country in the right direction.

In his remarks on the occasion, Minister for Education Rana Tanveer Hussain said that scholarships under the endowment fund will be given in various disciplines including nursing, engineering and social sciences.

The Minister said that incorporation of Constitution of Pakistan in the syllabus is an important milestone saying this will promote understanding amongst the youth about their rights and responsibilities.

Rana Tanveer Hussain said steps have also been taken by the present government to promote quality education and bring out of school children to the educational institutions.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PTCL Group Launches SummerSpark Internship Program 2023 for Young Graduates

Pakistan’s leading telecommunications and integrated digital services provider, PTCL Group (PTCL and Ufone 4G) has launched its highly anticipated ‘SummerSpark’ internship program at a vibrant opening ceremony held at PTCL Group Tower in Islamabad.

The 6-week internship program, ‘SummerSpark’ received an overwhelming response upon opening the registration process, with over 15,475 young graduates from top universities eagerly vying for a spot. After a rigorous selection process, the top 30 candidates with exceptional competencies and potential were selected to participate in the program. These future leaders will enjoy valuable hands-on work experience on various business projects under expert mentorship at PTCL and Ufone 4G offices in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi which will facilitate them to set the stage for the successful commencement of their professional careers ahead.

Sharing his thoughts at the opening ceremony, Group Chief People Officer, PTCL and Ufone 4G, Shoaib Baig said,

We are thrilled to launch the ‘SummerSpark Internship Program 2023, which is designed to ignite the careers of Pakistan’s highly talented graduates. The internship program aligns with sustainable practices by investing in the long-term growth and success of individuals in the telecom sector. We provide a diverse and enabling environment for the youth to develop and showcase their talent and focus on promoting experiential learning and equip interns with practical skills and knowledge that will pave the way for their future success.

The ‘SummerSpark’ goes beyond traditional mentorship as it helps the participants to fully immerse in the corporate culture, besides learning essential work ethics and functionality. The unique approach enables interns to put their academic knowledge into practice and gain a comprehensive understanding of the organizational ecosystem. Moreover, the program provides a rich summer club experience, enriching the interns’ vacation with engaging activities and projects to enhance their learning experiences.

PTCL Group is committed to preparing the next generation of leaders in the telecommunications industry to drive its growth and sustainability. ‘SummerSpark’ exemplifies PTCL and Ufone 4G’s long-term commitment by offering an exceptional platform for young talent to kickstart their careers and make a meaningful impact in the field.

Source: Pro Pakistani

HEC Amendment Bill 2023 Gives Supreme Powers to Prime Minister

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Amendment Bill 2023 has been granted approval by the federal cabinet, marking a significant development in the education sector.

Under the new amendments, the prime minister will assume the role of the controlling authority for the Higher Education Commission, thereby enhancing the government’s oversight in this domain. This change empowers the premier to dismiss the HEC chairman before the expiration of their term.

Furthermore, the amendment designates the HEC as the sole regulatory authority responsible for overseeing all higher education institutions nationwide. This consolidation aims to streamline the governance of these institutions, ensuring consistent standards and practices across the board.

In addition to these alterations, the government has eliminated the provision equating the powers of the HEC chairman with that of a federal minister. This adjustment clarifies the scope of authority for the chairman and delineates their role more precisely.

These amendments come in response to the reduction of HEC’s powers following the implementation of the 18th Amendment. By redefining the relationship between the government and the HEC, this legislative change seeks to strengthen the commission’s ability to effectively regulate and improve the higher education sector.

The approval of the HEC Amendment Bill represents a pivotal moment in the evolution of higher education governance, signaling a concerted effort to enhance the quality and accountability of educational institutions throughout the country.

Source: Pro Pakistani

World’s Top University Renames Library After Pakistani Nobel Laureate Dr. Abdus Salam

Imperial College London has recently made a remarkable decision to honor the Pakistani Nobel laureate and physicist, Professor Abdus Salam, by naming its Central Library after him.

This announcement reflects the university’s commitment to acknowledging individuals and historical figures associated with their institution.

The decision was made following a comprehensive report by the History Group, which shed light on the contributions of these remarkable individuals.

Expressing deep admiration for Professor Salam’s immense impact on both Imperial College London and the field of physics, President Hugh Brady expressed his appreciation for the esteemed physicist’s achievements.

Professor Salam, a Nobel Prize winner in Theoretical Physics, had made significant contributions throughout his career.

President Brady believes that it is crucial to celebrate and honor Professor Salam’s legacy more extensively.

He hopes that the newly named Abdus Salam Library will serve as an inspiration for countless individuals in the years to come, encouraging future generations to make their mark in the world of science and beyond.

Imperial College London’s decision to name the Central Library after Professor Abdus Salam signifies their recognition of his outstanding achievements and the profound impact he has had on the institution and the field of physics.

It is a tribute that aims to inspire and foster the pursuit of knowledge among students, researchers, and the wider academic community. By celebrating Professor Salam’s legacy, the university aims to ensure that his remarkable contributions to science continue to be recognized and remembered for generations to come.

Source: Pro Pakistani