May 122008

LAHORE: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and other educationists from Pakistan have participated in a conference on ‘Higher Education Summit for Global Development’ in Washington DC, US. About 200 delegates including vice-chancellors and presidents of Asian, African and US universities attended the summit.

The summit was addressed by five US secretaries including US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, US Secretary of Energy Prof Samuel Bodman, US Secretary of Labour Miss Alaine Chao and US Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr Michel Leavitt. President of Rwanda Dr Paul Kagame also addressed the summit.

The speakers emphasized higher education as a must for survival in modern times and urged US to build a ‘partnership’ instead of a ‘donor recipient’ relation with higher education institutions in the developing world. They also talked on their personal experiences as human beings involved with the developing world.

Members Pakistani delegation included PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Fatima Jinnah Women University Vice-Chancellor Saeeda Asadullah, Higher Education Commission Executive Director S Sohail Naqvi, Institute of Business Administration Karachi Dean and Director Dr Ishrat Hussain, Lahore University of Management Sciences Vice-Chancellor Syed Zahoor Hassan, Agriculture University Peshawar Vice-Chancellor Said Khan Khalil, Quaid-e-Azam University Vice-Chancellor Qasim Jan, Sardar Bahadur Khan University Quetta Vice-Chancellor Shahida Jaffery, Institute of Business Administration Sukhur Director Nisar Ahmad Siddiqi and Agriculture University Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor Iqrar Ahmad Khan.

The Pakistani delegation was the biggest. The USAID had funded their tickets plus three nights stay in Washington. PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran would return to Pakistan tomorrow, Sunday, May 11.

PU Naat, Qirat, declamation/poetry contests from May 26: Punjab University’s co-curricular activities competitions, including Qirat, Naat, Debates and Mushaira are scheduled to be held from May 14 to 17 in connection with its ongoing 125-year celebrations from May 26 to 29. The last date to submit entries for participation in the competitions has been extended to May 15.

The PU Co-Curricular Activities Committee will conduct Inter-Departmental Competitions including Qirat/Naat, Bilingual Declamation (Urdu, English), Punjabi Speech, Mind Quest and Mushaira events.

Students of all departments/institutes/centres and colleges have been directed to submit their entries for the above-said competitions with the office of PU Curricular Committee at Student Teaching Centre (STC) till May 15.

PU holds annual prize distribution ceremony: Punjab University Laboratory High School Friday organised an annual prize distribution ceremony here at the New Campus. Former Principal Mrs Rehana Ahmad was the chief guest while Principal Muhammad Ashgaq Chaudhry, Vice-Principal Nusrat Maqsood, faculty members and parents of students were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Rehana Ahmad congratulated all position holders and advised them to continue to work hard to play their role in the development of the country.

Principal Muhammad Ashfaq, in his welcome address said parents build the character of every child, which is then further refined by the teachers. “Home is the first school for every child and therefore parents must give quality time to their children for better guidance,” he added.

Later, the chief guest distributed prizes among the winners including Arham Jamil, Hassan Ali, Usama Bin Nawaz, Fiza Iqbal, Zainab Ali, Salman Shah, Arda Malik, Farwa Batool, Furqan Rehman, Shah Zeb Iqbal, Sameer Sajid, Muhammad Saqlain, Safee Ahmad, Arham Malik, Asad Ali Butt, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Ali, Najam-ul-Islam, Shaab Ibn-e-Amir, Shahroz Arshad, Muhammad Abdullah, Salman Zaheer, Chaudhry Ahmad Tauseef, Awais Qarni and Asad Hafeez.

On the occasion, a paintings and art and crafts exhibition was also arranged, inaugurated by Chairperson Department of Secondary Education Dr Mumtaz Akhtar.

Courtesy: The Post, 10/5/2008

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