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.
Harvard Kennedy School USA, inks MoU with PSCA
LAHORE: Harvard Kennedy School, the USA today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) for Joint Research.
Center for Economic Research Pakistan (CERP) will also extend coordination. A rendezvous at PSCA Qurban Lines here concluded in appraisal work of a “State Authority Project” to get into its stride in the current week.
The MOU was signed by Chief Operating Officer PSCA Akbar Nasir Khan and Board Member Center for Economic Research Pakistan Dr. Ali Cheema in the presence of Professor HKS Dr. Asim Khawaja, Research Manager HKS Ms. Fay Terrett and Research Fellow Ms. Julia Ledics.
State Authority Project would analyze the framework and symmetry of complaints received at Emergency Helpline 15 and Police Responses to redress and resolve the same.
The Harvard Research team would be based at PSCA and would directly probe the citizens for their opinions and feedback on the emergency responses provided by the much awed integrated Policing mechanism of the authority.
COO PSCA expressed that the outcome would help us calibrate and enhance police prowess which would end up garnering the trust of the public. PSCA was also extending its role of a mentor to partner organizations and Law Enforcement Agencies, he added.
NUML, Foundation University to cooperate in teaching
ISLAMABAD: National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and Foundation University Islamabad signed an accord to cooperate in both teaching and research sectors to provide best opportunities to the students.
A ceremony in this regard was held at NUML, in which Rector NUML Major General (R) Zia Uddin Najam and Rector Foundation University Major General (R) Changez Dil Khan signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), a press release Tuesday said.
Director General NUML Brig Muhammad Ibrahim, Director Administration Brig (R) Ziaul Hassan Sahi, Registrar Aminullah Khan, deans, directors, and others also attended the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion Rector NUML Zia Uddin Najam said this MoU must be implemented in its true letter and spirit. He said MoUs between universities will bring positive change to the overall academic activities of the country and it will raise the research standards.
He thanked the worthy guests for visiting NUML. Rector Foundation University in his speech praised the NUML and said this MoU will benefit the students. He said other universities must follow their footprints to raise educations standards.
Shipping activity at Port Qasim on 7th August
KARACHI: Four ships MSC Sana, MSC Earth, AMS Pegasus-III and Chemroad Polaris carrying Containers, Coal and Chemicals were allotted berths at Qasim International Container Terminal, Pakistan International Bulk Terminal, Engro Vopak Terminal respectively on Monday.
Meanwhile two more ships, MSC Athos and Cecelia-B with Containers and Soya Bean seeds also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours.
A total of eight ships MSC Sana, MSC Earth, Magda-P, Nautical Amethys, AMS Pegasus-III, BTG Fuji, Chemroad Polaris and NCC Noor are currently occupying PQA berths to load/offload Containers, Cement, Coal, Soya been, Chemicals and Palm oil respectively during last 24 hours.
A cargo volume of 138,668 tonnes, comprising 90,770 tonnes import cargo and 47,898 tonnes export cargo inclusive of containerized cargo carried in 2,637 Containers (TEUs), (965 TEUs Imports and 1,672 TEUs exports) was handled at the Port during last 24 hours.
Two ships, MSC Earth and Nautical Amethys sailed out to sea on Tuesday morning, while three more ships MSC Sana, Chemroad Polaris and NCC Noor are expected to sail on same day in the afternoon. A total of six ships, MSC Silvana, MSC Athos, Maersk Columbus, Concerto, Bunga Lila and LNG Lobita carrying Containers, Palm oil, Chemicals and LNG are expected to take berths at QICT, LCT, EVTL and EETL respectively on Tuesday, 7th August-2018, while another container vessel MOL Grandeur is due to arrive at Port Qasim on Wednesday.