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Call to enhance English language skills in students


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FAISALABAD: Lack of expertise in English language is the main hurdle to get modern knowledge and it is need of the hour to take immediate steps to polish English language skills especially in students as well as teachers.


It was said by various speakers at the inaugural session of a series of Transforming English Language Skills (TELS) workshop held with a special focus on professional development for teachers through the medium of English. The workshop was arranged by the Department of Chemistry, Government College University Faisalabad, in collaboration with the British Council and the Higher Education Commission here on Wednesday. The inaugural session was chaired by GCUF Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences Dean Prof Dr Shahbaz Arif. Addressing the participants, he stressed upon the teaching community to polish English communication skills among the students. He advised teaching community to follow good pronunciation; avoid using difficult English language words and make it easy understandable for the students to convey the crux of lectures effectively. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Pervez Azeem urged the need to give attention to pronunciation and vocabulary in teachers and students to meet the demands of modern world. Chemistry Department Chairman Prof Dr Iftikhar said the workshop would help increase effective communication skills among the teachers.


PTEA for payment of blocked refunds to enhance exports


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FAISALABAD: Severe energy crisis and liquidity crunch have reduced Pakistan’s share in global trade and the government should address these key issues to stop the negative growth and improve the fragile foreign investment to put the country on the track of economic growth.


In a statement here on Wednesday, Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) chairman Asghar Ali and vice-chairman Muhammad Asif said that the country had already lost its market share by one third, while rivals had doubled their market share during the last 12 years. They termed energy shortage and lack of finances the main reasons behind the decline in exports. They demanded immediate payment of blocked refunds to enhance textile exports and national share in the world trade.


They added that billions of rupees of exporters were stuck up on account of exporters’ refunds of sales tax, duty draw back and DLTL regime with various government departments, creating liquidity crunch. “The Pakistani exports were already under pressure due to prevailing economic financial, industrial crisis, law and order and the energy crisis. They are badly affecting the industrial and trade activities, the productivity output and employment,” they said. They warned that with the collapse of the industrial sector and decline in value-added exports, precious forex and national revenues would be worst hit, shattering the national economy.


The PTEA office-bearers said that country’s share in global trade fell to 0.14 per cent in 2011 from 0.21 per cent in 1999 despite claims of the government that exports to the world market increased manifold during the period. “The Indian share in global trade increased from 0.67 per cent to 1.28 per cent for the same period despite global recession. Even Bangladesh’s global market share was 0.06 per cent, which now has doubled and reached to 0.14 per cent, equivalent to country’s share. Pakistan is the only country which has a stagnant global market share despite the fact that the government has taken steps for liberalising its imports regime as compared to its neighbouring countries,” they argued.


Giving the break-up, they said that the country’s exports had fallen to US$23.64 billion in 2011-12 from US$24.82 billion in 2010-11, showing a decline of 4.75 per cent. “Contrary to this, the world trade expanded by five per cent in 2011 compared to 13.8 per cent growth in 2010. Pakistan exports to Asian countries slightly fell to US$11.709 billion in 2010-11 from US$11.556 billion in 2011-12, showing a decline of 1.3pc. Similarly, Pakistan’s exports to Europe also fell to US$5.957 billion in 2011-12 from US$6.537 billion in 2010-11, showing a decline of 8.87 per cent.” The PTEA leaders urged the government to plan a strategy to identify and solve economic issues to meet the challenges of the world.


UAF school funfair concludes


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FAISALABAD: Funfair organised by Laboratory Girls High School (LGHS) University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) concluded at Iqbal Auditorium of the university here on Wednesday.


UAF VC Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad was the chief guest at the closing ceremony. Addressing the participants, Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said the UAF Laboratory School Systems had been upgraded from secondary education to intermediate and Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Faisalabad had recognised the school. The VC added that highly qualified staff had been recruited and good environment had been ensured for the students. Dr Iqrar Ahmad urged the parents to send their daughters to educational institutions in order to enable them vibrant part of society. Prof Dr Khalil-ur-Rehman, Principal Officer Community College UAF said M Phil & PhD teaching staff had been recruited for intermediate classes at Laboratory Schools Systems. He said a chain of laboratory school system would be extended. LGHS headmistress Ms Tasneem Zubair highlighted the achievements of the school in curricular and extra curricular activities. She hoped funfair would be the source of inspiration for students. Students performed various skits, tableaus, dramas and national songs. A large number of students and parents attend the closing funfair cultural programme.