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April 23, 2016

‘Book reading habit can produce good professionals’


April 23, 2016


Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that books urge a human being to think and seek answers to the questions. 

Dr Mujahid Kamran was addressing a seminar “My Books, Myself and My Personality” organised by PU Department of Information Management in collaboration with Punjab University Library and National Book Foundation (NBF) on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. 

NBF Assistant Director Nuzhat Akbar, noted columnist Sajjad Mir, Prof Emeritus Dr Khawaja Muhammad Zakria,  Department of Information Management Chairperson Prof Dr Kanwal Amin, Chief Librarian Haseeb Ahmad Pracha, faculty members, librarians and a large number of students were also present. 

Dr Mujahid Kamran said around 750 Aya'hs of the Holy Quran stressed the mankind to explore the mysteries of the universe and seek knowledge. He said books must be made accessible to every house so that book reading habits could be promoted at childhood level. He said if there was no book reading habit, society could not produce good doctors, teachers, engineers, players, etc. He said teachers should also adopt this habit. Sajjad Mir said studying books develop reading habit.

Dr Khawaja Muhammad Zakria said, "Our population has increased while the ratio of book readers has decreased because we have started adopting shortcuts." He said around 90 percent students admitted that they did not read books and it was a matter of grave concern. 

Prof Dr Kanwal Amin said books had been a source of spreading knowledge for a long time however the number of publication of books in Pakistan was far lesser than the number of books published in the developed countries. She said the role of books could not be ruled out in character building of human beings. 

Earlier, Nuzhat Akbar administered oath to the participants regarding adoption of book reading habit. 

TPU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran also awarded Book Lover Awards 2016 and distributed gifts of books among the top-10 library users.

seminar: Punjab University’s Institute of Agricultural Science (IAGS) has organised a seminar on “Career Development for MS/M.Phil and PhD Scholars.”  According to a press release, Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan was the chief guest on the occasion while Prof Dr Javed Iqbal Qazi was the guest of honour. IAGS Director Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Haider welcomed the participants. Dr Saif-ur-Rehman from COMSATS and a resource person from the Environmental Society of Pakistan delivered lectures. Later, Prof Dr Naeem Khan distributed certificates among the participants. 

MoU: Government College University (GCU) ,  Lahore, and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Pakistan, on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) whose main features include providing a route for GCU graduates of B.COM (Honors) and BSc (Honors) in Business, Accounting and Finance programmes to study the ACCA qualifications, including exemptions from ACCA papers F1 to F9 in line with ACCA's global accreditation policy.

The MoU was signed by GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and ACCA Pakistan Head Sajjeed Aslam while GCU Director Research Prof Dr Ikram-ul-Haq, Academic Planning and External Links Director Fauzia Shaheen, Economics Department Chairperson Uzair Ahson and Deans Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed, Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Prof Dr Shahid Iqbal were also present

Sajjeed Aslam, who is also Old Ravian, said they would review the courses being taught at GCU, adding that in an ideal case, maximum exemption from nine ACCA papers could be granted in line with ACCA’s global accreditation policy. He said ACCA Pakistan produced more than 120 research papers every year and hoped that the partnership with GCU would hone the research potential of both institutions.

Prof Shah said the ACCA and GCU shared common and strong interests in advancement of the finance profession in Pakistan.

The MoU includes conducting joint research with GCU students and faculty members, and inviting GCU to contribute articles or case studies which can be published in ACCA magazines and international journals. The two organisations will also undertake joint seminars, conferences and research projects.

training: Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) joined hands with one of the largest non-government international development organisations in community health sector in the world which is based in Bangladesh.

PSDF Chief Operating Officer Ali Akbar Bosan and NGO’s country representative & CEO Muzaffar-ud-Din signed the contract here. Under the contract, the NGO would conduct Training of Trainer (TOT) of Lady Health Visitors across the Punjab.

The purpose of the assigned project was to enhance skills of Lady Health Visitors (LHVs) and Lady Health Workers (LHWs) that would lead to better community health services at the community level. Under the project, the NGO will train 720 mature trainers who will impart training to 48,000 LHWs across the Punjab. With improved skills, these LHWs would create awareness in community to improve health conditions at tehsil level, take active role to improve maternal, newborn and child health issues, help government to reduce child mortality rate and contribute in family planning services.

Being the biggest and the most progressive province in the country, the Punjab requires interventions at the primary healthcare level to improve the overall health condition. This particular intervention by PSDF will bolster overall efforts by the government to improve health services.

Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) is a Section 42 not-for-profit company established in 2010 by the Punjab government in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

PSDF aims to provide skills and vocational training opportunities to the poor and vulnerable populations of all districts of Punjab for improving their ability to find work or progress in their current employment. Since, the inception of its operations, more than 147,000 PSDF-funded trainees have already completed their trainings and they are active in the job market.

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