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May 16, 2017



Fresh audit of security of campuses ordered

Fresh audit of security of campuses ordered


Punjab Chief Secretary Capt (R) Zahid Saeed has directed that security on campuses be rechecked and a fresh security audit of schools and colleges be conducted.

He directed that all possible facilities be provided at wheat purchase centres besides ensuring that complaints about ‘bardana’ (gunny bags) are being redressed on priority basis.

He was presiding over a meeting of administrative secretaries' committee at Civil Secretariat here on Monday. The meeting discussed in detail law and order, annual development programme, wheat procurement campaign, steps to eradicate dengue, complaints of Overseas Pakistanis Commission and other matters.

Addressing the meeting, the chief secretary said the administrative secretaries have been assigned duties in different districts in the wheat procurement campaign, adding that there is a need to work with commitment and dedication to make wheat procurement campaign a success.

He ordered that guidelines about dengue be implemented in letter and spirit and vector surveillance and other anti-dengue activities be continued throughout the province in a vigorous manner. He said that all relevant departments should play active role in enhancing awareness about dengue.

He directed the secretary primary health that keeping in view past years’ experience more effective strategy be adopted to deal with the deadly disease. He said that anti-dengue activities be expedited in the districts, which are prone to this disease.

The chief secretary mentioned that record funds have been allocated for health, education, agriculture and housing sector in the annual development programme. He ordered that all development schemes be completed in time, adding that no delay would be tolerated in this regard.

He directed the administrative secretaries to personally review annual development programme on regular basis so that 100 percent utilisation of funds could be ensured.

He also ordered early disposal of pension cases and department inquiries. He mentioned that protection of life and property is prime responsibility of the government. He directed that security arrangements in educational institutes be rechecked and a fresh security audit of schools and colleges be conducted.

He said that all departments should extend full cooperation to Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission for resolving problems of Pakistani expatriates.

He directed the heads of all provincial departments to resolve public problems on priority basis and improve public service delivery.

The meeting was attended by additional chief secretary, additional chief secretary (Home Department), senior member Board of Revenue, Commissioner Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab, administrative secretaries of different departments and the officers concerned.

ITU: ICT for Human Development; Systems; Big Data Analytics; and Networks (IHSAN) Lab of the Information Technology University (ITU) is holding series of seminars for undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in engaging in the research areas focused upon by the IHSAN lab for their final year project or research thesis. 

According to a press release, the prospective postgraduate students interested in doing MS or PhD from ITU can also attend the event being held on May 17, 2017 Wednesday at 4 pm in the university premises at Arfa Software Technology Park, Lahore. The prospective students have been advised to coordinate beforehand for smooth entry in the ITU premises.

Junaid Qadir, Director IHSAN Lab, will introduce the lab activities and opportunities. 

synopses: A meeting of Punjab University’s Advanced Studies and Research Board (AS&RB) was held on Monday which approved 30 PhD synopses and 11 panels of examiners.

According to a press release, the meeting chaired by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir also approved six extension and three miscellaneous cases. 

Meanwhile, Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir chaired a meeting of deans, principals and heads of various departments at committee room and claimed that the administration was taking measures to improve quality of education and research and PU would be brought among top 500 universities of the world. 

In the meeting, heads of various departments, including directorate of students affairs, office of research, innovation and commercialisation, quality enhancement cell, treasurer office and health centre were present and briefed about improvements made in their respective departments.

The VC appreciated the performance of the departments and instructed the heads to improve further in order to achieve the goal of improving university’s QS ranking.