Immunisation programme to be boosted

Punjab will add booster dose of DPT vaccine (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) to EPI programme in January 2018.  Rs445 million will be spent annually on administering booster dose to children of 4-5 years of age. This was informed at a meeting chaired by Director General for Health Dr Akhtar Rasheed Malik to review diphtheria situation in the province.  The health director general said that Punjab would be the first province to introduce DPT vaccine in routine immunization.  Director of EPI Dr Munir Ahmed said that nine diphtheria cases have so far been reported in the province. He said that sufficient stock of vaccine was available. –Staff Reporter

Faculty training programme at UVAS

The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore, in collaboration with Pakistan Veterinary  Medical Council (PVMC), is jointly organising two-week long Faculty Training Programme on Veterinary Clinical Procedures in Large & Small Animals here at the UVAS Ravi Campus, Pattoki.  UVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and President PVMC Dr Muhammad Arshad co-chaired inaugural session of the training programme , while Dean Faculty of Veterinary Science Prof Dr Masood Rabbani, Secretary/ Registrar (PVMC) Dr Alamdar Hussain Malik, Dr Muhammad Zahid Tahir and 23 participants from 12 accredited veterinary institutes all over Pakistan attended the ceremony. In the first phase, the participants would get hands-on training on clinical procedures by Dr Kamran Jahangir, who has vast working experience in Canada. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Muhammad Arshad shed light on the role of PVMC in uplift of veterinary educationin Pakistan. Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha emphasised the faculty to achieve excellence by using their theoretical and practical knowledge in their respective domains.  –APP

Technical students to get laptops, prizes

Chairman Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Irfan Qaiser Sheikh has said that the Authority will award laptops and other prizes to 600 outstanding students of more than 400 technical colleges, located across Punjab. While addressing a meeting here on Tuesday at TEVTA Secretariat, Irfan Qaiser said that a meeting has decided that those who will get  good percentage in the board examinations will be rewarded. These rewards will be laptop for toppers and other cash prizes for other position holders and students passing exams with good percentage, he added. Irfan said that awards will be given to 252 students of Diploma in Associate Engineering (DAE) which is being offered in 28 trades, 126 students of two years diploma program, 108 students of one-year diploma, 72 students of two-year vocational diploma and 36 students of one-year vocational diploma. He also announced that students grabbing top three positions in PBTE annual examination will be awarded special prizes. Chairman TEVTA said that during the last three years, the number of TEVTA graduates remained 200,000 per year, which is highest in South Asia.–APP

Posting ordered

The Punjab government on Tuesday issued posting orders of nine officers, including the posted OSD three officers and an official notification of retirement. Transfer of Kalsoom Saqib as Additional Secretary School Education has been canceled and she was asked to report to the S&GAD as OSD.  Meanwhile, Mehr Mohammad Hayat Lak , Director General PHA Faisalabad was also asked to report S&GAD. Ummat ul Quddus Academy Director Punjab Institute of Management and Professional Development Department was also asked to report to the S&GAD. –Staff Reporter