10 March 2016

National Press:


Partnerships with KMU

Different medical institutes including Nowshera Medical College and Frontier Homeopathic College have entered into collaboration with Khyber Medical University Peshawar. The collaborations have been approved by 20th Syndicate meeting of KMU.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103391732&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20160310

Ban on Madrassa’s registration

Wafaaq-ul-Madaaris has called a conference in Lahore for stability of Madaaris. Purpose of the conference is to finalise some plan of action against the government caused hurdles in the registration of Madrassa’s.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103391827&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20160310


Angry students lock down BKU, seek Shaheed package for victims

The angry students of the Bacha Khan University (BKU) Wednesday locked down the institution in protest against the government for not honouring its pledge for providing Shaheed package to the victims of January 20 attack.

Complete Story: http://thenews.com.pk/print/104110-Angry-students-lock-down-BKUseek-shaheed-package-for-victims




Controller visits examination centers

Controller Examinations, Balochistan Board inspected various examination centers of Pahseen. He cancelled the papers of two candidates who were caught cheating. A fake candidate was also caught in the girls’ center. Secretary Information has also vowed to take all steps for ending cheating practices during exams.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103390763&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20160310



37th rank for Balochistan University

In the meeting of cabinet of academic staff association, the abysmal state of education of Balochistan University was dwelled upon. Members lamented the 37th rank of Balochistan University.

Complete Story:  http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103390789&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20160310


Only one teacher teaches all five classes in Pampore School

Pampore, IHK—for 36 students studying in five classes, the government primary school at Hatiwara, Pampore has just one teacher. The teacher, Fayaz Ahmad, said he has been running the school alone since 2012 after his only colleague went on a study leave. He said he has to manage 29 classes a day and also handle the administrative affairs of the school.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/10/only-one-teacher-teaches-all-five-classes-in-pampore-school/




CASA boycotts papers

Central Academic Staff Association (CASA) has announced to keep the academic institutes closed and boycott the papers by use of force today. Their intimation has created a disturbing situation for the administration.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103391444&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20160310


Convocation of Home Economics College

Islamabad College for Home Economics and Management Sciences held its first convocation yesterday. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry was the chief guest for convocation. He said that a new home economics college will be built for providing better education opportunities to the girls.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103391033&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20160310






Youngest Diploma holder

Asia Arif has become the youngest university qualified diploma holder by getting an advanced diploma in Arabic language from International Islamic University Islamabad.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/03-10-2016/Pindi/pic.asp?picname=47.gif


Teachers to go on strike today

Teachers of Islamabad Model Colleges will go on strike from today (Thursday) against the relevant authorities’ failure to meet their demands, especially on up-gradation and regular promotions.

Complete Story: http://thenews.com.pk/print/104090-Teachers-to-go-on-strike-today


Deadlock between students, QAU admin continues

Deadlock persists between protesting students and the administration of the Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU). Students have been protesting against the university administration for its alleged support of a student organisation’s ideology.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1244722/deadlock-between-students-qau-admin-continues


Two Universities served notices for violating CDA Building By-Laws

Capital Development Authority (CDA) has finally issued show cause notices to tow private sector universities - Iqra and Preston – over establishing their campuses illegally in the federal capital.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/10-Mar-2016/two-universities-served-notices-for-violating-cda-building-by-laws


Delegates from eleven ECO member countries visit AIOU

Delegates belonging to postal services from eleven countries of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) on Wednesday visited the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and showed keen interest in developing cooperative partnership with the University in the area of professional development.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/10/delegates-from-eleven-eco-member-countries-visit-aiou/


Inauguration of new building of Home Economics College soon

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary on Wednesday announced to inaugurate the new building of ‘College of Home Economics’ soon to facilitate the students. Addressing the first convocation and prize distribution ceremony of Home Economics College for Women F-7/2, he said, “We are working very hard for the completion of the project of the College of Home Economics and it will be completed soon.”

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/10/inauguration-of-new-building-of-home-economics-college-soon/


American scholar Dr. Abd-Allah to deliver special lecture at Aiwan-e-Quaid

Nazriya Pakistan council (NPC) has arranged a special lecture by Dr. Umar Faruqabd-Allah, a converted American Muslim on 11th March 2016 (Friday) at 3:30 pm at Aiwan-e-Quaid auditorium, Fatima Jinnah park, Islamabad.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/10/american-scholar-dr-abd-allah-to-deliver-special-lecture-at-aiwan-i-quaid/


NCA Graduates Degree Show 2016 concludes

The NCA Graduates Degree Show 2016 concluded here Wednesday showcasing a collection of handpicked art from the Thesis Display at NCA Lahore and Rawalpindi at My Art World. National College of Arts (NCA), the artistic hub of Pakistan, boasts a history of artistic and cultural diversity. Initially founded as the Mayo School of Arts in 1875, the institution has played a vital role in the ever evolving Pakistani contemporary art scene.

Complete Story:  http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/10/nca-graduates-degree-show-2016-concludes/




Bidding time: Private schools reopen today

All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF) President Kashif Mirza said on Thursday private schools would reopen on Thursday (today). He said the federation had given the government a week’s time to address their grievances about the Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Bill.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1062724/bidding-time-private-schools-reopen-today/







Expenditure of special education budget on development

Department of Special Education has spent 65% of this year’s allocated budget for 2015-16 on development projects. Most of those development projects are in the final stages of completion. 784 million budgets had been allocated this year for special education.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-03-10/page-12/detail-9


Start of classes in Govt. Girls Degree College

Proper classes have started in the Govt. Girls Degree College Kotli Sattiyan. Principal gave the message to girls that they should play their role in country’s development after getting education.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/03-10-2016/Pindi/pic.asp?picname=12_01.gif


Jinnah Islamia College bags top positions

Jinnah Islamia College’s male and female students bagged top positions in MBA exams this year too. Tayyaba Iftikhar topped in MBA 3rdyear. Sidra and Iqra got 2nd position in MBA Part II.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-03-10/page-12/detail-4


Seminar in UET Lahore

UET Lahore held a seminar on ‘Role of Teachers and Students in Leadership’ in collaboration between the varsity’s Humanities and Quality Enhancement Cell and Sickle City. CEO Sickle City, Wali Zahid said that engineers are the leaders of future and will bring revolution through innovations in technology.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103391540&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20160310


Plantation Campaign in UET

UET’s administration has started the plantation campaign. 10,000 trees will be planted in campus and Kala Shah Kaku. VC also said that there was a need to plant more trees.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-03-10&edition=LHR&id=2227659_66029385


Shahbaz lauds British help in development

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday to discuss matters of mutual interest, promotion of trade and economic cooperation, health, skill development and security affairs. Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz said that Pak-Britain relations have improved considerably during recent years, adding that new era of relations between both the countries has started during the tenure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The chief minister said that a lot of work is being carried out for the uplifting of education, health and skill development sectors in Punjab with the collaboration of UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) and reforms have been introduced in education, health and skill development sectors.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/10-Mar-2016/shahbaz-lauds-british-help-in-punjab-s-development



Parents call out private school owners on two-day closure

The parents association on Wednesday condemned private school owners for jeopardising the future of their children by closing schools for two days. They demanded strict action against the owners.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1244671/parents-call-out-private-school-owners-on-two-day-closure 


Private schools show PIA employee’s how It’s done

The section of the private schools which observed a two-day strike against the government’s decision to regulate the fee structure of the private schools announced to open their institutions from tomorrow.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/03/10/city/lahore/private-schools-show-pia-employees-how-its-done/


QAU tops quality research ranking

The Information Technology University has announced the quality research rankings of more than 200 universities and research institutions in the country. “ITU Scientometrics Lab (SLAB) used international criteria to rank Pakistani institutions in terms of real quality and impact. This ranking is made without any prejudice and in accordance with the objectives set for the SLAB on the basis of the empirical data collected and analysed,” ITU Vice Chancellor Dr. Umar Saif told a news conference here on Wednesday.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1244681/qau-tops-quality-research-ranking




Education a service or a business? Arguments sought

Hearing a set of petitions against the ‘exorbitant’ fee structure at private schools, the Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought arguments from both sides -schools and parents -on a point whether offering educational services could be considered a business.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1244686/education-a-service-or-a-business-arguments-sought


Six Pakistani Universities among World’s top 800

Six Pakistani universities are ranked among the world’s top 800 universities by British ranking agency, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The Universities that represent Pakistan in the top 800 according to the QS are Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST) Islamabad, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), University of Karachi (KU), University of Lahore and University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/10/six-pakistani-universities-among-worlds-top-800/ http://tribune.com.pk/story/1062169/six-pakistani-institutes-among-worlds-top-800-universities/


Nutrition festival at UAF

Faisalabad—The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Wednesday held a two-day nutrition festival which includes Food Street, health and nutrition lounge, seminar on nutrition, diagnosis clinics and Ghazal evening. National Institute of Food Sciences and Technology, UAF organized the festival which was inaugurated by UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/10/nutrition-festival-at-uaf/


LUMS honours winners of P2P: Challenging Extremism Competition in US

The LUMS community including faculty, staff and students got together to honour its students, Team FATE, who won first prize in the P2P: Challenging Extremism competition organised by Adventure Partners, Facebook and the US Department of State.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/10/lums-honours-winners-of-p2p-challenging-extremism-competition-in-us/ 


PU celebrates World Women’s Day

Punjab University Department of Gender Studies on Tuesday observed World Women’s Day at and organized seminar at its auditorium and colorful women’s gala at its lawns. The seminar was attended by Prof. Dr. Zakria Zakar Dean FBSS and Director ISCS; Ms. Mumtaz Mughal, Resident Director, Aurat Foundation; Mr. Salman Abid Regional Director SPO, Mr. Sarfaraz Kazmi, Regional Director, FPAP, Dr. Ra’ana Malik, Assistant Professor Department of Gender Studies, Ms Anosha, youth representative, United Nations.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/09/pu-celebrates-world-womens-day/


Higher Education Secretary summoned in VC’s case

Lahore High Court Justice Shahid Karim Wednesday sought personal appearance of Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) secretary and his version in a case regarding appointment of vice chancellors at four public sector universities of Punjab. 

Complete Story: http://thenews.com.pk/print/104072-Higher-education-secretary-summoned-in-VCs-case


Entrance test postponed

Punjab University Department of Electrical Engineering has postponed its entrance test for admissions in MSc Electrical Engineering which was to be held on Thursday (today).

Complete Story: http://thenews.com.pk/print/104078-Entrance-test-postponed


Teacher’s honour

Punjab University Department of Social Work’s Assistant Prof Sonia Omer has participated in an international conference held at University of Central Florida, USA titled “International women issues conference”.

Complete Story: http://thenews.com.pk/print/104080-Teachers-honour




Free compulsory education

Plan International held a special ceremony on ‘Sunehri Taleem Hamara Mustaqbil’ yesterday in a local hotel. At the event, Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary Education Sindh said that free compulsory education will be provided to every child from now on.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2016-03-10/page-2


Fees hike by private schools

Majority of private schools of Karachi have raised the fees while the session is in continuation. Specially, the schools being run under the Cambridge system have violated the government rules and regulations. Similarly, private schools of Shahdadkot have also increased the fees at the start of new academic session.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/index.aspx?Issue=NP_KHI&Page=Metropolitan_Page009&Date=20160310&Pageno=9&View=1



Admit cards for board exams

Admission cards of private candidates for Grade 9 and 10 board exams have been posted to their homes. The admit cards for general group will be sent from 16th March.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103391540&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20160310



A visual glimpse into the life of an extraordinary Pakistani

Zulfiqar Ali Chachar’s extraordinary rise from selling kulfis on the street, to graduating from IBA and attempting to build the first school in his remote village in interior Sindh, is a stunning testament to the power of education. At a time when Pakistani school children are butchered in their own class rooms by extremists who’re afraid of the power of the pen, it’s important to remind ourselves how education transforms individual lives, families and communities.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1063262/extraordinary-pakistanis-a-kulfi-seller-from-iba/


Govt. to stop salaries of 1,000 'Politically Appointed' teachers

The Sindh Education Department has decided to stop salaries of more than 1,000 excessive teachers of Jacobabad district by blocking their online IDs, Daily Times has learnt. According to sources, there are more than 1,000 teachers in excess or appointed on political grounds in the recent past in Jacobabad district, putting extra burden on the provincial kitty.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/10-Mar-2016/govt-to-stop-salaries-of-1-000-politically-appointed-teachers


DHA city to have IBA campus

DHA City Karachi will have a campus of Institute of Business Administration (IBA). In this regard, DHA Karachi and IBA signed a MoU, a press release said on Wednesday. Karachi Corps Commander Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar was the chief guest of the occasion.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1063098/mou-signed-dha-city-to-have-iba-campus/


Sindh to have first technical training varsity: CM

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme (BBSYDP) to impart training in nursing, paramedics and hotel management so that the trained youths could have employment opportunities not only in Pakistan but also in other countries.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/03/10/city/karachi/sindh-to-have-first-technical-training-varsity-cm/


Girls school in governor house premises, a perfect picture of misery

The condition of majority of government schools across the province of Sindh is highly dilapidated and the students seriously lack basic facilities such as fan and ventilation system, potable water, seating facility, facility of washrooms and lavatories and above all hygienic environment.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/03/10/girls-school-in-governor-house-premises-a-perfect-picture-of-misery/


Results announced by Sir Syed University

Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology has announced the results of final exams of BS Degree program in Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Telecom Engineering, Bio-medical Engineering and Computer Science.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/03-10-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_06.gif


Farooq Sattar calls for new Medical Colleges

Senior Deputy Convener of MQM, Dr. Farooq Sattar has said that the new medical colleges are very important for male and female students in the current times. It is also imperative that the women related laws should be implemented in their letter and spirit.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/03-10-2016/karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_09.gif




Protest by private schools

One group of private schools has agreed to end the protest. Second group is still insisting to continue the strike. Private schools try to increase their own wealth rather than increasing the wealth of education for students.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-03-10/page-14/detail-3


Q & A’s on academic career By Syed Azhar Husnain Abidi

Q: I am doing MPhil in Mass Communication with specialization in electronic media. What specialization should I go for in my PhD?

A: You should do PhD from abroad. First choose a relevant research topic and make a good proposal for PhD.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/03-10-2016/Pindi/pic.asp?picname=07_03.gif


School shutdown

The battle between the government and private schools has reached a critical level. Private schools in Punjab were closed for two days, and have threatened to continue their protest next week indefinitely until the bill for checks placed on educational institutions is reconsidered. The latter are adamant to prove that any increment in the fee structure is justified- after all, they are private businesses providing a crucial service.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/editorials/10-Mar-2016/school-shutdown


Letters to the Editor


FPSC exam Centre

I WOULD like to draw the authorities’ attention towards the miseries being suffered by candidates whose examination center is in the provincial FPSC office in Mustafa Town, Lahore. I am also appearing as a candidate from this center. This center has no facilities to accommodate candidates during recess before the second paper of the day is conducted.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1244648/fpsc-exam-centre


Village school awaiting teachers for 20 Years

Not even a single teacher has so far been appointed at Girl Primary School of Hassan village here for the last 20 years. According to the villagers, the Punjab government had set up the school on land measuring 5 Kanal of land provided by villagers from Shamlat Deh land in 1995. They said the building of school was completed but no teacher was posted. They have repeatedly requested the Education Department for making the school functional but education authorities ask them for mutating the school land to the government. 

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/10-Mar-2016/village-school-awaiting-teachers-for-20-years