20 February 2015

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhua

After Peshawar school attack, students receive counter-terrorist training

Pakistani students are undergoing training to prepare them for potential terrorist attacks in wake of the barbaric Taliban attack on an Army Public School in Peshawar at the end of last year, Mail Online reported. Police and bomb disposal squads (BDS) have visited school children, teaching them how to handle firearms, defuse explosives and provide emergency care in the event of a terrorist attack occurring.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/841375/after-peshawar-school-attack-students-receive-counter-terrorist-training/

Four state-run schools reopened in Charsadda

The district administration Thursday reopened four state-run schools that were closed due to dispute between the landowners and Education Department since long. Taking exception to the closure of schools, the district administration and officials of the Education Department backed by heavy contingents of police during an action in Umarzai, Utmanzai and Battagram areas reopened the schools.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-302672-Four-state-run-schools-reopened-in-Charsadda


Students highlight effects of increase in population on education

LAKKI MARWAT: The district population welfare department organised an essay and poster making competition for the students of private and government-run schools here on Thursday.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1164821/students-highlight-effects-of-increase-in-population-on-education


Legislation on education

Vice chancellors are criticizing the amendments in Universities Act 2015. They are thinking that the amendments are aimed at strengthening the government's grip over Universities in Pakistan.

Complete Story:  http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201502200197&EN_ID=11201502200074&EMID=11201502200024


Academia, varsities urged to work together

If academia and administrations of universities collaborate, they could prove themselves to be very helpful in further improving the higher education environment in the country. This was the crux of the speeches made here on Thursday during the oath-taking ceremony of the University of Swabi Teachers Association Development (Ustad) office-bearers and the inauguration of their first office on campus.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1164823/academia-varsities-urged-to-work-together




Stay order on appointments at women university Bagh

AJK high court taken stay order for appointments at Women University at Bagh. Applicant said that university is hiring staff on quota basis. It should be on open merit.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-02-20&edition=ISL&id=1556155_66801817




33pc children in Balochistan out of school: survey

About 33 per cent of children in Balochistan, aged between six and 16, are out of school and student competency in learning English and Arithmetic is deplorable, says a survey report. The report on the status of education in Balochistan during the year 2014 compiled by the Annual Status of Education Reporter (Aser) Pakistan, an NGO, was launched at a seminar here on Thursday.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1164734


Monitoring for cheating in Matric exams

Provincial Minister for Secondary Education visited examination centers at some educational institutions. He examined the current management or cheating in exams by examiners at the centers.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/02-20-2015/quetta/page2.asp


Teachers’ absenteeism lowering education standards

In different districts of Balochistan, teachers are irresponsible. They are mostly absent from their duties. Some institutions lack adequate teaching staff. These factors are adversely affecting the future of our students.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/02-20-2015/quetta/page3.asp


Foreign funding to madrassas

Home department said that, almost 234 madrassas in Balochistan receiving foreign funding from brotherly countries.

Complete Story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201502200090&EN_ID=11201502200034&EMID=11201502200013



Students protest for extra fees

Students of Jacobabad protest against their colleges. They said that colleges are charging extra fee of minimum 200 rupees per student.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-02-20&edition=KCH&id=1557222_49563516


Sub campus of Khuzdar University at Hub

Prime minister of Pakistan visited Balochistan. He approved six new departments for Khuzdar University. He gave importance to the University. He said to establish a new campus at Hub.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/02-20-2015/quetta/page12.asp




Private schools refuse measles vaccine

ISLAMABAD: As many as ten leading private schools in the capital have refused to allow their students to be vaccinated, following a scare regarding the measles vaccine that is being administered to children as part of a new government inoculation drive.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1164815/private-schools-refuse-measles-vaccine


Linking technology of FBIS and Balochistan board

In an event chairperson Education Board, Balochistan demanded to transfer the processes of the board on computer. In this regard, it is desire to link the Balochistan Educational board with Computer technology systems of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-02-20/page-3


Schools need security

Most of schools at G-6 Sector, Islamabad, lack paved boundary walls. They need funds. Federal Directorate of Education not able to protect rural schools of the territory.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-02-20/page-3


Donors’ role evaluated for vocational training

Islamabad - Appreciating the services rendered by all the development partners for Technical &Vocational Education and Training (TVET) development in Pakistan, NAVTTC Executive Director Imtiaz Tajwar has said that TVET development can be achieved only through joint efforts with development partners.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2015-02-20/page-14/detail-9


AIOU holds talks on Islam and scientific research

 ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Thursday held extensive talks on Islam and scientific research in order to motivate its students to prove truth and realities of the religion on the basis of scientific study. The talks were arranged by the Department of Islamic Studies to underline the need of linking the Islamic knowledge with the latest scientific developments in various fields.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/20-Feb-2015/aiou-holds-talks-on-islam-and-scientific-research




Education Roadmap being launched again

PUNJAB Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that with a view to usefulness and success of Punjab Education Roadmap Programme, the same is being re-launched. While addressing a high level, he further said the programme was being launched so that quality education could be provided, facilities be improved and students of Punjab be recognised as young leaders at the international level through child-friendly schooling.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-302659-Education-Roadmap-being-launched-again




Far-off exam halls anger teachers, parents

LAHORE: Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) has said that the government had forced teachers to perform their duties which were been assigned in a far remote areas and districts, parents in worry to reach their children timely on examination centers, as fifth and eighth class examinations were going to be held from February 21under Punjab Examination Commission.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/20-Feb-2015/far-off-exam-halls-anger-teachers-parents


School sealed in the ‘presence of students’

A team of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) reportedly sealed a private school in Iqbal Town on Thursday morning when the students were ‘in classes’. The school management reportedly de-sealed the building on its own and managed exit of students.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1164790/school-sealed-in-the-presence-of-students




Teacher, husband booked under ATA

Police have registered a case against a female teacher of a state-run school and her husband, a traffic inspector, on charges of demanding donation from students and inciting them to Jihad. The couple on the other hand terms the case fake and a punishment for raising voice against alleged corruption in the school.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1164784/teacher-husband-booked-under-ata


PhD in social sciences — is it what the doctor ordered?

The Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) of the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) is offering doctorate in social sciences programme, the first of its kind in any Pakistani university. Sources say more than 60 students have been admitted to the programme’s first semester (session 2014-16) where three courses -- globalisation and social sciences, advanced research methods in social sciences and trends and issues in social sciences -- are being taught.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1164783/phd-in-social-sciences-is-it-what-the-doctor-ordered


Phd, MPhil students to get laptops

The Higher Education Department will give laptops to government school teachers, who are also students of MPhil and PhD classes of academic session 2012-13. According to a circular received by local education offices, teachers who are students of Allama Iqbal Open University, Virtual University, and distance learning programme of any university or any private university will not be eligible to this scheme.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-302786-TOBA-TEK-SINGH-City-News


Purchasing orders stopped at special education institutions

District government stopped the purchasing at special education institutions with any tendering. Government special education center, Kalar Sayedaan dropped from coming development budget.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/02-20-2015/pindi/pic.asp?picname=420.gif


Educational Conference

Minister for excise, taxation, and treasure said at an educational conference that, government is working for capacity building of teachers. He said that government is increasing the budget for education in the region.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102694974&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150220



Hurdles in registration of Madrassas

Minster for religious affairs not completed pre requisite task for registration of madrassas. This process is facing these hurdles.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/02-20-2015/lahore/pic.asp?picname=1452.gif


‘Ao Parhao’ at Kamalia

Express group of Media hold an event of their education campaign ‘Ao Parhao Sub ko Sikhao, at Kamalia University. They praised teachers for their contribution.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102695110&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20150220


New educational management cadre at Education Department

Government developed a new management cadre. Four thousand posts for this cadre approved. These recruitments will be met through NTS test for grade seventeenth.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102693988&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20150220


Bad situation of college management

Due to position of current charge for head of thirteen colleges, the colleges are facing bad management. Principles are serving on current charge.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/rawalpindi/2015-02-20/page-8


COMSATS to set up women business incubation centre

An international moot on women empowerment organised by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in collaboration with Turkey’s Duzce University kicked off on Thursday. The two-day conference aims to recommend effective policies and strategies to promote gender equity and encourage women leadership.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/02/19/city/lahore/comsats-to-set-up-women-business-incubation-centre/


The best of Bestivals

Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Tarogil Campus came alive for the fourth annual BNU Bestival ’15. The four-day event kicked off on Thursday to celebrate all the talent that the youth has to offer. Taha Iqbal Shah, a former student of Mass Communication at BNU, believes that the Bestival provides the youth a platform to perform and show off their talents.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/02/19/city/lahore/the-best-of-bestivals/


GCU quiz

THE Ravian Quiz Society of Government College University (GCU) on Thursday held an interdepartmental and intersociety Quiz Contest 2015 on the topics related to the life and works of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.    

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-302661-GCU-quiz




How to defuse a bomb, and other security training for Pakistani students

KARACHI/MULTAN: As the threat of attacks on 'soft targets' looms in the wake of the deadly Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar that left 131 children dead, the federal and provincial governments are taking extreme measures to provide security to educational institutes.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1164641


Arms licenses to protect Shia seminaries, mosques

The Sindh government will issue weapon licences to all seminaries, mosques and imambargahs belonging to the Shia sect, the chief minister announced on Thursday.  Issuance of arms licenses was one of the 25 demands put forth by the protesting families of the Shikarpur blast victims.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-302626-Arms-licences-to-protect-Shia-seminaries-mosques


PAF-KIET holds 12th annual convocation

The PAF-KIET (Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology) held its 12th convocation ceremony at the PAF Museum Convention Centre on Thursday. The ceremony was presided over by Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad and was also attended by Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-302637-PAF-KIET-holds-12th-annual-convocation


British Council announces schools offer

British council offering their services in Pakistan regarding Cambridge international Examination since couple of decades.British councils announces their new projects for schools. Teachers, principlesand students will be invloved in it.

Complete Story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201502200381&EN_ID=11201502200134&EMID=11201502200050


KMC to set up children’s library

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation plans to establish a children’s library at the Markaz-e-Ilm-o-Saqafat, City Auditorium. KMC Administrator Saqib Ahmed Soomro on Thursday issued directives in this regard to the senior director culture, sports and recreation.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-302639-KMC-to-set-up-childrens-library


Filling of 5600 teachers positions

Higher education department is planning to fill 5600 vacant posts of college teachers. It is decided on advice of Chief Minister Sindh.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-02-20/page-9/detail-0


Action against ignorance of head masters attendance

On the publication of news regarding attendance records of Head Masters, secretary education decided to take action against department and head master lacking their satisfactory attendance.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-02-20/page-9/detail-6


Fake recruitment of teachers

Education Department recruited 600 teachers based on Fake Permanent Residence Certificate. Teachers appointed in those union Councils in which they were not permanently residing.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102693748&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20150220


Book bank for children

Karachi administration decided to establish a book bank/library for children at city auditorium. There will be more than ten thousand books for children.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-02-20&edition=KCH&id=1557283_50359994






Nawaz Sharif on seminaries

Nawaz Sharif’s call for action against seminaries that back terrorism is the first firm statement by the PM on the issue. Coming as it does after a number of religious parties tried to confuse the issue, it is all the more welcome. However, this is only half the task. Equally necessary is to stop the propagation of extremist thinking in the seminaries which inter alia promotes hatred against other sects and religions.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/02/19/comment/nawaz-sharif-on-seminaries/


Letters to the Editor


HEC rules

Recently, I applied for the post of lecturer in one of the leading universities of the country but was informed by the university administration that my application could not be entertained and I could not the test because according to the university rules and criteria my credits hours are not complete.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-302704-HEC-rules