Pakistani Students Win Medal at iGEM Championship
A Pakistani team of 12 undergraduate students on Tuesday won a bronze medal in the iGEM World Championship Jamboree held in Boston. The team, consisting of five girls and seven boys was the first from Pakistan to attend the international genetically engineered machines competition, which started at MIT and has been taking place for 15 years.
Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201611/02/page08.php
UET Arranges Training on Self-Assessment
Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC), University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar organized a one-day training workshop on the preparation of the self-assessment report based on Outcome Based Education (OBE) System for the faculty of the University.
Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2016-11-02/lahore/7553/47089
Software Engineering Departments in Universities
Some public universities have started engineering courses and enrolled more than 1500 students without being eligible for this department because just Engineering Universities are allowed to offer engineering courses. Provincial government issues notice to these universities.
Regulatory Authority Bills
President All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, Dr. Muhammad Zakir Shah, said while talking to the members of Town 3, that private educational institutes are making their best efforts for education provision, but the behavior of government is not cooperative. Regulatory Authority Bill is one of its examples.
College Teachers Reject Biometric System of Attendance
The local chapter of Pakhtunkhwa College Teachers Association has rejected the biometric system of attendance in college, saying that teachers are punctual and performing their duties honestly.
Leaders of Watan Teachers Association Balochistan demanded the government to hire new teachers on district basis rather than union council. Because even after passing the exams, some candidate couldn’t get jobs due to the unavailability of vacancies in their union council.
Hostel Facility for Students
JTI Quetta has demanded that IT university administration provide hostel facilities to its students. For many students who can’t afford high rents of private flats, it is becoming difficult to continue their education; which is why a hostel facility is necessary for them.
Khuzdar Degree College
Khuzdar Government Degree College is one of the oldest educational institutes of Balochistan providing intermediate and Bachelor level education to around 1400 students. Issues like lack of equipment in science labs, teachers’ shortage, etc. need to be addressed.
Provision of Higher Education
Governor Balochistan, Muhammad Khan Achakzai, has stressed on the quality research for higher education while addressing an inauguration ceremony of the new academic block of Women University. He also emphasized on the students to play their role in producing impactful research outcome by using given resources.
Kashmiri Students Reflect Pain at Model OIC Summit
The 4th international model OIC was held in Mashad, Iran, from 22d October to 28th October. It was attended by 100 students from the OIC Member States. A young Kashmiri student also participated in the conference. He said “Kashmir is a conflict between three parties – Pakistan, India, and people of Kashmir.
Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201611/02/page11.php
Students Do Not Know Which Way to Go
With examinations only a couple of weeks away, students in Kashmir, particularly those appearing in Matric and Intermediate classes are in a state of frustration and confusion.
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Reconstruction of Militancy-Hit Schools Starts in Bara
Directorate of Education, Fata, in collaboration with donor agencies has begun rebuilding and rehabilitation of the damaged schools in the militancy-affected Bara sub-division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
10000 Scholars to Getting Higher Education in the US Best Universities
Federal Minister for Planning and Development said that 10,000 Pakistani students would be sent to the United States for study in the next ten years under the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor. In opening
remarks earlier, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that HEC is following
Government policies and it is aligned in Vision 2025.
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QAU Alumni Association Express Serious Concerns on Encroachment at its Land
Showing serious concerns over increasing incidents of encroachment at the precious land of top-ranked Pakistan University Quaid-i-Azam University, the QAU Alumni Association decided to form a delegation to meet members of the federal cabinet, parliamentarians, and senior government officials.
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FMDC, Hospital Put under Control of CADD
The government issued a notification yesterday placing Federal Dental & Medical College and Federal General Hospital under the Ministry of Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD). Earlier, both departments were working under the Cabinet Division but following the orders of the prime minister; the department issued a notification of regulatory change of authorities. According to the published notification, both departments have been transferred to the Ministry of CADD.
Elite Private Schools Closed Today
Most private schools in Islamabad announced that they would keep their campuses closed today (Wednesday). The announcement comes over political tensions.
Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/pindi/11-2-2016/page13.asp
Students Council Oath Taking Ceremony
Metropolitan International University College hosted a Student Council Oath Taking ceremony. Students vowed under oath that they would be responsible members of Students Executive Council.
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National Technical Training Institute on the Cards
Minister of state for Information Technology and Telecom has directed the ICT Research and Development Fund Company CEO to prepare a comprehensive proposal for the establishment of a “National Technical Training Institute.”
Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/pindi/11-2-2016/page20.asp
Skilled Manpower Key to Development: Education Minister
Skilled workforce is the key to any country’s economic and social development, said Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training in the first international technical Vocational conference at Islamabad.
QAU Writes to Cabinet About ‘Land-Grabbing.'
The VC of Quaid-i-Azam University has written an open letter to members of Federal Cabinet to draw attention to the illegal occupation of varsity land and the shrinking of its estate on all sides by land grabber elements.
Teachers to Getting Unpaid Salaries Next Week
Daily-wage employees of model educational institutions were assured yesterday about payment of pending salaries during a meeting with government officials; however, the teachers have decided to continue the boycott of classes until regularization of their jobs.
Transfer of 300 Teachers Withheld
Education Department, Punjab has withheld the transfer of 300 low performing heads of schools, head teachers, and in charge head teachers following strong resentment from the teaching community.
Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/lahore/11-2-2016/page13.asp
BZU Students Protest against Non-Provision of Degrees
Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Lahore Campus students Tuesday (today) continue to protest on second-day at the Canal Road against the administration of the university’s main campus, Multan, for not awarding them degrees. They chanted slogans and announced continuing their protest the whole night despite the fact some senior officials of Higher Education Department (HED), Punjab had a detailed meeting with them.
Chinese Students on Study Tour
A delegation of the China University of Geosciences-Wuhan, students, arrived at the Government College University on Tuesday on a two-week study tour. It was part of an exchange program initiated under a memorandum of understanding signed last year between the two varsities.
Scholarships Being Given to Brilliant Students
Punjab Education Minister said that scholarships are awarded to brilliant students from low-income background under Punjab Endowment Fund. Minister said that students from Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and FATA are also getting these scholarships.
Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201611/02/page18.php
NDU Delegation Briefed on Water and Power Projects
A delegation of the National Defence University (NDU’s) National Security and War Course visited WAPDA House on Tuesday. The delegation was briefed on power sector reforms, electricity crisis, and issues relating to the power sector.
Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2016-11-02/lahore/7564/47131
Audit of 1900 Public Schools
On the order of the provincial government, an audit of public educational institutes has begun. School Management Councils (SMCs) conduct the audit every year. It is the audit of funds given to 1900 primary schools, middle and high schools for non-salary expenses.
Students’ Attendance due to the Demonization
Due to the dharna announcement by PTI, parents didn’t send their children to schools to keep them safe. That is why the students’ attendance remained low in schools.
Lahore Literacy Festival Opens Its Doors in London
The first edition of the Lahore Literacy Festival in London was inaugurated by Pakistan High Commission to the UK at British Museum’s BP Lecture Theatre on Saturday. The literacy festival featured a wide range of topics including literature, politics, etc.
Drug Shops Near Schools
Drug shops situated near schools in Lahore has been sealed by the inspection teams of district administration. The government ordered to do so to stop drug addiction among school children.
‘Education UK Exhibition 2016’ by British Council Concludes
A UK Education Exhibition arranged by the British Council in Pakistan concluded at a local hotel (Lahore) on Monday. More than 3000 students and 20 leading universities participated in the event. Speaking at the concluding session, Rana Mashood stated “Education UK Exhibition is an excellent opportunity to meet visiting representatives face to face for direct information about higher education in the UK.”
NAVTTC Holds National Skills Competition
To encourage and motivate youth of Pakistan to acquire skills and training in technical and vocational streams, the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) organized a “National Skills Competition” at the Memon Industrial & Technical Institute on Tuesday.
Modern Academic System Vital for Raising Standard
Modernization of educational system has played a significant role in raising the academic and research level. This statment was made by the Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser, on Tuesday.
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Increased Enrolment in Lyari Schools
Minister of Local Government Sindh, said while talking to the teachers of Layari, that currently 11,000 students are enrolled in 52 schools. He appreciated this number of enrollment and stated that they are working more to improve education.
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Delay in Appointment of Director Schools
It has been reported that there is no improvement in the education department in Karachi. Due to the absence of Director Secondary Schools Karachi and DDOs, many important matters like delay in pensions and other payments are still pending.
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Demand to Open the Closed Schools
During the first meeting of District Council Mirpurkhas, education relates matters were discussed. Chairman noticed the issue of 314 closed schools in the district and ordered Secretary Education to open these schools.
Karachi University in Financial Crunch
The annual budget of the University of Karachi is Rs 4 billion, while only Rs 1.7 billion grant is received from the government. Teachers Association calls for a research grant to improve varsity’s ranking.
Positive Developments by Atta-Ur-Rehman
There was great news for science in Pakistan in September 2016 when Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading organization that provides reliable statistical data on the status of scientific research in the world, came forward with a report focused on Pakistan.
Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/161649-Positive-developments
Students, Politics and Democracy by Mujahid Hussain
Politics need the persons who can wisely handle the situation and solve the issues in a country rather getting personal benefits. Educational institutes are the important places that can produce eligible politicians by giving them the theoretical knowledge as well as the practical exposure through unions, platforms, etc. These institutes can make them well prepared and produce good politicians.
Education in the Middle East by Gordon Brown
United Nations’ efforts for the provision of basic facilities to the refugees of Middle East are not enough and need a lot more joint efforts for their well-being. Education is one the basic life necessities. Around 60 Lac children of Syrian refugees are deprived of the education. Platform for Education in Emergencies Responses (PEER), is stepping forward in this regard.
Letters to the Editor
Standard quality education is considered the backbone of any developed and enlightened country. As education is key to the socioeconomic development of a country and it dispels the darkness of ignorance.
Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201611/02/page05.php
Education for Growth
Education contributes towards the strong economic growth of a country by producing a productive and skilled labor force. However, the education standards of Pakistan is very poor.
Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/161621-Education-for-growth
Reforms in Sindh
The Sindh government is all set to launch and develop an Education City in Sindh that would cost an amount of $800 million. This ambitious project is located on the Link Road connecting National Highway with Super Highway. Around 70 education institutions will be built in the proposed city.
Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/161616-Reforms-in-Sindh
Education vs. Intelligence
There is a vast difference between education and intelligence. Both ideas involve knowledge; they are entirely different concepts. Education is a poor measure of intelligence. There are a lot of people who are intelligent but uneducated and vice versa.