30th September 2016

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Fifth grade board exams opposed

The Islami Nizamat-i-Taleem Pakistan, a cluster of private school unions, has urged the government to withdraw the decision of the holding of fifth grade examinations under the board of intermediate and secondary educations and restore Islamiyat teachers at primary level.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1287068/fifth-grade-board-exams-opposed

Students vacate hostels as UoP teachers continue strike

Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) continued its strike on the fourth consecutive day on Thursday against the proposed model universities statues drafted by provincial higher education department.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1287072/students-vacate-hostels-as-uop-teachers-continue-strike


18 KP universities to be closed after Oct 3

Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) on Wednesday warned the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to either withdraw the letter of September 5, 2016 issued in continuation of University Act 2016 or be ready for closure of all 18 universities of the province after October 3.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/18-kp-universities-to-be-closed-after-oct-3-warns-puta-president/


Nations are built on quality of education

A session of the senate of Bacha Khan University was held at Governor House Peshawar, in which the budget for 2016-2017 of the university was accepted. On this eve, Governor Iqbal has said that nations are built on the quality of their education.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103771604&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20160929


Private schools reject the Primary board exams

Provincial President of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, Dr Muhammad Zakir has said that we don’t accept the decision of Primary board to start the primary board examination because due to this many students will leave the school.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103770807&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20160929


Residents lament closure of school for seven months

Residents of Bakro Sar area in the Shang union council of Bisham have complained that a Maktab school in the locality has been closed for seven months due to absence of its teacher, affecting education of both the boys and girl students.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1286822/residents-lament-closure-of-school-for-seven-months


Success of nation linked with educational supremacy: Jhagra

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra Wednesday said the success of any nation was linked with the pursuit of education and knowledge. He expressed these views while addressing the prize distribution ceremony.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/success-of-nation-linked-with-educational-supremacy-jhagra/



Hard work pays off as scavenger enrolled in top college

Getting admission in one of the most prestigious colleges in the provincial capital must be a source of joy for a scavenger who managed to continue his studies and also supported his family by collecting scrap from garbage.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/153474-Hard-work-pays-off-as-scavenger-enrolled-in-top-college


UoP teachers’ class boycott enters third day

The strike and class boycott of teaching fraternity of University of Peshawar (UoP) under the aegis of Peshawar University Teachers Associations (PUTA) on Wednesday continued on third consecutive day against the model statues drafted by the Higher Education Department and to press the government to accept their demands.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/153469-UoP-teachers-class-boycott-enters-third-day


Newcomers welcomed at UET

The newly admitted students of the University of Engineering and Technology in undergraduate programme were accorded a warm welcome by the management, faculty, and senior students on Wednesday.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/153473-Newcomers-welcomed-at-UET



Fire erupts in hostel in Abbottabad

As many as 32 students were injured, including six critically, when a fire erupted in a dorm room of the Government Girls Post Graduate College No 2 Abbottabad on Tuesday evening.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1190508/panic-stricken-nightmare-loud-blast-smoke-filled-room/






University of Balochistan performed well

General Vice Chairman of Baloch Students Organization Khalid Baloch appreciated Balochistan University on the timely conduction of exams and efforts made in the examination department.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103772053&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20160930






‘Average’ students getting left behind

There are six model degree colleges and 10 FG degree colleges in Islamabad, all of which have denied admission to students who scored below 45pc in their intermediate examinations.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1287046/education-watch


Teachers challenge polio duty

The next polio immunisation campaign may suffer a setback as some government teachers have refused to be part of any vaccination drive saying it was not included in their job description.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1287056/teachers-challenge-polio-duty



14 US universities representatives visit RMS

Roots Millennium Schools’ Flagship Millennium Campus, I-9/3, in collaboration with the United States Education Foundation Pakistan-USEFP organised an important visit of 14 universities from the United States of America , says a press release.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/153717-14-US-universities-representatives-visit-RMS



NUML holds training workshop on anti-plagiarism

Focal Person Higher Education Commission (HEC) and National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Quality Enhancement Cell’s Anti-Plagiarism Unit’s head Dr. Khushbakhat Hina said that HEC and NUML striving hard to eliminate plagiarism from educational institutes. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/numl-holds-training-workshop-on-anti-plagiarism/


Open University announced results of PhD, MPhil and MSc exams

Allama Iqbal Open University has announced the results of PhD, MPhil and MSc final exams. 30th September is the last date for submission of admission forms for Matric to PhD programs.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103773489&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20160930



MoU signed on technical, vocational education

Minister of State floated the idea of the provision of vocational education in private schools of federally administrated areas (AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA and ICT) along with the formal education from class 6th onwards in the 18th meeting of board of governors. 

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/153711-MoU-signed-on-technical-vocational-education


Government improved the quality of education through their efforts

Education Minister Baleegh ur Rehman has said that Government has brought about a positive change in the education system through its practical steps. 

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103771565&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20160929


Last date to submit admission forms in Open University

30th September will be the last date to submit admission forms in Allama Iqbal Open University. For the ease of Students University facilitate them with availability of admission forms in all over Pakistan.

Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/rawalpindi/2016-09-29/page-2


GEM Report 2016

The first in a fifteen years' series, UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2016 has revealed that education has a huge potential to facilitate progress towards all the global sustainable development goals, but needs a major rethink if it is to live up to those expectations.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/international/28-Sep-2016/education-has-huge-potential-to-facilitate-progress-towards-sdgs-gem-report-2016




44 centres being set up for visually impaired students

Accessibility Centres (E-learning) for visually impaired students are being set up at 44 regional offices of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) across the country. This was stated by the Vice Chancellor University of Baluchistan, Prof. Dr. Javed Iqbal here on Wednesday.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/29-Sep-16/44-centres-being-set-up-for-visually-impaired-students


Three more teachers put on HEC blacklist

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday blacklisted three more professors for plagiarism. This takes the total number of professors blacklisted by the commission to 40, even though varsities have apparently stopped bothering to take action against such faculty members.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1190473/plagiarism-three-teachers-put-hec-blacklist/






Four children among six hurt as school guard’s gun goes off

Four schoolchildren and two men suffered slight injuries when the gun of a private school’s security guard went off ostensibly during its cleaning in Factory Area.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1286987/four-children-among-six-hurt-as-school-guards-gun-goes-off



Adjourned motion submitted on leaving of 3100 students from government schools

Khadija Omar has submitted adjourned motion in Punjab Assembly on leaving of 3100 students from 102 government schools due to poor policies of Schools Association.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103773783&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20160930



Most of schools to remain open today

Despite announcement by the government and private associations to keep the schools and colleges open, various primary, secondary and higher secondary educational institutions in the private sector in parts of the city, particularly southern Lahore, may remain closed due to the march by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Friday (today).

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1286978/most-of-schools-to-remain-open-today


Shergarh, Shortage of staff in Government High School Jalala

The shortage of staff in Government High School Jalala is putting the future of students in dark. There are only 14 teachers for 982 students in the school. The long absence of science teacher is highly affecting the studies of science students.

Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Rawalpindi/2016-09-30/page-8/detail-35


Punjab University will remain open today

Punjab University will remain open on 30th September 2016 (today) and buses will also move according to schedule.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103773628&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20160930



Construction of extra rooms in schools and colleges

Punjab Government is taking positive steps in upgrading laboratories in schools and colleges, building extra rooms and also providing facilities.

Complete story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-09-30/page-2/detail-15


UoG’s flawed online admissions the bane of students

Technical flaws and poor system of scrutiny for online admissions to the University of Gujrat (UoG) have perplexed the students and their parents as the first merit lists in most of its departments have been changed twice.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1286968/uogs-flawed-online-admissions-the-bane-of-students

‘Degree awarding private institutes can’t offer franchise’

Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) has made it clear that no private degree awarding institution (DAI) will be allowed to offer its franchise, affiliation or study centre and directed the DAIs across the province to annul all such affiliations and franchises, and stop current admissions immediately. 

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/153678-Degree-awarding-private-institutes-cant-offer-franchise




Moot on translation, national languages

Pakistani universities need to take it as their prime responsibility to provide conducive environment for the promotion of languages and translation skills, says the University of Gujrat vice chancellor.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1286971/moot-on-translation-national-languages


147 teachers found regular absentees

The Education Department has detected 147 male and female absentees deputed in different government schools in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils. District Monitoring Officer (DMO) Aamir Raza said that these teachers were getting salaries while remaining absent from their duties since their appointments by using their political influence.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/national/29-Sep-2016/147-teachers-found-regular-absentees



Intermediate philosophy textbooks ‘short’ in market

Two Philosophy textbooks for intermediate (Ist and 2nd years) -- Origin of Philosophy and Logic -- have gone short in the market as the Punjab Textbook Board (PTB) did not place order for their printing to any authorised publisher for last two years.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1286779/intermediate-philosophy-textbooks-short-in-market


CM vows Rs20b scholarships

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that the target of providing two hundred thousand students of Punjab with scholarships will soon be achieved.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/lahore/29-Sep-2016/cm-vows-rs20b-scholarships





Students of UCP got Chinese scholarship

University of Central Punjab sent their students to China on a scholarship. They signed an agreement with Guangdhong Ocean University.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103771555&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20160929 



Provision of all educational facilities by Partner Schools

Partner’s school of Punjab Education Foundation must provide all the facilities to their students. All the rooms must be airy and all the furniture should be available to students. Along with this drinking water must be available.

Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-09-29/page-12/detail-3



Laptop distribution scheme among the students

Provincial Minister Higher education Begum Zakia has said on the laptop distribution ceremony in Education University that this is a good step by government to distribute the laptops among good students. This will help in promoting education and also develop the interest for higher education among the students.

Complete story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-09-29/page-12/detail-7




Two year bachelor program changed in semester system

Under the Punjab Education Commission in four Government Colleges of Punjab two years bachelors program is changed into semester system.

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Universities ink cooperation agreement

The Bahauddin Zakariya University of Multan and the Allama Iqbal Open University have signed a five-year cooperation agreement to enhance mutual interest and understanding.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1190522/education-pact-universities-ink-cooperation-agreement/


Youth true guarantors of a prosperous nation, says Gen Raheel

COAS presented the Academic Excellence Awards to the students of Army Public Schools and College System (APSACS) who distinguished themselves in SSC and HSSC Exams of Federal Board.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1190514/bright-future-youth-true-guarantors-prosperous-nation-says-gen-raheel/



Zakia distributes laptops among talented students

Punjab Minister for Higher Education Zakia Shah Nawaz Wednesday distributed laptops among 1,734 talented students under the PM’s National Laptop Scheme at University of Education Township Lahore.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/zakia-distributes-laptops-among-talented-students/


PU student’s distinction

Punjab University Institute of Agricultural Sciences student Farooq Ahmed participated in Global Entrepreneurship Summer School and his team won Global Entrepreneurship Summer School Award.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/153433-PU-students-distinction


UBL funds students scholarship programme at BZU

United Bank Limited (UBL), Pakistan’s Best Bank 2016, recently commenced its Student Scholarship Program at the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan. BZU is the largest and foremost educational institution in southern Punjab and plays a significant role in developing indigenous human resources through its highly productive achievements, both in sciences and humanities.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/ubl-funds-students-scholarship-programme-at-bzu/


Bio-safety labs being set up in all teaching hospitals

On the directions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Bio-Safety Labs-2 (BSL-2) are being set up in all teaching hospitals and laboratories would also be upgraded. Tests of infectious diseases including Congo would be conducted in these laboratories. 

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/153440-Bio-safety-labs-being-set-up-in-all-teaching-hospitals


TEVTA-PAF to enhance technical education and vocational training system

Deputy Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Farooq Habib has said that collaboration of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will enhance the quality of Technical Education and Vocational Training system across the province of the Punjab.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/tevta-paf-to-enhance-technical-education-and-vocational-training-system/




Knowledge-based economy is the way forward: expert

It is knowledge and not wealth that has helped some countries progress and acquire the status of being called ‘developed’ while the rest lag far behind in all spheres of human development.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1286957/knowledge-based-economy-is-the-way-forward-expert


Secondary Education Board Karachi, Schedule for submission of exam form announced

According to the Secondary Education Board Karachi, the schedule for submission of 9th class’ science and general group regular/private annual examination forms for year 2017 has been issued. The examination forms can be submitted till 11th November 2016 without late fees.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-30-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=186072




Police intervene to end students’ agitation at Sukkur medical college

Acting upon a distress call made by the Ghulam Mohammed Mahar Medical College principal, a strong contingent of police rescued him and several employees of the institution held hostage for a couple of hours by agitating students, some of whom thrashed the gardener and also broke down the door of the principal’s room on Thursday.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1286951/police-intervene-to-end-students-agitation-at-sukkur-medical-college


Joint Education Sector Review advises improving key areas of education

On the second day of the Joint Education Sector Review-II (JESR-II) key recommendations concerning access to education, quality, governance, intra and inte departmental coordincation and districts were presented to the Education and Literacy Departmnt for improving the education in the province.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/joint-education-sector-review-advises-improving-key-areas-of-edu/




Students suffer as principal, teachers lock horns at govt school

Students’ studies suffer amid a tug of war between new principal and a group of teachers enraged at her action against negligent and ghost teachers at the Government Islamia Ghat Girls High and Primary School.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1286764/students-suffer-as-principal-teachers-lock-horns-at-govt-school


Social Indicators

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah looks to be serious about education reform in his province, but with six million children out of school, it makes the provincial government look like it failed to do its job.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/editorials/29-Sep-2016/social-indicators



Improper condition of schools and colleges

Provincial education minister Jam Mehtab has said that the provincial department is dividing education in two for improving the quality education. He further said that Government schools and colleges are in the worst condition.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-28-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=184787


Gold medals for position holders

Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat ul Ibaad khan has said that gold medals will be distributed among students who secured positions in board exams for appreciation.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-28-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=184793


Result of MBBS fourth professional exams announced

According to the controller examination of Karachi University Dr. Ishrat Uzma result of fouth professional exams 2016 of MBBS has been announced. According to the results Usman Zafar has got first position.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/09-28-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=184789


Corruption will be eliminated from education department

Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Muraad Ali shah has said that corruption will be eliminated from the education department. He further said that empty vacancies in the education department have been filled.

Complete story:





Investing in education of Pakistani females By Editorial

It is high time that Pakistan acted against its gender divide in the education sector. Despite its much-touted claims to achieve a literacy rate of 88 percent in accordance with the collective development targets set by the Millennium Development Goals, not much has yet been achieved. 

Complete Story:



Popularising STEM By Lalah Rukh Malik

As educators working in Pakistan, we have our jobs cut out for us. We must make our children realise that science is their ticket to understanding the world. In addition, engaging young learners in informal and interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning is important because STEM pervades every aspect of our lives.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1286700/popularising-stem


Letters to the Editor


The dying culture of book reading  

The root causes lies in our education system as we never bothered to re-evaluate and reform our education policy as per international standard. In our school, colleges and universities our teaching strategies are completely exam-oriented and ultimately we are producing cramming machines. 

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/letters/30-Sep-16/the-dying-culture-of-book-reading


Education in Balochistan

Education is the only weapon by which we can change the world and bring awesome development in the country; it is so sombre to know that in Balochistan the students are impoverished of the foundation and commodity facilities to read and go forth.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/education-in-balochistan-3/


Bad education

The education system of Pakistan has a lot of issues relating to the various educational-testing services like UHS, NTS, MCAT etc.

Complete Story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/153487-Bad-education


Lack of PhD opportunities

It is a highly regrettable fact that for a population of more than 20 million there are only five seats for PhD (law) at the University of Karachi. We are living in a modern and challenging world where education and technology are considered supremely crucial, but we are lagging in these fields.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/letters/29-Sep-2016/lack-of-phd-opportunities