26th May 2016


National Press:


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


KMU to take control of Postgraduate Paramedical Institute


The health department is giving the postgraduate paramedical institute under the control of Khyber Medical University to upgrade the former, which remained closed since 2008, according to officials.


Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1260769/kmu-to-take-control-of-postgraduate-paramedical-institute



Three small dams, Cadet College among 12 projects dropped for current fiscal

The development planners in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have dropped 12 crucial development projects in the current financial year 2015-16 that also include three small dams and a cadet college in the province. The document shared with The News shows that these projects are in addition to the 124 projects that were earlier dropped for being unapproved at the end of the third quarter of the financial year.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122769-Three-small-dams-Cadet-College-among-12-projects-dropped-for-current-fiscal


Lack of school facilities in Tehsil Bhawana

In Tehsil Bhawana students are deprived of basic facilities like sitting bench and tables are missing there, hundreds of students sit in open grounds for classes.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/peshawar/2016-05-26/page-2


BISE Swat leaked papers, says teachers & Students

The teachers of private schools in Swat, students enrolled there and their parents have accused the authority of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Swat for leaking papers ahead of the exams to students of some government institutes.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1110532/proofs-teachers-students-say-bise-swat-leaked-paper/


Khyber College: PHC stays appointment process for Principal

The Peshawar high court stayed the appointment process for the principal of Khyber medical college (KMC). In addition, notices were issued to health secretary, Pakistan medical and dental council (PMDC) and the Secretary of Khyber Medical and teaching hospital board of governors.

Complete Story: http://www/tribune.com.pk/story/1110527/khyber-college-phc-stays-appointment-process-principal/





Teachers bereft of their 6 months salaries

Representative of National Party has said that Girl Promoting Education Balochistan opened many schools in last year in which 6 Schools of Tehsil Kachhi is also included where teachers didn’t get their salaries for 6 months.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/05-26-2016/Quetta/page8.asp


University status to Poly Technical College

General Chairman Chief Ata ullah Baloch has praised the principle of Technical College and said that he is working for converting Poly technical college into University. He requested education officers to Upgrade this college and give the status of University.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/05-26-2016/Quetta/page2.asp


Security forces mis-behaved with students

Representative of Baloch Students Organization has told that education is affecting in Balochistan University due to security forces in the University their behavior with students is not good, they consider themselves as free to do anything.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/05-26-2016/Quetta/page2.asp




Only 52% schools have toilets, drinking water, power, walls

The Pakistan’s District Education Ranking 2016 shows that only 52% of all government schools in the country have all four basic facilities, including toilets, drinking water, boundary walls and running electricity.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122786-Only-52-schools-have-toilets-drinking-water-power-walls-NGOs


School education: North-South contrast in Punjab stark

The Punjab remained behind Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) in the fourth iteration of the Pakistan District Education Ranking 2016. The document, released on Tuesday, was put together by Alif Ailaan and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute. The report covered 151 districts to collate education scores extracted from data on enrolment, retention, learning, gender parity levels and school facilities.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1110514/school-education-north-south-contrast-punjab-stark/

Number of out-of-school children drops by 2m: Baligh

Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Engineer Baligh-ur-Rehman yesterday said owing to the government’s efforts and support by the development partners and community members, the number of out-of-school children in the country has significantly decreased by two million during the last two years.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/26-May-2016/number-of-out-of-school-children-drops-by-2m-baligh



Demand of educational budget, Federal Ministry of Education and training

Federal Ministry of Education and training demanded more than three trillion rupees budget for developing and non-developing activities. They demand for more than two trillion rupees for their 18 projects. Out of these 18 projects 8 projects are continuing projects and 10 are new.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103538666&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20160526



Education imperative for progress: Rana Tanveer

While declaring education imperative for progress, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain on Wednesday said the government was making every effort to ensure better educational standards in the country. He said the promotion of education would ensure the country's socio-economic development and thus, improving the people's living standard. The minister said this after inaugurating the two-day ‘The News Education Expo 2016’ at the Pak-China Friendship Centre here.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122778-Education-imperative-for-progress-Rana-Tanveer


TVET Policy in final stages

Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman on Wednesday said the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Policy was in its final stages and would be ready soon for implementation.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122782-TVET-policy-in-final-stages


HEC will lead all educational cases, Shehnaz Wazir

Shehnaz Wazir Ali, former President of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and technology said that Higher Education Department must come forward to lead all issues regarding higher Education.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/regional/26-May-2016/387379


‘The News Education Expo 2016’ attracts large crowd

Eager to collect best possible information on future prospects of higher education in the country, hundreds of students visited the first day of activity-filled ‘The News Education Expo 2016’ on Wednesday.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122776-The-News-Education-Expo-2016-attracts-large-crowd

AIOU holds Seminar on Allama Iqbal

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Wednesday held a national seminar on ‘Post-Dr. Allama Muhamad Iqbal’s studies and questions,’ highlighting his concepts and philosophies regarding a true Islamic welfare state that serves as a model for the rest of the world.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122781-AIOU-holds-seminar-on-Allama-Iqbal


Baligh Chairs Peace Conference

Minister of State Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman on Wednesday chaired the conference on 'Peace through Education' organised by the Human Resource Development Network and International Rescue Committee.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122784-Baligh-chairs-peace-conference


Three-Day Conference ends at NUML

A three-day University of North Texas-NUML Partnership Culminating Conference marking the end of collaboration in English Studies was held from May 23 to 25 concluded at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), says a press release.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122788-Three-day-conference-ends-at-NUML



A three-day University of North Texas-NUML Partnership Culminating Conference marking the end of collaboration in English Studies was held from May 23 to 25 concluded at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), says a press release.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122754-Conference



Exhibition to promote Inter-Cultural understanding opens

An exhibition to promote inter-cultural understanding was jointly inaugurated on Wednesday at the COMSATS Art Gallery. The inauguration was done by the Ambassador of Austria to Pakistan, Dr. Brigitta Blaha, and in-charge Islamabad Campus, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/26-May-16/exhibition-to-promote-inter-cultural-understanding-opens





HEC, Varsities pledge efforts for quality education

The Higher Education Commission and public as well as private universities have agreed to make more concerted efforts to ensure provision of quality education to students.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1260722/hec-varsities-pledge-efforts-for-quality-education






Action against 391 schools

The officials of EDO Education office Wednesday closed 391 private schools of the provincial metropolis for violating summer vacation notification. Tariq Rafiq, who is looking after the post of EDO Education, Lahore told The News that the teams visited 1,518 private schools in the provincial metropolis and action would be taken against 24 schools for not obeying the government’s instructions and refusing to close down campuses. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122757-Action-against-391-schools



Skill Development Programme yielding positive results: Ashfaq

Provincial Minister for Labour & Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has said that according to the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif for skilled youth and prosperous Punjab, Skill Development Programme has started giving positive results as technical institutions have achieved the target of 2015-16 for imparting vocational and technical education to the youth, providing them jobs and meeting the demands of local and international labour markets.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/05/26/skill-development-programme-yielding-positive-results-ashfaq/


Private schools announce long vacation

Most of the private schools in Lahore and elsewhere on Wednesday announced summer vacation from Thursday (today) on the government’s order. The private schools, including Lahore Grammar School (Township branches), informed parents that they could not continue holding the examinations after the government ordered closure of their campus.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1260720/private-schools-announce-long-vacation


APPSMA to meet Education Minister on Vacations issue

A delegate of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association would meet the Punjab minister for education Rana Mashhood. The delegate would discuss the issue of sudden announcement of vacations in the schools.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-05-26&edition=ISL&id=2386565_21526098


Eight Primary Schools has been shut down

Eight girls and boys primary schools in district Rawalpindi has been closed and become non-operational due to which Six thousand students are affected.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103537535&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20160526


Raid by teams of Education Department

In Provincial Capital 332 schools has been forcedly shut. Teams of Education Department raid in the city and closed many Private schools which were opened even after announcement of summer holidays.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/regional/26-May-2016/387369


Responsibility of school cleanliness during vacations

Education department hand over the responsibility of cleanliness to Head of the Department in Public schools during summer holidays. Purpose of this is to continue the Dengue Expedition and take precautionary measures. Proceeding will be started against them if any negligence seen in fulfilling this responsibility.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103538492&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20160526 


6,485 Degrees awarded at 12th LCWU Convocation

The 12th Convocation of the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) was held here on Wednesday. Total 6,485 degrees were awarded to students of the LCWU and allied institutions, including 22 of PhD, besides 125 gold medals. Governor (Chancellor) Malik Rafique Rajwana gave away degrees and medals to the successful students.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1260719/6485-degrees-awarded-at-12th-lcwu-convocation




2,000 Master’s Degree holders apply for Peon or Naib Qasid

Though she has a master’s in Health and Physical Education, 33-year-old Noshaba Irum from the Karhan Village near Chakwal, says she has not been able to find a suitable job that’s why she has no choice but to apply for the post of a Naib Qasid, or a peon, in the Education Department of Chakwal.

Complete Story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1260734/2000-masters-degree-holders-apply-for-peon-gardener-posts


Need to form global code of media ethics stressed

Dr Matt Duffy from Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA addressing a seminar at Punjab University (PU) on Wednesday highlighted the need to form a global code of media ethics to combat instances of social injustices. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122743-Need-to-form-global-code-of-media-ethics-stressed




Private schools denied giving holidays as per government orders

Punjab Government ordered private schools to immediately give school holidays but some private schools continue to open schools for O-A level exams. Punjab Government strictly ordered to follow this decision.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/05-26-2016/Pindi/pic.asp?picname=48.gif


VCs Conference ends

The Vice Chancellors conference has ended in Lahore. The VCs laid stress upon improving the quality of education. They also agreed upon unified curriculum and the process of appointment of faculty.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-05-26&edition=LHR&id=2385493_86727263


Summer Holidays in Colleges

Summer vacation holidays in Punjab Colleges and Universities are starting from 8th June. Circular regarding vacations has been issued, colleges and universities will reopen on 14th August, 2016.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103538020&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20160526


PU exam

Punjab University Examinations Department has notified that the last date for receipt of admission form and fee for the second semester examination 2016 of BS 4-year programme will be 3rd June 2016. Commencement date of said exams will be announced later. Detailed schedule is also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122752-PU-exam


Tevta Certification

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will distribute certificates to the Tevta teachers today (Thursday) in a ceremony. This ceremony will be held at 180-H Model Town. Tevta teachers have been trained by experts of Pakistan Air Force. This ceremony will be attended by member Tevta board, industrialists, Pakistan Air Force, Tevta officers and teachers.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122753-Tevta-certification


PhD awarded

Government College University (GCU) has awarded a PhD degree to a scholar in the field of Statistics. According to a press release, Assistant Professor Jaffer Hussain completed his thesis on the topic of “A Study on Skip-R Sampling Plan using AQL, LQL, Cpk and some Life Time Distributions” under the supervision of Dr Muhammad Aslam. The GCU Examination Department has issued a notification after approval of his thesis.

CompleteStory: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122760-PhD-awarded



Technical institutions achieve target: Minister

Provincial Minister for Labour and Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has said that, according to the vision of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for skilled youth and prosperous Punjab, Skill Development Programme has started giving positive results as technical institutions have achieved the target set for 2015-16 for imparting vocational and technical education to the youth, providing them with jobs and meeting the demands of local and international labour markets. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122761-Technical-institutions-achieve-target-minister




Performance of Sindh Education in 2016 ranking

According to District Educational Ranking 2016 conducted by Alif Ailaan and Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Sindh educational system showed poor performance and is on number sixth among other four provinces.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103537118&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20160526


Development is linked to quality of primary education, say experts

Panelists at a policy dialogue on ‘Access to basic education and development in Sindh’ said on Wednesday that “we talk too much about higher education and too little about basic education, but development is linked to the quality of education at the primary level”.

Complete Story: www.dawn.com/news/1260723/development-is-linked-to-quality-of-primary-education-say-experts


Teachers out on the streets for wages yet again

After meeting government officials, All Karachi NTS Pass Teachers gives June 1 ultimatum for release of salaries; to protest outside CM House if deadline missed: The city witnessed yet another protest by schoolteachers on Wednesday as scores of educators – all approved under the National Testing Service’s guidelines – came out onto the streets to demand payment of salaries pending for the past 18 months.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122731-Teachers-out-on-the-streets-for-wages-yet-again


SED officials set to collect ‘extortion’ from poor teachers

Despite summer vacation, the officials in the Sindh Education Department (SED) are set to collect millions of extortion money (Bhatta) from poor teachers. According to sources, officials violating the rules have issued notices to all elementary, secondary and higher secondary teachers to attend schools on Wednesday and submit Rs 5,000 each as 'extortion money' otherwise their salaries would be withheld or deducted.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/sindh/26-May-16/sed-officials-set-to-collect-extortion-from-poor-teachers


Educational activities continue in Dawood University

Awareness Seminar on ‘how to combat with pressure created on Faculty Minds’ and special session on Australia scholarship and fellowship is continue in Dawood University.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/05-26-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_10.gif


MOU between Mehran University and China Universities

Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro signed Memorandum of Association with four Universities of China. According to the MOU students will be transfer to China for education research purpose.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/05-26-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_07.gif



Cancellation of 15 schools registration

Crackdown is continuing against those private schools which continue to be opened even after the announcement of summer holidays. Registration of fifteen schools in Sukkur has been cancelled and proceeding is started against them for opening school after the announced summer holidays date.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/05-26-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_06.gif


Admit cards to be verified

The chairman of higher secondary education board has directed the parents and students that if they have obtained their admit cards from private organization or people other than the board officials, then they must get their admit cards verified from the board immediately.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-05-26&edition=KCH&id=2385841_60770970




Targeting students

Is it really possible to impart any kind of education to students when the process of learning must take place under the constant threat of guns or bombs? Once again in Punjab, the home department has warned that a Taliban threat hangs over schools in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan. The Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan as well as Nishtar College in the same city seem to be the most specific targets, with the BZU closed briefly in light of these security warnings.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/122807-Targeting-students

The state of education

The Pakistan District Education Ranking 2016, a report compiled by education campaign Alif Ailaan, gives us nothing to rejoice about. The district-based reports, which focus on education score-keeping in light of different parameters such as retention, learning and gender parity in educational institutes across the country, give a clear insight into the dismal state of education in the country.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/editorials/26-May-2016/the-state-of-education


Education Woes

The District Education Rankings 2016 revealed on Tuesday that 82 percent of Pakistan’s government schools are primary schools. Needless to say, this statistic is cause for concern as it points to the unfortunate reality that Pakistan is grossly under-equipped when it comes to schools of higher education. The researchers who worked on the District Education Rankings attributed this phenomenon to political hiring’s, which flooded government schools with primary school teachers, which in turn led to an increase in schools for them to teach in.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/editorial/26-May-16/education-woes


Money gets marks by ‘Fida Zaman’

The ongoing practical papers have brought another example of corruption to light. The students of Girls College Turbat were demanded 500 rupees against 15 marks of practical by the examiner. Unfortunately when they refused, their papers were torn and were threatened that they would be failed in practicals. How corrupt and blackmailing is our education system.

Complete story: http://pakobserver.net/2016/05/26/money-gets-marks/




Quality rankings by ‘Irfan Zafar’

Sir: Pakistan’s higher education system has achieved an embarrassing score of 9.2 in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2016 which placed the country at the bottom of the table. We are destined to be doomed owing to the 2.49% (of GDP) spending on education and the low standard of quality education in our institutions, which produce illiterates at an alarming rate.

Complete Story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/letters/26-May-16/quality-rankings