29 December 2015

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Govt-run schools continue to struggle in the city

Government-run schools in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa continue to suffer due to a lack of funds and negligence on part of the authorities. To make things worse, at least 68 schools are closed or are non-functional in Peshawar; some of which are occupied by security forces and influential individuals. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1017832/education-emergency-govt-run-schools-continue-to-struggle-in-the-city/

Headmistresses refuse to be in schools during winter vacations

Headmistresses of government girls primary schools here on Monday demanded of the education department to review the decision asking them to ensure their presence at schools during the winter vacations.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_12_2015_182_001


1,300 higher education dept vacancies to be filled shortly

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Monday said 1,300 vacant posts at the higher education department would be filled with immediate effect. Addressing the ceremony organised at the Archives Hall here to hand over vans to various boys and girls colleges of the province and give away scholarships to 315 MPhil and PhD students, the chief minister said his government was trying to make a comprehensive system to address problems of educational institutions.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_12_2015_007_008









Construction of a girls college in Gadoon

Speaker KP Assembly, Asad Qaiser, has said in a statement that in order to mitigate the shortage of water, a new dam will be constructed in Gadoon. He also announced the construction of a new girls college in Gadoon.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103256236&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20151229


Proposal for finishing B.Ed condition for IT teachers

KP government has decided to change the name of the designation of IT teachers and remove the B.Ed condition for them.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103256253&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20151229


PK 82 is ranked the highest in Education Ranking, says Dr Amjad Ali

PK 82 ranked the highest according to the Midterm Report Card of Alif Ailaan. That is the constituency of CM Pervez Khattak’s advisor for housing Dr. Amjad Ali. He said that education is the top most priority of PTI led government in KP. 

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/peshawar/2015-12-29/page-2


Solid Measures For Development Of Youth

Chairperson Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, Ms Leila Khan held two separate meetings with Minister for Elementary & Secondary Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Mr. Muhammad Atif and Minister for Education & Information Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Mr. Ibrahim Sanai at Prime Minister’s Office on Monday in order to apprise the visiting ministers of socio-economic development initiatives for the youth launched by the Federal Government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan under Prime Minister’s Youth Programme. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=283774




Worrying statistics emerge in FATA survey

The latest survey conducted by the FATA Secretariat and the Bureau of Statistics shows that war and extremism has left the tribal belt in tatters. At least 44.2% children in Fata have never enrolled in school despite the fact that the average distance from an institute is 1.8 kilometres as opposed to 3.4 km in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. 

Complete Story:http://tribune.com.pk/story/1017862/worrying-statistics-emerge-in-fata-survey-peshawar-city/




Varsity for Fata among projects approved by CDWP

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved on Monday a number of projects in the health and education sectors, including setting up of a Fata University at a cost of Rs.1.48 billion.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_12_2015_003_004





Government asked to arrange additional funds of Rs.117 bn for development projects

Federal Education & Professional Training Division: Against existing allocation of Rs1.036 billion for establishment and operation of Basic Education Community School in the country including AJK, FATA and GB, the concerned ministry asked for additional allocation of Rs283 million and increased allocation of Rs1.865 billion for improving human development indicators in Pakistan with focus on MDGs relating to education and six education for all (EFA) goals.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/84928-Government-asked-to-arrange-additional-funds-of-Rs117-bn-for-development-projects



Senator calls for devolution of HEC to provinces

Senator Usman Khan Kakar on Monday called for devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the provinces without any further delay.

Complete Story:http://tribune.com.pk/story/1017765/post-18th-amendment-senator-calls-for-devolution-of-hec-to-provinces/






NTS disbursed Rs 48 million scholarships during 2014-15

National Testing Service (NTS) has disbursed Rs 48 million among the needy university students during the year 2014-15, NTS Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dr Sherzada Khan saidon Monday.

Complete Story:http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-12-29/page-2/detail-3



Protest of teaching and non-teaching staff

A protest of teaching and non-teaching staff against non-payment of salaries and non-regularization of their service structure is underway in D-chowk. They have been protesting for the last one and a half month.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-12-29&edition=ISL&id=2074492_39959900


Students hold fair for disabled children

Many disabled children in Edhi Centre Islamabad were gifted toys of their choice at a `Fun Fair` organised on Monday by students of the National University of Modern Languages (Numl).

Complete Story:http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_12_2015_153_008


Youth’s role urged to end unemployment

To counter the mounting menace of unemployment, speakers at a ceremony yesterday urged the youth to go for entrepreneurship and utilise their skills for the betterment of society. The ceremony was organised by Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness (SFEA) at the closing of its project Pakistan’s Entrepreneurs Network for Youth (PENY) here at Pakistan National Council of Arts.

Complete Story:http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2015-12-29/page-13/detail-5



Students in Pakistan, India to exchange cards

More than 100 schools are collaborating to exchange new year cards between students of Knowledge Inn Preparatory School (KIPS), Lahore, and Carmel Convent School (CCS), Chandigarh, India.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1017877/beyond-borders-students-in-pakistan-india-to-exchange-cards/



QAU to hire superlative faculty to compete globally

Quaid-e-Azam University is trying to hire the best faculty from all over the country to further boost the quality of education to compete the top-ranked universities of the world. QAU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Javaid Ashraf said that the university is in dire need of infrastructure development and efforts are being made to do the task.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-12-29/page-2/detail-7



AIOU commences LLB programme, electronic version of books

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has completed initial work to start LLB classes from the next semester. Meanwhile, AIOU has also introduced electronic version of course books and allied academic material initially to be available at its central library.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-12-29/page-2/detail-5






Teachers complete training programme

Around 60 teachers from various schools were awarded certificates upon successful completion of a course as part of the Oxford Teachers Academy (OTA).

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_12_2015_177_009


Careless ‘tutor’ costs AIOU students dearly

Lahore-based students in fourth and final semester of Allama Iqbal Open University’s MSc Pakistan Studies programme may lose an academic year allegedly due to a tutor who failed to submit results of the third semester.

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-12-29/page-13/detail-3


Interview for VCs at 4 varsities from Jan 17

The VC Search Committee will start interviewing candidates for the top slots of four universities from January 17. The universities are the Punjab University (PU), the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), the University of Sargodha (UoS) and the Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology (MNS-UET) Multan,

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1017880/higher-education-interview-for-vcs-at-4-varsities-from-jan-17/


PU VC pushing to keep office even after he retires

The social media was abuzz on Monday with news that Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran’s request to allow him to stay in office until a new vice-chancellor is appointed in his place has been reportedly rejected by the Chief Minister’s (CM) Secretariat.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/12/28/city/lahore/pu-vc-pushing-to-keep-office-even-after-he-retires/



Failure of the education department to control fee schedule of private schools

The education department has failed to control the fee schedule of private schools. Despite the ban on receipt of advance fees, all private schools have received three months advance fees from students.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103256297&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20151229


National talent scholarships

BISE Lahore has announced the award of "National Talent Scholarships" on the basis of performance in Intermediate Exams 2015. Details about the scholarships and merit lists can be seen on their website at www.biselahore.com.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103256322&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20151229



Registration Of 78 scholars approved

The Advanced Studies & Research Board of Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) has approved registration of 78 scholars for PhD in various departments in a meeting chaired by Prof Dr. Qaiser Mushtaq, Vice Chancellor at Abbasia Campus.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=283791




National Conference

A national conference on ‘Inclusive and quality education for all’, organised by the Disabled Welfare Association of Pakistan in collaboration with the Sindh social welfare department will be held at the Beach Luxury Hotel at 9am.

Complete Story:http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_12_2015_118_001


Mirpurkhas board announces HSC-I result

The Mirpurkhas Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) announced the result of 2015 examinations held for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part-1 (XI) in pre-engineering, pre-medical, general science, humanities (regular and private) and commerce groups on Monday.

Complete Story:http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_12_2015_119_002



Academic trip of MAJU Delegate

12 member team of MAJU’s teachers and students have left for a two week long academic tour of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and Dubai under the supervision of the Computer Science Department’s Chairman, Ahmer Umar.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103255346&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20151229


Contract recruitment of school headmasters

It has been determined that there is high possibility of violation of merit in the contract based recruitment of headmasters in BPS-17. This apprehension has risen mainly because of the last moment alterations in the age limit.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/12-29-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_17.gif


Army to adopt govt schools and hospitals in Pano Akil cantonment

Pakistan Army will adopt the Sindh government`s educational and health institutions in and around the Pano Akil garrison and spend at least Rs.136 million on them to improve their performance and make them beneficial to the general public, said General Officer Commanding (GOC), 16-Division, Pano Akil Garrison Maj Gen. Faiz Hameed.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailImage.php?StoryImage=29_12_2015_119_004



Protest held for arrest of killers of university professor

Journalists, teachers and students on Monday staged a protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) against the government of Sindh for showing 'negligence' in arresting the murderers of Professor Waheedur Rehman and paying compensation to bereaved family.

Complete Story:http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-12-29/page-15/detail-8







Academia At The Altar Of Convenience by Muhammad Hamid Zaman

As we reflect upon 2015 from the lens of academia, and plan for a better 2016, we have to recognise that holding on to the status quo is hardly the solution. For the sake of our future and to preserve the richness of our scholarship, we have to do better. The single-most important and urgent thing lacking in our academic environment is a safe space for our faculty to think and analyse. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1017688/academia-at-the-altar-of-convenience/


No change in Balochistan by Ayaz Ahmed

At present, the literacy ratio of the province is dismally low at 39 percent and the female literacy ratio in some districts is as low as one percent. According to a report by the Alif Ailaan campaign, 66 percent of children aged between 5 and 16 are currently not enrolled in school. Advisor to the Chief Minister on Education Sardar Raza Muhammad Barrech stated that there are only 12,500 primary, secondary and high schools and around 7000 of these schools have just one teacher and one room for classes one through five.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/84865-No-change-in-Balochistan


Investing in higher education by Faizan Afzal

It is an era of “knowledge-based economy” defined by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) as “economies, which are directly based on the production, distribution and use of knowledge and information.” The term “Human Capital (All of the creative skills and knowledge embodied in an employ: Investopedia)" is the core of “knowledge-based economy”.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/blogs/29-Dec-2015/investing-in-higher-education


Dabeel Fort and NUML University by Wajahat Masood

We should utilise the research findings of others as well as excel in our own research activities. For this we shall have to let go of our religious and social susceptibilities. Instead of revolution, we should prefer evolution.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/12-29-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=06_09.gif


Letters to the Editor


Education crisis

Educational infrastructure, ghost’s schools, culture of absenteeism, multiplicity of educational systems, gender disparity, and lack of technologies, bad governance and poorly trained teaching staff are the major reasons behind the education crisis. Not only Balochistan but the whole country is sweltering in the heat of illiteracy because of above cited factors but the province with lowest education standards is more vulnerable and worse than others. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=283807


Madressah reforms

Does the education curriculum in our madressahs meet the above requirements? The answer is no. Madressahs are the only system of education where young children are exposed to specialised knowledge without having developed their minds in the realm of general knowledge.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/84859-Sacred-war

Regional Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Allegation against principal is baseless

Bannu: ACTA local unit meeting was held in Mumash Khel College, where participants at the meeting claimed that allegations again the principal were baseless.

Complete Story:  Daily Subh, Peshawar, Page No.3


Nations succeed through education: Yousaf Ali Khan

Buner: District Naib Nazim, Ala Yousaf Ali Khan, said that success can be achieved through education, emphasizing parents to provide education to their children.

Complete Story:  http://peshawar.ausaf.pk/?cat=10


Chief Minister announced the provision of 100 vehicles to government colleges

Peshawar: Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak, handed over 50 vehicles to various boys and girls colleges of the province and granted cheques of scholarships worth Rs. 100 million to 315 scholars of M.Phil and PhD, under the Faculty Development Programme in a ceremony held in Peshawar. He also announced 100 more vehicles for different colleges.

Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Peshawar, Page No.1



Education Department announces appointments

Lower Dir:  The Education Department of Lower Dir issued interviews’ schedule for the appointment of different cadres.

Complete Story:  http://naibaat.com.pk/Presentation/peshawar/Page03.aspx


Standing Committee meeting for Elementary & Secondary Education

Peshawar: A meeting for Elementary & Secondary Education Sub Committee was held under the chairmanship of MPA Shah Hussain Khan in the provincial assembly Secretariat.  Officials from Elementary & Secondary Education, Law department and other relevant department officials participated in the meeting. 

Complete Story:  Awam-un-Nas, Peshawar, Page No.2


Demand for departmental promotion

Peshawar: Tanzeem-e-Asatzah Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, demanded from the provincial government to issue an order for departmental promotion of SS teachers & head masters posts.

Complete Story:  Surkhab, Peshawar, Page No.2




No nation can succeed without education: Dr. Abdul Ghaffar

District Quetta: Dr. Abdul Ghaffar said in statement that no nation can succeed without education and the sole solution for getting peace is through education, political stability & prevailing justice in society.

Complete Story: http://www.dailyintekhab.com.pk/Multimedia/online_pages/current/page_6.html


Cheating in examinations has been eradicated at Balochistan University: Dr. Javeed Iqbal

District Quetta: Vice Chancellor Balochistan University, Dr. Javeed Iqbal, said that cheating has been eradicated in examinations at Balochistan University. He appreciating the efforts of the controller of the examination and the teaching faculty.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/12-29-2015/Quetta/page3.asp


The provincial government is focusing on education: Dr. Hamid Khan Achakzai

District Qilla Abdullah: MPA Dr. Hamid Achakzai distributed 157 cheques among students of Government Girls Degree College Chaman. He said that the provincial government is spending money on scholarships for education promotion.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/12-29-2015/Quetta/page7.asp


Children are deprived of education due to unavailability of schools

District Nasirabad: Leaders from Nasirabad demanded from the government to establish a primary, middle & high school in their village, pointing out that children are deprived of education due to unavailability of schools.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/12-29-2015/Quetta/page7.asp


DDEO & others visit new primary school

District Quetta: DDEO Male, Chilton town, Gul Kakar along with other officials visited newly under construction primary schools in different areas and inspected the available facilities and infrastructure.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103255248&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20151229




No compromise on quality of education

District Multan: Deputy Secretary Schools, Mr.  Meher Mushtaq Ahmed Siyal, said while addressing a meeting of education department officials at the Government Elementary Model School, that there will be no compromise on the quality of Education.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-12-29/page-03


Abolishment of elementary colleges

District Multan: The Education Department of the Punjab Government has decided to abolish elementary colleges, downgrade 100 higher secondary schools, while setting up teacher training academies at 9 divisional headquarters.       

Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No.8


2015 continued to be a bad year for Schools

District Multan: 2015 continued to be a bad year for schools as 25,000 schools lacked water, 7,000 had no electricity, 2,000 had no buildings, 30,000 seats of teachers and 1,300 school heads’ seats remained vacant. 5,000 schools were decided to be handed over to NGOs.

Complete Story: Daily Khabrain, Multan, Page No.8


175 uniforms sent to Special Education Centre Rahim Yar Khan

District Rahim Yar Khan: Special Education Department Punjab has sent 175 uniforms for children of the Special Education Centre, Rahim Yar Khan.  

Complete Story: Daily Express, Rahim Yar Khann, Page No.9


PEF asks teachers to provide data

District Rahim Yar Khan: PEF has asked partner schools to provide data on its teachers to the Teachers Information System.     

Complete Story: Daily Ausaf, Multan, Page No.3


Teachers being treated like criminals

District Rahim Yar Khan: Tehsil President Bahawalpur Teachers Association, Mr. Haji Siraj Ahmed, said while addressing a press conference that teachers were being treated like criminals. Their salaries were being deducted which will not be tolerated by teacher bodies.  

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/multan/2015-12-29/page-11




Students deprived of primary education due to lack of teachers 

District Jamshoro: Government Primary School, Baig Jokhio, lacks teachers, which has affected more than 200 students.

Complete Story: http://sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130345372&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20151229


Seventy percent of all schools are without facilities in Khairpur: Nawab Wasan

District Khairpur Mirs: During a meeting of the Development Board, Chairman and Member National Assembly, Mr. Nawab Wasan, claimed that 70% schools lacked basic facilities in the district.

Complete Story: http://sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130345408&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20151229


Daily Kawish, Karachi, Page No. 11


PPP member destroys compound wall of a school

District Ghotki: PPP Member, from Obaro, Mukhtiar Ahmed Dayo, destroyed the compound wall of Government High School, by constructing his house wall.

Complete Story: http://sindhexpress.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=130345403&Issue=NP_HYD&Date=20151229


Protest against contractors of a school building

District Shikarpur: The residents of Nao Zarkhel, near Taluka Khanpur, protested against the contractor of the building of Government Girls School, because of corruption against him.

Complete Story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2015-12-29/news/page3/1%20(57).htm


Teachers protest against treasury staff

District Qamber Shahdadkot: NTS Pass Teachers, from Taluka Qamber continued their protest, while tying black strips on their mouths, against the staff of the treasury department, who were asking for bribes to issue their money.

Complete Story: http://dailyjeejal.com/e-paper/2015-12-29/news/page3/1%20(7).htm



National Conference on standard education for all

Karachi: Disabled Welfare Association of Pakistan holds, a National Conference on standard education for all, with support from the Welfare Department, at Beach Luxury Hotel Karachi, on 29th December.

Complete Story: http://epaper.awamiawaz.com/fullsize/Page-07.jpg


Protest against a dispensary in a school

District Sanghar: Residents of Gahari Dars, held protests against the establishment of a local dispensary in the building of a government school.

Complete Story: http://www.dailyibrat.com/beta/pages/jpp_29122015021435.jpg


Education board matters, to be made transparent: Nazir Chakrani

Hyderabad: Chief Minister’s Coordinator for Education, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Chakrani, has forced officers of Hyderabad Education Board, to further standardize the board. Matters of management, finance and examination are to be made transparent.

Complete Story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103255369&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20151229


Appointment of Pro-Vice Chancellor

District Khairpur Mirs: Governor Sindh and Chancellor, Dr. Ishrat Ul Ibad has appointed, Mr. Noor Ahmed Shaikh, as the Pro- Vice Chancellor of the Shah Abdul Latif University, for a tenure of two years.

Complete Story: Daily Kawish, Karachi, Page No. 2


Library closed for years

District Larkana: The only library of Madeji City has been closed for the last ten years, due to carelessness of higher authorities.

Complete Story: Daily Kawish, Karachi, Page No. 3