2nd November 2016

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103834817&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20161102


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.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103833996&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20161102


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.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=02_11_2016_182_008




Teachers’ Hiring

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. 

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103833462&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20161102


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.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103833407&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20161102


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. 

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103833690&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20161102


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.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103833864&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20161102





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.

Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201611/02/page11.php


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.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=02_11_2016_182_005




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.

Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201611/02/page10.php







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.

Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201611/02/page10.php 




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.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/02-Nov-2016/fmdc-hospital-put-under-control-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.

Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/pindi/11-2-2016/page14.asp


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.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201611020227&EN_ID=11201611020074&EMID=11201611020035


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.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201611020255&EN_ID=11201611020088&EMID=11201611020037



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.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2016-11-02/page-14/detail-3




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. 

Complete story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/11/02/national/bzu-lahore-students-continue-protest-against-non-provision-of-degrees/






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.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=02_11_2016_177_009


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.

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-11-02&edition=ISL&id=2706625_40572699


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.

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-11-02&edition=ISL&id=2706662_25733170


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.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=02_11_2016_005_001


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.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103834918&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20161102


‘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.”

Complete story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/11/01/city/lahore/education-uk-exhibition-2016-by-british-council-concludes/




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.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/161740-NAVTTC-holds-National-Skills-Competition


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.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Karachi/2016-11-02/page-14/detail-6


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.

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/11-02-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=206844


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. 

Complete story: http://e.jang.com.pk/11-02-2016/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=206821


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.

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-11-02&edition=KCH&id=2705681_98037281


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.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201611020014&EN_ID=11201611020007&EMID=11201611020003





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.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103835025&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20161102


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.

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-11-02&edition=LHR&id=2706008_95435444


Letters to the Editor

Quality Education

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.

Complete Story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=02_11_2016_009_009