Mansehra, Indian schoolchildren interact online
An interactive online session between local and Indian schoolchildren on Saturday sent out a message of love and peace. The British Council organised the event between students of Mansehra Public School and College and Kamal Public Secondary School, New Delhi, under its ‘connecting classrooms programme’ here.
Several Dir schools have classrooms, but not for students
Students of several government schools in Upper Dir are forced to sit in the courtyard, as the authorities have turned their classrooms into warehouses for storing books, which are annually supplied for free distribution.
Govt to establish model schools in five districts
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has given the green signal to establish model schools in five districts and has allocated Rs1 billion for this purpose. The decision to establish 100 schools at par with international standards across the province was taken on February 1.
Educational institutions to tighten security
The provincial government has directed all educational institutes in the province to tighten security arrangements before schools reopen after summer vacations. This was stated in a handout issued on Saturday.
Poor math scores by primary students
Director curriculum conducted a test of mathematics in 320 schools covering the five thousand students. Test results are very disheartening. Beside mathematics, the scores for English and Urdu were also poor.
Low quota from minorities in technical institutes
Minority groups say that after matric there is very low quota for minorities at Professional colleges. Most of the Sikh families used to prefer missionary colleges for their children.
Introducing the ethics subject instead of Islamiyat
A forum suggested bringing in an ‘ethics’ course to replace the currently taught ‘Islamiyat’ classes. This will allow to create a more inclusive society for student belonging to religious minorities.
Secretary education position vacant for five months
Secretary Education, Afzal Latif has been out of office for five months on training. Till his return, the provincial government decided not to induct anyone as acting SE. The position will be vacant for five months.
‘Educators don’t target all areas of human intelligence’
“Educators do not tend to target all areas of human intelligence,” Forman Christian College Dean Cusrow J Dubash said on Saturday. The veteran educator made the remarks at a conference organised to promote innovative teaching methodologies and technologies
Many Swabi students may miss admission in colleges
Hundreds of students who have passed the secondary school certificate (SSC) examinations are confronting problems to get admission in the government colleges due to limited number of seats in the institutions, adding to the worries of their parents who cannot afford the hefty fee of private colleges.
KP govt names principal for KGMC
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Friday appointed senior gynaecologist, Prof Dr Iqbal Begum as principal of the province’s lone public sector medical college for women, Khyber Girls Medical College (KGMC).
AWKU, Malaysian university hold conference
The 3rd International Conference on Computational and Social Sciences, a joint venture of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan (Awku) and University of Technology, Malaysia has concluded. A press release said a total of 110 participants from more than 12 countries including Thailand, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Algeria, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Indonesia participated in the conference held at the University of Technology, Malaysia.
Degree students demand recognition
The students of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sharingal, Upper Dir, on Friday expressed concern over the delay in affiliation of the pharmacy department with the Pharmacy Council and threatened to start protest demonstrations if the demand was not accepted immediately.
New medical college inaugurated in Swabi
Classes at the newly-built Gajju Khan Medical College, Swabi, will start next month and around 100 male and female students would form its first batch. This was announced at the inaugural ceremony of the college, which was held in Bacha Khan Medical Complex (BKMC) here on Saturday.
Over 400 ‘ghost teachers’ terminated in Balochistan
The Balochistan government has terminated services of over 400 government school teachers in the province who have been absent from the duty for a long time while National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started investigation against some senior officials of the education department who are allegedly involved in the appointment of such teachers.
The increasing Educational Issues
The education policies by provincial government have been criticized by Pashtoon Students Federation in a press release. There are many educational institutions that have missing facilities. The funds for the scholarships are being wasted by the authorities by corruption.
Government Teachers Association’s meeting with Secretary Education
A delegation of Teachers Association presented the demands of teachers in a meeting with Secretary Education. The upgradation of scales and the criteria of second division in B.Ed. was one the agenda of this meeting.
Promoters of Education Emergency corrupt
Baloch Student Organization held a special camp against poor governance for Education sector in Gawadar. They said that promoters of education emergency are doing historical corruption. There is shortage of teachers and education material etc., at Gawadar.
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Irregularities in MPhil Pharmacy
All Pakistan Pharmacist Association said that the designed entry test of MPhil Pharmacy was leaked to some candidates. It has condemned the act as against the rules and a violation of merit.
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Issues due to low availability of text books
Textbooks provided with limited stock to government schools of Jewani, Gawadar. Education department should increase the number of text books for Jewani government schools.
Three days international Pashtu conference at Pashtu academy
A conference will be held at the Pashto Academy , Quetta from 11 September . Secretary general of academy DR Abdul Rauf said in a media briefing that famous poets from America, Germany and Afghanistan will be attending.
Board of Intermediate, Gilgit Baltistan has declared their final examination results of Intermediate Part-II. The pass percentage is 38.43% with 2363 female and 1811 male successful candidates.
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IDB to construct 300 schools in AJK
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) will construct 300 schools across Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to promote primary education in far-flung areas.
Two students go missing in Jamrud
Two students went missing in Ghundi area in the Jamrud tehsil of the Khyber Agency, family sources said on Sunday. The sources said that Muhammad Umair, 18, a student of 3rd year and Aizuzur Rehman, 14, a student of 9th grade, belonging to Ghundi area, went out on Friday and did not return home.
FDE accused of deliberately delaying college admissions
The delay by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) in starting third-year admissions in degree colleges provided a chance for private educational institutions to attract the students. After a two weeks` delay, the FDE on Sunday announced the opening of admissions in the colleges.
Employees at FDE IT labs not paid for eight months
Due to the negligence of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) the fate of 11 Informational Technology (IT) labs hangs in the balance, and their employees have not been paid for nearly a year. In 2012, the FDE set up 11 labs to impart IT education to thousands of students from various schools.
Open-air school serving poor kids
An outdoor school has been continuing in federal capital catering to the educational needs of less fortunate children where volunteers were devotedly associated with the cause. Number of children gather in the park near F-6/2, to get the knowledge at an open place where volunteers provide them quality education without charging any fee and the number of students belong to poor segment of the society was increasing by the day Ayub Khan a volunteer of the school told APP.
Teachers demand release of more funds for security
The Federal Government Teachers Association has urged the government to ensure the security of government educational institutions located in the capital. Federal Government Teachers Association President Azhar Awan said that an amount of Rs 80,000 was being provided to each government school to meet security concerns, which is not enough
Poor Academic Environment
Pakistan Educational Statistics for 2013 estimates that around 42 % of academicinstitutions in the country have no access to electricity. Developmental sector organizations, as well as private sector have hence made strenuous efforts to bring energy to such educational facilities. Interestingly, one such coordinated action was taken up by HUB Power Company (HUBCO) with expertise from Reon Energy Limited.
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Rs3 billion cost impedes YouTube restoration?
Universities and research institutes across the country as well as million of students remain deprived of essential educational contents available on YouTube, the world’s largest video-sharing website, as the government is unwilling to spend Rs3 billion required to install filters for blocking the blasphemous and offensive contents on the website, The News has learnt.
FDE DG says absence from court was not deliberate
Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Director General (DG) Shahnaz Riaz submitted a response to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday, after a show cause notice was issued to her for showing ‘disrespect’ to the court.
UK law school forges partnership with Roots Ivy University College
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Philip Barton hosted a dinner to celebrate the 'Launch of BPP University Law School's LLB Degree in Pakistan'. The BPP University Law School, a leading provider of legal education in the UK, has launched its first-ever law programme for undergraduates in Pakistan, allowing students to study for the globally-recognised law qualifying LLB (honours) degree with its exclusive partner -- Roots Ivy University College, says a press release.
SDPI is organizing a seminar on Monday on ‘Monitoring and Evaluation in Education Sector under proposed Sustainable Development Goals’
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Scholarships for teachers’ children
Scholarships for the children of in-service, retired and deceased federal government teachers have been announced. Hundreds of teachers, their children and students submitted applications for the National Education Foundation (NEF) scholarships.
Early childhood education programme to start at AIOU
The government will provide all possible support to Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) for undertaking the childhood education programme and introducing online learning, assured education minister Balighur Rehman on Thursday.
Action against seminaries spills into Islamabad
Senior Islamabad police officials told Dawn that since August 17, joint law enforcement teams had raided five seminaries in the federal capital – in collaboration with intelligence agencies — while police and intelligence officials had verified around 30 seminaries in the city.
AIOU to open `accessibility centre`
The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has announced that it will set up an `accessibility centre` for visually impaired students and its national library. The centre will be available free of cost, and will be functional within the next few days.
HEC invites applications
Higher Education Commission (HEC) has invited applications from foreigners and Pakistan origin students having dual nationality under self-finance scheme for the year 2015-16. Students with HSSC or equivalent qualification having 60 per cent marks are eligible to apply.
AEO holds Australian Education Roadshow
The AEO Pakistan is conducting Australian Education Roadshow in six major cities of Pakistan. As part of the endeavour, the second exhibition in this series after Lahore was held at Serena Hotel, Islamabad, says a press release.
Numl awards first ever MPhil degree in Hindi
For the first time in Pakistan`s history, a Pakistani university has awarded an MPhil degree in Hindi. Military-run National University of Modern Languages (Numl) has become the first Pakistani university to award the degree
Dissolving the PMDC
Ministry of health services, regulation and coordination has dissolved the current Pakistan Medical and Dental Council board. According to new ordinance the new administrative committee will hold the elections within four months.
Education for Prisoners
Supreme Court of Pakistan declared their decision to educate prisoner’s children and women. In this regard a national committee was established headed by former law minister, S.M Zafar.
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FDE could not finalize seniority lists
After ten years, Federal directorate of Education could not prepare the Seniority lists of senior teachers of Model Schools, Islamabad. Last seniority list was declared by FDE in 2005.
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Prof Farhat Ijaz Butt, a prominent educationist and social worker, died at the Fauji Foundation Hospital here on Saturday of heart complications. She was 79. She helped establish several colleges for women in KP.
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Workshop concludes at Air University
A three-day Higher Education Commission (HEC) funded indigenous training workshop concluded at Air University campus here, says a press release.
Punjab Govt Seeks To Invest In Balochistan’s Human Capital
Minister for School & Higher Education and Youth Affairs Punjb, Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan interacted with the faculty members of Balochistan Universities during Professional Development Workshop organized by Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences (IUCPSS) in support with National Testing Service (NTS) Pakistan and government of Balochistan at faculty development academy of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology here Sunday. The workshop has been designed for 22 faculty members from higher education institutions of Balochistan
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Two Pakistani students secure best aggregates
Two Pakistani students, Ahmed Farooq and Usama Rauf of Islamabad School of Law (ISL) have secured the best aggregates in the world in the University of London International Programmes.
‘Power-sharing rift surfaces in IIUI’
A rift between the top officials of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) over power-sharing has caused uneasiness at the campus and is hindering smooth functioning of daily affairs, sources told The Nation yesterday. However, both the president and rector of the university have denied happening of anything like this.
IIU holds flag-hoisting ceremony, book exhibition
International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Friday held a flag hoisting ceremony and a book exhibition in connection with 69th Independence Day celebrations.
Pakistani film ‘Shah’ showcased at NUST
The recently released Pakistani film ‘Shah’ was screened at the Jinnah Auditorium of National University of Science and Technology (Nust) on Friday. The event was organised to raise funds for enrolled students in need of financial assistance, informed a press release.
President confers award on Prof Attash Durrani
Dr Attash Durrani has been awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz on recognition of his remarkable achievements and contributions in Urdu literature. He has been a member of National Curriculum Council (NCC). In the field of education, he developed curricula for Urdu, literacy and non- formal education and textbooks, devised language research principles and courses.
CDA no closer to verifying officers’ academic credentials
Three years after its decision to verify the academic degrees held by its officers, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has yet to get the job done.
ASER 2015 begins
The sixth Annual Status of Education Survey (ASER) for 2015 has formally been kicked off in 114 rural district and 21 urban administrative areas across the country to assess the status of learning, access and quality of education being imparted to students.
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14 colleges earn ‘zero rating’ in BA, BSc exams
All students of 15 colleges got through while none of another 14 institutes could pass the BA, BSc annual examinations 2015, according to the results notification issued by the Punjab University on Friday.
Vacant teaching posts in 51 thousand schools in Punjab
There are 51 thousand schools in Punjab where around 62 thousand, seven hundred and seventy five teaching posts are vacant. A significant number of schools don’t have satisfactory building condition. A report by Institute of Social Policy Sciences (ISPS) has been submitted to the government.
Punjab HEC to set up training academy for universities, colleges in Rawalpindi
The Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) plans to establish third training academy for northern Punjab universities and colleges in Rawalpindi. This information was shared by Punjab Minister for School and Higher Education and Youth Affairs Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan while interacting with the faculty members of Balochistan universities during Professional Development Workshop.
The Punjab Emergency Service in collaboration with the UNICEF and School Education Department Punjab organised a two-day consultative workshop for development of “Manual for Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR)” with a focus on establishing safer communities in Pakistan.
Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-336958-Workshop
Free Schooling For Children Of Brick-Kiln Workers
Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has provided free schooling facilities to about six thousand male and female students under its evening schooling project in Lahore and Multan districts. For this purpose, 102 educational centers have been set up through private partners to provide free schooling to the needy children of disfranchised communities including brick-kiln workers, child laborers and housemaids.
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Aitchison: plea against stay put off
The Lahore High Court adjourned on Friday the hearing of a plea for vacating reinstatement orders of Dr Agha Ghazanfar as principal of the Aitchison College till September 30.
The quality assurance test
Punjab Education Foundation has announced the test schedule of quality assurance for the year 2015-16. This test in schools of Education Voucher Scheme with evening shift will be started soon.
Girls dominate UoS BA, BSc results
The University of Sargodha (UoS) announced results of BA, BSc annual examination 2015 here on Friday with girls outshining boys once again. A total of 11,282 boys and 15,096 girls sat the examination with a percentage of successful candidates being 23.87pc and 39.86pc, respectively.
Students’ protest against Entry test
The education experts accepted the emerging issue of dual standard due to the entry test, in a program- Badal Do-on Dunya News. It is a kind of financial burden on parents as well.
Untrained security guards in schools
Police Monitoring Team reported to government about the untrained security guards in schools. A training for them in collaboration with security agencies has been suggested.
The funds for the repair and maintenance of schools
A grant of Rs 6 cror has been released in Tala gang. This grant is for the repair and maintenance of schools here.
Missing facilities in Government Degree College Sargodha
CM Punjab noticed the missing facilities in Government Degree College Sargodha and demanded a report from Education Minister and Secretary Higher Education Department.
Action against poor performing teachers
Government is going after poor performing teachers who could not produce satisfactory results in primary and middle exams. School owners have been issued with show cause notice for these results.
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Dengue awareness Seminar at Girls College
A seminar was held at Government Degree College for Women, Kot Khwaja Saeed, Lahore. It was to provide awareness about dengue virus and fever. TMO Shalamar distributed pamphlets about dengue to attendees.
Section 144 to be imposed at campus
DCO Imran Sikandar Baloch said on Saturday that Section 144 of the Pakistan Penal Code would be imposed in the vicinity of the venue for an entry test in Bahawalpur to medical and dental education institutions across the Punjab.
UHS entrance test
Entrance test for admission to medical and dental colleges in Punjab will be held on Sunday (today) at 34 centres in 13 cities of Punjab. More than 47,000 candidates are appearing in the test this year which is being conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS).
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Girls outnumber boys in medical entry test
The University of Health Sciences conducted entrance test for admission to public and private medical and dental colleges in Punjab on Sunday. The test was held in 34 examination centres established in 13 cities of the province in which a total of 47,559 candidates (31,149 female and 16,410 male) appeared.
Punjab government to build ‘Knowledge Park’, says minister
Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that Pakistan’s future is linked with education and the government will lay the foundation stone of country’s first ever ‘Knowledge Park’ in February next year to promote research and development.
French attaché visits GCUF
The Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) and the French embassy will hold a conference in November to promote cordial relations between the two countries, French Attaché in Pakistan Alban Schwerer and Vice Chancellor Muhammad Ali said on Friday. They met at the university and discussed various areas of cooperation in the field of education.
BA/BSc results by PU
Punjab University has declared the final results of BA and BSc exams. Only 2267 candidates out of nearly ten thousand secured first division.
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More girls in BA
From final examination results of BA and BSc it is evident that female students prefer the two years bachelor’s degree more than male candidates. Male preferring graduating with the four years’ honors degree.
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Seats of training literacy officers taken back
In a rushed and urgent order, the Government of Punjab has taken back the all seats of training literacy Officers grade 17. Government took current charge training literacy officers from all 36 districts of Punjab.
Old Ravians stand by GCU VC: Lashari
The Old Ravians community stands by Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah for the uplift of Government College University, said Old Ravian Union President Kamran Lashari on Friday.
TEVTA praised for equipping youth with skills
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairperson Marvi Memon has said that the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) is offering demand-driven short courses to equip the youth with various skills.
Removing commercial tax on Private institutions
All Pakistan Private schools association said that government should show positive attitude with private institutions. They said that the commercial tax is imposing a burden on examination expenses on students.
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Dr Rauf Azam appointed UoE vice chancellor
Dr Rauf Azam has assumed the charge of University of Education (UoE) vice chancellor on Friday.After final approval of Chief Minister and Punjab Governor, the Higher Education Department issued a notification of Dr Rauf’s appointment as vice chancellor.
Polytechnic institute still incomplete after nine years
The project of Government Polytechnic Institute for Women has not been completed even nine years after its launch. The Punjab government had approved the institute project in 2006. Estimated to cost Rs126.850 million, the institute was planned to cater to the needs of technical, vocational and engineering students of Layyah, Khushab, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur and was scheduled to complete in 2008.
Seminar on autism awareness in Lahore
Mrs Mahvash Jahangir Siddiqui, Chairperson of MJS Foundation, stated the Foundation was striving to improve health, education and social outcomes in Pakistan through the establishment of additional facilities in existing public and private hospitals, introducing educational and vocational colleges for persons with disabilities, empowering youth through leadership and enterprise support programmes, improving the quality of education and providing relief and rehabilitation services during natural disasters.
Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/business/30-Aug-2015/corporate-corner
PU Syndicate seeks written reply from PUCIT principal
The Punjab University Syndicate on Saturday sought written defence from College of Information Technology Principal Prof Dr Mansoor Sarwar regarding his alleged illegal appointment as professor and principal. The syndicate provided the report of fact-finding committee and a charge sheet to Prof Mansoor by personally inviting him in the meeting.
PU faculty research award
Punjab University’s Hailey College of Commerce Assistant Prof Dr Hafiz Zafar Ahmad participated in international conference held at New York, USA organised by Training Centre for Social Science and Education. Dr Zafar presented research paper on “Management Accounting” which was declared the best research paper of the conference.
PPP for doing away with entrance test for medical colleges
The PPP has demanded discontinuation of entrance test for admission to medical colleges in Punjab. `Entrance test is antimerit and discriminatory in nature because students who secure 950 marks out of 1,000 in the FSc examination may not get admission in a medical college due to this hurdle,` PPP Punjab President Manzoor Wattoo said in a statement here on Sunday.
Sahiwal college gets students transport
The Government Post-Graduate College has got two buses for students` transport for the first time since it was founded in 1942. The buses were purchased from the grant allocated by Punjab Minister for Ushr and Zakat Malik Nadeem Kamran.
Action against Ghost Teachers
Assistant Commissioner visited a number of schools at Garhi Yasin, Shikarpur and found a number of teachers ghost teachers who were not present at duties. Assistant commissioner announced to take strict action against these teachers.
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Woman, 10 schoolchildren rescued after boat capsizes
Divers and volunteers rescued 10 schoolchildren and were continuing their efforts into the night to search for the remaining one after a boat carrying them capsized in the Khirthar canal near Bashirabad on Friday morning. The boat was carrying the children to their school as per their daily routine, said the families of the children.
Govt to prepare plan for sensitive areas, SHC told
The government brought to the notice of the Sindh High Court on Friday a decision taken by a technical committee of the planning and development department that the education department should prepare projects in the first phase for areas declared sensitive by the home department in respect of the security of schools.
Education can help Pakistan view itself in a different light
An unexpected flight in 2010 was all it took for Senior Vice Provost for Planning at New York University Dr Ron Robin to help steer Habib University (HU) in the right direction. Every new initiative has its teething problems. However, Robin believes the university has managed to sail through its initial challenges.
Technical education key to success in Pakistan
Japanese Consulate Karachi representative, Akira Ochi, said that technical education and training is the key to success in Pakistan. He also note that Japan gained success because it taught the curriculum in their national language.
Admission policy not announced at Sindh medical colleges
Medical Colleges of Sindh did not announce their admission policy because of political interferences. This is creating for pursuing candidates.
10,000 students take NED University entry test, only 2,500 seats up for grab
As many as 10,000 students appeared in entry test of NED University of Engineering and Technology for 2,500 seats in Karachi on Sunday. The test was conducted for at least 25 departments, including civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering.
Corruption in Education Department
Secretary Education Fazalullah Palijo has been alleged for corruption charges against some education department officials. Investigations are going on against corrupt officials and their files are being compiled.
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Partial autonomy to departments
Governor house has given partial autonomy to Institute of Chemistry, Center for molecular medicine and Drug research and international center for chemical and biological sciences. It’s not according to new amended law of Karachi University.
Development at Urdu university
Vice Chancellor Urdu University Karachi said that different committees are established for managing the new project for making Urdu University according to modern needs. These initiatives also include research journal of social sciences.
USPCASW will achieve targets with Utah University's help: VC MUET
Vice Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET) Jamshoro Dr Mohammad Aslam Uqaili said the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCASW) with the technical support of University of Utah will achieve set targets successfully within the framework of time, this recently launched USAID supported water center is first and foremost state of the art advanced studies and research based water center which will help out for the solution of water challenges of Pakistan.
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