4th November 2016

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Varsity to Remain Closed for Three Days as Body of Another Student Found

Hazara University (HU) will remain closed for three more days after the body of another student was found in a field in the Baffa area, officials said here on Thursday. Sajjad Ahmad, the spokesperson for the Hazara University, said the university had recently offered admission to over 2,000 students and didn’t want to disturb their education, but the decision was a need of the hour.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/162275-Varsity-to-remain-closed-for-three-days-as-body-of-another-student-found





Students Secure Third Position in IGEM Competitions

In one of the development projects initiated by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Diresctorate of Science and technology, a team of 12 students from all over Pakistan was selected to take part in IGEM competitions held in Boston, USA.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2016-11-04/page-5


Teachers Protest Registration of Cases Over Poor Security

Teachers of government schools took out a rally here against the registration of cases against them over failure to follow the police’s recommendations for security arrangements at their respective campuses on Thursday.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=04_11_2016_183_005


Only School in Mohmand Remote Area Lacks Facilities

The only Community Model Primary School for girls and boys in Sialogo area of Pandilai tehsil in Mohmand Agency is without a boundary wall, bathrooms and others basic facilities. Keeping in view the low female literacy rate in the area, National Education Foundation (NEF), Islamabad established the school in 2003. 

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=04_11_2016_183_007




Teachers of Residential College on Strike

Teachers of Residential College Loralai closed the college and protested against the delay in decision regarding increment in their salaries. They sent 600 students home as a result of which parents are worried about their children’s education.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103837558&Issue=NP_QTA&Date=20161104


Stop Illegal Inquiry of Teachers: JTA

President Government Teachers’ Association District Kachhi, Munir Ahmed, said that show cause notices to the regular teachers is not a fitting step by the government. They prepared the list without any proper inquiry.

Complete story:  http://e.jang.com.pk/11-04-2016/Quetta/page8.asp


Merit-based Hiring in Pishin

Haji Muhammad Ayub, President Balochistan Teachers Union, has demanded that teachers be hired to fill the vacant positions in educational institutes of the district. He also requested Provincial Education Minister and Secretary Education to promote computer teachers. 

Complete story:  http://e.jang.com.pk/11-04-2016/Quetta/page8.asp




Garbage in School Surroundings

It is becoming difficult for students to continue their education at Government Girls Primary school Doltana because of the garbage dumped in school surroundings. This garbage is the leading cause of diseases among school students.

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-11-04&edition=ISL&id=2711219_34044253




President Orders Retrieval of QAU’s Land from Mafia

President Mamnoon Hussain has directed the relevant departments to retrieve Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) land encroached by the land mafia. The President, who is also Chancellor of the University, issued these directives on the request of the university authorities.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2016-11-04/page-5/detail-11  



AIOU Launches Nine Skill-Based Courses  

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has launched an Associate Degree in nine skill-based courses enabling its students to earn their livelihood and to take part in the country's socio-economic development.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2016-11-04/lahore/7594/47507



AIOU Introduces Modern Exam Intimation System

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has launched an IT-based system intimating its students about the exam-schedule through SMS. In addition to this existing practice of informing, the students about the exams through mail and website, text messages will also be sent to the students on their given cell numbers.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2016-11-04/page-13/detail-1


‘Exchange for Change’ Programme Empowering Education Opportunities

CEO RIS & Rector MIUC Walid Mushtaq has set foundation of an excellent learning opportunity namely The ‘Exchange for Change’ Programme Belarus- Pakistan 2016-Empowering global opportunities in education, says a press release issued here.

Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/pindi/11-4-2016/page14.asp


200 Acres of QAU Land Grabbed

QAU claims its land is being leveled for construction by land grabbers. Now this matter is being discussed in the media and education sector once again. The matter comes up again after the QAU issued a handout about its land grabbing.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=04_11_2016_153_006


Yemeni Students Should Study in Pakistan

During a meeting with the Higher Education Committee (HEC) chairman the Ambassador of Yemen said he wanted to send Yemeni students of Pakistan in order for them to attend Pakistani universities.

Complete story: http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=04_11_2016_153_007




Public Sector Schools Being Connected With Best Institutions

Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan has said that public sector schools of Punjab are being connected with the best educational institutions of the world.

Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201611/04/lahore.php






CM Ensures Construction of 10,000 Classrooms Across Punjab Schools

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the program to construct more than 10,000 additional classrooms has been initiated under the Khadim-e-Punjab Schools Programme, which will begin operations from southern Punjab and will be implemented in a number of phases.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2016-11-04/lahore/7603/47469





Teachers’ Hill Allowance in Rawalpindi

Education Department Rawalpindi stopped releasing Hill Allowance of more than 1500 teachers. Teachers Unions are protesting against this act and demanding Provincial Secretary Education to take notice of this issue.

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-11-04&edition=ISL&id=2711916_28512020


Temporary Registration for Private Educational Institutes

It has been decided by the Education Department Rawalpindi to register the private educational institutes on temporary basis. Executive District Education Officer (EDO Education) said this during a meeting with the delegation of All Pakistan Schools and Colleges Association Punjab.

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-11-04&edition=ISL&id=2711933_43957263


UoA Sets Up Country’s Largest Girls Hostel

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, has set up the country’s largest and state-of-the-art hostel for 1,000 girls that will be functional by next week. This was stated by UAF Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while addressing a press briefing at the newly-constructed hostel here on Thursday.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/162281-UAF-sets-up-countrys-largest-girls-hostel


WB Team Visits UVAS

A World Bank delegation visited the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Thursday and met the Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha.  The objective of this meeting was to explore the possibility of sustainable livestock production in Punjab through improvement in its marketing strategies.

Complete story: http://e.thenews.com.pk/lahore/11-4-2016/page14.asp



Protest by United Teachers’ Council

United Teachers’ Council decided to postpone their protest due to the political unrest in country. They decided this during a meeting. The issues related to the teachers’ scale upgradation, privatization of schools and teachers’ transfer were discussed in this meeting.

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103838954&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20161104


SMS-Based Tutoring System for Public Schools’ Students Soon

Being sensitive to student needs for after-school academic assistance, Punjab is set to launch an SMS-based Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) in public schools through two different programs starting from Novemeber 15, this year.

Complete story: https://epaper.dawn.com/?page=04_11_2016_002



Education Department Fails to Terminate Abdul Wahab Abbasi

Sindh Education Department has failed to officially issue termination orders of former director School Education Karachi despite his involvement in the embezzlement of funds.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2016-11-04/lahore/7604/47487


MPA Irked by Teachers’ Shuffling

MPA Dr Zafar Ahmed Kamali expressed his concern over the transfer of 160 primary school teachers to far flung areas without any cause.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Karachi/2016-11-04/page-14/detail-0


Madrasa Students Visiting War-Torn Countries to be Watched

Sindh’s apex committee has decided to take necessary measures, including preparing lists of madrasa students and other people who have been to war-torn Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan, to make peace in the province sustainable.

Complete story: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/162141-Madrasa-students-visiting-war-torn-countries-to-be-watched


Delay in VC Appointment

It has been reported that the appointment of new VCs in Karachi University and DOW Medical University is pending from last 6 months. CM Sindh designated a committee to solve this issue but it couldn’t perform well. 

Complete story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-11-04&edition=KCH&id=2711385_65128125


11 SMIU Students Leave for China

Eleven female final year students of Sindh Madrassetul Islam University (SMIU) will leave today (Friday) to attend a month-long internship programme at Sanya University, China.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201611040254&EN_ID=11201611040076&EMID=11201611040041





Kashmir: Schools in Flames

The leadership in Delhi is seeing a ‘foreign hand’ in the current phenomenon, connecting the ashes of schools with Islamism, ISIS and Wahabism, a narrative that easily seeks to draw sympathy for the ‘victim’ democratic India.

Complete story: http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2016-11-04/lahore/7596/47346


Higher Education Vision 2025 by Dr Pervaiz Tahir

Reports in a section of the press inform that a Higher Education Vision 2025 is about to be announced. The main Vision 2025 document launched earlier contained a set of targets and the purpose of the latest exercise seems to be to flesh out the barebones.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/Images/Karachi/20161104/SubImages/11201611040085.JPG


Female Scholarship

WHAT would the world have been like if women had played a role in interpreting the Quran and development of Islamic jurisprudence? Most certainly, there would have been direct impacts on the state of women and social and economic progress in Muslim countries, and perhaps on issues related to increasing militancy.

Complete story: https://epaper.dawn.com/?page=04_11_2016_009


Value of Education

PROVINCIAL governments have been trying to get every child enrolled in school. Public education systems, across all provinces, have gone through a plethora of reforms in the last couple of decades to achieve higher enrolments.

Complete story: https://epaper.dawn.com/?page=04_11_2016_008


Return to Classrooms by Kaldeep Nayar

Another school was burnt in Indian-Occupied Kashmir. Now the number of burnt schools has reached 25, within 2 months. The Kashmiri youth started to burn schools to express grief over the Indian Army’s cruelty. But this is not a good strategy for them because by avoiding education they can’t get success. 

Complete story: http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1103838730&Issue=NP_LHE&Date=20161104



Letters to the Editor

Declining Education Standards

A model society can’t be developed without a good standard of education in a country.  But in Pakistan, the education standard is declining over the time.  There is a significant number of school age out-of-school children in country. 

Complete story http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2016-11-04&edition=LHR&id=2710429_16461186