9 October 2015

National Press:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Rs3.7 billion pledged to schools

The provincial government has pledged an amount of Rs3.7 billion to rebuild as many as 760 schools destroyed in the 2005 devastating earthquake in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir.

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Education Dept to promote 415 employees

The Primary and Elementary Education Department has decided to upgrade 415 employees and a meeting of the Promotion Committee would be held today (Friday) to accord a formal approval to the promotions.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-344546-Education-Dept-to-promote-415-employees


MNA demands changes to Pak Studies textbook

Member National Assembly Salimur Rehman on Thursday asked the government to retrieve the Pakistan Study textbooks stuffed with propaganda against politicians and replace them with propaganda-free copies.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-344551-MNA-demands-changes-to-Pak-Studies-textbook


Primary schools should be set up in place of Maktabs, demands JUI-F lawmaker

Primary schools should be set up in place of Maktabs which have been closed down in various districts of the province, urged a legislator at a standing committee meeting on Thursday.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/969838/balancing-act-primary-schools-should-be-set-up-in-place-of-maktabs-jui-f-lawmaker/


Girl students get transport facility after protest

The protest by students of Government Girls College Booni, hailing from Reshun and its adjacent villages Shogram and Zait, bore fruit here on Thursday as the administration accepted their demand for provision of bus.

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Education must to uproot terrorism, bring stability: speakers

Speakers at a function here on Thursday said that the dream of eradicating terrorism and bringing economic stability could not be materialized without imparting quality education to the young generation. The programme `Public Kutchehri`, was organized by Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE).

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Mamond students protest closure of college

The students of Government College Barkholozo in Mamond tehsil demonstrated here the other day against the local administration for not reopening their college despite its building had been renovated for the last four years.

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AWKU signs MoU with South Korean varsity

The Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) Mardan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the College of Veterinary Medicine of Seoul National University, South Korea.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-344555-AWKU-signs-MoU-with-South-Korean-varsity




Recruitment of teachers delayed

Despite the list of candidates issued by the education department, appointment letters have yet to be issued to the newly recruited teachers.

Complete Story: https://e.jang.com.pk/10-09-2015/quetta/page3.asp


Consultation with stakeholders before examination: A N Sabir

Chairman of Education Monitoring Committee, A N Sabir and other representatives stressed that it is the responsibility of the education department to scrutinize the curriculum and the medium of instruction in private as well as public schools well before conducting examination so as to avoid issues arising out of diverging curriculum. 
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Admissions in Library Sciences

The Library Association stated that Balochistan University’s decision to abruptly stop offering M.Phil in Library Sciences is sheer injustice with the students of the department. 
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Right to association of students: JTI 

The representatives of JTI Nazriati invited students to join the political party as its active members and stressed official affiliation with a political party to be a fundamental right.

Complete Story: https://e.jang.com.pk/10-09-2015/quetta/page10.asp


Time for revolutionary education reforms: Ibad Ullah Shah

President of Senior Education Staff Association, Mr. Ibad Ullah Shah stated that it’s high time we take challenging and revolutionary steps for the uplift of education in the provinces. He stated that ghost schools, bogus enrolments and aberrations in NTS recruitments were a grave reality for which no corrective actions had taken place.  
Complete Story: https://e.jang.com.pk/10-09-2015/quetta/page11.asp


Regulation of private schools

Central Chairman of Jadoon Welfare Society emphasized the need for adequate regulation of private schools in the Balochistan. Commenting on the state of education in private schools, the Chairman said that there was a lack of opportunities for physical co-curricular activities for the students in private schools which mostly lacked adequate space and were situated in crowded residential areas.
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Development of educational institutes in Zhob: Chairman Municipal Committee

Chairman Municipal Committee stated that the development of educational institutions in the Zhob District was a prime focus of the committee. He added that to mark the beginning of the academic year, a walk was organized and funds were distributed among the schools of the district.

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Minority quota in teachers’ recruitment under NTS: MPA

Member Balochistan Assembly, Mr. William Barkat, in a meeting with the Secretary Education stressed the need for introduction and implementation of quotas for the minorities and the disabled in the recruitments of teachers under NTS.

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School closed due to dispute over a tree

Osta Muhammad Abdul Aziz Mengal Primary School has been closed owing to a dispute between the school teachers and a local land lord over the cutting of a tree. Following the heated dispute, the teachers informed the Assistant Commissioner while the students observed a protest.

Complete Story: https://e.jang.com.pk/10-09-2015/quetta/page12.asp


Invitation for invigilation of entry test at Engineering University, Khuzdar

An invitation has been sent to various people for the invigilation of the entry test of Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar. The test will be held on 10th of October and the roll number slips have been issued to all candidates, stated Director Administration.

Complete Story: https://e.jang.com.pk/10-09-2015/quetta/page12.asp




PRCS to launch safety drive in educational institutions

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) will launch school safety drive in the educational intuitions of disaster prone areas that include First Aid Training, blood screening and establishment of youth clubs to effectively respond to any disaster.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=275120



Buildings of 80 % schools initiated in Mosharraf’s era incomplete

The construction of 80% of the schools which were initiated in General Mosharraf’s era is incomplete. Chief Minister Monitoring Commission stated that the payments had been released to the concerned vendors in advance but the said venders left the task undone. 
Complete Story: https://e.jang.com.pk/10-09-2015/pindi/page2.asp


Mourning in schools on 10th anniversary of earthquake

On the 10th anniversary of the 2005 earthquake, all schools of Muzaffarabad, AJK, mourned the deaths of the earthquake victims. 
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Earthquake 2005

Several destroyed schools destroyed during the earthquake 2005 have yet to be reconstructed.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-10-09/page-16




2,243 schools not yet reconstructed

A decade after the 2005 earthquake failure to rebuild schools is becoming a national calamity. Around 2,243 schools still remain reconstructed out of 5,742 government schools that were destroyed in the deadliest natural calamity of the country.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-344484-2243-schools-not-yet-reconstructed


Malala trust-funded enrolment drive launched

The Girls` Right to Education Programme, which will be implemented through NGOs and civil society organizations across the four provinces, is funded by the Malala Funds-in-Trust. The trust was launched in February 2014 by the government of Pakistan and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to support better access, improved quality and safe learning environments for girls in hard-to-reach areas.

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National Education Policy: Youth input sought in shaping document

Educationists and youth activists at a consultative meeting called for the inclusion of youth in designing the proposed National Education Policy (NEP 2016). The event was organised by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), in collaboration with the Public Trust and Pakistan Alliance of Independent Schools (PAIS) to discuss the upcoming policy at a local hotel on Thursday.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/969832/national-education-policy-youth-input-sought-in-shaping-document/


Details of plot allotments to private schools demanded

The Standing Committee of Senate declared the unapproved increase in tuition fee and the change in fee structure a crime and demanded details of plot allotments to private schools.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2015-10-09/page-12


Fee adjustment reports sought from private schools

The watchdog for private education in Islamabad, PEIRA, has set the October 15 deadline for local privately-owned schools to file fee adjustment compliance report. Lately, the prime minister had ordered the sealing of the city’s private schools not refunding or adjusting extra fee in line with his orders for freeze on private school fee during the current year.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-344486-Fee-adjustment-reports-sought-from-private-schools




Federal colleges lack boarding facilities

Students who come to study at Islamabad colleges have to arrange for accommodation on their own. None of the public sector boys` colleges offer hostel facilities to their students. The federal colleges take in students from every corner of the country and have a special quota for students from Fata, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

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Speakers call for pro-active role of teachers to transform society

Speakers at a function held here in connection with World Teachers Day called for a pro-active role of teachers for transformation of society in line with ideology of Pakistan. The function was arranged by Nazriya Pakistan Council and largely attended by teachers and students. Vice Chancellor Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Dr Shahid Siddiqui was the chief guest.

Complete Story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-09/page-13/detail-6


City School Celebrates College Night 2015

The City School Northern Region held its College Night on 8 October 2015 at Capital Campus, Islamabad. Graced by the presence of Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, the event aimed at bridging the gap between students’ academic aspirations and their pursuit of higher education. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=275172


HEC agrees to accept COMSATS dual degrees

The controversy over the dual degree programme of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) ended on Thursday after the Higher Education Commission (HEC) consented to accept its degrees.

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Teachers’ Club inaugurated at IIU

A cafeteria named 'Teachers’ Club' for the academicians of the International Islamic University (IIU) was inaugurated here on the male campus on Thursday. A welcome luncheon was also hosted on the occasion by the IIU president in honor of new 11 Egyptian teachers from Al-Azhar University who recently joined the IIU.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-344487-Teachers-Club-inaugurated-at-IIU


Pak law school wins laurels

Pakistani law college, School of International Law (SIL), has been acknowledged as one of the best result-oriented institutes around the globe by leading international educational giant, University of London (UOL). 

Complete Story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2015-10-09/page-14/detail-2


Reference to be filed against NIMS, Dr. Aziz

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) decided to file a corruption reference against the Northern Institute of Medical Sciences, Abbottabad, the college’s chairperson Dr Muhammad Aziz among others.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/969864/nab-executive-board-meeting-reference-to-be-filed-against-nims-dr-aziz/




HEC `non-recognition spree` arouses student rage

Three years after the launch of the University of Sargodha`s sub-campuses in Mianwali and Bhakkar, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has declared these `nonrecognized` and warned the students through an advertisement that any degree issued by these institutions would not be acknowledged. A good 500 degree holders find themselves in a blind alley.

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Problems of High School, Daratian will be resolved: Deputy Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner of Hattar, Mr. Tasleem Khan said that the problems of missing facilities such as availability of a boundary wall, a playground, clean drinking water and electricity at High School Daratian will be resolved.
Complete Story: https://e.jang.com.pk/10-09-2015/pindi/page13.asp


Students of a Lahore IT Institute protested in front of HEC

Students of a local IT institute protested before the Higher Education Commission Office, Gulberg Lahore and demanded legalization of dual degree programmes. On the other hand, representative of Anjumin Talba Islam Mr. Aamir Ismail endorsed and appreciated the decision of Public Accounts Committee on the issue of dual degrees. 
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Reconstruction of public schools in earthquake affected areas: Zubair Hafeez

Nazim Alla of Islami Jamiat Talba, Mr. Zubair Hafeez stated that despite the transition of three regimes since 2005, the public schools destroyed by the earthquake still await reconstruction.

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Notification of education department superseded

The Head Master of Raiwind City School was restored to service by Punjab Service Tribunal which superseded Education Department’s notification of his retirement.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-10-09/page-7/detail-19


Streamlining education with modern needs: Doctor Umar Saif

Chairman Punjab IT board, Dr. Umar Saif expressed in an official meeting that progress towards the streamlining of education with modern needs was being made. He added that 14 texts books of ninth and tenth class, 40 story books and 15 teachers guideline had been updated online.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2015-10-09/page-17


Dawn`s Spelling Bee contest concludes

Two-day Dawn in Education Spelling Bee Competition concluded here on Thursday. As many as 72 students from 24 schools participated in the 15-17 years age group competition.

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British Council Education Expo held

More than 20 universities from UK participated in the British Council Education Expo held at a local hotel here on Thursday. A large number of students attended the expo and explored their education opportunities in the UK. 

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-344651-British-Council-Education-Expo-held


PU exams, results

Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has issued the schedule for submission of admission fee and forms for BBA (Hons) first, second and third year annual examination 2015.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-344525-PU-exams-results



GCU wins bilingual declamation contest

Government College University’s Debating Society (GCU-DS) has won the All Punjab Bilingual Declamation Contest 2015 hosted by Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). About 16 top educational institutions of the country participated in the debate contest organised in connection with the celebrations for International Space Week.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-344537-GCU-wins-bilingual-declamation-contest



Aitchison principal’s petition declined

Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh of Lahore High Court on Thursday declined to hear a petition filed by Aitchison College (AC) Principal Agha Ghazanfar. Ghazanfar told the court that the school’s board of governors (BoGs) had failed to honour the settlement which had allowed him to dwell in the principal’s residence and use the perks and privileges he was entitled too.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/969893/personal-reasons-aitchison-principals-petition-declined/


Seminar To Create Awareness On Corruption

The Character Building Society of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore in collaboration with the National Accountability Bureau organized a seminar for creating awareness against corruption here on Thursday in city campus Lahore.

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=275179



Thesis degree show at UoG

The Department of Product Design at the School of Art, Design and Architecture (SADA), University of Gujrat (UoG), held a Thesis Degree Show 2015. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ziaul Qayyum inaugurated the exhibition.

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Change in admission test schedule for M.S and M.Phil.

GC University has changed the schedule for GC University special graduate aptitude test for M.S and M.Phil programmes from the 11th of October to the 10th of October.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2015-10-09/page-20




US envoy reaffirms assistance in education, health & energy sectors

US Consul General in Karachi Brian Heath has said that the USAID has launched Pakistan centres for advanced studies (PCAS) programme this year that supports applied research, curriculum development and academic exchanges.

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BIEK exam controller appeals against transfer

The examinations controller of the Board of Intermediate Examination Karachi (BIEK), Imran Chishti, has appealed to the controlling authority of examination boards in the province to stay his transfer till the outcome of an inquiry into the alleged corruption and malpractice in the board’s affairs.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-344505-BIEK-exam-controller-appeals-against-transfer



Court suspends Dow varsity VC`s appointment notification

The Sindh High Court on Thursday suspended the operation of a notification about the appointment of Prof Noushad A. Shaikh as vice chancellor of the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS).

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13 students enrolled against merit in Male Nursing School Lyari

13 students have been enrolled in the Male Nursing School, Lyari who were not listed in the candidate lists issued by NTS and the Directorate of Nursing.

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Seminar on Higher Education in Pakistan by Sindh Madrassa Tul Islam

University of Sindh Madrassa Tul Islam will organize a seminar on the 16th of October on “Higher Education: Way to Development in Pakistan”. The seminar will be attended by Vice Chancellors of leading universities of Pakistan, education specialists and government representatives. 
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Names for Acting Controller of Examination and Secretary has been sent to Authority

This Thursday, Karachi Intermediate and Secondary Education Board relieved the assistant, secretary and controller of examination from the service of the Board. The names of senior officers have been sent to the Controlling Authority as candidates for Acting Controller of Examination and Secretary Examination.
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Corruption worth 240 million in Karachi Intermediate Board
The Chairman of Karachi Intermediate Board stated that candidates procured first and second positions in the board examinations in exchange for bribes worth 240 million.
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Committee constituted for Chairman Inter Board Karachi

Secretary of Inter-Board and Universities has shown nothing but reluctance in taking action against the Chairman on account of the allegations of corruption against him. Meanwhile, Controller of Examination has been sacked for blowing the whistle on the Chairman.
Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-10-09/page-3


UoK Professors Say, Internet Is The Game Changer Of Today’s World

University of Karachi (UoK) International Center for Chemical and Biological SciencesDirector Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Chaudhry has said that the internet is the game changer of today’s world. Indeed it has revolutionalised the world with its inception. 

Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=275174




Quality and teacher training by Faisal Bari

There are hundreds of thousands of teachers who need to have access to good training that can address issues of understanding the subjects they teach. These teachers are there in both the public and private sector. We cannot just get rid of them as there are too many of them and, more importantly, even the new teachers we recruit are likely to have similar issues.

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Is capping private school fees a sensible policy? By Syed Mohammad Ali

Private schools exist around the world, even in countries which have much more functional public schooling systems. Private schooling is a market-driven enterprise, which aims to deliver quality education at a price. Private schools have mushroomed across the country over the past three decades, spurred by international donor agencies like the World Bank, which continue to argue that private-sector education provides a much more effective option when it comes to delivering quality education, at a fraction of the price of the public provision of education. 

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/969691/is-capping-private-school-fees-a-sensible-policy/


Remembering earthquake - unreconstructed schools

A total of 5,742 government schools were partially or totally destroyed on October 8, 2005. Ten years on, and 2,243 schools still remain unreconstructed. Among these, there are 1,290 schools that have had no reconstruction work done on them whatsoever. In other words, some 40 percent of the reconstruction of afflicted schools is still pending! 

Complete Story: http://www.brecorder.com/br-research/44:miscellaneous/5882:remembering-earthquake---unreconstructed-schools/


Letters to the Editor


Admission Cancelled!

The administration of University of Karachi (KU) cancelled the admission of two students who invited Ayyan Ali to the Department of Public Administration (DPA). Araib Khan and Abdullah Rizwan Shiekh invited Ayyan Ali to their Department for inauguration of fast food joint. 
Complete Story: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=275154