August 11 2014

Islamabad schools will reopen on 18th

The capital city’s government schools and colleges were scheduled to resume classes on August 11 after two months long summer vacation. However, there is a change in the schedule: these educational institutions will reopen on August 18.

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Kids at high-performing charter schools make better health decisions

Low-Income teenagers who attended high performing character schools engaged in fewer risky behaviors and performed better on standardized tests, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers from the University of Callifornia.

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PML-Q proposes, PML-N disposes three Pindi colleges

Seven years after their foundation stones were laid by leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q), the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has not been able to finish constructing the campuses of three Rawalpindi colleges. The institutions, which include the Dhoke Syedan Degree College for Boys, the Dhoke Syedan Degree College for Girls and the Postgraduate College For Women in Saddar.

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Education secretary postpones meeting with teachers

Owing to uncertainty ahead of Imran Khan’s long march, the Punjab education secretary postponed his meeting with teachers of Rawalpindi district scheduled on Monday. On the direction of Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench, Secretary Education (School) Jabbar Shaheen had invited a delegation of teachers for a meeting on August 11 to hear their views on the relocation policy.

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Off to learn: Education dept officials off to Malaysia on ‘capacity building’ trip

The two Malaysia-bound ‘capacity building’ trips for officials involved with the Sindh Education Reform Programme (Serp)-II are likely to be turned into summer excursions as the education department has enlisted its handsomely-paid consultants and lawmakers amongst the participants. A total of 34 officials, including Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and, additional secretary, Rehan Iqbal Baloch, have been shortlisted by the education department’s reform support unit and the secretariat for the two 10-day ‘exposure and capacity building trips’ to Malaysia being held on August 15 and September 2.

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Students forced to forego health for sake of education

The Trend of tuition center is gaining popularity in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad despite the fact that they are charging high fees but the pathetic condition of these centers is preventing students from concentrating on their studies.

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HEC and dilemma of Urdu researchers

CRE ATION of knowledge is the golden key to progress. But it cannot take place without research. Ours is a society that has generally been averse to research. It is, however, heartening to note that things are looking up now and issues related to research now commonly surface at different forums. As for Urdu`s literary research, we have a steady flow of published research dissertations and research journals. Most of the Urdu departments at our universities now regularly publish research journals and try to meet the criterion set by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for accreditation. One such research journal is `Tehgeeqi zaviye` published by the Department of Urdu and Pakistani Languages, Al-Khair University, Bhimber, Azad Kashmir. Launched in January 2013, the biannual journal has already brought out its fourth issue. The journal carries a number of invaluable research articles contributed by some wellknow scholars. But today I would like to highlight an issue that its editor, Dr Rasheed Amjad, has raised in his two editorials: the citation styles used in Urdu dissertations and research papers at our universities and the standard of research.

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Time of year: Public schools set to open today

Despite a volatile law and order situation in the city, city government authorities maintain that schools must reopen from Monday (today) to hold Independence Day activities. The provincial government had earlier announced that Independence Day celebrations would be observed throughout August in all government departments. Last month, the School Education Department announced that summer vacations would be cut short and schools will have to reopen on August 11, instead of the previously announced date, August 14.

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Hazara varsity, Japanese centre to conduct joint research

Hazara University, Mansehra and Japanese Centre for South Asian Cultural Heritage (JCSACH), Tokyo have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish links and promote research collaboration in the fields of archaeology, culture, history and heritage management. Both the parties agreed to maintain close research cooperation among the scholars and affiliates of the two institutes and develop collaborative research projects in the areas of culture, history and archaeology. According to a press release issued here on Sunday, Hazara University Vice-chancellor Dr Suhail Shehzad and Atsuchi Naguchi, the representative of JCSACH, signed the MoU on Saturday. It said that the MoU was aimed developing academic and educational cooperation to promote mutual understanding between Pakistanand Japan.

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Sarhad University VC clarifies report

The Sarhad University denied the allegations that appeared in a section of the press regarding award of a fake degree to the DG Health.  Professor Dr. Salim-Ur-Rehman, vice chancellor of the university, in a press statement says the factual position is as under:  Sarhad University is functioning since fall-2001 while the MPH Programme of the university is recognised by the PMDC after their visit in May 2011 and The university declared the result of fall-2013 semester in May 2014.

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