August 20 2014

Govt reiterates claims to promote education

A PML-N lawmaker has said that the Punjab government was committed to ensuring easy access of every child to quality education by opening new educational institutions. Talking to newsmen, MPA Manshaullah Butt said that the government would not let any child deprived of education due to lack of financial resources. He said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had already established Punjab Education Endowment Fund for giving scholarships and stipends. The government had allocated a chunk of Rs11 billion special funds for the purpose. He claimed that it was the biggest fund for education promotion and financial encouragement of brilliant students in the history of Pakistan. He said that the provincial government had also added Rs2 billion more in the fund. He said that 1.5 million deserving students were getting quality education in private schools across Punjab under the financial support by the Punjab Education Foundation. He said that the Punjab government had decided to further expand the PEEF.

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Festival begins in Swat to celebrate rebuilding of schools

A sports festival began at Grassi Ground in Mingora on Tuesday to celebrate the rehabilitation of schools, which were destroyed during militancy in Swat district. The week-long festival has been organised by Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in collaboration with the district administration to convey a message of peace to world and celebrate reconstruction of destroyed schools in the area. Speaking on the occasion, PDMA Director General Mohammad Tahir Orakzai said that provincial government was taking steps for reconstruction of all those government buildings that were destroyed in the area. He added that 122 schools were destroyed during unrest in the district.

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Race against time: Sluggish progress on data management system for schools

 The installation of an information management system at two capital colleges might be delayed as work has yet to be initiated with 12 days left until the deadline. A total of Rs1.5 million was handed over to the firm responsible for the project. The data management system was supposed to be functional by September 1. The plan was to install the system at four colleges and a school under the pilot project, which included installation of card-swapping machines, staff training, updating data through the main center and the system’s maintenance. The system will also record attendance of students, teachers and other staff. Gradually, the system will also have training and service record of staff and statistics related to students and education.

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Increasing literacy rate: Senate body for varsity in every district

The Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training urged the government to build a university in every district of the country to increase Pakistan’s literacy rate.

The parliamentary body’s meeting was held on Tuesday at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) under the chair of Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash. Bangash urged the minister of state for federal education and professional training to steer the education system with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), through proper monitoring and planning. The minister, Muhammad Balighur Rehman, Education Secretary Muhammad Ahsan Raja, senators and officials of the varsity attended the meeting.

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Youth urged to acquire vocational education

Youth have been urged to acquire technical education to earn their living in an honourable way. This was stated by Dir Task Force Commandant Colonel Nasar Umar Hayat Laleka while addressing people at a free medical camp at Gal Shagai Maidan on Tuesday. The medical camp has been organised by the Pak Army. He said the security forces had been engaged in rebuilding schools damaged by militants in Maidan area.

Male and female doctors provided medical treatment and free medicines to over 1,200 patients, including women and children, at the camp.

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Pakistan confers Sitara-e-Imtiaz on teenage pilot Haris Suleman

Teenage pilot Haris Suleman, who was flying around the world in a bid to raise money for underprivileged students, has been conferred the Sitara-e-Imtiaz award by President Mamnoon Hussain. A list issued by the government on the occasion of Independence Day mentions the name of late Haris Suleman as a recipient of the third-highest civil award in Pakistan. The list says that the award will posthumously be conferred upon him in a ceremony on Pakistan Day next year. Seventeen-year-old US born Pakistani, Haris, died in a plane crash on July 22 when his single-engine aircraft crashed into the sea after taking off from the American Samoa Islands. Babar, his father, who was accompanying him, is still missing. The son-father duo, that was raising money for the education of Pakistani underprivileged students, was attempting to fly around the world in 30 days.

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Looking out for number one: AIOU VC recommends himself for promotion

Fair play does not seem to be among the rules of the game at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), where, in violation of set rules, two top officials have recommended themselves for promotion to grade-22. Whether the two meet the required criteria can also be questioned. On May 7, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Ali Chisti and Registrar Prof Dr Nowshad Khan convened a meeting of a selection board (SB) to get recommendations for their own promotion to grade-22 as meritorious professors, documents available with The Express Tribune revealed.

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