January 2, 2015

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Education KP govt’s top priority, says Ghani

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Higher Education and Information, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, has said that the present PTI-led provincial government has introduced a new form of governance in the province where merit, transparency and accountability were ensured. The government has considered education as a tool for development that was why it had allocated a huge budget in the ADP for this sector. He expressed these views, while addressing the concluding session of 1st International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering & Management Sciences, which was held in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-02/page-5/detail-3


SOS for schools

Police has initiated SOS service at schools for monitoring. Through this service any emergency can be inform to police by only one click.

Complete story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2015-01-02/page-5


Govt urged to enforce law about free education

Participants at the launching ceremony of a campaign regarding informal education have urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to fulfil its constitutional obligations regarding access to free and compulsory education for all, under Article 25-A in the province. They said that education played a vital role in restoration of peace and development of the country.

Complete story:http://www.dawn.com/news/1154606


Joint activities planned for seminary, school students

The district administration has been taking steps to bridge the gap among the students of government and private schools and religious seminaries by organising events where the students could interact and compete with each other in different activities.

Complete story:http://www.dawn.com/news/1154599/joint-activities-planned-for-seminary-school-students


Parents worried as some schools defying govt’s order on closure

Despite government orders, certain private schools have asked parents to start sending their children to schools from January 5. The winter vacations have been extended till January 11 in view of the security concerns in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Army Public School and College on December 16. The government institutions are bound to obey the government instruction while the private institutions have also assured to follow the official directives.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-293705-Parents-worried-as-some-schools-defying-govts-order-on-closure


Martyrs for peace: ‘Reopening schools a strong message to militants’

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Sirajul Haq urged the government to re-open schools in the province. Speaking at the ‘Martyrs for peace’ conference arranged by his party at Nishtar Hall to pay tribute to victims of the ruthless attack on Army Public School (APS), Siraj raised the spectre of the US bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 to encourage the government to open schools across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Complete story: http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201501020018&EN_ID=11201501020006&EMID=11201501020002


Madaris heads condemn school attack

The administrators of 120 madaris in Bajaur Agency on Thursday condemned the attack on Army Public School and College. The condemnation came during a meeting of the administrators of religious seminaries held at the JamiaDinatulUloomNawanKillay in Bajaur.A former Member National Assembly belonging to the JamiatUlema-e-Islam-Fazl, Maulana Muhammad Sadiq, MaulanaFazalSubhan, MaulanaAttaullah and others attended the meeting.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-293709-Madaris-heads-condemn-school-attack


Footprints: After the school massacre

THE Dec 16, 2014 attack on the Army Public School and College on Warsak Road put the entire nation into a state of unprecedented grief. The trauma of this attack is not limited to the surviving students and teachers, and the parents of the victims, though their ordeal is by far the toughest. Suffering as well are the students enrolled in about 20 other schools, including two religious seminaries, located on Warsak Road. All together, thousands of children study in these schools.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1154519/footprints-after-the-school-massacre


High level meeting on Dir Medical College

Senior provincial minister Anayatullah hold a meeting on medical college and engineering university at Dir and said that the relevant departments should submit their feasibility reports, maps plans for the said college and university to the departments.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102607217&Issue=NP_PEW&Date=20150102




Non-merit posts are discouraging

Tribal and political leaders of Qila Saifullah said that recruitments in Levis Force and Education Department should be based on NTS tests and interviews. They should be on merit.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-02-2015/quetta/page7.asp


Teacher’s recruitments by NTS

Pukhtunkhwa Student Organization said that education department should recruited new posts of teachers through NTS test. They also said that NTS management should make their system more capable so that recruitments are based on true merits.

Complete Story:http://e.jang.com.pk/01-02-2015/quetta/page2.asp


Rejecting application for education diploma

A candidate for posts at Secondary Education department Chaman said that, to reject applications on bases of not to have a professional diploma is against merit.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-02-2015/quetta/page7.asp


UNICEF trainees need certifications

Government teachers Association said that UNICEF trained teachers from Zhob for 12 days. Their participants are still waiting for certification awards.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-02-2015/quetta/page7.asp




Medical colleges will be facilitated

During a meeting between AJK president and Registrar PMDC, it was argued that there is lack of basic facilities for functionality of two medical colleges that will be overcome soon.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-01-02&edition=ISL&id=1473565_62913940




‘Process of shifting evening classes to morning expedited’

CA&DD Minister of State Barrister Usman Ibrahim on Thursday directed that the students of evening classes should immediately shift to morning classes in those colleges which have extra capacity. The minister expressed these views while chairing a meeting regarding shift of evening classes to morning classes. 

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/02-Jan-2015/process-of-shifting-evening-classes-to-morning-expedited







Private schools told to be ready for security audit

The Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority has directed all private educational institutions of the ICT to fill in security check lists and submit them to it without delay. The directions come ahead of the start of the ‘security audit’ of schools and colleges in ICT urban and rural areas to identify risks to their safety. The security check list given to educational institutions seek information about boundary walls, security guards, metal detectors, walk-through gates, closed-circuit television cameras, emergency exits, and owners of private vans engaged by students.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-293731-Private-schools-told-to-be-ready-for-security-audit


Security audit of capital schools starts

Islamabad police have started security audit of the educational institutions in the federal capital and 34 teams have been constituted to review arrangements and deliver special lectures to bring further improvement in the security measures.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-02/page-4/detail-9


Private schools demand security, reopening

The private schools owners have urged the government to provide security to educational institutions in Islamabad capital territory and reopen them, as closure of educational institution is not a solution to the security problem.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Islamabad/2015-01-02/page-13/detail-5


Uniform national syllabus dire need of the hour

National education policy carrying the national aspirations and introducing a uniform national syllabus and medium of instruction in the country is the dire need of the hour for strengthening national integration and our policy makers and others should shoulder their responsibilities with regard to achieve this purpose, said Mian Siddique Akber. He stated this after his unanimous re-election as the president of AnjumanFaizul Islam (AFI) Rawalpindi.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-293724-Uniform-national-syllabus-dire-need-of-the-hour


AIOU to introduce academic reforms in 2015

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will introduce academic reforms in the year 2015 to ensure quality education by bringing qualitative improvement in its various educational programs and students’ services.

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-02/page-2/detail-3






Approval of schools security plan by Federal Government

Federal Government has approved security plan for schools. According to plan, there will be security guards hired for 6 months contract for medium level schools and there will be CCTV cameras for high-level schools.

Complete http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-01-02&edition=ISL&id=1473519_63037822


Saudi Arabia to build more schools in quake-hit areas

Saudi Arabia has announced it will build 40 more schools in Pakistan’s calamity-hit areas. “A sufficient amount of money has been allocated for the construction of 40 more primary, middle and secondary schools besides colleges in different flood-hit parts of Pakistan. This is part of our relief and reconstruction projects for the communities in distress,” King Abdullah’s Relief Campaign for Pakistani People Regional Director Dr Khalid M. Al-Othmani told reporters here.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-293732-Saudi-Arabia-to-build-more-schools-in-quake-hit-areas


IIUI holds ceremony of renovation of Faisal Mosque

International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Thursday started renovation work of Faisal Mosque in support of Saudi king. The inaugural ceremony of maintenance and renovation of Faisal Mosque and allied units was held at Allama Iqbal Auditorium in Faisal Mosque Campus of IIUI. 

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/02-Jan-2015/iiui-holds-ceremony-of-renovation-of-faisal-mosque





Government firm to promote education

Addressing District Education Review Committee Meeting , DCO Muzzaffar Sial said that Punjab Government was committed to promote education in the province and for this purpose massive amount was being spent on equipping every school and college with teaching facilities, furniture and renovation of institutions buildings.

Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201501/02/national2.php


Private schools’ plea

The All Pakistan Private Schools Association (APPSA) has requested the Punjab government to reopen the private schools that have adopted required security measures.

Complete story:http://www.dawn.com/news/1154576/private-schools-plea


Edu institutions directed to install emergency gates

SSP Operations Muhammad Saleem Thursday directed to heads of all educational institutions to install emergency gates. He was addressing a meeting here in which heads of all public educational institutions including Bahauddin Zakariya University and Nishtar Medical College, participated.

Complete story: http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201501/02/national2.php


Identification of sensitive schools

Police and intelligence departments have declared 338 educational institutes as sensitive including 86 government and 140 private schools. It also includes colleges and universities.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-01-02&edition=LHR&id=1474342_27900765


Progress in security plan

Currently security plan is being implementing. In this regard,eight of wall increasing and installment of CCTV cam are in progress.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-02-2015/pindi/pic.asp?picname=04_16.gif


Notification of vacations at Sargodha Schools

Secretary School Education Department has released notification of extensions in winter vacations up to 12 January.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/rawalpindi/2015-01-02/page-5


Funds required for security

Directorate of education demanded 60 million from provincial education department for security of 9 colleges at Rawalpindi Division. Through this grant, the height of wall will be increase; security guards will be hiring etc.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-01-02&edition=ISL&id=1473516_63850294


Private schools completed security plan

All Pakistan private school management said that, all private schools have completed the security requirements. Government should allow them to open as soon as possible.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2015-01-02/page-12


Campuses in Burewala asked to make security arrangements

Police have asked educational institutions of the subdivision to make foolproof security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident. Addressing a meeting at the Divisional Public School (DPS) Burewalaon Thursday, Vehari DPO Sadiq Ali Dogar said that the security measures included elevation of boundary wall and appointment of trained security guards. He said that he had issued orders that students and teachers should not leave the school buildings at one time after closure to avoid rush of vehicles.

Complete Story:  http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-293812-BUREWALA-City-News


PEF got grant

Punjab Education Foundation got grant to 110 million from Punjab Government. Beside this, Punjab Government also donated 72-canal land to PEF.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-02-2015/pindi/pic.asp?picname=04_08.gif



GCU turns 151

GOVERNMENT College University (GCU), the oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan, has turned 151-year-old. The academic travel, which had started in the Haveli of Dhian Singh in the Walled City on January 1, 1864 with just nine students and three teachers, completed its 151 years of excellence Thursday. According to a press release, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman announced holding the Foundation Day celebrations with simplicity because of the prevailing grief in the country due to the massacre of innocent children in a terrorist attack at the Army Public School in Peshawar.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-293684-GCU-turns-151 http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-02/page-14/detail-0






Hate material seized from seminary

During the ongoing swoop on suspected militants, personnel of counter terrorism department (CTD) along with Kot Chhuta police on Thursday confiscated hate literature from a seminary.

Police have registered a case against the administration of the seminary.

Reports said a CTD team raided Madressah Abi Bakar Tableegh-i-Islam at Notak Mehmeed and seized hate literature.

Complete story:http://www.dawn.com/news/1154582/hate-material-seized-from-seminary


Two newly-appointed VCs visit UET

THE newly-appointed Vice-Chancellors of Government College University (GCU) Faisalabad Dr Muhammad Ali and University of Gujrat Dr Zia-ul-Qayyum called on University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Vice-Chancellor DrFazal Ahmad Khalid.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-293809-Briefs



Provincial Benevolent Fund Board Thursday started to receive applications for benevolent fund scholarships. Children of Punjab government employees can submit their applications till March 31.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-293689-Scholarships



PRINCIPAL Post Graduate Medical Institute, Lahore General Hospital and Ameer-ud-Din Medical College Prof. Anjum Habib Vohra has announced one-month honorarium for the employees who served with professional efficiency and devotion during 2014.




Aitzaz Hasan most favorite of 2014

Herald, Washington published that Aitzaz Hasan, who was died of terrorism by saving lives at school is nominated as most favorite person on 2014.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-02/page-3/detail-41



New courses by TEVTA

TEVTA announced 15 courses of 3-month duration. Course includes AutoCAD, Auto Mechanic, Civil, Mobile phone repair.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2015-01-02/page-7


Meeting seminar on heart attack by College of physicians

College of Physicians and Surgeons organized a meeting and seminar on discussing the heart attacks.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/lahore/2015-01-02/page-9



Reward of free students of Sargodha University

In an aptitude test by Punjab Service Public Commission, Six candidates selected for posts of fisheries departments. Three of them belonging to Sargodha University.

Complete Story: http://dailypakistan.com.pk/E-Paper/rawalpindi/2015-01-02/page-5


Lack of basic facilities at Azam Colony RWP

There is lack of hospitals and education facilities at Cantonment area of Rawalpindi, “Azam Colony.” Area people facing poor water and sanitations facilities.

Complete Story: http://e.dunya.com.pk/detail.php?date=2015-01-02&edition=ISL&id=1473518_75842999




Teacher absenteeism is only part of the problem

Much has been said and heard about absent teachers and ghost schools in Sindh as well as the rest of the country. Sindh education officials have themselves admitted the presence of more than 40,000 ghost teachers and 6,700 non-functional schools in the province eating up around Rs131 billion of the annual education budget. According to figures obtained from the education department, there are a total of 150,000 schoolteachers in Sindh.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-293665-Teacher-absenteeism-is-only-part-of-the-problem


Madressahs offer support to PM in action against institutions behind Peshawar carnage

Defending the role of madressahs and resenting the prime minister’s mention of religious schools in the context of terrorism, Qari Muhammad Hanif Jalandhari demanded on Thursday that the government expose elements and organisations behind the Peshawar school carnage, saying that it was the worst incident of its kind in the world.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1154511


Private schools opened

Private school owners have opened their schools from 1st January at Mirpur. They are not following the government instructions.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-02-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_05.gif


MBBS exam at Chandka college postponed for ‘security’ reasons

In what appeared to be a strange move, the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU), Larkana, has indefinitely postponed the MBBS examination at the Chandka Medical College due to the “security situation obtaining in the country”.

Complete story:http://www.dawn.com/news/1154490


‘Educate a Girl’ celebrates 500th vocational-funded scholarships for girls

 ‘Educate a Girl’ celebrated 500th vocational scholarships funded for deserving girls in Pakistan to become journalists. This is part of one-time project to educate 1,000 girls and help them find jobs, sustainability and eventually be donors themselves. 

Complete story: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-02/page-2/detail-5


SMIU inducts teachers through NTS aptitude test

The Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has inducted about 25 lecturers through tests under National Testing Service (NTS), an official of the institute said on Thursday. The university has become the first public sector university to have hired teachers after a comprehensive selection process that included clearance of NTS test and evaluation of lecturing skills by the varsity’s selection board, he mentioned.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-293669-SMIU-inducts-teachers-through-NTS-aptitude-test




Gusty winds postpone exams

Strong dusty winds toppled desks over and uprooted tents pitched at the University of Karachi on Thursday for the male students of BCom Part I (regular) taking their Introduction to Business examination. Other makeshift exam centres set up at the university met with a similar fate, causing the KU administration to postpone the exams.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-293661-Gusty-winds-postpone-exams-disrupt-flight-plans http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201501020089&EN_ID=11201501020036&EMID=11201501020013


Approval for Finance manager of Universities

Chief Minister Sindh has approve d names of 24 candidates out of 86 for finance manager for 12 universities at Sindh. CM nominated 2 names for each university.

Complete Story:http://e.jang.com.pk/01-02-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_02.gif


Appeal to President against VC FUUAST

Teacher’s organization of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science, and Technology sent appeal to President of Pakistan to take action against their Vice Chancellor’s action against teachers.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/karachi/2015-01-02/page-2



VC interviews for Liari University

24 candidates nominated for interviews for the posts of Vice Chancellor, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Liari University. Interviews will be holding tomorrow.

Complete Story: http://e.jang.com.pk/01-02-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=13_13.gif


M.Phil. Seminars

Sindh University released schedule of MPhil Seminars by Faculty of Social Sciences, international Relations and Area Studies. Following these schedule different researchers of relevant departments will present their research work.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102606960&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20150102


Non-suitable examination management

Due to fast winds, all the management for examination of BCOM is disturbed. Karachi University will announce new date for “Introduction to Trade” very soon.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102606940&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20150102


Stay on promotions of retired employees

Acting VC of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Liari Universityis bout to expel for stopping the promotion case of retired employee. Governor Sindh appointed VC and he belongs to Liari.

Complete Story: http://express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1102606936&Issue=NP_KHI&Date=20150102


Witnesses identify ‘shooters’ of seminary students

Two seminary students on Thursday deposed against three suspects and identified them as alleged shooters before a judicial magistrate in a case pertaining to the murder of their three fellow students.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1154495


Opinions/ Editorial


Imposing faith by Faisal Bari

IT is time to fight and take back at least some space that we have, over the last 30 odd years, ceded to self-proclaimed religious authorities, those who act as bigots and those who use religion or interpretations of religion to oppress others.  Is school or college the best place to teach religion? Do children become moral or better human beings by having it as a compulsory subject? I would argue to the contrary. By imposing something, and in an unthinking way, we can only close minds of children to that activity or subject.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1154528/imposing-faith


Remembering Aitzaz Hasan

Aitzaz Hasan has been voted in as Herald’s Person of the Year. For many, the Peshawar tragedy served as a poignant reminder of Aitzaz Hasan’s great sacrifice, a 16 years old student from Bannu who saved his friends and teachers by averting a suicide attack in January last year.

Complete story:http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-02/page-6/detail-2


Development on the back burner again by Syed Mohammad Ali

In the aftermath of the Peshawar school tragedy, the prime minister (PM) has formed a new committee tasked to work out how to divert an, as yet, unspecified amount of funds earmarked for development purposes towards improving the national security situation. Security-related activities need to be prioritised very carefully, to prevent use of government funds meant for schools or hospitals to purchase more bullet-proof cars for VIPs for instance, or furthering other grandiose military ambitions.

Complete story:http://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201501020043&EN_ID=11201501020017&EMID=11201501020007


Letters to the editor


Going back to basics

One may presume that Dec 16 massacre of 150 students and their teachers in Peshawar had woken the Pakistani nation to face what’s written on the wall. I believe that our future doesn’t tie with waging jihad against our own people and other nations, but in excelling in education, arts, science and technology to bring back the past glory. The curriculum in Madrassas cover centuries old tribal practices as an ideal way of life.

Complete story: http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2015-01-02/page-7/detail-6


Advantages of coeducation

Coeducation has been a success in Pakistan. It has helped improve literacy and make atmosphere better in our education institutions. But the system has its supporters as well as opponents. Those who support it argue that in a poor country like Pakistan it solves the problems like the shortage of schools, colleges and competent teaching staff. Beside this, it also encourages healthy competition between boys and girls.

Complete Story: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-293740-Advantages-of-coeducation


Schoolchildren, selfies

IT is nice to have a grand book fair every year in December in Karachi. I am a regular visitor to this event and feel happy that we still have some passion for reading books.One thing which provokes me to write is that this year I noticed that schoolchildren were more interested in getting selfies from their cellphones rather than seeing books.

Complete story: http://www.dawn.com/news/1154542/schoolchildren-selfies