JULY 8 2014

Mamnoon reiterates top priority to education

President Mamnoon Hussain Monday reiterated pledge of the present government to accord top priority to the promotion of higher education in the country and urged the country’s leading institutes and universities to focus on setting a standard of excellence in education and research in all fields especially engineering sciences and technology so as to cope with the growing requirements of a knowledge based economy in the country and further promote scientific and technological development.  The President said this during a presentation given to him by Management of Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology at Aiwan-e-Sadr today. The presentation was attended by Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Science and Technology, Mr. Kamran Ali Qureshi, Secretary Science and Technology, Prof Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman Higher Education Commission(HEC), Dr Muhammad Yayha Khawaja, member(S&T & IT)Planning Commission and other senior officials.

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Now IDPs will also get laptops!

The Punjab government is mulling over ‘technologically equipping’ displaced students from North Waziristan by providing them with laptops, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to sources, officials of the Higher Education Department are deliberating over the proposal, which will soon be submitted to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for approval. The federal government has already announced the provision of 100,000 laptops to talented students under the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme while the Punjab government will distribute an additional 25,000 laptops to deserving students. During its previous tenure, the Punjab government had announced the provision of laptops to university students but this year, laptops will be given even to matriculation students. The Higher Education Department has already started coordination with the educational institutions concerned in this regard.

Complete Story: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014/07/07/national/now-idps-will-also-get-laptops/


UMT-PTDC sign MoU for promotion of education

University of Management and Technology and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote peace and education in the country.  According to the press statement issued here on Monday before signing the MOU, the top management of PTDC discussed the matter with the Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif who lauded the endeavor and showed his confidence in the MOU with UMT and later on granted permission. The Managing Director PTDC Ch. Kabeer Khan confirmed this news and further said that PM was very happy to learn that together with public-private partnership, the positive image of Pakistan could be restored.

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Cultivating better teachers by Muhammad Hamid Zaman

Over the last few months, I have written a lot about innovation. The need to embrace innovative solutions to our unique challenges cannot be overstated. In this regard, universities and institutions of higher education need to play a critical role. The innovation deficit in the country of 180 million people is due to a number of reasons and the universities, particularly large public universities that cater to the masses, need to do a lot more. However, there is one more piece in this puzzle that needs to be emphasised. The quality of teaching in our institutions of higher education needs to be prioritised, celebrated, and incentives need to be created for faculty members to improve their ability to communicate effectively. While there are many among our students who have innate ability, there is a much bigger group of people who have the potential to make an impact if they are provided appropriate mentorship.

Complete Story: http://tribune.com.pk/story/732430/cultivating-better-teachers/


Wake up teachers! by Sheikh Abdur Rasheed

Patricia Neal once said “A master can tell you what expects of you. A teacher though awakens your own expectations.” In Pakistan, we don’t need teachers but the awakened who can stir this society. Out of the box thinking is what we need today and teachers can develop this ability in the minds of children.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-07-08/page-16


Higher education and research by Dr. Bashir Goraya

Without research and education, no nation can advance and prosper. No Pakistani University is not listed in top 600 universities just because of this research deficiency. The role of Higher Education Commission cannot be ignored in this regard.

Complete Story: http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/E-Paper/islamabad/2014-07-08/page-16