Governor wakes up to students’ sufferings
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah on Wednesday took a strong exception to the miserable situation wherein the students of a high school of Lower Dir were participating in the metric examination under open sky and directed that a detail report on the sorry state of affairs should be submitted to him. A report appeared in a section of media, the governor said that it indeed demanded immediate action. To avoid such a situation, the governor said that alternate arrangements must have been made in time. According to the report, the school was destroyed as a result of tragic incident of terrorism and could not be reconstructed till yet.
Knowledge, economy interlinked: Ahsan
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said that after industrial revolution, today is the era of knowledge based economy in which strong linkages between academia and industry. He was addressing 3rd Invention to Innovation Summit organised by PU Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan Science Foundation, University of Management and Technology and Institute of Research Promotion at Al Raazi Hall here on Wednesday. PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, Chairman Pakistan Foundation Dr Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Rector UMT Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, CEO IRP Abid Sherwani, Director ORIC Prof Dr Amir Ejaz, senior faculty members, industrial representatives and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Addressing the ceremony, Ashan Iqbal said that the government wanted to link education with economy and would allocate a huge amount to education in the next budget.
Educating the poor a great service
Hunar Shunar Foundation President Dr Samana Zeshan has said that it will be a great service to educate the poor children and women so they could become useful citizens of the state. She also criticised the old rituals like magic, dowry and showy culture. She expressed these views accompanied by other office bearers including Dr Saghir Ahmad, Nasir Bangash, Shahab Khan and the French donor Christophe Bureau while visiting The Nawa-i-Waqt Group offices on Wednesday. She also condemned exploitation of women in the society adding the women had been playing an important role in the progress of country. Dr Samana Zeshan termed the Nepali woman an ideal one who worked hard shoulder to shoulder with men. The Nepali society reflects some rich customs like that of arranged marriages and no dowries but the girls themselves search for their life partners.
Karachi is to be first of the districts in Sindh to adequately utilise the funds allotted for the School Education Reform Project (Serp). The Education Department of Karachi is developing 30 different educational complexes, each comprising three to four functional government schools on a single premises, in mid- and low-income localities of the city. The School Complex Project, expected to encompass all government and nationalised schools across Karachi, was initiated under the World Bank sponsored SERP. Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui, during a visit to some of these complexes on Wednesday said facilities provided through the project will be complimented with a well-trained teaching staff. Siddiqui told the teachers and other officials present on the occasion that World Bank authorities have acknowledged the successful and efficient completion of the first phase of the project. Under the arrangement, each of the 30 complexes was refurbished with new classes, library, toilets and clean water coolers.
Parents should encourage kids to read books
Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Library and Information Services here on Wednesday organised a seminar in collaboration with Social Development Foundation on ‘Promotion of Book Reading Habit in Pakistan’. Minister of State for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Mohammad Baligh-ur-Rehman was invited as chief guest on the occasion. Japanese Embassy Counsellor Tushikazo Isomura also graced the occasion. The hosting of the programme was done by Madam Nasreen whereas Momal Aziz was the student anchor of the event. Madam Nasreen said that seminar is of prime importance because books play a key role in the development of human society. “We can get collective knowledge through reading”.
The outright rejection of all the 106 manuscripts sent to provincial school education department by Punjab Curriculum Authority for selecting seven of them for printing textbooks based on new curricula will result not only in reversion to age-old content but also cause confusion among Class-VIII students in the next academic session. The Punjab Curriculum Authority (PCA) had granted No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to 106 manuscripts for seven textbooks for Class-VIII in December last year and the school education department’s selection committee was required to finalise seven manuscripts for printing and provision of textbooks based on new curriculum. The school education department’s selection committee allegedly went beyond its mandate by reviewing the manuscripts and reportedly recommending that none of these were worth publishing. It implies the Grade-VIII students would be studying textbooks based on decade-old curricula.
Flouting all the rules and regulations, a deputy district officer in Chakwal’s Education Department has allowed the management of a seminary to hold its annual Urs on the premises of a public school, it has been learnt on Wednesday. As a result the school will remain closed for three days from March 19 to 21. The seminary, Darul Uloom Hanfia, Chakwal, is run by influential clerics who are also industrialists. On February 18, the administrator of the seminary had moved an application to the District Coordination Officer (DCO) seeking permission for holding the three-day events at MC Middle School Chakwal which is located beside the seminary. The DCO referred the matter to the officials concerned of the Education Department directing them to act as per law. But setting the law aside, Deputy District Officer Education (Elementary Male) allowed the management of the seminary to use the school for holding Urs.
Media urged to play active role in promoting education
Chairman of Media Sciences at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal on Wednesday said that Pakistan’s media should play an active role in promoting education for the marginalised segments of society, as it can help eliminate economic disparity. He said that the media was a key factor for education policy development. He said this while speaking on the occasion of ILM-o-AGAHI, a daylong workshop organised by Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with Ilm Ideas. On the occasion journalists also agreed that new entrants in the field of journalism should therefore strive to sensitise the people on the importance of education, as education was the key to success and progress. ILM-o-AGAHI Program Manager Asif Farooqui discussing the salient features of the initiative said a learning platform for journalists on education would be developed as a ready reference for journalists working on education related issues.
Education key to eradicate poverty: Baligh
Minister of State for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education and Interior, Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman on Wednesday emphasized on making efforts to promote education, it was a key to eradicate poverty. Addressing a seminar on reviving the culture of book reading, organized by Social Development Foundation and COMSATS, the minister said book reading improved critical thinking, which ultimately helped in decision making. He urged the teachers to inculcate the reading habit among the students as educated persons were easy to lead, but difficult to rule. He regretted," We as a nation have a poor record of book reading. Being followers of Islam, it is our religious and constitutional obligation to get education and books are a primary source for the purpose." The minister shared with the students that how he first time went to a library at early age and developed love for reading books.
Pakistani NGO announces educational project for Hindus in Punjab
A Lahore-based Pakistani non-governmental organisation Ghazali Education Trust (GET) on Wednesday has announced to launch an education project in Southern Punjab for Hindu community in new academic session of current year. Ghazali Education Trust (GET) would launch the project in Southern Punjab including Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur cities during its first phase facilitating Hindu community. According to statement issued on Wednesday in above mentioned cities, the Hindu community is deprived of educational facilities and the trust is struggling to fill this space. Spokesman GET said that this project will help to involve Hindus in the development process of the country. This project will be completely different from the ongoing project of 325 schools in remote areas of Pakistan.
Pakistani education system has a long way to go, says educationist
Beaconhouse, one of the largest private school networks in the world, had its beginnings in a small nursery set up by Nasreen Kasuri in 1975 in Lahore, Pakistan. The school now has a presence in nine countries including the UAE. It has a combined student strength exceeding 220,000 and a staff of over 18,900. Currently 62 per cent of its employees are women with a very high percentage in upper management. Nasreen is actively involved in a number of non-profit and charity organisations. She received the ‘Sitara-e-Eisaar’, a recognition from the Government of Pakistan, in 2006 for her philanthropic and humanitarian contributions. She is currently the chairperson of Pakistan’s first liberal arts university, the non-profit Beaconhouse National University.
Provinces learn from TEVTA Punjab
Punjab Technical Education and Vocational TrainingAuthority (Punjab TEVTA) organised a three-day exposure visit for the senior management and officers of the TEVTAs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir in a bid to create synergies and bring uniformity to the skill development in Pakistan. The event, featuring indoor activities and visits to the technical training centres in Lahore, was supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
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If children from an early age are not taught to think rather than just be passive receptors of education, then by the time they make it to university, there is a vital item missing from their mental toolkit. It was that missing tool that I reached for — and grasped little but fresh air. Nothing ever goes quite to plan. The plane to Lahore was late — and then arrived earlier than the time that airport staff were telling me it was due. The taxi was waiting for me at the other end, but unsurprisingly, the driver did not know where the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) was. I sometimes wonder if taxi drivers all have their minds erased every day, a blotting out of everywhere they have ever been. Large and prominently signposted campus eventually found it was a deep dive into a very exclusive bubble — and a few surprises.
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