November 13, 2014

Khyber Pakhtunkhua


Court stops KP govt. from shifting college to CM’s constituency

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday suspended a notification of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government about shifting of the Ajmal Khattak Polytechnic College in Pabbi and its funds to the chief minister’s constituency in Nowshera district.

The lawyer contended that shifting of the college from one constituency to another, for which the previous government had acquired land and started works on it, was against the law. He requested the bench to declare the provincial government’s decision as void and unconstitutional.

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Students are facing problems due to the lack of water availability

Students are facing problems due to the lack of water availability in Boys Hostel of Balochistan University and there is no gas as well.

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Laptops has been distributed in University of Turbat

Function for the laptop distribution was held at the University of Turbat Kech and laptops were distributed among the students of MBA executive.

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The decision to implement education policy immediately by Aazad Kashmir government

Chief Secretary said that after spending the budget of Azad Kasmir, we will demand from Federal government.  During first stage Rs 700 million will be spent on education.

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School and college curriculam to be revised

The Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) is contemplating to revise curriculum of colleges and schools of Islamabad falling under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). The directives have been given in view of the fact that the curriculum has not been revised since 2007. The minister has also directed concerned director to locate a land in Islamabad establishing more model colleges in the federal capital.

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A mega scandal of corruption in Allama Iqbal Open University has been exposed.

Now corruption is being investigated by NAB and FBR. Inquiry uncovered the corruption of Rs. 52 cror in AIOU.

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The PCE national consultation for education is going to be held today

Pakistan Coalition for Education is conducting an education consultative meeting today. Political representatives, public officers and private sector will be the part of this consultation.

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The transfer of curriculum responsibility to HEC is against the 18th Amendment.

The leader of PPP, Faisal But said that this act will create a rift among provinces. According to 18th Amendment the provinces are responsible for the primary, middle and secondary curriculum.

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Govt. to support AIOU online courses

Minister for Education, Eng. Muhammad Balighur Rehman on Wednesday said that the government will provide all possible support and encouragement to Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) for launching of its online courses for the benefit of students home and abroad. While appreciating the Vice-Chancellor’s vision and futuristic approach for further development of the university, Eng. Balighur Rehman emphasized for laying greater focus on development of applied research, which is relevant to the country’s needs and compatible to international level.

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Master trainers development programme begins at HEC

The 23rd Master Trainers-Faculty Professional Development Programme (MT-FPDP) began at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad on Monday. MT-FPDP is an eight-week in-service, professional teaching certificate programme, designed for higher education teaching faculty to develop their research and other professional skills. 

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ECO Postal College has started training programs for developing countries.

The director Postal College said that we have started recently training program to fulfill the demand of skills development in developing countries.

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The illegal purchase of 1000 laptops in COMSATS

The laptops has been transferred to employees without advertising it. The public resources had been exploited with the help of consultants.

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Prime Minister raised the Higher Education fund to Rs 43 arab

The Mister of education Baleeg-ur-Rehman said that PM raised the higher education fund from Rs. 40 arab to Rs.63 arab.

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The understanding of Quran should be the part of Curriculum

The students of International Islamic University demanded that the Quranic understanding must be the part of curriculum.

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The non-sanctioned appointments and constructions in Quaid-i-Azam University.

The audit report revealed the fact that non-sanctioned appointments and constructions has been made in QAU.

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Pak student wins position in GEW-50 list

TalLee, a startup founded by Rafi Imran Amjad, an undergraduate student at National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), has been selected as one of the Top 50 startups of the world in the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)-50, 2014 list, says a press release.

TalLee is a GSM-based Doorbell, which when pressed, connects the person at the doorstep to the owner’s cell phone through a call. The owner is able to receive the call irrespective of location. The TalLee bell can be ordered at

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NUML arranges book fair

National University of Modern Languages (NUML) arranged annual Book Fair 2014 to revive the tradition of book reading among the young, particularly students.
The annual book fair was arranged by the NUML office of research, innovations and commercialisation (NORIC) in which a total of thirteen book publishers showcased a wide variety of books on the topics including literature, linguistics, management sciences, engineering, information technology, international relations, mass communication, Islamic studies and economics.

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Malala spreads memoir to classrooms with free guide

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Nobel Prize winner and global icon for girls’ education, is spreading her philosophies of human rights and youth empowerment to college and high school classrooms across the world.

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Parents concerned as students made sweepers

Parents have expressed their concerns over the vacant posts of sweepers at Govt Girls Primary School Gull Bahaar Khurd as the students have been performing the cleanliness duties in and around the school for the last two and half years. The parents said that the school management daily deputes several minor students on the “duty” for a day, as they have to keep the entire school building and its surrounding area clean. They added that the practice was repeated every day with other school students by turns. The parents strongly criticised the school management, and said that they had repeatedly urged the admin to recruit sweepers and not to make the minor students sweepers. 

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2,500 schools to get missing facilities

Over 2,500 schools will get missing facilities in the fiscal year 2014-15 and a sum of Rs 2092.597 million already stands allocated for ongoing and new schemes in the Punjab.

According to official sources, a mega initiative would cover 69 schools in Rawalpindi, 85 in Attock, 54 in Chakwal, 51 in Jhelum, 68 in Sargodha, 81 in Khushab, 65 in Bakhar, 95 in Faisalabad, 81 in Jhang, 84 in Toba Tek Singh, 64 in Gujranwala, 51 in Hafizabad, 79 in Gujrat, 39 in Mandi Bahauddin, 53 in Sialkot, 73 in Narowal, 89 in Lahore, 86 in Sheikhupura, 84 in Nankana Sahib, 64 in Kasur, 53 in Okara, 69 in Sahiwal, 64 in Pakpattan, 75 in Multan, 73 in Lodhran, 61 in Khanewal, 81 in Vehari, 70 Dera Ghazi Khan, 56 in Rajanpur, 70 in Muzaffargarh, 64 in Layyah, 75 in Bahawalpur, 65 in Bahawalnagar, 84 in Rahimyar Khan and 45 schools in Chiniot. The Punjab government had allocated Rs 480 million for education and Rs 230 million amount has so far been released.

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Untidy condition of school surrounding in Attock has been noticed by ADC Kanza Murtaza.

She also engaged head master of school to keep the environment clean and save from Dengue.

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The processing fee of Matric increased.

Students protest aging the increase off Metric fee, this will make education costly for them.

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Imperative urgency of innovative school health programme for children

CHILDREN below 19 years of age comprise of more than half of the total population of Pakistan. While a whopping 25 million are still out of school, of the remaining 35 million in the school, health issues like stunting and iodine deficiency is reducing their IQ by 5-15 points, reducing their learning capacity and cognitive abilities, as well as increasing propensity of repeated years and drop outs. UN bodies, CSOs, representatives from Health and Education Departments came together in a rare show of solidarity at a consultative meeting organized by Nur Center for Research and Policy, pledging their commitment towards institutionalization of School Health Programme in the province. While the Chief Minister s School Reforms Roadmap has created urgency and a crisis situation of now-or-neverin education, there is no mention of school health component to-date. Currently the school health program comes under the domain of the Ministry of Health, specifically under Punjab Health Sector Reform Program (PHSRP). There is a need for innovation in management of the school health program. The government took an innovative step by working on the multi-sectoral nutritional policy.

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WASA charged heavy bills to private educational institutes.

The owners of private educational institutes are worried on this decision.

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The construction of Sargodha University Campus in Khushab

The University in Khushab is necessary to cater the demand of students’ higher education.

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America will help Pakistan to maintain the quality of education

The mission Director of USAID said that US will continue to help the Pakistan in education, the construction of FC College girls hostel is a recent example of it.

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The cut in supply of electricity during examination created problems

Students unable to perform well in exam and they demanded to notice this.

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Teachers are getting benefits of DTES

The steps taken by Punjab government are useful and positive changes are being witnessed in primary education.

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International conference on local governments begins at GC

A three-day international conference on ‘Local Representation of Power in South Asia’ began at the Government College University (GCU) on Wednesday. GCU’s Political Science Department organised the workshop in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC). GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman chaired the inaugural session further subdivided into five technical sessions including one on women’s empowerment through local representation.

Dr Chanchal Kumar Shrama, from the Central University of Haryana, India, Prof Dr Rahman, Former Lahore High Court chief justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif and GCU Political Science Department Head Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt were present at the occasion.

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Attack on PU hostel head condemned

LAHORE: Acting Punjab University Teachers Front President Prof Dr. Amir Ejaz, Academic Staff Association Spokesperson Dr. Mehboob Hussain and other representatives of teachers, including Dr Mughees Javed, Dr. Abid Chaudhry and Dr. Faheem Javed, have condemned the attack on Hostel 15 Superintendent Dr Sardar Asghar Iqbal by members of a student organization and urged the government to take action against the hooliganism. 

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Book on journey of PU CAD launched

A book on history of Pakistani art titled ‘A Journey of Resilience and Success 1940-2013: College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab’ written by Marjorie Husain, Nadeem Alam, Barbara Schmitz and Rahat Naveed Masud with Ajmal Hussain as research assistant, has been launched. The book has four chapters with 85 monographs on artists together with their 150 painting images and 105 photographs of important events. 

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A Pakistani student, Mehrunissa Sajajd, has received the Women’s leadership Award at Future Leader’s Conference 2014 at Oxford University in England. She was elected Oxford Union secretary unopposed and is currently the Vice President of the Oxford Union to which office she was also elected unopposed this year.

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Women’s hostel at FCC inaugurated

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director in Pakistan Gregory Gottlieb on Wednesday unveiled a plaque marking the inauguration of Hope Tower, the agency-funded women’s hostel at the Forman Christian College. US Consul General Harkenrider said the inauguration of the women hostel had marked a milestone that celebrated not only US’ partnership with this prestigious educational institution but also reaffirmed the US’ long-term commitment to supporting education in Pakistan.

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28 Girls and 59 Primary Schools of Jhudo closed

Education department of Jhudo District Mir Pur Khas has acknowledged that 28 girls and 59 boys’ schools are closed in the district. U.C Roshan Abad, Dilawar Hussain, New Kot, Fazal Bhambhri, Ahuri and others schools are closed. In jhudo main Girls School there are 350 students and 28 Teachers are appointed. The condition of Education in the district is worst, whereas, for 353 students 194 Teachers are appointed. Education department is looking the matter to resolve.

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Hundreds of Schools closed in Ghora Bari

District Thatta: Hundreds of schools of ghora bari are closed due to non-seriousness of government. Government girls Primary School Allah Bachayo Khushk, Sulaiman Khushk, School Mama Ali Khushk and others are closed since years. The residents declared that their children are deprived of education and they are pushed back to work in the fields.

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Girls Primary School Building in decaying condition

Girls Primary School village Tharri Muhabbat District Dadu building is in decaying condition; pieces are falling from the roof; students are worried. Villagers told that since 20 years the building is not repaired; the funds are taken away. They demanded from higher authorities to take action and resolve issue on priority basis.

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Boys Primary School lacks the facility of furniture

Boys Primary School Shikarpur is lacking the facility of furniture; students are studying under the trees. Residents demanded from the higher authorities to take notice of the issue and immediately resolve it to save education of the children.

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Protest against school closure

Government Boys Middle School village Lakha District Naushehro Feroz is closed since 5 years; teachers are getting their salaries without attending school. Villagers demanded from higher authorities to take notice and resolve the issue.

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E.D.O Education visits Schools

E.D.O Education Mr. Mir Niaz Ahmed Talpur visited the Primary School Mumtaz Shah and Primary School Nabi Bux Khokhar at Kot Ghulam Muhammad District Mir Pur Khas. During his visit he found many Ghost Teachers in both Schools, he added that he would send report to Director Education.

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Primary School closed, Protest

Primary School village Daleel Zardari Moro District Nausheshro Feroz is closed since months; villagers protested before Education Office and raised slogans for the restoration of School. They added that more than 200 students are deprived of Education and Teachers are on Visa.

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Ghost Teachers’ salaries will be deducted says D.C Benazir Abad

A meeting was conducted at the office of Deputy Commissioner Mr. Abdul Aleem Lashari for the promotion of Education and for making a strategy to convince Teachers to attend schools on regular basis. Mr. Lashari said that Ghost Teachers salaries will be deducted than they will attend schools properly. He added that Education officers will visit schools on regular basis and will find out the problems.

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More than 300 College employees regularized in Sukkur

Sindh High Court Sukkur has issued orders for regularization of college employees and ordered to issue them remaining salaries. They were appointed in 2011.

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Teachers Protest against Management Cadre System

Teachers came on roads against Secretary Education Mr. Fazal Ul Allah Pechuho on his decision of introducing management cadre system in Education. Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Ghotki and other districts’ school have been closed by these Teachers.

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Ghost Teachers expelled from Urdu Channels

After the great breaking up of news against Ghost Teachers on Social Media, Urdu Channels terminated their journalists who were Teachers in Education department in Sindh Government. Even other Channels are too busy in preparing lists of their employees in government. These ghost Teachers were doing double duties.

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1400 Supervisors’ Salaries stopped, Protest

Through importing Management Cadre System in Education 1400 supervisors’ salaries have been stopped. The Teachers have protested against the system and have demanded to issue salaries.

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Protest against Stoppage of Sindhi Language in Private Schools

Ratodero District Larkana:  Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party leaders protested before Press Club Ratodero against double dealing with Sindhi Subject in Private Schools. They told media that Sindhi Subject is being neglected in the private schools which is injustice with Sindh Province.

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PAC refuses to settle Rs23.9m account of Larkana eduaction board

The Sindh Assembly public accounts committee on Wednesday refused to settle two of the three paras of the the audit and inspection report of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Larkana, for want of relevant documents in support of Rs23.915 million expenditure. The only para that was settled involved only Rs0.394 million pertaining to expenditures incurred on sports activities.

The two paras 41-1 and 14.4 pertain to Rs6.879 million expenditure without compliance of the public procurement regulatory authority rules and non-accountal of stores articles worth Rs17.036 million.

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Dream of getting laptops turns sour for many KU students

 Many students who had great expectation to get laptops when they received several Higher Education Commission (HEC) emails and following a message on their cell phones to collect laptop from university on the eve of distribution day, could not get the promised laptops. Few of university officials who talked on the subject, criticized the concerned university officials, while others criticized HEC for building communication gap. 


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Matric supplementary exams start on Nov 14

The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) would hold supplementary examination for Science and General Groups for the Secondary School Certificate on November 14.

BSEK controller examination Noman Ashan while announcing the date on Wednesday, informed that around 34,937 candidates would appear for the examinations; 18,142 male students would appear for the Science group papers whereas 11,633 female candidates would appear for papers they could not clear.

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Opinions/ Editorials


Even one child is too many by Firuza Pastakia  and Saman Naz (12-11-2014)

We write this op-ed article in response to the excellent effort by Dr Zeba Sathar and Maqsood Sadiq to discuss education issues in their article, ‘Half full, half empty’ (November 11), in which they highlight their perceptions of the methodology and data sources we have used to develop an estimate of out-of-school children (OOSC) in Pakistan in the ‘25 Million Broken Promise’s report recently published by Alif Ailaan (disclosure: Alif Ailaan is a DFID-funded campaign for education).


Stand up, universities by Muhammad Hamid Zaman

The demand, they say, is at an all-time high. The admission rates, the bragging commodity of universities, are at an all-time low. Yet, in the court of public opinion, there is agreement that the promise of higher education in the country has not materialised. While there is a clear correlation between more opportunities, better pay and higher education, the sentiment on the street is that higher education has failed to deliver.

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It’s Business, not Education by Muhammad Faisal Shahzad

Now education became a business rather acting like a service provision. The institutes thinks and cares about the profit generation through these institutes.

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Letters to the editor

The trend of student societies is gaining popularity in universities. They work as professionally as an expert organization in the corporate world. Each society has different motives; leadership, enhancement, development and majorly MUNs. The students organize events, including residential conferences, social events, seminars, CSR projects etc. These societies are headed by students and run by students, teaching them a sense of responsibility. I have seen introverts turning into extroverts. The development, learning, skills and experience these societies provides is beyond the general academic studies. The entire corporate world depends on connections and business links and most of the well known organisations hire experienced students, not only on the basis of high GPA but also their social skills. Therefore, if the students really want to excel in their life, they should dedicate time to these societies.

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