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Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / Foundation Day of Benazir Bhutto Women University
« Last post by sb on September 22, 2017, 10:46:41 AM »
Foundation Day of Benazir Bhutto Women University
PesHAWAR:September 22: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said on Thursday that promotion of women education was the top priority of the provincial government and most of the education budget in the province had been specified for female education.

He was speaking as chief guest at a function to mark the Foundation Day of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University (SBBWU) here.

The function as also addressed by special assistant to the chief minister on higher education Mushtaq Ghani, vice-chancellor of the university Prof Dr Razia Sultana and others.

He said that the provincial government was committed to bringing about revolution in the education sector. “Making Holy Quran learning compulsory and introducing English from the very beginning were the silent revolution in education in the province,” he remarked.

The chief minister said imparting quality education to every woman of the province was important part of the government’s educational targets, adding that an educated woman was the primary source of educating the society.

Pervez Khattak inaugurated the extension of Sui gas to the university. He also distributed laptops among the MPhil and PhD scholars. He also announced the construction of widening of road connecting the university and approved buses for the university.

Pervez Khattak said his government took lead for the standardisation of education because the previous governments totally ignored education.

Women education was the most neglected area in the past, he said. During the last 13 years only one university for women was established in the province but this government expanded the establishment of universities to the district level including separate universities for women, science and technology and technical universities, he said.

He said the provincial government announced emergencies in both health and education sector in the very first year of its rule. In the past the primary schools comprised of only two class rooms with only teachers. But the current government added four more rooms to each primary school and increased the number of teachers. Similarly billions of rupees were spent on overcoming the missing facilities in schools, he added.

Now 70 to 80 percent schools in the province have been fully developed in accordance with the modern day needs where proper educational environment was made available for the kids, he claimed.

The chief minister said that the provincial government has already started establishing colleges and universities at district level and work on new universities for women was in progress.

He lauded SBBWU for showing better results. “I am sure the university administration would continue making efforts for improvement of the university,” he said. Dr Razia Sultana presented annual report of the university. She also spoke in details about the achievements of the university.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / OPF Girls College function
« Last post by sb on September 22, 2017, 10:45:18 AM »
OPF Girls College function
Islamabad :September 22:The OPF Girls College, F-8/2, celebrated Pakistan's 70th Independence Day on Thursday with its all junior sections from Nursery to Class VII actively participating in it. The celebrations began with the flag hoisting by Principal Shahina Masood. Thereafter, the national anthem was played.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Kanza Azeemi wins highest award at Oxford University
« Last post by sb on September 22, 2017, 10:44:34 AM »
Kanza Azeemi wins highest award at Oxford University
ISLAMABAD:22 September: A Chevening scholar from Pakistan has been awarded the "Saïd Prize" - which is given to the best MBA student at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

According to a press release of British High Commission Islamabad, Kanza Azeemi received the respected award among her class of 327 students from 58 countries. Kanza proceeded to UK along with 80 other scholars from Pakistan in 2016 for a one year's master's degree programme.

The respected Saïd Prize is awarded to one MBA student for outstanding academic excellence and contribution to the MBA programme and the wider Oxford community.

Chevening Scholar Kanza Azeemi said: "Chevening has been an invaluable part of my MBA journey. Along with providing a robust community of talented individuals from across the world, the scholarship facilitates networking and community building through various events throughout the year.Published in Daily Times, September 22nd 2017.
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Education News from Sindh / SZABIST discontinues free transport for students
« Last post by sb on September 22, 2017, 10:43:42 AM »
SZABIST discontinues free transport for students
LARKANA:22 September: Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Larkana Campus has ceased the provision of free transportation to students. The free transport program was initiated by Benazir Bhutto eight years ago.
The institution's management has asked students coming from Naudero to pay transportation charges amounting to Rs 2,600 per month. SZABIST uses two vans which carry 60 students to Larkana from Naudero and another which is used to transport students attending the institution's evening shift.

According to students, the change in policy was announced very abruptly which has added to their financial worries as many of them could hardly afford the university's tuition fee. SZABIST charges students Rs 56,000 per month on average.

Many of the student's parents said that they would have to withdraw their children from SZABIST if the free transportation facility is discontinued as they simply could not afford the additional cost of paying for their children 's transport.
Published in Daily Times, September 22nd 2017.
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Education News from Sindh / International Peace Day at Shah Abdul Latif University
« Last post by sb on September 22, 2017, 10:42:58 AM »
International Peace Day at Shah Abdul Latif University
KHAIRPUR:22 September: International Peace Day was observed at Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) with the under the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday. The program was jointly organised by the SALU institute of International Relations and the Department of Media Studies.

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Imdad Hussain Sahito said that the Muslim world had been suffering as a result of atrocities by non-democratic forces. He stressed that education and dialogue has an important role in peace building.

Also speaking at the event, Prof Sikandar Mehdi said that peace is vital for the welfare of young people as it brings progress, development and employment. He warned that peace is endangered in the modern world, and that Japan and European countries are peaceful because they have learnt their lessons from the two World Wars. He stated that democracy is always preferable to dictatorship and that several underdeveloped countries around the world remained in danger of falling under dictatorial regimes, including Pakistan. He warned that the Soviet Union had disintegrated because of a non-democratic approach to governance. His words were backed by Prof Amir Ahmed Khuhro, who said that international peace would bring socio-economic development and positive change. Prof Muhammad Lashari lauded the HEC for taking an initiative for the promotion of peace and said that such events gave students a platform to play their role against extremism.

Drug peddlers jailed: Naushero Feroze Court gave 25 year jail sentences to two drug dealer on Thursday. The sentence was awarded by Session Judge Naushahro Feroze to Hakim Khan Pathan and Akbar Khan Pathan. The Court also imposed a fine of Rs. 100,000 on both of them. If the fine is defaulted the accused will have six months added to their jail sentence.
Published in Daily Times, September 22nd 2017.
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Education News from Sindh / SHC Nazir breaks lock to reopen Ayisha Bawani College
« Last post by sb on September 22, 2017, 10:42:15 AM »
SHC Nazir breaks lock to reopen Ayisha Bawani College
Karachi:22 September: The Nazir appointed by the Sindh High Court (SHC) to ensure re-opening of Ayisha Bawani College, opened the college after breaking the lock and pasted the order of the court on the college gate.

While hearing the plea regarding the closure of the college, a division bench, headed by Justice Munib Akhtar, ruled "under all circumstances, classes and the college must resume by today (Friday)."

The court was hearing the plea filed by the teachers, submitting that the future of thousands of students, who were being educated at college, was on stake due to the rift between Ayisha Bawani Trust and Sindh government.

The court was informed that the college had not been reopened despite its directives.

Earlier on Saturday, the SHC had suspended the order of lower court to seal the college and ordered its immediate re-opening.

Despite the passage of six days, the directive of higher judiciary was not complied with.

Expressing its displeasure, the SHC appointed its Nazir and directed him to proceed immediately to the building and show a copy of court's order to the person who claim to hold possession of the college.

The bench also directed the SHO of the police station and SSP concerned to assign the Nazir in re-opening the college and to maintain law and order situation. The police was also directed to take strict action against those who create hindrance to implementation of its orders.

"If necessary, the Nazir has full authority to break any lock and to take all such steps as he may deem appropriate to ensure opening of the college," the bench ruled in its order.

Complying with the court's directives, Nazir accompanied by police party reached the college and opened it after breaking the lock.

The court has ordered to put the college and the relevant portion of the building back in the possession of the provincial government only for the limited purposes for resuming the classes.Published in Daily Times, September 22nd 2017.
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Education News from Sindh / Senate body lauds AIOU’s contribution to educational uplift
« Last post by sb on September 22, 2017, 10:41:27 AM »
Senate body lauds AIOU’s contribution to educational uplift
Islamabad :September 22:The Chairperson of the Senate's Standing Committee on Education and Professional Development Senator Rahila Magsi appreciated the initiatives of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) for disseminating knowledge and spreading education all over the country. She was presiding the meeting of the Senate Standing Committee held in the PIPS hall of the Parliament Lodges. The Committee lauded the AIOU’s steps taken during the last three years for upgrading the educational facilities, particularly for those living in the country’s far-flung regions.

The meeting was also attended by Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman, HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, AIOU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Senator Sehar Kamran, Senator Gul Bashra, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Senator Razina Alam Khan and Senator Azam Khan Swati. The members of the committee appreciated the comprehensive briefing on the university’s performance, working and achievements, given by the Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Shahid Siddiqui.

Senator Rahila Magsi said, they are pleased and highly satisfied with the AIOU’s performance and achievements in educational sector. She said the University’s research-oriented and community-based academic programmes are highly commendable. The members also underlined the importance of massive online open courses, and noted that the University has already taken initiatives to this effect.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Shahid Siddiqui gave comprehensive briefing on the University’s overall learning management system. He briefed them about the AIOU’s on-going academic programmes and new initiatives in the field of research, professional development and online learning and said, it met the challenges of the time improving literacy rate and taking education to the door-steps of the people. He elaborated the initiatives taken under his leadership in the areas of research, professional development, students’ support system, revision of curricula and textbooks, delivery system and social responsibility. The vice-chancellor apprised the committee that AIOU is publishing 14 research journals in different disciplines of Arts, Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. He further apprised that these efforts will eventually have a broader impact on the national development of the country. Dr. Siddiqui also shared with Committee that as an advanced response to CPEC, AIOU, in collaboration with Chinese Universities is setting up Chinese Language Centers in Gwadar, Lahore and Islamabad.

The Senate Committee also lauded the vice chancellor’s special initiatives regarding provision of free education to prisoners, setting up accessibility centers for the visually impaired students in the Central Library and 44 Regional campuses of AIOU and launching of community-based services. It expressed satisfaction over the University’s financial management system and hoped it will maintain its sound budgetary position. The members of the Senate Committee took keen interest in different projects of the University and asked pertinent questions.

On this occasion, the committee members applauded the contribution of AIOU in the national development. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed on behalf of the Senate Committee thanked the Vice Chancellor and admired his efforts in turning around the University. Senator Azam Swati requested the Chair to record the appreciation in the minutes. The Chairperson Senator Rahila Magsi expressed her satisfaction on the working and achievements of AIOU and promised full support for its initiatives. Senator Sehar Kamran and Senator Rahila Magsi announced to donate free land to AIOU for setting up its regional campuses. Senator Azam Khan Swati also offered to support AIOU in terms of Physical facilities in KPK.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / SHC CJ orders reclamation of Jacobabad schools
« Last post by sb on September 22, 2017, 10:40:39 AM »
SHC CJ orders reclamation of Jacobabad schools
Karachi:September 22:The chief justice of the Sindh High Court (SHC), Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh, on Thursday directed the education secretary to lead efforts to reclaim school buildings in Jacobabad that have been illegally taken over by individuals and are being used as warehouses or cattle farms.
The direction came on proceedings initiated by the chief justice over a judicial officer’s report on the dilapidated condition of school buildings in different districts of the province.

The court had directed the secretary education, the executive engineers (works), and the education department to submit a detailed report with regard to the rehabilitation work being carried out in the schools.

Education secretary Abdul Aziz Uqaili submitted a report regarding rehabilitation of schools in different districts of the province. He submitted that the government allocated Rs151.89 billion in the 2017-18 budget out of which 77 percent of the funds had been utilised on salaries and pension of employees.

Uqaili said his department had introduced a biometric system for attendance to deal with the ghost employees. He said school management committees had also been formed for better management of the institutions through community participation.

He informed the chief justice that 6,000 junior elementary school teachers, 900 female early childhood teachers, and 1,000 headmasters would be recruited who would also help make the temporary closed schools functional again.

He submitted that there were an extreme shortage of teachers in rural areas due to transfer and posting of teachers from rural areas to urban centres in the past decades. The education secretary said there were many schools that lacked basic infrastructure, while the education and literacy department had compiled a list of all such schools along those housed in dangerous buildings.

The chief justice observed that the relevant judicial officers had submitted in its reports that there were under-construction schools in Jacobabad wherein classes were being used as store rooms and animals farms by private persons.

The CJ directed the education secretary to submit a report regarding rehabilitation of schools mentioned in the judicial reports’ report get the schools vacated from the clutches of private. The chief justice adjourned the matter till October 12.

Earlier, the CJ had observed that the relevant sessions judges after their visits to schools in Tando Mohammad Khan, Kashmore, Tharparkar, Khairpur, Kambar Shahdatkot and Jacobabad submitted in their reports that schools were too far for children to travel to from home and the local transporters were reluctant to accommodate them. The report also pointed out lack of basic infrastructure in schools and maintenance work, ghost schools, and absence of school staff and shortage of teachers.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Govt, private schools at loggerheads over SHC orders
« Last post by sb on September 22, 2017, 10:39:54 AM »
Govt, private schools at loggerheads over SHC orders
Islamabad:September 22:While the two private educational institutions at the heart of the fee hike matter were on Thursday directed by the Directorate of Inspection and Registration of Private Institutions, Sindh (DIRPIS) to immediately implement the high court’s order and submit a report within three days, the All Private Schools Management Association said the decision was announced once before and was currently under review at the high court.

While the DIRPIS is a government body under the Sindh education department’s control, the APSMA is a private entity.  The DIRPIS’ directives came following a meeting held under the chairmanship of the education minister a day after the Sindh High Court restrained private schools from increasing the fee any more than five percent.

Speaking to The News, DIRPIS Registrar Rafia Mallah said the SHC’s judgment was announced after parents of students enrolled at the two private schools moved the court against the managements’ decision to raise the fee by 14 percent.

“The parents had also approached us with their complaint and while we were also struggling to have the fee raise reduced, the parents decided to also move the SHC,” said Rafia.     

She also recalled a similar petition filed in the SHC wherein the court had directed to reduce the fee, but the managements of the schools filed a review petition in the Supreme Court (SC).

However, the registrar stated that the apex court had referred the review petition back to the high court directing it to hold proceedings over the case on a regular basis; the court is yet to announce its decision on the particular petition.

She said that DIRPIS is like a law enforcing agency for schools which is doing its best to have the laws and regulations implemented but we do not have the power to arrest anyone in case there is a violation of law.

On the other hand, president of APSMA, Syed Khalid Shah, rejected the DIRPIS’ decision. “SHC decision is not new. Earlier, on a similar petition the court had given the same orders which was challenged by us in the apex court and is yet to be decided upon,” he said.

He added that it becomes extremely difficult for private schools to maintain quality education in low fee because the schools are bound to increase the salaries of its teachers by 10 percent annually.

As per tenancy laws, the owner of a building can increase the rent up to 10 percent annually, sometimes school owners are demanded to pay rent increased by 20 to 30 percent, Shah said.

He further stated that private schools owners are also responsible for ensuring security of their schools as per Sindh government’s directions. “Thus, it become difficult for owners to manage all of this in low fee,” said the APSMA president.     

Education minister’s meeting

Dahar had in the meeting announced that arrests will be made in the presence of a first class magistrate if laws are violated. Speaking at the meeting, Rafia said the DIRPIS had issued circulars to all registered schools and warned them of action if they increased the tuition fee any more than five percent.

The provincial minister said, “We acknowledge the role of private sector in spreading education in the society but we cannot allow them to create problems for parents and students.” He also directed the DIRPIS’ director general to ensure the SHC’s orders are implemented.

Speaking of the government’s policy about public sector teachers not being allowed to teach in private educational institutions, Dahar said that teachers found violating the rule will be taken to task.The news.
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Education News in Punjab / University of Education seminar for HEC
« Last post by sb on September 22, 2017, 10:38:36 AM »
University of Education seminar for HEC:
Lahore:September 22: University of Education (UOE) Thursday organised a seminar in connection with 15 years celebrations of the establishment of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.  According to a press release, speaking on the occasion, University of Education Vice-Chancellor Dr Rauf-i-Azam lauded the achievements of HEC during the last 15 years and said because of HEC, higher education was being spread in Pakistan at a great speed.

He added every year the number of PhD scholars was being increased which had enhanced the quality of education in Pakistan.  Director UOE’s Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Dr Muhammad Mansha said HEC had established QECs in all universities to maintain the standards of education which was commendable. Director S&T Dr Muhammad Alam Saeed said creation of Pakistan Educational Research Network (PERN) was a landmark initiative in the history of HEC.  Division of Education Director Dr Intizar Butt also highlighted the achievements made by HEC during the last 15 years.The news.
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