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Education News from Sindh / Vocational education reforms vital to CPEC’s success
« Last post by sb on July 20, 2017, 09:59:44 AM »
Vocational education reforms vital to CPEC’s success’
ISLAMABAD:July 20: The EU-funded technical and vocational education sector reforms project will help develop skills required for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.
This was stated by EU Ambassador Jean Francois Cautain while discussing the 63 million euros vocational education sector reforms project with State Minister for Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman on Wednesday, says a press release.
CPEC is as important a project for Europe, as it is for Pakistan and the region since it will also facilitate trade between Asia and Europe,” he added.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Support Project is being funded jointly by European Union, Germany and Norway.

A delegation of the EU held a meeting in this regard with the minister for education which was attended by other senior officers of ministry, says a press release issued by ministry of education on Wednesday.

The EU delegation was represented by EU ambassador Jean Francois Cautain and Federal Republic of Germany represented by acting German ambassador Tilo Klinner.

“The ministry is in contact with the EU representatives for getting their technical and financial support. We are also working on bringing various initiatives to improve technical education sector of the country,” said Joint Education Adviser Rafiq Tahir, who also attended the meeting.

Talking to Dawn, he said that first ever TVET policy had been moved to the federal cabinet for final approval.

During the meeting, the minister and his team appreciated the interest and efforts of EU representatives for supporting the TVET sector.

EU Ambassador Jean Francois Cautain discussed the details of the project and stressed the importance of coordination at national level for effective implementation of the programme.

He also highlighted that the project would aim at increasing private sector participation in TVET sector, enhancing public-private cooperation and developing necessary linkages between TVET institutes and industry.

The education minister informed the delegation that Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference provided an important platform for discussing issues and initiatives in the education sector and ensuring concerted efforts at the national level.

“The ministers conference has already endorsed the national TVET policy and this forum would also help facilitate coordination in the TVET Sector reform programme,” he added.

He said the capacity building of human resource through improvement in TVET sector was significant for the success and sustainability of CPEC projects.

“Government is committed to aligning technical skills training offered in TVET sector with industrial demands including emerging human capital needs of CPEC projects,” he added.
The ongoing project that entered its implementation stage in January 2017 is the third phase of assistance and is called, ‘Support to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training sector in Pakistan (TVET III)’.Published in Dawn, July 20th, 2017.
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QAU, Beijing institute to cooperate in life sciences fields
Islamabad:July 20: Quaid-i-Azam University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Beijing Institute of Genomics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
Under the MoU, the Chinese and Pakistani institutions aim to recognise their complementary strengths in the fields of life sciences.

They will strengthen their relationship for the benefit of their students and researchers.  The MoU was signed by BIG-CAS Director Dr Yongbiao Xue and QAU Vice Chancellor Dr. Javed Ashraf.

Earlier, a one-day symposium was held at the National Centre for Bioinformatics Quaid-i- Azam University. The six-member Chinese delegation was welcomed by Dr Sajid Rashid, chairperson of the NCB, and Dr Amir Ali Abbasi.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Agreement signed for promotion of higher education
« Last post by sb on July 20, 2017, 09:57:30 AM »
Agreement signed for promotion of higher education
Islamabad:July 20: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Riphah Institute of Systems Engineering (RISE) Riphah University and Catalyic Consulting here on Wednesday at Riphah International University.
The document was signed to develop cooperation and collaboration between Catalyic Consulting and Riphah to join hands in the promotion and improvement of higher education in Pakistan and to take real world problems in the industry to the academia to make the education and research more relevant to the national needs.

The MoU was signed by CEO Catalyic Consultancy Farhan Mirza and Director RISE Dr. Saad Zafar. The event was also attended by Director Marketing Catalyic Mohammad Bilal Islam, Director Information Security Khurram Javed, Senior Manager Security Catalyic Mohammad Ahmed, Manager Compliance RISE Obaid ur Rehman.

RISE is a research and development centre established under Riphah International University. Riphah is a private university observing the guidelines set by the HEC and works within the framework of education policy and regulations formulated by the Federal Government.

Riphah is committed to quality education and training with high priority for research and development. It makes use of modern teaching methodologies and techniques.

Catalyic Consulting is renowned leading Management Consulting Organisation having extensive experience for providing consultancy and training services in domain of industrial best practices.

Catalyic Consulting has a long track record of providing exceptional services, helping to resolve complex issues and developing business solutions that consistently lead to client success. It help companies in implementing standardized business processes.

Catalyic Consulting provide consultancy and training services in the areas of Process Improvement, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). Having work experience with clients around the globe, Catalyic Consulting operate as an exclusive organization, specializing in Consultancy, Training and SCAMPI Appraisals, using their partner network.The news.
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Graduation ceremony of RSPs promoting organic agriculture held
Islamabad:July 20: Twenty five Rural Service Providers on success completion of their nutrition sensitive micro initiatives have been awarded certificate at the Graduation Ceremony of Nutrition in Mountain Agro Ecosystems (NMA) Project held here on Wednesday, says a press release.
Nutrition in Mountain Agro-Eco Systems (NMA) is a project which in order to have sustainable impact on the nutrition situation of the people/community focuses on nutrition sensitive Agriculture (NSA). This project is conceived by IFOAM Organics International and funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) global. The project is promoting NSA and is being implemented in the five mountainous communities around the globe i.e. Pakistan, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Ethiopia and Peru through a consortium of IFOAM, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and FiBL.

The question arises why this project in Pakistan? According to the National Nutrition Survey of 2010-11, over 40% of women in Pakistan are either underweight, overweight/obese, anaemic, iodine deficient or zinc deficient while 40.9 per cent of children under 5 years are stunted, 30.3 per cent are underweight; and 16.8 per cent are wasted. Poor sanitation and hygiene practices and unavailability of safe and clean drinking water particularly in rural areas further exacerbate the nutritional status of women and children with increased morbidity and losses of nutrients from the human body.

The project is being implemented in the Beer Valley of District Haripur and is unique being multidimensional in its approach such as:

The project is promoting organic agriculture; secondly it is focusing on most vulnerable communities such as mountainous rural communities; the ability to connect the project members/stakeholders of all the implementing countries on virtual page called Mountain Agro Action Network (MAAN), this is the platform where all the members are connected through internet and are sharing their experiences.

Generated a cadre of local resource pool in the form of a group of likeminded individuals from different walks of life having interest in the revival of nutrition sensitive agriculture practices. These individuals are called Rural Service Providers (RSPs) and are also the members of MAAN Page.

At the occasion, Shazia Hina, Project Coordinator NMA gave a brief introduction of the NMA Project to the participants. The RSPs have also shared their experiences and achievements in the field.

NMA Story book “Connecting Roots with Soil” was also launched during the ceremony. The book was about the real life stories of the people showing how they have changed their farming practices, nutritional habits and what they feel as they are reverting back from artificial to the natural and organic origins of soil, nutrition and agriculture in mountain agro ecosystems.

She congratulated the 25 graduated RSPs. She declared this pool of 25 individuals as a resource for NMA and has shared that they have still a long way to go and contribute in the advocacy around the cause of Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture.

Aslam Shaheen, Chief Nutrition and Focal Person for SUN was the chief guest of the ceremony. He congratulated the 25 RSPs on successful implementation of micro interventions and applauded the role of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation being the member of SUN CSA and assured that SUN promotes the interventions like NMA Project. He also shared about the value additions of mutual efforts carried out by NMA project and SUN CSA.

Babar Khan, Chief Health and SUN Focal Person KP, Dr. Arjumand Nizami, Country Director HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Pakistan, Konrad, Academy Manager IFOAM and Agha Shabir, Naib Nazim Haripur also spoke on the occasion.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / NCHD to expand prisoners’ literacy initiative
« Last post by sb on July 20, 2017, 09:55:24 AM »
NCHD to expand prisoners’ literacy initiative
Islamabad:July 20: The National Commission for Human Development has planned to extend the programme of literacy, skill development and psychotherapy treatment for prisoners to all jails in the country. Currently, the initiative covers 10 prisons.
“The focus of our Jail Project to be expanded soon is on the empowerment of women and minor prisoners by imparting them formal education and useful skills to earn a respectable livelihood after release,” NCHD chairman Razina Alam Khan told reporters here on Wednesday after presenting the NCHD report on prisons to the president and federal ombudsman.

She said the NCHD would reach out to the families of prisoners in particular and society in general to provide space and respect to the prisoners after the completion of their jail terms. “We need to do away with the stigmas attached to prisoners and accept them as respectable members of family and society by treating them like other citizens,” she said.

The NCHD chairperson said the president wanted her organisation to work in jails by imparting education to the children living them with convicted mothers and enabling them to overcome trauma and complexes of life in future.

She said under the Jail Project, the NCHD would offer the services of psychiatrists to prisoners. “This project being executed in 10 jails at the moment will instantly cover almost all jails of the country i.e. 100,” she said.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Govt strengthening TVET institutes along modern lines
« Last post by sb on July 20, 2017, 09:54:29 AM »
Govt strengthening TVET institutes along modern lines’
Islamabad:July 20: After putting in place the soft (policy) aspects of the technical and vocational education and training reforms programme, we are moving forward with the hard aspects, including strengthening of the existing TVET institutes with international standards, building of new training centres and development of modern curriculum for the TVET sector.
This was stated by Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Muhammad Balighur Rehman during a meeting with a delegation of European Union represented by EU ambassador Jean Francois Cautain and Federal Republic of Germany represented by acting German ambassador Tilo Klinner here on Wednesday.

The participants discussed cooperation in the 63 million Euros TVET Reform Support Project jointly funded by European Union, Germany and Norway. The minister welcomed the delegation and appreciated its interest and efforts for supporting the TVET sector.

EU ambassador Jean Francois Cautain discussed the details of the project and stressed the importance of coordination at national level for effective implementation of the programme. He also said the project would aim at increasing private sector participation in TVET sector, enhancing public-private cooperation and developing necessary linkages between TVET institutes and industry.

On the significance of TVET sector for CPEC, the minister said the project would also focus on identifying needs in terms of skills required for CPEC projects and tailoring training programmes to meet those requirements.

“The CPEC project is as important a project for Pakistan and the region as it is for Europe since it would also facilitate trade between Asia and Europe,” he said. The minister said the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference provided an important platform for discussing issues and initiatives in the education sector and ensuring concerted efforts at the national level.

“The IPEMC has already endorsed the National TVET Policy and this forum will also help facilitate coordination in the TVET Sector reform programme,” he said. The minister said the capacity building of human resource through improvement in TVET sector was significant for the success and sustainability of CPEC projects.

“The government is committed to aligning technical skills training offered in the TVET sector with industrial demands, including emerging human capital needs of CPEC projects,” he added.

The ongoing project that entered its implementation stage in January 2017 is the third phase of assistance and is called, 'Support to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training sector in Pakistan (TVET III).'

The project envisions support for implementation of a national TVET policy and overall improvement in the TVET sector through provision of demand-oriented vocational training to youth; increased private sector engagement; improved linkages between technical training centres and industry, introduction of a quality assurance, and accreditation system and establishment of the centres of competence for teacher training.The news.
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International conference on ‘ignored writers’ to begin on 21st
Karachi:July 20:A literary organisation, called Niazmandan-e-Karachi, is holding the first international conference on ‘ignored Pakistani writers’ on July 21 at the Khadmi Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology, Sindh Muslim Cooperative Society.
The organisation’s secretary, Ronaq Hayat, says that the conference will be attended by delegates from different parts of the country as well as from abroad. He says the conference at its five sessions will discuss issues of writers.

Dr Muhammad Khawar Jameel, Jameel Yousuf, Dr Farhat Abbas (Islamabad), Prof Muhammad Ashraf, Rana Khalid Mehmood Qaisar (Balochistan) Prof Mirza Aslam Baig (Hyderabad), Ashraf Shaad (Australia), Ghazal Ansari (UK), Zeenat Lakhani (Canada) are attending the conference.

Besides others, Khiamul Asr, Prof Raees Alvi, Mohsin Azamabadi, Prof Jazib Qureshi, Hayatul Nabi Rizvi, Hijab Abbasi, Tabassum Siddiqui, Ifroz Rizvi, Riaz Nadim Niazi, Maqsood Yousufi, Mohammad Amin Yousuf, Majeed Rehmani, Dr Alia Imam, Rizwan Siddiqui, Rashid Noor, Salman Siddiqui, Dr Nisar Ahmed are to speak on various issues.

Hayat says that the conference is aimed at questioning the role of the government bodies assigned the role of the promotion of art, literature and culture. He says the state bodies have delivered nothing in this regard and the conference is to debate this matter as well.

As many as 25 other city organisations are collaborating to hold the conference. They include Urdu International Australia, Bazm-e-Yaaran, Leads (Britain), Majlise Saqafat Pakistan (Bahawalpur), Pakistan Adabi Forum Islamabad, University of Karachi Graduates’ Forum Canada, Taqdees-e-Adab Pakistan, Mumaasilaate Asraar, Bazm-e-Urooje Adab, Bisaate Adab Pakistan.The news.
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Education News in Punjab / Chinese team visits Punjab University
« Last post by sb on July 20, 2017, 09:50:12 AM »
Chinese team visits Punjab University
Lahore:July 20: A delegation of China Association of Higher Education called on Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir at his office on Wednesday.

According to a press release, the delegation comprised Ms Xiaomei Wang, deputy secretary general of China Association of Higher Education, Ms Xiaoxian Fan, director of Editing Department, Mr Guangli Zhou, deputy dean of School of Education in Renmin University of China, Mr Xiaochang Ding, member of China’s National Committee of Higher Education Institutions and Ms Mengjie Han, vice-director of Research Centre on One Belt and One Road.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / HEC, CAHE forum discusses education challenges
« Last post by sb on July 19, 2017, 12:13:04 PM »
HEC, CAHE forum discusses education challenges
ISLAMABAD:July 19: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and China Association of Higher Education (CAHE) jointly organised the first Pakistan-China Forum titled: Challenges of Equitable Access and Quality in Higher Education at Air University, Islamabad on Monday.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal was the chief guest. Dr Arshad Ali, HEC executive director, Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Asghar, CPEC Consultant HEC, CAHE delegates, and a large number of academicians were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister appreciated the role of HEC in building CPEC University Alliance and CPEC Consortium of Business Schools. "These efforts will help build collaborative linkages and intellectual connectivity which symbolise the spirit of CPEC," he said. He maintained that the government was fully supportive of HEC in capacity-building of existing higher education institutions to prepare suitable human resource for CPEC and promote cultural harmony between the two countries. "CPEC means Pakistan's entry into the global supply chain," he said.

In his address, Dr Arshad Ali thanked the government's commitment for promotion of higher education in the country which, he said, was not only a goal, but also a pre-requisite for a knowledge-based economy. He also shared various initiatives of HEC with regard to HEC Vision 2025.

Earlier in his welcome address, Air University Vice Chancellor Faaiz Amir and Muhammad Asghar shed light on theme of the forum. The forum focused on three areas, including the national role and contribution in improving quality of higher education, ensuring quality with large scale increase in access, and balancing quality of higher education in diverse regions. The forum was also addressed by Diaomei Wang, leader of the Chinese delegation.Published in Daily Times,
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Education News from Sindh / Registration for SMIU admission will end on 21st
« Last post by sb on July 19, 2017, 12:12:05 PM »
Registration for SMIU admission will end on 21st
KARACHI:July 19: Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has announced that the registration for admissions at SMIU will end on Friday, July 21, 2017. SMIU is offering admissions in BS and MS programs for Fall 2017, in its five departments i.e. Department of Business Administration, Commerce and Management, Department of Computer Science, Department of the Media Studies and Communication, Department of Education and Department of Environmental Science. It has been further said that the registrations forms can be filled and submitted online on the university's website www.smiu.edu.pk, or that can be received from the admission office help desk of SMIU on working days from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Sindh Madressatul Islam University www.smiu.edu.pk Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) is a chartered university duly recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. It is one of the oldest. Entry test will be held on the 29th of July at the university. Results of the test will be announced on 4th August. Then the interviews will be conducted of the successful candidates. Orientation Day will be held on 6th September and classes will be commenced from 7th September. Published in Daily Times,
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