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Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / PHC orders takeover of defiant private schools
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2018, 01:22:27 PM »
PHC orders takeover of defiant private schools
PESHAWAR:25 April: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Private Schools Regulatory Authority (KPPSRA) to takeover administration of private schools and colleges and take hold of their accounts if they went on strike against the implementation of the court decision restraining them from charging high fees from students.
The high court directions came after the KP Private Schools Association closed schools on Monday and Tuesday as part of their two-day strike against the KPPSRA and implementation of the high court decision.

A division bench comprising Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Muhammad Ayub directed Zafar Ali Shah, Managing Director, KPPSRA, to takeover the private educational institutions and freeze their bank accounts if they resort to strike against the court’s decision. The court also sought a report on the issue.

The bench explained that the court would then order the banks to comply with the accounts seizure direction and the KPPSRA would run the educational institutions till the next order of the court.

Giving one last opportunity to the private schools, the court directed the KPPSRA to implement the high court’s decision within one month in letter and spirit.

The bench issued direction to both the provincial and district governments and relevant station house officers to assist the KPPSRA in implementation of the court’s decision that restrained the private educational institutions from charging high and extra fees from students.

During hearing of the contempt of court petition, Abbas Khan Sangeen submitted that the lawyers want implementation of the court judgment as private educational institutions had charged promotional and annual fee from the parents. He said the schools were also charging extra fee under the head of various activities in violation of the court’s decision.

“It is the last opportunity for the KP Private Schools Regulatory Authority to implement the decision,” the court told Zafar Ali Shah, the KPPSRA’s managing director.

The managing director informed the bench that they had asked the private educational institutions through public notice in newspapers to implement the high court decision or else they would face contempt of court proceedings.

Zafar Ali Shah said the authority notified that payment of school transport fees during vacations would be prohibited. He said the payment of advance fees in connection with summer vacations would be banned as well.

He said schools would be allowed to charge 50 percent fees for summer vacations to pay staff and clear other dues. He added that the schools would charge admission fees once only.

At previous hearing, the bench had directed the high court’s additional registrar to file the petition against the officials for non-compliance with the court verdict.

The officials included the chief secretary, vice-chancellor and registrar of the University of Peshawar, principal/headmistress University Model School, secretary, Elementary and Secondary Education, Saleem Khan Saleem, secretary, Higher Education Department, Fazle Rehman who is chairman, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Peshawar, Shaukat Hayat, chairman, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Mardan, Abdur Raqib, chairman of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Kohat and chairman of the Private Schools Association.

The bench summoned the respondents, including deputy inspector general of Traffic Police, to appear at the next hearing and explain what action was taken against the private educational institutions for overloading of students in the school buses.

The petitioners pointed out that four months had passed since the court gave its verdict and now the educational institutions were openly violating the decision on fee in the admissions for academic year 2018-19.

The court was requested to direct the private schools to follow the guidelines mentioned in the judgment for the schools and refrain from demanding high fee, including promotion fee, security fee, examination fee, canteen fee, sibling fee and management charges.

The court directed the KPPSRA to check the tuition and annual fee, canteen fee, and management charges being demanded by the schools.

The judgment said the KPPRSA shall formulate a uniform policy on the fee and extra charging shall be banned.

It said the institutions shall not charge more than half of the tuition fee from the second and third child of the same parents and there shall be compulsory Physical Training (PT) classes.

The court had declared that there shall be no increase in the annual and tuition fee in the private educational institutions until and unless the KPPRSA formulates a uniform policy.The news.
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Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / UET to adopt outcome-based education system
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2018, 01:21:32 PM »
UET to adopt outcome-based education system
PESHAWAR:25 April: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Iftikhar Hussain on Tuesday said the university would soon adopt the outcome-based education system under the guidance of Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).

He was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day conference on Professional Trends in Industrial Systems Engineering 2018 at the Department of Industrial Engineering on Tuesday. The aim of the conference is to provide platform for bringing together researchers, scientists and engineers from academia and industry to exchange their expertise and their research findings.

He said the Industrial Engineering was an emerging field and soon the landscape of industries would change in Pakistan, adding, it was important to learn from the best practices through such conferences.

The conference will further give an opportunity to the Scientists and Engineers to identify the problems in industrial engineering.

PEC Chairman Javed Saleem Qureshi was chief guest on the occasion. He urged the universities to get apace with latest developments and show improvement by introducing reforms in their governance, adding it was only universities and researchers which can change the destiny of Pakistan.
He encouraged the young students to apply engineering knowledge through entrepreneurship. “You will not find jobs in the market, so instead of looking towards saturated job market, get prepared for applying your innovative ideas which does not need huge money but your potential to lead and drive your career,” he remarked.The news.
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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Professors Association staged protest
PESHAWAR:25 April: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Professors and Lecturers Association (KPPLA) on Tuesday staged protest outside the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in favour of their demands.
Led by KPPLA president Abdul Hameed Afridi, the protesting professors announced boycott of the bachelor of science (BS) and Masters level classes, refusal from biometric attendance till acceptance of their demands, boycott of BS examination and election duty. The protesters announced protest across the province from Monday.

The protesting professors and lecturers Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had announced a package for the college teachers in the presence of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.

They said the package had a five-tier formula that allowed BS allowance, MPhil and PhD allowance, principal allowance and hard area allowance.

However, they claimed that some of the perks had been removed from the summery that was presented to the chief minister. They added that the conditions that were attached to the five-tier formula were not acceptable to the college teachers.

The protesters said that the illogical conditions would affect the performance of the college teachers and a negation of the government claims of providing quality education to the students.

The protesters lamented that they were not taken into confidence and demanded removal of the conditions from the summery.

They vowed to continue the protest if the government failed to address their genuine demands.The news.
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National Education Council Pakistan rejected notification of KP PSRA about fees
PESHAWAR:25 April: The office-bearers of National Education Council Pakistan on Tuesday rejected the notification of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Private Schools Regularity Authority (KP PSRA) about fees and other issues.
Speaking at a press conference chairman of the council Nazeer Hussain, president, Private Schools Association Ahmad Ali and others said the authority did not consult the owners of the private educational institutions before issuing the fresh orders.

They said the private educational institutions were playing an important role in promotion of quality education and the decision of baring the owners from raising the tuition fees, 50 percent discount and fixing the holidays fee at half of the original rate was an unjust act.

They alleged the government and the authority were trying to abolish the independent status of private educational institutions and take it in the government supervisions. They said the decision would result in weakening of private educational institutions as they owners would not be able to pay salaries to teachers during the holidays, buildings rent and manage other expenditures.

The owners alleged that the government has passed a law binding the private educational institutions to teach the course which was introduced by non-governmental organisations.

They proposed to the government to pay salaries to teachers of private schools and allocate 50 percent shares in the education budget to private sector so they could manage their expenditures. They vowed to continue their protest until the government withdraws the notification.The news.
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NVTTC launched a special training to improve management skills
Islamabad:25 April: The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission launched a special training to improve management skills of heads of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutes across Pakistan.
The programme is supported by the TVET Sector Support Programme, which is funded by the European Union and governments of the Germany and Norway. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the training programme, NVTTC Executive Director Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema underlined the importance of quality teaching methods as integral to better employment prospects for the learners in vocational training.

“Better quality of training leads to better job opportunities and the instructors has a major role to play,” he said. The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institution Management Training (TIMT)is organized in collaboration with the TVET Sector Support Programme.

The TIMT is part of the ongoing TVET sector reform in Pakistan, through which at least 500 principals and head of TVET institutes from public and private sectors will be trained on management of their institutes.

Cheema said the principals and teachers have a great role to play for equipping the trainees with better and modern skills and ensure that the message for skill development was spread all over.

He said the liaison between public and private sector is a must for every institute and this industrial linkage would be beneficial for provision of better employment opportunities for the TVET pass outs.The news.
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BISK board given responsibility to vigilances officers belonged to College
Karachi:April 25:The first paper of the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) annual examinations 2018, which kicked off in the city on Tuesday, was leaked 30 minutes before the start of the exam.

Earlier, many news channels reported that the question paper of zoology was easily available to students at photocopy shops and was also circulated on social media, including WhatsApp groups.

However, Prof Inam Ahmed, chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), which is conducting the annual exams, said that some reporters wanted to disrupt the peaceful HSSC assessment process.

He said the board had already given the responsibility to the vigilances teams to stop cheating in the exams, and most of the vigilance officers belonged to the College Education Department. If anybody had reservations, they should ask the department, not the board, he added. On the other hand, Pervaiz Ahmed Sehar, secretary for colleges, said the prevention of cheating was the basic responsibility of relevant educational boards. He said his department had resolved all the administrative issues and handed the remaining task over to the relevant boards. If vigilance staff were not supportive during the exams, then the board officials should submit their complaints, he said.The news.
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Education News / Punjab University an awareness seminar on hepatitis
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2018, 01:15:15 PM »
Punjab University an awareness seminar on hepatitis
Lahore:April 25: Punjab University Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) organised an awareness seminar on hepatitis at its auditorium here on Tuesday. Dean Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Prof Dr Zakria Zakar, Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization Dr Farah Rauf Shakoori, resource person Dr Abdul Rauf Janjua from University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, faculty members, shopkeepers and students participated in the awareness seminar. Addressing the participants, Dr Abdul Rauf Janjua said hepatitis was a curable disease but ‘we need to take preventive measures to avoid spread of such disease.’The news.
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Bahria University giving opportunity to final year students of Engineering Sciences
Islamabad:25 April: Bahria University hosted Open House 2018, giving opportunity to final year students from Engineering Sciences and Management Sciences to display their final year projects.

Open House showcased some of the brilliant projects from Bahria University. The event was organised at the premises of Bahria University Islamabad. Rector of Bahria University Vice Admiral (r) Muhammad Shafiq inaugurated the event. Director General/Pro-Rector, Registrar, and other management of the university were also present on the occasion. The projects of students were evaluated by the judges from industry for category prizes. President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) and President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) also graced the occasion and encouraged students.

Large number of projects were displayed from diverse marketing and engineering branches including software engineering, control systems, communication systems, embedded systems, robotics, radio communications and wireless communication. The ceremony concluded with the awards presentation for the top projects in each department. Renowned companies from the national and multi-national sector visited Open House as a part of university’s ongoing Academics-Industry collaboration. The representatives appreciated the innovative projects designed by the students and conducted interviews for hiring fresh graduates of the university in their respective organizations.The news.
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PMAS-AAUR 19th convocation 74 students decorated with medals
Rawalpindi:April 25:As many as 3,613 graduates of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) were awarded degrees while 74 students were decorated with medals at the 19th convocation, here on Tuesday.
As many as 26 students received PhD degrees, 656 were awarded MPhil & MS degrees, 1,450 secured masters degrees, while 1,481 students got undergraduate degree in their respective disciplines. Gold medals were awarded to 49 students on their outstanding performance in their academic record while 13 bagged silver and 12 secured bronze in the convocation.

Pakistan Agriculture Research Council Chairman Dr. Yousaf Zafar was the chief guest while PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sarwat N Mirza, China Huazhong Agriculture University delegation, deans, directors, faculty members, graduates and their parents were also attended the convocation.

Dr. Yousaf Zafar urged the outgoing graduates to give their best input through transforming the knowledge and skills they acquired during their academic life into practical endeavours for the prosperity and well-being of the country.

Earlier, PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sarwat N. Mirza in his welcome address said said the university has allocated funds to enable staff and students to engage in research activities aimed at providing solutions to societal problems besides promoting and defending intellectual and academic freedom, scholarship and innovation in the field of education. The faculty members have earned a good number (129) research projects worth Rs577.154 million from different funding agencies like HEC, PSF, PARC, & UAF,” he added.

Encouraging the students for their efforts he said “We share the joy and glory with your parents, guardians, sponsors and faculty members of the departments who have made significant contributions to your education PhDs Degrees Sunbal Khalil Chaudhari (Botany), Muhammad Maqsood (Botany), Muhammad Shoaib Amjad (Botany), Farhat Yasmeen (Botany), Surrya Khanam (Zoology), Shahnaz Bibi (Zoology), Khalil Hameed (Zoology), Muhammad Aqeel Aslam (Agronomy), Abdul Ahad (Horticulture), Zaheer Mehmood (Horticulture), Mah Jabeen Tariq (Plant Breeding & Genetics), Adnan Ahmad (Plant Pathology), Muhammad Azeem (Soil Science), Muhammad Javed (Soil Science), Shah Rukh (Soil Science), Tariq Ziad (Soil Science), Luqman Riaz (Environmental Sciences), Mateen Shafqat (Environmental Sciences), Lubna Ansari (Forestry & Range Management Sciences), Bushra Allah Rakha (Wildlife Management), Saima Yousaf (Wildlife Management), Sumaira Khalid Butt (Food Technology), Saima Tariq (Food Technology), Raja Tahir Mahmood (Biochemistry), Muhammad Saqlain (Biochemistry), Shumaila Shaheen (Biochemistry) Gold Medallists Nadeem Shah (B.Sc Hons. Plant Pathology), Muhammad Zahid Farooq (M.Sc Hons. Agriculture Extension), Maryam Mumtaz (M.Sc Hons. Entomology), Maila Al Saba Shah (M.Sc Hons. Horticulture), Samia Fatima (M.Sc. Hons. Plant Breeding & Genetics), Sundas Arooj Butt (M.Sc. Hons. Soil Science), Kanza Sajid (M.Sc Botany), Saba Mumtaz (M.Sc. Zoology), Saadat Ali (M.Sc Mathematics), Tatheer Fatima (MPhil Biology), Imran Khan (MPhil Botany), Huma Shaheen (M.Phil Zoology), Rubab Mubarik (BS Economics), Ansa Sadaf (M.Sc. Anthroplogy), Amara Aftab (M.Sc Economics), Shajia Saleem (M.Sc Education), Arshad Iqbal (M.Ed), Nadia Zaheer (M.Phil Economics), Zia-ur-Rehman (M.Phil Education), Ayesha Kiran (M.Phil Socilogy), Nooruddin (BS Forestry), Mudassar Hussain (M.Phil Forestry & Range Management), Hammad Nayyar Ghauri (DVM), Anees ul Mustafa (B.Sc Agricultural Engineering), Waqar Muhammad (M.Sc Hons. Agricultural Engineering), Iram Jamil (BBA Hons), Gul e Hina Ijaz (MBA Agribusiness), Zoya Malik (MS), Sania Mushtaq (BSCS), Areaba Ahmed (BSIT), Shahzaib Nisar (MCS), Sabira Feroz (MSCS), Ayesha Bukhari (M.Sc Hons Food Technology), Ghanan Bin Akhtar (BS Biochemistry), Attia Rehman (M.Phil Biochemistry), Muhammad Ibrar (BSCS), Muhammad Usman (BSIT), Nayab Naseer (MIT), Hina Yasin (MCS), Umar Farooq (MSCS), Muhammad Faizan Shabbir (BBA Hons), Ahtesham Khurshid (BSCS), Muhammad Afzal (MCS), Ayesha Faryad (MCS), Ijaz Ahmad (M.Sc Mathematics), Hafiza Sana Ashraf (MCS), Sami Ullah (MIT), Humaira Parveen (M.Sc Economics), Sajida Parveen (M.Sc Mathematics) Silver Medalists Afzaal Azmat Khan (B.Sc Hons. Agronomy), Salman Javed (BS Economics), Muhammad Farrukh Iqbal (BS Forestry), Ammara Khaliq (DVM), Filza Fatima Rizvi (B.Sc Agricultural Engineering), Rukhsana Perveen (BBA Hons), Arslan Ahmad (BSCS), Saqib Shehzad (BSIT), Humera Shafi (BS Biochemistry), Tahir Bilal Pasha (BSCS), Asad Farooq (BSIT), Daniyal Maqsood (BBA Hons.), Muhammad Qasim Zaman (BSCS) Bronze Medalists Rana Arsalan Javaid (B.Sc Hons. Plant Breeding & Genetics), Kinza Ahmed (BS Economics), Muhammad Ali (BS Forestry), Hafiz Mian Muhammad Awan (DVM), Ehtisham Maqbool (B.Sc Agricultural Engineering), Sidra Shahid (BBA Hons), Ali Zia Khan (BSCS), Hussain Ali (BSIT), Iqra Shafique (BS Biochemistry), Sohaib Ali (BSCS), Fariha Akram Mir (BSIT), Muhammad Bilal (BSCS).The news.
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Education News in Punjab / Punjab University an awareness seminar on hepatitis
« Last post by sb on April 25, 2018, 11:47:14 AM »
Punjab University an awareness seminar on hepatitis
Lahore:April 25: Punjab University Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) organised an awareness seminar on hepatitis at its auditorium here on Tuesday. Dean Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Prof Dr Zakria Zakar, Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization Dr Farah Rauf Shakoori, resource person Dr Abdul Rauf Janjua from University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, faculty members, shopkeepers and students participated in the awareness seminar. Addressing the participants, Dr Abdul Rauf Janjua said hepatitis was a curable disease but ‘we need to take preventive measures to avoid spread of such disease.’The news.
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