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Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / Moot to discuss quality of education in varsities
« Last post by sb on November 21, 2017, 12:07:06 PM »
Moot to discuss quality of education in varsities
PESHAWAR:21 November:Following deregulation of higher education, it too has become a mega commercial venture, however, like other businesses, the clients, or in this case the students, question if they were getting the actual value they had paid the money for.

The issue of quality assurance has not remained limited to factories, campuses too are regarded as producing some sort of product that should comply with some degree of quality.

In this regard, Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar administration has decided to hold an International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education on December 18 and 19.

The decision came during a meeting held under the chairmanship of KMU Vice Chancellor Dr Arshad Javaid.

KMU Registrar Saleem Gandapur, Director Quality Assurance Dr Jamil Ahmed, Director Finance Tauqeer Ahmed, Controller of Examination Dr Muhammad Bakhtiar, heads of various constituent institutes, administrative officers of various sections and faculty members attended the meeting.

KMU Deputy Director Asiya Bukhari told the meeting that this will be the first international conference on educational quality assurance in the province in which participants from across the country will participate. Besides, scholars of national stature, speakers from the US, UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Philippine will also present their papers on improving quality of learning experience at higher educational institutes.

She said management of Quality Enhancement Cells (QECs) and faculty of higher education institutions along with members of accreditation councils and representatives of quality assurance agencies will participate in the conference.

Bukhari said that invitation letters have already dispatched to all public and private varsities of the country. She said the objective of the conference is to provide a platform to the QEC managers, faculty members and people concerned to contribute towards quality education.

Earlier, speaking at the meeting VC Javaid hoped that this activity will provide a broader platform to all the members and managers of QEC’s of various universities to interact with each other.

The huddle will also provide an opportunity to the participants to sit together under one roof and to share their experiences and achievements.Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2017.
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Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / TEVTA may restart institutes in jails
« Last post by sb on November 21, 2017, 12:05:45 PM »
TEVTA may restart institutes in jails
PESHAWAR:21 November:Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Secretary Azam Khan on Monday directed home department to ask Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) for making functional the skill development centres at Haripur and Bannu jails at the earliest.

Khan was chairing a meeting held to discuss the affairs and issues of K-P Prisons Department and the conditions of jails in the province. The chair directed the home secretary to ask TEVTA for making functional the skilled development centres at central prison Haripur and Bannu at the earliest.

The secretary finance was also directed to allocate the desired funds for the repair of security equipment of various prisons.

The meeting appreciated the efforts for screening tests and treatment of Hepatitis B and C and HIV for prisoners with the help of health department. It also lauded holding indoor games in prisons.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2017.
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Khyber Medical University decides to host a conference
PESHAWAR:21 November:Following deregulation of higher education, it too has become a mega commercial venture, however, like other businesses, the clients, or in this case the students, question if they were getting the actual value they had paid the money for.
The issue of quality assurance has not remained limited to factories, campuses too are regarded as producing some sort of product that should comply with some degree of quality.

In this regard, Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar administration has decided to hold an International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education on December 18 and 19.

The decision came during a meeting held under the chairmanship of KMU Vice Chancellor Dr Arshad Javaid.

KMU Registrar Saleem Gandapur, Director Quality Assurance Dr Jamil Ahmed, Director Finance Tauqeer Ahmed, Controller of Examination Dr Muhammad Bakhtiar, heads of various constituent institutes, administrative officers of various sections and faculty members attended the meeting.

KMU Deputy Director Asiya Bukhari told the meeting that this will be the first international conference on educational quality assurance in the province in which participants from across the country will participate. Besides, scholars of national stature, speakers from the US, UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Philippine will also present their papers on improving quality of learning experience at higher educational institutes.

She said management of Quality Enhancement Cells (QECs) and faculty of higher education institutions along with members of accreditation councils and representatives of quality assurance agencies will participate in the conference.

Bukhari said that invitation letters have already dispatched to all public and private varsities of the country. She said the objective of the conference is to provide a platform to the QEC managers, faculty members and people concerned to contribute towards quality education.

Earlier, speaking at the meeting VC Javaid hoped that this activity will provide a broader platform to all the members and managers of QEC’s of various universities to interact with each other.

The huddle will also provide an opportunity to the participants to sit together under one roof and to share their experiences and achievements.Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2017.
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Education News from Sindh / Allama Iqbal Open University to host moot on English
« Last post by sb on November 21, 2017, 12:02:54 PM »
Allama Iqbal Open University to host moot on English 
ISLAMABAD:21 November:A national conference on contemporary trends in English language and literature will be held next week. The event, being organised by Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) carries great significance for the students, teachers and intelligentsia, said a press release on Tuesday. The moot intends to create awareness about the latest trends in language and literature. It will be a way forward to deal with contemporary patterns and challenges in the field of English language, said Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Siddiqui while reviewing the conference’s arrangements.Published in The Express Tribune,
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Education News from Sindh / Dawood Public School celebrates Universal Children's Day
« Last post by sb on November 21, 2017, 12:02:00 PM »
Dawood Public School celebrates Universal Children's Day
KARACHI:21 November:The Dawood Public School (DPS) arranged on Monday a programme with the help of parent volunteers for around 3,000 students at its premises to celebrate Universal Children’s Day.

Children from all backgrounds playing together and having fun under one roof, which is the true representation of Universal Children’s Day.
This was stated by a DPS teacher and the event organiser, Nasreen Hasan. We believe that fostering compassionate action is vital to wellbeing of children, she added.

Keeping up with the spirit of Universal Children’s Day,DPS, with help of parent volunteers, organised a colourful programme for children of all ages. The theme of the day was sharing and caring, which aimed to bring children from all backgrounds to play and work together to create a sense of equality and harmony amongst them.

Children’s access to education is a right

Around 3,000 students from different schools engaged in thrilling activities at the event. Students from DPS and Rahat-e-Islamia School, adopted by The Dawood Foundation, participated along with students from other schools, including Khatoon-e-Pakistan School, Lady Marium Adamjee School, Aclep and The Society for the Rehabilitation of Special Children.

The event included a magic show in which the magician performed different tricks and illusions. The students also enjoyed a bubble show, playdough activity and slime-making.

Volunteering parents of DPS students also contributed to make the event memorable by bringing beautifully wrapped gifts and jumping castles. Each volunteer assisted DPS staff in managing the event.

Unfinished agenda

“We are delighted to volunteer with DPS in hosting these marvelous children from schools in underprivileged areas of Karachi. It is important for us, as adults, to teach values without discrimination to our children,” said Dr Farah, a volunteering parent of a student at DPS.

Commenting on the unwavering efforts of staff, teachers, students of DPS and volunteers, Talat Hashimi from the Society for the Rehabilitation of Special Children said, “We would like to thank the students of DPS and everyone, including teachers and parents, who dedicated their time and efforts in inculcating the empathy in our children and inspired them to become better human beings”.Express News.
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Education News from Sindh / HEC honours Quaid-i-Azam University researcher team
« Last post by sb on November 21, 2017, 11:56:37 AM »
HEC honours Quaid-i-Azam University  researcher team
Islamabad :21 November:The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has selected Dr. Amir Ali Abbasi and his research team based in the National Centre for Bioinformatics, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), for the best research paper award.
In 2016, the research group of Dr. Amir Ali Abbasi investigated the sequence evolutionary pattern and structural dynamics of the human gene SNCA. The SNCA is considered as the major causative gene involved in the early onset of familial Parkinson disease with symptoms including shaking, tremors, bradykinesia and difficulty with walking and gait.
The research effort of Dr. Abbasi’s team has identified a region within human SNCA gene, which plays a critical role in normal cellular function and disease pathogenesis. These findings pave the way to investigate further the vital role of identified the critical region of the SNCA in different interaction studies and also with the drug discovery perspective to target the region for the treatment of familial Parkinson disease.
Many neuro-degenerative disorders like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's occur as a result of neuro-degenerative processes and will become the world's second leading cause of death by the year 2040 overtaking cancer.
Currently, the major focus of the worldwide research efforts is to identify the sub-cellular and genetic basis of neuro-degeneration. Such investigations offers hope for therapeutic advances that could ameliorate neuro-degenerative disorders like Parkinson.
Dr Abbasi’s research outcome has been accepted by highly prestigious multidisciplinary international journal 'Scientific Reports' from Nature Publishing Group.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / International Education Week celebrated
« Last post by sb on November 21, 2017, 11:54:32 AM »
International Education Week celebrated
Islamabad :21 November:To foster educational and cultural exchanges, EducationUSA at the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) celebrated International Education Week (IEW) November 13-18 in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi.
IEW, a joint initiative between the US Department of State and the US Department of Education, promotes the benefits of international education and exchanges. “International students gain cutting-edge skills and a better appreciation of the complexity, challenges, and opportunities of life in the 21st century,” said Michelle Los Banos, Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Islamabad.
“The experience broadens their world view and gives them an edge in today’s competitive job market.” To celebrate U.S.-Pakistan education cooperation during IEW, EducationUSA organised its first-ever EducationUSA Career Day in Lahore and Karachi and the USEFP Fall Fest in Islamabad. The Career Day gave high school and college students the chance to network with prospective employers. The Fall Fest, which provided a platform for students to showcase their creativity, raised funds for local non-profits.
Rita Akhtar, USEFP Executive Director, encouraged students and parents to take advantage of the IEW activities and learn more about higher education in the U.S. "Pakistani students who study in the United States are well prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the global economy,” she said.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Children’s Day at Lok Virsa
« Last post by sb on November 21, 2017, 11:53:41 AM »
Children’s Day at Lok Virsa
Islamabad :21 November:Children from across the country on Monday performed at the Lok Virsa as part of the World Children’s Day celebrations. The event was organised by the Unicef to spread awareness of child rights, where the children sang national and folk songs and gave excellent performances. “The idea behind the holding of the function was to let the children take over the stage, to be the chief guests, guest speakers, performers and announcers, bring out their potential, and express themselves.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / VCs discuss counter narrative against terrorism
« Last post by sb on November 21, 2017, 11:52:59 AM »
VCs discuss counter narrative against terrorism
Islamabad :21 November:As many as 80 vice chancellors of the universities have shown solidarity with the armed forces and Government of Pakistan for countering extremism and radicalisation in a grand muster organised by International Islamic University, (IIU), here on Monday.
Islamic Research Institute (IRI), in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) organized a conference on “the role of universities in advancing national narrative to counter violence, extremism and terrorism” at Faisal Masjid campus of the IIU.
The joint declaration was announced in the concluding ceremony in which participants called upon inclusion of ethics, societal values and ethics of disagreement as part of the curriculum.
The participants maintained that sectarian hatred and imposing ones ideology is clear violation of Shariah and it cannot be allowed as it is against the constitution of Pakistan. It was declared that Pakistan can never be used for the propagation of any kind of negative activities such as hatred, training of terrorists and other ulterior motives.
The joint declaration said that a subject of interfaith harmony, tolerance and peaceful coexistence will be introduced in all the schools. The VCs and ministers agreed that non Muslims must be provided full protection of life and higher education institutions would discourage discriminatory attitudes in this regard.
The declaration also discussed that university community will ensure that no outlawed organizations be allowed to use their facilities including online platforms for promoting agendas of hate and extremism.
It added that monitoring and counselling should become a regular activity in the universities. The participants also recommended that directorate of students services should also be established in the universities.
The gathering was of the view that it was imperative to engage youth in useful academic and social activities that promote professionalism, ethical conduct and tolerance. The participants also said that the aspect of freedom of speech be observed and juristic and ideological discussions must be taken in educational institutions instead of inappropriate places and ethics of disagreement shall be made part of the curriculum. They agreed to remain united and committed to curb hatred, extremism and violence.
Hafiz Abdul Kareem, Minister for communication said that education was the backbone for prosperity and progress.In the concluding ceremony, he added that Pakistan has played a pivotal role in war against terror. He furthered that universities are the best sources to eradicate the menace of extremism.
Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Minister for Human Rights called for discouraging violence saying that no religion in the world supports extremism and violence. He maintained that Islam was staunch supporter of peace and prosperity. He stressed that youth be put in the constructive activities to have positive results in the society.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, in a session, called upon a cohesive and well devised strategy and counter narrative against extremism which he said was impossible to be implemented and established without bridging a gap between academia and parliament. He said that VCs and legislators together can serve way better to produce a counter narrative and have the educational institutions empowered.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, said on the occasion that society is being poisoned by the negative elements with the seed of hatred and it is facing the challenges of intolerance and extremism.
He added that lethal attempts of instability can be foiled through unity and by an active role of universities in the society. He stressed upon the universities to teach societal values and message of peace to the students. He also hailed armed forces while saying that they have played a historical role in eradication of extremism.
Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said that extremism was the menace which has crippled the society and a counter narrative to deal with it was a pre-requisite for progress and prosperity. He called upon the universities to take the responsibility to nurture youth and address the issues of hour. He also briefed the participants regarding the activities and efforts initiated by the IIU to curb the problem of terrorism, violence and intolerance.
IIU President Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh said that university had organized around 400 conferences, seminars and dialogues regarding eradication of extremism, violence and promotion of peaceful co-existence which were attended by scholars, academicians, intellectuals of Pakistan and aboard.
He urged universities to make dissemination of peace their top priority. He also apprised about the constituent units and faculties of the university. Earlier, IRI Director General, Dr. Zia ul Haq apprised the participants regarding the efforts of institute for counter narrative. The conference was also attended by the IIUI Vice Presidents and other relevant officials.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / First Metro Kids Carnival held
« Last post by sb on November 21, 2017, 11:51:28 AM »
First Metro Kids Carnival held
Karachi:November 21:Metro International School had its first Metro Kids Carnival on Sunday, November 19, 2017. It was a fun-filled afternoon attended by over 300 parents and children.
As you walked in through the gates, the festive feeling was all around, with children playing and doing various activities. Metro has a lovely sensory play area that was very popular with the younger children, while the bouncy castle and wooden play area was a hit with the older children.
Children got to play carnival games and win prizes. There was an art competition judged by Sameera Raja, founder of Canvas Gallery. The chief guest was Younis Khan, former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, who gave out the prizes . There were open mic competitions and various activities on stage that students could join in and show their confidence and creativity.
They keynote address was by Abbas Hussain, director, Teachers Development Centre (TDC). TDC is Metro’s teacher training partner. There were lucky draws through the day and children got a chance to win exciting prizes. All in all, it was a fun-filled Sunday with all the activities planned so the children had a fun and memorable Sunday.
Metro is a comprehensive schooling system located in Clifton. It offers a good and affordable education to students. Metro follows the UK National Curriculum with teaching practices based on Finland’s education system. It is also Pakistan’s only school to have a healthcare programme for its students.The news.
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