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SAU allowed chopping down and sale of trees in its premises
HYDERABAD:23 June: The Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) has allowed chopping down and sale of trees in its premises. The move, according to its critics, smacks of an irregularity besides entailing environmental implications.

“Environmentally, cutting a tree is like killing a human,” said a professor who is one of the opponents of the allegedly recurrent practice of cutting the trees at SAU. He requested anonymity.

According to a notification dated June 5, the varsity’s Tree Auction Committee, in its meeting headed by Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujeebuddin Sahrai, approved the highest bid of Rs250,000 for 50 trees, including neem, jambolan, rosewood, eucalyptus and four other species sold at Rs5,000 per tree.

The trees were chopped down on Thursday. A sports ground is in close proximity of the area from where the trees were uprooted. The critics allege that there was no justifiable reason to cut the trees and that they have been sold on cheap rates.

Date trees planted on University Road dry up

Another professor, who also requested anonymity, said the trees had been sold on cheap rates. According to him, a mature rosewood tree is priced at least between Rs25,000 to Rs30,000, whereas a neem tree should not be sold below Rs20,000.

“All of these trees were planted 10 to 15 years ago and were mature trees. Their average worth shouldn’t have been less than Rs20,000 per tree,” he maintained.

Another SAU teacher, who claimed to have been constantly opposing the tree cutting, alleged that the practice paced up after Prof Sahrai was appointed as the VC. “Around a thousand trees have been cut since VC Sahrai took over the charge,” he said, adding that there was an area in the varsity with a large number of unwanted trees but the VC did not order to chop down those trees as they would either not be sold or would fetch a very low price.

An official bewailed that due to the tree cutting, one of the greenest universities of the province, located in Tando Jam, a rural town in Hyderabad, is being shorn of its beauty, besides the environmental damage.The news.
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Islamabad Model Postgraduate College for Girls  gets new principal
Islamabad:23 June: Islamabad Model Postgraduate College for Girls F-7/2, the city’s premier public sector educational institution, has got a new principal.

The Federal Directorate of Education, which oversees government schools and colleges in Islamabad Capital Territory, has tasked head of the F-7/2 IMCG Department of Applied Psychology Dr Nasreen Kausar Rafiq with looking after the post of the principal until further orders.

She’s the college's senior most faculty member. The principal’s post had fallen vacant after the incumbent, Khalida Makhdum, retired on June 22 on reaching the age of superannuation.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / BSEK announced distribution of cash prizes worth Rs25,000
« Last post by sb on June 23, 2018, 01:06:31 PM »
BSEK announced distribution of cash prizes worth Rs25,000
Karachi:23 June:The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has announced the distribution of cash prizes worth Rs25,000 among students who secured A-1 grade in their matriculation examinations, 2016-17.
In the budget 2018-19, Sindh government allocated Rs1.2 billion for the cash prizes to the students securing A-1 grade in their Secondary School Certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate across the province.

During the budget speech, former chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had also announced to increase the cash prize for individual award-wining students whereas the students who have obtained the required percentage are yet to receive their rewards from the respective boards.

However, the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi distributed cash worth Rs25,000 among the best performing students last month. According to BSEK officials, the board has prepared a policy for the position holding students under which more than 19,000 children will receive cash prizes. They directed the students to collect application forms from the research department of the board or download them from the BSEK web portal. Students qualified for the cash prize are required to attach all mandatory documents such as attested marksheet, admit card, B-form, parents or guardian’s Computerised National Identity Card along with the application form before submitting it back to the department.The news.
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Punjab HED is once again looking to hire College Teaching Interns
LAHORE:23 June: The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) is once again looking to hire College Teaching Interns (CTIs). The aim is to meet teaching requirements at public colleges of the province for the upcoming academic year.

Along with the hiring of the CTIs, the department is also looking to fill vacant positions of men and women lecturers.

To this end, the HED formed a committee which would look into the requirement for each public college of the province. The department also sent a letter to the relevant office in this regard.

“The competent authority is pleased to form the following committee to hire CTIs for the next academic year against vacant posts in Punjab on regular basis.”

According to the letter, the committee included a representative of the HED, a director of education (colleges) and a deputy director (colleges).

No promotion for college teachers without training

The department, in the letter, said the committee would present its findings to the department after identifying the requirements for college-wise recruitment needs of CTIs in the province and subjects where regular lecturers (male and female) were required.

The committee had also been tasked with proposing the conversion of redundant subjects. That means it would identify subjects for which a lecturer was no longer needed and propose an alternative subject teacher in that place.

The CTI programme aims to compensate for the lack of staff in colleges across the province. According to the rules of hiring interns by HED, the interns were temporarily hired for an academic session or until he or she was replaced by a full-time appointee at the college. For the duration of the internship, the CTI is paid Rs30,000 per month.

The HED had earlier started the hiring process of lecturers for public colleges in Punjab. The department made appointments and postings of around 519 male and female lecturers against vacant posts in public colleges of the province.

These were for various subjects, including mathematics, chemistry, botany, zoology, physics, Islamiyat, Urdu and biology. Out of the total, appointments of 206 lecturers were made in different colleges of the province.Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2018.
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APTA president passed away due to prolonged illness
PESHAWAR:19 June: The founder of All Primary School Teachers Association (APTA) and its provincial president passed away on Wednesday due to prolonged illness.

Malak Khalid Khan had served as a primary school teacher for 20 years and raised a voice for teacher’s rights under every government.

In 2007, Khalid had formed the APTA. Under the banner of this organization, thousands of teachers raised their voice for rights in both, the previous Awami National Party (ANP) government and the current Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

APTA Acting President Azizullah Khan told The Express Tribune that due to the 48-year-old’s prolonged illness, he died today (Wednesday) and his funeral prayers were held at his native village in Charsadda.Published in The Express Tribune,
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Taleem Foundation enrolled around 1,410 Out of School Children
ISLAMABAD:19 June: Level of education is declining in Tarnol and Nilore areas of Islamabad particularly among girls of marginalised communities. There is a dire need for the use of innovative ideas to get these girls back to school. One such initiative is Girls’ Right to Education Programme (GREP).

Taleem Foundation (TF) Chairman Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir has said the organisation had enrolled around 1,410 Out of School Children (OOSCs) in Nilore and Tarnol sectors in order to impart quality education to the younger generation at a primary level.

The project is being carried out in collaboration with United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The project targets marginalised communities where girls’ access to quality education at a primary level is deteriorating, as well as communities that have a high rate of illiteracy among adults, particularly among women. The foundation has been working in Islamabad as a non-governmental organisation for the last 29 years in the education sector with innovative ideas for less developed areas.

Private school chain ‘withdraws’ 1,200 children

The prime objectives of the GREP, he said, were to increase the enrolment of female students at a primary level through the creation of a supportive family and community environment. The aim is to do this by building teacher capacities, provide a comfortable learning environment to help female students improve their comprehension and retention abilities, as well as come up with innovative technologies to facilitate the process.

The chairman informed the survey had covered only 46 villages and 49 schools located in these two education sectors.Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2018.
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Education News from Sindh / AIOU will hold a National Graduate Conference soon
« Last post by sb on June 19, 2018, 03:00:45 PM »
AIOU will hold a National Graduate Conference soon
Islamabad:19 June: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will hold a National Graduate Conference soon to provide a platform to young researchers to promote their research-based work that helps the society to solve socio-economic issues.

This is the part of the University’s regular activities to promote creativity and innovations in the academic pursuits, said a press release issued here.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui has decided that the conference will be a regular feature to promote research culture in the country.

The graduate forum provides an opportunity for the graduate students (Masters and above) to share their research work that has already been finalized or is in process.

The participation in the conference will be open for the students other than the AIOU.

It is the second such event that will enable the graduates to develop their research works into publishable literature.

The university will offer a space for inter-disciplinary interaction for developing cross-disciplinary research proposals and to bring innovation in research at graduate level.

The event is being organised by the varsity’s Office of Research Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC).The news.
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Teaching, non-teaching staff holding placards and demanded their salaries
Karachi:19 June:Teachers and non-teaching staffers with their families held a protest demonstration on the first day of religious festival Eid-ul-Fitr over the non-payment of their salaries since their appointment in 2012

The demonstration was staged in front of Karachi Press Club on Saturday against the School Education Department, Sindh. The protesting employees chanted slogans against the officials of the education department.

They were holding placards and demanded that their salaries should be issued immediately. The demonstration was led by New Teachers Action Committee Chairman Abu Bakar Abro and Sindh Teachers Association Chairperson Zahair Ahmed Baloch.

On the occasion, NTAC Chairman Abu Bakar Abro maintained that the chief of justice of Pakistan during the last hearing held in the month of Ramazan at the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Karachi Registry, had issued orders to the officials of the education department to release the salaries of the unpaid teachers and non-teaching staffers.

Some of the bureaucrats of the education department, however, were creating hurdles in the release of salaries to the unpaid employees, and they were not taking the court’s verdict seriously, said the protesters.

He said that the officials of the provincial education department had been investigating their documentations, appointment process and legal status of their employment, but they could not find out a permanent solution to the dispute while those teachers who had been appointed through merit and were well qualified for employment were also suffering as a result.

He demanded the immediate release of the salaries to the unpaid staffers of the department. In the year 2012, these protesting teachers and non-teaching employees were appointed by then provincial education minister Pir Mazharul Haq. However, the National Accountability Bureau cleared Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq from the charges of having a hand in the fake appointments of teachers on August 17, 2017.
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Mosib Hassan Khan BCom student killed in crossfire police and robbers
Karachi:19 June:A man was shot dead in a shootout between police and outlaws near Bux Ali Goth in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Mobina Town Police Station’s Sub Inspector (SI) Mohammad Ayub said that information was received on Saturday that robbers were looting citizens at Sabri Park, but when the police reached the crime scene they had already fled.

However, the robbers were caught red-handed during another attempt on Asma Building Road. An exchange of gunshots took place between the parties, as a result of which a young man in a car was injured. One of the robbers also got injured in the crossfire but managed to escape on a stolen motorbike.

The injured civilian was identified as Mosib Hassan Khan, who was moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The deceased was shot in the back of his head. Ayub mentioned that Khan’s mother was in the car with him when the incident occurred. The deceased was a student of BCom and a resident of Metroville-III, Mobina Town.

With regard to the escaped robber, he said that word was received from Civil Hospital Karachi that a person had come in, claiming to have been injured in a mugging incident. A picture of the injured person was shown to the people he allegedly mugged and they confirmed that he was the main accused upon which the police reached the hospital and arrested him.

The sub inspector added that the accused was a habitual criminal as there were many FIRs registered against him at various police stations across the city. Deputy Inspector General Zulfiqar Lariq formed a team under the supervision of District Malir’s senior superintendent of police to establish the facts of the incident as well as to determine who was responsible for killing Khan. An FIR was lodged and further investigations are under way.The news.
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first special summer vacation train chugged out of Rawalpindi
RAWALPINDI:19 June: The first special summer vacation train of the season chugged out of Rawalpindi Railway Station as the conductor guard waved the green flag at 2:30 pm on Monday carrying mostly families and lots of children to Karachi.

Rawalpindi Divisional Commercial Officer (DCO) Raza Ali Habib said that Pakistan Railways will operate seven summer special trains on June 18, 22, 26 and 30 from Rawalpindi to Karachi at 2:30pm to haul from people from north to beaches in south. These trains will be bringing people from south to the hills in north when they return from Karachi to Rawalpindi on June 20, 24 and 28 at 8:00pm.

Meanwhile, the return journey of Eid Special trains offering subsidised fares has started. Five special trains were announced for Eidul Fitr. Fifth special Eid train will depart from Multan Cantt on June 19 at 7 am via Kot Addu, Dao Khail and Attock city will reach its destination, Rawalpindi on the same night at 10:15 pm.

In order to ensure the safety of passengers and visitors, security arrangements had been enhanced at the Rawalpindi Railway Station ahead of Eidul Fitr, he added.

Pakistan Railways announces free travel for senior citizens over Eid

Raza Habib said, special summer vacation trains would stop at Hyderabad, Rohri, Khanpur, Bahawalpur, Khanewal, Sahiwal, Okara, Raiwind, Lahore, Gujranwala, Wazirabad, Gujrat, Lalamusa and Jhelum.

The Summer Vacation Trains will be consisted of A/C business, A/C Standard and Economy classes of coaches.

To a question he said, armed police personnel had been deployed at the railway station to keepsecurity situation in check. He said the security of the railway station had been tightened with police in plain clothes assignedthe task to check security and keep an eye on suspicious persons. The deployment of cops was ensured to frisk the passengers entering the station.

The entire parking area had been covered using 32 high-definition, closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) apart from installing floodlights. Moreover, three booths with imported computerized barriers had also been set up to ensure proper checking and to maintain records of all visitors including the driver, the number plate and the vehicle.

Ground surveillance cameras had also been installed to check vehicles, he added. A special control room had been set up where activities of the visitors are monitored round the clock, he said adding, fool proof security of the passengers at platforms is being ensured through 16 CCTV cameras while walk-through gates had also been installed at the entry points.

To another query, he said luggage, parcels and other items booked for transportation to other cities of the country are also being checked through scanners installed at the station. 
Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2018.
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