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Youth join hands to help poor and orphaned students
PESHAWAR:17 August: In a gesture of goodwill and driven by compassion and humanity a group of students in Peshawar have banded together to help deserving people, enrol poor and orphaned children in school and provide bags, books and uniforms from their own pocket money.

Motivated by a spirit of altruism and a specific agenda to serve deprived and orphaned children a young man Bilal Sethi-17 and his friends have started an organisation Triumphant Organisation (TO) the basic aim of which is to serve needy people and bring back to school poor and orphaned children.

12.3 million children out of school in Pakistan

This non-profit organisation was established in February 2016 and now has 42 members from different instituitions such as Edwards College Peshawar, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar, University of Peshawar, Agricultural University Peshawar, PEF College and some others.

Initially it comprised just a few students but now its membership has reached 42 and they are constanly inviting people to join and help the underprivileged segments of society.

With the zeal to serve the deprived the group initiated a non-profit start-up by sponsoring scholarships for the school children, distributing bags, books and uniform among the poor students.

The group has started a Facebook page also and created a chain of network with each other. Every student has donated Rs300 from their own pocket money and will decide later how best the money can be used in their goal.

The group has held seminars and workshops to raise awareness among students

They have successfully launched an enrolment campaign twice a year and have managed to send some orphans to schools.

They also organised a special programme related to Independence day on Saturday at K-P Archives and Library and distributed gifts among the poor students.

TO President Bilal Sethi who is currently a BS English student of Edwards College Peshawar speaking to The Express Tribune said that TO has provided a platform to the youth to exhibit their talents enabling them to bring out the best in themselves and with a specific ideology of helping the needy from this platform.

Sethi explained that The Triumphant Organisation established in 2016 had one specific aim and that is to be poor centric and help the dispossessed in any way possible.

He added that he was discouraged by many to undertake such a venture but he did not pay heed to them.

On the other hand people like Advisor to K-P Chief Minister on Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, former vice chancellor of UoP Dr Qibla Ayaz and Sethi mother’s  Rukhsana Naheed, supported and guided us.

Equipping FATA youth with quality education

Sethi said that all these students working in TO as volunteers and they regularly pay Rs 300 per month from their own pocket money. Sethi said that the team is expanding day by day and now government officers and people from academia have contacted them to join TO.  The young man said that the Doors of TO are open everyone and we welcome all who want to serve humanity. “I use public transport and save money for serving people,” he said. He said that TO totally depends on its students’ contribution which is increasing with time the president said.

Syeda Fatima Hidayat a member of TO and student of SBBWU Peshawar said that around 60% members of TO are females from different universities. “Our family support us for serving deserving people,” she said. Fatima shared that they are thousands of out of school children in district Peshawar due to abject poverty and their parents cannot afford their expenses. “Our little help can resolve big issues of people,” she said. Fatima said that so far they have distributed around 2000 bags and uniform and enrolled hundreds of poor students most of them were orphans.

Another member of TO Fahim Ahmad of PEF College said that youth of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have immense potential but they only lack proper leadership.

He said he had worked as a volunteer in several different organisations and said that youth were prepared to serve people but they should provided platforms. He said TO is genuinely working for deserving people and that’s why we joined hands with them.

Aqsa, student of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar, who joined  in April 2017 shared that TO had provided them a great platform. She said that they are not only helping poor people through this platform but it has also boostup our experience. She said that it enhanced and developed her management skills and also encouraged her to participate in different competitions.Published in The Express Tribune,
Private schools taken into confidence about 'new' education law
PESHAWAR:17 August: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Atif Khan, in a consultative meeting, assured the province’s private schools that they would be taken into confidence before any new education law is implemented.

During the meeting, representatives of private schools voiced their reservations on the government’s introduction of a uniform exam system for the 5th grade. The meeting was held in Peshawar on Tuesday.

The private school representatives, led by Executive Director of Beaconhouse School System Nasir Qasoori, lamented that they were not consulted before the introduction of the new system.

To this, the minister assured them that all stakeholders would be taken into confidence and all new rules and regulations will be discussed with them before they become legal. He also briefed the representatives of the benefits of the new assessment system.

At the end of the meeting the executive director of Beaconhouse School System assured the minister of his support and also lauded his role.

Changing tide

It is worth noting that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has set a high bar for other provinces by taking its upcoming fiscal year’s education budget to Rs139 billion from what it was a mere Rs61 billion four years ago.

It is said that the state of education in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) is in a tussle with itself. In the 2015-16 academic school year, provincial education officials discovered that there was an influx of approximately 34,000 former-private school students at their government institutions.

According to experts the reason is due to the tenuous K-P Registration and Functioning of Private Education Institutions Ordinance, 2001, which has allowed the cost of private education to rise without a ceiling cap and without defined criteria on teacher qualification. Unable to afford private education and dissatisfied with their quality, parents have opted for public education for their children.Published in The Express Tribune.
Gomal University for better financial discipline management
PESHAWAR:August 17: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra on Wednesday called for broader mechanism with better financial management with transparency in running affairs of Gomal University.
Presiding over a meeting of the senate of Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan at the Governor House he asked management of the varsity to strictly observe financial rules and regulations.

Beside others, Gomal University Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Sarwar, MPA Ahtisham Khan, Justice Abdul Aziz Kundi and provincial secretaries of higher education, finance and establishment departments.

The governor was briefed about salient features of the budget and statutes of the Gomal University. The university senate approved the annual budget of Gomal University.

However, proposed statutes of the university were approved conditionally. During the meeting, a committee was constituted to finalise the matter after due consideration on the proposed drafts.

While concluding his remarks, Governor Jhagra urged the university administration to ensure utilisation of funds with care and in accordance with prescribed financial action plan. He also appreciated the working of the university.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2017.
University of Engineering  Peshawar sacks project director of Jalozai campus
PESHAWAR:August 17: On the recommendation of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Complaint and Redressal Cell, the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar has terminated the project director Establishment of Jalozai Campus.

The sacked director had filed a petition in the Peshawar High Court following his removal, after which the court suspended UET Peshawar orders until further notice.

The notification issued by the UET Peshawar on July 20, 2017 stated that the contract of Engineer Syed Liaquat Shah as the project director stands expired, which will not be extended further. It further stated that Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Saqib will replace him as the new project director. Shah was also directed to handover the charge, along with necessary documents, to the newly-appointed director immediately.

However, Shah refused to follow the directives issued by the UET management and locked the director’s office for the new director.

He accused the UET management of sacking him based on personal interests. “I have requested authorities in UET Peshawar to explain the grounds on which I have been removed, he said, adding that they failed to present any substantial evidence against him.

Shah said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had initiated an inquiry against the finance department of UET Peshawar, and he had been appointed as the focal person. He alleged that the management is unhappy with him for providing evidence to the NAB.

The former director said that he had been appointed in 2014 on merit and was later given three-year extension by the UET Peshawar Pro-Vice Chancellor. The departments concerned had also requested the university administration to not remove him before the completion of the project, he added.

UET Peshawar Registrar Dr Khizar Azam confirmed the termination of the former project director in light of the complaint against him.

While the former director has challenged the university’s decision of sacking him, his contract will not be renewed by the university, Azam said.Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2017.
University of Peshawar allows 37 MPhil scholars to pursue research
PESHAWAR:August 17: The Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB) of the University of Peshawar (UoP) has allowed 37 MPhil scholars to pursue research.

Vice-Chancellor University of Peshawar Prof Dr Muhammad Asif Khan chaired the ASRB meeting. It was attended by Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Abid, deans of faculties, director admissions, scholars and their supervisors.

During the meeting, scholars presented their topics and gave arguments in favour of their value addition in their fields of specialties.

The vice-chancellor said the standard format and guidelines provided by University of Peshawar and Higher Education Commission should be strictly followed in perusal of researches.The news.
Lack of teachers in Government schools in the Awaran district of Balochistan
Balochistan:17 august:Government schools in the Awaran district of Balochistan need the immediate attention of the local authorities. In many government schools, there is no teacher who can teach science subjects. This is the main reason for the increasing number of dropouts. In this competitive world, having the adequate knowledge of science subjects is essential and a stepping stone towards success.
Many parents are sending their children to other cities so that they can receive quality education. However, not everyone can afford this migration. Living far away from home is not an ideal choice for the majority. It is indeed the responsibility of the government to make sure that the standard of education is upheld in all government schools. The education department should look into the issue and work for the betterment of the country.The news.
ICT skill competition launched at Higher Education Commission
Islamabad:August 17: In collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, Huawei Technologies on Wednesday held the launching ceremony of HEC-Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2017 at the Commission Secretariat.

Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of China You Yi was chief guest on the occasion. Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Acting Executive Director HEC Dr. G. Raza Bhatti, CEO, Huawei, Pakistan, Chilin Chun, Vice President, Huawei, Middle East Public Relations Department Space Lee, Director Training and Certification, Huawei, David and a large number of Vice Chancellors, ICT professionals and students were also present.

Describing background of HEC-Huawei strategic partnership, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said the bilateral collaboration that started in 2006 helped Pakistan have its own ICT setup. “Now we have one of the best ICT infrastructures of the region,” he affirmed.

He said HEC has been working with different partners from around the world in order to provide a good learning environment to Pakistani students. “Huawei is a tested HEC partner, as it has taken different ICT initiatives jointly with HEC including establishment of Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), ICT R&D Centre and Cloud Data Centre”, he said, adding that under the Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme, Pakistani students will now have made-in-Pakistan laptops owing to the cooperation of Huawei.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that Huawei, as per Memorandum of Understanding signed with HEC, will also provide training to Pakistani youth on the advent of any new technology. Underlining the importance of Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2017, the Chairman informed that as many as 2300 Pakistani students from 30 universities participated in the Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2016. He said representatives of 30 Chinese business institutions will attend the Business Schools Consortium to be held in the August-end. They will deliberate future collaboration for promotion of business education, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, You Yi appreciated the HEC-Huawei collaboration and remarked that China and Pakistan have a long history of educational exchange which has a very vital role in the improvement of bilateral relations. As many as 145 Pakistani students have been awarded Chinese scholarships this year, he informed.

He said that Government education delegations visit the two countries from time to time to discuss areas of collaboration. He revealed that Chinese institutions established in various cities of Pakistan are not only promoting technologies, but are also very helpful in teaching Chinese language teaching and conducting capacity building courses for the country’s youth. These youth will make great contributions to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he hoped.

The Cultural Counsellor revealed that technological advancement has brought the world into an information era lessening physical distances among human beings. Amid this development, he maintained, Huawei has played a significant role in changing the world through promotion of ICT skills among youth. He observed that Pakistan has a great potential in ICT development and competitions like the Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2017 will help tapping the talent of Pakistani students.

In his remarks, Space Lee stressed that Huawei stands side by side with HEC in promotion of ICT in Pakistan. He said technological readiness is very imperative for people-to-people contacts, as technology is reshaping the world. He said Huawei will welcome all the students intending to compete in the Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2017. Mr. David, Director, Training and Certification, Huawei, Middle East, and Mr. Osama Khalid, one of students who won Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2016, also expressed their views on the occasion.

During the ceremony, representatives of 13 universities, which are working closely with Huawei on Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy (HAINA), were awarded shields. These representatives included Engr. Ahmad Farooq, Vice Chancellor, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Dr. Jahangir Bashar, Rector, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Swabi, Engr. Amir Hafeez, Assistant Professor, FAST-NU, Dr. Sajid Saleem, Assistant Professor, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Dr. Munam Ali Shah, Head of Department, Computer Science, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Dr. Imran Mumtaz, Director, IT, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed, Assistant Professor, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Arshad Bosal, Director, IT, University of Gujrat, and Athar Kaleem, System Administrator, University of Haripur.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Summer school programme held at Bahria University
« Last post by sb on August 17, 2017, 12:05:47 PM »
Summer school programme held at  Bahria University
Islamabad:August 17: Bahria University in Collaboration with Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Netherlands and career Pakistan has conducted an exclusive International Summer School programme at Bahria University Islamabad on the topic International Business Skills.

The programme was conducted by Dr. Sander Schroevers, a PhD Professor from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is a front ranking culture Intelligence Expert, Coordinator for AUAS Autumn and Spring schools and Lecturer of third largest and best evaluated elective course Cross Cultural Business Skills.

During the Summer School programme, various dignitaries were invited at BU for guest talks including Imran Ashraf, CEO Telenor Global Shared Services (GSS), Khurram Rahat, Managing Director Teradata Pakistan, Wasiullah Khan, Director General Coordination PTA and Ghulam Dastagir Fareed, Chairman CPEC Executive Advisory Committee/ KPK. The course helped participants in enhancing International Communication skills along with providing a professional experience of the outside world. The participants learned both theoretical and practical knowledge on how to deal internationally and getting a hands on experience with various Business and Industry Leaders in the International Business Market. International Leadership, Global Negotiating, CPEC Master Class, Global Job hunting were the major aspects of Summer School. Various social events like movie night, musical night, bowling and an excursion trip to Naraan and Shoogran were also included in programme.
Speaking on the occasion Pro Rector Bahria University Rear Admiral (r) Shahid Saeed said that BU is providing various international opportunities to students to groom their personalities and to become global citizens.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Allama Iqbal Open University sets up Adult Literacy Centre
« Last post by sb on August 17, 2017, 12:04:38 PM »
Allama Iqbal Open University sets up Adult Literacy Centre
Islamabad:August 17: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has set up an Adult Literacy Center here at its main campus, as a model to teach those who could not avail the schooling facility at their early age.
Initially, this facility will be available for the University’s illiterate employees. While inaugurating the Centre, Vice Chancellor Prof. Shahid Siddiqui hoped that it would work as a model for meeting the basic educational needs of illiterates in order to make their daily life comfortable and more productive.

The initiative is also aimed at capacity-building of the staff, enabling them to deliver the best in performing their official duties. The facility will be free of cost. The University is actively engaged in providing education to all segments of society that is only way-out to realize the dream of a better future, he added.

The centre will be run by the University’s Department of Distance and Non-Formal Continuing Education, and its senior faculty members will voluntarily devote their services to teach the illiterate employees, through a especially designed lesson- plan.  According to Chairman of the Department Dr. Muhammad Ajmal, this program will be for a period of three month, with the enrolment of thirty employees of lower cadre.

The vice chancellor distributed kit, containing learning material to the enrolled employees at the opening ceremony held that was also addressed by the Dean Education Dr. Nasir Mahmood and Dr. Aftab Ahmed.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Assistant professor holds post of deputy secretary
« Last post by sb on August 17, 2017, 12:03:17 PM »
Assistant professor holds post of deputy secretary
KARACHI:17 August: Contrary to the apex court verdict, Sindh's College Education Department couldn't ensure to sent back junior officers to their original departments which is a clear volition of the apex court's verdict, Daily Times has learnt.

After the apex court's decision in 2013, thousands of employees who were deputed from other departments had been returned to their respective departments. However, some of the blue eyed officers and officials kept on holding same key positions in the college education department because of the lack of quality human resource and inefficient mechanisms.

In this connection, some documents provided by CDE's reliable source, have revealed that the CED's Deputy Secretary Academic Iqbal Ahmed Jumani was deputized in the department in 2014 even after the issuance of the apex court verdict about deputation. The Sindh's Services and General Administration Department (SNGD) has also notified the concerned authorities to send him back to his parent department in teaching cadre.

On the SNDG's recommendations, officials of CED are unable to follow their instructions because some the officers are associated with political parties. "Jumani was also removed from the service of Sindh's Excise and Taxation Department on corruption charges in 2012", source has claimed , adding that officers of that category are much harmful to the education sector but since he has some good relations within top bureaucracy so no one asks him why he has occupied such a high ranked post in the department despite he is an inferior assistant professor.

On the other hand, the seniority list of assistant professors which has recently issued by the department shows that there are twelve hundred and three other assistant professors also are senior than him. "It's the worst example of favoritism and as well a question mark on the merit system but unfortunately the authorities are not interested to justify this type of injustice in the department", an officer of the department criticized his seniors; Jumani was also a Personal Assistant to Additional Secretary Education Anwar Ahmedzai.

He further said that the officers and officials, who are working on the basis of deputation in government departments, are often found creating hurdles during daily work due to their influence with top bureaucrats and political parties.

"I am not on deputation in the department because Sindh government has already sent back all those officers who were serving on deputation after the Supreme Court orders", Jumani denied, each department of the provincial government has two posts of technical side from which one is for additional secretary post and another one for deputy secretary.

"I'm well-experienced for academia, therefore, SNGD has posted me because without SNGD's orders no one can hold a public office" he explained.

It is pertinent to mention here that the appointments on deputation are not only affecting the work of CED but also are createing obstacles in the promotion of deserving senior officers. Apart from this, a number of retired bureaucrats have been posted on regular as well as on contractual basis in the various sectors of education.
Published in Daily Times, August 17th 2017.
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