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Education News from Sindh / Prof Dr Mallah of SALU awarded project under SIOP by HEC
« Last post by sb on July 26, 2017, 12:34:44 PM »
Prof Dr Mallah of SALU awarded project under SIOP by HEC
KHAIRPUR:26 July: Prof Dr Ghulam Ali Mallah, Chairman Department of Teacher Education, Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Khairpur has been awarded a project under Social Integration Outreach Programme (SIOP) on 'Women Entrepreneurial Development through Early Childhood Development' by Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad.

The project will empower educated females to open and run their own Early Childhood Development Centres to cater learning and development needs of children of age 3-5 years.

The project will enable capacities of educated unemployed female youths in entrepreneurial and Early Childhood Development pedagogical skills to open up centres in their respective community in district Khairpur.

Under this project, 15 educated females with minimum qualification Matric, age 18 to 30 will be selected after a well-designed selection process.

The selected females will be given training in entrepreneurial and ECD pedagogical skills. After training they will be ready to open ECD centres. Some faculty members will also be trained so that they can provide technical assistance to the entrepreneurs in ECD centres and monitor progress.

ECD kit will be provided to five outstanding entrepreneurs for their centers based on pre and post training evaluation.

The five successful entrepreneurs will also be provided with lesson plans based on National ECE Curriculum.

Prof Dr Parveen Shah, Vice-Chancellor, SALU congratulated Dr Mallah for winning 4th project in two-year time from HEC.Published in Daily Times, July 22nd, 2017.
K-P drops education degree requirements for shoolteachers
PESHAWAR:26 July:In a surprising move, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has decided to eliminate a requirement for professional certifications or relevant degrees when recruiting school teachers in the province.
The decision came in the wake of a recent Inter-Provincial Education Ministers Conference (IPEMC).

According to the new rules, primary and secondary school teachers hired in K-P would no longer be required to have completed a Bachelors of Education (BEd), or a Master of Education (MEd) degree along with a Practising Teacher Criteria (PTC) certificate.

K-P approves timescale, promotion policy for primary school teachers

The new rules were determined by senior officials of the K-P Finance Department, Establishment Department and Education Department who met at the K-P Education Department on Monday.

Even though the government has decided to do away with the educational qualifications, new teachers would be required to undergo a six-month-long teachers’ training programme.

K-P Elementary and Secondary Education Secretary Dr Shehzad Bangash, in a statement released on Monday, said that the new rules were in line with the National Education Policy 2009 and the National Qualification Framework 2015. Express News.
Engineering students present energy-use projects
PESHAWAR:26 July:With a focus on energy, the final year engineering students of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in Peshawar displayed their projects on Monday.
Graduating students from the Mechanical Engineering Department of UET exhibited 45 projects at a day-long exhibition, ‘Project Exhibition 2017’, at the department.

The exhibition was supervised by the department’s chairman Dr Naeem Khan with assistance from ROTRACT, a student society at the varsity.

NED startup builds house in 3 hours for under Rs250,000

While visiting the stalls and inspecting the projects, UET Vice Chancellor Dr Iftikhar Hussain praised the efforts of the graduating students.

He said that such projects reduce the gap between the students and the industry since a number of leading industrialists were also visiting the exhibition.

Dr Hussain termed the event as an important experience for the graduating students since they could directly interact with people from the industry.

The projects prepared by the students were mostly energy-oriented and related to indigenous issues, proposing practical usages for market viability.Published in The Express Tribune,
49 state-run schools closed down in Charsadda
CHARSADDA:26 July: The district education department issued the notification of closure of 49 state-run schools under the new education policy of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
A notification to this effect was issued by the office of the district education officer here on Tuesday.

The provincial assembly some time ago had passed a law under which the state-run schools having less than 50 students would be closed.

The closed down schools included 26 for boys and 23 for girls. The students of the closed schools would be accommodated in the nearby institutions. The teachers of the closed schools were directed to report for duty in other schools.The news.
Interviews for Malakand, Swat varsities’ VCs being held today
PESHAWAR:26 July: The long wait for the appointment of regular vice-chancellors for the University of Malakand and University of Swat is about to end as the interviews for the two offices are being held today.

Some of the candidates, it was learnt, have expedited efforts to use political links to get the prized positions.

Some 30 candidates have been called for interview for the two positions.

The search committee for appointment of vice-chancellor of the universities in Malakand division, which are run under the presidential regulations, would conduct the interviews.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Secretary Abid Saeed is heading the search committee.

Both the universities have been working under acting administration for nearly two years. The positions were formally advertised in December last year and April this year for the University of Malakand and University of Swat, respectively. Some 90 to 100 candidates applied for the two jobs.

The post of vice-chancellor of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Sheringal has also been advertised and initial scrutiny of the candidates has been made. However, the interview for the office got delayed.   

There have been reservations against the advertisement and eligibility criteria for the University of Malakand.

The administrative officers in different universities have already moved the court against the advertisement as the criteria given in it was in line with the Universities’ Act for the universities in the province and in violation of the presidential regulations applied in the universities in the Malakand division, which is part of the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA).

The advertisement for the University of Swat was later reviewed, but the shortlisting was made in accordance with the act as none of the administrative officers having long experience has been called for the interview, sources said.

Meanwhile, some of the candidates have expedited their efforts through political leadership and provincial ministers to get these positions.

For University of Malakand, some senior academicians are trying their luck.

A former vice-chancellor of the university who later served as vice-chancellor of the University of Peshawar is also among the favourite candidates.

However, reliable sources told The News that he may not appear in the interview as another candidate having the support of a coalition party in the provincial government has been making every effort to get the position.

This candidate – now retired - has served as dean in the University of Peshawar. He faced the charges of sexual harassment during the last three years of his service. The case is still unresolved as the university has declared him guilty, but the Governor’s Inspection Team exonerated him of the charges.

The standing committee of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly wants the case against him reopened so that he could be punished.

He stands on Number 3 in the list of the short-listed candidates, but his appointment is most likely. The other candidate ahead of him has recently been appointed as vice-chancellor of another university and for this reason could be dropped from the list even though he seems very much interested in this university instead of the one for which he was appointed about two months ago, the sources said.

The sources said that the interviews for the vice-chancellors’ posts would start today at 10 am. First, the interviews would be conducted for the University of Swat and later for the University of Malakand.

The University of Swat has been facing severe administrative crisis. After the completion of the tenure by Prof Dr Jahanzeb Khan as vice-chancellor, some management issues erupted in the institution. However, with the appointment of Dr Jehan Bakht as acting vice-chancellor, the issues were somewhat brought under control. When Dr Jehan Bakht left the university some two months back on his appointment as regular vice-chancellor of the Khushal Khan Khattak University in Karak, the issues resurfaced.

The most serious issue was the race for the office of acting vice-chancellor.

Two faculty members - Mehboobur Rahman and Sher Hassan – who is serving as registrar of the university – got engaged in the tug-of-war for the seat.

Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, who is chancellor of the university, wrote to the Higher Education Department to notify Mehboobur Rahman as acting vice-chancellor, but the department instead asked Sher Hassan to serve as caretaker of the university. It also moved a summary for some other candidates for appointment of acting vice-chancellor.

This summary was, however, returned undecided.

Meanwhile, Mehboobur Rahman got some interim relief from a local court to serve as acting head of the institution.

The University of Swat is also confronted with a host of other issues including lack of building, administrative

and academic problems and the new vice-chancellor would have to face a tough challenge in the job.
Education News from Sindh / Women campus of varsity inaugurated
« Last post by sb on July 26, 2017, 12:19:47 PM »
Women campus of varsity inaugurated
MINGORA:26 July: The newly-established Woman Campus of the University of Swat was formally inaugurated here Tuesday.
Advisor to Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) provincial president Amir Muqam inaugurated the Women Campus at a ceremony.

Vice-Chancellor of University of Swat Mehboobur Rahman, other officials and faculty members and officials of Higher Education Commission were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Amir Muqam said the

provision of primary and higher education to children, particularly women was the priority of the federal government.

He said establishing a separate university for female students of Swat was the longstanding demand of the parents and local people.

“The Higher Education Commission with the

financial support of the federal government has set up a separate educational

institution for the female children of the people of Swat,” he added.

Amir Muqam said that initially the federal government had provided Rs900 million funds for the Women Campus of the University of Swat.

He vowed to get approved more funds from the federal government for the Women Campus, which, he said, would prove a milestone in lifting the female education in the area.

He said that initially four year bachelor of Zoology and Botany subjects’ classes would be started and gradually other disciplines would be launched at the campus.The news.
Education News from Sindh / PMDC frames new teaching regulations
« Last post by sb on July 26, 2017, 12:18:50 PM »
PMDC frames new teaching regulations
Islamabad:26 July: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), the regulator for medical and dental education and practice in the country, has framed new regulations for the appointment and promotion of faculty professional staff members, examiners, principals, deans and administrative staff members in undergraduate and post-graduate medical and dental institutions.

The regulations made by the council under Section 33(2) of the PMDC Ordinance, 1962, will come into force on August 1, 2017. They will be applicable for fresh appointments and next promotions in all medical and dental institutions recognised by the PMDC in the country.

According to a spokesperson for the PMDC, all appointments already made under the previous PMDC regulations will not be disturbed, while the titles already accrued will be held. However, all future appointments and promotions will be made according to the regulations.

"Medical education today is under revolutionary changes all over the world. The decades old discipline/subject-based medical curriculum is being replaced by system based integrated modular curriculum and learning environment is continuously changing in the medical/dental institutions," the spokesperson said.

He said in order to cope up with the rapid changes in the medical education, the faculty members needed to redefine their role as mentors and facilitators and needed to equip themselves with the latest instructional/communication skills and techniques.

The spokesperson said in the context of globally changing environment of medical education, the council had reviewed and re-framed its regulations so that the implementation of medical curriculum was ensured by competent, capable and qualified faculty only," he said. To ensure improvement in the medical research by the faculty members, the revised promotion criterion is as follows:

Under the new regulations, all undergraduate medical and dental colleges have been directed to establish a medical education department in their colleges with fully functional department of medical education and duly qualified full-time faculty with at least three full-time faculty members with effect from December 31, 2017.

The education department will play a pivotal role in steering the educational activities of the medical and dental institutions. This department will have a counselling cell with at least one qualified psychologist having master's degree, 18 years of education.

The spokesperson said to promote the culture of research in medical education and encourage the medical and dental faculty to conduct research and get it published, the number of mandatory original articles for promotion for assistant, associate and full professors had been increased.

"For promotion to assistant professor, at least two research papers will be required after December 31, 2018, in the relevant subject; for promotion from assistant professor to associate professor, a total of five research publications in the relevant subject of which three as assistant professor are required after December 31st, 2018, and five years of teaching experience, and for promotion from associate professor to professor, at least three years teaching experience as associate professor or nine years teaching experience as assistant professor will be mandatory and at least eight research publication in the relevant subject of which three should be during last three years are required," he said.

The spokesman said the holder of FCPS in clinical subjects and non-medical faculty were no more eligible for appointment to the positions of basic medical science subjects.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Pakistani students return from Beijing’s summer camp
« Last post by sb on July 26, 2017, 12:17:54 PM »
Pakistani students return from Beijing’s summer camp
Islamabad:26 July: A 20-member delegation of Pakistani students returned  home on Tuesday after participating in the 10-day international summer camp.

Beijing Municipal Committee and Chinese Embassy in Pakistan had jointly organised the camp. Diana Bao, spouse of the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan has made personal efforts and contribution making their participation in the camp possible.

The students hailing from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhaw provinces along with students of 32 countries learned new skills, techniques and exchange of brotherhood. They also visited great wall, summer palace, Forbidden City and took part may activities organised to build a new community of shared destiny of the world.

A number of stalls showcasing traditional artefacts of each country were also set up at the camp. Pakistani stall was very popular and particularly henna (mehendi) generated a lot of interest among the participants. The summer camp also helped bring the new generation of the two friendly countries closer and become ‘ambassadors’ to further promote Sino-Pakistan friendship.

The students got the opportunity watching and experiencing the most popular Chinese Martial Arts. The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan had organised the Summer Camp program for Pakistani students and teachers for past four years, with a total participation of 83 people. This year, they had invited 17 students and three teachers.

Most of them are from remote areas, instead of from big cities. It gave them a fair chance to know the development and culture of China, to exchange with students from other countries in the world, and to promote culture sensitiveness and the spirit mutual understanding and respect.The news.
Education News from Sindh / AIOU students get laptops under PM’s scheme
« Last post by sb on July 26, 2017, 12:15:10 PM »
AIOU students get laptops under PM’s scheme
Islamabad:26 July: Government has awarded laptops to PhD, MPhil and MS students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) under the Prime Minister’s youth scheme.

It was the third consecutive phase that University’s students were included in PM’s scheme. Laptops’ distribution ceremony was held here on Tuesday at the University’s main Camps that were presided over by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, who reiterated his pledge to develop the University as a Centre of research-based activities.

As a first-step in the third phase, 227 students of Islamabad region were handed over the laptops by the Vice Chancellor. He appreciated the hard work of the students, stating that they desired it.. The University, he said received spectacular distinction among the country’s educational institutions in term of enrolment that reached to 1.3 million, among those 56 percent are females, mostly belonged to remote regions.

Dr. Shahid Siddiqui shared with the laptops’ recipients the University’s academic achievements in the recent years, particularly developing it as research-based institution. They have published twelve brand new journals and arranged twenty-one national and international conferences during last two and half years.

Special focus was also laid on professional development, students’ support system and revision of curriculum. Qualitative improvement was brought about in admission, examination and books’ mailing system.

He told them about community’s welfare projects undertaken in the recent years that included provision of free education to all categories of disabled, prisoners and drop-out students.

As an encouragement, special cash awards are given to the students of higher education for doing internationally compatible quality research work and producing commercially viable projects that helps the society to overcome its socio-economic problems.

He hoped that the laptops will help them to undertake innovative and applied research work to serve the society.  He thanked the Higher Education Commission for its support and giving necessary funding in doing the research work.

The ceremony was also addressed by Dean Social Science Dr. Samina Awan, Director Rawalpindi region Dr. Malik Tuqeer Ahmed and Director Students’ advisory services Rana Tariq Javed.

The excited students received the latest laptop machines with specifications enabling them to use it both as a computer and as well as a notepad. In addition, an internet device was also the part of the package.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Christians’ role in education, health sectors hailed
« Last post by sb on July 26, 2017, 12:14:04 PM »
Christians’ role in education, health sectors hailed
Karachi:July 26:Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair on Tuesday hailed the invaluable contributions made by members of Pakistan’s Christian community in the country’s education and health sectors.
Speaking to a 13-member delegation of the New Apostolic Church led by Reverend John Qadir, Governor Zubair said the services rendered by citizens belonging to different communities, including Christians, had paved the way for the social development and economic progress of Pakistan.

“All of Pakistan owes a debt of gratitude to citizens from different religions, socio-economic backgrounds and walks of life. Their part in the development and progress of this country has been invaluable,” said the governor.

The delegation and the governor also extensively discussed measures being adopted for social, political and economic empowerment of Pakistan’s religious minority groups.

Zubair assured the visitors that special attention was being paid towards development work in areas inhabited by people with limited resources. He asserted that all the problems raised by the delegation in the meeting would be duly addressed and vowed to ensure their timely resolution.

“The federal government is particularly working on a development roadmap that has economic progress and social uplift as a prime focus," said the governor.

Mentioning that a special development package was in the offing for Karachi, he said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had taken it upon himself to ensure meaningful development across the length and breadth of Sindh.

“Along with Karachi, funds have also been issued for development works in Jacobabad, Thatta, Hyderabad and other parts of the province,” he said, adding that collective and indiscriminate development was the plan envisaged for the whole of Pakistan.

With particular reference to Karachi, Governor Zubair said restoration of law and order had led to an encouraging surge in investment in the commercial hub and the positive progress was being consolidated on all fronts.

In April this year, Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair had said that all religious minorities living in the province would  be protected at all costs.

“Not only are the minority communities independently carrying our their religious activities, but the government has also ensured their due  representation from the federal level to the local  bodies," he had said in a meeting with Bishop Sadiq Daniel. The news.
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