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NAT Entry Test / Re: NTS: NAT Schedule 2013
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Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / Opposition of KP protest proposed education bill
« Last post by sb on September 20, 2017, 11:28:20 AM »
Opposition of KP protest proposed education bill
PESHAWAR: The opposition in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly staged a walkout on Tuesday in protest the proposed education reforms bill and to express solidarity with the teachers who are on strike.
The opposition member Munawar Khan of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), while taking the floor, criticised the government for its policies.

He said thousands of college and school teachers were on roads as the government wanted to snatch their rights. He said all the opposition members were with the teachers in their struggle for genuine rights.

Parliamentary leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Sardar Aurangzeb Nalotha, said it was a question mark on the governance as teachers from elementary and secondary education as well as college lecturers and professors were on strike but no minister was present to inform the assembly about the situation.

He said the government should listen to the grievances of teachers and have them addressed. “The opposition would not allow the government to impose black law on the teachers,” he said, while assuring support to the teaching community.

The Awami National Party (ANP) parliamentary leader Sardar Hussain Babak said thousands of teachers had been forced to come on roads due to the wrong policies of the rulers.

He said though the treasury benches wanted to keep the proposed education bill secret till it was tabled in the assembly and get it adopted it in a hurry without discussion, it was leaked and posted on the social media.

The draft bill, he said, proposed teachers recruitment on probation basis and termination of the Education Department employees without any notice.

Sardar Hussain Babak said the KP setup had set a worst example of governance in the province as it destroyed the whole structures of health and education departments.

The government, he said, had failed to control the spread of dengue virus and fever caused by it that had claimed several lives and left thousands affected and hospitalized so far.

The ANP legislator said a team of experts reached Peshawar from Punjab to examine and treat dengue patients while the Health Department of the KP government and local administration did nothing for the people.

He also welcomed the members of Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) to the opposition fold and said with their experience the opposition would play a more affective role in the House.

Nighat Orakzai of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Raja Faisal Zaman of the PML-N and Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli of the QWP lashed out at the government for its failure to resolve the problems.

They said the government was bent upon depriving the people of their genuine rights. The opposition members said the government had failed on all fronts and was now trying to deprive the Pakhtun children of education by privatising educational institutions.

The lawmakers said the opposition would support the genuine cause of teachers and would not allow any legislation depriving architects of the nation of their rights. They said relevant ministers should have taken all the stakeholders into confidence before framing the laws.

Assembly Deputy Speaker Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, who presided over the session, gave the floor to Fazle Elahi of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf which led to a rumpus and opposition’s walkout from the House.

The ruling party MPA from rural Peshawar tried to defend the government, saying he wanted to hold talks with the teachers who were protesting outside the assembly, but they had no proper agenda and charter of demands. He alleged the striking teachers were playing into the hands of opposition political parties.

When the heated discussion was going on inside the assembly, school teachers and college lecturers from the entire province were staging a protest in front of the assembly against the proposed education reforms bill.

The speaker had to adjourn the session when Nighat Orakzai pointed out the lack of quorum. Earlier, two bills, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Control of Narcotic Substances Bill, 2017 and KP Education Foundation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, were moved in the House.The news.
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Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / Lecturers protest proposed Education Act, BoGs
« Last post by sb on September 20, 2017, 11:27:30 AM »
Lecturers protest proposed Education Act, BoGs
PESHAWAR:20 september: The activists of Professors and Lecturers Association and All Technical and Occasional Coordination Council, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Tuesday staged a sit-in outside the building of the provincial assembly against the proposed Education Act for educational institutions.
They were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the proposed BoGs for colleges.

The protesters, including male and female professors and lecturers, gathered outside the provincial assembly and staged the sit-in. Jamshed Khan and others led the protest and spoke on the occasion.

The speakers claimed that the provincial government had decided to hand over the educational institutions to Shaheen Foundation, which they said had no experience of running educational institution and lacked any strategy.

They alleged that the government had not provided any equipment or stationary to technical and occasional institutions to enhance the capacity of the teachers, adding the privatisation would result in further deterioration of these institutions, which they said, was not acceptable to them.

The speakers accused the government of ignoring the education sector and rejected any change in form of formation of BoGs or any such thing in education.

They demanded the government to upgrade their services, pay professional allowance and regularise the services of librarians, contract and ad-hoc lecturers and announce service structure for lecturers of Physical Education.

The protesters refused to hold talks with Member Provincial Assembly belonging to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Fazale Elahi and stopped him from addressing the protesters.

They threatened to stage a protest outside the Banigala residence of PTI chief Imran Khan in Islamabad on September 26 next if their demands were not accepted.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Lok Virsa, FDE hold first ‘Children Lok Mela
« Last post by sb on September 20, 2017, 11:26:12 AM »
Lok Virsa, FDE hold first ‘Children Lok Mela’
Islamabad : :20 september:The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) on Tuesday started a new programme series on 'Children Lok Mela' under the popular slogan 'Harnessing Culture with Education' in collaboration with the Training Wing of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).

The first Children Lok Mela was held on the premises of Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), I-9/1, which featured a number of colourful activities including artisans-at-work, live folk musical performances by artists and traditional drummers (dholis), traditional food stalls, traditional horse dance and many other attractions.

FDE Director General Hasnat Qureshi and Lok Virsa Executive Director Dr. Fouzia Saeed were the special guests at the opening ceremony of the Mela. In his address, FDE DG Hasnat Qureshi highly commended the efforts of Lok Virsa and Dr. Fouzia Saeed for infusing a new spirit in their students about the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan. He assured full cooperation from his department for the successful implementation of this programme series.

ED Lok Virsa said her institution was working for the last two years in close collaboration with the FDE to inculcate knowledge in children about various facets of Pakistani culture, particularly folk crafts and that their response was worth mentioning. She also thanked the FDE Training Wing for their unstinted support in this project.

The Lok Virsa ED further added that her organisation had launched a one-year programme series in the name of “Craft is Knowledge” on September 18. It aims at perpetuating traditional skills, promoting master artisans and above all, creating awareness among children (age group: 7-16 years) about folk crafts.

Under this initiative, ten training programmes will be organised focusing on popular crafts like truck art, papier-mâché, pottery, doll making, traditional weaving, stone carving, etc. Each programme will be held for five days at Heritage Museum and master artisans in the respective craft field will demonstrate their work and provide hands on training to children. The first programme under this series, i.e. ‘Truck Art: Engagement with Artisans’ has already started at Lok Virsa which will continue till Friday (September 22).

An important component of the ‘Craft is Knowledge’ programme series is the ‘Children Lok Mela’ which has an objective to mobilize educational institutions about the importance of the traditional culture.

The one-year monthly programme on ‘Craft is Knowledge’ followed by ‘Children Lok Mela’ at a local FDE school will conclude in June 2018. Around two thousand students from various FDE schools participated in the Children Lok Mela held at IMCG, I-9/1 and enjoyed the activities presented on the occasion.

The opening ceremony featured popular national songs and poetry of Allama Iqbal, folk songs, folk dances and cultural diversity shows, all presented by children attired in colourful traditional costumes. Lok Virsa dance group presented famous `Bhangra’ folk dance. The audience enjoyed thrilling performances of the child folk artists a lot.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Teachers, education secretary meet today to resolve pay issue
« Last post by sb on September 20, 2017, 11:20:35 AM »
Teachers, education secretary meet today to resolve pay issue
Karachi:20 september:A day after police thrashed teachers protesting against non-payment of salaries outside the Karachi Press Club for the second time in less than week, a meeting was scheduled for Wednesday (today) between Education Secretary (Schools) Abdul Aziz Uqaili and representatives of the New Teachers Action Committee (NTAC).

According to a press release issued by NTAC on Tuesday, discussions would be held with the secretary regarding release of two months' salary payments. However, a procedure has been introduced by Uqaili to verify the appointments of the teachers who were appointed during the tenure of former provincial education minister Pir Mazhar Ul Haq in 2012 and later their appointments were declared fake.

NTAC Chairman Abubakar Abro and Teachers Association Sindh (TAS) Chairman Zahir Ahmed Baloch have expressed their apprehensions, saying if the process of verification was not completed fairly the teachers would continue to stage demonstrations.

The verification process would be rejected altogether it favouritism was shown towards anybody, they maintained.  On the other hand, TAS representatives condemned the police for not only using water cannons but also baton-charging the protesting teachers to disrupt their demonstration held outside the local press club on Monday.

What triggered the law enforcers’ wrath was the demonstrators’ decision to move towards the Chief Minister House which falls under the Red Zone. On September 13, two teachers were reportedly injured in during their protest while three were taken into custody. Altogether, around 25 teachers were injured while 40 protesters, included female teachers, were arrested by police during the two recent protests.

But the protesting teachers, hailing from the ruler Sindh, have since 2012 been demanding to be paid their salaries. Organised under the New Schools Teacher Associations, the teachers have been protesting against the provincial education department for over past three years now.

Appointed during the tenure of Pir Mazhar Ul Haq, in 2012, the appointments of the teachers were later declared fake. However, they claim that they were not only issued appointment and joining letters but were also made to fulfill election and other duties, but were yet to be paid for either of the jobs.

Speaking to The News shortly after the mayhem, Saddar SP Tauqeer Muhammad Naeem said the protesting teachers were in the process of a dialogue with the provincial education secretary, and hoped that the protest would end shortly.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Karachi University awards 20 MPhil, 25 PhD degrees
« Last post by sb on September 20, 2017, 11:19:50 AM »
Karachi University awards 20 MPhil, 25 PhD degrees
Karachi:20 september:The University of Karachi on Tuesday conferred 45 MPhil and 25 PhD degrees on students in various disciplines.

After a meeting of the Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR), which was recently held under the chairmanship of KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan, the names of the successful candidates were approved and later on announced by the varsity’s registrar.

PhD degrees were awarded to Shabbir Hussain (Chemistry HEJ), Zaeema Asrar Mohiuddin (Business Administration), Usman Azhar (Economics), Sumaira Yousuf Khan (Mathematics), Muhammad Ibrahim (Chemistry), Foqia Mushtaq (Biochemistry), Syeda Gul-e-Zehra Naqvi (Marine Biology), Faiza Hasan (Pharmacology), Abdul Ghaffar (Usool-Ud-Din), Benish Khan (Clinical Psychology), Farah Zeb (Pharmacology), Rafat Parveen Siddiqui (Library & Information Science), Muhammad Ali (Pharmacology), Syed Kashif Raza (Molecular Medicine), Ghulam Sarwar (Biochemistry), Mohsin Ali (Chemistry), Choudhary Muhammad Saqib Altaf (Microbiology), Wasia Rasheed (Applied Chemistry), Sumaira Rais Abbas (Biochemistry), Akbar Ali Chandio (Sindhi), Ahmed Soomro (Sindhi), Ali Jan Bariro (Sindhi), Tehmina Fiaz (Chemistry), Shaista Emad (Biochemistry) and Zehravi Asifjah (Quran & Sunnah).

Furthermore, those who received M.Phi degrees are Hamad Ali (Molecular Medicine), Shaista (Chemistry (HEJ), Syeda Zehra Hamid (Chemistry (HEJ), Ifrah Hasan (Pharmaceutics), Masood Ahmed Khan (Pharmacology), Tahseen Iqbal (Chemistry (HEJ), Nafees Iqbal (Chemistry (HEJ), Faiz Muhammad (Chemistry (HEJ), Shabbir Ahmed (Applied Economics (AERC), Sabah Quaiser (Statistics), Shaista Bano (Chemistry (HEJ), Tahniyat Shakil (Microbiology), Bushra (Zoology), Kashifa Zohra (Zoology), Sabiha (Chemistry (HEJ), Sidra Kanwal Ali (Pharmaceutics), Muhammad Azhar Ansari (Chemistry), Fizza Iftikhar ( Molecular Medicine), Yasmeen (Marine Science) and Mahwish Zehra (Microbiology).The news.
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Education News in Punjab / Punjab University special students exempted from fee
« Last post by sb on September 20, 2017, 11:18:27 AM »
Punjab University special students exempted from fee
LAHORE :Punjab University today announced an exemption of fee (tuition fee, admission fee and registration fee), dues, (university and departmental dues) hostel room and hostel admission fee for special students.

Voice Chancellor Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir said in a press note that special students are also a part of our society and we need to pay special attention to them. Meanwhile, the PU Examinations Department has issued the schedule for submission of admission fee and forms for B.Com Part-I and II second annual examinations 2017.

Last date for submission of admission forms is 05 October 2017 while the date of commencement will be announced later.  The details are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. UOE: University of Education announced its last date to apply for admission in all campuses of UOE, Sept. 20 (today).  A UOE spokesperson said that students can submit online admission form by 4:00pm. The first merit list will be displayed on Sept. 22, 2017.The news.
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Education News in Punjab / Dr Umar Saif honoured
« Last post by sb on September 20, 2017, 11:17:41 AM »
Dr Umar Saif honoured
LAHORE :20 september:To recognise extraordinary leadership and innovation in meeting the Global Goals, Pakistan’s noted computer scientist and inventor Dr Umar Saif has been honoured and chosen to join the inaugural of Goalkeepers 2017 in New York City.

Dr Saif, , founding vice-chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU) and chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), would showcase the technological interventions introduced in the public sector and the economic achievements made through smart devices.

The second annual Global Goals Awards are being joined by Melinda Gates and Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Amina J Mohammed. The categories for the 2017 Awards include, The Innovation Award, The Healthy Not Hungry Award, The Leave No One Behind Award, the Young Goalkeeper Award and the Leadership Award. Bill Gates will welcome a series of experts and global health heroes to the stage.The news.
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Education News in Punjab / Post-training session at Fatima Jinnah Women University
« Last post by sb on September 20, 2017, 11:16:50 AM »
Post-training session at Fatima Jinnah Women University
Rawalpindi :20 september:Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in collaboration with HEC is organising a post training session on ‘Creating and Strengthening the Awareness of Financial Linkages among the Young Women Entrepreneurs in the Rural Areas of Rawalpindi District’ under the Social Integration outreach program here on Tuesday.

Guest speaker of the seminar was Tania Buttar, deputy general manager (Women Entrepreneurship Development Cell, WEDC).She aware the students and entrepreneurs about SMEDA, a public sector organization working under ministry of industries and production.

This session intend to identify key problems and challenges faced/perceived by young women entrepreneurs for getting seed money to start their business. The project is helpful to empower and strengthen the women entrepreneurs by providing them in depth information on financial aspects of a business especially gaining access to the money (seed capital) that may enable these women entrepreneurs to play vital role in the development of Pakistan’s economy.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Aisha Bawany College remains sealed despite SHC, CM orders
« Last post by sb on September 19, 2017, 10:59:45 AM »
Aisha Bawany College remains sealed despite SHC, CM orders
KARACHI:19 september: A scuffle broke out between parents and the management at Karachi's Aisha Bawany College on Monday morning as the institution remained closed despite the orders of Sindh High Court (SHC) and chief minister Sindh to reopen it.

Scores of teachers and students gathered outside the college on Monday to protest against its closure. The college, which was sealed on a civil judge's verdict, continues to remain closed even though the high court and CM ordered its immediate reopening.

Amid controversy of non-payment of rent, officials alongside students, engaged in a scuffle with the spokesperson of Sindh government's education department and Aisha Bawany College's trust exacerbated.

The trust officials maintained that the court's bailiff had ordered the sealing of the court and the college administration is wrongly been accused of sealing the college. Meanwhile, education department officials blamed the trust for sealing the premises.

The dispute between the Aisha Bawany Trust and education department arose over non-payment of the rent amount, which had allegedly accumulated to Rs 8,400,000.

On Saturday morning, the teachers and students had conducted and participated in classes on the street outside the college's building to protest against the move. Later in the day, the Sindh High Court had suspended the civil judge's order till September 23.

The provincial law officers, Ziauddin Junejo and Ale Maqbool Rizvi, informed the SHC bench that the government had filed an application with the Supreme Court in Islamabad against the order passed by the civil court regarding the rent matter.

Therefore, the court was pleaded to stay execution proceedings before the civil court, which is the executing court, till the decision on the government's plea in the apex court.

After hearing initial arguments from the law officers, Justice Siddiqui issued notices to the trustees of Aisha Bawany College and other respondents for September 23. "Meanwhile, the executing court is directed not to proceed with Execution No 04/2010 till the next date of hearing," the court further ordered.

Earlier that morning, teachers and students of the college had protested against sealing of the educational institution's building by the police in compliance with the order passed by the subordinate court.

In protest, the teachers had conducted classes on the street outside the college's building and number of the students attended.

On Monday, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also ordered that the college be reopened immediately but the building remained sealed.
Published in Daily Times, September 19th 2017.
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