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Fee hikes by private schools finally caught the attention of the top jurist
ISLAMABAD:19 september: It seems protests by parents against the arbitrary fee hikes by private schools has finally caught the attention of the top jurist in the country with the apex court on Tuesday deciding to club all petitions in this regard and issuing notices to private schools.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday clubbed all case of fee hikes by private educational institutions, pending before the high courts and different registries of the Supreme Court. Declaring the cases as maintainable, he summoned their case records.

This was decided as a three-member bench of the apex court led by CJP Nisar heard a case on fees of private schools.

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The court made eight private schools a party to the case and fixed it for hearing.

“The schools will have to defend themselves,” the top judge remarked.

He noted that the matter was of significant importance and that they will take a decision after closely reviewing the matter. The apex court will begin hearing the case on October 4. It is pertinent to note that petitions against fee hikes imposed by private schools are being heard by the Sindh High Court (SHC), Islamabad High Court (IHC), Lahore High Court (LHC) and Peshawar High Court (PHC).

The PHC had restricted educational institutions to charge only 50 per cent of the fee from students during summer vacations. The IHC, on the other hand, had barred private schools in the federal capital from charging tuition in advance during summer vacations. A full bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) had declared hikes in tuition fees charged by private schools by more than five per cent of the last fee schedule was illegal. The court had further directed schools to either refund the excess amount or adjust it in future fees within three months.

According to the 18 Amendment, all decisions pertaining to education will fall under the domain of provincial governments, which are also responsible for the curriculum and all other matters pertaining to schools.

School fee hike: Large private schools made respondent as SC clubs petitions

Parents of school-going children have been urging the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take a suo moto notice of the unbridled hike in school fees, unjustified profits by school owners and substandard education in government schools which they claim are ruining the future of the country.

Holding placards inscribed with appeals and slogans against the schools, parents and students have protested outside the National Press Club in recent weeks. They claimed that the ratio of profit for schools had increased manifolds because rules drafted by the capital’s private school regulatory authority were not being implemented owing to prolonged litigation.

Parents from the twin cities urged Chief Justice Nisar to club all cases on school fees, which are pending in various courts, and hear them on a priority basis to resolve the issue.  Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2018.
Education News from Sindh / One school in Korangi, Karachi, is breeding donkeys instead
« Last post by sb on September 19, 2018, 12:11:09 PM »
One school in Korangi, Karachi, is breeding donkeys instead
Karachi:19 september:Typically, schools pride themselves on breeding future intellectuals, scientists and scholars. One school located in Korangi, Karachi, has no such qualms. This school is breeding donkeys instead.
At the City District School Number 4, located in Korangi 2.5, students sit on the floor, while their playground is occupied by a herd of donkeys. Sans furniture and fixtures, this school being run by the Korangi District Municipal Corporation is victim of decades of neglect and decay.

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“There is no furniture in our classrooms,” lamented one student. “Basic fixtures such as fans, windows and gates are long gone,” he told The Express Tribune. The walls supporting the classrooms too have developed cracks and there are fears that they would crumble down any day. There are no toilets for the around 750 students currently enrolled at the school from grades one to 10.

“Even if someone really wants to study, they may not be able to learn under such circumstances,” said another student. “We too want our school building to have proper facilities like private schools so we can focus on our studies,” she said, adding that the parents of students at this school could not afford to send students to private institutions.

Meanwhile, teachers who spoke to The Express Tribune said that after repeated complaints by the school officials, the provincial education department had set aside funds to construct a new building on the premises. The construction work started some time ago, but has moved on at a snail’s pace since.

“Where should these students be taught till then?” one teacher questioned, pointing toward the dilapidated school structure. “The school offers zero facilities for these children,” she said angrily.

With the absence of a gatekeeper to guard the premises, the school has become a favourite hangout spot for people from the surrounding areas. To add insult to injury, neighbours have laid sewerage lines through the school’s premises. This has not only rendered the playground worthless, but also poses the risk of infectious diseases among the children.

The neighbourhood is wary of sending children to this school. But they have little choice, for it is the only public institution offering education to girls. Many have been forced to give up, however, with parents reluctant to send their children to the school that endangers their health and life.

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“We appeal the government to save the only public school of the neighborhood and expedite the renovations on the building so our daughters may continue their education here,” said one parent, Muhammad Irfan, whose daughter, Manahyl, is a student of grade six. Irfan also requested the authorities to ensure provision of basic facilities such as furniture and fixtures for the classrooms so that the students do not develop an inferiority complex when they interact with their counterparts from private schools.

“It is not that we do not want to get our children educated at the government school, but given the appalling situation, we don’t know how we can ask them to continue attending classes here,” said another parent, Amjad, whose daughter, Malaika, also studies at the school. He added that funds for the construction of a new building had been approved by the provincial education department, but the construction work had halted after some time for some unknown reason. The residents have appealed authorities to expedite the construction work on the new building so students may be able to attend classes in peace.Published in The Express Tribune, September18th
National University of Modern Languages donate blood for thalassaemia patients
Islamabad : 19 september:A large number of students, faculty and staff members here on Tuesday gathered to the blood donation camp at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) to donate blood for thalassaemia patients of Pakistan Thalassaemia Centre.
The donation camp was arranged by the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and donation drive drew a huge response from the students, faculty members and staff and especially girls who turned up to donate blood for children suffering from thalassaemia and other patients, a press release issued here said.
Director Administration NUML Brig (r) Zia ul Hassan Sahi, who also visited the donation camp, said, The practice of voluntarily blood donating is very low in Pakistan.
Such drives will encourage young students to go for voluntary donations. He appreciated the students and staff members for donating blood for noble cause.
Manager Administration Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Raja Jhangir said that blood donation collected from NUML will be used for Thalassaemia patients of Pakistan Thalassaemia Centre only.The news.
UOE training workshop under Faculty Professional Development Programme
Lahore:19 september:University of Education (UOE) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Rauf-i-Azam was the chief guest of the concluding ceremony. While addressing the participants, the VC said teaching was not just delivery of lecture rather it was a full fledge learning process, which included delivering lecture, assessment and evaluation of students, use of latest technologies in teaching learning process. He urged the participants to be very honest while making assessment and evaluation of students because their assessment shapes the academic destiny of the students. He advised the non-PhD faculty members to do their PhD as early as possible and the PhD faculty members to enhance their knowledge continuously.The news.
University of Okara’s approved formation of 10 new academic departs
Lahore:September 19: University of Okara’s syndicate has approved the formation of 10 new academic departments under the existing four faculties along with the recruitment on 123 teaching and 107 non-faculty positions.
The decision was taken in the fourth meeting of the syndicate, chaired by Punjab Higher Education Minister Yasir Hamayun Sarfraz. The meeting was held at Punjab Civil Secretariat, Lahore.
UO Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zakria Zakar tabled all the financial and infrastructural issues of the new university and demanded the syndicate members that they pay serious attention to their long-term solutions so that the standard of the education could be improved.

The syndicate unanimously allowed the university to establish 10 new departments and launched the programmes, including social and cultural studies, anthropology, criminology, mass communication, library sciences, physical education, law, computer sciences, physics and statistics. The body also approved the budget for setting up new research and practical laboratories in various departments.

The minister urged the VC to build the entire necessary academic infrastructure to come up to the accreditation requirements of Higher Education Commission (HEC). Talking to the syndicate, the minister said, “Our government’s priority is to build education infrastructure in the country by allocating more budget and powers to the existing universities instead of establishing new ones.”

On the university’s request, the syndicate allowed it to to adopt the University of Gujrat’s statutes until it formulates its own statutes, however, the minister indicated that the government would try to implement standardised set of governing laws for every public and private university.

The body approved the release of pending wages of the university’s visiting faculty and contractual support staff, including the security guards. The syndicate also unanimously agreed on the appointment of Dr Iqbal Chawla as permanent member of the Selection Board.The news.
Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / UoP fails to find thieves who stole Gandhara relic
« Last post by sb on September 19, 2018, 11:37:50 AM »
UoP fails to find thieves who stole Gandhara relic
PESHAWAR:18 september: No headway seems to have been made to trace those responsible for the theft of a rare piece of the Gandhara history from a museum in the provincial capital two years ago with multiple investigation committees failing to conclude their probe.
In 2016, a precious cruciform relic casket from the Gandhara civilization — a one-of-its-kind relic — had gone missing from the Archaeology Museum of the University of Peshawar. The relic had been excavated by Professor Ahmad Hasan Dani from the Sheikhan Dheri archaeological site in Charsadda in 1962.

The University of Peshawar’s (UoP) Department of Archaeology formed a committee to probe the matter and identify the culprits responsible.

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The committee reportedly came to the conclusion that the museum curator and assistant curator were apparently involved in the matter.

When the museum curator learnt about the probe’s findings, he apparently refused to sign off on it — since he was also a member of the probe committee. He instead claimed that the relic had gone missing during a fire incident at the museum.

However, while inspecting the inventory checklist, the inquiry committee found that the relic was available in the museum’s store even after the fire incident. In fact, all items in the museum were accounted for after the fire.

A senior official of the varsity, who did not wish to be named, told The Express Tribune that after the inquiry committee completed its report, the museum’s curator started blaming some menial staff at the facility for the alleged theft.

However, he was not successful in proving his case.

The varsity official said that a departmental inquiry committee, which included experts, wrote to the university administration in 2017, urging it to constitute a high-powered committee to probe the matter and to file a criminal complaint with the police against those responsible.

The request of the committee, though, apparently failed to move senior officials of UoP.

Another UoP official confirmed to The Express Tribune that after a departmental committee was formed, the then-provincial government, led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had constituted a committee to investigate the matter. But due to unspecified hurdles, it could not complete its work properly.

The official said that after provincial government formed the committee, the university apparently constituted another committee in which it challenged the jurisdiction of the provincial government to interfere in what it claimed was a university matter.

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He claimed that acting UoP registrar Dr Zahid Gul has allegedly been supporting the culprit, using different tactics to delay the conclusion of the probe. The official further claimed that the relic, stolen from the varsity, had been sold for an astronomical price causing a severe loss to the country and preservation of history.

When contacted, UoP museum’s curator Dr Zakirullah Jan said that he was unaware of the inquiry committee’s final decision or its status.

Dr Jan, however, said that the university registrar was fully aware of the matter. Despite repeated attempts, UoP Register Dr Zahid Gul could not be contacted for his version since he did not answer any of the calls made to him.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2018.
HEC,s support for development of products and prototypes, started yielding outcomes
Islamabad:September 18: The projects approved under Technology Development Fund (TDF), an initiative of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provide financial and technical support for development of products and prototypes, have started yielding outcomes.

Under the TDF, so far 126 projects have been approved for funding. The projects awarded in the FY 2016-17 have entered the execution phase and are progressing towards the goals envisaged.

Bulleh Shah Packaging was facing industrial problems in disposing of biomass the ash residues, so the conversion of biomass ash residues into commercialisable products is an example of great success. Two researchers involved in this project, Dr. Basit Yameen and Dr. Abdul Wakeel are now working to covert the waste material into pavement material and plant growth supplement as a new production line. Total worth of the project is Rs18.474 million wherein the industrial contribution is Rs. 4.530 million.The news.
100 MBBS students of  Federal Medical and Dental College were awarded
ISLAMABAD:18 september: On a day when the main focus was supposed to be on the students and how they would be entering the next chapter of their life, officials and even students of a medical and dental college in the capital chose to use the spotlight to highlight the lack of infrastructure and facilities necessary to impart quality medical education.

With the health minister in the audience, the decision proved to be fruitful in drawing his attention to the problems of the institution.The drama unfolded as around 100 MBBS students of the Federal Medical and Dental College (FMDC) were awarded their degrees during their convocation on Monday. Being the only government-run medical college in the federal capital, FMDC is currently operating out of a building meant to house a primary school for specially-abled people.

Officials during the convocation ceremony said that they had a 100 per cent result with all enrolled students passing their exams despite the acute lack of resources.

Addressing the students, FMDC Principal Professor Dr Tanwir Khaliq lamented that the college did not even own its campus and has to keep relocating from one building to another.

Such was the state that they were forced to operate out of a portion of a primary school meant for specially-abled children and only had three rooms available to serve as lecture halls.

“The current building does not fulfil our demands,” Prof Khaliq stated, adding that they do not even have proper laboratories.

He dilated that the college initially operated under the Cabinet Division then it was devolved under the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD). With CADD now abolished, it has been handed to the health ministry.

“A medical college cannot be run in the building of a primary school,” Dr Khaliq declared, demanding land for constructing a purpose-built campus.

Apart from solving the land issues, he said that the teaching faculty of the college also had a number of serious reservations, including regularisation issues, which should be resolved.

FMDC inducts students from all over Pakistan, with seats reserved for all the provinces hence making it the only government sector medical college in the centre with representation from all over Pakistan, providing equal opportunities for students throughout the country to excel.

At the moment, around 700 students are enrolled in it.

But the future of these students seems to be up in the air, the principal cried, adding that their students are at the bottom of the preference lists when it comes to house jobs or induction in post-graduate training programmes.

Moreover, he said that eight years after the college was first established, the project concept-I (PC-I) for the college building has yet to be approved and students are forced to either bunk in private hostels or rent expensive accommodations in the capital.

Prof Khaliq added that while the college does not have sufficient basic science faculties, it has continued to produce quality graduates.

After patiently hearing the complaints, Federal Health Minister Aamer Mehmood Kiani commended the college administration and students and assured them their problems will be sorted out on an urgent basis.

“We must make all-out effort to resolve the problem that had been highlighted.

We will bring major improvement in the college within a year and will take up the matter of FMDC building with the prime minister,” Kiani vowed.

The minister hinted at allocating space for the college in the F-9 Park as he said there is a building lying vacant in the park.

“Our patients deserve the best-trained doctors and nurses in the world – and this is what our government believes,” the minister said, adding that they will support doctors to deliver compassionate care through providing them with the training, support and skills they need to take this agenda forward.

The minister awarded degrees to the students and conferred medals to the high achievers.

Dr Ayma Khan was declared the best student of the batch.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2018.
Education News in Punjab / ceremony of a five-day training workshops on rabies at Uavs
« Last post by sb on September 19, 2018, 11:33:43 AM »
ceremony of a five-day training workshops on rabies at Uavs
Lahore:18 september:The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) held the concluding ceremony of a five-day training workshops on rabies on Monday.
The workshop was held in collaboration with Indus Hospital, Karachi, under the varsity project titled ‘In-service Training Facility of Advance Veterinary Education and Professional Development for Veterinary Professionals (IVPD)’.

UVAS Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Masood Rabbani presided over the workshop’s concluding session and distributed certificates among the participants. IVPD Director Dr Hafsa Zenab, Epidemiology Department Chairman Dr Hassan Mushtaq and Aftab Gohar from Indus Hospital were also present on the occasion.

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Addressing the participants, the pro-vice chancellor said that as a veterinarian, it is our responsibility to perform our duty with honesty and dedication while protecting society from disease and keeping everybody rabies-free.

He also thanked Indus Hospital for working alongside UVAS in saving animals from rabies and other infectious diseases. Further, he lauded the efforts of IVPD Director Dr Hafsa Zenab for providing financial support for conducting a training workshop and for continually updating the curriculum according to modern needs.

He also urged participants to share their knowledge and experiences with other students.

Dr Hassan Mushtaq said that the aim of this workshop was to familiarise young veterinarians with the techniques and scientific methods behind mass inoculation of dogs and prevention of rabies.Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2018.The news.
Education News from Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa / KP Chief Minister visit sehools
« Last post by sb on September 15, 2018, 11:43:44 AM »
KP Chief Minister visit sehools
PESHAWAR:September 15: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said on Friday that his government was committed to promoting education under Article 25-A of the Constitution "Education for all."

He was addressing the enrollment drive for September 2018 "pick the books and come to school" at Shaheed Hasnain Sharif Government Higher Secondary School No. 1 City Peshawar, said a handout.

Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Elementary and Secondary Education Ziaullah Bangash, Secretary Education, Arshad Khan, Director Education Farid Khattak, developmental partner USAID, UNDP, ARC, MCHD, representatives of other organisations, teachers, representative of the media and students attended the meeting.
The chief minister said in 2013, education was in worse condition when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf assumed power. Therefore, education budget was enhanced from Rs63 billion to Rs138 billion, he added.

The chief minister said, "Education for all" is a mission envisioned by PTI from the day one. "Article 25-A of the constitution stresses on providing education to all the citizens without any discrimination. The PTI has already formed a policy in this regard. The valuable reforms in the field of education made by PTI government in the previous tenure are the visible proof of our commitment to education," he added.

People gave mandate to the PTI for the second time in the province due to its reforms in the education and other sectors, he said. Mahmood Khan assured to give respectable status to teacher in the society and hoped that teachers would reciprocate it through their commitment and consistency. He assured increase in the education budget for the financial year 2018-19, adding, he would take forward the PTI policies and steps of the previous government.The news.
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