Lawrence College students excellence
Lawrence College students excel in 'O' level exams
Murree, Aug 13: Students of the Lawrence College, Ghora Gali, have achieved
exceptional results in the 'O' level examination conducted in May-June 2009,
says a press release issued here on Tuesday.
Muhammad Shuja Khan, Saad
Bin Muhammad, Sameer Altaf Tunio and Danial Rizwan Masood Butt clinched straight
Haider Bashir, Syed Usman Bin Mehmood, Umair Aziz, Hafiz Bilal
Ramzan got 7 As.
Hashim Salman got 6 As, while Muhammad Bilal Riaz got 5
As. Shahzaib Afridi and Kazim Raza got 4 As.
The overall percentage of
students was the highest ever in the long history of Lawrence College, Ghora
Principal Air Commodore (r) Farooq H. Kiyani appreciated
the performance of faculty members of the college.
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Moot on teachers' development concludes
Islamabad: A three-day conference on teachers' development titled '21st
Century Schooling - What Works for Children in Schools Today' concluded at the
Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) here on Wednesday.
conference, organised by the Roots National Institute of Teacher Training and
Education (RNITTE), attracted more than 450 delegates from across the country
and abroad. PNCA Director General Tauqeer Nasir was the chief guest at the
Roots School System (RSS) Director Faisal Mushtaq,
while speaking on the occasion, said that today's students live in a world that
is extremely fast-paced and constantly changing.
"The changing paradigm
of the 21st century requires that we redefine education, school, curriculum,
teacher and the learner. The 21st century teaching is bold, flexible, creative,
challenging and complex," he said.
Other speakers spoke on portable tools
for powerful teaching, pedagogy and contemporary trends in education, the UK
perspective on good classroom practices, vertical tutoring, teaching beyond
knowledge society, class interactions and managing student behaviour. The news
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Education minister eyes PAL's top slot
Islamabad: Education Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bajarani has set his eyes
on the top position in the Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Board of Governors,
once the academy formally gets autonomous status, sources said.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani approved a summary for grant of
autonomous status to the PAL a few months back, but the cabinet could not do
same as Mr Bajarani said he had not seen the summary and sought time to go
The sources said that according to the original draft, the
PAL chairman was to retain the chairmanship of the academy's BoG, but the
minister wanted an amendment in it to head the board, meaning a reversal of
something already approved by the prime minister.
They said the PAL
chairman was also seeking retention of the BoG chairmanship, saying that
otherwise the autonomy would be meaningless.
The summary was likely to
be placed before the cabinet for approval shortly, the sources said, adding that
Prime Minister Gilani would have to intervene to resolve the matter that had
created a tussle between the education minister and the PAL chairman, Fakhar
When contacted, Mr Zaman confirmed the tussle, saying that: "We
have disagreement over the chairmanship." He hoped Prime Minister Gilani would
finally decide the matter. The PAL chief said he recently held a meeting with Mr
Bajarani to convince him that the academy's Board of Governors comprising high
profile writers should be headed by the PAL chairman, but said the minister was
adamant that he would not let it happen.
Mr Zaman was confident that the
premier, who had been patronising major projects undertaken by the PAL, would
ensure that the BoG chairmanship that had traditionally remained with the PAL
chairman was not disturbed.
He said the projects like launching of
literary TV channel, international writers conference and publication of books
would suffer a setback if the board's chairmanship went to the education
Mr Zaman said he was in New Delhi when the prime minister
called him to take over as PAL chairman, adding that he had told him that it was
an autonomous body now and the chairman would have to directly report to him.
Mr Zaman indicated that he might quit as PAL chairman, if the education
minister succeeded in his attempt to take over as BoG chairman. Dawn
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Students display real show of talent
Islamabad: Blended with humour and thought provoking ideas, the
inter-university dramatics competition 2009, held at Preston University here on
Wednesday, proved to be a real show of talent and skill by the participating
students of various universities.
Four selected dramas were presented on
the occasion, with one of them focusing on serious issues while the remaining
providing mainly non-stop entertainment to the audience.
Students of Arid
Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, (AAUR) presented a Punjabi drama titled
'Boli Watna Di' highlighting the strong local cultures and traditions that have
a great impact on people's lives.
A drama titled 'Diya Jalae Rakhna Hai',
staged by the students of Comsats University, Islamabad, focused the grave
challenge of increasing terrorism and the role of patriotic citizens in
eradicating this menace from society.
A romantic comedy titled 'Mohabbat
Aur Gorha' was presented by the students of Preston University (Islamabad
Campus) that showed the power of love among individuals, while the students of
Preston University (Kohat Campus) successfully highlighted the miseries of
people facing loadshedding across the country.
PPP leader Chaudhry
Manzoor Ahmad was the chief guest on the occasion while the judges' panel of the
drama competition comprised famous film critic Ejaz Gul, Syed Nabeel and Ghafran
The participating teams from Comsats, Islamabad, and AAUR were
jointly declared the first position holders, as both secured equal marks from
the judges, while the team of Preston University (Islamabad Campus) was declared
second in the competition. Though the comedy skit by Preston University
(Islamabad campus) students was not part of the competition, it provided real
fun to the audience, who gave a standing applause to the performing
Speaking on the occasion, Ejaz Gul said young and energetic
people could play a vital role in restoring the lost glory of performing arts.
"Such type of events provide the students with a great opportunity to display
their skills and this trend should gain more ground in educational
institutions," he said. Ejaz Gul said cinema has a very short history, as the
first film was presented in 1895, while drama has been an important segment of
performing arts for hundreds of years.
Syed Nabeel and Ghufran Imtiazi
also spoke on the occasion and underlined the need to take immediate measures to
save the future of performing arts for the coming generations. "We lack nothing
in terms of talent but there is a need to provide ripe opportunities to
youngsters, who can show outstanding skills in the field of performing arts,"
Later, Chancellor Preston University Abdul Basit and Ejaz Gul
gave away prizes to the winning teams. The news
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Book on Unesco world heritage sites in Pakistan launched
Islamabad: Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) and the Unesco on
Wednesday launched a book focusing on Unesco World Heritage sites in Pakistan
including Lahore Fort, Makli Necropolis, Rohtas Fort, Shalimar Garden,
Moenjadaro, Takht Bahi, Taxila.
The UNESCO country director Maurice
Robson praised the author Ayesha Pamela Rogers as well as photographer Asad
Zaidi who took two months to capture the heritage locations.
the lesson that the books and the pictures impart is to remember past heritage,
hold them precious and remember 'what has happened in the past.
expressed the hope that visitors coming to the exhibition would not only be
content with seeing the photos but go to the sites.
The PNCA director
general Tauqir thanked Unesco and director Maurice while mentioning also the
continuing cooperation between the two organizations, and for his kind gesture
in seeing to it that the book as well as photo exhibitions were arranged before
he left for home at the end of his assignment in Pakistan.
of cultural preservation was to be found in the PNCA programmes Abbasin Rang and
Bolan Rang which reeked with illustration of
our rich folk music, and
the value of inestimable musical instruments. One could only sway with the
lyrics in Gul Lagi Ila Lagi sung by Farzana Bahar.
Then we had an item
by a renowned Pushtu speaking Baloch who delighted the audience with his
humorous verses, including one that referred to the shoes thrown at former
President George Bush by an Iraqi journalist. Dawn
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