Reconstruction of the flood-destroyed schools
Rs5 billion needed for rebuilding schools
Swabi, Aug 21: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Education Sardar Hussain
Babak has said that reconstruction of the flood-destroyed educational
institutions and infrastructure needs about Rs5 billion and urged
foreign countries and donor agencies to help in this regard.
Talking to reporters here on Friday, he said the scale and magnitude of
flood was very colossal and it was really an uphill task to meet the
needs of the students in the post-flood situation.
said that hundreds of public and private sector schools were wiped out
and damaged by the floods. "The total number of destroyed educational
institutions might be about 900. It is not easy mission to make all
these institutions functional immediately," he said.
collection of a complete data of the destroyed educational institutions
was underway and in the next few days everything would be cleared.
"However, we have to admit frankly that the rebuilding of these
institutions would take time and each one has to come forward to play
their due role after the natural disaster," he said.
Ashfaq adds from Peshawar: Recent flash floods damaged around 820
schools and six colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , officials said.
Data compiled by the Elementary and Secondary Education (E&SE)
department says 204 schools have been damaged extensively, and 616
partially. Officials said that the schools the province lost to the
floods were constructed during the past three years.
annual development programme, the provincial government constructs
around 150-200 primary schools and upgrades the same number of primary
schools to middle and higher level.
"Six colleges also were
partially damaged. Repair and reconstruction of them would cost about
Rs60 million," Higher Education Department (HED) additional director
Liaquat Shah said.
Besides the damage to the college
buildings, Shah said that a bulk of books in libraries and classrooms'
furniture was also destroyed in these floods. He said that they were
making efforts to complete the repair and open the damaged colleges from
September 1 after the summer vacations.
According to the
official data, the 820 damaged schools included 573 for boys and 247 for
girls: 681 primary, 76 middle, 49 high and 14 higher secondary schools.
Bashir Hussain Shah, the E&SE additional director for
planning and development said that the department had not yet made
assessment of the destruction and total cost needed for the
reconstruction of the damaged schools.
In Dera Ismail Khan, the
number of fully and partially damaged schools is 311, followed by
Nowshera with 134 schools. Kohistan is the worse-hit district where 107
schools were completely washed away by floods. The damage schools in
Swat are 69, Shangla 36, Battagram 21, Charsadda 31, Swabi 29, Malakand
17, Dir Upper 19, Buner eight and Haripur 37.
"It is premature
to say something about the total cost needed for the reconstruction of
these damaged schools," an official of the E&SE department told this
correspondent. The engineers and other government officials concerned
would visit the flood-hit schools and colleges for damage assessment, he
Schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will reopen on September 1
after the end of three-month summer vacations. The official admitted
that it was beyond the capacity of the impoverished KP government to
reconstruct such a large number of damaged schools without the active
support of donor agencies. However, the department planned to start
classes in prefabricated structures, he said, adding that the second
option would be the establishment of tented schools. Dawn
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Exam dates in Kyrgyzstan for evacuated Pak students
Islamabad: The Education Ministry of Kyrgyzstan has conveyed to Foreign
Office on Friday that the exams for the final year foreign medical
students will be conducted in Bishkek from September 4 to 20, 2010.
those Pakistani final year medical students who were evacuated from the
Osh region and, therefore, could not take the exam, have been asked to
contact the Pakistan Embassy in Bishkek for further details, stated a
press note issued from the Foreign Office on Friday.
According to it,
final year medical students were encouraged to contact relevant persons
on the following phone numbers of the embassy for details:
0312-373901/373902/373903/373904. The students may also contact the
embassy through Fax: 0312-373905 and E-mail: parepbishkek+AEA-elcat.kg,
stated the press note. The nation
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Students want IIUI on public bus route
Islamabad: The students of International Islamic University
Islamabad (IIUI) are facing transport problems as the local transport
did not ply on the route to the university from different areas of the
The students complained that they had to wait for university buses or hire taxi which was additional financial burden on them.
They further said the authorities concerned should devise a plan to
link the university through local transport to facilitate the students.
Taseer, a student, told this agency that the university buses were
plying only on main roads on specific timings. The buses are always
overcrowded. Resultantly, a large number of students faced hardships, he
An official of the IIUI, when contacted, said the
university was facing shortage of funds due to which development work
was getting affected. He said the IIUI had one of the best transport
systems in the twin cities which facilitated students and university
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QAU, HCC sign MoU
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) and
a Canadian company Health Consortium of Canada (HCC) on Friday inked a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishing an institute of
health sciences including a medical college and a university teaching
hospital at QAU Campus.
The MoU was signed by QAU Vice Chancellor
Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and Syed Yasir Abbas, Country Manager, Health
Consortium of Canada (HCC). Under the MoU the company will provide
consultancy to QAU in developing faculty for Quality Health Sciences,
and Teaching Hospital. HCC will develop detailed proposals for the
sub-projects, and submit them to the QAU. After completion of the review
process, HCC will initiate the execution of the project.
Consortium will also help QAU to set up a formal link with the
universities in North America or the choice of a particular university
to assist in developing the faculty of Health Sciences.
addressing the signing ceremony QAU Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai
said that the university has entered into a new era of development and
expansion. He said QAU has very ambitious plans of development for the
next ten years and the proposed institute of health sciences is a step
ahead in this direction.
QAU Registrar Dr. Shafiqur Rehman, Dean
Natural Sciences, Dr. Qaiser Mushtaq, Dean Biological Sciences, Dr. Mir
Ajab Khan and Dean Social Sciences, Dr. Naveed-i-Rahat, were also
present on the occasion. The news
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Islamic varsity fall semester
Islamabad: Due to flood crisis, the fall 2010 semester of the
International Islamic University (IIU), Islam-abad, will start in
Shagufta Haroon, director Academics of the
University, asked the new students to report to their faculties and
departments on September 14.
Fees deposit schedule has already been communicated to students. app
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