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45,000 take entrance test
Lahore, Aug 20: University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore conducted a combined entrance test for admission to engineering institutions in Punjab for BSc engineering classes and BSc engineering technology programmes.

Over 45,000 candidates took the entrance test for BSc engineering for about 5,000 seats and the test was held simultaneously at UET Lahore, UET Taxila, College of Engineering BZU Multan, College of Engineering Islamia University Bahawalpur, NFC Institute of Engineering & Fertilizer Research Faisalabad, University of Gujrat, Siddeeq Public School Satellite Town Rawalpindi, Government College of Technology Rasul, Dr AQ Khan Institute of Technology Mianwali, UET Lahore's Kala Shah Kaku Campus and LGU Lahore.

Special measures were adopted to ensure secrecy and transparency in the test. The result of the test will be announced on August 25 (Midnight) and available at web link

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HEC to boost higher education in Punjab
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission and Punjab Government have agreed to undertake collaborative efforts to strengthen higher education sector in the province.

It was decided during the meeting of Punjab Minister for Higher Education, Youth Affairs and Tourism Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan with HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari.

During the meeting, various issues pertaining to effective implementation of Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme, establishment of country's first ever laptop manufacturing and assembling plant, idea of knowledge city at Lahore, establishment of foreign campuses and universities at different cities of Punjab, Enrolment Emergency Campaign, provision of internet connectivity to colleges and improvement of quality of college education in Punjab etc were discussed.

The minister lauded the contribution of HEC and its management for brining Pakistani higher education sector at par with international standards. The minister also appreciated the idea of establishment of country's first ever laptop manufacturing and assembling plant and assured his utmost support in this regard.

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Mistakes in textbooks blamed on staff deficiency
Peshawar: Deficiency of staff responsible for curriculum review and some administrative officers can be counted as prime reasons for the mistakes pointed out in various books published by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Textbook Board.

The textbook board has seven positions of subject specialists, who check and crosscheck the lessons written by different writers and approve the final draft of the books before and after publishing. But five such positions have been lying vacant for a long time resulting in serious flaws in the course books.

Currently, there is no subject specialist at the textbook board for English, Urdu, Mathematics and Pashto and it would be ridiculous for a science teacher to check and approve language and literature books, the sources said.

The lone position of textbook board member has also been vacant for several months, the sources said.

Some flagrant mistakes were pointed out in different course books taught at public sector schools. At a time when the common folks' trust in the government-run schools and colleges has diminished, such mistakes can cause further deterioration in the situation, a senior academician argued.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led provincial government has been making tall claims to bring about revolutionary changes in the education system and improve the standards besides bringing maximum number of out-of-school children to the school, he said. But their sincerity with the claims can be gauged from the fact that they even couldn't fill the vacant positions in the textbook board, he added.

When contacted, chairman of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Textbook Board, Dr Himayatullah confirmed that several positions in the board were vacant and the three successive governments the Awami National Party-Pakistan People's Party coalition government, the caretakers and now the one led by the PTI have remained unmoved over the repeated letters sent by the board management to fill the vacancies.

He said it was true that in the absence of a specialist for a subject, it is difficult to produce an error-free book. "However, the board management is committed to providing error-free books to all the schools and colleges in the province on time," he stressed.

About the errors in some textbooks, Himayatullah said that they had formed a committee to review and remove the flaws. "The errors from most of the books have already been removed. But as you know we have to hire a large number of printers for printing, some of the printers failed to remove the errors. However, now that our attention has been drawn toward the matter, I assure you that all the errors in the remaining books would be removed by the time the students attend schools after summer vacations," he explained.

He urged the parents and teachers to point out flaws in the course books, if any, so that even petty mistakes could be removed from the books as the publication would be started after September.

The official said they had also started reviewing the complaints about translations in different books. "All the complaints would be addressed," he maintained.

Regarding the standard of content in different subjects, the textbook board chairman said that draft books are prepared in the light of government decision about curriculum. "The initial draft is checked by the subject specialist and sent to Directorate of Curriculum and Teacher Education, Abbottabad for approval and then the subject specialist checks the book again before he gives final approval," he said. "During this process, the flaws are removed and objectionable material is omitted," he maintained.

When his attention was drawn towards the complaints made by parents about a chapter "Maimonai" in Urdu subject at secondary level wherein a distorted picture of Pashtun culture has been reportedly presented, he said the parents should submit a written complaint to him so that he could take action.

About the quality of paper used in the textbooks, he said the government had formed a committee that thoroughly checked the paper's quality. He said the best paper would be used for printing the books.

The textbook board publishes around 40 million books of different subjects from grade 1 to 12th each year. The books as per the decision of former Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal government are provided free of cost to all the students in public sector schools and colleges.

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Three British Pakistani brothers shine in UK schools
London: Three brothers, all British Pakistanis, have made outstanding gains in their respective educational areas, with one of them receiving scholarship at a 500-year old school and the other being declared a maths 'maestro'.

Husham Ahmad, who is 17, has received a scholarship at one of the Britain's finest and oldest schools, the "Nottingham High School" which is celebrating its 500th anniversary.

Husham Ahmad did well in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSC) finals exam but was surprised when he learned that he actually successfully completed the tougher criteria for Nottingham High School exam for scholarship/bursary. "I will never forget the result day when I opened my final GCSC result envelope, I had mixed emotions about it, however I pulled through and got my reward for revising to the fullest and I am in one of the best schools in Britain and am very proud of myself because it is a great self-achievement for student like me. "I couldn't have achieved such higher grades in my exam without my teachers and parents continuous efforts," he added. The Nottingham High School is renowned for its excellent achievements, good and quality education standards.

Zohaib Ahmad, 15, has become head boy of the Nottingham Academy, after going through a tough competitive selection process. The Nottingham Academy is considered as the fastest growing reputable institution and got its place among one of the finest institutions for young people in the country.

Zohaib commented: "This honour honestly means a lot and is a great self-achievement and I don't think they could have picked up anyone else better for the job but me. I have always been interested in becoming head boy and was confident that I would get the place. And I couldn't be more proud of being head of Nottingham Academy than at any other school."

Asher Ahmad, the youngest brother of Husham and Zohaib, who is also a student at Nottingham Academy and is 11 years old, got a level six in the Maths subject what was formerly the expected level for students three years older.

Asher Ahmad said: "I've worked hard at it so I was proud of myself. I love being able to do lots of different things like algebra. I really like doing maths and I was very pleased that I got a good mark. I have liked doing Maths at home with my parents. I feel very proud of myself indeed." The news

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Resignation of Balochistan University's VC accepted
Quetta: Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai has accepted the resignation of Dr Rasool Bakhsh Raisani from the post of Vice-Chancellor of Balochistan University.

An official statement issued on Saturday said the governor who is also chancellor of the university told the vice-chancellor that his services were needed and that he should take back his resignation.

However, Dr Raisani insisted on leaving his post due to some personal commitments. Dawn

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