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Education sector share to rise to 4% of GNP, says Gilani
Islamabad, Dec 30: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that his government is planning to increase the budget allocation for education sector to at least 4 percent of the gross national product (GNP), which would entail a substantial increase in expenditure on higher education.

Speaking on Monday at the inauguration ceremony of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) new campus, he said that the government would also take steps to overcome gender, rural-urban and regional disparities.

The prime minister said that he had tasked the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to come up with detailed plans to promote education in the country so that Pakistan can acquire the status of a literate society in the comity of nations instead of being dubbed as an ignorant and illiterate nation.

The demographic statistics of Pakistan offered both challenges and opportunities, Gilani said, adding that out of 165 million people of Pakistan, around 100 million were below the age of 25, which was more than the total population of some of the developed countries.

However, the prime minister said it was very unfortunate that only one out of every five matriculates made it to the university. He added that the single most important element of human development strategy was education.

"My government's seven-point Roadmap to the Better Future of Pakistan aims at improving access to education, including the higher education in the universities," Gilani remarked. He said that the NUST had made the nation proud by joining the ranks of top 400 - out of around 30,000 - universities of the world, which was a great achievement.

The prime minister said that he was pleased to know that since its inception in 1991, the NUST had produced 9,500 graduates, which include 11 PhDs and 1,300 MS and MPhil degree holders.

He said that the university had more than 7,000 students studying at its 16 colleges and schools of Electrical, Mechanical, Aeronautical, Medical and Civil engineering.

He said that the schools were situated in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Risalpur and Karachi. These centres cover a wide spectrum of engineering disciplines, besides information technology, medical and management sciences at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Gilani said that the president of Pakistan, being Patron-in-Chief of the university, was also very keen for the progress of the NUST, which served as a beacon for the promotion of higher scientific education in the country. Daily Times

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Loadshedding in the twin cities irks students
Islamabad: Unannounced loadshedding in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi is causing problems for the students preparing for the forthcoming examinations.

A large number of students complained that as examinations are going on in different institutions, the loadshedding is disturbing their study schedule, especially at night time. They also complained that in some areas, loadshedding is not in accordance with the schedule announced by Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco).

An official of Iesco told APP that in some areas, power is shutdown for annual maintenance and people should help Iesco, as energy crisis is going on in the country, adding that Iesco authorities are committed to provide power to all areas of the country. He said the Company is aware of the problems of students but due to the annual maintenance, power shutdown gets prolonged in different areas.

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HEC organises Oracle Academy seminar
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has organised a one day seminar regarding the Oracle Academy's Specialised Packages Program for the faculty members of all Higher Education Institutions of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The seminar was organized by Learning Innovation Division of the HEC in collaboration with Oracle Academy. The IT Directors and IT Managers participated in this seminar. The prime objective of the seminar were to aware the participants about Oracle Packages to facilitate teaching and management as well as to establish coordination among Higher Educational Institutions and the Oracle Academy. Through this seminar, the HEC has provided an opportunity to the universities to develop links and to introduce their efforts regarding teaching and managerial needs. The resource persons of the seminar were the senior experts from NUST and FAST, who narrated their experience of using the facilities of Oracle Academy. This activity certainly gave an idea to other institutions about enhancing the facilities at IT and Management Departments of their universities. The News

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