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US government provided $70k to Bajaur schools
Peshawar, Dec 04: The US government has provided school furniture and supplies worth $70,000 for schools in Bajaur Agency. Ambassador Robin Raphel, US Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance, turned over school and laboratory furniture, audio visual systems, and sports equipment to Fata Additional Chief Secretary Habibullah Khan.

Ambassador Raphel noted the importance of expanding educational opportunities for Fata youth, especially to prepare them to thrive in the workforce. The donation is part of the US government's continuing collaboration with Pakistani authorities to bolster the capacity of educational institutions to provide education services for Fata youth, including those whose studies were interrupted by terrorist attacks. The news

Japan grant for girls school
Islamabad: The Japanese government will provide a grant of Rs7.59 million for the construction of a school in a remote village of Khushab for promoting girls education.

The funds, being provided under the 'Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects' of Japan, will be utilised by the Society for Human Empowerment and Rural Development (SHER), a non-governmental organisation, for the construction of new building for the girls' school in Mita Tiwana village in Khushab district.

The proposed middle-level school will have 12 classrooms, 10 toilets, library, home economics room and computer room including the provision of furniture. Through this project, 420 female students will be provided with a comfortable, tranquil and safe educational environment.

An agreement for the project was signed in Islamabad on Thursday at the Japanese ambassador's residence. Ambassador Chihiro Atsumi and President of SHER Mohammad Sadiq signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides. This would be the first middle-level school for girls in the village.

In the absence of such a school in the area, girls were deprived of higher education. At the signing ceremony, Mr Sadiq presented some drawings, prepared by the prospective students of the proposed school, to the ambassador.

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Campaign for PUTA poll in full swing
Peshawar: Campaign for the election of new body of the Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) is gaining momentum as polling scheduled on December 10 draws nears.

Two groups - Jamaat-e-Islami-backed Tanzim-e-Asatiza and Awami National Party-supported Friends - will confront each other in one-on-one contest for various positions of the 15-member body. Two seats have already been elected unopposed.

The election campaign hasn't created the enthusiasm seen in previous years as the abduction of Prof Dr Lutfullah, vice-chancellor of Kohat University for Science and Technology, has overshadowed all activities at the campus of the University of Peshawar.

The teaching staff of two other public sector universities, NWFP Agricultural University and NWFP University of Engineering & Technology, have already elected their representative bodies. Siddique Akbar has been elected as president of Engineering University Teachers Association (EUTA) and Dr Fida as president of Agricultural University Teachers Association (AUTA).

The panels of both the groups have expedited their electioneering at the University of Peshawar. They are holding corner meetings and door-to-door visits to muster support of the teaching community.

Both groups have fielded strong candidates for different offices of PUTA. Dr Ikhtiar of Tanzim would face Dr Javed Ali of Friends for the office of the president. The other members of Tanzim's panel are Dr Abdul Hameed Jan for the office of vice-president, Falak Naz Khan Khalil, general secretary, Dr Ataur Rahman, joint secretary, Dr Alamgir Khan, finance secretary, Zaigham Hassan, literary secretary and Dr Arshad Ali, sports secretary.

The Friends panel includes Dr Zakir Khan for vice-president, Dr Tayyeb for general secretary, Jalil Khan for joint secretary, Shakeel Khan for general secretary, Roohullah Khan for literary secretary and Siddique Akbar for sports secretary.

Amina Rasheed from the College of Home Economics has already been elected unopposed as vice-president (female) and Farzana Shaukat as member executive (female). Dr Arbab Khan Afridi would be the ex-officio member of the executive council being the outgoing president of the association. The People's Party-backed Progressive group has decided to remain neutral in the election. Both the groups have focused their attention on grabbing more and more votes from the Progressives and the neutral voters.

Meanwhile, the PUTA has convened a crucial meeting on Saturday at PUTA office to work out line of action of putting pressure on the government to expedite efforts for the safe recovery of the abducted vice-chancellor, Dr Lutfullah.

PUTA President Dr Arbab Afridi said that office-bearers of all the teaching associations across the province had been invited to attend the meeting. Reception would also be hosted for the newly elected bodies of the EUTA and AUTA. Dawn

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IT labs in schools to improve education standard
Rawalpindi: The establishment of Information Technology (IT)/computer laboratories in government higher secondary and high schools is a revolutionary step by the Punjab government to raise the education standard, said MPA Nawabzada Shams Haider.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of IT laboratory at Government Danny's Higher Secondary School on Thursday. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Imdadullah Bosal, MNA Malik Abrar, MPAs Raja Muhammad Hanif Advocate, Malik Iftikhar, Raja Muhammad Faiz Sarwar, Rawalpindi CPO Rao Muhammad Iqbal Khan, EDO Education Malik Muhammad Ashraf, DDO Education Sajida Ahmed and a large number of girl and boy students attended the ceremony.

Haider, who was the chief guest and Bosal inaugurated the IT lab comprising 16 computers with all their accessories at Government Danny's Higher Secondary School.

Haider said the establishment of 209 IT/computers labs in high schools of Rawalpindi district would help provide computer education to students in all the backward and rural areas of the district.

He said those nations, which worked hard in the field of education, achieved the goal of development and prosperity. He said it was high time to pay attention to improve educational standards.

He said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was giving top priority to the education sector and the establishment of IT labs in schools of the province reflected his interest to improve the standards of education.

He said the neighboring country India had achieved advancement in the field of computer science. Haider said to compete the world it was imperative to make speedy advancement in IT knowledge, an important sources of foreign exchange earning through software development.

He said the Punjab government was planning to establish IT Park in Lahore to boost the IT field in the province.

Bosal underlined the need for successfully functioning of these IT labs, which would help achieve the targets set up by the government for the IT and computer education.

He said the education department and teachers should do their best to achieve the target of education standard in the province.

Prof Nasir Minhas of Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture Uninversity Rawalpindi, Dr Rabia Izhar of Government Girls High School Dhoke Ratta, student Qaiser Nadeem and Hamza Saeed also addressed on this occasion and highlighted the significance of IT education.

They lauded the efforts of the Punjab chief minister for bringing a revolutionary change in the field of education. Daily times

IT laboratories inaugurated
Chakwal: Special Political Assistant to CM Sarfraz Afzal has said educational revolution will emerge from the government educational institutions as these are serving the poor students and providing some good results.

He was inaugurating 153 Information Technology laboratories at high and higher secondary schools of the district on Thursday.

He said Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif wanted to provide all the latest educational facilities to the government educational institutions. He said the computers laboratories had been established in 45 days. Speaking on the occasion, DCO Tariq Waqar Bakhshi said now quality education would be available to the poor students, who could not afford heavy expenses of private schools and colleges. Education EDO Asad Naeem and others were also present on the occasion.

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Book on Rumi published
Islamabad: A unique and informative book highlighting philosophical thoughts on Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi has been published. The 529-page book titled 'Masnavi Maulana Rum ka Mutala' was written about 75 year ago by a religious scholar Mir Waliullah of Abbottabad, said a news release issued by Allama Iqbal Open University here Thursday. It vividly highlight sufis' teachings of noted poet in simple Urdu. Both translation and comments book as a noble venture in the realm of literature. The news

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Students show solidarity with cops
Peshawar: The students of Police Public School and College (PPS&C) Thursday staged a peace rally to show solidarity and pay tributes to the Frontier Police for its unmatchable sacrifices in the prevailing volatile situation of the province, particularly Peshawar.

Holding placards and banners inscribed with statements praising the police force, a large number of students started the 'peace march' from the school premises and visited various police checkpoints in and around the city.

The participants of the rally were raising slogans in memory of police martyrs and eulogising their services and sacrifices.

During their visit to the checkposts in Karkhano Market, Hayatabad, Ring Road, Pishtakhara, Saddar and Bara Road, the peace marchers garlanded the personnel with flowers and chanted slogans in their support.

The police personnel thanked the students and vowed to offer more sacrifices to save the innocent citizens from the terrorists. A young policeman said he and his colleagues were moved by the solidarity shown with the cops by the students. "It has raised our morale," he remarked. Dawn

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PSF slamed Shamsher's killing
Zhob: A large number of activists of the Pashtun Students' Federation (PSF) held a demonstration on Thursday, condemning the killing of ANP parliamentarian in Swat suicide blast.

The demonstrators, who were led by Syed Zubair Shah and Zmarak Khan Mandokhel, condemned the killing of Pashtunkhwa (NWFP) MPA Shamsher Ali Khan and his brother in a terror attack at their Hujra and said the terrorists had violated all political, religious and social values.

They demanded of the government to take to task the elements involved in such heinous crimes. The news

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