Sindh schools establishment funds
Rs5bn endowment fund to be established for 3,000 schools
Karachi, Dec 04: A Rs5 billion endowment fund would be established for more than
3,000 schools in Sindh, said Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday
during a briefing about the performance of Sindh Education Foundation
SEF Managing Director Prof. Anita Ghulam Ali and Programmes
Director Aziz Kabani informed the participants of the meeting that SEF was
establishing around 250 new schools in the province. The total estimated cost of
these projects was Rs160.711 million, and the projects would be undertaken with
the financial assistance of the provincial government.
Ali said that
these schools would be constructed within the next four years, and are likely to
benefit around 15,000 pupils. She said that around 500 students had been
imparted training in collaboration with non-governmental organisation so as to
ensure that the 14,000 pupils who were either out of school or had been expelled
could be enrolled in schools again.
The meeting was informed that
government schools in five districts are being improved under training
programmes for children. Around 300 female teachers would be given jobs under
this plan, while professional and academic capacity of 300 teachers would be
enhanced with the provision of better facilities inside these schools.
Shah expressed his "satisfaction" over the performance of the
foundation, said a CM house spokesperson, adding that the chief minister sought
suggestions for establishing the central office of SEF.
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KU added B.Ed Evening Programme
Karachi: Director of evening programme University of Karachi has announced
the inclusion of the B.Ed course in the Evening Programme. The course is being
introduced for the first time.
Prof. Dr M Abuzar Wajidi said that the new course
might prove to be a special attraction for those who intend to make their career
in the field of education and enhance their academic levels. "It is high time to
produce quality teachers that would be able to dispense quality education", Dr
Wajidi remarked. The news
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KIHD awarded the status teaching institute
Karachi: The Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD) has been awarded the
status of a teaching institute.
A College of Physicians and Surgeons
Pakistan team, after reviewing the pros and cons of the KIHD, permitted the
institute to initiate a four-year postgraduate diploma course in specialised
cardiac medicine and surgery.
On the occasion, City Nazim Mustafa Kamal
said the KIHD was the second institute after National Institute of
Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) to be affiliated with the CPSP and it would open
new avenues in the field of research and treatment of patients with heart
Kamal said the CDGK spent more than Rs 400 million to upgrade,
modernise and extend the KIHD, and the institute was equipped with modern
machineries worth Rs 100 million. The KIHD pioneered the use of high-tech
equipments such as '256-Slice Multi-slice CT Angiography' in Asia as only the
John Hopkins University of the United States was using it.
Kamal said the
KIHD was the second largest hospital in public sector with all departments and
facilities under one roof and a vision to provide access to modern diagnostic
and treatment facilities to the citizens at cheap rates.
Kamal added that
despite a tremendous financial deficit, the CDGK ensured provision of dedicated
medical services to ailing citizens at highly subsidized rates like angiography
for Rs 3,500, angioplasty with stents for Rs 35,000 and cardiac bypass surgery
for Rs 50,000. While other heart institutes in the city were charging Rs 30,000,
Rs 250,000 and Rs 300,000 for the same procedures, respectively.
further said the Sindh Medical Technology Faculty has also recognised the KIHD
for Cardiac Medical Technology Training and the KIHD Teaching Institute would
start a three-year diploma course to train cardiac medical technologists. He
added that the KIHD would also establish a nursing teaching institute at the
KIHD deputy executive director Dr
Siraj said the CPSP visited the KIHD on Oct 19 for inspection and issued a
letter of approval on Dec 2 to approve the KIHD's affiliation from Oct 19. The
KIHD Academic Council has started preparations to invite students who have
completed their first year to enrol at the KIHD for diplomas.
a question, Dr Siraj said it was the city nazim's special efforts that enabled
the KIHD to keep offering heavy subsidies to patients amid a crucial financial
deficit. He added that the KIHD had performed 1,000 angioplasty procedures,
10,000 angiographies and 100 heart bypass surgeries since Dec 2008. He further
said the salaries of the teaching personnel would become a tedious job, however,
the KIHD was already prepared and the new expenses would be met by curtailing
other non-development expenses until allocations were made in the forthcoming
annual budget. Daily times
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International speech competition
Karachi: Shaheera Abdul Jalil Albasit, a student of St Joseph Girls College,
Karachi, has secured the 'First Honourable Mention' award in a speech
competition in India.
'The Quanta-2009 15th International Competition for
Science, Mathematics, Electronics and Computer Science' was held in Lucknow,
Utter Pardesh, India from Nov 14 to 17. The participants contested all segments
of the competition as teams of two. The event attracted participants from 40
Shaheera's original options for speech were, "Science can cot
progress with the constraints of morality" and she had chosen Albert Einstein's
popular quote, "Gravitational attraction is not responsible for people falling
" However, looking at the other participants she modified the contents
and spoke extempore on differences between science and morality, that mesmerised
the audience making them cheer for Pakistan, particularly the Nepalese,
Malaysian and Singaporean participants who chanted 'Hey Pakistan' slogans.
Shaheera said that her classmate had learned about the Quanta
competition online, and they decided to file a nomination that got them accepted
as the sole participants from Pakistan. On getting approval, the five girls
approached their schoolteacher for further preparations.
Talking about the
biggest hurdle that was a lack of necessary funds, Shaheera said she contacted
Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs, Faisal Sabzwari who referred them to the City
Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal for help.
The city nazim asked Karachi District
Coordination Officer Muhammad Hanif Khan to make the necessary financial
arrangements, who issued a cheque of Rs 206,400.
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DUHS marked disabled persons day
Karachi: The Dow University of Health Sciences on Thursday organised a
one-day seminar on the occasion of the International Day of Disabled Persons.
Director Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Dr Nabeela
Soomro said that in physical medicine and rehabilitation, diagnosis and
treatment of people with different types of disabilities, ranging from sports
injuries, low back pain to serious neurological injuries such as spinal cord
injury stroke and brain injury were carried out.
She said that the
institute offered multidisciplinary rehabilitation management with physical
modalities, prosthesis, orthosis, and manual therapies, therapeutic exercise to
improve lost function.
Assistant Prof Dr Imran Ahmed while said that
the institute has been serving for the last two years and in a
short span of time artificial physical organs had been graft to 1,245 people out
of whom 988 were treated free of cost. He said that those who could not
afford the cost of artificial limbs were being provided the facility without any
Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer Nighat Tahir said that graduate
and post graduate education was provided in the institution in the field of
physiotherapy and occupational therapy respectively. The news
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Indus Valley School alumni flaunt their work
Karachi: The cool breeze drifting from the seaside lost its impact as it entered
the premises of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, where the
alumni were paying tribute to their alma-matter on Thursday night.
students were so busy enjoying the alumni show under the open skies that none of
them cared about the "disease laden breeze" that carried fever, flu and throat
problems in its wake.
The opening of the 2nd Alumni show was marked by a
tabla performance by Leena Ahmed, who took the audience back to the eras of 50s
and 60s when classical music was ruling the rostrum. Every pinch of her fingers
tips and palm on the vibrant surface of the 'tabla' forced the audience to flock
around the stage and listen attentively.
Leena graduated from the
architecture department of the Indus Valley School back in 2000. However, her
love for music took her to India where she learned how to play the tabla from
Ustad Fayyaz Khan. Her performance was followed by a concert of Sparkle motion,
a musical group formed by a former student of the school Rakhshanda
The IVS Alumni Association is showing works of 50 graduates from
all the departments at the IVS Gallery. This year marks the second presentation
of the alumni show. A variety of artistic work including paintings, photographs
had been put on display under one single roof.
The paintings and
photographs were developed using different techniques, exhibiting a delightful
array and blend of ideas that an art lover would love to have a look at. Some of
the different mediums were oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas and so
For Shabana, who graduated from the school in 2004, the attraction
was not only the work but also the gathering. "It is nice to see old friends and
rivals here tonight," Shabana said, who herself is now associated with the
fashion design industry.
"The aim of the show, in addition to presenting
the talent that the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture creates, is to
bring the alumni members together, forming a network that functions to support
the cultivated talent and mastered skills," said Muhammad Imran Khan, president
of the IVS Alumni Association.
He says by creating a platform to display
alumni work, the members are not only able to showcase their progress in real
lives but also to exhibit the talent created by the Indus Valley School to the
general public. Daily times
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