Curriculum wing devolution | QAU scholarships
Devolution of curriculum wing to provinces opposed
Islamabad, Dec 07: The National Assembly's Standing Committee on
Education proposed on Monday that there should be uniform curricula for
history and politics subjects in the country and that the same should be
formulated at the federal level.
Under the Constitution's 18th Amendment, the federal education
ministry along with its curriculum wing is supposed to be devolved to
The committee's meeting chaired by Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali of the
PML-N unanimously decided that the ministry's role as formulator of
curriculum and the national education policy should remain with the
With the implementation of the 18th Amendment, the provinces would be
allowed to have their own school- and college-level curricula, which at
present are being looked after by the curriculum wing at the federal
As per the ongoing practice, provincial textbook boards, only publish
books once their contents are duly vetted and cleared by the federal
Members of the committee said that it was against the spirit of
national integrity and harmony that there were different policies and
systems of education in the country. The education policy should be
uniform across the country.
The committee decided to immediately seek a meeting with Chairman of
Constitutional Reform Committee, Mr Raza Rabbani, who is also looking
after the amendment's implementation process.
It may be mentioned that the issue did come up for discussion during
CRC's proceedings and Ahsan Iqbal of the PML-N vociferously argued
against devolving curriculum formulation role of the ministry to the
Mr Iqbal said that he and Prof Khurshid had submitted dissent
notes on the clause and recommended to include the curriculum wing in
the federal list.
He said that with this policy in place every province having its own
curriculum the country might end up in four nations within one nation.
"It will increase parochialism and issues of standardisation of education in the country".
"What if tomorrow, one province does not recognise matriculation of
the other on the pretext of low education standard," Mr Iqbal
questioned. Similarly, to have national outlook, the country needs to
follow a uniform education policy, he said.
Begum Nuzhat Sadiq of the PML-N said the committee was not against
devolution of the education ministry to the provinces, but called for
its certain role to stay with the federal government.
She said that it was an across the board agreement of the committee that the issue should be raised at the level of CRC.
It was very important for students in the country to read same facts and figures about their history.
The committee expressed concern over dilapidated condition of public
schools and decided to have details from the provinces regarding a
number of boy and girl primary and secondary schools and number of
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QAU awarded Rs 58m scholarships
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) awarded Rs 58 million scholarships during year 2009-10 to over 3,000
students under 23 different programmes, said QAU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Masoom Yasinzai on Monday.
He stated this addressing the MSc
Merit Scholarship distribution ceremony, which was organised by
Scholarship Aid Office of QAU. Yasinzai awarded Rs 2 million scholarship
cheques to 175 brilliant students.
The VC said the university
administration was working hard to get resources and find different ways
for helping students so that they could achieve their goal of higher
He said faculty, students and the administration must work together to improve the educational standards.
said the motive of QAU was to elevate the socio-economic position of
the needy and deserving students by providing them access to quality
education through needs/merit-based scholarships.
Scholarship Aid Office is awarding a number of donors/sponsored and
University Financial Assistance Scholarships annually. The scholarships
include Pakistan Baitul Mal Scholarship, Balochistan University
Scholarship, District Scholarship, MORA Scholarship, Minority Student
Scholarship, USAID Scholarship, JNBS, QAU Financial Assistance, Student
Welfare Fund, MSc Merit Scholarship, M.Phil/Ph.D Merit Fellowship,
Zanib Habib Ullah Scholarship, Riazud Din Trust Scholarship, MQK
Scholarship, Dr Ishaq Zahid Scholarship, QAU Alumni Scholarship, AJK
Council Scholarship, Political Agent Scholarship, Fuji Foundation
Scholarship, Miscellaneous Scholarship, Provision of HEC
Balochistan/FATA, and USAID Grant to FATA/Malakand Division (Affected
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Old Quaideen asked to help new ones
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University's Vice-Chancellor Dr. M Masoom Yasinzai has
asked the old students of the university to help the new graduates in
job placement and creating better work conditions for them.
a ceremony for distribution of MSc merit scholarships to the 1st, 2nd
and 3rd position holders here on Monday, the VC said that Quaideen, the
members of QAU Alumni Association, should help the fresh graduates of
their alma mater in finding jobs and at least strive for creating better
job conditions for their junior colleagues hailing from QAU. He said
that the university is going to establish an incubation centre to impart
training to passing out students to increase their practical expertise
in their respective fields, which will enable them to get the jobs in
the market relatively easy.
The University distributed
scholarships worth Rs58 million in 2009-10. These scholarships were
awarded to more than 3,000 students under 23 different scholarship
programmes. Dr. Yasinzai awarded scholarship cheques worth Rs2 million
among 175 students on the occasion.
He also urged the alumni to
find scholarships for the poor students of QAU as in the coming days,
the public-sector universities will be forced to increase fees to meet
their daily expenses in the wake of drastic budgetary cuts announced by
the Higher Education Commission after the slashing of educational budget
by the financial wizards of the country.
He exhorted the
students to focus on the studies but do not become bookworms and also
participate in extra-curricular and other healthy activities. He said
that the federal capital alone has 13 universities competing with QAU in
the public sector. He hoped that QAU, which is number one amongst all
the public-sector universities in the country will retain the title with
the help of faculty and students.
Addressing the gathering
President of Quaideen, Sikander Rai, congratulating the award winners,
recalled his years in the university in the late 1970s and said that Dr.
Kaneez Yousuf and Dr. Yasinzai both are liberal and broadminded
vice-chancellors. The news
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