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USAID training plan for teachers launched
Islamabad, Feb 24: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Mission Director Anne Aarnes congratulated the Ministry of Education for the
launch of Pakistan's National Professional Standards for Teachers
"With the introduction of these standards, Pakistan today
embarks on the journey which will enhance teachers' knowledge of the profession
and improve their teaching skills. In return, their students will be better
educated and well prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century," said Ms.
Aarnes at the launching ceremony. The launching ceremony followed by a workshop
was jointly organised by the Ministry of Education and Unesco under the
Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan (STEP) project funded by
To improve the quality of teachers, and subsequently the quality
of education for students, the STEP program has supported the Ministry of
Education and the Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (ACTE), under
Higher Education Commission, to develop standards for teachers and teacher
The STEP program also aims to build a framework,
for quality assurance mechanism, based on established standards. Since 2002, the
US Government has provided more than $2 billion to Pakistan for improvements in
economic growth, education, health, governance, assistance in earthquake
reconstruction, and lately for the internally displaced people who have fled
their homes owing to floods and then military operations in Bajaur Agency.
"I am managing Lahore Garrison education System which embodies over 700 teachers and 15000 students from K-16 in ten institutions.I can provide infrastructure for establishing teachers training institute.How can USAID help us?"
Name: Maj Gen(R) Nazakat
City, Country: Lahore,Pakistan
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Comstech connects 45 OIC member states' libraries
Islamabad: Comstech has connected the journal holdings of 45 major
libraries spread across over its fifteen member- states, making available a list
of 28,000 research journals online. The libraries have been connected through a
latest networking programme. The Comstech launched its Inter-Library Network
Service to enhance the utility of its Free Literature Search Service in view of
limited access of the scientists and researchers of the OIC region to the
scientific research articles.
In year 2001, the Comstech Secretariat
established an In-house facility to commence the massive task of collecting the
lists of journal holdings from the member-states' libraries. The lists were
compiled in a format compatible with the online database to be made available on
the Comstech website. At present, the journal holdings of forty-five libraries
from fifteen member-states of the Comstech have been listed with the Comstech.
These member states include Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, Republic of
Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Malaysia,
Kingdom of Morocco, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Islamic Republic of Pakistan,
State of Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Senegal, Syrian Arab
Republic and Republic of Turkey.
When contacted, Comstech spokesperson
said the new libraries from OIC member states, in case they wish to participate
in this programme, are welcomed to send the lists of their journal holdings to
enable Comstech to integrate in this online database.
objective of Comstech Inter-Library Resource Network Service is to make the
scientific journal holdings of the major OIC libraries accessible to the
scientific community of the OIC region.
The programme aims at benefiting
from the existing resources of the OIC region and recognise the library
resources to permit its collective utilisation by a large section of the
member-states' research community," added the spokesperson. "The initiative has
succeeded in achieving a practice framework for international cooperation by
massive collection of scientific journals for the OIC research community.
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Academic Group blasts PU administration
Lahore: The Punjab University Academic Group (AG) has demanded the
varsity's administration to withdraw notifications regarding removal of Islamic
Centre hostel's warden and superintendent.
According to a press statement
issued on Monday, a meeting of consultative council of the PU Academic Group
chaired by Dr Khawaja Harris Rasheed strongly criticised the university
administration for removing Warden Dr Shabbir Ahmad Mansoori and Superintendent
Dr Mumtaz Ahmad Salik in a humiliating manner. The meeting unanimously passed a
resolution against the PU administration for allegedly harassing the university
The teachers demanded the government to hold an impartial
probe into the removal of the warden and the superintendent and take notice of
the varsity administration's alleged victimising policy.
The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, has
arranged a two-week orientation programme for the newly-admitted postgraduate
(MPhil and PhD) students of the university.
According to a press
statement, Chief Minister Inspection Team Member Tariq Ayub was the chief guest
at the inaugural ceremony in the university seminar room on Monday while Vice
Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz and other officials and faculty members were
also present. Tariq Ayub said that the student orientation programme was a
unique opportunity for students to acquire maximum knowledge and skills in a
short time. He lauded the new academic programmes of the UVAS, especially the
courses in management sciences and the SOP. The UVAS VC asked the students to be
good at communications skills. He said the focus of the orientation programme
was basics of research techniques, communication and IT skills and lab
Punjab University meeting
Lahore: The Punjab University Institute of Social and
Cultural Studies (ISCS) held a meeting on Monday and discussed study tour of the
students and other various co-curricular activities. According to a press
statement, ISCS Director Prof Dr Muhammad Hafeez chaired the
Meanwhile, Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid
Kamran visited the newly constructed building of Hailey College of Commerce and
inspected the examination centre established there. The News
University of Education BSIT education programme
Lahore: University of Education has started
the BSIT education in Township Campus.It is 4 years degree programe. This
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Arid University convocation on March 11
Rawalpindi: Tenth convocation of Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid
Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) will be held on March 11 on its
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer will preside over the
convocation, said a press release. The university directed the successful
graduates to ensure their registration by March 5.
They will attend
pre-convocation rehearsal on March 10. Daily Times
Professors' body holds protests
Dera Ghazi Khan: The Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association held a
demonstration in College Chowk here on Monday for acceptance of their demands.
Earlier, the association's division chapter held its convention at the
Government College in which teachers from all four districts participated.
Later, they took out a rally and staged a demonstration. However, they did not
throw traffic out of gear.
Dr. Zahid Sheikh, Prof Iftikhar Hashmi, Prof
Tanweer Shah, Prof Mohammed Bukhsh and Prof Mughees addressed the demonstrators
and demanded enforcing the 1990 promotion formula to facilitate those teachers
who were working on contract basis and providing allowances to all academics. Dawn
Survey begins for Danish schools
Rawalpindi: Survey for construction of
schools under Danish School Systems Project worth Rs 10 million has started in
Rawalpindi district on directions of Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif.
This was revealed in the first meeting of Board of Governors of Danish
Schools System with Rawalpindi DCO Imdadullah Bosal in the chair. The meeting
was informed that various committees had been constituted to look after
Saeed Mehdi, advisor to the Punjab CM, told the meeting
that these schools aimed to provide talented students with quality education
without any discrimination. Daily Times
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