School admissions birth certificates
Computerised birth certificates must for school admissions
Karachi, Feb 10: Effective from the next academic year, computerised birth
certificates have been made compulsory in the province for admission to
elementary schools and the registration of students for the secondary school
The Sindh education department's steering
committee took this decision at a meeting, whose minutes were released here on
Tuesday, held in December last year.
According to the minutes, an
11-member subcommittee has been formed to examine and propose changes, if
necessary, to synchronise the summer vacations with hot season and other weather
The subcommittee to be headed by the provincial education
secretary has also been assigned the task of examining the Centralised
Admissions Policy for admissions to Class XI in public sector colleges of the
The other term of reference of the subcommittee include
finalisation of the proposed changes in fee and funds charged from students in
government colleges across the province and examining the possibility of using
uniforms in colleges of the province.
Expressing concern over reports
that Islamiat and Nazra Quran, despite being included in the curriculum, were
not being implemented in both the public and private schools in letter and
spirit, the meeting directed all executive district officers of the province to
ensure the implementation of teaching of Nazra Quran in all schools across the
Describing the Ajrak as an optional part of uniform, the
steering committee decided that it should be used as scarf/dupatta/chaddar by
girl students across the province and no one would have the right to stop the
students from wearing Ajrak in educational institutions.
yet another decision of the steering committee, all the schools of the province
will be required to spare three periods in a week for sports, physical training,
scouting /Girl Guides, libraries and other co-curricular activities.
meeting with a view to bringing an end to the use of unfair means and curbing
the trend of cheating in examinations has also asked the subcommittee to furnish
its recommendations aimed at improving the quality of education in the province.
The subcommittee has also been asked to prepare a method for inducting
non-formal education into the education system after taking students'
examinations and determining their level in formal education.
decided to set up a scouts corner in all the schools and colleges across the
province for imparting knowledge to students and books for the purpose would be
Academic session for the matric system of education in
schools across the province will begin on April 1, 2010 while for O and A Levels
on Aug 1 2010, according to a decision.
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SPLA resents delay in due promotions
Karachi: The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) has
criticised the Sindh government for its attitude towards college teachers,
complaining that not a single grade-19 college teacher has been promoted to his
next grade in the past seven years although such promotions in other departments
are a matter of routine.
In a joint statement issued here on Tuesday,
SPLA leaders Prof Ather Hussain Mirza, Prof Hemat Ali Pitafi, Prof Muzaffar Ali
Rizvi, Prof Iftikhar Azmi, Prof Yaqoob Chandio, Prof Ayub Marri and Prof Shafqat
Jokhio deplored that hundreds of grade-19 college teachers whose promotions had
become due had either died or retired from the service in this period. "But the
provincial government seems least interested in convening a meeting of
Provincial Selection Board-1 (PSB-1) despite the fact that a working paper in
this regard had been prepared long time ago.
Blaming the provincial
education department for the 'injustice', they alleged that the department had
not only failed to issue the seniority list of grade-17 teachers, but that of
grade-18 teachers released by it was full of errors.
dismay over the inordinate delay in convening the PSB-1 meeting, the SPLA
leaders said that they had constantly been trying to have an appointment with
the provincial chief secretary to apprise him of their community's grievances,
the latter seemed to be too busy to spare some time.
The SPLA leaders
said that the association had now decided to chalk out its future line of action
at its meeting to be held on February 11 at the D.J. Govt Science College. Dawn
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Sharing of knowledge
Karachi: Vice Chancellor (VC) University of Karachi (KU) Prof Pirzada
Qasim has stressed the need of exchanging knowledge and resources among the
Muslim nations to speed up the progress that has mostly eluded the Islamic
Prof Qasim expressed his trust in the neighboring Muslim
country while speaking as a chief guest in a day long seminar on "Pakistan-Iran
Relations: Past, Present and Future" at the Arts Auditorium of the university on
Tuesday. The Culture Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Karachi and The
Centre of Iranian Studies (CIS), KU had jointly organised the seminar on the
occasion of 31st year of Islamic Revolution in Iran that had ousted the regime
of Raza Shah Pehelvi in 1979.
The VC reminded the audience that Pakistan
and Iran were two of the best nations in the world and wanted to inform others
that they were important countries and others have to recognise them as such.
He advised the students and teachers to ask for no concessions from
other nations. "Have a concept, use it wisely and timely otherwise you will be
left behind other nations. Progress without knowledge is a balloon that could be
pricked at any time", he remarked. He hoped that The CIS at KU will expand and
provide much needed guidance on Persian language and literature in addition to
cementing the already good relations between the countries.
General of Iran Masood Zamani termed the two countries as two souls in one body.
"Pakistan and Iran have deep rooted relations that has been there for hundred of
years. It is religious, linguistic and racial as both the countries are
descendents of Aryans and shared the Persian Language and Islam for centuries.
Hafiz, Saadi, Firdausi and Iqbal are the Persian poets who are loved and revered
in Pakistan and Iran. Saints like Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Ajmeri, Bo Ali
Qalandar and Byazid Bustami are household names in both countries. We have
common heritage and traditions. And we know that Islam entered India on the back
of Persian Language", he commented.
Consul General Zamani pointed out the
fact that Iran was the first country that recognised Pakistan after independence
in 1947 and Pakistan reciprocated with being the first country to recognise the
Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. "Western media is busy spreading lies and
trying to destabilise the Muslim countries.
They (west) have introduced
economic and other sanctions on us. I call it a blessing in disguise. Now Iran
is self-sufficient in almost every field", he relished.
Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Syed Hossein Taghizadeh, Dean Faculty of
Arts Prof Saleem Memon, Director CIS Dr Rehana Afsar and others also spoke at
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Cleanliness drive in schools
Karachi: All the educational institutes operating in Sindh must be kept
clean and trash should be removed from the premises.
This directive was
issued by the Section Officer (G-I), Abdul Azeem, to the Executive District
Officer (Education), Chairman, Chapter of Inspection and Evaluation Committee,
Director General (Colleges) and Regional Director (Colleges) and other concerned
As per government rules and policy, all educational
institutes must dispose off unnecessary material/articles lying in their
premises. In this regard, the heads of educational institutes and EDO concerned
will issue a certificate that such items have been removed from their
"The heads are also responsible to send such reports to the
Secretary Education through their controlling officers. After issuing such
certificate, a physical verification of relevant institutions will be carried
out by the Secretary Education or by his nominee at anytime," Azeem in his
If it is proved that any educational institute has issued
false and bogus certificate in this regard, disciplinary action will be taken
against them, he warned.
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SMBBMU MBBS workshop
Larkana: Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU) Larkana, with
support from the Ministry of Population Welfare and U.S. Government introduced a
birth spacing curriculum into the MBBS programme on Tuesday.
announcement was made at the concluding ceremony of a workshop titled
"Strengthening Pre-Service Medical Education, Introducing the Basic Minimal
Birth Spacing / Family Planning Package" held in Karachi. The workshop provided
an opportunity to share this concept and plan a strategy to implement a similar
initiative in other colleges around the country.
The training regarding
the birth spacing module will be held at the Chandka Medical College in Larkana.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports this
initiative through its five-year, $60 million Family Advancement for Life And
Health (FALAH) program that improves public and private sector health workers'
capacities to provide birth spacing services to Pakistani couples who wish to
avail these services.
"I appreciate that SMBBMU and the Ministry of
Population Welfare have worked together in developing the knowledge and skills
of the students in this important area," said Mary Elizabeth Madden, Economic
Officer, U.S. Consulate.
"This is a new step in the joint efforts of both our
governments to combat the high infant and maternal death rate and improve the
health and lives of the Pakistani people," she added. The news
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