Pakistan technical education projects
Navtec board approves various training projects
Islamabad, Feb 26: National Vocational and Technical Education Commission
(Navtec), under the President's 'Funni Maharat Programme' and Prime Minister's
'Hunarmand Programme' has succeeded to get over 100,000 youth trained in various
This achievement has been made in record time in
collaboration with leading training institutes in public and private sectors.
This was stated by Adnan A. Khawaja, Chairman, Navtec, while presiding over 6th
meeting of its Board of Directors here Thursday.
Navtec chairman further
stated that there is an established linkage between economic growth and
investment in human capital. The establishment of Navtec and a resultant
coherent national policy for technical education and vocational training would
be a key driver of Pakistan's economic growth, he added. Executive Director,
Navtec, Aziz Ahmed Bilour, briefed the Board members about the details of the
projects. On the directive of PM, a sub-office of Navtec, has been set up at
Gwadar to focus remote areas of Baluchistan technical and vocational
In this regard, the board accorded approval to create 6 posts
for the office to run its activities. Board was also informed that 12 skill
competitions were successfully arranged at all provincial headquarters during
2009 with the objectives to encourage youth to excel in their respective trades;
standardize level of skills in each province, promote exchange of ideas and
experiences and enhance the image of TVET.
The board also approved the purchase
of equipment for Centre of Excellence Programme at the cost of Rs15 million.
These five centres, in different parts of the country, were twinned with UK's
Board also approved to commence short term skill
development courses under PM's Hunarmand Pakistan Programme at different
Technical Education Institutes at Mangla Cantonment, Kharian Cantonment with the
cost of Rs24 million where training would be imparted to 540 male and 430 female
in different trades.
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Reversal of permanent status for contract teachers assailed
Islamabad: The teachers working under the Federal Directorate of
Education (FDE) protested here on Thursday against what they termed an unjust
system, which on one hand reinstates employees fired during 1995 to 1998 due to
government policy and on the other reverses the decision of making contract
Hundreds of teachers of English, Computer Science,
Information Technology (IT) and laboratory in-charges held a protest
demonstration in front of the Geo Office, demanding the government to give them
permanent status and pay salaries to those teachers who are performing their
duties without any pay.
In January 2009, orders were issued to give
permanent status to contract teachers. A few teachers were given three years for
acquiring professional qualifications, including BEd and CT, but after two
months on March 25, 2009, orders regarding the permanent status of teachers were
According to a statement of the English Teachers Association,
teachers were again reverted to contract. A few male English teachers were given
a contract till December 31, 2009, while others till May 31, 2010. "Contracts of
a few teachers were cancelled in June 2009 without any prior notice and they are
still teaching without salaries in their respective academic institutions," said
an English teacher.
According to protesters, all teachers were given
permanent status at provincial level but the teachers teaching in federal
capital are deprived of their basic right. "Usually education in capital city is
considered ideal but the condition of teachers here is pathetic," he
The issue of pending salaries was also raised on the occasion.
According to a statement, the staff of Information Technology at various
educational institutions has not received their salaries for eight months. The
IT staff, which includes 125 teachers and 162 laboratory in-charges, expressed
grave concern over the non-payment of salaries.
According to laboratory
in-charges, they are being paid Rs4,000 per month, which is even less than the
lowest recommended salary of Rs6,000. They said that an amount of Rs4,000 per
month is not even enough for transport fares in the capital, what to talk of
The protesters said that the teachers of BPS-17 are
receiving the same salaries as in 2004-05 despite the fact that their students
showed exceptional results and they were awarded best teacher awards.
Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination would start on March 25
and strike by teachers could have a negative impact on the future of
The charged crowd raised slogans against the 'unjust system'
and urged President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take immediate notice of
Shaheen Khan, chairperson of the Federal Board of Intermediate
and Secondary Education, who has also assumed the additional charge of the
director general (education) of the FDE said
that she has taken charge as chairperson just two days ago and she was not fully
aware of the actual situation.
"I am not aware of the ground realities but I can
assure that every possible measure will be taken to end the grievances of the
affected teachers," she said.
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MPhil candidates resent postponement of interviews
Peshawar: The candidates who had applied for MPhil course in basic sciences at
the Khyber Medical College Thursday resented the postponement of the interviews
by the NWFP Health Department and termed it trespassing into the affairs of an
Requesting anonymity, they said that in
December 2008 the college announced launch of MPhil courses in different
subjects of basic medical sciences including Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry,
Forensic Medicine, Community Medicine, Microbiology, Histopathology, Hematology
and Chemical Pathology.
They said the test for MPhil admissions was
conducted on September 21, 2009. The result was announced the same day and
approved by the academic council of the college. The interviews for selection of
the candidates in four subjects of Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and
Forensic Medicine were taken on February 22 and 24, 2010, respectively. "When we
came for interview on Thursday we were told that the process had been postponed
on the order of the college principal," said one of the candidates.
we approached the postgraduate medical studies director he said the decision was
taken by the college principal and he didn't know anything about it," said one
of the candidates.
The aspirants alleged that the decision was taken to
force the college administration to accommodate a failed candidate, stated to be
a relative of a senior official in provincial health department who had already
been denied admission by the graduate committee.
The sources privy to a
meeting of Academic Council of the college said that the college
administration expressed concern over the meddling by the provincial health
department in the affairs of an autonomous body.
"The Peshawar High Court
in its July 2009 decision mentioned that autonomous health institutions are
independent bodies and the NWFP health department has nothing to do with its
affairs," said a professor of the college.
When contacted, KMC Principal
Dr Professor Nargis Parveen said that the delay was due to the
complaints received by the administration from the candidates and the government
about the process.
"We have postponed the interview process and will
conduct an inquiry," she stressed and added that the decision was taken after
consulting the provincial health department. Rejecting the allegation that the
process was stopped to accommodate any specific person, she said the some
elements wanted to tarnish the image of the college. The news
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QAU religious groups
Islamabad: Ethnic divide between students is simmering in Quaid-i-Azam
University (QAU) as there are different councils namely up to support Punjabis,
Sindhis, Seraikis, Balochis and Pukhtoon.
"Students do not have means,
nor do they have permission from home to indulge in negative activities.
However, some ethnic and religious groups operating outside motivate adventurous
students to maintain the balance of power on campus," a student of International
Relation (IR) said the other day.
Another student, Mansoor
Ahmad, said these councils helped newcomers when they faced various
administrative problems ranging from faculty behaviour to room allotment in the
"No, councils are useless, rather destructive. They obliged
newcomers in the name of ethnicity; consequently they see them as their
saviours. A council only helps those who belong to its ethnicity.
help once and intervene in every issue as a matter of routine. It is the sole
responsibility of the university administration to facilitate newcomers,"
disagreed Tahir Habib of IT.
"If I have a problem, why should I seek the
solution on the basis of my ethnicity," he said. A faculty member said after
clashes between two ethnic groups over rooms allotment in 2009, the
administration preferred allotting rooms to divers ethnic groups.
said hostels were hub of competition between different ethnic councils, each
wanting full control over the hostel so as to accommodate students of a specific
It is also said that the student politics is not based on
ideology or principles but ethnicity.
Dr Gulraiz, the Academic Staff
Association secretary, said there was a ban on political activities, but Muslim
Student Federation, Peoples Student federation, Islami Jamiat Tulaba did exist
in the university.
He suggested that political parties should take a
step to de-associate themselves from student organizations for the better future
of the nation. If students deal with real issues of their own that would be the
best training for constructive, he said. "Political and religious parties should
be discouraged to involve students in the national politics," he
Interestingly, all those who contacted were very concerned to
the issue of ethnicity but reluctant to talk. "There is no need of any student
organization as this is the time to concentrate on the studies," said a faculty
member of Mathematics Department.
A member of ASA said that there was no
harm in forming student organizations but only if they restrict themselves to
their academic issues.
The faculty member said student bodies were needed
for accountability of faculty. "Sometimes, students face arbitrary practices
from the faculty for one reason or the other. Essential facilities are missing,
there is power cut after every two hours which affects the students
experimenting in labs as they have to start it again," he said.
here as Pakistani but transform into different ethnic groups when leave," a
student in his final semester said.
Another student said around 92
percent of students come here to build their future but were threatened by some
troublemakers who have all sort of financial and political support from outside. Daily times
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AIOU Vice chancellor's slot
Islamabad: The alleged bias of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in
the process of hiring the vice chancellor (VC) for Allama Iqbal Open University
(AIOU) has perturbed one of the applicants.
According to Dr. Nowshad
Khan, chairman of the Department of Agriculture Sciences & Rural Development
at AIOU, he is the most senior professor of the university in terms of
experience and qualification, but has not received even an interview call from
the HEC for the slot of vice chancellor.
According to him, he fulfils the
required criteria of the HEC for the post of VC but became a victim of bias and
favouritism of the concerned authorities.
"I applied for the post of VC through
proper channel but felt really deprived when discriminatory attitude was meted
out to me for not being called for the selection interview, though I was fully
eligible for the post," he claimed.
Dr. Nowshad Khan has an academic and
administrative experience of 29 years at the university and is senior most in
service at AIOU besides holding an excellent service record within the country
and abroad. "I am working very hard for AIOU's academic and administrative
affairs to bring it at par with other universities of the country and abroad in
the field of hi-tech research and inculcating leadership qualities in students,"
he claimed. The professor claimed to have developed international linkages
between AIOU and universities abroad for student and staff exchange, and
research collaboration like DFID, UK, while similar efforts are under progress
with JICA (Japan), Australia and Nepal.
Since 1973, the previous VCs of
AIOU were from Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab, while no VC had ever been
appointed so far from NWFP. "On the basis of equal opportunity, this time the
university VC should be selected from NWFP, which is genuine and according to
merit," he said.
According to the information,
three applicants were short-listed - Professor Dr Mehmood ul Hassan Butt (former
VC AIOU), Dr Sangi and Dr Mukhtar Ahmed - and their names were sent to the prime
minister for approval, but the PM didn't approve their names and asked for
HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail
Naqvi said that the HEC has a fair system for the appointment of VCs and only
those who truly fulfil the criteria are called for interviews. "It is a serious
matter where the selection committee scrutinises each and every application and
those who fulfil the criteria are called for the interview," he said.
Talking particularly about Dr. Nowshad, he said everyone has a right to
present his opinion, but the decision of VC would be taken purely on merit.
Furthermore, he denied allegations of bias and favouritism.
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Youth talent utilisation
Peshawar: Speakers at a conference here Thursday underlined the need for
utilising the talents and energies of the educated youth for a peaceful,
prosperous and democratic society.
The 'Youth Conference' was organised
by Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation in collaboration with the Hanns
Seidel Foundation at the Archives Hall.Besides others, the conference was
addressed by the NWFP Minister for Higher Education Qazi Asad, Mrs Nargis
Sultana of HSF, Dr Amjad Hussain of BKTEF, Tariq Khattak, Wajahat Mahsud, Tanvir
Hussain and students and youth from different educational institutions of the
The function was held in connection with the one-year Youth
Leadership Training Programme conducted by the Baacha Khan Trust in seven
districts of the province.
The organisers said that the educated youth of
Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan, Karak, Swabi and Malakand Agency were
imparted training of peace and development; human rights; political concepts and
leadership and management skills. A total of 239 males and 61 females got the
training under the programme, which began in February last year.
Asad said that under the new education policy more focus would be given to
higher education and the education budget would be enhanced to 7 per cent till
2013. The minister said only three per cent of the youth (between 17 to 23 years
old) were obtaining higher education while this ratio was 10 per cent in India
and 68 per cent in South Korea.
He said there was a need to bring about drastic
changes in our examination system as well as learning process at public and
private-run educational institutions. "Our educational institutions are not
producing good citizens but only degree-holders and job-oriented youth," he
BKTEF Project Director Dr Amjad Hussain said there was an urgent
need to exploit the potential of educated youth for positive purposes, saying
the illiteracy and unawareness were the biggest enemies of our society.
illiterate youth are the main recruitment constituency of terrorist
organisations in the Frontier province and tribal areas," he said, adding that
peace and development could be achieved through educated, politically and
socially aware youth.
He said the BKTEF had set up 12 schools in the province
and one in Khyber Agency with the aim of imparting quality education to the
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Religious education promotion
Islamabad: United Nations Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan
Jean-Maurice Rapit has assured full financial support for the modernisation and
promotion of religious education in the country.
He said that the UN
would pursue the Friends of Pakistan to mobilise their resources for setting up
educational institutions in Pakistan to provide vocational training free of cost
to children and equip them with modern education along with religious education.
He observed that this would help in creating attractiveness in seeking knowledge
to enable them to get better opportunities for employment.
Rapit appreciated the proposal of
the minister and asked for preparation of feasibility report of the pilot
project of the vocational centres for submission to the envoy during his visit
to Pakistan next month.
He assured the minister that the UN would assist
Pakistan and international community in responding to the present humanitarian
recovery and reconstruction needs relating to the country's displacement crises.
In this connection, the special envoy, resident coordinator and the humanitarian
coordinator will work closely, he added.
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