Government schools Urdu medium classes
No Urdu medium classes in govt schools from next session
Lahore, Jan 18: The Punjab Government has declared all the primary and elementary
sections of secondary schools as English medium thus rendering English as medium
of instruction for primary classes.
According to notification issued by the
EDOs Education of all districts of the province, there will be no Urdu medium
classes in government schools from the next session starting from April 2010.
The decision has superseded the earlier decision to declare 10 per cent schools
as English medium.
The government has also started 12-day training of
primary teachers in spoken English. Already headmasters, headmistresses and
senior teachers have been given six days training in spoken English as Master
trainers. For their training, students of B.Ed and M.Ed in Teachers Training
colleges and University of Education (UoE) were hired on monthly remuneration of
Rs3000 for training of Master trainers.
According to notification, the
teachers will get three hours training daily after the school timings. The
teachers bodies however have expressed reservations against the English as
medium of instructions in government schools due to inadequate arrangements.
Muslim Teachers leader Rana Liaquat Ali said that the primary teachers can teach
English as a subject after some training but they can't teach Mathematics and
General Science in English.
Moreover around 50,000 primary teachers employed
before the year 1997 are simply Matriculates. How can these teachers impart
instructions in English to their students?, he asked. Furthermore, the six-days
training to Master trainers and 12 days to teachers does not mean anything
special when the trainers themselves are untrained and ignorant of English
language and its teaching. The news
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Education, most effective weapon against extremism
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that education is the most effective weapon against
extremism and this menace cannot be overcome without promotion of education.
He was addressing a reception arranged by Glasgow City Council after
reaching Britain from Turkey on Sunday, says a handout.
Steven Purcell and a large number of city councillors accorded a warm welcome to
the chief minister when he reached its headquarters in Glasgow, the capital of
Pakistani expatriate British councillors Hanzala Malik and
Shaukat Butt JP were also present on this occasion. British MP Chaudhry Muhammad
Sarwar also accompanied the chief minister.
Addressing Glasgow City
Council, Shahbaz Sharif said promotion of health and education sectors was the
top priority of his government. "It is the responsibility of the developed
countries to provide an opportunity to their friendly states to join the race
for development and progress."
He said seeking cooperation of Britain in
education, law and order and health sectors would be the part of his agenda
during his stay in Britain. Dawn
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GCU scholarship for bright students
Lahore: The Government College University has announced initiating a permanent Silver Scholarship with a donation of an amount
of Rs 500,000 by GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab. Endowment Fund Trust
Executive Committee Secretary Khalid Manzoor Butt said 'Dr Khalid Aftab Sliver
Scholarship' would be given to the deserving and bright students of the GC
University, Lahore, on merit every year and it would cover the student's hundred
percent university's fee.
"The world over, deserving talented students managed
their academic expenses through scholarships of endowment funds and alumni
associations. Philanthropists and alumni should come forward and help the
deserving students so that they could complete their education without any
mental pressure,' the Endowment Fund Executive Committee secretary said.
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Quality education stressed
Lahore: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has
stressed the need for imparting high quality education of modern sciences and
technologies to the younger generation so as to ensure country's survival and
sovereignty as well as its supremacy in the fields of education and
socio-economic development at the global level.
He was addressing the
participants of the annual award giving ceremony of the Punjab School System in
Township on Sunday.
Secretary General Jamat Islami Liaqat Baloch, Chief
Executive of PSS Syed Ahsan Ullah Waqas and Director retd Col. Muhmmad Sabir
Dr Mujahid Kamran said despite the passage of 62 years, we
were still facing a critical situation in the education sector.
appealed to the political leadership to arrange enactment of necessary
legislation for compelling the government to compulsorily spend at least four
percent of GDP on education.
He said we were currently spending two percent of
our 453 billions US Dollar GDP while advanced countries spent three times of the
same on education. Similarly, the expenditure on research and development is
presently 0.2 percent of our GDP whereas the US is spending 2.7 percent or 390
billion dollars on R& D. The result of past neglect towards high priority
education sector is that presently we are confronted with an acute shortage of
highly qualified experts in academic field.
The number of PhDs in all
the Pakistani universities is 3700 as compared to the Manchester University
where against the total number of 35000 students, there are 5800 PhDs while the
UK is producing 16000 PhDs annually. He said out of a population of one million,
the strength of R&D experts in USA, Japan, Israel, Iran and Pakistan is
4100, 4900, 1600, 600 and 78 respectively.
He said with this meager allocation
of funds on education and literacy, how could we compete with the developed
countries. Dr Mujhaid Kamran said competition and conflict among the nations was
always going on in the world and ultimately one day it transformed into an
actual armed conflict.
He said the advanced countries were always making
preparations to emerge out of this clash successfully. Resultantly they succeed
in safeguarding their survival and sovereignty besides guaranteeing a
respectable and prosperous life to their countrymen.
He said knowledge and
education played a key role in the struggle of nations. No country can produce
highly qualified academic leadership and brave fighters unless and until it
enjoys educational supremacy in addition to qualities of noble character. He
said we were lucky that we were followers of Islamic civilization which had both
of these merits.
The Almighty has laid great emphasis on contemplating the
natural phenomena, he added. He cited the example of a student of renowned
English scientist James Jeans who asked him that being a scientist why he was
carrying a copy of Bible.
Replying to him, he remarked that when he observed the
vastness of universe through his telescope, he did not know whether there was
any God or not, but he was stunned by its mysteries and secrets. Dr Mujhaid
Kamran said students, belonging to the middle and lower middle classes,
possessed great talent and potential and thus faced the challenges of life
competently and efficiently.
Earlier, Secretary General Jamat Islami Liaqat
Baloch and CEO Punjab School System Syed Ahsan Ullah Waqas, in their speeches,
paid glowing tributes to the Vice-Chancellor on his academic services in
imparting high quality education to the Punjab University students and his
untiring efforts to convert the University into an internationally acclaimed
center of excellence.
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Maulana Zafar's anniversary
Lahore: BABA-e-Sahafat and Pakistan Movement leader Maulana Zafar Ali
Khans 136s birth anniversary will be observed on January 18 (today). The
Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Trust and the Punjab University Mass Communication
Department will hold a ceremony at the conference room of the PU Mass
PU Vice-Chancellor Mujahid Kamran will chair the
event. The speakers include Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Trust Chairman Khalid
Mahmood, Mujeeb ur Rahman Shami, Altaf Hassan Qureshi, Dr Mughees ud Din Sheikh,
Sajjad Mir, Salim Bukhari, Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz, Masood Ali Khan, Raja Asad Ali,
Dr Nadeem Gilani and Maqsood Butt.
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Lahore: The recent work of Shahnaz Aijazudin, "Talism-e-Hoshruba," another
immaculate translation of the Persian epic and adventure, was launched at
Aitchison College on Sunday.
Literati including Intizar Hussain, Dr Omar
Adil, Dr Noman-ul-Haq and Aitchison College Principal Fakir Syed Aijazuddin
attended the function. Intizar Hussain said the immense talent of Shahnaz had
preserved the essence of extensive writing in a different language which was a
rare achievement. He said keeping linguistic coherence throughout such a lengthy
work of literature was the effort of somebody with intense passion and expertise
Shahnaz Aijazuddin is an accomplished writer of Lahore.
Her first book, "Lost From View," was published in 1994. "Talism-e-Hoshruba" is
her most recent work in seven volumes.
"Talism-e-Hoshruba" is a narrative
of adventures of the legendary Persian hero, Amir Hamza, the protagonist of
Hamzanama, his sons and grandsons. The epic opens with the commander-in-chief of
the Islamic army, Hamza, pursuing Laqa, the villain in the story, who makes
false claims to divinity. Laqa takes refuge in Kohistan, adjacent to Hoshruba,
ruled by the King of Sahirs (magicians), Afrasiab. The story then evolves
through an enthralling series of adventure.
The brilliant condensed
translation by Shahnaz Aijazuddin sensitively interprets highly Persianised Urdu
of the original text into an eminently readable book which retains the essence
of the original version. The book was published by Penguin Books, India. The news
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Diyal Singh Library
Lahore: Although the Diyal Singh Trust Library (DSTL) is facing issues regarding
digitalisation, the library is doing well in providing facilities to foreign and
The administration has set up a special room for the
recitation of 'Guru Granth Sahib' and established a 'Dyal Singh Research and
Cultural Forum' for Sikh delegates. As Sikhs have a strong affiliation with the
DSTL, the library provides special facilities for such visitors.
year, a number of Sikh delegates visit the DSTL and show a lot of interest in
the Hindi, Sikh and Gurmukhi manuscripts - the library has an extraordinarily
rare collection of books in these languages," DSTL Director Fakhra J Hasmi
According to an official of DSTL, common visitors are usually not
allowed to enter the room that has been exclusively set up for the recitation of
the Granth Sahib.
Moreover, no employee can enter the room with his shoes
He said the DSTL has an extremely rare 'Guru Granth Sahib' in the
room, with a stool and a hand fan for Sikh visitors who wished to recite it
there. The official said Sikh visitors often congregated at the 'Dyal Singh
Research and Cultural Forum' for discussion.
The DSTL also provides
various services to needy students, and is the only library that provides
textbooks to students on request in the case of non-availability. According to
Fakhra, the DSTL has numerous textbooks on medicine, engineering and social
She said that it is the only library that has 23 different
kinds of newspapers, which can be availed by both library members and general
visitors. Daily times
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