National Internship Programme interns jobs
NIP interns face difficulties in acquiring jobs
Islamabad, Jan 20: Interns who have completed their one-year internship in
different government organisations under National Internship Programme (NIP) are
finding it difficult to get themselves adjusted in any public or private sector
organisation on regular basis.
The interns have asked the government to
devise a plan to adjust those who have got valuable training under NIP enabling
them to contribute in national development.
Although, this programme was
a unique initiative of the government to provide experience to the graduates on
completion of 16-year education but they could not determine their future in
The internees are paid a monthly stipend of Rs10,000 during
the internship period and awarded NIP certificate after successful completion of
The programme gives opportunity to the young students to have
rich working experience in department of their choice as well as earn a
respectable livelihood. "I have gained sufficient experience while working in a
media organisation but after completion of one year internship programme in
2008, I could not get permanent job", said Javed Iqbal an intern.
of my batch mates were adjusted in the same departments where they had completed
their internship but many others remain jobless", he said.
On the basis
of one-year experience gained in a public organisation, I could not get a job,
said intern Nazia Shabir.
After getting placement order, I quit my job of
a private organisation which had offered me good salary for the sake of better
But after completion of one year, there was no
other option for me but to sit idle and wait for the next job.
of graduates are completing their studies and acquiring professional experience
by induction into the National Internship Programme but after one year, they
The government has planned to provide internship
opportunities to 50,000 young graduates this year with special focus on the
students from Malakand providing relaxation in the rules. The news
"can anyone tell me about nip program?"
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"The advent of Internet and mobile phones with latest functions has greatly impacted the book reading habit and concerted efforts are needed to invoke the urge for literature."
City, Country: Rawalpindi. Pakistan
"i need job as soon as possible in field of teaching."
City, Country: taxila.pakistan
"I am DAE electrronics diploma holder. 2) I amdoing B.Tech Electronics. 3) I am affiliated in Optical Fiber. so I want internship. Thanks. M,Kamran"
Name: Muhammad Kamran Khan
City, Country: Islamabad
"i want to do work as a internee in radio channel.as iam student of social sciences."
City, Country: rawalpindi, Pakistan
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Candidates moving abroad for studies flay HEC
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission's (HEC) expensive and
hectic online degrees verification process has become a permanent source of
inconvenience for students, who intend to move abroad for further education or
for the sake of job.
The limited capacity of attestation department of
Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the annoying behaviour of its staff are
causing anxiety for the students who come from different parts of the country to
get their degrees attested. Due to negligence on part of the authorities
concerned, the commission has not so far devised any appropriate strategy in
this regard, it is further learnt. Moreover, HEC has reportedly started fleecing
the students in the name of hefty degrees' attestation fees. It is pertinent to
mention here that when the commission was established back in 2002 there was no
condition of fee submission for attestation.
Director Attestation and
Equivalence department of HEC, Dr Abid Ali, when approached by TheNation, said
that all dues being collected by the Commission directly went to national
exchequer. To a query, he replied that tickets pasted on the students' degrees
were quite expansive.
He said that they (Directorate employees) worked day
and night to accommodate the students, so it was also their responsibility to
come on time for this purpose. He said that it was wrong perception that HEC was
accumulating profit through attestation process adding the students submitted
thousands of rupees in embassies of numerous countries like the US and Saudi
Arabia but they objected to HEC criterion for the same. Majority came at the
last moment without proper documents thus creating hurdles for the staff, he
added. Later, Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with a private
television channel launched the second phase of the media scholarship
According to a press release, after the success of first phase
of media scholarships launched in 2008, in which 10 candidates from across
Pakistan were awarded scholarships, 20 more scholarships have been announced for
the second batch.
According to a press release, the programme has been
designed to target those students who are striving for a better education but
lack financial resources.
The scholarship covers the tuition fee for two
years of Master's level degree in Mass Communication, Journalism and Media
Studies from any public sector university. The scholarship recipients will
comprise 10 male and 10 female students. On completion of their education, the
successful candidates will be offered a one-year job contract with the
television channel in their desired department.
The deadline for
submitting application is February 13, 2010. The nation
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School zone traffic chaos
Islamabad: Just as schools close for the day, the Pitras Bukhari Road in
Sector H-8/1 becomes the scene of complete chaos, with hundreds of children
streaming out amidst a sea of cars.
Children being children are seen
indulging in dangerous and risky acts, some running onto the road without even
bothering to look left and right, while for others, it's playtime on the road
Several educational institutions are located alongside this road
that has complicated matters for everyone, especially during the morning and
afternoon rush hours. The situation is likely to get worse when a few more
schools start operating out of there in the near future.
Only the other
day, a small schoolgirl had a narrow escape when a speeding taxi just brushed
past her, as she tried to cross the road. Who is to be blamed? You cannot blame
the girl, as she is just a child. The cabbie couldn't be blamed, for he was
signalled to go through by the cop. The school authorities wouldn't take
responsibility for what goes on outside the premises.
So, who then would
be responsible if God-forbid, a child were hit by a motorist, many of who
wouldn't bother to stop and let children cross the road? An estimated 20,000
children attend different schools in this area and with no proper transportation
system available, there's a car for almost every child's pick and drop.
Clearly, the situation calls for immediate measures like the
introduction of a proper transport system, widening of the road, making parking
areas available, and most importantly, special points for children to cross the
The school authorities and officials of Islamabad Traffic
Police (ITP) claim that they regularly guide students on how to cross the road.
"Our education teams visit schools where they teach children on this aspect and
others," said ITP Sub-Inspector Muhammad Iqbal.
Parents have demanded
that special crossing points be made for children that should be manned by
volunteers or ITP staff. "The school management should educate students on using
those particular spots for crossing the road," said Humaira Akhtar, whose kids
study in the same area. She suggested putting up pedestrian bridges and
Ali Anwar, principal of the City School, Capital
Campus, told 'The News' that numerous suggestions to improve the traffic system
on Pitras Bukhari Road are under consideration. These include a proper
transportation system and widening of the road by reducing the width of the
To solve the problem, Anwar said that coordinated efforts were
required to evolve a comprehensive plan. Appreciating the efforts of ITP, he
said, the school administration was in constant contact with them to ease the
flow of traffic in this area. He, however, rejected the idea of pedestrian
signals, saying that these would only add to the chaos. The news
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AIOU TV channel
Islamabad: The FM radio station of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), "Voice
of AIOU" has started broadcasts and soon the university would launch satellite
based television channel, said AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mehmoodul Hassan
Butt on Tuesday.
He was addressing the prize distribution ceremony of
weeklong training workshop titled "Educational Script Writing for Radio/TV"
arranged by the Institute of Educational Technology, AIOU.
"Voice of AIOU" could be listened on frequency FM 91.6 within 40 kilometers
limits of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Butt said more than 1.6 million
students had gotten degrees and certificates from the AIOU, which was not only
the biggest University of the country but enlisted among four mega universities
of the world.
The VC said the future of distance learning and informal
education system was bright in Pakistan.
He said radio and television
could play pivotal role in education and the script writing for educational
programmes needed very care and responsibly.
Institute of Educational
Technology Director Qasim Haider said JAICA (Japan), Korea and UK assisted the
university in provision of modern equipment and technologies. Daily times
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Spirit of book reading
Islamabad: The book ambassadors appointed by the National Book Foundation
(NBF), Ministry of Education, to inculcate the reading culture is a unique
initiative towards reviving the lost spirit of book reading.
of Internet and mobile phones with latest functions has greatly impacted the
book reading habit and concerted efforts are needed to invoke the urge for
The book ambassadors were nominated from various sections of
famous intellectuals, writers, showbiz artists and cultural personalities from
across the country.
An official of NBF said various eminent personalities
have been selected to instil the reading habit, as they hold influence to
further the cause of the reading culture in society. Making them ambassadors can
generate activities like 'reading festivals'.
Luminaries like Amjad Islam
Amjad, Mansha Yad, Iftikhar Arif, Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Talat Hussain, Atta
ul Haq Qasmi, Ubaidullah Baig, Sania Saeed, Sadia Imam, Shabnam Shakil, Kazi
Javed and many others are among these ambassadors, the official said.
also held a Book Ambassadors Conference in which these book ambassadors
discussed ways and means as to how our youth can be brought back to the golden
period when books were valued and reading was considered a productive pastime.
It was quite a good interaction and was given ample coverage both on electronic
and print media.
The surveys conducted all over the world suggested that
the book reading habit is on the decline, and countries like China and the US
are taking concrete steps to improve the situation. Excessive use of computers,
pricey books and the ever-increasing friction between human relationships are
the reasons for the declining trend of book reading.
Besides, NBF is
launching a series of innovative projects that include setting up Village Book
Clubs, City Book Clubs, Children's Book Clubs, Prisoners Free Minds Book Clubs,
Senior Citizens Book Clubs, Travellers Book Clubs (Books on Wheels), Flying Book
Clubs and Hospital Book Clubs.
NBF has already set up 10 village book
clubs in Sindh and Northern Areas. Similarly, a book club has been set up in
Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi where prisoners can now read any book of their choice. A
book club for children at the PIMS Children's Hospital is already underway.
The selection of books and allocation of space for that club have been
carried out and soon a formal launching ceremony will take place.
Books on Wheels (Travellers' Book Club), NBF is holding correspondence with
Railways officials and very soon, NBF will set up its book clubs there. The news
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Short training courses
Mansehra: Under the agreement signed between the National Vocational Technical Education
Commission (NAVTECH) Islamabad and Hazara University Mansehra, the youth of this
region would be provided a short course facility.
Arrangements in this
regard, have been finalized to make the program a success.
The Youth of this area
would be imparted training in hotel management and tourism so that they could
earn their livelihood in an effective manner.
The selected candidates
would avail the opportunity to join the three-month program, aimed at minimizing
the unemployment among the youth of this part of the region.
According to the Vice
Chancellor of the varsity, Prof.Dr.Ahsan Ali, some 80 students would be imparted
training of the courses initially being started for them.
The VC said that
participants of the short courses would also be provided stipend, while the
books and other related material would be an additional facility for
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