National Internship Programme monitoring
50-member staff approved for monitoring NIP
Islamabad, Jan 13: To ensure proper monitoring and evaluation of the National
Internship Programme (NIP) at regional and provincial levels, the Ministry of
Finance has finally approved a 50-member staff for the Ministry of Youth Affairs
Source in the Ministry of Youth Affairs said on
Tuesday that uptil now, the mega project aimed at providing useful job
experience of one-year to educated youth, was run by a staff of only 19 members
at the federal level. "There was no staff to monitor the project at regional or
provincial levels," said the source.
He said that when the project was
handed over to the Ministry of Youth Affairs by the Establishment Division, the
total number of staff members was 35 that were later reduced to 19. The source
said that for effective monitoring and implementation of NIP, the ministry
demanded an additional staff of 70 persons to set up at least nine regional
offices in the country.
The NIP is the biggest project on the portfolio
of the Ministry of Youth Affairs for which the government has allocated Rs3.6
billion for the fiscal year 2009-10. Before being handed over to the ministry,
the Establishment Division, which provided internship to 26,000 qualified youth
in 2007, was managing the project.
In 2008, around 75,000 students
applied for the programme. Among them, 54,000 were found eligible. However, the
procedure of short listing and recruitment came to a standstill at that time, as
the Establishment Division was not provided with appropriate funds.
the year 2009, the ministry had received around 70,000 applications. Out of
these, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has 12,000 applications and the
names of successful candidates have been forwarded to provincial governments for
their placement. "The placement at the federal level will also start within this
week," the source said.
He said that the placement of youth
from Malakand has already started which will be followed by placement on special
seats announced by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani for youth from Balochistan.
He said that some relaxation has also been made for youth from
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Youth
Affairs recently, the ministry has released funds amounting to Rs588.9 million
to Punjab, Rs307.9 million to Sindh, Rs307 million to NWFP, Rs5.4 million to
Balochistan, Rs1.5 million to AJK, Rs7.2 million to FATA, Rs6.5 million to the
Gilgit-Baltistan and Rs65 million to the Islamabad Capital Territory for payment
Blaming shortage of staff for slow selection and placement
process, the official hoped that the staff approved by the Ministry of Finance
would help speed up the process.
He said the new staff would be hired by the end
of January. Currently, the post of Director General NIP is also lying vacant
following the retirement of DG NIP Ashiq Abbasi in December. The news
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NCA facing multiple problems
Rawalpindi: Recently instituted National College of Arts
(NCA) Rawalpindi campus is facing multiple problems in its expansion of new
faculties and departments in absence of sufficient land for this
Principal National College of Arts (NCA) Prof Naazish Ata-Ullah told that Rawalpindi campus of the college
needed a piece of land in Islamabad since it was pledged by the government at
the time of its inception.
Prof Naazish was of the view that it is a national
institution as it has quota system and students from all corners of the country
came here to get education.
"It is a unique institute which provides national
integrity because students of the college go back in their respective areas
after experiencing and sharing values and culture of their fellow students of
various areas," she maintained.
But she regretted that inspite of this fact,
this educational institution is not being given proper attention as the college
also lacked its own hostel building. Extending the future plans of the college,
Principal NCA informed that college had planned to establish other departments
like Design Faculty, Multimedia Art programme and Theatre
"Unfortunately, the college has no land to build more buildings
for the new faculties," she maintained. The nation
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AJK PM directed edu dept to formulate new education policy
Muzaffarabad: AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Tuesday directed
the education department to formulate a new education policy with the help of
experts, laying emphasis on elimination of class-based education system.
The class-based education system is widening the gulf between the rich
and poor on the one hand and narrowing opportunities for the poor to excel in
different walks of life on the other, he said during a meeting held to review
the working of the department.
He said weaknesses in the prevailing
education system were also giving birth to extremism which had necessitated
changes in it to satisfy all segments of society.
He said the new policy
should also incorporate transparent recruitment and training of teachers and
effective monitoring of their performance. Mr Haider admitted that the basic
problem of education department was its flawed recruitment system and desired
results could be achieved only when it was brought in consonance with the
principle of merit.
He directed that primary teachers should be chosen
from the same union council. He also called for reducing the burden of syllabus
on students up to the middle standard.
The prime minister also sought a
report from the officials about need based upgradation of educational
institutions within a month.
Earlier officials told him that the current
year's budget of the department (schools) was Rs9.54 billion including Rs3.22
billion for reconstruction programme. Dawn
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School health plan
Islamabad: The government has decided to develop a national strategy and
action plan for acceleration of the Joint School Health Programme being
undertaken by the Ministries of Health, Education, Environment and the One UN
The decision was taken during a meeting organised here
on Tuesday with Minister for Health Makhdoom Shahabuddin in the chair.
Representatives of relevant ministries, the UN and the World Bank were also
present on the occasion.
Based on the national strategy, a Plan of Action
will be drawn up and implemented. In keeping view ongoing interventions in the
area of school health, model districts will be selected for the programme.
Training materials which are under preparation will be finalised and
printed, and teachers and healthcare workers will be trained to launch effective
school health programmes.
Addressing the meeting, Shahabuddin said there
is an urgent need to promote the health of students attending schools. He
ensured that the Ministry of Health would push the School Health Programme
forward with full dedication. The government had signed the Joint Programme
Component on School Health chalked out jointly by the UN agencies and the
government under the 'One UN-One Programme' reform. The joint programme aims at
initiating, strengthening and sustaining school health programmes in selected
Director General Health Professor Rashid Jooma promised to
actualise the decisions taken within a week's time. He said all public, private
and religious schools would be included in the School Health Programme in pilot
districts. Health messages would be included in the ongoing health education
Speaking on the part of One UN, WHO Representative Dr. Khalif
Bile requested the Ministry of Health to provide some seed money for
acceleration of the programme by moving a PC-1. The government should help in
selection of pilot districts. The UN agencies can take some districts through
ongoing programmes; for example, the WHO can provide funds from the Emergency
Programme for NWFP, he proposed.
The Country Representative of Unicef
Martin Mogwanja elaborated the role of his organisation in the School Health
Programme, and called upon the government to assume a leadership role. WFP
Representative Wolfgang and World Bank Health Specialist Dr. Inam-ul-Haq also
spoke on the occasion.
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UoP diagnostic lab
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar (UoP) has set up its own diagnostic
laboratory with the latest research and equipment at the Centre of
It would offer facility to university students and
employees to analyse various tests ranging from blood sugar, hepatitis and lipid
profile. The services of the laboratory would be extended to the general public
in the long run.
UoP Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan inaugurated
the laboratory at a simple ceremony on Tuesday. The vice-chancellor said the
establishment of a full-fledged diagnostic laboratory was a very good initiative
and would offer services to the students, faculty and university
Prof Dr Azmat said it was often seen that commercial
laboratories come up with different results and the establishment of such a
laboratory would give accurate data and results. Students of microbiology and
biotechnology can get a variety of data and blood samples for study of
microorganisms and various cultures, he added.
Director Centre of
Biotechnology Dr Muhammad Bashir said that since the establishment of the centre
in 2001, it had worked to its full potential despite limited
The Microbiology Department was shifted to this centre in 2007
and now the microbiology research and diagnostic lab has been set to help the
students, staff and general public in getting experience coupled with precise
and economical testing facility. Faculty and students of the university also
attended the ceremony.
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FBISE hold Naat competition
Islamabad: In connection with the Annual Academic Week, the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education
(FBISE) organised a 'Naat' competition at the Islamabad Model College for Boys
(IMCB), I-8/3, says a press release.
IMCB Principal Muhammad Saleem Qureshi was
the chief guest on the occasion. Students of various schools and colleges
affiliated with the FBISE participated in the competition. Ali Abbas of Askaria
College, Bank Road, Rawalpindi, got first position in the competition.
Tariq of FG Degree College for Women, Abid Majeed Road, Rawalpindi, bagged
second position. Qurat ul Ain Farooq of Fauji Foundation College for Girls, New
Lalazar, Rawalpindi, got third position. Muhammad Talha Zubair of OPF Boys
College, H-8/4, got the consolation prize. The news
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