Sindh School teachers contracts
13,000 new teachers to be recruited soon
Hyderabad, Jan 16: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq has said that
13,000 new teachers will be recruited to revive all non-functional schools and
as first step the government has set itself target to reopen 4,500 closed
schools this year.
The minister said that no less than
7,700 schools were closed during previous governments while the present
government had reopened 1,400 schools so far.
He termed it a good
progress and said that 1,700 school buildings had so far been identified. The
buildings were being used by some influential persons as their guesthouses and
godowns and now they would now be used as government offices or for welfare
work, he said.
Mr Haq said that the government in cooperation with NCHD
and Sindh Education Foundation, reopen 2,500 and 1,000 closed schools and with
recruitment of 13,000 teachers, all closed schools would become functional.
He said that Sifarish culture and nepotism had pushed the education to
the verge of complete destruction. The district government system had also
contributed to the destruction of education, he said.
He urged people
not to exert any pressure on government functionaries in appointment of teachers
in order to save the education system and improve standard of education.
The minister renamed Girls High School as Mrs Hameeda Shahnawaz Girls
High School on the demand of local people and announced establishment of a girls
primary school in the village.
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SU peaceful educational environment
Hyderabad: Representatives of student organisations belonging to
different political parties have assured the administration of the University of
Sindh to work for the promotion of peaceful educational environment at the
campus and avoid agitation.
A meeting was convened by university
Registrar Mohammad Hussain Shaikh on Friday, which was attended by provost of
boys hostel Dr Ghulam Sarwar Gachal, Incharge Director Students Affairs Syed
Anwar Ali Shah and representatives of students organisations.
representatives said that some outsiders had been creating the law and order
situation at the campus. They assured the university to help maintain peace at
Registrar of the university told the students that the
university's priority was to look after students for their better education and
provide facilities required at hostels and departments. He said that protests
always created disturbances in the educational process.
He said that
university vice-chancellor, Dr Nazir A. Mughal had clearly instructed the
university administration to pay attention and solve problems of students
He expressed the hope that students of the university would
play a positive role for promotion of peace and educational environment. Dawn
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NAPA graduates participation
Karachi: The graduates of National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) will
be performing in India at the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, an annual theater
festival of the National School of Drama, New Delhi on January 17.
total of 17 NAPA graduates have gone to India to do a new version of
'Shakuntala', written by the famous Sanskrit writer, Kalidas. The play is
directed by Zain Ahmed, a former NAPA faculty member and is largely based on
movements governed by music.
This is not the first time that the NAPA
graduates are visiting India and senior faculty member Arshad Mehmood is
optimistic about the current troupe's potential.
"I believe that
exchange programmes and sharing of ideas between India and Pakistan is necessary
for theater because we have a common language and culture which makes Indians
the biggest audience for Pakistani theater outside Pakistan whereas the same can
be said for the Indian theatre too," Mehmood said.
the theater graduates are also accompanied by music graduates who will be
playing live music during the performances" Mehmood added. Calling
'Shakuntala' a masterpiece, Mehmood said that it has been performed in theatre
by various groups in different styles previously.
"Shakuntala is a play
which has already been done in India a number of times and it would be a
challenge to perform it in front of the Indian audiences yet again with our own
touch to it."
The treatment of Shakuntala, that the NAPA graduates will
be performing, was basically a class exercise which turned into something
worthwhile and the students decided to do it for the theater festival in India.
Mehmood believes that keeping South Asian countries in mind, India is
the centre of performing arts and to our advantage we share a common heritage
which makes the learning experience much easier.
"To dig into the Indian
experience is very important because in Pakistan, NAPA does 6 plays in a year
after every two months whereas in Mumbai, 30 to 35 plays are running on daily
basis in different theater halls irrespective of the language of the play, which
is something that needs to be brought in Pakistan," he maintained.
Further adding to that, he said that seeing different artists from India
performing on the same stage will help in increasing the exposure of artists and
would be a window for future meetings.
Appreciating the 'Aman ki Asha'
initiative taken up by Jang Group and Times of India, Arshad Mehmood said, "I
think those who are against peace are sinners. In the history of mankind, the
most important phenomenon has been peace. If any issues can be taken towards
resolution with the ultimate goal of peace, then this step of harmony is a great
step towards humanity." The news
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Students continue boycott
Nawabshah: Students continued boycott of classes on the second
consecutive day on Friday at the Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering, Science
and Technology and held a demonstration against the university administration.
The protesting students alleged that the university was not up to the
mark and urged chairman of the Higher Education Commission to take notice of
lack of facilities. They threatened to continue protest until the university
accepted their demands.
The QUEST management has retained 22 out of 681
students of 2009 batch and stopped them from getting promoted to the second term
because of their failure to pass 50 per cent papers. Dawn
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