NUST Arts Science Technology Exhibition
N@STEC 10 concludes
Islamabad, Jan 06: The concluding ceremony NUST Arts Science Technology Exhibition Competition
(N@STEC 10) was held here at NUST-SCEE Auditorium on Wednesday.
event kicked off on time, with two anchors from the Electrical
Engineering department of NUST-SEECS taking the stage, the first item on
the agenda was a video that showcased different moments of N@STEC by
many versatile perspectives, then the president of N@STEC'10 Madiha Dar
took the stage and among rampant cheers and applause she thanked the
participants and the organisers.
After that the award ceremony
took place where all the runner-ups and the winners of the 29 events
were given prizes along with the organisers.
distribution ceremony was followed by speeches by the faculty head of
ACM, Dr. Raihan-ur-Rasool, the guest of honour Wahab Siraj (CEO
Nayatel), who gave an enthusiastic talk about the strength of character
and its importance in youth. Later, Dean of SEECS Dr. Zaidi gave his
thoughts about the event, finally the closing remarks were delivered by
the chief guest Touseef Zaman, who is the vice president of the
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The N@STEC 10 team
included President Madiha Dar, Vice President Hasham Masood, General
Secretary Bismillah Beenish, Event Coordinator Jawad Manzoor , Treasurer
Ahsan Rahman and Media Head Hamza Iftikhar. The news
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50pc children out of school in 4 districts
Islamabad: In four districts of Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan
and Rajanpur more than 50 per cent children of the total population of 5
to 9 years are out of school and the number of out of school children
is higher for girls than boys.
revealed in a research report "Education Budget Analysis: Five Districts
of Southern Punjab" by Oxfam GB in collaboration with Institute of
Social and Policy Science (I-SAPS). The report provides detailed
analysis and findings of the educational data and budget of selected
districts from southern Punjab including Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar
Khan, Jhang and Rajanpur.
indicates missing facilities especially in girls' schools, for instance,
in Multan at primary level 20 per cent girls' schools do not have
drinking water facility and 13 per cent girls' primary schools are
The data indicates that
in 53 per cent of the total schools in the districts do not have
electricity and overall 6 per cent schools have dangerous buildings and
18 per cent of school buildings require major repairs.
Muzaffargarh 79 per cent of the schools do not have electricity, 15 per
cent do not have access to drinking water, 38 per cent do not have
latrine facility and 41 per cent lack boundary walls. As many as 63 per
cent schools in Jhang do not have electricity, 14 per cent do not have
access to clean drinking water, 36 per cent schools are without latrine
facility and 29 per cent schools do not have boundary walls.
86 per cent of the schools of District Rajanpur, the students do not
have access to electricity, 38 per cent of the schools in the district
do not have access to water, 36 per cent of the schools lack latrine
facility and 34 per cent are without boundary walls.
Rahim Yar Khan the data indicates that 61 per cent schools of the
district do not have electricity, 22 per cent do not have access to
water, 30 per cent lack latrine facility, and 33 per cent are without
In the five districts the share of development budget is far less than
the current budget. The current budget, which includes salary and
non-salary expenditures, is used to meet only operating costs thus
having less relevance to the quality and access of education.
low share of development budget is visible in all the five districts.
In Multan the share of development budget in the total budget has varied
from two to six per cent during 2007 to 2010. And to make the matters
worse available development budget remains under-utilised in many cases.
important finding is the high incidence of allocating development
budget without gender specification. In Jhung district, in the
allocations for 2009-10, the schools for girls and boys each have been
allocated three per cent of the total development budget. The remaining
94 per cent budget has been allocated without gender-specification.
report reveals that girls' literacy and enrolment rates are very low in
the districts. The enrolment of boys and girls from primary level
onwards is continuously declining. In Multan District 74 per cent girls
and 65 per cent boys at primary level do not make it to the next level
or middle school.
The findings suggest that
there was serious lack of coordination among the district officials and
the donors on the one hand and among the donors themselves on the
other. Frequent postings and transfers of district education managers
are identified as one of the major reasons for lack of coordination
among district officials and donors.
event was attended by the representatives of NGOs, government officials
from southern districts of Punjab, Pakistan Coalition for Education and
members from the various walks of the civil society. Raja Anwar,
Chairman CM's Taskforce for Elementary Education chaired the session. He
lamented that this nation gives a lot of donations and does charity
work but no one thinks to fulfill missing facilities in such schools in
which haves-not study. The nation
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Rootsian to attend Harvard Model UN
Islamabad: A Rootsian, Umair Abdul Rehman, has got the acceptance to attend the 57th
session of the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN). Only two
students from all over Pakistan have been selected and Umair is one of
them. He has been selected after a tough assessment and outstanding
performance academically and in extracurricular activities.
Harvard National Model United Nations provides incredible insight into
the realities of international dilemmas, conflict, and negotiation. Only
a decade after the signing of the Charter of the United Nations, HNMUN
was founded to recreate the spirit of diplomacy that continues to
inspire tomorrow's leaders. HNMUN conference is defined by a true
diversity in committee structure, topic selection, and substantive
support features. In this HNMUN, the most competent and potential
students are selected on the basis of merit.
In HNMUN, debating
would be the foremost part of this and selected participants would be
addressing the Modern World Problems along with their recommendations,
suggestions and solutions and that would later on be submitted to United
Nations. This conference will take place from Thursday (February 17) to
Sunday (February 20) at the historic Park Plaza hotel in downtown
In this summer 2010 Umair Abdul Rehman (A-Levels) at
Roots College International, F-7/1 Islamabad, had applied for the
Harvard Model United Nations. He got himself registered on the HNMUN
website and after getting the recognition from HNMUN, he was asked to
submit his past MUN experience and to answer some of the questions along
with the essays. Umair's past MUN experience was really impressive. As
Roots provide remarkable opportunities to the students to develop their
skills, abilities and creativity and keeps on grooming their students in
every walk of life. In Saint Mary's Academy Model United Nations
(SMAMUN), Umair was honoured with the Best Delegate Award; in Frobels
Model United Nations (FROMUM) he was awarded with the Honorary Mention
and he also attended the Lums Model United Nations (LUMUN). He got the
acceptance from HNMUN on the basis of merit and was judged on his past
MUN experience and the essays that he had sent.
Umair Abdul Rehman would be representing the country on an International Opportunity Seeking Platform. The news
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