GIK foundation celebrations | KP schools problems
GIK Institute celebrates 20 years of foundation
Swabi, Jan 11: The three-day celebrations marking 20 years of
establishment of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences
and Technology (GIKI) concluded.
On the occasion, both the academia and alumni vowed to work for
further strengthening the institute to make its future more glorious
than the past two decades.
During the three days of celebrations, the alumni focused on future
of their mother institution, putting forward their valued proposals and
suggestions. Dramas, comedy shows and a 'ghazal night' also featured the
The task of all arrangements for the occasion was assigned to 25 professional societies of the institute.
Engineer Shamsul Mulk, president of Society for the Promotion of
Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan and SOPREST executive
director Professor Fazal Ahmad Khalid were among those who graced the
The participants paid rich tributes to former president of Pakistan
and GIK Institute's founder late Ghulam Ishaq Khan. "The GIK Institute
is as dear to me as a child to his parents. It gives me pleasure to see
that the sapling we planted in 1993 is now a flowering tree, providing
its cool shed to the seekers of knowledge," said a former student while
recalling the former president as having remarked after he founded the
Speaking on the occasion, Jehangir Bashar, Rector of the Institute,
said: "Alumni are our ambassadors and they are very helpful to us in
technical advice and provision of scholarships."
He said that interaction between alumni and the Institute's academia
had been boosted further. "I really feel very happy and proud over that
the Gikians spirit lives on," he said.
Irfan-ul-Haq Chaudhry, president of GIK Institute Alumni Association,
said each year their association provided Rs15 million to the Institute
as scholarship. He said the alumni were ready to render more sacrifices
for enabling the Institute to win more laurels in future.
Asra Baig, a student of the institute's first batch who came from the
US, said: "We were just five girls in the whole Institute when it was
founded in 1993. She said that she never forgot those beautiful days.
Zahir Ali Quettawala, who was also from the first batch, said that they
owned the place. The buildings were erected in their presence. He
recalled that there were only two hostels and the girls had to stay in
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UoP hosts book fair
Peshawar: A three-day annual book fair was inaugurated at Peshawar University here on Wednesday.
The book fair, organised by Study Aid Foundation for Excellence
(UOP), was formally inaugurated in Puta Hall by Provincial Minister for
Local Government Inayatullah Khan.
A large number of students of different departments of University of
Peshawar and other educational instantiations visited the book fair and
took interest in different stalls.
The visitors bought books of history, general knowledge and literature.
The students also gifted various books to each others on the occasion.
The organisers said that such useful activities could benefit the
students a lot. In addition to modern gadgetries, computers and cellular
phones, the students also needed to love books, they added.
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KP schools without IT teachers, labs
Peshawar: The elementary and secondary education department
made computer subject compulsory in government schools but it failed to
recruit information technology teachers and establish computer
laboratories in the schools during the last two years, according to
They said that the department decided to make computer subject
compulsory for the students of grade 6, 7 and 8 in around 5,000
government schools of the province since academic year 2012-13.
According the decision, the subject should be taught in 4,902 state-run
educational institutions including 2,577 middle, 1,980 high and 3,45
higher secondary schools.
However, in the absence of IT teachers and computer laboratories, the
administrations of the schools were compelled to ask 'irrelevant'
teachers to teach theory of the subject to students without practical
demonstration, sources said.
"Currently the teachers, who are teaching the subject to students, have no knowledge of computer," they added.
Sources said that many principals defied the decision of the
education department and didn't introduce computer subject in their
schools owing to non-availability of relevant teachers and computer
The headmasters and teachers of different schools in the city and
adjacent areas told this correspondent during a visit that they heard
about the decision of education department but it was not implemented in
their respective schools.
How it was possible to teach computer subject without recruitment of
IT teachers and setting up of computer laboratories in the schools, they
The principal of a government high school in the city area, when
asked, said that the Qari (theology teacher) of his school was teaching
computer subject to students.
"Tell PTI chief Imran Khan to come and teach computer to the students
as teachers in our school have no knowledge of the subject," said
another teacher in the cantonment area. He said that PTI chief declared
education emergency in the province and claimed at different forums to
bring government schools at par with the elite private schools.
"First he should provide teachers to schools then bring the government schools at par with elite private schools," he added.
Officials said that education department established computer
laboratories in around 100 high and higher secondary schools and
appointed the same number of IT teachers across the province during the
last 12 years.
"About 300 computer laboratories established by different NGOs rusted
as computers couldn't be used by the students in the absence of IT
teachers," sources said.
They said that the laboratories, established more than a decade ago
by the government and NGOs, were currently of no use because computers
installed in there were of old version.
One of the district education officers, when contacted, said that
government published computer books that were taught by the teachers,
who had no knowledge of the subject. Like other subjects, he said,
irrelevant teachers only read the content of the theory books and
finished it no matter the students understood it or not.
The official said that a month ago the issue of lack of IT teachers
was raised during a meeting between all district education officers and
high-ups of education department.
He said that they were told to hire services of IT teachers on
temporary basis and pay them up to Rs10,000 salary from the parent
teacher council (PTC) fund. The PTC fund, a meagre amount, was meant for
minor repair of the schools, he said.
"If we utilise the PTC fund on hiring IT teachers than how we will
arrange fund for minor repair of the schools buildings," he asked.
Provincial Minister for Education Mohammad Atif could not be contacted despite repeated attempts by this scribe.
However, Education Director Mohammad Rafiq Khattak, when contacted,
said that computer was made a compulsory subject in secondary schools.
Asked as to who would teach the subject, he said that every teacher
could teach the subject in schools as the theory books were about basics
Besides the existing 400 computer laboratories, he said,
establishment of 170 more laboratories on the cards. "The education
department has asked the finance department to allow it to appoint IT
teachers in the schools," Mr Khattak said. Dawn
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MPhil thesis topic approved
Mardan: Sixth Advance Study and Research Board (ASRB) of Abdul Wali Khan
University has approved MPhil thesis topic of Huma Qayum of the
department of political science.
The ASRB meeting was
chaired by Co-Vice Chancellor Prof Saeed Anwar and also attended by Prof
Jahanzeb Khalil, Prof Ikramul Haq, Dr Taj Muhram, Prof Dr Merajul Islam
Zia, Prof Shafiqur Rehman, Dr Khanzadi Fatima Khattak and other
prominent teachers of the province.
Huma's thesis topic is
"The changing trends in Pak-Afghan relations: An analysis of the peace
process (2008-2013)". She is the first and youngest scholar of the
department of political science to complete her thesis under the
supervision of Dr Jehangir Khan Khalil before the prescribed time. The news
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