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8% of education budget spent on higher studies: Atta
Islamabad, July 01: The government spends only eight per cent of total education budget, equalling 1.4 per cent of GDP, on higher studies, due to which the country has lagged behind in socio-economic development.

In his lecture on 'Education of Science and Technology for Socio-Economic Development,' organised by Planning Commission for the eminent scientists and scholars, former federal minister and Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Atta-ur-Rehman said the country could not afford any further cuts in budgetary allocations for science and technology.

He suggested the government to incentives the private sector to invest in technology sector following the foreign models.

He said it was unfortunate that the collective GDP of all OIC states was lesser than that of Japan, just because "we lag behind in science education as we could not set priorities".

"First of all, we will have to recognise that youth is the real asset of our country. Pakistan is rich of 85 million youths of below 19. So if we do not exploit talent, the country may suffer a lot," said Atta-ur-Rehman.

He said it was unfortunate that Pakistan was spending only 1.4 per cent of GDP on education out of which eight percent was allocated for higher education. He advised the government not to follow Sri Lankan syndrome where lower education was given priority.

"The students should be developed as job givers, not job seekers because youths should be encouraged to establish small companies. MIT has created 4,000 companies with annual sale of $232 million," he said.

Dr Atta-ur-Rehman said Pakistan has been ranked 104th in Global Competitiveness and 83rd in availability of engineers and scientists, 80th in spending on research and development against 46 at India.

Exemplifying Malaysian Model spending 25 per cent of GDP on higher education, he said from 2002 to 2007, the country had witnessed 6,000 per cent increase in science education and salaries of university teachers were increased to $5,000 but unfortunately the allocation was being reduced for the sector.

Referring to a silent revolution in higher education, he said even an Indian advisor had suggested his Prime Minister to follow Pakistan's model and added that if exploited well, the country could soon join China to challenge India in technology sector.

Giving a roadmap, he suggested short and long term plans for 13 major sectors, including agriculture, textile, materials and others, stressing for incentivising the private sector to invest in research and development.

In India, private sector spends 75 percent in research and development, 67 per cent in China but unfortunately in Pakistan it spends at only 5 per cent, putting rest of the burden to be borne by the government, he added.

The former HEC chairman said there was a need to identify areas for investment and described education, science and technology, innovations and honest technologically competent leadership as pre-requisite for Socio-economic development of the country.

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Students suffer due to shortage of teachers
Rawalpindi: Students of government schools are suffering badly due to shortage of male and female teachers of different subjects in their educational institutions in Rawalpindi district as well as other parts of the division.

According to well-informed sources there is shortage of over 1,100 teachers in Rawalpindi district government schools, numbering more than 2,300 including primary, middle and higher academic institutions.

The Directorate of Education Rawalpindi had filled over 2,400 posts of instructors/teachers under phase-I, in February this year on the directions of the Punjab chief minister, however, 600 posts still remained vacant in educational institutions in Rawalpindi district. These were to be filled under phase-II.

In the meantime, the shortage of teachers further increased by another 500 teachers, male and female in government schools. Besides shortage of total 1,100 teachers, 200 new posts have been announced in schools in Rawalpindi district.

Because of the shortage of teachers the students are suffering badly. They have no other option but to hire the services of private teachers for tuition to get proper guidance on a particular subject. Parents of the students have demanded of the Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the city district government as well as the Executive Director Education to take immediate notice of the matter and take measures for overcoming the shortage of teachers.

The Deputy Director Administration and General, Khalid Javed Rehan, in absence of the EDO said that the problem of shortage of teachers in government primary, middle and higher academic institutions would be resolved by the end of summer vacations.

The summary related to proposal of filling the vacant posts of instructors have been forwarded to the Punjab chief minister for his consideration and approval. The process of approval is likely to be completed within next 15 days. Immediately, after approval by the Punjab chief minister, the Education Directorate would start the process of recruiting the teachers. Additional 200 new posts would also be filled during this period. However, the entire process would be completed in the first week of September this year, he assured.

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CDA Model School students excel in SSC examinations
Islamabad: Capital Development Authority Model School while living up to its traditions has maintained 100 per cent result in Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Part-II examination for the year 2010.

In all 42 students appeared in Science and Humanities groups for SSC-II Annual Examination, out of which 24 girls obtained A-1 and 10 A and 8 B grades.

Ryehah Batool Shah (Roll No. 182739) secured second position in Humanities Group of the FBISE by securing 926 marks. Raisa Suleman is second in the same group in school.

Hafsah Ahmed secured first position in her class by obtaining 998 marks (95%) in the Science Group. These are highest ever marks by a student in the CDA School history. Rafia Akbar got second position in the Science Group in the school with 981 marks.

Capital Development Authority Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Illahi and Member Administration Shaukat Mohmand have congratulated the students and school management and teaching staff for producing the excellent result.

CDA Model School Principal Shahwar Ajmal has termed the outstanding result to hard work and dedication of teaching staff and students own efforts. She also pledged to upkeep high standards of the institution.

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APS excels in BISE examination
Islamabad: The Abbottabad Public School (APS) achieved enviable results in the recently announced annual examination of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) with 75 out of 105 students who appeared in the examination achieving 'A1' grade.

The Abbottonians, as the APS students are generally known, achieved 100 per cent result in the BISE Abbottabad examination. Aniq Rahim topped in the APS by securing 940 marks out of a total of 1050.

"A brilliant student, that Aniq Rahim is, stood first among the male students in the Board but was placed sixth overall as the first five positions were notched by the female students, who certainly have outdone the boys in the exams," the Principal of the APS, Mr Mehboob Alam told from Abbottabad.

"In addition to Aniq Rahim another student of APS secured 930 marks to take third position among the boys and 13th position in the overall results. Similarly, Malik Furqan Mehmood and Basharat Hussain shared fifth position among the boys and 19th overall by securing 922 marks each. The two were closely followed by Mohammad Mohsin who stood 6th among the

boys and 19th overall," the Principal of the APS, Mehboob Alam said.

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40 educators selected for training in US
Islamabad: Forty teachers selected across the country will leave for the United States (US) on Friday to attend a professional training programme for the secondary level educators at the Plymouth State University.

The pre-departure orientation ceremony will be held on Thursday here at the Hill View Hotel likely to be attended by Federal Minister for Education Sardar Ahmed Assef Ali and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programmes, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

The Plymouth State University, USA, initiated the Pakistani Education Leadership Institute (PELI) project in 2004, as annual four-week professional training program and to date, 120 educators have benefited from this opportunity.

The number of educators has been doubled up to 40 this year and these participants would start their training from July 5. The funding of PELI is mobilised through an annual grant since the fiscal year 2003-04 from the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The grant is awarded to the Plymouth State University and the project is coordinated in Pakistan through services rendered by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi. The Pakistani educators for PELI are selected through a rigorous merit based process for their leadership capabilities. They represent secondary level public and private sector schools as well as teacher education institutions. The news

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