Students transport problems in twin cities
Students lack transport facility
Islamabad, July 03: Students community of the twin cities of Islamabad and
Rawalpindi are facing acute travelling problem owing to dearth of proper
transport facility for them as there are hundreds of educational institutions
with insufficient transport system.
Though some institutions have their
own arrangement for the pick and drop of their students, it is still
A large number of students coming from suburbs of both
cities reach their respective schools and colleges through private transport and
sometimes they have to travel on rooftops of the busses.
Mohammad Ali, a
student said the school and college buses plied only on specific routes and he
had to use local transport to reach his college.
that majority of local transporters do not stop their buses on those stops where
students are waiting.
Shabana Haider, a girl student of local college,
said particularly the girl students had to wait for long to find a proper seat
due to which they often reached their colleges late.
Salman Ali, another
student said that bus conductors and drivers misbehave with them as they treated
them as unwanted burden on them.
Federal Directorate sources said that
most of the schools and colleges had no transport system, adding that only 100
buses were operating for the federal directorate colleges which were
insufficient for the thousands of students. App
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'UoP contract lecturers regularisation under process'
Peshawar: University of Peshawar Registrar Dr Syed Fazli Hadi said Friday that
regularisation of the contract lecturers at the UoP was under process.
Responding to a news item, the official
insisted that selection in the university was made through a proper procedure
whereby the budgeted posts were advertised and after proper screening
tests/demonstrations cases of the qualified lecturers were placed before the
selection board and syndicate for approval. The same practice is in vogue
throughout the public sector universalities of the country, he added.
registrar said that almost 80 regular posts of lecturers at various departments,
colleges and centres of the university had been advertised in the leading
newspapers on June 25, 2010 that would be processed accordingly.
posts of assistant professors were also advertised and after their selection
quite a good number of posts of lecturers would be created. The contract
lecturers and other applicants may apply for these positions, he added.
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Students seek admission to local medical colleges
Mingora: More than 50 medical students belonging to
Malakand region, whose studies remained incomplete due to recent ethnic riots in
Kyrgyzstan as they were evacuated by the government of Pakistan to save their
lives, have asked the authorities to provide them admission in the country's
medical colleges to secure their future.
Addressing a press conference
Friday, the affected students including Riaz Akhtar, Asad Hameed, and
Shakirullah said they wanted to remind Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani of
his promise about their admission to the local medical institutions.
students said upon their return from Kyrgyzstan the prime minister had made the
promise so they wanted to remind him about it. They said when they contacted the
Higher Education Commission the officials there told them that they had not
received any directives in this connection. The students said their future was
at stake and asked the president and prime minister to help them in protecting
their future by allowing them admission to local medical institutions. The news
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Revival of Tevta: Ministry moves summary cabinet rejected last year
Peshawar: The government's move to make functional the Technical
Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) will adversely affect the
state of technical education instead of bringing any improvement, sources say.
The government had established Tevta in 2002 but refusal by the chief
minister and then the chief secretary to head it had left the government with no
option but to continue with the existing arrangements.
According to an
ordinance under which Tevta was established, technical education was to be
managed by the authority instead of the Directorate of Technical Education and
Tevta would have financial and administrative powers
and would be able to hire and fire employees.
The ordinance didn't
become a law due to opposition by the then MMA government, which argued that it
would destroy technical education.
Now, the provincial Ministry of
Mineral Development has again moved a summary to the chief minister to make
Tevta functional with the mineral development minister as its head.
summary had last year been rejected by the cabinet on the ground that it would
adversely affect technical education, according to the sources.
the proposal, the government will give seed money of Rs15 million and the rest
of the amount will be generated from Tevta's own resources, which means that the
fee will be increased and the burden will ultimately be borne by students.
The department, the sources said, would require Rs70 million annually
that would come from the pockets of more than 60,000 students studying in 90
commerce colleges, polytechnic institutes and 40 vocational training colleges.
They said the move by the ministry to make Tevta functional was aimed at
grabbing all powers, including appointment and promotion of employees, as the
minister for mineral development being the chairman would decide all
administrative and financial matters without approval of the government.
A study conducted by the Asian Development Bank in 2006-07 revealed that
the system in Punjab had several flaws and posed threat to the state of
A committee constituted by the government to study
the Punjab Tevta had also reported that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa did not have large
industrial base like that province and it was unlikely that the new system would
benefit the former when it had failed in Punjab.
departments such as Wapda, railways, agriculture etc would not support Tevta, an
autonomous body, according to the committee report.
"The number of
technical and vocational institutes is smaller here than Punjab for which an
autonomous setup of bureaucrats will bring more financial woes," said the report
sent to the chief minister's office by the Commerce College Teachers'
Association, which is opposed to the new system.
The association has
sought time from the chief minister to listen to their arguments before
approving the proposal.
The new system does not offer employees a
service structure and allowances, fringe benefits and pension they are getting
now.Even before becoming chairman of Tevta, the minister concerned had started
giving promotions, the sources claimed.
Last year, Rs35.5 million
collected from second shift students was transferred to the ministry's account
in violation of rules, they said.
The ministry, they added, had directed
all the institutions to send it 40 per cent of the money collected from the
second shift students.
When contacted, Minister for Mineral Development
Nawabzada Mehmood Zeb said that Tevta had been established in the three other
provinces in line with the ordinance issued by the government in 2001.
"We want to make Tevta functional to regulate technical and vocation
education so our youths find jobs. Presently, the employees aren't obeying
government directives sue to which the academic output is poor," he said.
The summary would soon be approved and Tevta would be able to purge the
system of growing corruption, the minister said, adding the amount collected
from the self-finance scheme would be spent on rehabilitation of institutions.
The principals not sending the self-finance money to the designated
government account would face cases of corruption, he said. Dawn
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40 teachers leaving for US
Islamabad: Pakistan and United Sates (US) are facing same challenges that can be better fended off if people of both
the countries forged relations in various sectors including education.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programmes, Bureau of Education
and Cultural Affairs, Alina L Romanowski, expressed these views here at the
pre-orientation ceremony of 40 teachers leaving for US to attend four-week
education training programme under Pakistani Education Leadership Institute
Plymouth State University, USA, initiated the PELI
project in 2004, as annual four-week professional training programme.
Its funding is mobilised through an annual grant since fiscal year
2003-04 from US Department of Sate, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The grant is awarded to Plymouth Sate University and the project is coordinated
in Pakistan through services rendered by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi. Daily times
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Students of KRL Model College excel in SSC exam
Rawalpindi: The students of KRL Model College, Kahuta while maintaining
its tradition has shown 100% result in Secondary School Certificate (SSC)
Part-II examination for the year 2010, of the Federal Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education, says a press release.
As many as 39 students out of
60 got 'A' and 'A1' grades. Five students of the college have captured their
place among the first 60 positions of the FBISE.
The high achievers are,
Mahnoor Nawaz Abbasi stoof first in the college with 989 marks and Sidra Bibi
got second position with 985 marks while Aqsa Riaz bagged third position with
981 marks. Shazia Qasim (965), Noor e Hira (956), Tayyaba Sadaf (940), Izzah
Zaman (926), Javeria Asghar (925), Nawal Zaheer (911), Anum Sajjad (909) and
Uzma Kiran got 903 marks. Principal of the college Nighat Firdous Khalid
congratulated both teachers and students alike. The news
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