Suicide cases among students
Slow learning main cause of suicide among students
Lahore, July 28: The Pakistan Association for Difficulties In Learning (PADIL) on Friday
has expressed concerns over suicides by five students after the
announcement of matriculation result.`
In a statement, PADIL
Chief Executive Ashba Kamran said that slow learning was the main cause
of the phenomenon. She said suicide by five young students after their
failure to get through the exam despite repeated attempts exposed the
fault lines in the education system, which was unable to support the
slow learners in society. `
She said the incidents of suicide were on the rise and the media had been reporting such happenings for the past some years. `
said it was the right time to draw the attention of parents, teachers,
legislators and civil society members towards the problem of learning
difficulties among students because of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD),
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in children.
She said that every third child in Pakistan was facing
learning difficulties due to one or the other reason, leading to high
dropout rate in schools. "No serious effort is being made at the public
or private level to deal with the problem, pushing more and more
children to successive failures in the field of education." Ashba said
that PADIL had launched an awareness campaign about slow learners, and
was trying to introduce suitable academic infrastructure for them. `
urged President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf,
chief ministers and the education ministers to make legislations for
slow learners and direct the schools to introduce remedial education for
such students. She further urged the government to develop "child
assessment centres" for slow learners at the divisional level to control
the rising number of slow learners in society. Daily times
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Student ends life after family taunts
Charsadda: Fed up with repeated taunts of his family
members, a college student committed suicide after obtaining low marks
in his first year examinations of Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Sources said that Salman Shah, son of Attique Shah of Bahlolah,
Khanmai area, consumed pesticides after his family members repeatedly
taunted him over his low marks in the intermediate examinations.
They claimed that Mr Shah's elder brothers, including Shoaib, Zohaib
and Mursalin, even expelled him from the house after announcement of the
results on July 25, 2012.
However, the dejected student returned home on Thursday evening, but
his brothers again started teasing him on failing to get high marks.
Fed up with the situation, Mr Shah consumed pesticides on Thursday night to end his life. Dawn
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Peshawar University in dire financial straits
Peshawar: Financial woes of the University of
Peshawar have enormously increased with officials blaming them on
establishment of new government universities in the province and
provision of small funding from the Higher Education Commission.
A senior official said on Friday that the university, which was
considered mother of all institutions in the province, faced a shortage
of Rs864 million.
"The university has lost 70 per cent of its revenue since new
universities have emerged," he said, adding that the current shortfall
would increase if provincial government didn't approve special grant of
Sources said the university was receiving maintenance grant from HEC,
which released 50 per cent of the total grant committed in fiscal year
2011-12 adversely affecting financial health of the institutions.
They said creation of new universities had resulted in squeezing
scope and revenue of the UoP, which was established after creation of
Pakistan but its jurisdiction had been confined to Peshawar district.
They said the university was generating sufficient revenue through its affiliated colleges and other institutions.
"Now, these colleges have been affiliated with the new universities.
Some big institutions like Khyber Medical College, Frontier College for
Women and Islamia College have been upgraded to universities affecting
the university's revenue," a source said.
Over the last decade, the government has established 17 new
universities in the province. However, these universities, too, face
serious financial and trained manpower problems.
In certain cases, campuses have been converted into full-fledged universities.
An official said recently, an associate professor had been appointed
vice chancellor of the newly-established university in the province.
He said in many universities, lecturers had been appointed heads of
departments and faculties due to unavailability of qualified professors
in the respective disciplines.
Increase in the staff's salary in line with the government announcement has burdened the university over two years.
The government had announced 50 per cent increase in 2010-11 and then
15 per cent additional raise in 2011-12 and 20 per cent increase in the
current fiscal year which overstretched budgetary deficit of the UoP.
"The government takes credit for increase in salary but doesn't
compensate universities," an official said, adding that the university
was not in position to meet the gap by increasing tuition and other
"Being one of the oldest universities in the country, the UoP has
around 14,000 students in morning and evening shifts," an official said.
He said the university was bearing the burden of a few constituent
colleges and schools by its own resources. He added that these
constituent bodies and affiliated colleges were a major source of the
The official said the university annually paid Rs100 million salary
to staff and spent Rs10 million on electric supply, while its daily
expenditure ran into millions of rupees.
"The management has installed 30 power generators in faculties and hostels and each generator costs Rs8,000 a day," he said.
When contacted, UoP director (finance) Iftikhar Hussain said the
management was taking certain austerity measures to narrow the gap
between income and expenditure.
"The university needs the provincial government's help to pull itself out of financial crisis," he said.
The director said to cut its expenditure, the university had
suggested a ban on purchase of new vehicles, renovation work,
unnecessary expenditure and appointments. Dawn
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Lahore: University of Education's Examination Department announced the results of various
examinations on Friday. These exams include Comprehensive Examination
BEd Secondary Annual (2011-12), BEd Elementary Annual (2011-12), MEd
Annual (2011-12), MEd Special Education Annual (2011-12) and PGD (TD)
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GCU MSc in physical education
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) has announced the launch of two-year MSc in Physical Education this year.
arrangements are being made for initiating the programme under the
directions of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman.
curriculum for the postgraduate programme includes modern courses of
Sports Management, Sports Nutrition, Computer Application in Sports,
Theory of Games, Talent Development, Practical Games and Athletics,
Scientific Coaching, Human Anatomy, Sports Research Methodology,
Planning, Physical Education for Special Persons, Sports Bio-Mechanics,
Exercise Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Practical Gymnastics, Role of
Media in Sports, Leadership in Sports, Trauma & Rehabilitation and
Evaluation. The admissions to the MSc in Physical Education are likely
to commence next month and graduation is the minimum qualification for
the admission. The news
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