Islamic Studies in new education policy | GIK convocation
No changes in Islamic Studies course in new education policy
Rawalpinid, June 03: The government will not make any changes in Islamic studies courses in new education
policy to be announced soon taking all the four chief ministers on the board,
said Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani on
Bijarani stated this while talking to newsmen after certificate
distribution ceremony of National Vocational and Technical Education Commission
(NAVTEC) at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi.
education policy would be aimed at making the education system progressive and
vibrant to meet the qualitative and quantitative requirements of the country,"
He said draft of new education policy had been prepared and
dispatched to four chief ministers for their input. He said they wanted to make
the education system progressive and liberal to meet the challenges of 21st
Troubled areas: Replying to a question, he said the government
had not planned separate education policy for troubled areas in NWFP. He said
the government had started schools at the camps set up for internally displaced
persons (IDPs) in Mardan and other areas.
Bijarani said the federal
government was in contact with provincial government to upgrade the students of
restive areas to next classes for saving their academic year. He said the
government was running two shifts of schools in IDPs camps and providing free
books and bags to the students.
Earlier, addressing at the ceremony, the
minister appreciated the students and lauded the efforts of the FJWU for
extending support in accomplishing the task of skill development through quality
training. He appreciated the university for providing practical training to the
females of the society in collaboration with NAVTEC.
FJWU Vice Chancellor
(VC) Prof Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan said the training courses had been designed
to meet the shortage of skilled labour in the country. She said the university
had always taken different initiatives for socio economic
NAVTEC Chairman Adnan Khawaja said the professional training
would help youth in earning their livelihood and sustained economic growth of
the country. He said FJWU and NAVTEC collaboration would continue in
The minister awarded certificates to the participants and
position-holders of the courses in various technical disciplines. The FJWU and
NAVTEC jointly organised the courses to prepare a skilled workforce. The first
batch of these courses started in September 2008. So far six batches have
completed their training.
In the end, FJWU shields were awarded to the
NAVTEC chairman, regional director and FJWU focal person Nighat Reza. The FJWU
VC presented the university souvenir to federal minister. Daily Times
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GIK graduates urged to serve nation
Sawbi: Former NWFP chief minister and president of the Society for Promotion of
Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan (SOPREST) Shamsul Mulk has said
youths must acquire the modern-day education to face the future challenges in a
Addressing the 13th convocation of the Ghulam Ishaq
Khan Institute (GIKI) of Engineering Sciences and Technology here Tuesday, he
said, "Youths are our future and they must work with dedication to come up to
the expectations of the nation.
He urged the passed out graduates to
bravely face the testing times and never compromise on their integrity and
principles.Paying tributes to the founder of the institute and former president
Ghulam Ishaq Khan, he said that he (late president) established a great centre
of excellence, which must be preserved and availed of.
Jahangir Bashir said that getting education was a must for a nation's
development and progress. Among other graduates in different disciplines of
engineering, 236 BS, 29 MS and 6 PhDs also received degrees in the relevant
fields. The News
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81 students, teachers rescued, 37 missing
Bannu/Tank/Miramshah: Security forces rescued on Tuesday morning 81
students and teachers of the Razmak Cadet College after an exchange of fire with
militants in Garyom area of North Waziristan, according to a senior government
official. But, 35 students and two teachers are still missing.
were conflicting reports about the number of students and teaching staff
kidnapped by the Taliban in Bakkakhel of the Bannu Frontier Region when they
were going home on Monday.
Bannu police put the number at 540, basing
their claim on statements by students and teachers who had managed to escape the
dragnet. But a senior official of the tribal administration
said that 300 students and 50 teachers and members of their families had
left the college.
"This confusion was because of the unknown number of
family members who were accompanying the faculty members. Our guess is that the
total number was 400 plus," Additional Chief Secretary of Fata Habibullah Khan
He said that in the melee, many cadets and teachers had managed to
escape and reach home. "It took us the whole day to call homes and try to locate
individuals in Peshawar, Bannu and other places. Many of them managed to reach
home on their own."
Mr Habibullah said that 37 people remained
unaccounted for and the administration believed they were held somewhere on the
border between North and South Waziristan. "We think that they have not yet been
taken to Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan," he added.
authorities have asked tribal elders in Janikhel, Bakkakhel and North Waziristan
to hold talks with the militants and ensure early recovery of the hostages.
Mr Habibullah said the government had also warned of action under the
Frontier Crimes Regulation against Janikhel and Bakkakhel tribes if they failed
to get the students and teachers freed.
Bannu Commissioner Sardar Abbas
told reporters that the recovered students and teachers, including principal
Javeed Iqbal, had been brought to Bannu by a helicopter and handed over to their
parents and relatives.
(According to AFP, Mr Abbas said that troops
intercepted the gunmen before dawn at a military checkpost, about 20km from the
"There was an exchange of fire after which the militants fled.
All students and teaching staff members were rescued," he said.
principal of the college said a handful of students remained unaccounted for. It
was unclear whether they were in Taliban hands or had escaped elsewhere in the
A senior security official said that intelligence and
intercepts of militants' phone conversations prompted a high-alert on the road
used by the militants to transport the hostages.
According to a student,
security forces fired at the militants escorting the abducted persons in Garyom
at about 3.30am.
"The firing continued for some time. One of the shells
hit a militant vehicle and we took cover behind a rock. One militant was hit by
a bullet and fell. We ran towards the military fort, raised our hands and
shouted we are the cadets," Ataul Haq, a student of grade-10 said.
He said the Taliban continued to lurk around the fort and demanded that
the cadets be handed over to them, but the army refused. He said the militants
had managed to take two vehicles carrying the cadets through the blockade.
A senior paramilitary official said that security forces had blocked the
escape routes by attacking the militants from the front and the rear.
However, Brig Zahid Abdullah, who led the rescue operation, told
reporters in Bannu that 124 cadets and eight teachers had been rescued in a
joint operation by the army and Shawal Rifles in Kakarwam area of Razmak
subdivision. No one was injured in the operation. Seven vehicles were seized. Dawn
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QAU musical night: Malku, Jassi enthral students at Open Air Theatre
Islamabad: The students of Quaid-e-Azam
University (QAU) organised a musical night at the Open Air Theatre,
Shakarparian, on Monday.
The Punjab Students Council (PSC) organised the
colourful event. The students of QAU and other educational institutions of the
capital thronged the venue to enjoy the musical night.
Malku and Jassi
Singh Lyalpuria, the two popular Punjabi singers, performed in the musical
night. Malku sang Punjabi, Pashto, Siraiki and Baluchi songs to entertain
students from the four provinces of the country attending the event. The
students said that they enjoyed the event and such cultural and
musical programmes should be regularly organised on campuses.
exchange: Before the musical night formally started, a cultural exchange event
took place to celebrate the cultural diversity at QAU. Speaking on the occasion,
Tayyab Sultan Chaudhry, the PSC general secretary said being Pakistanis they
were proud of their cultural heritage and cultural diversity. He said the
students from all the four provinces and the Northern Areas were studying at
QAU. He said provincial harmony could be achieved by developing tolerance for
other cultures and ethnicities. He said the national interests of Pakistan were
more important than the interests of any ethnic group or province. PSC Chairman
Asif Nasim Satti, Senior Vice Chairman Zahid Warraich and Vice Chairman Rana
Masood also expressed their views on this occasion.
members Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and Dr Darshan also attended the musical night.
Speaking on the occasion, Chaudhry said the students from all the four provinces
of the country should unite to work for the prosperity and development of
Pakistan. Mian Faisal said the Punjab had always played the role of a big
brother. Daily Times
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Medals conferred on top 10 scientists
Islamabad: A ceremony to confer medals on top 10 scientists of the
country was held at the auditorium of Pakistan Academy of Sciences here on
Science and Technology Minister Azam Khan Swati conferred the
President's Medal for Technology on them at the ceremony that was attended by a
large of scientists, including those who came to witness the event from outside
the federal capital.
The scientists said the event was
reflective of the country's resolve to use science and technology as a tool for
achieving sustained national growth.
Mr Swati on the occasion said it
was a critical time for Pakistan and that the country's scientists must rise to
make fruitful contribution to creation of more resources and manpower for the
development of knowledge and to speed up the growth of science and technology to
enhance economic development.
"Promotion of science and technology is
essential to help create enlightened society," said the minister. Dr Ghulam
Habib was awarded the medal for upgrading nutrition value of poor feed and
developing supplementary strategies for increasing milk in small scale livestock
Dr Azhar Mehmood was given the medal for making 'an exciting
discovery' in the field of corrosion science and non-material and Dr Muhammad
Javaid Iqbal for indigenously developing more than 20 high purity chemicals of
strategic and industrial significance in defence which led to achieving
self-reliance and import substitution.
Dr Muhammad Sarwar Khan, who
synthesised various genes to develop bio-safe transgenic plants as well genes of
agronomic importance, was also awarded the medal.
Professor Dr Najma
Sultana was given the medal for developing new methods for quality control of
drugs as well as improved curricula in pharmacy; Professor Dr Ahmad Khalid for
"placing Pakistan on the map of biological technology for minerals and fossil
fuels as well as for establishing bio-technology for minerals and fossil fuels"
and Dr Muhammad Akhtar Kassi who mapped and described several new aspects of
rock formation of high commercial value in Balochistan.
Khan Bahadur Marwat was awarded the medal for registering the Ghanavi-98 seeds
of wheat and maize and Muhammad Akhtar for designing and fabricating first ever
angle indigenous x-ray as well as designing mechanical parts, electronic
controls, computer inter-facing and software for control and data acquisition
and also for fabricating the equipments indigenously at Pinstech.
Professor Dr Zafar Iqbal was awarded the medal as he developed hydatid
disease control package as well as bioclimatograph and anthelmintic techniques.
Earlier, S & T Secretary Kashif Murtaza informed the audience that
the awards for technology were instituted in 2007 and announced by the President
on August 14 and conferred on March 23. Dawn
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