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Education not given priority in budget: experts
Lahore, June 23: Education should be the top priority of the nation, which should
be duly reflected in the allocation of resources to the educational sector on a
par with international standards. These views were expressed by the speakers at
a roundtable on 'Profile of Budget Education for 2009-10' held in Lahore under
the auspices of Pakistan Institute of National Affairs (PINA).
speakers said that the federal and provincial budgets 2009-10 had not shown
right approach towards education. They said that it was high time that the
legislators recognised the pivotal role of the teachers in the education system
and they should be provided with a congenial environment for high quality
teaching in terms of bringing an end to contract system once and for all,
ensuring faster track of promotion on seniority-cum-efficiency basis and
modelling their service structure in line with the civil services.
Muhammad Akram, a professor of Economics, highlighted the challenges faced by
the education sector. He said the major challenges were inadequacy of funding
for research, training facilities for teachers and educational managers,
scholarship grants for deserving students, development packages for teachers and
the provision of basic facilities at institutional level such as classroom,
electricity, toilet, school boundary walls and clean drinking water.
Professor Mumtaz Akhtar, director of IER, Punjab University, argued for
a uniform system of education according to the national aspirations. She said,
"We could achieve high academic standards by investing in teacher education,
especially at the college level."
University of Management and Technology
Rector Dr Hassan Suhaib Murad called upon the legislators and the educationists
to come up with visionary initiative for streamlining the educational system
within the framework of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Altaf Hasan Qureshi, secretary general of PINA, observed that due to
faulty vision of decision makers Pakistan's educational system had tilted
towards market-oriented disciplines. He appreciated the zeal of Chief Minister
Mian Shahbaz Sharif for talent promotion and hoped that concrete steps would be
taken to promote quality education in public educational institutions and
motivate the teachers to present themselves as role models.
Punjab labour minister, said that in the present turbulent situation, the nation
was looking forward to a soft revolution which could be ensured only through
education. Primary education, in particular, should be given focal importance,
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Rs 2,000 monthly stipend for displaced students
Lahore: Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has approved a one-year
assistance programme for the students among the internally displaced persons
from the Malakand division under which each student will be given a monthly
stipend of Rs2,000 for meeting his expenses while studying at educational and
vocational institutions in the province.
According to a DGPR handout on
Monday, approving the recommendations of the committee, set up under
chairmanship of Punjab Minister for Education Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, the chief
minister directed the officials concerned to extend the programme to the
students of commerce colleges and vocational training centres being run by the
Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority.
The committee also
reviewed the arrangements made with regard to scholarships and criteria for the
displaced students. In the light of the recommendations of the committee,
financial assistance would not be linked with any scholarship programme but
would be provided to all the students coming from the displaced families of
Malakand division presently studying in educational institutions in Punjab as
their families might not be able to pay their fee and other expenses.
Similar instructions regarding hundred percent fee remissions had been
sent to the government educational institutions and other institutes like the
Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur. The assistance programme of the Punjab
government will be for one year for the displaced students and it will be
withdrawn on the return of the IDPs to their areas.
The Punjab Education
Endowment Fund would scrutinise all the applications to be received under the
programme and take necessary action accordingly. Meanwhile, the Punjab
government will also approach private educational institutions like LUMS and the
LSE to announce 100 percent fee remission for these students.
"I am verty poor,i cannot efford too much expences, please give me per month stippend. i shall be very thankful."
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Khyber Medical University (KMU) adopts standard examination method
Peshawar: To ensure uniformity in the evaluation and assessment process, Khyber
Medical University (KMU) has adopted a standard method of examination in all the
medical and dental institutions in the provinces, said Vice-Chancellor Professor
Speaking at the concluding session of a two-day workshop
organised by KMU on Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Short Easy Questions
(SEQs), which concluded here Monday, Dr Hafizullah said the MCQs and SEQs method
of examination was in vogue across the world, which was the best way of
Associate Professor Dr Sahibzada Mehmood Noor was the
facilitator of the workshop. He made detailed presentations on characteristics
of good examination, types of assessment tools, types of MCQs and extended
matching questions, critique of short easy question papers, development of short
easy questions and scoring strategy.
The facilitator said the aim of the
workshop was to sensitise and keep on board the relevant faculty members of the
KMU-affiliated medical and dental colleges and to enable them write the best
MCQs and short easy questions. The News
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IUB to build five faculties
Bahawalpur: New buildings costing Rs1.4 billion of five faculties of
the Islamia University Bahawalpur will be built on Baghdadul Jadid campus in the
next financial year, says a press release.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Belal
A Khan says the buildings will be of commerce, management sciences, the college
of fine arts and designs, the college of agriculture environmental sciences and
the college of vet and animal sciences.
He said 175 acres were available
for the buildings. He also ordered the completion of furnishing of the
auditorium at the cost of Rs50 million.
DURRANI: Senator Muhammad Ali
Durrani has demanded implementation of the late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's
announcement regarding allotment of a 12 ½ per cent CSS quota to the Bahawalpur
Addressing a public meeting, Mr Durrani raised the demand
which he had never bothered to highlight during his PML-Q's rule.
late Bhutto during his whirlwind tours as president and prime minister of
various cities of the Bahawalpur division had announced several concessions for
Mr Durrani said Bahawalpur had been the most neglected and
backward area in the country for decades as the successive governments
overlooked its genuine rights.
He admitted that he had committed many
mistakes during his rule and that after leaving Islamabad he would try for the
restoration of Bahawalpur province.
He also said the Indus River Water
Treaty had deprived the Bahawalpur area of the water of the river Sutlej. Dawn
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Lahore: The Zoology Department of Government
College University (GCU) and University of Aberdeen, UK, organised a seminar on
"Fish and cc of Pakistan". According to a press statement issued on Monday,
chief guest of the ceremony, noted ichthyologist Dr M Ramzan Mirza, said fishery
industry was a growing industry and there was a need to promote it for the
progress of economic sector. He said that without proper research on fisheries
it was impossible to maintain required standard of the fishery industry. He said
the fish health management was a big issue and it was difficult to control fish
health in a poor environmental condition. The News
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