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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa professional colleges entry test

Entry test as per previous policy
Peshawar, June 08: The Higher Education Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Monday notified that as per previous policy entry test conducted by Education Testing and Evaluation Agency (ETEA) for admission to professional colleges was restricted to Engineering University and Medical and Dental Colleges functioning in public sector. The professional colleges (engineering, medical, dental) functioning in private sector were conducting their own test for this purpose, the notification added. It said that in order to ensure merit, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided that it was mandatory for all candidates seeking admission in professional colleges in public and private sector to pass entry tests conducted by ETEA. The news

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Varsities to get Rs374m for uplift projects
Rawalpindi: An amount of Rs374 million has been allocated in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2010-11 for development projects in three educational institutions of Rawalpindi.

According to the budget documents, the National College of Arts (NCA) will get Rs32m for strengthening its services.

A faculty of veterinary and animal sciences will be established at Pir Mehr Ali Shah University of Arid Agriculture for which Rs66 million have been promised.

Development work at the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) will be undertaken at a cost of Rs41 million for which the federal government has received foreign loan. Similarly, the university would also have audio-video labs for strengthening communication sciences at a cost of Rs13 million.

The FJWU would get Rs25 million for provision of sports facilities against Rs37 million allocated last year.

An amount of Rs23 million has been earmarked for establishing a research and development (R&D) facility of hydroponics at the arid agriculture university for which Rs52 million had been allocated last year.

The department of wildlife management at the university would get Rs12 million while Rs13 million have been allocated for upgradation of its library.

The federal government had earmarked Rs2.2 billion for the two universities in the fiscal year 2009-10 out of which Rs792 million have been utilised so far.

The projects in universities had been initiated in 2009-10 that still remain incomplete as major portion of the funds were surrendered to the finance ministry.

Project Director Arid University Mohammad Sohail said that contractors had moved courts against the university administration due to which work on the ongoing projects remained suspended.

He said the government had been releasing funds for some of the projects in installments. Dawn

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600,000 to get free vocational training
Islamabad: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (Navtec) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here on Monday for the provision of vocational training to BISP beneficiaries.

The MoU was signed by the Chairperson BISP Farzana Raja and Chairman Navtec Adnan A Khawaja at the BISP Secretariat. BISP has initiated a Technical and Vocational Programme to impart vocational training to its beneficiaries so that they acquire a skill and are able to earn a respectful livelihood and break the shackles of poverty. One person of each beneficiary family will be nominated by the family head and that person will be given vocational training.

Talking to the media at the MoU signing ceremony, Farzana Raja said work is underway to give free vocational training to 600,000 families of those districts where the poverty survey has been completed. She said that BISP will bear the expenses of those girls who are interested in nursing and other fields.

"The vocational training initiative of BISP has won international appreciation and recognition. Under this project backward areas of the country will be given preference in provision of technical training," she added.

Under the MoU, Navtec will undertake vocational and technical training of BISP beneficiaries. BISP will provide Navtec the data of prospective beneficiaries, which will include academic qualification and the preferred field and place of training. BISP will bear the cost of training and will provide funds for it. Navtec will make necessary arrangements for training of the nominated beneficiaries in the disciplines and trade of their preference.

Navtec will also assist BISP in project formulation, monitoring and evaluation of training activities and will regularly send monitoring and evaluation reports to BISP. A six-member monitoring and evaluation committee will be formed which will comprise officials of both organizations. This committee will furnish a monthly report.

Navtec would also ensure that this programme does not overlap with other training programmes being run by it. Navtec will also ensure that the successful participants of the vocational and technical training are given certificates/diplomas bearing the logos of BISP and Navtec.

It must be mentioned here that Navtec will provide training to BISP beneficiaries all over Pakistan including Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan.

It is pertinent to mention here that Navtec has successfully trained 10,000 youth in various trades and crafts in collaboration with public and private organisations. The news

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Cuban mismanagement
Islamabad: The subcommittee of Senate Standing Committee on Education considered various proposals to accommodate the 15 Pakistani students, who were repatriated by Cuban government, where they were studying in the medical colleges of the country.

The students could not pursue their studies due to various reasons and were sent back. The meeting was presided over by Senator Nilofar Bukhtiar.

Members of the committee sympathised with the students and assured then that all efforts would be made to secure their future and enable them continue their studies in Pakistan.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman Senate Jan Muhammad Jamali and Senator Begum Najma Hameed. Senior officials of the HEC were also present. app

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AIOU teacher's book on journalism published
Islamabad: A Pakistani teacher's book on journalism and mass communication has received accolade from international scholars, says a press release here on Monday.

The book, Agenda Setting Role of Media in Pakistan, by Prof (Dr) Saqib Riaz has been published by Lambert Academic Publishers of Germany after having a thorough process of international evaluation.

The launching ceremony of the book will be held in Berlin the capital of Germany. The book is based on PhD thesis of Prof Nisar, who is associated with the Department of Mass Communication at the Allama Iqbal Open University.

Described to be the first-ever scientific research of media effects on society in Pakistan, the book has got popularity among the students, teachers and practitioners of mass media around the world.

Prof Dr James D. Kelly from Indiana University USA has described the book as one of the best written on the subject of journalism, mass communication and media studies in the world. Dawn

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Green school clubs idea receives good response
Islamabad: The Ministry of Environment's idea of introducing 'Green School Clubs' in Islamabad to engage students as awareness partners against environmental pollution was received enthusiastically.

In the first round, 20 schools received green school participation shields and in the final round the best three environmental-friendly schools were chosen by a panel of professional judges for first, second and third prizes. The Federal Government Model School got first prize of Rs100,000. The Roots School System, High School Branch, F-8/4, won second position with a cash prize of Rs50,000 and a computer. The Beaconhouse School System, Margalla Campus, won third prize of Rs30,000.

In the tableau competition, three best tableaus were selected. The Roots School System won second & third prizes. In the final competition on the stage of World Environment Day, the Roots School System won second position and cash award of Rs30,000.

The tableaus were beautifully choreographed and visuals were so beautifully crafted that it took the viewer into the beautiful natural environment and children gave very strong messages to the pollutants to protect the earth for their future.

Federal Minister for Environment Hameed Ullah Jan was the chief guest on the occasion. He remained seated for four hours in the auditorium and appreciated teachers and students of all participating schools for their efforts. He appreciated the media and stakeholders in environmental tasks. The news

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40 closed schools made functional in Peshawar
Peshawar: As many as 40 primary schools (for boys and girls) located in rural areas of the capital city have been made functional after remaining closed for quite some time, it was learned.

Around 57 schools, including 55 for girls, were closed as the teachers appointed there had got themselves transferred to urban areas, an official of the Elementary and Secondary Education Department said.

The official said teachers have been appointment at the schools located in different parts of the provincial metropolis on the directives of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak.

He said that the remaining 17 schools would also be made functional soon. Daily times

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