Increase in education budget urged
Academicians urge govt to increase education budget
Islamabad, June 13: The academicians and technocrats at The News Education Expo 2011 here on Saturday
urged the government to increase the education budget in order to put the
country on the track of progress and prosperity as other nations has done by
investing significant amount of GDP on education sector.
were of the opinion that a minimum of 4 per cent of GDP should be allocated to
the education sector not only to increase the literacy rate of the country but
also to promote the research culture. Our neighbouring countries like India are
significantly increasing their education budget every year but in our country
the education budget is decreasing which is something very alarming, said HEC
Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari while addressing to the participants of the Expo,
organised by the Jang Media Group here at Jinnah Convention Centre.
said that HEC was currently focusing on universities building economies . He
said, The emerging concept of promoting university-industry technology transfer
is considered the main impetus behind the success of emerging economies
worldwide. For fast-paced economic growth, technology-based companies partner
with research universities for talented people, new knowledge, and innovative
technology. In this regard, universities in fast developing economies have
significantly increased the volume of their research and technology transfers in
just a few decades.
Preston University Vice Chancellor Dr Abdul Basit,
on the occasion, said that at least 4 per cent of GDP must be spent on education
sector. Every tier of education including primary, secondary and higher
education needs the equal attention of the government which is only possible if
a significant amount of budget is spent on higher education, he
USEFP Director Alumni Mazhar Awan, on the occasion, said that as
many as 650 students would be travelling for US in various education programmes
including Fulbright scholarships including 40 per cent participation of women.
USEFP in Pakistan is administering 13 different programmes while it also offers
educational advising and testing, he said while adding that there were several
tests including GRE and TOFL that USEFP was conducting in Pakistan.
Group MD Marketing Sarmad Ali on the occasion thanked the educational
institutions for their participation in the education expo and said that the
expo was an ideal opportunity for the interaction between the institutions and
students. It is a platform which helps students decide what courses they should
adopt according to the demand of the market, he said.
He also stressed
that the budget allocation for the education sector should be increased as
without the spending on education we could not produce quality human resource
which is a key to progress.
Meanwhile, there were around 50 stalls of
different educational institutions that were set up on the occasion with an aim
to provide free information and in some cases free counselling to the students.
The stallholders were of the opinion that the expo has provided them an
excellent opportunity to effectively transfer knowledge about various programmes
to the students.
We for the first time participated in The News Education
Expo and believe me it was a very wise decision. Students are thronging to get
knowledge about what USEFP was offering and what are the procedures involved in
applying for various scholarship programmes, said a representative of
He said that a big number of students were also coming to know
about the various consultants that were claiming to provide Fulbright
scholarships. We are telling students that only USEFP is offering Fulbright
scholarships while there is no application or submission fee, he
The stall of HEC, this time, was also set up in the Expo where they
were providing free information about the scholarship schemes, recognised
universities, and accredited courses. Students are more concerned to know about
the scholarship schemes as there were rumours that scholarship schemes would
come to an end after the budget cut of HEC, said an official of
Meanwhile, students despite the extreme weather conditions throng
Expo and appeared quite enthusiastic to learn about the latest education trends
in the country. Basit Usman was one of the students who came from Tench Bata to
participate in the expo.
For Basit, Expo helps a lot to interact with the
representatives of so many universities that not only saves time but money also.
It took nothing but 30 minutes to reach this spot and then gather free of cost
information about different programmes being offered by different universities,
Another student, named Asghar Jameel, said that he has recently
completed his BSc and was not really sure as to what programme he should opt for
his Masters. Here I came to know about various new programmes that I was not
considering before. I think such Expos should be conducted on regular basis so
that students could be aware of the new programmes that various universities
offer, he said.
The participation of girls in the Expo was another
encouraging aspect. Gone are the days when girls were restricted to few fields.
Now they are not applying but performing no less than their male counterparts,
said Amna Haq, a student of FSc.
However, Sadaf Noreen, a student of
BCom, suggested that such expos should also be conducted within the premises of
universities so that the girls who could not reach the spot due to conveyance
problem could also avail opportunity to get themselves acquainted with the up to
date information regarding various education programmes.
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CIIT inks pact with US university
Islamabad: Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and North Dakota State University
(NDSU), Fargo, ND, USA have entered into a two-year collaborative research
project entitled 'A Hybrid Solar Water Heating System using Carbon Dioxide as
According to a press release issued here Sunday, CIIT is
a public sector institute ranked among top six universities in the country. It
has seven functional campuses in the cities of Islamabad, Lahore, Wah,
Abbottabad, Attock, Sahiwal, and Vehari, with 18,000 students and about 1,750
One important part of the three-fold mission of CIIT is
research and development (R&D). The R&D efforts of CIIT have been
successful in developing different products many of which are soon to be
NDSU is a land grant public institution, which is a
Carnegie classified Very High Research Activity University. NDSU is home to
approximately 14,000 students with annual research expenditure in excess of
$115M. The project once completed and launched, will prove to be of immense
importance to the society.
The system is being developed for the areas
of Gilgit-Baltistan region, which will work in both temperature extremities. It
will provide space heating/cooling, hot/cold air, and hot/cold water in winters
and summers. The system will be ecologically safe, as it will not produce any
environmental side effects, such as global warming or ozone depletion. It will
also help in preserving local forestry by providing alternative source of energy
The principal investigators for the project are
Sumathy Krishnan and Samee U. Khan, from NDSU and Nasrullah Khan and Waqar H.
Bokhari, from CIIT. This people to people collaboration is made possible through
the grants worth $296,000 made available by the US Department of State and
Higher Education Commission of Pakistan under the Pakistan-US Science and
Technology Cooperation Programme.
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Students make best use of weekly holiday
Islamabad: Students made best use of the weekly holiday by visiting 'The News' Education Expo 2011
where around 45 stalls set up by different educational institutions of the twin
cities provided them up to date information about various programmes besides
giving free of cost career counselling.
The second day of the expo,
organised by the 'Jang' Media Group at Jinnah Convention Centre, witnessed a
huge rush of youngsters who were eager to explore new avenues for their career.
The students were visiting one stall to another and getting information about
the various programmes that the universities were offering.
several new courses, introduced by a few universities, that grasped the
attention of the students. "There are few courses including brand management and
financial analysis that were never offered before by any university. The
officials of universities present here are very helpful in guiding as to what
subject I should opt for according to my budget and circumstances," said Bashir
Ahmed, a student who came all the way from Wah to attend the expo.
said that although the students can acquire information about various
universities through their websites, yet one of the major benefits of visiting
the expo is the direct interaction with the university officials. "Most of the
times students are clueless about their future. The representatives of
universities present here ask students about the background education
achievements and then tests the aptitude of students before giving any advise
for the future," he said.
Another student Intikhab Rahim, who is a
government employee and has done MBA (Finance), said, "Though the expo basically
comprised national universities, I have particularly visited this expo to get
the information about international universities through HR consultants, who
have also setting up their stalls in the expo."
Not only students but
parents of many students also visited the expo to find out better option for the
career of their child. "Since it was Sunday, I thought to grab the opportunity
and visited the expo with my son who is interested to opt for engineering as his
profession," said Mohammad Murtaza Ali, a government employee.
that so many options and lack of guidance usually confuse the students. "There
are so many options available in the market which needs to be explored by
students and this expo has facilitated such students by gathering dozens of
institutes under one roof," he added.
Meanwhile, the stallholders termed
the expo an ideal opportunity for them to market their programmes. "It's an era
of competition and only those survive who are providing the best. The expo
creates such a competitive environment where everyone has to put its best to
convince the students to opt for his education institutions," said a
The stallholders of different education institutions were
providing free brochures and prospectus. "We here are to guide them and to show
them what is right choice for them," said an official of Preston
He said that the expo was not only about marketing the
programmes of university but also to show right path to the students which were
lacking in the past," he said.
An official of Comsats University said
that today was not a time when everyone is following the same trend as happened
in the past i.e. everyone was becoming doctors or engineers. "Now the time has
changed. New fields are coming with each passing day. We have now to look into
demand of the country also unlike previously when only one or two fields were
considered to be successful," he said.
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DI Khan board SSC result out
DI Khan: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) here Sunday announced results of
the annual examination of the Secondary School Certificate
According to a notification issued by the BISE, Mudassir Gul, a
student of grade 10 from Qurtaba School and College, obtained 951 marks and
stood first, Samiullah of Shah Public School got 949 marks and bagged second
position while Mohammad Farooq of Al-Abbas Public School secured 944 and
clinched third position.
The notification said that around 7,884
students, including boys and girls, in the Science Group had appeared in the
examination and 5,726 were declared successful with a pass percentage of
Around 7,774 male and female students in the Arts Group had also
taken the examination and 4,646 were declared successful. The pass percentage
stood at 59.76. Some 5,169 candidates out of the 8,110 in the Science Group who
had taken the grade 9 examination were declared successful.
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Swabi: The Team Infinity,
a group of 11 young undergraduate engineering students of Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Institute of Engineering and Technology (GIKI), will be representing Pakistan in
Shell Eco Marathon Asia, 2011.
According to a press statement, the Team
Infinity will be building a fuel efficient car, based on the dolphin shape which
has been proven to be the most aerodynamically feasible design. The car is
expected to run more than 150-km on a single litre of fuel due to weight
reduction measures, conversion of a standard engine to electronic fuel injection
engine for an increased control over fuel metering, allowing the car to travel
The event will be held in Malaysia on July 6 to July 9,
2011. The team includes Saad Bin Arif, Majid Mahmood, Khwaja M Falik, Minhaj
Zaheer, Muhammad Affan Zia, Saad Hassan Khan, Muhammad Omer Waqar, Amer Hamza
and Jahanzaib Bukhari. The news
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