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Education budget increased by 3.7 bn
Karachi, June 13: The Sindh government has increased the education budget by almost Rs3.75 billion to
establish new institutions and appoint teaching staff in the fiscal year
2011-12. The budget for the sector now stands at Rs26.2 billion, compared to
Rs22.45 billion last year.
According to the Education Department, the
government realises the importance of the education sector. In the provincial
budget, Rs26.2 billion has been allocated for schools, colleges, technical and
medical education, which is 15 per cent higher than the current allocation of
During the current financial year, an SNE (Sanctioned New
Expense) of Rs271.69 million was released for the establishment of 20 new
colleges. Meanwhile, 8,414 new posts of teachers are being created in the
education set-up devolved to district governments.
In addition to the
provincial allocation of Rs26.2 billion for current revenue expenditure on
education, the district government's allocations for the devolved set-up of
education is estimated at Rs52.05 billion as against the current year's
allocations of Rs45.26 billion.
As against allocation of Rs5.14 billion
for financial year 2010-11, Rs5.19 billion with an increase of one per cent, has
been allocated for 2011-12 for the Sindh Technical Education and Vocational
The education department would provide 40 million
free textbooks to students enrolled in the government educational institutions
According to the education department, there are 2,566 primary,
196 elementary, 244 middle, 37 higher secondary school (HSS) and 588 secondary
schools in Karachi. Meanwhile, overall there are approximately 44,000 primary
and 3, 000 secondary and HSS institutions, including colleges in Sindh in which
around 17.5 million students are enrolled.
In Karachi, there are 4,835
male and 10, 550 female teachers in primary schools, while 398 male and 1247
female teachers are at elementary schools. Furthermore, 468 male and 777 female
teachers are in middle schools, whereas 266 male and 630 female are teaching in
HSS and 2,677 male and 5, 905 female are associated with secondary
A principle of one of the government school located in Keamari
Town said on condition of anonymity that numbers of government schools were used
as relief camps when the displaced people arrived in the city. However, these
people damages the school buildings and furniture during their stay, he
The flood had destroyed the lifestyle of IDPs in their native
towns and the government made temporarily arrangements for them in public sector
schools in Karachi and other districts. But, the education department was not
able to repair the buildings and furniture. Now as the budget has been passed in
the assembly, the education department should focus on this issue on a priority
basis as the students suffered a lot in such schools, he added.
a number of schools where clean drinking water, electricity and washroom
facilities are unavailable. Several schools have no proper infrastructure and
students used to attend classes in an open area of the school, an officer of the
education department said on condition of anonymity.
schools located in Gulberg Town were encroached by the land mafia but the
education department and concerned town officials failed to take necessary
action. Similarly, there is a government school in Shah Faisal Town with broken
boundary walls. The large portions of the classrooms were broken. It might be an
innovative way to encroach the school, the official added.
Sindh Government College Principal's Association Professor Saeed Uz Zafar Khan
said that budgets of April, May and June 2011 were seized by the education
department and no funds were released to the colleges till now.
principals of the colleges were supposed to be directors of the expansion and
development projects and after completion of the project; they would clear the
bills of the contractors. But now, the government has changed the scenario and
everything is controlled by the secretariat and secretary education and the
principal has no information regarding the project and the cost. "I personally
believe that it would leads towards corruption and there would no
accountability," he believed.
Owing to the situation, college
managements are unable to pay their utility bills on time. In interior Sindh,
school and college students have no proper furniture or facility of clean
drinking water, he added.
Sindh Professors and Lecturers' Association
(SPLA) suggested the government improve primary level teaching as cannot
progress without rectifying grassroots level faults. Opening new universities is
not a proper way to handle the situation, the government should hire educated
and trained teachers at primary and secondary level schools so that students
could have strong base, the spokesperson of SPLA advised.
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Students throng expo to get admissions to overseas institutes
Karachi: Hundreds of students appeared at the education expo organised by Students Solution on Sunday
at a local hotel.
The Students Solution is a counselling organisation
which provides opportunities for Pakistani youngsters who are willing to get
admission to overseas colleges and professional institutes, Managing Director of
the organisation Saima Asim said.
"We offer admissions to
several colleges and universities of Australia, USA, Canada and the UK." The
candidates, who enrolled themselves during the day-long education expo, said
that they would apply for admission to the autumn semester. The organisation
offers admission and visa counselling for the UK and Australia against Rs15,000
while the package for USA and Canada is Rs19,500.
"I would take classes
for IELTS, an English language test, which will complete in two months and after
that I will appear in the test before applying for admission to a UK-based
university," said Muhammad Adeel who had come to the expo to get briefed about
the technicalities of admission process.
Another student, Aziz, said that
he had scored 7.0 bands in the language test and now he would apply for
admission to an educational institution in the USA.
"I came here to get
information about universities and their requirements. I was informed that the
admission process would take at least three months," Aziz said.
organisation has a vast experience of over 10 years in counselling and almost
8,000 students have applied through Students Solution, Saima said.
During the exhibition, the consultants of the organisation briefed the
students and parents on the procedure of admission and visa policies. Founded in
1998, the organisation helps students in getting answers to their problems,
before they actually face them abroad, Saima claimed.
"My husband, Asim
Mairaj, the founder and CEO of the organisation, got his higher degree from a UK
University. During his stay, he learned that Pakistani students were not able to
get highly paid jobs due to their language skills and educational background and
I noticed the same problem during my education career in the USA. We then
planned to establish a platform to guide the students so that they can overcome
their problems," she elaborated.
Students Solution asks its candidates
to prepare and appear in the IELTS before applying for admission and visa in
foreign universities. The organisation does not deal with cases without IELTS,
Saima Asim added.
"Students Solution not only helps the students in
learning about the academic policies and their impact on students' visa but also
guide them about alternatives available in travel, accommodation, and
scholarships," she said.
"Almost 80 per cent Pakistani students,
especially people belonging to middle and lower middle class segments of
society, have language issues. As such they usually get back-office jobs, which
have low salary packages."
Besides counselling the students, the
organisation also helps candidates in immigration, work and visit visa category
as well accommodating families in the UK.
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KU students receive EU scholarships
Karachi: Vice-Chancellor Karachi University (KU) Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui
handed over award letters at a special ceremony on Sunday to seven students who
have successfully qualified for European Union (EU)
Siddiqui said that these accomplished recipients would act
as ambassadors of Pakistan at their respective foreign universities, and were
testament to the fact that Karachi University's (KU) education standards were at
par with the academic quality of institutions abroad. Pro Vice Chancellors Dr
Shahana Urooj Kazmi and Dr Nasiruddin Khan along with several department deans
as well as the Registrar were also present on the occasion.
expressed his appreciation for Kazmi's efforts to help students apply for these
scholarships along with Ziauddin Sheikh and Maria Khan from the Board of Advance
Studies and Research's who also facilitated the award process. The vice
chancellor added that that he believed that the university would continue
helping students in this regard in the future.
On the occasion Kazmi
explained that KU had first submitted proposals for the concerned foreign
programme, which was then approved by the European Union (EU) after passing the
stringent requirements for the university's expertise in the field of
Under the supervision of Vice Chancellor Siddiqui KU was the
first Pakistani university to be selected as a consortium member of the EU
project Erasmus Mundus Europe Asia. The news
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MBA entry test held
Karachi: About 600 candidates appeared in an aptitude test
held on the Karachi University campus on Sunday for admission to MBA (Banking)
in the KU evening programme. The test was conducted by the University's Business
School in collaboration with the Institute of Bankers Pakistan (IBP) and
supervised by senior faculty members of the university.
A KU spokesman said that around 700 candidates had applied for the 50
Sources in the KU said that the results would be uploaded on the KU website -
www.uok.edu.pk - in a couple of days.
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DUHS raises alarm over CHK security arrangements
Karahci: The Dow University of
Health Sciences' (DUHS) senate committee has called for legal cover for its
faculty members as well as other medical professionals serving at the Civil
During the university's fifth senate meeting held on Thursday, members of the
committee expressed serious reservations about security arrangements at the CHK,
the teaching hospital, affiliated with the university.
At the meeting, DUHS vice chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan sought the
faculty's support to help the university sustain its ongoing development
In response to a submission made by a senior faculty member for a rise in the
allowances of the clinical side faculty members, he said that the university was
faced with a paucity of funds.
"In the given situation we have to set our priorities right and expect
faculty members to support the university administration," he said.
The DUHS senate committee members said that funds must be increasingly
diverted towards research projects as this was a major responsibility of a
university level institution.
They said that research grants must be provided to faculty members
undertaking authentic research work.
Prof Khan disagreed with another submission regarding issuance of No
Objection Certificate (NOC) to university faculty members availing leave to
serve at foreign institutions.
"The NOC for Ex-Pakistan Leave cannot be granted to faculty keen to maintain
their jobs in the university at the expense of the public," he commented.
Prof Khan said that an insurance programme for DUHS overseas faculty members
was about to be introduced and that this facility already existed for all
employees of the university.
The fifth meeting of the DUHS was presided over by DUHS Vice Chancellor Prof
Masood Hameed Khan and attended by DUHS Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the
Sindh Medical College Prof M. Umer Farooq, Prof Junaid Ashraf, Dr Zeenat Ayub,
Ms Fatima Suriya Bajya, Prof Abdul Ghaffar Billo, Prof Jamal Raza and Prof
The DUHS syndicate members and senior faculty members, including Prof Naheed
Sultana, Prof Idress Adhi, Prof Shahnawaz Marfani, Prof Atta-ur-Rehman, and
others also attended the meeting.
Prof Khan presented the annual progress report of the university and
discussed in detail various development projects under way at the
He particularly referred to the university community health projects and
appreciated efforts of the faculty members in bringing up the university on a
par with international level institutions. app
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