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Summer vacation in Islamabad schools

Summer vacation in FDE institutes from 16th
Islamabad, June 05: Students of educational institutions working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will have summer vacations from June 16 (Saturday) to August 26 (Sunday). CADD Spokesman Rafique Tahir told APP that the CADD has approved the proposal of FDE to announce summer vacations from mid of June.

The summer vacations have been delayed this year so that the students can have holidays during the whole month of Ramazan and can celebrate the religious festival of Eidul Fitr in a befitting manner.

Last year, the vacations were announced from June 1 to August 10 and then extended by the directorate until after Eidul Fitr. The students are anxiously waiting for the decision of summer vacation, as it is getting hard to attend the institutes in scorching heat of summer. Some are planning to spend the vacations in their hometown with their relatives. app

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Private schools defy summer vacation orders
Rawalpindi: Hundreds of students, studying in private educational institutions, are experiencing great hardships in going to their schools in the severely hot weather, as the concerned managements have not given them summer vacation.

Though the Punjab government has given summer holidays in educational institutions with effect from June 1, but according to students studying in private academic institutions, their summer vacation would start after June 30.

Not only students even their parents are worried and perturbed over the decision of the managements of private institutions with regard to late summer vacation.

Parents said the temperature has gone up to 46 degrees centigrade and students have to bear scorching heat while attending their schools, affecting their health badly.

According to parents, many students have fallen prey to heatstroke during school hours and while returning to their homes. On return to their homes, students find no electricity due to loadshedding that further adds to their miseries.

A good number of parents have even approached the managements of top private institutions demanding vacation for students. However principals and senior teachers, instead of giving them a patient hearing, said that studies is important for students instead of holidays.

Parents said that education has been made provincial subject but the concerned governments have not set up any department or authority to look into the affairs of private academic institutions to keep a check on them.

The administrator of a private school and college, when asked, said that summer vacation would start on June 30 and till then summer classes would be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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HEC to start short courses for university students
Islamabad: To create awareness about violence against women, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) along with Oscar Award winner for film 'Saving Face' Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy plans to conduct short courses for university students.

Initially, these courses would be organised for the university students belonging to higher education institutions (HEI) of Southern Punjab and would be extended to other parts of the county later. Connecting universities with the Sharmeen and her team in Karachi mainly through video conferencing, these interactive credit courses will be helpful in raising awareness over violence against women related issues among the youth belonging to Southern Punjab, the area where majority of such cases, especially acid throwing, are registered.

The Higher Education Commission and Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences (IUCPSS) have already agreed to collaborate and extend technical support for organising such short courses and other awareness programs.

The IUCPSS is the country's first ever inter university consortium established by nine leading universities of Pakistan with two universities from southern Punjab including Islamia University of Bahawalpur and Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan. This programme also aimed at strengthening university-community linkages through which the educated youth would get an opportunity to be sensitised about the various aspects of this growing social evil and its effects over the society and women in particular.

HEC Executive Director Sohail Naqvi said that the process is in discussion stage. He said that the courses will be offered for the students as well faculty members of the HEIs. "It all started when the HEC gave an idea to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy of making a documentary film with the title 'Saving Education'," he said. The objective was to use her skills to highlight the challenges faced by education sector in Pakistan. Sharmeen agreed but also offered to conduct short courses on violence against women (VAW) in universities located in the areas worst affected by VAW.

Naqvi said that the HEC has started collecting material for the documentary and the filming will probably begin in the start of July. According to Focal Person IUCPSS Muhammad Murtaza Noor, one of the key objectives of the consortium includes undertaking short courses related to human right issues and develop linkages with other national and international organizations. "We have already initiated a series by lectures over human right issues by eminent international and national social scientists and experts," he said.

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AIOU helps ensure access of quality education to all: Dr Sangi
Islamabad: Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi was appointed as vice chancellor of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) two years back. While running the affairs of the university, he also took a number of new initiatives to uplift it to the level of a high-ranking educational institution both in term of enrolment and quality education. During his two-year tenure, he has been able to increase the university's enrolment to about 70,000 additional students, which is more than the enrolment of 10 universities.

Hailing from Larkana district, he paid special attention to the promotion of education in the country's remote regions. The AIOU is now in the process of setting up ten model study centres at various places. The university also joined the Unesco and Commonwealth in their ongoing efforts to promote girls' education.

In an exclusive interview in connection with 'The News Education Expo 2012,' Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi said that the AIOU, since its established in 1974, has made consistent efforts to upgrade its academic standard and ranking. However, in the last two years, the focus has been laid on a strategy to help the government in ensuring access of quality education to all parts of the country, particularly less-developed and neglected regions in Sindh, southern Punjab and Balochistan. In case of Sindh, the AIOU is now in the process of setting up ten model study centres at various places, including Methi and Khadaabad (Tharparkar). The first such study centre has already started functioning at Umerkot, with state-of-the-art educational facilities. The AIOU is also engaged in providing vocational training and job-oriented education to young people under the Benazir Bhutto (Shaheed) Youth Development Programme. The university has joined the Unesco and Commonwealth in their ongoing efforts to promote girls' education in Sindh.

Dr. Sangi said: "On my elevation to the post of vice chancellor two years back, I took it as challenge to develop the AIOU as a high-ranking university of the country, by exploiting all available resources and making the best use of modern digital technology. While running its routine administrative affairs in an efficient manner, a number of new initiatives have been taken up to further enhance its public and professional image."

The vice chancellor said that over 1.3 million students are getting benefit from the educational services of AIOU in all provinces, districts, tehsils, towns and villages. At present, one can find AIOU students and graduates working in almost every organisation of the country. During the last two years, an average of 30,000-60,000 students have been added to the network, especially in the far-flung areas. Women's participation has reached almost 58% that further indicate the importance of the university in the country's overall development.

In addition to this, associate degrees in Accounting and Finance, Banking and Finance, Hospital Management, Human Resource Management, IT Management and Marketing Management would be launched from August 1, 2012. In the second phase, more than 26 degrees would be added within a period of two to three years.

The vice chancellor said that for postgraduate degrees, the university has been following rules of the HEC like interviewing only those who have cleared the NTS test. "Our students who do postgraduation are better for the simple reason that they are already working, they have the practical knowledge of what they are learning."

The new steps that were taken recently by the AIOU to promote quality education is to increase networking in the organisation and help the government in achieving UN's Millennium Goals, ensuring education for all by the year 2015.

The AIOU has enrolled about 70,000 additional students which is more than the enrolment of ten universities. E-learning was given special importance. The Centre for Instructional Designs was established to help students with electronic version of the written material already being provided to them.

Talking about 'The News Education Expo 2012,' the vice chancellor said that students would get first-hand knowledge from it and it would be a great help to educational institutions to get their messages across.

Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi has to his credit over 26 years of professional, teaching and management experience in public and private sector organisations. He obtained two gold medals in his education pursuits from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, besides a merit scholarship for higher studies abroad that followed his PhD degree in Industrial (Engineering) Studies from the Liverpool University, England. He has also won the prestigious National NCR IT Education Excellence Award 2010 for development of e-learning software and NCR IT Education Excellence Award 2004 for his high-profile contribution to the IT Education. The World Education Congress (WEC) has recently given a special award to him for his dedication service in the education sector. He has done post-doctoral research in Educational Technology at the RCET, Kent State University, Ohio, USA, in 2008. The news

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