Balochistan Professors & Lecturers warn of agitation
Teachers warn of agitation
Quetta, Mar 20: The Balochistan Professors and Lecturers Association has
called upon the prime minister and the chief minister to implement the
government's decision to upgrade college teachers.
Addressing a press
conference here on Thursday, Professor Nawaz Soomro said that an
inter-provincial meeting chaired by the federal education minister last month
had approved to upgrade all college teachers in the country and recommendations
were forwarded to the prime minister.
Now, he said, it had been reported
that the decision which was to be announced as part of the national education
policy on March 23, had been deferred. He warned of a province-wide agitation if
the government did not issue a notification about upgrading teachers. Dawn
"We apprishate to Prime Minister Who upgrades All the posts of college & University Teachers. & We Hope that Our Governer Balochistan will also take interest about this metter. "
Name: Professor Ashraf Ali & Professor Akhtar Hussain,Prof: Niaz Barech Prof Adil, Prof M.Hussain,Prof: Juma Khan,Prof Khalil Prof: M. Abbaass ,Prof Khalid Shah, Prof: Khalil Ahmed Shah Bhagora Prof Kaleem Ullah Zahid.Prof M.Qasim & others
City, Country: Government College Mach.(Bolan), Pakistan
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IMCG F-8/1 holds prize distribution ceremony
Islamabad: A ceremony was held at the Islamabad Model College for Girls
(IMCG), Sector F-8/1, in which students and teachers were awarded prizes and
certificates as an acknowledgment of their good performances.
were distributed for the academic session 2007-08. As many as six students and
14 teachers were given prizes to encourage and appreciate them for their
dedication and hard work in their respective fields.
received an award for securing 776 marks in the Secondary School Certificate
(SSC) Annual Examination and achieving first position in all model academic
institutions of the federal capital.
Sania Javed was given an award for
obtaining second position in the SSC Annual Examination in the college with 763
Shafaq Zafar was given an award for achieving third position in
the SSC Annual Examination by securing 740 marks.
In Class 9, Yousara
Khalid was awarded a prize for securing first position in the college, Saba
Hanif for securing second position and Rahat Mukhtar for getting third position.
Awards for the competent administrative staff were presented to Tasnim
Kausar (vice principal for 2007-08), Nasreen Khalid (vice principal for 2007-08)
and Zeba Shahid (headmistress).
The awards for the teachers of senior
section were bestowed upon Amna Abbasi, Samina Naz, Irum Nasim, Kashifa
Chaudhry, Hina Waheed, Tasnim Kausar and Abida Saghir, while the awards for
junior section teachers were given to Abida Niaz, Asifa Nasir, Tahira Bibi and
Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Model Colleges
Director Dr. Mujahid Zameer on the occasion appreciated students and teachers
for their good performances in their respective fields. He said it is
encouraging that girls are performing far better than boys in academics and
contributing towards the country's progress.
The FDE official said that
it is unfortunate that there are not many model colleges and schools as required
but his department is trying hard to upgrade the existing model schools. "We
will try our level best to upgrade schools by providing more buses and extending
their campuses," he said.
Presenting the college report, IMCG Principal
Razia Naqvi said that there is 95 per cent success result in Class 5, 100 per
cent in Class 8 while one student of Class 10 has topped in all model colleges.
Students pay charges but never get college magazines
Rawalpindi: The students of various colleges in the city are being
deprived of annual edition of magazines because of lack of interest on part of
There are only a few colleges that publish and
distribute magazines among the students. Most colleges fail to do so despite
charging Rs50 to Rs200 for the publication from every student at the time of
The Government Degree College for Women, Murree Road, failed
to publish its annual magazines from 2007. When contacted, Principal Shaista Razi Abbass said "We are in the process of bringing out
magazines for the academic session 2008-2009. We distribute magazines among
students free of cost and never charge any price from them." However, according
to fee submission slip of a student, Rs50 were charged as magazine fund.
Nasir Mehmood, a student of Asghar Mall Postgraduate College,
said "I never got the college magazine despite the fact that I had paid the
magazine charges at the time of admission."
Asghar Mall College
Principal Aleemuddin, when contacted, said "There is no other reason except for
lack of interest on part of students who do not submit the required material for
the magazine which causes delay in its publication."
Fast-NU to organise student competitions
Peshawar: The National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (Fast-NU),
Peshawar campus, has organised various competitions for the students. The NUTEC,
one of 10 student societies, has planned different software and hardware project
competitions and an exhibition. The competitions include programming, quiz,
business plan, job fair, antenna design and onboard circuit design competition
at Fast-NU, Peshawar campus.
Around 200 participants from various
universities of NWFP and Islamabad would participate in the event. The student
organisations of the university provide opportunities to promote teamwork and
leadership qualities. All of these activities are
Fast-NU is an autonomous institution funded by the
private sector. It strives to produce graduates, who could help in the
techno-industrial transformation of the country, a press release said. The
institute aspires to be a centre of excellence in engineering, management and
computer sciences, which acts as an effective agent of change and a role model
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Corporate market in academic : institutions 'to harm infrastructure'
Islamabad: Bringing corporate market into educational institutions may pose threats to the entire infrastructure if
adequate measures are not taken to avoid adverse effects of this fast emerging
trend, Dr. Naheed Zia Khan said here on Thursday.
She stated this while
giving a presentation on 'Higher Education and Sustainable Development: Quantity
vs Quality' organised by the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences
"We are having problem as how to bring the market into the
educational institutions while in Europe they are making hectic efforts to drive
the market out of their first-rated institutions," she said.
Zia said the Europeans are now facing ill effects of their policies that
provided unlimited access to the corporate market in their educational
institutions. "We should learn from them and adopt those policies that help us
move forward in the right direction." She said creation of physical capital
under the umbrella of higher education paved the way for large-scale industrial
She said, "Love for material is within us and material is
around us everywhere. So it is quite natural to move towards financial benefits
but if it happens at the cost of the education then it would certainly serve no
purpose." Dr. Naheed Zia said physical capital also include weapons of mass
destruction while the social capital consists of other things like poverty of
thought, relationship and feelings of deprivation. "We may say that the higher
education that led to the industrial revolution all over the Europe is now being
threatened by the corporate interests. But the solution also rests with the
higher learning that can find out ways and means to cope with this challenge,"
She said to every three rupees in the education sector one
rupee is going to the higher education learning in the Europe but in Pakistan
the ratio stands at 40:1 that is quite regrettable.
University Vice Chancellor Dr. Qasim Jan said there are now so many issues
directly involved in the higher education learning including entrance
examinations, course work, comprehensive examinations, thesis proposals,
publications and unlimited number of students. He said higher education
institutions are mushrooming at such a faster pace that the number of
universities in the twin cities is higher than that in New York, but
unfortunately most of them lack required standard and competence.
Qasim Jan said the academic council of the QAU has scrapped the restriction of
passing GRE as a necessary requirement for the award of a PhD degree.
said the Higher Education Commission (HEC) imposed the restriction at the time
when many public sector universities opposed this step.
Dr. A H Nayyar,
senior research fellow, said equity and efficiency are the two main factors that
help evaluate the education system.
He said annual education budget had
increased manifold but even then HEC failed to find out suitable and competent
persons for various purposes at the local level.
Dr. Nayyar said HEC
spent millions of rupees for provision of scholarships to those who often did
not deserve this reward that resulted in emergence of 'half-baked' teachers.
"When they introduced a plan to pay for publications it led to large-scale
plagiarism that did not contribute towards improving the standard of higher
education in the country," he added. The News
Punjabi mushaira in collaboration with the Sahiwal Government College's Punjabi Department
Sahiwal: The district government in collaboration with the Sahiwal
Government College's Punjabi Department and the Punjab Lok Boli Mela organised a
mushaira here at Jinnah Hall on Wednesday night.
The 'All Punjab Punjabi
mushaira' is among the series of activities organised by the district government
in connection with the ongoing 10-day spring festival. Around 40 Punjabi poets
from all over the province recited their poetry.
A number of people,
including lawyers, students and political activists appreciated the Punjabi
The poets who recited their verses included Baba Najmi (Lahore),
Afzal Sahir (Lahore), Baba Talib (Kabirwala), Ghulam Husain Nadeem Qadri
(Samundari), Tassadaq Bhatti (Renala Khurd), Tajamal Kaleem (Chunian), Sabir Ali
Sabir (Kasur), Goga (Sheikhupura), Safdar Dogar (Sucha Soda), Shabbir Husain
Shabbir (Lahore), Fakhar Zaman Adil (Tandlianwala), Sarwar Jawi (Depaplur),
Prof. Ali Asghar Baloch (Faisalabad), Naseer Baloch (Tandlianwala) and Bashir
Commissioner Tariq Mahmood, DCO Muhammad Khan Khichi and district
nazim Rai Hasan Nawaz were chief guests.
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University of Malakand attacked again
Timergara: The University of Malakand in Chakdara, Lower Dir was again
attacked by suspected militants late on Wednesday night, sources in the
university said. No casualty was reported in the incident.
guards of the university stated that 10 to 14 armed militants tried to enter the
premises of the university. The guards stopped the militants by offering stiff
resistance, sources said.
The attackers came from the southern side of
the university and had reached the boundary wall, when security guards fired on
Sources said that the exchange of fire continued for over 20
minutes and later the attackers disappeared. Dawn
Call to reform education system to end extremism
Peshawar: Participants at an educational conference were of the view on Thursday that it was time to reform
the education system to root out extremism and violence from the society and
meet the challenges confronting the province.
The conference was
organised by the Bacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation (BKTEF) and its
objectives were to represent the perspective of each significant stakeholder in
the education sector; to identify challenges and bottlenecks in the existing
education system at the policy and implementation level and to define clear
goals and adopt a holistic approach in meeting those goals.
cross-section of people including those associated with the education sector
underlined the need for quality education and provision of basic facilities in
educational institutions; spending annual development funds on education instead
of building new schools; teachers' training to give quality education;
introduction of new teaching techniques and examination system.
welcome note, Chairman BKTEF Senator Afrasiab Khattak slammed the Kalashnikov
culture emerging in Afghan conflict in late 70s in the region.
to reform education system to end violence," said the peace envoy of the NWFP
government. He said people would have to adopt Bacha Khan's philosophy of
non-violence, peace and human rights and promote education. "We'll never
compromise over girls' and children's education come what may," said the
senator. Khattak underscored the need for quality education.
Highlighting the steps the NWFP government has taken during the past one
year, Minister for Higher Education Qazi Muhammad Asad said his government
prioritised the promotion of grade-17 and 18 officials. "That was a big problem
and we did it in one year," he said. Asad said officials in other grades would
soon be promoted. He said the government wanted to provide accommodation to
teachers at reasonable rates and for that purpose, it was building colonies. The
minister said technical education was expensive and there was shortage of
polytechnics. Asad said the government was establishing polytechnics at Peshawar
and Haripur and would set up more in other cities.
The minister said the
government would establish 20 new colleges this year and would provide digital
library facilities in educational institutions. He said the provincial
government was setting up Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan and an Act in
this regard would soon come. He said the government was also making efforts to
establish a university in Swabi.
Minister for Primary Education Sardar
Hussain Babak said the provincial government would not compromise over education
with extremists and promote it in line with the ANP manifesto. "Nobody can stop
women and children from receiving education," said the minister. He said all
appointments of teachers were made on merit. Babak said the existing curriculum
was outdated and needed to be reformed.
During Question-Answer session,
participants suggested inclusion of subjects on interfaith harmony, environment,
energy and role of women in development in curriculum. They forwarded
recommendations for quality education, examination system and implementation of
education policy. Daily Times
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