Higher edu no more a priority | Scholarship's mechanism
In Higher education, something is going wrong, and going wrong very badly
Lahore, Mar 09: Education unfortunately has remained one of the most neglected
sectors in the country. Although no one denies, and neither can if anyone even
chooses to, its importance and the prevailing realities present a very gloomy
picture. Everyone knows who is responsible but not those who are at the helm of
There are many questions needing immediate answers. If we look at
the higher education one can easily feel that something is going wrong, and
going wrong very badly. Is it true that the present regime is ignorant of the
importance of higher education in science and technology for the development and
progress of the country, as it has drastically slashed the budget for the Higher
Education Commission (HEC)? Whether it wants to reverse the progress and
consciously or unconsciously undo the achievements made in the promotion of
higher education during the past over 8 years when the public sector
universities expanded and grew tremendously? Whether the cut imposed in the HEC
budget is result of a conspiracy, bad governance or corrupt practices?
is no denying the fact that curtailment of the funds allocated for HEC has
denied the opportunity to the public sector institutions to grow at par with
private counterparts with quality education at competitive tuition fee. Now, the
private sector will find an open opportunity to fetch students at their
campuses, which had suffered a set back with the better facilities at public
sector varsities through HEC funding.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza
Gillani's orders to maintain the recurrent budget of HEC to Rs23 billion from
the previous Rs44 billion means almost half the cut in the three years time. The
cabinet has approved an annual increase of only 10 per cent in the amount in
view of the inflationary trend while ignoring the fact that inflation is
climbing at a rate of almost 23 percent. The Nation
'No compromise on girls' education'
Peshawar: The Awami National Party-led government will never
compromise on women's education and rights, ANP NWFP President Afrasiab Khattak
said on Sunday. Addressing a meeting organised by the ANP Women's Wing on the
Role of Women in Peace and Security – held in connection with International
Women's Day - the ANP NWFP president said new bills would be tabled in the
provincial assembly to empower the women of the province. Daily Times
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Academics want centralised mechanism for student scholarships
A number of government as well as private organisations
offer scholarships to needy as well as talented students. Nevertheless, one
wonders and feels sorry when reports emerge about the students who could not
continue education due to extreme poverty and end up their lives by committing
Recently in the provincial metropolis, a girl student
committed suicide by swallowing poisonous pills when her father told her that he
was not in a position to deposit her BA examination fee.
The student had
earlier failed to pass the exam but, being enthusiastic about studies, she
wanted to appear again and pass the exam but circumstances led her to pass away.
This is not a single incident of this type rather such stories do appear on and
off in our part of the world.
Former Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz
Sharif had recently established Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) to bear
the educational expenses of needy but talented students. There are other
government agencies as well as private organisations which have been offering
scholarships to the students over the years. It is generally observed that the
students, seeking support through scholarships, have to face a lot of troubles
owing to negligence of the authorities concerned.
The Punjab Information
Technology Board (PITB) had announced the scholarships (Phase-II) in April 2007
for BS, MS and MPhil/PhD students in various disciplines for Punjab domiciled,
academically talented and financially needy students.
selection of the successful candidates, scholarship deed was signed by students
and their parents/guardians. But what could be more tragic and unfortunate that
since then the selected students had been waiting for funds from the government
to pay for their studies.
Academic circles are of the view that the
government should evolve a centralised mechanism for the award of scholarships
to students of schools, colleges and universities. The scattered efforts, no
doubt, create troubles for the funding agencies too while stressing a more
The other important factor, which the academicians
stress, is the provision of financial assistance to needy students through newly
launched PEEF which at present is aiming to accommodate only talented-needy
students. They are of the view that there should be a helpline available to the
students so that those who are really in dire need of financial assistance can
contact the respective agency or department.
Tree plantation campaigns
With the advent of spring season, a number of educational institutions, especially universities, have started organising tree
plantation campaigns on varsity campuses.
It is generally observed that
after a particular launching ceremony, the entire campaign goes silently which,
in fact, mars the very spirit of such healthy and essential campaigns.
In order to achieve maximum out of such campaigns is maximum involvement
of the students which is only possible when a student is practically invited to
plant a sapling by himself/ herself.
Moreover, there should be a close
liaison between provincial forest department and educational institutions to
create awareness at massive level, as the growth of trees is mandatory to
maintain ecological balance and protection and preservation of natural
environment. -firstname.lastname@example.org (The News)
BISE Girls Inter-College Games FCW clinch overall trophy Hina declared best athlete
Peshawar: Hina Jan of Frontier College for Women grabbed two gold medals
and one silver and was declared best athlete of the Year_2009 in the BISE
Inter-College Athletic Meet held here Saturday. Hina Jan claimed gold medal in
discuss throw, shot put and took silver medal in 400m race, she was closely
followed by Aysha Khan of with two gold medal while Nagina of FEF Nodhia took
one gold and on bronze medal.
In the overall games Frontier College for Women
secured 41 points by winning general trophy while the same college took the
winner trophy of the Athletic with 39 points. City District Girls College won
the runners-up trophy by scoring 18 points and Govt. Girls College Charsadda got
third position by scoring 15 points. On the final day athletic events, in the
shot put Hina of Frontier College took gold medal, followed by Habeeba of
Chamkani and Hira of Charsadda, in the 800m Anum of City District took gold,
followed by Monaza of Charsadda Girls College and Sabeen of City District while
in long jump Tabinda of PMDC took gold medal, followed by Anila Gul of FCW and
Farkhanda of Chamkani, in 400m Anum of City District, Hina of FCW and Marium of
PMDC got the positions. In 4X100m relay, FCW team comprising Gul Zeb, Abeer,
Amina, Layba, PMDC got runners-up trophy as the team comprising Faryal, Tabinda,
Faqiya and Ghazal while City District team including Rabia, Neelam, Sabeen and
Anum took third position. In the overall games results, FCW won winners trophies
of Badminton, Cycling, Cricket, Handball, Hockey and athletics. In Badminton
GHSS Hayatabad won winners trophy, followed by City District, University Town
won runners trophy in Cycling and PMDC won third position.
runners-up trophy won by GHSS, University Town and GGDC Charsadda got third
position, in Handball GGHSS Comprehensive took second position, followed by
Charsadda. PMDC won runners up trophy in hockey while GGHSS Comprehensive took
third position, PMDC and Charsadda won runners-up and third position trophies in
table tennis, Jinnah college won Net ball trophy, followed by FCW and PMDC. At
the end Chairman BISE Professor Farhad Jan gave away trophies. Secretary BISE
Islamuddin Khan, Controller Nasir Ali, International athlete Bahre Karam, Mehdi
Jan, President BISE Girls Games Nasim Habib, Vice Principal FCW Tasleem Akhtar,
Director Sports Manzar Khan, players and officials were also present. App
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