USAID programme for teachers | Youth seeking jobs abroad
$75m USAID programme for teachers launched
Islamabad, Mar 27: The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) launched "the Pre-Service Teacher Education Programme
(Pre-STEP)" here on Thursday.
The programme is a $75 million venture
spanning over five years, a statement said.
The USAID, HEC and the
education ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Pre-STEP
programme after which the venture was officially launched. US Ambassador Anne W.
Patterson was also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms
Patterson said the US government was fully committed to support the Pakistani
government in its initiatives aimed at strengthening social sectors such as
It's through education reforms that both the governments are
working in partnership to create the foundation on which Pakistanis can build
more prosperous lives, she added.
The envoy said the objective of the
Pre-STEP programme was to improve the quality of basic education in Pakistan by
strengthening teachers' education and skills.
"The programme will
directly impact new and practicing teachers by helping them to gain revised and
upgraded teacher qualifications."
The Pre-STEP will work in partnership
with Pakistan's Higher Education Commission and the Ministry of Education to
build on existing structures and programmes. It will support 15 universities and
75 teacher colleges as instruments for change of academic standards in teachers'
education."This assistance from the American people to Pakistan is demonstration
of our belief that improved educated Pakistan will lead to a stronger, more
prosperous Pakistan. We are working with the Government of Pakistan and
Pakistani people to accomplish our shared vision of better education in
Pakistan," Ms Patterson said.
Since 2002, the US government has provided
more than $3.4 billion to Pakistan for improvements in economic growth,
education, health, governance, assistance in earthquake reconstruction, and
lately for the construction and rehabilitation of health and education
"hi i have satudied FA in 2004 .i m so keen of colification and satudy from birth to death now i want start once again but i need u r gaiudness that which kind of tecnical education should i start plz help me i have a good thinks for all humens that i might be give some peopol benafits."
Name: Naveed Akbar
City, Country: Peshawar Pakistan
QAU welcomes spring
Islamabad: Spring Gala organised by the International Relations Society,
Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) was held at the campus on Thursday, enthralling a
large number of students but having little participation from girl students.
Song dedication, charisma contest, horse riding, balloon shooting,
rang-e-basant, live singing and gift dedication were the main features of event.
But food stalls were rarely seen which is regarded the main attraction in such
The fun and frolic reached at its peak when students started
dancing Bhangra, Hojamalo and Athan on cultural songs. The students were more
interested in visiting 'love jail' and handicraft stalls.
The event, which
continued till the dusk, was attended by not only the QAU students but also by
the teachers and students of the other universities. The students could be seen
wearing their cultural dresses, be it Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi, Pukhtoon, or
Besides, Mr Campus and Miss Campus contests were also held. The
contests were won by Jamil Hub of Biology Department and Saba Shah of
International Relations Department respectively. IR
Society president Ghulam Mustafa Mehar said: "Events like such are not only
seasonal but cultural as well. The event was meant to promote various cultures
and bring harmony among the various ethnic groups."
Though festival was
celebrated to welcome the spring season and which is traditionally celebrated
with kite flying but the students were rarely found interested in kite flying.
However, no incident of scuffle or disorganisation was witnessed but some
female students had complaints about the behaviour of male students.
Mirza, a student of IR department, said: "I enjoyed the gala but song dedication
and cards sent by few unknown boys really made us irritate." Another student
said: "It's wonderful observing all folk cultures at one time."
little participation from the girls, as mostly boys remained gathered around
different stalls. Mostly the female students of IR department participated in
the festival, as there was little attraction for girls. "The festival should
have been arranged jointly by all the departments of the university so that
every one could participate cordially and more stalls could be set up" opined a
Only students of International Relations had set up stalls and
there was no participation from other departments.
"The event could be more
successful if other departments had also been participated on the occasion like
other universities," added a student. The Nation
FJWU new grading system interests audience
Rawalpindi: A two-day workshop on "Evaluation of Student's Performance: Revisiting the Grading Spread", jointly
organised by Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) of Fatima Jinnah Women University
(FJWU) and the University Examination Office, started on Thursday at the
According to a press statement, a large number of faculty members
and staffers attended the workshop. The implementation of new grading system,
designed to evaluate the students, greatly interested the audience.
workshop is aimed to introduce both theoretical understanding and
hands-on-training to teachers for revisiting the existing spread of grading
being practiced at the FJWU.
FJWU QEC Director, also Faculty of Law,
Commerce and Management Sciences Dean, Prof Dr Naheed Zia Khan is resource
person of the workshop. She elaborated significance of the new spread of
existing grading system. She said the new spread would enable the teachers to
mark the papers and evaluate the students' performance justly and
She said the FJWU was following the semester system and
the criterion adopted to evaluate student's performance was relative
marking. Daily Times
Workshop at FJWU
Rawalpindi: The Quality Enhancement Cell at Fatima Jinnah Women
University, (FJWU) in collaboration with the university's examination office
organised a two-day workshop on 'Evaluation of Student's Performance, Revisiting
the Grading Spread' here Thursday.
The workshop was aimed at providing
both theoretical understanding and hands-on-training for revisiting the existing
spread of grading practiced at FJWU.
Director FJWU Quality Enhancement
Cell and Dean Faculty of Law, Commerce and Management Sciences, Professor Dr.
Naheed Zia Khan was resource person of the workshop. Professor Dr. Naheed Zia
Khan elaborated significance of the existing grading system. She said that it
would enable the teachers to mark and evaluate students in appropriate
She said that the future of any nation depends upon the sound and
strong basis of its educational system. Fatima Jinnah Women University is
committed to contribute its share through providing quality education to the
females of the society, she said.
Students display diverse cultures
Islamabad: International Islamic University, Islamabad's (IIUI) 21st
annual cultural week themed 'A World Beyond Achievement' started here Thursday
at its Women Campus with various activities as part of the celebrations
including competitions of sports, debates, Qirat, Naat, poster making, henna
application, flower decoration and the Islamic world dress show.
multiethnic, multicultural groups of students hailing not only from different
areas of Pakistan, but also from China, Middle East and Africa presented a
colourful mix of cultures and identities.
Girls in their colourful
dresses seemed overjoyed at the long awaited cultural week that each year
provides them with an opportunity to express their creativity and potential in
different events, besides offering a time out from the tough educational
The most colourful and lively feature of the day was the
depiction of local and international cultures by the IIUI students, who
recreated their respective cultures presenting foods, dresses, lifestyles,
environment and music of their particular area. Each stall in its cultural
depiction of either different countries or Pakistani provinces was beautifully
adorned with ornaments, supporting the theme of the stalls where each item was
on display along with its name for the visitors' convenience.
delicious meals offered at the stalls, contemporary and traditional dresses,
accessories and footwear were also staged to give an ambience of gala to the
visitors. In order to highlight the individuality of their cultures, the female
students had put in maximum capabilities, especially by disguising themselves as
men and behaving like them to complete the setting.
The stall of NWFP in
this regard was praiseworthy where the female students created an ambience of
true Pashtoon culture and captivated the visitors by their wonderful performance
on Pashto wedding songs. On the other hand, the Chinese stall among all the
international stalls displayed there stood distinctive due to its unique
cultural presentation with students clad in traditional Chinese dresses and
their sumptuous cuisine adding to its charm.
The hot and spicy barbeque
on the occasion grasped the attention of a large number of students who could
not resist from its finger licking flavour besides the spicy 'Dahi Bhallay' and
On the occasion, MNA Khush Bakht Shujaat stressed the
students to play their effective and constructive role in the stability of the
country. "You are among those fortunate girls, who are blessed with a chance to
study in a prestigious educational institution of the country," she said.
She said times have changed now, as women are as important in nation
building as men. "Girls must utilise their potential by making fully exploiting
this platform in order to contribute in the country's progress," she said.
The event was open for IIUI students as well as outsiders that added to
the atmosphere of festivity of the event. The cultural week is a much celebrated
event at IIUI, which includes the participation of a large body of national and
international students, faculty members, diplomats and prominent social figures.
On the other hand, another event was also held at the university campus
to mark Pakistan Day in which President IIUI Professor Fateh Mohammad Malik
delivered a lecture emphasising the role of youth in the Pakistan Movement. He
said there is a need for the youth to play the same role in the stability of the
country as was played by the then youth during the Pakistan Movement. The News
PMAS-AAUR holds na'at competition
Rawalpindi: Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on Thursday organised a Na'at
competition at its auditorium with an aim to provide students' with ample
opportunities for extracurricular activities.
Students from different
university departments participated in the competition with great reverence and
enthusiasm to pay tributes to Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). Participants of
the competition appreciated stylish decoration of the auditorium.
Speaking on the occasion, PMAS-AAUR Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Khalid
Mehmood Khan said Islam was based on Holy Quran and teachings of Holy Prophet
(PBUH). Love for Holy Prophet (PBUH) should surpass everything, he
In the competition, Saba Iqbal of MSc Statistic, Saba Haider of BSc
Honours Agriculture and Fasiha Alvi of MSc Biology bagged first, second and
third position respectively among 12 students.
On the occasion, PMAS-AAUR
Student Affairs Director Dr Azhar Naeem said Na'at competition would be
conducted at the university annually. Daily Times
"Mardan Concept University is nearly starting its operation in Mardan City as a private University by providing the and explaning the basic concepts of Management Sciences, English Langauge, Computer Sciences, Maths, Accounting, research, Online Learning and projects in Mardan. Luckly Mr. Mehmood Iqbal Baig the Founder and Principal Consultant of Management Services International is taking an active part in establishing all parts of the University. Please leave your comments and stay here. "
Name: Tariq Zubair
City, Country: Mardan, Pakistan
Post your comments
Youth forced to seek jobs abroad
Rawalpindi: More and more youth are applying for jobs abroad, especially
in the Gulf countries, through the recruitment agencies as the rate of
unemployment is increasing in the country.
Hundreds of the applicants
visit recruitment agencies situated in the various part of the city. Majority of
these applicants are youth with diplomas in technical education. The frustrated
youth have no other option but to arrange huge amounts to seek employment
Faisal Mehmood, an applicant from Sargodha said, "I have done diploma in electrical engineering but for the last
three years I am failed to get the job adding now I have decided to go to Dubai
through the recruitment agency."
Sajjad Ahmed, another applicant said,
"Without reference and giving bribe it is not possible to get a job in the
country." It's better to go abroad by spending an amount of Rs60,000 instead of
giving bribe for any government sector job, he added.
The downsizing in
private sector is another reason to push these people to go abroad for their
livelihood. Sultan Mehmood, who came from Jhelum to appear in this test for the
electrician job in Dubai said, "I was working with a cellular company but they
terminated a lot of their employees. I was also victim of the downsizing and now
I am trying to go aboard," he added.
The worst law and order situation
of the country is another major factor that leads towards the mass scale
unemployment. Muhammed Awais said, "The worsening law and order as well as
political situation discourage foreign investors.
agencies are a well-earned business nowadays. The owners of these recruitment
agencies have strong political and financial background, he added.
Hussain, the owner of a recruitment agency at Chandi Chowk, said, "We are
providing jobs in the Gulf countries and also giving training to these
applicants." After the training period of one month the delegation comes from
the specific country and selects their desired candidates.
"Our visa charges depend on the country to country and salary basis. Nowadays
the rate for the Gulf countries ranges between Rs55,000 to Rs60,000 and every
week more than 150 people are going to the Gulf countries. The News
Indian student approaches SC over beard ban by school
Islamabad: A tenth grade Muslim student in the Indian state of
Madhya Pradesh moved the Supreme Court questioning his Christian school's rules
against wearing beards, saying it impinges on his faith. According to details,
Muhammad Salem sought scrapping of the rules against wearing beards in the
Nirmala Convent Higher Secondary School. A bench of Justice RV Raveendran asked
the student's counsel to find out whether the school was aided by the
government. The apex court in a ruling on the rights of unaided minority
institutions, known as PA Inamdar case, had already barred the state from
interfering with school policy on various matters, including admission quota.
Salem approached the apex court after the Madhya Pradesh High Court dismissed
his plea. App
Post your comments