Khyber Medical University students strike
KMU students observe token strike
Peshawar, March 26: The students of the Institute of Public Health & Social
Sciences, Khyber Medical University (KMU), have observed a token strike
to press for the acceptance of their demands.
A statement issued
by the class representative Dr Lakhkar Khan Abrar said the students had
launched token strike from Wednesday. He said they were the first batch
of students doing postgraduate in the Public Health at the KMU but
deplored that despite repeated demands and requests, their problems
remained unresolved for the last 14 months, since the commencement of
the classes. He said the students had been paid only one installment of
the stipend while two installments were still awaited.
that the library at the facility had no reference books and journals
while demanding that the facility should be upgraded as soon as
possible."Our classrooms are short of space compared with the strength
of the students and the multimedia remained out of order most of the
time," he said, adding that the situation had been brought into the
notice of the KMU administration but no action was taken in this regard. The news
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School dropout rate alarming in GB
Gilgit: The rate of dropouts in government-run schools is alarming in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Recent statistics released by the Education Management Information
Centre claimed that the dropout rate at primary level among boys was 11
per cent and girls 8 per cent which was further increasing. The dropout
was mainly due to poverty, migration of families and mismanagement of
The statistics said that there were 1,688 functional
academic institutions including the National Education Programme and
Of them 1,299 schools were primary and 237 schools were middle while the strength of high schools was 150.
The total enrolment at all levels was 155,959 out of which 30,666
pre-primary, 85,756 primary and 28,285 at middle. The enrolment
recorded at high level was 10,936 and 316 at higher secondary level.
Number of teachers in government primary schools was 2,613 and the
gender classification was given as 1,513 were male and 1,100 were
females. At middle level, the number of teachers were 1,455 and out of
them male were 994 and remaining 461 were female.
The total strength of teachers at high schools was 1,897 out of them 1,485 were male and 412 female. Dawn
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Unemployment lead youth to terrorism
Islamabad: Pakistan is a land of opportunities and its youth have
all the potential to pull the country out of uncertainty, provided they
are given a bit of guidance and direction.
This was the
message highlighted by the speakers at the inauguration ceremony of a
two-day Business Ideas & Job Expo 2010 organised by the Jang Media
Group and Tehzeeb Pakistan.
Aimed at interacting with future
entrepreneurs and inspire them to initiate new and innovative business
ideas, the colourful and informative exhibition provided a tremendous
opportunity to youth to be in touch with new opportunities and latest
The inauguration ceremony was attended by a
large number of students and parents, who considered it a good
opportunity to learn from the experiences of those who have already
acquired success in their fields. "The future of Pakistan is in the
hands of youth," said the chief guest, MNA and Chairman Standing
Committee on Economic Affairs Division Malik Azmat Khan.
said it is the economic deprivation and scarcity of employment
opportunities that lead the youth of Malakand Division and tribal areas
into anti-state activities. He said the government is working on a
comprehensive plan to generate employment opportunities for the youth
belonging to those areas. "The government cannot succeed in its plans
until civil society and the general public join these efforts at every
level," he pointed out.
He said ideas such as the Business
Ideas & Job Expo 2010 could be very helpful in involving the
general public in development activities. "Giving a positive direction
to the energies of youth that constitute a major portion of the
country's population is the biggest challenge faced by the present
government," he said urging the civil society and media to promote
entrepreneurship among the youth to control the increasing rate of
Secretary Ministry of Trade & Commerce
Shahid Rahim Shiekh said the youth today have ample opportunities to
explore and exploit, and they should not limit themselves to
traditional fields. "Linking the young talent to industrial needs is
the responsibility of the leaders in commerce, trade, business and
education," he added.
Chancellor Preston University Dr Abdul
Basit said in order to make rapid progress, it is vital to bridge the
gap between academics and industry. Due to rapid growth in the global
market, he said the job structure keeps on changing and such
exhibitions actually link the students with the changing trends. He
mentioned that entrepreneurs are change makers and suggested that the
public sector and the chambers of commerce and industry across the
country should integrate with the career counselling sections of
colleges and universities for the identification and encouragement of
young entrepreneurs. "New and innovative ideas should also be provided
with essential financial assistance," he said.
Basit urged the
government to re-establish the Nano Technology Commission that was
formed four years ago but was closed due to lack of funds. He said the
future economy of any country depends upon nano technology. "This is
the right time to invest in this field, as the whole world is focusing
on this new technology to save their future."
Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry Kashif Shabir said
economic recession is a worldwide phenomenon and every country is
trying its best to find its way to recovery. "In our case, it is the
lack of concern and planning among the related deportments that is
worrisome," he added. The young leader said that 70 per cent of the
country's economy is based on agriculture but there is hardly any
agro-based industry in Pakistan.
He said there was a time when
Pakistan ruled the sports products in the world. "We lost our standing
in the international market in this field only because of the lack of
interest in research and development," he pointed out. "We never tried
to analyse the changing trends in the market and never focused on
branding our products."
Director General Water Conservation
Capital Development Authority Sanaullah Aman said with the
collaboration of university students, the CDA is running an awareness
campaign to preserve water. He said in Islamabad, 50 percent of water
is wasted because of leakages, illegal connections and carelessness on
the consumers' end.
He said CDA plans to upgrade the whole
system of the capital's water supply and for that, the Authority has
hired international consultants and companies. "To secure water supply
from River Indus, the Authority plans to lay a 45km pipeline with the
help of international companies," he said adding that it would ensure
smooth supply of water to the capital residents till 2050.
Manager Sales & Marketing Jang Group Syed Amjad Ali and Managing
Director HR Consultants Hamid Rauf also spoke on the occasion. The news
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