NWFP primary school projects
Many school projects cited in ADP dropped
Peshawar, March 17: Due to non-availability of free of cost land, the elementary
and secondary education department will not be able to establish the required
number of primary schools in the provincial capital and its adjacent rural
areas, it is learnt.
Many school projects mentioned in the Annual
Development Programme (ADP) have been dropped due to the non-availability of
free of cost land. Education officials held the government responsible for what
they called its unrealistic policy regarding establishment of primary schools.
According to the government policy, primary schools are established in
designated areas on the condition that local people provided free land.
The only attraction for the owner in giving his land to the government
for free used to be his appointment in the school as a class-IV worker. It was a
successful policy in the past when the land prices were not that high. However,
this policy isn't being followed now as the Supreme Court has given a verdict
against the appointment of the landowner as a class-IV worker.
government policy, a primary school should be established on a two-kanal land
and the government usually approves Rs3 million for establishment of a school.
The minimum rate of land in the city area is Rs300,000 per marla, so a
two-kanal land will cost at least Rs12 million. In rural areas of Peshawar, the
price of land ranges from Rs30,000 to Rs100,000 per marla.
said they would prefer starting their own business by selling a two-kanal piece
of land, instead of giving it to the government free of cost to get the job of
class-IV worker. Rapid increase in Peshawar's population and presence of Afghan
refugees have overburdened the schools. The mushroom growth of private schools
in the city and rural areas has helped resolve the problem to some extent,
otherwise government schools wouldn't have been able to accommodate the
An official, wishing not to be named, said that 13
schools approved in 2007-08 were dropped from the ADP because no one was ready
to provide free land in the selected region. Similarly, seven school projects
approved in 2006-07 were also dropped from the ADP.
Under the government
policy, a primary school should be established in one kilometre radius. However,
this policy can't be implemented in Peshawar due to the increase in land prices. Dawn
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Foreign IT companies investment in NWFP IT sector
Peshawar: The NWFP government is looking for foreign donors to develop the
information technology (IT) sector in the province to bring it at par with other
countries in the region, provincial minister Ayub Ashari said here
"We are looking forward to hold talks with foreign companies to
get investment and support in the sector," the information technology minister
said. The minister admitted the province was short of resources and
that was the reason for trying to attract outside investment in the
Ayub Ashari and senior officials of his department highlighted a
number of achievements of his ministry in recent years. He informed that the IT
department was working on computerising the record of the revenue department and
that the property tax system had been computerised. According to Ashari, the
secretary of the information technology department Amjad Afridi was transferred
to another department but he requested his re-posting as secretary IT as he had
delivered while serving there.
The ministry comprises of two different
directorates: the information technology and science and technology. Sajid
Hussain Shah, director IT NWFP said a centre of excellence was being
set up to prepare IT professionals from universities. "We have launched a
comprehensive project of establishing computer laboratories in government
schools across the province. Laboratories have been established in 350 to 400
schools so far," he said.
"We have computerised the record of drivers'
licenses in most of the districts of the province while the rest would be done
by June. This had boosted manifold the revenue in terms of license fee. In June
2007 the revenue was only Rs39,500 while in August 2009 it went up to Rs73.83
million," explained Sajid Hussain.
He said the manual system of staff
recruitment and promotion in the establishment department had been computerised.
He added that the record of the NWFP Assembly had also been
Director Science and Technology Khalid Khan informed that a
Science and Technology Park is being established in the city for supporting a
knowledge-based economy and fostering market-oriented technological development.
He added that the ADP of the coming financial year includes
establishment of cluster level quality enhancement lab, strengthening and
invigoration of Lab Teaching System and provision of Tele-Health Services in
basic health units of NWFP from the main hospitals of Peshawar.
pointed out that all this was achieved despite the fact that a total of Rs140
million, which makes only 0.003 per cent of the annual development fund of the
province, was allocated for the IT sector in the fiscal budget for
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Ban on used computers
Islamabad: Reports that the ministry of information technology has been asked to draft a
proposal for a ban on the import of used computers and IT accessories -
apparently at the direction of the president himself – are cause for concern.
There are about 14 million computers in the country of which about 60 per cent
are used or old, 24 per cent bought as new from international manufacturers and
16 per cent locally constructed from parts either new or used.
If the ban were
to be imposed no trader would be able to sell used or secondhand computers in
the marketplace, with an estimated fourfold increase in the price.
manufacturers claim that we (and other countries) have become a dumping ground
for first-world cast-offs that are energy inefficient. Those opposed to the ban
say that we have an increasing computer penetration because of the availability
of cheap used machines, a rising use of relatively inexpensive internet
connections and a boost to the economy through ISPs, vendors of computers and
peripherals, and the advertising industry.
The Pakistan Computer
Association has strongly objected to the proposal saying it will benefit the
multinationals, price computers out of the reach of poor students and affect the
livelihoods of thousands of vendors across the country. Education generally, and
especially in the poorer sectors of the population would suffer at a time when
computers are finally gaining a classroom foothold.
Also, the rapid spread of
internet connectivity which is driven by the availability of cheap used
computers could come to a grinding halt. What we really need is for one of the
big manufacturers such as Intel to set up shop here in order that good quality
affordable computers can be manufactured in-country. Locally manufactured
machines could then find their way into the secondhand market and the need to
import used machines would diminish over time.
We lag far behind other
developing nations in terms of computer and internet penetration and we do not
need any further impediment to the progress we are already making. A bad move –
think again, ministry of information technology. The news
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Muslim women education
Islamabad: Education holds key to emancipation of women, said former South Asian
analyst at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom Safiya Ghori.
She was speaking at a seminar on 'Women's Emancipation and Islamic
Ideological Framework' on Tuesday. The seminar was organised by Sustainable
Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with the US
Ghori said that it was wrong to assume that Islam preached its
believers to persecute women. She said suppressing women and giving them
sufferings were the traits of a patriarchal society and these had no links with
She said that Muslims should be vocal about whatever they believe
and they should put their message across to others. She termed it a public
relations problem that the Muslims failed to communicate their beliefs and
convictions to people of other religious communities.
She said that since
Islam was not interpreted in real sense, there were many misconceptions about
the religion, Muslims and Pakistan in the US and other western countries. She
called for the making of an Islamic ideological framework to address issued
faced by the Muslims.
She underscored the need for presenting the true
humane face of Islam to the world in order to do away with these misconceptions
and glorify the religion that rightly deserves admiration.
the interviews of young Muslims published in an American newspaper recently, she
said the youngsters talked about how it was normal for them to remain Muslims
and play baseball, basketball and other sports at the same time like other human
She said that it was wrong to believe that women are suppressed
in Islam. She said that when she was adviser to the Obama administration on
religious minorities, she tried to dispel this impression and stressed that it
is a matter of choice for the Muslim women to wear veil or not.
Saleem from SDPI said that men also had rights and there was a need to accord
equal importance to their rights as well. She stressed gender equality in this
Earlier, Will Wades from the US Embassy made introductory
In the question hour session, a lawyer said that not women only
but children and poor were also exploited in the Pakistani society. He said that
Taliban did not know the real Islam. He stressed the need for attaining rights
of fair sex in the light of Islamic teachings and commandments. Daily times
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Ceremony held at UoP
Peshawar: Pakhtun Students Federation has vowed that it would apply
philosophy of the nonviolence of Bacha Khan to quell the prevalent wave of
terrorism on the soil of Pakhtun.
This was stated by Imtiaz Wazir,
newly-elected campus president of PkSF, at the oath-taking ceremony held at the
lawn of the Pearl Canteen at the University of Peshawar.
He said that
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan had told us long ago that von-violence was mandatory for
durable peace but his voice fall and deaf ears and today the entire nation was
facing barrage of suicide and bomb attacks everywhere in the country.
Only through spreading Bacha's teachings, we can put brakes on the
soaring law and order situation, he said, adding that peace was most needed for
which we are ready to give sacrifices but would not surrender before the
Other office-bearers elected for year for the campus
(University of Peshawar, University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar, NWFP
Agriculture University and Khyber Medical College) are: general secretary Hilal
Khan, senior vice-president Hidayat Momand, vice-presidents Rafiullah, Arbab Ali
and Iqbal Wazir, deputy general secretary Aimal Khan, information secretary
Jamil Masud, joint secretaries Aiziz Bacha and Hurmat Ali and finance secretary
Gul Mohammad Dawar. Dawn
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