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Lively convocation at FG College for Women
Islamabad, May 08: As many as 233 degrees were conferred upon the students of bachelors and 38 postgraduates of the Federal Government Margalla College for Women F-7/4 held here on Thursday.

Seven roll of honours were also bestowed on brilliant students on the occasion of the 24th convocation of the college.

Addressing the students as the chief guest, State Minister for Education Ghulam Farid Kathia said that national sovereignty is totally dependent upon the educated manpower. "A country cannot progress unless its majority of population is educated," he said.

The minister said, "We have to formulate our strategy by analysing the experiments of the past and present. We have to learn from our experiences in order to cope with the challenges of today and tomorrow." He said that various ills of society including poverty and terrorism could only be cured through education. "The only way towards economic stability is the way of education," he asserted.

FG Margalla College for Women F-7/4 has already been declared as the 'All-Round Best College' for the year 2007-08 by the Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (FBISE), Islamabad due to its outstanding academic results besides its students' extraordinary performances in various extracurricular activities.

She said for the year 2008-09, the college's students secured 20 consolation prizes, 30 third prizes, 18-second prizes, 20 first prizes and six trophies for their outstanding performances in co-curricular activities. An extremely talented 2nd year student, Iqra Khan, was selected to represent Pakistan in a Saarc cultural programme, she said.

Khadija Javed said the College's Mass communication Department, initiated in 2003 in a small classroom with modest physical facilities, but ambitious plans, was moved to its new premises with spacious classrooms, a library, well equipped close circuit TV station, a small radio station and a Desktop Publishing lab, besides an auditorium for holding seminars and small conferences. "The college applied to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) for an FM frequency allocation and got the license for FM radio for educational purposes," she said adding that the radio lab would start functioning after the summer break. The News

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New education policy soon, says Kathia
Islamabad: The new education policy being prepared by the government would cater for all national needs and overcome all flaws in our education system, said Minister of State for Education Ghulam Farid Kathia on Thursday. Kathia stated this while addressing 24th Convocation of Federal Government Margalla College for Women (FGMCW), F-7/4 as the chief guest. He said education policy would be announced shortly and it would prove a milestone in achieving the target of quality education. Kathia said government was committed to make all out efforts for providing better education to its all citizens. "Our priority is to enhance literacy rate in the country," he added. He said presently the country was facing many problems including provision of educational opportunities to all citizens. "There is a dire need to invest in education sector as without it no nation could prosper," he said. Earlier, the chief guest awarded degrees and medals to the graduating students. Hameed Alvi Award was given to Bushra Wali of Mass Communications for securing first position in the Punjab University while 17 students of BSc got the Roll of Honour. Shields were given to the teaching and non-teaching staff on completion of 25 years in the college. Daily Times

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CPSP to facilitates young doctors in studies abroad
Rawalpindi: College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) has explored new avenues of luxurious overseas job opportunities for young postgraduate trainees of Pakistan which not only fulfil their required academic training obligation but also opened marvellous carrier in the medical profession.

Besides adequate monitory benefits, they would also get international exposure from this exchange of training and continued research programmes. Pakistani doctors have also been invited for evaluation of trainees in different countries.

Renowned Hepatalogist, Prof of medicines Rawalpindi Medical College and Controller of Examinations Regional Centre CPSP, Islamabad Dr Muhammad Shoaib Shafi stated this here on Wednesday while talking to young doctors association members in a reception hosted at Benazir Bhuttoo Hospital, Rawalpindi.

Prof Shoaib Sahfi informed that a delegation of CPSP council members headed by President CPSP Professor Zafar Ullah Chaudhry visited UK on the invitation of Professor Ian Gilmore, MD, PRCP and had detailed meeting with their counterparts of Royal College of Physicians UK and also exchanged views with delegates of various prestigious academic training institutions of Medicines and other specialities to identify areas of interest and mutual cooperation in medical education, training and curriculum developments.

The delegates from Pakistan included Dr Khalid Masood Gondal, Dr Muhammad Amjad, Prof Asqhar Chanaa and Prof Qazi Yaqoob.

Prof Shoaib Shafi giving further details and outcomes of their visit informed that Saudi Commission for Health Specialities (SCHS) had offered nomination of CPSP examiners to evaluate final clinical and oral examination of health professionals in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Neurology, Dermatology, Radiology, Psychiatry, General Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Urology, Anesthesia, ENT, Ophthalmology, Emergency Medicine and Cardiology.

He said that various health institutions of international repute had acknowledged CPSP academic training standard and invited young Pakistani doctors to join their institutions and collaborate in medical training programmes.

He said that with reference to Prof Dinesh Bhugra President UK Royal College of Psychiatrists, a request was forwarded to CPSP for initiating procedural correspondences for mutual collaboration in connection for training and curriculum development.

Similarly, Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) also requested for nomination of Pakistani examiners for evaluating FCPS par-II candidates whose exams to be held in July-August 2009.

Moreover, Dr. Neil Dewhurst MD Royal College of Physicians UK also invited representatives of CPSP for exchange of views with regard to share experiences about different branches of medicines. Prof Shafi mentioned that Director General of Health Malaysia, Dr. HJ. Mohammad Ismaail Merican also showed interest to meet CPSP delegates to discuss future collaboration Pakistan and Malaysia in post graduate medical education.

Dr Shoaib said that Head Nuclear Medicine Services, Ministry of Health, Kuwait and President of Kuwait Nuclear Medicine Society expressed great interest in exchange of scientific and technical in the field of PET, Correlative imaging with CT, radionuclide therapy, Musculoskeletal, Cardiology, Gastrointestinal and infection.

Dr Asif Ali Al Mansuri of Minsitry of Health Sultanate of Oman and Royal College of Anaesthetists London also invited Pakistani doctors to proceed for mutual cooperation in medical disciplines.

Dr Shoaib Shafi informed that hundreds of job had been offered to Pakistani PG trainees in different international health institutions which is a land mark in the history of CPSP.

Young doctor's association members appreciated the efforts of CPSP council members and lauded the role of Prof. Zafar ullah Chaudhry President CPSP who took keen interest in promoting medical training facilities and provided golden opportunities to doctors for placement in appropriate specialties both in the country and abroad.

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NUML students excel in Chinese speech contest
Islamabad: Colourful lively performances by the students of Chinese Language Department of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Thursday enthralled audience during a contest held here in the university.

The students presented a big variety of programmes in Chinese language comprising speeches, quiz, songs and calligraphy to display what they have learned during the course.

Among loud applause and clapping of the audience, the students also presented magic shows, Xinjiang dance, musical chairs, Taiji and chopsticks competition. Besides Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Lou Zhaohui, Councillor Cultural Department of Chinese Embassy Yang Lin Hai and other Chinese officials, the programme was attended by Rector NUML Professor Aziz Ahmed, heads of different departments of the university and a large number of students and faculty members.

Speaking on the occasion, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan lauded the performance of the contestants.

He appreciated the efforts of Chinese language department of NUML and observed that holding of such contests provided a good opportunity to all those, who were interested to experience fascinating aspects of the Chinese culture.

He said besides providing wonderful opportunity to learners of Chinese language to practice the language in an enjoyable and challenging way, such contests showed how deep-rooted Sino-Pak ties were.

Rector NUML Professor Aziz Ahmed said that the Chinese language was almost 5,000 years old and it was one of the most spoken language of the world.

He said holding of speech and other contests in NUML were reflective of the fact that like other parts of the world Chinese language had also great importance in Pakistan. He said relations between Pakistan and China were eternal and would keep on bolstering with the passage of time.

He thanked Chinese Ambassador for taking out time for the programme despite his pressing engagements.

At the end of the programme, prizes were distributed among the winners of the contests. Competitor Hasib got first position for performing extraordinarily in speech, song and quiz contests. Nasir Ding and Tariq both stood second in the competition, while Irfan Malik, Majabeen and Adil secured third position.

Hasib was also selected to participate in the 8th Chinese Bridge Language Proficiency Contest for foreign college students to be held in China in July. The event would provide him an opportunity to express his fun and talent in China. The Nation

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"More Pakistani youth should go for learning Chinese language ... After all, China is our neighbor and so much of business is taking place between Pakistan & China.."
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"As Pakistani cooperation continues to grow with China, it is important for the Pakistani government and institutions to PLAN for preparing their human resources accordingly and focus more on grooming them in this very direction.."
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Inter-university debate contest
Islamabad: Pakistan needs to show the world that dialogue and tolerance are the best way to bring about a change in the society, said Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani on Thursday.

He was addressing the 12th All Pakistan Inter-University Debate Contest for Award of Allama Iqbal Shield, organised by Higher Education Commission (HEC), at HEC auditorium on Thursday.

"Debates help polish critical thinking and better understanding of social, cultural and economic issues," said the minister. He said the government had adopted a policy to encourage such activities in the educational institutions.

"Debates all over the world are considered a major edifying activity. Today when the people are inclined to pick up sword instead of using words, the debates and competitions provide a platform to express oneself and bring a positive change in the society through dialogue, discourse and respect for variance in views," he said. "We need a broader viewpoint that transcends the boundaries of regional, sectarian and ethnic distinctions," he added.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Welfare and in charge HEC Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali said debates taught people to be expressive besides being tolerant to other's point of view. "We must learn to be tolerant and listen to each other, which is the basic spirit for organising such contests," she said.

HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi said the commission was working to empower the youth in every possible manner. He urged the youth to set for themselves high ambitions and HEC would provide the facilities to achieve the highest of goals.

He said the Allama Iqbal Shield contest was an annual event organised first at the university level where students from all departments and constituent colleges take part. The second round is organised at the regional level at Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and Rawalpindi while the third and final round is organised at the HEC Islamabad where the top scoring teams consisting of two students from the participating universities and one top scorer student apart from those in the team participate, he said.

University of the Punjab, Lahore won both the shields in English and Urdu debates.

In competition among individual speakers, Shamaoon Ahmad, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Faisal Mahmood, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and Rafique Ahmed Brohi from University of Sindh won first, second and third positions in the English debate respectively. Syed Shafaat Ali, CECOS University of IT and Emerging Sciences, Peshawar, Haider Mairaj, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad and Syed Farhan Ali Zaidi from University of Sindh, Jamshoro won first, second and third position in the Urdu debate respectively. Daily Times

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