UK Higher Education Links programme
'UK to strengthen education sector'
Islamabad, May 11: British High Commissioner Adam Thomson said on
Monday that his country would extend every possible support to
strengthen linkages between education sectors of the two countries.
at an event to celebrate Higher Education Commission-British Council
(HEC-BC) Joint Higher Education Links programme, he said no country
could flourish without developing its educational system. He hoped that
Pakistan-UK partnership would result in the promotion of education
Mr Thomson said his country was the largest investor in Pakistan and "we want top Pakistani students to study in UK".
challenge to provide better educational facilities to Pakistani
students is not smaller one and UK will continue this partnership to
develop the better relations," he said, adding that Britain provided
more opportunities to Pakistani students than the previous year.
high commissioner inaugurated the exhibition where 35 HEC-BC Joint
Higher Education Links and other projects displayed their work.
the occasion, HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R. Laghari said the joint linkages
programme had resulted in close collaboration between Pakistani and the
"Major objective of this collaborative
programme was to provide opportunities to the Pakistani universities to
enhance the research and training capabilities of their researchers by
linking up with partner higher education institutions in the UK," he
The HEC-BC linkage programme has resulted in the establishment of 50 links, he said.
joint collaborative endeavour between Pakistani and the British
universities has brought the research community of both the countries
closer to each other through joint supervision of research scholars,
exchange of faculty members, development of new academic courses and
programmes, convening of workshops for training of faculty and for
initiation research in the field of mutual interest," he added.
programme started in 2006 to enhance the research and training capacity
of Pakistani higher education institutions so that they could
contribute to the institutional capacity building of the higher
education sector of the country.
The programme is funded by the HEC
and managed by the British Council in Pakistan. The council has built
50 research and capacity building links between Pakistani and UK
institutions under the phase 1 and 2 of the programme.
programme is in line with the British Council's objective to increase
UK's contribution to international co-operation in research and
The council in collaboration with the HEC also
launched INSPIRE (International Strategic Partnerships in Research and
Education) - Pakistan Strategic Partnerships 2010.
Nishat Riaz, BC head of programmes, the aim of INSPIRE - Strategic
Partnerships is to promote sustainable academic and international
research partnerships at institutional level between Pakistan and the
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New school monitoring system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Monday notified
a new system of monitoring public sector educational institutes.
Under the new system, administrative heads of high and higher secondary
schools will supervise primary and middle schools in their respective
A notification issued here by the elementary and
secondary education department said: "Following the decision taken by
the provincial cabinet, salaries of PST shall be disbursed through
clusters of schools placed under principals/headmasters/headmistresses
of high/higher secondary schools."
The administrative power, under the cluster school system, has been transferred to heads of high and higher secondary schools.
The department has ordered formation of clusters of primary and middle schools in this regard.
It also directed executive district officers (education) across the
province to notify establishment of clusters in their respective
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Private schools protest killing of girl students
Mansehra: Private schools remained closed in Oghi on Monday in protest against the killing of two school-going sisters.
"It is an inhuman act carried out by beasts against two innocent
sisters. If police do not arrest the culprits within a week, the scope
of protests will be spread to the district and then to the province,"
Gul Mohammad, president of the All Private Schools Association of Oghi,
said while speaking at a gathering of teachers, traders and people from
all walks of life.
Gul Mohammad and others said police had
failed to protect the life and property of citizens, adding criminals
were out against people.
They called for immediate arrest of the killers to bring them to justice.
They said the double murder had created a sense of insecurity among
parents and if police did not apprehend the culprits they would confine
their children to home.
The gathered people wanted to take
out a protest procession, but police authorities arrived at the scene
and persuaded them not to do so by assuring early arrest of the
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QAU workshop titled 'Indo-Asian Continental Collision'
Islamabad: With an aim to provide a platform
for local and foreign experts to dilate upon various sensitive issues
related to earth and earthquakes, a two-day workshop titled 'Indo-Asian
Continental Collision' started on Monday at Quaid-i-Azam University
(QAU), organised by the Department of Earth Sciences in collaboration
with National Science Foundation (NSF).
On first day, renowned
foreign and national speakers shared their knowledge in four academic
sessions of the workshop discussing earthquake hazards, Indo-Asian
Collision, Lithospheric deformation, climate and tectonics.
his welcome address, Dr Masoom Yasinzai, the QAU vice chancellor, said
plate tectonics is such an important issue for Pakistan which sits at
the foothill of lesser Himalayas; an area prone to earthquakes and
major plate boundaries, along with about 44 active faults. The field of
seismology has almost been dormant since October 8, 2005, earthquake.
emphasized that oil and gas data comprising of seismic reflection time
section should be used to study the stereography of earth and identify
locations of blind faults, pop-up structure, and areas prone to
He said that QAU with the sponsorship of HEC is
committed to support these kinds of studies and it is expected that
this year a large amount of funding would be provided by the HEC for
ongoing research activities, new endeavors, and research at MPhil and
PhD levels through indigenous fellowships.
the workshop, HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari said that HEC has been
focusing on building institutions and in this process the priority is
given to quality teaching, particularly in public sector universities
of Pakistan. He said universities couldn't just fuscous on teaching;
research should be their important component.
currently only 20 percent faculty in Pakistani universities has PHD
degrees therefore human resource development is a prime concern for the
HEC. Laghari lauded QAU's efforts for hosting such a wonderful event
and providing researchers a platform to share their views.
Bilham from Department of Geological Sciences at University of Colorado
in his presentation on 'earthquakes and geodesy: an emerging GPS view
of Pakistan Tectonics' said it has been five years since the
devastating 2005 earthquake saw widespread application of GPS
measurements in Pakistan.
He said at a few places along the
western boundary in Balochistan, there is evidence that the zone of
deformation is focused on single fault that may be slipping seismically
close to the surface.
Dr Martin Flower from University of
Illinois gave presentation on 'Plate Collision End-games: A Possible
Role for Collision-Induced Mantle Extrusion' and said his current work
focuses on ophiolites in the complex NW India-Asia syntaxis where a
collage of accreted micro-continents is associated with a complex
sequence of neo-Tethyan basin closure, in many cases post-dating those
associated with the 'hard' of India.
He said the Cenozoic Makran Complex represents a unique sub parallel sequence of
ophiolites, perhaps reflecting rapid episodes of basin opening, and
closure, early quaternary volcanism of Afghanistan, and Pleistocene
calcalkaline activity in Koh-i-Sultan.
Dr Zulfiqar Ahmad, of
Department of Earth Sciences, described the purpose and structure of
workshop. The seminar was well attended by faculty members Researchers,
foreign delegates, Geoscientists, Students, and Scholars.
Akhtar Kassi, University of Balochistan; Dr Irshad Ahmad, University of
Peshawar; Dr Kahlid Mahmood, University of Sargodha; Dr Sajjad Ahmad,
Department of Geology, University of Peshawar; Dr Mohammad Sayab,
University of Peshawar; Dr Ali Tabrez, National Institute for
Oceanography, Karachi; Dr M Rushtam Khan, Institute of Geology,
University of AJK, Muzzafarabad and Dr Mahmood Raza, HEC, also
participated the workshop. Daily times
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Training of TV, Video Script writing vital for distant learning
teaching material to be transcribed into television scripts by Allama Iqbal Open
University (AIOU) would be helpful for the students getting education in the far
flung areas of the country. Dean Faculty of Sciences AIOU,
Prof Dr. Faqir Muhammad said that while addressing the participant on the
inauguration of 7-day workshop on "Television, Video Script Writing for Science
Faculty" here Monday.
The greatness is concealed in
knowledge not in power and one can fulfill his responsibilities in a better way
if he/she is well aware of it, he said.
Faqir said that the students
can get help from print as well as electronic media in non-formal education
system for that professor, engineers with assistance of academic staff of the
university will prepare educational television programmes.
He urged the participants in
the said workshop to take full attention for changing the teaching material into
"Human beings was sent by
Allah Almighty to the deserted and uninhabited earth with wealth of knowledge
for finding out ways for its betterment and make it a place to pass lavish
life," he added.
Resource person of the
workshop, Iqbal Fahim Jozi said that the keen interest in teaching practice of
script writing will make it beneficial for participants.
Director, Institute of
Educational Technology, Qasim Haider also addressed the participants and thanked
Dr Faqir for arranging the workshop. App
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