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No place for Pakhtun leaders in KP syllabus anymore
Peshawar, May 03: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elementary and
secondary education department is understood to have decided to remove
chapters on Pakhtun leader Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and his poet son,
Ghani Khan, from the Pashto book for 12th grade in the province, it is
The revised book will be introduced in local
educational institutions at the start of the next academic year,
according to sources.
The chapters on the life of Khan Abdul
Ghaffar Khan, popularly known as Bacha Khan, a preacher of nonviolence,
and his son, Ghani Khan, a philosopher, Pashto poet and sculptor, were
included in the 12th grade Pashto book to inform Pakhtun youths about
People in the know said chapters on Bacha Khan and
Ghani Khan were part of the curriculum, which was developed by the
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Text Book Board in 2009 at the request of the federal
They said though other stakeholders from Balochistan
and Islamabad were taken on board during the preparation of the
curriculum, a section of society with a 'different mindset' was unhappy
with the move to educate the new generation of Pakhtuns about its
When contacted, Zubair Hasrat, one of the co-authors of
the book, insisted the provincial Directorate of Curriculum and Teachers
Education had decided to exclude chapters on Bacha Khan and Ghani Khan.
He alleged that the directorate also intended to remove references to other progressive Pakhtun writers from the book.
Mr Hasrat said the Da Azadi Sapasalar (torchbearer of the freedom movement) was a chapter on the life of Bacha Khan.
said the personality of Bacha Khan, his struggle in the independence
movement and different aspect of his life were mentioned in the book.
Hasrat said Pashto drama writer Professor Mohammad Hamayun Huma and
Professor Yar Mohammad Maghmoom Khattak were among other authors of the
According to him, a portion of Ghani Khan's works, Gady
Wady, published in the Pashto language magazine, Pakhtun, which was
launched before the independence, is also part of the current book as a
"We have not crossed the line and everything mentioned in the book is in accordance with the curriculum," he said.
Mr Hasrat said the book was duly approved by the Provincial Technical Review Committee in 2012.
He said noted professors of Pashto language were part of the PTRC, who had no objections to the book.
to him, the DCTE has decided to exclude both chapters from the book in
light of the National Review Committee's recommendations.
Hasrat alleged that members of the NRC didn't have the calibre of the
book's authors and the PTRC members, so there was no justification to
follow its recommendations.
When contacted, Professor Fazl Naseer,
one of the NRC members, said the authors of the book had exceeded the
limit by getting additional material included in the book.
He said the authors had made chapters, which were not mentioned in the curriculum, part of the book.
the other hand, Zubair Hasrat said the authors were respected and
responsible academicians, who couldn't include chapters in the book on
He said the authors had categorically asked the education department to publish the book without excluding any chapter.
"We will go to the court if the government doesn't agree with us," he said.
contacted, Bacha Khan Education Trust Managing Director Khadim Hussain
said after 18th amendment to the Constitution, the federal government
had given the right to each province to include its history, culture,
literature, heroes etc in own textbooks, so the chapters on Bacha Khan
and Ghani Khan were included in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa curriculum.
said during the development of the new curriculum, it was decided to
keep students from the material spreading hatred against other nations
and glorying war, which was introduced during military dictator Ziaul
DCTE director Bashir Hussain Shah said that
chapters on Bacha Khan and Ghani Khan would not be excluded from the
Pashto book for 12th grade.
Insiders insisted though the relevant
officials of the education department didn't confirm the imminent
exclusion of chapters on Pakhtun nationalists from the syllabus, that
would certainly happen. Dawn
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KMU to develop academic cooperation with American varsity
Peshawar: Khyber Medical University (KMU), Peshawar and
the University of Toledo (UT), Ohio, USA have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) on academic and research cooperation.
signing ceremony took place during a recent visit of Dr Mohammad
Hafizullah, the vice-chancellor of KMU, to the University of Toledo,
The MoU was signed by Dr Hafizullah and the dean college of
medicine and life sciences, UT on behalf of their respective
The purpose of the MoU is to develop academic and
educational cooperation and promote mutual understanding between the two
Both the universities agreed to develop
collaborative activities in research at doctorate and post doctorate
levels in basic medical sciences, curriculum development of medical,
dental, paramedical, nursing and other allied health fields.
objectives of the MoU are to get engaged in discussions regarding
collaborative activities and exchange of faculty and students. Any type
of financial arrangements between the universities will be negotiated
and memorialised in definitive legal agreement.
According to the
MoU, each party agreed to carry out collaborative activities in
accordance with the laws and regulations of their respective countries
after full consultation and approval.The MoU, which will be valid for
five years, may be amended or modified by a written agreement signed by
the representative of each party.
The validity of the MoU may only
be extended by the written consent of both the parties. The MoU may at
any time during its period of validity, be terminated by one of the
parties upon prior notice to the other in writing, not later than six
months before its date of termination.
Dr Hafizullah said that the
MoU would enable KMU to seek guidance and support from UT in various
disciplines of health sciences. app
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