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Evening shift in government schools | Punjab Youth Festival

Evening shift will soon be a thing of the past
Islamabad, Nov 08: If things go as planned, the long-delayed phased elimination of evening shift in Islamabad's government schools will get underway next year.

Early last year, former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani had ordered to do away with second-evening shift in Islamabad's schools overseen by Federal Directorate of Education, but the decentralisation of the education ministry and red-tape blocked action on the orders issued to ensure unified education system in Islamabad capital territory.

Evening shift was introduced in Islamabad schools almost two decades ago to accommodate maximum number of students.

According to a source at the Capital Administration and Development Ministry, CAD Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal will be announcing the elimination of evening shift from Islamabad schools in four phases during a function at a local educational institution in late November or early December.

Under the plan, according to the source, Islamabad's all government model schools will stop offering admission to Prep-5th classes in evening shift from April 2013 onwards, while evening shift of 6th and 7th classes there will be abolished in April 2014. Evening shift for 8th-10th classes at government schools in Islamabad are to be done away with by April 2015.

And once evening shift ends, students will be adjusted to the nearest schools of their choice.

Under consideration, the source says, is another proposal that evening shift at Islamabad schools be eliminated in one go instead of phases to the comfort of the students.

According to the source, to put in place a unified education system in Islamabad capital territory, all educational institutions under FDE will have the same nomenclature, admission policy and schedule, fee/fund structure, syllabus, daily timings and working, curricular and co-curricular activities, annul calendar, distribution of workload of teachers, assessment/examination system (internal/external), student uniform, logo, code of ethics for teachers, parents and student societies.

When contacted, CAD Secretary Riffat Shaheen confirmed that abolition of evening shift in Islamabad schools was on the cards.

She, however, said that discussion on how to do it keeping the students' benefit in view was underway at the ministry. The news

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Int'l Punjab Youth Festival takes off
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday opened the International Punjab Youth Festival at a colourful ceremony at the National Hockey Stadium.

Some national teams and some club level teams from 26 countries are part of the festival which will continue till Nov 15. Touch-ball, fist-ball, rugby, baseball besides football and athletics are part of the festival.

Earlier, the Sports Board Punjab claimed that 41 countries would be participating but later it said 26 nations were being represented here. All foreign teams have been paid for tickets and five-star accommodation.

The organisers claim the clubs and national teams from England, Indian Punjab, South Korea, Palestine, New Zealand, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and many other countries are taking part.

Indian Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also attended the opening ceremony.

Shahbaz Sharif said cricket and hockey competitions would be held after every two years on a reciprocal basis to strengthen the friendship between two Punjabs. He said the Punjab Assembly team would also play cricket match against the Indian PA team in near future.

He said both countries should ignore the miseries of the past for a better future. He said the European countries had been
fighting against each other for decades but now they had overcome their issues and emerged as most developed countries of the world.

Sukhbir was delighted over his visit to Lahore and said he could not forget the love the Lahorites had given to him. He said both Punjabs could not live without each other and they should further come closer in all spheres. He said holding of such festival was a good step to channelise the youth's potential towards healthy activities.

He said the Indian Punjab would stage third World Kabaddi Cup at Bathinda on Dec 15 this year and Shahbaz would be the chief guest.

Pakistan and Indian Punjabs would also compete separately in hockey, kabaddi, tug-of-war and wrestling. Moreover, in 'Dosti Cup', Deaf and Dumb teams of India and Pakistan would clash in cricket, kabaddi, wrestling, badminton, table tennis and chess.

Though the sports board made ample arrangements, half of the stadium remained empty. Dawn

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NUST organises int'l conference on ACTA-2012
Islamabad: The National University of Sciences and Technology organised a two-day international conference on Advanced Concrete Technology and its Applications (ACTA-2012) on Monday and Tuesday. The chief guest of the closing session of the conference was Ministry of Science and Technology Secretary Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar.

The conference aimed at promoting awareness, transferring technology and benefiting from the extensive work of reputed foreign research scholars. Enhancing awareness on exploitation of modern concrete and promoting collaboration between industry, academia and practitioners were few of the agenda points of the conference. The conference was organised with valued cooperation of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the American Concrete Institute. pr

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