Mismanagements under youth ministry programmes
Youth can't take benefit of ministry's programmes
Islamabad, Oct 18: The majority of the youth of the country cannot take benefit of the
projects designed for them in the absence of proper awareness campaign of the
programmes on the part of the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
could play significant role in encouraging participation of youth in community
development activities and building their confidence of young generation, who
are primarily frustrated due to career and academic issues, identity crises,
family dynamics and low self esteem and lack of self-confidence.
view promoting national integration and harmony among the young generation and
building their confidence level, every year the Ministry of Youth Affairs had
initiated series of national and international awards and competitions in
Although all these projects were launched on national
level and youngsters of every nook and corner of the country must be well aware
about these competitions, however contrary to it youth even those belonged to
urban areas did not have any information about plans of the
According to officials within the Ministry it is very essential to
involve young people in advocating for development issues as youth have the
potential, and it is our responsibility to provide them opportunities and
utilise their potential for development of the country.
the officials informed that they were regularly advertising about plans
being launched for youth.
However, it has been learnt that, so far, there was
no any specific programme that would inform youth about ongoing projects of the
ministry and could facilitate them to participate in the programs or
Especially those youngsters of rural areas, who have no
facility of newspapers, Internet and other such sources of information, are no
nothing regarding these projects.
It is to be mentioned here that the plans
were included the national business plan competition, national easy writing
competition, computer literacy programme and national business plan competition,
SAARC youth awards scheme, Commonwealth youth awards and outstanding achievement
Besides that the ministry also arranged visits of foreign countries
for youth, but most of the youngsters revealed that had not any information
about these tours.
It was also learnt that despite inking contract of Youth
Exchange Programme with as many as 40 countries, the Ministry could hardly
manage to take advantage of only a few.
An official of the Ministry said,
while seeking anonymity, that the ministry could hardly supervise to exchange
youth visit with four or five countries because of its inadequate budget. The nation
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Government launched volunteer student force to tackle terror
Islamabad: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday launched a 'Volunteer Student Task Force' to fight terrorism
in the country.
During a meeting to review security in Islamabad, the
interior minister said volunteers could register in their respective police
Apart from a three-day orientation, the volunteers would be
trained at their respective educational institutions, after which they would be
The interior minister also announced a reward of
Rs 500,000 for the person providing a video or a photograph that may lead to
arrest or detection of any act of terrorism.
Calling the incentive a
'National Volunteer Video Policing' initiative, Malik said people eligible for
the reward would also be offered a job in the local police department or the
Federal Investigation Agency and would also be given preference in case he had
already applied for a government job.
The minister said operations by
Islamabad police intercepted numerous terrorists before they could commit
crimes. He directed security personnel deployed in Islamabad to remain vigilant
and launch community policing by maintaining close liaison with the local
Malik thanked the people for extending their cooperation by
providing voluntary information regarding suspects, due to which many terrorism
bids had been foiled. The interior minister advised the public to remain alert
and immediately report any suspicious activity to the police.
meeting, chaired by the Interior Minister, reviewed the finalisation of the
Explosive Rules 1940.
The minister granted his approval for the revised
draft and directed the authorities to review the Explosive Substance Act be and
asked them to take stringent measures against the violators of the Explosive
Rules. Daily times
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Rare books, manuscripts being digitised
Islamabad: National Library of Pakistan (NLP) has digitised over 200 rare books and manuscripts so far with
a view to preserving the national literary heritage for the next generations.
Sources informed that this step would not only help preserve national
heritage but also facilitate researchers and scholars. They said initially Rs4
million was earmarked for the project.
NLP earlier would use scanners for
preservation of books but now state-of-the-art technology like Book Eye and
Zcutschel were being used for this purpose, they added. The sources said this
technology was also being used in the developed countries and NLP has already
CDs of these books were also being prepared and within the premise
of NLP online access was available to the researcher and scholars, they added.
They said that not only newspapers and books in the NLP but also rare books and
manuscripts across the county would be digitised in order to preserve national
heritage for future generations in the next phase.
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The City School awards high achievers
Islamabad: High Achievers in 'O' and 'A' levels were awarded by The City School Capital
Campus. The City School Regional Director Safia Cassim graced the occasion with
Pakistan Futuristic Foundation and Institute Chairman Dr.
R.M Ikram Azam and his elder sister educationist Dr. Zohra Azam were the chief
guests on the occasion.
In the presence of their proud parents, the
students who had secured 2As till 8As in their subjects were awarded merit
certificates. The City School Capital Campus Principal Ali Anwar said that he
feels honored because the students who had come to the school in their kinder
garden classes and were even reluctant to enter their classes have now grown up
and brought laurels to their alma mater. He feels proud of them because The City
School has 150 branches all over Pakistan and the Capital Campus has produced
100 High Achievers and 700 have appeared in Cambridge International Exams. "This
is not the end of your hard work but it is just a step towards success," he
said. Later, the students also shared their wonderful experience at the Capital
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Students visit environment expo
Islamabad: As many as 6,200 students from 75 public and private sectors educational
institutions of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad visited the
International Expo on Environment held here at a local girls college from Oct
While having an overview regarding the expo, Secretary Expo, Farhat
Rajpar, informed this agency that the exhibition tilted 'The Earth's Future in
Our Hands' not only targeted children and youth between 12 to 20 years age group
but also it attracted their parents and other family members. Moreover, she
added, 285 teachers attended the expo.
"The PSF designated alternate days
for the boys and girls so that they could make maximum use of this opportunity
in a peaceful and secure atmosphere," she added.
She said the PSF had
also organised a three-day training workshop conducted by Pierre Beauvallet,
creator of the exhibition from Scientific, Technical, Industrial and Cultural
Centre, France, on September 29 to October 1 at IMCG, F-7/4. This workshop was
aimed at providing training to the master trainers for explaining the exhibits
to the visiting students and general public in such a way that the visitors
could benefit maximum from the exhibition.
"Besides the students, general
public also visited the Expo and admired the PSF and Embassy of France's efforts
to create awareness of environmental problems," she added.
international expo on environment which concluded Friday was visited by eager
students who evinced keen interest in the displays related to environmental
issues and their solutions.
"Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) organised
the expo in collaboration with Federal Directorate of Education, Embassy of
France in Islamabad and Scientific, Technical, Industrial and Culture Centre,
France at Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-7/4, from October 2-16 daily from
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.," she added.
Farhat Rajpar said the Expo would be
moved to Abbottabad, where it will open for students from October 21. She said
the expo has already travelled to a number of countries in Europe, Africa, Asia
and Latin America will also be held in Sukkur and Multan.
"The expo is a
part of PSF science promotion activities and celebration of National Year of
Environment 2009. It is aimed at raising students awareness of the urgency to
act if we are to save our earth for our future generations," she
The exhibition is structured around three major themes
including Living with Our Environment, Tomorrow's Consumption and Production and
Responsible Sharing of Resources, said Ms. Rajpar. The news
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NCA to play 'Kuch Kaho'
Rawalpindi: The Department of Theatre of National College of Arts (NCA)
will present a play "Kuch Kaho" tomorrow (Monday) at the Liaqat Hall, NCA,
Babu Baral, one of the leading actors of the popular Punjabi
theatre, draws upon his rich background of improvisation in creating a short
theatre workshop play with students from the twin cities.
will be followed by a discussion with Babu Baral on the art of improvisation,
tracing his life and work, along with screenings of excerpts from his prominent
The event is a part of NCA's Amad Festival and is one of many outreach
activities the Department of Theatre has been conducting over the last two years
in NCA's second campus based in Rawalpindi at the Liaqat Hall complex.
activities have invited theatre practitioners, groups and young aspiring
performers to participate in performances, discussion programmes, workshops and
conferences, generating public theatre awareness.
In January 2010 NCA will
begin its regular BA Theatre Degree programme, for which admissions will be open
in the next month.
Entrance to this programme is by invitation card only,
which can be collected/reserved from NCA's Department of Theatre. PPI
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Chandnagar School students plant saplings
Rawalpindi: Students of Chandnagar School, Westridge, and their parents planted saplings in
the vicinity of the school during a short but impressive ceremony held to create
awareness about the effects of pollution on our society and what plantation can
do to counter the menace.
Students made speeches and highlighted the
benefits of trees. Renowned educationist and researcher Dr. A.H. Nayyar was the
chief guest on the occasion.
Principal Yasmeen Ashraf said that through
donation they had collected 800 saplings, among
which hundred saplings would be planted in the Westridge area by the students
and other 700 would be planted by Col Irfan (one of the parents) who has
arranged to get them planted in the cantonment area.
Dr. A.H. Nayyar
while speaking on the occasion said that it is imperative that the children
should be taught about the environment hazards and the benefits of plantation at
an early age so that it remains in their minds for the rest of their lives. He
hoped that other schools should also work on these lines. The news
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