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Government plan to enhance education sector

Government has doubled its efforts to promote education
Islamabad, Sep 16: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said his government accorded high priority to education and all possible resources would be made available for this purpose.

"The recently announced Education Policy has incorporated all ingredients necessary to broaden the educational base. Under the new education policy, the government has planned to enhance the education budget to seven percent of GDP by 2015," he said.

He was talking to Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Zafarullah, who called on him at the PM's House.

"The government has doubled its efforts to promote education across the country in order to realise the dream of a progressive Pakistan," Gilani said.

He approved a proposal regarding creation of a Center of Excellence in Management Sciences in BZU and necessary grant in this regard would soon be released. He approved a grant of Rs 30 million for Seraiki Area Study Centre.

The prime minister also gave approval for construction of a sub-campus of BZU at Sahiwal with an estimated cost of Rs 500 million. He approved funding for Teacher's Housing Scheme to cater to the demand of BZU teachers.

The vice chancellor briefed the prime minister about various ongoing projects of the university.

He told Gilani that this year 30 scholars had been named for Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Foreign Scholarship. Daily times

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Targets in national education policy ambitious
Islamabad: The education policy offers little to the people and most of the claims in the policy are a wish list with ambitious and clearly unattainable targets like increase in education budget to 7 per cent of GDP by 2015.

This was stated by Zahra Arshad, National Coordinator, Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) an independent network of educationists, civil society organizations and citizens.

Reacting to the newly approved education policy, the PCE has in a statement also demanded the government to withdraw the seminaries from the control of Ministry of Interior and give them under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Education.

The organization also criticised inclusion of highly controversial chapter on Islamic education in the final draft of the policy.

Such an ideologically driven act would surely lead to sectarian and inter-faith conflicts, statement stated adding that PCE and its allies expressed serious reservations on the national Education Policy (NEP) and demanded that it should be immediately open to amendments.

PCE said that the increase in education budget up to 7 per cent of GDP seemed very ambitious compared to the current allocations of 2.7 per cent of GDP for education sector, including 1.7 per cent from public sector and 1 per cent from private sector.PCE accused the government of undermining the supremacy of parliament because the National Education Policy should have been discussed in the parliament before it was tabled in the cabinet for approval.

Partners of PCE demanded that over emphasis on the Islamic education and appointment of qaris should be a subject to revision in the approved policy. They termed the decision of governing seminaries (maddrassas) via Ministry of Interior as a fatal flaw in the National Education Policy.

PCE strongly demanded that the policy should be open to amendments and improvements at all stages of implementation.

To achieve greater consensus NEP should be discussed in the parliament and all parliamentarians should give their views on the current policy.

Partners of PCE demanded immediate formation of a federal review committee on administrative level to incorporate the recommendations of the civil society in the finalized draft of National Education Policy.

The coalition demanded that the proceedings of federal review committee on Education Policy should be open to public. PCE condemned one dimensional approach of NEP to a multi-functional institution of education. Dawn

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IIU arranged Mehfil-e-Qirraat
Islamabad: The international islamic university (IIU) arranged a 'Mehfil-e-Qirra'at' at Faisal Mosque under the auspices of Dawah Academy of the university. Renowned 'Qaries' from Iran and Pakistan participated while a large number of faithful and general public attended the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman, director Dawah Academy hosted an 'Iftar' dinner which was attended among others by Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik, Dr Anwar Hussain Siddique, Dr Anis Ahmad and other university staff, said a statement issued here Tuesday.

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Grandparents Day at Foundation School
Rawalpindi: Grandparents Day was celebrated at the Foundation School, says a press release issued here on Tuesday. The chief guests on the occasion were grandparents of schoolchildren.

The programme included beautiful poems and befitting skits, which showed the love showered by elderly members of the family on their young ones. Songs were sung and feelings of love and respect were expressed by students to their grandparents.

Expressing their views, the grandparents thanked the school management for grooming the personalities of their children. In the end, bouquets were presented to all guests by their grandchildren. Foundation School Administrator Muhammad Shoaib thanked all grandparents for sparing time for the function. He urged students to give their grandparents time and love. The news

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