Educationists pin hope on new education policy
Sufficient allocation of funds for new education policy
Islamabad, Sep 12: Prominent educationists have said, proper implementation and sufficient
allocation of funds for new education policy will remain key for achieving
higher literacy rates and raising standards in schools and institutions of
The policy has reiterated the government's commitment to
achieve tangible milestones and redress many of the issues hindering efforts at
developing precious human resources.
The initiative pledges better
working conditions for teachers, raise in budgetary allocations, separates role
of administrators and educators and establish district boards to monitor
For the first time, the missing link of career counselling for
students, which can propel them to productive career paths, has been put under
spotlight in the new policy.
Talking to this agency, prominent
educationist from Government Degree College for Men, H-9, Dr Salahuddin Darvesh
said the education policy carries the glimpses of Pakistan People Party's
manifesto envisioning a developed and educated country.
From the time of
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto till today, whenever PPP came into power, it always tried to
elevate social standard of the people through its people-friendly
The Education Ministry has set the ball rolling by mentioning
the obvious that schools should have well trained teachers and quality
Darvesh termed the policy as a comprehensive scheme, which would
achieve farsighted results through raising standard of
Progress in education is directly linked with quality
curriculum, and special emphasis is given to the curriculum in this policy,
which is a positive step.
The present government has strong political
vision as it handled the issues of terrorism and extremism, and it is capable of
solving social issues, he added.
Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB)
F-8/4 Principal Professor Waheeduddin said the policy has emphasised on uniform
syllabus, which is direly needed to end discrimination. Elevating the
qualification of primary level teachers and giving them better grades will help
them acquire respectable status in the society, he said.
Most of the
targets set in the policy like increase in GDP to seven percent by 2015 and
increasing HEC enrolment are long-term plans.
The policy has many targets
to achieve, so the funding plans should be devised to achieve the desired goals,
he said adding the policy attaches due importance to the Islamic education which
is essential for the new generation.
He pointed out that the holding of
higher secondary classes at school level needs to be reviewed as either the
school teachers education will be improved or the faculty of colleges will be
shifted to the school set up. Another educationist said, creating a uniform
education system in the country and changing the education system according to
the requirements of the 21st century are laudable steps. The news
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New vacancies created in Gilgit-Baltistan
Gilgit: The chief secretary Gilgit-Baltistan has ordered the health and
education department to open 50 primary schools and same number of dispensaries
immediately to ensure basic civic amenities to the people of the far-flung parts
of the region.
An official of the Finance Department said that with the
announcement, 319 new vacancies would be created to run the primary schools and
dispensaries. Earlier, buildings had been built in remote valleys in this
regard, he added.
The approval of the vacancies was accorded by Chief
Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad during the meeting of secretaries in the
capital city Gilgit. The chief secretary, sources privy to the meeting said,
also directed secretary health and education to make appointments on merit
Officials termed it a plan to overhaul the healthcare and
education systems in the region. Dawn
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Communication skills course concludes
Islamabad: A three-week intensive course designed to impart English language communication
skills to National ICT Scholarship award-holders concluded here on
Organised by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science (SEECS), NUST, the event was attended by Lieutenant General Muhammad
Asghar, rector of NUST, Dr. Safdar Ali Shah, DG Outreach, and Dr. Qasim Sheikh,
CEO National ICT R&D Fund.
National ICT Scholarship Programme
(NICTSP) of the National ICT R&D Fund is a recognised scholarship programme
providing access to deserving and talented youth from rural marginalised areas
to pursue their undergraduate degree in disciplines related to Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT).
Though talented, these students face
difficulty in communication skills, especially in English language. The
recognition of this challenge and the need to bring them at par with other
students of urban background, prompted SEECS-NUST to arrange a three-week
intensive course with the objective of imparting English language reading,
writing and verbal communication skills to these scholarship award holders. It
also aimed at the broader approach to manifest positive attitude by giving
awareness classes for self-actualisation so as to reinforce the student's moral
Addressing on the occasion, Dr. Qasim Sheikh, CEO National ICT
R&D Fund, thanked Lieutenant General Muhammad Asghar for taking personal
interest in improvement of students from rural areas through the said
Lieutenant General Muhammad Asghar emphasised that taking
sincere interest in the development of students is not a favour but a duty of
academic institutions. He highlighted that improving communication skills is one
of the steps to develop quality of skills, conduct and positive attitude amongst
students. The news
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Iranian qaris mesmerise FJWU students
Rawalpindi: In connection with the holy month of Ramazan, a Mehfil-e-Qirat was
organised at Fatima Jinnah Women University, (FJWU) here on Friday.
delegation of Qaris of international repute from Iranian Cultural Consulate,
Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, who are on their visit to Pakistan,
presented the qirat, Qasida Burda Sharif and Asma-e-Husna in premises of the
The FJWU, in collaboration with the Iranian Cultural Consulate,
Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamabad, organised the Mehfil-e-Qirat
every year. This year the delegation was comprised Mohammad Saleh Ahmadi Vand,
Hafiz Mehdi Habibi, Qari Ahmed Zain, Aqai Syed Muhammad Shariati, Muhammad
Jaffer and Aqai Muhammad Razai Ali.
The delegate was accompanied by Sahib
Fasul, Iranian Counsellor and Mahmmud Amir Gul, Director Khana-e-Farhang,
Vice-chancellor of FJWU, Professor Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan, Dean
Faculty of Law, Commerce and management Sciences, Professor Dr Naheed Zia Khan
and a large number of senior faculty members were also present on the occasion.
The qaris beautifully recited different verses and Surahs from the holy
Sahib Fasul, while speaking on the occasion, briefed the audiences
regarding the importance of Ramazan and fasting.
At the end, university
souvenirs were presented to delegates as a token of appreciation by the
vice-chancellor of FJWU Prof. Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan. The nation
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