Earth day at educational institutions in Pakistan
Earth Day marked with poster show
Islamabad, Apr 23: Pakistan Youth Climate Network
(PYCN) of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in
collaboration with US Embassy and Pakistan National Council of the Arts
(PNCA) organised a poster exhibition and prize distribution ceremony on
Thursday to celebrate the Earth Day.
Fatima Rasheed from PYCN
said they had received 200 entries on different environmental topics
including recycling, pollution, global warming and peace.
said the work of the young artists underlined the desire for change and
expressed the hope that the youth could achieve that change.
the category of 17 to 25 years of age, Ayesha Hasan and Amna Saeed of
National College of Arts and Malik Ammar Khawar from Roots won the
first, second and third prizes respectively.
In the category of
12 to 16 years of age, Fasih Ahmad (Roots), Shaaref Munir (Lahore
Grammar School) and Ahmad Karim (Schola Nova) bagged first, second and
third prizes respectively.
PNCA Director-General Tauqeer Nasir
and US Embassy Assistant Cultural Attaché Julia Fendrick distributed
certificates and awards among the participants and winners of the
Shafqat Kakakhel, former Executive Director of
United Nations Environment Programme and SDPI Board of Governors member
appreciated the SDPI role in sensitising the youth to climate change,
global warming and environmental problems.
Fendrick said the
Earth Day stressed the need for finding solutions to environmental
problems. "It asks us to preserve, conserve and protect the environment
for the sake of posterity, she said. Daily times
Beaconhouse celebrates Earth Day
Islamabad: The Beaconhouse Margalla campus celebrated the
Earth Day to create awareness among the students about the importance
of a clean, green and healthy environment.
A programme in this
connection was held in which students from the Institution of Special
Education H-8 were invited to make a team called "Friendship through
nature" by planting saplings, says a press release issued here on
The programme was aimed to create awareness regarding the serious challenges our planet earth is facing.
They had made badges and posters reiterating the importance of clean and pollution free environment.
Ayesha Butt, a student, in her speech highlighted a few serious threats earth was facing and the ways to address them.
Anwar, Arooj-i-Zafar and Shah Bano Kaiser presented a mime show
depicting innocent humanity getting corrupted and destroying the earth
to unimaginable limits. Zupash Anam presented a song on global warming. Dawn
Earth Day at Grammar School
Rawalpindi: The Grammar School Rawalpindi marked the Earth Day at its Chaklala Branch, says a press release.
students of GSR Chaklala Branch impressed the audience by reading out a
speech and a poem written by themselves, while the students of Lalazar
Branch gave a presentation on greenhouse gases that conveyed the
information as to how previously, these gases kept the balance on
earth, but how due to their excess, multiple problems have occurred.
Solutions were also put forward.
A student explained the Chatter
Books Project of British Council that GSR is involved in. The project
focuses on not only improving the reading skills and habits of
children, but the content consist largely of Global Climate Change.
Dogar from PELI, the guest speaker on the occasion, while talking on
global climate change explained to the students the effect of our
activities on the environment and the solutions that could be
undertaken to prevent it. It was followed by a question answer session.
Waseem, Outreach Coordinator Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy,
lauded GSR for the work being done and suggested sharing it with other
schools, especially public sector schools.
Earlier, Director GSR
Nasreen Iqbal, in her opening remarks, briefed the audience about GSR's
involvement, since its inception, in exposing the students of the
school and those of many others in activities to benefit the
Rootsians pledge to save Mother Earth
Rawalpindi: Students of all campuses of the Roots School System nationwide celebrated Earth Day on the theme of 'Earth Day is Every Day'.
wore headgears and held placards and banners with different slogans
written on them such as 'Save Our Mother Earth', 'Keep Our Surroundings
Clean and Green' and 'Keeping the Environment Green will Help Us to
They pledged to stop air and water pollution,
turn off lights after leaving the room to save electricity, recycle by
reusing recycled things, and not litter or pollute the earth.
also participated in a painting competition in connection with Earth
Day in which they showed their feelings towards keeping a healthy
environment by showing kids putting litter in bins, planting saplings
and properly disposing of waste. They had a quiz on the related theme
Earth Day is a special day to learn about our planet
and how to take care of it, and offer schoolteachers with an
opportunity to focus the attention of students on the environment and
stimulate their creativity and imagination, so that they can act
persuasively to help solve environmental problems.
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Bookbinders business in full swing
Islamabad: As the new academic session has been started, the business
of bookbinders is also on the rise in twin cities of Islamabad and
Rawalpindi. Bookbinding is a traditional way to cover and make books in
a beautiful structure, which give safe and decent look to the kids
Bookbinders in different areas of twin cities markets are
now a days busy in binding and covering the school books as well as
Masters of the craft create new bindings that run the
gamut from historical book structures made with traditional materials
to modern structures made with 21st century materials, and from basic
cloth-case binding to valuable full-leather fine binding. Publishing
children's books at first choice provides a great sense of pride.
Working with talented illustrators and graphic artists help us to
provide a variety of titles in different styles of bindings affordable
at reasonable prices, a shopkeeper said.
Some of the hand
bookbinding techniques that are common today is included on Saddle
Stitch, Yotsume Toji, Perfect Binding, Hardcover Binding and Coptic
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HEC scholar wins 'PhD Student Award' in China
Islamabad: Zeeshan Nawaz, a Higher Education Commission's PhD
scholarship holder, has been awarded the 'Excellent PhD Student 2009
Award' by Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Zeeshan is an HEC
scholar under the 90 per cent Overseas Scholarship for MS/MPhil leading
to PhD in Selected Fields (Phase - II) at the Department of Chemical
Engineering (FLOTU), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, say a press
This year, this prestigious award - sponsored by
esteemed multinational Taiwan based company ETERNAL Chemical Co Ltd -
has been awarded to only three PhD students on the basis of innovative
and meritorious achievements in their respective field of research.
Among them, Zeeshan Nawaz is the first ever and only Pakistani to have
won the award. He has published more than 20 research papers in the
world's leading research journals and registered four patents in the
last two years.
"I have a Degree In Agricultural Engineering If There a Scholarship Plz Tell Me On My Email Adress. Thanks"
Name: Azhar Iqbal
City, Country: Multan (Pakistan)
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18 GB students elated at admission after prolonged wait
Islamabad: The long wait for 18 young people hailing from the
mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region is finally over, as they feel
relieved to have ultimately got admission in Quaid-i-Azam Medical
The students, including eight girls, say
they have been granted the sought-after admission following the
clearance needed by the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC)
for an increase in the college's seats, though the issuance of roll
numbers to them is still awaited.
The students had been reeling
under nervous strain that came with the refusal of this government-run
medical college to enrol them for the ongoing academic session a few
months ago despite Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif's
announcement to double the quota of local GB students in the medical
and engineering colleges of Punjab. With the announcement, the number
of seats for GB students in Punjab's medical colleges increased from 32
to 64. There followed the issuance of a list of 64 students (32 under
previous quota and 32 under new one) by the GB's education department,
and all selected students began attending classes at their respective
colleges earlier this year.
But, within days, there surfaced an
issue. The GB education department, on learning that the Punjab chief
minister announced the increase in medical college seats without
securing PMDC's prior mandatory consent, blocked the issuance of the
students' nomination letters to the federal and Punjab governments,
bring these GB students' education to a grinding halt.
rules, medical and dental colleges can't increase the number of seats
for an academic session on their own but require the mandatory consent
of PMDC before doing so. PMDC allows the increase in seats after
finding available facilities and faculties, good enough to cater to the
students to be admitted to the medical or dental college. The students
then came to Islamabad on January 28 to apprise GB CM Mehdi Shah of
their misery but the promises stayed unfulfilled in the days ahead.
distress, the youngsters got in contact with top PMDC officials, who
called them for a meeting at the Council's main offices in Islamabad on
February 8. During the meeting, the Council agreed to enhance the
number of Punjab medical college seats to the relief of the students,
under which King Edward Medical College of Lahore was to admit five
more students from GB, Allama Iqbal Medical College of Lahore five,
Nishtar Medical College of Multan four, and Quaid-i-Azam Medical
College of Bahawalpur was to admit 18 students.
PMDC's announcement, the students named by the GB's education
department got admission in their respective educational institutions
except for Quaid-i-Azam Medical College. The college's principal, a
retired military officer, insisted that he could accommodate seven and
not 18 students in line with the PMDC's official communication.
However, the intervention by PMDC and provincial government led to the
admission of all 18 students to the medical college on April 16 that
include the names of Mehmoodur Rehman, Syeda Sanam Zahra, Kaneez
Fatima, Sarwat Batool, Abida Khatoon, Minhaj Ahmed, Zaheeruddin,
Sumaira Mansoor, Shabana Mehr, Muhammad Amjad, Quratulain, Shahnawaz
Sharif, Muhammad Ali Shah, Rafiq Hussain, Ashraf Hussain, Naila Batool,
Khadim Hussain and Rafiuddin. However, roll numbers to these students
are yet to be issued, it was learned.
The students thanked the Punjab government and PMDC for ensuring their early admission to Quaid-i-Azam Medical College.
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Annual day held at Beaconhouse
Wah Cantonment: The effective relationship amongst students,
teachers and parents complements the life at school. To implement this
idea, Beaconhouse School System, Wah Cantonment, organised an annual
day at the Ordnance Club.
Vice Chancellor University of Wah Dr
Maqbool Ahmad graced the occasion as the chief guest whereas Head of
the Physics Department Dr Uzma Ghazanfar was the guest of honour at the
event attended by a large number of parents.
The stage was
beautifully decorated in blue and white theme with flowers, buntings
and flowing fabric. The children's colourful dresses added an aesthetic
flavour to the visual beauty.
The recitation of holy verses
from Surah Rehman and the translation marked the beginning of the event
that was followed by the energetic show of talent depicted by every
item presented on the stage. Students from Pre-nursery to Class V
participated in dance and drama performances. It was an occasion of
immense joy and pride for the parents when they saw their children
dressed up as different characters performing confidently on the stage.
At the end, teachers were awarded with appreciation
certificates in recognition of their professional excellence and
diligence. The chief guest, in his speech, appreciated the students and
teachers, and advised the parents to help their children in developing
reading skills. He also talked about the importance of teacher-child
relationship in the academic life of students. The news
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