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Devolution of curriculum wing to provinces opposed
Islamabad, Dec 07: The National Assembly's Standing Committee on Education proposed on Monday that there should be uniform curricula for history and politics subjects in the country and that the same should be formulated at the federal level.

Under the Constitution's 18th Amendment, the federal education ministry along with its curriculum wing is supposed to be devolved to the provinces.

The committee's meeting chaired by Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali of the PML-N unanimously decided that the ministry's role as formulator of curriculum and the national education policy should remain with the federation.

With the implementation of the 18th Amendment, the provinces would be allowed to have their own school- and college-level curricula, which at present are being looked after by the curriculum wing at the federal level.

As per the ongoing practice, provincial textbook boards, only publish books once their contents are duly vetted and cleared by the federal education ministry.

Members of the committee said that it was against the spirit of national integrity and harmony that there were different policies and systems of education in the country. The education policy should be uniform across the country.

The committee decided to immediately seek a meeting with Chairman of Constitutional Reform Committee, Mr Raza Rabbani, who is also looking after the amendment's implementation process.

It may be mentioned that the issue did come up for discussion during CRC's proceedings and Ahsan Iqbal of the PML-N vociferously argued against devolving curriculum formulation role of the ministry to the provinces.

Mr Iqbal said that he and Prof Khurshid had submitted dissent notes on the clause and recommended to include the curriculum wing in the federal list.

He said that with this policy in place every province having its own curriculum the country might end up in four nations within one nation.

"It will increase parochialism and issues of standardisation of education in the country".

"What if tomorrow, one province does not recognise matriculation of the other on the pretext of low education standard," Mr Iqbal questioned. Similarly, to have national outlook, the country needs to follow a uniform education policy, he said.

Begum Nuzhat Sadiq of the PML-N said the committee was not against devolution of the education ministry to the provinces, but called for its certain role to stay with the federal government.

She said that it was an across the board agreement of the committee that the issue should be raised at the level of CRC.

It was very important for students in the country to read same facts and figures about their history.

The committee expressed concern over dilapidated condition of public schools and decided to have details from the provinces regarding a number of boy and girl primary and secondary schools and number of students. Dawn

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QAU awarded Rs 58m scholarships
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) awarded Rs 58 million scholarships during year 2009-10 to over 3,000 students under 23 different programmes, said QAU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai on Monday.

He stated this addressing the MSc Merit Scholarship distribution ceremony, which was organised by Scholarship Aid Office of QAU. Yasinzai awarded Rs 2 million scholarship cheques to 175 brilliant students.

The VC said the university administration was working hard to get resources and find different ways for helping students so that they could achieve their goal of higher education.

He said faculty, students and the administration must work together to improve the educational standards.

He said the motive of QAU was to elevate the socio-economic position of the needy and deserving students by providing them access to quality education through needs/merit-based scholarships.

The QAU Scholarship Aid Office is awarding a number of donors/sponsored and University Financial Assistance Scholarships annually. The scholarships include Pakistan Baitul Mal Scholarship, Balochistan University Scholarship, District Scholarship, MORA Scholarship, Minority Student Scholarship, USAID Scholarship, JNBS, QAU Financial Assistance, Student Welfare Fund, MSc Merit Scholarship, M.Phil/Ph.D Merit Fellowship, Zanib Habib Ullah Scholarship, Riazud Din Trust Scholarship, MQK Scholarship, Dr Ishaq Zahid Scholarship, QAU Alumni Scholarship, AJK Council Scholarship, Political Agent Scholarship, Fuji Foundation Scholarship, Miscellaneous Scholarship, Provision of HEC Balochistan/FATA, and USAID Grant to FATA/Malakand Division (Affected Area). Daily times

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Old Quaideen asked to help new ones
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University's Vice-Chancellor Dr. M Masoom Yasinzai has asked the old students of the university to help the new graduates in job placement and creating better work conditions for them.

Addressing a ceremony for distribution of MSc merit scholarships to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position holders here on Monday, the VC said that Quaideen, the members of QAU Alumni Association, should help the fresh graduates of their alma mater in finding jobs and at least strive for creating better job conditions for their junior colleagues hailing from QAU. He said that the university is going to establish an incubation centre to impart training to passing out students to increase their practical expertise in their respective fields, which will enable them to get the jobs in the market relatively easy.

The University distributed scholarships worth Rs58 million in 2009-10. These scholarships were awarded to more than 3,000 students under 23 different scholarship programmes. Dr. Yasinzai awarded scholarship cheques worth Rs2 million among 175 students on the occasion.

He also urged the alumni to find scholarships for the poor students of QAU as in the coming days, the public-sector universities will be forced to increase fees to meet their daily expenses in the wake of drastic budgetary cuts announced by the Higher Education Commission after the slashing of educational budget by the financial wizards of the country.

He exhorted the students to focus on the studies but do not become bookworms and also participate in extra-curricular and other healthy activities. He said that the federal capital alone has 13 universities competing with QAU in the public sector. He hoped that QAU, which is number one amongst all the public-sector universities in the country will retain the title with the help of faculty and students.

Addressing the gathering President of Quaideen, Sikander Rai, congratulating the award winners, recalled his years in the university in the late 1970s and said that Dr. Kaneez Yousuf and Dr. Yasinzai both are liberal and broadminded vice-chancellors. The news

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