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Intel Awards for outstanding schools
Rawalpindi, Dec 15: Intel Education Awards for teacher, principals and administrators was held in a ceremony at a local hotel. Intel holds this ceremony every year to encourage and honour the performance of those schools who actively participate in the implementation of ICT within their School Curriculum and promoting 21st Century skills and developing collaborative learning environment by facilitating the faculty. Through Intel Teach Awards outstanding teachers are highlighted and their case studies shared with others to further infuse and motivate 21st century learning skills by the use of technology in the classroom and all across the curriculum.

This year in the Intel Education Initiatives Award category, Executive Director Roots School System Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq was conferred with 'Intel education Appreciation Award 2010- 2011' for his contribution in the launch of ICT Skills for success curriculum grade 1 to 7 in RSS. Intel Appreciation Award 2010- 2011 was also conferred upon Walid Mushtaq Executive Director Roots School System for supporting ICT integration in RSS.

In the category 'Principal of the Year' the most prestigious Award was presented to Shazia Nadeem, Headmistress Roots Preparatory School 40-Civil Lines as she won the 3rd Position and a Bronze Certificate with a cash Award of 2000 US Dollars at the Intel Teach School Awards 2011 held in Jakarta Indonesia for amongst 17 Schools representing South East Asia.

In the category 'Teacher of the Year', Rabia Riaz- RSS DHA Phase 2 Sector C Islamabad, Huma Saif - RSS DHA Phase 2 Sector C Islamabad and Rabia Quddus - Roots Junior School 48 A Satellite Town Rawalpindi. In the category 'Intel Teach getting started' Fouzia Tariq, Amna Zahoor from Roots Junior School 77-A Satellite Town and Hafza Bazmi from Roots Junior School 48 - A Satellite Town were honoured.

In the category 'Intel Teach Essential', Ammara Pervaiz from RSS 38-Nazimuddin Road F-8/4 Campus and Memoona Imran from RSS DHA Phase 2 Sector C Islamabad were honoured. In the category "Appreciation Award" Tayyaba Noureen - Curriculum Lead ICT RSS, Atifa Urooj - Manager RNITTE, Tehmeena Raees - ICT Coordinator Roots G-8 Campus Islamabad and Mian Waseen - Curriculum Support Officer - DQCA RSS were presented with awards shields and certificates.

The Intel Country Manager Naveed Siraj speaking on the occasion highly appreciated the award winners who are actively engaged in introducing 21st century knowledge skills through technology in their school systems.

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NUST faculty work acknowledged in Germany
Islamabad: The book titled 'Index and Retrieval of Text Images in Digitised Urdu Printed Documents Using Word Spotting Technique' has been published in Germany, says a press release issued here Wednesday.

A well-known German publication house Lambert Academic Publications acknowledged the research work or a graduate of the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). Syed Muhammad Ali Abidi, holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Telecommunication from NUST and he is currently working as a faculty member in Military College of Signals, NUST.

It is a matter of great pride for the university that the said book has been published in Germany, which will be very useful for the students, teachers and professionals in this field. The said book is available on and other online sites.

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PEEF Scholarship awarded to PMAS-AAUR students
Rawalpindi: Senator Najma Hameed and MNA Shakeel Awan has said the prosperity of any nation is not possible without promoting education and research and said the youth is a guarantee of the bright future of the country and all possible resources would be provided for equipping them with modern knowledge.

They said this while addressing at the cheques distribution ceremony of the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) scholarships at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Wednesday.

MNA Shakeel Awan said that PEEF is an initiative of the Government of Punjab under the leadership of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and was a revolutionary step of the Punjab government through which, talented students facing financial problems were getting their education.

Senator Najma Hameed said that our objective is to bring brilliant but needy students to the best academic institutions and help them realize their potential and fulfil their dreams. PEEF endeavours to bring best educational opportunities to the less privileged and talented youth of Punjab in order to bring them on a par with the more fortunate ones, he added.

MNA Shakeel Awan and Senator Najma Hameed advised the students to concentrate on their studies, saying that they could play a key role in the development of country. They also lauded the services of the university and hoped that through PEEF scholarships intelligent deserving students would be able to study at the centres of learning for higher studies.

In the ceremony 131 students of the university received PEEF scholarship. They were of the view that due to the scholarship they can fully concentrate towards their studies. They also appreciated the efforts of the Punjab chief minister for promoting the education in the province.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Munir, Dean, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, while addressing, said that the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) is a welfare programme and has been financing thousands of deserving students to continue their education. He also informed the gathering that 1,261 students of this university will get different scholarship during this academic year and these scholarships include PEEF, Financial Assistance from the University, VC talent Scholarship programme and HEC need base scholarship programme. A total of Rs47.3 million will be utilised for all these scholarships. It may be recalled that PEEF provides opportunities to the talented but needy students to fulfil their dreams and aspirations and at the same time become partners in the development and welfare of the country. PEEF scholarships are awarded to brilliant and deserving students for secondary to Master level studies.

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SMEDA, SZABIST sign accord
Islamabad: The state run SMEDA and SZABIST have geared up their joint efforts to promote Industry-Academia collaboration in order to ensure that the unemployed youth of Pakistan get job opportunities and utilise their talent in Socio-Economic Development of Pakistan.

The two organisations have agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding which will likely to be signed in the near future. The purposed MoU calls for mutual efforts to encourage entrepreneurship among the students and attain their energies, abilities and knowledge for promotion of SMEs.

Under the MoU both sides will conduct research in the areas of SMEs development and Entrepreneurship. The MoU also calls for holding joint conferences, symposia, and training programmes as well as circulating essential information so that more and more unemployed youth could be provided the benefit of SMEs and provided opportunities to become entrepreneurs in their respective areas of interest and expertise.

In this regard a seminar was held at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) here on Wednesday to discuss future aims in the light of this joint understanding.

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NLA sets up book bank for students
Islamabad: National Language Authority has established a book bank for the students of schools and colleges at library of the authority. The book bank has been established under the directives of Chairman Dr Anwar Ahmed. Students and academia can benefit from this book bank in evening timing as well. The book bank to be open from Monday to Friday from 3p.m. to 5p.m., while the bank on Saturday would be open from 11a.m. to 3p.m.

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PINSAT Seminar
Islamabad: Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology (PINSAT), Preston University is organizing a national seminar on "Nanomedicine and Nanodentistry", here on Thursday.

Eminent Scientist and former Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Samar Mubarakmand will preside over the inaugural ceremony of the seminar as chief guest, said a press release issued here.

Renowned scientist and PINSAT Chairman Dr. N. M. Butt and other experts will present papers on different fields. The concluding session of the seminar will be presided over by Executive Director, Health Services Academy, Dr. Assad Hafeez.

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Employees strike at LCWU ends
Lahore: Employees of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) have ended their strike after a successful meeting with the varsity Vice Chancellor and officials of the Higher Education Department Punjab.

LCWU spokesman said the Vice Chancellor had announced that no political body would be allowed and demands would be entertained on merit at a forum headed by a senior faculty member Sherien Asad while employees would also nominate their four representatives for this forum.

It is learnt an employee prior to the Wednesday's meeting also allegedly tried to commit suicide as a protest. However on an appeal of fellow employees the situation was averted. However, a press statement issued by LCWU employees stated that it had been decided that no inquiry would be held against any employee. It added a meeting of the All Pakistan Clerk Association (APCA), LCWU unit, was held in this connection on Wednesday which was attended by Additional Secretary Higher Education Zarak Mirza, LCWU VC Dr Sabiha Mansoor and Additional General Secretary of APCA Manzar Islam. It was also decided to chalk out a plan of action to address all recommendations of the APCA on priority basis. The statement said the VC vowed to make a family-like atmosphere in the varsity after settling all issues with the employees.

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GCU seminar on drug control
Lahore: The Chemistry Department of Government College University (GCU) Lahore organised a seminar on "Drug control mechanism in Pakistan and effects of drug-money on our socio-economic setup" on Wednesday.

Commandant Anti Narcotic Force Brigadier Shahid Afzal was the chief guest at the seminar which was chaired by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman. Addressing the seminar, Brigadier Shahid Afzal said that drug addiction was increasing among youth, especially among girls at school, college and university levels and there was dire need to run mass awareness campaign against drugs in educational institution. The ANF chief asked students to avoid smoking, saying cigarette was the first step towards drug addiction and "Sheesha" was second. He also stressed the role of parents, teachers and media in controlling drug addiction among youth. Speaking on the occasion, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said Pakistan needed to promote forensic science to control drug trafficking, crime and terrorism. The news

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