Karachi University book fair by IJT

KU book fair attracting students
Karachi, Feb 02: In an age when the habit of reading is fading into oblivion, it is highly commendable that dedicated people still manage to organise book fairs to revive a habit that has no parallel in the annals of intellectual history, said that vice-chancellor of Karachi University at a book fair organised by SAP, a brainchild of the Islami Jamiat-e-Talba (IJT). The three-day event was organised in the campus gymnasium and other adjoining areas on Tuesday.

Prof Qasim, who inaugurated the Fair, reminded the assembly of teachers and students that a civilised society was the outcome of knowledge that came through the books. "A society that is civilised cannot leave books aside. A new vista of knowledge is gained and the mysteries of the universe can be solved through books. They offer a satisfaction that cannot be achieved through any other source. We must understand that", he said. The former Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Prof Ghafoor Ahmed praised the SAP and informed the students that "books are a great source of inner enlightenment. They help us in understanding the true meaning of our existence. Book fairs are a step in the right direction towards encouraging people to take up the habit of reading," he pointed out.

Former Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan Saeeduzaman Siddiqui appreciated the efforts of the students and said that it was very fortunate that the young generation was interested in motivating their peers to read more. "This would bring positive changes to our minds and our attitudes as well". The book fair had more than 50 stalls which offered books on Science, Technology, Medicine, Urdu and English Literature as well as many other diverse fields of interest. A discount of 10% to 25% discount was offered on the books to make them affordable for teachers and students alike. The news

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Teachers to get higher grades'
Karachi: The Sindh government is planning to grant higher grades to qualified and energetic teachers, said Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq, adding that service rules would be amended soon to enable teachers to make some difference in order to improve the quality of education.

The minister was talking to a delegation of 'Pre-STEP', a USAID-funded project, during a briefing at the office of the Sindh Education Foundation on Monday.

Describing the teacher community as the most important resource for bringing about a drastic change in the education system, he said the government was focusing on imparting training to teachers in order to raise the quality and standard of education in the province.

The delegation informed the minister about the preparatory work done with regards to the 'ADE qualification' and the upcoming summer camp at two pilot colleges. The minister asked for the details of training and capacity-building planned for the colleges, and said he would visit these institutions to check their preparedness for the delivery of the new course.

Sindh Education Secretary Nahid Shah Durrani said that the ADE would replace the existing CT and PTC courses by the year 2012. At present, two elementary colleges namely GECE Hussain Abad (Karachi) and GECE-W (Hyderabad) had been selected for the pilot programme. It was stated that no transfers/postings would be allowed during this course. The minister was informed that the admission policy would be notified soon and each college would be allowed to take only 50 admissions in the first year. Every candidate would be entitled to get a stipend according to the notified criteria. Pir Mazhar directed the department to improve the education facilities at these colleges on a priority basis. He also directed the Bureau of Curriculum to resolve the issues regarding affiliation for the Hyderabad college.

Pre-STEP delegation stated that an effective media campaign would soon be launched to introduce an 'associate degree' in Sindh.

Reform Support Unit chief programme manager Pervaiz Seehari, Provincial Institute of Teacher Education director-general Abdul Malik Lakhmir, Bureau of Curriculum director Abdul Majeed Bhurt, PD&F additional director Ashfaq Qadri and Teacher Education Development deputy programme manager Raeesa Adil were also present. ppi

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Annual Students Week kicks off at DUHS
Karachi: The inauguration ceremony of the 2nd Annual Students Week was held at Ojha Campus on Tuesday. DUHS Vice Chancellor Prof Masood Hameed Khan mentioned that from March 1, 2011 each of eight institute of DUHS would be divided into six houses namely Jinnah, Liaquat, Iqbal, Sir Syed, Johar and Nishtar. He also announced that soon horse-riding facility for the students and faculty members of the university will also be started. The Annual Student Week comprises of different competitions including English and Urdu Debate Contest, Musharia, Naat and Qirat Competition, standup comedy and parodies etc. Students talent show will held on February 11, 2011 and the prize distribution ceremony on February 12, 2011. Daily times

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Dawood Public School wins several prizes at nature carnival
Karachi: The 3-D projects made by students of Dawood Public School (DPS) received several prizes at the WWF-Pakistan's Travelling Nature Carnival 2011.

The jury awarded overall first position to the school for the best 3-D displays, while the school also managed to get first prizes for levels 4 and 5 and the second prize for Level 1, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The DPS, which is the first Green School by the WWF-Pakistan ratings, focused on the need to conserve and protect nature, he said. The school participated in the five levels that were designated by the WWF, each one depicting a separate aspect of nature. They were: building of a bird refuge in school; conservation of fresh water (green idea); Organic kitchen gardening; reduction of carbon footprint of a school; and solid waste management, he noted.

The level four 3-D displays by students of the school on "Reduction of carbon footprint of a school" were judged to be the best in the category and was awarded the first prize. A purpose-built school building model was prepared where students exhibited ways to converse energy.

According to the spokesperson, the students represented how their own school could better conserve energy and reduce its carbon footprint. Three working models - a windmill, a bio-gas cylinder and a solar cooker - were made and displayed using local material. All those projects demonstrated how sustainable energy could be harnessed. The news

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Schools told to improve standards
Karachi: The Sindh education department's directorate of registration/inspection of private institutions has urged the heads of the higher secondary schools in the public and private sector to remove the causes responsible for poor results of their students in the HSC annual examinations conducted by Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) in 2010.

Taking notice of their abysmal performance, the directorate's registrar, Rafia Mallah, cautioned the heads of the educational institutions concerned to ensure that their students perform well in the forthcoming HSC annual examinations. Otherwise, she said, stern legal action would be taken against them under the Schools Registration Act.

The registrar in a recently issued circular asked the administration to take measures to improve the quality of education at their respective institutions by ensuring that their teachers are trained, science laboratories are well equipped, besides students are attending the classes regularly.

She also directed the directorate's inspection team to carry out inspections of all such institutions and furnish a comprehensive report so that appropriate action could be taken against all those educational institutions found violating the Schools Registration Act.

Meanwhile, sources in the directorate said that the registrar also decided to pay surprise visits to the city's higher secondary schools to check their standards. Dawn

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