USAID help for Pakistani universities
US to help 7 universities construct, rehabilitate their education faculties
Islamabad, Feb 03: The United States will build new Faculty of Education buildings at six Pakistani
universities and renovate a seventh education facility, as part of an
agreement signed Wednesday between the universities and the US Agency
for International Development (USAID), said Karen Freeman, USAID Deputy
Director for Pakistan.
She stated this while addressing the
signing ceremony of a memorandum of Understanding for construction and
rehabilitation of faculty of education buildings, says a press release.
The construction will take place over the next two year and the new and
renovated buildings will eventually house approximately 2,000 students
of two new teaching degrees: the four year Bachelor' Degree in Education
and a two-year Associate Degree in Education in teaching that USAID
helped design and introduce in order to increase quality of teacher
preparation across the country and 100 faculty members each year.
and the United States have enjoyed a long and productive relationship
that spans more than 60 years and covers a variety of fields. Today's
ceremony is yet another expression of the US Government's long-term
commitment to help build a stronger, more prosperous Pakistan," she
"It gives me great pleasure to be here with you today to
witness the signing of the MoU between the seven of country's public
universities and two of USAID implementing partners for the construction
and rehabilitation of Faculty of Education buildings across the
country. The contribution to the Pakistani education system is yet
another example of the US long-term commitment to helping Pakistan
address its development priorities.
"Our collaboration in higher
education sector spans more than five decades. One of our first
undertakings in this sector was the construction of the Institute of
Education and Research at the University of Punjab in 1960s. fifty years
later, this institute continues to help the country shape its education
policies. Over the years, we have worked together to build more higher
education institutions that have since become premier centres for
knowledge and learning. I am very proud to list among such the Institute
of Business administration in Karachi, the Lahore University of
Management Sciences, the Faisalabad Agriculture University as well as
the Peshawar Agriculture University, and many more," she said.
Freeman said: "I am happy that through today's commitment we are
continuing this tradition of supporting Pakistan in its efforts to
develop strong education institutions." She said that these new
facilities will help attract and train best young minds to teaching
profession and will help improve the professional knowledge and skills
of many other teachers.
Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr.
Javaid Laghari appreciated the efforts of the US Government for
improving the quality of education across the country. The $15 million
construction initiative was officially launched today at the Higher
Education Commission, where representatives of the USAID signed MoU with
representatives of the seven universities. As part of the agreement,
the US will construct new Faculty of Education buildings at the Sardar
Bahadur Khan Women University in Quetta; the Hazara University in
Mansehra; the University of Education in Lahore; the University of Sindh
in Hyderabad; the University of Karachi in Karachi; and the Sardar
Abdul Latif University in Khairpur (Sindh). The US will also help
renovate the Institute of Education and Research at the University of
the Punjab. The news
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Pak-China Friendship Scholarship
Islamabad: As many as 173 male and female graduates
received "Pak-China Friendship Scholarship" certificates while 92
beneficiaries of 3-month vocational training course received
Waseela-e-Haq cheques during a function held here on Wednesday.
course was offered by "Pak-China Friendship Scholarship" a shared
venture of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and China Foundation
for Peace and Development (CFPD).
BISP Chairperson Farzana Raja,
Ambassador of China in Pakistan H.E. Liu Jian, Imtiaz Safdar Warriach
President PPP Punjab, PPP MNAs Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Qamar Zaman Kaira
and Nadeem Afzal Chan were also present in the ceremony in which Rs1.5
lac each Waseela-e-Haq cheques worth Rs14 million were distributed
amongst 92 beneficiary families.
H.E. Liu Jian, Chinese Ambassador
in Pakistan, on the occasion, said China would keep supporting the BISP
for its future endeavors as well. He said that the mutual cooperation
between the BISP and the CFPD in vocational training is proving a bridge
for mutual cooperation between the two countries in the social sector.
Imtiaz Safdar Warriach, President PPP Punjab said the BISP is fulfilling a national obligation of working for poverty reduction.
said the success of vocational training programme of the BISP is a
befitting response to the elements who throw baseless criticism on the
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4,000 students take part in World Wetlands Day event
Islamabad: Students from around 100 schools of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad took
part in the 'World Wetlands Day 2012' at the Islamabad College for Girls
(ICG) in Sector F-6/2 here on Thursday.
As many as 4,000
students participated in various activities organised by the Pakistan
Wetlands Programme (PWP) on the occasion. Students actively participated
in art competition, story-writing and poem competitions. Students were
seen busy drawing paintings on the theme with colours on chart papers.
chief guest of the event was M. Javed Malik, secretary of the Ministry
of National Disaster Management. Other guests included Abdul Munaf
Kaimkhani (DIG Forest Department) and Saleem Ullah (programme officer
climate change, environment and energy at the UNDP). The opening remarks
were given by Dr. Ghulam Akbar, national programme manager of the PWP. A
speech was delivered by the secretary to mark the significance of the
day, while the closing remarks were made by Ahmad Khan (director
programmes at the PWP).
This year, the World Wetlands Day
celebrations focused on the theme of 'Wetland and Tourism' with a slogan
'Wetland Tourism: A Great Experience'. This has been designed to create
a sense of awareness among people about the role tourism plays in their
environments. The Wetland Tourism has benefits both locally and
nationally for people and wildlife - benefits such as stronger
economies, sustainable livelihoods, healthy people and thriving
ecosystems - an ideal time to start thinking about this precious source!
With their natural beauty and biodiversity wetlands make ideal
locations for tourism. The income can be significant and support
livelihoods locally and nationally. Wetlands provide other 'services',
too, such as water, food, water purification, erosion control ,etc., for
the benefit of tourists and tourist accommodation. The income generated
by tourism for national and local economies in and around wetlands can
be substantial. Unsustainable tourism may bring short-term benefits but
long-term losses to wetland health, compromising ecosystem services and
sometimes local livelihoods. It is worth noting that tourism is one of
the many services that wetlands deliver. Ensuring well-managed tourism
practices in and around wetlands and educating tourists on the value of
wetlands contributes to their health and the long-term benefits that
wetlands provide to people, wildlife, economics, and biodiversity.
campaigns are being organised in Gilgit, Chitral, Peshawar University
(Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Khabbeki Khushab, Kot Addu, Faisalabad, Lahore
(Punjab), Sukkur, Keenjhar Lake, and Karachi (Sindh), Gwader
(Balochistan) other towns and villages of Pakistan.
Wetlands Programme (PWP) has been a trendsetter in developing a firm
base for mainstreaming the values of wetlands across Pakistan. The
programme, being implemented by the World Wide Fund for Nature,
Pakistan, (WWF), once again organised the celebration of one of its mega
events being held each year on February 2nd, 2012, to mark the date of
adoption of the International Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran in
The closing ceremony will be held on February 15 at the
Islamabad College for Girls, F-6/2, where the winners will be awarded
with gifts and souvenirs.
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Naat contest held at AAUR
Islamabad: Directorate of Students Affairs of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University
Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) organised a Naat competition in University
Auditorium here on Thursday.
Students from different departments
of the university paid tributes to the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad
(peace be upon him). They presented beautiful and soul-stirring Naats.
Zakat and Usher Committee, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, Chairman Fazal-ur
Rehman was the chief guest on the occasion.
In his address, he
said that Islam is based on Holy Qur'aan and teachings of Holy Prophet
Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him). He said teachings of Holy Prophet
Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) should be followed and nothing
should be given importance more than this.
He said: "Reciting
Naat is incomplete unless and until we act upon the teachings of Holy
Qur'aan and Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him). He prayed
that may Allah Almighty bless the students with intellectual thinking
along with knowledge. At the end chief guest distributed prizes among
the winners of competition.
In the competition more than 15
students participated among them Naveed Gul got first position, while
Syed Yasir Zaidi and Khawja Nouman got second and third positions,
respectively. Dr. Muhammad Irfan Ul Haq and Dr. Ghulam Hussain Babar of
PMAS-AAUR were the judges of the competition. The news
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