Education budget will be increased to 4 percent
Gilani said that the government would achieve its goals
Islamabad, Jan 27: The government has asked the
Planning Commission to increase the budgetary allocation for education to four
percent of the Gross National Product (GNP) in three years, Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Monday.
He was addressing the awards ceremony
of International Conference on Medical Education organised by Riphah
International University in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission
and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.
"I am glad to share with you
that the PPP government accords top priority to education and we plan to
allocate maximum resources towards this end," the prime minister
Gilani said that the government would achieve its goals through
appropriate use of information technology and research and development
Continuing education was directly linked to the quality of
research in a country and that of its products, Gilani said. "It is only through
an ongoing quality assurance system that we can safeguard public interests and
standards of higher education," he said.
The prime minister called for
institutional audits and "universal Islamic ethical and moral values" to ensure
qualitative targets of higher education are met.
Most of Pakistan's
population is young, he said, and added proper academic training could help
bring a "scientific revolution" in the country.
"The role of private
universities in this sense is as important as that of public universities and
they should get full support from the Higher Education Commission and other
regulatory bodies," he said. Comprehensive and target-oriented progress required
Pakistanis to "learn not only from the west but also from the east", Gilani
said. Daily Times
Education a low-key affair
Vehari: Renovation and maintenance of buildings of educational
institutions have never been a priority of any government, democratic or
non-democratic; the agenda on educational front has ever been a common feature
The Government Boys MC School at D-Block in Vehari is a
paradigm of neglect and mismanagement of the education department as it has been
functioning in a dilapidated building for the last few years. Cold and apathetic
was the response of the authorities concerned every occasion they were reminded
of their responsibility to fulfill their duty.
The building was
constructed in 1969 for the municipal library which was converted into a school
in 1976. In 2001, the school was handed over to the district government. In
2005, the school building was declared dangerous for further use. Recently, some
parts of the school boundary wall were collapsed, but the district
administration paid no heed despite sending reminders to District Coordination
Officer Khurram Agah.
The DCO said the district government would
construct the collapsed boundary wall in a few days besides providing all
facilities to the school.
Headmaster Tariq Mahmood said the school had
been upgraded to middle level in April 2002, but the district government had
still not sanctioned the required strength of teachers and the staff.
said the district government did not provide any funds for the repair of the
building while only Rs2,000 provided annually for the whitewash and stationery
had been stopped for the last two years for some unknown reason.
Mahmood said over 250 students were enrolled and the school showed 100 per cent
result every year despite shortage of staff and other facilities. Since 2001, no
furniture was either purchased or repaired which forced 50 per cent students to
take lessons on mats.
He said recently school's 5th class student Ghulam
Murtaza clinched first position in the tehsil-level essay writing competition.
The headmaster appealed to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to look into the
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HEC reviews curriculum on environment
Islamabad: The curriculum of Environmental Sciences should be revised not
only to develop human resource to fulfil the market needs but also to develop
environment friendly citizens.
This was stated by Professor Dr.
Riaz-ul-Haq Tariq, member academics, Higher Education Commission while
addressing to the preliminary meeting of the National Curriculum Revision
Committee (NCRC) of HEC on Environmental Science which was held at HEC Regional
Centre to revise the curriculum for BS four years degree Programme in the
Professor Tariq, sharing his academics experiences with the
committee members, further said that education is a need of every society and it
is the system of education, which devices curriculum to provide desirable
Curriculum and instruction provide flesh to the skeleton of
the goals and aims of education. Curriculum development is a continuous process
in which choices of learning experiences are made and activated through
coordinated activities, he added.
Professor Dr. Shafiqur Rehman of
Peshawar University and Dr. Khalid Farooq Akbar of G C University Faisalabad
acted as Convener and Secretary of the committee respectively. Muhammad Tahir
Ali Shah, Assistant Director (Curriculum) of Higher Education Commission,
Islamabad coordinated the meeting and briefed the participants about HEC's
template of curriculum revision for four years BS degree programme.
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Beaconhouse conference held
Islamabad: Young leaders of our future clashed words, drafted resolutions and
amidst it all have great fun at the Intra-Beaconhouse Model United Nations
Conference 2009, which was held at the Beaconhouse, Bani Gala campus, says a
The three-day event, with over 45 teams coming from
around the region, and having 11 committees, boasted a Global Village, a 'Mela'
and a formal dinner. Secretary General Ahmad Shoaib and Director General Maha
Aman Malik along with the management of the Beaconhouse School System, Riffat
Arif, Ayesha Sohail extended a hand of warm welcome towards everyone at the
The 'Mela' turned out to be great fun, be it the
screams of excitement coming from the Ferris Wheel or the smiling faces at the
Donkey Cart Photo Area. The closing ceremony was graced by Senior Research
Fellow Dr. A. H. Nayyar, who distributed the outstanding delegate awards to the
delegates displaying immaculate diplomacy in both speech and manner. Although
the rain managed to limit certain plans that the host team had initially laid
out, the overall Intra-BMUN spirit remained as high as ever.
Maths contest for students held
Peshawar: Pak-Turk School & College, in collaboration with the NWFP
Elementary and Secondary Education Department, organised a mathematics contest
here Monday. A press release said 1,400 students of class V and VIII from the
government and private schools participated in the contest.
School's principal Serhat Demir inaugurated the contest, which was lauded by the
educationists and parents of the students as a healthy exercise. They said such
kind of contests should be held in order to polish the talent of the
Addressing on the occasion, Elementary and Secondary Education
Project Director Raja Saad said participation by students in the event clearly
indicated the success of the exercise. "Such kind of curricular activities will
be conducted in the future as it would help the students improve their talent,"
Highlighting the significance of the mathematics, Serhat Demir
said the results would be announced on February 9 and successful candidates be
awarded cash prizes and certificates, while result cards would be dispatched to
their schools. The News
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