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Khatoon-i-Pakistan & Rana Liaquat Ali colleges management

NGOs may get two govt educational institutions
Karachi, Jan 15: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad has said that the government will fully support two non-governmental organizations in order to allow them to turn the Khatoon-i-Pakistan School and Rana Liaquat Ali College of Home Economics into "modern institutions of learning, and no opposition from any quarters will be tolerated so far as reforming schools and colleges are concerned," says a press release issued by the NGOs on Wednesday.

According to the press release, the governor made these comments in reply to a question as to why the government had withdrawn the notification handing over management of the aforementioned schools to the Bookgroup and Zindagi Trust during a visit to the SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School on Tuesday.

The governor was accompanied on the visit by Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, MQM leader Farooq Sattar and City Nazim Mustafa Kamal.

They were shown around the campus of the school - handed over to the NGOs by the government last year by Zindagi Trust president Shehzad Roy and Bookgroup chairman Sami Mustafa.

These two organizations together raised over Rs30 million, renovated the building and constructed several facilities including an air-conditioned library, computer and science labs etc at the school, adds the statement.

The governor, the education minister, and Dr Sattar praised the NGOs for improving the physical facilities as well as the programme of studies at the school.

Dr Ibad and Pir Mazhar said that both the Pakistan People's Party and the MQM were committed to bringing about fundamental changes in public sector schools, and that they would provide all support to Zindagi Trust and Bookgroup to reform more government schools, the press release says. It quoted them as saying that the NGOs should take up more public sector schools and establish modern standards of education, both by way of using modern textbooks, modern management practices and ongoing and rigorous training of teachers. Dawn

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First FUUAST convocation
The first convocation of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) will be held on January 26 at the Science Campus Ground at 10.00 am. Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani will be the chief guest. Meanwhile, the FUUAST has announced that the admission lists of various departments have been issued. The last date for submitting the admission and enrolment fee is January 17. The News

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Karachi University self-assessment Programme for affiliated colleges
Karachi: The vice-chancellor of Karachi University, Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, has constituted a committee for the introduction of a quality assurance programme in colleges affiliated with the university.

According to an official announcement made on Wednesday, director of the KU quality enhancement cell, chairman of the Karachi University Business School and principals of JMDC, Sir Syed Government Girls College and Defence School of Business Education are members of the committee.

For implementation of the self-assessment programme in the affiliated colleges, a meeting was convened by dean of the faculty of management and administrative sciences Dr Abuzar Wajidi at his office on Wednesday.

The meeting discussed various modalities to improve teaching standards of colleges.

It was decided that the programme would initially be introduced in a few colleges and would be expanded gradually to cover other colleges. Dr Wajidi said the step would support Karachi University's efforts for improving quality of teaching in colleges. App

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254 newly appointed teachers denied salary for four months
Mirpurkhas: About 254 primary teachers have not been paid salary since their appointment appointed four months ago, reportedly due to an error on the part of the education department in calculating the number of vacant seats in the district.

The affected teachers had held a demonstration a few weeks ago and demanded payment of salary.

According to additional district accounts officer, Mohammad Iqbal Khan, the department had appointed 254 male and female teachers, who had passed a test held by the IBA and the department had received a final list on their names and places of appointment from the secretary of finance.

But when the checked the list with record on vacant posts they found that there were 219 posts vacant in the district and not 254, he said.

He said that he held a meeting with the DCO and EDO of education to sort out the issue and asked them to provide a list of 219 teachers instead of 254 so that their salary could be released but it was not done.

Quoting EDO of education, he said that a summary for new expenditure (SNE) for 1,000 posts was under discussion and might be approved soon.

EDO education Abdul Majeed Hur said that the candidates who had passed IBA-held test were appointed to vacant as well as newly created posts but unfortunately the finance department imposed a ban on implementation of a new SNE for 2007-08, which led to the problem.

He said that he had worked on the directives of higher authorities and steps were being taken to get the matured SNE for schools cleared so that the problem of shortfall of vacant posts could be solved.

He said that the error would be rectified soon and all the teachers would receive salary soon. Dawn

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