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13,000 new teachers to be recruited soon
Hyderabad, Jan 16: Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq has said that 13,000 new teachers will be recruited to revive all non-functional schools and as first step the government has set itself target to reopen 4,500 closed schools this year.

The minister said that no less than 7,700 schools were closed during previous governments while the present government had reopened 1,400 schools so far.

He termed it a good progress and said that 1,700 school buildings had so far been identified. The buildings were being used by some influential persons as their guesthouses and godowns and now they would now be used as government offices or for welfare work, he said.

Mr Haq said that the government in cooperation with NCHD and Sindh Education Foundation, reopen 2,500 and 1,000 closed schools and with recruitment of 13,000 teachers, all closed schools would become functional.

He said that Sifarish culture and nepotism had pushed the education to the verge of complete destruction. The district government system had also contributed to the destruction of education, he said.

He urged people not to exert any pressure on government functionaries in appointment of teachers in order to save the education system and improve standard of education.

The minister renamed Girls High School as Mrs Hameeda Shahnawaz Girls High School on the demand of local people and announced establishment of a girls primary school in the village.

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SU peaceful educational environment
Hyderabad: Representatives of student organisations belonging to different political parties have assured the administration of the University of Sindh to work for the promotion of peaceful educational environment at the campus and avoid agitation.

A meeting was convened by university Registrar Mohammad Hussain Shaikh on Friday, which was attended by provost of boys hostel Dr Ghulam Sarwar Gachal, Incharge Director Students Affairs Syed Anwar Ali Shah and representatives of students organisations.

Student representatives said that some outsiders had been creating the law and order situation at the campus. They assured the university to help maintain peace at the campus.

Registrar of the university told the students that the university's priority was to look after students for their better education and provide facilities required at hostels and departments. He said that protests always created disturbances in the educational process.

He said that university vice-chancellor, Dr Nazir A. Mughal had clearly instructed the university administration to pay attention and solve problems of students immediately.

He expressed the hope that students of the university would play a positive role for promotion of peace and educational environment. Dawn

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NAPA graduates participation
Karachi: The graduates of National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) will be performing in India at the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, an annual theater festival of the National School of Drama, New Delhi on January 17.

A total of 17 NAPA graduates have gone to India to do a new version of 'Shakuntala', written by the famous Sanskrit writer, Kalidas. The play is directed by Zain Ahmed, a former NAPA faculty member and is largely based on movements governed by music.

This is not the first time that the NAPA graduates are visiting India and senior faculty member Arshad Mehmood is optimistic about the current troupe's potential.

"I believe that exchange programmes and sharing of ideas between India and Pakistan is necessary for theater because we have a common language and culture which makes Indians the biggest audience for Pakistani theater outside Pakistan whereas the same can be said for the Indian theatre too," Mehmood said.

"This time, the theater graduates are also accompanied by music graduates who will be playing live music during the performances" Mehmood added. Calling 'Shakuntala' a masterpiece, Mehmood said that it has been performed in theatre by various groups in different styles previously.

"Shakuntala is a play which has already been done in India a number of times and it would be a challenge to perform it in front of the Indian audiences yet again with our own touch to it."

The treatment of Shakuntala, that the NAPA graduates will be performing, was basically a class exercise which turned into something worthwhile and the students decided to do it for the theater festival in India.

Mehmood believes that keeping South Asian countries in mind, India is the centre of performing arts and to our advantage we share a common heritage which makes the learning experience much easier.

"To dig into the Indian experience is very important because in Pakistan, NAPA does 6 plays in a year after every two months whereas in Mumbai, 30 to 35 plays are running on daily basis in different theater halls irrespective of the language of the play, which is something that needs to be brought in Pakistan," he maintained.

Further adding to that, he said that seeing different artists from India performing on the same stage will help in increasing the exposure of artists and would be a window for future meetings.

Appreciating the 'Aman ki Asha' initiative taken up by Jang Group and Times of India, Arshad Mehmood said, "I think those who are against peace are sinners. In the history of mankind, the most important phenomenon has been peace. If any issues can be taken towards resolution with the ultimate goal of peace, then this step of harmony is a great step towards humanity." The news

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Students continue boycott
Nawabshah: Students continued boycott of classes on the second consecutive day on Friday at the Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology and held a demonstration against the university administration.

The protesting students alleged that the university was not up to the mark and urged chairman of the Higher Education Commission to take notice of lack of facilities. They threatened to continue protest until the university accepted their demands.

The QUEST management has retained 22 out of 681 students of 2009 batch and stopped them from getting promoted to the second term because of their failure to pass 50 per cent papers. Dawn

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