N@STEC 10 concludes
Islamabad, Jan 06: The concluding ceremony NUST Arts Science Technology Exhibition Competition (N@STEC 10) was held here at NUST-SCEE Auditorium on Wednesday.
The event kicked off on time, with two anchors from the Electrical Engineering department of NUST-SEECS taking the stage, the first item on the agenda was a video that showcased different moments of N@STEC by many versatile perspectives, then the president of N@STEC'10 Madiha Dar took the stage and among rampant cheers and applause she thanked the participants and the organisers.
After that the award ceremony took place where all the runner-ups and the winners of the 29 events were given prizes along with the organisers.
The prize distribution ceremony was followed by speeches by the faculty head of ACM, Dr. Raihan-ur-Rasool, the guest of honour Wahab Siraj (CEO Nayatel), who gave an enthusiastic talk about the strength of character and its importance in youth. Later, Dean of SEECS Dr. Zaidi gave his thoughts about the event, finally the closing remarks were delivered by the chief guest Touseef Zaman, who is the vice president of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The N@STEC 10 team included President Madiha Dar, Vice President Hasham Masood, General Secretary Bismillah Beenish, Event Coordinator Jawad Manzoor , Treasurer Ahsan Rahman and Media Head Hamza Iftikhar. The news
50pc children out of school in 4 districts
Islamabad: In four districts of Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur more than 50 per cent children of the total population of 5 to 9 years are out of school and the number of out of school children is higher for girls than boys.
This was revealed in a research report "Education Budget Analysis: Five Districts of Southern Punjab" by Oxfam GB in collaboration with Institute of Social and Policy Science (I-SAPS). The report provides detailed analysis and findings of the educational data and budget of selected districts from southern Punjab including Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, Jhang and Rajanpur.
The report indicates missing facilities especially in girls' schools, for instance, in Multan at primary level 20 per cent girls' schools do not have drinking water facility and 13 per cent girls' primary schools are without toilets.
The data indicates that in 53 per cent of the total schools in the districts do not have electricity and overall 6 per cent schools have dangerous buildings and 18 per cent of school buildings require major repairs.
In Muzaffargarh 79 per cent of the schools do not have electricity, 15 per cent do not have access to drinking water, 38 per cent do not have latrine facility and 41 per cent lack boundary walls. As many as 63 per cent schools in Jhang do not have electricity, 14 per cent do not have access to clean drinking water, 36 per cent schools are without latrine facility and 29 per cent schools do not have boundary walls.
In 86 per cent of the schools of District Rajanpur, the students do not have access to electricity, 38 per cent of the schools in the district do not have access to water, 36 per cent of the schools lack latrine facility and 34 per cent are without boundary walls.
In Rahim Yar Khan the data indicates that 61 per cent schools of the district do not have electricity, 22 per cent do not have access to water, 30 per cent lack latrine facility, and 33 per cent are without boundary walls.
In the five districts the share of development budget is far less than the current budget. The current budget, which includes salary and non-salary expenditures, is used to meet only operating costs thus having less relevance to the quality and access of education.
The low share of development budget is visible in all the five districts. In Multan the share of development budget in the total budget has varied from two to six per cent during 2007 to 2010. And to make the matters worse available development budget remains under-utilised in many cases.
Another important finding is the high incidence of allocating development budget without gender specification. In Jhung district, in the allocations for 2009-10, the schools for girls and boys each have been allocated three per cent of the total development budget. The remaining 94 per cent budget has been allocated without gender-specification.
The report reveals that girls' literacy and enrolment rates are very low in the districts. The enrolment of boys and girls from primary level onwards is continuously declining. In Multan District 74 per cent girls and 65 per cent boys at primary level do not make it to the next level or middle school.
The findings suggest that there was serious lack of coordination among the district officials and the donors on the one hand and among the donors themselves on the other. Frequent postings and transfers of district education managers are identified as one of the major reasons for lack of coordination among district officials and donors.
The event was attended by the representatives of NGOs, government officials from southern districts of Punjab, Pakistan Coalition for Education and members from the various walks of the civil society. Raja Anwar, Chairman CM's Taskforce for Elementary Education chaired the session. He lamented that this nation gives a lot of donations and does charity work but no one thinks to fulfill missing facilities in such schools in which haves-not study. The nation
Rootsian to attend Harvard Model UN
Islamabad: A Rootsian, Umair Abdul Rehman, has got the acceptance to attend the 57th session of the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN). Only two students from all over Pakistan have been selected and Umair is one of them. He has been selected after a tough assessment and outstanding performance academically and in extracurricular activities.
The Harvard National Model United Nations provides incredible insight into the realities of international dilemmas, conflict, and negotiation. Only a decade after the signing of the Charter of the United Nations, HNMUN was founded to recreate the spirit of diplomacy that continues to inspire tomorrow's leaders. HNMUN conference is defined by a true diversity in committee structure, topic selection, and substantive support features. In this HNMUN, the most competent and potential students are selected on the basis of merit.
In HNMUN, debating would be the foremost part of this and selected participants would be addressing the Modern World Problems along with their recommendations, suggestions and solutions and that would later on be submitted to United Nations. This conference will take place from Thursday (February 17) to Sunday (February 20) at the historic Park Plaza hotel in downtown Boston.
In this summer 2010 Umair Abdul Rehman (A-Levels) at Roots College International, F-7/1 Islamabad, had applied for the Harvard Model United Nations. He got himself registered on the HNMUN website and after getting the recognition from HNMUN, he was asked to submit his past MUN experience and to answer some of the questions along with the essays. Umair's past MUN experience was really impressive. As Roots provide remarkable opportunities to the students to develop their skills, abilities and creativity and keeps on grooming their students in every walk of life. In Saint Mary's Academy Model United Nations (SMAMUN), Umair was honoured with the Best Delegate Award; in Frobels Model United Nations (FROMUM) he was awarded with the Honorary Mention and he also attended the Lums Model United Nations (LUMUN). He got the acceptance from HNMUN on the basis of merit and was judged on his past MUN experience and the essays that he had sent.
Umair Abdul Rehman would be representing the country on an International Opportunity Seeking Platform. The news