Govt schools not madressahs stoke militancy: US report
Washington, June 22: Pakistan's public education system helps stoke militancy, while the religious schools often cited as a cause of extremism appear not to be a major risk factor, says a report by a Washington think tank.
The report, set to be released by the Brookings Institution on Wednesday, examined a raft of studies to assess links between militancy and education, a priority area for the Obama administration as it boosts development aid to Islamabad.
The researchers said low enrolment rates were a risk factor for violence and demand for education inside Pakistan far exceeded the government's ability to provide it.
In addition, Pakistan's public school system was highly corrupt with positions handed out for political favours and teachers paid whether they turned up for class or not.
"The way the education system is set up is contributing to support militancy," said Rebecca Winthrop, with the Centre for Universal Education at Brookings.
"Historically education in Pakistan has been used as a tool by successive regimes in pursuing narrow political ends," she added. Reuters
Pakistani physicists win acclaim for their work
Islamabad: The research work carried out by a young Pakistani physicist Jamil Aslam and two members of his team, Ahmed Ali and Christian Hambrock, earned them acclamation from the physics community as its results may lead to the discovery of a "new form of matter".
Jamil Aslam is a faculty member of Physics Department at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) while the other two physicists are working in Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), the biggest German research centre for particle physics.
The spokesman for the QAU said that Jamil Aslam and his team members analysed the data collected by the KEK particle collider in Japan during an experiment known as 'Belle' and claimed the discovery of tetraquark particles that consist of four quarks instead of the usual two (quark-antiquark) and three quark ones.
A quark is an elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter.
"Though it is not conclusive, however, the analysis made in paper supports the evidence of tetraquarks and if it is proved in Belle experiments, scheduled for later this year, it will introduce a new form of matter," said a member of the team.Both Dr Jamil Aslam and Dr Ahmed Ali were PhDs from the Physics Department of QAU and students of a prominent Pakistani theoretical physicist and eminent scientist Professor Dr. Riazuddin. Dawn
AIOU holds function on BB
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) held a function here on Monday to celebrate birth anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi, Vice-Chancellor of the University, addressing the function, said, "It is a need of the time that we follow her vision of tolerance and national reconciliation to make our society a role model." He said that the unique concept of open university was first implemented in UK with the establishment of Open University, UK, in 1972. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto realised its potential and he established the first open university in Asia.
Computer literacy centres
Islamabad: Islamabad Capital Territory Administration has planned to set up computer literacy centres in 12 union councils of the federal capital during the fiscal year 2010-11.
The project is aimed at promoting computer literacy and technology in rural areas of the federal capital, the official sources said adding the federal government has allocated an amount of Rs8.231 million in Public Sector Development Programme for the project.
They said that under the project the students of rural areas would be educated about understanding computers and related systems, working vocabulary of computer and information system components, the fundamental principles of computer processing and a perspective for how non-technical people interact with technical people.
The sources said that such literacy centres have already been set up in nine union councils of ICT, adding the more centres would be established in 12 union councils during the fiscal year 2010-11. The news