Date for duplicate admit cards for MA Private announced
Karachi, June 27: The University of Karachi (KU) has announced issuance date of duplicate admit cards for MA Private (I and II) annual and for improvement of division examination 2012 on Tuesday. As per details, KU has issued admits cards through post but if they were not received till June 28, students can take their duplicate admit cards from KU's Silver Jubilee Gate on June 29. Students who will come to collect their duplicate cards have to bring original CNIC, two passport size photographs, original registration card, and receipt of examination form. It is pertinent to mention here that MA private examination would start from July 2. Daily times
KU to observe 5-day working week from June 30
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) will observe five-day working week from June 30. Registrar of the institution announced this here on Tuesday. He said that the office hours would be from 08:00am to 04:00pm expect Friday. Whereas on Friday the office timings would be from 08:00am to 01.30 pm. app
Education: public interest or private commodity?
Karachi: During a talk on Tuesday about the significance of corporate social responsibility for investment in private education, a discussion sprung up on whether education was an area of public interest or a form of private commodity.
The South Asia Initiative at the Harvard University and the Aman Foundation held a talk titled "Investing in Education", which was attended by a panel of finance experts and educationists, including Aziz Kabani of the Sindh Education Foundation, Nadeem Hussain of the Tameer Micro Finance Limited, Khadija Bakhtiar of Teach for Pakistan, Ahsan Jamil of the Aman Foundation and Asim Khawaja of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Khawaja, a professor of the Harvard Kennedy School, presented his project which highlighted the role of corporate investment in private education.
The project, still in its initial stages, will assist 1,000 schools from 300 villages through soft loans with the support of Tameer Micro Finance Limited and Aman Foundation. Currently, a pilot project is also underway in Faisalabad, Nawabshah and Rahimyar Khan, but the project partners are hoping to extend it to all the provinces.
"Our project is different from others because it has prompt checks and balances at every step," said Khawaja. The schools would decide the utilisation of funds as per their requirements. "They could use it for constructing a library or conducting teachers training."
During a question and answer session, Dr Muhammad Memom, chairman Institute of Education Development, said "You are promoting education as a commodity. I promote it as a public service. So what is the middle ground? Does the initiative address quality education?"
Responding to the query, Kabbani, sitting on the panel, said "This is exactly my concern. I am not a proponent of private schooling but when social services are privatised and people have to pay for their basic human rights it shows we are headed towards disaster."
"Education is not about standardised testing and test scores."
To this, Khwaja replied, "Let us not indulge in the nitty-gritty details. They may be intellectually satisfying, but the public needs concrete action. It could take decades before the perfect system with expertise from all areas is found. But till then, whatever little can be done, should be done."
"Till the parents are mature enough to question teachers why their child received an 80 percent in English, but is still unable to write two. The news
Edu minister vows to curb corruption
Karachi: Senior Education and Literacy Minister Pir Mazharul Haq has directed secretary education to curb corruption and ensure transparency in all transfers and postings besides taking indiscriminate departmental action against those involved in corruption.
He was presiding over a high-level meeting of the department convened at his office here on Tuesday.
Haq expressed his deep concern over the news of corruption in his department. He directed senior officers of the education department to address the complaints put forth by the MPAs and ministers during the budget session besides suspending the corrupt officials, specially ADEO taluka Obaru.
He added that ADEO Rasheed Ahmed Chachar was suspended on the complain of DEO Ghotki while Sindh chief minister had also issued him with a final show cause notice. However, it was a matter of surprise that he was posted again.
The minister said that he issued orders to remove DEO Thatta on the complaint of the closure of 600 schools and the Sindh chief minister approved it as well. However, his return to the post should be inquired.
He directed secretary education that inquiries should be conducted on schools being closed despite provision of school management committee funds.
Haq said, "Sindh Education Department is making all efforts to free the education department of corruption and all stake holders are being taken on board." He requested the people and media to point out black sheeps in the department. Daily times
PU medical college
Lahore: Punjab University's Medical and Dental College spokesperson Prof Dr Shaukat Ali has said that papers for registration of the college have been submitted to the office of regulations and services federal secretary, Islamabad, for onward transmission to the PMDC.
In a press statement issued here on Tuesday, Dr Ali said that Punjab University would start MBBS admissions in the upcoming session if everything went well. He said that admissions would be made on purely merit basis and the college would benefit the middle class who could not afford medical education in privately managed medical colleges.
He said that people from all walks of life had greatly appreciated the vision of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran of the widening the scope of education in Punjab University. The news
Registration of PUMDC sought
Lahore: The Punjab University has applied to the federal regulations and services secretary for registration of PU Medical and Dental College by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.
PUMDC spokesperson Prof Dr Shaukat Ali said the varsity would start MBBS admissions in the upcoming session if everything went well.
He said the admissions would be made on merit basis and the college would cater to the students from middle class who could not afford education in privately managed medical colleges.
LCWU: The Lahore College for Women University has announced offering 27 different courses during the summer vacation to enhance communication and artistic skills of students.
Admission forms for these courses will be available at the university auditorium from Wednesday (today) and last date to submit fee and admission form is July 1. Dawn