Sindh education budget | Punjab teachers protest

Rs 15,400m allocated for education and literacy
Karachi, June 12: Sindh Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah in his budget speech at the Sindh Assembly here on Monday, announced allocation of Rs 15,400 million to the education and literacy sector in annual development programme of the province for fiscal year 2012-13.

Explaining the demarcation, he informed the floor that out of the total Rs 15,400 million educational budget, Rs 768.621 million were allocated for elementary education, Rs 5,924.708 million for secondary education, Rs 4,117.430 million for college education, Rs 1,545.664 million for higher education, Rs 139.966 million for teachers' education, Rs 1,313.622 million for Sindh Education Foundation and Rs 1,589.989 million for miscellaneous sectors.

The minister said that a bright future could not be ensured unless massive investment was made in the education sector. "As such, a significant increase of about 50 percent has been made in the educational budget, which reflects the strong will and commitment of the government towards enhancing education and literacy," he added.

Shah said that there had been significant breakthroughs in education sector which included establishment of two new universities, seven cadet colleges including two girls' cadet colleges at Shaheed Benazirabad and Larkana as well as the establishment of four engineering colleges/institutes and a law college.

The provincial finance minister said that the government had created another 8,000 vacancies in the education department to meet the requirements and provide education at the people's doorsteps, besides attempting to mitigate unemployment.

Talking about the improvement of educational facilities, he said that a major share of educational budget was allocated for developmental projects that included up-gradation of schools as well as establishment of basic and special educational institutes at divisional headquarters and talukas.

Moreover, considering the dire need to equip youth with technical and vocational training and education, the Sindh government allocated an amount of Rs 1,407 million for Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA).

Three schemes had already been running under the STEVTA, while another of cost Rs 500 million will be launched after being approved.

Besides this, Rs 550 million have been allocated for special education, that caters to the needs of disabled and helps them become an active part of the society.

Education Sector :
Educational budget : Rs 15,400m

Elementary education : Rs 768.621m

Secondary education : Rs 5,924.708m

College education : Rs 4,117.430m

Higher education : Rs 1,545.664m

Teachers' education : Rs 139.966m

Sindh Education Foundation : Rs 1,313.622m

Miscellaneous sectors : Rs 1,589.989m. Daily times

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MBBS, BDS results flawless: KU body
Karachi: The committee set up by the Karachi University vice chancellor to re-evaluate the recently announced results of the MBBS and bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) has found no irregularity in the results, a university press release has said.

The committee included dean faculty of medicine Prof Dr S.M. Abbas, secretaries of board of studies of medical and dental, controller of examinations and experts from the Dow University of Health Sciences and the Ziauddin Medical University.

The convener and subject experts, according to the press release, checked and verified table of specifications, key validity of anatomy and biochemistry in both MBBS part-A and BDS-I examinations, besides going through other examinati on details. But they found no irregularity or error in the system.

"Since the results are found flawless, justified and transparent. It is, therefore, suggested that they be considered final," it said. The committee, however, suggested a common entry-test for admissions to overcome a disparity in results which, according to the members, existed on account of great variation in criteria for admissions to different colleges.

It may be mentioned here that the committee was set up after a large number of MBBS and BDS part-1 students had failed in their exams and staged protest demonstrations.

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IBA, Maryland varsity sign accord
Karachi: The Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, and Robert H. Smith School of Business, the University of Maryland, the USA, have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the quality of executive education through faculty training programmes, customised and open enrolment facilities.

The MoU was inked by IBA Director Dr Ishrat Husain and Robert H. Smith School of Business Dean Dr G. Anand Anandalingam in Maryland early this month. Dawn

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Punjab teachers protest on 14th
Lahore: Mutahida Mahaz Asataza Punjab (MMAP) while rejecting 20 per cent increase in salaries of government employees has announced a protest demonstration in front of Parliament House, Islamabad on June 14.

This was decided as per a press statement in a meeting held on Monday. MMAP leadership also invited all the teachers' associations to be part of the protest. The meeting observed that 20 per cent increase was nothing in the wake of 100 per cent increase in inflation. The teachers also claimed that Federal Minister Syed Khursheed Shah in a meeting with a delegation of students had announced revision of scales but the same could not be implemented, which had upset the teachers and now they were compelled to come on roads.

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BD students
Lahore: A twenty-member students' delegation from various Bangladeshi universities visited Punjab University and called on Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Liaqat Ali and senior faculty members on Monday. The news

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Girls fare well in SSC exam results
Lakki Marwat: The female students outshined boys by securing overall top three positions in the matriculation examination of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Bannu.

The female students of the Panel High School, Bannu, got top three positions, with Arooma Khan standing first by securing 961 marks, while Zara Mehmood and Fareha Muhit secured second and third positions by obtaining 953 and 952 marks, respectively. The three position holders belong to the science group.

In humanities group, a private female student of North Waziristan Agency grabbed first position. She secured 833 marks. She hails from a remote Khaddi (Eedak) village of Mir Ali tehsil.

Asma Bibi and Sumera Obaidullah, students of Government Girls High School No 1, Lakki Marwat, clinched second and third positions, by securing 820 and 817 marks, respectively.

MARDAN: Sana Qayum of the Peace School, Nowshera, and Sajad Ali of the Quad-i-Azam Public School and College, Zaida, Swabi, jointly secured overall first position by obtaining 969 marks each out of total 1,050 marks in the annual secondary school certificate examinations of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Mardan.

Adnan Ahmad of the Quad International Model School, Chota Lahor, Swabi, clinched second position by obtaining 967 marks while Qazi Inzimam-ul-Haq of the Peace School, Nowshera, stood third by gaining 962 marks. All the top four position holders belonged to the science group.

KOHAT: The students of Cadet College Kohat clinched top three positions in the science group in the matriculation examination of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Kohat, keeping the tradition of the institute intact.

Cadet Naseem Anjum stood first by securing 975 marks out of 1100 marks. Similarly, Aftab Ahmed and Yousuf Tahir grabbed second and third positions by getting 963 and 956 marks, respectively.

Among female students of Iqra Public School and College, Kohat, Nimra Aziz and Bushra Ahmed secured 950 marks each and stood first in the science group.

In the arts group, Mohammad Usman Saeed stood first by getting 858 marks. Salma Khan of Kurram Agency remained on the top of the list in the arts group among the female candidates despite extremely insecure situation in the tribal area. Dawn

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