Islamabad's education city: ACCA training

Islamabad's education city
Islamabad, March 06, 2008: An education city, comprising academic institutions and a markaz, is being planned in a new sector of Islamabad away from the city centre. Meanwhile, funds for the development of another sector, also devoted to educational institutions on the pattern of several similar existing institutional sectors, has recently been approved. The two new sectors are located in the proximity of the existing sectors housing mainly private educational institutions and some public universities and colleges. Those private schools which are currently scattered in numerous residential sectors creating a traffic nuisance in their neighbourhoods, while serving the convenience of their students living nearby, are supposed to be relocated in one of the two new educational sectors. While it appears to make sense to concentrate most educational institutions in the same locality, it is another matter that many parents and students might prefer a more decentralised location for these institutions. After all, public schools and colleges in Islamabad are dispersed in various residential sectors, most of them having admission policies that give priority to residents living in the vicinity.

In the development of the proposed education city and the other new educational sector, it might be a good idea to consider the current problems being faced by students, parents and staff in the existing sectors where educational institutions are concentrated. One major problem is traffic congestion on the roads along which the institutions are located, particularly during student drop-off and pick-up times. This congestion is particularly acute where several schools are clustered together. Another major deficiency in the existing educational sectors is the lack of support facilities and services, such as common hostels, libraries, technology parks, sports and games centres, student counselling centres, bookshops and stationery shops. Until these deficiencies are addressed the establishment of another education city will not fully serve the purpose that it is meant to.

Khushhali Bank to train ACCA students
Islamabad: The Khushhali Bank has become an alliance partner of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) after it was awarded an approved employer certification by the association on Wednesday.

As an approved employer, Khushhali Bank would host ACCA students for training in different areas of finance, who would be given a monthly stipend.

These students would be able to complete their practical experience requirement at various branches of the bank.

Speaking at the at the approved employer certificate presentation ceremony, the bank's President Ghalib Nishtar stated that the alliance with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) would enable many students to complete their article ships at the bank's branches throughout the country, and this relationship would go a long way in helping attract and shape the brightest minds in the business. Dawn

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