UK, Pak institutions sign MoU | Manto's birthday
UK, Pakistani institutions sign MoU
Islamabad, May 17, 2008: Four UK and four Pakistani institutions on Friday
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for technical and vocational
education and training (TVET) to counter unemployment.
institutions on both sides will join the partnerships in the coming weeks. The
National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) will co-ordinate
with the partner institutions.
Under the MoU, Bradford College has been
linked with Hazara University to work in hospitality and tourism sector;
Newcastle College with the Government College of Technology (GCT) Rasul to focus
on construction; Hasting College of Arts and Technology with GCT Nowshera to
work in the field of engineering and City College Brighton and Hove with GCT
Multan to extend co-operation in the field of engineering.
College and Pakistan Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management will become
partners, concentrating on hospitability and tourism. Bradford College and
Government Polytechnic Institute for Women will join hands in the field of
textile and fashion.
The partnership will help draw an industry-based
curriculum. Speaking on the occasion of signing of the MoU, NAVTEC Executive
Director (ED) Ather Tahir said, "The commission (NAVTEC) is mandated to
facilitate, regulate, and provide policy direction for technical education and
vocational training to meet national and international demand for skilled
Tahir said the MoU marked the beginning of relationship that
had the potential to create closer links between industry and
British Council Acting Country Director Nasir Kazmi said the
UK delegation worked closely with its counterparts from the Pakistani institutes
in developing joint work plans. Daily Times
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NCA celebrates Manto's birthday
Rawalpindi: The National College of Arts (NCA) on Friday celebrated the birth
anniversary of legendary short story writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Significant
events of his life, including his legal trial on 'Thunda Gosht', were
highlighted and excerpts from his work were read out to a mesmerised audience.
Naeem Tahir, a former director-general (DG) of the Pakistan National
Council of Arts (PNCA), actress Parveen Malik, Theatre Department members Osman
Khalid Butt and Faheen Azam read out separate excerpts.
Sarmad Sehbai directed the event. Tahir's dialogue delivery won considerable
applause. Then a play based on Manto's short story 'Naya Qanoon', directed by
Sehbai, was screened. The play was given a PTV award in 1997. Saba Pervaiz,
Mujahid Ishai and Ashraf Khan were cast members.
Claire Pamment, head of
the Theatre Department, said the event was an attempt to pay tribute to Manto.
She said Manto had been a great inspiration for contemporary writers.
Manto was born in Sambrala, Ludhiana district. He began his literary
career with Urdu translations of French and Russian writers. He touched many
controversial topics like sex, which were considered taboo at his time. 'Thanda
Ghost' is a masterpiece that uncovered the plight of Muslim women at the time of
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City School holds annual prize distribution ceremony
Rawalpindi: The annual prize distribution ceremony of The City School,
Harley Street, Nursery Branch, was held here on Friday.
academic excellence were given by chief guest Zafar Ali Ujan, chairman of the
Socio-Economic Development Forum, and Headmistress Sumaira Shafiq. The prizes
were given in categories such as Best Overall Performance, Artist of the Year,
Best in Spoken English, Best in Creative Skills and Best in
The main attraction of the ceremony were 'Gold Star' badges
given to students of various classes on the basis of the number of books read in
the school library.
The '100% Attendance Prize' was given to Munazza Zia
of Junior-III and the 'Student of the Year' award to Mehr-e-Hira Malik of
Junior-III. Hamma Sajid (Junior-II) and Huzaifa Bin Sajid (Junior-II) got the
'Satisfactory Performance' awards.
Trophies were given to students who
stood first, second and third in respective categories.
Speaking on the
occasion, the chief guest said that he was impressed by the performance and
arrangement on the occasion. He appreciated efforts of teachers and
In the end, Headmistress Sumaira Shafiq gave vote of thanks in
her speech. She appreciated involvement of parents throughout the academic
session. The News
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IIUI to vaccinate students, teachers against Hepatitis
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) would
vaccinate its all students, faculty members and employees against the deadly
disease Hepatitis at subsidised rates.
It was announced at a seminar on
'Hepatitis-A killer' held on Friday at the campus arranged by Amson Vaccines
& Pharam, Pakistan in collaboration with Officers Welfare Association (OWA)
of the university.
Dr Amir Mehmood, Senior Programme Manager Amson, speaking
as resource person, said Pakistan like other countries of the world is in severe
grip of the Hepatitis. He said that only better standard of living and
precautionary measures could prevent spreading of this fatal disease. Once a
person becomes hepatitis carrier, he or she has to bear huge financial burden
for treatment, he added.
He said in case of liver transplant it costs over
Rs 2 million in Pakistan. He added that due to lack of awareness Hepatitis is
rapidly spreading in the country. He said that vaccinations could also immune
people from this disease. Ch. Yaqub Ali, Chief Librarian and President Officers
Welfare Association, and Dr Shabbir Ahmad Kallu, Principal, Medical Officer of
IIU, also spoke on the occasion and announced that the university shall soon
provide Hepatitis vaccines to its all students, teachers and employees at the
They added that this is being done in compliance with the
policy of university's rector Dr Manzoor Ahmad and President Dr Anwar Hussain
Siddiqui. The Nation
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