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.

Two more 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.

Llandrillo 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 manpower."

Tahir said the MoU marked the beginning of relationship that had the potential to create closer links between industry and education.

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.

Acclaimed writer 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 Partition.

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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.

Prizes for 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 Mathematics.

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 students.

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 subsidised rates.

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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