No education: Future at stake
Rawalpindi, May 16: The future of children belonging to more than 2,000 internally displaced families from Malakand Division, which migrated to twin cities, is at stake as no proper measures are being taken for their education.
According to a survey, more than 150 families from Malakand Division had landed in Rawalpindi and Islamabad and their surrounding areas during the last two weeks. More than 2,000 families from other troubled regions - Swat, Waziristan, Mohmand and Bajaur - were already living in different localities of twin cities.
The children of such families can be seen wandering aimlessly here and there. There is no arrangement for education of these children.
Thirteen-year-old Bazore Khan from Malakand Division said that he would take up a gun after becoming an adult. "I was studying in class 5 in my hometown but now I don't want any education. I only want guns now," he said.
Zaman Ahmed Yousafzai, belonging to Malakand Division, said that how could the displaced children become good citizens without getting education? The government should make proper arrangements for the education of these children, he added.
The militants had destroyed more than 250 schools in Swat Valley where about 300,000 boys and girls were getting education. According to the UN report, the number of internally displaced persons has increased to 1,200,000 in four to five days.
The IDPs are continuously pouring in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. About 20-40 families from troubled areas are arriving in twin cities every day.
Some days back, Rawalpindi Division Commissioner Captain (r) Saeed Ahmed had given a statement with regard to setting up of relief camps for the IDPs in some localities where they would be provided food and other necessary items.
Acting District Coordination Officer (DCO) Asif Qureshi said that they are keeping displaced families near Garden Villas along Adiala Road where the city administration is providing them food and other necessary items. But, he said, they could not publicly announce this to avoid those people of tribal areas who had been living in Rawalpindi for years. He said that they wanted to provide relief to genuine people rather than fake ones.
The IDPs urged the government to take measures for peace in their areas so that the future of their children could be saved and they could get proper education.
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Teachers' shortage puts 800 students' future at stake
Islamabad: The students of a boys and a girls school upgraded to the secondary level years ago in a federal capital town Jaba Teli awaiting for the allocation (deputation) of qualified teaching staff by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).
The residents have shown great concern over the indifferent attitude of FDE towards 800 students' future and complained that the authority concerned was not paying any heed to their request.
Head of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) boys school, Malik Jamshed, talking to APP said the school was officially upgraded in 2001 and the secondary classes were started in 1999 and since then they have repeatedly written to the directorate for staff but of no avail.
He said the residents of the town have provided free of cost land besides they paid for gas, electricity, water and boundary wall of both the schools for better future of their children.
Raja Miskeen President PTA girls school said the town residents on their own have been providing salaries to the temporarily hired teachers but they are not skilled enough to teach secondary classes.
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Bahria University launches MPhil and PhD programme
Islamabad: The Islamabad campus of Bahria University launched its MPhil and PhD programme in Management Sciences at a ceremony attended by academicians, researchers, faculty members, students and university officials.
Aimed at attaining high standards in teaching and research, the MPhil and PhD programme will cater to the need of producing original research in the social sector in the country.
Bahria University Rector Admiral Muhammad Haroon, the chief guest on the occasion, appreciated the efforts of the university's MPhil & PhD Committee, comprising Dr. Zahid Mehmood, Musarrat Khan, Dr. Amina Muzaffar and Noreen Saher, for conceiving, developing and launching the programme.
Presenting the particularities of the programme, Member MPhil & PhD Committee of Bahria University Professor Musarrat Khan said the programme would produce graduates, who would have the capacity to independently conduct research and teaching at a high level of originality and quality.
He said the programme has been designed after complete environmental analysis of both the national and international scenarios.
"We picked up certain national and international universities and analysed their existing strengths and weaknesses to build a programme that can deliver in the sense of original research and new ideas," he said. The News
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QAU library : upgradation project completes
Islamabad: Various development projects of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) will be completed by June this year, said a press release issued here on Friday.
It said Rs 20.25 million central library upgradation project had already been completed providing the students access to over 200,000 books, thousands of online journals and 150 computers.
It said construction of two new hostels would make for shortage of accommodation for students. It made it clear that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had not stopped funds for the university though the commission, in its 2008 monitoring report, pointed out the slow pace of work on development projects.
It said the university syndicate had constituted a committee to probe a reported incident of misbehavior of a clerk with a lady teacher, adding the clerk in question had been transferred. Daily Times
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