Private schools association condemns imposition of VAT
Islamabad, May 21: The All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association organised a seminar titled 'Private Educational Institutes and Value Added Tax', says a press release issued here on Thursday.
Addressing the seminar, All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association Central President Adeeb Javaidani said that the future of millions of students was at stake with the imposition of VAT on over 160,000 private schools all across the country. He said that parents were also worried over the future of their children.
He said that around 160,000 educational institutes were sharing government's burden of educating around 20 million students.
He said according to the 1973 Constitution, imparting education to children was responsibility of the government, but it does not possess resources to do so. "Instead of encouraging private institutes in doing a commendable job, the government is imposing taxes on them to discourage them," he added.
National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance Member Riaz Fatiana was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the seminar, he said that Value Added Tax will not be imposed until both houses of the parliament and assemblies of all four provinces endorse it. Even if a single assembly rejects the bill, it will not be imposed in the country.
AIOU examinations to start on 24th
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University will commence exams for ATTC/PTC/CT and BEd programmes for Semester Autumn, 2009 from May 24, announced AIOU Controller of Exams Hafeez-Ullah. Roll number slips of all the programmes have been dispatched to all eligible/enrolled students at their given addresses by Postal Mail Service. All those students who may not receive their roll no slips up to May 21 are advised to contact nearest regional office of the university. The slips along with date sheet has also been placed on Allama Iqbal Open University website www.aiou.edu.pk for the convenience of students. However, roll no slips and date sheet for Matriculation/FA/BA and postgraduate programmes will be issued soon. The news
YPP, ICCI to set up vocational institutes together
Rawalpindi: Prominent singer and Youth Parliament of Pakistan (YPP) Chairman Ibrarul Haq said on Thursday that YPP aims to motivate youths which form more than 67 percent of the country's population for playing an active role in national development. Now the YPP will set up a network of vocational training institutes in the country with the help of business community.
He was speaking at Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on the occasion of signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding establishment of vocational training institutes to minimize the rate of unemployment.
RCCI President Kashif Shabbir, Senior Vice President Ali Raza along with a large number of businessmen was present on the occasion.
Haq said that there is a great potential in Pakistani nation but it is needed to be put in the positive direction. Due to unavailability of any constructive forum for young generation, their negative tendencies are getting stronger. Daily times
Solution to all problems of teachers urged
Islamabad: The Central Academic Staff Association (CASA) held a meeting here at Islamabad College for Boys (ICB), G-6/3 on Thursday, says a press release.
All the presidents and representatives of the 19 Model Colleges Academic Staff Association participated in the meeting. The committees submitted their reports, which were found satisfactory. The meeting was chaired by the Dr Javed Koussar Vice President CASA (Model Colleges).
The CASA vice president suggested that instead of changing the status of model colleges, new model colleges should be opened to resolve the admission problems. It also pointed out that the registration of fresh hiring cases should be opened immediately, which is banned by the estate management office of the Federal Directorate of Education, Islamabad from 2008.
Regularization of the TEF should also be made with immediate effect and the Qaris of the model colleges should be given BPS-14 instead of BPS-7, as teaching of the Holy Quran is a noble cause. It was also pointed out that the promotion of the junior lady teachers should be more rapid and a proper mechanism should be given. All the representatives of the Academic Staff Association appealed to the president, the prime minister, the Chief Justice of Pakistan and the Advisor to the PM on Education Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali to take personal interest to resolve the problems of the teaching community.
Rootsians present heritage of Pakistan
Islamabad: The Annual Parents & Students Recognition Day of Roots School System, Westridge Branch, held at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) auditorium, witnessed the exhilarating performances of students.
The theme of the event was 'Heritage of Pakistan' that encompassed colourful costumes, motivating music and wonderful choreography, depicting the provinces of Pakistan.
The rich cultural heritage of Punjab was presented through highlighting Sufism, Mughal era and different dance performances like 'luddi' and 'bhangra', while Sindh, Cholistan, Makran and the northern parts of the country were shown through traditional songs, dresses and dance performances.
A fashion show presented the eras from 1947 to 2010, which was highly appreciated by the audience, as the dresses were beautifully designed and truly depicting the particular eras. The performance on 'Rhythm of Unity' presented the message of our association with our motherland and our readiness to sacrifice for it.
MNA Mrs Farhat Khan, the chief guest on the occasion, said in today's world, there is a great need to understand the diversity of the human kind, and the best way to build up bridges of friendship is by understanding social issues and the alarming situations of our surroundings. She appreciated the theme, colours and performances for the Parents Day. "The way the young students depicted all the provinces is highly amazing," she said and announced Rs200,000 for the institution as a gift on the wonderful performances, which also raised the morale of the staff members.
Federal Minister for Culture Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jillani and Secretary Culture Moin-ul-Islam Bukhari also graced the occasion and appreciated the performances of the young Rootsians.
Programme Management Professional Distinction
Islamabad: Suhail Iqbal has become the first Pakistani to be awarded the world's most prestigious certification for programme managers by an American institute - 'Programme Management Professional', says a press release issued here on Thursday. The certification is internationally recognised and awarded by the Project Management Institute' (PMI) based in Pennsylvania, USA. The 'Programme Management Professional' is most sought after and the most prestigious certification for programme managers. There are only 400 certified individuals worldwide and Suhail Iqbal is the first one from Pakistan. Suhail is also the first PMP Master Trainer of Pakistan and was the third Project Management Professional (PMP) in Pakistan back in year 2001. The news