Co-education skepticism | FDE teachers' promotions

Co-education boon or bane?
Lahore, May 18: Gone are the days when co-education was generally viewed with skepticism. Now there is a mushroom growth of such campuses mostly in the private sector.

Co-education has always been a subject of debate in Pakistan. There are some merits and de-merits of co-education. Islam gives great importance to modesty in society. It wants cautiousness while dealing with opposite sex. Islam appreciates education of both men and woman but co-education is not allowed. Free mixing of both sexes causes more harm than good. It is a situation where necessity of veil or hijab is felt. There are certain things if followed in letter and spirit situations on co-education campuses can improve. -By Kalsoom Nafasat, a student of University of Central Punjab.

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Schools allowed summer camps
Lahore: The Punjab government on Tuesday allowed both private and government schools across the province to hold summer camps during the upcoming annual summer vacation likely to start from the First of June.

The summer camps would be held for students of 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th classes from 7.30 am to 10.30am.

EDO (Education) Muhammad Pervaiz Akhtar said that, as per annual education calendar, the summer vacation were to be observed from June 1 to August 14. However, he added, a formal notification was yet to be issued in this regard. He said the vacation schedule would be for both private and government schools. To a question, the EDO said that, except the above mentioned classes, the schools would not be allowed to hold summer camp for students of other classes. The news

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Teachers' long wait for promotions ends
Islamabad: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Tuesday announced upgradation of teachers from the grade 14 to 16, a promotion many had been waiting for years.

The last time these teachers were upgraded was way back in June 1991. For the 2,505 teachers, both male and female staff of the federal government schools, it was much more than a mere promotion.

"The FDE upgraded our families too," Azhar Awan, president of the Federal Government Teachers Association, told a ceremony held to announce the good news for the 1,532 female and 792 male teachers, along with drawing masters and physical training instructors.

The teachers promoted into the grade 16 will now take home an additional Rs5,000 through double conveyance payments, increments and medical allowances among other benefits. The announcement was made at the FG Boys Model School in G-9 before a hall packed with teachers.

"Last time I was upgraded was back in 1988," said Ulfat Mehmood, a teacher at the FG Secondary School, Tarnol. In a teaching career spanning over 35 years, Abdul Qayyum was last promoted in 1998. And Kaniz Akhtar, who taught at a FG Girls Primary School in F-11/3, had to wait for ten years for promotion into grade 16. Almost every teacher had a story to tell about working in the same grade for years.

"Teachers cannot just work for 20 years and then retire in the same grade. All of this has been possible through unity among teachers," said Mr Awan. He asked Chaudhry Nazir, directorate's director general, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, to also ensure promotion of teachers working in grade 16 to the next grade, terming it the "hardest of all promotions". Teachers also used the occasion to tell the DG of other demands, including exemption of fees for their children and training programmes for them.

"Whatever the problems and hurdles, we will overcome them all together," Mr Nazir assured teachers.

Though the upgradation of teachers was announced by the prime minister at a ceremony in November last year, the process saw considerable hiccups. The delays brought thousands of federal government teachers on to the streets in protest. The federal government schools had remained closed for seven days. Dawn

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Two-day national seerat conference commences at PU
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran, on Tuesday, inaugurated a two-day national seerat conference, titled "Aman-e-Aalam Aur Uswa-e-Hasna, Asri Tahayydat-o-Masail," that had been organised by the Department of Islamic Studies at New Campus.

Speakers at the event included Faculty of Islamic Studies Dean Professor Dr Hafiz Mehmood Akhtar, Professor Dr Shabbir Ahmad Mansoori, Professor Dr Mumtaz Ahmad Salik, Peshawar's Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre Director Professor Dr Dost Muhammad, Prof Dr Baqar Khan Khakwani and Dr Muhammad Hammad Lakhvi. Scholars from all across the country as well as international scholars from Turkey and Bangladesh are to participate in the conference where they will read out their research papers covering different issues.

While addressing the audience, the VC said that the conference's topic was chosen keeping in mind the problems Pakistan was currently facing. He said, "Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sent on Earth to assemble a group of people who would unite the mankind with their words and actions." He said that some "secret societies" were controlling the government's resources, and nobody, including the media, could speak against them as the strings were in their hands.

He said that Islam as well as Christianity forbade the concept of interest (debit), however, they had been pushed to adopt the menace since 10 out of 12 world's banker families were Jews. The VC asked as to why only John Kerry, who was also a member of Skulls and Bones secret society, was selected for visiting Pakistan, adding that this action might have hidden motives.

The VC was of the view that the country needs to produce best economists in our ranks to get rid of interest system. "Unfortunately, Islam is made limited to customs and traditional practices," he said.

Renowned analyst Irfan Siddiqui, Haroon Rashid, Ishtiaq Ahmad Gondal, Dr Abdul Rauf and other personalities are to address the conference today (Wednesday). The news

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Arif Khan's painting exhibition opens at PU
Lahore: An exhibition of paintings made by Punjab University College of Art and Design's (PUCAD) Lecturer, Arif Khan, opened at the PU Anna Molka Art Gallery on Tuesday. PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the exhibition, while College Principal Professor Dr Rahat Naved Masud, other faculty members and a large number of students were also present on the occasion. Addressing the audience, the VC said, "Aesthetic sense of human beings differentiates them from other living things," adding that such events helped in inculcating creativity within people. He said that exhibitions like these helped the students in learning more about arts. "Similarly, art lovers too get an opportunity to observe and enjoy the flavour of art," he said. Dr Rahat said that Arif Khan was a respectful teacher, painter, and his artwork, including paintings and calligraphy, was well appreciated and respected in the market. Daily times

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Ahmedpur East: The Islamia University of Bahawalpur and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) have signed an MoU for the development of Information and Communication Technology and provision of latest IT facilities. According to the MoU, the PTCL will provide EVO (USB) Wireless Broadband high speed internet facility to the students, faculty and employees of the IUB at concessionary rate, which will be helpful to boost learning and research activities.

A tower will also be installed in Baghdadul Jadeed campus for the purpose. IUB Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar and PTCL Regional General Manger Shakeel Ahmed signed the document for their respective institutions. The nation

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Teachers to boycott classes in Hafizabad
Hafizabad: Teachers will boycott classes in the district today (Wednesday) to press for their demands, said Muttahida Mahaz Asatiza chairman Chaudhry Fiaz Ahmad Warraich.

Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, he said that the government was not implementing recommendations of the Pay and Pension Committee while ad-hoc allowances were not being merged in basic salaries. He said that teachers would take out a rally and stage a sit-in outside the press club on May 20. The news

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