Education budget to be increased by over 100pc
Karachi, May 25: Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq on Thursday said that the budget for education had been more than doubled from seven billion to 15.5 billion rupees for the next fiscal year.
The purpose of the raise was to spread education to every nook and corner of the province, he said at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of an 11-storey Sindh Educational Complex Building in Clifton.
The education minister, as the chief guest on the occasion, said that the complex, to be completed till June 2015, would be built at a cost of more than Rs188 million.
"The construction of this complex will provide a one-window operation for all educational activities. All offices of the Sindh Education Department (SED), including Sindh Text Book Board and Sindh Education Foundation, will shift to this complex," he added.
"All international standards and transparency will be maintained in the construction of this complex. We are working on the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Governments may come and go, but we are interested in strengthening the institutions for the welfare of the people."
Malaysia and Sri Lanka, despite being small countries, spent about 23 percent of their GDP on education, which was "a guiding line for us and we have a lot to learn from the world," he said.
He told the media that 22 schools of the Lyari Expressway Project were closed due to non-availability of funds. Now, these schools had been handed over to the SED and studies would begin in them in June. The children would be given books for free, stipends and other facilities, he added.
For the promotion of education, we were establishing an education city and an education complex which would have all modern facilities, he added.
On the occasion, Secretary Education Siddiq Memon said that the government was taking much interest in the education sector. The post of director general of human resources and director general of monitoring and inspection had also been set up to improve the efficiency of the department, he added.
The chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, Anwar Ahmed Zai, said that the construction of the Sindh Education Complex was a historic moment and it was a great achievement of the government to work on such projects. He proposed to establish a library in the complex for the researchers. The news
Amendments proposed in NED University admission policy
Karachi: The Academic Council of the NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi, which met here on Thursday with Vice Chancellor Abul Kalam in the chair proposed some amendments in the institution's admission policy to be effective from January next year. Registrar Javed Aziz Khan said that the amendments would be considered for approval by the Syndicate meeting in June. He said that the amendments pertaining to increase in number of seats from present 1,928 to 1,952, enhancement in eligibility ladder from 40 marks in entry test to 50 marks, and enhancement in the fee. It was pointed out that of the increased 20 seats pertaining to the Optical Engineering, a discipline that would be introduced from the next academic session commencing in January 2013. With regard to enhancement in fee, those seeking admission against self-finance seat would have to pay Rs 500,000 against the existing Rs 450,000. The new entrants obtaining admissions under regular seats will have to pay Rs 17,000 from the present Rs 15,000 for the first semester only. However, the amendments in the admission policy would become effective only after necessary approval from the Syndicate scheduled to meet in June, it was further explained.
25 scholarships provided for IT students
Karachi: A leading global technology infrastructure provider and an IT consulting company TEXPO Group of Companies, UAE, has announced 25 scholarships for IT students of six state universities in Pakistan under a talent hunt programme. These students were selected among 371 contestants from six universities, including NED University, Karachi University, Jamshoro, Balochistan and Peshawar, through an online countrywide test. Speaking at scholarship award ceremony on the 3rd day of 7th CONNECT 2012 at Karachi Expo Thursday, CEO Dr Sarfraz Alam said these one-year scholarships would be an annual feature. app
ICAP, Sindh govt sign MoU to provide jobs to youths
Karachi: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) on Thursday put up a liaison with the sports and youth affairs department of the Sindh government to provide expertise to unemployed youths of the province.
The memorandum of understanding has been signed, according to which two short training programmes of eight months each and one comprehensive plan of chartered accountancy will be organised with the ICAP in Phase III of the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme during the current year.
The objective of these programmes is to provide immediate financial assistance to the unemployed youth of Sindh and enhance their skills by imparting training in various fields and trades. These programmes would also help in creating and enhancing opportunities for employment in the respective fields, an official of the sports and youth affairs department said.
Minister for Youth Affairs Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari praised the young students on this event, and emphasised that these programmes would develop their skills to a great extent.
"I believe that the project could not have been better timed, with the government's ongoing drive of economy documentation. The youngsters passing-out would be able to help the small traders and businessmen in matters relating to accounting, tax and compliance of corporate laws," President ICAP Rashid Rahman Mir said during the signing ceremony.
Armed clash in Mirpurkhas college leaves two injured
Mirpurkhas: An altercation between two students at the Government Shah Abdul Latif College on Thursday turned into a scuffle. Later, the two and their supporters used firearms, which left two injured seriously.
Immediately after the incident at the college, some motorcyclists resorted to heavy aerial firing in different parts of the city and a citizen was injured. According to the police, two students of the college had an exchange of arguments after which they scuffled and later called their friends from outside. Both groups exchanged heavy firing for around one hour on the college premises. Resultantly, two real brothers, who were outsiders and identified as Imdad Lashari and Inaam Lashari, sustained bullet wounds. They were taken to the Civil Hospital, where their condition was stated to be stable.
Following the incident dozens of angry youth gathered at the hospital and raised slogans against a political party. No case had been registered and no one was arrested till the filing of this report. The Town police said they were awaiting instructions from higher authorities for further action. The news