Elimination of 'O' & 'A' levels

Uniform curriculum to be introduced by 2010, NA informed
Islamabad, Nov 15: Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani told the National Assembly on Friday that the government was taking measures to introduce uniform curriculum in all schools of the country. While replying to a question from Parveen Masood Bhatti he said that an inter-provincial education ministers meeting in 2005 discussed the proposal of introducing uniform curriculum after elimination of 'O' and 'A' levels.

The meeting also decided to review the status in 2010 after sufficient improvement in the education system of the country.

The minister said that the proposal would also be discussed by the coming inter-provincial education ministers meeting.He further said that the new national education policy was under preparation and the draft policy has been shared with he provincial governments and concerned institutions.

To a supplementary question,he said that the government wants to focus on training the teachers to improve standard of education in the country.

Replying to a question from Dr Nahid Shahid Ali,Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani said the government has planned to establish sub-campuses of universities in Turbat and Sibi.The ministry has sent the proposal to the Planning Commission for its approval.

Answering to a question from Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail,the minister Higher Education Commission scrutinise Commonwealth scholarships.To a supplementary question he said that Paksitan has agreement of teachers exchange programme for their capacity building. App

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Punjab University VC appeals for HEC funds release. Institute of Coal Technology inaugurated
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has asked Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to direct the Finance Ministry to release funds for the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Speaking at the inauguration of the Institute of Coal Technology at PU New Campus on Friday, Kamran said that the government had stopped the funding of HEC, resulting in the commission being unable to release grants to universities and teachers who were facing problems, according to a press release. He added that many development projects of the HEC were being adversely affected by the financial cuts. He said that the government should not "paralyse universities by stopping the HEC's funds".

He said that the country must focus on establishing coal power plants as Pakistan has one of the largest global coal reserves. Kamran said that ultimately Pakistan had to resort to coal power generation and the PU Institute of Coal Technology would play a key role in this regard. Speaking on the occasion, institute Director Dr Shafqat Nawaz said that coal remained a major energy source for a large number of countries, including China, which meets 78 percent of its electricity demand from coal; and India, which fulfills 77 percent of electricity demand from coal.

"Thar coal reserves have 175 billion tonnes of coal, which is equivalent to 618 billion barrels of crude oil," he added. Daily Times

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Punjab University gets 16 rooms vacated from illegal occupants
Lahore: The Punjab University administration has got vacated 16 rooms of Old Campus (Khalid Bin Waleed Hostel) from the illegal occupation of Islami Jamiat Talba activists and external elements. The possession of these rooms has been given to the new allottees (students).

The drive was launched on the complaints of the new allottees who earlier failed to get possession of their allotted rooms as some external elements, expelled students and IJT activists, were occupying their rooms. The detail of the rooms and its their allotment is as under: room no 16 has been allotted to Amir Baksh and Hafiz Mohsin Murtaza (students of BBA), room no 23 to Nauman Ashraf and Muhammad Naveed (BBA), room no 29 to Muhammad Junaid and Muhammad Kamran (MBA), room no 46 to Saqib Naseer (BBA), room no 47 to Muzammal Qadir (BSSE), room no 55 to Shahzad Nadeem and Ibrar Ahmad (Pharmacy), room no 59 to Akhtar Wahab and Rizwan Latif (MIT), room no 84 to Muhammad Shoaib and Arslan Anjum (BBA), room no 85 to Waheed Ali Tariq (BSSE), room no 96 Nasir Yousaf Gillani (Kashmiryat), room no 106 to Waseem Ahmad and Bilal Ahmad (Pharmacy), room no 107 to Saad Karim and Adeel Arif (Pharmacy), room no 108 to Asif Naeem and Ali Raza (Pharmacy), room no 171 to Attaullah (MBA), room no 201 to Muhammad Haroon (BSSE), room no 202 to Mohsin Raza and Muhammad Imran Sarwar (Punjabi).

It is worth mentioning that these rooms were under the illegal occupation of IJT over the last many years and this step by the administration has been largely appreciated by the PU students, teachers and the civil society. PU spokesman said there were a great potential and creative abilities among the students of the varsity and the administration would take all necessary measures to provide them peaceful and academic atmosphere to its students so that there creative abilities are well nurture and nourished. He said Chairman Hall Council Dr Saeed Ahmad Nagra had transferred the hostels allotment powers to the heads of the teaching departments and the above mentioned students have been allotted hostel rooms on the merit basis. However, some external elements were not giving possessions of these rooms to the new allottees which was unlawful. He said the varsity will not bear the pressure of any group and no external element would be allowed to live in the hostels. The Nation

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