ICT Private Educational Institutions Ordinance review

NA sub-committee formed to review ICT Private Educational Institutions Ordinance
Islamabad, Nov 25: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Education Monday formed a sub-committee to review the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Private Educational Institutions Regulation and Promotion Ordinance 2007.The sub-committee will review the ordinance under the chairmanship of Azra Fazal Pechuho and give recommendations to incorporate these in the ordinance.

The committee also recommended that the affected girl of Farah Hameed Dogar case who secured 820 marks should be given admission in the medical college to redress her grievance.

The Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani on behalf of the Ministry fully endorsed the committee's recommendation and assured to implement in true letter and spirit. The committee also decided to have deliberations after the hearing of contempt of court case regarding the appointment of Dr. Shehnaz as Director General Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). Earlier, Supreme Court of Pakistan issued instructions to appoint Dr. Shehnaz as DG FDE and said the concerned authority not implementing the decision will be punished according to law.

The committee also approved the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology Bill 2007 after making some amendments. The members with consensus decided that the Pro-Chancellor of the college will be Federal Minister of Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani so that the power could not be misused. The public hearing of experts on National Education Policy is continued to consider the recommendations of education experts.

The meeting was attended by Nuzhat Sadiq, Azra Fazal Pechuho, Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani, Justice Dr Fakhr-un-Nisa, Mir Ahmadan Khan Bugti, Rana Afzal and Shamshad Sittar Bijarani. APP

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Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association polls after nine years
Sahiwal: Around 17,000 college teachers in the province are ready to elect their leadership on Jan 14, 2010 after a lapse of nine years under the banner of Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA).

Ninety per cent voters' lists have been completed and sent to the election commission. Expected candidates are asked to submit their nomination papers after Eidul Ezha.

This was stated by Prof Muhammad Arif, executive member of Punjab Itehad-i-Asatiza, while talking to divisional activists of his group at Government College Sahiwal campus. Dawn

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ITA training sessions for ECE teachers
Rawalpindi: Idara Taleem-o-Aaghai (ITA) organised a series of training for the teachers of Early Childhood Education (ECE) for 'Katchi' classes across four tehsils of Rawalpindi District in the month of November.

The endeavour was sponsored by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team of Unilever Pakistan and the Surf brand. The participants were nominated with the help of EDO Rawalpindi district, Malik Muhammad Ashraf, his team and Nabila Iqbal, Deputy Director Planning, Directorate of Staff Development (DSD) and the apex government in-service training institutions.

All trainings were held at the Cluster Teacher Support Centres (CTSCs) located in government high schools at the four locations. These two-day training sessions were organized in clusters, and were conducted at Rawalpindi city, Taxila, Gujjar Khan and Murree tehsil; and attended by a total of 200 participants.

The participants were nominated from separate schools so that each one could share their new learning with their colleagues to have a far reaching multiplier effect. Each participant also received an ERCE learning kit along with the ECE National Curriculum 2007 besides guidelines, aimed at young learners and their needs. The training content was developed on the basis of the new ECE National Curriculum 2007 by ITA's teams led by Razia Mughal, and all the topics were aligned with the expected learner outcomes stated in the National Curriculum.

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Turkish school donations
Islamabad: Ambassador of Republic of Turkey M Babur Hizlan will visit Mingora today (Wednesday) to deliver a donation of school equipment for students. He will be accompanied by the Turkish defence attache and several Pakistani officials.

When Commander Turkish Armed Forces General Ilker Basbug visited Pakistan between October 12 and 15, 2009, he also went to Mingora, where he was apprised of the needs of the students there. During that visit, he had pledged that the Turkish Armed Forces would make a donation of some equipment for the schools and students.

On his return to Turkey, General Basbug initiated a donation campaign in order to help the suffering students. Donations collected in Turkey were transferred to Pakistan through two aircrafts of the Turkish Air Force on November 20. The following day, a small handing over ceremony was held at PAF Base, Chaklala, with the participation of Turkish Ambassador Babur Hizlan, head of the Turkish delegation Brigadier General Erdogan Akyol, and head of the Pakistani military authority Major General Muhammad Tahir Saeed. The donations will now be delivered to the schools in Mingora.

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CM says no official gathering on Eid day
Peshawar: NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Haidar Hoti, while distributing cheques to families of the Meena Bazaar car bombing victims, Tuesday announced to foot educational expenses of Noreen, a school going daughter of Said Muhammad who had died in the terror incident.

Said Muhammad was killed as he was hit inside his tea stall that was destroyed in the bombing. He left behind a widow and three daughters, Bakhtmeena 18, Basmeena, 16 and Noreen, 10. His widow is still in trauma and needs psychological treatment.

The chief minister assured the family of paying for all the educational expenses of Noreen who is a Grade-4 student. He advised the family to secure admission for little Noreen in a reputed school, as he would pay for her expenses from his own pocket till the completion of her education.

The affected family not only lost a sole breadwinner but also the tea-stall that was the only source of income for Said Muhammad and his two other brothers. The chief minister urged the philanthropists and civil society to come forward for helping the orphans and widows of the blast victims who deserved all-out support of the well-off people in the country.

Hoti urged celebration of Eidul Azha with simplicity to express solidarity with the terrorism affected families, saying no official gathering would be held on the occasion.

On the occasion, the chief minister distributed Rs2.5 million among 50 widows and orphans. The gathering was organised by NWFP Social Welfare Department where Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Provincial Minister for Health Syed Zahir Shah, Minister for Social Welfare Sitara Ayaz and woman MPAs including Shagufta Malik and Yasmin Zia were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said Eidul Azha was commemorated to reaffirm commitment to the spirit of sacrifice and contentment.

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Work on new schools
Chakdarra: NWFP Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak Tuesday said that Rs5 billion would be spent on the construction of new schools in the NWFP.

He was talking to reporters here after visiting various areas in Dir Lower. The minister announced to release Rs11.2 million immediately for the reconstruction of Government Girls High School, Chakdarra. He said the schools in the province would be built on a new pattern as huge sum of money was allocated for the purpose. He added that every effort would be made to make education accessible to all the children of the province.

Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) through Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) will extend financial assistance to female students of Fata at a ceremony being held at PUTA Hall, University of Peshawar, at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday).

PUTA President Dr Arbab Khan Afridi will preside over the ceremony while Naveed Anwar, chairman, PAD Relief Pakistan, will be the chief guest. The PAD has distributed over Rs115 million so far amongst the female students of Malakand Agency and Fata. The news

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