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Research-based projects at Punjab Science Fair
Lahore, Nov 27: Over 200
students from across Punjab displayed their research-based projects in
categories of biology, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics and
physics at the Punjab Science Fair held at the Children's Library
Complex on Friday.
The Intel Pakistan organised the fair in the run-up to the
Intel-International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel-ISEF), one of
the world's largest pre-college science competitions.
Speaking at the science fair ceremony, Punjab school education
department additional secretary Ali Husain Malik said the Intel was
playing a vital role in promoting IT education in Pakistan and
recognised the increasing inclination of today's youth towards
technology while also giving them a medium to express it.
"Given the crucial role of technology in today's world and our
reliance on the same for so many things, this fair is a fine example of
what Intel is doing for the youth of Pakistan, by giving them a greater
avenue to interact with their surroundings and experience situations and
circumstances that the students of 20 years ago could only dream
about," he said.
Intel Pakistan country manager Naveed Siraj said the winners of the
Punjab Science Fair would proceed to compete at the National Science
Fair, which would be held in January next, where projects would be
assessed by a panel of renowned judges, with winners progressing to
He said the Intel-ISEF was the world's largest science fair and the
only global science competition for students of Grades IX-XII.
In 2011, more than 1,500 young scientists from all across the world
will gather to exchange ideas and knowledge, showcase cutting-edge
science and compete for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships.
The event will be held from May 8 to 3 in 2011 in Los Angeles,
California.Mr Siraj said the Intel had been holding the science fairs
for the past six years in Pakistan. "The Intel aims at furnishing more
opportunities to young people in schools to learn about technology and
problem-solving skills, and hope to secure the next generation of
innovators and role models.
"It is promising to note such an overwhelming interest from students
in the areas of science and engineering. We are appreciative of the
government's support towards this initiative, which is aimed at
encouraging research-based learning in schools all across Pakistan," he
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Lahore: The Forman Christian College University is holding its convocation on Saturday (today).
Governor Salmaan Taseer will preside over the convocation.
AWARD: The Higher Education Commission has announced the Best
University Teacher Award for the year 2009 for Dr Ismat Naeem, professor
of chemistry at the Lahore College for Women University.
Dr Ismat Naeem has 50 research papers published in national and
international journals in the last three years besides supervising a
number of MS/PhD research students.
She also established a linkage with the School of Pharmacy and
Biological Science, University of Portsmouth, under HEC-BC Link-II
Programme and completed two research projects funded by the HEC.
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GCU sweeps literary contest
Lahore: The Government College University debating society on Friday clean swept the All Pakistan Inter-Collegiate Literary
Contest 2010 hosted by the Government College, Bhakkar.
The GCU was declared the best team of the Literary Contest, besides it also won seven oratory awards at the event.
In Naat recitation, Qasim Amjad secured the top position, while in Quran recitation Hafiz Asif was declared the best.
Moheeb Raza stood the best Urdu speaker, while Jadhaun Aslam secured the second position in English declamation contest.
Moheeb Raza also stood second in Punjabi Takra (debate). Saleem Hasni
secured first position both in ghazal and nazm competitions.
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PBTE caught impersonators
Lahore: The Punjab Board of Technical
Education (PBTE) supervisory staff has caught eight impersonators from
an examination centre at the Government College of Commerce, Gujrat,
appearing for Diploma of Associate Engineer second annual examination
The supervisory staff caught six impersonators red-handed and got
them booked with the Civil Lines Police, Gujrat. Two impersonators
managed to escape.
It is learnt that all the eight impersonators are third year students
at Swedish Pakistani Institute of Technology, Gujrat, and they were
appearing for the examination in place of first year students of the
same institute. Dawn
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Russian team visits PU
Lahore: A five member delegation from Russia visited the Punjab
University's College of Arts & Design (PUCAD) and called upon the
college principal and other faculty members.
During the visit, they
were shown artwork of students. They expressed delight over intellectual
level of students and appreciated the education environment in the PU.
They said that their apprehensions about Pakistan had been stood
corrected after experiencing the hospitality and welcoming attitude of
faculty members of PU and their students.
The Russian delegation
comprised Director Centre for Energy and Security Studies Anton V
Khlopkov, Director of Programme for Conventional Arms Vadim B Kozylin,
Centre for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Centre), Elena Suponina, Head
of the International Department, Vremya Novostey Daily Russian
Newspapers, Dmitry Sabov, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Ogonyok Weekly
Kommersant, publishing paper and a freelance photographer, Irina
Kalashnikova. The news
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No-confidence on vernacular languages schools
The last amendment in the 1973
Constitution empowers the provinces on education, which states that it
is the total provincial responsibility to organise and fund the
education system as it likes irrespective what the other three provinces
are practicing or planning.
The main reason which led to the chaotic state of affairs in education
is that right from the inception the provinces were not given enough
freedom to frame their curriculum and medium of instruction, to include
history of respective areas and cultural heritage in the courses.
On the occasion of Partition, the mother tongue of two out of five
provinces mother tongues was the medium of instruction in their schools.
The real establishment did not like this arrangement and some of top
bureaucrats suggested Arabic as national language to avoid clashes
between the speakers of local languages. Thanks God, this proposal was
widely rejected. Another attempt was made at a higher level to confine
Bengali, the language of the majority, to the province. The move annoyed
the Bengalis and ultimately language was one of the major factors which
contributed to the separation of the two wings.
The second irritating factor related to language emerged in Sindh
which had Sindhi as medium of instruction at primary and middle levels.
Sindhi rightly said that the newcomers to the area should adopt Sindhi a
mean to get closer to the locals. Instead of accepting Sindhi as the
medium of instruction at the provincial level, the Sindhis and their
language were more ridiculed than appreciated and it was the height of
the hatred when the senior most crusader of Urdu language declared Urdu
as the only Islamic language and Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi, Pushto and
Kashmiri the creation of 'kafirs and statue worshippers'. The Sindhis
felt threatened economically when Karachi was taken over by the federal
government. The divide between urban and rural Sindh is still alive and
The first education policy, framed by then federal education ministry
under Bengali minister Fazlur Rehman, was made while the Quaid-i-Azam
was alive. In that policy, the status of Sindhi and Bengali was
recognised and it was recommended that other mother tongues also be
taught in schools if they could not be made medium of instruction. This
part of the policy was ignored by the rest other three provinces and
Azad Kashmir. The philosophy of centralization or the so-called strong
centre remained the motto of the establishment dominated by the
immigrants and Punjabi bureaucracy which strictly followed all the
colonial tactics of governance to rule the people. Their connections
with the colonial west which extended aid and loans and undemocratic
patronage to them deteriorated the educational system. Under the
existing policy, aid is accepted with dictations that English should be
made a compulsory subject and medium of instruction at the primary
level. The World Bank has already extended generous aid to the 'mental
slaves of the West' to establish English medium schools. These
institutions were tasked with relief work for flood victims. In the
past, this job was always given to government and reliable private
educational institutions. Recently, a half-page official advertisement
appeared in newspapers showing the names of those institutions. World
powers express no confidence on official distribution methods of foreign
aid. The Punjab government is also not ready to distribute aid to
flood-stricken people through its own educational institutions. It means
we have confidence only in those things, ideas and policies dictated by
the western powers.
Another recent development in educational field is that the Punjab
government selected 13 outstanding students from the province,
particularly from its backward areas, for higher studies in western or
educationally advanced countries. This selection also appeared in
national newspapers as advertisement from the Punjab Educational
Endowment Funds. All the students have been selected for engineering
disciplines. What does that mean? The government's approach towards
society is purely materialistic. It has no regards for social arts and
sciences which first make the character of the man and the woman.
Engineers and technologists can play their role after the character of
the student or man is made on solid grounds. One wonders why philosophy,
history, literature, anthropology and allied subjects are totally
In the past, no proper attention was given to character building.
Consequently, we lack men of vision, self-less politicians, parties with
set principles, sociologists, economist with indigenous ideas. Dawn
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