Students with 80% marks to get free education at AIOU
Islamabad, Oct 18: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will provide free of cost education to all those students who will get 80 per cent and above marks in any programme from Matric to Ph.D level.
This was announced by Professor Dr. Mehmood-ul-Hassan Butt, vice-chancellor of the university while addressing a function of handing over the scholarship amount to the students who got 70 per cent and above marks at the level of Metric and FA from different Educational Board of Punjab.
The said scholarship has been given from 'Punjab Educational Endowment Fund', which is an initiative of the Government of Punjab under the leadership of the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif with initial seed money of Rs2 billion with the objective of providing scholarships and monetary assistance to talented and needy students for pursuing quality education.
This fund has been initiated for 14 districts of Punjab while it is expected that more focus of these scholarships will be towards the fifteen less developed districts, especially from southern Punjab as well as to Azad Kashmir.Your Comments
AIOU to dispatch study material
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will start dispatching books and study materials for the Semester Autumn, 2009 to all enrolled students around the country and overseas from October 20. This was announced by Deputy Director, Mailing Section of AIOU Ch. Muhammad Hussain here on Saturday. He said that more than 1.1 million students get admission in Allama Iqbal Open University and after scrutiny by the admission department, the final admission list is being provided to the mailing section from where the process of mailing is being started. The news
Panel of suitable candidates for positions of QAU, AIOU VCs
Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari in his capacity as Chancellor of Quaid i Azam University (QAU) and Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad has constituted a seven member Search Committee to recommend a panel of suitable candidates for the positions of Vice Chancellors, QAU and AIOU.
The search committee include the following:
1. Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, Chairman, Higher Education Commission.
2. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social.
3. A Razzak Dawood, Rector, LUMS former Minister for Commerce).
4. Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan.
5. Dr. Khadija Haq, Chairperson of Human Development Foundation.
6. Abdur Rauf Chaudhry, Secretary, Ministry of Education.
7. Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, Higher Education Commission. APP
Site for two Danish schools declared unsuitable
Attock: The consultant for Danish School System has declared the site selected for establishment of two schools in Rakh Mari village of Jand tehsil unsuitable.
After inspecting the site, the consultant said the area was very far off having difficult, inadequate road access and serious security hazards besides absence of infrastructure. If executed, the funds amounting to Rs486 million would be at stake, it was stated.
Director Management and Implementation, Punjab Danish School System (PDSS), in a letter informed the office of district coordination officer (DCO) on August 31 that the consultant, MS Sohail Saeed & Associates, who had been assigned the design work of two Danish schools of boys and girls at Jand Tehsil, had visited the site and pointed out that the 1,600 kanals selected for the construction of schools was remotely located and sparsely populated.
Similarly, the topography of the site is undulating and quite difficult with respect to master planning and infrastructure development. Moreover, there is no water supply, electricity and gas available in the close proximity to the project area which has to be fetched from far distance. Besides, the visual inspection of the site showed that the geology and sub-strata of the project area was not uniform all along the site while a large portion of the site was broken leaving lesser area for construction.
The director PDSS asked the DCO office to intimate the factual position to his office to ensure the execution of project was unhampered. But no report has been submitted to the PDSS in this regard.
Managing director and chief executive PDSS, in a letter on September 9, also informed the commissioner of Rawalpindi division about the consultant's reservations.
Meanwhile, PDSS sources disclosed that despite the consultant's report, some bureaucratic figures were still insisting on construction of schools at the same site to make the pioneer of this system, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, happy as he wanted early execution of the project. But if the project is executed in haste, it will cause a loss to the public exchequer. Dawn
Illiteracy root cause of terrorism
Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said that education is his government's top priority as illiteracy is the root cause of terrorism. Speaking at the inauguration of upgradation of NUML College in Mianwali to university, the Prime Minister praised PTI Chairman Imran Khan for setting up the institute and said giving access to education is a noble cause as knowledge is power.Degree classes at the university have commenced from Saturday.The inauguration ceremony held at the residence of Imran Khan here in Bani Gala was attended by a large number of parliamentarians, educationists and diplomats.The Prime Minister also announced 100 scholarships worth 200,000 each, and said it will help the deserving students of Mianwali to get quality education.He said Imran Khan was doing a great service in the field of education in a remote area of Pakistan. Prime Minister Gilani said that the government will strive to give best emoluments to the teachers, who are the builders of a nation, so that they can fully concentrate on educating the future generations of Pakistan.He also lauded the services being rendered by Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore, also set up by the former cricketer. The Prime Minister said that his government is also doing its best to provide health facilities in the country.He recalled that his forefathers were instrumental in setting up educational institutions in Multan and one of such institutes is still considered best in that region.He said it was his earnest desire to follow in the footsteps of his forefathers.Earlier Imran Khan while speaking on the occasion highlighted the importance setting up of NUML College in Mianwali as well as his vision of promoting education in the country, particularly in theremote areas.Former Commerce Minister Razzak Dawood also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of education. APP
FATA teachers demand salaries
Peshawar: The teachers of National Education Foundation Community Model Schools FATA staged protest demonstration demanding immediate release of their salaries. The protesters were of the view that they are not being provided with their salaries for th last four months by the education departments, saying that the concern department should release the salaries on monthly basis instead of making them delay for several months which make their lives miserable financially.
Out side of Peshawar Press Club here on Saturday, the protesters were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the provincial government and in favour of their demands. The infuriated participants of the protest rally were also chanting full-throated slogans against the government. Presently, the incumbent government provides Rs. 3000/- per month to the teachers of the community model schools where they demanded of the government to increase their salaries i.e. Rs 10,000 per month. They also demanded of the government to fill the vacated post of the teachers that left teaching services in the schools that fulfillment of the staff requirement could be satisfied. The protesters said that the government should allocate the handsome amount for the expenditure of the FATA community schools, and increase the utility charges from Rs 1000 to Rs 3000 per month.
They also demanded of the government to allocate building, furniture for the schools and restore the teaching workshop. After seven months, the male and female students of the schools has yet to be provided with books, the protested said. The protesters reiterated and appealed of President of Pakistan and NWFP Governor to fulfill the genuine demands of the teachers that the FATA community schools could be taken out of the finical crisis and other problems. F.P Report
Exclusive Indonesian artwork displayed at NAG
Islamabad: To present the true colours and exquisite expressions of the exclusive Indonesian rich art forms and culture, the Embassy of Indonesia in collaboration with the National Vocational & Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) organised a three-day Indonesian Cultural Exhibition & Skill Development Workshops in Islamabad at National Art Gallery.
The Indonesia Embassy has invited highly professional and renowned batik master and calligraphers from Indonesia to display and demonstrate their artwork and skills to the arts lovers and the participants of the workshops. The batik exhibition, batik painting, batik art demonstration on cloth and wood, and calligraphy exhibition and workshops of Indonesian and Pakistani artists feature the three days long mega colourful event in Islamabad.
The exhibition and the workshops are aimed at enhancing the bilateral and cultural relationships between Indonesia and Pakistan to promote and exchange the skill development in creative industries between the two countries.
The participants for the batik and calligraphy workshops have been selected by NAVTEC from different Pakistani universities, colleges and other fine arts institutions. The exhibition and the workshop provide a unique opportunity to the participants to learn the centuries old Indonesian famous arts of batik making and calligraphy from the visiting guest Indonesian instructors.
The exhibition and workshop was inaugurated by the Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Nazar Muhammad Gondal, while Indonesian Ambassador Ishak Latuconsina, Butar Latuconsina, NAVTEC Chairman Adnan A. Khawaja and NAVTEC Executive Director Athar Tahir were present to welcome the guests in the opening ceremony, which was attended by a large number of members from the diplomatic community, government officials and members of the civil society.
Ishak Latuconsina, Ambassador of Indonesia, speaking on the occasion said that the exhibition brings together the talent of Indonesian artists and glimpses of the unique culture and tradition of Indonesia. Indonesia-Pakistan friendship is rooted in the strong foundation of shared values, mutual understanding and similarities in culture, and this exhibition strengthen our socio-cultural bonds. Keeping in view the importance of promoting the culture and art in enhancing the people to people contact, the ambassador said that Indonesian Embassy has organized this exhibition to present a fascinating picture of Indonesia's composite cultural heritage with the spirit to make Pakistani friends more familiar with the Indonesian art by showcasing the unique textile-making technique of batik and the art of calligraphy.
The pattern of this exhibition is a little bit different since it does not merely a display of the artistic skills but also provides excellent opportunity to art lovers to learn directly from the professional experts of batik art from Indonesia. The ambassador expressed the hope that such events would prove to be a powerful tool to create harmony among the people and to enhance the opportunities of collaboration in various fields.
Indonesia has a rich art and cultural heritage, which is intertwined with religion and traditions. In Indonesia, arts forms are not only based on the folklore but sometimes they are part of religious ceremonies and activities in all regions in the country. Indonesia is a land of diverse culture and there exist a tremendous variety of colourful art forms. Batik is one of the most popular Indonesian arts. It is an ancient textile art of applying dyes to porous surfaces. Batik has been both an art and a craft for centuries. UNESCO has named the Indonesia's handmade batik as the world heritage. The news
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