Private educational institutions' representation

Private educational institutions called for representation
Islamabad, Oct 11: Private educational institutions have called for representation in regulatory authority to effectively overcome challenges in way of quality education in the federal capital.

The government established the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) for registration, regulation and promotion of the privately-managed educational institutions within the ICT.

"Presently, the private educational institutions' regulatory authority does not have our representation, undermining its underlying objective of streamlining education in private sector of the ICT," said Private Schools and Colleges Owners Association President Malik Abrar when asked by this agency to comment on the authority's role.

He said private sector was among those who had suggested to have an authority that could help it in ensuring quality education but all this was going to be a distant reality, he added.

So far, he said, the authority had not arranged any training programmes for teachers as enshrined in its basic objectives nor had it taken any other measure that could augment role of private educational institutions for ensuring quality education.

" It(authority) is not facilitating private educational institutions, in terms of arranging teachers training or counselling them to raise standard of education, thus it is turning to be fees-collecting body only", he added.

Replying to a question, he said that self-financed status of the authority had landed private educational institutions in dilemma. He said being a self-financed authority, it had to meet all expenditures from private educational institutions in shape of exorbitant fees, ranging from Rs5,000 to 55,000 or above per institution.

As a result, he said, educational institutions had to charge more fees from students' parents who were already hardly meeting household expenditure, he said.

Answering another question, he revealed authority enhanced security fees for institutions from time to time, while as a matter of fact security or guarantee amount always remained unchanged.

He also disapproved the policy of removing educational institutions running in residential area, saying parents wanted schools in close proximity to conveniently send their children.

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Veiled women facing problems to get jobs
Islamabad: Fresh women graduates, wearing veil and having no glamorous look, are facing problems to get a job, as majority of the employers appear to entertain the modern and stylish women ignoring even merit.

Due to the limited job opportunities in the government sector, the job seekers usually head towards different private organisations to utilize their skills.

Over the past few years the skills and competence have taken a back seat while the good and glamorous looks have become a criterion for getting a good job in private sector, which has almost barred the entry of many competent but veiled women in these sectors.

The materialism and commercialism have become so popular that the noble profession of teaching has also become its victims where the private schools are only giving preferences to those applicants who are 'presentable'.

"You are having a Masters degree and capable enough to teach but the only thing you are required to do is to beautify yourself," said the principal of a leading private school to Shabana Azam, who is holding a degree of Masters in International Relations.

"I was simply shocked over the statement of the principal as she was ignoring my skills and giving importance to the superficial beauty," she said while adding that the noble profession of teaching has become a victim of commercialism.

In another incident Humeira Saleem, a resident of Chaklala, went to a private school for a job and faced utter disappointment when the administration not even bothered to call her for interview just because she was wearing veil.

"They just treated me as if I belong to some other world and rudely put me off saying that they will call me later on," she said.

Humeira said that teaching was now actually the matter of commercialism where the employers try to make their institute more saleable with the help of glamour. "The changing criteria for jobs are mocking the credibility and efficiency of various private organisations and institutions," she added.

This situation not only prevails in teaching sector but also in different development and banking sectors. "It's right that we look for the women who could carry themselves in stylish manner as we want to depict the enlightened vision of our country in front of donors," said the media officer of a recognised NGO.

She said that in order to show the modern side of our country we usually entertain those women who are not wearing veil and having a "stunning look". "The stigma of talibanisation attached to the veiled women is actually hindering their entry in the development sector," she said.

Sehrish Umar, working in a private bank, said that her boss after her recruitment tried to convince her to adopt an up-to-date look in order to excel. "It means that my degree of MSc in Statistics stands nowhere and I have to appear in a certain manner in order to progress," she said.

The commercialisation in private organisations is undoubtedly hindering the progress of many capable women who despite having competence and skills could not excel just for some superficial reasons.

This changing criteria for jobs is also mocking the slogans for women empowerment who on one hand is encouraging women to show their expertise in different sectors while on the other hand is depriving them to excel.

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Internship programme to accommodate unemployed postgraduates
Islamabad: In a move to accommodate the fresh unemployed postgraduates, Ministry of Youth Affairs (MoYA) will launch the National Internship Programme (NIP) from October 12, tomorrow (Monday) across the country. An official of Ministry of Youth Affairs on Saturday that the programme is initiated for those unemployed graduates, who have completed their 16-year education from some recognised university or degree awarding institutions in the country.

The ministry, he said, is likely to enrol 30,000 graduates of 25 years of age for the Programme. The last date for the submission of applications is November 10. "As an institution, we are determined to facilitate the young graduates in different government departments and corporations in order to provide them a respectful source of earning," he remarked.

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NIP to hold 3-day conference
Islamabad: National Institute of Psychology, (NIP) centre for excellence of Quaid-i-Azam University is organizing a three-day International Conference here from October 13 to 15, on "Developmental Psychology: Prevalence, Management and Prevention" in the country.

Professionals from different walks of life including Psychologist, Sociologists, Psychiatrist, educationist are expected to participate in the conference and share their expertise, views, and scientific research experiences in the form of scientific session, symposiums, and panel discussions.

NIP Director Professor Anila Kamal said that Developmental psychopathology refers to those psychological problems that develop during any stage of development of the child and effects his/her cognitive, social emotional, behavioral and intellectual functioning. Renowned experts and professionals from fields of social sciences and psychiatry will participate including Dr. Najma Najam, Dr. I. N. Hassan, Dr. Rukhusana Kausar, Dr. Farah Qadir, Dr, Seema Pervez, Dr. Zahid Mehmood, Dr. Mahnazir Riaz, and others will speak in the conference.

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ACCA talent management fair
Islamabad: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) will organize a daylong Talent Management and Recruitment Fair in the capital city of Islamabad on October 13. ACCA had also organised same fairs on October 5 and 9 in Lahore and Karachi respectively, said a press release of the association. This career fair is aimed at bringing ACCA students and affiliates as well as ACCA approved employers together to explore career and employment opportunities. This initiative is a reinstatement of ACCA Pakistan's dedication towards benefiting the business by positioning the accountancy profession at its heart. It is a unique opportunity for ACCA trainees to gain first hand information about recruitment procedures and vacancies through presentation sessions and personalised career advice from premium organisations, it added.

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Bahria Foundation holds Qirat, speech contests
Rawalpindi: A Qirat and Speech competition was held here at Bahria Foundation College, Satellite Town Campus.

MPA Raja Hanif was chief guest on the occasion while Ch Amjad, DET Bahria Foundation North, Cdr (R) Shamim, Principals, teachers and students of five different campuses of Bahria Foundation attended the function. Dr. Kafayatullah Hamdani, Qari Hifz-ur-Rehman and Dr. Abu Bakar Bhutta observed as Qirat judges. For speech competition, Mahmood Iqbal Mahmood, Basheer Zaidi Aseer and Professor Yousaf Hassan, acted as judges.

Participants of Qirat and speech depicted their highest talent in the competition. Principal of Bahria Foundation College Satellite Town Syeda Aarifa Mohsin being a host welcomed all the distinguished guests. She appreciated their talent and wished them good luck. Chief Guest MPA Raja Hanif gave away prizes to the position holders and runners up of the contest and medals of the winners of International Kangroo Mathematical Test. The news

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