Mismanagements under youth ministry programmes

Youth can't take benefit of ministry's programmes
Islamabad, Oct 18: The majority of the youth of the country cannot take benefit of the projects designed for them in the absence of proper awareness campaign of the programmes on the part of the Ministry of Youth Affairs.

Creative activities could play significant role in encouraging participation of youth in community development activities and building their confidence of young generation, who are primarily frustrated due to career and academic issues, identity crises, family dynamics and low self esteem and lack of self-confidence.

Keeping in view promoting national integration and harmony among the young generation and building their confidence level, every year the Ministry of Youth Affairs had initiated series of national and international awards and competitions in diverse categories.

Although all these projects were launched on national level and youngsters of every nook and corner of the country must be well aware about these competitions, however contrary to it youth even those belonged to urban areas did not have any information about plans of the Ministry.

According to officials within the Ministry it is very essential to involve young people in advocating for development issues as youth have the potential, and it is our responsibility to provide them opportunities and utilise their potential for development of the country.

Most of the officials informed that they were regularly advertising about plans being launched for youth.

However, it has been learnt that, so far, there was no any specific programme that would inform youth about ongoing projects of the ministry and could facilitate them to participate in the programs or competitions.

Especially those youngsters of rural areas, who have no facility of newspapers, Internet and other such sources of information, are no nothing regarding these projects.

It is to be mentioned here that the plans were included the national business plan competition, national easy writing competition, computer literacy programme and national business plan competition, SAARC youth awards scheme, Commonwealth youth awards and outstanding achievement award.

Besides that the ministry also arranged visits of foreign countries for youth, but most of the youngsters revealed that had not any information about these tours.

It was also learnt that despite inking contract of Youth Exchange Programme with as many as 40 countries, the Ministry could hardly manage to take advantage of only a few.

An official of the Ministry said, while seeking anonymity, that the ministry could hardly supervise to exchange youth visit with four or five countries because of its inadequate budget. The nation

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Government launched volunteer student force to tackle terror
Islamabad: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday launched a 'Volunteer Student Task Force' to fight terrorism in the country.

During a meeting to review security in Islamabad, the interior minister said volunteers could register in their respective police stations.

Apart from a three-day orientation, the volunteers would be trained at their respective educational institutions, after which they would be awarded certificates.

The interior minister also announced a reward of Rs 500,000 for the person providing a video or a photograph that may lead to arrest or detection of any act of terrorism.

Calling the incentive a 'National Volunteer Video Policing' initiative, Malik said people eligible for the reward would also be offered a job in the local police department or the Federal Investigation Agency and would also be given preference in case he had already applied for a government job.

The minister said operations by Islamabad police intercepted numerous terrorists before they could commit crimes. He directed security personnel deployed in Islamabad to remain vigilant and launch community policing by maintaining close liaison with the local populace.

Malik thanked the people for extending their cooperation by providing voluntary information regarding suspects, due to which many terrorism bids had been foiled. The interior minister advised the public to remain alert and immediately report any suspicious activity to the police.

A separate meeting, chaired by the Interior Minister, reviewed the finalisation of the Explosive Rules 1940.

The minister granted his approval for the revised draft and directed the authorities to review the Explosive Substance Act be and asked them to take stringent measures against the violators of the Explosive Rules. Daily times

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Rare books, manuscripts being digitised
Islamabad: National Library of Pakistan (NLP) has digitised over 200 rare books and manuscripts so far with a view to preserving the national literary heritage for the next generations. Sources informed that this step would not only help preserve national heritage but also facilitate researchers and scholars. They said initially Rs4 million was earmarked for the project.

NLP earlier would use scanners for preservation of books but now state-of-the-art technology like Book Eye and Zcutschel were being used for this purpose, they added. The sources said this technology was also being used in the developed countries and NLP has already imported it.

CDs of these books were also being prepared and within the premise of NLP online access was available to the researcher and scholars, they added. They said that not only newspapers and books in the NLP but also rare books and manuscripts across the county would be digitised in order to preserve national heritage for future generations in the next phase.

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The City School awards high achievers
Islamabad: High Achievers in 'O' and 'A' levels were awarded by The City School Capital Campus. The City School Regional Director Safia Cassim graced the occasion with her presence.

Pakistan Futuristic Foundation and Institute Chairman Dr. R.M Ikram Azam and his elder sister educationist Dr. Zohra Azam were the chief guests on the occasion.

In the presence of their proud parents, the students who had secured 2As till 8As in their subjects were awarded merit certificates. The City School Capital Campus Principal Ali Anwar said that he feels honored because the students who had come to the school in their kinder garden classes and were even reluctant to enter their classes have now grown up and brought laurels to their alma mater. He feels proud of them because The City School has 150 branches all over Pakistan and the Capital Campus has produced 100 High Achievers and 700 have appeared in Cambridge International Exams. "This is not the end of your hard work but it is just a step towards success," he said. Later, the students also shared their wonderful experience at the Capital Campus.

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Students visit environment expo
Islamabad: As many as 6,200 students from 75 public and private sectors educational institutions of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad visited the International Expo on Environment held here at a local girls college from Oct 2-16.

While having an overview regarding the expo, Secretary Expo, Farhat Rajpar, informed this agency that the exhibition tilted 'The Earth's Future in Our Hands' not only targeted children and youth between 12 to 20 years age group but also it attracted their parents and other family members. Moreover, she added, 285 teachers attended the expo.

"The PSF designated alternate days for the boys and girls so that they could make maximum use of this opportunity in a peaceful and secure atmosphere," she added.

She said the PSF had also organised a three-day training workshop conducted by Pierre Beauvallet, creator of the exhibition from Scientific, Technical, Industrial and Cultural Centre, France, on September 29 to October 1 at IMCG, F-7/4. This workshop was aimed at providing training to the master trainers for explaining the exhibits to the visiting students and general public in such a way that the visitors could benefit maximum from the exhibition.

"Besides the students, general public also visited the Expo and admired the PSF and Embassy of France's efforts to create awareness of environmental problems," she added.

The international expo on environment which concluded Friday was visited by eager students who evinced keen interest in the displays related to environmental issues and their solutions.

"Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) organised the expo in collaboration with Federal Directorate of Education, Embassy of France in Islamabad and Scientific, Technical, Industrial and Culture Centre, France at Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-7/4, from October 2-16 daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.," she added.

Farhat Rajpar said the Expo would be moved to Abbottabad, where it will open for students from October 21. She said the expo has already travelled to a number of countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America will also be held in Sukkur and Multan.

"The expo is a part of PSF science promotion activities and celebration of National Year of Environment 2009. It is aimed at raising students awareness of the urgency to act if we are to save our earth for our future generations," she remarked.

The exhibition is structured around three major themes including Living with Our Environment, Tomorrow's Consumption and Production and Responsible Sharing of Resources, said Ms. Rajpar. The news

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NCA to play 'Kuch Kaho'
Rawalpindi: The Department of Theatre of National College of Arts (NCA) will present a play "Kuch Kaho" tomorrow (Monday) at the Liaqat Hall, NCA, Rawalpindi.

Babu Baral, one of the leading actors of the popular Punjabi theatre, draws upon his rich background of improvisation in creating a short theatre workshop play with students from the twin cities.

The performance will be followed by a discussion with Babu Baral on the art of improvisation, tracing his life and work, along with screenings of excerpts from his prominent plays.

The event is a part of NCA's Amad Festival and is one of many outreach activities the Department of Theatre has been conducting over the last two years in NCA's second campus based in Rawalpindi at the Liaqat Hall complex.

These activities have invited theatre practitioners, groups and young aspiring performers to participate in performances, discussion programmes, workshops and conferences, generating public theatre awareness.

In January 2010 NCA will begin its regular BA Theatre Degree programme, for which admissions will be open in the next month.

Entrance to this programme is by invitation card only, which can be collected/reserved from NCA's Department of Theatre. PPI

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Chandnagar School students plant saplings
Rawalpindi: Students of Chandnagar School, Westridge, and their parents planted saplings in the vicinity of the school during a short but impressive ceremony held to create awareness about the effects of pollution on our society and what plantation can do to counter the menace.

Students made speeches and highlighted the benefits of trees. Renowned educationist and researcher Dr. A.H. Nayyar was the chief guest on the occasion.

Principal Yasmeen Ashraf said that through donation they had collected 800 saplings, among which hundred saplings would be planted in the Westridge area by the students and other 700 would be planted by Col Irfan (one of the parents) who has arranged to get them planted in the cantonment area.

Dr. A.H. Nayyar while speaking on the occasion said that it is imperative that the children should be taught about the environment hazards and the benefits of plantation at an early age so that it remains in their minds for the rest of their lives. He hoped that other schools should also work on these lines. The news

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