Wafaq rejection of proposal for madressah authority

Wafaq-ul-madaris opposed proposal to set up a Madressah Authority
Islamabad, Sep 12: Wafaq-ul-Madaris, a representative body of over 20,000 madressahs in the county, has rejected the government's proposal to set up a Madressah Education Authority under the Interior Ministry to bring religious schools on a par with mainstream educational institutions.

In the new National Education Policy, the Ministry for Education has asked the Interior Ministry to establish the authority with the mandate of reforming madressahs, providing them better facilities and modernising the syllabus, so that their students could compete with others in the job market.

"We have already expressed our serious reservations over the new education policy which has completely ignored Wafaq's suggestion on the mainstreaming of deeni madaris through mutual consultation process. But the Education Ministry has suggested to the Interior Ministry to set up an authority to bring us on a par with regular education system," Wafaq's spokesman Abdul Qadoos Muhammadi said.

During consultations between ministry officials and officer-bearers of Wafaq it was agreed that a decision on madressah reforms would be taken only after the two sides reached an accord.

"How can the Interior Ministry which is already involved in so many security-related issues will be able to deal with 20,000 seminaries belonging to all major sects in the country," Mr Muhammadi said.

He added that during the days of Gen Pervez Musharraf it was the same attitude of government officials which had led to the failure of madressah reform efforts.

Wafa-qul-Madaris represents five boards which manage seminaries of various sects. Wafa-qul-Madaris Al-Arbia belongs to the Deobandi school of thought which alone have over 12,000 religious schools. Tanzeem-ul-Madaris looks after the Barelvi madressahs, Rabatul Madaris (Jamat-i-Islami), Wafa-qul-Madaris Asalfia (Ahl-e-Hadith); Wafa-qul-Madaris Ashia belongs to the Shia sect. Dawn

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UoB teaching going on very satisfactorily
Quetta: University of Balochistan has clarified that it fully realises teaching was going on very satisfactorily at the University but unfortunately summer vacations had to extended and teaching staff was also allowed vacations. University keeping in view students' difficulties and unrest announced that teaching would continue in winter also so that courses could be completed in time and by the year end this process would be completed. It added that during the past one year, University enjoyed help and cooperation for conducive atmosphere for improving educational atmosphere. It assured the students that it is the responsibility of the institution that time wasted due to summer vacation would be made up and management has evolved a complete programme in this connection. F.P report

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PNCA selects 23 young actors after auditions
Islamabad: Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Friday arranged the audition for selecting young actors under its 'Talent Hunt Programme'.

Around 50 participants were given scripts written by the popular writers in proper dialogue form.

After rehearsals, all of the budding artists demonstrated their skills at the auditorium of PNCA, while 23 actors were selected after tests.

The successful candidates include Amera Tabassum, Gul Bina, Hania Kanwal, Nazia Batool, Sakina Naz, Samina Abid, Sumera Mustafa, Arsalan Raja, Nasir Shah, Shahzed Arshad, Shujaat Humayum, Tariq Shahzad and others.

The PNCA would again arrange the auditions for the winners to check the level of their skills when they will perform with the senior artists.

"The new programmes of PNCA will utilise the young talent for which the institution is conducting auditions for young singers and actors to introduce innovating ideas in performing arts," an official of PNCA said.

The PNCA will focus on fusion of traditional and contemporary arts including music, theater and visual arts to be presented with the blend of eastern and western traditions, the official added. APP

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Nation urged to follow Quaid vision
Islamabad: The nation must follow founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's principles of 'Unity, Faith and Discipline' to make Pakistan an Islamic, democratic and welfare state.

Prominent worker of Pakistan Movement Col. (Retd) Sultan Zahoor Akhtar made these remarks while addressing a function in connection with the Quaid Day held at Anjuman Faizul Islam Secondary School, Rawalpindi.

Sultan Zahoor said that the creation of Pakistan is based on the two-nation theory. Quaid-e-Azam was a wise leader who united the people to realize the dream of Allama Iqbal. He urged the new generation to follow the footsteps of Quaid-e-Azam and put the country on the path of progress and prosperity.

Addressing the ceremony, President of the Anjuman Mian Siddique Akbar paid rich tributes to the services of great leader; who with his dynamic political insight defeated British and Hindus on ideological basis and got a separate homeland for the Muslims.

Chairman Education Committee of the Anjuman Irfan Niaz and Principal Raja Yunus also spoke on the occasion.

The students of the schools presented debate and national songs in very enthusiastic manner. APP

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