Women scholarships | Sectarian bias in the textbooks

Women university to get 50 scholarships
Peshawar, Sept 10: The acting governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karamatullah Khan Chagharmatti, has said that naming the first women university of the province after former prime minister Benazir Bhutto is a great tribute to the leader, who sacrificed her life for the country.

Addressing as chief guest the inaugural ceremony of the new campus of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed First Women University at Landai Sarak here on Thursday, he said that no stone would be left unturned to fulfil all requirements of the university including provision security, transport and scholarships.

He also assured the administration of the university of provision of 50 scholarships immediately, said a handout.

The ceremony was also addressed by Provincial Minister for Health Syed Zahir Ali Shah, MPA Malik Tehmash Khan and Vice-Chancellor Dr Farhana Jehangir.

Dr Farzana in her welcome address highlighted the achievements of the university as well as requirements of the new campus.

Mr Chagharmatti said that establishment of the new campus of the university was a dream for the citizens of Peshawar. He said that he himself felt proud of formally inaugurating it.

"Though maintaining of law and order has remained a big challenge for the government yet implementation of development projects also continued," he added.

Earlier, the vice-chancellor said that construction of the campus, spread over almost 400 kanals, was a big challenge and they felt proud of making it possible. She said that education and research activities in almost 17 different disciplines were in progress presently while 13 different institutions were affiliated with the university. "The university is also affiliated with best institutions of different countries and 50 research papers have been delivered by its faculty members at various international conferences and symposia," she said. Dawn

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UoP admission schedule unveiled
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar (UoP) has announced schedule for the admission to the BS four-year degree programme. According to the notification issued on Friday, merit list would be displayed at the concerned departments on September 15 at 9 a.m. while merit list of the selected candidates and scrutiny of their original documents would be held on September 16, 17 and 19. Waiting list would be displayed on September 20 at the departments concerned while trials for sports would be held on September 26, 27, 28 and 29. The news

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Education experts ask government to remove bias from textbooks
Lahore: Education experts, teachers, writers, intellectuals and civil society urged the Punjab government to remove hatred, rural-urban bias, cultural bias, gender bias, communal bias and sectarian bias in the textbooks of Punjab on Thursday.

They also asked the government to instate Punjabi as a subject in primary education at a consultative meeting titled "What we are teaching our children," held at a local hotel. Analyst and journalist Amir Riaz presided over the meeting while Lahore Area Office Manager Daud Saqlain, Punjab Textbook Board Lahore Humanities Director Shahida Javaid, PTB Curriculum Wing Deputy Director Amar Riaz, journalist Shafqat Tanveer Mirza, Government Science College Department of Sociology Head Professor Mustajab Ahmad and representatives of different NGOs were also present at the meeting. Amir Riaz presented his report on different mistakes in the textbooks of syllabi of different classes in which he analysed the education policies of Pakistan in 2007. The report was based on the content analysis of 34 textbooks of Urdu, English, Pakistan Studies and Islamiat from class 1 to 10 published by PTB.

While speaking at the occasion, Amir said that the textbooks contained mistakes in dictation and history and were guilty of misquoting, cultural bias, hatred against minorities and communal bias. He said that the textbook policy of 2006 was not capable of being implemented as it invited private publishers to the publish textbooks, who were not able to do so.

Amir said that a change in the syllabus after the war of 1965 contained tension in Indo-Pak relations in India and Pakistan. He said that after the war of 1965 and 1971, the stakeholders of both countries signed a peace agreement as they felt that neither country could beat the other and that they, therefore, decided to spread hate material against each other through education, art and cold war. The material could also be found in all countries of South Asia, which could be removed through the SAARC forum.

Amir said that it was astonishing that rulers of Punjab had no time to even read the curriculum once as it contained hate material against their party. He said that in all textbooks, dictators had been praised and that these textbooks were being published in an era of democracy. Amir also suggested that the Punjab government involve the civil society, media and politicians in textbook preparation.

Senior journalist Shafqat Tanveer Mirza said that primary education should be imparted in the mother tongue, as it would help the children learn easily and would also save the Punjabi culture. He said that annually, more than 0.1 million students select Punjabi subjects in matriculation examinations of the Lahore Board but there was not a single teacher available in the schools of the Lahore district.

PTB Humanities Director Shahida Javaid said that she would try to republish all books that contained biased material against any minority and misquotation. She also invited Amir Riaz to present his suggestions to change the syllabus and point out mistakes.

PTB Curriculum Wing Deputy Director Amar Riaz said that textbooks under the revised curriculum were in the printing process. He said that the revised textbooks would be available in all schools of Punjab from the next academic year. He said that the PTB was an autonomous institution and was responsible for ensuring that textbooks developed in the province broadly followed the approved guidelines of the Ministry of Education and the government of the Punjab. Daily times

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