Bacha Khan University inaugurated
Charsadda, Sep 22: Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti said on Thursday the provincial coalition government led by the Awami National Party (ANP) had fulfilled the dream of late Bacha Khan to educate the Pakhtuns by establishing a network of educational institutions in the province.
He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. The chief minister termed the establishment of seven universities in a short span of time an unprecedented achievement of the provincial government. He said the ANP-led provincial coalition had fulfilled its promise of equipping the people with education.
ANP's president Asfandyar Wali Khan inaugurated the university. Begum Nasim Wali Khan and other leaders of the party were also present on the occasion.The chief minister said his party had fulfilled the longstanding demand of the people of the district. He said the university had been established on 200 kanal of land and would be expanded to 800 kanal.
He said Rs650 million had been allocated for the first phase of the university with an additional Rs280 million for this year. Besides, several colleges have also been established in the district, he added.
"There were 10 universities in the province when we came into power and the ANP-led provincial government established seven more universities throughout the province," he said.He said the number of colleges in the province had reached 270 as 18 colleges are under construction.
Ameer Haider Hoti said the provincial government took various steps to improve the standard of education and these including introduction of BS programme in 53 colleges."Efforts are also underway for welfare of teachers who will be given an additional Rs1.5 billion apart from approving the four-tier formula for their welfare," he said.
He said 500 primary schools were established, 470 schools were upgraded to middle, 470 middle to high level and 270 high schools to higher secondary level. He said that Rokhana Pakhtunkhwa Programme was launched for the students of areas lacking government schools. He said the government would bear educational expanses of the students enrolled in 500 private schools in those areas.
He said a conditional grant of Rs1 billion would be utilised through Parents-Teachers Councils for provision of basic facilities in primary schools. Earlier Vice Chancellor Bacha Khan University, Dr Fazal Rahim Marwat, presented the welcome address.
KMU entry tests held
Pesahwar: The Khyber Medical University (KMU) on Thursday conducted entry tests for admission in BSc Nursing, BSc Paramedics and Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT).A total of 1,470 candidates participated in the test. The result will be announced in a week and will be available on the KMU website www.kmu.edu.pk. For the four-year BSc Nursing and two-year postgraduate programmes, 786 candidates appeared for admission against the 30 seats each. For the five-year DPT programme, 420 candidates took the test while 264 students appeared for four-year BSc Paramedics programme.The university spokesman said that after BSc Nursing and DPT programmes, the KMU has now started the four-year BSc Paramedics programme. The news
Teachers seek removal of education minister
Dadu: While Sindh education minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and the Primary Teachers Association (PTA) have been at loggerheads for quite some time over the disbursement of funds for improving the condition of schools in Dadu, the rift intensified on Friday after Mr Mazhar gave orders for the transfer of seven teachers to the education secretariat a day earlier.
The teachers, sources said, had boycotted the ceremony where he was distributing regularisation letters in Mehar Town five days ago.
The PTA held an emergency meeting on Friday and demanded that the president and the chief minister sack Mr Mazhar and launch a court inquiry into all the funds disbursed by the education department in his tenure.
The teachers who received transfer orders were the PTA president for Dadu district, Ghazi Khan Jamali, general secretary for Dadu district Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, president for Mehar taluka Aijaz Chandio, general secretary for Mehar taluka Allah Ditto Vighio, press secretary Mehar taluka Salim Raza Khoso, president for Khairpur Nathanshah Abdul Ghani Qureshi, and president for Dadu taluka Abdul Rehman Panhwar.
On Oct 18, The PTA's Dadu wing had held a protest with an NGO, Child Rights Committee, and other social activists against the education department. They were protesting against the shortage of books and furniture and the dilapidated condition of primary schools in Dadu.
While addressing the protesters, the PTA president for Dadu Town, Inyat Hussain Jamali, had alleged that the education department had embezzled around Rs60 million allocated for improving the schools in Dadu, which is the hometown of the education minister.
In retaliation a group of local Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leaders, led by a close friend of the education minister, Abdul Haq Birohi, held a press conference. Mr Mazhar's friend had sung praises for the minister, whom he claimed was one of those people who set aside two days every week to meet the people of his constituency and resolve their problems.
Mr Birohi had alleged that the PTA officials were blackmailing Mr Mazhar.
Five days ago, when the education minister held the ceremony to distribute regularisation letters among the teachers who had passed the IBA test, the seven teachers who received transfer letters had boycotted event.
On Friday, the teachers received transfer orders and were told to report to the office of the education secretary in Karachi.
This correspondent called the education minister and also left him messages at his cellphone and his home, but he did not respond. Dawn