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Out-of-school children ‘a serious issue’

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:46

FAISALABAD:11April:Increasing number of out-of-school children remain a serious challenge as a large number of children are denied their right of education owing to lack of resources and awareness.

This was said by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan on Monday while speaking at the inauguration of newly constructed college building.

He emphasised the government, civil society and general public should take steps to provide education to out-of-school children. He said, “No nation can make progress without quality education.”

He added, “Committed, skilled and trained manpower is the guarantee of a bright future that will help meet the challenges of modern era.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2017.

A function organised to pay tribute to great poet Lala Sehrai

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:17

MULTAN:11April: A function was organised to pay tribute to great poet and writer Ch Muhammad Sadiq famously known as Lala Sehrai on his 17th death anniversary here on Monday.

The ceremony was jointly organised by the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a local NGO. Senior politician Makhdoom Javed Hashmi while speaking as the chief guest said that Lala Sehrai was an author of 20 books and he was a symbol of change. He said that his various books, including ‘Chaman Meri Umeedonka’, ‘Nae Phool Purani Khushboo’ and ‘Noor Minara’, were a great work. The other speakers, including Prof Dr Aslam Ansari, Dr Rafiuddin, Khawaja Razi Haidar, Dr Riaz Majid, Naseer Ahmed, Dr Mukhtar Zafar, Dr Javed Sadiq, Dr Sadiq Ajmal, Hafiz Iqbal, Shakir Hussain Shakir, Prof Zubair Ahmed, Prof Anis, Dr Muhammad Shah and Hafiz Abdul Waheed, paid rich tribute to Lala Sehrai and said that he was a versatile poet and writer. They said that Lala was lucky that a large number of people gathered here to listen to his poetry.
The speakers also lauded the services of the MCCI for promotion of literature and art in the south Punjab.The news.

Irregularities detected in BZU distance education

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:16

MULTAN:11April:Some alleged irregularities have been detected at the Bahauddin Zakariya University Distance Education as the varsity officials hired the services of unapproved, non-specialised external examiners for the specialised subject of Masters in Public Administration, The News has learnt.
The professional degrees of nearly 100 students would be at stake on taking viva and comprehensive examination in Masters in Public Administration by unconcerned, unapproved and non-specialised persons. The BZU senior faculty members said that the degrees of the MPA could be canceled. The BZU insiders said that the Distance Education Directorate hired the services of Awais Bin Aslam from a private company for conducting a viva of the Masters. Later, the university appointed the same person for taking comprehensive examination in the Masters of Public Administration in Distance Education on April 9. However, on the students protest, the varsity replaced Awais Bin Aslam with Education University Assistant Prof Sohail Ahmad, allegedly a non-specialised person in the PA Masters Distance Education Director Prof Dr Azra Asghar Ali called private person Awais Bin Aslam for comprehensive examination out of the list of experts. Awais conducted viva at the BZU Distance Education last week while he also conducted internship viva of the students of the PA Masters. When contacted, BZU Distance Education Director Prof Dr Azra Asghar Ali denied dealing the affairs illegally and said that the appointment of Awais was cancelled at the eleventh hour when it as learnt that he was serving in a private company. She said that the services of Education University Assistant Prof Sohail Ahmad were hired to conduct the comprehensive examination of the Masters in PA. She claimed that no private person was hired to conduct the MPA examination. When Education University was contacted, the officials said that AP Sohail Ahmad was specialised in Information Technology, not in MPA. The BZU senior faculty members said that if an external examiner with different degree instead of MPA conducts the comprehensive exam and viva, the degree would be challenged and cancelled.The news.

Punjab University,s dinner to bid farewel to welcome newcomers.

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:15

Lahore:11April: Punjab University’s Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP) organised a dinner to bid farewell to the outgoing batch and welcome the newcomers.
IAP Director Prof. Dr. Farah Malik and faculty members welcomed the guests including Dean Faculty of Life Science Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, founding chairperson Dr Rafia Hassan, former Directors Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Prof Dr Ruhi Khalid, Prof Dr Sameen Alam, Prof Dr Yasmin Farooqi, Dr Mian Aftab Ahmed, Professor Emeritus IAP Prof. Dr. Najma Najam, Ex. President of Pakistan Psychological Association Dr Bilal Aslam Sufi and Riaz Fatyana.
The programme included diverse skits depicting everyday life of a psychologist. The fun continued with the singing performances of students, mimes highlighting the creativity and involvement of the students.
The students gave away titles and souvenirs to their seniors.
The programme ended with the director’s note on the importance of such events in which alumni meet, share experiences and most importantly relive the moments once spent.The news.

Information Technology University Lahore

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:14

Lahore:11April:In order to provide intermediate and A-level students and their guardians an opportunity for an orientation to the institution and the faculty, Information Technology University (ITU) will hold an Open House on its campus on Tuesday (today).
A spokesperson, in a press release on Monday, said the ITU had invited applications for online admission for its undergraduate programs i.e. BS Computer Science and BS Electrical Engineering www.itu.edu.pk/admissionswith a deadline of April 25, 2017 while the candidates will appear for entrance test on April 30.
Those who have registered for Open House are required to bring their original CNIC for entry into the premises.The news.

Punjab University results of Doctor of Pharmacy Final Exam

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:13

Lahore:11April: Punjab University has announced the results of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) Final Professional seconds annual examination 2016. Details are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.

UHS announces exam result

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:10

LAHORE:11April:The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has declared the result of Second Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) annual examination 2016.
According to a press release issued here on Monday, a total of 184 candidates from 08 affiliated institutes appeared in the exam out of which 136 passed and 44 failed. The overall pass percentage remained 75.56pc.
Ayesha Afzal d/o Muhammad Afzal of Lahore Medical & Dental College, Lahore got first position securing 769/900 marks. Mahnoor Tariq d/o Tariq Shahzad of The School of Allied Health Sciences, Lahore and Snia Jabeen d/o Munawar Iqbal same institute got second and third positions securing 750/900 and 747/900 marks respectively.The news.

A special meeting of Universal Secondary Education

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:09

JHANG:11April: A special meeting held to review the progress of Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) programmes in the district on Monday was told that enrolment target of boys and girls public schools has been achieved up to 85.63 per cent.
District Education Authority’s CEO Riaz Ahmed, District Education Officers Abdul Rehman and Mrs Kausar Nasim, male and female Deputy District Education Officers and Assistant Education Officers attended the meeting.The news.

For students, mathematics as a way of thinking

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:50

LAHORE:08 April:A Canadian educational organisation is set to start a programme in Lahore aimed at teaching mathematics as a way of thinking rather than a subject. The ‘Spirit of Math’ programme will start at two schools this month.

While talking with The Express Tribune, Kirsti Langen, the academic director for Pakistan, hoped the programme would bring about a change in how maths was perceived among children and parents in the country.

“We are an after-school education system for high-performing students in maths,” she said while explaining the programme. “It is for students who are already doing well and are at the top of the class and we strive to take them to the top of the nation. It’s a full classroom setting with teacher and student.”

The Spirit of Math is setting up its offices in Lahore and has already secured contracts with two private schools for the programme. “We will hopefully add more schools and cities as we go along and we are in talks with other major school chains in the country for the programme,” Kirsti added.

The Spirit of Math is in the process of hiring and training teachers – which Kirsti says is a long and gruelling process. The programme is a 90-minute session once a week and runs throughout the academic year.
Curriculum
The programme starts with kindergarten up until grade 11 that is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. The Spirit of Math does not follow a standard curriculum. “We have our own curriculum. It was first developed and based on classroom learning and instead of focusing on grades we focus on learning,” she said.

The academic director said the curriculum was designed by her grandfather, who was also a teacher, and the syllabus and its methodology was tried and tested. “It [curriculum] wasn’t developed by school boards. It’s tested and further developed over the past 25 years as well with constant modifications.”

Kirsti said the programme was designed for ‘highly-motivated’ students. Defining the term, she said it was those students who have already done well in class but are not getting the challenging math problems that can develop their skills further.

“Our programme caters to these bright students. It should be noted that highly-motivated students are not gifted students but they can outperform a non-motivated gifted student,” she elaborated.

The problem according to Kristi: “At day schools, teachers cater to weaker students in class and the motivated students have to do the same problems over and over again. So they start hating maths because they get bored.”

History

Charles Ledger founded the programme in the 1980s. He was a math teacher recognised with Canadian Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching, a Rene Descartes medal from the University of Waterloo and the Claude Watson Award from the North York Board of Education for excellence in teaching.

He developed the initial grade 7 to 9 Spirit of Math curriculum over a 20-year period starting in the 1970s and 1980s while teaching at a junior high school.

Kirsti says the programme already enrols over 8,000 students on 42 campuses in Canada and one in the US.
Published in The Express Tribune,

Logical reasoning: Registration for Spirit of Math opens on 10th

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:49

LAHORE:08 April:Spirit of Math, a Canadian-based math education system, is opening its registrations from April 10.

The programme is aimed at inculcating in students the power of critical thinking and logical reasoning, which will help them learn and grow in an informative, healthy environment, said a press statement issued on Friday.

With more than 30 years of success and over 7,500 students filling more than 40 campuses across Canada and the US, Spirit of Math is changing the course of mainstream math by updating the syllabi, training teachers, and expanding a series of math workbooks.

The basic aim of the programme is to meet the needs of high performing students of class KG up till class V, by expanding their understanding of math in a dynamic classroom setting.

“The Spirit of Math programme is much more than just math. We are using mathematics as a way to teach students to learn how to face challenges and how to work with each other,” Academic Director Kristi Langen says.

Operational manager Zorain Masood said by introducing this programme in Pakistan, students’ ability to argue and learn in a competitive yet informative environment has been given keen importance.

Kids Kampus Gulberg and the City School Alpha Campus DHA phase 6 will be conducting Spirit of Math classes.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2017.

Arts with education: Three-day Tamasha kicks off at Alhamra

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:48

LAHORE:08 April:A three-day event featuring theatrical performances targeting youngsters, training workshops from upcoming directors, master workshops from international trainers for local artists and discussion sessions for general public kicked off at Alhamra Arts Centre on Friday.

Tamasha Festival 2017 has been organised by the National Centre for International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) in collaboration with The Little Art, Chota Mota Theatre, Theatre For You And Me Foundation and Independent Theatre Pakistan.

Festival Manager Umair Mushtaq said the unique feature of this festival was that its target audiences were children and young people, an aspect, which he claimed, has never happened in the history of Lahore’s arts and cultural landscape.

According to Umair, the event would to be a colourful spectacle for children and families as well as teens since music, dance and innovative stage acts were put together for the people to promote the culture of performing arts in a new way.

The festival will present eight major theatre plays, 21 performances by school groups and 10 interactive workshops for children, families and educators including different storytelling, theatrical, musical and dance performances along with some school Tamashas (performances) by renowned theatre groups all designed keeping in mind young audiences.

Other than theatre performances, some informative discussion sessions such as society and drama, role of performing arts education and workshops on how to incorporate performing arts and theatre in education are also scheduled.

Umair said renowned theatre, music and dance professionals would be joining in for panel discussions to share their experiences, views and aspirations that could be a great learning experience for the youth.

“The concept behind the name of the festival is to represent something energetic and engaging for the audience as it targets the youths who are the future of our country and if given the right platform they can do wonders.”

He said the idea of the festival was to create a dialogue bringing people together at a platform where they could share ideas inspiring similar sort of initiatives in the future and promoting the theatre and performing arts which were fading away in Lahore.

Festival Director Shoaib Iqbal said young people liked stories that made a real impact on their lives and stories which they could pass on and talk about to their peers. “Such stories are told through intelligent, entertaining and diverse theatrical performances that festivals offer from around the world, opening a window to develop their global perspectives,” he added.

“We are proud that we have been able to engage both local and international creative professionals and we are looking to create a significant place in the cultural life of youth and children in Pakistan, becoming a unique cultural experience through performing arts and we hope to have more such events,” Shoaib remarked.

Umair said the festival was being held as a result of Assitej’s 7th Asia Meet, which was a meeting of national centres, corresponding centres and individual members of Assitej from Asia and Australia to focus on regional cooperation between the national centres and possibilities of joint ventures for the future of performing arts in Pakistan.Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2017.

CM inaugurates school enrolment campaign

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:47

LAHORE:08 April:Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the only path leading to prosperity and development was education. He added it would bring vision, quality and cognizance in the country.

The chief minister expressed these views while speaking at a function held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal for the school enrollment campaign on Thursday.

“The Punjab government has taken several steps to promote education in the province,” he said.

“We will complete the target of enrolling every child in Punjab into a school before the election to ensure that no child is denied the right of an education.”

He said the quality education was not the right of the elites alone and steps would be taken to provide it to all. “We need to change this attitude, framework and culture and let the poor enjoy the benefits of education,” the CM remarked.Published in The Express Tribune,

CM inaugurates school enrolment campaign

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:46

LAHORE:08 April:Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the only path leading to prosperity and development was education. He added it would bring vision, quality and cognizance in the country.

The chief minister expressed these views while speaking at a function held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal for the school enrollment campaign on Thursday.

“The Punjab government has taken several steps to promote education in the province,” he said.

“We will complete the target of enrolling every child in Punjab into a school before the election to ensure that no child is denied the right of an education.”

He said the quality education was not the right of the elites alone and steps would be taken to provide it to all. “We need to change this attitude, framework and culture and let the poor enjoy the benefits of education,” the CM remarked.Published in The Express Tribune,

Punjab targets 100% school enrolment by 2018

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:45

LAHORE:08 April:The Punjab government envisions 100% school enrolment target by 2018 and no child will remain without education by then, said Shehbaz Sharif on Friday.

The Punjab chief minister presided over a high-level meeting to discuss measures taken to promote education and continuing educational programmes.

“Our progress and development depends on imparting latest education to the youth,” Shehbaz said while addressing the participants, including ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Syed Ali Gillani, adviser Dr Umer Saif, Punjab Education Foundation Chairman Qamarus Salam, the additional chief secretary, and secretaries of different departments.

He claimed the attendance of teachers at public schools had increased due to the revolutionary measures taken by the government. “Hundred percent school enrolment target will achieved by 2018 and no child will remain deprived of education by then,” he added.

Keeping in mind its targets, the government has provided basic facilities at 52,000 schools at a cost of Rs40 billion. Another Rs16 billion have been spent on the reconstruction of dilapidated school buildings and 36,000 new classrooms.

About 2.2 million students are getting education under the voucher scheme of Punjab Education Foundation while students also get free books every year at government schools. Another 87,000 children working at brick kilns have been enrolled in schools and free books, bags, uniforms and monthly scholarship of Rs1,000 is being provided to them.

Female students of Matriculation are getting monthly scholarships of Rs1,000 in 16 districts for which about Rs4 billion are spent every year. About 462,000 students are benefitting from this programme.

Solar lamps have been provided to 300,000 students while about 20,000 schools will be converted to run on solar energy during the current fiscal year.

Shehbaz said school labs have been constructed at 6,000 schools while laptops have been given to thousands of students to help them in their education. He added more laptops would be distributed in the current year while tablets would be provided at schools.

“Merit and transparency have been promoted in Punjab in every field and 220,000 teachers have been recruited on merit,” he said, adding that 80,000 more teachers will be recruited this year.

Shehbaz said excellent programmes have been launched for high-achieving students and they would be sent abroad for studying at foreign universities on scholarships. “The exceptional feature of educational programmes in Punjab is that students of all federating units have their due share,” he claimed.Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2017.

Shehbaz sees off differently-abled athletes

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:44

LAHORE:08 April:Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif hosted the differently abled athletes of Pakistan’s Special Olympics squad before their departure for the World Winter Games 2017 in Austria.

The Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit (SMU) in Punjab has started an initiative to encourage participation of differently abled youth in globally acknowledged sports events.

On Friday, Shehbaz invited three athletes, their families, coaches and staff for Special Olympics to honor them prior to their departure.

The chief minister reiterated his strong commitment towards international development agenda and efforts for nurturing an inclusive Punjab.

“The government,” he said, “is striving for provision of rights and opportunities to special youth by mainstreaming their participation in educational, sports, recreational and skills development activities.”

He also announced funding the trips of three differently abled athletes belonging to Punjab: Mehwish Tufail, Muhammad Abdullah and Farah Ehsan.

“I strongly encourage special youth and their parents to commit to education and sports. Instead of disability restricting their inclusion, my government will continue to ensure that it brings along opportunity and success for them,” Shehbaz said.

Special Olympics Pakistan is dedicated to transforming lives of people with intellectual disabilities through the power of sports. Special Olympics World Winter Games take place every four years and this year.Published in The Express Tribune,

Evolve 20-year education policy, say experts

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:37

Lahore:April 6:Pakistan needs an awareness campaign for students and graduates for the promotion and importance of vocational training and technical education and a comprehensive policy should be evolved for 20 years.

These views were expressed by experts in the Jang Economic Session on 'how public private partnership is possible for technical education and vocational training' here. The panellists were Dr Shehla Javeed, Aima Mehmood, Kabir Ahmed, Sohail Lashari, Muhammad Ali Mian and Mian Fazal Ahmed while the session was hosted by Sikandar Lodhi.

Dr Shehla Javeed said that AHAN, Care and Pakistan Education Fund (PEF) are the appreciating projects by the governments for youths so the private sector should also play its active role in promotion of technical education. She appreciated the Punjab government steps for provision of vocational training as confidence could not be revived without ensuring employment to public. She said working women could be made part of a high-level fashion industry chain starting from cottage industry which will provide economic benefits to thousands of families.

Aima Mehmood said 75,000 education institutions and only 22 vocational institutions had exposed the government priorities towards it. She said poverty and unemployment are the major issues of Pakistan while change in education system is the need of the hour to control rapidly growing unemployment. She called for changing women approach from home-based stitching to modern technologies. Kabir Ahmed said socio-economic issues are worsening due to the poorly planned education policy so all the provinces and the federal government jointly should evolve a 20-year long education policy. He suggested ensuring skill and vocational education in Pakistan as economic growth targets could not be achieved without it. He appreciated the Punjab government's performance and called for public private partnership in rural areas for skill development.

Sohail Lashari said youths were facing unemployment due to lack of vocational education and skill training. He believed that if youths would not be given employment it would become a threat to law and order. He demanded the vocational institutions to ensure employment besides training as well.
Muhammad Ali Mian said Malaysia, China, Thailand and many countries progressed with the need-based vocational education so Pakistan should also adopt same model. He said medical and engineering universities are examples of successful public private partnerships. He said good steps are taken for vocational training in Punjab but all provinces should act according to national requirement. Mian Fazal Ahmed said primary and secondary education has been made very expensive resultantly promoting the child labour. He called for ending red tape at the provincial level for the promotion of the public private partnership.The news.

launching Ceremony of of Boy Scouts Association, Punjab

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:36

Lahore:April 6: The launching ceremony of electronic version of the monthly newsletter regarding the activities of Boy Scouts Association, Punjab, was held at Civil Secretariat, Lahore.
Punjab Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, provincial commissioner of Boy Scouts Association, Punjab, presided over the ceremony and launched the e-newsletter.
He appreciated the completion of the project without any government expenditure by the boy scouts and said that the spirit to work hard for the benefit of the people in distress was praiseworthy.

Shamail Ahmad Khawaja expressed his determination to transform Boy Scouts Association, Punjab, into a vibrant organisation which would contribute to traffic management, crisis management, creating civic sense and hygienic atmosphere in society with a great spirit of volunteerism.

He gave away commendatory letters and shields to the editorial board comprising eight boy scouts.

Boy Scouts Association Punjab acting Secretary Muhammad Tariq Qureshi and Assistant Circuit Organiser Abdullah Jehanzeb were also present.

Anti-smuggling drive: The anti-smuggling organisation, M C C Preventive Lahore, has accelerated anti-smuggling activities following the directions of the chief collector central and collector, M C C Preventive Lahore.

In March, 2017, fire crackers, cigarettes, LED TVs, curtain cloth, juice, CTP printing plates, tyres, vehicles, electric motors were seized in 22 cases by the organisation. The seized items were worth Rs 38.65 million.The news.

Students of Rangers Schools Honoured

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:35

Lahore:April 6:An impressive performance award ceremony was held at Pakistan Rangers Punjab Headquarters to honour the students of Rangers Public Schools who attained distinctive positions in exams.
The parents and teachers of the students were also present.
The Pakistan Rangers Punjab director general awarded prizes to the top position holders in board exams, Hamza Ahmed, Muhammad Saad Jamil, Isbah Arshad, Muhammad Haris Ijaz, Aqsa Iqbal, Hamza Shiab Yar and Maryam Waseem. Best teacher and best principal were also awarded prizes. Rangers Public Schools of Lahore and Pasrur were declared the best Matric and middle level institutions out of 24 Rangers Schools in entire Punjab and were awarded with trophies.

The director general said that the students from Rangers Public Schools were not only pride of their respective institutions but were also bringing laurels to the country. He said prayed for their bright future.

Punjab Rangers is endeavoring to provide quality educational facilities in remote border areas to Rangers and local children alike in Rangers Public Schools.The news.

PUnjab University results of MA Mass Communication Part-I supple exam

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:34

Lahore:April 6: Punjab University Examinations Department has declared the results of examination in various disciplines.
The university declared results of MA Mass Communication Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MSc Space Science Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MSc Gender Studies Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MSc Geography Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MA Education (General) Part-II supplementary examination 2016, MA Persian Part-II supplementary examination 2016, MA Philosophy Part-II supplementary examination 2016, MSc Chemistry Part-II supplementary examination 2016, MA International Relations Part-I, II supplementary examination 2016, MA Kashmiriyat Part-I, II supplementary examination 2016, MA Punjabi Part-I, II supplementary examination 2016 and MSc Tourism & Hospitality Part-I, II supplementary examination 2016. Details are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.

PUnjab University results of MA Mass Communication Part-I supple exam

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:34

Lahore:April 6: Punjab University Examinations Department has declared the results of examination in various disciplines.
The university declared results of MA Mass Communication Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MSc Space Science Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MSc Gender Studies Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MSc Geography Part-I supplementary examination 2016, MA Education (General) Part-II supplementary examination 2016, MA Persian Part-II supplementary examination 2016, MA Philosophy Part-II supplementary examination 2016, MSc Chemistry Part-II supplementary examination 2016, MA International Relations Part-I, II supplementary examination 2016, MA Kashmiriyat Part-I, II supplementary examination 2016, MA Punjabi Part-I, II supplementary examination 2016 and MSc Tourism & Hospitality Part-I, II supplementary examination 2016. Details are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.