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Experts urge varsities to develop expertise in maths

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:32

Lahore:March 14:Experts emphasised the importance of mathematics and urged universities to develop expertise in the subject as it is essential for emerging fields such as data science.

They were speaking at the third international conference on pure and applied mathematics. It was held by the University of Management and Technology’s (UMT) Centre for Mathematics and Its Applications (CMAP) on Monday.

Keynote speakers from the USA, France, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, United Kingdom and other countries shared their views with their Pakistani counterparts on a number of topics.

Speaking on the occasion, UMT Rector Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad said mathematics played a key role in dealing with economic, social and political affairs of society.

He said that from interdisciplinary sciences to widely spreading social sciences, mathematicians, who are pioneers of their field, should find out new ways to apply pure and applied mathematics to solve real life problems.

Shedding light on the contributions of great Muslim scientists like Al-Khwarizmi, Al-Kindi, Al-Biruni and others, Dr Hasan said they primarily used mathematics to build a world for us to live in.

He added all students enrolled in universities need to develop expertise in mathematics to make the best use of qualitative and quantitative research methods for better results.

The rector said without math applications, engineering, medical and social sciences as well as computer technology could not lead to new inventions.

“No mobile app, no robot and no medicine can be produced without properly utilising mathematics,” he stressed. He also announced that a research journal would be taken out to conduct in-depth research on emerging issues in the field.Published in The Express Tribune,

For students, mathematics as a way of thinking

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:31

LAHORE::March 14: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,

Winter Games 2017: Shehbaz sees off differently-abled athletes

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:30

Lahore:March 14: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,

Mini Olympics: ‘Students the beacon of hope

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:29

Lahore:March 14:Students should give a message of hope to the country and the nation through positive activities, said Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of mini-Olympics at the Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT) New Campus on Monday.
Dr Zafar lauded the college administration and students on successful and colourful arrangements of the event. He said the passion of students was a clear proof of Pakistan’s bright future, adding his policy was merit which was already implemented in PUCIT.
The new building of the college would start soon, he said, adding that the college administration would launch research journal as well.
PUCIT Principal Dr Mansoor Sarwar said the administration was paying attention to positive activities of the students.Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2017.

Teacher body to hold demo on 17th

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:24

Lahore:March 13:United Teachers Council (UTC), Punjab, has announced holding a protest demonstration outside Punjab Civil Secretariat on March 17 against the delay in upgrade of teaching posts and other issues being faced by schoolteachers.

In a press release on Sunday, UTC Punjab leaders Tariq Mahmood, Hafiz Ghulam Mohiuddin, Hafiz Abdul Nasir and others said the schoolteachers would not rest until their problems were resolved. They also condemned thrashing of a schoolteacher by powerful locals in Alipur Chattha. They also expressed concerns over handing over of public schools to Daanish Schools Authority and warned the teachers would strongly oppose the move.

quality care: Allama Iqbal Medical College/Jinnah Hospital Principal Prof Rashid Zia, after taking over the charge, emphasised the need for absolute sanitation, foolproof security arrangements, punctuality, availability of staff, medicines and in-order biomedical equipment.

According to a handout issued here on Sunday, Prof Rashid Zia said, “We are firmly committed to ensuring prompt as well as quality patient care in a safe and patient friendly environment."

The AIMC principal expressed his commitment regarding enforcement of SoPs. He stated that students would be provided with proper educational as well as recreational facilities. "The improvement in the AIMC hostels' conditions is our main focus," he added.

Nurses resume duty: The nurses of Lahore General Hospital, who acquired two-month nursing training from Turkey on the directions of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, have resumed their duties.

According to a handout issued here on Sunday, during a meeting with Ameer ud Din Medical College Principal Prof Ghiyas un Nabi Tayyab, Lahore General Hospital MS Dr Ghulam Sabir and Deputy Chief Nursing Superintendant Farhat Mahboob, the foreign trained nurses said that Turk government accorded them with special protocol and best hospitality during their stay in Turkey. They said that they were imparted modern training on how to deal with patients at pediatrics ICU, operation theatres, emergency situation, ward management and other nursing skills of international standards through lectures and visits.

Nurses Abida Bashir, Almas Bibi, Shahla Ismaeel and Uzma Shoukat said the Turkish Health Department awarded them commendatory certificates in recognition of their talent and hard work.

They said that high level of professional training would definitely improve the professional standard of health care delivery and timely provision of services to the ailing humanity.

Prof Tayyab said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, through his health vision, had provided an effective health care system to the masses.The news.

Punjab nurses resume duty after training in Turkey

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:22

Lahore:March 13: The nurses of Lahore General Hospital, who acquired two-month nursing training from Turkey on the directions of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, have resumed their duties.
According to a handout issued here on Sunday, during a meeting with Ameerud Din Medical College Principal Prof Ghiyas un Nabi Tayyab, Lahore General Hospital MS Dr Ghulam Sabir and Deputy Chief Nursing Superintendant Farhat Mahboob, the foreign trained nurses said that the Turk government accorded them with special protocol and the best hospitality during their stay in Turkey.
They said that they were imparted modern training on how to deal with patients at pediatrics ICU, operation theatres, emergency situation, ward management and other nursing skills of international standards through lectures and visits.
Nurses Abida Bashir, Almas Bibi, Shahla Ismaeel and Uzma Shoukat said the Turkish Health Department awarded them commendatory certificates in recognition of their talent and hard work.
They said that high level of professional training would definitely improve the professional standard of healthcare delivery and timely provision of services to the ailing humanity. Prof Tayyab said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, through his health vision, had provided an effective health care system to the masses.The news.

Urdu Bazaar used to be the most popular place among students

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:21

Lahore:March 13:This is to draw the attention of the concerned authorities to an important issue. Urdu Bazaar used to be the most popular place among students because of the availability of a large number of books at reasonable prices. The market also had a stock of used books. However, nowadays it is next to impossible to find a book at a nominal price in Urdu Bazaar. A lot of students cannot afford expensive books and this affects their academic performance.

Education is very important, not just for the growth of an individual but also for the growth of nations. It is the responsibility of the government to tackle this problem and ensure that books are sold at affordable prices. Education shouldn’t be turned into a privilege.The news.

In Punjab free Training for unemployed youths

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 13:10

Lahore:March 10:Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) will impart free-of-cost training to 32,000 unemployed youths across the Punjab province.

According to a press release, the second phase classes of six months duration 44 employable trades will be started from next month at selected Tevta institutes.

In the first phase, 32,000 youths have already been trained. Tevta has already embarked on a crash programme to train more than 200,000 youths during the year 2016-17. Chairperson Tevta Irfan Qaiser Sheikh stated this while addressing a meeting of senior officers to review the progress in this regard at Tevta secretariat.

Chief Operating Officer Jawad Ahmed Qureshi, Tevta officers, including Akhtar Abbas Bharwana, Aamer Aziz, Rao Rashid, Azhar Iqbal Shad, Mustafa Kamal Pasha, Sarfraz Anwar and others were also present on the occasion.Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that unemployed youths had been given training in 44 Industry Demand Driven (IDD) short courses which included 28 courses for boys, six for girls while 10 for both genders. All these efforts are being made on the directions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to train jobless youths of the province so that they could contribute to the economic growth of the country.

Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that all district managers of Tevta had been instructed to identify new skills with the consultation of the local industry concerned so that the courses could also be introduced immediately. Skillful training and provision of job opportunities to unemployed youths of the Punjab province is the priority of Tevta, he concluded.The news.