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Seminar at University of Engineering

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:40

Lahore:March 17:A seminar “Anti-Corruption Measures”’ was held at University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in collaboration with National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday.
UET Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid said, "It is our prime duty to deliver with commitment in our respective domains to make Pakistan a corruption-free country.
He said transparency must be ensured in all operations at every level, adding that it would uplift the socio- economic status of the masses. NAB Additional Director Awareness Ghulam Rasool said zero-tolerance was an effective approach to eradicate the menace of corruption.The news.

Improving higher education standard key concern

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:39

Lahore:March 17:Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said the role of private sector in promotion of education is equally important. It has been given conducive atmosphere to grow and extend learning opportunities to students.
According to a handout, the minister was addressing an intermediate students’ science exhibition of a Gulberg-based private college here on Thursday. Raza Gillani commended the scientific understanding of the students, which they exhibited in the shape of models showing solution to different problems. In his address, he vowed that improving standard of higher education was the key concern of the government; and said that both public and private sectors could improve access to education of students. He reiterated that the Punjab government was committed to improve the standard of higher education, as it was the backbone of the economy, and produced best professionals for different fields. “We live in a knowledge-based society which is driven by information technology,” he added.
Punjab Schools Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed said revolutionary steps had been taken for improving the overall standard of schools education in the Punjab. “No child would be left outside schools as the government is fully committed to ensure hundred percent enrolment in schools by 2018,” he added. Both the ministers also inspected the science exhibition and lauded the students for their scientific intellect.The news.

B-Tech results of several government colleges of technology

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:38

Lahore:March 17:The B-Tech results of several government colleges of technology in Peshawar, particularly of UET, raise questions regarding the performance of the provincial government in the education sector. The 1st and 2nd year results of the 2015-2016 session – 33 percent and 38 percent respectively – highlight the negligence of the government in providing students with quality education. Before the general elections of 2013, the PTI manifesto focused on the importance of education. However the present scenario is completely different from what people had envisaged.

The government colleges of technology which were set up in the name of technology have no avenue for experimenting with technology whatsoever. There are no well-equipped laboratories and students are forced to rely on theories without experimental proofs. Furthermore, the faculty of these colleges is not only inexperienced but also lacks the motivation to teach well. This is partly because of the small amount of salary they receive. The course outline and the pattern of examinations are vastly different, creating confusion among the students. The government needs to restore the confidence of students by providing them with quality education. It also needs to issue directives for the establishment of well-maintained labs and recruitment of qualified, well-paid and experienced teaching staff.The news.

Low literacy Govt should take serious action to solve this issue

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:37

Lahore:March 17:The problem of low literacy affects Pakistan economically and socially. According to the Human Development Report 2016, only 49.9 percent of the population in Pakistan is literate. The numbers can further be broken down: 33.8 percent of the female population and 47.18 percent of the male population is literate. These figures are not at all flattering.
The government should take serious action to solve this issue. It can arrange workshops for teachers with extended annual plans, updated syllabi and new policies. Education is a basic human right and should be provided to all.The news.

GovernmentSchools

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:44

Lahore:March16:The government schools in Pakistan are like orphans. In the absence of local ownership, these schools are essentially run via remote control by generalist officers of the civil service from the provincial capital. They determine the financial and human resources that are needed, the time period for the closure of schools, transfers and postings of teachers and whether or not a statement of new expenditure is worthy of approval. Notwithstanding the bureaucracy’s capacity to undertake these roles, the participation of principals, head teachers and teachers in the management of schools is negligible. This lowers their enthusiasm and sense of ownership and creates the false impression that government schools are irredeemable entities.

When governments outsource the management of these very schools, they hand them to non-profit contractors who operate highly decentralised models. This means the executive authority is delegated to those who run the school on a day-to-day basis. We have not treated government schools with a rational and fair approach.The news.

Rs6 billion scholarships for girl students of 16 districts: CM

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:42

LAHORE:March16: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has launched “Khadam-e-Punjab Zewar-e-Taleem Programme” in 16 districts of South Punjab under which educational scholarships worth Rs6 billion will be distributed every year in girl students and the program will benefit more than 460,000 students. Also, it has been decided to include students of madrassas in the laptop scheme.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed these views at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal while distributing Khidmat card among the girl students. He said the aristocracy enjoyed all facilities but the poor people drastically needed even basic facilities. He said the aristocracy should stop opposition of the programmes aimed at the welfare and development of the common people.

He said in the country established by Quaid-e-Azam, the system based on the injustice and cruelty by the aristocracy would have to be eliminated, otherwise, nobody could stop a revolution. He said the aristocracy provided every possible resource for their children but they criticised the educational scholarships for the poor, and this thinking was regrettable. He said Pakistan was not the country of aristocracy, but it was the country of 20 million people residing in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Balistan and Azad Kashmir.

To make the programme transparent, the girl students will be given scholarships through Khidmat cards. The scholarships is aimed at ensuring school education of girls and is conditional to 80 percent attendance. Through Khidmat cards girl students will be given Rs1,000 scholarship every month.

"I advise the girl students who will get the scholarship to move forward with energy and vigour, and break the status quo to change the destiny of the country. End the culture of plunder and threat, and all girl students should work as a movement and redesign the country as per guidelines and aspiration of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal," the chef minister said. He said if the daughters of the nation would equipment themselves with education, they would not need jewelry of gold and silver.

He said if the criticism regarding the provision of educational and medical aid for the 90 percent population continued, the country would witness such a revolution that would destroy everything. Pakistan was not established for the unjust distribution of resources," he added. If the aristocracy did not change its attitude, the suppressed segments of society would snatch resources from aristocracy, he said.

Shahbaz Sharif said, "Our beloved country was not established for the children of politicians, governors, chief ministers, judges and generals or any other influential groups, but for the common man. On the one hand there are the people who become billionaire for being aristocrat or through gambling, on the other hand, there are great Pakistanis who search for lawful living after offering Fajr prayers but they remain worried about provision of education and medical facilities for their children despite hard work. We have to destroy this economic system and make Pakistan an Islamic and welfare state in true terms where everybody gets equal opportunity through honesty and hard work."

Meanwhilem Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday inaugurated the sixth census in Punjab by marking the house count 006 at his Model Town residence.

Shahbaz Sharif said the census had been launched in 16 districts of Punjab in its first phase. He said the importance of census was undeniable for the perfect utilisation of resources for a better future planning. He said best arrangements had been made for the first phase of the census. He said the public must cooperate with the census staff by providing authentic and correct information.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the provincial government is proceeding at the fast track towards imparting technical skills to two million youth by 2018.

He chaired a meeting here on Wednesday to review progress of the programme of making the youth skillful according to the needs of the market. The chief minister said that provision of technical education to the youth was proving helpful for their empowerment. He said the Punjab government had focused on the preparation of skilled manpower. He said small businesses were the backbone of the economy and effective measures should be taken for the promotion of small and medium-scale business.

Shahbaz Sharif said that all the departments concerned should play an effective role in the provision of technical education to the youth and a plan be evolved in two weeks in this regard. He said that the third party validation of training courses under skill development programme was also necessary.The news.

Hijab issue comes under discussion in PA

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:41

Lahore:March16:Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani Wednesday rejected the stance of JI and a PML-N MPA for supporting Hijab for students to get five extra marks.
“Have a fear of God, should the students wear Hijab just because it will bring them five extra marks, what is the use of wearing a Hijab if it is worn to get marks only,” remarked Sardar Sher Ali while responding to the point of order by JI Parliamentary leader Dr Waseem Akhter and PML-N MPA Dr Farzana Nazeer. They spoke in support of Hijab for the students. The issue came under discussion during the PA session when PPP MPA Faiza Malik on a point of order criticised the statement of Higher Education Minister Raza Ali Gilani in support of Hijab for the students. She said an irresponsible statement had put the entire government on back foot and asked why the minister had to touch this issue unnecessarily.
Deputy Speaker Sardar Sher Ali told the House that the Punjab government had already clarified its position over the issue and no such plan was in the offing. Dr Waseem Akhter on a point of order stated if an attempt had been made to promote something good, there was no need to oppose it. Dr Farzana Nazeer supported Raza Ali Gilani and said he had highlighted a very important and Islamic issue which must not be ignored. She justified Hijab while giving a reference from Holy Quran.
Responding to the JI and PML-N MPAs, the deputy speaker said every Muslim believes in following the teachings and commands of Allah and the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
However, he said this sounds strange that students should wear Hijab to get five extra marks and asked the member: “Will you wear Hijab for marks only.” He said the Punjab government had already presented its stance over the issue and there was nothing to say further after this clarification. Tariq Mehmood Bajwa, a PML-N MPA, who was elected as an independent candidate in by-polls while speaking over an adjournment motion highlighted the issue related with the delayed payment to the sugarcane growers in district Nankana.

He said already, the growers were paid by the mill whereas what hurt them further is the cut in actual amount per mound which the Patwari mafia mints hundreds of thousands of rupees daily from the farmers. He demanded debate over the issue. This is noteworthy that Tariq Bajwa had also taken up the similar issue last year. Aslam Iqbal, PTI MPA, raised complaint regarding lack of facilities in the hospitals of Lahore. Deputy Speaker, who himself belongs to Rajanpur, remarked that the situation in hospitals of Lahore was better and MPs from Lahore shouldn’t raise this complaint.The news.

Govt to make 2m youths skilled by 2018: Shahbaz

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:40

Lahore:March 16:Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the provincial government is proceeding at the fast track towards imparting technical skills to two million youth by 2018.
He chaired a meeting here on Wednesday to review progress of the programme of making the youth skillful according to the needs of the market.
The chief minister said that provision of technical education to the youth was proving helpful for their empowerment. He said the Punjab government had focused on the preparation of skilled manpower. He said small businesses were the backbone of the economy and effective measures should be taken for the promotion of small and medium-scale business.
Shahbaz Sharif said that all the departments concerned should play an effective role in the provision of technical education to the youth and a plan be evolved in two weeks in this regard. He said that the third party validation of training courses under skill development programme was also necessary.The news.

Minister’s Hijab plan for college girls dropped

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 13:07

Lahore: march:15:A proposal by Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani to make Hijab necessary for college girls backfired and was “dropped” soon after it circulated on social media on Tuesday.
Minister Raza Ali Gillani while addressing the Divisional Directors (Colleges) meeting at the committee room of Lahore Board on Tuesday had said the observance of Hijab be made necessary for college girls and that five percent grace attendance should be accorded as consolation in case of any shortage in minimum required attendance.
The same statement was issued to the media in an official handout 920 issued by the Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab. However, this immediately attracted widespread criticism.
In her social media post, Assefa Bhutto Zardari, sister of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, questioned “and what will the boys do? What will students of a different religion do? Why does wearing a Hijab impact grades/marks?
The Punjab government, however, later claimed that there was no such proposal under consideration. Hours later, the DGPR cancelled the official handout stating “It may not be published, broadcast or telecast.”

varsities: A delegation of senior professors from various French universities and representatives of Campus France, the French national agency for the promotion of higher education, visited Punjab University (PU) here on Tuesday.

The main objective of this visit was to promote awareness of French Higher Education System and academic collaboration at institutional level among Pakistani and French universities.
The delegation met PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir. Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Dean Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Prof Dr Zakria Zakir, Dean Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences Prof Dr Nasira Jabeen, Incharge Department of French varsity Dr Saleha Nazir, Prof Ivan Rakocevic, Deputy Head of Asia Unit, Campus France, Prof Romanacce, deputy Vice-Chancellor, Paris Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi, Prof Pedron from School of Business, Rennes, France, Madam Koning from Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris, Prof Dressen from Versailles University, Paris and other delegates were present on the occasion.

The meeting discussed various possibilities for future academic collaboration especially in the disciplines of Business Management, Social Sciences & Humanities.

The delegation also visited PU Library followed by the visit of French Department. The prospects of doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships besides joint research collaboration through PERIDOT programme were also shared. This programme is fully funded by the federal HEC and the French government.

Meanwhile, the French delegation also visited University of Engineering and Technology (UET) and had a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid.

The academic matters, joint ventures and other research collaborations were discussed to develop strong ties between the both countries.

UET sought to start French language course on campus with the help of French administration.

The visit of French delegation was organised by the federal Higher Education Commission (HEC) in connection with the celebration of "French Day" this week.The news.

Calligraphic Exhibition Opens

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 13:06

Lahore: march:15:Four-day national calligraphic exhibition jointly organised by the National College of the Arts (NCA), Lahore Arts Council and Ghazali Education Trust (GET) opened on Tuesday.
The work of 200 calligraphers from across the country and abroad has been put on display in the exhibition which was jointly inaugurated by Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani, poet Anwar Masood, writer Amjad Islam Amjad and others. Khurshid Gohar Qalam, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami and others attended the ceremony and spoke about the importance of calligraphy in today’s world.The news.

Punjab University’s Competition:

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 13:05

Lahore: march:15: The final round of Punjab University’s inter-departmental Sofiyana & Arifana Kalam competition 2017 was held on Tuesday.Among boys category Muhammad Haroon, Muhammad Awais, Zartaj and Zafar Abbas Jaffery clinched first, second, third and fourth positions respectively while in girls Zainab Rehman, Saba Butt, Mehak Azam and Shabana Abbas obtained first, second, third and fourth position respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir said PU had singers of international standards and our talent would be highlighted at world level. He added PU students had extraordinary talent in this field and the administration would encourage and polish them. PU Directorate of Students Affairs had organised the event.The news.

Punjab University Exam

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 13:04

Lahore: march:15:Punjab University’s Examinations Department has issued the schedule for submission of admission fee and forms for BS (4 year programme) 5th and 7th semester examination 2017. According to details, last date for submission of admission forms for said exams is March 24. The date of commencement of said exams will be announced later. The details are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.The news.

Annual prize distribution ceremony held

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 13:03

Rawalpindi:March 15:Annual prize distribution ceremony was held at Federal Government College for Women, Abid Majeed Road, to mark the yearly accomplishments, recognise the potential of students, encourage the healthy competition among them, and to promote co-curricular activities, says a press release.

Colonel Mohsin Ehsan Wahla, Deputy Director FGEI Cantt and Garrison as chief guest graced the occasion. He distributed prizes and certificates among the students. Addressing the ceremony he said the success embraces those who strive for it. He asked the students to dedicate themselves for the country and exploit their faculties in order to break the chains of illiteracy. The college Principal, Mrs Rafia Iftikhar, congratulated the students and faculty members on the performances.

The ceremony ended with a note of thanks by the principal for the chief guest as well as the former principal, Mrs Farhat Maqbool, who specially attended the ceremony, followed by a big applause.The news.

Aga Khan University Hospital opens two new Medical Centres

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 13:02

Rawalpindi:March 15: The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) has opened two new medical centres to provide consulting clinics, vaccination, radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services in Rawalpindi, Lahore, and surrounding areas.

The inauguration of these centres coincides with AKUH Clinical Laboratories’ accreditation from the College of American Pathologists, an internationally recognized standard for clinical laboratories. For patients, this means timely and more accurate diagnosis.

An official statement announced that the Hospital’s Patient Welfare Programme can support those who cannot afford quality medical care. The programme has assisted over 2.25 million patient visits with Rs 9.5 billion disbursed since its inception in 1986. As many as 177 centres offer this facility throughout the country, including 63 in Punjab.

The specialty clinics at the new centres will initially focus on family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, and women and child health.

Located on Saidpur Road, Rawalpindi, and Jail Road, Lahore, these facilities are in addition to 100 outreach centres throughout Punjab. The country-wide network includes 14 laboratories and above 250 outreach centres in over 100 cities.The news.

Special secy school education made OSD

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:37

Lahore:14 March:Special Secretary School Education Imran Sikander has been made Officer on Special Duty (OSD), due to his nomination for a training course. In this regard, Services & General Administration Department (S&GAD) has issued a notification on Monday.

GCU: A delegation of senior professors from French universities visited the Government College University (GCU) on Monday to explore opportunities for joint degree programmes, research collaborations and students’ cultural exchange.

Organised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, the visit was aimed to strengthen the academic and research collaboration of GCU with the French universities.

The delegation led by Ecole Centrale de Nantes France Director of International Development Prof Dr Sabine Vermillard met with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and senior faculty members visited the research facilities at the university’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics, Natural History Museum and Biotechnology Department
The French academicians showed keen interest in providing doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to the GCU faculty members, and initiating joint research projects through the PERIDOT programme which is fully funded by HEC and French government.

Sabine Vermillard said the student and teachers cultural exchange programmes could play a key role in connecting the universities and people of both the countries.

GCU Director Academic Planning and External Links Ms Fauzia Shaheen briefed the delegation about the history, traditions, infrastructure, research output and international linkages of the University.

She said that GCU had 109 active linkages with national and international universities and research institutes.

Prof Ivan Rakocevic, the Deputy Head of Asian Unit Campus France, briefed the meeting about the role of Campus France in Pakistan.

He said Campus France was the French national agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services, and international mobility, and it was providing full assistance to Pakistani students through local offices and web portal.

GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Dean Faculty of Electrical Engineering Prof Dr Riaz Ahmad, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Kamran Tahir and HEC Program Coordinator Ms Farhat Abbas attended the meeting with French academicians.The news.

King Edward Medical University acting VC appointed

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:35

Lahore:March 14:The Punjab government has appointed Prof Dr Asad Aslam Khan as Acting Vice-Chancellor, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, as a stop-gap arrangement until the appointment of Vice-Chancellor, KEMU on regular basis.
The Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department, on Monday, issued a notification in this regard.
Earlier, Punjab Governor/Chancellor, in exercise of the powers vested in him under Section 13(9) of the King Edward Medical University, Lahore Act 2005, approved the appointment on the recommendation by the SHC&ME department.The news.

25 teachers trained by Tevta

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:34

Lahore:March 14:Twenty-five teachers of Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) have been trained by master trainers of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) during 40-day training. According to a press release, Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh in a meeting said the training programme was held at Govt Institute of Emerging Technologies, Township and the teachers were trained in Garment (Denim) Stitching, Dry & Wet processes on machinery and equipment provided by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.The news.

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,