Role of Media to encourage scientific education

Role of Media to encourage scientific education

A board discussion on Role of Media to endorse science and scientific education in Pakistan was held at Mass Communication department of Forman Christian College University. This group discussion was arranged by Alif Aliaan, Pakistan’s campaign for education reforms and Forman Journalism Society. The reason behind organizing this occasion was to initiate a debate between the students of mass communication and journalism on media’s role on emphasizing science.

Professor of Mass Communication at FCCU, Dr Mudassir Hussuain Shah, Adil Arshad Assistant Professor of Education at FCCU and Journalist Sye Moayeed Ali Jafri were members of the panel. The point of view of borad members was that media can take part in promoting systematic culture in our society. Meanwhile, they also know that public doesn’t demand such types of reports, so we cannot accuse only media.

While addressing the participants, Adil Arshad said that educational discussion and understanding of science of a common person are not the same, thus educational institutes should take step to fill up the gap between these two. Moayeed Ali Jafri said western countries are using advertorials to promote mathematics and science through documentaries, dramas on different scientists and by various shows. This is an effective way to encourage learning through electronic media and we should also adopt it in our country.

Regional campaigner of Alif Aliaan, Roohullah Gulzari highlighted the facts and figures of the current position of mathematics and science education in the schools of Pakistan. He collected the data from the newly issued report on Powering Pakistan for the 21st Century. The report is not satisfactory rather demonstrated the worse picture of education system in Pakistan. In this way the report illustrated the fact that there are no less than 22.6 million children who can’t afford to go to the schools. This is very alarming situation for our society and the government authorities should take this under their consideration.

Furthermore, the schools in Pakistan, mostly public schools are generating very poor results related to science based subjects and mathematics. The 2016 results of Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) demonstrated very unfortunate result of grade 5 in the province of Punjab. The result showed that average scores in mathematics are 53 percent and for science it is 48 percent.

This result showed the thinking of students in Punjab that science and mathematics are the most difficult subjects to understand. This mentality leads to the bad scores in these subjects. In the discussion, presenters spoke out the way to promote learning and to build interest in general public for science and scientific education. They mention that provincial government should team up with civil and state level society enterprises and the organizations who could arrange science melas and fairs to promote learning. There are some others ideas that were presented on the occasion included making science museums and science libraries for general public. These initiatives will extend the knowledge of science in general and in different sectors of science such as mathematics and astronomy
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Special education schools being neglected

Special education schools being neglecte

Punjab is positioned on the top for providing fundamental facilities in government schools in Pakistan in the current statistics of education announced by Federal government’s educational planning and management while neglecting the facts and figures about schools providing education to the disabled children. It is not the first time when special education organizations are overlooked.

Special education institutes, their teachers and students with disabilities is not included in the report by the Academy of Educational Planning and Management while all other information related madrisas, career guidance centers and technological education, training centers for teachers is reported. Nadir Khan is an activist of disability rights said that these reports and statistics show unfairness. He said these statics are very important for all the shareholders as AEPAM’s report is not exposed by the provincial bodies.

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) were not counted by the federal government at first in the statistics but now the Supreme Court instructed to count them. Nadir Khan requested the government to pay attention to the special schools in upcoming editions of the statistics. He also said that negligence for special education centers, teachers, students and the facilities lacking in that regard throughout Pakistan is really regrettable. Here it is to mention that Punjab is on the top of the list of all the provinces and also Islamabad Capital Territory in the report. It is for providing fundamental facilities like electricity, water, boundary walls and bathrooms in government institutes.

According to AEPAM report, about 50 percent public schools don’t have drinking water facility for students and staff while in Punjab below 1 percent schools don’t have that facility. If we talk about Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 26 percent and in Balochistan 43 percent public schools don’t have this basic facility. Punjab is also on the top of all provinces for providing toilets according to the report. Only 1 percent schools in Punjab don’t have the toilets facility. In Sindh there are 46 percent schools lacking this facility, in Balochistan there are 73 percent and in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa there are 12 percent schools.

In case of boundary walls, Punjab has 2 percent public schools without it. Sindh have 41 percent schools, Balochistan has 55 prcent and KP has 13 percent such schools according to the report. But in case of providing electricity in public sector schools in Punjab the percentage is not as good as of the other facilities. The facts and figures show that 7 percent schools lack the facility of electricity in Punjab. In Sindh there are63 percent, Balochistan there are 77 percent schools and in KP 38 percent.

Though, the school teachers in Punjab are not satisfied with the facilities. The leader of a group of Punjab Teachers Union and central head of the United Teachers Council Punjab, Hafiz Ghulam Mohyuddin said that AEPAM’s report overstated somehow. He mentions that he himself living in Faisalabad and the schools there are in deficit of basic facilities like drinking water and furniture. The head also said the situation of schools in Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan etc could be visualize.
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The problems of our education system

The problems of our education system

An educational system contain all the institutions that provide prescribed education, it includes all government, private, profit and social welfare organization, and their rules and regulations, staff, administration, students, instructors and funds. If a country want to lead the world communally and efficiently, it must have a powerful system of education. Effective education system leads to the growth of a country. Unfortunately Pakistan is one of those few countries where the quality of educational is continuously declining. This situation is getting worse as the years passing, and the current situation is so bad that our educational system is very close to destruction. Due to the poor system of education, our country can’t attain its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of education. The goals are achieving Universal Primary Education, gender equality and empowering women.

Our students face so many problems throughout their educational course that we might consider them as most unguided students in the world. The lack of interest of parents and deficiency of professionalism in teachers is the reason that both unable to lead the students. The deficiency of guidance is very serious crisis that our students are facing. In our country inexperienced teachers teach children in early classes and can’t provoke interest of education. In this way the idea of early education comes to failure. The capabilities of students are affected by the lack of supervision and high expectations by their families. 

A very serious dilemma of our educational system is that in any institution, a student is not judged by its own capabilities but on the ground of societal status. As a result, the students with poor economic or social background are discouraged. On the other side, our examination system does not assess the students on the base of their intellectual skills but focus on the rote remembrance test. These situations are all result of not applying the up to date evaluation system. Due to the ignorance of staff and school administration, the students of very initial classes get indulge in very unhealthy activities like cigarette smoking and bullying other children.

Here it is to mention that it is a fact, if we want our students to give excellent results, first we have to improve our system of education. The improvement of educational system should be started both on institutional level, where experienced and active staff and teachers should be hired, and on governmental level, where better policies should be made and applying them on institutions. Training organizations and workshops are highly needed for teachers and parents so they may better guide the students.

The career counseling should also be promoted. These are the basic ways to train teachers and make parents aware of the performances of their children and also build up a relation between students, parents and teachers. In this way the teachers and parents better understand the uprising problems of students and then able to overcome them. Communication gap between teachers, students and parents would be narrowed and the problems of students will be avoided.
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Teachers moved to High Court for Promotion

Teachers moved to High Court for Promotion

The teachers in Punjab have made much stir in the government circles with their protest on mall road in front of Punjab assembly before the holy month. They were assured that government will halt the privatization of schools and after the holy month, a committee would be formed to address the issues.

The teachers still doubt the intentions of government and their reservation became reality, when some days before government announced to handover some public schools to Danish school authority. They have threatened for strong protest after this month. ome teaching circles have also raised their voice for the scale up gradation on which the government is completely silent.

Now! All the teachers who were supposed to get the promotion from grade 17 to grade 18 have knocked the door of Punjab high court and request the chief justice to give directions to education department for the issuance of notification.

The affected SSTs are waiting for their promotion from last three years as they said that their link training for the promotion has been completed and the promotion committee of the education department has also given the approval of their names but till now, there is no progress on the issue. Total 282 teachers have been completed the training and waiting for the promotion to grade 18 after the promotion board’s green signal. They are saying that despite the clear approval of the promotion board and the completion of link up training, the secretary education is not issuing the notification.

They said that it is clearly written in the promotion policy that you have to complete 5 year of service in grade 17 to be selected for promotion to grade 18 but even with the work experience of more than 7 years in grade 17, they have not given the promotion.

The case is strong in favor of teachers and their demand is absolutely right and according to the rules and regulations. It has become the trend in our bureaucracy to delay the matters as possible as they can. In case, the high court gives the ruling in favor of teachers and department has to give them promotion, what will be the credibility of the department? Either they are not serious in their work or they don’t want teachers to be promoted.

The chief minister has to take notice of this slow motion attitude of education officials. Instead, the promotion must be automatically given to teachers after the completion of required work without the approval of secretary schools. On the next hearing, the stance of the education department will determine the future of this matter.
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QS Ranking and Performance of Pakistan

QS Ranking and Performance of Pakistan

The famous QS ranking has published it new edition of QS raking of Asia division. As far as performances are concerned, some of the public sector universities have lost their ranking while some private institutions have risen in their position. However, we don’t have anything to proud on as there is no Pakistani university in top 100 universities of Asia.

Symonds (QS) published its 2016 Asia ranking and according to it, Pakistan leading university is Lahore university of management sciences with Asia ranking of 111th. In this edition of ranking, it moves ahead from four Pakistani university that were ahead of it in last edition.

The ranking has been expanded this year to include the 350 best universities for the Asian region.

The National University of Singapore bagged the first position in the ranking.

The rise of LUMS is due to the improvement is seven out of 9 metrics used by the QS in their rankings while the national university of science and technology is the second leading institution of the country with 112th position in Asian region. NUST rose 7 points as compared to last ranking.

The Quaid e Azam University has fallen from 116th position to 149th which is a major setback for the country and for the university and all the reason have to be analyzed for this set back.

Last time, the Pakistan institutes of engineering and applied science was the country’s leading institution in the ranking which now has been gone down to 149th position from 116th one.

The Agha Khan University also lost its credibility when it comes to the ranking and falls from 117th position to 183rd.

The University of Karachi has taken a rise from the band of 251-300 to the 201-210.

Total 10 Pakistani universities took place in the 350 best institutions ranking of Asia.

Apart from National university of Singapore, the other the top positions have been given the University of Hong Kong which is 2nd while the third one  is Nanyang technological university.

However, South Korea amazed the world with its 6 institutes in top 20. 17 nations have at least one spot on the ranking while the QS analyzed 517 institutes from Asia for the ranking.

In this edition of ranking, the QS also took into account the PHD staff in the analyses of teaching quality of university.

Although most the methodology is same as of QS world ranking, however, for Asia some additional parameters have been used.

The criterion was set by taking into account the consultation with regional education experts. QS is issuing the Asian ranking since 2009 regularly.
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Literacy rate of country and KP Performance

Literacy rate of country and KP Performance

The country has seen the rise of 2 % in literacy rate while in the KPK; the literacy has declined instead of betterment.  The figures from the economic survey of Pakistan show that in whole country, the literacy rose by 2 % while amazingly, this did not happen in case of KPK. The rise has been seen due to the increase in women literacy rate while the male literacy remained the same. In KP during the 2013-14, the literacy rate was 72 % which is declined by 1 % to subsequent year and went to 71 %.

According to the latest Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) Survey 2015- the literacy for the population of the age group of 10 years and above is 60 % which is 2 % more as compared to 58 %in 2014. However, the survey also says that in the last year, the literacy rate for male was 70 % and for the female, it was just 49 %. This results in the 21 % gap in the male and female literacy.

In the urban areas, the literacy rate is 76 % while in the rural part it is 51 %. If we talk about province wise data then Punjab leads the figures with 63 % literacy. After which the second position is of Sindh with 60 %, KPK stood third with 53 % literacy and Baluchistan is as usual on the last spot with 44 % literacy rate.Some interesting facts have also been seen in the data, as the Sindh has seen 3 % increment in male literacy rate while KPK faced 1 % decline in the category.

The Punjab’s rural male literacy rate was 65 % in 2013-14 which remained same in 2014-15. However, the rise is female literacy rate is witnessed as in 2013-14, it was 43 % and now it is 45 %. The male literacy rate for Punjab’s urban areas ramained the same 82 % and the female literacy rate also rose to 72 % from 71 %.

Sindh has taken the lead this time by showing the increase in both male and female literacy in rural and urban areas. Baluchistan has gained the 2 % rise in male literacy rate but on female literacy it did not see any positive change. The literacy gap between urban and rural areas is also 20 % in Baluchistan. The government must consider these figures to shape the policies. The areas where significant changes have not been seen, have to be given priority this year for funding and infrastructure.
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Punjab Government Adult Literacy Campaign

Punjab Government Adult Literacy Campaign

Under the directions of the government of the Punjab, the literacy department has taken the initiative to conduct the classes for grown up students. In 200 schools of the city, classes will start. Under the project, the literacy department in collaboration with the education department of Rawalpindi has given the right to individual person/organization to conduct classes in primary schools during evening throughout Rawalpindi district.

The applications have already been invited for classes specifically for grownups and after the holy months, the regular classes will be opened for grown up students. Under the initiative, the uniform, books and other required stationary would be provided by the government departments.However, the need of these kinds of initiative is the need of time in this era of illiteracy in Pakistan but the success of these types of initiatives has seldom achieved in the past. A large amount of money has been wasted for such ideas. According to an estimate billion of rupees are just wasted into irregularities under these adult literacy programs.

Some academicians have talked with media on this initiative and they were in the view that these resources should be used in the public sector schools to raise the standard of education and for fulfilling the demand of basic facilities. They also alleged that some of the elements of the literacy department want to get money in the name of adult education.

In reality, the truth of the matter is, we have never seen achievements of any such programs, the literacy rate in term of children has not achieved till yet and now the department is trying to attract the adult illiterates.  Thousands of schools are imparting education without the proper teachdfx as per number and students are studying without roof and clean water facility. This is just the waste of money. The government in the first step should take the out of children in schools after which these kinds of adult programs will be seen meaningful.

The teachers of the Punjab are protesting for their pay scale and promotion and instead of facilitating them, the officials are making numbers with these programs.According to a latest survey, six million children are out of schools and present school facilities have not enough space to compensate these out of school children. The adult illiterate members can be given the vocational training, which they can learn much easier and fast. The second shift in schools must be designated to children working on different shops and factories.
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British Pakistani – Nadia Bukhari’s Achievement

British Pakistani – Nadia Bukhari’s Achievement

A British Pakistani has become the youngest Asian women ever to be given the fellow status of Royal Pharmaceutical Society for her work in the profession of pharmacy. 38 years old, Nadia Bukhari is the youngest member of the society and also the youngest Asian to be given the awarded fellowship of Royal society.

Nadia has family roots in Lahore and Karachi and is fluent in Urdu. In an interview with a media channel, she said that it is an honor and privilege to be the fellow of royal society in such age but it shows that if you work, one day you’ll be recognized. She added that you have to be passionate about your work otherwise you don’t have the enough drive. Nadia also visits Pakistan periodically.

Nadia wised that she want to give back to her homeland Pakistan and wants to raise the standards of pharmacy and medication. After the completion of her PhD, she wants to make a steering committee to unearth the challenges in pharmacy profession and it education particularly in Pakistan and Middle East. She said that pharmacy is an essential part of health care system and with such initiative; we would have a more streamlined approach for the healthcare in Pakistan health system.

She said that Pakistan is one of the countries where the drug abuse issue is very common and this is not the case with western countries, they are very sensitive about this. She added that it is alarming to know that customers in Pakistan can get any medicine from the medical shop if they pay. She stressed on the need to increase awareness and education in country about the pharmacy practices.

Nadia graduated as a pharmacist from the Pharmacy School of London University in 1990 and started her career as community pharmacist. Later, she moved to London teaching hospital and now working in academia. Nadia is a senior teaching fellow at Pharmacy school of university college London and currently in the 3rd year of her PhD. She is researching in pharmacy leadership.

There is need to use such talented Pakistan origin persons for the betterment in our health care system. Our health care system is weakest in the world and as pointed out by Nadia Bukhari, here drug abuse is alarming as you can buy the medicine without the prescription.

Government of Pakistan should make a council comprising of such leading health care system affiliated Pakistanis all over the world and use their expertise to shape the health policies in Pakistan. If we can’t use them in our system at least we can take advice from them. We have to act immediately on the issue of drug abuse.
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Minister for national health services on medical education

Minister for national health services on medical education

In Pakistan, the quality of education in general and specifically of medical education is a thing to worry. The privatization of medical education and this new wave of medical colleges have threatened the merit. Heavy donation can make a way for you in a medical private college.

In the past government, a government personality is believed to be involved in the controversial decision to allow the establishment of private medical college without the teaching hospital facility that was necessary before it. The minister of state for national health services, Saira Afzal Tarar said that we have to improve the quality of medical education in our country. She was chairing a meeting on matters related to medical education and its quality. Other participants of the meeting also presented their views on the steps that should be taken for improving the education quality in medical sector.

In the meeting, after discussing on various ideas and views, it is decided that eligibility criteria would be followed in all public and private colleges strictly so that below standard education and doctor could be avoided. It is also decided that admission policy would be revised according to the recent demands for the betterment and only merit will be the criteria in both private and medical colleges for admission. The entry test would be central in all provinces and on federal level and colleges would be bound to follow the merit list issued by their respective affiliated institution for admissions.

The minister of National Health Service also said that curriculum change will be upgraded according to needs of future and doctors would also be appointed in deprived regions for serving the communities there. The issue of standardization and transparency of NEB exams for the foreign graduate doctor was also come in discussion. Minister also stressed on the need for the steps to be taken so that faculty deficiency could be fulfilled especially in basic science subjects for improving the education.

It the meeting, it is discussed that private medical colleges will be bound to open colleges in those localities, where there is a need for such facilities. Pakistan medical and dental council will closely monitor the fee structure for private medical institutions and if there will be any complaint for overcharging, PMDC will act immediately.

The minister also said that we have to train the inspectors so that they could be able to inspect the medical colleges and its faculty according to international standards. She also added that quota of foreign seats will be filled with transparency and Pakistan medical and dental council have to ensure the merit in the admissions on foreign seats.
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Laptop distribution in Karachi University

Laptop distribution in Karachi University

Under the Prime Minister Laptop scheme, the Karachi University has started laptop distribution to the students of M.Phil and PhD. This is the second phase of laptop distribution under the PM laptop scheme. In the ceremony, 107 laptops were given to selected students by chief guest. It is also conveyed to the students that remaining laptops of the phase 2 will be given by the admissions committee and by the student’s affairs office in coming days.

The ceremony was held at the Dr AQ Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering in Karachi University. The vice chancellor of the university himself graced the ceremony along with the operations and planning member of HEC Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti. The chief guest distributed laptops among the selected lot of students.

Under the second scheme of laptop distribution, the distribution was started last year in the month of November and KU vice chancellor said while addressing the ceremony that total 1153 students have applied for the laptop and 750 have been selected by the HEC for the laptop award. On the significance of scheme, Dr. Qaiser said that it’s a great gift of knowledge for the youth and for their better future. He added that students of these days are lucky to be a part of this digital age. He advised them and said that you can prosper in the field of education and research if you have the keys of information technology in your hands.

The operation and planning member of HEC represented the HEC in the ceremony and said that till now we have distributed 0.6 million laptops under the scheme and next year, we would distribute more 0.5 million laptops among students. In the budget of 2016-17, the government of the Punjab has also allocated four billion rupees for the distribution of laptops. While the PM laptop scheme is diverse in nature as it includes all the universities of the country in its sphere.

Some critics say that government should use these funds for the basic facilitates in schools and for the research and innovation in universities. However, on the other hand, the defenders say that through this, youth is equipped with the information technology and they can get more knowledge about the world. The Punjab government from last many years is distributing the laptops and till now million of university students have given this award.

The Punjab government is also working on plan to distribute educational tabs among students and teachers in public schools to induce the concept of innovative learning but the complete policy of this project is still in making. However as a whole, it is a good project otherwise these funds will go in vain through allocation in the name of road or bridge construction.
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Habib university students in Stanford summer program

Habib University students in Stanford summer program

The Habib University of Karachi had signed a memorandum of understanding with prestigious Stanford University of America for the summer international honors program. The aim of the agreement was to provide world class opportunities to the students of Habib University with the access to the summer programs experience at Stanford University.

Now! Under the programs, eight students of Habib University have been left for U.S. to participate in the program, some days back.
The summer program will host students from all regions of the world and gave them the opportunity to engage with global scholars and intellectuals. The span of the program is 8 weeks and students would be given the choice to select courses from a list of 250 courses of humanities, science, and engineering and from the area of earth sciences.

Under the programs, the selected students will engage in a dialogue for the promotion of science and social collaborations. The aim of this exercise is to enhance diversity. This year, SSIHP is hosting 100 students from 20 universities of 14 different countries.

This is the first time when students from Pakistan have given the opportunity to participate in the program. The selected eight from Habib University have been picked up after rigorous selection process, not only to represent the university but also to act as the cultural ambassador of Pakistan. All the selectees are form the class of 2018 and are form different areas of study. The students from Habib University belong to computer science, electrical engineering and from social development and policy.

The Habib University wants it students to learn from the Stanford experience and from the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley. These kinds of programs need to be implemented in all universities of Pakistan and with different countries agreement can be signed for exchange of students. Our universities also have to invite famous academician from all fields in summer classes to start the dialogue among students and thinkers.

On thin thing, where our students are behind is the critical thinking and this can be induced in the minds though the discussions and question making process. HEC has to play the role here and should bind all the universities either from public sector or from private, to start summer classes where no study would take place, only discussion, presentations and interactive session will happen. We have to change the dynamics of our education system according to the global needs. In industry and real world, universities graduates are required with the quality of problem solving not just with theoretical knowledge. We have to understand this fact and implement paradigm shift in national educational policy making.
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Lack of education facilities in Chitral

Lack of education facilities in Chitral

In our country, many such areas have been reported, where the school buildings have never seen by the local inhabitants. South Punjab, rural Baluchistan and Sindh top the list for such lack of education facilties. The areas, where schools have been made, still did not get the attention for the officials and they are being run without the proper teachers and facilities. Ghost schools and teachers have gained billion of rupees and this issue of on-paper facilities could not get solved yet.

Chitral is in one of those districts, where the education goals have not been achieved. Local customs and village mindset are two of many reasons but government needs to understand the condition of schools before blaming the locals for their ideological thinking for illiteracy.

From Chitral, it is specially reported in media that limited education facilities and co education are the main barriers to achieve the goals of female education in the remote district. Many girls due to this problem have to work in daily house work of managing livestock and they cannot go to schools. The most affected areas are Yarkhun Lasht, Broghal and Lutoyar.

The local girls said that they are facing a lot of trouble in getting education and in area there are no schools for them specifically. They girls added that most of the schools are for boys and they could not go there for education due to the religious and cultural issues.

A students of the 9th class said that in the boys’ schools where they have to study, there are no separate washrooms for the girls. The girls demanded for the authorities to build the school in their areas as to fulfill the promise of basic education. They girls want the institutes just for girls so they the issue of cultural barrier could be solved.

A female student, who was enrolled in boys schools said that she has to travel two hours on foot daily to reach the school and she feels extremely uncomfortable during the co classes, therefore she appealed that government should make separate colleges and school for girls of the area.

The government’s full focus is on the privatization of schools and schools of the remote area have been made just for the name. In the school of urban area, the facilities are missing; the remote area situation can be imagined. There is a thing to worry - the school is such areas for girls are necessary and you can’t run the situation “as it is” because families rules did not allow the girls even to go outside, how can they go to co education facilities?
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Czech Republic Ambassador visit to HEC

Czech Republic Ambassador visit to HEC

The ambassador of Czech Republic in Pakistan, Mr. Jan Fury visited higher education commission of Pakistan and also held meeting with chairman of HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed. In the meeting, the chairman presented the ambassador, the initiatives and achievements of HEC till its inception and the chairman also briefed him about the government’s commitment for the development of higher education and the increment in funding for the change.

The chairman said that primary aim of the HEC is to develop the human resource for all disciplines and provide the desired opportunities to faculty and for research to students so that their potential could come forward. The ambassador on the occasion appreciated the achievements of HEC in the areas of human development, IT and research and called it a role model for the developing countries.

On the occasion, the ambassador showed his interest for the collaboration in higher education and to establish environment for the institutions linking. The ambassador also informed HEC chairman that Pakistani literature has been translated into Czech language while the Czech literature is yet to be translated in Urdu language. The chairman on the point appreciated the interest of ambassador in Urdu language and proposed the establishment of Pakistani chair in Czech universities.

In the meeting, it is decided that a group of vice chancellors of the Pak universities will visit the Czech Republic this years and institution heads of Czech universities will also come after that. The objective of these vice chancellor visits is to explore the potential for institution linking and the opportunities for research and students exchange and areas of mutual interest. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that he will fully cooperate in this matter and decided programs will be executed.

The ambassador of the Czech Republic after the meeting hoped that cooperation in area of higher education will help to boost the relations on government and public level and both nations will come close to each other. In past years, Pakistan has not strengthened the relations with the European nations. The reasons were many, from the instability of government to the attitude of bureaucracy and corruption the system, which affected the smooth implementation of the programs.

Now! The interest by the Czech Republic for cooperation in higher education is great as we can develop our faculty through these programs and various projects of the research can get the required funding. In case, student exchange programs are decided then students would get an opportunity to visit and study in European universities. It depends upon the education policy makers and HEC on how to use this cooperation for the benefit of students.
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PBC on Five Years L.L.B. program

PBC on Five Years L.L.B. program

Law education in Pakistan is below the international standard and we have seen the rise of private college as one of the reasons for over production and low quality of law graduates. The law people including famous lawyers and senior judges have spoken on this topic many times. The PBC had decided last year to act on this issue and 5 year L.L.B. program was made necessary by the council education committee.

The legal education committee of Pakistan bar council has conveyed to all universities that are providing legal education to ensure the implementation of 5 years L.L.B. program from the academic tear 2016-17. The PBC has changed the rules for the betterment and quality of law education.

Pakistan bar council has also cleared that if any university failed to implement these new regulations, its registration will be cancelled by the bar. Now! According to rules, all the legal education imparting institutes are required to start 5 years LLB program and 3 years of programs have been finished.

In “Pakistan Bar Council Legal Education Rules, 2015”, The Pakistan bar council has made the 5 years program compulsory from 2016-17. The committee hoped that institutes will start implementing new rules in full letter and spirit and the coming admissions will be offered under such conditions.

The secretary of Pakistan bar council, Arshad Mehmood said that students whoo want to get admission in law programs must know that they have to get enrolled in five years L.L.B program, in case, they opted for other option, they could not be registered with the council and eventually they will not have the permission to start practice as advocate.

These kinds of act will made further problems instead of any betterment. The need is to upgrade the coursework and induce new state of art practice in contrast with modern law practices. The private law colleges have given the free hand to work without the proper check on faculty and infrastructure of institutions. The universities are offering different law related programs without taking account the required PHD faculty and state of the art examination system.

The government should make the law education monitoring, a federal responsibility and a special wing of HEC should be designated for law institutions re - registration under new criteria and for the monitoring of law education.

The Pakistan bar council, if truly wants to change the law scenario, and then its first priority should be the identification of fake lawyers in our judicial system. It is been reported many times that in bar council several fake lawyers on fake degrees have been given permission of practice just on political grounds.
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Malakand Student Topped Computer Science Annual Exam

Malakand Student Topped Computer Science Annual Exam

Our land is full of brilliant minds and a lot of talent is been in remote areas but without proper platform to perform their skills. In remote areas of KPK, many times, students performed well in international competitions and now studying in US and England on scholarships. The need here is to give them proper platform to show their talent and nurture their skills so they could become asset of the country.

A student from Malakand board has topped that FSC computer science annual examination and got 869 marks. The KPK‘s minister of elementary and secondary education Muhammad Atif Khan on the behalf of CM, Pervaiz Khattak presented him the cash prize award of 500,000 rupees. The student participated and attained first position in province in computer science ETEA exam.

In the ceremony, the additional secretary education, Qaiser Alam and the father of student Shah Faisal, Farman Ali was also present. In his address, the minister Atif Khan said that position holder students of public schools should be awarded by the government as they don’t have access to education facilities like that of private students.

He added that parents of the government school students don’t have enough resources to send their children to private schools for the quality education but the provincial government of the province now taking several steps to upgrade the facilities in public schools.He said that for this purpose, the government has decided to give cash prized to the brilliant minds of schools and colleges in order to encourage them. He further said that for the elimination of the cheating culture, we have taken number of steps.

He briefed that this is the first time that the provincial government has allocated such a large amount of money for the education sector and with the use of funds, the improvement is visible to all. The minister congratulated the students Shah Faisal and his father on his success and hoped that in future; the boy will attain the success in the same way.

Malakand is one the most deprived area of KPK and such performance show the talent, we have in deprived regions. The boy performed and topped even with low facilities in government schools. The government should provide extra fund for the schools of remote areas and start the encouragement programs for the students, which is the need of time. The federal government has to collaborate with KP government in this regard and in the terrorism hit areas of KPK , the students of the government schools should be given the stipend in case, they perform well in examination.
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State minister for education in PIEAS

State minister for education in PIEAS

The federal minister of state for education and trainings, Engr. M. Baleeg ur Rehman has said that access to modern technologies is necessary for students in order to fulfill educational pursuits. He was speaking at the ceremony in Pakistan institute of engineering and applied sciences, which was conducted for the distribution of laptops among 231 students of MS and PhD programs in PIEAS.

He said that our distinguish place in science and engineering in Islamic world is due to the efforts by the institutions like PIEAS. He added that we are proud nuclear nation and this is attained with hard work and commitment of scientist and engineers trained by the institutes like PIEAS.

He further said that according to studies, the laptop distribution among students of nation narrows the digital divide and access to the computer technology helps them to move forward. The minister briefed that other countries are also using such kind of laptop distribution schemes for the students in order to better the study and research environment.  He stressed that government is following merit rule in the distribution of laptops among students.

He also said that PM laptop scheme was started under the guidance by PM Sharif for young and brilliant students of the public sector universities and this program actually encourages the students to further move ahead in their research and academic activities.
On the occasion, the Rector of PIEAS, Dr. M. Aslam said that PIEAS attained the degree awarding status in 2000 and within a short span of six years; it got the first position in ranking and left behind the engineering universities of Pakistan.

He thanked the government through the help from HEC and also appreciated the Pakistan atomic energy commission for helping PIEAS in achieving its goals. He also praised the role of faculty in the ranking position of PIEAS at highest level in HEC rankings. PIEAS ranked top university of Pakistan in QS Asia ranking of 2014 and 2015.

PIEAS is the engineering university in Pakistan working under the Pakistan atomic energy commission and has 143 regular faculty members. Out of 143, 100 have gotten their PhDs degrees from reputed universities of USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Australia.
The PIEAS every year also selects candidates from various engineering disciplines and trained them under the atomic energy fellowship in PIEAS. During the two years masters programs, the students are being given the stipend and state of the art research opportunities. After the successful completion of fellowship program, the students are given jobs in atomic energy commission.
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Laptop distribution in University of Sindh

Laptop distribution in University of Sindh

These days, the laptops distribution season is in full swing and all over the country, the universities are organizing ceremonies for the laptop distribution. Some days before, in Karachi University, the ceremony took place and now all in all Sindh universities, HEC is handing over the laptops.

The management of Sindh University, Jamshoro has decided to distribute the laptops under the PM laptop scheme till July 1 among the M.Phil and PhD scholars.

A ceremony was also held at Department of Freshwater Biology and Fisheries, from where the distribution has been started.
In the ceremony, the focal person of PM laptop distribution scheme, Dr. Wazir Ali Baloch and VC of Sindh University, Prof. Dr. M. Siddique kalhor along with a large number of teachers and students participated in the ceremony.

In his speech, the VC of the Sindh University said that students should play a constructive role for the development of country as they have responsibilities on their shoulders.

He thanked the federal government for considering the students from university of Sindh for the program and said that this scheme is in second phase and laptops will be given to students of bachelor and masters programs also, along with M.phil and doctorial students.He hoped that students with the laptops will try to promote research in university and they can get benefit from the million of books and research articles on the internet.

He added that scholar now have to ensure their access to the E-book, articles along with newspaper and magazine for the research work. On the occasion, the Focal person of HEC Wazir Ali Baloch said that it is indeed the wisdom of the prime minister to introduce the PM laptop scheme as with which, laptops are being distributed in the universities so that research culture could be promoted.

He added that many laptops have been purchased for the distribution and under the scheme 3661 laptops are being given to the Sindh University for their students. He said that with the decision of laptop distribution among students, they will be able to conduct research with the use of internet and can give good results.He further said that this initiative will upgrade the quality of higher education in the country.

The universities, however, should also educate the students through learning session about the correct usage of this device as internet contains a large amount of harmful material for them so parents and teachers guidance is necessary. HEC should also include the introductory video in the laptops so that the correct usage could be ensured.
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