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Sindh govt to appoint 20,500 new teachers
Karachi, April 12: To end the shortage of teachers in government-run schools in the province, the Sindh government has decided to appoint 20,500 new teachers on merit. In this regard, Sindh Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro told the media the other day that the appointment process had already started. He said distribution of 5 million sets of free textbooks for students of class 6-10 had also started.He said scholarships would be given to 350 students in Public Sector Universities and 150 students in private universities. They would be for less-privileged meritorious students after they got admission in any university accredited by Higher Education Commission (HEC).The minister said that Sindh Education Foundation was running 1500 community schools across the province and for increasing the numbers of such schools it had been decided to provide Rs 250 to Rs 300 per student to the owners of such schools.He said that such kind of community schools could be established in areas where there is no government school within 1.5 kilometres.He added that community school could also be opened in those government schools, which are non-functional.He said that a boys and a girls high school in every Taluka headquarter would be make model schools. Two-week training would be given to all headmasters of government schools to enhance their capacity.He said the revenue department officials have been given the responsibility to point out ghost schools in the province and the education department officials had failed to meet the task. Daily times

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Five UoP students to attend training at German varsity
Peshawar: Five students of the University of Peshawar (UoP) will leave for Germany to attend a training course on cyber culture at Erfurt University Germany.

The students had been selected for the summer crash course on cyber culture to be held at Erfurt University as part of a programme under an agreement signed two and half years ago by UoP and the Chair of Muslim Culture of the Erfurt University Germany. Asma Javed, Neelam Qaiser, Sehresh Khan, Raza Ali and Shaukat Ali along with focal persons Hasnain Bukhari of University of Erfurt and Dr Abdul Rauf of the Department of Political Science UoP called on UoP Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan before proceeding for the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Hasnain Bukhari said the UoP was one of the three universities, whose students were selected every year for various advance short courses. The VC hoped that the collaboration of the two varsities would be of great help for the students of both the countries. The news

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Teachers decry denial of promotions
Peshawar: The three-day hunger strike camp organised by schoolteachers failed to move the government to implement a court order regarding their promotion. The protest concluded on Monday.

"If someone's cattle is lost, somebody comes looking for it, but teachers have been sitting at the protest camp for the last three days, and no one from the government has come looking for us as to know why we are on strike," said Bakht Afsar, president of All CT Association, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who was part of the protest staged near Peshawar Press Club along with some 60 teachers of different schools from across the province.

"On February 4 the Peshawar High Court had ordered promotion of CT teachers, having five years experience, to BPS-16," said Mr Afsar.

He said the government had also not implemented a notification issued in 2012 to promote CT teachers to the posts of senior school teachers under 50 per cent quota. "There are around 1,400 vacant posts so why are not teachers promoted to fill these posts so they could focus on providing quality education instead of coming out on roads," said Mr Afsar.

Other teachers, including Zafirullah and Rashid Khan from Lower Dir, also criticised the government for ignoring them. "How can the government bring reforms in education system by neglecting teachers," they regretted.

"If you want education of international standard then you should also ensure salaries and privileges for the teachers of the same standard," said Hidayatullah, another teacher, who added that not a single official from education department or the ruling PTI or JI turned up to listen to their problems.

Provincial chairman of the teachers' association Mohammad Wahab Mansoori said the present government had reversed all the positive steps the previous government had taken for welfare of senior schoolteachers.

Nisar Ahmed, another teacher from Swat, said the government should satisfy teachers, give them incentives and then expect actual change from them.

Another teacher Khalid Saleem said the government, which always boasted of respecting the judiciary, had ignored the court decision regarding teachers' promotion.

Saifur Rehman from Charsadda said if the teachers were not satisfied with the facilities and salary in the face of inflation, how could they concentrate on work.

Hameedul Haq said that all the teachers were hopeless as the government had ignored them. Dawn

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Dr Qibla Ayaz, Dr Sultana new VCs of ICU, SBBWU
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved the appointment of Dr Qibla Ayaz as acting vice chancellor of the Islamia College University (ICU) and Dr Razia Sultana as vice-chancellor of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University (SBBWU).

Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shaukatullah, has approved appointment of Dr Qibla Ayaz and Dr Razia Sultana on the advice of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.However, approval of the appointment of the two senior academicians has been given on the file that has been routed to the secretary Higher Education department for notifying it.

Additional secretary Higher Education department, Dr Khalid Khan confirmed the two appointments. "Most probably we will get the file on Monday and notification about the appointment of the two vice-chancellors would then be issued accordingly," he added.

The search committee that interviewed 18 candidates for the post of the vice-chancellor Islamia College University had sent the names of three senior academicians, Dr Muhammad Asif Khan, Dr Qibla Ayaz and Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi, to the chief minister for selecting one of them for the office. The chief minister approved the name of Dr Qibla Ayaz from among the three recommended candidates and sent it to the governor, who endorsed it.

Dr Qibla Ayaz would be the fourth acting vice-chancellors to run the Islamia College University during the last four years after its first Vice-Chancellor Professor Ajmal Khan was kidnapped by the Taliban militants on September 7, 2010.

However, the government has decided to authorise Dr Qibla Ayaz as full-time vice-chancellor for the purposes of decision-making as it was observed that working of the university was being badly affected by the appointment of the acting vice-chancellors.

Nevertheless, it has been decided that that he will remain acting vice-chancellor till the release of Ajmal Khan. If the regular Vice-Chancellor Prof Ajmal Khan is unable to return, Dr Qibla Ayaz will continue to serve the varsity as vice-chancellor for the prescribed tenure of four years.

Dr Qibla Ayaz earlier served the University of Peshawar as acting vice-chancellor for around nine months before the appointment of the incumbent Dr Rasul Jan. Dr Razia Sultana, a postgraduate of the University of Peshawar, will run a university for the first time

She is presently professor and chairperson of the Department of History at the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Dr Razia Sultana has done her post-doctorate from Center on International Cooperation, New York University and her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in History from the Area Study Centre, University of Peshawar. Before joining the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, she served as professor in the Department of History, University of Peshawar.The provincial government has also decided to appoint full-time vice-chancellors for the Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan and Hazara University Mansehra. The news

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