GIK foundation celebrations | KP schools problems

GIK Institute celebrates 20 years of foundation
Swabi, Jan 11: The three-day celebrations marking 20 years of establishment of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI) concluded.

On the occasion, both the academia and alumni vowed to work for further strengthening the institute to make its future more glorious than the past two decades.

During the three days of celebrations, the alumni focused on future of their mother institution, putting forward their valued proposals and suggestions. Dramas, comedy shows and a 'ghazal night' also featured the celebrations.

The task of all arrangements for the occasion was assigned to 25 professional societies of the institute.

Engineer Shamsul Mulk, president of Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan and SOPREST executive director Professor Fazal Ahmad Khalid were among those who graced the occasion.

The participants paid rich tributes to former president of Pakistan and GIK Institute's founder late Ghulam Ishaq Khan. "The GIK Institute is as dear to me as a child to his parents. It gives me pleasure to see that the sapling we planted in 1993 is now a flowering tree, providing its cool shed to the seekers of knowledge," said a former student while recalling the former president as having remarked after he founded the institute.

Speaking on the occasion, Jehangir Bashar, Rector of the Institute, said: "Alumni are our ambassadors and they are very helpful to us in technical advice and provision of scholarships."

He said that interaction between alumni and the Institute's academia had been boosted further. "I really feel very happy and proud over that the Gikians spirit lives on," he said.

Irfan-ul-Haq Chaudhry, president of GIK Institute Alumni Association, said each year their association provided Rs15 million to the Institute as scholarship. He said the alumni were ready to render more sacrifices for enabling the Institute to win more laurels in future.

Asra Baig, a student of the institute's first batch who came from the US, said: "We were just five girls in the whole Institute when it was founded in 1993. She said that she never forgot those beautiful days. Zahir Ali Quettawala, who was also from the first batch, said that they owned the place. The buildings were erected in their presence. He recalled that there were only two hostels and the girls had to stay in guest houses.

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UoP hosts book fair
Peshawar: A three-day annual book fair was inaugurated at Peshawar University here on Wednesday.

The book fair, organised by Study Aid Foundation for Excellence (UOP), was formally inaugurated in Puta Hall by Provincial Minister for Local Government Inayatullah Khan.

A large number of students of different departments of University of Peshawar and other educational instantiations visited the book fair and took interest in different stalls.

The visitors bought books of history, general knowledge and literature.

The students also gifted various books to each others on the occasion.

The organisers said that such useful activities could benefit the students a lot. In addition to modern gadgetries, computers and cellular phones, the students also needed to love books, they added.

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KP schools without IT teachers, labs
Peshawar: The elementary and secondary education department made computer subject compulsory in government schools but it failed to recruit information technology teachers and establish computer laboratories in the schools during the last two years, according to officials.

They said that the department decided to make computer subject compulsory for the students of grade 6, 7 and 8 in around 5,000 government schools of the province since academic year 2012-13. According the decision, the subject should be taught in 4,902 state-run educational institutions including 2,577 middle, 1,980 high and 3,45 higher secondary schools.

However, in the absence of IT teachers and computer laboratories, the administrations of the schools were compelled to ask 'irrelevant' teachers to teach theory of the subject to students without practical demonstration, sources said.

"Currently the teachers, who are teaching the subject to students, have no knowledge of computer," they added.

Sources said that many principals defied the decision of the education department and didn't introduce computer subject in their schools owing to non-availability of relevant teachers and computer laboratories.

The headmasters and teachers of different schools in the city and adjacent areas told this correspondent during a visit that they heard about the decision of education department but it was not implemented in their respective schools.

How it was possible to teach computer subject without recruitment of IT teachers and setting up of computer laboratories in the schools, they asked.

The principal of a government high school in the city area, when asked, said that the Qari (theology teacher) of his school was teaching computer subject to students.

"Tell PTI chief Imran Khan to come and teach computer to the students as teachers in our school have no knowledge of the subject," said another teacher in the cantonment area. He said that PTI chief declared education emergency in the province and claimed at different forums to bring government schools at par with the elite private schools.

"First he should provide teachers to schools then bring the government schools at par with elite private schools," he added.

Officials said that education department established computer laboratories in around 100 high and higher secondary schools and appointed the same number of IT teachers across the province during the last 12 years.

"About 300 computer laboratories established by different NGOs rusted as computers couldn't be used by the students in the absence of IT teachers," sources said.

They said that the laboratories, established more than a decade ago by the government and NGOs, were currently of no use because computers installed in there were of old version.

One of the district education officers, when contacted, said that government published computer books that were taught by the teachers, who had no knowledge of the subject. Like other subjects, he said, irrelevant teachers only read the content of the theory books and finished it no matter the students understood it or not.

The official said that a month ago the issue of lack of IT teachers was raised during a meeting between all district education officers and high-ups of education department.

He said that they were told to hire services of IT teachers on temporary basis and pay them up to Rs10,000 salary from the parent teacher council (PTC) fund. The PTC fund, a meagre amount, was meant for minor repair of the schools, he said.

"If we utilise the PTC fund on hiring IT teachers than how we will arrange fund for minor repair of the schools buildings," he asked.

Provincial Minister for Education Mohammad Atif could not be contacted despite repeated attempts by this scribe.

However, Education Director Mohammad Rafiq Khattak, when contacted, said that computer was made a compulsory subject in secondary schools. Asked as to who would teach the subject, he said that every teacher could teach the subject in schools as the theory books were about basics of computer.

Besides the existing 400 computer laboratories, he said, establishment of 170 more laboratories on the cards. "The education department has asked the finance department to allow it to appoint IT teachers in the schools," Mr Khattak said. Dawn

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MPhil thesis topic approved
Mardan: Sixth Advance Study and Research Board (ASRB) of Abdul Wali Khan University has approved MPhil thesis topic of Huma Qayum of the department of political science.

The ASRB meeting was chaired by Co-Vice Chancellor Prof Saeed Anwar and also attended by Prof Jahanzeb Khalil, Prof Ikramul Haq, Dr Taj Muhram, Prof Dr Merajul Islam Zia, Prof Shafiqur Rehman, Dr Khanzadi Fatima Khattak and other prominent teachers of the province.

Huma's thesis topic is "The changing trends in Pak-Afghan relations: An analysis of the peace process (2008-2013)". She is the first and youngest scholar of the department of political science to complete her thesis under the supervision of Dr Jehangir Khan Khalil before the prescribed time. The news

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