Sindh education vs Punjab education
Lahore, June 10: Behaviour of Sindh Government with education sector devotees:
Informing about the facilities, what he got in response of his efforts, Shahid said, "I did not get any kind of increment since my appointment." He has been appointed as principal as he was the single option at that time. "Sincerely speaking, I really do not want anything from education department except the facilities for school. I want more teachers in the school, besides, increase in fund so that I could provide light, clean water, desks and other facilities to my students at school." The gatekeeper, who also teaches in school, Muhammad Junaid Khan asserted that he was appointed in 2009 but his job started in middle of 2011. He was gatekeeper but the principal requested him to do teaching as he is able to teach. "I have only taken three or four leaves throughout my career, but govt didn't give me any increment and promotion still after completing intermediate and first year of BA," he said with sad emotions on his eyes.
Behaviour of Punjab Government with education sector devotees:
When contacted a government teacher in Rawalpindi, Punjab, who teaches at FG Boys High School Rawalpindi. He informed, "Punjab government gives increment on performances including seniorities." He was of the view that annual reports go to high authorities, who give promotion, seniority, increment and other facilities to those teachers, who produce impressive result of their classes. This kind of practice encourages teachers to work with full attention. Secretary Education Sindh Fazal Ullah Palecho said, "We do not have any policy regarding promotion on the basis of performance. But different things are under consideration in this regard and soon policy will be announced." How teachers could be punctual and better educators, if they get finical crisis, low pay scale and lack of facilities in response of their hard working and devotedness with their duties. This is a question for education authorities to realise and for us to see the outcome of it.
Sacked Aitchison College teachers demand justice
Lahore: Sacked teachers of Aitchison College Lahore staged a protest demonstration outside the Lahore Press Club on Sunday. Teachers demanded Governor Punjab, Chief Justice of Pakistan and CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to take action on their termination "without any reason."
Principal Aitchison College Shamim Saif ullah Khan on Friday terminated around 60 teachers without any reason.
Carrying placards and chanting slogans against principal and board of governor, teachers protested for several hours demanding their restoration and action against authorities. They termed the incident as the worst ever in the 126-year history of Aitchison College.
While addressing a press conference before protest, Acting Head Master Aitchison College Muhammad Asif, Yousuf Kamal, Manzar Ali and several others threatened to spread their protest campaign if their demands were not met. They were of the view that teachers do not belong to any political party, trade union or any other movement and are purely educationists.
They demanded a high profile investigation commission to probe "corruption at Aitchison College." They also demanded termination of the Principal and Governor's intervention in affairs of Aitchison College.
Muhammad Asif termed the sacking unjust and biased decision of college administration. He said that administration has been used to for sacking teachers as some months ago administration sacked some teachers who were later restored by Chief Justice of Pakistan.
"But college administration this time again terminated those teachers who were restored by CJP," he asserted.
He said that this termination has created panic within the teaching community as all of this is happening in a province where government is said to be education friendly. "These types of steps show that before the expected change of Governor Punjab and Board of Governors of College, some people wanted to appoint their favourites on key posts at the college which would help them in upcoming admissions," Asif added. Another teacher Yousuf was of the view that Aitchison incident is a test case for the new education friendly government. Daily times
SZABIST ranked in 'W' category by HEC: Dr Saqib Rizavi
Islamabad: Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) President Dr. Saqib Rizavi said that SZABIST is ranked in 'W' category, which is the highest category, by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, and is recognised by the HEC as a degree-awarding institution.
He said this while replying to a question related to SZABIST during an interview.To another question, he said, SZABIST was established in 1995 through a legislative act of the Sindh Assembly. At present, it has five campuses, Karachi, Islamabad, Larkana, Hyderabad and one in Dubai.
Currently, there are more than 6,000 students enrolled in SZABIST. The student intake is based purely on merit. Hence, our students are highly motivated and intellectually curious.He said some of their recent remarkable achievements include: a group of students won the Best Business Idea Competition award in LUMS Business Initiative (LBI) 2013; Mina Kidwai, Media Sciences student won the best delegate award of Emirates Model United Nations in Dubai; Soarath Neel, a student of BBA, was selected to represent SZABIST at the National University of Singapore Summer Programme 2012; SZABIST Law School team, Saad Jumani, Hassaan bin Shaheen, and Sehrish Anees secured first runners-up trophy in the Third National Moot Court Competition organised by the LUMS; and Students of Computer Science Department, Muhammad Ahmed Khan and Arsalan Ali Najwani won FOLIO3 Developer Day 10 Minutes of Tech competition. We are very proud of our students, he said.
The SZABIST president said that its faculty members are highly qualified, competent and erudite, who have extensive experience of Education, Research and the Corporate World. Ms. Sharmeen Chinoy, who teaches in SZABIST, is an Oscar winner. In addition, SZABIST has 34 faculty members with PhD degrees in their respective fields.
He said, currently, SZABIST offers twenty-eight programmes in the disciplines of Computer Science, Management Sciences, Media Sciences, Communication Studies, Social Sciences, Biosciences, Law, and Mechatronics Engineering. Its International Programmes include 'LLB' with University of London, UK and 'BA (Hons) in Business Studies - BABS' in collaboration with University of Wales, Newport, UK.
Regarding the uplift of education in Pakistan, he said education is directly linked with the socio-economic development of any country, and the research-based education helps develop technically trained human resources required to face the challenges of the 21st century. Hence, students' should be given the opportunities to equip themselves with modern knowledge and technology in the leading universities of Pakistan. This is being done in SZABIST. The government should increase the funding of the education sector, ensure proper utilisation of the funds, and guarantee the maintenance of high standard of education, he said.
The SZABIST president said the issue of lack of funds mainly affects the public sector universities which are dependent on the government and HEC for their financial resources. In case of SZABIST, finances are monitored very closely and every effort is made to ensure their proper utilisation. All campuses of SZABIST have to provide regular financial reports to the Board of Trustees.
To a question he said last year, Rs108 million of financial assistance was provided benefitting 80 per cent of the students. SZABIST has a wide range of scholarships for students, which include, SZABIST Need-Based, SZABIST Merit-Based, Sindh Endowment Fund, Balochistan Endowment Fund, HEC-USAID Need and Merit-Based, National Information and Communication Technology, Ihsan Trust Qarz-e-Hasna Facility and Various Community/Sponsored Scholarships. Recently, SZABIST signed an MoU with Ihsan Trust (IT), so that our needy students can avail Qarz-e-Hasna (loan) facility from IT in order to complete their education at 0% interest rate.
He said as an employer, SZABIST provides its employees the benefit of free education by waiving the tuition fee. In addition, two children of SZABIST employees are eligible for a 50% tuition fee concession.
He said SZABIST faculty contributes their research papers in national and international journals with high impact factor and they also organise and participate in national and international conferences, seminars and forums on regular basis.
About international collaboration and linkages he said SZABIST is a member of many prestigious organisations and associations which include the International Association of Universities (IAU), Paris, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, The Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB), Singapore, Federation of the Universities of Islamic World (FUIW), Rabat, Asia Universities Federation (AUF), Seoul, Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN), People's Republic of China, Management Association of Pakistan (MAP), Karachi and Marketing Association of Pakistan, Karachi.
Elaborating industrial or corporate linkages, he said SZABIST has good rapport with leading multinational, national and local organisations of Pakistan. Our Executive Development Centre (EDC) facilitates students in internships and job placements. In collaboration with the industry, EDC arranges on-campus recruitment drives and management trainee programmes at reputable local and multinational companies. A large number of SZABIST visiting faculty is from the corporate sector which provides our students exposure to the practical aspects of the industry and the corporate sector. SZABIST also includes industry and corporate sector experts in the formulation of its curricula.
About attraction for students, who want to apply in SZABIST, he said one of the biggest attractions to apply to SZABIST is that it provides market-relevant and skills based, high-quality education at very affordable cost. In addition, SZABIST graduates are highly sought-after by the corporate sector at very good salaries. Hence, education from SZABIST is one of the best investments that someone can make in a successful professional career. We encourage our students to join, participate, and assume leadership roles in various student societies to hone their leadership skills to prepare them for leadership positions in the corporate sector, he said.
Replying to a question related to Education Expo, he said participation in Education Expo is one of the ways we project our brand, interact with potential students, and showcase the many strengths of SZABIST. Our expectation is that the Education Expo will be well publicised so all the institutions participating in it can achieve the intended benefits.
PU body flays drive against teacher
Lahore: Condemning negative media campaign by some defeated elements of the Punjab University against Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, Academic Staff Association President Dr Ehsan Sharif and Secretary Javed Sami said on Friday that the real guilt of Dr Shaukat Ali was that, under his leadership, Teachers' Front had badly defeated a sham political group of the PU in ASA, Senate and Syndicate polls. According to a press release issued here, Dr Ehsan Sharif and Javed Sami said that, under the guidance of Dr Ali, Teachers' Front had defeated the elements being backed by the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and a political party. They said that Dr Shaukat Ali had raised voice against illegal appointment of Khalida Khan and Qari Mughees, Zayed Mahmood, Haris Rashid and Dr Ahsan Akhter Naz's academic and financial corruption. They said that the media campaign against Dr Shaukat Ali was tantamount to contempt of court because the matter was sub judice.
PU exams: The Punjab University Examination Department issued practical date sheets for the BS Home Economics Part-I, 1st & 2nd year annual examination 2013, BS Home Economics Part-II 1st, 2nd & 3rd year annual examination 2013 and BSc Home Economics 3rd & final Year annual examination 2013. Details are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
MA Economics result: The PU Examinations Department has declared the result of MA Economics Part-I Supplementary Examination 2012. Detailed results are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk, says a press release issued here on Friday. The news