11% children out of school: report
Lahore, Mar 22: According to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) eleven percent children aged 6 to 16 are out of school, while the children enrolled in private schools are performing better compared to their government schools' counterparts. ASER Lahore District report was launched here on Friday at All Pakistan Women Assiocation (APWA) auditorium by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA). Chairperson APWA Punjab Ruhi Sayid, Chairman, Department of Education UMT Sajid Masood and Former DPI-EE Jamil Najam were present on occasion. The data is complied in a report form to share it with the Government, Civil Society Organizations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and other primary stakeholders working in the education sector to utilize the results to effect the policy decisions at national/provincial level. The ASER 2013 survey covered 138 rural and 13 urban districts from all over Pakistan (ICT, Punjab, Sindh, FATA, AJK & GB). According to the report, in Lahore, 30% class 5 children could not read a class 2 story in Urdu, 33% class 5 children could not read sentences in English, and 64% class 5 children could not do two-digit division. Gender gap in learning continues as boys outperform girls in numeracy and literacy skills. Private tuition incidence is higher in private school students. The report further stated that more qualified teachers in private schools as compared to government schools. 11% govt. primary schools were without toilets and 11% were without drinking water. All govt. primary schools were with complete boundary walls but 22% were without playgrounds. The national and provincial reports have already been launched respectively at National and provincial level. While addressing Sajid Masood described the interesting and thought provoking patterns and challenges with the comparison of Lahore district with other districts of the Punjab. He elaborated the that learning levels of private schools are high that public schools. He emphasized the pattern with critical analysis. Jamil Najam said, called education a gleemy picture since last many years. He talked about the role of community to assess education.
UHS declares BDS result 2013
Lahore: The University of Health and Sciences (UHS) has declared the result of second professional BDS annual examination 2013 on Tuesday.
As per details, a total of 676 candidates from 11 affiliated dental colleges appeared in the exam out of which 453 candidates passed and 209 failed. Result of 14 candidates was put on RL list. The overall percentage of success was 68%.
According to the result, Hadia Arshad of Margalla Institute of Health and Sciences, Rawalpindi got first position securing 857/1000 marks. Samia Ejaz of the same college and Ayesha Noor from the Institute of Dentistry, CMH Lahore, got second and third positions securing 839/1000 and 837/1000 marks, respectively.
The failed candidates can submit their admission forms on or before April 4. Supplementary exams would commence with effect from April 22. Daily times
Education budget to go up by 30pc
Lahore: The Punjab Assembly concluded on Friday budget debate for the next financial year as the chair prorogued the session sine die.
At least 46 lawmakers took part in the debate identifying the areas to be focused on during the upcoming budget.
Concluding the pre-budget debate, Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman assured the legislators of considering their proposals.
He said the education budget would be increased by 30 per cent in the next fiscal. He said more funds would be allocated for developing infrastructure.
"It has been decided to allocate Rs41 billion to the sector as a sum of Rs7.70 billion has already been released for the provision of missing facilities in schools of 11 southern Punjab districts."
He said setting up of more basic health units, improvement in law and order, increase in agriculture production and provision of safe drinking water would be other priorities of the government in future.
Responding to queries by the lawmakers, he said supplementary budget was allocated to address security issues and to meet expenditures on visits by heads of foreign countries.
A sum of Rs12 billion had been earmarked for the provision of clean drinking water by setting up 1,479 filtration plants in 33 districts, he said.
IUB students protest, demand release of fellows
Bahawalpur: Students of the Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) protested against the arrest of their fellows here on Wednesday.
The students came out of the Abbasia old campus and gathered at the University Chowk from where they marched up to DIG Chowk.
Their main demands were the release of the arrested students and the arrest of teachers who were allegedly involved in the incident of pointing a revolver on students in the Baghdadul Jadid Campus some weeks back.
Reports were that some outsiders also took part in the demonstration. With the blocking of DIG Chowk, the vehicular traffic remained suspended for some time much to the inconvenience of commuters.
The IUB PRO claimed that demonstrators were not the university students. Dawn
GCU Fine Arts Dept annual exhibition
Lahore: The artworks, made by the Government College University (GCU), Lahore, students got a big round of applause at the annual fine arts exhibition held here on Wednesday in the university's Abdus Salam Hall.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman inaugurated the exhibition, housing more than 100 artworks. Prominent artist Sadaqat Ali and Fine Arts Department Chairman Irfan Ullah Babar were also present, says a press release issued here. Speaking on the occasion, the VC said that fine arts opened the minds of students in ways mere reading and writing could never be able to accomplish. He said that paintings unlocked human imagination and enabled us to see life and the world differently. He lauded the paintings put on display by the GCU Fine Arts students.
Sadaqat Ali and Irfan Ullah Babar also appreciated the artwork and said that the GCU students were very talented. They said that there were a lot of variations in the young artists' masterpieces.
A portrait of Qaid-i-Azam, made with lead pencil, remained the centre of attraction at the exhibition, while other paintings, made in the mediums of acrylics, tempera, water colours, oil in monochrome, art of craft, calligraphy, 3D eye illusions, lead pencil, photography and digital art, were also highly appreciated.
A large number of painted greeting cards were also part of the exhibition, besides ceramics and glass work. GCU Intermediate Part-I's Ahsan Javed got first prize, Mohsin Attique got second, while Ali Noor lifted third prize.
Intermediate Part-II's Abdul Muneeb, Hassan Iqbal and Ayyaz Ahmad got first, second and third prizes, respectively. M Umer Khan from BFA Part I and Tanzeel Uzzaman from BFA Part II also got distinctions. The news
BZU magazine in three languages
Multan: Bahauddin Zakariya University's magazine "Chandar-Aab" has been published in three languages -- English, Urdu and Seraiki -- this year.
BZU Students Affairs director Dr Muhammad Farooq said the main purpose of the magazine was to inform, engage, inspire and entertain a diverse readership, including alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and other friends, of the university.
He said the magazine was not only for the university but it also represented southern Punjab as students from the entire belt were part of the university and the magazine reflected their collective mindset.
Dr Farooq said the magazine was published in only Urdu and English languages in the past and Seraiki was added for the first time to create more interest in readers of this part of students.
Magazine editor Qazi Ali Abul Hasan said that last time the magazine was published in 2008, adding this time teachers and students, including former students, also contributed their articles in the magazine.
Apart from these articles, he said the works of literary personalities of the area were also included in the magazine.
The staff editor of magazine's Urdu portion Dr Mumtaz Khan Kulyani said the ultimate purpose of the magazine was to engage and strengthen its readers' association with the university.
He said that editors worked in consultation with the staff and other members of the university community in selecting the contents.
He said the editorial staff endeavored to avoid publishing erroneous material in the magazine by minutely going through fact-checking and proof reading. Dawn