Educational imparity

Educational opportunities available in Pakistan are very diverse in nature. There are deep divisions based on regional imparity, gender, income and wealth of parents, curriculum and syllabi, mode of instruction in schools, rural-urban location, ideological dividends, type of schools and access to shadow education (extra coaching), among many others. Hence the society remains divided.

These differences should be of grave importance to policy makers of Pakistan. When there are reflections of existing disparities and divisions in the country, the schooling system will cause the disparities to increase manifold over next few years if they remained unchecked and unchallenged. When there is inequality in society, the structure of society is disorganised and give rise to anti-social activities.

Government needs to address these issues before they reach an irredeemable threshold. Progress can be achieved if equal window of opportunity is given to a common man. Policies like uniform education or bare minimum standard of education for all needs to be implemented.

ASAD HUSSAIN

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Business schools should become more agile and flexible

Karachi:
The second day of the Fifth Deans and Directors Annual Conference started off with a panel discussion, ‘Sustainable Business Schools in Challenging Times’, which addressed notions of how globalisation and market forces are impacting the business world.

The panel was moderated by Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Associate Dean Dr Huma Baqai and consisted of eminent speakers, such as IBA Dean and Director Dr Farrukh Iqbal, Karachi University Dean of Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Ali, Institute of Business Management (IoBM) President Talib Syed Karim, Iqra University Vice-Chancellor Dr Wasim Kazi, Greenwich University Vice-Chancellor Seema Mughal and IBA Sukkur Vice-Chancellor Dr Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui.

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Commenting on the changing market needs, Dr Iqbal said, “The rising costs and changing market needs imply that business schools should become more agile and flexible with respect to course content, teaching methods, faculty deployment and programme duration”. Dr Iqbal added that regulations pertaining to business schools must change to allow flexibility.

Workshops on the second day included capacity building relating to refining peer review skills and deans, along with seminars delivered by European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Director of Projects Dr Christophe Terrasse, Global Business School Networks, US Chief Executive Officer Stephen Sacca, EFMD International Projects Manager Jean-Baptiste Maillard and International Executive Service Corps, US Senior Adviser Javed Hamid.

The Fifth Deans and Directors Annual Conference, organised by the National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC) of Higher Education Commission (HEC), commenced on February 5 in Karachi.

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The first day of the conference had plenary sessions and workshops that addressed many topics. Designed to increase the effectiveness of business education in Pakistan, the conference brought together more than 100 deans and directors of national and international business schools to engage in strategic level discussions.

The conference is aimed at actualising its anticipated outcomes that include developing policy and process recommendations for aligning business education with local and global needs, identifying actions to meet the emerging challenges in business education to make it more relevant for Pakistan and recommending policy framework and actions for quality improvements in different areas of business education.

The two-day conference was chaired by NBEAC Chairperson Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, while Governor Mohammad Zubair was the chief guest.

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Concluding with the 19th NBEAC council meeting, the conference showcased well-structured plenary sessions, capacity development workshops and quality service seminars.

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More than 5000 schools in Sindh closed down since 2012

Karachi:
The number of students in government schools has decreased to more than one million in the past six years, while 23,000 schools have no electricity and 98% of them do not have labs. Though new institutions are being set up, incompetence on the part of the education department has resulted in the closure of more than 5,000 schools.
These statistics were revealed in an annual census report of the education and health departments and the education management information system.
The report said that there were 47,557 elementary, secondary and higher secondary schools in Sindh in 2012, which have been reduced to 42,383. According to the education department, this includes the closure of non-functional schools. However, after Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah’s education emergency, more than 2,000 schools were reopened.
Though there has been a decline in the number of students in government schools, an increase was witnessed in the number of teachers hired. The total number of teachers in 2012 was 1.4 million which increased to more than 1.5 million. Various technologies are being used to enhance the quality of education the world over, however, thousands of schools in Sindh do not have access to basic facilities.

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According to the report, there are more than 16,000 schools in Sindh without any boundary walls while another 15,000 schools do not have any washrooms and in more than 18,000 schools, students do not have access to clean drinking water. Besides this, there are more than 23,000 schools without electricity. Out of the total 42,383 government schools remaining in Sindh, more than 75% of the them do not have a playground while 98% schools do not have any laboratory facilities.
In addition to this, more than 41,000 schools do not have a library either. It was also disclosed that only about 14,000 schools had functional buildings while another 15,000 schools have buildings that require extensive repair work. More than 6,000 schools’ buildings have been termed dangerous while another 5,000 school buildings are without a roof.
Education experts said that the appointment of unqualified officers and political interference is the cause for decline of education in the province. An annual increase in the education budget was also witnessed and a major part of the budget is reserved for salaries.

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Over 1,000 prisoners sign up for Allama Iqbal Open University courses

ISLAMABAD:
Being behind bars does not mean on e stops academic learning. Around 1,000 prisoners in various jails of the country have signed up for the distance learning courses offered by AIOU.

This was disclosed by Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) VC Professor Dr Shahid Siddiqui while presiding over a meeting to review the varsity’s educational facilities being extended to disadvantaged groups.

The prisoners enrolled in the autumn of 2017 for upgrading their qualification so that when they complete their sentences and leave the jail, they can have an education certificate which allows them to lead respectable life in society. Dr Siddiqui said that the varsity had improved its existing facilities at jails throughout the country, providing free education to prisoners, as a part of its endeavour for taking care of marginalised sections of society.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2018.

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Free coaching classes for Buner students

BUNER: The Buner district government on Wednesday launched free coaching classes for position holding girls and boys to prepare them for the higher secondary school certificate examinations scheduled to be held in March.

The classes have been launched at the government centennial model high school, Daggar, where hostel, food and tuition facilities have been offered to the students.

Commissioner Malakand Division Syed Zaheerul Islam, Buner Deputy Commissioner Zareeful Maani, district nazim Dr Obaidullah, district naib nazim Yousaf Ali Khan, district education officers (males and females) Bakht Zada and Sadia Aliaslaunched the classes ata colourful function.

The students, their parents, teachers, social, political, religious figures, elected members and heads of government departments were also in attendance. The students also recited Hamd and Naat and presented national songs. National anthem was also played on the occasion.

The commissioner Malakand, who was the chief guest, said education played pivotal role in the society’s development. He said nations rose and fell due to their standard of education and urged the students to devote their time to studies.

He appreciated the steps taken by the district government for polishing the talent of the position holding students.

The other speakers pointed out that for free coaching classes last year the district government had provided Rs5 million, and this year Rs6 million had been earmarked for the purpose.

Published in Dawn, January 4th, 2018

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UVAS awards degrees to 1,256 students

LAHORE:

The government is committed to ensuring quality education and raising standards as its top priority, said Punjab Minister for Livestock and Dairy Development and Pro Chancellor Asif Saeed Manais.

He was addressing at the Ninth Convocation of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in Lahore on Wednesday.

About 1,256 students were awarded degrees and 67 position holders were given gold medals.
Out of the graduating students, 252 were DVMs, 282 BS (Hons), 83 Pharm-D, 50 Doctors of Nutrition and Dietetics (DND), 40 MBAs, 20 MBF, 36 BBA (Hons), 157 MSc, 311 MPhil and 25 PhDs.

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The minister urged students to play their due role in nation building. He lauded the progress achieved by UVAS which had positioned itself among the 2.5% top universities of Asia, the seven best universities of Pakistan in sports and top 10 universities of the country.

He listed various initiatives in livestock and education sectors for development. A Rs2 billion project has been launched for poverty alleviation. Meanwhile, the Punjab Chief Minister’s Dairy Development Programme, under the Kissan Package, will provide Rs10 billion worth of heifers, sheep and goats to poor women.

Vice Chancellor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha spoke about the academic, research, development, extension programmes and community services of the university. He said that with a history of 135 years of excellence, UVAS has now positioned itself among the top 2.5 percentile of Asian universities as per the QS World University Rankings 2018.

As per Higher Education Commission Sports Ranking 2017, UVAS clinched fourth position among public sector universities of Pakistan and seventh among all public and private universities of the country, the VC said. He added that UVAS was also among the top 10 universities of Pakistan, according to HEC’s overall ranking of higher education institutions over the last two years.

Dr Pasha said UVAS is swiftly achieving milestones of need-based multilevel education and establishing itself as a talent development institution by using its knowledge, resources and skills for the growth of human resources. He said that this year, UVAS also secured an affiliation with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

The VC informed the audience that UVAS scientists were executing 91 research projects worth of Rs1,051 through local and international funding agencies. He added the university was executing 10 development projects, worth Rs4.5 billion, being funded by the Punjab government.

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Seven of them are ongoing and three new ones were approved during the current financial year. Ongoing projects include 1) Establishment of Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at Bahawalpur, 2) Establishment of Training Centre for Biologics at UVAS, Ravi Campus Pattoki, 3) Development of Ostrich Farming in Punjab, 4) Propagation of Ducks Rearing in Punjab, 5) Development of Camel Milk Value Chain by adopting modern supply chain mechanism for enhancing farmers profitability in Punjab, 6) Establishment of Para-Veterinary School at Narowal and Provision of urgently needed academic block, student hostels and faculty apartments at UVAS City Campus Lahore. While the new development projects were 1) Establishment of Export Facilitation Center for livestock and poultry industry at UVAS, Lahore, 2) Inservice training facility of advance veterinary education and professional development for veterinary professionals and 3) Acquisition of land for up-gradation of Para-Veterinary School, Narowal to College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Narowal.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2017.

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IT skills: KPITB trains over 3,000 students to programme

PESHAWAR:
In a bid to enhance the skills of youngsters, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) has trained 3,000 students of different government schools.

The training was imparted under the first phase of information technology training programme called ‘early age programming and IT essentials initiative’.

The KPITB had launched the programme in collaboration with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Department in April 2017, with the aim of preparing the next generation of the province to succeed in the global technology market.

According to KP E&SED documents, the project had launched as a pilot at 60 government schools in 14 districts across the province with the help of around 20 trainers.

The main focus of this initiative was to provide an opportunity to students to learn to programme in a fun and immersive manner.

The documents further state that with the programming skills the students were taught and their own imagination, the students managed to create hundreds of games, applications, and animations.

K-P Elementary and Secondary Education Media Advisor Ziaur Rehman told The Express Tribune that the first phase of this initiative had been completed in which 3,000 students — including 285 from just six government schools of Peshawar, from grades six through nine, were trained.

In the second phase of this programme, over 300 school students would be provided training across the province.

Rehman said that the KPITB also provided training to teachers in the IT sector.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2017.

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AIOU Solved Assignment MS 8712 International Human Resource Change Management Autumn 2017

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) solved assignment MS (Management Sciences), International Human Resource Change Management, Book code 8712, Autumn 2017 is available now according to AIOU pattern, please visit following links for more AIOU assignments available on the website.
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