E Magazine Issue 12 March 2020

News Round Up March

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Punjab Govt, Private Varsities Agree To Resolve Sub-Campus Issue

The Punjab Government and private universities have agreed on resolving the outstanding issue of irregular sub-campuses following an intervention by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar.The government has agreed to look into accreditation of illegal sub-campuses of various private sector universities and announced a committee to oversee the matter.In a press conference at the DGPR on February 20, Punjab Higher Education Minister Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfaraz revealed that the committee would be made up of four members from the private sector and four members from the Punjab Higher Education Department and Punjab Higher Education Commission.Raja Yasir said the government was in favor of private universities, as it could not address the challenge of providing quality education to the youth of the country on its own. But the government would not compromise on quality of education in either public or private sector universities of the province, he added.


Registration Of Madrassas Likely To Begin In March 

The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training is likely to start a countrywide campaign for registration of madrassas with the government in the first week of March.Per official reports, no madrassa is registered with the ministry so far and the ministry has made the preparations needed to address the issue.In this very regard, a Directorate General of Religious Education has also been set up in the federal capital along with 16 regional offices across the country. The requisite staff in this offices has been appointed via National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) on attachment basis.The registration form, agreed to in principle by the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and Ittehad Tanzeemat-ul-Madaris Pakistan (ITMP) has already been printed and would be handed out to madrassa administrations in the days to come.There are close to 35,000 seminaries spread across the country and at least 3,000 would be registered in the first year, Minister of Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood said in December last year. The minister said that the registration process of all seminaries would be completed in the next four years.


Capital’s Schools To Be Made Role Models: Shafqat

The Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood has said that educational institutions of Islamabad would be transformed into role models for the country. Addressing a ground breaking ceremony for Islamabad Model College for Boys in sector G-15, the federal minister said, “The education ministry was making all out efforts to resolve the challenges being faced by the education sector.”He said education was a top priority of the current government and the stakeholders were making all efforts needed for the overhauling of the education sector.Shafqat said that in the last 70 years, Pakistan’s literacy rate had only been about 60%, which meant that around 40% of the country’s population could not read or write. 


IHC Restores PMDC, Declares PMC Illegal

The Islamabad High Court has ruled against the dissolution of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.PMDC was dissolved through a presidential ordinance on October 20, 2019 and a new regulatory body, the Pakistan Medical Commission, was formed in its place.On February 11, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani ordered the dissolution of the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), declaring it illegal. IHC had admitted a petition against PMDC’s dissolution on October 30, 2019. Former PMDC employees had taken to court to protest the unjust and reckless dissolution, which had led to them losing their jobs.

PM Inaugurates Education Complex For Orphans In AJK 

Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated an education complex on February 6 that will provide education to orphans and unattended children in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir.The facility was built by Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust, a non-profit organisation raising orphan children at a purpose built home. The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Kashmir Affairs Minister Ali Amin Gandapur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Syed Fakhar Imam.Chairman of the Trust Chaudhry Mohammed Akhtar briefed the prime minister about the project and the facilities being provided there for the orphans. The prime minister took a tour of the facility, including classrooms and hostel. Khan also joined the children of orphanage at lunch and interacted with them.

Colombian Teacher Wins Dedicated Teacher Awards 2020

The Cambridge University Press revealed the winner of its Dedicated Teacher Awards 2020, with a teacher from Colombia’s Bucaramanga city named the world’s most dedicated teacher.Patricia Abril took the top spot in Cambridge University Press’ Dedicated Teacher Awards 2020, edging out 6,000 other entries from 97 different countries.Patricia was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and teaches social studies at New Cambridge School in Bucaramanga, but what made her stand out among the nominees was her work with students on social projects in the local community.Her programmes have positively influenced different communities and places, including a student-led project to improve local facilities for people with disabilities, which recently received government funding.