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Punjab mulls drastic changes to selection criteria for VCs

The Punjab government may revise ‘teacher vice chancellor’ criteria for appointing VCs at the public universities across the province. If approved by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the public servants and those who have served as chief executive officers (CEOs) of companies may also become VCs. “The 10-member committee, formed by …

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Malala keen to help improve girls’ education in Pakistan

The youngest Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousufzai, has expressed her keen interest in helping to bring about improvement in girls’ education in Pakistan. This she said at a meeting with Karamat Ali, executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, and other Pakistanis in Birmingham, England, early …

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Senate panel approves Quranic teaching bill

A Senate panel on Tuesday approved the Quran Education Bill 2017 which would make it compulsory for schools to impart Quranic teachings up to the higher secondary level. The bill, already approved by the National Assembly, will now be presented in the Senate for the final parliamentary approval. State Minister …

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Your children can ‘catch’ stress from friends and teachers in school

New research has suggested that children can ‘catch’ stress from teachers or fellow classmates. The study, published in a journal called Teaching and Teacher Education found that there is a significant link between mental collapse or burnout caused by stress among teachers in their early careers and their exposure to a culture …

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‘Punjab to start vocational education at school level’

Secretary Schools Education Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik has said the Punjab government has decided to start technical and vocational education at school level in the province. As per this decision, 39 comprehensive schools will be converted into vocational and technical institutes in this regard. He expressed these views while meeting …

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Education spending in Sindh

Sindh’s budget speech devoted the maximum number of pages to education. The total budget for education was also increased from Rs163.1 billion in 2016-17 to Rs202.2 billion in 2017-18, an impressive increase of 24 per cent. The speech recalled President Roosevelt’s words to assert the importance of education. Perhaps the …

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Dysfunctional educational system is holding economy back: PBIF

President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Wednesday said the dysfunctional educational system is holding the economy back. The government should increase investment in education to achieve high growth rate otherwise the competing …

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HEC directed to take action against embezzlements in universities

National Assembly Standing Committee on Education here Tuesday urged Higher Education Commission (HEC) to conduct an inquiry and take an action on complaints into the malpractices, mismanagement and financial embezzlements at Hazara, Swat and Bacha Khan universities. The body in its meeting held here under the Chairmanship of Amirullah Marwat …

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Higher education must go global

In the last few decades, the world has seen a steady march towards regional integration and globalisation through economic blocs like BRICs, intercontinental road and rail networks through the One Belt, One Road project and exceeding adaptation of the WTO regime. However, Britain’s impending exit from the European Union and …

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