Peshawar University Relaunches Old Department With No Admission Fee

The Seerat-un-Nabi (SAW) Studies Department at the University of Peshawar has been re-established with free admissions after a seven-year hiatus.

The department had been closed in 2016 due to low enrollment numbers.

The inauguration of the department was presided over by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali.

He was joined by prominent religious scholars, including Mufti Ghulamur Rahman, Mufti Shahbuddin Popalzai, and Maulana Mohammad Idrees, as well as the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Mohammad Idrees, and former provincial ministers such as Maulana Amanullah Haqqani and Zahir Shah, among others.

In response to the Vice-Chancellor’s request, the governor not only announced free admissions but also reduced fees by 30 percent for Arabic and Islamic Studies programs.

Dr. Idrees pledged that the department would receive the necessary faculty and resources without delay.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Punjab University Announces Holiday on 9 November

Punjab University has officially announced a holiday on the occasion of Iqbal Day.

According to the official notification, Punjab University will remain closed on 9 November, Thursday.

There has been a lot of confusion among the masses regarding the public holiday on 9 November. It is primarily due to the fact that the Iqbal Day holiday remained suspended from 2015 to 2021.

On 8 November 2022, then PM Shehbaz Sharif declared Iqbal Day as a holiday. Later in December, the Interior Ministry also notified Iqbal Day 2023 as a public holiday.

However, previous experiences are causing confusion among the public.

In a separate but recent development, Punjab University became the best university in Pakistan in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024 by Subject.

Out of 11 subjects, Pakistani universities were ranked in 9 subjects. Out of those, Punjab University was ranked in 7 subjects, making it the most-ranked Pakistani university.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Govt utilizing all resources to improve health, education sectors: KP Governor

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali says federal and provincial governments are utilizing all resources to improve health and education sectors.

Addressing the 8th convocation of the Ayub Medical College in Abbottabad today, the Governor stressed on medical students to perform their duty with the passion of serving the ailing humanity.

Source: Radio Pakistan

51% of Class 9 Students Fail After End of “Ratta” System in KP

In a recent report, it has come to light that 51% of 9th-grade students of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) failed to clear the previous board examinations.

Officials have blamed the change in the examination format from rote learning to student learning outcome (SLO) or conceptual learning for the high failure rate.

It is worth mentioning that the government has earmarked a budget of Rs. 300 billion for the education department for the current year. Out of the 269,367 students of government schools across the province, only 49% managed to pass the exam.

The students of private schools performed much better than the government schools, with a passing percentage of 74%.

Officials of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Peshawar told a local media outlet that the previous papers were composed based on rote learning. Following the provincial government’s decision, boards were required to compose 50% of papers based on conceptual learning.

According to the officials, upcoming examinations for both 9th and 10th grades would be based on SLO.

The head of one of the education boards criticized the government for changing the paper pattern in the middle of the academic session. Furthermore, a headmaster of a government school lauded the decision, stating that conceptual learning methodology was much better for students.

He also pointed out the incompetence of most of the teaching staff, adding that they won’t be able to clear the concept of their students about a topic. According to him, the majority of the teachers promoted from the ranks of primary school teachers (PST), drawing masters (DM), and Arabic teachers (AT) will not be able to pass the subjects they teach to their students if they appear in the examination on the basis of SLO.

He believes that those teachers who were recruited through the test agencies and public service commission had no problem teaching their subjects with clarity.

Moreover, another government teacher blamed the overcrowded schools for the higher failure rate. He said that “conceptual learning is impossible in highly overcrowded classrooms.”

Source: Pro Pakistani

Gujranwala to Get Safe City Authority and New University

Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi has approved the Safe City Authority Project for Gujranwala. He made the announcement during his visit to the ‘City of Wrestlers’.

Talking about the project, the CM stated that it has already been initiated and will be completed in 4 months. During his visit, Mohsin Naqvi updated the media regarding several ongoing projects in the city.

According to him, Gujranwala will soon get another university and land has already been procured for the purpose. He added that the road from Benazir Chowk, Gujranwala to Wahandu Interchange M3 link would be completed as per schedule.

Furthermore, CM Mohsin Naqvi also visited District Head Quarters (DHQ) Hospital Gujranwala and Gujranwala Teaching Hospital and Medical College. He ordered to maintain cleanliness in the hospital.

In a meeting with the CM, patients voiced their concerns about the lack of facilities in the hospital. They informed him that there weren’t enough drip stands in the hospital.

Moreover, the attendants also complained about the hospital administration for charging Rs. 300 for changing patients’ diapers.

Moshin Naqvi also ordered Deputy Commissioner Gujranwala to conduct an inquiry into the death of a girl at her mother’s request. The woman blamed the doctors for the unfortunate demise of her daughter.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Madad Ali directs PEIRA to ensure 10% scholarships for yearly registration

Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Madad Ali Sindhi has directed to make ten percent need based scholarships mandatory for yearly registration of private schools.

He gave the direction during a meeting with Chairperson of Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority Dr. Sayeda Zia Batool in Islamabad.

He said this stipulation is explicitly indicated on the registration certificates issued to Private Educational Institutions by PEIRA.

Source: Radio Pakistan