ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to establish a separate consortium consisting of top ten universities of the country aiming at to include them in the worlds’ best 100 higher educational intuitions.
A committee has been constituted for the selection country’s top ten universities in ranking, the sources said Wednesday.
They said that this committee would prepare a report regarding selection of country’s top ten universities and then present it to the task force on education constituted by the prime minister.
The sources further said that the funding of selected universities would be separated from other higher educational institutions of the country so that Pakistan could include in top 100 to 300 international universities.
The sources further revealed that the decision to this affect has been taken after continuously delay by the Higher Education Commissions (HEC) in formulating a proper ranking system of the universities at national level and later the finishing of this project.
The government has given this task to the ministry of science and technology; they said adding that the ministry has established a task force consisting of 13 members to achieve the task.
The members of the task force have been directed to prepare recommendations in this regard, the sources added.
The PC-I of the project after preparing would be submitted to the task force of the ministry of science and technology in last week of the march, the sources informed.
The responsibility for the preparing of PC-I has been given to the Rector COMSATS University Islamabad Dr Raheel Qamar.
The special grants would be approved by the government for finalized top ten universities of the country, they said.
The selection of top ten universities of the country would be made under an international formula to this affect, the sources added.
The number of universities patents, faculty, research papers and other matters would be reviewed in the selection process of the top higher educational institutions of the country, the concluded.
Inflated gas bills: Customers to get Rs. 2.5b back!
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information informed that Federal Cabinet has given the approval to reimburse Rs. 2.5 billion to gas consumers who received inflated bills.
Addressing a Presser here today Minister said the cabinet took into view the issue of inflated gas bills and discussed measures to rectify the situation. According to him, 3.2 million gas consumers have been affected by exaggerated gas bills.
Women must have education: US Envoy Paul Jones
ISLAMABAD: Over the last seven years, the number of Pakistani men who think women should have equal rights increased by 15 percent.
This was one of the many findings revealed by a recent survey assessing attitudes on gender parity. The survey also noted that 76 percent of Pakistani men and 90 percent of women now think that women should be allowed to work – up 11 percent since 2011. It also highlighted gaps between attitudes and practice, with barriers remaining that inhibit women’s access to economic and political opportunities.
Overall, Pakistan has made significant progress toward gender equity. These survey results were the topic of a panel discussion today at the Evolving Attitudes on Gender Equity in Pakistan seminar, hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). More than 70 representatives from civil society, government, and the international community attended the event. Panelists explored survey findings in greater detail and provided recommendations for continued progress.
Speaking on behalf of U.S. Mission Pakistan, Ambassador Paul Jones, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., emphasized that “For societies to thrive, women and girls must have educational and employment opportunities, quality health care, and access to technology. Gender equity and women’s empowerment are not just part of development – they are at the center of every country’s development goals.”
Equal opportunities for women in education being ensured: Shafqat
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood on Tuesday said the government was committed to establishing more colleges and schools especially for women in order to provide them equal opportunities in the field of education.
Addressing the 2nd convocation of Islamabad College of Home Economics and Management Sciences, the minister said, it was the responsibility of every student to play his due role for national development.
He said “I am very glad to see that a number of female students were showing their interest in the discipline like Home Economics and added no nation could progress without the active participation and support of women”.
The Minister said teachers were the important segment of the society and their services for the humanity were of prime importance.
“Comprehensive strategy has been made for teachers to enhance their administrative skills so they could perform their duties with more effectively”.
Shafqat said in order to make learning process better for the students, technology experiments in the class rooms are underway following modern techniques.
He said 32 percent people of the country were uneducated, “Government would continue to extend all possible efforts to make a uniformed curriculum for all the educational institutions including seminaries, private institutes and public sector so the students could get same education.
“The desired results are expected by end of this year”, he maintained.
He reiterated that 28,000 out of school children in federal capital would be brought back to schools as per vision of the prime minister.
He congratulated the students on receiving the degrees and hoped that the graduates would contribute to the country’s development.
On the occasion he also distributed degrees among the graduates of 2016-17 sessions.