USAID for teachers in Pakistan

March 28, 2009

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Higher Education Commission has  launched the Pre-Service Teacher Education Programme (Pre-STEP). The essence of the programme is to provide state-of-the-art teaching to the teachers and university and college level. The programme involved a total of $75mln and spans over 5 years.
According the the U.S Ambassador in Pakistan,
“The Pre-STEP will work in partnership with Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission and the Ministry of Education to build on existing structures and programmes. It will support 15 universities and 75 teacher colleges as instruments for change of academic standards in teachers’ education. This assistance from the American people to Pakistan is demonstration of our belief that improved educated Pakistan will lead to a stronger, more prosperous Pakistan. We are working with the Government of Pakistan and Pakistani people to accomplish our shared vision of better education in Pakistan” (The Dawn)

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Lahore Private Hostels: A threat!

March 28, 2009

Sources in the Police Department said that private hostels do not take necessary measures before renting out their rooms. The rules and regulations of most hostels of the city are extremely lenient, allowing anyone to rent a room without having to show identification or other documents. Sources said the department does not have any data about these hostels.
In most hostels, there is an acute shortage of administrative and maintenance staff. However, in hostels where administrative officials are hired, the owners only question the staff about the monthly rent. It has been oberved that private employees are running the hostels’ affairs and they do not focus on Standard Operation Procedure, as they are not professional administrators.
After the recent attacks on Sri Lankan Team in Liberty, Police is very vigilent concerning keeping the record of private hostels, since it has been investigated that one or few of the terrorists were residing in Al-Noor Hostel situated in Firdus Market.


Pakistani University Rankings

March 18, 2009

Highter Education Commission of Pakistan has recently updated its ranking list , new rankings are based on Research, Faculty, Finance, Campus facilities and Student body.

Here are the key leaders in the ranking:

Agriculture / Veterinary

1. University of Agriculture (UAF), Faisalabad
2. NWFP University of Agriculture , Peshawar
3. University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi
4. Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam

Art / Design
1. National College of Arts, Lahore
2. Textile Institute of Pakistan, Karachi
3. Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi

Business / I.T.
1. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore
2. Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi
3. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Sci. & Tech. Karachi
4. Iqra University, Defence View, Karachi
5. Lahore School of Economics (LSE) , Lahore
6. Institute of Business Management (IBM), Karachi

Engineering
1. Pakistan Institute of Engg. and Applied Sciences, Islamabad
2. National University of Sciences & Technology Rawalpindi
3. Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering, Swabi
4. University of Engg. & Technology (UET), Lahore
5. Mehran University of Engg. & Technology (MUET), Jamshoro
6. University of Engg. & Technology (UET), Taxila

General
1. Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad
2. University of the Punjab, Lahore
3. University of Karachi, Karachi
4. University of Peshawar, Peshawar
5. Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
6. Government College Lahore University, Lahore

Health Sciences
1. Aga Khan University, Karachi
2. Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro
3. Baqai Medical University, Karachi
4. Zia-ud-din Medical University, Karachi


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