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LAHORE: Begum Parveen Sarwar has said that a civilized society cannot be built without providing protection to women. She was addressing the inaugural function of ‘Women Safety Wall’ organized by the Department of Gender Studies, Punjab University.

On the occasion, Punjab University Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Member Provincial Assembly Uzma Kardar, Executive Director SSDO Syed Kausar Abbas, Operations Commander Punjab Safe City Authority Team Asim Jasra, Deputy Executive Officer Fakhra Irshad, Chairperson Department of Gender Studies Prof Dr Ra’ana Malik, faculty members and students were present.

In her address, Begum Parveen Sarwar said that it is because of our security agencies that we move around freely. She said the government was taking steps to ensure the safety of women. She advised the students to inform others about the safety app as well.

Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar said that protection of women is essential for socio-economic development. He said that the steps taken by the government for the protection of women were commendable. He said that all should work together for the prevention of human problems.

Asim Jasra and Fakhra Irshad gave a detailed presentation on the use of Women Safety App. they said that more than one lac women are using this app. Syed Kausar Abbas said that one should prove to be a civilized citizen by cooperating with the police. He said that more and more students would get the opportunity to benefit from Safety Wall at Punjab University. Dr Ra’ana Malik thanked the participants and said that balance in the society would continue to play a role for gender relations. “Using a safety app will boost women’s sense of security,” she said.

ISLAMABAD: A high level delegation of UNICEF led by its Deputy Executive Director, Omer Abidi met with the Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood.

UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Education and Professional Training in many projects including Education cannot wait, Digital divide, technology assistance for blended learning, Teachers Professional Development and out of school children etc.

While apprising the efforts of the ministry to continue education during the pandemic, the minister said, we had brought all the federating units, whether under PTI government or under the other party’s rule, on the same page to formulate unanimous education policy which was the major achievement of us.

Shafqat Mahmood said, the number of out of school children had significantly increased and learning losses also enhanced owing to the pandemic, adding “We are focusing on these two issues with the help of technology”.

The minister also apprised the delegation about the development and launching of Single National Curriculum and teachers training program. Abidi commended the clear-headed vision of the minister and his efforts to launch SNC and to mitigate the digital divide across the country. The both sides reiterated their resolve for keep working together on the education issues.

An American delegation headed by Global Technology Leader Co-Founder and CEO, Global Semiconductor Alliance Jode Shelton visited ITU and PITB last day. Chairman PITB Azfar Manzoor ,

CEO, Lampro Mellon IT Solution Pvt Ltd. Sabahat Rafiq and other concerned officers were also present at that occasion. Minister Higher Education and information technology Raja Yassir Humayoun Sarfraz welcomed the delegation. Chairman PITB Azfar Manzoor briefed the delegation about the different projects of PITB for the facilitation of the common man through information technology.

Minister Higher Education and information technology Raja Yassir Humayoun said that there are a lot of business opportunities available in Punjab in the field of information technology and govt not only provide them with all basic facilities but also support them in establishing their business through different ways i.e relaxing taxes, provide a suitable environment and free space for business etc.

Under the PCB Central Punjab Cricket Association CM Punjab Talent Hunt Programme, PCB Under-16 Central Punjab Schools cricket Championship started at 18 districts of Punjab.
In the opening ceremony Abdullah Sumble, Provincial Secretary for Finance & Chairman PCB Central Punjab Cricket Association, Ghulam Farid Secretary Education Punjab, Kashif Mirza President All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, Abdullah Khurrum Niazi CEO PCB Central Punjab Cricket Association, Hussnain Abbas Mirza Chairman Lahore Schools System and other high officials of Government of the Punjab were present. Prime Minister Imran Khan also praised Central punjab cricket association on their efforts for the betterment of cricket in the form of school championship.
All Pakistan Private Schools Federation is representing for private schools in the event. Mr Kashif Mirza President All Pakistan Private Schools Federation is a part of organising team, and said that Central Punjab Cricket will be the hub of cricketing activities. On the recommendations of Mr Kashif Mirza President All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, the competent authority of CPCA had been pleased to notify 18-person as heads and representatives of APPSF for the concerned District for coordination and ensure presence of private schools in CPCA Schools Cricket Championship.
In the first match of the tournament played between Lahore School System versus Beaconhouse School, Lahore School System has beaten Beaconhouse School by 3 wickets. Muhammad Ali of Lahore School System was man of the match. About 162 schools teams from government and private schools are participating in the event. The teams are divided in different pools. The matches are being held in different Stadiums and grounds. 20-player from each team, are participating.

While addressing an event in Karachi, Dr. June Kuncoro Hadiningrat, the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia said that the Indonesian Consulate in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Indonesia has successfully launched the first Indonesian Language Course in Karachi in June 2021.

The first batch was completed on 31 August 2021, and the second batch will be opened soon. “To strengthen people-to-people relations between Indonesia and Pakistan youths that focus on culture, education, tourism, exchange programs, the Indonesian Consulate in Karachi is planning to launch the first Indonesia – Pakistan Youth Forum” he said.

The event was attended by Consulate General officials namely Djumara Supriyadi, Consul for Trade and Economics, Hidayat Zakaria, Consul for Protocol and Consular, Ibnu Sulhan, Consul for Information and Socio-Culture, Soemarjanto, Head of Chancery, Anggara Pranashakti, Treasurer.

Speaking to the guests, Dr. June Kuncoro Hadiningrat shared that Indonesia and Pakistan have enjoyed friendship even since the early days of our independence. “Our former president Sukarno even had the opportunity to visit Pakistan four times, in 1950, 1958, 1963 and 1964”.

During the event, he also announced plans for the upcoming launching of the Indonesia – Pakistan Youth Forum (IPYF), on August 31, 2021, as part of the Consulate’s efforts to strengthen friendship and collaboration among the youth of the two countries.

Punjab University Department of Examinations have extended the last for submission of admission forms and fee for the MA/MSc Part-I & Part-II annual examination 2021. According to details, last date for receipt of online admission forms and fee for MA/MSc Part-I & Part-II annual examination 2021 of regular, late college, private and improve division candidates is August 20, 2021 with single fee while the forms can be submitted with double fee from August 21 to 27, 2021.

Punjab School Education Minister Murad Raas announced on his Twitter account the implementation of a Single National Curriculum in public schools, private schools and madaris in Punjab from August 2, 2021.

The minister shared the notification of implementation in his Twitter account and wrote,” Notification: Single National Curriculum to be implemented in all public, private schools and deeni madaris of Punjab starting August 2, 2021.”

Issued by Section Officer (ERII) the notification read, “I am directed to enclose herewith a copy of notification M-49-02/PCTB/2021 dated 01-01-2021 by the PCTB regarding implementation of Single National Curriculum (SNC) for Grades Pre I-V in all streams of education (public & private schools and Deeni Madaris) for the forth-coming academic session 2021-22 and onward. It is reiterated that the above mention notification of PCTB for SNC may be compiled with for the upcoming session 2021-21 and onward.”

In his statement regarding SNC implementation, Murad Raas said that SNC is being implemented in the new education session and in the first phase it is only being implemented at the primary level. He went on to say that this implementation is practilatization of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of a single nation single book.

Murad Raas added that in this regard we have started a Learning Management System (LMS) in collaboration with Microsoft to train the teachers of public and private schools regard SNC, this LMS is made for the first time in history of the education sector. The previous government did not think about such in the initiative they ruined the education system deliberately, he added.

The notification regarding the implementation of the Single National Curriculum (SNC) forward to all concerned departments.

The Technology Incubation Center has been set up in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the University of Sindh on Friday in a bid to help the passing out students start various businesses and earn money by opening their own companies instead of waiting for public sector jobs.

The incubation center inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor University of Sindh Professor Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro, Registrar Dr Ghulam Muhammad Bhutto, Dean FET Prof. Dr. Khalil-ur-Rehman Khoumbhati, focal person for the center Dr. Arifa Bhutto, Dean Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration Prof. Dr. Javed Chandio, Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences Prof. Dr. Wazir Ali Baloch, director admissions Prof. Dr. Ayaz Keerio, Dr. Kamran Taj Pathan, Prof. Dr. Lachhman Das, Dr. Muhammad Younis Leghari, Dr. Altaf Nizamani and many others were present on the occasion.

The inauguration ceremony of the Technology Incubation Center began with the recitation of the verses from the Holy Quran, which was graced by Prof. Dr. Kamran Taj Pathan.

In his presidential remarks on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro said that the Technology Incubation Center will work under the office of research, innovation & commercialization (ORIC) and it will be supported to every possible extent by the university.

He said that the passing out students were required to be engaged in the center for a year or two in order that they might be able to deal with the business related issues and start their own businesses.

“Incubation means “learn and earn”. Therefore, whatever the students learn on the campus during their studies, they should develop their skills and start a business and play their part in the development of the national economy”, the vice chancellor said.

He further said that starting a business could provide jobs for more unemployed youth adding that there was no dearth of talent in the country especially in Sindh but he said, the youths were just required to be provided opportunities.

Dr. Kalhoro said that there were more teaching departments in Sindh University than any other varsity in the province, hence; he said the incubation center will be able to function more effectively and earn money.

He said that ORIC should also get financial share from the profits and various projects of TIC so that the university might also improve its scrawny areas.

He said that some IT graduates of Sindh University’s Laar Campus Badin went for internship in software houses in Karachi after passing out 4 years ago, who within a short span of a year got jobs there and started earning Rs. 80 to 85 thousand per month. “But, today they earn Rs. 2 to 2.5 lac per month. They are also helping other fresh graduates get jobs in these software houses”, he maintained.

He said that the establishment of the incubation center would bring business revolution in Sindh and the country with the passage of time. He said that the University of Sindh would also provide financial support to the Technology Incubation Center for its development and growth.

Earlier, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof. Dr. Khalil-ur-Rehman Khoumbhati said that 40 incubation centers in Pakistan established as yet had developed 348 different companies which was a great achievement.

He said that a total of 4 national incubation centers (NICs) were currently functioning with the HEC funding, one of which was working at NED University Karachi.

He said that an academic institute of Hyderabad affiliated to the University of Sindh also established a national incubation center, through which it was earning a reasonable amount of money by various ways including selling the projects of final year students.

He said that he had just found out that there were more than 100 software houses in Hyderabad alone announcing that after the establishment of Technology Incubation Center at SU, the Software Technology Park (STP) would soon be set up in collaboration with HEC Islamabad, which would be producing new software.

Earlier, the focal person of TIC Dr. Arifa Bhutto gave a detailed briefing on the establishment, objectives, benefits and importance of the center and said that the establishment of the center would help promote entrepreneurship and help young people start their own businesses

The Pakistan Engineering Council on Friday composed a team, headed by Engr. Prof. Dr. Adeel Akram, UET Texila to conduct reaccreditation visits for BS Computer Engineering, BS Telecommunication Engineering, BS Civil Engineering and BS Biomedical Engineering programs of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET).

The members of the team included Engr. Prof. Dr. Haroon Yousaf (CED), Engr. Prof. Dr.Asif Masood, Engr. Dr. Syed Sajjad Hussain Rizvi, Engr. Prof. Dr. Sahibzada Ali Mahmud, Engr. Prof. Dr. Adnan Ahmed Khan, Engr. Prof. Dr. Saukat Ali Khan, Engr. Prof. Dr. Rashid Rehan, Engr. Dr. Rizwan ul Haque Farooqi, Engr. Prof. Dr. Mohsin Islam Tiwana, Engr. Prof. Dr. Hammad Omer and Engr. Muhammad Kashif Ali.

They visited the concerned departments and showed their satisfaction on the performance and quality of education. After the visit, the team had a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Vali Uddin and Registrar Syed Sarfraz Ali who gave detail briefing about the university’s performance and how the institution is maintaining its standards, which are acceptable at international levels. They informed them that the university is holding its classes and convocations strictly as per schedule. SSUET Registrar Syed Sarfraz Ali told the PEC team that the university pays exhaustive scholarships to make sure that no student is allowed to give up education because of any financial constraint.

DEMO and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) have launched SheMeansBusiness training workshops in Durshals, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The first 3-day digital marketing and financial management workshop was conducted in Durshal Peshawar.

Launched in 2016, the SheMeansBusiness program by Facebook supports women-owned enterprises to enter the digital economy through skills training and business inspiration. Global research reinforces the importance of women entrepreneurship as a building block in leading the economic progress of a country. To carry this mission forward, DEMO, along with KPITB, partnered to conduct a series of 3-day capacity building training workshops across the seven Durshal community spaces. Durshals are community spaces based in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which aim to provide youth with an opportunity to collaborate, innovate, access training, and launch new businesses.

The training was attended by women entrepreneurs belonging to various industries; from hospitality and recreation, to healthcare and education. Through presentations and practical demonstrations, they were taught skills related to the use of social media tools, content creation, online marketing, and financial management.

Muhammad Bin Masood, CEO at DEMO, while speaking at the workshop commented: “I am very pleased to see the response and motivation of our participants. The launch of SheMeansBusiness program will help women from KPK to learn from a world class curriculum and apply digital and financial literacy tools to improve their businesses. I believe digital skills are the skills of the present and the future and it pleases me to be able to play a part in imparting knowledge to a talented pool of women entrepreneurs. I am very excited and looking forward to the response we receive in the upcoming workshops at the rest of the Durshals.”

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sahibzada Ali Mahmud, Managing Director KPITB remarked, “The launch of this program has created an exciting opportunity for the entrepreneurs who want to equip themselves with the required expertise to be successful in this digital age, especially women-led businesses. Seeing the response, I am very hopeful that this initiative will help in advancing the scope of digital skills of KPK’s women entrepreneurs and bring a significant change in our economy.”

The next workshops will be conducted in the upcoming months in Durshals at Abbottabad, Swat, Swabi, Bannu and Mardan.

Durshal is a project of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB), designed to lead Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s digital transformation by establishing a network of community spaces across the province. The project aims to provide the youth with an opportunity to collaborate, innovate, access training, and launch new businesses. Durshal operates in 7 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa offering a multitude of facilities; access to finance, networking opportunities, incubation cycles, workshops and bootcamps, mentoring and coaching, and international exposure.

Likewise, the DEMO is a management agency that provides consultancy, training, services, and research in impact-driven verticals such as innovation & entrepreneurship, skills development, technology education, social media and digital platform