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(VIDEO and TEXT) French Consul General opens All-Pakistan Inter-Universities Magazine Cover-Designing Contest & Media Pupil Zobia Shoaib’s Solo Photo Exposition

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BY M. M. ALAM

KARACHI (5 Jan., 2017): Alliance Française de Karachi (French Cultural Center) was the place where a large number of enthusiastic & talented young Media Studies students converged from all over the Metropolis this evening.

They were there to be part of the First All-Pakistan Inter-Universities Magazine Cover-Designing Competition that was supplemented by journalism pupil Zobia Shoaib’s first Solo Photography Exposition titled Unending Voyage .

Both the events were organized jointly by Alliance Française de Karachi & News Pakistan.TV (official partners of BBC NEWS). 

A jury short-listed 50 best covers that were exhibited in the Main Art Gallery of Alliance Française.

Consul General of France Monsieur François Dall’Orso, who  inaugurated the two events, appreciated Inter-Universities Magazine Cover-Designing Competition’s contestants’ efforts and creativity. 

French Consul General also lauded Zobia Shoaib’s brilliance in photography. 

President Alliance Française Bina Shah (writer and former editor of web magazines Computer World and Spider) while addressing the students of Media Studies present in the audience shared her experiences in the field of journalism.

Director Alliance Française Jean-François Chénin greatly appreciated the efforts of youngsters.

Over 500 Media Studies students from more than 80 institutions submitted covers designed by them from all over Pakistan.

Following meticulous assessment of technical and aesthetic aspects Magazine cover tiled Leader, designed by Ramsha Alam, was judged the best; Second Prize was awarded to the cover titled OK designed by Amna Ashraf; 3rd Prize was given to Mahnoor Nizami’s Elan.

Consul General of France handed over  prizes to the winners. He also gave away Appreciation Certificates to the participants.

In recognition of the continuous support extended by the Consul General of France towards propagation of Education in Sindh a student presented a cover featuring him as the best Consul General of the Year.

 

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U.S. CG Grace Shelton witnesses accord signing for USAID schools’ running

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KARACHI: An agreement was signed here today between School Education & Literacy Department and private organizations to manage Govt. schools built under USAID-funded Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP).

Speaking on the occasion Consul General Shelton envisaged: “These children in Sindh who will receive free quality education will grow up to become the next generation of engineers, doctors, teachers, and entrepreneurs.”

Grace Shelton holding that USA was proud to partner with the Govt. of Sindh in this important initiative maintained:  “Sindh Basic Education Program is helping improve the quality of teaching and increase equitable access to safe learning opportunities for children, especially girls”.

The Government of Sindh is the first province to implement this innovative Public-Private Partnership by awarding concession agreements for a period of up to ten years to private sector organizations to improve the operations of public schools under the Education Management Organization (EMO) policy.

Under these agreements Indus Resource Centre (IRC), Charter for Compassion (CFC), Health and Nutrition Society (HANDS), and Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO) will manage a total of 14 newly constructed schools built under SBEP.  These schools are part of the 106 large state-of-the-art school buildings being reconstructed in northern Sindh and Karachi under SBEP, which is a $155 million initiative that aims to increase and sustain student enrollment in primary, middle, and secondary public schools. Nine other schools completed earlier are already operating under similar agreements. Ceremony was witnessed by the Consul General of USA here Grace Shelton, Sindh Minister of Education Jam Mehtab Dahar, USAID Deputy Mission Director Oghale Oddo, and Sindh Secretary of Education Iqbal Durrani.  

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Post-knife attacks scenario: KU orders students, staff to enter varsity premises ‘without helmets’

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KARACHI: In the wake of recent knife attacks in the city by a helmet-wearing motorcyclist, the University of Karachi (KU) administration has prohibited wearing of helmet by students and staff within its premises.

The serial stabber has stabbed 11 women in as many days, as police remain clueless regarding identity and motive of the lone assailant.

Chief Minister of Sindh has also announced a Rs0.5m reward for information about the serial attacker.

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(VIDEO AND TEXT) HEC celebrates its 15th anniversary at NED University

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KARACHI: NED University of Engineering and Technology was the venue where 15th anniversary of Higher Education Commission (HEC) was celebrated.

Large number of guests who converged in the auditorium included Governor of Sindh, Vice Chancellors, HEC higher-ups, faculty members and students.

Following the recitation of verses from Holy Quran and playing of National Anthem Vice Chancellor NED University Dr. Sarosh Hashmat Lodi delivered the welcoming speech.

Acting Executive Director G. Raza Bhatti while addressing the audience briefed about the HEC journey over the years.

Governor of Sindh Muhammad Zubair, while noting the increasing number of M Phil and PhD scholars held that Pakistan was transforming.

Commemorative shields were presented to the guests on the occasion.

An exposition showing the inventiveness of pupils from various universities was also part of the event. Dr. Sarosh Lodi (VC NED University) told that was an event to showcase commercially marketable products invented by students. 

Dr. Sarosh told that all the universities in the Metropolis were invited to take part in the exposition

Regional Director HEC Engineer Javed Memon, Acting Executive Director HEC Dr. Raza Bhatti: Vice Chancellor Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari Dr. Akhtar Baloch and Vice Chancellor NED University Dr. Sarosh Hashmat Lodi talked exclusively to Newspakistan.tv (Official Partner BBCNEWS). 

Acting Executive Director HEC Dr. Raza Bhatti informed: “We have a faculty of eleven thousand PhD scholars. Moreover, we have five thousand PhD scholars abroad in 48 different countries. And a same number of scholars is enrolled in Pakistan”.

Dt. Bhatti further informed NewsPaksitan.tv that male:female ratio of students was 68:32 in 2002.  But now, he said, it has reached up to 48 percent. “So you see the number is increasing.

“According to our research in 2002 number of our research publication was 800 but now it is about 12 thousands.

“That shows the magnitude of our progress, that the graph is expending horizontally and vertically.

 

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