TEXT M. M. ALAM
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VOICE OVER MAHNOOR NIZAMI
KARACHI: Consul General of USA Brian Heath has applauded the hard work and dedication of 150 disadvantaged young people who have successfully completed the US Government-sponsored language program ‘English Works’.
Brian Heath was speaking on the occasion of certificate distribution event held here at the Hotel Marriott’s Crystal Ball Room on Saturday morning.
Commenting at the ‘Closing Ceremony’ Consul General Heath termed it as Opening Ceremony “of the challenges to go out and apply in practice what the youngsters have been learning in theory’.
Consul General held, from that moment on the students were going to endeavor for a better life equipped with confidence of being Anglophones.
“I applaud your efforts in the classroom over the past six months, and encourage you to continue to engage in lifetime learning. Regardless of your chosen profession, success demands a commitment to grow and develop so you can reach your full potential,” said Consul General Heath.
Remarking that Pakistan was not poor and its people were its great asset, CG Heath said that the US was expecting very abstract returns from the investment made on the edification of Pakistani youngsters: Getting jobs, promotions for improved life, betterment of families, community and ultimately for prosperous future of Pakistan and its relations with US.
According to Brian Heath, the US government wants students to take the skills and knowledge they gained into the professional world as well as their communities. “We want you to use the knowledge and skills learned through this program to make a better future for yourselves and your families. As well-educated and competitive workforce is a key to Pakistan’s future economic success. By making and investment in you, we are making an investment in Pakistan.”
The diplomat also praised the enthusiasm and support of teachers who were also present on the occasion.
‘English Works’ program aims to help disadvantaged young people improve their career prospects – provide the students with classroom instruction in English vocabulary, grammar and writing in workplace environments.
Conspicuous among others there were Farah Kamal, executive director iEarn Pakistan and Society for International Education, Consulate’s Cultural Affairs Officer Li Ping Lo and Cultural Attaché Griffin Rozell. iEarn/Society for International Education is the IS Consulate’s implementing partner in Karachi and Hyderabad.
English Works program seeks to improve job-related English and practical skills among disadvantaged young people aged 18-25. For six months, participants attend up to 12 hours per week of classroom instruction in English vocabulary, grammar and writing for use in workplace environments. The program, with 400 participants across Pakistan, also include seminars, workshops and conferences on resume writing, job interviews and workplace etiquette.
Excelling at Education
KARACHI: Araiz Hasan Barohi, 17, has contributed significantly towards presenting the positive image of Pakistan by excelling at education.
According to details Araiz Hasan Barohi, hailing from the city of Nawabshah (Province of Sindh), has been bequeathed ‘Top of the World Award’ 2017 for acquiring the highest marks globally in the subject of Mathematics.
Those who acquire cent per cent marks in the Cambridge exams – in addition to their extra-curricular activities – are bestowed following distinctions: i) City; ii) Country; iii) Regional; and finally iv) Top in the World Award
Government should consider providing scholarship to this brilliant pupil enabling him to pursue higher edification abroad.
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M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: Venue was the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) where journalists from all over the Metropolis converged to be part of a Presser addressed by the recently appointed (on 7th of December, 2017) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. S. Altaf Hussain.
Speaking on the occasion he drew a parallel between a Mosque and a University and held that both should be equally revered.
He said that for him the students’ education and interests were of ultimate importance and any failing in this respect would not be tolerated.
Maintaining that teachers’ job was to edify and concentrate on research work, VC held that it was not appropriate for them to demonstrate on the roads and hold press conferences.
Pointing towards the ongoing agitation by teachers of the University, VC said that there were not more than 15 teachers involved in the manifestation against administration for their own agenda risking the academic future of thousands of the University students.
Dr. Altaf Hussain, while elaborating that few teachers who are receiving hundreds of thousands of rupees under the tenure track system told that they also wanted to encroach upon the administrative posts instead of teaching.
He told that legally such teachers could not hold any administrative posts.
According to the VC Dr. Hussain due to inappropriate stance of such teachers students are continuously suffering, rate of admission is diminishing and the University is facing financial losses.
He said that as the VC of Allama Iqbal Open University for almost five years he had managed to transform the institution into one of the world’s best universities.
Dr. Altaf Hussain said that he wanted to act in the same dynamic way to ameliorate the standards of Urdu University as well.
He held that fearing the accountability and imminent transformation, ten to fifteen teachers were trying to create hurdles and pressurize the administration in order to protect their own interests.
Vice Chancellor, while warning those involved in politics of severe actions, assured the teachers and non-teaching staff that with their support the university would soon come out of the present tribulations and progress towards a brilliant future.