ISLAMABAD: Fifty Pakistani English language teachers who successfully completed the U.S. Embassy-sponsored 10-week E-Teacher Scholarship program presented on their experience at a four-day conference in Islamabad.
Participants graduated from courses focused on topics such as Critical Thinking, Assessment, TESOL Methodology, Education Technology, Teaching Reading, and Differentiated Learning.
American Embassy Regional English Language Officer Maria Snarski met with the Pakistani educators during the conference and encouraged them to meet one another and reflect on their day-to-day education practices to develop new ideas to improve their classrooms.
“The E-Teacher Program and this alumni conference not only offers educators the opportunity to develop their own methodology and expertise,” Snarski said, “It allows them to think critically about the way they are preparing the youth of Pakistan for the future.”
Rabiah, an E-Teacher alumna based in KPK commented, “The course on Critical Thinking has helped me to transform my classroom pedagogy from slow spoon-feeding to active reasoning.”
The American Embassy sponsors English language programs in Pakistan for both teachers and students. Each year, the programs educate over 3000 students via direct teaching to help them develop employability and leadership skills.
Additionally, English programs support approximately 300 teachers annually via face-to-face training and online courses. There are more than 15,000 English program alumni in Pakistan.
NUST girl students to participate in Int’l Formula Student competition
ISLAMABAD: A group of girl students from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) are employing mechanical skills to produce a car to participate in the International Formula Student competition that will be held in Silverstone Car Racing Track, United Kingdom in July.
Through excessive effort and hard work, the 15-member ‘Team Auj’ has successfully secured its place as a registered participant of the International Formula Student competition, a press release issued here said.
This initiative taken by young students raise women participation in the motor-sports industry is gaining momentum as these talented girls continue to utilize their skills and knowledge in designing and manufacturing a formula-style race car for the competition.
The team is not only determined to land a position among the topmost teams of the competition but is also prepared to have its impact on the society by encouraging able women to put their knowledge and creativity to a better, more practical use.
Team Auj is one of the many initiatives to increase women empowerment but what sets it apart from other campaigns is its access to an international audience. It also aims at encouraging Pakistani women to involve themselves in projects that are usually restricted to the male gender and broaden their horizons, allowing them to become more independent.
Thus far, Team Auj has managed to win the support of some of the biggest companies in Pakistan and attract many sponsors through the unique and significant concept.
It is demonstrating their exemplary skills to an international audience through Formula Student, enabling the world to see the real capability of Pakistani women.
Wardah Jamal, Marketing Manager of Team Auj, said that it was the ‘first all girls team’ which would represent Pakistan in the competition with car No 199 on the race track.
Education minister re-launches FBISE website
ISLAMABAD: Minister for education Engr Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman while re-launching the website of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), has said that present government has put the education sector in the country on the path of development.
Addressing the Re-Launching Ceremony of FBISE Website here, he said that during the last five years all provinces including federal government worked for the promotion of education sector.
The ceremony was also attended by MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Chairman FBISE Malik Ikram Ali Malik, Secretary FBISE and other representatives of educational institutions.
During the ceremony, the winners of the sports games organized by the FBISE were also awarded trophies by the minister.
Relevant piece published earlier: Federal Minister for Education Engr Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman today said that private sector was playing a pivotal role in promoting education across the world.
Addressing the ceremony organized here by the representatives of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) in honor of the selection of Ziab un Nisa as Board of Governors (BoG) of FBISE, he also commended the role of private sector in country’s education system.
He said that despite facing many troubles in shape of sit-ins during last five years the present government had tried its best for the promotion of education sector. “We had implemented compulsory Quranic education(Nazra and Translation) in both public and private schools of Islamabad Capital Territory( ICT),” he added.
He said that according to the report of Alif Ailan Bahawalpur district had been ranked at number 10 from 46 in district education ranking.
Private Schools should have the right to finalize their fees but they should not increase fee 50 percent at once. He stressed the need to set a mechanism under which the fee could be increased annually.
Earlier, in her address newly elected member of Board of Governors(BoD) of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education(FBISE), Zaib-un-Nisa thanked the representatives of APPSMA for holding an event in connection with her selection.
Faisalabad University of Agriculture produces over 1660 PhDs
FAISALABAD: Faisalabad University of Agriculture produces over 1660 PhDs, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has produced eight more PhD scholars, raising the UAF PhD club members up to 1661.
UAF spokesman said here today that Muhammad Mubashar Omar from Department of Farm Machinery and Power, Fareeha Bashir from Department of Biochemistry; Muhammad Idrees from Department of Agronomy; Wafa Majeed from Institute of Pharmacy, Physiology and Pharmacology, Zinayyera Subhani from Department of Biochemistry, Arslan Afzal from Department of Farm Machinery and Power, Adnan Khaliq from National Institute of Food Science and Technology, and Mujahid Manzoor from Department of Entomology have passed their final examinations for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Titles of their thesis were ‘Design, development and performance evaluation of biomass gasifier for power generation’, ‘Development of microbial proteases for industrial applications’, ‘Selenium Biofortification in wheat through different application methods’, ‘Antihyperglycemic potential of polyherbal formulation in alloxanized chyperglycemic rats’, ‘Characterization and efficacy of different aflatoxin detoxifying agents’, ‘Development of a hybrid solar distillation system for value addition of medicinal plants’, ‘Exploration of camel milk properties and its compatibility for yogurt production’, and ‘Demography, bio-ecology and integrated management of red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus Ferrugineus in Punjab (Pakistan)’ respectively, he added.