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LUMS adds another feather in its cap

MIRPURKHAS - Provincial Minister for Education Jam Mehtab Dahr has said that improvement in educational sector is must to save future of the youth.

He was presiding over a meeting of officers of education department, elected representatives, district administration officers and members of civil society here at cultural complex (Ajrak Club) on Friday.

He said he was striving to improve the education system in the province.

He sought the cooperation from district administration, officers of education department and elected representatives to point out the closed schools, problems being faced in this regard and the measures to remove these problems.

He asked the elected representatives to point out closed schools, problems of the schools and ghost teachers and submit to him their reports through deputy commissioner Mirpurkhas within a week for taking action against the guilty officials and officers.

Provincial minister directed the Deputy Commissioner Mirpurkhas Syed Mehdi Ali Shah to set up monitoring committees on taluka and district level to ensure proper use of school specific and SMC funds.

Director Education Mirpurkhas Niaz Leghari was directed to appoint the NTS pass primary school teachers in union councils, junior school teachers at taluka level and high school teachers in high schools in the district.

He said that a teacher be appointed on 30 children (students).

Provincial minister said that we have succeeded to separate the schools and colleges department and now measures were being taken to appoint subject specialists in each college and added that after the imposition of educational emergency in Sindh deputy commissioner had been bound to visit a college in a week, assistant commissioner bound to visit a high school and Mukhtiarkar to visit five primary schools in a week.

He said that he had been assured by the elected representatives, civil society, district administration and officers of the education department that they would work for making the education system better and hoped that they would keep their word.

He asked the chairman union councils to take measures to appoint teachers in closed schools of their areas with the help of Sindh Education foundation. Deputy Commissioner Mirpurkhas Syed Mehdi Ali Shah said that he was going to launch an operation clean up in the education department to resolve its problems.

Talking to media persons, the provincial minister said that the Sindh government was implementing the merit and action would be taken against those education department officers found non-cooperative.

In reply to few questions, he said that the education department, with the cooperation of USAID, was building 106 O level schools to improve the quality of education.

He said that although the biometric system was better but at the time of imposing this system some conditions had not been met.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 07-Jan-2017LAHORE: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) achieved another milestone by establishing 'School of Education' following the approval by its Board of Trustees.

The School of Education joins as the fifth school at LUMS after the already established schools of business, humanities and social sciences, science and engineering, and law.

The exploratory phase for the School of Education was initiated in October 2015, with funding from the Babar Ali Foundation, and the objective of enabling LUMS to intervene as a thought leader and change maker in a rapidly expanding educational milieu of Pakistan.

The Planning Committee of the project included LUMS Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali, LUMS Management Committee member Osman Khalid Waheed, and LUMS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sohail Naqvi, with Dr Tahir Andrabi, Professor of Economics at Pomona College as executive director, Dr Mariam Chughtai from the Harvard University as associate director of the project.

Dr Asim Ijaz Khwaja, professor of International Finance and Development at Harvard Kennedy School, and Dr Faisal Bari, associate professor of Economics at LUMS were advisers to the team.

Over the course of the project phase, the team established local, regional and international linkages through events such as the inaugural of an education roundtable at the LUMS in March 2016, convening academics, practitioners and policy experts with the aim of understanding disparate perspectives on education reforms in Pakistan. Similarly, in May 2016, an education roundtable at Harvard University seeded partnerships for the project internationally with top universities and education faculty from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, and Northwestern, amongst others.

Faculty from these universities will comprise the advisory board for the newly established school.

Three kinds of programmes will be offered under the school, including masters in education policy, leadership and management.

According to a university's statement, the School of Education will operate at the crucial nexus of research, policy and practice, supporting a faculty that is internationally competitive, connected, and relevant. "The curriculum, featuring extensive field engagement, will produce graduates capable of becoming strategic leaders, policy researchers and reflective practitioners.

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