THE Namal College, Mianwali, last week organised a Zakat Dinner for Scholarship Fund at a local club wherein its Board of Governors chairman Imran Khan announced scholarships for two students and another in the name of his mother. Imran’s sister also announced a scholarship in the name of her late father.
Imran Khan, who also heads his political party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, told the dinner participants that the Namal College had completed five years and had 11 PhDs on its faculty and some 300 students on its rolls hailing from 47 districts of Pakistan.
He said the college had received 1,000 acres of land and was striving for imparting quality education to minimise the gap between haves and have-nots.
Namal College spokesman said the Zakat dinner was aimed at collecting scholarship funds for the upcoming batch of the institute (Class of 2018).
He said the college would also launch a Zakat Campaign with the theme ‘Aala Taleem aik nahinn kayee zindgiyaan badal deti hai’ inspired by a college gold medalist, Malik Ehtishaam. He went through a rigorous programme to earn a degree and through that a career which had not only changed his own life but also of all those associated with him.
The spokesman said the first two college batches — Class of 2012 and 2013 — had graduated with University of Bradford degrees. “For the first time, our bright youngsters from rural Pakistan were provided an opportunity and they successfully completed a degree programme of international standards. Namal College assisted over 90 per cent of the students in overcoming their financial constraints,” he added.
He said Imran Khan envisaged a Knowledge City by 2020 in the vicinity of Namal College, comprising different types of schools, accommodation and sports facilities and world class infrastructure.
THE Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) has launched its Zakat Fund and urged the masses to donate for the tuition fee support for needy Muslim students.
Stating the Zakat Fund was established in 2013, FCC Registrar Dr Hamid Saeed says the college’s student body consists of 6,347 out of whom 5,639 are Muslims. Not all of these students can afford to get higher education and have to rely on financial aid, he says.
In 2012-13, he says, a total of 1,506 students received financial assistance; of them 880 were Muslims. “This is why we would like to urge you to support FCC’s Zakat Fund through so that more deserving students can continue their educational endeavors,” Dr Saeed says.
CONSIDERING the media is becoming an important and powerful industry and it needs skilled human resource, the University of Central Punjab last weekend launched its School of Media and Communication Studies.
UCP Pro-Rector Dr Muhammad Zafarullah says the school has become the eighth faculty in the university and offers BS (Honours) and MSc programmes to begin with.
He hoped the media and communication studies faculty led by renowned educationist Prof Dr Mugheesuddin Sheikh would produce graduates that would readily be accepted by the local media industry.
Dr Zafarullah was speaking at a roundtable discussion on “Bridging the gap between media profession and media education” organised by media school dean Dr Mugheesuddin Sheikh on the varsity campus.
Dr Sheikh introduced the BS (Honours) and MSc course outlines to the media professionals and said the school’s roadmap was very clear that would lead up to PhD level. He said the school would also set up its own radio and a newsroom to offer its students hands-on training.
The participants also discussed in detail the emerging face of media, including social media and digitalisation.
THE Directorate of Staff Development last week imparted six-day training to more than 90 master trainers from the Punjab Workers Welfare Board, who had been tasked to impart training to the board schools teachers.
The master trainers were imparted training in modern teaching methodologies so that teachers in schools could impart quality education to students.
DSD Programme Director Ehsan Bhutta said the public sector schools’ teachers were far better qualified and trained as compared to those serving in private institutes. He, however, stressed that the public sector schools teachers needed to perform their duties with more honesty