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Business studies a new favourite discipline for Pakistani students

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 18, 2014. Islamabad – For decades, engineering and medicine have been Pakistan’s favourite professions. The patriarchal Pakistani society approves of female doctors, alongside women teachers perhaps, and the country’s men have often been pushed, sometimes against their will, to be […]

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UN Envoy promises $1 billion in education assistance over four years, demands govt action

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 30, 2014. Islamabad – The international community will support Pakistan with around $1 billion in financial assistance over the next four years to help with domestic efforts to deliver universal education in the country, United Nations special envoy on global […]

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Nigeria-Pakistan have entered an era of economic diplomacy

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 1, 2014. Islamabad – In just the past two years, the bilateral trade volume between Pakistan and Nigeria has increased fivefold, heralding the start of what might be called an age of “economic diplomacy” between the two countries. Much of […]

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Girl Rising screening in Islamabad

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 11, 2014. Islamabad – The voice-over sentences carry a significant and staggering statistic: “A girl born on planet Earth today has a one-in-four chance of being born into poverty. And without education, that is where she will stay.” The words […]

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Enrollment campaign on Int’l Literacy Day 2013

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sep 8, 2013. Islamabad – Pakistan will celebrate the International Literacy Day 2013 with a three-day nationwide campaign to enroll at least 0.5 million out-of-school children, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal, announced on Saturday. Iqbal was […]

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HEC announces 2013 university rankings

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 5, 2013, andJul 6, 2013. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) released the “Quality & Research based Ranking 2013” for Pakistani universities, at a press conference in Islamabad on Friday. The rankings are divided into four discipline-based and three enrollment-based categories. […]

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Foreign scholarships, job placements most asked questions at Education Expo 2013

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 30, 2013. Islamabad – Financial aid and job placements were the two major issues students had on their minds when they visited the Express Education and Career Expo which opened at the Pak-China Friendship Centre on Wednesday. Twenty-two year old […]

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No funds at the HEC

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on March 3, 2013. Islamabad – ZERO. That is the grand total of the development funds the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has received for the third quarter of the current fiscal year. The government had pledged Rs15.8 billion to the HEC in the […]

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Islamabad school staff goes on strike

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 11, 2013. Islamabad – Education is expected to suffer at the twenty Islamabad Model Colleges on Monday as the teaching and nonteaching employees of the colleges have announced a complete strike. At a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, representatives of […]

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NA passes private education regulatory bill

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 24, 2013. Islamabad – The Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) is all set to get some real powers after the National Assembly passed a bill on Wednesday to keep Islamabad’s private educational institutions (PEIs) in check. The Islamabad Capital Territory […]

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