Posts tagged ‘Baloch’

June 30, 2011

Increasing literacy: Quality education for Baloch youth top priority

PPAF launches Rs250 million programme to improve education in the restive province. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has launched a comprehensive quality education programme for the youth of Balochistan at a cost of Rs250 million. The programme, which aims to increase literacy in the province, has been initiated in Kharan, Khuzdar, Musa Khel, Jhal Magsi, Kohlu, Awaran and Panjgur districts.

Over 12,000 students are enrolled in different schools under the programme. Out of these students, 7,700 are males and 4,400 are females.

PPAF has also established 31 community schools so far, while it has adopted 145 public schools and provided water, furniture, repair, renovation, teachers’ training and activation of school management committees in these districts. Similarly, the institution is providing financial support for fees, books, uniforms and stationery to over 3,000 students under the Chamalang Education Programme in Kohlu district.

The organisation has also arranged regular trips for students as a part of its initiative to expose these students to the diverse culture of the country. Currently 80 students from grade five to twelve are visiting Fort Munro, Ghazi Ghat Bridge in Multan, historical landmarks in Lahore, Military College Jhelum and Mangla Power House and Water Sports Club under the programme.

PPAF, a private sector institution, is one of the most prominent institutions working for development in the country and the largest source of pro-poor spending excluding Public Sector Development Programme. The organisation enjoys the support of Government of Pakistan, World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, United States Department of Agriculture, USAID, KfW (a German government-owned development bank) and the US Corporate Sector.

The institution’s outreach extends all over the country and its development programmes have been widely recognised. PPAF has received a positive response from donors as well.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2011.

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June 30, 2011

PU scandal: Inquiry committee finds Prof Baloch guilty, again

Home Secretary’s inquiry committee also finds Professor Baloch guilty of sexual harassment. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: An inquiry committee has found a suspended Punjab University (PU) professor guilty of sexual harassment.

The inquiry commission formed by the Home Secretary found that professor Iftikhar Baloch had sexually harassed a student and an administrator.

Professor Iftikhar Baloch, the principal of PU’s College of Earth and Environment Sciences was suspended by the Vice Chancellor on charges of sexual harassment.

The Punjab University had dismissed the professor in April after a four-member inquiry commission found him guilty of sexually harassing a PhD student and an administrator.

This however did not sit well with the Governor who pressured the chancellor of Punjab University and issued an ultimatum to the Vice Chancellor to restore the post of the professor. However, since the Governor can no longer ‘advise’ the Vice Chancellor after the 18th amendment, a second inquiry commission was formed by the Home Department of Punjab.

However, professor Baloch has denied the allegations.