22 October 2017

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Monday October 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Higher Education Commission Thursday organized an award distribution ceremony for a new batch of 3,000 Afghan students under the Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarship Program.
These students will pursue their higher education in different universities of Pakistan. These scholarships, which will be awarded over a period of five years, have been offered after success of the first phase launched in 2009 through Ministry of Education and Ministry for Inter-Provincial Coordination for provision of 3,000 scholarships. Those students who were awarded scholarship in that phase have completed their studies and returned to Afghanistan.
The award ceremony held at a local hotel in Lahore was presided over by Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Governor Punjab. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Mr. Omer Zakhilwal, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan, Advisor to Minister of Education in Afghanistan Amanullah Faqiri and Mr. Zahid Nasrullah Khan, and Ambassador of Pakistan to Afghanistan were also present. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of HEC, welcomed the students who had been selected on fully funded scholarships in top universities of Pakistan. The chairman informed that the Higher Education Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Afghanistan conducted test in Afghanistan and selected these students in Phase-II of scholarships as the first phase of award of scholarship has been completed. Moreover, merit list for MPhil and PhD program is under process, he stated.
Dr. Mukhtar maintained the HEC believes in person to person and institution to institution relations that is why we are working on inviting Afghan faculty members of their Universities to stay, live and work here in Pakistan. He further reiterated that HEC will provide support in Quality assurance and human resource development of Afghan Education System. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed in his closing remarks advised Afghan students that both nations have faced vulnerable situation since 1979. Now, time had come to spend energies on constructive things instead of wasting time on destruction. Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana said: “We are proud of hosting Afghan students in Pakistani Universities. He said that after completion of studies in Pakistan these young students will become ambassadors of Pakistan to Afghanistan.”
The governor further said that the international world is concerned about bilateral relations of Afghanistan and Pakistan. “We need to change their perception about our relations as both countries share historical past, have cultural resemblance and a similar religion along with a common geography, “he added. He directed representatives of Afghan delegation to promote bilateral relations by informing their people about hospitality of Pakistani people. Amanullah Faqiri, Adviser of Education Minister, in Afghanistan congratulated students of winning scholarship. He told the students that he is also a Graduate from Pakistani University in Business Administration. He told students to be change agents and after completion of their degrees convey their good memories and message of peace back to their hometown.
Omer Zakhilwal congratulated HEC for the ceremony and successful completion of Phase-I of this scholarship scheme and launching of Phase-II of the scheme. He informed that Allama Iqbal is equally appraised, accredited and respected in Afghanistan as in Pakistan. He added that relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan are multi-dimensional and we are celebrating one important dimension of student exchange. It is desire and wish of our people to be in good relations with Pakistani people, he underscored. Zahid Nasrullah Khan, Ambassador to Pakistan, told Afghan students that literacy rate of women in Afghanistan is very low. That is why government of Pakistan is offering 100 dedicated scholarships to female Afghan students as no nation can progress without providing education to their women.
The Nation

Sunday October 01, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The reconstruction works of 28 school buildings has begun in northern Samagan province yesterday.
Mohammad Omar Istanekzai in-charge of education national promotion quality program told BNA correspondent, these school building to be renovated at the cost of 11.5 million Afs funded from development budget of ministry of education within the next 6 months.
Meanwhile, Abdul Wadod manager of plan in education department of the province said BNA, 119,000 students (girl and boy) are studying in 294 schools in center and six districts of the province.
It is mentionable that among 294 schools, 120 schools are without buildings, Abdul Wadod added.

Thursday September 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The construction work of three administrative buildings for education department has started in northern Baghlan province the other day.
Dr. Muhiuddin Paykan head of education department of the province told BNA reporter, each building of the department to be constructed with a sum of over 6,000,000 Afs from government budget on 2000 meters square lands in three floors within the next 8 months.
Now staffs of education department of the province are living in rent’s building, that monthly paid 250,000 Afs, Paykan added.

Tuesday September 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) After the success of the Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team that visited the United States in July, more and more young girls in Afghanistan have expressed interest in becoming more involved with robotics and technology.
The Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team participated in the First Global Challenge in Washington D.C. After the State Department denied the girls visas twice, widespread condemnation from feminist and humanitarian groups successfully put public pressure on the Department of Homeland Security to issue humanitarian paroles that allowed the girls to enter the country. The girls were awarded silver medals at the competition for their “courageous achievement.”
Upon their return to Afghanistan, the Girls’ Robotics team was welcomed by President Ashrad Ghani and First Lady Rula Ghani, members of parliament, the Minister of Education, and several other state officials. Although they received a positive welcome, many still have concerns about the girls’ safety. Roya Mahboob, founder of the Afghan Citadel Software Company and CEO of the Digital Citizen Fund, said in an interview with the Feminist Majority Foundation that the Afghan Robotic have become a “symbol of courage and positive change in Afghanistan.” Families who did not want their daughters to come to the United States have asked Mahboob if their daughters could join the team and attend future conferences.
The Afghan Girl’s Robotics team, which is a training project under Digital Citizen Fund’s program, started with only 12 students, but aims to expand by adding eight more this year. The students who are interested in joining the team are mostly from the cities of Herat, Farah and Nimruz. The girls will attend the World Summit AI in the Netherlands in October. Mahboob’s organization now has the capacity to enroll eight girls who also take an exam before joining the program. According to Mahboob, there were hundreds of girls standing in lines to take the entrance exam for the program. Mahboob’s dream is to establish the first School of Technology, Engineering, and Innovation in Afghanistan. In the meantime, she is working to find additional funding so that she can expand the robotics program and enroll more girls.

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