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Allama Iqbal Open University offers free education to prisoners

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) remains the only public sector university that has been offering free education to prisoners since the 1990s. AIOU provides free admission forms to the prisoners who want to enroll in the program. During their jail time, prisoners are exempted from registration, admission, tuition, examination, and degree fee. AIOU has been offering education to prisoners from Matric to Bachelors levels since 2016. 

Govt to reform CSS exams, will reduce age limit by 2 years

Th federal government is planning to reform the Central Superior Services (CSS) examination process. The government has decided to slash the upper age limit for CSS examination by 2 years decreasing it from 30 to 28 years. Moreover,the special quota for candidates hailing from underdeveloped parts of the country in will be eliminated judging all candidates equally by using percentile system.

Government reduces fuel prices for December

The federal government has slashed the price of petroleum products up to 3.4 per cent “to provide relief to the consumers”. According to an official, the new prices will come into effect from Sunday, December 1, 2019. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) had recommended to reduce price of Light Diesel Oil around Rs 2.9 per litre and a nominal reduction in the prices of petrol by Rs0.25 or 0.2 per cent. 

US to increase educational opportunities for Pakistani students

According to Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Lisa K. Heller, the Trump administration will increase its support for educational opportunities and student exchange programs for Pakistani students of different backgrounds. The US embassy, in collaboration with Education USA, organized International Education Week (IEW) from November 18th to 22nd to encourage Pakistani youngsters to study in the US.

Pakistani professor wins International Technology Innovation Award

Syed Ahmed Chan Bukhari, a US-based Pakistani professor, has been presented the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s (IEEE) Technology Innovation Award for his work in the standardization of biomedical data. Syed Ahmed Chan hails from Gujrat,Pakistan and is currently serving as Program Director Healthcare Informatics at the Saint John’s University of New York and has also served in prestigious universities like Yale and Stanford. 

Pakistani engineering degrees are now accepted worldwide

As Pakistan is now a permanent member of the Washington Accord, engineering degrees issued by local higher education institutions are now accepted worldwide. According to the former chairperson of Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi Rukhsana Zuberi, PEC has worked hard to gain this membership which will allow Pakistani engineers to get jobs and admissions around the world without any additional qualifications.

HEC is working on a commercial policy to make universities self-sufficient

The government is working on a commercial policy for universities to make them self-sufficient, disclosed during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Science and Technology.  The committee was briefed on the financial constraints faced by COMSATS and other universities as well as problems being faced by the administration and students due to the shortage of funds, and on virtual campus regulations such as decrease in salary as well as student scholarship budget.

Rabi Pirzada lodges complaint with FIA over video leak

Pakistani singer Rabi Pirzada filed a complaint with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday to take action against the persons who leaked her private videos and pictures on social media. The FIA received the complaint and promised to urge Facebook to disclose the details of the person who leaked the private videos on the social media platform. Several social media users including  her lawyer Nighat Dad and Meesha Shafi supported her through tweets

Indian capital Delhi gasps under choking smog

India’s capital New Delhi was enveloped in heavy, toxic smog Sunday, the worst levels in recent years which lead to diversion of flights. The recommended World Health Organisation safe daily maximum reading for pollutants in the atmosphere is 25 but it hit 810 micro grams per cubic metre Sunday morning. Locals complained of sore eyes and throat along with visibility issues while driving. 

Pakistani migrants found in a lorry in France

More than 30 migrants from Pakistan were found hidden in a lorry in southern France.The Pakistani driver was detained. The group of 31 Pakistani migrants was discovered during a routine check on a motorway near the Italian border on Friday. The discovery came after 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated truck in Britain last month. The prosecutors said they will try to trace back to a network.