Punjab Gets E-Learn Platform to Make Textbooks Available Online for Free. #Pakistan

Image Punjab Government has made its e-learn platform available online, which will enable students to access textbooks, videos, tutorials and other academic stuff online for free.

Somewhat similar to Khan’s Academy, PITB’s e-learning platform will be specifically tailored for students enrolled with Punjab Education Boards.

Platform will offer Text Books, Videos, Simulations, Animations and other supporting assessments for the better understanding of students about their subjects and topics.

E-Learn Platform, down the line, may get this same content pre-loaded into laptops or tablets, or made available in the form of CDs. The introduction of online self-assessment features as well as centralized course/content management tools for public schools is also planned.

You can Access ELearn.Punjab here: http://elearn.punjab.gov.pk/

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Neelum Valley وادیِ نیلم, Pakistan. Paradise is right here.

Neelam Valley (also spelled Neelum Valley) (Urdu: وادیِ نیلم ‎) is a 200 km long bow-shaped deeply forested region in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is consist of Neelam District has two tehsils Athmuqam and Shardah.

Neelam Valley is situated at the North & North-East of Muzaffarabad, running parallel to Kaghan Valley. The two valleys are only separated by snow-covered peaks, some over 4,000 meters (Bad rounding here13,000 ft) above sea level.

The valley possesses scenic beauty, panoramic views, towering hills on both sides of the noisy Neelam river, lush green forests, enchanting streams and attractive surroundings. More>>

Malala – The Daughter of Pakistan

 

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls’ education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. In 2013, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Initial Activism

Malala attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded. After the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in Swat, she gave a speech in Peshawar, Pakistan, in September 2008. The title of her talk was, “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”

In early 2009, Malala began blogging for the BBC about living under the Taliban’s threats to deny her an education. In order to hide her identity, she used the name Gul Makai. However, she was revealed to be the BBC blogger in December of that year.

With a growing public platform, Malala continued to speak out about her right, and the right of all women, to an education. Her activism resulted in a nomination for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011. That same year, she was awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize.

Targeted by the Taliban

When she was 14, Malala and her family learned that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her. Though Malala was frightened for the safety of her father—an anti-Taliban activist—she and her family initially felt that the fundamentalist group would not actually harm a child.

On October 9, 2012, on her way home from school, a man boarded the bus Malala was riding in and demanded to know which girl was Malala. When her friends looked toward Malala, her location was given away. The gunman fired at her, hitting Malala in the left side of her head; the bullet then traveled down her neck. Two other girls were also injured in the attack.

The shooting left Malala in critical condition, so she was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar. A portion of her skull was removed to treat her swelling brain. To receive further care, she was transferred to Birmingham, England.

After the Attack

Once she was in the United Kingdom, Malala was taken out of a medically induced coma. Though she would require multiple surgeries—including repair of a facial nerve to fix the paralyzed left side of her face—she had suffered no major brain damage. In March 2013, she was able to begin attending school in Birmingham.

The shooting resulted in a massive outpouring of support for Malala, which continued during her recovery. She gave a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, in 2013. She has also written an autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, which was released in October 2013. Unfortunately, the Taliban still considers Malala a target.

Despite the Taliban’s threats, Malala remains a staunch advocate for the power of education. On October 10, 2013, in acknowledgement of her work, the European Parliament awarded her the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. She has also been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Interesting facts about #Pakistan

1- Pakistan has the 6th largest army in the world.

2- MM. Alam made a world record by downing 4 Indian aircrafts in less than 30 seconds (26 to be exact). The record hasn’t been broken yet.

3- Pakistan has been nominated among the 11 countries by UNO, which will be the largest economies in future.

4- In the last 5-7 years Pakistan’s literacy rate has increased immensely. Pakistan is the country with highest literacy rate increase.

5- Some gifts of nature in Pakistan include K-2 the second largest mountain in the world. Swat and Ziarat valleys which are among the world’s 10 most beautiful valleys. Out of 20 highest peaks in the world Pakistan has 8.

6- Tarbela Dam is the second largest dam in the world. Largest earth filled dam.

7- The largest ambulance network in the world is run by Abdul Sattar Eidhi in Pakistan. It is said that if he hadn’t spent his money on Ambulance, he would have been 1.5 times richer than Bill Gates.

8- The youngest Microsoft certified Experts and Professionals are from Pakistan.

9- Pakistan is not among top 25 countries for crime rate. Where countries like U.K, U.S and India are there. Note: There is a difference between crime and terrorism.

10- The highest scorers in O’ levels and A levels are both Pakistanis.

11- Pakistan is the country with least racial discrimination.

12- Industry: Pakistan has the largest milk processing plant in the world. More than 50% of world’s footballs and surgical instruments are made in Pakistan.

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The Secret of Prosperity for developing countries like Pakistan

The latter decades of the 20th century are marked as a period of a rapid technological growth. Besides information and communication technologies, significant developments were achieved in a multitude of areas including agriculture, power generation, alternative energies, industrial productivity, etc.

For developed countries, scientific innovations and researches have for long been an inevitable tool for strengthening national economy.

The foundations of the 21st century identity of India and China as rapidly growing world economies were laid with the governments’ acceptance of the importance of science and technology in development. Following frequent blows from Europeans in the 19th century, the Chinese regime’s realization of the value of science and technology enabled Chinese technology to regain its pace that was lost four centuries ago. Then, the monarchy had withdrawn its interest on the subject, assuming it to be trivial. Until the 14th century, when the country came up with many notable scientific innovations, China made remarkable contributions to the Asian economy.
Four Chinese inventions–paper, gun powder, printing and compass (known as the Four Great Inventions) were especially appreciated for the prominent role they played in then China. With the efforts of modern Chinese reformists, the science and technology sector of China has been flourishing as an independent discipline.
The field of scientific research and development is increasingly gaining priority in China. The Gross Domestic Expenditure in Research and Development (GERD) has increased by 22.8 percent on average since 2000. The highest fraction of the allotted budget now is being spent on experimental developments, and attempts are being made to raise investments for applied researches. Higher expenditures in researches and an enthusiastic involvement of business enterprises in the sector are playing important roles in increasing the GDP. The multilateral efforts have enabled China to rely on its own technological innovations to some extent. The ongoing developments in indigenous technologies are manifested in fields like agriculture, manufacture of electronics, production of synthetic goods etc. All of these things together are establishing China as a leading economy.

The flourishing economy of the ancient Indian subcontinent was based on its innovations in the then relevant areas like shipping, mining, baking earthen artifacts, etc. The prosperous Vedic community became enriched by discoveries on medication, astrology and mathematics. These technologies greatly increased the standing of this community among human civilizations. Inability of the scientific community to keep the spirit of novelty and discoveries alive eventually kicked the territory back from the technology scenario. In the colonial period, the British emperors brought along the power of science and intellect, which, in combination with tactful political strategies, they used to dominate and rule Indian society. After independence, technologies, especially in automobile engineering, nuclear science and information technology, greatly contributed to India’s economic growth. Some powerful political leaders in Nepal take the adjoining Indian states as development models for their own country.

The economic growth in different Indian states, including in states previously lagging behind, is a consequence of the increasing investments that the government has been making in the field of scientific research and technology development, coupled with improved governance. Even in harsh economic times, India has been making a 1/5th increment to science budget every year. Indian agriculture is not limited to development of dams, irrigation facilities, and proper supply of farm essentials. Rather, it is increasingly assisted by modern technologies. Besides, the Indian industrial sector including automobiles, textiles, pharmaceuticals, software, etc is vigorously growing.

The nations that are in the race of becoming prospective world powers have been using science and technology as the most efficient tool to accomplish their purposes.

While our two large neighbors are taking a big leap in the development and use of technologies, the situation in our own country is disappointing. We are not simply lagging behind with regards to the scientific innovations, because actually we have not even started walking. Our agriculture sector, which is claimed to make the highest contribution to the GDP, has failed to progress amidst debates of how to augment farm yield through traditional methods. Instead of applying modern technologies, many industries are getting closed. In this situation, the possibility of using native technologies in agriculture or industries is a far cry. The scientific research sector has always been sluggish in Pakistan due to government indifference, corruption and uncertainty. The universities in the country, which are supposed to be the centers of research activities, are almost non-functional. Instead of carrying out their jobs, officials are busy pleasing political power centers for their own development. This sector has been polluted by political and bureaucratic influences. Instead of scientists, bureaucrats are leading the field. General complaints are that the largest fraction of the scanty budget allocated to scientific researches is either embezzled or is spent for purposes like international visits of the officials. Most of the scientists, who are working on grants from foreign agencies, expend their skills on planning how to manipulate expenditure so that a large amount of the grants can go to their own pockets.

If we are to move ahead in the race of development, all these problems of the scientific communities must be solved and technological innovations promoted. If not, we can never progress from being mere consumers of foreign products and gadgets.