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History of Literacy Rates in Pakistan

The parts that now constitute Pakistan were among the least developed regions of India and the rest of the world prior to 1947, and the last to be conquered by the British, according to an eminent Pakistani economist Dr. Kaiser Bengali. The British rule in Sind, Baluchistan and NWFP lasted about 100 years and these regions…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 19, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Rising Disposable Incomes and Economic Mobility in Pakistan

A 2012 study of 22 nations conducted by Prof Miles Corak for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and

Development (OECD) has found income

heritability to be greater in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, China and 5 other countries than in Pakistan.



The study's findings, presented by the author in testimony to the US Senate Finance Committee on July 6, 2012, rely on the…

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Added by Riaz Haq on November 25, 2012 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Celebrating Upward Mobility on Pakistan's 66th Independence Day

Pakistan has continued to offer much greater upward economic and social mobility

to its citizens than neighboring India over the…

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Added by Riaz Haq on August 13, 2012 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

Educational Attainment in South Asia

As of 2010, there are 380 out of every 1000 Pakistanis age 15 and above who have never had any formal schooling. Of the remaining 620 who enrolled in school, 22 dropped out before finishing primary school, and the remaining 598 completed it. There are 401 out of every 1000 Pakistanis who made it to secondary school. 290 completed secondary school  while 111 dropped out. Only 55 made it to college out of which 39 graduated with a degree.…



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Added by Riaz Haq on May 29, 2012 at 10:00pm — 17 Comments

Australia Beckons Growing Numbers of Pakistani Students

While the overall foreign student population in Australia has declined this year, the number of Pakistanis studying in Australia is continuing double-digit growth, according to recent Australian government data on international education. Pakistan has now become the top growth market for Australia's…

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Added by Riaz Haq on May 16, 2012 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Pak Virtual Education Institution Wins Top Award

Pakistan's Virtual University (VU) has won the Outstanding New Site Award 2012 for an Open CourseWare website which was created last year, according to media reports.



The Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 30, 2012 at 11:00pm — 15 Comments

Subsidies to Public Sector Units Hurt Education in Pakistan

"...under 1.5% of GDP [is] going to public schools that are on the front line of Pakistan's education emergency, or less than the subsidy for PIA, Pakistan Steel, and Pepco." Pakistan Education Task Force Report 2011



Pakistan has ordered 5 Boeing 777s and 75 train engines for its state-owned companies in a bid to catch up with rising passenger and cargo service demands, according to media…

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Added by Riaz Haq on February 20, 2012 at 6:30pm — 36 Comments

TCF: The Other Face of Pakistan

Guest Post by Amjad Noorani

Like any young nation, Pakistan has been on a roller coaster ride. Things are looking up now -- and TCF is doing its part.

Here are sample facts about an emerging nation and its modest progress, through sources that underscore Pakistani business, its economy, education, social programs, democratic institutions, an improving infrastructure and quality of…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 31, 2012 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Improving Quality of Primary Education in Pakistan

Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.


Improving quality of education is just as important as broadening access to it for Pakistan to reap full demographic dividend of its young population. Inquiry-based learning is an important pillar of the efforts undertaken by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and The Citizens Foundation (TCF) to… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 7, 2012 at 9:25am — 6 Comments

Karachi School of Business & Leadership to Open Doors in 2012

Cambridge University's Judge Business School and Karachi Education Initiative are launching Karachi School for Business & Leadership (KSBL) in 2012.

Karachi Education Initiative, which is providing the initial core funding for KSBL, is a non-profit group of leading industrialists and businessmen of Karachi. The group has committed to raising a permanent endowment fund to support the education of deserving students at KSBL, as well as for the provision of resources, facilities and…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 3, 2012 at 12:11pm — 7 Comments

Indian Students Score at Bottom on PISA & TIMSS International Rankings

Indian students rank near the bottom on PISA, a global test of learning standards conducted in 74 nations this year. TIMSS, another standardized international test, produced similar results earlier in 2003.

This is the first time that Indian students participated in PISA. Students from Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu took the…

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Added by Riaz Haq on December 29, 2011 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Demography is Destiny

Pakistan has the world’s sixth largest population, seventh largest diaspora and the ninth largest labor force. With rapidly declining fertility and aging populations in the industrialized world, Pakistan's growing talent pool is likely to play a much bigger role to satisfy global demand for workers in the 21st century and contribute to the well-being of Pakistan as well as other parts of the world.…



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Added by Riaz Haq on October 27, 2011 at 8:30pm — 26 Comments

High-Speed Broadband Growth Augers Well For Business, Education and Entertainment in Pakistan

High-speed broadband expansion led by PTCL has propelled Pakistan to become the fourth fastest growing broadband market in the world and the second fastest in Asia, according to a recent industry report. Serbia leads all countries surveyed with a 68% annual growth rate from Q1 2010 to Q1 2011. Thailand (67%), Belarus (50%), Pakistan (46%), and Jordan (44%) follow Serbia. India is in 14th place worldwide with a 35% annual growth… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 24, 2011 at 12:30pm — 16 Comments

More Pakistani Students Studying Abroad

Although the growth in the total number Pakistanis studying abroad has slowed since the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001 in the United States, the world's sixth most populous nation continues to be among the leading sources of foreign students in America, Europe, Australia and new emerging higher education destinations in Asia.



As the number of Pakistani students in the United States… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 21, 2011 at 10:30pm — 14 Comments

High Quality Stanford Education Via Internet

Here's a NY Times opinion piece by Bill Keller on technology disrupting the higher education model of elite brick-and-mortar universities like Stanford:



...one of Stanford’s most inventive professors, Sebastian Thrun, is making an alternative claim on the future. Thrun, a German-born and largely self-taught expert in… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 3, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Fewer Pakistanis Than Indians Drop Out of Schools and Colleges

Pakistanis spend more time in schools and colleges and graduate at a higher rate than their Indian counterparts in 15+ age group, according to a report on educational achievement by Harvard University researchers Robert Barro and Jong-Wha Lee.



In a recent Op Ed titled "Preparing the Population for a Modern Economy" published by Pakistan's Express…

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Added by Riaz Haq on August 23, 2011 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

HEC Must Retain Central Role to Help Build Pakistan's Human Capital

Those who cite the 1986 World Bank study to argue that the social rates of return for h

igher education are 13 percent lower than return on basic education must remember the following: Hundreds of millions of lives in Asia were saved as a result of the success of the Green Revolution that was enabled by a combination of US aid, and the capacity of the recipient nations to absorb it by virtue of the availability of local college graduates in agriculture and engineering.



The…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 19, 2011 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

British Aid For Education in Pakistan

A new British aid package for Pakistan, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron in Islamabad, is worth $1,055 million over four years. The money will fund education for up to 4 million students, train 9,000 teachers, purchase 6 million new text books and build 8,000 schools by 2015, according to various media reports.



Announcing new aid, Cameron said, “I struggle to find a… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on April 5, 2011 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Teach For Pakistan Offers Hope

Guest Post by Rakesh Mani



With all the depressing news coming out of Pakistan in the last few months, there is one major development that has me hopeful and excited. Last month saw the launch of the Teach For Pakistan movement, which aims to expand the urban poor’s access to quality education by recruiting highly qualified young Pakistanis to teach in… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on March 4, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Do Pakistani Students Lack Abstract Knowledge, Critical Thinking Skills?

Here are some excerpts from a Friday Times Op Ed by University of Wisconsin's Dr Howard Schweber who

taught students at a private university in Lahore, Pakistan and found them bright, resourceful and highly confused. He particularly singles out lack of general education and consequent lack of critical thinking skills as problems:



My first impression of Pakistani students was that they are, well, just that – college students. How… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 16, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

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    Umar Saif was invited by Organization of Pakistani-American Entrepreneurs (OPEN) to an event yesterday at the Palo Alto offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman Law Firm  in Silicon Valley to talk about the state of technology in Pakistan. The event was appropriately titled: "Presenting Umar-The Force Behind Plan 09- Pakistan's Leading Incubator For… Continue

    Posted by Riaz Haq on April 8, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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