PSF to carry out need assessment of rural area schools, says Dr. Ashraf
Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) will carry out need assessment of rural area schools
for launching a pilot project in one of the districts to promote inquiry-based science
education, said Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation
The Chairman was speaking as
the Chief Guest
at a function in connection with 24th Inter Board Science Poster Competition, at
PSF on June 2, 2015.
Prof. Dr. Akram Sheikh, Member Science PSF, Mr. Hasnat Ahmed Qureshi, Member Finance
PSF and Mr. Amjad Hussain, head of International Liaison, Ministry of Science and
Technology (MoST) as well as members of Jury for declaring winners of the posters
were also present on this occasion. The Jury members comprising renowned artists
and scientists included Mrs. Tasneem Abbas, an eminent artist, Mr. Khalid Siddique,
Joint Technical Advisor MoST, Ms. Nosheen Aamir, an artist. Mr. Nusrat Zaidi, Sr.
Graphic Artist of PSF and Organizer of the competition, a good number of scientists
and people from academia and other walks of life attended the function.
Dr. Ashraf said that the rural area schools are in shambles and they need attention
for equipping them with science labs to promote and popularize science education
in the country. He disclosed that in collaboration with UNESCO they would develop
science kits for laboratories of rural areas schools to strengthen science-base
in Pakistan. He said that assessment of these schools’ needs will be carried out
by PSF and on its basis the model kit will be developed. Distribution of these kits
will be made as a pilot project in schools of rural areas of a district to evaluate
the challenges and later it will be extended to other districts.
Dr. Ashraf also
revealed plans to promote Inquiry-Based Science Education and scientific research
through national and international collaboration. He congratulated all those who
participated in the contest. The Chairman said the winners will be awarded with
prizes at a prestigious ceremony on the World Science Day celebrated each year on
Speaking on this occasion Dr. Akram Sheikh said that the competition is a yearly
activity of the Foundation which is being organized in collaboration with education
boards of the country. He said the posters of three top position-holders from each
board were displayed at PSF and the jury adjudged winners of the three top positions.
The Jury announced winners of the science poster competition. Zartasha Rana and
Amna Tariq from Sargodha won 1st and 2nd prizes respectively, while the 3rd position
was shared jointly by Muhammad Muzammil from Tando Allahyar and Yasir Ali from Faisalabad.