Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Pakistan Android Training 25 – 26 May 2012 [Event]


Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Pakistan was set up by the Government of Punjab as an autonomous body to use synergies of the IT industry, academic institutions, and the government representatives on the PITB board to develop and implement consequential strategies, to enable our province to achieve its IT potential.

Due to the massive growth in Mobile application development in recent years, there is a severe shortage of resources who have expertise and knowledge of Android platform. There by, hundreds of skilled people are needed in this domain by the local industry. PITB is arranging trainings to fill the gap of supply side. Game industry is providing master trainer to train the IT graduates (preferably students already selected for Industrial training).

There seemed to be a spread of opinions about whether Pakistan has a cost advantage over other countries such as United States and Western Europe, Central Europe, and India etc. and how long will this advantage last. The general consensus seemed to be is that it costs about $15-25k to develop a decent game on a mobile device in Pakistan. Pakistan may be broadly in line with India in this regard and somewhat cheaper than Central Europe. The cost for doing the same in the United States is likely to be an order of magnitude higher. It is, therefore, possible for a small start-up of 10-12 people with a burn rate of $250k a year to develop 15-20 games per year – a number good enough to turn up at least one (perhaps two) “winner(s)” in the course of a year. Typical success ratio of a mobile game, for example, on Apple Store is 1 in 20-25 (3-4% by another account) and a typical Top-1o application on the AppleStore could do about $2 million worth of sales.

USA and Japan are the leading countries in this domain. Our local industry has able to get huge business of game development from Japan.

Training Outcome

  • To groom the IT graduates for the game and mobile application development industry
  • Local Game and mobile application development industry may get skilled human resource to get more business from off-shore market.

Training Plan

Resource Person: Ahmad Saleem Khawaja (Director Technical)

Day 1: 25th of May, 2011: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Day 2: 26th of May, 2011: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Contents for two days Android training:

Day 1: Android Basics 

1. Android Architecture

2. Android Projects

a. Making a Simple Android Application using eclipse and android SDK

b. Major components of the program

c. Walkthrough of the architecture on a running program

d. Deploying Android project on Emulator

e. Deploying Android application on Device.

f. Android App Market

3. Basic API Components

a. Activity

b. Intent

c. Widgets

d. Service

4. Resources

a. R.java

5. UI Elements

1. Lists

2. Drop Downs

3. Test Input Controls

4. Buttons

5. Menus

Day 2: Advanced Topics

1. Broadcast Receivers

2. Content Providers

3. Surface Views

4. Overview of OpenGL

There are limited seats; participants can register by sending email at registration@pitb.gov.pk on firstcome first basis.

For more details: http://pitb.gov.pk/mobileapplicationdevelopment

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Excellent Free iPhone Application Vone


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It was very difficult for me to visit each time websites on my Computer and browsing through what’s happening around me; The Events about Art and Culture,  Exhibitions, Fun,  Seminars and many more what I need to know and go about.

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It is an online community portal where people can share information about cultural events in their cities. Vone is built on the idea to empower Pakistanis by providing free event information on an intuitive, fun, and useful platform.

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Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to his Son’s Teacher


It is letter of Abraham Lincoln written to the teacher of his son as an advice.

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What E-Communication and Internet Snatched from Us [Article]


This is an age of Information Technology and we have faster access to people and Information. We are getting many benefits from electronic communication in many fields of life. It has resulted many changes in our lives, some of which
are harmful as well. Some old trends have been diminished almost. Here I am going to discuss some trends which have replaced older ways and what we have forgotten.

1. Letters

Gone are those days when people used to get excited on getting letters of their near and dear ones. Letter used to be a memory and it was considered “Half Meeting”. Letters were saved carefully sometimes so may be read again in future as memory. Today, letters have been limited to only few official posts. At least still we get happy when postman gives appointment letter to someone. :).

This is an age of Information Technology where people communicated through internet and Mobiles. Although, email facility is a blessing but sometimes we miss letters as letter has its own charm.

2. Greeting Cards

Through e-Communication, we can visit hundred of e-cards websites, but do it gives happiness which you used to have on receiving printed or hand made cards. I remember times when we used to buy eid cards with our pocket money. On different occasions, we used to search fascinating greeting cards. Good poetic verses were chosen to write on cards. Decorated cards with quotation, poetry and sometimes with stickers were sent to friends and relatives. E-Cards could never give me that happiness .Hand written eid cards used to entertain receiver and were saved for years as well. Nowadays, if you re-arrange your book shelf or cup board, do you get old greeting cards? Answer is perhaps “No” because electronic cards are saved in our inbox.

3. Book Reading

We remain all day busy with internet and mobiles. We have left reading books. Books are considered good companions of a person but today we have made mobile our companion. We don’t have enough time to read a long good book rather we can read 50-100 messages per day. Actually our attention has been divided into many things.

4. Peoples Gatherings Now in front of TV

Our grand father used to have gup-shup with friends and people had time for this. Then TV replaced those gatherings and our parents become used of Televisions but to an extent. It still did not affect that much when they did not have many TV channels to browse. Within some years, we got access to world wide channels and internet facility. Now, after returning from offices and universities, people sit in front of TV or Computer for hours.

Male don not want to leave sports channels, women are fond of Morning shows, cooking programs and entertainment channels. Children are eager to watch cartoons and animated movies. All this has become addiction perhaps a bad addiction.

5. Grammar and Spellings

If we are using spelling and Grammar feature of Word formatter software, it sometimes make us much dependent for corrections. In case of any spelling mistake, we quickly select correct option from help or choose some alternative. We don’t try to think ourselves. Result is that sometimes, we forget correct spellings when we are not working on computers.

6. Library Visits

It has been also observed that many students now prefer Internet for search instead of visiting libraries. On internet, sometimes, reliability is not verified.

7. Cut, Copy, Paste

In past, students, used to consult library books for preparing assignments. They used to surf different books and then carefully bookmark relevant information. After this, selected information was typed or written. In this way, students used to know more.  Nowadays, assignments are prepared from Internet material mostly. Just copy from 3-4 sites and paste in MS Word. This has affected quality of work and group discussions to some extent.

8. Unreliable Material/Sites

A student is asked to prepare assignment or to write a research paper. Internet is here, just writing a string and it will give you a list of sites. Are you sure that material you got is reliable?  We can’t judge sometimes.  So, wrong information is communicated if not properly handled.

There should be some check and balance to ensure trusted sites.

9. Moral Values

Parents of today have challenge whether their child is getting good moral values or not. Youngsters nowadays have much exposure. It is very hard to keep them away from all kind of dirty stuff.

Bundle of sms packages, cable channels and internet are badly affecting moral values unfortunately. Media sometimes present bad things as good and present unethical programs stuff in glamorous way that people are captivated.

10. Health Hazards

Much in-touch with mobiles, computers and TV are affecting our health and perhaps acting as slow poison. We are aware to some extent but are addictive. It takes our time which we used to surf for a walk.

Nine to five office jobs sometimes result in health disturbances like affect on eyesight, back pain, mental stress, depression, and affect on digestive system.

11. Misuse of Chat

Internet chat facility has many benefits but it is misused my youngsters mostly. Instead of using for useful purposes, I t is used sometimes for finding friendships with opposite gender. We also listen many stories   of deceiving people on chat.

13. Rumors (Mobiles)

You get an alarming message or a message having some wrong information or propaganda.

Like news channel, you want to spread it as soon as possible. You do not want to even authenticate information. Within few minutes, you send message to a list of contacts and within hours it is spread to thousands of people.  This kind of wrong information sometimes badly portrays an event, a religion, a personality and a concept sometimes.

Here it depends on you that how carefully you handle. Always try to verify such information so it may not cause any kind of damage.

14. Mess of Information

Amount of data on internet is increasing at immense rate. Sometimes, it becomes difficult to search useful information from a heap and we become confused. It is also difficult to judge what is wrong and what is right.

15. Propaganda

Internet is also been used for propaganda against personalities, religions, or countries. Everyone has right to say whatever one wants to convey. There are thousands of discussions forums on internet. It is common that a controversial topic is started as thread and end result is very harsh comments among participants.
It is common among enemy nations to blame each other and to use dirty languages.

16. At Home Away from family, near to Friends/Outer World

Due to Internet, Mobiles and other devices, we are now sometimes present at home but are actually away from our own family members. We spent many hours in chatting, messaging, browsing etc. This affects relationship. Excess of anything is bad.

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Oxford Dictionaries “Word of the Year 2011”


NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2011 Every year, the dictionaries teams at Oxford University Press in the UK and the US put their heads together and come up with a Word (or Phrase) of the Year. This year, for the first time, both the UK and US teams have agreed on a global Word of the Yearsqueezed middle.

Among their other activities, lexicographers at Oxford University Press track how the vocabulary of the English language is changing from year to year. Every year, a ‘Word of the Year’ is debated and chosen, with the selection made to reflect the ethos of the year and its lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.

Squeezed middle: the section of society regarded as particularly affected by inflation, wage freezes, and cuts in public spending during a time of economic difficulty, consisting principally of those people on low or middle incomes.

While squeezed middle is British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband‘s term for those seen as bearing the brunt of government tax burdens while having the least with which to relieve it, the Word of the Year committee in the US felt it had good resonance in the US, as well. Susie Dent, spokesperson for Oxford Dictionaries, said: “The speed with which squeezed middle has taken root, and the likelihood of its endurance while anxieties deepen, made it a good global candidate for Word of the Year.”

This year saw a particularly strong shortlist of contenders for Word of the Year. The shortlisted words for the US and UK differ, reflecting differences between more local issues and culture.

In alphabetical order, here’s the full U.S. shortlist for 2011′s word of the year, along with OED definitions:

  • Arab Spring: A series of anti-government uprisings in various countries in North Africa and the Middle East, beginning in Tunisia in December 2010.
  • Bunga bunga: Used in reference to parties hosted by the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, at which various illicit sexual activities were alleged to have taken place.
  • Clicktivism: The use of social media and other online methods to promote a cause.
  • Crowdfunding: The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.
  • Fracking: The forcing open of fissures in subterranean rocks by introducing liquid at high pressure, especially to extract oil or gas.
  • Gamification: The application of concepts and techniques from games to other areas of activity, for instance as an online marketing technique.
  • Occupy: The name given to an international movement protesting against perceived economic injustice by occupying buildings or public places and staying there for an extended period of time.
  • The 99%: The bottom 99% of income earners, regarded collectively.
  • Tiger mother: A demanding mother who pushes her children to high achievement using methods regarded as typical of Asian childrearing.
  • Sifi: A bank or other financial institution regarded as so vital to the functioning of the overall economy that it cannot be allowed to fail, a.k.a. “systemically important financial institution.”

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History of Social Media [InfoGraphics]


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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Outlines 7 Social Good Initiatives for 2011


Bill Gates has released his 2011 Annual Letter on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, drawing attention to seven ambitious social good initiatives. Gates stresses the need for renewed investment in foreign aid even as international budgets struggle against cuts and deficits.

Gates positions himself as a representative for the world’s poorest, those who will not have a chance to lobby governments for support, writing: “Whether you believe it a moral imperative or in the rich world’s enlightened self-interest, securing the conditions that will lead to a healthy, prosperous future for everyone is a goal I believe we all share.”

The open letter, which can be found here, identifies seven key areas the Foundation will focus on in the coming year.

The greatest priority, Gates says, is ending polio. Since hitting its peak in the U.S. in 1952, the number of cases has gone down 99%; now, there are less than 1,500 known cases of polio worldwide. There are just four countries where polio transmission has not been stopped: India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. While these numbers have been dropping, Gates says the majority of outbreaks in 2010 were actually in countries that had been polio-free. The virus travelled back across borders into countries like Tajikistan and Congo.

Eradicating polio by investing in vaccines, Gates writes, could prevent polio-related deaths, eliminate costs for treating the disease in future years, and provide an example that dangerous diseases can be stopped. Gates says that by scaling the amount of polio vaccines — just $0.13 per dose — in the affected countries, we could save 3 million lives and $2.9 billion in treatment costs during the next decade.

“In the same way that during my Microsoft career I talked about the magic of software, I now spend my time talking about the magic of vaccines,” his letter says.

Other areas covered in the letter include the fight against malaria. The death toll from the illness dropped by 26% between 2000 and 2009, and Turkmenistan and Morocco were recently declared malaria-free.

Gates is also committed to saving the youngest children, claiming that 40% of the 8.1 million deaths per year of children under age five, happen in the first 28 days of life or the neonatal period.

HIV/AIDS continues to be a problem despite the fact that the number of people dying from AIDS has gone down by more than 20% in the last five years, to less than 2 million people annually. However, Gates is pushing for better results, writing: “Given all the lives that are at stake, I am impatient enough about this that I am willing to be viewed as a troublemaker by people who are happy with the status quo.”

Investment in agriculture, specifically for developing nations, is also one way to cut down on poverty and hunger. Gates writes that investments in seed, training, access to markets and innovative agricultural policy are already making a real difference worldwide.

In the U.S., the foundation’s biggest investments are in education. Improved teaching was highlighted as a way to enhance the country’s lagging international scores in mathematics, reading and science. According to the OECD PISA 2009 database, the U.S. was ranked behind at least 16 other countries in each category. Americans were significantly below average in their math scores compared to residents of other countries like Germany and Slovenia.

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Gates aims to improve teaching standards by gathering high-quality feedback from peer reviews and video tapes while rewarding excellent teachers and learning from their example. Technology is also playing a role as seen in Sal Khan’s online school, Khan Academy, which uses online exercises to diagnose students’ weak spots and also uses online dashboards to help other teachers work with the site in their own classrooms.

Lastly, Gates mentions the giving pledge, an individual commitment to give away a majority of one’s wealth during one’s life or through one’s will. While the current roster of 58 pledgees skews towards the enormously wealthy, Gates insists it was more about fostering the drive to give back, regardless of personal wealth or geographical location.

For more information, you can check out Gatesnotes.com, or join the fight to end polio here. And let us know what you think of the initiatives: Are Gates and the foundation heading down the right path? Sound off in the comments below.

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Reference: http://mashable.com/2011/02/01/bill-gates-social-good-2011/

Quality Education “A Challenge to Third World Countries” [Article]


Quality Education “A Challenge to Third World Countries

Before going to detail, I would first like to define that what is meant by Good Education. ’Quality Education’ includes many factors. Standard or quality syllabus is the most important of all. Capable teaching staff, good learning environment and fair evaluation are supporting factors which make a quality education system.

It is also necessary to understand meaning of term “Third world Countries’. What I read a common definition of Third World Countries is:

“Low per capita income, low literacy rate, the lack of social infrastructure and institutions, and problems of the essential definition of the nation.”

Why Good Education Necessary?

Education in third world countries is a big question nowadays. Good education is the key factor which helps in progress of a country. Education plays vital role in economic, cultural and industrial development of a country. Good mind can produce good results. We can feel an increasing difference between developed and third world countries in terms of progress. Good education is the basic necessity to overcome this difference. It is a tragedy that third world countries have low literacy and have low education quality.

Education brings light in our life. It is duty of government to provide good but cheap education for all. Educated minds helps in development of a country. Not only formal education but it is also needed to give moral education to students. Nowadays students spend most of their day time in school, college and academies. They learn much from their school environment. So, I think that quality education also includes to educate students about ethical values.

In every era, it has been tried to implement good plans for education. But, till now there are many problems which are hurdle in achieving goal of good education. Here, I will try to cover all the factors which has made good education “A Challenge to Third World”.

1)       Poverty

2)       Less Government Budget for Education

3)       Unfair Use of Budget

4)       Female and Male Discrimination

5)       Non Quality Syllabus

6)       Medium of Instruction

7)       High Fees not Affordable

8)       Substandard Examination System

9)       Lack of Quality Assurance Measures

10)   Inherited Professions

11)   Child Labour

12)   Percentage of Children

13)   Foreign Interference

14)   Religious Matters

15)   Non Registered Institutions

16)   Low Salaries to Teachers

17)   Unavailability of Qualified Staff

18)   Unavailability of Funds

19)   Feudal, Tribal or other Systems

20)   Higher Education

21)   Political Conflicts or Hurdles

22)   Agricultural States

23)   Cramming and not Research Work

24)    Unemployment

25)   Lack of Technical Education

26)   Non stable Policies

1.Poverty

Poverty is a major factor due to which parents can not afford good education for their children. A big percentage of population in poor countries lives hand to mouth. It is difficult for them to pay high fees. Due to high inflation and poverty, citizens can hardly manage their house budget. In these conditions, they can only wish to send their children to school but can not do really. So, there are number of people who spend their whole life being illiterate.

On other hand, lower middle class educate children but they can pay low fees .So, there is always a percentage of students who are educated but not of quality.

2. Less Government Budget for Education

It has been seen that less budget is allocated for education sector. As economic condition of third world countries is not good, so it is difficult to spend much on education.  In some cases, heavy budget is fixed for defence purpose. Due to this, it has become a challenge to provide good education system.

Many of third world countries have realized importance of education.  Take example of Pakistan and India where governments are now concentrating on education. Their effort is to increase literacy. In India, since few years, education has given priority in planning. Similarly, in Pakistan, last government in Punjab started a ‘Parha Likha Punjab’ scheme. According to it, they decided to provide free books at school level and free education. Similarly present Punjab Government is encouraging talented students. It announced good money for position holders this time so students take more interest in studies.

3.Unfair Use of Budget

Corruption has always been a problem in implementation of good system. Budget assigned for education is not properly used due to corruption. College administration takes heavy budgets for labs, libraries, furniture and building but what happens? This money is not used for this purpose and people do corruption and take money for themselves. They play with future of students.

So, only budget allocation is not enough, government has to take care of money allocated.

4.Female and Male Discrimination

Due to lack of awareness, education is sometimes considered necessary only for sons and not for daughters. It is thought that male will earn good money after getting education. On other hand, parents think that female has to manage home and they think that education is not necessary for females. They think that it is wastage of money and time.

In subcontinent, there is tradition of heavy dowry which is given to bride. Poor parents save money for years to marry their daughters. In this case, they can’t think about good education of females. Dowry is necessary for a good married life but what about education.

4.Non Quality Syllabus

Another reason behind substandard education is lack of formation of good syllabus. Sometimes, contents are not revised for decades. As a result, students can not get up to date knowledge. They study old facts and figures which are of no use.

There is need to revise books yearly and to update them. Moreover, new courses should be added according to need of hour. If new technology is introduced, it should be adopted. Similarly, only related subjects should be added for a degree program.

6.Medium of Instruction

One main hurdle in education has medium of instruction also. Many third world countries are still failed to decide which language should be for education. Many of these have English language at higher level instructional media. Usually, what I see is that at primary education level mostly national language is used. At a bit higher level, English is included as a subject but books are of very basic level. When these students reach college level, they have to study all science subjects in English. Here course is already tough and language becomes another problem. Many students fail to have good merit. As a result, they can not go for Medical or engineering institutes.

Some of the private institute uses now English as instructional media. They focus on spoken English at very primary level. But problem is that two classes are created in this way. One those are fluent in English and other who hardly pass exams of English because everyone cannot afford private school fees.

Why  third world counties don’t use their own language as higher level. Reason is that they use foreign books as they don’t have their own research work.

7. Good Education Not Affordable

There are few good institutions which provide good education but a very low percentage of people can afford because education is expensive there.

Government and private institutions offer scholarship programs. But, there is need to provide cheap    but quality education. Privatization of educational institutions is also a reason behind high fees. But if there is no privatization at higher levels, it is not possible for government to control quality education in all institutes. Teachers and students are in favor of non autonomous institutes. Because private institutes have high fees and they don’t have job security.

8.Unfair or Substandard Education System

Lack of standard or sound system is a hurdle in good education. Methods for conducting examination and checking of papers are not reliable. That’s why degrees of such institutions or countries are not recognized worldwide. In some countries, experiments are still in process that weather annual exams should be conducted or semester.

It is required that there must be transparent examination system.

9. Lack of Quality Assurance or Lack of Quality Control Measures

In third world countries, there are problems of bribery. Some students get fake degrees from educational institutes by paying heavy amounts. Such illegible people

10.Inherited Professions

In third world countries, there is a considerable percentage of people who are illiterate from generations. Children of such families adopt same professions which their forefathers have been doing.

These are professions like running any kind of shop, barber, cobbler , tailors and many others for which education is not considered necessary. They just get training from their parents as they grow older. If they get education from school, it is only at primary level. They think that there is no use of education as in end they have to run our father’s professions.

This situation is changing but at low pace. Now, people belonging to nay profession think that their children should get education.

11.Child Labor

Due to poverty level, kids of poor families are forced to work at early age. For example, you may see children at hotels, at workshops, food stalls and begging. So, government should take measures to control child labor and to offer free education to deserving students.

12.Percentage of Children

Increasing population is also a reason behind managing good education for all. In most of third world countries, number of children per family is high. About 40   to 50 % of population comprises of children. So, work force is less and number of children to be educated is high. Poor parents can not afford good education for all of their children. They sometimes hardly have good standard of life.

13.Foreign Interference

In some countries, there is also problem of some kind of foreign interference. This may be in form of some military action. When a nation is indulged in such activities, then education is neglected. Secondly, in such environment, it is not safe to open school or colleges.

14. Religious Matters

There are religious or social issues as well. There is no religion that does not encourage education. In Islam, there is much emphasis on education of both girls and boys, so they may become good human beings and can explore things.

But there are people who have wrong concept of religion. They think that girls can not go out of home. Not only, they are against co-education, but some are even against girls school or colleges .They are also against medical study. As universities have mostly co environment, so some parents do not send females for higher education.

15.Non Registered Institutions

With passage of time, private institutions are becoming more in number than government schools, colleges or universities. As government institutes are not enough to educate vast population.

There are many private institutes which provide better education than government. But, number of such colleges is also high which are not affiliated with government. As a result, they follow their own syllabus. They have not standard rules and regulations. Students who study from these schools or colleges get education which is not according to requirement and standard.

So, it is duty of government to take notice of such institutes. Because, such students, sometimes, can’t meet market needs and their degrees are rated low when they come to professional life.

16.Low Salaries to Teachers

One possible reason of lack of good education is less dedicated teachers of today. Teachers are paid lesser as compared to other professionals. In present era, due to inflation, it is difficult to manage life with low salary.

As a result, sometimes teachers are not highly motivated .To meet their budget, they have to do part time teaching. As a result, they are not 100 % committed to their first job. As teachers have much responsibilities, they don’t get time to access latest knowledge. Secondly, due to low salaries they don’t have motivation to put extra efforts. As a result, students can’t know latest facts and figures. Latest knowledge is much important in case of technology.

17.Unavailability of Qualified Staff

One main problem in 3rd world countries is that we have not much qualified staff. To teach technical and science subjects, qualified teachers are less. If there are qualified person s, teaching is not preferred most profession. They adopt some other profession. Some of them wish to go abroad. It is needed for government to know that for which subjects they need more teachers for future. If we talk about females, most of women after marriage do not do job.

If we talk about rural or distant areas, this problem seems greater. In these areas qualified teachers are very less for science subjects. On other hand, male or female does not want to come from cities to teach in villages.

18. Unavailability of Funds

As third world counties has low income, so there are less funds to meet needs of good education. Much funds are needed if we talk about science studies and research work.

19. Feudal or Tribal System

Feudalism or tribal systems or any other kind of non government system are also reasons behind illiteracy.

Lets take example of countries which are agricultural lands. Landlords take services of tenants. They pay very low to these tenants. Tenants’ remain dependent on them for whole life. Landlords do not want that tenants educate their children. They think that if children of poor will study, then they will be no more their slaves.

Same is case in tribal system. Lets take example of Pakistan. In Baluchistan, there is tribal system in some areas. Tribal leader is called ‘Sardar’ in local language. Sardar don’t want that government interfere in these areas. They don’t want development .They have their own rules and don’t want their people to get education.

Situation is changing. Media of today is free. Now, problems of each areas are highlighted so government may take notice.

20.Higher Education

In 3rd world countries, there is low percentage of students who get higher education. Male students have pressures to start earn money. Parents of some can not afford higher education. Education at university level is costly. But, if we want development, universities have to produce workforce. Research work is needed in all fields to understand needs of nation.

21. Political Conflicts or Hurdles

Corruption and leg pulling are common problems of 3rd world countries.

If one government party wants to start an educational institute in some village or small city, opposition party does not let to do so. This problem can be seen in towns and small cities.

22.Agricultural States

There are countries whose main source of income is agriculture. Pakistan is one example of it. 70 % of population consists of rural areas and agriculture is main profession in these areas. Family members of such families from generations have been working in fields. Agriculture is their source of income. They have no technical education for it. Due to poverty, children just get primary level education and in some cases even not that. They start working with their parents in agricultural work.

In rural areas, availability of capable teachers for all subjects is also difficult. There is usually one school for girls and one for boys in each village. There is no choice.

For higher education, students sometimes have to out of village. If we talk about university level education, students have to come to cities. That’s why it sometimes becomes difficult for females to get higher education.

But with passage of time, situation is changing. Now, parents have started understanding importance of education for females as well.

23) Cramming and Lack of Research Work

In developed countries, research work is included in education. Thats a reason due to which we see that these countries are ahead in science and technology. Research work results in discovery of hidden potential of students. Whereas, in cramming, students do not think themselves. Enough money and proper planning is required to implement research oriented work. As it involves creativity, students will take more interest.

Most of third world countries uses foreign research and don’t have their own.

24. Unemployment

Increasing rate of unemployment is also a demotivation for youngsters. Parents already hardly  run their home .When they see students them who don’t have job after very good education, they get depressed. They start thinking that there is no use of getting such education which can not help in getting some good job.

It is government duty to open new industries so there may be more chances of jobs. On other hand, hiring for jobs should be on merit basis.

25.Lack of Technical Education

Lack of Technical education is also a hurdle in provisions of good education. There are lesser technical institutes. Same is case with availability of technical staff.

26. Unstable Government

Unstable government system in 3rd world countries has been a problem always. One government starts a project or make policies to some thing good. Government is changed within 3-4 years. New government doesn’t work on previous policies and start its new projects. Many long term policies can not be fully implemented due to this problem. There is need to assure stable government.

In the end, I would like to sum up all discussion. No one can deny need of good education. It not only helps in development of country, but also makes us good human beings. Third world countries understand need of quality education but they don’t have stable and long run policies. Resources, proper use of resources and sound education policies are necessary. Through education, a country can have economic stability and can move towards progress. But all this can be done with patience and not in hurry.

I , above, discussed all issues which I think makes good education a challenge to third world countries.

Suggestions for Quality Education

In end, I would like to mention some suggestions. I am summarizing here key points for improvement in education sector:

  • Poverty is an important reason behind lack of quality education .Government should provide cheap education for all and free education for poor students
  • Third world countries will have to allocate more budgets for education purpose. It is a great investment because money spend for education will be fruitful for country in future
  • Budget should be used honestly for the purpose it was allocated.
  • Education is necessary for both male and females. Awareness is necessary. Media should play its role to educate people about necessity of education for females
  • Qualified persons should revise syllabus. Quality syllabus is good education
  • Third world countries should be very clear about medium of instruction. All government and private schools should have same medium of instruction at all levels
  • Education should not be much expensive in private schools. I see schools which pay low salaries to teachers but demand high fees from students. Private education has become a profitable business for people.
  • Papers in examination should be checked fairly. Examination system should be transparent. Moreover, decided weather semester system or annual system is suitable in your country
  • There should be check that no institute may issue fake degrees. If we will pass future of our countries to non capable candidates, we will not progress.
  • Peace should be ensured in country by government. If there will be fear in minds of people, they will not send their children to schools
  • Religion asks man to explore nature. There is no harm in study medical for females. It is a noble profession for girls
  • Technical education opportunities should be for every field. If some one wants to adopt inherited profession, he should get proper education for relevant field. Suppose one wants to adopt agriculture profession, he should get education degree for this. It will help him to work with new techniques and scientific inventions.
  • Teaching is not an easy job. It is a teacher who makes doctors, engineers and prepares students for every field. Teachers should be paid well so they may be more dedicated to their job.
  • Good facilities should be given to teachers who go to remote areas for teaching.
  • Government should take action against child labour.
  • Government should take measures to take action against non registered institutes.
  • Developed countries should provide funds for education purpose in third world countries
  • Feudal or tribal or such system should be removed from a country. Such systems don’t let progressive work in their regions
  • Strict actions should be taken to avoid violence in third world countries so economy may become stable
  • A country should try to avoid war so less budget may be spent for defence
  • Democracy should be in country to have a stable government
  • Employment opportunities should be increased so youngsters may be motivated towards education
  • More schools and colleges should be constructed in remote areas and in villages

All of us know that it is an age of science and technology today. Only those countries can progress who will do scientific research and will get command in information technology. Science and technology is a major source of revenue. If people will not learn new technologies, how will3rd world countries make their economy stable. Constant attention is needed to improve educational system. For constant effort, government should be stable.

I believe that education is not ended when you completed your Masters or PHD degree. This process continues whole life. One should keep on getting latest knowledge relevant to his field. The best thing that parents can give to their children is good education.

If education system will be not strong, students will keep on moving to other countries for higher education. They start working in foreign country and their own country can not get benefit of their expertise and skills.

Although it is very difficult to provide 100 % quality education to all in 3rd world countries but there is hope. I observe that people’ minds have much changed from past many years. Parents weather they are poor realize importance of education. Parents want to educate their children so they may become good professional and good citizens .First priority of parents is to send their children to school. It is their right to have cheap but good education.

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This article is written by Madeeha Rashid who is a continuous co-author and contributor of this blog. She is Computer Sciences Graduate in year 2007.  Her interests are Education, Software Quality Assurance and related fields.      

Contact: tomadiha@yahoo.com

 

My Favorite Quotations [Author’s Choice]


Confidence Confidence comes not from always being right but from Not Fearing to be Wrong.

Criticism One has right to criticize, if has solution.

Fun You have the right to remain Silent, What you lack is the ability…

Don’t take life so seriously. It isn’t permanent…
Don’t interrupt Me While I’m Ignoring you.

If at first you don’t succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.

Hope, Courage & Effort You can’t put a difference unless you put a lot of Effort.

I do not compare me with others; I compare myself with my last performance. (Bill Gates)

Even the word ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ says “I M POSSIBLE.”

Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.

A broken hand works, but not a broken heart.

Never, Never, Never, Give Up … (Churchill)

If you think you have it tough, read history books.

Death Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.

Death is more universal than life; everyone has to die but no one lives forever.

Education & Learning If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each has one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. (George Bernard Shaw)

Not to know is bad, not to wish to know is worse.

Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months.

I do not think, I just experiment.

Ignorance is a form of environmental pollution.

Make sure what you say is only the tip of iceberg of what you know.

Tell me and I forget, Show me and I remember, Let me Do and I Understand. (Confucius)

Every time I know, I feel myself more illiterate. (July 2012, Haseeb Akmal)

Friendship It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.

Friends are like stars. You can’t always see them, but you know they are always there for you.

Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you. (Paulo Coelho)

Islam When I Go To The West, I See Islam Without Muslims. But When I Come Back To The East, I See Muslims Without Islam. (Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal)

Job Career & Work The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week.

Anyone who can walk to welfare office can walk to work.

Never do work with two hands. Use one for announcement.

If you have to do it, Do it with Excellence.

I work better if passionate about it. (Sep 2012, Haseeb Akmal)

Kindness We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

Leadership Leadership means action, not position.

Action should be in direction.

Be player, not commentator.

Love I am amazed how people find time to hate when the life is too short to love.

To love and to be loved is to feel the sunlight from both the sides.

Love and imagination can change the world.

Are we not like two volumes of one book?

Love is a game that two can play and both win.

Mistake The man who is incapable of making a mistake is incapable of anything.

I am thankful to failure, it tells my weakness.

FAIL: First Attempt In Learning.

Plan Failing to Plan is Planning to fail.

It is better to be a good Artist than to be a bad Engineer.

Prayer When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart.

Problem The best way to get rid of a problem is to solve it.

A well stated problem is a problem half solved.

Intellectuals solve problems; Geniuses prevent them.

I do not wish for less problems, instead I wish for more skills.

Everything will be OK in the End, if it’s not OK it’s NOT the End.

Question He who asks a question remains fool for five minutes; he who does not ask the question, remains fool forever.

Reality Listening to both sides of a story will convince you that there is more to a story than both sides.

All people smile in the same language.

Safety Ship is always safe at shore but it is not built for it.

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.

Success No best revenge I know other than Success. (Sep 12, Haseeb Akmal)

Sorry Why it is easier to get forgiveness than permission?

Technology Technology not solves, just facilitates.

War War does not determine who’s right, it determines who’s left.

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100 Best Free iPhone Apps for Students


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100 Best Free iPhone Apps for Students by Tara Miller

College students today are swamped with social calendars, budgeting nightmares, job searching, party planning, sports, study abroad, food shopping, and of course, studying. On top of everything, students need to stay extremely organized if they want to keep up with classes and maintain a little sanity. Our list of 100 best free iPhone apps for college students can help you do it all, including reviewing for tests, storing your notes, sharing grocery lists with roommates, staying healthy, mixing drinks, getting a date and graduating on time.

Study Help These language tutors, flash card packs, and art history resources will help you with last minute cramming and consistent vocabulary practice wherever you go.

  1. Sparky: Sparky lets you browse SparkNotes easily on your iPhone.
  2. Mathemagics Lite: Use this tool to figure out squares, complicated multiplication problems and more.
  3. Free Spanish Tutor: This tutor features native speaker audio, puzzle games, multiple choice quizzes, and more.
  4. USA Presidents: Review names, numbers, dates, political parties and other facts about the U.S. presidents when you have these virtual flash cards.
  5. History: Maps of the World: Find detailed maps of Africa, Europe, Asia, the U.S., the Middle East and more.
  6. Word of the Day Lite: Expand your vocabulary with this app.
  7. Art Lite: Study the histories, works and significance of artists like Leonardo da Vinci, van Gogh, Cezanne and more.
  8. Brain Tutor 3D: Anatomy and pre-med students can study the brain terms and more with this app.
  9. PlanetFacts: Find out mass, diameter, orbiting speed and other information for the planets.
  10. Free French Word of the Day: Practice your French with this app.
  11. StudySets – Psychology Lite: Psych students will appreciate this bundle of psychology learning resources.
  12. Vocabolistic: Look up words or hide the definition to quiz yourself with Vocabolistic.
  13. Answers: powered by Yahoo! Answers: This app opens your iPhone to the Yahoo! Answers portal so that you can ask questions about anything.
  14. Pocket Lawyer Lite: Law and political science students can use this real-life law reference as a study tool, too.
  15. gFlash + Flashcards and Tests: Create your own flashcards and share them with study partners.

Staying Current Keep up with the news stories that affect your time at school and relate to your classes.

  1. NYTimes: Get your news from the New York Times online for free.
  2. BBC Reader: Keep up with the top stories in Europe and globally with this app.
  3. HuffingtonPost.com: Access the authoritative, but sometimes snarky, stories from the Huffington Post.
  4. NPR Addict: Do your homework before class or talking with professors by getting your news from NPR.
  5. Variety: Stay current on entertainment news with Variety’s app.

Classifieds Look up apartments and more with these tools.

  1. Apartments by ForRent.com: Look up apartments to rent in your college town here.
  2. CraigSearch v1.0: Search Craigslist from your iPhone. Includes standard search options.
  3. Apartments: Apartment guide’s app will help you locate properties in your area.

Shopping Deals Save money when you find coupons and deals on books.

  1. Yowza: This app uses GPS to find coupons for stores in your area.
  2. Dial Zero: Get connected to customer service lines for credit cards, health insurance companies and more.
  3. Book Bargain: Find deals on books from Amazon and other online stores.
  4. Flashlight: Turn your iPhone into a flashlight that shines white, red, green or blue light.
  5. Relax Alarm Clock Lite: Wake up on time to soothing guitar music, the sound of birds, bamboo flute music, and other options. This app also lulls you to sleep for a quick nap.
  6. iHourglass Free: Time practices tests, study breaks and more with this tool.
  7. TouchCloset: Keep your closet organized on your phone by cataloging photos and shopping lists and picking out your party clothes ahead of time even when you’re away from home.

Local Guides Learn more about your college city or the town you’re visiting with these tools.

  1. Pizza!: Find the closest, cheapest pizza near you.
  2. Free Wi-Fi finder: Use this tool to find places you can bring your laptop to study.
  3. FastFood – Top Restaurant Finder: This fast food directory will connect you to cheap, satisfying food quickly.
  4. Have2P: Find nearby restrooms and flag businesses that do not have open restrooms.
  5. Fandango: Find local movies and tickets here.
  6. iRecycle: Find local recycling stations here.
  7. WhosAround: Use WhosAround to find friends who are in the same area as you. Supports messaging, profile photos and more.
  8. Local Concerts: Find out when and where your favorite bands are going to play with this free app.
  9. Local Picks by TripAdvisor: USe this app when traveling or if you live in a popular vacation destination. You can look up restaurants, bars, and other spots that are favorites for the locals.
  10. Slifter Local Shopping: Use this app to look up stores that carry whatever it is that you’re searching for.

Reference Keep these reference tools close so that you’re prepared to discuss constellations, the periodic table, or world facts.

  1. USA Factbook Free: This reference packet is great for anyone in a civics, history or political science course that covers the U.S. Access key documents, lists of the flags, state capitals and other stats.
  2. Stars: Anatomy students can use this tool as a resource when studying constellations.
  3. The Chemical Tough: Lite Edition: View the periodic table when you download this free app.
  4. Formulas Free: This app brings you free calculus formulas.
  5. iQuotations: Look up quotes to use in papers or just as general inspiration.
  6. Math Ref Free: Get free reference packs for geometry, algebra, trig, derivatives and more.
  7. AllTheCountries: Get facts about literacy rate, economy, population, area and more for every country.
  8. Your Rights: Use this app for political science courses or just as backup when you get into trouble at school.
  9. iTranslator: Study abroad students and panicked foreign language students can use this tool to connect to Google Translator, Babel Fish or Free Translation.
  10. Quickpedia Lite: This app makes it easier and faster to use Wikipedia.

Games and Quizzes Prepare for the GMAT or your next Xbox championship tournament here.

  1. GMAT Practice Quiz: Use your iPhone to study for the GMAT when you use this tool.
  2. Xbox Achievement Guide: Become the ultimate Xbox champion on your hall when you have this tool.

GPS Find your way around town with these valuable GPS apps.

  1. GasBag: Find the cheapest gas nearest your location.
  2. Take Me Home, I’m Lost!: If you’re too new in town or just too confused, use this app to find your way back home.

Health and Fitness In college, it’s easy to forget about your health. These free apps will help you eat right and find the time to exercise.

  1. Restaurant Nutrition: Make healthier decisions even when your friends want to eat out.
  2. Stress Reducer: Listen to the ocean through a virtual shell to relieve stress.
  3. Am I Pregnant Quiz: This pregnancy quiz is currently free and could save your sanity.
  4. Natural Cures: Try these natural cures if you’re too broke to go to the doctor.
  5. iMapMyRun: Track your runs, including pace, location, speed and overall progress.
  6. Sleep Diary: This app helps you get back on a normal, healthy sleep schedule.

Organization Stay organize with these tools, which help you manage task lists, homework, shopping, errands and more.

  1. myHomework: View your homework lists, project task sheet, test schedule and more with this organizer.
  2. Blackboard Learn<: Access your school’s Blackboard system from your iPhone with this app.
  3. Evernote: Take picture, text and audio notes that are searchable with Evernote.
  4. AppGmail: Quickly access your Gmail account and view it as a wider display with this app.
  5. ShopShop: Keep a running shopping list that tracks your purchases and marks them off.
  6. Smart ToDo: Manage a to-do list with notes and due dates with this app.
  7. To Do’s: This app lets you customize your to-do list according to priority level, ordering and more.
  8. A Personal Assistant: This free organizes your accounts, including online shopping, banking, Netflix and more. It also tracks cell phone minutes, frequent flyer miles, travel itineraries and more.
  9. Organizer Lite: View several organizers in a single, streamlined display with this app. You can manage a calendar, birthdays, appointments, contacts and more.
  10. mySticky Lite: This iPhone version of Mac’s sticky notes let you tack reminders and lists over a virtual bulletin board.

Search Let your iPhone guide you in general searches, job hunts and more.

  1. Inquisitor: This super fast search tool also makes suggestions for your searches.
  2. Last.fm: Search music, artists and more with Last.fm for the iPhone.
  3. Repairpal: This app will help you find auto repair shop and support.
  4. Job Search: Indeed.com’s search application lets you find jobs by location and job description.

Miscellaneous This list of free iPhone apps includes laundry guides, an ebook library, recipe guides and plenty more tools to make your life at college more exciting and organized.

  1. MyGPA Calculator: Calculate your GPA per semester and cumulatively.
  2. BookShelfLT: Check out ebooks for your iPhone.
  3. Laundry Pro Free: Look up North American and European laundry symbols and figure out how to care for your different garments.
  4. wikiHow: How to and DIY Survival Kit: Survive anything, including a hotel fire, long fall and nuclear attack, when you download this pack.
  5. Guitar Tuner: Use Guitar Tuner to tweak your guitar and get ready for gigs on campus.
  6. Intelliremote: Control your home theater that runs Windows with your iPhone.
  7. Free Driver’s Ed: Students practicing for the driving test can review topics and questions here.
  8. F-MyLife: This popular tool lets you commiserate with others who’ve had a bad day on F-MyLife.
  9. Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner: Get ideas for cheap, healthy and/or comfort food meals.
  10. Hairstyle Lite: Instead of paying for an expensive visit to the salon, try out a new hairstyle by using this free app.
  11. iWrecked – Auto Accident Assistant: Log details from your car accident, call for help, take photos of the accident, and more.
  12. College Football Live!: Keep up with all the stats, scores and more for college football.

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Reference: http://www.bestuniversities.com/blog/2009/100-best-free-iphone-apps-for-college-students/

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