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QAU short-lived world university ranking

A typographical elevation of QAU
Islamabad, April 16: The elevation of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) to 69th among the top 100 world universities proved short-lived as the title by QS World University Ranking body was a 'typographical error'.

The QAU was ranked 69th and the highest score of 92.8 was given to the university's 'citations' in the field of 'mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering'. But surprisingly not a single above-mentioned discipline/faculty even exists at QAU.

The report on QS World University Rankings 2011 was issued by on April 12. The university ranking was mostly used by the students in making choices for applying to study subjects of their interest in top universities of the world. And the 'innocent officials' of the university celebrated this ranking in Pakistani media as a bigger achievement despite the fact that 'mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering' did not exist on the campus which dragged the highest ever scores for the university.

Head of Public Relations of QS University Simona Bizzozero in an email reply also confirmed that the university has been removed from the ranking. "QAU will be no longer ranked in this specific subject," Simona Bizzozero said. Even the ranking of the QAU was no more available on the website of QS University.

According to the QS University, the university included in the list of ranking largely due to the fact that several journals cover and are tagged for dual or more disciplines, like for example physics and mechanical engineering. As QAU published in such journals for the qualifying period (2006-2010), therefore the university appeared in the original list.

QS has mapped over 10 million bibliometric data to produce this brand of new rankings. "We can assure you that this isolated incident will not reoccur. The auditing and mapping system has been enhanced," the spokesperson further clarified in the email and said, "We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused."

But contrary to this, experts said it was moral and ethical obligation of the QAU officials that they have contacted the QS University and got the ranking corrected.

Vice-Chancellor of the QAU Prof. Dr Masoom Yasinzai defended the title for the university saying all basic subjects like physics, mathematics, information technology, etc., were being taught at the university. It was true that there was no board of faculty on the campus but the vice-chancellor said QAU offered all basic subjects which could be easily related to mechanical engineering, etc.

Arguing the position for his university, Dr Masoom said the QS University had earlier ranked QAU at 270. Asked how this big jump in ranking occurred, the vice-chancellor said the university now offered excellent academic environment and more prudent research in various disciplines.

On further quizzed, the vice-chancellor changed his mind and said the ranking did not matter to him. He said that his focus was to give more exposure to the university at international level and open new disciplines in the university.

Replying to a question, he said that the QS University had not informed the QAU about withdrawal of ranking. But he asserted that his university met the criteria.

Baseer A. Qazi, a Ph.D fellow, who actually raised the issue with the QS University for clarification said on telephone that he wondered that how QAU could score 92.8 points in citation when the university had not published a single research paper.

It was not possible that the QAU faculty publishes so much in this area that it got a 'citation' score which even surpasses MIT, Oxford and Stanford by a big margin of 30 points.

The university officials are talking about the ranking news ignoring the fact that they did not even have a single department for which it got the score. This news is being celebrated as an achievement of unmatched scale, he said adding no doubt had it been true, it would have been a matter of pride for the nation.

Universities are the highest seats of learning and knowledge teaches humility rather than seeking recognition for someone else's mistake, Mr Qasi lamented. Dawn

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"Mr. Baseer A. Qazi who the hell are you to say QAU has not published any research papers. You should see the HEC site for the long list of papers published by QAU. Actually you people are just jealous of the citations of QAU. My advice that instead of braking you should work hard and try to compete QAU."
Name: Baseer A. Qazi
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"It is, indeed, all about competition of a sort in the society"
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Fresh visual experience
Islamabad: The exhibition of artworks by 15 graduating students of National College of Arts (NCA), Rawalpindi Campus, being held at the National Art Gallery (NAG) offers a fresh visual experience to art connoisseurs.

Titled 'Intersection', the works put on display at the exhibition investigates and explores the variety of ways that can be used by contemporary artists to depict human interface as they try to connect to the world around.

Showcasing a unique diversity of innovative ideas, aesthetic thinking, experiences, inspirations, methodology, execution, and understanding about whatever they see and feel in between space and earth, the exhibition presents works by Ayesha Kamal, Xainab Khan, Mariam Kundi, Hifza Sakina Akbar, Mobeen Ansari, Anuje Farhung, Misbah Iqbal, Myra Javed, Fareeha Nazneen, Hira Zubair, Naireen Zia Butt, and Zeeshan Younas, the 2nd graduating batch (2011) of NCA Rawalpindi Campus.

Just like coming together in momentary intersections, meetings of light, time, and space, the group of artists seem to have taken up the challenges of the new contemporary art world and makes an effort to document their ephemeral existence through their aesthetic skills.

From traditional miniature to print making, sculptures to ceramics, installations to video projection, the young graduates have followed a diverse visual narrative reflecting their creative thinking as they explore the world around them, responding to various issues and picking up references from anecdotes of everyday life in their individual aesthetic expressions.

Using their creative skills and mode to decode the times we live in, the works put on display explores the shifting boundaries between art, science, space, human society, and the political realities having an impact on our life. Though the group of fresh graduates converge in this exhibition varies greatly in style, their common thread is the ability to recognise the smallest nuances and details of human life as it crosses paths with our natural settings. From game boards to bottles, the use of different mediums reveals moments caught in time, rather than those appearing tagged or forced as systematic.

It's also interesting how this group bonds together through their works to face the new world with common problems as well as a common hope and a common yearning. Their work begins to reflect not only the impulsive nature of our reality, but also the inner struggles of an individual hidden in the depths of the visual images, creating a spirit of tension that also attempts to give the viewers a vision of reality that exists within and around us all. The exhibition will continue at the National Art Gallery, F-5/1, till May 29. The news

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IIU's 23rd Cultural Week celebrations to start on April 19
Islamabad: Four-day celebrations of 23rd Annual Cultural Week of International Islamic University (IIU) will start here from April 19. The show aims at promoting intercultural harmony and to keep the cultural traditions alive through showcasing of cultural values of different countries.Students from more than forty countries including Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Sudan, China, and Sri Lanka as well as the province of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir will set up their stalls during the Cultural Exhibition.

They will exhibit their traditional rituals by displaying different cultural and traditional items like food stalls, dresses, arts and literatures, embroideries and musical instruments etc.

Urdu, English and Arabic Debate Competitions have been arranged to provide an opportunity to the students to improve their international personal communication and their personality development.

Urdu and English Debate competitions and Qirat, Hifz and Naat competitions will be held on April 20 while Arabic Debate competition, English and Arabic Quiz Competitions will be held on April 21.

Closing ceremony of the cultural week (at male campus) will be held on April 22 with prize distribution ceremony among the winners of different competitions. app

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APCOMS scholarship award ceremony held
Rawalpindi: The annual Scholarship Award Ceremony 2011 was held at the Army Public College of Management & Sciences (APCOMS), Khadim Hussain Road, says a press release.

Fauji Foundation Managing Director Lieutenant General (r) Hamid Rab Nawaz, HI(M) was the chief guest on the occasion.

In his welcome address the Principal Brigadier (r) Hubdar Ahmed Madni, thanked the chief guest for gracing the occasion. He also highlighted the achievements of 'Apcomians' in various fields.

In his address the chief guest lauded the efforts of the faculty and students in achieving such high standards. He appreciated that in short span of time APCOMS has made a place for itself in the field of professional education. He also appreciated that APCOMS by providing quality education at a very competitive financial cost has become a potential educational hub to reckon with.

The scholarship award ceremony is held regularly to award cash prizes and certificates to those students who have performed well in the examinations. The ceremony was attended by large no of students and their parents.

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Iqbal Day celebrated at Jack & Jill School
Rawalpindi: Iqbal Day was celebrated with zeal and fervour at the Jack & Jill Montessori and High School here on Friday. The enthusiasm and joy witnessed on the children's faces gave hope that the younger generation honours its heroes and wants to emulate the message of the great thinker.

A huge portrait of the great poet in a pensive mood adorned the stage and the backdrop was decorated with small replicas of 'Bange Dara', 'Zarb-e-Kaleem', 'Bal-e-Jibril' and other books of Iqbal.

The programme started with the recitation by Hafiz Talha Amjad followed by the welcome address by Aniqa Muqarrab, who paid glowing tributes to the thinker, philosopher and poet.

Komal Muqarrab spoke on 'Iqbal and Our youth' emphasising that nations who honour and remember their national heroes remain alive forever. She highlighted Iqbal's relentless efforts to struggle for an independent homeland not resting easy until the goal had been achieved. "Iqbal wrote inspirational poetry which motivated the Muslims to continue their pursuit

for a separate homeland where they could live like true Muslims and practice Islam," she said.

She also lamented that we need to break the invisible shackles of subservience and learn to live like a self-respecting nation.

That was Iqbal's dream. Her speech also included some thought provoking verses.

A group of girls rendered the 'dua' 'Lab Pay Aati He Dua Ban Kay Tamanna Meri' which was highly appreciated.

What really won applause was the 'Bait Baazi' where two groups rendered the 'Shikwa and Jawab-e-Shikwa'.

Later addressing the students, Principal Tahmeena Malik congratulated the children for maintaining a high standard of discipline throughout the programme, and the staff for assisting to produce a well-structured and meaningful event. "We must all cherish and uphold the dignity envisaged in the works of the great Allama," she concluded. In the end, prizes and certificates were awarded to the winning team.

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Beaconites shine at annual sports galas
Islamabad: The Beaconhouse School System, Civil Lines Branch, organised its Annual Sport Gala at the Jinnah Stadium.

Pakistan Sports Board Director General Syed Ameer Hamza Gillani was the chief guest on the occasion. Eminent sports personalities Tariq Ishaq, six times winner of National Badminton Championship and Shehram Changezi, bronze medallist of the Asian Games, were the guests of honour on the occasion.

The event, organised with 100% student participation, offered diverse segments comprising athletic competitions, global cultural village, hula hoop demo, skilful stilt walkers, lively cheerleaders, impressive karate and stick fighting and tile breaking presentations by a large group of students.

The kindergarten students enthralled the audience with their colourful 'Jungle Dance' and 'Boogie Woogie' presentation. The School Choir comprising children of all age levels created an energetic and patriotic ambience keeping the event lively and very Pakistani!

The theme of the event 'We are the World, We are the Future' highlighted the fragility and simultaneous strength of the younger generation, which requires our guidance and support to build upon their innate potential for a better future. It reiterated the true goal of education at the Beaconhouse aimed at nurturing individuals, who would promote global tolerance, peace and harmony amongst communities around the world.

Appreciating the efforts of Headmistress Tehmina Lodhi and her team, the chief guest expressed his desire for increased community mobilisation activities like sports for bridging the gap between people and promoting unity. He hailed the efforts of the teachers and parents for taking keen interest in the development of their children by giving them platforms for self-expression.

The ceremony ended on a festive note in which students accompanied by parents and teachers sang to the tune of the theme song "We are the World. We are the Children' - a promise for a bright and radiant future.

Meanwhile, Beaconhouse School System, senior and junior branches in Gulrez, organised Annual Sports Gala 2011 at the Gulrez Playground on Friday. The students from pre-nursery to IX classes participated in the event with great enthusiasm. The theme of the Sports Gala was 'Pakistan'. Former captain of Pakistan National Hockey team Shahbaz Senior was the chief guest on the occasion.

Headmistress Samira Agha said that sports is the integral part of every student that completes the overall personality of the student. She said that it was heartening to see the active participation of all the students, who have worked hard to make this event a successful one. The chief guest also appreciated the students' effort and said that sports encourages healthy competition and teaches us discipline, tolerance and sportsmen spirit.

There was a PT display presented by class IV, karate display by Class V, Bamboo Dance by the girls of Class V, gymnastics display by Senior Boys and long jump by class VIII and IX. There were other games like flat race, three-legged race, spoon race, beanbag race, and apple eating race, relay and sack race that were much enjoyed by the students.

All the clubs Falcon, Eagles, and Hawks, cheerleaders, gymnasts, students and teachers assembled on the ground and danced on the song 'Hai Jazba Junoon,' and 'Hum bolain Mohabbat Ki Zuban.' Later a closing song was presented in which all the students participated wearing cultural dresses. The news

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Answer sheets theft case
Rawalpindi: A three-member committee, appointed by the higher education department Punjab, has started inquiry against five suspended officials of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) who were involved in answer sheets theft case, it has been learnt.

An official source in the BISE said that the committee headed by Asghar Mall college principal Prof Aleemuddin would grill deputy controller Malik Munir, secrecy branch superintendent Raja Arshad, office superintendent Mohammad Sadaqat, clerks Arif Ali and Mohammad Ismail.

The five officials along with former BISE controller examination Abdul Sattar were suspended on April 9 after an initial inquiry.

They were held responsible for not collecting the solved answer sheets from a bank in Rawat area in time as over 500 sheets were recovered from a private school teacher by police. Dawn

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