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HEC chartered universities | Roots silver jubilee

HEC consent must to open new varsities
Islamabad, April 18: The governing body of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Tuesday expressed concern over the opening of new universities and grant of charters without obtaining the mandatory no-objection certificate from the HEC.

It may be mentioned that bills for establishment of seven universities, including My University, Darul Madina International University and the South Asian Strategic Institute University, were passed by parliament in March without taking the HEC on board.

The governing body (commission) of the HEC at a meeting with Chairman Dr Javed Leghari in the chair on Tuesday referred to its decision of November 30, 2010, wherein it was recommended that the cabinet criteria/guidelines should be met for the establishment of a new university/institution of higher education otherwise the degrees of the new institutions will not be recognised by HEC.

According to a spokesman for the commission, the standard operating procedures for establishment of a new university/institution had been approved by the federal cabinet on February 27, 2002.

The commission felt that good governance, effective management, quality standards and necessary infrastructure are the basic parameters that determine academic and research performance of higher education institutions in particular and guarantee promotion of higher education in the country in general.

The participants of the meeting said the provincial governments and the offices of the chancellors should ensure that the process of establishment of new universities was carried out in the light of the criteria and the HEC guidelines.

The commission also approved a MoU between the HEC and the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) aimed at enchaining the quality of law education in Pakistan. Through the MoU, the HEC in collaboration with the PBC will be responsible for developing and furnishing policy guidelines to revamp and strengthen the process of accreditation of programmes in law conducted in all institutions of higher education.

The PBC will establish a legal education accreditation committee which will be responsible for execution of the policies and criteria, said the spokesman.

The meeting was also attended by federal secretary ministry of education and training Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, secretary ministry of science and technology Ikhlaq Tarar and others. Dawn

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Roots celebrates 25 years of service
Islamabad: The Roots Millennium Schools' flagship Millennium Campus I-9/3, Islamabad on Saturday organised a colourful ceremony to celebrate the silver jubilee of the school system.

The celebration was coupled with a high achievers award ceremony where students were awarded with medals for their achievements in O-Levels, IGCSE, AS&A-Level, BSc University of London International Programme, Ivy League University placements, Cambridge University acceptance and Global Undergraduate scholarships.

The ceremony was attended by nearly 500 scholarship recipients and their families. Turkish ambassador Mustafa Babur Hizlan was chief guest on the occasion, while Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan was the special guest of honour.

Dr Junaid Zaidi, Rector Comsats, Zenen Buergo Concepcion, ambassador of Cuba, Muhammad Rashad Daureeawo, Mauritius high commissioner, Emilian Ion, ambassador of Romania, Bharat Raj Paudyal, ambassador of Nepal, Ms Uzma Yousaf, country manager CIE, Nadia Kamran, director education UK British Council attended the ceremony.

A total of 18 students from RMS Islamabad secured CIE outstanding learner awards and Edexcel distinctions in various subjects, with Usama Bin Shafqat being the star of the show with five distinctions in mathematics (without coursework), additional mathematics, information and communication technology and physics. He was also the best student across six Cambridge IGCSEs and topped in Pakistan. An outstanding millennial, Syeda Shanze Gillani, topped in entire Pakistan in biology; Ali Mumtaz Warraich topped in Pakistan in business studies whereas Abdullah Nasir topped in Pakistan in chemistry. Ali Amin and Hiba Nasir topped in accounting and economics; Zawar Hussain topped in Urdu language in Pakistan and Maham Khan stood first in Islamabad in English literature. Faran Farooq acquired joint third place across three Cambridge Advanced Subsidiary Level courses. Abdullah Nasir topped in Pakistan across seven Cambridge IGCSEs. Maaz Khan acquired second place in Islamabad across six Cambridge IGCSE's whereas Safyan Aman Memon and Tuba Majid acquired joint third place in Islamabad across six Cambridge IGCSE's. Xarlish Amjad topped in the entire region in A Level Edexcel Law and Zona Ali topped in Edexcel A Level Law in entire Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, RMS Chief Executive Faisal Mushtaq said, "As a national career counsellor and student university applications sponsor, my team and I work very closely with each student and I take pride and honour to announce that my students across Pakistan have won scholarships to the tune of Rs 1.4 billion this year.

Chief Guest Mustafa Babur Hizlan appreciated the outstanding achievements of the RMS Millennium Campus and said, "I would like to offer my felicitations to all the students, parents and teachers who have won recognition, and salute the dedication and commitment of this great institution, leadership, management and teachers who are nurturing the future of Pakistan and also the silver jubilee celebrations." Daily times

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Bahria University signs MoU with WWF
Islamabad: Bahria University, Islamabad Campus, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with WWF-Pakistan for Community Service Programme.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organisation. It is the world's largest independent conservation organisation with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100 countries, supporting around 1,300 conservation and environmental projects.

Bahria University collaborates with WWF-Pakistan to provide internships and community service to 147 students of Bahria University, Islamabad.

Bahria University provides opportunities to the students to seek professional knowledge. The programme aims to provide the students with environmental education and facilitate in their professional development. Through this programme the students will be exposed to the real environmental challenges faced by Pakistan. They will closely work with the slum schools and after getting trained by WWF-Pakistan's trainers, they will provide the same education to those poor children. WWF-Pakistan and Bahria University Islamabad want to develop the environmental conscience of students and inculcate a sense of individual responsibility towards nature conservation.

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NUML's MoUs with German institute & Turkish university
Islamabad: The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and Goethe-Institute Pakistan would bring new vistas of learning German Language, Culture and Literature not only here in Pakistan, but also in Germany, said Dr Manuel Negwer, Director of Goethe-Institute Pakistan.

He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony in which a MoU was signed between NUML and Goethe Institute at NUML, Islamabad. NUML Director General Brigadier Azam Jamal and Dr Manuel Negwer, Director Goethe-Institute signed the MOU.

Dr Manuel Negwer said that this MoU is not a simple academic collaboration rather it is a milestone for academic, social and cultural exchanges between two societies.

The ceremony was attended by Dr Thomas Ditt, Cultural Attache of the German Embassy, Ms Ursula Saarbeck, Director DAAD Information Centre in Islamabad, Mr Shamim Manzar, Head of Language Department Goethe-Institute Karachi, Dr Anwer Mahmood, Head of German Department, other deans, heads, directors, faculty members and students.

Earlier on Tuesday, the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and Suleyman Shah University, Turkey, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

NUML DG Brigadier Azam Jamal and Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Suleyman Shah University Professor Dr Adnan ASLAN signed the MoU. NUML Registrar Brigadier (r) M. Saeed Akhtar Malik, Director Academics Colonel (r) Syed Jawaid, Chairman Rumi Foundation Harun Koken, and Head of Turkish Department at NUML Dr Zakeriya Nas were also present on the occasion.

Professor Dr Adnan ASLAN said this collaboration between two universities of Pakistan and Turkey would be another opportunity to assist each other in the filed of academic research and learning which ultimately leads toward economic and social betterment.

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Preston inter-university Qirat competition
Islamabad: Preston University organised and inter-university 'Qirat Competition' here, says a press release.

The event was organised as part of 'Spring Splash 2013.' During the week-long festivity, inter-university competitions such as Qirat, Bilingual Debate, Dramatics, Singing, T-20 cricket, Table Tennis, Badminton, and Football competitions are being held.

The universities which participated in the Qirat competition were Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Arid-Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Air University, Islamabad, Punjab University, Minhaj-ul-Quran University, Lahore, GC University, Lahore, University of Gujrat, Hamdard University, Islamabad, University of Peshawar, Federal Urdu University, Islamabad, and Preston University, Islamabad, Kohat, and Lahore campuses.

Hafiz Asad Sharif of Punjab University, Lahore beat his counterparts from other competing universities to win first position in the Qirat competition. Second position was won by Naqash Saeed from the University of Gujrat. Third position in the competition was awarded to Yahya Abdur Rahman from University of Peshawar.

Qari Syed Muhammad Buzurg Shah Al Azhari, a Qari of international renown, who was chief guest on the occasion distributed prizes among the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position holders of the Qirat competition. Chancellor Preston University, Dr. Abdul Basit was also present on the occasion. Skills of the participating students in Qirat were highly appreciated by the chief guest. He eulogised the endeavours of Preston University to organise the inter-university Qirat competition in which the students of the participating universities of Pakistan got an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in recitation of the Holy Quran. The chief guest, Qari Syed Muhammad Buzurg Shah Al Azhari and Chancellor Preston University, Dr. Abdul Basit profoundly congratulated the students and their respective universities on winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions in the Qirat competition. The news

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