Pakistani University Ranking 2012 & Women universities
Women's universities need qualified faculty, strong research base
Islamabad, Aug 23: According to the Pakistani University Ranking 2012 and Research Ranking 2011
published by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), no women's
university was successful in making a place in top ten universities of
the country. It indicates that these universities need to pay attention
towards academic standards, hiring trained and qualified faculty and
strong research base.
Pakistan has seven women's
universities, including Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Quetta;
Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore; Lahore College for Women University,
Lahore; Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi; Frontier Women
University, Peshawar; Jinnah Women University, Karachi, and Women
The report shows increase in the
number of women in the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the
country. According to statistics collected from HEIs, the number of
women in universities has risen from 196,000 in 2004-05 to 391,000 in
2009-10. The total number of students in HEIs was 869,000 in 2009-2010.
The enrolment rate for women is 45 per cent as compared to 55 percent of
The statistics for 2010-11 show that there are some
universities where the number of girls exceeds those of boys as in the
University of Karachi where 14,785 female students are enrolled as
compared to 12,419 males.
In the University of Gujrat,
established in 2004, girls constitute 72 percent of the total student
population where as 60 percent of the faculty is also female. There are
5291 girls who study in this university as compared to 4378 boys. Many
female students of neighbouring cities such as Jhelum and Sialkot are
also enrolled in this university.
Commenting over the
contribution of women's universities, Professor Dr. Najma Najam, vice
chancellor of the Karakorum International University, Gilgit, and
founder vice chancellor of the Fatima Jinnah University, Rawalpindi,
first women's university of Pakistan, remarked that establishment of
women's universities in Pakistan is a positive step and successful
experience towards increasing women's enrollment in higher education
institutions of Pakistan.
"It also provided opportunity
to women to play their pivotal role as administrators of universities.
These universities have also proved as training places in specialised
areas," she said.
While describing the challenges being
confronted by women's universities, she pointed out shortage of well
trained and qualified faculty (non-PhD), non-conducive environment for
research and non-distinction between college and university education.
release of over 40 per cent of HEC's allocated development funding has
also affected the insfrasracture and other development projects of these
universities. "The basic requirment for women's universities is hostel
facility which also attract a large number of female students as the
parents are always feel reluctant to send their daughters to private
hostels but if the development funds would not be released, there will
no new development work esecially construction of female student
hostels," said a female faculty member requesting not to be named.
said that if the government is committed to promote the female
education in Pakistan, especially in higher education sector, such
development projects must be given priority.
mentions that the Higher Education Commission has awarded more than 3000
scholarships to female faculty members and scholars with an expectation
that with joining of these highly qualified scholars, universities will
be able to overcome problems.
So far, 4 campus radios
are working at the Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Kinnaird
College for Women, Lahore, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore,
and FG Margalla College, Islamabad. The need of time is to use these
radio channels for effective university community linkages, especially
highlighting women-related issues.
Commission Executive Director Professor Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi said that
women's universities are playing a foundation role in the education of
female professionals, artists, writers, thinkers who are the future
leaders of an educated, enlightened, ethical and prosperous Pakistan.
said that the HEC is committed to promote female education in Pakistan,
especially in higher education sector, and practical steps have been
taken in this regard. "Since the inception of HEC, new women's
universities have been established in Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore and
Multan and priority has been given to such development projects which
have been really helpful in increasing women's enrollment in higher
education sector of Pakistan."
As a result of these
reforms, he said that female enrollment in higher education institutions
has been increased 36 per cent in 2002 to 45 per cent in 2010 and it is
expected that this percentage will further increase.
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Former QAU senior teacher given clean chit
Islamabad: The inquiry committee of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has in principle
given a clean chit to former head of Defense and Strategic Studies
Department in a probe into allegations about fake PhD degree, the
sources said here on Wednesday.
The sources said the
committee has received letter from the University of Denver (Colorado)
in which it was stated that Dr. Riffat Hussain genuinely acquired his
PhD degree in International Relations from the university.
issue is being probed by a committee comprising Prof. Dr. Eatzaz Ahmad,
dean faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Lubna Ali, director School of
Politics and International Relations, Muhammad Sabir, deputy registrar
Administration and Humayun Khan, deputy registrar Establishment.
committee was formed when Prof. Dr. Nasrullah Mirza, a professor at
Defense and Strategic Studies Department, alleged that the University of
Denver (Colorado) in response to verification request recently declared
PhD degree of former Prof. Dr. Riffat Hussain as 'fake' and 'forged'.
record showed that Dr. Nasrullah Mirza accused Dr. Riffat Hussain of
obtaining fake PhD degree from the University of Denver in Psychology
but on the other hand the university administration maintained that he
never ever claimed any such degree in the past.
One of the
members of the committee told this correspondent that Dr. Riffat
Hussain, who retired in March this year, appeared before the committee
and stated that he holds PhD degree in International Relations and never
ever claimed any other PhD degree.
But he also said the
written application filed by Dr. Nasrullah Mirza also carried some other
allegations so the committee would present its report after thoroughly
probing into each and every allegation.
On the other hand,
Dr. Riffat Hussain has claimed that the allegations against him was an
act to avoid administrative action regarding fake degree of Dr.
Nasrullah Mirza who found its advisable to target him as he was one of
the persons who disclosed the true facts about his (Dr. Nasrullah) fake
The written material provided to the committee
showed that Prof. Dr. Nasrullah Mirza also alleged that Dr. Syed Riffat
Hussain had committed a fraud during his deputation (1994-1997) at
Pakistan 's Embassy in Washington DC.
When contacted, QAU
Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai told this scribe that the committee
is probing the matter independently and would present its
recommendations after completion of the inquiry process.
said, "I have personal knowledge that the University of Denver has
declared PhD degree of Dr. Riffat Hussain as genuine but I would not say
anything unless the committee presents his final report."
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Schools reopen today
Lahore: The government and private schools are going to be opened on Thursday
(today) after the culmination of summer vacations and Eid-ul-Fitr
However, in violation of the government's
directive, many private schools have extended their summer vacations up
to September 2 and therefore are scheduled to open their campuses on
September 3, 2012.
Meanwhile, EDO (Education) Lahore, has
warned public and private schools against any laxity in adopting
measures to prevent spread of dengue at their campuses. "There will be
no compromise on measures against dengue in government and private
schools," he said while addressing a meeting regarding anti-dengue
measures as per SOPs in government and private schools, held here at
Education Complex on Wednesday. All DEOs, Deputy DEOs and Zonal heads
participated in the meeting.
It was decided to ensure
anti-dengue measures and also display certificate on main gate with
completion of the task. In case of non-compliance by the private sector,
the schools will be sealed.
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LCWU to host official function to honour ex-VC
Lahore: Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Dr Sabiha Mansoor
announced to hold an official function in honour of Dr Bushra Mateen,
Professor Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor of LCWU, as she has been
awarded Tamgha Imtiaz.
"This is a great honour for the
university and we must plan a dinner in her honour to celebrate her
award. All members of faculty and staff congratulate Dr Bushra Mateen
for this distinction," said Dr Sabiha in a press statement issued here
Meanwhile, Lahore College Associates (LCA)
has also congratulated Dr Bushra Mateen who is also president of this
organization. In her statement, Shahida Sultan, secretary general LCA,
said that it was a great honour for Dr Bushra Mateen and for LCA as
well. LCWU feels pride for its old student. Dr Bushra Mateen's
distinguished career spans over four decades.
exceptional qualities in transforming the erstwhile college to the
Status of university not only in name but worked to raise the standards
so that it became synonymous with quality and excellence in all the
areas of knowledge. Despite her administrative commitment, she always
managed to retain a strong link to teaching and research, her excellence
in research activities was internationally recognized by award of
ISECO/UNESCO Chair for women in science in Asian Region in 2005. She has
about 30 research publication to her credit.
3rd merit list of intermediate 1st year candidates at Lahore College for
Women University (LCWU) will be displayed on Thursday (today).
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Schools asked to ensure cleanliness
Lahore: The city district government has warned the owners of private schools to
arrange cleanliness arrangements properly and help the government staff
in Anti-Dengue Campaign; otherwise, their schools will be sealed.
The DCO's statement in this regard was issued in view of opening schools after summer vacations on Wednesday.
DCO Noorul Amin Mengal also directed the Education Department to
properly monitor Anti-Dengue Campaign in government and private schools
and pay regular visits to them in this regard. The news
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