IIUI admission exams | Social media ban in university
IIUI admission exams from 18th
Islamabad, Aug 09: Admission exams in the International Islamic University
Islamabad would be held on the 18th and 19th. According to the
notification released by the university, the admission exams in the
faculty of social sciences and faculty of shariat and law, earlier to be
held on the 13th and 15th would now be held on the 18th and 19th of
this month. However, no further changes would be made in the schedule of
all other admission examinations
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Educational institutions to open from 11th
Islamabad: The educational institutions working under the Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) would open from August 11 (Monday), after
two-month long summer vacations. The summer vacations started from June
7 would end on August 10 while the educational institutions would open
from August 11. The decision to open the educational institutions before
August 14 was made by the Capital Administration and Development
Division (CADD) so that the students can take part in the activities to
celebrate the Independence Day with enthusiasm. It is a routine for the
FDE to engage the students of different institutions in the activities
and functions being arranged to mark the Independence Day, to revive the
spirit of patriotism among them. Daily times
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Use of social media banned in agriculture university
Rawalpindi: The Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University
Rawalpindi has imposed a ban on the use of social media on the campus.
the students were allowed to use Facebook and Twitter through the
university's WI-Fi and servers. However, last month, the popular social
networking services were blocked.
The students termed the university management's decision unjustified and demanded that the ban should be lifted.
social media we used to keep ourselves updated about the activities of
our friends. But we have no idea why the university administration
banned the use of social media," said a female student who wished not be
Another student, who is pursing his graduation degree in horticulture, said social media was necessary for gaining knowledge.
"In advanced countries, students are allowed to use the social media
in classrooms but here we even can't use it in the cafeteria as the IT
department has blocked all the signals," he said.
Nadeem Malik, the additional director networking said that
Facebook and Twitters were blocked by the university administration
after receiving written complaints from some girl students of the
agriculture department who accused their fellow students of passing
insulting remarks against them on social media.
He said the
administration had also noticed that some students left negative
comments and even uploaded pictures of students without their consent.
should concentrate on their studies instead of spending hours on the
social media," he said, adding the academic council in its meeting on
June 24 also approved the ban.
Mr Malik said the vice chancellor
had provided Rs10 million to the IT department for upgrading the
Interment facility for students.
"We are providing best and advanced internet facility to students," he claimed.
to the documents presented in the meeting of the academic council, the
use of social media by the boarding and non-boarding students was
Impersonation or harassing an individual or a group
through social media or mobile phones is strictly banned and the
responsible shall be held accountable.
The documents added that
the range of penalties for the use of social media shall be decided by
the competent authorities of the directorate of students' affairs in
consultation with the members of the disciplinary committee.
It may be noted that there is no such ban at the Quaid-i-Azam University.
are no restrictions on the use of Facebook and Twitter in our
university. We are even trying to further improve our system," said QAU
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Etazaz Ahmed. Dawn
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Academia demands waiver in age limit for post of VCs
Islamabad: A Punjab Government advertisement that sets a 65-year bar on candidates
wanting to apply for the positions of vice chancellors has upset many in
the academic circles who believe the decision would leave a number of
capable academicians disqualified.
They termed it damaging to the intellectual property of the province.
"It is nowhere in practice in other provinces of Pakistan. Besides the
age limit is not mandatory in the federal chartered universities as
well. Around the world, governments honour outstanding intellectuals,
seasoned academics by keeping them harnessed to the task of university
management leadership, as most valuable and premier asset of their
nations," said one aspiring candidate on condition of anonymity.
said that in the posts advertised for three leading federal
universities, including Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad,
International Islamic University, Islamabad, and Allama Iqbal Open
University, Islamabad, earlier this year, there was no age bar.
for posts advertised for chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC),
there was no bar of age. In posts advertised for Sindh universities
again there was no limit for age. But unfortunately, the most developed
and educationally advanced province of Pakistan, Punjab, has set an age
bar of 65 years," said another candidate.
Though in a
conversation, a member of the selection committee for
HEC chairman stated that the first standard for short-listing of names
for chairman was PhD degree from a reputed university. The second
consideration was the experience of candidate in dealing with HEC
matters. The committee members also considered the age factor and
short-listed only those below 70 years.
In its recently
advertised posts of vice chancellors of five universities of Pakistan,
including Engineering University of Taxila, Government College
University, Faisalabad, University of Engineering and Technology (UET),
Lahore, University of Gujrat and Islamia University of Bahawalpur,
published on July 20, 2014, the Punjab government mentioned 65 as age
limit to apply for the post of vice chancellor.
against the bar took the stance that it is in the interest of parity and
fair-play that Punjab Government removes this age bar. "It is at
variance not only to other provincial and federal governments in
Pakistan but also operates in flagrant violation of all international
norms and standards. It is not only in the interest of preserving our
intellectual cum academic and scholarly talent but it also dictates
against the interest of equity and justice. To save our highly skilled
human resource, steps ought to be taken by the government to remove this
anomaly," said an academician.
They said that higher education is the backbone of a nation.
build communities. Knowledge economies are at the back of leading
nations of the world. National leadership in all spheres of life is
groomed in the academia. Successful time tested managers as leaders are
the true capital of a nation. There is no sense in debarring them from
contributing their best towards national uplift and development. I can
recall a few serving Vice Chancellors in Karachi and elsewhere, who in
spite of being octogenarians are running their institutions immaculately
well, in the best possible manner; dynamically growing, progressing and
developing their varsities on the basis of their rich experience and
understanding," he pointed out.
They said that around the
world Professors never retire as long as they are in practice and are
productive. "Punjab is the leading providence in the field of higher
education. It is surprising that premier leadership of the academia is
being withered under the pretext of having achieved superannuation. It
is earnestly appealed that the age limit be waived so as to include the
most talented, prized and established leaders in the open competition."
Higher Education Punjab Secretary Abdullah Khan Sumbal
said that age limit was mentioned after considering all aspects. "We are
not only looking at the age of joining but are also considering the
productive capacity of the candidate for the term of four years," he
He said that Punjab government respect and value all
academicians and educationists. "There was a consensus among all that
50 years is the age of an academician when he or she attains capacity
and experience to lead an institution. The post of vice chancellor
involves extensive administrative work. Keeping all this in mind, the
age limit was identified as 65 years," he added. The news
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NUST, Italian foundation sign environment related MoU
Islamabad: The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and
an Italian foundation for the promotion of scientific research on
Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that relates to
environment and climate changes.
The MoU was signed by School of Civil
and Environmental Engineering Principal Tariq Mahmood and Ev-K2-CNR
President Agostino Da Polenza, said a press release. While speaking on
the occasion, the Ev-K2-CNR president and the SCEE-NUST principal
appreciated the initiatives of the two scientific organisations. Mahmood
said that the Ev-K2-CNR is doing a great job in the preservation and
management of natural resources and appreciated the efforts of the
Ev-K2-CNR for its support in carrying out research activities in the
Ploenza, while thanking the NUST University said that NUST has a
reputation for education and research and the Ev-K2-CNR can work well
in the scientific research on water and glaciers in the high altitudinal
areas of Pakistan. Both the organisations could get benefit from this
agreement in designing future research in the high altitudinal areas and
supporting the research process and demonstrating various actions, he
added.On this occasion, the faculty of the institute and the officials
of the Ev-K2-CNR shared their views about the importance of this MoU, as
it would lead towards more involvement of the younger generation in
technological advancement and research in various fields and NUST is a
very good place to serve this purpose. Daily times
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