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Quality education Universities urged to generate own funds
Lahore, Dec 07: Former Senator and Pakistan Engineering Council chairperson Rukhsana Zuberi has said it is government's responsibility to provide adequate funding to universities to raise quality of higher education on a par with the international standard.

Considering the present deep economic crisis, Ms Zuberi stressed that universities should also undertake the role of entrepreneurs for generating funds.

She was speaking at the inaugural session of the third international conference on "Assessing Quality in Higher Education" organised by the Punjab University Institute of Quality and Technology Management (IQTM); University of Management and Technology, Lahore; National Textile University, Faisalabad; and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, at the PU Law College auditorium here on Monday.

She said the PEC had adopted recommendations of the previous two international conferences on enhancing quality in higher education.

She offered her support to the PU vice-chancellor for launching of the energy conservation project on varsity campus.

She also commended the organizers for successfully holding the conference despite multi-faceted problems, including natural disaster and present economic downturn.

Higher Education Commission's National Quality Assurance Committee chairman Prof Dr Abdul Raouf said the country unfortunately did not have enough resources to meet requirements of the educational sector.

Still, he said, the academic quality was a must for academic institutions' survival. "Only those graduates will get attractive job opportunities, who will get quality education," he said. In the last few years, he said, the HEC had focused on increasing the number of Pakistani universities besides improving quality of university faculty and infrastructure.

In the past, he regretted, there was no culture for self-assessment and improvement, but now some universities were even asking the HEC for introducing the quality management system.

Dr Raouf acknowledged efforts of the IQTM faculty for the success of international conferences.

Speaking on behalf of vice-chancellors of four organizing universities, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said a teacher played a crucial role in any educational quality enhancement programme.

He said that only 22 per cent of faculty of all Pakistani universities consisted of PhDs while PU had a slightly better percentage of 33 per cent against its total faculty strength.

Without faculty development, he said, educational institutions could not expect any qualitative improvement at any level.

He said it was regrettable that no previous government had ever fully grasped vital role of education in the nation-building nor gave it the priority it deserved.

He said education was an absolute necessity for country's survival as well as its honourable and dignified living.

Currently, he said, only two per cent of the GDP was being allocated for education and even that was not fully spent. In such a situation, he said, what quality could be expected from academic institutions?

Despite this financial constraints situation, he said, Pakistan had managed to become the first nuclear power of the Islamic world. With proper coaching and guidance, he said, Pakistani students could excel in any field.

National Textile University, Faisalabad, rector Prof Niaz Ahmad, UMT rector Prof Hassan Sohaib Murad and IQTM director Prof Aamir Ijaz also spoke.

Later, Engineer Rukhsana Zuberi and Prof Kamran gave away shields to the organizing vice-chancellors. The news

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Two students charged with cyber crime
Kohat: Two college students missing since October from Kohat have been formally charged by the Federal Investigation Agency for sharing information about the chief justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan with an Indian hacker, officials and parents said on Monday.

The cyber crime wing of the FIA has registered a case against Saim Ali Shah, son of Zulfiqar Ali Shah, and Salal Ali Shah, son of Sajid Ali Shah, in the Rawalpindi circle under Sections 419, 420, 468 and 41 of Pakistan Penal Code and the ATO of cyber crimes.

A special unit of FIA, Rawalpindi, had conducted a raid on a house in Garhi Banoorian on October 13, 2010 and whisked away both the cousins along with their computers and CDs without informing the local police and their parents.

When contacted, Mr Zulfiqar told this scribe that his son and nephew had developed friendship on net with an Indian national in August who told them that he had hacked the official website of the SC and ridiculed the Pakistani security agencies for poor safety system.

"Being immature and unaware of the consequences our children put their photographs on the hacked official website sent to them by their Indian friend. This came into the notice of SC registrar who informed the concerned quarters about the incident, which led to their arrest from Kohat on October 1," Mr Zulfiqar said.

Salal and Saim, a second and third year students respectively, had bought a new laptop and computer systems, which the FIA officials took with them for investigation, Mr Zulfiqar said and hoped that the children would be spared by the court because they were misguided by the Indian hacker. Dawn

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English language in today's era
Karachi: Language is the source of communication which is the tool for interacting with people in everyday life. It is the means for perception. English language may be a foreign language but is spoken internationally because of its significance. This is the most common language in several parts of the worlds and keeps us connected with the whole universe.

The importance of English language nowadays cannot be ignored. Wherever we might go, we will definitely find someone who knows English. This has also become a language of media. English is also used in government offices. In 1985 it was only in private schools but now more efforts are being made for the progress of this language in our country. The scope of English is also very large. We can see that nowadays almost every field demands English. Companies welcome those candidates who are fluent in it and possess a relevant qualification and skills. A person has to be fluent in it and must know all the rules of grammar.

English language also increases the self esteem of a person. A person who speaks English fluently is usually more confident as compared to the person who speaks it improperly. In order to learn this language, one has to get totally absorbed into it. Hanging out with people who speak English and also by watching English movies increases the vocabulary power. Thus this language plays a vital role in enhancing the overall personality of a person. Afreen Fatima Jaffery (The nation)

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