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UET Peshawar Convocation: graduates awarded degrees

Convocation: 887 UET graduates awarded degrees
Peshawar, Dec 31: Pakistan needs to locally develop necessary technology to exploit the country's vast natural resources such as gold and copper mines, which will also solve its energy and economic crisis, said renowned scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand while speaking at the convocation of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) here on Thursday.

Dr. Mubarakmand, who is also member of the Planning Commission of Pakistan, conferred degrees, awards and medals on the successful and outstanding graduates, says a press release.He said that Pakistan had rich reserves of natural resources and minerals such as charcoal reserves, gold and copper mines in Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), which, if exploited indigenously, could change the economic landscape of this country.

He highlighted the important role that seats of higher learning such as the UET Peshawar had to play in the economic emancipation of this country. He also stressed the need to work on alternative energy sources such as wind, nuclear and solar energy to reduce reliance on fossil fuel sources. He congratulated the graduates on their successful completion of studies.

About 887 UET Peshawar graduates (sessions 2008-09 and 2009-10) were awarded PhD, MSc, and BSc (honors) degrees. The degrees were given in the field of agriculture, chemical, civil, computer systems, electrical, electronics, industrial, mechanical, mining, telecommunication, and software engineering as well as in computer science, information technology and architecture.

UET Vice Chancellor Imtiaz Hussain Gilani presented the university crest to Dr Mubarakmand, who was the chief guest on the occasion. At the convocation, 27 graduates from various disciplines were awarded gold medals and six students coveted presidential award for achieving distinctive positions in their respective disciplines. Also, five candidates were awarded PhD degrees in engineering.

Earlier, in his welcome address Mr Gilani congratulated the graduating students and their parents and said that UET Peshawar was the premier engineering institution in the province which was offering quality education along with modern engineering consultancy services to both public and private sectors.

In this regard, he mentioned the recently-conducted live tests by the university's Earthquake Engineering Center on two bridges linking Ring Road to Jamrud Road using eccentric mass vibrator, for Peshawar Development Authority. The EEC is among the world's top 10 such centres, he said.

The VC stressed the need for having young entrepreneurs to realise the dream of a knowledge-based economy. He mentioned the Technology Incubation Center established in the UET, which is helping engineering graduates launch their own startups.

He also mentioned the UET's initiative of establishing a Continuing Engineering Education Center (CEEC), which is offering education and training programmes not just to its own faculty, but also to engineers and scientists at large to update them on latest developments in their fields.

Mr Gilani also counted the university's academic linkage programmes with prestigious universities around the world. He said that the UET had been working in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, UK, on alternative energy sources and nanotechnology.

He said that the UET's research scholars were carrying out their PhD research at partner universities in Europe and North America. The strength of PhDs currently serving in UET Peshawar is 60 and this number would grow as more and more scholars would return.

He specifically mentioned the multibillion Jalozai Campus Project which would feature around 200 PhD qualified faculty and around 3,500 students in a sprawling new campus currently under construction. He said that the Jalozai Campus would offer engineering degrees in new disciplines such as petroleum engineering.

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US students exchange programmes
Washington: As part of its efforts to improve bilateral understanding, the US has launched one of its largest ever students exchange programmes with Pakistan, a senior US official said on Thursday.

"To give a chance to Pakistani students to learn more about the US and Americans to learn more about Pakistan and Pakistanis," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alina Romanowski while explaining the motive behind the arrangement.

"The purpose is to build human bridges between our two countries and to encourage face to face communication."

As many as 100 undergraduate students from Pakistan will spend a semester in US educational institutions this year under the Global Undergraduate Exchange Programme in Pakistan. Although they all have to return home after the semester, they will be encouraged to apply for further studies in the United States.

The US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in coordination with a partner organisation, IREX, will host an arrival orientation for 50 of these students in Washington from Jan 3-6, 2011.

Launched in fall 2010, Global UGRAD-Pakistan provides a substantive exchange experience at a US college or university to a diverse group of 100 emerging student leaders from underrepresented sectors in Pakistan.

Responding to a question from an Indian journalist, Ms Romanowski said the students were not screened to ensure if there were 'wahabis' among them or if they had 'a terrorist mentality', as the journalist had suggested. "We are not screening students for their religious orientation or affiliation."

She also dismissed another Indian journalist's concern that some of these students may not return. She said that the bureau had exchange programmes with Pakistan before and all those who came had returned home.

The students were selected from small towns in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern Areas, Fata, Balochistan and Sindh, besides large cities. None of them ever travelled outside Pakistan. Almost half of them are women. Dawn

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'France wants collaboration with Pak varsities'
Swabi: Engineer Sandie Favier, attache for science and technology at the French Embassy in Islamabad, has said the government of France wanted to strengthen collaboration and interaction with Pakistani universities in various fields.

He and Dr Nejib Moalla, a French scholar from the Lyon-II University, visited the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology here Thursday. They saw the campus, laboratories and lecture rooms.

They discussed mutual collaboration with Jehangir Bashar, rector of the Institute, and Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, pro-rector (academic) and deans of the faculties of the institute. She also discussed launching joint research projects, split PhD programmes, exchange of academia and students, internship of the GIKI students in the French companies and fellowship programme.

Engineer Sandie Favier expressed eagerness to work with GIKI in the management field and emphasised on mutual cooperation and collaboration in the fields of research and higher education.

She spoke about top-quality education and facilities available at the GIKI. She said the engineers graduating from the institute contributed enormously to Pakistan's development. Jehangir Bashar said the establishment of high-temperature furnace in the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering and academic contribution of the French faculty to teach in GIKI reflected the strength of relations between Pakistan and France. The news

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Seniority issue: Teachers to move court against education dept
Timegara: The headmasters of government high schools in Lower Dir will file a contempt petition in the Peshawar High Court against the authorities concerned for failing to implement the court's decision regarding issuance of a notification about their seniority.

Speaking at a news conference at the Timergara press club on Thursday the president of the headmasters association Shah Baz Khan, headmaster Shafiul Haq and others demanded of the higher authorities to solve the problem of their seniority in the light of decisions taken by the Peshawar High Court and Service Tribunal Peshawar.

They said that they had been appointed as headmasters in basic pay scale 17 but the authorities concerned had been reluctant to accept their seniority from that date.

"We moved the Service Tribunal, which on Jan 20, 2009 decided the case in our favour," the headmasters said, adding, the tribunal also directed the concerned authorities to issue a notification from the date of their appointment.

The head teachers said the provincial secretary education was also contacted in this regard but to no avail.

The teachers said after the non-implementation of the Service Tribunal's decision they knocked the doors of the Peshawar High Court that too decided the case in their favour.

The high schools' headmasters said they had decided to file a contempt of court petition in the high court against the authorities concerned. Dawn

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18 PhD scholars allowed to pursue research
Peshawar: The Advance Study and Research Board of the University of Peshawar on Wednesday allowed 11 PhD and seven MPhil scholars to pursue their research. A meeting of the board presided over by vice-chancellor of the university Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan also granted extension to four PhD and seven MPhil scholars for completion of their research. The VC told the meeting that the criteria set by the Higher Education Commission about the timeframe and method of pursuing MPhil, PhD research must be strictly followed.

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Fata teachers to protest closure of schools
Ghallanai: The All Fata Teachers Association (AFTA) will stage a protest demonstration against closure of the community schools in tribal areas today (Friday). Talking to reporters here Thursday, AFTA Secretary General Mushtaq Mohmand said the teachers would hold a rally outside the Fata Secretariat in Peshawar against the closure of community schools in tribal belt. He said that due to cruel decision of the Fata Secretariat authorities, the families of 2,000 teachers lost their jobs and were on the verge of starvation. He said that despite government's tall claims to provide better education facilities to all and sundry in tribal areas, over 76,000 students were deprived of education after closure of the community schools.

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Urdu poetry book published
Peshawar: Another poetry book of young writer Haroon Shinwari has hit the stalls. 'Khushboo Phailney Tak' is a collection of 83 Urdu poems and is the fourth venture of the author in the field of writing that he started in 1995.

Born in Landikotal in Khyber Agency in a Shinwari Pashtun tribe, Haroon did his masters in International Relations and Pashto literature from the University of Peshawar. He started composing poetry after getting impressed by the legendary poet Amir Hamza Khan Shinwari, Baba-e-Pashto Ghazal.

He wrote the first prose book in English, An Introduction to Hamza Baba, while his second contribution was Urdu translation of a book, 'The plain tales of Afghan border' by Sir Edward Brown in 1980 in London. His third venture in writing was a Pashto poetry collection, 'Zama Latoon Zama Janoon'.

In the new book Haroon Shinwari contributed some pieces like Jirga while impressed by a Pashto verse of Hamza Baba, 'Apni Muhabat Wapas Lo' while getting impressed by the verse of the late Dr Kabir Stori and 'Jhoot' after being impressed by Prof Rahmatullah Dard's verse. The hardcover 135-page collection priced at Rs200 has almost 83 poetry pieces. The news

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