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Most PhD scholars involved in plagiarism: Bahria University rector
Islamabad, Feb 26: The quality of higher education is imperative for the true progress of a nation. However it is unfortunate that a considerable number of PhD scholars are involved in plagiarism, which means that there is no mental growth and we are not progressing, said Bahria University Rector Vice Admiral (r) Mohammad Haroon.

In an exclusive interview, he stressed on the need for quality education in the country, saying that it was not only important to produce scholars but also to ensure their quality.

"How could we send our own satellite to the space without research? The developed countries now have everything on Global Positioning System (GPS), which is space-based global navigation satellite system. On the other hand, Pakistan is not even a signatory to that," he added.

He lamented that the budget for the higher education sector has been curtailed in Pakistan unlike other countries, which were investing heavily in this sector. "One thing should be made clear that we should not expect the outcome of investment in higher education within a few years. It is a gradual process, which will take time to show its results," he added.

Shedding light on the future plans of the Bahria University, he said they were planning to create a world-class centre of excellence in higher education with its focus on quality teaching and an international outlook to ensure 100% employment for its graduates.

Keeping in view the importance of ranking and internationalisation as major agents of change in today's higher education, the Bahria University is striving to achieve the status of a world-class academic institution to attract prospective students not only from Pakistan but from the neighbouring countries like Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asian States and across the globe. "For this we are applying for the QS rankings this year so that we can prove our university as world class," he said. "In this regard, the university has initiated linkages with thirteen universities and four international educational networks, including those in the US, UK, Australia, Iran, Canada, Azerbaijan, Italy and United Arab Emirates. The foreign collaboration office of the university is constantly pursuing more linkages on a regular basis to bring the university at par with other world-class institutions of higher education through student and faculty visits and exchange programmes," he added.

He also revealed that the Bahria University was among those few universities that established Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) at an early stage and currently falls in category 'Y'. "We are now eyeing 'W' and hopefully we will achieve the target soon," he added.

He stressed on the need for involving young people in community work and co-curricular activities besides imparting formal education. "Most academic institutions miss the part of incorporating good practices and building character of their students. Realising our responsibility, we indulge students in as much social work as we can so that we can make them realise their duties as a responsible citizen," he added.

He revealed that the Bahria University was planning to establish state-of-the-art dental college in near future and has recently established the law department.

Vice Admiral (r) Haroon has a vast experience in disciplines like administration, command, diplomacy, human resource management, leadership, logistics, operation and training. He is a recipient of prestigious national awards, Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Basalat. He is an avid reader and has always been an outstanding sportsman.

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Primary education in mother tongue urged
Islamabad: Keeping up the tradition of encouraging talented persons, who are yet unknown, the centre for arts, culture and dialogue, 'Kuch Khaas' arranged a screening of a documentary titled 'Maan Boli' (Mother Tongue) by Rawal Varraich.

This is a thesis film on which he has earned distinction. The film is about the education system and the current situation of the Punjabi language in Punjab specially the Pakistani side. The film explores the question of why Punjabis do not speak Punjabi, which is their mother tongue and how history and British occupation has played its role in the situation. What inspired the filmmaker to work on this thesis was the fact that it has been proved that primary education should be done in a child's mother tongue and the slogan of the Punjab movement from the 1970's 'Maan Boli Parhao Un Parhta Makao' (teach in the mother tongue and reduce illiteracy.) The documentary is in Punjabi, but contains English subtitles.

Those who are interested in the subject attended the event and it was surprising that a majority of the small audience was made up of expatriates! Introducing his work Rawal said the main reason he made the film was that he thought people should speak in their mother tongue. Since he spoke in English someone from the audience immediately remarked on this aspect, but Rawal was probably trying to say that we should be proud of our mother tongue. His documentary had diverse opinions from a cross section of society and what came across was that the people interviewed felt people were ashamed to speak Punjabi because they thought it was a crude language used by common folk. On the contrary in its pure form it is as good as Urdu and Punjabi literature, which includes verse and prose, has many fans among those who appreciate good writing. It is a well-made and crisp documentary and gives you food for thought.

Rawal Varraich recently graduated from the department of film and television, National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore. As a child he was exposed to Indian classical music and Fine Arts. He played the 'tabla' at the 'All Pakistani Music Conference' as an amateur. During his first year in NCA, he made a documentary called 'Kaalu' (The Smile of Life), which was based on a kid who did not go to school and collected empty plastic bottles to earn money. This documentary can be seen on youtube.com under the title 'Kaalu the smile of life'. He has also directed a documentary on the life of a transsexual.

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Beaconites celebrate Pakistan Day
Islamabad: The Beaconhouse School System, Margalla Campus A-Level Branch (BMI-A), observed Pakistan Day with a lot of enthusiasm and fervour, says a press release issued here on Wednesday.

The day began with prayers for the prosperity and well-being of Pakistan, followed by the national anthem and flag unveiling ceremony. Dr. Maria Sultan was the chief guest at the Pakistan Day ceremony.

It started with the display of a video created by A-Level students with the theme of strength of the nation. The video made a great impression on the audiences as they saw the unfolding of the history of Pakistan and the progress that our Country has made since its inception. It emphasised the significance of Pakistan and highlighted the efforts that need to be made for its betterment. Events performed throughout the day by students of BMI-A included a play, national songs, slideshows and videos. Na'ats and national songs were also performed by children from Al-Makhtoom Foundation for Blind Children, who mesmerised the audiences with their talent.

The chief guest Dr. Maria Sultan spoke candidly to the students, telling them that "You are the finest generation that Pakistan has produced and it is up to them to take responsibility as Pakistan is the only homeland we have and we need to take lead with an assurance."

A redeeming feature of the event were the performances by students of BMI-A that highlighted the struggle for Pakistan which culminated in its' creation. They paid glowing tributes to the martyrs and soldiers who had fought hard for Pakistan and still are. The news

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FJWU disburses cheques among flood-hit students
Rawalpindi: Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi held a cheque distribution ceremony among its flood-affected students on its premises here on Friday.

Prof. Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan, the Vice Chancellor of FJWU, was the chief guest on the occasion. She said faculty and students at FJWU had always contributed whole-heartedly at times of disasters in the country.

As part of the efforts made by FJWU to help flood affectees, the varsity is carrying out a campaign for rehabilitation of these affectees. The varsity would construct houses under this campaign. Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir, Dean Faculty of Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. Naheed Zia Khan and Registrar, Dr. Maryam Rub were also present at the occasion. Daily times

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