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