Quaid-i-Azam University teachers selection
QAU selection board benefiting blue-eyed boys
Islamabad, Dec 03: The members of the teaching faculty at Quaid-i-Azam
University (QAU) are perturbed over the selection board that is
being held on Saturday (today) which according to them is being conducted to
appoint some favourites of the Vice Chancellor under the rules, which even
They alleged that the posts were advertised in February last
year and in principal all 49 candidates of grades 20 and 21 should be
interviewed in one selection board but to oblige his favourites the VC is
conducting selection board for nearly two candidates. The post of Dean Faculty
of Natural Sciences is also lying vacant who need to be present during the
selection board but the vice chancellor did not wait the appointment of the new
They claim that the seniority of other 47 candidates would be affected
by the appointment of only two people, which has caused resentment among the
teaching faculty. Its important to mention here that according to the rules of
the university for promotion to a higher grade a faculty member is need to apply
afresh and they all had applied for the promotion to grade-20 and
Interestingly, the selection board is being held on the off day of the
university. And only after one day, on January 4 the VC himself would appear
before the search committee constituted by the president to select a new vice
chancellor of QAU as the incumbent VC has completed his tenure and has applied
as well for his selection for another four year term.
The spokesperson of the
university when contacted denying allegations said the selection board is being
conducted of all the candidates whose cases have been processed and the rule
under which the appointments are being made that is TTS Version II is approved
by both the Syndicate of the university and Higher Education Commission (HEC).
informed that though the syndicate and HEC has recommended the TTS
version II approval but the president and chancellor off the university, Asif
Ali Zardari, has not approved it yet so it cannot be implemented.
several members of Academic Staff Association (ASA) during its meeting had also
expressed their concerns on the inequitable processing of applications for
appointment of teaching faculty.
They were of the view that in certain cases,
applications are processed on fast tracks and in other cases various types of
delaying tactics are used. It was also noted with concern that the process of
obtaining consent of potential foreign referees is very slow. The process of
obtaining consent, sending the application dossiers and the follow up are also
The deliberate delay by the university administration in
processing of the application is affecting seniority of the faculty members. It
was proposed that in order to preserve seniority in appointments, all the
applicants under one advertisement should be appointed from the same date
irrespective of the date of selection board. The nation
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Rs 25m to be spent on schools in rural areas
Islamabad: The capital's administration has decided to start work
on the construction of nine government schools situated in rural areas of the
capital from end of the current month, sources in the administration told Online
They said that it would cost the administration Rs 25
million. Giving details, they said that Rs 0.5 million had been
allocated for FG Girls Primary School Jandala, Rs 4.89 million for FG Girls
Secondary School Rawal Town, while Rs 9.3 million for Thanda Pani
"The administration has also approved Rs 1.7 million for the
repair of streets in UC Koral and the work is to be started from next week,"
they elaborated. It is pertinent to mention here that streets widening
and clean drinking water projects in rural areas are yet to be
Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) is also working on the
proposal to construct more model colleges to overcome the shortage.
official of the FDE said that the proposal to construct model
colleges in G-13 sector and Sihala were under-consideration to cater the
educational needs of the students.
Besides, FDE has also initiated a
project of first ever Federal Government College for Home Economics and
Management Sciences in the federal Capital to facilitate the female students. Daily times
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IIU Urdu seminar
Islamabad: Research is a base for innovation and diversification of any
literature and Urdu scholars should carry out more research for finding fresh
perspectives on classical Urdu literature.
Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik
Rector, International Islamic University said this while presiding over a
seminar organised by the Urdu Department of IIUI.
He said Urdu is a rich
language, but there is a dire need to work for its advancement in the world as
well as at home.
and also lauded the IIUI Urdu Department's endeavour for
launching a research magazine 'Mayaar'.
Iftikhar Arif Chairman National
Language Authority and Dr. Zafar Ishaq Ansari Vice President Higher Studies and
Research, IIUI also participated in the seminar.
The seminar was organized in
Collaboration with Islamic Research Institute. Dr. Najeeba Arif, Incharge Urdu
Department IIUI, and Dr. Sohail Abbas Baloch presented research papers on the
Dr. Najeeba Arif in her paper on 'Cruelty of History and William
Dalrymble's Point of View' presented a detailed view of William Dalrymble's
ideology and the background of the topic discussed in his book.
Abbas in his paper on 'Nameless Literature Terminologies and Their New
Denotation & Explanation' analyzed Urdu literature, and on the basis of his
research, commented that Urdu dictionaries lack a lot of literary forms.
also discussed 800 words that could not be related to any specific grammar
composition. In support of his comments, he also presented poetic values of
Head Department of Urdu, IIUI Prof. Moeenuddin Aqeel spoke on
the occasion and gave details of achievements of the department of Urdu IIUI
made so for.
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PAL conference on Sufism
Islamabad: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has planned to arrange
three-day International Conference on Sufism from March 14. The official sources
of the academy told this agency that 80 delegates from around 40 countries are
expected to participate in the conference.
The notable personalities having
diverse knowledge about sufism and mysticism will share their views on the
The international conference would provide a platform to more than
200 delegates within the country to participate in the conference.
said that PAL would translate books of Sufi poets belonging all the four
provinces in eight different languages.
The translated books would be given
to all the participants as it will help to project true image of the country on
The sources informed that a international conference was
also arranged in 1995. The writings of Pakistani writers from all Pakistani
languages were translated in UNESCO languages and sent to different countries.
These books are still the identity of Pakistani literature in libraries
there. However, PAL has also decided to set up a National Translation Bureau in
the academy through translating Pakistani literature in foreign languages and
the foreign literature into Pakistani languages, the sources added. APP
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