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NUST convocation | O-Level record

700 undergraduates of NUST receive degrees
Islamabad, Jan 25: Around 700 graduating students of School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science-NUST received degrees in the disciplines of Electrical Engineering, Information and Communication Systems Engineering and Information Technology at the 6th Undergraduate Convocation of the School.

Held at the main campus of the university here on Friday, the ceremony was attended by the parents of the graduating students, faculty, distinguished guests from academia, government departments and corporate sector. Engineering Dr. M. Akram Sheikh, professor emeritus, Co-Chair of NUST Corporate Advisory Council, Osman Khan, Country Manager, EMC Information Systems Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. Karachi and NUST Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar, graced the convocation with their presence.

At the occasion, president and rector gold medals were awarded to outstanding graduates on the basis of academics and projects.

Tehniat Fatima, Haris Aftab and Muhammad Wajeeh from BIT-10 won President's Gold Medal, Chancellor's Silver Medal and Rector's Gold Medal respectively.

From BICSE-6, Erum Mushtaq, Sikandar Ali Khan and Munawar Masood Khan claimed the President's Gold Medal, Chancellor's Silver Medal and Rector's Gold Medal, respectively. Muhammad Junaid Farooq, Jawad Ahmed and Umair Aftab from BEE-1 got President's Gold Medal, Chancellor's Silver Medal and Rector's Gold Medal respectively.

Muhammad Nawaz, Asim Mushtaq and Syeda Zahra Hassan from BIT-11 won President's Gold Medal, Chancellor's Silver Medal and Rector's Gold Medal respectively. Intikhab Hussain, Junaid Zulfiqar and Maryam Rehman from BICSE-7 received the President's Gold Medal, Chancellor's Silver Medal and Rector's Gold Medal respectively. From BEE-5, Saleha Asad and Waleed Aslam claimed President's Gold Medal and Chancellor's Silver Medal respectively and Burhan Ahmad Mudassar claimed both Rector's Gold Medal and Chancellor's Silver Medal.

At this auspicious occasion, Dr Awais Shibli was awarded with the best researcher award and Dr Osman Hassan was awarded with best teacher award for their outstanding performance and contribution in research and teaching, respectively, in year 2013.

In his address, NUST Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar complimented Principal SEECS Dr. Arshad Ali and his dedicated team of faculty and staff officers on making SEECS a center of excellence for quality education and research. "The prefix 6th very clearly indicates that this school is still relatively young, beaming with the pride and feat of having attained a prominent stature in less than a decade and a half. It is highly inspiring to look at its amazing progress from a tiny IT wing of NUST in 1999 to its evolution into an icon of excellence in engineering education in Pakistan. SEECS today is a grand success story, with few parallels in the academic history of Pakistan", he appreciatively remarked.

Dr. Arshad Ali in his speech highlighted the growth and accomplishments of SEECS over the years and the sound foundation laid for vibrant research culture by the School's highly talented and committed faculty. He advised the graduating students, that whatever they do in their life, they should do it with deep passion, devotion and perseverance. "Your real challenge is to remain focused in the right direction while tapping the limited resources available, in pursuit of a promising future," he added.

In their keynote addresses, the chief guests, Engineer Dr. M. Akram Sheikh, Professor Emeritus, Co-Chair NUST Corporate Advisory Council, and Osman Khan, Country Manager, EMC Information Systems Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. Karachi, complimented NUST on its progressive vision and hard work to promote research and innovation in the country.

While felicitating the students on their well-deserved achievements, they said that their education had equipped them with requisite knowledge and skills. It was now up to them to make the best use of the acquired learning not only for themselves but also to repay the debt of service that we all owe to our society and the nation at large.

Only those who take the initiative and build their strength on knowledge are able to keep pace with time and are destined to lead others. The present times are an age of discovery, invention and innovation. To stay abreast with the spirit of competition, it is imperative to cultivate the attitude of courage, toil and creative thinking.

All what one needs to do is to aim high and pursue their dreams with true zeal and passionate commitment." They felicitated SEECS on producing a highly capable and motivated corps of young specialists to meet the scientific and industrial challenges, confronting Pakistan today. The news

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PBC and HEC to streamline accreditation of legal education
Islamabad: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) at HEC Secretariat on Friday. Both the sides agreed to collaborate for developing policy guidelines to revamp and strengthen the accreditation process of programs in Law being offered in Pakistan's higher education institutions and are recognised by PBC. HEC and PBC will develop criteria for recognition of programs in Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, curriculum of programs and criteria for appointment of faculty. For the evaluation of programs, PBC will establish a Legal Education Accreditation Committee LEAC comprising seven members. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Executive Director HEC and Nazir Hussain Tarrar signed MoU on behalf of Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Bar Council, respectively. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of HEC is responsible to look after the external and internal quality assurance of the institutions as well as programs. However, it is prerogative of the Councils to provide NOC to the institutions to launch respective programs. HEC will recognise the status of LEAC as the accreditation body for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in law conducted in Pakistan. LEAC will be responsible to execute policies and criteria developed by HEC and PBC. The HEC, under this MoU, will recognise the programs accredited by LEAC and will not acknowledge any program in law which is not accredited by LEAC. However, LEAC will be bound to follow "Good Practices for Quality Assurance of Accreditation Councils in Pakistan" approved by HEC and the rules framed by PBC. Daily times

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Pakistani boy creates O-Level record
Islamabad: While the country is entangled in yet another wave of terrorism, good news has come from a 9-year old boy who has passed O-Level examination of the Cambridge University. He is perhaps the only child in the world to have passed all the science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics) of O-levels at the age of 9.

Rai Haris Manzoor, born on 16th August 2004, left his school in 2012 only to be taught at home by his parents to achieve the unachievable target i.e. passing the O-levels exam (11 year of study). Interestingly, Haris has a twin brother who is in grade 3 at a private School in Rawalpindi.

Previously, a girl Sitara of Chinoit passed three Science subjects of A-levels at the age of eleven years while she had also passed the paper of O-levels Chemistry at the age of 9.

There are also many examples of bright students who passed one or two papers of O or A levels at the age of nine but Haris stands outstanding among them as he has passed all the subjects of O-levels at the age of 9.Haris wants to become a barrister, which is now only four years away. If he makes it in bar at law as well, he could be the youngest lawyer the world would ever produce.

Rai Manzoor Nasir, Haris's father said that Haris had passed O Level examination, with science subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, from the University of Cambridge, UK at the age of nine years and his candidate No. is 344 and examination centre is British Council Islamabad (centre No. PK100).

The proud father said that Haris studied in private school wherefrom he passed four classes in 2012. Afterwards, he did not go to any school and his parents taught him at home. Normal age for passing the O level is 17 or 18 years. Rai Manzoor said that his son completed Nazra Quran-e-Majeed and also memorised Para No. 30 at the age of five.

"We knew Haris could pass O-levels being extraordinary intelligent that is why we taught him at home and he has made us proud today", the jubilant father said. He added that he would send his son abroad to pursue his law course. The news

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