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AIOU gets PEC accreditation of BE | HEC external audit

AIOU gets accreditation of BE Telecom from PEC
Islamabad, July 31, 2008: Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) has granted accreditation to Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) for its currently enrolled students of BE Telecommunication programme.

It was decided in the 53rd meeting of the Board of Governors (BOG) of the PEC held on July 10. Earlier, the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Committee of the PEC had also recommended the case of AIOU in its meeting held here in May, this year.

According to the details, the AIOU offered its BE (Telecom) programme for the first time in the year 2000 and a total number of intake from 2000 to 2005 has been 1311. The students of all the six entries have been considered by the BOG meeting of the PEC.

AIOU has received the criteria for the accreditation of its currently enrolled students from PEC which are being followed by the university while the criteria for the registration of graduated students are being finalized by the PEC governing board and will be communicated to the students as soon as they are received by the university.

With this historic decision, the long standing issue of the accreditation of AIOU BE has been resolved and all of the currently enrolled students who successfully complete the programme will be benefitted after passing some additional courses offered by the university as recommended by the PEC.

These students will be registered by PEC as Telecommunication engineers after graduation. App

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"I want to give my Ist and 2nd Year exam as private candidate because iam office boy.Anyone give suggestion please."
Name: fahad
City, Country: Isalamabad, Pakistan

"This is the historic decession taken by PEC. We all appreciate it. Allthough this could b done earliaer."
Name: Shehzad Fida
City, Country: Isalamabad, Pakistan

"Thanks to the PEC, Finally they recognized AIOU BE degree program. It's a historic achievement for AIOU. Being as Ex. IET AIOU student, I am a bit concerned about the current PEC decision, what they are going to do with Ex. students? How they will get accreditation? Are there any further talks between PEC and AIOU about the issue? Or they will leave us in dark Street? Muhammad PERVAIZ Ex. student Batch-1 (IET RWP, AIOU) Superintendent Engineer Wärtsilä West Africa, Dakar Senegal."
Name: Muhammad PERVAIZ
City, Country: From Dakar, Senegal

"I m student of 6th entry and my final year has been question when 5th entry students will be registered with pec.they have completed the whole requirments of pec.reply on my id please "
Name: Haseeb
City, Country: Islamabad, Senegal

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Govt decides on external audit of HEC accounts
Islamabad: The federal government has decided to conduct external audit of the accounts of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), sources in the HEC said. Despite the intervention of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Finance Ministry did not release the fourth quarterly instalment of development and recurring grant worth Rs 7.4 billion for 2007-08 to the HEC, which caused serious financial crisis for the commission and its recipient universities. Although the federal government allocated Rs 18 billion for the HEC in the 2008-09 budget, the commission still awaits the release of the first instalment of funds by the Finance Ministry. Daily Times

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Iqra University, Islamabad Campus (IUIC) convocation
Islamabad: Gowns, caps and a lot of cheer - this time the due share of celebration was for the very first graduates of Iqra University, Islamabad Campus (IUIC), who were awarded their degrees in a ceremony held here at Jinnah Convention Centre Wednesday.

More than 250 graduate and postgraduate students in the disciplines of Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Business Administration, Technology Management, Computer Sciences, Telecommunications, Development Studies, Social Sciences and International Relations received degrees on the occasion.

The much-awaited event had Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Atta-ur-Rehman as the chief guest. Dr Rahman, in his speech, said it is regrettable that the Ministry of Finance refused to approve the Rs570 billion budget of HEC, approved by the prime minister last month. "It is unaffordable to cut down HEC's budget, as it means the reversal of rapid advancements made in the field of higher education in the last few years," he said.

He lamented that already, only 1.9 per cent of the GDP is reserved for education while the standard set up by Unesco for developing countries suggests it to be at least 4-6 per cent. "Among that share, only 13 per cent is allocated for higher education in our country, whereas internationally, 30-40 per cent is recommended," he highlighted.

Accentuating the achievements of the Commission, the HEC chairman said 23,000 international journals and 25,000 textbooks have been made accessible online for students related to different disciplines of higher education. "Apart from that, 30 universities are enjoying the video conferencing facility and students of another 30 institutions will be able to learn from professors of acclaimed international universities in the next two months," he disclosed.

In acknowledgement of their outstanding academic performance, 27 students were bestowed upon gold medals. In this respect, students in the disciplines of Fashion Design, Fine Arts and Textile Design included the names of Sumaira Sajjad, Sabeeha Khanum Bhatti, Rabia Anwar, Sehr Pervez, Farah Tehsin, Zainab Mujtaba and Saira Fatima Ashraf, while those of Business Administration included Leviza Ayaz, Khalid Ali Khan, Areej Ishaque Qureshi, Aasia Sadaqat, Zubair Ahmed Raja, Maliha Sadaf, Mohammad Jafar Murtaza, Zainab Ihtesham, Mohammad Daood, Yariha Jaffri and Ali Raza Altaf.

The discipline of Social Sciences and Development Studies received eight awards and included the names of Samia Iram Malik, Yasmeen Ikramullah Khan, Sundass Khaliq Shad, Mohammad Kayoum Safee, Haniva Ali Zaidi, Hadia Nusrat and Mohammad Arshad Khan. While the award winning graduates in the discipline of Computer Sciences and Telecommunications and Networks included the names of Saleem Raza and Shah Hussain.

Earlier, Dean Iqra University, Islamabad Campus Dr Jamil Ahmed presented a comprehensive report about the Campus and highlighted its main objectives, achievements and vision. He said that IUIC is successful in obtaining a Rs3.5 million grant of foreign collaboration under the HEC linkage programme phase II. "Under this project, the university has established 2+2, 3+1 linkage schemes with Coventry University, UK," he said.

He informed that the University has also received a grant of Rs6.5 million from the government of UK under the PM12 programme to establish an MSc programme in Engineering Management at IUIC with the collaboration of Coventry University, UK. "Cisco and Communication Lab, established through donated equipments worth Rs1.5 million from Cisco Organisation, is actively engaged in providing Cisco certification of various levels to students and professionals," he said. The News

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