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HEC to send more scholars to NZ
Islamabad, July 24: Ambassador of New Zealand Brian Sanders called on Special
Assistant to the Prime Minister and Incharge, Higher Education Commission (HEC)
Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali here Thursday.
During the meeting they exchanged
views for continuation and expansion of HEC collaboration with the New Zealand
higher education sector as well as its industry.
over the existing HEC scholarship programmes with New Zealand, Begum Shahnaz
told the visiting ambassador that the commission wants to accelerate the pace
and scope of this cooperation. "We want to send more HEC scholars to New
Zealand, especially in those fields where New Zealand has more expertise like
dairy farming, livestock, agriculture, environmental science, social sciences
and other such subjects," she added.
It was agreed that the new approach
would be "cluster technology-research development" tying up universities and
industries from both the countries. There will be a follow-up meeting in late
September where in concrete proposals in line with the priority areas identified
by HEC would be discussed.
Moin M. Fudda, Honorary Consul General of New
Zealand for Pakistan, Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC and Dr. S.
Mahmood Raza, Adviser (HRD) HEC were also present on the occasion.
Shahnaz Wazir Ali emphasised that in addition to scholarships, other linkages
should also be strengthened such as collaboration between selected university
departments of the two countries, besides involving industry from both sides,
faculty exchange, joint research ventures and technology transfer. "During the
last few years, HEC concentrated on developing faculty base. Now our focus is on
academia linkages with industry, agriculture and other areas that are important
for socio-economic growth of the country. We want to blend the university
research with market requirements and for this purpose the young students and
researchers are being encouraged to work on areas of national and commercial
importance," she added.
The ambassador appreciated the initiatives of
HEC for development of higher education sector in Pakistan. He was of the view
that New Zealand had been sharing some of her experiences with HEC and that they
were interested to further enhance this collaboration.
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Prof Atta awarded with TWAS prize
Islamabad: Former chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman
has been awarded TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences for the Developing World,
Trieste, Italy) prize for 2009 for building scientific institutions in Pakistan.
"This highly competitive prize is given to only one eminent scientist
from the developing world who has made the most important contributions towards
the development of scientific institutions," an official of the International
Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University, said in
a statement issued on Thursday.
He said that Prof Atta would depart for
Trieste, Italy, on Friday to attend the prize distribution ceremony.
official pointed out that the prize was given to Prof Atta, who is currently
working as coordinator general COMSTECH, in recognition of revolutionary
developments in the higher education and science sector in Pakistan which were
admired the world over. These include the establishment of 51 new universities
and degree awarding institutes which led to a tripling of the enrolment of
university students from 135,000 to 400,000 in a five years' period, besides
strengthening research institutions which led to a 600 per cent increase in
research output. The News
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PAL plans to set up National Translation Bureau
Islmabad: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has
planned to set up a National Translation Bureau to translate Pakistani
literature in other foreign languages as well as foreign literature into
Chairman of PAL, Fakhar Zaman talking to the agency on
Wednesday said that the bureau would not only translate writings from Pakistani
literature into different regional languages but also in foreign languages.
The translation bureau to be established here at the academy premises will
also translate the international literature in Pakistani languages.
chairman said, "Pakistani literature translated into UNESCO languages will
facilitate foreign readers to understand diverse cultural heritage and
historical background of the country."
Fakhar Zaman said that Pakiistani
writers were recognise globally on the occasion of International Conference
1995. The writings of Pakistani writers from all Pakistani languages were
translated in UNESCO languages and sent to different countries.
are still the identity of Pakistani literature in libraries there.
this in view, PAL has decided to set up a National Translation Bureau in PAL to
translate literary work in both foreign and national languages to create
cultural understanding," said Chairman of the Academy. With other language
experts, the translators will also be hired to do the translation job amicably.
He said that the academy will expand its work as a publisher and the quality
books of writers will be published at low price.
The book of new and young
writers from far-flung areas of country will be published. Under this project a
modern press will be established in the present building of PAL.
this purpose has been sent to the government for approval. Under this project
not only the books of those writers will be published who cannot publish their
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Software for school management information system launched
Islamabad: A software for learning institutions, Rediker, has been launched in
Pakistan by AGHAZ to bring about transparency, efficiency and cost cutting
measures in the operations of the educational institutions.
The software is
specifically designed for learning institutions, and is currently being used in
over 100 countries and 4,000 learning institutions across the globe. AGHAZ,
which is the implementing partners for Rediker in Pakistan and UAE, will provide
training and support for the users of Rediker. It is a joint venture between
AGHAZ and Rockville Technologies where AGHAZ would be marketing, implementing
and rendering support & training services and the later would be the
reseller for the software. The AGHAZ Chief Executive Officer Mr. Agha Alamdar
Hussain speaking on the occasion said "founded a quarter century ago by
educators in the United States, Rediker has made its mark through the years for
its flexibility, secure feature, rich and easy to use applications. Boasting of
three module admission, administrator plus and financial accounting with over 20
applications ranging from student information system, parent web portal, where
they can access information from the comfort of their homes to PDA and palm
applications for educators input during class sessions".
"Our experience in
rethinking of business solutions as tools is the very essence of our successes.
Our background in Strategy, Operations, Information Systems, Organizational
Transformation and Leadership Development demonstrates our precision and
finesse, our understanding of true management best practices", he added. He said
apart from Rediker AGHAZ is also in partnership with Microsoft Dynamics-Solomon
for Eastern Mediterranean, UAE and Pakistan and Sage software and add-on partner
with Peachtree accounting. The company also helps with technology planning
disaster recovery, e- security and e-business applications and other network and
communication solutions. The Nation
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Education helps promote international harmony: Swati
Rawalpindi: Institutions of higher learning have the main responsibility
of equipping young minds with advanced knowledge and skills, required for
positions of responsibility in government, business and other specialised
Minister for Science & Technology Mohammad Azam Khan Swati
stated this while speaking as chief guest at the third convocation of Foundation
University, Islamabad here Thursday.
"Education plays a crucial role in
establishing the dialogue process and is essential in maintaining shared
traditions and values, and promoting national and international harmony. It is
vital for the creation of human capital as well as keeping pace with the
developed world, as those who have earned a respectable place in the comity of
nations are the ones making untiring efforts to take the biggest leaps in
science & technology in the shortest possible time," he said.
minister urged creating centres of excellence in all segments of society,
saying, "The present government will continue supporting HEC to sustain the
reform process of higher education in order to achieve the target of knowledge
economy and a peaceful and forward looking society."
universities are playing a vital role in sustaining the development of education
sector in general and higher education in particular, he said adding that the
government is encouraging the private sector to come forward and play its role
in setting up quality educational institutions to meet the ever-growing needs of
Azam Khan Swati appreciated Foundation University's
contributions in this regard and assured Ministry of Science & Technology's
cooperation in providing guidance and support to strengthen the university's
quality control parameters and mechanism in establishing new standards of
quality education and research.
During the ceremony, 130 graduates
belonging to Foundation University Institute of Engineering & Management
Sciences (FUIEMS) and Foundation University College of Liberal Arts &
Sciences (FUCLAS) - two of the three constituent institutes of Foundation
University - received their degrees and awards in the discourses of Engineering,
Management, Information Technology, Education, English Literature, Educational
Psychology, Economics and Fine Arts.
Earlier, President Foundation
University Lieutenant General (r) Hamid Rab Nawaz said the knowledge based
economy has become instrumental for our survival, and vigorous corporate and
technology based education, research and development are now imperative to
achieve our national aspirations in the 21st century. "We have to make up for
the lag of centuries in science & technology and it is only possible through
greater emphasis on research and development," he said.
said the University is offering financial incentives to potential researchers
and is also striving to build strategic partnerships with specialised
institutions of higher learning, government agencies and research led
universities within Pakistan and around the world. "A mechanism is now in place
to aggressively seek international partners for faculty development and
knowledge sharing," he said. The News
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