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AIOU removes condition of GAT test for MPhil and PhD
Islamabad, July 15: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has decided to remove the compulsory condition of GAT test for the admissions of MPhil and PhD in line with the recent judgment of the Lahore High Court and the HEC notification. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Ali Asghar Chishti. The decision would be effective from autumn semester, 2014.

The students seeking admissions in the higher education (MPhil and PhD) would not be required to pass the GAT (General and Subject) test, conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS). The entry test for the admissions in these programmes would now be conducted by the relevant departments, as per the requirement of the HEC and rules and conditions laid down under the university's charter, said admissions Director Syed Ziaul Hasnain Naqvi.It may be mentioned here that the AIOU is holding its PhD programmes in Islamic studies (Gen), Islamic studies (Quran and Tafseer), chemistry, Iqbal studies, Pakistani languages and literature, Shariah, Urdu, and mass communication.

The MPhil programme is being conducted in the different subjects, including Islamic studies, Quran and Tafseer, Arabic, chemistry, community health and nutrition, gender and women studies, MCom (accounting and finance). The admissions for the next semester in these programmes would be started from August 1. The AIOU is introducing PhD in mass communication from the upcoming semester, keeping in view the demand of the working journalists and media persons. Similarly, the AIOU has decided to introduce Master of Law (LLM) programme from the next semester, mainly to facilitate the practicing lawyers who intend to improve their academic qualifications. Daily times

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AIOU to launch PhD, LLM and MS Shariah
Islamabad: The Department of Shariah and Law Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has decided to launch PhD (Shariah), LLM (Shariah) and MS (Shariah) from Autumn 2014 semester to facilitate the working lawyers who have an aim to improve their academic qualifications.

In this connection all administrative and academic homework have been finalised, this was announced by the Vice Chancellor Dean Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies Professor Dr. Ali Asghar Chishti.

The admissions in these programmes, he said, would be offered in the Semester next. The university will introduce a Bachelor of Laws degree at a later stage after obtaining the consent of the Bar associates.

Islamic Law and Jurisprudence was established in

1999 to teach Islamic Law

and Shariah from Matric to PhD levels as per contemporary requirements and to provide opportunity of professional growth and development to the scholars of Islamic law in general and in service personals in particular, he added.

For further detail the interested candidates can contact on 051-9250087 051-9057224 and 051-9057270.

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AIOU admissions to start on August 1
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will start admissions to its various disciplines from SSC to PhD for the semester autumn 2014 season from August 1 across the country simultaneously.

Prospectus and admission forms can be obtained from the sale points at main campus, Regional Campuses and Coordinating Offices across the country. The admission forms along-with prescribed fee can be submitted in countrywide branches of Bank Al-Falah, Habib Bank Ltd, First Women Bank and Allied Bank and at the nominated branches of National Bank of Pakistan and Muslim Commercial Bank.

The detail of designated branches is available in the prospectuses as well as in the Regional Offices. Last date for submission of the admission form is 5 September. This was announced by AIOU Director Admissions Syed Zia-ul-Hasnain.

According to the AIOU director (admissions), the admission forms and prospectus of Matric, FA and BA level programmes for Pakistanis in the Middle-East can be obtained or downloaded from website del.aiou.edu.pk of the university. Continuing admission forms have already been dispatched to all the continuing students, however, if somehow any of student has not received the said admission form, he/she can download the same from the AIOU website www.aiou.edu.pk and deposit in any designated bank branch with fee till due date to avoid late fee charges.

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AIOU announces PTC result
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has announced the final result of its PCT programme for the autumn semester, 2013 and has placed the results on its website www.aiou.edu.pk.According to the controller of exams, results of the ATTC and CT programmes were declared some days before, while today the results of the PTC programme have been announced.

He said that these results have been provided on the website www.aiou.edu.pk of the university and the result cards are being sent to all the students by post. The controller of exams assured the vice chancellor that the results of the SSC toThe postgraduate level programmes for the autumn semester would be declared within the stipulated time. He said that the results of the SSC and BEd programmes would be announced in the next 10-days.While speaking on the occasion, AIOU Vice Chancellor Ali Asghar Chishti, and STG Chairman Abdul Hafeez congratulated the employees and the officers of the exams and computer section on timely declaration of the results.

They assured them that all possible and needed facilities would be provided, both to the workers of the computer and the exams department.They said that the matters related to the admissions, printing, and mailing of books, holding of workshops, seminars, assignments, dates, and conducting the exams would be made more systematic to facilitate the students and to improve the image building of the university. On the occasion, Controller of Exams Hamid Khan Niazi, computer section incharge Shabnum N Shahid, ICT Director Asif Qazi, Haji Abdul Shakoor, and others senior officials were also present. Daily times

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AIOU to launch degree programme in TV production
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will launch two-year face-to-face master degree programme in TV production from Spring Semester to meet the professional requirement of working journalists and help further strengthen electronic media.

The decision to this effect was formally approved at a meeting held here under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Ali Asghar Chishti. Necessary arrangements for introducing the programme have been completed. The programme will provide teaching both in practical and theory in the field of TV production.

It was decided that eminent resource persons of national and international repute would be involved in imparting skill-based training and technical know-how to the students of electronic media. The AIOU's faculty team will be headed by Department of Mass Communication Chairman Professor Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj.

The enrolment for admission will be started from the Spring Semester 2015. Initially 40 students will be enrolled for which entry test will be conducted in line with the HEC prescribed criteria. It will be Islamabad-based programme. Later, the programme would be extended to other cities in the light of the initial feedback.

The university will provide necessary technical support, including practical training and internship facility. It has already equipped with 'state-of-the art' TV studio. The internship will be arranged in collaboration with the national level TV channels. The programme will be offered to the graduate-level students. However, preference will be given to the working journalists and those who have done their Master in Mass Communication.

The AIOU being the public sector university will charge comparatively low free for the programme, as compared to other universities. The programme will also help meet the needs of fresh graduates, who wish to adopt professional career in TV production.

The qualified students will be in a position to handle any type of visual communication including news, documentaries, drams, music videos, interviews, talks shows and educational programme.

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Admissions open at FJWU
Rawalpindi: The Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) has announced admissions for MPhil leading to PhD in various disciplines.

The last date for admission form submission is August 4, 2014. Candidates waiting for the results may also submit their admission forms within the due date. For further information, visit the university website: www.fjwu.edu.pk The news

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Admissions at IIU to close on 15th
Islamabad: The International Islamic University has fixed July 15 as the last date for the submission of applications for getting admission in the university. The university would remain open today (Sunday) to facilitate the students in their admission process. The IIU has offered 129 academic programmes of its nine faculties. The students who have not passed the GAT test are also encouraged to apply, says a press release. Information regarding the eligibility in any programme or any other extra information is available at the university's website www.iiu.edu.pk. The candidates awaiting result may also apply however; they are required to submit an undertaking that they would submit their overall pass result of the required degree by September 2014. Daily tmes

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VCs of KP varsities unhappy with HEC's 'biased attitude'
Islamabad: There are around 14 public sector universities in the federal capital that consume a major chunk of the budget allocated for the public sector universities. However, only one of them Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has been observing the quotas of the federal government, when it comes to admissions and appointments.

This was noted in a meeting of the vice chancellors (VCs) of universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

The participants of the meeting further alleged that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) was biased in allocating the funds to public sector universities and degree awarding institutions of certain provinces.

They went on to request representation of all federating units in the HEC's governing body, known as 'the commission'.

The meeting was held at Peshawar and was presided over by vice-chancellor Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) Dr Nasir Jamal.

The minutes of the meeting, circulated on Tuesday, revealed that the VCs believe that although 14 public sector degree awarding institutions of the federal capital have been getting government funds for being federal universities, none of them, apart from QAU, have been observing quota of provinces while appointing staff and faculty members or giving admissions to students.

The VCs further noted that the HEC was a federal agency, thus it is imperative that the quotas for provinces and regions were followed for appointments in all grades.

HEC's governing body, must, according to the law, have a proportionate representation of all federating units.

Since nine members of the body have to be directly appointed by the prime minister, this principle must be upheld strictly.

The meeting urged that since the federal and provincial governments enhance the salaries of their employees in the BPS system, along with upgrading their posts, similar policies must also be adopted by the universities. Most of the employees of these institutions are from the BPS cadre and are hence entitled to salary increments and additional funds.

New universities in remote areas face difficulty in acquiring or retaining good faculty. It is important, the VCs decided, that HEC should provide additional funds to these universities to maintain their quality and standards at par with those located in large urban centres.

The minutes reveal that while Pakistan has suffered tremendously from the strife and terrorism over the last 10 years, the major brunt has been borne by KP. From killed or kidnapped VCs, to explosions on campus, apart from the constant fear of threats, the security alone is eating into the already paltry funds that most KP universities are working with.

Participants strongly urged the HEC to provide additional grants to universities and put them back on an even keel. VC KUST Dr Nasir Jamal said that there are a number of public sector universities in Islamabad which are getting funds as federal universities, but they are not implementing quotas for appointments and admissions.

"Allama Iqbal Open University, Air University, Bahria University, International Islamic University, National Defence University, National University of Modern Languages, National University of Sciences and Technology, and others should not get funds if they are not following policies of the federal government," he said.

While replying to a question, Dr Jamal said because of the security threats faculty members do not wish to work in universities of KP, since they are getting salaries similar to that of the university teachers in Islamabad.

"Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Sheringal is located near the Afghan border. Similarly, Malakand and Swat universities are also facing severe security problems. In fact, the Taliban occupied the Malakand University campus a few years ago. There is a tribal region on three sides of KUST.

The former KUST VC, Lutfullah Kakakhel, was kidnapped by Taliban and remained in their custody for nine months," he said. "Dr Farooq, VC of Swat University, was killed by the Taliban while VC of Islamia College Peshawar, Ajmal Khan, is in the custody of Taliban since four years. However, there is still no incentive for the teachers working in this treacherous environment," he added. Dawn

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