HEC universities ranking formula
Universities to be ranked as per international yardstick
Islamabad, June 09: The ranking of universities as per international standards would be conducted by the
Higher Education Commission (HEC), said HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari during
an exclusive interview.
He said that letters have been
written to vice chancellors of all universities to submit their relevant
documents by July 15. "We will gauge the performance of universities as per
international yardstick. Hopefully, we will be able to complete the process by
the end of current year," he said.
He said that there was a misconception
among people as well as universities when they mix up categories with ranking.
"We have categorised universities according to their infrastructure, but
universities often appear claiming that they have achieved the highest ranking
of the HEC, which is not true," he added.
He said that the HEC has
divided universities into four categories - 'w', 'x', 'y' and 'z' - according to
their infrastructure, which does not mean that a university which has been
categorised as 'w' stands first in ranking. "Ranking is something altogether
different from categorisation.
Ranking includes everything, including
the quality of education, research projects, faculty, infrastructure and much
more," he added.
He said that from June 2011, there would be no category
other than 'w'. "We have given the time period of one year to universities to
improve their category. Now the time is over. There will not be any category
other than 'w'. Instead from now on we would have 'w1' 'w2' and 'w3'
categories," he informed.
He said that the HEC has asked
vice-chancellors to broaden the concept of universities instead of carrying
forward its old definition. "Universities should play an important role in
building economy. They should not only focus on research, but also to connect
research with industries," he added.
He said that the HEC was planning to
open incubation centres in universities to connect research with industry. "We
have a plan to open four incubation centres this year and replicate these
centres the next year," he said.
Laghari said that it was an unfortunate
fact that monetary problems were a big hindrance in conducting research
activities in universities. "In the US, every ministry has a funding department.
A research proposal is submitted to the relevant department and grant is
released for the execution of that research. That is not the case with Pakistan.
Everyone looks at the HEC for the release of funds, which itself is facing
shortage of funds," he maintained.
He said that the approved PSDP of Rs14
billion for the HEC was not enough to cater to the research needs of
universities. "Rs16.5 billion is the demand of World Bank to invest in the HEC
in order to achieve the IDA," he said.
He said that the World Bank team
would soon visit Pakistan to talk on the budget issue. "It is quite possible
that the World Bank will reduce the amount of loan," he added.
about 'The News Education Expo' he said that the event was an ideal opportunity
for students to get awareness about important higher education providers in
foreign as well as local universities. "Students have an opportunity to compare
programmes of different universities side by side and get on the spot career
counselling," he said.
He said that students through education expo get
better judgment in terms of their career choice. "They come to know about
various new fields unlike previously when there were only three to four fields
that students wanted to join," he added.
"Application of scientific knowledge in industries is as important as air to breathe. Planning is excellent but who will enlighten the hearts and brains of scientists to work, struggle and strive in this regard."
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Higher education awareness in students of remote areas urged
Islamabad: The dynamism of education has changed altogether in the 21st century. If we fail to
adopt an aggressive approach in the field of higher education then comparatively
we will lag behind other South Asian countries, said Iqra University Dean Dr.
He said that there is a dire
need to give awareness about university education in remote areas, as students
living there are passionate about seeking higher education. Representatives of
universities should go to remote areas and provide them information regarding
degrees they are offering. "We should give them awareness about scholarships
being offered so that more and more students belonging to remote areas get
enrolled in universities. There are positive developments in universities, but
only in big cities. We need to focus on other cities also so that students are
given higher education in their own cities instead of facing accommodation
problems studying in big cities. We need to open universities in Chitral,
Gilgit-Baltistan, Khairpur, Faisalabad, Sukkur, Talagang and Dera Ismail Khan
where higher education should be offered," he added.
The government, he
said, could do this by upgrading the existing academic institutions by making
them degree-awarding institutions. Like in Chakdara, Malakand Agency, the
Malakand University is running successfully with various departments. "We need
to create institutions for our 80 million young people closer to their places of
residence so that their influx does not disturb the existing universities and
minimise their dropout ratio. Similarly in Mardan, the Wali Khan University is
providing diverse knowledge in 28 departments.
"At Iqra University, we
focus on quality education as students are provided with lectures on CDs after
their classes. We focus on blended learning that includes the chatrooms we have
created for students, which can be accessed on Sundays also if they have a query
or any problem regarding their project. According to the list published by the
HEC, the research output rating of the Iqra University was on number 38 for the
year 2010 among all research-based universities in Pakistan," he added.
He said: "Internationally the university creates knowledge and guides
society to teach whatever is required for the local environment and market, but
we are doing vice versa here where society guides the university to teach
whatever is feasible for that society. Our faculty contributes to international
journals, but they should pass on their knowledge to our own society. The
university has placement cells, which create links with industries. It is
mandatory for the university to update or change 33% of its technology on yearly
basis to be at par with international standards."
The UK government under
Prime Minister Initiative (PMI) initiated a programme for third world countries
to sustain their universities for a grant of three years under which masters in
engineering, business management and MBA are offered. Career counselling and
skill development is done under Career Department at the Iqra University.
Industrialisation is another important aspect at the Iqra University where 99%
of the technology is coming from abroad. We have opened two international
societies in the university, which are Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineering (IEEE) and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), which have
millions of members world over. These societies update students about latest
research and development work done internationally through their
The dean emphasised that the government should launch new
schemes for universities and facilitate them. Public-private partnership should
be encouraged and there must be a check and balance system for the university,
but they should work independently and should be able to solve their own
problems. For the upcoming 'The News Education Expo,' Dr. Jamil suggested that
the exhibition should be held in spring and fall so that students could benefit
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IIUI sandwiched between encroachments
Islamabad: Encroachments threaten the International Islamic
University Islamabad (IIUI) not just from two or three different sides but even
on the campus itself.
It's not just the expanding katchi abadi (slums) between the IIUI and Sector
I-10 that today surround almost two sides of the campus and a shrine sitting in
its grounds but Capital Development Authority's machine pool organisation (MPO)
directorate and an asphalt mixing plant from the Kashmir Highway side also
extend into the university premises, making obstacles to several development
projects of the educational institution.
According to IIUI officials, the growing slums was a major security hazard
especially after two suicide bombers struck on the campus in October 2009
claiming nearly a dozen lives mostly students and injuring several others.
"Instead of controlling the spread of the katchi abadis, most of the dwellers
of these mud houses have broken through the university fences and encroached on
our property," said an official who stood at the site pointing towards the slum
and explaining how women and children would cross the fences into the university
property to collect wood and grass.
A few years ago the IIUI had paid Rs100 million out of its own budget to
compensate the dwellers of another village and got the land vacated.
So much so a small dairy farmer had found a depression almost hidden from the
eyes just behind the shrine on the campus whose buffalos would stray into the
university plains to graze.
"CDA officials have themselves found a resting place in the shrine. It
started from a small grave with a temporary shelter. It is now a multi-storey
structure with several rooms," an official with the IIUI administration
Apart from the expanding slums, another big problem, according the IIUI, was
CDA's machine pool organisation directorate where dumper trucks,
tractor-trolleys, heavy construction machinery and other vehicles blocked the
only entrance to the university every morning from the Kashmir Highway.
"It's a nuisance. All CDA heavy vehicular machinery is parked there. Many
others come for refueling and repairing that block the only passage into the
university from the Kashmir Highway," said the university official who also
explained how foul-smelling thick clouds of smokes bellowed from the chimneys of
the asphalt plant and polluted the air on the campus in the evenings.
"In 2007, when the then Rector Justice Khalilur Rehman held a meeting with
the then chairman CDA and IGP Islamabad, it was recorded in minutes that the MPO
and the mixing plant would be shifted and all encroachments removed," said
another official, explaining how the commitment was never fulfilled despite
repeated correspondence with the civic authority.
The CDA spokesman Ramzan Sajjid believed there was a solution to the workshop
and the mixing plant. "The workshop and the plant have been there before the
land was allotted to the university. The administrations from both sides can sit
together to sort out the problem and the workshop and the plant can be shifted,"
However, CDA suddenly woke up to their obligations but with a vengeful tone
when it turned the tables on the IIUI that all its structures violated CDA's
"All IIUI buildings are in violation of CDA building plans. CDA has not given
any approval of their building plans. Any construction whether a private home,
government building, even if it is the general headquarters or the president
house, all must have their sites and building plans approved from the civic
authority's building control service " said the CDA spokesman.
"Following the directions from the chairman CDA to take notice of all
building plan violations, the authority has served notices to all educational
establishments who have erected illegal structures. In fact, a report has been
prepared that includes names of all educational institutions including FAST and
NUST that have violated building code. The report has been presented to the
Departmental Accounts Committee (DAC) and the Public Accounts Committee," the
spokesman explained, adding how the chairman CDA was committed to ensuring all
structures conformed to the building plans.
When the concerned IIUI official was contacted to confirm the allegation, he
responded: "All site and building plans were sent to the CDA for their approval
on several occasions. The civic authority delayed the approval indefinitely. The
university could not hold its development plans for ever. The university had
immediate needs and went ahead with construction plans.
CDA will probably now have to make amendments to legalise the constructions.
Almost 11 years on, IIU construction/building plans have not yet been approved." Dawn
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AIOU signs MoU with JICA to get Radio/TV equipment
Islamabad: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Allama Iqbal Open University
(AIOU) to provide modern Radio and TV broadcasts equipments worth Rs 50 million.
AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi and JICA Chief
Representative in Pakistan Taka Joshi Mishikata signed the MoU.
equipments have already been selected by the JICA and the scope of work
agreement covers the physical installation of the equipment.
agreement was finalized in a meeting attended by three members of JICA in
Pakistan and Director and other two officials of the Institute of Educational
Technology (IET), AIOU. Before signing the agreement, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr.
Nazir A. Sangi briefed the JICA members about the future plans of the university
and its efforts to ensure access of every child to education in remote areas of
the country. He said the AIOU would continue to work with the JICA for expanding
its educational efforts. Under the follow up project for which the scope of work
signed by two members, JICA will provide additional and supplementary support to
AIOU through replacement and repairs of broadcast equipment procured at
Institute of Educational Technology of AIOU. Dr. Sangi thanked JICA for its
cooperation since many years for establishing the Radio, TV studios and Printing
Press of the university, facilitating the students across the country through
university' programmes. The modern equipments of JICA will help university in
making Audio/Video educational CDs. AIOU is reaching toward the far-flung areas
like Umer Kot, Dera Ghazi and Baluchistan to educate the people, enabling the
country to get rid of illiteracy and poverty.
Dr Sangi expressed grief on
the recent earthquake in Japan and over the losses in Sonami. Daily times
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Manto chair suggested at Tehran varsity
Islamabad: Stressing the need to
promote Urdu language and literature on modern lines, the speakers at a two-day
seminar suggested that Saadat Hassan Manto chair should be established at Tehran
The suggestion came at the concluding session of the two-day International
Urdu Seminar on 'Teaching Urdu at Universities: New Dimensions and
Methodologies' organised by the Numl's Urdu Language department in collaboration
with the HEC on Wednesday.
The seminar was organised with an aim to analyse the prevailing conditions of
the Urdu language teaching at university level and discuss the problems of
language teaching, compare the compatibility of Urdu syllabus being taught at
Pakistani universities with the global scenario and to explore new dimensions of
Urdu language teaching in Pakistani universities.
The participants stressed the need to initiate training courses for the Urdu
language teachers and also asked the HEC to start an authentic Urdu research
Speaking at the concluding session, DG Numl Brig Azam Jamal said: "We should
provide maximum opportunities to scholars conducting research on Urdu language
and literature and adopt such teaching methodologies that are compatible with
Earlier, speaking at the opening session, Prof Dr Aziz Ahmad Khan said the
teaching methodologies are the backbone of education, research and critical
inquiry. He said the teaching methods being followed presently were based on the
old practice of prose reading.
Dr Abul Kalam Qasimi, Professor Urdu Department, Aligarh Muslim University,
India, in his research paper on 'New Perspective of Teaching of Urdu at
Postgraduate Level: Need and Importance' presented a detailed view on how Urdu
language was being taught in schools, colleges and universities.
He said modern techniques used for teaching of languages and related subjects
in different universities of the world should also be followed while teaching
Urdu at different levels.
Dr Nawazish Ali, Head of Urdu Department Government College Asghar Mall,
Rawalpindi, analysed the research paper of Dr Abul Kalam and discussed modern
teaching techniques to be used for Urdu literature and language. Dawn
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Principal's manhandling: College teachers protest
Nowshera: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa College Teachers Association decided at an emergency meeting on
Wednesday to protest the manhandling of the Government College Pabbi principal
by a student who also insulted the examination staff on duty during the BA/BSc
examination at the college.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the
association chaired by Prof Nasrullah. The principals of all government colleges
in Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera and Charsadda district including Mukarram Khan,
Tariq Khan, Amjad Khan, Masroor Shahid, Syed Ali Shah and Arbab Waheed attended
the meeting along with a large number of teachers.
condemned the manhandling of Prof Masroor Shahid by a student of graduate
studies named Shahinshah in the institute. They expressed concern over the
incident as the accused also terrorised the invigilating staff conducting the
BA/BSc examination at the Pabbi College.
Speaking on the occasion,
Nasrullah Khan, the KP president of the association, said nobody could be
allowed to violate the sanctity of the educational institutes. He asked the
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and vice-chancellor, University of Peshawar, to
take note of the incident, punish the responsible persons and stop outside
interference during the examination conducted by the UoP. They threatened that
the college teachers would stage protest across the province unless action was
taken against the accused. The news
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