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International Islamic University Islamabad terminated teachers

IIUI terminates nine teachers
Islamabad, June 22: Following the criteria set by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for appointing teaching faculty, the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Tuesday terminated teachers who did not meet the conditions.

Nine teachers were informed that their services were not needed as they did not meet HEC's criteria to become professors, assistant professors and lecturers.

Gulzar Ahmad, director general administration, finance, and planning of the university said that the laid off individuals were hired because of their expertise in the relevant fields required at the time under the university's market oriented plans. "It was need of the hour back then. They were hired because they were experts in their fields."

The teachers had been working with the IIU for the past five to six years as consultants and senior consultants in the teaching departments.

But meeting HEC criteria was not the only reason for their ouster, according to the official. "They were hired on higher salaries than the regular staff."

However these teachers, who had been given one month notice before termination, were at the same time advised to apply for faculty positions advertised by IIUI, as per their qualifications and teaching experiences. "IIUI wants to fill all vacant posts in different departments and faculties of the university on merit and according to HEC criteria," the official said. Dawn

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PU student earns laurel
Lahore: RedBull came up with an idea of a freestyle drumming competition at university level named RedBull Tum Tum Pa earlier this year.

From Pakistan, Chaar Paee band, after a tough contest, was selected for world finals, held on June 11, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Chaar Paee band comprised Muhammad Usman Altaf of Punjab University College of Art and Design (PUCAD), Talha Jamil of PAC, Ahmed Mubashar of LUMS and Raja Nabeel of LSE. Pakistan team Chaar Paee became world's 4th best and Asia's best team despite their one member injured and their stuff rejected. Egypt stood first, Brazil bagged second while Jamaica won third position.

As many as 31 teams from 30 countries including US, Jamaica, India, Greece, Brazil, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Argentina, Australia, Austria and others participated in the world finals. Each country started surfing for the best teams to represent the country but it was not so easy for the RedBull and also for the artists because no regular musical instruments were allowed to use. A team of four members and produce beats with the things you find in your classrooms, pens, pencils, tables, waste baskets etc. Each team had to perform two compositions, of 60 seconds each, one should be covered of any song they wanted and the second one should be their own composition.

The creativity of Pakistani boys won the hearts of judges as they made a Dhol by joining two baskets from the top and made a drum kit on a box using RedBull cans, stationary holder, paper stacker and a steel geometry box and named it "Arif Gondal," yet another interesting and catchy name which made them fascinated.

PU VC congratulated PUCAD Principal Prof Dr Rahat Naveed Masud, Architecture Department Head Prof Dr Anis Siddiqi and student Muhammad Usman Altaf on this great achievement and honour for the varsity as well as Pakistan.

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IBU focuses on distance education
Bahawalpur: Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice- Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Mukhtar declared that by September 2011, the university would offer 1,195 admissions in 13 disciplines for M Phil, MS, M Ed, MA, BS and B Ed programs in the Institute of Distance Education.

He was addressing the participants of first distance learning workshop of M Phil in Baghdad-ul-Jadeed Campus.

These disciplines include Distance Education, Media Studies, History, Persian, English, Psychology, Commerce, Urdu and Iqbaliat, Pharmacy, Arabic, Physical Education, Social Work, Economics and Islamic Studies. The VC added that the IUB had launched Institute of Distance Education, keeping view the the future trends of the 21st Century.

He emphasised that the future of any educational system is now largely dependent upon using educational technology, adding that in many countries the focus of education delivery is online, virtual and distance education rather than conventional one. He appreciated the success of M Phil programme and its first workshop to provide second chance of education to those who desire to continue their education with maintaining their work.

It may be recalled that the IUB started Institute of Distance Education and initially offered M Phil education by enrolling 35 students. Looking at its success and the appreciation by the surrounding communities, the IUB has planned to offer various programs through distance education by the coming academic session. The nation

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PU adopts two tigers in an attempt to save near-extinction species
Lahore: In a crowded ceremony held at the Lahore Zoo on Tuesday, the Punjab University (PU) Department of Zoology adopted two tigers, namely Sam and Mohni, for a period of one year. PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran was the chief guest of the event while PU Registrar Professor Dr Muhammad Akhter, PUCAD Principal Professor Dr Rahat Naveed Masood, External Linkages Director Maria Maldonodo, RO-1 Javed Sami, General Wildlife and Parks Director Dr Zafar Nasrullah and Lahore Zoo Director Dr Zahid Iqbal Bhatti were also present on the occasion.

Talking to media, Kamran said that adopting animals promoted human sentiments among the people. "Looking after animals could help eliminate torture from society," he said, adding that the university had taken the step keeping this very idea in mind. He said that beauty was the worst enemy of the tigers and the man was recklessly killing this beautiful creature, to the point of their extinction. He said that the university would try to create an endowment fund for saving such creatures. He said that if the expected HEC grant continued, the varsity would also be willing to prolong the project. Separately, Akhter thanked the VC and DG for taking the initiative which, he said, would provide an opportunity to the zoology students for better research on the animals. He said that the PU would be spending Rs 1.21 million on the upkeep of these tigers. Wildlife and Parks DG, Dr Zafar, said that this joint venture would help in productivity and life extension of such rare animals.

He said that the citizens would also benefit from this initiative. Conducting different researches on this species would increase its chances of healthy life and survival, hence, allowing people to get pleasure from nature's creations, he said. Lahore Zoo Director Dr Zahid Iqbal Bhatti also thanked the PU and said that the partnership and adoption programme would help them attain scientific data regarding the specie. Later, the VC along with faculty members presented a cheque of Rs 1.21 million to the Lahore Zoo.

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Punjab students visit Heidelberg University
Lahore: The study tour of position holders to European countries is informative and inspiring and it may result in broadening the vision of students and would be beneficial for them in future planning. According to a handout on Tuesday, this was stated by position holders in Heidelberg while talking to the Pakistani media in a reception arranged by the PML-N Germany President Ch Shafiq. The news

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