PhD admissions & ineligible students
'Ineligible students' given admission in PhD
Islamabad, June 28: The International Islamic University (IIU) has allegedly violated the admission
rules in PhD and granted admission to some students without following the basic
According to well-placed sources, many students have been
allowed to get admission in PhD despite the fact that they have not completed
their M.Phil, which is mandatory for getting admission in PhD. "The blue-eyed
students have completed their one year coursework of PhD before completing their
M.Phil thesis," they alleged.
According to the set standards of the
Higher Education Commission (HEC), it is mandatory for a student to have M.Phil
degree before getting admission in PhD in any discipline. But the university has
allegedly ignored the criteria by giving admissions to ineligible students in
the Department of Political Sciences during the academic session
Sources revealed that the admissions for PhD opened in July
2010 for which an advertisement was published in newspapers. It was clearly
mentioned in the advertisement that a candidate needs to have 60% marks or three
CGPA in M.Phil.
Sources alleged that Faculty of Social Sciences Dean and
Department of Political Science Chairman Dr. Nazarul Islam have exploited his
powers and gave admissions to some of his favourite students despite severe
disagreement by some members of the admission committee.
As many as 14
out of 20 students were declared eligible for PhD - 10 male and four female.
Except for two, all were internal candidates (students of IIU) who have not
allegedly completed their M.Phil before getting admission in PhD.
alleged that two students have completed their M.Phil in January 2011 while rest
of the students have not completed their thesis of M.Phil till May 2011 despite
the fact that they have completed their PhD coursework during September 2010 to
The more astonishing fact is that after the completion of PhD
coursework, the process of viva of M.Phil of these students has been started.
According to university rules, no one could be a student of two courses at a
Sources claimed that two members of the admission committee
strongly resisted the decision of Dr. Nazar regarding violation of admission
rules but he didn't listen to them.
Dr Nazarul Islam, who has recently
left the post of chairman of the Political Science Department, when contacted said that no violation of rules has been done in PhD admissions.
"There is a special rule for internal candidates that they could get admission
in PhD after completing their coursework. Thesis could be conducted after
getting admission in PhD," he said.
However, officials of the university
believe that no such rule has ever been introduced for internal students. "Have
there been such a rule, it's a clear violation of HEC rules," they
Sources alleged that the relevant officials of the university have
misused the provision of 'result awaited' students. "It has been written in the
advertisement that the 'result awaited' students could apply. But it doesn't
mean that those who have not completed their thesis could apply," they said.
They lamented that by giving admissions to ineligible internal students many
eligible external students have failed to get admission in the university.
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HEC asks universities to strengthen quality culture
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari has asked universities to
strengthen their indigenous quality culture and make wholehearted efforts to
improve their international visibility.
He was addressing, through video
conferencing, the focal persons of public and private universities of
Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab on Monday, in connection with the HEC
initiative to carry out quality-based ranking of higher education institutions
(HEIs) aiming at international compatibility, primarily based on the QS Ranking
System acceptable widely across the world.
In this regard, all public
and private universities of the country have been asked to provide data by July
15, 2011. The Statistical Information Unit (SIU), HEC, held an orientation
session for universities of three provinces on Monday while a similar session
will be held for universities of Sindh and Islamabad on Tuesday.
Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Director Dr Muhammad Ismail was the facilitator
who shared his experiences of NUST in the context of QS ranking while HEC QEC DG
Zia Batool introduced different initiatives of HEC in the context of quality
The chairman said that the HEC has taken various initiatives
to bring HEIs of Pakistan at par with international standards. "Ranking is one
of the measures to scale the success of efforts to achieve international
competitiveness in education research and innovation. Since QS World Ranking is
considered as one of the effective quality based ranking of HEIs at
international level so HEC has desired to build the capacity of Pakistani
universities to get more international visibility through reflection in
international rankings including QS Ranking," he said.
the universities to meet the deadline for provision of authentic data, Dr
Laghari said that university rankings are very important for students, parents,
employers, government organizations, policy makers and other stakeholders. "The
results of rankings change the context in which universities function. It is
basically a self-learning and self-improving exercise which benefits the
academic and research communities programmes of the country."
"Universities which failed to provide data will be ranked zero by
placing them at the bottom in the ranking list to be published through print
media," he added.
In his presentation, Dr Ismail explained the
significance of university ranking as well as various ranking systems currently
prevalent around the globe, while focusing on status and process of QS Ranking
through responding to queries on this ranking system. The news
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Summer camps dismay students in hot, dry weather
Islamabad: Summer camps that are aimed at keeping the students in
touch with studies are now annoying for majority of them because of the
scorching heat and dry weather.
Different educational institutions
especially private schools arrange summer camps to help students in studies and
stimulate their creativity.
Amir a parent of a school
going boy said children dreamt about summer vacation during which they have a
lot of time to play games, go for outing, watch movies and sleep when they want
to. "We wonder why summer holidays are announced when we have to trudge through
summer camps with all notebooks and text books to write, memorize and do all the
burdensome math exercises and quirky science questions," a student Zaheer said.
Summer vacation are inevitable as sun burns hot in months of June, July and
August and for students it is difficult to continue studies in unbearably sultry
rooms and travel in high temperatures. An official told APP that Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) would not hold summer camps this year due to the
severity of weather.
FDE used to hold summer camps in the past while some
private schools came up with the idea of arranging online classes so that
students could keep in touch with their studies while staying in the safe
environment of their homes.
However, while expressing his views a student
said: "Holidays are holidays and what satisfaction there is even if they are
told repeatedly that summer camps are for their own good as practice makes
perfect and the effort will result in good marks in
Teachers have best interest of students in their mind but
even that sincerity is not enough and students and parents are divided over the
Some think holding classes in summer camps help students to retain
the knowledge gained in the past months. But the critics say summer camps are a
kind of over schooling and they believe that children need two three months of
holidays to relax.
In this time students also keep away from problems
they face in schools where they often have to bear teachers punishment, and
stress while making effort to come up to the expectations of others in studies
A portion of students wants to spend vacation on their
own but schools have different plans.
Shagufta, a private school teacher
said the camps are organized with very specific activities in mind.
camps are mandatory for students, who had to appear in board examinations of
fifth, eighth and matric classes, she added.
Most parents approve such
camps but many have reservations about camps for little children at montessori
level or early stages of schooling.
Like in everything, it comes to what
kind of resources you have to plan summer vacations for kids.
schools offer fun filled and interesting activities like painting classes,
swimming and games during summer camps.
But while at home, children can
do a lot, they can remain glued to their television or play all the video games
with all the super heroes fighting evil while going through holidays work at a
And if nothing is satisfying enough, families can pack
their bags, check list of relatives that they can visit and take off. app
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HEC best teacher award for SUIT prof
Peshawar: Engineer Hamid Jan, head of the Department of Computer Science & Information
Technology, Sarhad University of Science & Information Technology (SUIT),
Peshawar, has been selected for the Best University Teacher Award by the Higher
Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad for 2010. A press release said the award
consists of a certificate and cash prize of Rs100,000. The award will be
conferred upon him at a special ceremony in the HEC Auditorium, Islamabad on
July 12. Hamid Jan has been serving at the Sarhad University for the last 10
years. He has got two MS degrees. The news
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