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AIOU opens admissions
Islamabad, June 03: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will open its admissions for MS,
M.Phil and PhD programmes for the Autumn Semester 2013 today (Monday)
across the country simultaneously.
This was announced by
AIOU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi while inaugurating
the placing of admission forms and prospectuses for the Autumn Semester
2013 on the website of the university here on Friday. Prospectus and
admission form can be downloaded from the university website
(www.aiou.edu.pk) for which Rs500 will be charged as processing fee.
of Advance Studies and Research (BASR) Director and Controller of
Examinations Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi, In-charge Computer Section Shabnum N
Shahid and other senior officers were present on the occasion.
his presentation, Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi said that the admissions of PhD
programmes (on MS, M.Phil basis) will be offered in Islamic Studies
(General), Islamic Studies (Quran and Tasfeer), Chemistry (offered in
Islamabad only), Iqbal Studies, Pakistani Languages & Literature
(with specialisation in Pushto, Balochi, Brahul, Sindhi, Seraiki,
Punjabi) and Urdu. The admissions of M.Phil programmes will be offered
in Islamic Studies (General), Islamic Studies (Quran and Tafseer),
Arabic, Chemistry (offered in Islamabad only), Iqbal Studies and Mass
Communication. The admissions in MS will be offered in Community Health
He said candidates having M.Phil 1st
Division-3 GPA in the relevant subject and NTS GAT (Subject) test with
at least 60% marks are eligibility for PhD admissions. The candidates
having MSc with 2nd Division and NTS GAT (General) test with 50% marks
are eligibility for admissions in MS and M.Phil programmes, he added.
NTS GAT (General-Subject) results, Dr. Niazi said, are valid for 2
years. Students who have passed the said test within this period and did
not get admission can also apply, he asserted. He further said that NTS
will conduct a special test on June 23 for those who have not yet
passed the test. The last date for registration is June 10. For more
details, the candidates may visit the NTS website (www.nts.org.pk).
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AIOU to set up HR development centre
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will establish Human Resource
Development Centre to provide job-oriented skills and job training
facilities to its students.
It will work as a separate
directorate with main focus on the development of country's
intellectual capital. The centre will offer varied duration skills
development programmes through face-to-face, distance learning, blended
and e-learning, it was decided in a meeting of AIOU's senior officers.
Sangi said that the centre will help the government improve and develop the human resource capital of Pakistan.
three to five courses of human resource development will be undertaken
as a pilot project by the end of July next. It will be implemented in
collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the AIOU
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'Education is not just about degrees; it's the character-building that matters'
Karachi: In an interview, Prof Dr Fouzia Naeem Khan, the dean of
Sindh Madressatul Islam University's Faculty of Business and Management
Sciences, spoke about issues related to education, child psychology at
different stages of growth, heritage and the importance of imparting
education to girls. Essentially a psychologist and women rights'
activist, Prof Khan was also associated with Szabist.
TN: What is your perception of education? Don't you agree that in
developing countries such as Pakistan, the focus should be on good
schools and good teachers rather than producing PhDs?
Naeem Khan: Now education is merely about the attainment of a degree.
The focus is on securing the future instead of character-building. In an
insecure society such as ours where millions are unemployed or
underemployed, it should not be surprising that parents are worried
about their children's future. Hence, they send their children to
expensive, private schools and universities instead of public-sector
universities. Violence, insufficient funding, and several other factors
have deteriorated the standard of education in public schools, colleges
and universities. This needs to be rectified urgently.
TN: What is the solution to this problem? How can a healthy change be brought in our educational system?
First of all, we should focus on primary and secondary education
because if the foundation is good, a student can very easily build a
structure on it. The curricula need to be developed and revised on a
regular basis. Then the teaching methodology plays a vital role. The
focus should be on inter-active teaching instead of traditional methods
of teaching. The most important factor, I believe, is to bring
uniformity in our educational system. We should get rid of several
boards. Drastic investment in education is also the need of the hour and
it must be done urgently. Teachers should be trained and should get
ample opportunities for refresher courses. Their promotions must be
linked to these courses.
TN: You are a psychologist. Don't you agree that our children should also be imparted sex education?
Definitely! And it should be age-appropriate. There are certain
age-related sexual conflicts and if they are not resolved at an
appropriate age, it leads to psychological disorders. According to the
psychoanalytical school of thought, there are certain stages of
psycho-social development. If the conflict is not resolved at different
psycho-social stages, the child will be fixated at a certain stage of
her/his growth that will lead to psychological disorders.
Do you agree that the aggressive behaviour in our society is
essentially because our youth has been deprived and their essential
drives have been curbed? I mean isn't it true that sex is as important
drive as hunger?
FNK: Definitely! Sex is a basic drive and
a psychological need. I believe it is as important drive as hunger,
thirst and belonging. Sex is energy and if not channelized properly it
leads to aggression and frustration.
TN: You have been
teaching for a long time and currently a dean at the Sindh Madressatul
Islam University. What needs to be done to restore the institution's
FNK: The Sindh Madressatul Islam School was
founded essentially to impart good and affordable education to Muslim
children. It was established keeping in mind the Aligarh Muslim
University. There is no doubt that it has played a vital role in
imparting good education to our children and after being upgraded as a
university it is delivering education that is at par with good private
universities at a comparatively lower cost.
TN: And how do you evaluate its heritage value? Are there any steps being taken to preserve it?
Yes. Steps are being taken to preserve the heritage value of the SMI
University. A committee comprising architects, engineers, and other
experts has been formed and conservation work is in progress.
In our country, the beneficiary of education is mainly the urban
population despite the fact that the vast majority of our population
lives in rural areas. Don't you agree that the focus should be shifted
to the rural population?
FNK: Imparting education to our
rural population is equally important. If we bring uniformity in our
educational system, we will have well-educated children in our rural
areas as well. Unlike urban centres, children in our rural areas undergo
practical training in different spheres. The kids there have to fetch
water, work in the fields to support their families, and lend a helping
hand in looking after livestock besides attending schools. If we evolve a
uniform educational system, I believe we will get wonderful results in
our rural areas.
TN: Don't you agree that more needs to be
done to educate our girls because educated mothers can bring a
revolutionary change in a dying culture?
FNK: Of course!
Unfortunately, there is a mindset in our rural areas that even if a girl
acquires education, she is not allowed to work. I believe education
among our female population can be used as a weapon. If, at a later
stage of life, she faces a problem, education gives her an opportunity
to protect herself in a society where feudal and tribal norms rule the
roost. She can be an asset to her husband and family and for some reason
if she is single, she can overcome financial constraints. Education is
TN: Can you tell us more about yourself?
I hail from a small village called Zaida in Swabi district.
Interestingly, the literacy rate in our district is about 90 percent. I
was born in Karachi, but I frequently visit my village which is very
green and fertile. We are 'Zamindars'. Tobacco, sugarcane and corn are
our main crops. Then there is an abundance of orchards. Peach, plum,
watermelon and apple are some of the fruits grown in my village and
district. My husband works for the United Nations Development Programme
and heads a project on women's empowerment. The news
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QAU associations demand allowance
Islamabad: The clash between varsity administration and staff has increased
miseries of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) students as the administration
announced closure of classes till June 10.
As per details,
Academic Staff Association (ASA), Officers Welfare Association (OWA) and
Employees Welfare Association (EWA) joined hands to build pressure on
the QAU administration.
QAU sources said the university has
announced vacations last week until June 10 due to threat of strike by
the ASA, OWA and EWA office bearers, while the admin denied this, saying
that the classes were closed due to worst kind of load shedding.
the general body meeting of the ASA held last week, the body decided to
hold a demonstration in front of the admin block of the varsity on June
ASA President Dr Waheed Iqbal Chaudhry said there is no
difference in charter of the QAU and other federal government
universities like Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Federal Urdu
University and International Islamic University for instance.
said the grant of a special allowance as 20 percent of running basic
pay is being distributed to the employees of above-mentioned
institutions including employees of the Higher Education Commission
(HEC) itself, which is an ethics body for the QAU.
"We are not
demanding additional money but implementation of the rules under which
other institutions are getting the allowance," Dr Chaudhry added.
president ASA alleged that the varsity administration has not
implementing rules in the syndicate pertaining to the medical facilities
and promotion of lecturers. He added that the university has minimized
the list of panel of hospitals and repeatedly forcing the beneficiaries
to receive treatment only from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences
(PIMS) and Poly Clinic hospital.
He informed that Syndicate
has approved a long list of hospitals on panel of the QAU but the
administration has rejected medical bills of several employees because
they have treated except from PIMS and Poly Clinic hospital.
added that amendment of the rules as approved by the syndicate is not
the jurisdiction of the Vice Chancellor. "The VC should not exceed its
powers and he should not break the rules as he is custodian of the
rules," said Dr Chaudhry.
Similarly, Dr Chaudhry said that work
load of the lecturers was increased from 6 credit hours to 9 credit
hours by the university administration by passing the syndicate decision
in this matter.
He added that amendment of syndicate approved rules not possible without approaching the syndicate itself.
"The administration of the QAU used to amend the rules of syndicate day by day as per its own consent," Dr Chaudhry stated.
President of OWA Saeed Jaddon said on query that the varsity
administration has not yet notified any response of the HEC regarding
issuance of 20 percent allowance to the QAU.
He added that if
the HEC denied our demand of 20 percent salary increase with respect to
rule of law then the varsity administration should bring that
notification before us.
When contacted Registrar of the QAU Dr
Shaffequr Rehman stated that the university had written to the HEC for
the funds to meet the demand of the teaching and non-teaching staff.
added that the demand for the funds was rejected by the HEC with
reference of the ministry of finance's notification, which clearly
stated that the special allowance of 20 percent of the running basic pay
would be given to all the officers and staff working in the federal
ministries and divisions only.
"The university has always
endorsed and implemented the policy of HEC," said Dr Rehman. Meanwhile,
he denied the allegation of the ASA president saying that no medical
bills have been rejected by the administration. online
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