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Universities without degree awarding status

4 varsities functioning without degree awarding status

Islamabad, March 21: Four universities of public and private sectors are operating in the country without acquiring No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Higher Education Commission (HEC) which is mandatory for a university to award degrees.

According to an official source, the universities of private sector which have not acquired NOCs, included Leads University, Lahore, Ali Institute of Education, Lahore and COMMECS Institute of Business and Emerging Sciences, Karachi.

Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Benazirabad from the public sector had also not taken NOC from the HEC.

The charters of these four universities were issued by the respective assemblies.

Talking to APP, HEC Executive Director Sohail H Naqvi said that issuance of charter by the respective assemblies was a prerequisite to establish a university and start its functioning according to the Cabinet criteria and rules.

However, acquiring NOC was another obligation for a university to operate and get degree awarding status, he added.

All the details about the criteria and requirements for establishing a new university have been placed on the website of the commission, he said.

The HEC has informed the four universities through letters to follow the criteria and submit the details to acquire NOCs from the commission. It has got response only from Leeds University, Lahore so far, he added.

As soon the universities will submit the details to HEC, the commission will issue them NOCs, if required criteria is fulfilled, Naqvi said. app

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HEC provides video conferencing to various universities
Islamabad: With an aim to provide opportunity to medical graduates to seek knowledge without being dependent on geographical as well financial limitations, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has provided video conferencing services to various universities.

A demonstration of how video conferencing could be useful for medical students has been given on Saturday where 'Advanced Upper G.I Laparoscopic Surgery' held at the Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi was being telecast live.

Since HEC has provided a link to Holy Family Hospital therefore the workshop was broadcast live from Holy Family Hospital Operation Theatres to different PERN2 connected medical institutes/universities. Many doctors, consultants and trainee doctors from various medical colleges and hospital of twin cities have attended the first ever experience of interactive surgery over the high-speed network across the country.

Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN) is the national research and educational network, which is specialised internet service provider primarily dedicated to supporting the needs of research and education communities within a country. It is usually distinguished by support for a high-speed backbone network, often offering dedicated channels for individual research projects. Over this high speed educational research network different ICT applications have been deployed in all public sector universities.

Speaking on the occasion, HEC Chairperson Dr. Javed Laghari informed the audience that 75 universities across the country were connected through video-conferencing facility. "HEC has strengthened physical and technological infrastructure of universities, now it's up to them how they make use of these facilities. Video conferencing may be used for guest lectures, national and international seminars and conferences. Even universities may offer joint courses through this facility," he added.

The workshop comprised live demonstration of different Laparoscopic Procedures, including Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Oesophagectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery for Hiatus Hernia, and Single Port Laparoscopic Surgery procedures (SILS): Cholecystectomy, Appendicectomy. The news

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FDE chief asks teachers to have patience
Islamabad: The upgradation and other demands of teachers working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will be finalised soon, said Director General FDE Shaheen Khan.

Talking to this reporter, she said she had completed the whole work and sent all the files to the ministry of education. Now it is the job of the ministry to take the final decision, she added.

"I have done my job honestly. But it is such a gigantic task; the procedure takes time but teachers say everything should be completed in a few days, which is simply not possible," she maintained.

It may be recalled that teachers of the federal government schools and Islamabad model colleges had given a 20-day deadline for acceptance of their demands, which expired on March 15. Now they say they will wait for another 10 days for the outcome of the promises made with them.

Teachers and heads/principals of F.G. institutions have presented six demands to the directorate. These are: one-scale upgradation for all the teaching staff from BPS-9 to BPS-19; creating uniformity in the F.G. schools and Islamabad model colleges; providing equal resources, facilities and allowances to both types of institutions operating under the FDE; hiring of government accommodation for all teachers; increase in the charge allowance for heads/principals of FG institutions bringing it at a par with that of model institutions, and telephone facility for F.G. institutions and their heads as available to officers in other federal departments.

While the FDE head said she had taken an initiative to introduce reforms in the education system of the federal capital, teachers complained that she was not sincere in her efforts and trying to deceive them. They have even demanded her removal. "She is the source of all problems and should be replaced forthwith," demanded an educationist.

Secretary General Association of Heads of Federal Government Schools Tariq Khattak said they had given another 10 days to the education authorities and in case the latter failed to fulfil the promises made with them, the teachers would boycott board examinations of matriculation likely to commence from April 4. He also held the FDE chief responsible for delay in the fulfillment of their demands and demanded her replacement.

However, Ms Khan said teachers did not know management issues. Such matters are not handled by one person; these go through different stages which take time, she observed.

About teachers' demand for her removal, she said she had been assigned the responsibility of FDE head by the government and would continue to discharge her duties with all honesty. "Whenever the government asks me to leave, I will go," she added. Dawn

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Students explore new horizons of studies
Islamabad: A two-day 'International Education Expo 2011' began here on Sunday. It attracted a large number of prospective students, who were keen to explore new horizons of knowledge in world-class educational institutions.

The expo has been organised by the HR Consultants with an aim to provide safe, challenging and life-changing study experiences to students and professionals in Pakistan and abroad.

Established in 1993, the HR Consultants is the official representative of a number of prestigious foreign universities. It has a good reputation of helping students study abroad. There are many universities and institutions worldwide where the HR Consultants is closely working with or have agreements and admissions can also be arranged in them.

The representatives of dozens of internationally-reputed universities managed to evaluate applications and educational documents of students besides giving information about different prospects of studying abroad in highly-congenial environment.

Talking to this scribe, HR Consultants Director Shahid Rauf said that the educational institutions represented by them are located in major and popular cities around the globe.

"While the range of institutions and locations is varied, all of the institutions we work with have certain criteria in common. First and foremost, the university programmes, facilities and staff are of the highest quality and are located in a safe environment conducive to learning. Secondly, the institutions are willing to make Pakistani students their integral part and have committed staff to ensure their success," he said.

Shahid Rauf said that the HR Consultants is highly recommended by foreign institutions and foreign missions in Pakistan such as the British Council, Australian Trade Commission and New Zealand Trade Commission to process and assist admissions and visas for students and professionals interested to study in foreign countries.

He said: "Our philosophy is simple. It is to give students exceptional and personalised service at an affordable price and best advice to ensure valuable study abroad and experience at international level."

The representatives of the universities who participated in the expo included Brunel University, West London Birmingham City University, Bournemouth University, Queen Mary, University of London, University of Reading, Middlesex University, Kingston University, London, University of Bradford, University of Bolton, Manchester University of Salford, West London College, Cavendish College, Holborn College, London, Bradford College, City College, Manchester, Nottingham Trent International College, London College of Accountancy, London College of Advanced Studies, Oxford Media and Business School, London School of Business and Finance, Dublin Institute of Technology, Griffith College Dublin, Curtin University of Technology, University of Wollongong, Charles Sturt University, Melbourne Deakin University, Melbourne Swinburne University, Melbourne University of Western Australia, Perth Murdoch University, IHTTI School of Hotel Management, HIM School of Hotel Management and SHMS School of Hotel Management.

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PMAS-AAUR convocation on 30th
Rawalpindi: The 12th convocation of the Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) will be held on March 30, 2011 at the university campus, says a press release issued here Saturday.

The Governor of the Punjab/Chancellor of the University, Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa will be the chief guest on the occasion.

All those who had availed degrees during the period from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010 should register themselves with university till March 28, 2011 to attend the convocation.

Participation in the pre-convocation rehearsal on March 29, 2011 is mandatory for all those graduates taking part in the convocation.

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AIOU ceremonies on Pakistan Day
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in collaboration with National Archives Pakistan would organise two-days ceremonies to mark Pakistan Day here at AIOU auditorium.

A special ceremony would be arranged on the life of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Pakistan Movement on March 23. Rector International Islamic University, Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik will be chief guest of the ceremony while Vice-Chancellor AIOU Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi will preside over it.

Addressing a meeting of administrative committee, Chairman Pakistan Study Department, Dr. Amanullah Memon said that an exhibition would be arranged and important historical pictures and documents of Quaid-e-Azam and Pakistan Movement would be displayed during the exhibition on March 22-23 at AIOU.

He said that on Pakistan Day a special film show and documentary movies on Pakistan Movement would be shown.

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Inter-company parliamentary debate competition held at AMC
Rawalpindi: The annual Inter-company Parliamentary Debate was held at the Army Medical College (AMC) and saw an interesting contest between the participating teams, which were made up from the houses of the college. Both boys and girls took part in the discussion, which was eventually won by Fatima Company.

The topic for the day was, 'This house believes that the world is better off without Wikileaks' and the judges were school coordinator, Beacon House, Mobeen Shahid; Dr. Salman Bakhtiar and a columnist from The News. The guest of honour was Lt. Gen (r) Mustafa Kamal Akbar who currently works for Thalassemia patients (an inherited autosomal recessive blood disease) and initiates blood donation drives around the country.

In charge of the event, Dr. Khadija explained to the judges that the contestants are given the topic just one hour before the proceedings begin. The debate comprises of an introduction; a question and answer session by the opposing team and a conclusion. Three questions are allowed but the number can be increased if the debater allows and there is time. The total time for each argument is seven minutes.

The session began with a recitation from the Holy Qura'an and its translation, after which President and VP of the AMC Debating and Literary Society (DLS) Nabeel Tahir and Areej Tariq stated the rules of debate. They were also the moderators. It was very interesting to hear the 'for' and 'against' arguments and it was apparent that the girls pay more attention to the news than the boys - their arguments were sounder and more relevant, as were their questions. The house won the argument by a good margin in a show of hands, which shows the arguments for the topic were well put and convinced those who were listening to them.

Support for their teams by the members of the audience was very vocal and in this respect the girls outdid the boys - if there had been a prize for decibel count they would have won hands down!

And of-course their happiness knew no bounds when Fatima Company walked away with the trophy, which it may be added, was well deserved. Representing the company were Sadaf Irshad and Shiza Khan Durrani.

Addressing the gathering the chief guest praised the level of debate and said he had enjoyed listening to the arguments. He urged the students to donate blood disregarding the many negative stories about blood donation that people use as an excuse for not contributing to this noble cause. As his introduction stated, he himself has donated blood 108 times and is willing to do so again whenever the need arises - a statement, which won him a big round of applause from the gathering.

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Indonesian university signs MoU with UAF
Islamabad: Pakistan and Indonesia have a combined population of more than 400 million people, which offers a lucrative market and a huge potential for agriculture products and awareness about the health and medicinal benefits of fruit, vegetables and organic food resulting in the expansion of horticulture products market around the world.

According to a press release, Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan Ishaq Latuconsina stated this after signing of MoU between Bogar Agricultural University, Indonesia, and University of Agriculture Faisalabad UAF. He also addressed the participants of International Seminar on Horticulture and Agribusiness in Developing Countries jointly organized by Embassy of Indonesia and University of Agriculture Faisalabad on Saturday.

Ishak said that horticulture and agro-business provide an array of exciting investment opportunities and the investors of our two countries can benefit a lot through mutual collaboration which can be achieved by improving the product or the methods of production by all available means which is a fascinating and never ending challenges.

UAF VC Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that Pakistan could gain a lot by having cooperation with Indonesian partners. He said that in Pakistan exports are based on surplus crop but we have to look on how to export a large volume to the world market. He emphasised the need to collaborate effectively and become a real torch-bearer in the development journey of the country as agriculture remains the main stay of the economy.

He thanked Dr. Anas Miftah Fauzi, Vice Rector, Research and Collaboration, Bogor University, Indonesia, and the senior faculty of the university for specially coming to attend the seminar and signing the MoU between the two institutions.

Former foreign minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi commended the initiative taken by the embassy and the UAF for jointly organising the International Seminar and called for enhanced interactions and cooperation between the academicians and the institutes to benefit from each other strength. He said that agriculture was the key sector if systemically developed could lift people out of poverty and could put the country economy on the right track.

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Special event organised by The City School
Islamabad: It was a Saturday morning with all in the right mood to throng the Lok Virsa where the six branches of the northern region of The City School held a special programme entitled 'The happiest journey through small world.'

The place was jam-packed with the parents and guests as it took more than an hour to squeeze oneself through the security checks to reach the venue. There were altogether 16 stalls of each country set up by different branches and truly it showed from the performances of the children as well from various props and traditional things teachers had made for each country.

The parents were taken on a guided tour in small groups and they witnessed the performance of children while having the tour. The programme was well organised but due to the rain, it was cut short from its schedule. Some parents took out their umbrellas and some stood there drenching in the rain to encourage the children on their performances.

At Pakistani stall all the things of all the four provinces were showcased including Kalaash where the children presented their typical Kalaash dance. 'Disney Land' was full of colours and children were wearing different costumes to entertain their parents and guests.

Promoting the idea by using different modes of communication was the main theme of the function. The event was organised to make the young ones understand the value of tolerance and respect for the other religions and countries. Developing such skills and knowledge will enable the students to become responsible citizens of tomorrow and hopefully one day these differences will be eliminated and a peaceful world will be enjoyed by all.

The branches were representing 16 different nations, celebrating their cultures and traditions. Nepal, India, USA, Spain, England, Thailand, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China, Africa, Mexico and Hawaii to name a few teams, with their rich historical and cultural backgrounds were represented just as brilliantly.

The culture, dance, handicrafts, famous monuments and traditional dresses were represented by the children. The interesting part of the event was that the teachers wore the same traditional dresses the country they were representing.

Director Hunar Kada Jamal Shah was the chief guest on the occasion. He appreciated the efforts of the teachers and students and said that this event gives a strong message that we are a tolerant country and we love peace and harmony. "It was a great way to spread the message of peace, inculcate love and respect in the minds of our youth and promote better understanding, tolerance among various faiths nationally and internationally," he said.

Among the guests were Regional Director Safia Cassim, Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas, MNA Nuzhat Sadiq and Senator Tahira latif who thoroughly enjoyed the event. The organizing team of the six branches included Regional Academic Coordinator Misbah Khurshid, Seema Farooq Gulrez Branch, Nargis Nasir Civil Lines Branch, Maleeha Shahid G-10 Branch, Maria Waqas Satellite Town Nursery, Mahlaqa Mubbashir I-8 Nursery Branch and Zarmina Shahzad I-8 KG Branch. The news

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