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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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