QAU Campus Security Project
QAU Campus Security Project signed
Islamabad, May 14: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) and Analytical Solutions (AS) (Pvt)
Ltd on Thursday inked a contract regarding Campus Security Project here
on QAU premises.
Cards: Under the contract, the company would
provide Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) based security
cards to students and staff for limited access to University premises,
with the log of individual anywhere in the university.
public-private partnership mainly based on Build Operate Transfer (PPP
- BOT) for the period of five years, the project would facilitate the
cross linking of student RFID cards with students' record and web-based
reporting on all students logs.
CCTV: Close Circuit Television
(CCTV) cameras would also be installed at various locations to monitor
activities within the premises of the university.
company will also provide SMS alert service on admissions, semester and
examination results along with Interactive Voice Response (IVR).
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai said keeping in view the
current security situation it was an important step towards provision
of safe and secure environment to students.
"As far as the
security of students is concerned we are taking every possible step to
ensure that students spend their time in safe and secure educational
environment. We are now turning towards all possible options and
introduction of RFID cards is a major part of our plan regarding
credible security inside the university," he said.
AS CEO Malik Basharat Ahmad Awan said the project concept and technology had been introduced for the first time in Pakistan.
said AS had already started this project in the schools operating in
affected area of Bannu and Nowshera districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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AIOU learns from ZAB's vision
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University
(AIOU) uses technology to the benefit of lower middle and poor class as
per the vision of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who paved the way for Asia's
first open university in Pakistan.
Higher Education Commission
(HEC) Chairman Dr Javed Laghari said this on Thursday, addressing as a
chief guest to the inaugural ceremony of Wi-Fi Wireless Mesh Network at
Laghari expressed pleasure to see that AIOU has planned
for Urdu e-learning for remote learners through Internet Café or AIOU
Regional E-Learning laboratories. He said recently established
Educational Broadcast Forum is also a good effort by the university.
Laghari said faculty must continuously learn and re-learn new
technologies to stay in global competition. Congratulating Dr Nazir
Ahmed Sangi, the AIOU vice chancellor, the HEC chairman said that his
association with Dr Sangi spans more than 15 years and his appointment
as vice-chancellor is a reflection of his continuous endeavours, hard
work and commitment to quality education.
Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed
Sangi said that WiFi Mesh is made operational at AIOU campuses in
Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. He said main idea behind the
project was to provide campus based internet and digital library
support to students and scholars visiting the campus.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman Dr Muhammad Yaseen said that no nation could progress without ICT. Daily times
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'Twinkling Tunes': A unique book for children
Islamabad: Eminent writer, poet and English news anchor Shabnam
Riaz launched her latest book of poetry 'Twinkling Tunes' at the
National Art Gallery on Thursday in a ceremony organised by Pakistan
English Forum in collaboration with Pakistan National Council of the
Enthused with unique cultural and linguistic
orientations, the book comes as a unique gift for Pakistani children.
Nursery rhymes written in simple words along with colourful drawings
done by her own child makes the book all the more interesting.
by the National Book Foundation (NBF), 'Twinkling Tunes' is an
award-winning manuscript, submitted to the nationwide competition for
children's literature held by NBF. With a dearth of good books for
children in English, the initiative taken by Shabnam would go a long
way in creating a transformative effect on children's literature in
The book contains excellent colourful illustrations
and simple day-to-day content that could interest children, as they
could easily relate to them. Shabnam has only focused on fun themes
rather than overburdening a child's mind with heavy doses of highly
moralistic subject matter. Children love humour and animation in book
illustrations, and their primary interest in any book is its pictures,
and 'Twinkling Tunes' blends both with a motherly touch by Shabnam.
From cows to the grumpy mood of the father, from rainbows to
butterflies, the book has everything that a child loves.
Minister Sardar Assef Ahmad Ali was the chief guest at the launching
ceremony, attended by a large gathering of literati, intellectuals, and
educationists. He was full of praise for Shabnam's unique effort to add
a new dimension to children's literature in Pakistan.
Nasir, Director General PNCA, said Shabnam Riaz has done a commendable
service to Pakistani children through her book. The simple notes and
tone makes the book all the more interesting and readable by all age
groups, he added. He said it is impossible to discuss children's
literature at any length without delving into the illustrations, and
Shabnam has taken great care to colour her illustrations through the
eyes and hands of a child. Tauqeer Nasir said our young generation
should read poems written by local writers, so that they might be aware
of their own culture and sensibility.
Chairman National Language
Authority (NLA) Iftikhar Arif also shared his views on the book and the
author, saying that Shabnam's poems are written keeping the points of
view regarding children and the issues that concern them. The themes
are very different and are designed to provide children with lots of
entertainment. The poems are refreshing and humorous and deal with old
ladies, who knit so furiously that people can wrap up in the winter.
The drawings are colourful, original and captivating. Iftikhar Arif
said the book could be a valuable educational tool, and urged all
relevant authorities in the educational sector to view this book as an
extremely positive addition to schools throughout Pakistan.
students of local schools - Irdum Hammad Siddiqui of Joan Macdonald
School, Islamabad, and Raja Nehat Khan of OPF Boys College read
Ilona Yusuf and Khurram Khiraam Siddiqui,
Editor English Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL), also expressed their
views on the book. Ilona Yusuf said students across the country should
be attracted to read literature by Pakistani English poets. In the
nationwide libraries, the books of local writers should be made
available along with the books of international writers. The poems
included in 'Twinkling Tunes' are fresh in theme and style. She said
the Pakistan English Forum deserves to be acknowledged and patronised
by the government morally as well as financially, as it is making
remarkable efforts for the promotion of writings by English writers and
those of Pakistani origin.
Khurram Khiraam Siddiqui said that
Shabnam Riaz's newly published collection of poems for children include
poems that have music and internal rhythm, and most importantly, they
are easy to learn. The quality of being quotable and lyricism are
strikingly prominent in these poems. The poems are written in easy
language and the poet has deliberately tried to use vocabulary with
which the school going kids are familiar.
Sharing her experience
and efforts, the author Shabnam Riaz said, "We need to show our
children that we, as Pakistanis, do have the capacity to produce
nursery rhymes that are home-grown and are culturally relevant. Our
children need to feel that the rhymes they are raised on do not have
some distant abstract conception, but are rhymes that they can read
before going to bed and feel a part of. As our children need homegrown
fun and when they relate to books with pictures that talk about life
here at home, who knows, some day maybe soon, Pakistani writers can
also contribute to the wealth of nursery rhymes and poetry that
children fall in love with worldwide."
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Letter-writing competition held
Islamabad: The 39th International Letter Writing Competition 2010
for the young people was organised by Pakistan Post on the Topic
'Writing a letter to someone to explain why it is important to talk
about AIDS and to protect yourself against the disease.'
Mushtaq Ahmad son of Qazi Shahzad Ahmad (class P-6-D) got first
position in the competition from the Sadiq Public School, Ahmedpur
Aliya Zuberi daughter of Aamir Zuberi (class
IX-E) won second position from the Beaconhouse School System, 207-A,
Phase 8 DHA, Saba Avenue, Karachi.
Tayyaba Ahmad Nisar son of
Nisar Ahmad (class IX) secured third position from Pakistan
International Public School and College (Boys) Abbottabad.
three winners will be awarded cash prizes worth Rs20,000, Rs10,000 and
Rs5,000 respectively along with postage Stamps Albams as well as a
certificate on the occasion of the World Post Day, October 9. The best
letter of Areeb Mushtaq has been sent to the International Bureau of
Universal Postal Union (UPU), Berne, Switzerland for inclusion in the
competition organised by the Unesco.
The Unesco will select three best entries amongst those submitted to it by all the postal Administrations. The news
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IIUI remembers Ho Chi Minh
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in
collaboration with Pakistan ASEAN Friendship Association organised
anniversary of Hochi Minh, national hero of Vietnam, on Thursday.
for Science and Technology Dr M Azam Khan Swati was the chief guest
while Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen Viet Hung was the guest of honour. IIUI
President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui also spoke. Teachers and a number
of students attended the ceremony. Daily times
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