NUST among top Asian universities
NUST included in 'top 100 Asian universities'
Islamabad, May 24: The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) has won a place in the
list of 'Top 100 Asian Universities'. It is the only Pakistani university to
achieve this unprecedented honour as per the ranking carried out by the world's
most prestigious ranking agency, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), UK.
up the highest traditions of excellence in providing quality education and
research, NUST has attained 84th position in the ranking list of
Besides overall ranking of the universities, QS also prepares
'Subject-wise Rankings', wherein NUST has been placed in the list of 'Top 100
Asian Universities' in the subjects of IT & Engineering (Ranking 58), and
Natural Sciences (Ranking 73). Whereas, in the subjects of Life Sciences and
Medicine NUST is placed at the Rank of 102. It speaks volumes of the hard work
put in by the NUST management and faculty in terms of improving infrastructure,
providing quality education, conducting innovative research, establishing
international linkages, engaging in collaborative research with leading
international institutions/organisations, participating in international
exchange programmes and producing graduates who are welcomed by
national/international industry, business, academia and market.
Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar, has felicitated the NUST administration and
faculty of all NUST constituent colleges, institutes and centres for their
relentless efforts to achieve excellence in providing quality education to their
students and carrying out research of international standards. The news
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College teachers threaten strike if demands not met
Islamabad: The teachers of federal colleges have decided to go on strike until the concerned authorities
meet their demands.
The decision to this effect was taken in a joint
meeting of associations of teachers of federal government and model colleges
The representatives of teachers said that college
teachers have been waiting for implementation of the special package announced
by the prime minister. According to them, teachers were still waiting for
implementation of the package despite the passage of six months.
meeting, the college teachers decided to gather in front of the Pakistan
Secretariat's D-Block on May 24 for holding a rally. They have also decided to
stage protests in front of the Press Club on May 25 and outside the Parliament
House on May 26. They also threatened complete strike, including boycott of
classes and practical examination duties from May 27.
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AIOU's hostile admin an awful nuisance for students
Islamabad: Students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)- the largest university of the country in terms of
students' enrolment, are facing numerous serious problems relative to
administrative and examination system due to which many of them are compelled to
skip their precious academic semester every year.
AIOU is the country's
first distance learning institution with a network of 32 regional campuses and
over 1.4 million students across Pakistan claiming to impart 'quality education'
to every enrolled student.
As the number of students has mounted
tremendously over the years so have the institution's administrative problems.
The victims of these problems are usually students hailing from far-flung areas.
They have to travel all the way to AIOU headquarter in H-8, Islamabad, with the
most frequent complaints about non-reception of admission acceptances or
rejections, non-availability of roll number slip neither through snail mail nor
available on internet. The booty mafia that is active at various examination
centres is another curse.
The admission department's staff is often
reported to be stubborn, pestering students on petty issues like changes in
courses and mailing addresses. A minor mistake in admission form causes greater
inconvenience to students because of the staff's harsh attitude.
is a lack of coordination among various university departments. A change in the
student's examination centre is hardly acknowledged by the examination
department and that is what actually happened with me ahead of this semester
when I was told to go Block No. 13, Room No, 12 and they refused to accept my
documents," said Umair who came from Gujranwala.
He said he has all the
relevant documents and has deposited fee of Rs 600 for change of examination
centre but office of deputy controller examination rejected it saying now it was
The university takes no responsibility for letters or books
wrongly delivered by the postal department, said Hamtaya Aftab, a student of
B.Ed. He said he prepared all the assignments himself but "my other class mates
told me they have contacts with tutors and hence they just got the marks without
doing a single assignment.
Tutors have been given absolute powers to
evaluate assignments and no one else can physically verify assignment
submission, not even the vice chancellor (VC). It was learned that a tutor had
rejected a student's assignment in the MBA programme only because she did not
attend her class despite the fact that classes were not mandatory in the
programme. Sumaira Kanwal, the student said that she had to discontinue her
studies because of the system's complexities.
She said she was given a
list of her tutors and their addresses but her assignments were returned because
the university had provided her with the wrong addresses. She said she had
contacted the university's administration department but it was unable to help
her locate the tutors. Sumaira claimed that she lodged several complaints with
the administration but failed to get the issue resolved.
This scribe was
told that in last semester examinations of M Sc Mass Communication Autumn 2010,
booty mafia was so active in one of stipulated examination centre i-e- Federal
Government Model School G-9/4. "The examination hall was jam packed with boys
and girls, some boys in connivance with invigilators and supervisor went
ostensiblt to wash room and brought along pages," a student said on
condition of anonymity.
He added that not only did boys who cheated,
rather "many of female candidates, few of them in veil were also found cheating.
A girl in veil when caught red handed refused to give her paper to supervisor
and threatened him dire consequences, the eyewitness revealed.
students are found using cell phone texting and calling others to seek 'help'
and many a time invigilators do not bother to stem cheating.
complain that those close to the high-ups are deemed privileged, irrespective of
rank or grade. "Complaints against the AIOU services and education system are
increasing daily," an employee said.
Contacted, AIOU spokesperson
Obaidullah Mumtaz conceded that the students were faced with difficulties and
that the system needed improvement. He said the university had taken a number of
steps to facilitate students' complaints. He said more centres were being set up
to facilitate students and that the entire system was being computerised.
He said it was not possible for the university to individually inform
thousands of students about their admissions due to the dearth of resources and
manpower. Talking about flaws in examination and administrative system of AIOU,
he said the controller examination was the appropriate person to comment on it.
When this scribe contacted controller AIOU Hafeezullah, his cell number was
powered off. Daily times
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Irregularities in AIOU's transport section detected
Islamabad: The preliminary
inquiry report of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) administration has
revealed serious irregularities, including pilferage of petrol and diesel, in
the Transport Section.
According to a senior official, the AIOU vice
chancellor received complaints from various quarters about the pilferage of
diesel and petrol and other irregularities in the Transport Section after which
he ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The inquiry team, comprising
Professor Dr. Naushad Khan, dean of the Faculty of Sciences, and Arshad Baloch,
deputy controller of examinations, probed into the matter and presented a report
to the vice chancellor.
The vice chancellor has immediately ordered the
transfer of Transport Officer Mushtaq Mashie and Transport Assistant Muhammad
Hassan to other departments and at the same time ordered the concerned officials
to deal with irregularities in the Transport Section under E&D Rules.
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Women ministry officials visit IIU Day Care Centre
Islamabad: Director Planning and Monitoring Division, Ministry of Women Development visited Day Care
Centre at Female Campus of International Islamic University (IIU). Director
Females Campus Professor Qaisarah Alvi, Director Finance IIU, Khurshid Alam,
faculty members and staff of baby care centre were present on the
Irum Fatima, Director Planning and Monitoring Division was
briefed about the activities of the centre. Various proposals were discussed
relating to the expansion, infrastructure, staff and funds of the baby care
centre. Irum Fatima visits the centre and met with the children. She appreciated
the operation of the baby care centre and commented that IIU has more women
students and faculty members as compare to other Universities of the capital,
which is prime objective of Ministry of Women Development to spend more on women
education and empowerment.
She proposed that projects should be submitted
to the ministry regarding development of women in IIU, which will be analysed
according the rules and guidelines of the Ministry.
Alvi, thanks the director planning and monitoring division for her visits to
IIU. The news
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