NUST improves ranking in world universities
NUST improves its world ranking
Islamabad, Sep 14: National
University of Sciences and Technology has won its place in the list of
'Top 500 World Universities', and is the only Pakistani university
maintaining this honour since 2007 as per the ranking carried out by the
world's most renowned and prestigious ranking agency Quacquarelli
Symonds (QS), UK.
NUST has attained 417th position in the
ranking list of 2012-13. Besides overall ranking of the universities, QS
also prepares subject-wise rankings, wherein NUST has been placed at
324th rank in the discipline of engineering & technology. 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
universities/-organisations, participating in international exchange
programmes and producing graduates who are welcomed by national and
international industry, business, academia and market. The news
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Scholarships for Balochistan scholars
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has
decided to award 600 masters' leading to PhD scholarships worth Rs3.13
billion to the natives of Balochistan. The scholarships will be awarded
under the "Aghaz Haqooq-i-Balochistan package" announced on August 30,
2012. However, the scholars after completing their PhDs will have to
serve in Balochistan for at least five years after completion of their
The project will supplement the government's efforts to focus on
human resource development in Pakistan. It will also provide incentives
to the talented students of Balochistan to achieve excellence in their
area of interest and ensure availability of trained manpower for
research and development in basic sciences, agriculture, life sciences
and engineering and technology, arts, languages and social sciences.
According to media coordinator of HEC, Murtaza Noor, 400 indigenous
and 200 overseas scholarships for masters/MS leading to PhD studies
would be awarded to the natives of all 30 districts of Balochistan.
Furthermore, 25 per cent scholarships have been reserved for
in-service government, R&D organisations/faculty members and
employees of universities, colleges/degree-awarding institutes and
remaining 75 per cent will be awarded on open merit.
The HEC has already awarded 1,200 scholarships to students of
Balochistan under the "Provision of higher education opportunities for
Balochistan and Fata" project during the last four years. Under the
second and new phase of the project, 1,300 scholarships will also be
awarded to the students of Balochistan and Fata. The HEC has also
arranged foundation course for 684 students of Balochistan at Quetta. To
date, 66 scholars have completed their studies. Dawn
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CSS Examination 2010 Annual Report
Islamabad: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has issued its Annual Report
2010 revealing interesting statistics about the Central Superior
Services (CSS) Examination 2009.
According to the report
containing data about the domicile, age, sex, education, schooling and
profession of candidates, a total of 9,056 candidates applied for the
CSS Examination 2009 but only 5,707 (63 percent) took the examination
and only 905 (15.6 percent) of them passed.
As per the
Establishment Division report, there were 388 posts to be filled and 337
candidates were, however, appointed in different professional groups.
breakdown of 5,707 candidates showed 2,992 (52 percent) candidates were
from Punjab, 1,133 (20 percent) from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 600 (11
percent) from Sindh Rural, 292 (5.11 percent) from Sindh Urban, 323 (six
percent) from Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), 261 (five percent) from
Balochistan and 99 (two percent) from Azad Kashmir (AK) while 68 percent
of those who qualified belonged to Punjab, 12 percent to KP, eight
percent to Sindh Rural, five percent to G-B and three percent to Sindh
The ratio of those who qualified showed Punjab had
171 (50 percent), Sindh Rural 68 (20 percent), Sindh Urban 28 (eight
percent) and KP 36 (11 percent). This breakdown vividly showed that for
candidates belonging to urban and rural Sindh, opportunities were many
while the competition was not as tough.
Out of 5,707
candidates, 77 percent were male and 23 percent female, whereas 73
percent male candidates were selected against 27 percent female
candidates, which showed that the ratio of female candidates in final
According to the report, 62 percent
of candidates belonged to 25-29 years age group and 57 percent of them
emerged successful. Those in the age bracket of 21-25 years were 31
percent and in the final selection their ratio went up to 37 percent.
Out of 342 finally selected, 145 (42 percent) had studied up to SSC in
government schools of the provinces, 51 candidates studied in public
schools, 41 in forces/garrison schools and 26 in model schools.
Candidates from forces/garrison schools fared better in final selection,
as candidates in the category were only six percent whereas the ratio
of those finally selected in this category jumped to 12 percent.
those who took the CSS examination, 50 percent held second division
while 47 percent held first division. Seventy (70) percent of those
selected were jobless, five percent belonged to teaching department,
five percent were serving on administrative posts, four percent belonged
to the armed forces, two percent came from accounts and only one
percent were associated with medical-engineering profession.
to the report, 69 percent of the finally selected candidates got more
than 60 percent marks in Islamiyat. Similarly those who got more than 60
percent marks in some other subjects included 33 percent in Everyday
Science, seven percent in Current Affairs, five percent in English Essay
and three percent in English Precis and Composition.
a detail analysis of capability of candidates, most candidates depended
on the beaten track in English Essay and used old style material and
did not bother to update their information. One-third of the candidates
had no knowledge of correct grammar in English and sentences were formed
without any logic or any consideration to punctuation. Although 60
percent of the candidates passed the General Knowledge paper, yet it was
evident that they had studied only traditional help books and guides
and seemed to be blank in conceptualisation.
performance, however, improved in the General Knowledge paper. The
candidates had some knowledge of the affairs, however, their grasp of
the issues and comprehension of their depth was still weak. This proved
the standard of higher education was not up to the mark. Their
preparation also left much to be desired, as their knowledge about
General Knowledge (Pakistan Affairs) was weak.
of Islamiyat seemed only superficial showing the lack of proper study
and underlining the need for introducing the translation of the Holy
Quran and Hadith with grammar at the graduation level. In Islamiyat, 26
percent of the candidates secured 60 percent or more marks, 35 percent
got 50 to 59 percent marks and 39 percent got 40 to 49 percent. No
candidate failed in this subject.
In Accounts and
Auditing, the candidates had not even basic concept of accounting and
their main thrust was on practical application. Performance in the
subject of Agriculture was satisfactory and some of them impressed with
depth of their knowledge in the subject.
Mathematics, 62 percent of the candidates failed while six percent
secured 60 percent or more marks. The performance of candidates in
Arabic Grammar was poor, however, overall it was better in the subject.
In Arabic as subject, 43 percent of candidates got 66 percent or more
marks. Candidates performed well in Balochi and 50 percent of them
showed their command of the Balochi language and they expressed
themselves well as 98 percent of them secured 60 percent or more marks.
performed well in British History whereas it was not satisfactory in
Business Administration. In Chemistry, only five percent got 60 percent
or more marks. As a whole, the performance in Computer Science was not
satisfactory as only six percent candidates could get 60 percent or more
marks. In Economics, 34 percent candidates got 60 percent or more marks
while only one percent could secure 60 percent or more marks in English
Performance in European History was
satisfactory while as a whole the candidates fared well in Geography as
well. They showed average performance in Indo-Pak History while their
knowledge of American History was satisfactory and so was it in
International Law. The performance of candidates in International
Relations was even below average whereas good performance was witnessed
in Islamic History and Culture. The performance of candidates was also
good in Journalism but for the material they depended on traditional
The incompetence of candidates in Law was so
glaring that some of them could not write correctly even a single
paragraph and had no command of English language. The performance was
satisfactory in Persian as 51 percent of candidates obtained 60 percent
or more marks while 20 percent of candidates obtained 60 percent or more
marks in Philosophy and 69 percent candidates secured 60 percent or
more marks in Psychology.
In Public Administration, 15
percent candidates obtained 60 percent or more marks while 25 of
candidates gave irrelevant answers in Punjabi and 37 percent of
candidates secured 60 percent marks in Pashto. In the Sindhi, 52 percent
candidates obtained 60 percent marks and candidates demonstrated the
best performance in Sociology as 60 percent of them obtained 60 percent
marks. In Statistics, 13 percent candidates obtained 60 percent or more
marks while 29 percent of candidates secured 60 percent or more marks in
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PMAS-AAUR lecturer honoured
Rawalpindi: Beenish Saba, Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Pir Mehr
Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), declared as
a Young Scientist Best Oral Presenter in International Conference on
'Challenges in Environmental Engineering and Sciences', held in
Melbourne Australia, from 9-13 September 2012.
Saba is the
only Pakistani who won this award for the first time. The conference is
one of the biggest events held in Australia addressing challenges faced
by environment and climate change where more than 80 countries of the
world participated. Beenish, a highly talented faculty member in the
Department of Environmental Sciences of the university, presented her
research findings on 'Textile wastewater treatment in suspended and
attach growth sequencing batch bioreactor using different carbon
She has already written three books and 10
international papers and participated in a number of national and
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KU, Mauritian university sign MoU for scientific cooperation
Karachi: The Karachi University (KU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
the University of Mauritius to initiate academic exchange and
scientific cooperation between the two institutes.
International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Prof
Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary on behalf of the University of Karachi and
Director Quality Assurance of University of Mauritius Dr. B. F.
Khodabocus signed the MoU in Karachi.
He said that the
basic objective of the agreement was to initiate and promote scientific
cooperation and academic exchange in various fields of sciences between
the University of Mauritius and Karachi University. He said "The
University of Mauritius is a tertiary and research institution founded
in 1965. It offers part-time and full-time programmes of studies in a
wide range of academic disciplines, giving increasing importance to
postgraduate training, research and consultancy with a view to respond
to the current and emerging
needs of the various sectors of the economy."
to the MoU, it was also agreed that major disciplines for students
would include management sciences, computer and information technology,
chemistry, bioinformatics, structural biology, biochemistry and
molecular biology, Nan chemistry, human genomics, medicinal chemistry,
languages, bio-resource management, financial mathematics. It was also
agreed that binational workshops/seminar/ conferences will be organised
jointly to develop linkages between academicians and researchers.
agreement would be in effect for a period of five years from the date
of execution and may be extended by mutual agreement in writing by both
parties. The news
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HSSC exam marks sheets ready
Karachi: The controller of examinations, the
Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi, Mohammad Imran Chishti, on
Thursday announced that marks sheets of candidates of science
pre-engineering and science general groups for the Higher Secondary
School Certificate Part-II annual exams-2012 were available to be
collected by college representatives on submission of an authority
letter from the pre-engineering section of the board. Dawn
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