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HEC revised BS, BCom Curriculum

BS and BCom (Hons), a four-year degree programme
Islamabad, Apr 10: The Higher Education Commission has revised and upgraded the curriculum of BS and BCom (Hons), a four-year degree programme.

National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) of the HEC thoroughly revised the scheme of studies in commerce. New courses have also been included in the curriculum.

The committee realigned the course contents to modern needs by including both Commerce and Social Sciences subjects for overall professional and character development of the students. Commerce courses have been classified as core and specialised, besides supporting courses in Social Sciences and Humanities.

The committee appreciated the efforts of the HEC for arranging regular meetings for revision of curricula in the larger interest of the academic needs of the country. The participants expressed the hope that this practice will continue with a view to bringing the subjects at par with the international standards.

The participants represented the academicians and professors from universities as well as professionals from industry and trade.

In his remarks, HEC Adviser (Academics) Mohammad Javed Khan emphasized the need for standardised curricula for all HEC recognised universities and institutions for quality education and uniformity at national level.

He said that in order to compete with the international universities, it was essential to introduce four-year integrated BS/BCom (Hons) programme. "It will facilitate our students to continue higher education abroad and compete for international job market," he added.

The participants included Dr Mujahid Ali, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan; Prof Dr. Anwar Ali Shah, University of Sindh, Jamshoro; Dr Qais Aslam, University of Central Punjab, Lahore; Dr S.M. Amir Shah, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad; Malik Mohammad Hayat, University of Sargodha; Prof. Dr. Lutuf Ali Phulpoto, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur; Prof. Nadeem Ayaz, Rawalpindi; Mrs Dilshad Zafar, University of Karachi; Safiullah Khan, Kohat University of Science and Technology; Syed Hamid Ali Shah, University of Peshawar; Prof. Zafarullah Khan Buttar, Islamabad; Mushtaq Madraswala, ICMAP, Karachi and Ms Ayesha Shoukat, Islamia University, Bahawalpur.

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Peshawar University reopens
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar (UoP) and its sister colleges on the campus will reopen on Saturday after remaining closed for 20 days.

However, the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) and Khyber Medical University (KMU) will remain closed till further orders, while the Agricultural University (AUP) will open on April 12. This was decided on Friday in the meeting of the UoP campus coordination committee.

The meeting was held with acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Iqbal in the chair. The meeting was also attended by UET VC Imtiaz Gilani, VC Agricultural University Said Khan Khalil and VC Islamia College University Ajmal Khan.

The authorities concerned had close down all educational institutions on the UoP campus on March 19 after the death of a UET student sparked riots and clashes between rival students factions.

Addressing the meeting, Dr Iqbal said that UoP and other colleges on the campus would reopen on Saturday along with their hostels. He said that as per the directives of the chancellor, all the students would submit a fresh affidavit pledging not to take part in any sort of political activities.

Provost of UoP Prof Dr Bashir said that a complete clean-up operation against the different student federations had already been conducted in all the boys hostels. To stop the entry of outsiders into hostels, he said, the administration had introduced identification cards for students. The colour of card of every hostel was different from others and the students were required to keep them all the time so as to avoid inconvenience.

ICU Vice-Chancellor Mohammad Ajmal Khan told the meeting that Islamia College University had already been opened from April 5 and no disturbance on part of the students was reported.

UET VC Imtiaz Gilani said that the administration was not in a position to reopen the university. "We will analyse the situation after reopening of UoP and AUP. If the situation remained normal, the decision regarding reopening of UET will be taken," he said. Dawn

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Professors reject Pay and Pension Committee report
Islamabad: Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA) Rawalpindi Division has rejected the report of Pay and Pension Committee.

President PPLA Mohammad Ilyas Qureshi and General Secretary Rauf Ahmad Shah demanded that college teachers should be considered as government servants.

They said that college teachers were enjoying the status of government servants. They must not be treated as separate entity on the directive of World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). They said, "They have informed Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani as well as Chairman Pay and Pension Committee about their reservations in writing." The college teachers can give a protest call in case they are deprived of their rights, they said.

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Information Week at Riphah University ends
Islamabad: People have lots of information available in the form of books, internet, nature, technology and other sources but the need of the time is that they should start filtering the pool of information and extract the best to be utilised. In the current scenario, information defines the modern age. Access to information should be minimised in order to share it and get the best from it.

These views were expressed by Higher Education Commission (HEC) Executive Director Syed Sohail H. Naqvi who was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of Information Week organised by the Riphah International University here on Friday.

Information Week was observed to enhance information literacy and virtual learning environment among students, faculty and knowledge seekers.

Syed Sohail H. Naqvi said that he was impressed to know that the Riphah International University is having such a great mission of inculcation of Islamic ethical values. He said "In every field of life we need to follow ethics and Islamic ethical values can only shield us and show us the right direction to follow and help us in achieving our goals."

Earlier, Professor Dr. Anis Ahmed, vice chancellor of the Riphah International University, said: "Beginning of our objectives starts with the closing of our Information Week - how we will be able to carry with aims of the event and share to apply our knowledge to bring the best use of the information available to us."

Muhammad Farooq, director of the Information Services Department of the university, highlighted the activities of Information Week.

He said that an exhibition was held on April 6 and 7 at the main university campus in Sector I-14, in which booksellers, publishers, information providers, news agencies, print & electronic media, cellular companies, FM radios and educational institutions participated. The expo was formally inaugurated by Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali.

An essay-writing competition among students and faculty members was arranged on the topic of 'Libraries are the beating heart of the nation' in English and Urdu. A seminar was also held on the 'Role of information in public-police relationship'.

A number of students, faculty members and senior officials from different educational institutions of Islamabad and Rawalpindi visited the expo and participated in activities of the week.

Certificates were given to the exhibitors and prizes were awarded to winners of essay-writing competition at the closing ceremony. Professor Dr. Anis Ahmed presented the university's shield to the chief guest on the occasion.

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'Qiraat' & 'Naat' contests held at PMAS-AAUR
Rawalpindi: All Pakistan Inter-University 'Qiraat' and 'Naat' Competitions were held at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) auditorium here on Friday.

Students of fifteen universities participated in the competitions, including the Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Federal Urdu University, Islamabad, Foundation University, Government College University, Lahore, Islamia University, Bahawalpur, Karakurum International University, National University of Sciences and Technology, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, University of Peshawar, University of the Punjab and the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore.

In 'Qiraat' Competition, Afshan Shaheen of Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, got first position. Obaid Ullah of Government College University, Lahore, and Hafiz Muhammad Tayyab of Punjab University obtained second and third positions respectively.

The judges of the 'Qiraat' Competition were Professor Muhammad Adnan, Qari Muhammad Kabir and Qari Abdul Kabir.

In 'Naat' Competition, Kamal Rasool of Agriculture University, Faisalabad, obtained first position. Tasvar Zaman Baber of Peshawar University and Ghulam Mohyuddin of Punjab University came second and third respectively.

The judges of the 'Naat' Competition were Qari Muhammad Shahzad, Professor Syed Ijaz Hussain Shah and Muhammad Hanif Noori Qadri.

Professor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan, vice chancellor of the PMAS-AAUR, was the chief guest at 'Qiraat' and 'Naat' Competitions. A large number of faculty members and students were present on the occasion.

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Distinction in Middle Standard Examination
Rawalpindi: Naveed Gohar secured first position in Government Islamia High School No. 2 by obtaining 631 marks in the Middle Standard Examination 2010, says a press release. The school administration arranged a ceremony in honour of Naveed Gohar. Senior Head Master Mehr Shoukat Ali Naseer, school staff and and parents attended the ceremony. The news

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