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HEC sets up 84 QECs in universities
Islamabad, April 28: The number of Quality Enhancement Cells (QECs) established in universities by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has risen to 84 from the initial 10 QECs established in 2005.

According to the information, Quality Assurance will comprise eight criteria and 31 standards on the basis of which the Self-Assessment report of a programme will be compiled. Programme teams include faculty from within the Department and Assessment Team, having faculty from other programmes as members, will contribute in the finalisation of Self-Assessment Report (SAR) under the patronage of the concerned Dean.

This information will be supplemented by obtaining feedback through survey forms from the students, faculty, alumni and employers, to determine whether the programme meets their educational objectives and outcomes.

The entire exercise will help identify qualitatively and quantitatively the weaknesses and strengths of a programme. Executive summary presented to the Vice Chancellor/Rector and the HEC will help the department in preparing an implementation plan so that the university undertakes remedial measures, if needed.

The model of quality assurance put in place nationally in 740 programmes across 84 universities will help in improving their quality and enhance student learning.

According to press release issued by HEC, improvement in quality of education and research has been the top priority of HEC, and a number of steps have been taken in this regard. Internationally accepted best practices have been introduced in the higher learning sector of the country. For this purpose, Quality Assurance Agency, UK recently concluded a one-day capacity building workshop for development of quality criteria and processes at the QECs.

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High achievers awarded at IIUI
Islamabad: Women executive officers have great potential to play in development of the country and would lead the private sector in near future, said International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) President Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed.

He was addressing the participants of High Achiever's Award Ceremony held at Faisal Mosque Campus of IIUI on Wednesday. He said that discrimination against women in Pakistan and other countries is a major obstacle in way of their empowerment. He, however, hoped that with the elevation of young women they would be able to help the young ones to overcome this situation.

"Three per cent women are at high positions in corporate sector in the USA but the situation in Pakistan is different. Universities can play important role in this regard," he said.

Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed congratulated the female achievers of academic excellence and their parents and teachers for supporting them. He said that the role of teachers in the success of students could not be ignored.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Danishman, Dean Faculty of Management Sciences, IIUI, said that IIUI is dedicated towards promoting a healthy academic atmosphere at the campus and is engaged to promote merit-based competition among the students.

A total of 93 students were given Merit Awards in the ceremony. The students who stood first in every batch were awarded 'Rector's Honour', second position holders were given 'President's Honour' while 'Director Academic's Honour' was awarded to third position holders. The ceremony was organised by the Faculty of Management Sciences to acknowledge the hard-work of merit holders.

The faculty has published 59 research papers in international journals and three books have also been published by faculty members whereas one book written by a student was also published. Recently students of FMS have been selected for the first round of a business plan competition named as 'INVENT IBA' held at Institute of Business Administration Karachi.

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NUML holds Persian language speech contest
Islamabad: National University of Modern Languages (NUML) held a Persian language speech contest on laureate Persian poet Sheikh Sa'di Shirazi on Wednesday.

The contest was organised by the Department of Persian Language and Literature providing 10 students (from Diploma and Certificate Programme of Persian and Dari languages) an opportunity to express their language skills.

The students delivered their speeches on the famous Persian poet Sheikh Sa'di Shirazi in Persian language.

In the contest, Arsalan Hayat, Shakeel Ahmed and Mussawar Tahir were adjudged first, second and third respectively.

Before the prize distribution, the students gave a tribute to Persian poet Shiekh Sa'di Shirazi by presenting his poetry and prose from 'Gulistan O Bostan'.

Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran Mash Allah Shakeri on the occasion appreciated the efforts of Persian Department of NUML and observed that holding of such contests provide a good opportunity to learn the language and culture.

A large number of students, faculty of Department of Persian Language and Literature Language of the university attended the event. The news

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