QAU short-lived world university ranking
A typographical elevation of QAU
Islamabad, April 16: The elevation of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU)
to 69th among the top 100 world universities proved short-lived as the title by
QS World University Ranking body was a 'typographical error'.
The QAU was ranked 69th and the highest score of 92.8 was
given to the university's 'citations' in the field of 'mechanical, aeronautical
and manufacturing engineering'. But surprisingly not a single above-mentioned
discipline/faculty even exists at QAU.
The report on QS World University Rankings 2011 was issued by
topuniversities.com on April 12. The university ranking was mostly used by the
students in making choices for applying to study subjects of their interest in
top universities of the world. And the 'innocent officials' of the university
celebrated this ranking in Pakistani media as a bigger achievement despite the
fact that 'mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering' did not exist
on the campus which dragged the highest ever scores for the university.
Head of Public Relations of QS University Simona Bizzozero in an email reply
also confirmed that the university has been removed from the ranking. "QAU will
be no longer ranked in this specific subject," Simona Bizzozero said. Even the
ranking of the QAU was no more available on the website of QS University.
According to the QS University, the university included in the list of
ranking largely due to the fact that several journals cover and are tagged for
dual or more disciplines, like for example physics and mechanical engineering.
As QAU published in such journals for the qualifying period (2006-2010),
therefore the university appeared in the original list.
QS has mapped over 10 million bibliometric data to produce this brand of new
rankings. "We can assure you that this isolated incident will not reoccur. The
auditing and mapping system has been enhanced," the spokesperson further
clarified in the email and said, "We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience
But contrary to this, experts said it was moral and ethical obligation of the
QAU officials that they have contacted the QS University and got the ranking
Vice-Chancellor of the QAU Prof. Dr Masoom Yasinzai defended
the title for the university saying all basic subjects like physics,
mathematics, information technology, etc., were being taught at the university.
It was true that there was no board of faculty on the campus but the
vice-chancellor said QAU offered all basic subjects which could be easily
related to mechanical engineering, etc.
Arguing the position for his university, Dr Masoom said the QS University had
earlier ranked QAU at 270. Asked how this big jump in ranking occurred, the
vice-chancellor said the university now offered excellent academic environment
and more prudent research in various disciplines.
On further quizzed, the vice-chancellor changed his mind and said the ranking
did not matter to him. He said that his focus was to give more exposure to the
university at international level and open new disciplines in the
Replying to a question, he said that the QS University had not informed the
QAU about withdrawal of ranking. But he asserted that his university met the
Baseer A. Qazi, a Ph.D fellow, who actually raised the issue with the QS
University for clarification said on telephone that he wondered that how
QAU could score 92.8 points in citation when the university had not published a
single research paper.
It was not possible that the QAU faculty publishes so much in this area that
it got a 'citation' score which even surpasses MIT, Oxford and Stanford by a big
margin of 30 points.
The university officials are talking about the ranking news ignoring the fact
that they did not even have a single department for which it got the score. This
news is being celebrated as an achievement of unmatched scale, he said adding no
doubt had it been true, it would have been a matter of pride for the nation.
Universities are the highest seats of learning and knowledge teaches humility
rather than seeking recognition for someone else's mistake, Mr Qasi lamented. Dawn
"Mr. Baseer A. Qazi who the hell are you to say QAU has not published any research papers. You should see the HEC site for the long list of papers published by QAU. Actually you people are just jealous of the citations of QAU. My advice that instead of braking you should work hard and try to compete QAU."
Name: Baseer A. Qazi
City, Country: islamabad
"It is, indeed, all about competition of a sort in the society"
City, Country: Maastricht, Netherlands
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Fresh visual experience
Islamabad: The exhibition of artworks by 15 graduating students of National College of Arts
(NCA), Rawalpindi Campus, being held at the National Art Gallery (NAG) offers a
fresh visual experience to art connoisseurs.
Titled 'Intersection', the
works put on display at the exhibition investigates and explores the variety of
ways that can be used by contemporary artists to depict human interface as they
try to connect to the world around.
Showcasing a unique diversity of
innovative ideas, aesthetic thinking, experiences, inspirations, methodology,
execution, and understanding about whatever they see and feel in between space
and earth, the exhibition presents works by Ayesha Kamal, Xainab Khan, Mariam
Kundi, Hifza Sakina Akbar, Mobeen Ansari, Anuje Farhung, Misbah Iqbal, Myra
Javed, Fareeha Nazneen, Hira Zubair, Naireen Zia Butt, and Zeeshan Younas, the
2nd graduating batch (2011) of NCA Rawalpindi Campus.
Just like coming
together in momentary intersections, meetings of light, time, and space, the
group of artists seem to have taken up the challenges of the new contemporary
art world and makes an effort to document their ephemeral existence through
their aesthetic skills.
From traditional miniature to print making,
sculptures to ceramics, installations to video projection, the young graduates
have followed a diverse visual narrative reflecting their creative thinking as
they explore the world around them, responding to various issues and picking up
references from anecdotes of everyday life in their individual aesthetic
Using their creative skills and mode to decode the times we
live in, the works put on display explores the shifting boundaries between art,
science, space, human society, and the political realities having an impact on
our life. Though the group of fresh graduates converge in this exhibition varies
greatly in style, their common thread is the ability to recognise the smallest
nuances and details of human life as it crosses paths with our natural settings.
From game boards to bottles, the use of different mediums reveals moments caught
in time, rather than those appearing tagged or forced as systematic.
also interesting how this group bonds together through their works to face the
new world with common problems as well as a common hope and a common yearning.
Their work begins to reflect not only the impulsive nature of our reality, but
also the inner struggles of an individual hidden in the depths of the visual
images, creating a spirit of tension that also attempts to give the viewers a
vision of reality that exists within and around us all. The exhibition will
continue at the National Art Gallery, F-5/1, till May 29. The news
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IIU's 23rd Cultural Week celebrations to start on April 19
Islamabad: Four-day celebrations of 23rd Annual Cultural Week of International Islamic
University (IIU) will start here from April 19. The show aims at promoting
intercultural harmony and to keep the cultural traditions alive through
showcasing of cultural values of different countries.Students from more than
forty countries including Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt,
Sudan, China, and Sri Lanka as well as the province of Punjab, Khyber
Pakhtoonkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir will set up their
stalls during the Cultural Exhibition.
They will exhibit their
traditional rituals by displaying different cultural and traditional items like
food stalls, dresses, arts and literatures, embroideries and musical instruments
English and Arabic Debate Competitions have been arranged to provide an
opportunity to the students to improve their international personal
communication and their personality development.
Urdu and English Debate
competitions and Qirat, Hifz and Naat competitions will be held on April 20
while Arabic Debate competition, English and Arabic Quiz Competitions will be
held on April 21.
Closing ceremony of the
cultural week (at male campus) will be held on April 22 with prize distribution
ceremony among the winners of different competitions. app
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APCOMS scholarship award ceremony held
Rawalpindi: The annual Scholarship Award Ceremony 2011 was held at the Army Public College of
Management & Sciences (APCOMS), Khadim Hussain Road, says a press
Fauji Foundation Managing Director Lieutenant General (r) Hamid
Rab Nawaz, HI(M) was the chief guest on the occasion.
In his welcome
address the Principal Brigadier (r) Hubdar Ahmed Madni, thanked the chief guest
for gracing the occasion. He also highlighted the achievements of 'Apcomians' in
In his address the chief guest lauded the efforts of the
faculty and students in achieving such high standards. He appreciated that in
short span of time APCOMS has made a place for itself in the field of
professional education. He also appreciated that APCOMS by providing quality
education at a very competitive financial cost has become a potential
educational hub to reckon with.
The scholarship award ceremony is held
regularly to award cash prizes and certificates to those students who have
performed well in the examinations. The ceremony was attended by large no of
students and their parents.
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Iqbal Day celebrated at Jack & Jill School
Rawalpindi: Iqbal Day was celebrated with zeal and fervour at the Jack & Jill Montessori and High
School here on Friday. The enthusiasm and joy witnessed on the children's faces
gave hope that the younger generation honours its heroes and wants to emulate
the message of the great thinker.
A huge portrait of the great poet in a
pensive mood adorned the stage and the backdrop was decorated with small
replicas of 'Bange Dara', 'Zarb-e-Kaleem', 'Bal-e-Jibril' and other books of
The programme started with the recitation by Hafiz Talha Amjad
followed by the welcome address by Aniqa Muqarrab, who paid glowing tributes to
the thinker, philosopher and poet.
Komal Muqarrab spoke on 'Iqbal and Our
youth' emphasising that nations who honour and remember their national heroes
remain alive forever. She highlighted Iqbal's relentless efforts to struggle for
an independent homeland not resting easy until the goal had been achieved.
"Iqbal wrote inspirational poetry which motivated the Muslims to continue their
for a separate homeland where they could live like true Muslims
and practice Islam," she said.
She also lamented that we need to break
the invisible shackles of subservience and learn to live like a self-respecting
That was Iqbal's dream. Her speech also included some thought
A group of girls rendered the 'dua' 'Lab Pay Aati He
Dua Ban Kay Tamanna Meri' which was highly appreciated.
What really won
applause was the 'Bait Baazi' where two groups rendered the 'Shikwa and
Later addressing the students, Principal Tahmeena Malik
congratulated the children for maintaining a high standard of discipline
throughout the programme, and the staff for assisting to produce a
well-structured and meaningful event. "We must all cherish and uphold the
dignity envisaged in the works of the great Allama," she concluded. In the end,
prizes and certificates were awarded to the winning team.
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Beaconites shine at annual sports galas
Islamabad: The Beaconhouse School System, Civil Lines Branch, organised its Annual Sport Gala
at the Jinnah Stadium.
Pakistan Sports Board Director General Syed Ameer
Hamza Gillani was the chief guest on the occasion. Eminent sports personalities
Tariq Ishaq, six times winner of National Badminton Championship and Shehram
Changezi, bronze medallist of the Asian Games, were the guests of honour on the
The event, organised with 100% student participation, offered
diverse segments comprising athletic competitions, global cultural village, hula
hoop demo, skilful stilt walkers, lively cheerleaders, impressive karate and
stick fighting and tile breaking presentations by a large group of students.
The kindergarten students enthralled the audience with their colourful
'Jungle Dance' and 'Boogie Woogie' presentation. The School Choir comprising
children of all age levels created an energetic and patriotic ambience keeping
the event lively and very Pakistani!
The theme of the event 'We are the
World, We are the Future' highlighted the fragility and simultaneous strength of
the younger generation, which requires our guidance and support to build upon
their innate potential for a better future. It reiterated the true goal of
education at the Beaconhouse aimed at nurturing individuals, who would promote
global tolerance, peace and harmony amongst communities around the world.
Appreciating the efforts of Headmistress Tehmina Lodhi and her team, the
chief guest expressed his desire for increased community mobilisation activities
like sports for bridging the gap between people and promoting unity. He hailed
the efforts of the teachers and parents for taking keen interest in the
development of their children by giving them platforms for self-expression.
The ceremony ended on a festive note in which students accompanied by
parents and teachers sang to the tune of the theme song "We are the World. We
are the Children' - a promise for a bright and radiant future.
Meanwhile, Beaconhouse School System, senior and junior branches in
Gulrez, organised Annual Sports Gala 2011 at the Gulrez Playground on Friday.
The students from pre-nursery to IX classes participated in the event with great
enthusiasm. The theme of the Sports Gala was 'Pakistan'. Former captain of
Pakistan National Hockey team Shahbaz Senior was the chief guest on the
Headmistress Samira Agha said that sports is the integral part
of every student that completes the overall personality of the student. She said
that it was heartening to see the active participation of all the students, who
have worked hard to make this event a successful one. The chief guest also
appreciated the students' effort and said that sports encourages healthy
competition and teaches us discipline, tolerance and sportsmen spirit.
There was a PT display presented by class IV, karate display by Class V,
Bamboo Dance by the girls of Class V, gymnastics display by Senior Boys and long
jump by class VIII and IX. There were other games like flat race, three-legged
race, spoon race, beanbag race, and apple eating race, relay and sack race that
were much enjoyed by the students.
All the clubs Falcon, Eagles, and
Hawks, cheerleaders, gymnasts, students and teachers assembled on the ground and
danced on the song 'Hai Jazba Junoon,' and 'Hum bolain Mohabbat Ki Zuban.' Later
a closing song was presented in which all the students participated wearing
cultural dresses. The news
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Answer sheets theft case
Rawalpindi: A three-member committee, appointed by the
higher education department Punjab, has started inquiry against five suspended
officials of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) who were
involved in answer sheets theft case, it has been learnt.
official source in the BISE said that the committee headed by Asghar Mall
college principal Prof Aleemuddin would grill deputy controller Malik Munir,
secrecy branch superintendent Raja Arshad, office superintendent Mohammad
Sadaqat, clerks Arif Ali and Mohammad Ismail.
The five officials along with former BISE controller examination Abdul Sattar
were suspended on April 9 after an initial inquiry.
They were held responsible for not collecting the solved answer sheets from a
bank in Rawat area in time as over 500 sheets were recovered from a private
school teacher by police. Dawn
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