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IIU signs MoU with US university
Islamabad, Aug 26: The International Islamic University (IIU) and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, United States of America (SBU) have signed an MoU for exchange of students, faculty and administrative staff. Both the institutions signed the agreement in recognition of their common interests in developing bilateral relations and cooperation between institutes of higher learning contributing to cultural enrichment, scientific progress, and the consolidation of friendship. Both sides decided that instructional and cultural programs, specific mechanisms for the implementation of cooperative and collaborative activities shall be established. The agreement shall be valid for a period of five years and at the end of each term, this agreement will be automatically renewed by mutual agreement for an additional term of five year. The news

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Jaswant Singh to launch his book in Karachi, Islamabad
Islamabad: Former Indian external affairs minister Jaswant Singh, whose book on the Quaid-i-Azam is already flying off the shelves of bookstores, is expected to reach here on Thursday to promote his book that challenges the Quaid's vilification in India.

Mr Singh would visit Karachi and Islamabad, where besides signing copies of his book "Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence" at bookstores, he would have some speaking engagements.

A number of book retail outlets have invited Mr Jaswant to Pakistan. The visit is being kept in low key by his hosts because of security concerns and only a select audience would be invited to listen to his speaking engagements.

Mr Singh will start the promotional activity from Karachi on Thursday and will visit Islamabad on Friday before returning home over the weekend.

Mr Singh's hosts earlier in the day seemed to be pretty sure about his visit. However, by evening they were little apprehensive, citing last-minute hitches.

"I spoke to the publisher and he has confirmed that Mr Singh would be reaching Pakistan on Thursday, but there are some issues about security clearance from India," Mr Muhammad Yousuf, one of the hosts said.

He had been issued a visa by Pakistan and hotel reservations had already been made, Mr Yousuf added.

A few thousand copies of the book have already been sold in Karachi and Islamabad.

Booksellers say the book has attracted even those who are not regular book buyers.

The price of the book has not put off buyers. The book is being sold for Rs1500-2000. Dawn

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Youth involvement in art affairs to create harmony
Islamabad: The involvement of youth in the country's art scenes can create harmony in the society through bringing new thoughts and transferring the heritage among the new generation, said Tauqeer Nasir, newly appointed Director General of Pakistan National Council of the arts (PNCA) on Tuesday.

"The new set-up of PNCA will utilise the young talent in its various programmes for which the institution was making auditions for young singers and actors for introducing innovating ideas in performing arts of the country," he said.

With the objectives of creating harmony, the PNCA will focus on fusion of traditional and contemporary arts including music, theatre and visual arts to be presented with the blend of eastern and western traditions. Tauqeer Nasir, who served the country as an artist for over 3 decades, termed the recognition of artists related to performing arts as the need of hour for projecting the true cultural face of the country at home and abroad for creating soft image in this current turmoil.

"The distortion created through terrorism and extremism in the country's image can only be replaced through projecting the arts and culture of the country to highlight our true ideology," he observed.

"Pakistan is rich in culture, amalgamated with traditions and identity of folklore, legendary masters and traditional music," Tauqeer Nasir said, adding "This country saw the great days of cultural evolution when the classic was partially replaced with rock and pop music. But, still the old age classic survives." But, with the materialisation of society, the commercialism started dominating the culture and the custodians of ancient culture could only see the changing scenario helplessly, he remarked.

"These developments washed away the soft feelings of art to replace them with rigidity and extremism and now the acknowledgement of the folk artists can only bring stability to this situation," he said.

To make improvements in the performing arts, he said "There was a need to introduce advanced technologies for which the PNCA was working for getting assistance from China." While commenting on the new and ongoing projects of PNCA, the Director General said that the revival of PNCA's theatre group (Repertory Theatre), establishment of National Theatre and National Centre for Performing Arts was the top priority for the institution.

The project of National Theatre will be a symbol of strength for the cultural heritage of Pakistan and visualise an active and living habitat for all those who are dedicated to performing arts in the country.

It will be the realisation of the greatest dream of the performing artists and will symbolize the achievement of the artists and the recognition of the high status of the arts by the state.

Highlighting the importance of National Theatre, he said, "It confirms a place of pride and honour in the comity of nations. Even more than visual arts, the recognition of the performing arts confirm a mature, and enlightened image of the country which adds pride in heritage and sophistication in the society".

PNCA has completed its initial planning and the PC-1 of the project has been sent to Planning and Development Division, he added.

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Barani Uni teachers training workshop ends

Islamabad: A teacher-training workshop titled 'Professional Competency Enhancement Programme for Teachers' spanning over 24 days ended here Tuesday at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR).

The workshop was organised by the Women Division of Continuing Education in collaboration with the National Academy of Higher Education, HEC.

The prime purpose of the event was to enrich the tertiary teachers to understand the psychology of adult learning (known as andragogy), diversified modes of teaching methodology, and the objective system of student assessment. A wide rage of objectives of the course included the application of innovation teaching methods, strengthening communication skills, time concept in academic planning, and awareness of the science and skill of research, testing and evaluation.

Addressing as the chief guest at the workshop's concluding session, Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan, Vice Chancellor AAUR, said education is the nerve centre for the survival of nations and nations swim or sink on this account. "The 21st century demands the creation of knowledge and our youth requires creative ideas, competitive ability, and high commitment to learning. In accepting this challenge, university teachers have to shift from subject-centred approach to learner-centred approach," he said. The VC said that our youths are accessible to many modes of learning, adding that the information and computer technology - e-textbooks, e-learning, e-research - have to match with e-teaching.

Appreciating the efforts of HEC, he said the Commission has put institutional efforts in developing programmes for well-qualified and highly motivated faculty as a critical institution of quality education.

Director General National Academy of Higher Education, HEC Noor Amna Malik on the occasion appreciated the workshop organiser on providing a platform to the learned people for sharing their knowledge. He also thanked the resource persons and eminent scientists, who came from different parts of the country to attend the workshop, and said that HEC would continue extending help towards such type of training courses in future as well.

Earlier, Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan and Noor Amna Malik awarded certificates to the workshop participants.

During the workshop, the composite course comprised seven modules in the areas of teaching profession, andragogical skills, learning psychology, curriculum & assessment, communication skills, academic planning and management, and research methods and skills.

A special component on microteaching, combining theory and lab work, was an additional feature of the programme. A team of well-qualified and experienced trainers drawn from the local and leading institutions of the country contributed to this programme.

The target group of this course was 35 teachers, working in different universities, colleges, cantonments and garrisons, Ministries of Defence and Education, Department of Punjab based in Rawalpindi.

Several recommendations were also presented at the workshop's concluding session in which the participants suggested developing highly specialised programmes such as examination reforms, developing Test Item Bank (subject wise and level wise) mentoring research and the like. The news

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