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HEC devises new rating for private sector universities
Islamabad, Aug 06: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has devised a new rating criteria for private sector universities by which all categories X, Y and Z will cease to exist and degrees awarded by universities/degree awarding institutions (DAIs) holding such categories will not be recognized by the HEC.

'W' category will now be the minimum baseline requirement for a university/DAI to be allowed to admit students and award degrees. W category is not the "highest ranking" as advertised by most universities rather it is the minimum criteria required of them to admit students and award degrees.

In an enhanced effort to provide better educational facilities to students, HEC has now devised and improved the criteria, in which those universities/DAIs meeting the minimum HEC requirement will be awarded a W-1 category while those with far superior academic, financial and physical infrastructure will be awarded a W-4 category, which is now the "highest rating".

The revised rating of such universities will be disseminated through print and media by October 2011. As per HEC approved criteria, the universities/DAIs were required to meet a certain minimum criteria for award of W category by June 30, 2010.

The institutions not meeting the requirements, and based on inspection of HEC prior to June 30, 2010 were placed in X, Y and Z categories.

The universities not meeting the W criteria have been asked not to offer admissions in Fall 2011, and a list of all universities with minimum W criteria and their approved campuses has been placed on HEC website.

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HEC warns parents, students against illegally operating varsities
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Friday advised parents and students to seek admission only in HEC recognized universities, degree awarding institutes and their approved campuses. HEC alerted the parents so that the students may not fall prey to universities, institutes and campuses illegally operating in the country. The recognized universities of HEC include 27 in Islamabad, 26 in Karachi and 21 in Lahore. Besides, there exists one campus each in Gilgit, Abbottabad, Multan, Faisalabad, Bhawalpur, Dir, Bannu, Swat, Topi and Mansehra. The recognized campuses of HEC are also one in Nawabshah, Khairpur, Khuzdar, Taxila, Gujrat, Sargodha, Larkana, Kohat, Nowshera and Nerain Sharif.

Besides this, there are also two universities in Rawalpindi and Jamshoro, which are HEC recognized. app

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Islamabad college teachers to observe strike
Islamabad: Federal Government Colleges and Model Colleges Associations (FGCMCA) expressed deep concern over the indifferent attitude of the government towards up-gradation of college teachers duly promised by prime minister and it was decided that the college teachers would boycott the classes including all kinds of related assignments.

According to a press release issued here Friday, to decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the FGCMCA held at the Federal Government Margalla College For Women, F-7/4 Islamabad.

Joint Action Forum President Professor Zahid Ali Shah had already informed the administration of the college teacher threats in case of non-fulfilment of their demands in a meeting with FDE administration. Professor Tahir Mahmood was assigned the duty to chalk out the protest in various stages including tying up black strips on arms, protest in front of D-Block Secretariat and protest in front of parliament building and besiegement.

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Vacant posts affect working of RBISE
Rawalpindi: Non-recruitment against top-level positions at Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has badly affected the working of the board.

Officials of the board are performing extra duties on the vacant posts like chairman, secretary, controller examination and deputy controller examination which are lying vacant since the termination of RBISE chairman Professor Abdul Hafeez and other officers in answer-sheets scam. The post of the secretary is vacant after promotion of Professor Hamayyon Iqbal.

Sources in the RBISE said that top posts in the board are laying vacant for the last many months and other officials have additional charges and working on these posts which is not only creating problem for the officials but also affecting the working of the board. "Those who are performing extra duties on these posts could not concentrate on official matters because of their busy schedule," he said.

Sources said that officials' working on these posts afraid because they have no experience to run the board matters smoothly. The board has faced many issues like SSC examination. Interviews have been conducted for the posts of chairman, secretary and controller examination, but the education department has failed to finalise candidates because of the political pressure, the sources added. "There were 38 candidates for the post of chairman and 227 for the seat of secretary."

When contacted acting Chairman RBISE Dr Muhammad Ashraf, he said the Education Department has conducted interviews for the top positions of the board and now it is its responsibility to finalise the candidates. He said, "I am also waiting to handover the charge of the board to the concerned official so that I could concentrate on my own work."

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'Welcome Ramazan' session held at IIU
Islamabad: A lecture on 'Welcome Ramazan' was held at the female campus of the International Islamic University (IIU), Islamabad here on Thursday.

Dawah Academy Director General Professor Dr. Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman was the chief guest while IIU Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik, IIU Female Campus Director Professor Qaiserah M. Alvi and Saadia Tahir, Student Advisor (female) also attended the lecture.

Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik said, "We should understand the spirit of Ramazan. Ramazan is not just to arrange 'Iftari' or 'Iftar' party, but it is the name of spiritual maturity. We can achieve success in this world and hereafter by following the guidelines of Qur'aan."

Professor Dr. Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman said that fasting was according to the spiritual and material needs of Muslim Ummah, to bring 'taqwa'. He added that it is the month of revelation of the Qur'aan, we should spend our fast by reciting Holy Qur'aan. It is the month of 'tahajjud' and 'tarawih' prayers, of 'sadaqah' and 'Zakah-ul-Fitr'. It is a shield for protection from sins.

Professor Sajid-ur-Rehman said that Ramazan links all the Muslims of the world to interact, communicate and share numerous religious and spiritual understandings. The elite class of the society should help the poor. He urged that students should communicate the message of Ramazan and its blessings to everyone in the community, so that all the members of the society get blessing in this holy month of Ramazan.

Later, students also spoke and elaborated their views about Qur'aan and the blessings of Ramazan.

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BFC students excel in SSC examination
Rawalpindi: Students of the Bahria Foundation College (BFC), Satellite Town Campus, have showed excellent results in in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Annual Examination 2011 of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.

In class 10th, 22 students appeared out of which 12 got A+ and 10 got grade A. Amna Amir topped among all Bahria Foundation colleges, securing 994 marks. Maria Saba stood 2nd with 965 marks and Ayesha Javaid thirs with 948 marks.

In class 9th, 23 students appeared in the examination, 18 students got A+ and 5 got grade A. Marriam Fazal stood first with 491 marks, Amna Rahim second with 474 marks and Fareeha Shams third with 471 marks.

The principal of college Syeda Aarifa Mohsin showed her satisfaction on academic standards of the college. She appreciated effort put in by the teachers and students in showing good results among all Bahria Foundation colleges.

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Roots gets 'Brands of the Year' award
Islamabad: Roots School System won the prestigious, progressive and highly rated award locally and globally, the 'Brands of the Year' award, in the category of 'education'.

The expert panel, IPO Pakistan, Brands Foundation, and a committee comprising governors, academics, chief ministers, university chancellors, business and community Bosses have successfully nominated RSS for this award with a overall 'Category A' as a survey was also conducted.

In the view of the expert panel recommendations, qualitative study and quantitative study reports Roots School System has successfully secured the highest rating in the category of School System (Emerging) and has met all applicable requirements of the selection criteria led down by Brands Foundation for 'Brands of The Year Award'. Brands Foundation has the legal mandate to conduct brands audit, qualitative study, quantitative survey, market analysis and brands rating in Pakistan.

The award ceremony was held at Governor House, Karachi, where Prime Minister of Pakistan in presence of Governor and CM Sindh gave this award to Roots School System. The news

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Student refuses to confess in VC kidnapping case
Peshawar: An anti-terrorism court sent to prison a University of Peshawar student after he declined to confess to his alleged role in the kidnapping of the Islamia College University vice-chancellor 11 months ago.

Izhar Afzal, the accused, was brought to the court of Judge Anwer Ali Khan amid tight security, with the investigation officer saying he was willing to record a confessional statement. The ATC judge sent them to the court of judicial magistrate Malik

Hasnain for recording the statement but there the accused refused to plead guilty.

That brought the police and the accused back to the ATC where the judge sent Izhar to Peshawar Central Prison on judicial remand and directed the police to produce him in his court after two weeks.

Police suspect Izhar had links with the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and played an important role in the kidnapping of Mohammad Ajmal Khan.

Police believe that the 1st year student at the Department of Geology of the University of Peshawar used to monitor the movements of the vice-chancellor and informed the kidnappers of his routine.

Ajmal Khan was abducted, along with his driver, on his way to the office from his residence in Professor Colony, on September 7 last year. Later, some video footage surfaced showing him in the custody of militants who put certain demands to the government for releasing him.

Interestingly, the stories about the arrest of the suspect were reported in September last year.

However, the police and other law enforcing agencies remained tight-lipped about his arrest and apparently he remained in

illegal detention for many months. Dawn

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Seminar for UK-bound students held
Islamabad: To give them a flavour of the UK as well as informing them about the way to settle down smoothly in the new environment after their arrival, the British Council under its Education-UK programme organised an informational seminar for the UK-bound students.

The UK alumni and existing UK students currently in Pakistan on summer breaks were also invited to give an orientation to the new students. The purpose of the event was to help students with their pre-departure preparations and to brief them on what to expect from their time spent living and studying in the UK as university students.

The students who attended the event found it very lively, informational and were of the view that they got much more than they expected.

Most of the attendees for the pre-departure briefing were students who are planning to leave for the UK this year. They were provided with helpful advice on a number of subjects including travel plans, visa formalities, accommodation, opening a bank account and items that could be taken along in luggage. Students asked numerous questions and queries about life in the UK which British Council staff answered in detail.

The event was attended by the students who have received conditional or unconditional offer from UK institutions along with their parents. They get their chance to meet and become acquainted with their fellow student travelers. There was also an active participation by the student counsellors.

Besides welcome note and general information about the pre-departure information by Furqan Shamsi, Manager Education UK at British Council, other speakers including alumni were invited to share their own experiences of studying and living in the UK. The speakers answered students' questions, gave valuable advice, and related interesting anecdotes of their own time spent in the United Kingdom. The British Council regularly holds such events across Pakistan through out the year for the students planning to go to the UK. The news

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