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Pakistani University Ranking 2012 & Women universities

Women's universities need qualified faculty, strong research base
Islamabad, Aug 23: According to the Pakistani University Ranking 2012 and Research Ranking 2011 published by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), no women's university was successful in making a place in top ten universities of the country. It indicates that these universities need to pay attention towards academic standards, hiring trained and qualified faculty and strong research base.

Pakistan has seven women's universities, including Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Quetta; Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore; Lahore College for Women University, Lahore; Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi; Frontier Women University, Peshawar; Jinnah Women University, Karachi, and Women University, Multan.

The report shows increase in the number of women in the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country. According to statistics collected from HEIs, the number of women in universities has risen from 196,000 in 2004-05 to 391,000 in 2009-10. The total number of students in HEIs was 869,000 in 2009-2010. The enrolment rate for women is 45 per cent as compared to 55 percent of men.

The statistics for 2010-11 show that there are some universities where the number of girls exceeds those of boys as in the University of Karachi where 14,785 female students are enrolled as compared to 12,419 males.

In the University of Gujrat, established in 2004, girls constitute 72 percent of the total student population where as 60 percent of the faculty is also female. There are 5291 girls who study in this university as compared to 4378 boys. Many female students of neighbouring cities such as Jhelum and Sialkot are also enrolled in this university.

Commenting over the contribution of women's universities, Professor Dr. Najma Najam, vice chancellor of the Karakorum International University, Gilgit, and founder vice chancellor of the Fatima Jinnah University, Rawalpindi, first women's university of Pakistan, remarked that establishment of women's universities in Pakistan is a positive step and successful experience towards increasing women's enrollment in higher education institutions of Pakistan.

"It also provided opportunity to women to play their pivotal role as administrators of universities. These universities have also proved as training places in specialised areas," she said.

While describing the challenges being confronted by women's universities, she pointed out shortage of well trained and qualified faculty (non-PhD), non-conducive environment for research and non-distinction between college and university education.

Non release of over 40 per cent of HEC's allocated development funding has also affected the insfrasracture and other development projects of these universities. "The basic requirment for women's universities is hostel facility which also attract a large number of female students as the parents are always feel reluctant to send their daughters to private hostels but if the development funds would not be released, there will no new development work esecially construction of female student hostels," said a female faculty member requesting not to be named.

She said that if the government is committed to promote the female education in Pakistan, especially in higher education sector, such development projects must be given priority.

The report mentions that the Higher Education Commission has awarded more than 3000 scholarships to female faculty members and scholars with an expectation that with joining of these highly qualified scholars, universities will be able to overcome problems.

So far, 4 campus radios are working at the Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, and FG Margalla College, Islamabad. The need of time is to use these radio channels for effective university community linkages, especially highlighting women-related issues.

Higher Education Commission Executive Director Professor Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi said that women's universities are playing a foundation role in the education of female professionals, artists, writers, thinkers who are the future leaders of an educated, enlightened, ethical and prosperous Pakistan.

He said that the HEC is committed to promote female education in Pakistan, especially in higher education sector, and practical steps have been taken in this regard. "Since the inception of HEC, new women's universities have been established in Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore and Multan and priority has been given to such development projects which have been really helpful in increasing women's enrollment in higher education sector of Pakistan."

As a result of these reforms, he said that female enrollment in higher education institutions has been increased 36 per cent in 2002 to 45 per cent in 2010 and it is expected that this percentage will further increase.

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Former QAU senior teacher given clean chit
Islamabad: The inquiry committee of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has in principle given a clean chit to former head of Defense and Strategic Studies Department in a probe into allegations about fake PhD degree, the sources said here on Wednesday.

The sources said the committee has received letter from the University of Denver (Colorado) in which it was stated that Dr. Riffat Hussain genuinely acquired his PhD degree in International Relations from the university.

The issue is being probed by a committee comprising Prof. Dr. Eatzaz Ahmad, dean faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Lubna Ali, director School of Politics and International Relations, Muhammad Sabir, deputy registrar Administration and Humayun Khan, deputy registrar Establishment.

The committee was formed when Prof. Dr. Nasrullah Mirza, a professor at Defense and Strategic Studies Department, alleged that the University of Denver (Colorado) in response to verification request recently declared PhD degree of former Prof. Dr. Riffat Hussain as 'fake' and 'forged'.

The record showed that Dr. Nasrullah Mirza accused Dr. Riffat Hussain of obtaining fake PhD degree from the University of Denver in Psychology but on the other hand the university administration maintained that he never ever claimed any such degree in the past.

One of the members of the committee told this correspondent that Dr. Riffat Hussain, who retired in March this year, appeared before the committee and stated that he holds PhD degree in International Relations and never ever claimed any other PhD degree.

But he also said the written application filed by Dr. Nasrullah Mirza also carried some other allegations so the committee would present its report after thoroughly probing into each and every allegation.

On the other hand, Dr. Riffat Hussain has claimed that the allegations against him was an act to avoid administrative action regarding fake degree of Dr. Nasrullah Mirza who found its advisable to target him as he was one of the persons who disclosed the true facts about his (Dr. Nasrullah) fake PhD degree.

The written material provided to the committee showed that Prof. Dr. Nasrullah Mirza also alleged that Dr. Syed Riffat Hussain had committed a fraud during his deputation (1994-1997) at Pakistan 's Embassy in Washington DC.

When contacted, QAU Vice Chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai told this scribe that the committee is probing the matter independently and would present its recommendations after completion of the inquiry process.

He said, "I have personal knowledge that the University of Denver has declared PhD degree of Dr. Riffat Hussain as genuine but I would not say anything unless the committee presents his final report."

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Schools reopen today
Lahore: The government and private schools are going to be opened on Thursday (today) after the culmination of summer vacations and Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

However, in violation of the government's directive, many private schools have extended their summer vacations up to September 2 and therefore are scheduled to open their campuses on September 3, 2012.

Meanwhile, EDO (Education) Lahore, has warned public and private schools against any laxity in adopting measures to prevent spread of dengue at their campuses. "There will be no compromise on measures against dengue in government and private schools," he said while addressing a meeting regarding anti-dengue measures as per SOPs in government and private schools, held here at Education Complex on Wednesday. All DEOs, Deputy DEOs and Zonal heads participated in the meeting.

It was decided to ensure anti-dengue measures and also display certificate on main gate with completion of the task. In case of non-compliance by the private sector, the schools will be sealed.

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LCWU to host official function to honour ex-VC
Lahore: Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Dr Sabiha Mansoor announced to hold an official function in honour of Dr Bushra Mateen, Professor Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor of LCWU, as she has been awarded Tamgha Imtiaz.

"This is a great honour for the university and we must plan a dinner in her honour to celebrate her award. All members of faculty and staff congratulate Dr Bushra Mateen for this distinction," said Dr Sabiha in a press statement issued here on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Lahore College Associates (LCA) has also congratulated Dr Bushra Mateen who is also president of this organization. In her statement, Shahida Sultan, secretary general LCA, said that it was a great honour for Dr Bushra Mateen and for LCA as well. LCWU feels pride for its old student. Dr Bushra Mateen's distinguished career spans over four decades.

She showed exceptional qualities in transforming the erstwhile college to the Status of university not only in name but worked to raise the standards so that it became synonymous with quality and excellence in all the areas of knowledge. Despite her administrative commitment, she always managed to retain a strong link to teaching and research, her excellence in research activities was internationally recognized by award of ISECO/UNESCO Chair for women in science in Asian Region in 2005. She has about 30 research publication to her credit.

Meanwhile, 3rd merit list of intermediate 1st year candidates at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) will be displayed on Thursday (today).

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Schools asked to ensure cleanliness
Lahore: The city district government has warned the owners of private schools to arrange cleanliness arrangements properly and help the government staff in Anti-Dengue Campaign; otherwise, their schools will be sealed.

The DCO's statement in this regard was issued in view of opening schools after summer vacations on Wednesday.

Lahore DCO Noorul Amin Mengal also directed the Education Department to properly monitor Anti-Dengue Campaign in government and private schools and pay regular visits to them in this regard. The news

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