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Gilani praises NUST students for innovative business ideas
Islamabad, Dec 30: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said the young entrepreneurs from NUST have made the nation proud through innovative business ideas and excellent presentation skills at the international level.

The prime minister expressed these views while talking to a team of entrepreneurs from National University of Science and Technology (NUST), which called on him at the Prime Minister's House here on Thursday.

The prime minister extended his congratulations and, particularly, commended the Sahara and Saltech teams for making it to the victory stand at an international business plan competition, titled "Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) -- Battle of Ideas World Cup 2011."

The competition, which was held at Istanbul (Turkey) from December 3 to 6, was attended by the best teams from 43 countries. Pakistan was the runner-up and held the second position at the victory stand. The Sahara Team was awarded $5,000 while Saltech team was awarded $2,000 in recognition of their performance.

The prime minister said this splendid performance by the NUST teams clearly demonstrated the fact that the youth of Pakistan had immense potential and were capable of making their mark at any level.

The prime minister endorsed the idea of motivating and training youth to become job creators and not merely job seekers, adding that the country needed technology-based business which brought higher returns.

Science and Technology Universities like NUST that integrate engineering and business education were the best places for the technology-based business incubators, he added. The prime minister also appreciated Rector NUST and the faculty for their dedication and commitment towards promoting the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among their students.

The prime minister also announced cash award of Rs500,000 for each member of the Sahara team while Rs200,000 for each member of the Saltech team.

The NUST delegation included Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Asghar, Rector NUST, Engineer Muhammad Mushtaq, Pro-Rector, Engineer Syed Mohsin Jalil, Deputy Director Coordination and NUST students who represented Pakistan in the GIST Turkey namely, Saad Muhammad Khan, Fahad Islam Tiwana, Muhammad Nouman, Syed Muhammad Bilal Khalid, Rizwan Yousuf, Asjad Ahmed, Hassaan Talat, Abdur Rehman and Ammar Farooqi. Secretary Ministry of Science and Techology, Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar and other senior government officials were also present during the meeting.

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Inter-university debate contest held
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) organized 14th All Pakistan Inter-University Debate Contest for award of Allama Iqbal Shield at regional level.

Around 50 students from 19 universities including Karakuram and AJK universities participated in the competition. In English competition, Hamza Khan from Air University, Islamabad, got first while Paris Jabeen from National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and Muhammad Tayyeb Anwar from the Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Technology (FAST) got second and third position respectively.

In Urdu competition, Anas Ahmad from IIU, Uzair Khan from Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) Haq Nawaz Mughal from the University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) grabbed first, second and third positions respectively.

The judges panel comprised Dr Abdul Aziz Sahir, Chairman Department of English, AIOU, Prof. Sibghatullah Khan, Head Department of English, Islamabad Model College For Boys (IMCB), G-11/1, Saima Rashid, lecturer, Department of English, Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), F-10/2, Islamabad and Adnan Qureshi, lecturer, Department of English, COMSAT University, Wah Cantt.

IIU Rector Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony, whereas Dr. Safeer Awan, student advisor (Male), Dr. Sadia Tahir student advisor (Female) IIU, Abrar Anver provost IIUI, Qaiserah M Alvi Director Female Campus IIU, faculty members and a large number of students from various universities attended the event.

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HEC announces results of essay writing contest
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday announced the results of National Essay Writing Competitions for the regular university students under the age of 15 to 25.

The essay competitions were organized across the country in collaboration with Centre for Civic Education Pakistan (CCEP) under the topic 'What does federalism mean to me?' Talking to APP an official of CCEP said the competitions were aimed to promote writing, descriptive and creative skills with futuristic approach among university students along with encouraging research and analysis on the important theme.

Sixty-two students from thirty-five public and private universities and postgraduate colleges participated in the competition. A panel of judges comprising senior faculty members from Quaid-i-Azam University, National University of Modern Languages and experts reviewed the essays. According to results Zahra Abidi, from Institute of Professional Psychology, Bahria University Karachi secured the first position in the competition while Muhammad Zubair Khan from National College of Business Administration and Economic, Lahore stood second and the third position was awarded to Alia Bibi from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi.

The winners of the first, second and third positions have been awarded the cash prizes worth Rs20,000, Rs15,000 and Rs10,000 respectively along with merit certificates and medals. Besides position holders, the Certificates of Achievement were also conferred on Bela Khan, Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore, Muhammad Umar Iqbal, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Farah Anwar, Institute of Business Management Karachi, Muhammad Ali Raza, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore, Komal Dilshad, Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi and Sunnia Farrukh, Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi. The Higher Education Commission has felicitated all the participants.

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Trainers faculty development programme
Islamabad: The 17th Master Trainers Faculty Professional Development Programme (MT-FPDP) began at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat, here Wednesday. The programme, which will conclude on February 25, is being attended by 27 faculty members from 16 public sector universities from across Pakistan, said a press release issued here.

Managing Director, Quality Assurance Agency HEC, Dr. Khawaja Azam Ali was the chief guest in the opening ceremony. The main objective of the training is to enhance and enrich the teaching abilities of teachers to ensure quality education to the students. The programme, catering to participants of both pure and social sciences, is specifically designed for in-service teachers and will cover 11 core modules and additional sessions on different important social topics. Recreational and study trips will also be arranged to different historic places. So far, 469 faculty members of the higher education institutions have been benefited from MT-FPDP in 16 batches. The news

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