Alumni associations at public universities

HEC plans alumni bodies at varsities
Islamabad, Feb 01: Following the example of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Alumni Association, the Higher Education Commission in collaboration with QAU Alumni Association is going to initiate a special capacity building programme for activation of alumni associations at other public sector universities.

Prof Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Vice Chancellor QAU, HEC and other academic circles have appreciated the contribution of the alumni association and termed it excellent example to be followed by other universities as well.

QAU and Alumni Association have signed MOU to extend cooperation for the benefit of the present and old students of the university. Through this MOU, it has been decided that QAU Alumni Association would offer need-based scholarships to the students of QAU Islamabad. QAU Islamabad would establish a separate head for such scholarships. Any student who gets education at QAU from remote/hard areas of Pakistan would be financially supported by QAU Alumni Association.

QAU Alumni Association would also assist the students of QAU in career counselling and job placement. Both the organisations would join hands to undertake different welfare programmes for the benefit of present and former students of QAU Islamabad.

In addition to this various joint ventures have also been successfully carried out by both the organisations including need-based scholarships (so far 25 scholarships have been offered), construction of seminar/class rooms, Alumni Life Achievement Award/ Quaid-i-Azam, assistance of earthquake victims 2005, development/strengthening existing facilities in different departments, facilitation in arrangements of visits and meeting of diplomats with QAU administration to initiate new development projects/programmes, joint seminars, job fair, memorial reference and other events.

Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association Pakistan is a non-political and voluntary organisation, which has been established by the old students of the university to have a social and interactive forum and to work for the welfare of the present and old students. The Association, since its inception, has been actively contributing for the advancement of its alma mater, QAU. The nation

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IIU to hold USWA elections on Feb 22
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) has decided to hold two-year elections of the University Staff Welfare Association (USWA) on Feb 22.

This was decided by IIU Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik and IIU President Dr Mumtaz Ahmad, here on Monday.

According to details a special committee has been formed to supervise the elections with Syed Hassan Aftab Kazmi, additional director admission of the university as its chairman.

Other members of the committee include Ch. Muhammad Hussain, deputy director, Shariah Academy, Hafiz Bashir Ahmad, deputy director, Dawah Academy, Syed Muzammil Hussain Shah, deputy director, Public Relations, Muhammad Ijaz Abbasi, assistant director, Noor Hussain, assistant director, Nuzhat Zareen, deputy director, Nosheen Syed, assistant director, Rubab Fatima, assistant director.

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Workshop on module development concludes
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), in collaboration with the National Testing Service (NTS), Pakistan, organised a two-day Consultative Workshop for Module Development on 'Effective Test Item Construction Techniques.'

The module would be used for conducting countrywide trainings targeting university teachers. The participants focused their discussion on issues regarding format and structure of test questions, importance of psychometric considerations, multiple-choice-item formats, technical item flaws, writing one-best-answer questions, testing application of basic knowledge, testing application of knowledge, extended-matching items; interpretation of item analysis results, and establishing a pass/fail standard. The participants finalised content, delivery style and other evaluation tools for the module. The workshop was attended by teaching experts from various universities and departments including Dr. Iftikhar-un-Nisa Hassan, Karakorum International University, Gilgit, Dr. Iffat S. Dar, Expert Psychologist, Federal Public Service Commission, Dr. Mah Nazir Riaz, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Frontier Women University, Peshawar, Dr. Rukhsana Kausar, Chairperson Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed, University of Management Technology, Lahore, Fida Hussain, Director General, HEC Regional Centre, Karachi and Saima Naurin, Project Director, HEC Islamabad. Murtaza Noor, Project Manager (Social Sciences and Humanities) HEC and Rana Riaz Saeed, Senior Manager, NTS coordinated the workshop.

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Calligraphy exhibition held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: A calligraphy exhibition was arranged by the Department of Islamic Studies, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), here on Monday. The students of master's programme displayed Arabic calligraphy. FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan inaugurated the exhibition. She said that students had proved that they are able to discover their efforts and talents. Department of Islamic Studies In-charge Masooma Batool, Department of Communication and Media Studies Chairperson Dr. Shamim Zaidi and Department of Mathematics Chairperson Dr. Suryyia Jabeen visited the exhibition and appreciated hard work of students. They also appreciated the course instructor, Sumaira Munawar, as well as faculty and staff of the department. The news

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