QAU selection board benefiting blue-eyed boys
Islamabad, Dec 03: The members of the teaching faculty at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) are perturbed over the selection board that is being held on Saturday (today) which according to them is being conducted to appoint some favourites of the Vice Chancellor under the rules, which even doesn't exist.
They alleged that the posts were advertised in February last year and in principal all 49 candidates of grades 20 and 21 should be interviewed in one selection board but to oblige his favourites the VC is conducting selection board for nearly two candidates. The post of Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences is also lying vacant who need to be present during the selection board but the vice chancellor did not wait the appointment of the new dean.
They claim that the seniority of other 47 candidates would be affected by the appointment of only two people, which has caused resentment among the teaching faculty. Its important to mention here that according to the rules of the university for promotion to a higher grade a faculty member is need to apply afresh and they all had applied for the promotion to grade-20 and 21.
Interestingly, the selection board is being held on the off day of the university. And only after one day, on January 4 the VC himself would appear before the search committee constituted by the president to select a new vice chancellor of QAU as the incumbent VC has completed his tenure and has applied as well for his selection for another four year term.
The spokesperson of the university when contacted denying allegations said the selection board is being conducted of all the candidates whose cases have been processed and the rule under which the appointments are being made that is TTS Version II is approved by both the Syndicate of the university and Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Sources informed that though the syndicate and HEC has recommended the TTS version II approval but the president and chancellor off the university, Asif Ali Zardari, has not approved it yet so it cannot be implemented.
Earlier, several members of Academic Staff Association (ASA) during its meeting had also expressed their concerns on the inequitable processing of applications for appointment of teaching faculty.
They were of the view that in certain cases, applications are processed on fast tracks and in other cases various types of delaying tactics are used. It was also noted with concern that the process of obtaining consent of potential foreign referees is very slow. The process of obtaining consent, sending the application dossiers and the follow up are also not transparent.
The deliberate delay by the university administration in processing of the application is affecting seniority of the faculty members. It was proposed that in order to preserve seniority in appointments, all the applicants under one advertisement should be appointed from the same date irrespective of the date of selection board. The nation
Rs 25m to be spent on schools in rural areas
Islamabad: The capital's administration has decided to start work on the construction of nine government schools situated in rural areas of the capital from end of the current month, sources in the administration told Online on Saturday.
They said that it would cost the administration Rs 25 million. Giving details, they said that Rs 0.5 million had been allocated for FG Girls Primary School Jandala, Rs 4.89 million for FG Girls Secondary School Rawal Town, while Rs 9.3 million for Thanda Pani School.
"The administration has also approved Rs 1.7 million for the repair of streets in UC Koral and the work is to be started from next week," they elaborated. It is pertinent to mention here that streets widening and clean drinking water projects in rural areas are yet to be completed.
Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) is also working on the proposal to construct more model colleges to overcome the shortage.
An official of the FDE said that the proposal to construct model colleges in G-13 sector and Sihala were under-consideration to cater the educational needs of the students.
Besides, FDE has also initiated a project of first ever Federal Government College for Home Economics and Management Sciences in the federal Capital to facilitate the female students. Daily times
IIU Urdu seminar
Islamabad: Research is a base for innovation and diversification of any literature and Urdu scholars should carry out more research for finding fresh perspectives on classical Urdu literature.
Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik Rector, International Islamic University said this while presiding over a seminar organised by the Urdu Department of IIUI.
He said Urdu is a rich language, but there is a dire need to work for its advancement in the world as well as at home.
and also lauded the IIUI Urdu Department's endeavour for launching a research magazine 'Mayaar'.
Iftikhar Arif Chairman National Language Authority and Dr. Zafar Ishaq Ansari Vice President Higher Studies and Research, IIUI also participated in the seminar.
The seminar was organized in Collaboration with Islamic Research Institute. Dr. Najeeba Arif, Incharge Urdu Department IIUI, and Dr. Sohail Abbas Baloch presented research papers on the occasion.
Dr. Najeeba Arif in her paper on 'Cruelty of History and William Dalrymble's Point of View' presented a detailed view of William Dalrymble's ideology and the background of the topic discussed in his book.
Dr. Sohail Abbas in his paper on 'Nameless Literature Terminologies and Their New Denotation & Explanation' analyzed Urdu literature, and on the basis of his research, commented that Urdu dictionaries lack a lot of literary forms.
He also discussed 800 words that could not be related to any specific grammar composition. In support of his comments, he also presented poetic values of these forms.
Head Department of Urdu, IIUI Prof. Moeenuddin Aqeel spoke on the occasion and gave details of achievements of the department of Urdu IIUI made so for.
PAL conference on Sufism
Islamabad: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has planned to arrange three-day International Conference on Sufism from March 14. The official sources of the academy told this agency that 80 delegates from around 40 countries are expected to participate in the conference.
The notable personalities having diverse knowledge about sufism and mysticism will share their views on the occasion.
The international conference would provide a platform to more than 200 delegates within the country to participate in the conference.
Sources said that PAL would translate books of Sufi poets belonging all the four provinces in eight different languages.
The translated books would be given to all the participants as it will help to project true image of the country on international level.
The sources informed that a international conference was also arranged in 1995. The writings of Pakistani writers from all Pakistani languages were translated in UNESCO languages and sent to different countries.
These books are still the identity of Pakistani literature in libraries there. However, PAL has also decided to set up a National Translation Bureau in the academy through translating Pakistani literature in foreign languages and the foreign literature into Pakistani languages, the sources added. APP
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