AIOU starts online PhD
Islamabad, July 04: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is successfully proceeding with its online Computer Science PhD programme according to the prescribed academic outlines of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). “This will be the first-ever PhD programme by the AIOU through e-learning, using state-of-the-art electronic technology,” Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi said while presiding over the PhD course presentation ceremony on Monday.
The programme, started last year, meets the international criteria and the domestic needs. It was the best possible facility being provided to the students on low cost, he said, adding approximately its monthly fee is around Rs 5,000. It was a PhD degree formally offered in spring 2011 and helps the students acquire research knowledge, techniques and skills necessary to reach the level of research maturity. The students conduct indigenous research and undertake development projects for better training and education.
A candidate is eligible to apply for PhD Computer Science programme having MS in the relevant field or equivalent level with minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or 70 percent marks. The vice chancellor said the AIOU was proud to initiate a unique localised PhD programme, using modern ICT technologies. “Initially, the programme will be offered in the computer science discipline and will be open to the faculty members and professionals of all Pakistani universities.”
The course work is offered through video conferencing or using OLIVE E-learning (Synchrono9us meeting over Internet). Distance lectures will be delivered by faculty members from Pakistani and foreign universities. The foreign faculty hired to teach the PhD course includes Delaware State University, USA and a Bahraini university. Daily times
AIOU workers & management settle disputes
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) management Thursday reached a formal agreement with the representatives of employees to settle their demands through official procedure.
The representatives of workers, after talks with AIOU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi, called off their strike and assured their support in maintaining peace and tranquility on the campus. They thanked the vice chancellor for giving a patient hearing to their demands, including reinstatement of the dismissed employees.
Under the agreement, all genuine demands of workers would be accepted through normal office process and FIRs registered with police by the management against the representatives of employees would be withdrawn. The vice chancellor also allowed employees to hold their annual elections by July 18.
It was also agreed that 250 vacant posts of staffers, officers and faculty members would be filled at the earliest. The vice chancellor announced that the regular staff and daily wage employees will be given 20% increase in their monthly salary as per the government's announcement. Other initiatives would also be taken to increase medical, transport and residential facilities for all officials.
President Academic Staff Association Dr. Syed Zafar Ilyas, President Officers Welfare Association Mir Mukhtiar Hussain Talpur and Chairman Department of Mass Communication Professor Dr. Syed Abdul Siraj held talks from the management side. While workers were represented by Malik Muhammad Saeed, Sher Asif Satti and Sajid Mahmood Janjua. Sheikh Hameed, senior leader of the People's Youth Organisation, and Naeem Abbasi Naqshbandi, chief of the People's Youth Organisation, UK, played a mediatory role, bringing both sides on the negotiating table for peacefully resolving their disputes.
Malik Muhammad Saeed said that talks between employees and the VC became possible due to the intervention of MNA Faryal Talpur.
Later, the vice chancellor presided over a meeting of heads of departments and briefed them on the outcome of talks with agitating workers. He thanked them for ensuring smooth functioning of the academic work even during the protest. He urged them to put extra efforts for covering the essential academic work, which was delayed due to strike.
Meanwhile, Officer Welfare Association (OWA) President Mir Mukhtiar Hussain Talpur welcomed the peaceful settlement of disputes between the management and employees.
Malakand varsity convocation held
Chakdara: Governor Masood Kausar on Thursday said government was giving special focus to promotion of education and opening of many institutions in each division of the province was testimony to that fact.
"Every possible effort is being made to equip our youth with the knowledge of desired standards," he said while addressing the Covocation-2012 of Malakand University here. In all 467 bachelor and master graduates 28 were honoured with gold medals for achieving distinctive position in their respective disciplines.
The governor also inaugurated the newly constructed academic block at the campus. Besides staff and students of the university, Provincial Minister Hidayatullah Khan, provincial Secretary Higher Education Farah Hamid Khan, Commissioner Malakand division and elite of the area attended the ceremony. Vice- Chancellor Prof Dr Rasool Jan presented the annual report and highlighted the achievements and future development programmes. "Nations are no longer considered powerful just because of their military might rather their attitudinal response towards others; their level of capabilities in various fields of life; the living environment and the facilities being offered to their coming generations for future development are also accounted equally," the governor said.
He also appreciated the University of Malakand for its progress, especially improvement in its ranking both at the provincial and national levels, new additions in disciplines, increased number of PhD faculty members through fresh inductions and the infrastructure and research development.
Pointing towards students, governor who is also chancellor of the university said, its now your responsibility to work hard, achieve excellence in your respective fields of higher studies.Welcoming the governor and the guests earlier, Dr Rasool Jan said that 18 new departments had been added during the past 3 years, taking the total strength to 28 while four more disciplines were in the offing.
Presently, he added, 47 faculty members were having PhD level students and 17 more PhD scholars were going to join within next couple of months making the total strength to 64.
AWKU signs MoU with Korean varsity
Peshawar: The Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) and See Jung University of Seoul, South Korea, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for launching MS and PhD programmes for students of both the countries.
Professor Dr Ihsan Ali, vice-chancellor of AWKU and Wowa Park, president of the University of See Jung signed the MoU at a ceremony held at the main campus of the AWKU.
According to the MoU, both the universities will launch mutual and exchange programmes of MS and PhD subjects. It will be an opportunity for scholars of both of the universities to be exempted from admission and tuition fees, an official of the AWKU said.
Prof Dr Zahoor Jan had visited South Korea on the directives of VC Dr Ihsan Ali to process MoU documentation for exchange of MS and PhD level subjects with various Korean universities. The news