FAST-NU Islamabad 27th convocation

Convocation held; degrees conferred on 296 candidates
Islamabad, July 12: National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (FAST-NU) on Wednesday organised its 27th convocation to confer degrees on 296 bachelor, masters and PhD candidates. The position-holders were also awarded medals for their excellent academic performance. In his address, Rector Dr Amir Muhammad said character-building and personality development of the youth should be the foremost goal of education. He said only addressing the prevailing imbalance between science and humanities could attain a balanced personality.

"The university has made substantive strides towards this goal," he said and commended it for according priority to character building and personality-development of the youth, which should be the foremost goal of education. "A nation of 170 million is blessed with priceless resources, both material and human and we can take on challenges by equipping our youth with science and technology coupled with high moral values," he added. In his welcome address, university Director Dr Waseem Ikram said that Islamabad Campus of FAST-NU in a short span of time has become one of the most vibrant, effective, and rewarding seats of higher learning in the country. The commitment of the faculty, hard work of the students, and the support and guidance of the university management has helped the campus reach this enviable stature. FAST Secretary General Rana Ghulam Shabbir, Dean Dr Ayub Alvi and Registrar Dr Latif Virk, students and their parents also attended the ceremony. app

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Laptop distribution ceremony
Lahore: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial gave last chance to the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) to reimburse more than Rs 10 million that were spent on a laptop distribution ceremony in the Punjab University on March 23, when Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was the chief guest. On Wednesday, the chief justice was informed that the CDGL had not paid the amount despite many court orders. The chief justice gave last chance to city government to make the payment to the Punjab University.

Putting off the hearing for July 25, the CJ observed that the use of educational budget on administrative work would not be allowed at any cost.

The judge was hearing a petition of a local citizen, Chaudhry Nazir Ahmad, challenging the use of university funds on the laptop distribution ceremony.

The counsel for the petitioner, Aftab Ahmad Bajwa, submitted that the PU administration had arranged a ceremony for the distribution of laptops among students on March 23 at the Quaid-e-Azam Campus. He said that for this function, the vice chancellor sanctioned a supplementary grant of Rs 30 million.

He alleged that the VC made this decision without the permission of the PU Syndicate and as such it was an illegal decision. He alleged that the VC arranged the function to oblige Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and PML-N President Nawaz Sharif by inviting them as chief guests.

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KU to hold 'Career Guidance' workshop on 18th
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU)'s Department of Islamic Studies will organise a workshop entitled 'Career Guidance' on July 18. According to a statement issued here on Wednesday, the workshop will be held at the Research Centre for Islamic Studies Department. Students who wish to take part can get their names registered at the department against a fee of Rs 400 till July 17. The workshop aims at guiding the students in their career selection. Daily times

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Cameras to catch cheaters in exam halls
Peshawar: The students, who cheat in examinations, may not be able to do so in future as the government intends to use some modern digital cameras for checking illegal practices in examinations, according to Visual Education Technology Organisation (Veto) regional director Ashfaq Hussain Shah.

Mr Ashfaq told reporters here at Peshawar Press Club that Veto had developed a modern technology for the first time in the country to check unfair means in examinations.

He said modern electronic gadgets would help curb cheating in examinations and monitor teachers on duty.

The Veto regional director said modern technology had been introduced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the first time to have proper check on cheating in examinations by digital cameras and that attendance of teachers in government schools would be observed via electronic monitoring system.

He said provincial education minister Sardar Hussain Babak had promised all possible cooperation for introduction of the said technology.

"Veto aims to improve educational standard at both private and government schools in the province by modern techniques by providing audio and video lectures of textbooks to students," he said. Dawn

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