Varsity teachers demand uniformity in PhD allowance
Peshawar, June 09: A delegation of the Peshawar University Teachers Association that called on Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti here on Tuesday demanded uniformity in allowances for PhD scholars at the national level.
The delegation, led by its president Dr Joher Ali, apprised the chief minister of problems confronting the teachers and demanded establishment of a college for their children.
Mr Hoti urged the association members to transfer their knowledge to the new generation.
Recounting development schemes initiated by the government, he said establishment of the Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, and its campuses in Charsadda and Swabi, Swat University and four cadet colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in just two years showed the government's commitment towards promotion of higher education in the province. Dawn
Mohsin Ehsan Literary Week observed
Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Vice-Chancellor Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani on Tuesday said that universities were the nurseries for making future leaders.
"The leadership skills are learnt through healthy debates in the universities. But unfortunately universities in our country have become the victim to political interventions where students are provoked to take part in political activities," he said while addressing the closing ceremony of 'Mohsin Ehsan Literary Week 2010,' organised by UET Literary and Debating Society (LDS).
The vice-chancellor said the LDS was the only student society that provided numerous opportunities to the students to polish and prove their leadership skills through debates, dramas and essay competitions.
Engr Farah Mehmood, Director Clubs UET, said the Mohsin Literary Week was sponsored by his son Ali Mohsin, alumnus of UET, to pay tribute to the poet and scholar Mohsin Ehsan.
The winners of various competitions included Amjad Ali of Department of Chemical Engineering who won first prize in Qirat competition and Hafiz Owaisur Rehman of Department of Civil Engineering who got second position.
In Na'at competition, Mubashir from Department of Civil Engineering won the first position while Miss Zeenat Bibi of Department of Computer Systems Engineering got the second position.
In the Husn-e-Intikhab category, Umair Naeem of Department of Electrical Engineering was awarded first position and Noman Ahmed of Department of Mechanical Engineering got second position.
In English debate category, Attaullah of Department of Chemical Engineering got first position and Atif of Department of Electrical Engineering got second position while in Urdu debate Muzamil of Department of Electronics Engineering Abbottabad campus got first position and the second position was won by Ehsanur Rehman of Department of Electrical Engineering.
In skits and drama competition, the Department of Computer Systems Engineering secured the first position and the Department of Mining Engineering was adjudged second.
In the category of essay writing, Atif Rasheed of Department of Electrical Engineering grabbed the first position while Attaur Rehman of Civil Engineering was second.
Dr Sahar Noor, chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering, gave away certificates and awards to the winners. The news
'HEC committed to promoting research'
Abbottabad: Dr Mehmood Raza, adviser Quality Assurance and Learning Innovation Higher Education Commission (HEC), on Tuesday said the commission was committed to promoting quality research and teaching in the country.
This was stated by him while speaking at the closing session of the three-day day 'Academic retreat for PhD supervisors' organised by the HEC here in collaboration with Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Abbottabad.
The moot was attended by PhD faculty members from six universities of Lahore, Abbottabad and Mansehra.
Dr Raza said a number of opportunities were being offered by HEC to the faculty members and researchers, including indigenous/foreign PhD scholarship, fellowships, research and travel grant facilities, short and long term faculty development/exchange programmes and post-doctorate fellowships.
These initiatives, he said, had facilitated higher educational institutions to serve as engines of socio-economic development. He said all-out efforts were being made to improve the quality of PhD supervision.
Earlier, Murtaza Noor, coordinator of the workshop and project manger HEC, informed the participants that the workshop was second of its kind arranged by the HEC organised exclusively for PhD supervisors.
CIIT Director Dr Khan Gul Jadoon on the occasion highlighted the contribution of the HEC to strengthening the higher education sector in the country.
Prof (Dr) Sohail H. Naqvi, HEC executive director, while interacting with the participants through video conferencing said the supervisors had a vital role for the promotion of research culture. Research topics, he said, should have relevance to the socio-economic development and address the community problems being confronted by the people.
He urged the supervisors to come forward to improve the quality of PhD supervision and avail the programs being offered by the HEC. He also appreciated the idea of publishing a guide book for the supervisors
Participants of the workshop also paid a visit to the University of Hazara, Mansehra, where its Vice Chancellor Dr Sakhawat Shah briefed them about various academic programmes, facilities, linkages with other international and national departments and research contribution by the scholars and faculty members of the university.
At the end of the workshop, Dr Raza distributed the certificates among the participants. Dawn