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HEC confers degrees on scholars of MS Programme
Islamabad, June 27: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Tuesday conferred degrees upon successful candidates of the last two batches of MS Programme (Korea) at the 4th Graduation Convocation here.

Ambassador of Republic of Korea to Pakistan Choongjoo Choi was the guest of honour. The ceremony was attended by academicians, scholars and their parents. Addressing the ceremony, HEC Executive Director Professor Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi said Korea's 95 percent higher education literacy rate, active university industrial linkages and technological developments are a role model for Pakistan.

"Keeping this fact in view, 200 young Pakistani engineers were sent for pursuing their higher studies in the advanced Engineering and Technological fields at six leading south Korean universities. This joint collaboration between Pakistan and Korean universities has been greatly helpful in creating a critical mass of highly qualified engineering manpower in high-tech fields and building up the capacity of universities/industries in Pakistan," he added.

HEC Chairperson Dr. Javaid. R. Laghari thanked the Korean government for providing opportunities to young talented Pakistani engineers for doing research work at advanced research labs and reputed Korean universities. He stated that 45 percent of the total HEC budget was being spent on human resource development in Pakistan.

The scarcity of funds will adversely affect this major component, especially the need-based scholarships awarded to the youth belonging to remote areas of Pakistan, including Balochistan, Fata, interior Sindh and southern Punjab. The Korean Ambassador to Pakistan Choongjoo Choi lauded the efforts of HEC for improving the standards in higher education sector of Pakistan.

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Academic staff of AIOU condemns violence
Islamabad: As strike and protest by the workers of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) seeking transfer of their vice-chancellor continued on Tuesday, the Academic Staff Association (ASA) has started playing its role in resolving the issue.

The ASA in a resolution adopted at an emergency meeting said that the violence by some protesting workers would not do any good, but rather damage the university's image.

They condemned the use of abusive language against the senior academic staff (professors) during the strike.

Addressing the meeting, the ASA'S President Professor Dr Syed Zafar Ilyas and General Secretary Dr Mohammad Ajmal expressed the hope that the workers would hold talks with the five-member committee constituted by the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi.

The ASA called for implementing the recommendations made by the Residence Allotment Committee to facilitate the workers. It also demanded increase in the PHD allowance to Rs9,750, and filling the vacant posts of teachers through advertisement.

They also sought improved medical facilities their members and bringing Shifa International, Aga Khan Hospital, CMH and MH hospital on the university's panel.

They also demanded that in case of emergency medical treatment might be allowed at any hospital. It also demanded that the academic staff having PhD degree be promoted in the next grade.

The ASA also adopted a separate resolution expressing solidarity with the teachers of Sindh University who were dismissed by the administration.

Employees of the university, Sajid Mehmood, Faqueer Hussain, Ismail, Chaudhry Asghar, Bilawal Khan, Shabir and others said that they would continue their protest till the acceptance of their demands. Dawn

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Riphah University approves budget for next fiscal year
Islamabad: The eleventh meeting of Board of Governors (BoG) of Riphah International University was held on Tuesday in the federal capital. The BOG approved the budget of the university for the financial year 2012-13. It also gave approval to the proposal to hold seventh convocation of the university on December 29, 2012.

The founder chancellor Maj Gen (r) Muhammad Zulfiqar Ali Khan presided over the meeting. The RIU is chartered by the federal government and the president of Pakistan is its patron.

Under the charter, the BOG is the highest body to make decisions and formulate policies regarding the university. The BOG includes representatives of the government, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and eminent educationists and scholars.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Anis Ahmad presented a report of the activities of the university and highlighted the achievements in various fields during the past ten years. He said the federal government approved the Charter of Riphah International University in 2002. "During the following ten years, we have improved the quality of our education, research standards and personality building of our students with focus on interpretation of Islamic ethical values."

The members of the board appreciated the performance of the faculty members, students and management of the University for achieving goals as per its mission statement.

The BoG also approved the budget of the university for the financial year 2012-13. It also gave approval to the proposal to hold seventh convocation of the university on December 29, 2012. The meeting was attended by the members of the boards and high officials of the university, including the Pro Chancellor Hassan Muhammad Khan, Vice Chancellor Dr Anis Ahmad, HEC nominee Prof Dr Saeeda Asadullah, Dr Muhammad Bilal, Dr GsA Miana, and Islamic International Medical College Trust Executive Director Asadullah Khan. Daily times

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PMAS-AAUR, Wapda sign MoU for research
Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) and Pakistan Water & Power Development Authority (Land Acquisition & Resettlement (LA&R) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for research studies on environment, wildlife, forestry and range management for Diamer Basha Dam Project area.

According to official spokesman Director Public Relations Musa Kalim, Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR Prof. Dr. Irfan Ul-Haque and Wapda General Manager (LA&R) Dr. Raheal Ahmad Siddiqui signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations here Tuesday.

The purpose of this MoU is to establish an effective collaboration and establishment of joint research cooperation by providing technical, financial and other collaboration support for protecting environment and natural resource conservation in achieving the goals of mega project - Diamer Basha Dam Project - in best public interest.

This MoU is intended to conduct research in Diamer Basha Dam Project area in the fields of ecological conservation, afforestation and natural resource management through MPhil and PhD students of PMAS-AAUR's Faculty of Forestry, Range Management & Wildlife.

Under the MoU both organisations will work jointly to enhance and strengthen closer cooperation in protecting natural resource base of Diamer Basha Dam Project area. Under the MoU, it is also mentioned that the research to be undertaken by students and scholars of PMAS-AAUR would be on topics covering environment, forestry, rangeland and wildlife, socio-economic (livelihood) for the watersheds of Diamer Basha Dam Project (Diamer District and Kohistan District). The PMAS-AAUR would submit research reports/thesis and publications to Wapda on pre-arranged timeframe.

The outcome of research studies would lead to sustainable conservation of natural resources including forests and rangelands around the Basha Dam Project area. The news

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