National varsity's budget approved
RAWALPINDI, June 25(Dawn): Board of Governors (BoG) of the National University
of Computer and Emerging Sciences, in its meeting held in Islamabad on Saturday,
approved budget for 2007- 08 and development projects, which would allow
construction of new building blocks at Karachi and Peshawar campuses and hostels
The meeting, chaired by Rector of the University Dr Amir
Mohammad, also approved creation of bodies such as Academic Council Faculties
Board and the Board of Advanced Studies and Research.
The Board of
Governors noted that the credibility of the university had further been enhanced
in its ability to attract Rs260 million under the Outreach Scholarship Programme
of the Ministry of Information Technology, under which 200 students from
far-flung areas of the country were studying at its campuses in Islamabad,
Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar on the expense being born by the government. The
number has been further enhanced to 300 this year by the IT ministry.
meeting was also satisfied to note that the Higher Education Commission (HEC)
had already approved the university for funding of the projects of the
university under 50 per cent equity and 75 PhD students were being sponsored by
the HEC on its campuses.
The establishment of Microsoft Innovation Centre
at Karachi by 'Microsoft' was another feather in its cap.
The Centre for
Research in Urdu Language Processing at its Lahore campus has worked extensively
on Urdu linguistics, standardisation for computing, and modelling of script,
speech and language.
The centre has already completed E-Government
project of the Pakistani government worth Rs35.6 million and Pan Localisation
project of International Development Centre for Research of Canadian government
worth $1.7 million.
Another project worth $2.7 million is underway with
the collaboration of Canadian government. The centre is also collaborating with
Nokia, Microsoft, University of Chicago and other national, regional and
international organisations globally.
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