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HEC British Council Links Programme: UET wins 'Battle of Minds'

First phase of HEC, BC's HEL programme completes
Islamabad, 27 March, 2008: The first phase of Higher Education Links Programme between British Council and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has been completed successfully enhancing research and training capacity of Pakistani higher education institutions.
The success was celebrated here at a ceremony, which was well attended by the heads of universities, 50 HEL teams from across Pakistan and representatives of HEC and British Council.

The Higher Education Links (HEL) programme is a partnership between the HEC and British Council by which different programmes and events are held due to the collaboration of same disciplines of Pakistani universities and the foreign universities.

The purpose of the programme is to enhance the research and training capacity of higher education institutes, which contributes towards the institutional capacity building of the higher education sector in Pakistan.

These links are in various subjects such as pure sciences, social sciences, health sciences, environment and engineering.

Professor Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, Chairman of HEC, speaking on the occasion emphasised that the solution to every problem was education whether it was terrorism, dictatorship or any other menace and the leaders must understand the importance of this sector.

"Last few years were like a dream come true because of tremendous achievements in the higher education sector. Delta is extremely good. Our three universities have been included in the top 500 universities of the world.

Many revolutionary programmes have been initiated, including video conferencing, 23,000 online journals and 40,000 e-books for the students".

He on the occasion announced 50 additional linkages between the Pakistani and UK universities increasing the total number of links to hundred.

The first phase of HEL programme consisting of 15 three-yearlong partnerships with UK universities was initiated in 2004.

In second phase of HEL programme, 35 links between Pakistani and UK's universities initiated in 2007 are operational which would last till 2009.

Director of British Council, Pakistan, Sue Beaumont commending the work that has been done attached great importance to it and urged that the links must be taken forward which has given access to each other's resources and many collaborative research projects have been initiated.

Director of British Council, Islamabad, Nasir Kazmi also spoke on the occasion and briefed the audience about the Higher Education Links programme.

Co-ordinators of the links in various universities of the country gave presentations of their activities and achievements during three years. The Nation

UET wins 'Battle of Minds'
Islamabad: Enthusiastic students from the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore, claimed first prize at the Grand Slam of 'Battle of Minds' competition held here.

Students of IBA and LUMS respectively secured second and third positions.

The event was organised by the Pakistan Tobacco Company and was based on the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The participating teams focused the case study on the afforestation programme of the company and managing it on sustainable basis and bringing increased benefits to the community.

The winning team of UET, Lahore, comprised Waqas Saeed, Mohsin Ashraf Khan, Rohail Hussain Khiwi and Noman Ahmed. The winning team's proposal was based on Biomass.

Federal Secretary for Education Jehangir Bashar awarded prizes to winning teams and appreciated efforts of students as well as the company on completing a successful learning-oriented experience. The top three teams were not only awarded cash prizes but also guaranteed internships and prospects of employment with the Pakistan Tobacco Company. PTC CEO and MD William Toh as well as senior management of the company were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, William Toh outlined the intent of the initiative, highlighting the benefit to students through exposure to Corporate Social Responsibility, best practices and the interaction with the company.

He also assured that their suggestions would be considered for incorporation in the company's CSR initiatives. Prospective graduates from Institute of Business Administration (Karachi), Lahore University of Management Sciences, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute and Electrical & Mechanical Engineering College also participated in the competition and presented different ideas and case studies for PTC management to consider for its CSR programmes. A total of 122 teams from across the country applied. Four teams from each campus were short-listed to join the contest. The News

HEC approves medical centre
Islamabad: The Central Development Working Party meeting Wednesday approved the Higher Education Commission's project to establish a Medical Sciences Research Centre at the Ojha Campus of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi.

According to a spokesman, DUHS is committed to provide the most efficient and affordable healthcare institution and become a healthcare policy think tank, offering services to all levels of the government.

The specific objective of the HEC project includes the development of human resource through foreign training, which will entail PhD studies for 15 scholars.

A 200-bed teaching and research hospital linked to a specialised research unit and top-notch diagnostics and allied services will also be established where over 2,000 undergraduate and 300 postgraduate students will avail clinical training. The research facilities will help provide an enabling environment for the faculty and postgraduate students.

The project will enable Dow University to take the initial steps to transform itself into a regional centre of excellence in medical research and healthcare, providing services to people and professionals of Pakistan, SAARC and the Middle East region.

At present, DUHS has faculties of Basic Medical Sciences, Medical & Allied Sciences and Surgical & Allied Sciences with an annual intake of around 650 undergraduate and 70 postgraduate students.

Rawalpindi: Two-day symposium and workshop on low back pain will be held here on April 5 and 6. The symposium has been organized by IIMC-T Railway General Hospital in collaboration with Riphah International University and HEC. The News
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