Reform needed in university education
Academicians call to reform university education, Concern over 73% cut in universities' budget
Islamabad, Mar 30: Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic
Association (FAPUASA) on Sunday urged the government to introduce long-lasting
reforms in the university education, aiming at uniform salary structure,
across-the-board accountability and more teachers' say in policymaking.
The federation criticised the government for imposing 73 per cent cut on
the annual budgetary allocations for the Higher Education Commission (HEC),
which had adversely affected public sector universities in the country.
The federation's general secretary, Prof Badar Soomro, made these
remarks at a press conference held here at the National Press Club. The press
briefing was organised at the end of the two-day general body meeting of the
About the reports that the government was considering a
proposal to abolish the autonomous status of the HEC, Prof Soomro said instead
of taking such an extreme measure, the commission could be downsized, properly
audited and a serving professor should be appointed its head.
the federation was also of the view that instead provincial governors, who acted
as ex-officio chancellors of the public-sector universities in their respective
provinces, professors should be appointed chancellors with the status of federal
He also criticised the habit of appointing retired persons as
head of the universities.
However, Prof Soomro said the FAPUASA believed
that there should be an evaluation, monitoring and accountability procedure for
all the vice-chancellors to assess their performance.
He also called on
the government to restore teachers who were forcefully retired from various
universities during the tenure of Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf.
federation also demanded revoking of the Model University Ordinance imposed on
the newly-established universities by the Musharraf regime, saying instead they
should be managed as envisaged in the constitution of 1973.
said the decision of The University of Punjab to grant Rs10,000 as PhD allowance
should be implemented in all public-sector universities of the country. He
expressed serious concern of the teachers' community on the stoppage of HEC
scholarships to teachers for doing PhDs abroad.
In response to a
question, he said the FAPUASA had criticised NED University of Engineering and
Technology's vice-chancellor for not granting upgradation to its teachers as
announced by the government back in 2007.
Similarly, the issue of
International Islamic University came under discussion, where its teachers were
yet to receive 20 per cent raise in the salaries announced by the government in
the 2008-09 budget.
Answering a question, Prof Soomro said on the one
hand the government was cutting the budget of universities, but on the other, it
was paying hefty salaries under the Tenure Track System (TTS) to a limited
Prof Quddus from Bahauddin Zakaria University said the TTS was
creating dissension and discrimination among teachers by having different
standards not only in different provinces but also in different universities.
AIOU Academic Staff Association general secretary Prof Zahid Majeed said
they completely rejected the controversial TTS.
In the end, Prof Soomro
said if the demands of the federation were not accepted by April 22, a black day
would be observed and press conferences would be held on April 29 in all
public-sector universities of the country.
He also announced to hold
another general body meeting of the FAPUASA in the University of the Punjab in
the last week of May to chalk out new strategy.
The meeting also
expressed its pleasure and satisfaction at the restoration of Justice Iftikhar
Chaudhry as Chief Justice of Pakistan.
The meeting on the occasion
elected new office-bearers for the next one-year term including Dr Inayatullah
Shah from Sindh University as president of the federation, Prof Kaleemullah
Bareach from University of Balochistan (vice-president) and Prof Badar Soomro
The meeting also elected presidents of provincial
chapters. The provincial heads are: Dr Saeed A Nagara (Punjab), Prof Liaquat
(Balochistan), Dr Arbab Khan Afridi (NWFP) and Prof Liaquat Ali Tunio (Sindh)
and Dr Iqbal Shah (Federal).
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Colourful cultural week at IIU concludes
Islamabad: The three-day colourful celebrations of cultural week 'A World
Beyond Achievement' at the women campus of International Islamic University
(IIU) concluded on Saturday with a prize distribution ceremony.
position holders of different competitions were awarded with prizes and
certificates as an acknowledgement of their extra-ordinary performances in
The awards for the 'Islamic world exhibition'
distributed on the basis of national and international category where Arabic
Department stood first in international category for depicting China while the
second and third positions went to Department of Sharia and Law for depiction of
Kenya and Malaysia respectively.
While in national category Social
Sciences stood first for the portrayal of NWFP, Faculty of Management Sciences
(FMS) stood second for depicting the culture of Gilgit while the third shared by
English Department and Sharia and Law for depicting Mughal Empire and Global
In the category of dress show the Department of
Usuluddin got the top honour for depicting the dresses of Somalia while Social
Sciences stood second for depiction of Red Indian and Arabic Department declared
third for the depiction of Indonesian dresses.
There were two categories
including national and international for the food competition where FBAS stood
first for Sindhi food, Sharia and Law stood second for Punjabi food while the
third prize was shared among English Department and FMS for the food of Hazara
and Kashmir respectively.
In the category of international food Usuluddin
stood first for Afghani food, Usulludin stood second for Algerians food and
Arabic Department stood third for Chinese food.
Abrar Ahmed from the
Department of Bio Informatics took the top honour in Arabic short story writing
while Festoon Abdullah and Saima Abro from Usuluddin stood second and Sobia
Qurban from Sharia and Law stood third.
In the category of English short
story writing Habiba Shaukat from English Department stood first, Maryam Manzoor
and Sehla Samara from English Department stood second while Maham Sajjid from
Social Sciences stood third.
Sobia Shaheen from Usuluddin and Firdous
Akhter from Urdu Department stood first and second respectively in the category
of Urdu short story writing.
In the category of Arabic essay writing, the
department of Usuluddin got the top positions as Nadia Irum stood first, Saima
Fayaz stood second and Fartoon and Samina stood third.
In English essay
writing Mehak Liaqat from English Department got first position, Maria Fatima
from English Department stood second while the third prize was shared by Maham
Sajjid from Sociology and Maryam Manzoor from English
Salsabeel Inftikhar from English Department stood first in
English essay writing competition while Shazia Naureen and Anam Tariq Butt from
Usuluddin got second and third position respectively.
In the category of
Arabic debates Naila Khan and Samina from Usuluddin stood first, Nafeesa Habeeb
from Sharia and Law stood second while Ibtihal Jasir from English stood
In the category of English debate Mehak Liaqat from English
Department stood first, Sara Masood from English Department stood second while
Mawra Ilyas and Shazia Rehman from English Department stood third.
in the category of Urdu debate Nafeesa Habib from Shria and Law, Anam Tariq Butt
from Usuluddin and Kausain Kausar from Applied Sciences stood first, second and
Afafa Fuad from Usuluddin and Abrar Ahmed from Bio
Informatics stood first and second respectively in the category of Arabic
Research Article while Huda Qasim from Usuluddin stood first in the English
In the category of Hifz-ul-Quran (LEVEL 1) Jamila Ali
and Attia Abdul Wadood from Usuluddin stood first. In level 2 Abeer Hasan from
Faculty of Applied Sciences stood first, Asma Abro from Fas stood second and
Anam Anwar from Usuluddin stood third. In level three Bushra Abro from FAS stood
first, Haadiya Batool from Arabic stood second while Rozina Safdar from
Usuluddin stood third.
Department of Usuluddin took the top positions in
the category of Tajveed-ul-Quran as Sameena Afghan and Zainab Ismail stood
first, Razia Jamshed stood second and Rozina Safdar stood third.
category of Hifz-ul-Hadith Sayyida Uzma from Usuluddin stood first, Marya Ali
from Usuluddin stood second while Nabeela Khalid from Arabic department stood
Madiha Khalid from FMS stood first in Henna competition while
Najam Hafeez from economics and Samra Naz stood second and third
In fresh flower arrangement Naveed Ahmed from FAS stood
first, Ammna Bajwa from FAS stood second and Mahira Arood from Bio Informatics
In dry flower arrangements Fazeela Istiaq from FBAS stood
first, Zarmeena Rashad from FMS stood second and Rabia Rauf from Arabic
department stood third.
In glass painting Zara Ali from Arabic
department, Mahru Najam from English department and Tayyaba Hina from English
department stood third.
In Pencil sketching Uzam Farooqi from English
department stood first, Maryam Javed from FBAS stood second and Madiha Aslam
from FMS stood third.
Uzam Farooqi from English Department stood first in
poster painting while Tayyaba Hina from English Department and Maryam Javed from
FBAS stood second and third respectively.
In calligraphy Bushra Abro from
FBAS stood first in Atrabic while Tayyaba Hina from English and Amna Aftab
Usuluddin stood second and third respectively. In English Calligraphy Salsabeel
Iftikhar from English stood first, Tayyaba Hina from English and Rukhsana
Durrani from Education stood second and third respectively while in Urdu
calligrapghy Mudassir Tahira from Usuluddin stood first, Naheed Laqman from
Usuluddin and Salsabeel from English stood second and third
On the occasion the ambassador of Jordon Dr Saleh Ahmed
Al-Jawarneh highlighted the diversity and dynamism of the Islamic culture,
saying that Islam is religion of peace but is being misunderstood and
misinterpreted in some parts of the world.
Bangla school opened in Islam
Islamabad: The Bangladesh high commissioner opened a Bangla language
school at Sector F-10 here on Saturday.
According to High Commission's
Press Counselor Ishtaque Hussain, the school - Eso Bangla Shiki (Come and learn
Bengali) - will provide Bangla teaching to the children of the chancery staff as
well as Bengali origin children. Classes will be held every Saturday.
The school comes a day after the high commissioner hosted a reception on
Thursday to celebrate the country's 38th national day.
Farooq H. Naek cut a large birthday cake on the occasion. The reception was
attended by about 500 guests, including past and incumbent ministers,
parliamentarians and elite of the town. Dawn
FUUAST recognised by PEC
Islamabad: Federal urdu university of arts sciences
and technology islamabad has been awarded recognition by PAKISTAN ENGINEERING
COUNCIL.This was decided in the meeting held at PEC headquarters islamabad on
thursday and firday.Students,faculty and parents have expressed their
satisfaction over the progress university has made in 4 years. -By Saima, firstname.lastname@example.org
Students take exams under umbrellas in Dir
Upper Dir: Students of the Girls Middle School in Bibyawar Town here
are taking their annual examinations under umbrellas due to torrential rain in
the area as the school building was blown up by militants last year.
school situated amid fields in Bibyawar Town was destroyed with explosives in
June last year. Some of the rooms were completely destroyed, while others were
However, the process of education was not stopped
despite threats and unfavourable atmosphere.
The girl students continued
their studies in the courtyard of the school for about nine months.
after a period of nine months of classes being conducted in the open, the
government and education department failed to make arrangements for the annual
examinations and now the students are forced to take their papers under
The Child Rights Committee Upper Dir on Saturday demanded of
the government to facilitate the students of the school so that they could take
their annual examinations comfortably. The committee asked the education
department and the district government to provide tents to the school
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