Centre of Advancement Studies in Engineering convocation
370 get degrees at Case convocation
Islamabad, May 29: As many as 370 students were awarded degrees in various disciplines
of engineering at the second convocation of Centre of Advancement Studies in
Engineering (Case) held here Thursday at Sir Syed Memorial Society.
During the ceremony, degrees were conferred upon 317 BSc students and 65
MSc students in the fields of Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and
Two students, Adnan Ahmed Khan and Ali Ahsan,
received PhD degrees in the discipline of Computer Engineering and Engineering
Moreover, the gold medallists included Sadia
Shakil and Irum Nosheen of MSc Computer Engineering; Amir Quyyum, Imran Ghafoor
Chaudhry and Merai Syed of MSc Engineering Management; and Saira Samar of
President Case Prof Dr Saeed-ur-Rehman while
addressing on the occasion said the institute bridges the gap between industry
and academia and focuses on character building of its students to produce future
leaders with a sense of honour and responsibility. The News
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Issues in education
A report released recently by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of
the Child (Sparc) gives a gloomy picture of education in Pakistan. About 40 per
cent of the country's children of school-going age cannot access education, and
the World Economic Forum's latest Global Competitiveness Report ranks Pakistan
117 out of 134 countries in terms of quality primary education, says the Sparc
report. It adds that 20 per cent of the country lacks basic educational
facilities, and that the Rs6.5bn Public Sector Development Programme 2007-08
failed to address this issue.
A grim picture is thus painted. The lack
of access to schools increases the likelihood of children being abused or
exploited, and of becoming involved in crime - the figures for child labour, for
instance, have already reached the 12 million mark. A worse predicament awaits
them upon reaching adulthood, for there are few employment opportunities for the
illiterate and unskilled. Lack of schooling thus robs millions of children of a
future, while exponentially increasing the incidence of extreme poverty and
crime in the long term. If the country is to command a healthy and productive
workforce in later years, the schools that will produce it must be set up
today.Building schools, however, is just one of the steps.
Issues such as
corporal punishment in schools and the dearth of committed and trained teaching
staff must also be addressed. Most importantly, the curricula must be improved
to meet internationally competitive standards of education. The texts must be
revised and updated, and the focus shifted from rote learning to understanding
and analysis. Furthermore, the damage done over the past 25 years to the
curricula must be repaired.
This 'mis-education' comprised a skewed version of
history, religion and inter-provincial politics, which created a generation
divided over issues of sect and ethnicity, culture and identity - a generation
of Pakistanis characterised by racial and religious prejudice and nationalistic
jingoism. Efforts must be initiated forthwith to reverse these trends; only then
can Pakistan prevent a future where the national earning depends on an unskilled
and largely unemployable workforce that may turn towards crime and anarchy. Dawn
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NWFP to promote students of conflict-hit areas to next
Islamabad/ Peshawar: The NWFP government has decided to promote
the students of Swat and other parts of Malakand division to their next
respective levels, a private TV channel reported on Thursday.
to the channel, the students of matriculation, FA and FSc will be promoted to
the next grade, APP reported
Also on Thursday, the provincial government
was reported to be considering closing private schools ahead of the summer
vacation schedule due to the existing law and order situation in the province
and growing influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Swat, Buner,
Lower Dir and other areas of Malakand division.
"The government has not
yet decided to close private schools. It's only a suggestion," Provincial
Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain said.
spokesman said the deteriorating law and order situation was not the reason for
possible closure of private schools ahead of the schedule for summer vacation.
"It's because of the number of the IDPs which was fast swelling. We need more
school buildings to accommodate the IDPs and we may need private school
buildings," he said. Mian Iftikhar said it was our national duty to cooperate
with each other at this critical juncture of our history. app
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VCs meet today to finalise financial benefits criterion
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is holding a meeting of
university vice chancellors on Friday to formulate a uniform performance-based
criterion for award of financial benefits.
Vice Chancellors of all major
public sector universities of the country have been invited for deliberations on
BPS Incentive Package (BIP), under which teachers whose academic output is
better than their colleagues would be given additional salaries.
Director Quality Assurance & Learning Innovation Dr Riaz Qureshi when
contacted confirmed that the meeting had been called to settle issues regarding
BIP which have been propped up of late. Qaud-i-Azam University (QAU) faculty is
currently on strike for the implementation of the BIP.
Mr Qureshi said in July 2007 when the commission started Tenure Track System
(TTS) it gave hefty salaries to high performing university teachers. A second
category of performance based financial package was announced for those
university teachers who could not qualify for TTS due to its strict criterion.
To qualify for TTS, a teacher should have PhD from some international
university, besides his/her active involvement in research duly accepted and
published by international research journals.
According to the original
plan, under this package 25 per cent faculty of all public sector universities
which is not covered under TTS would be offered monetary assistance in the form
of additional salaries, maximum up to six salaries per year on the basis of
their academic performance, Mr Qureshi said. The condition of 25 per cent was
imposed by the ministry of finance due to its financial implications.
However, different universities implemented BIP in different modes, a
development which has created problems for the HEC, Mr Qureshi responded to a
query. For example, QAU is asking for the BIP implementation on the lines of TTS
that whosoever qualifies for the BIP should be awarded financial benefits.
However, under the original plan only 25 per cent of the non-TTS faculty could
avail the BIP. Dawn
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University of Peshawar inked MoU with Tashkent institute
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar and Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies (TSIOS)
have inked a memorandum of understanding for cultural and student exchange. The
agreement was reached during the visit of the Peshawar Varsity vice-chancellor
Dr Azmat Hayat to Tashkent, last week. The program is aimed at boosting
cooperation among the students of Pakistan and Uzbekistan, especially University
of Peshawar so that both the countries can benefit from each other experiences
in a holistic manner. The MoU was signed by Azmat Hayat and Abdur Rahim. M
Mannanov, the rector of TSIOS, who is a noted Pashto scholar. The News
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