HEC awards 22 need-based scholarships to QAU
Islamabad, May 03: Higher Education Commission has awarded twenty-two need-based scholarships to the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad for the MBA session 2011. The scholarships have been awarded under a recent agreement signed between HEC and USAID. The scholarship programme for session 2011 is focused toward students hailing from rural areas especially the female students. HEC, in partnership with the US Government, initiated a Merit and Needs Based Scholarship programme, which aims to provide assistance to talented but needy students who are unable to continue their higher education because of financial disadvantages. These scholarships are available since 2004 in the field of Business Administration and Agriculture at 11 participating universities/institutions including QAU. To review the progress of already enrolled students under the programme, a delegation of USAID and HEC visited QAU. The delegation included Ms. Asima Rahman Education Management, Education Specialist USAID and Ms. Khola Arooj, USAID along with HEC officials. The monitoring team also noted the issues being faced by the scholarship beneficiaries and assured the early solution of their issues.
Interactive workshops held at Beaconhouse
Islamabad: Eighteen Beaconhouse campuses hosted the Beaconhouse Little Leaders Interactive Workshops for Parents - a free learning activity for families on early years Education.
The first facility and service of its kind drew in crowds of parents and toddlers at the Beaconhouse branches in F-10/4, Civil Lines, Westridge, Satellite Town, Jhelum and Peshawar in the Northern Region.
The popular workshops being held simultaneously in all campuses included sessions on: 'How to Raise a Leader', 'Parenting for Today: Raising Tomorrow's Leaders', 'How to Raise a Reader', 'How Your Child Can Love Math', 'How Your Child Can Learn Through Play' and 'How to Use Technology With Your Child'. All workshops included hands-on activities, question-and-answer sessions and were fully interactive. While parents were busy in workshops their toddlers and children were caught up in the range of activities that included working on art and craft, pottery making, puppetry, story telling, sports, jumping castle, trampolines, games and enjoyed refreshments.
The workshops familiarised parents with simple strategies that they can use at home with their children. Put together and consistently practised, these strategies will help develop a strong sense of leadership and responsibility in young ones. These workshops are designed to help parents align parenting style with the latest research in education and child development; to help parents in developing the core skills like leadership in their children in a world that has become increasingly competitive.
The workshops were conducted by trained personnel and were so popular that the sessions had to be repeated as parents kept waiting due to the seats being full to capacity. Large screens also relayed live the activity in all workshop rooms to waiting crowds sitting outside. Waiting parents enjoyed the exhibited student artwork and educational displays and joined their children in many activities including martial arts, gymnastics, music choir and puppet theatre. The most popular activity which drew in parents as well as children was pottery making. Beaconhouse alumni also met parents and addressed the crowds to answer queries. Delighted parents included parents who themselves are Beaconhouse alumni.
Students display innovative ideas at 'Open House'
Islamabad: Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik, Rector, and Dr Mumtaz Ahmad, President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), inaugurated the second annual Open House here on Monday.
They along with senior faculty members visited the projects displayed by the students. Appreciating the students for the efforts, the IIUI president stressed the need for bringing new ideas in the energy sector. He said that Pakistan is facing energy crisis and students should bring new ideas in this sector. Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad also invited the commercial sector to support and implement the innovative ideas of the students of IIUI, which can contribute in the development of the country.
Dr. Riaz Ahmad, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology, IIUI, said that the students have successfully invented the ideas for commercial and industrial production, which is being imported from abroad. He said that if the students of engineering at local universities are supported by commercial sector, they could be able to fulfil the market demands locally. He termed Faculty of Engineering and Technology a promised future for commercial and industrial production.
A number of male and female students of the faculty displayed their project presenting innovative ideas. Thirty-four projects of female students and twenty-six projects of male students were displayed separately at both the campuses. The students shared their ideas at respective stalls with gesture to contribute in development of the country. The students used latest IT and engineering knowledge for developing their innovations.
The guests took keen interest in the projects and lauded their efforts. Visitors took keen interest and asked questions from students about different features of their projects. Some of the projects were the key focus of the visitors which include 'Magic Stick for Blind Person', 'Sound Based Elevator Control System for Blind Persons', 'Intelligent Wheel Chair Remotely Controlled by Hand Gestures', 'Portable Heart Monitoring Device', 'A Small Power Plant On A Canal', and 'In-Flight Path Control of a Model Aircraft'. Various organisations including Pakistan Vacuum Society, NINVAST and others also displayed different products in the open house.
A number of senior faculty members, officers, and students of IIUI and other universities and professionals attended the event from industrial organisations, institutions, and academia. Dr. Zia ul Haq, Dean Faculty of Shariah and Law; Qaiserah M. Alvi, Director Female Campus; S. M. Bhutta, Professor Department of Electronic Engineering; Dr Nouman Khan, Chairman, Department of Electronic Engineering; Engineer Saba Hameed, In-charge, Department of Electronic Engineering, Female Campus; Khursheed Alam, Director (Finance), Mahmood Ahmad Farooqui, Additional Director (P&PR), and Shahid Ikram, Lecture, FET, were also present on the occasion.
The event was organised at male and female campuses separately.
'Mahamuqabla' held at City School
Islamabad: The management of the City School, Capital Campus, hosted a sports event titled 'Mahamuqabla'. The event provided the entire staff of branches in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and the Regional Office (North) an opportunity to break from routine and showcase their sporting talent in various games in the playground.The idea of the event was appreciated and supported by the Regional Office. The regional academic coordinators and Regional Director North Safia Cassim were present on the occasion. All staff members collectively participated in diverse sports of football, cricket, badminton, volleyball, basketball, table tennis and athletics. On the occasion, Capital Campus Principal Shagun Irfan extended gratitude to the Regional Office and all participating branches of the City School. The news