NUST among top Asian universities

NUST included in 'top 100 Asian universities'
Islamabad, May 24: The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) has won a place in the list of 'Top 100 Asian Universities'. It is the only Pakistani university to achieve this unprecedented honour as per the ranking carried out by the world's most prestigious ranking agency, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), UK.

Keeping up the highest traditions of excellence in providing quality education and research, NUST has attained 84th position in the ranking list of 2011.

Besides overall ranking of the universities, QS also prepares 'Subject-wise Rankings', wherein NUST has been placed in the list of 'Top 100 Asian Universities' in the subjects of IT & Engineering (Ranking 58), and Natural Sciences (Ranking 73). Whereas, in the subjects of Life Sciences and Medicine NUST is placed at the Rank of 102. It speaks volumes of the hard work put in by the NUST management and faculty in terms of improving infrastructure, providing quality education, conducting innovative research, establishing international linkages, engaging in collaborative research with leading international institutions/organisations, participating in international exchange programmes and producing graduates who are welcomed by national/international industry, business, academia and market.

NUST Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar, has felicitated the NUST administration and faculty of all NUST constituent colleges, institutes and centres for their relentless efforts to achieve excellence in providing quality education to their students and carrying out research of international standards. The news

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College teachers threaten strike if demands not met
Islamabad: The teachers of federal colleges have decided to go on strike until the concerned authorities meet their demands.

The decision to this effect was taken in a joint meeting of associations of teachers of federal government and model colleges here recently.

The representatives of teachers said that college teachers have been waiting for implementation of the special package announced by the prime minister. According to them, teachers were still waiting for implementation of the package despite the passage of six months.

In the meeting, the college teachers decided to gather in front of the Pakistan Secretariat's D-Block on May 24 for holding a rally. They have also decided to stage protests in front of the Press Club on May 25 and outside the Parliament House on May 26. They also threatened complete strike, including boycott of classes and practical examination duties from May 27.

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AIOU's hostile admin an awful nuisance for students
Islamabad: Students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)- the largest university of the country in terms of students' enrolment, are facing numerous serious problems relative to administrative and examination system due to which many of them are compelled to skip their precious academic semester every year.

AIOU is the country's first distance learning institution with a network of 32 regional campuses and over 1.4 million students across Pakistan claiming to impart 'quality education' to every enrolled student.

As the number of students has mounted tremendously over the years so have the institution's administrative problems. The victims of these problems are usually students hailing from far-flung areas. They have to travel all the way to AIOU headquarter in H-8, Islamabad, with the most frequent complaints about non-reception of admission acceptances or rejections, non-availability of roll number slip neither through snail mail nor available on internet. The booty mafia that is active at various examination centres is another curse.

The admission department's staff is often reported to be stubborn, pestering students on petty issues like changes in courses and mailing addresses. A minor mistake in admission form causes greater inconvenience to students because of the staff's harsh attitude.

"There is a lack of coordination among various university departments. A change in the student's examination centre is hardly acknowledged by the examination department and that is what actually happened with me ahead of this semester when I was told to go Block No. 13, Room No, 12 and they refused to accept my documents," said Umair who came from Gujranwala.

He said he has all the relevant documents and has deposited fee of Rs 600 for change of examination centre but office of deputy controller examination rejected it saying now it was too late.

The university takes no responsibility for letters or books wrongly delivered by the postal department, said Hamtaya Aftab, a student of B.Ed. He said he prepared all the assignments himself but "my other class mates told me they have contacts with tutors and hence they just got the marks without doing a single assignment.

Tutors have been given absolute powers to evaluate assignments and no one else can physically verify assignment submission, not even the vice chancellor (VC). It was learned that a tutor had rejected a student's assignment in the MBA programme only because she did not attend her class despite the fact that classes were not mandatory in the programme. Sumaira Kanwal, the student said that she had to discontinue her studies because of the system's complexities.

She said she was given a list of her tutors and their addresses but her assignments were returned because the university had provided her with the wrong addresses. She said she had contacted the university's administration department but it was unable to help her locate the tutors. Sumaira claimed that she lodged several complaints with the administration but failed to get the issue resolved.

This scribe was told that in last semester examinations of M Sc Mass Communication Autumn 2010, booty mafia was so active in one of stipulated examination centre i-e- Federal Government Model School G-9/4. "The examination hall was jam packed with boys and girls, some boys in connivance with invigilators and supervisor went ostensiblt to wash room and brought along pages," a student said on condition of anonymity.

He added that not only did boys who cheated, rather "many of female candidates, few of them in veil were also found cheating. A girl in veil when caught red handed refused to give her paper to supervisor and threatened him dire consequences, the eyewitness revealed.

Many students are found using cell phone texting and calling others to seek 'help' and many a time invigilators do not bother to stem cheating.

Employees complain that those close to the high-ups are deemed privileged, irrespective of rank or grade. "Complaints against the AIOU services and education system are increasing daily," an employee said.

Contacted, AIOU spokesperson Obaidullah Mumtaz conceded that the students were faced with difficulties and that the system needed improvement. He said the university had taken a number of steps to facilitate students' complaints. He said more centres were being set up to facilitate students and that the entire system was being computerised.

He said it was not possible for the university to individually inform thousands of students about their admissions due to the dearth of resources and manpower. Talking about flaws in examination and administrative system of AIOU, he said the controller examination was the appropriate person to comment on it. When this scribe contacted controller AIOU Hafeezullah, his cell number was powered off. Daily times

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Irregularities in AIOU's transport section detected
Islamabad: The preliminary inquiry report of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) administration has revealed serious irregularities, including pilferage of petrol and diesel, in the Transport Section.

According to a senior official, the AIOU vice chancellor received complaints from various quarters about the pilferage of diesel and petrol and other irregularities in the Transport Section after which he ordered an inquiry into the matter.

The inquiry team, comprising Professor Dr. Naushad Khan, dean of the Faculty of Sciences, and Arshad Baloch, deputy controller of examinations, probed into the matter and presented a report to the vice chancellor.

The vice chancellor has immediately ordered the transfer of Transport Officer Mushtaq Mashie and Transport Assistant Muhammad Hassan to other departments and at the same time ordered the concerned officials to deal with irregularities in the Transport Section under E&D Rules.

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Women ministry officials visit IIU Day Care Centre
Islamabad: Director Planning and Monitoring Division, Ministry of Women Development visited Day Care Centre at Female Campus of International Islamic University (IIU). Director Females Campus Professor Qaisarah Alvi, Director Finance IIU, Khurshid Alam, faculty members and staff of baby care centre were present on the occasion.

Irum Fatima, Director Planning and Monitoring Division was briefed about the activities of the centre. Various proposals were discussed relating to the expansion, infrastructure, staff and funds of the baby care centre. Irum Fatima visits the centre and met with the children. She appreciated the operation of the baby care centre and commented that IIU has more women students and faculty members as compare to other Universities of the capital, which is prime objective of Ministry of Women Development to spend more on women education and empowerment.

She proposed that projects should be submitted to the ministry regarding development of women in IIU, which will be analysed according the rules and guidelines of the Ministry.

Professor Qaisarah Alvi, thanks the director planning and monitoring division for her visits to IIU. The news

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