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'Higher education pivotal to progress'
Islamabad, Nov 25: Three-day International Strategic Partnership in Research
and Education's Regional Policy Dialogue (INSPIRE-RPD) commenced on
Tuesday to develop an understanding of national policies, institutional
approaches and outreach programmes, which enable knowledge transfer for
economic and social enefit.
This regional dialogue has high-level
participation from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangla-desh, Egypt, Iran,
Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the UK.
Participants include representatives of Ministries of Education of the
above countries, Vice Chancellors and Pro Vice Chancellors of
Universities and industry specific representatives.
The dialogue has
been jointly organised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the
British Council under the INSPIRE programme of the British Council.
Thomson, British High Commissioner to Pakistan was the chief guest on
the event while Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr Javaid Laghari,
and Country Director British Council Pakistan David Martin, also
attended the opening ceremony.
The British High Commis-sioner to
Pakistan speaking at the occasion said, "Higher education is of extreme
importance in the progress of a country.
I am really glad that this
regional dialogue is happening in Islamabad and thankful to the HEC and
the British Council for organising this momentous event."
opening day explored the role and responsibilities of government in
economic, social and cultural develop-ment of a country both nationally
and internationally. Pakistani perspective was outlined by Dr S Sohail
Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC and Dr Mukhtar, Member Operat-ions and
Foreign perspectives were given by Dr Mohsin Elmahdy,
Executive Director, Projects Management Unit, Ministry of Higher
Education, Egypt and Prof. Geoff Layer, Pro Vice Chancellor University
of Bradford, UK.
The evening sessions of the day were on the
perspective of universities particularly highlighting the challenges in
establishing external linkages with industry, business and
non-commercial sectors. Presentations were given by David Coates, Head
of Knowledge Sharing, Techn-ology Strategy Board, UK; Dr Atiq Sedi,
General Director, Afghan Geological Survey, Afghanistan; Prof Zainul
Zainuddin, Director of Innova-tions Office, USM, Malaysia and other
The second day focuses on the needs and demands of industry and society
at large and the external perspective on higher education.
industry perspective will be presented by Rafiqal Islam, CEO RAK
Pharmaceuticals, Bangladesh; Kumru Adanali, MD Carbon Clear Turkey;
Abdul Razzak Dawood, a renowned industrialist from Pakistan and Rector
of Lums and other distinguished guests.
Case studies of successful
collaborations between educa-tion institution, governments, donors and
the industry will be given by Dr Ihtesham Rehman, Queen Mary, University
of London; Myrkhalykov Uzhk-empirovich, Dean South Kazakhstan State
University and Ajmal Sherazi, Afghan Institute of Rural Develop-ment,
The evening sessions will focus on action planning and
chalk out strategy on moving the dialogue forward and incorporating
learning from the event in Pakistan.
The Action Planning session
will be led by Lynne Heslop, Regional Director, Higher Education,
British Council; David Martin, Director, British Council Islamabad and
Dr Mukhtar of the HEC.
The Action Planning Group will analyse the different strategies and vote on the best practices to be taken forward.
final day will summarise the work of the first two days and discuss how
higher education in Pakistan can be made more industry specific and how
the right environment for knowledge sharing can be achieved.
Institutional drivers and initiatives in Pakistan will be analysed and the prospects for the future will be discussed.
British Council has been working closely with the HEC since 2004 and
has connected 50 universities in Pakistan with universities in the UK to
help the capacity building of higher education institutions in
INSPIRE RPD explores many critical questions in knowledge
transfer in higher education and how best practices from the region can
be implemented in Pakistan. The nation
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FAPUASA likely to call off strike
Peshawar: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Association (FAPUASA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, is likely to call off
strike at all the public sector universities today as the governor held
out an assurance on Wednesday that serious efforts were being made for
the safe recovery of Ajmal Khan, the kidnapped vice-chancellor of
Islamia College University (ICU), it was learnt.
Ahmad Ghani met a four-member delegation of FAPUASA led by Prof Dr Fida,
provincial president of the association, on Wednesday. The other
members included Dr Ziaullah Sehrai, president Islamia College
University Teachers Association, Dr Johar Ali of Peshawar University
Teachers Association, and Siddiq Akbar of the University of Engineering
and Technology, Peshawar.
Sources said that the governor
informed the delegation that the government had been making efforts from
day one for the safe recovery of Ajmal Khan. He said the government had
its own mode of action to tackle such cases and had not shown any
laxity in this regard, the sources said.
He told the delegation that
observing strike was no solution to the problem because the authorities
concerned were already making hectic efforts to secure the recovery of
the kidnapped VC.
The meeting discussed the overall security for the
teachers and administrative heads of the universities. The governor
promised to beef up security on the campuses. He told the delegation
about the government's plans to construct a boundary wall around the
Professors Colony in Peshawar University and negotiations with the
nearby villagers were in final stages, the sources added.
VC of the ICU, was kidnapped on September 7 along with his driver when
he was on way to his office. The militants twice released the videos of
Ajmal Khan. In both the videos the VC appealed to teachers, students,
workers and leaders of Awami National Party (ANP) to make efforts for
his early release. Ajmal Khan is the cousin of ANP leader Asfandyar Wali
The protest against the kidnapping of the VC gained momentum
after the release of the second video in which Ajmal Khan urged the
government to negotiate with militants and accept their demands or else
after November 20 he might not be alive. The news
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Dr. Ishaq group wins QAU ASA polls unopposed
Islamabad: Dr Eatzaz Ahmed-Dr.Ishaq Group won all the seats of
office-bearers for the next term (2010-11) in the annual elections of
Academic Staff Association, Quaid-i-Azam University.
group was declared winner when Dr Afzal Bhatti of Computer Sciences
Department, the Presidential candidate of the group, was declared
elected unopposed after the withdrawal of nomination paper of his lone
contender Dr Umar Saeed Qureshi of Physics Department.
the other office-bearers hailing from Eatzaz-Ishaq group had already
returned unopposed after the scrutiny of the nomination papers before
Dr Bhatti represents the panel of
Dr Eatzaz-Dr Ishaq Group formed in 2001. This group first time fielded
its candidates in 2002 and since then won all elections except one where
it could not clinch all the seats.
After the withdrawal date, the
candidates returned unopposed are Prof M Afzal Bhatti from Computer
Sciences (President), Dr Irfan Zia Qureshi from Animal Sciences
Department (Vice-President), Dr Nawazish Ali Khan from Physics
Department (Secretary), Anis Ahmad Bangash from Department of Earth
Sciences (Joint Secretary) and Fakhar Bilal from History Department
One reason for the candidates of
the group returning unopposed is related to successes of outgoing ASA on
many accounts for which the previous ASA had to observe token strike
for many days in 2009.
The current ASA had succeeded in
persuading the QAU authorities to pay BPS Incentives for 2008 and the
case for 2009 is in the process.
The HEC had allowed this option to
compensate those who could or did not apply for controversial Tenure
Track System offering hefty salaries to faculty since 2007.
The upgradation of stuck-up cases
is also in the process and regularization of contractual appointments is
expected to be completed in the coming Syndicate meeting scheduled in
the first fortnight of December next.
In addition to that, some other
major achievements of current ASA were the successful resolution of the
issue of International GRE for PhD admissions and getting finalised and
implemented the pre-planned schedule for the meetings of statutory
bodies (Syndicate, Selection Board, Academic Council, AS&RB and
Academic Council and Syndicate
approved a proposal of ASA paving the way for promotion of 12.5% of
Professors in BPS 21 to the status of Senior Professor in BPS 22 and
with the collaborative efforts of FAPUSA, persuaded Higher Education
Commission to extend the dates of recognising articles published in X, Y
and Z categories till June 30, 2011 for appointments.
Dr Eatzaz (the outgoing President),
Dr Gulraiz Akhter (the outgoing Secretary) and Dr. Ishaq (member
Syndicate) have congratulated the new office-bearers of ASA and hoped
that they would carry forward the agenda and try to achieve what the
current ASA could not do despite strenuous efforts. app
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Beaconites spend a day with students of Al-Makhdoom Foundation
Islamabad: Students of the Beaconhouse School System, Margalla Campus,
A-Level Branch, visited the Al-Makhdoom Foundation, a school for the
visually impaired children, to share the joys of Eidul Azha with them,
says a press release issued here on Wednesday.
The Beaconites were
led by Syed Babar Jan, the head of the Community Service Society at the
Beaconhouse School System, Margalla Campus, A-Level Branch.
society members and volunteers spent the whole day with the children at
Al-Makhdoom Foundation, who sung patriotic songs and were full of lively
spirits. Later in the day, the society members served an appetising
'biryani' with juices and chocolates to the children. Overall, the
interaction with the children of Al-Makhdoom Foundation proved to be a
learning experience for the student volunteers.
Earlier, members of
the Community Service Society of BMI-A attended Pukaar Youth
Mobilisation Campaign conducted by Imran Khan to promote awareness about
the flood victims where they donated thousands of rupees in
contribution to funds for the flood victims.
Syed Babar Jan also
undertook a trip to Charsadda and Nowshera with members of the
Beaconhouse Community Service Society to reach out and comfort the
flood-affected children there. The society members distributed Eid
gifts, clothes and milk cartons among the children. The news
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