500 graduates awarded degrees at UoP convocation
Peshawar, 4 Nov: Around 500 graduates were awarded degrees at the convocation of the University of Peshawar (UoP) for the session 2011. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah, who is Chancellor of public sector universities in the province, was chief guest on the occasion.
Some 26 students, including 12 girls, were given gold medals for clinching first position in their respective departments. Sixteen PhD and 23 MPhil scholars were also awarded degrees at the convocation.
Addressing the convocation, Governor Shaukatullah felicitated the graduates, their teachers and parents. He said increasing the number of universities in the country would be meaningless without focusing on research. "It is heartening to know that the UoP has improved its position in the ranking of Higher Education Commission," he said.
The chancellor congratulated the university authorities in its initiative of the opening of a new department and institute by the name of "Peace and Conflict Studies." He resolved to take all out measures in solving the financial problems of the all public sector varsities in the province.
UoP Vice-Chancellor Dr Rasul Jan presented the annual performance report and said the university was imparting education from nursery to PhD level. He said over 20,000 students were studying in the six faculties comprising 50 various departments, institutes, centres of excellence, colleges and schools. The university has about 597 teachers out of whom 211 are PhDs, he added.
The vice-chancellor said being the mother institution in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; the University of Peshawar had brought great improvement on the academic side and infrastructure in the past few years.
He said the UoP was mindful of its social responsibility and was not limited to focusing only on classroom activities, but was also contributing to the society in a positive way through capacity building of various government departments.
The vice-chancellors of the public and private sector universities in KP, UoP Registrar Dr Syed Fazle Hadi, members of syndicate and senate, deans of faculties, students and their parents attended the ceremony.
29th SPELT moot starts
Islamabad: SPELT Conference is the largest and most representative moot of teachers of English in Pakistan. On Friday 29th ELT International Conference 2013 was inaugurated here at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad (CIIT).
This year conference was being held in collaboration with CIIT. The event is indicative of unflinching commitment of SEPLT with the cause of English language (ELT) in Pakistan. It is also expressive of mission of CIIT to make its contribution to academic and intellectual development of the country.
The theme of the conference is 'Surfing the ELT Wave: New Ways for a New Generation.' The Department of Humanities, CIIT Islamabad, is organising this event. Speakers are participating from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand and USA. More than 400 participants are expected from different cities of Pakistan including Quetta, Gujarat, Faisalabad, Karachi, Lahore, Swat, Mardan, Wah, Bahawalpur, Mansehra and Texila. CIIT, Oxford University Press, Australian Education Office, SPELT, National ICT R&D Fund, Ministry of Information Technology and IELTS are the main sponsors of the event.
QAU students still waiting of BA/BSc Part-I results
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has yet to announce the results for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Part-I examinations, which were conducted in May this year, leaving the students of Islamabad model colleges in disarray.
These were the first examinations after the affiliation of colleges working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) with the QAU. Five months have lapsed and students have been promoted to next classes (Bachelor Part-II) without knowing the fate of their Part-I examinations.
The students were expecting results in September or October.
Despite being promoted to next classes, they are unable to concentrate on studies due to the uncertainty.
Muhammad Afzal, parent of a student, said, "It is the first batch of bachelor students after affiliation of model colleges with the QAU, which seems to have been facing problems in finalising the results."
The university should at least announce the expected date of results so that the students could concentrate on their studies, he added.
FDE Model Colleges Director Tariq Masood said it was a new task for the QAU to conduct bachelor examination of model colleges. Probably due to the lack of relevant experts or faculty the QAU has failed to declare the results on time, he added.
He said it was the responsibility of the QAU to declare results and the FDE had no concern with it.
However, he added, the directorate was ready to help the university through its teachers if the university asked for their help.
He said, "We can help them out with compiling the results if the university asked for it."
Acting QAU Controller Examinations Dr Muhammad Idrees said it was a new experiment for the university to conduct examination of college students. The QAU was working to finalise the results which were expected to be announced by mid November, he added.
The results, he said, were to be announced in October. But they were delayed due to the change in the schedule of practical exams of different subjects. The teachers had refused to conduct practical exams due to Ramzan and Eidul Fitr which delayed the results for a month, he added.
He said the university was making efforts to finalise the results and announce them at the earliest. app
AIOU to hold exams of PGD, MA, MSc from 18th
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has scheduled its final examination of PGD, MA and MSc programmes for Spring 2013 from November 18.
AIOU Examination Controller Dr Hamid Khan Niazi said roll-number slips were being dispatched to all the enrolled students at their given addresses by postal mail service. The students who do not receive their roll-number slips until November 10 have been advised to contact the nearest regional office of the university or Deputy Controller Examination Abid Hussain Satti at his phone numbers 051-9250051, 9057648 for a duplicate roll-number slip.
For a duplicate roll-number slip students are required to bring two passport-sized photographs duly attested by a gazetted officer. The date sheet was being placed on the AIOU website www.aiou.edu.pk for the convenience of students, Niazi said. online
'Brazilian Corner' established at QAU
Islamabad: The ambassador of Brazil, Alfredo Leoni together with the Vice-Chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, inaugurated the Brazilian Corner at the Central Library of the university.
The embassy donated more than three hundred Brazilian books in English and almost one hundred books in Portuguese language on Brazil, as well as DVDs and journals, which will be accommodated in the corner. The beautiful space on the second floor of the library is also equipped with a modern studying area and computers.
The Brazilian Corner is part of the effort of Brazil to strengthen its educational cooperation with Pakistan and to develop increased academic ties between the two countries. With the resources made available at the space, thousands of students of the university will have access to the information necessary to develop their academic researches about Brazil and increase the ties that link Brazilians and Pakistanis.
To celebrate the inauguration of the corner and to encourage the use of the new resources, the embassy has also launched an essay contest for university students. Any Pakistani university student can participate by sending an essay about the cultural diversity of Brazil and compete for prizes of Rs50,000, Rs30,000 and Rs20,000 in cash. More information about the contest can be found at the Embassy's website (www.embassyofbrazil.com.pk). The embassy will also publish the best essay.
In addition to these initiatives, computers were donated to the Area Studies Centre of Quaid-i-Azam, which will also hold a videoconference seminar with a Brazilian university in the days following the inauguration. The news