QAU launches first-ever BS Programme
Islamabad, Oct 13: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) after 43 years of its inception has launched its first ever BS Programme at the School of Economics recently established under its auspices to serve this purpose.
Addressing the launching ceremony QAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said that the Department of Economics is one of those disciplines of social sciences that were launched just after the establishment of this national level university. He said keeping up the tradition of being first in line, the department has now been upgraded to School of Economics to start the first ever BS Programme in the university.
Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said that he wants to see the youth as the driving force for economic growth of the country. "Being an optimistic person I have a firm believe in youth. You are the hope of this country and you should put in your best efforts to get true knowledge instead of striving only to secure degree," he said.
He said faculty of Economics Department comprises seven PhDs, four of whom have their degrees from North America, considered one of the prime destinations in the field of Economic education.
Citing the importance of higher education he said China is pushing one million youth every month in higher education while Korean have firm belief that every dollar which they would invest in higher education would give the benefit of eight hundred dollars to their economy.
School of Economics Director Dr. Tariq Javed said that he had the vision to expand Department of Economics since long. He thanked the continuous encouragement and help of the vice chancellor to make this dream a reality.Your Comments
Rootsians excel in International Kangaroo mathematics contest
Rawalpindi: Students of the Roots School System clinched 108 medals in different categories of the International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest, including 4 gold, 15 silver and 89 bronze, says a press release.
The gold medal winners are Reda Zainab Khalid, student of 'A' levels, RSS DHA I Campus; Vaneeza Qadeer of RSS 15 Tulsa Road, Lalazar Branch; Izza Nadeem of RSS 15 Tulsa Road, Lalazar Branch; and Abdullah Afgan of RSS Adiala Branch.
This was Pakistani's fifth year of participating in the world's largest mathematical event. Pakistan was admitted to the programme by the 'Mathematique pour Tour' (mathematics for all) in October 2004. Over 30 countries of the world have since then joined the programme called 'Mathematics sans Frontiers' (Mathematics without Borders) also known as Kangaroos of Mathematics. It was in 2005 that Pakistani participants contested for the prestigious event for the first time.
Fate of MPhil students of KMC hangs in the balance
Peshawar: The fate of the MPhil students of Khyber Medical College (KMC) hangs in the balance, as Khyber Medical University (KMU), Peshawar, is reluctant to register them.
KMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Hafizullah is of the opinion that the college should apply for affiliation of MPhil programme first and their students would be registered after the colleges were accorded affiliation.
KMC Principal Prof Dr Sultan Mahmood, however, said they were already affiliated with the university through the University Act and there was no need for further affiliation. "Resolution of the issue of registration of the MPhil students is my top priority. KMU should cooperate with us to resolve the matter," Dr Sultan said.
A total of 40 doctors from various medical institutions of the province are facing the problem of MPhil registration with KMU. These doctors have already got admission to KMC and their courses have been started, the sources said.
When contacted, Prof Dr Mohammad Hafizullah said that no college had so far applied for affiliation with KMU for MPhil programme. The KMC and other colleges had applied for affiliation of their MBBS programme and the university granted them affiliation after inspecting the institutions, he said. "If they apply for the MPhil programme, we would have an inspection of their institutions. And if they fulfil the required criteria, we will grant them affiliation," he said.
Prof Dr Hafizullah said for affiliation and registration of the postgraduate students, the university would look into three things - faculty, infrastructure and whether the students have taken the National Testing Service (NTS) examination or not.
Dr Sultan Mahmood, on the other hand, said that he had taken up the issue of the registration of the MPhil students with the KMU authorities. He said these students were already registered with the University of Peshawar and their courses had been started. But as they were Act-bound and had to register their students with the KMU, their registration should be transferred to KMU. "It is a simple issue. If the university has some requirements like registration fee, etc, we will happily fulfil them," he argued.
He said that MPhil programme in KMC was not something new. "The KMC has been offering MPhil courses since 1999. The KMC is not an undergraduate institution. It is not necessary for the institution to get affiliation for its each and every programme," he said, expressing optimism that the issue would be resolved soon.
The principal of the Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, in a letter requested the principal of the KMC to process the case of registration of the Department of Forensic Medicine with KMU for post-graduation as early as possible.
Referring to one case of Dr Salma Shazia, lecturer in forensic medicine, he said that she was allowed two-year deputation for MPhil course in forensic medicine at the KMC with the understanding that the department was recognised by the KMU for post-graduation. He further stated that Dr Salma had already passed her DRE examination with 81.8 per cent marks and started training at KMC for the last 5-6 months and her career would be affected in case of further delay in registration of the department. The news
Spelling Bee contest: Roots School wins regional title
Islamabad: Saad Ahmed, the lone ranger, from Roots School System emerged as the regional championship winner in (9-11 years age group) the 6th Dawn in Education National Spelling Bee contest at Islamabad Club Auditorium on Tuesday.
"Exonerate" was the winning word which helped Saad Ahmed lift the title. Momina Iftikhar from Bahria College (Cambrdige Section) was the runner-up while Bakhtawar Ijaz from Modernage Public School remained the second runner-up.
"Three students represented every school and Saad's scintillating performance was far better," said one of the audience members.
Meanwhile, Scholanova School, Modernage Abbottabad School, Silver Oaks School and Roots School, Peshawar, qualified for the elimination round in the 12-14 age group.
The other day, EMS schools also qualified for the elimination round; however, it could not maintain the winning position.
The event is being organised by Dawn Media Group and the US embassy.
Students paint to help victims of flood
Islamabad: Water colour paintings by students of Grammar School Rawalpindi were displayed at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Tuesday for raising funds for flood victims.
According to Ms Farhat, principal of the school, the main theme of the paintings was peace and love. The students chiefly used shapes of pigeon to convey the message of tolerance and living together. The girls mostly painted costumes and flowers to convey their idea of compassion and peace.
A large painting had two pigeons tweeting while resting on a window. Another painting of jasmine, Pakistan's national flower, caught visitors' attention.
The price tags on the students' paintings may be slightly on the higher side, but keeping in mind that they were displayed for a noble, the visitors would like to have them as items by budding painters.
The students also sung Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi's famous poem agar hai jazba-i-tameer zindah, phir kis cheez ki kamee hai. A number of documentaries showing picturesque Pakistani scenery were also screened. The PNCA director general gave away 250 certificates to young painters. Dawn
All Pakistan Inter-Regional 'Qiraat', 'Naat' contest held
Rawalpindi: All Pakistan Inter-Regional 'Qiraat' and 'Naat' Competition 2010 was held at FG Postgraduate College for Women Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi, under the auspices of FGEI C/G Directorate here on Tuesday.
Begum Mughira Masood Akhtar, wife of Brigadier Masood Akhtar CC Engineers Headquarters 10 Corps Rawalpindi, was the chief guest on the occasion.
The programme started with the recitation from the Holy Qur'aan by Faiza Imdad followed by 'Naat' presented by Mishal Ahmed.
The judges for the 'Qiraat' competition were Qari Muhammad Yaqoob, Qari Saleem-ur-Rehman and Qari Noor Muhammad. For the 'Naat' competition the judges included Miss Tallat Jabeen, Mrs. Ayesha Rafique and Miss Afshan Shaheen.
Overall 12 teams from all over Pakistan participated in the competition including Iqra Liaquat and Mehwish Ali from FG Inter College Mangla Cantonment, Hafiza Madiha Aslam and Fatima Jamil from FG Inter College Bahawalpur Cantonment, Sadaf Ambreen and Jahan Ara from FG Degree College Peshawar Cantonment, Asma Ikram and Samara Aftab from FG Degree College Kharian Cantonment, Rubab Akbar and Irum Naseer from FG Degree College Okara Cantonment, Rabia Imtiaz and Farhana Umar from FG Girls Inter College Abbottabad, Mehwish Lodhi and Irum Shabbir from FG Postgraduate College for Women Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi, Kanwal Iftikhar and Sadaf Tariq from FG Degree College for Women Abid Majeed Road, Rawalpindi, Shazia Kausar and Javaira Wazeer from FG Degree College for Women Multan Cantonment, Misbah Bibi and Shabana Haider from FG Inter College for Girls Karachi Cantonment, Sana Yasmeen and Rawida Bibi from FG Postgraduate College for Women Wah Cantonment, and Pakeeza Imtiaz and Um-e-Habiba from FG Inter College Jehlum Cantonment.
Begum Mughira Masood Akhtar stressed the need for leading a balanced life. She said that a life of physical activity and spiritual delight would ultimately shape positive individuals in our society. "In order to maintain this balance we must have lively curiosity to understand the commandments of Allah Almighty and His Holy Prophet (SAW). A deep rooted and sincere love for Prophet Muhammad (SAW) should be the foremost objective of every Muslim.
Later she gave away prizes and awarded certificates to the winning students.
In ëQiraatí competition Mehwish Lodhi of Federal Government Postgraduate College, Kashmir Road bagged the first position, Shazia Kausar of FG Degree College, Multan Cantonment won second position while third position went to Sana Yasmeen of FG Postgraduate College for Women, Wah Cantonment. The consolation prize was given to Misbah Bibi of FG Inter College, Karachi Cantonment.
In Naat competition first position was shared by Sadaf Tariq and Iram Shabbir of FG Postgraduate College, Abid Majeed Road, Rawalpindi and FG Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road respectively. The second position was bagged by Zubaida Bibi of FG Postgraduate College for Women, Wah Cantonment while third position went to Farhanaa Umar of FG Girls College, Abbotabad.
The overall trophy was bagged by FG Postgraduate College for Women, Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi.
In her vote of thanks Nasreen Mirza said that in this hour of distress and anxiety the only salvation can be achieved by in-depth study of the Holy Qur'aan and the teachings of our Holy Prophet (PBUH). The application of these principals to our surroundings can decrease the existing social and spiritual chaos to some extent. The news