NUST improves ranking in world universities

NUST improves its world ranking
Islamabad, Sep 14: National University of Sciences and Technology has won its place in the list of 'Top 500 World Universities', and is the only Pakistani university maintaining this honour since 2007 as per the ranking carried out by the world's most renowned and prestigious ranking agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), UK.

NUST has attained 417th position in the ranking list of 2012-13. Besides overall ranking of the universities, QS also prepares subject-wise rankings, wherein NUST has been placed at 324th rank in the discipline of engineering & technology. 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 universities/-organisations, participating in international exchange programmes and producing graduates who are welcomed by national and international industry, business, academia and market. The news

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Scholarships for Balochistan scholars
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to award 600 masters' leading to PhD scholarships worth Rs3.13 billion to the natives of Balochistan. The scholarships will be awarded under the "Aghaz Haqooq-i-Balochistan package" announced on August 30, 2012. However, the scholars after completing their PhDs will have to serve in Balochistan for at least five years after completion of their courses.

The project will supplement the government's efforts to focus on human resource development in Pakistan. It will also provide incentives to the talented students of Balochistan to achieve excellence in their area of interest and ensure availability of trained manpower for research and development in basic sciences, agriculture, life sciences and engineering and technology, arts, languages and social sciences.

According to media coordinator of HEC, Murtaza Noor, 400 indigenous and 200 overseas scholarships for masters/MS leading to PhD studies would be awarded to the natives of all 30 districts of Balochistan.

Furthermore, 25 per cent scholarships have been reserved for in-service government, R&D organisations/faculty members and employees of universities, colleges/degree-awarding institutes and remaining 75 per cent will be awarded on open merit.

The HEC has already awarded 1,200 scholarships to students of Balochistan under the "Provision of higher education opportunities for Balochistan and Fata" project during the last four years. Under the second and new phase of the project, 1,300 scholarships will also be awarded to the students of Balochistan and Fata. The HEC has also arranged foundation course for 684 students of Balochistan at Quetta. To date, 66 scholars have completed their studies. Dawn

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CSS Examination 2010 Annual Report
Islamabad: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has issued its Annual Report 2010 revealing interesting statistics about the Central Superior Services (CSS) Examination 2009.

According to the report containing data about the domicile, age, sex, education, schooling and profession of candidates, a total of 9,056 candidates applied for the CSS Examination 2009 but only 5,707 (63 percent) took the examination and only 905 (15.6 percent) of them passed.

As per the Establishment Division report, there were 388 posts to be filled and 337 candidates were, however, appointed in different professional groups.

The breakdown of 5,707 candidates showed 2,992 (52 percent) candidates were from Punjab, 1,133 (20 percent) from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 600 (11 percent) from Sindh Rural, 292 (5.11 percent) from Sindh Urban, 323 (six percent) from Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), 261 (five percent) from Balochistan and 99 (two percent) from Azad Kashmir (AK) while 68 percent of those who qualified belonged to Punjab, 12 percent to KP, eight percent to Sindh Rural, five percent to G-B and three percent to Sindh Urban.

The ratio of those who qualified showed Punjab had 171 (50 percent), Sindh Rural 68 (20 percent), Sindh Urban 28 (eight percent) and KP 36 (11 percent). This breakdown vividly showed that for candidates belonging to urban and rural Sindh, opportunities were many while the competition was not as tough.

Out of 5,707 candidates, 77 percent were male and 23 percent female, whereas 73 percent male candidates were selected against 27 percent female candidates, which showed that the ratio of female candidates in final selection increased.

According to the report, 62 percent of candidates belonged to 25-29 years age group and 57 percent of them emerged successful. Those in the age bracket of 21-25 years were 31 percent and in the final selection their ratio went up to 37 percent. Out of 342 finally selected, 145 (42 percent) had studied up to SSC in government schools of the provinces, 51 candidates studied in public schools, 41 in forces/garrison schools and 26 in model schools. Candidates from forces/garrison schools fared better in final selection, as candidates in the category were only six percent whereas the ratio of those finally selected in this category jumped to 12 percent.

Of those who took the CSS examination, 50 percent held second division while 47 percent held first division. Seventy (70) percent of those selected were jobless, five percent belonged to teaching department, five percent were serving on administrative posts, four percent belonged to the armed forces, two percent came from accounts and only one percent were associated with medical-engineering profession.

According to the report, 69 percent of the finally selected candidates got more than 60 percent marks in Islamiyat. Similarly those who got more than 60 percent marks in some other subjects included 33 percent in Everyday Science, seven percent in Current Affairs, five percent in English Essay and three percent in English Precis and Composition.

According a detail analysis of capability of candidates, most candidates depended on the beaten track in English Essay and used old style material and did not bother to update their information. One-third of the candidates had no knowledge of correct grammar in English and sentences were formed without any logic or any consideration to punctuation. Although 60 percent of the candidates passed the General Knowledge paper, yet it was evident that they had studied only traditional help books and guides and seemed to be blank in conceptualisation.

The performance, however, improved in the General Knowledge paper. The candidates had some knowledge of the affairs, however, their grasp of the issues and comprehension of their depth was still weak. This proved the standard of higher education was not up to the mark. Their preparation also left much to be desired, as their knowledge about General Knowledge (Pakistan Affairs) was weak.

Knowledge of Islamiyat seemed only superficial showing the lack of proper study and underlining the need for introducing the translation of the Holy Quran and Hadith with grammar at the graduation level. In Islamiyat, 26 percent of the candidates secured 60 percent or more marks, 35 percent got 50 to 59 percent marks and 39 percent got 40 to 49 percent. No candidate failed in this subject.

In Accounts and Auditing, the candidates had not even basic concept of accounting and their main thrust was on practical application. Performance in the subject of Agriculture was satisfactory and some of them impressed with depth of their knowledge in the subject.

In Applied Mathematics, 62 percent of the candidates failed while six percent secured 60 percent or more marks. The performance of candidates in Arabic Grammar was poor, however, overall it was better in the subject. In Arabic as subject, 43 percent of candidates got 66 percent or more marks. Candidates performed well in Balochi and 50 percent of them showed their command of the Balochi language and they expressed themselves well as 98 percent of them secured 60 percent or more marks.

Candidates performed well in British History whereas it was not satisfactory in Business Administration. In Chemistry, only five percent got 60 percent or more marks. As a whole, the performance in Computer Science was not satisfactory as only six percent candidates could get 60 percent or more marks. In Economics, 34 percent candidates got 60 percent or more marks while only one percent could secure 60 percent or more marks in English Literature.

Performance in European History was satisfactory while as a whole the candidates fared well in Geography as well. They showed average performance in Indo-Pak History while their knowledge of American History was satisfactory and so was it in International Law. The performance of candidates in International Relations was even below average whereas good performance was witnessed in Islamic History and Culture. The performance of candidates was also good in Journalism but for the material they depended on traditional books.

The incompetence of candidates in Law was so glaring that some of them could not write correctly even a single paragraph and had no command of English language. The performance was satisfactory in Persian as 51 percent of candidates obtained 60 percent or more marks while 20 percent of candidates obtained 60 percent or more marks in Philosophy and 69 percent candidates secured 60 percent or more marks in Psychology.

In Public Administration, 15 percent candidates obtained 60 percent or more marks while 25 of candidates gave irrelevant answers in Punjabi and 37 percent of candidates secured 60 percent marks in Pashto. In the Sindhi, 52 percent candidates obtained 60 percent marks and candidates demonstrated the best performance in Sociology as 60 percent of them obtained 60 percent marks. In Statistics, 13 percent candidates obtained 60 percent or more marks while 29 percent of candidates secured 60 percent or more marks in Zoology.

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PMAS-AAUR lecturer honoured
Rawalpindi: Beenish Saba, Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), declared as a Young Scientist Best Oral Presenter in International Conference on 'Challenges in Environmental Engineering and Sciences', held in Melbourne Australia, from 9-13 September 2012.

Saba is the only Pakistani who won this award for the first time. The conference is one of the biggest events held in Australia addressing challenges faced by environment and climate change where more than 80 countries of the world participated. Beenish, a highly talented faculty member in the Department of Environmental Sciences of the university, presented her research findings on 'Textile wastewater treatment in suspended and attach growth sequencing batch bioreactor using different carbon sources'.

She has already written three books and 10 international papers and participated in a number of national and international conferences.

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KU, Mauritian university sign MoU for scientific cooperation
Karachi: The Karachi University (KU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Mauritius to initiate academic exchange and scientific cooperation between the two institutes.

Director International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary on behalf of the University of Karachi and Director Quality Assurance of University of Mauritius Dr. B. F. Khodabocus signed the MoU in Karachi.

He said that the basic objective of the agreement was to initiate and promote scientific cooperation and academic exchange in various fields of sciences between the University of Mauritius and Karachi University. He said "The University of Mauritius is a tertiary and research institution founded in 1965. It offers part-time and full-time programmes of studies in a wide range of academic disciplines, giving increasing importance to postgraduate training, research and consultancy with a view to respond to the current and emerging

needs of the various sectors of the economy."

According to the MoU, it was also agreed that major disciplines for students would include management sciences, computer and information technology, chemistry, bioinformatics, structural biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, Nan chemistry, human genomics, medicinal chemistry, languages, bio-resource management, financial mathematics. It was also agreed that binational workshops/seminar/ conferences will be organised jointly to develop linkages between academicians and researchers.

The agreement would be in effect for a period of five years from the date of execution and may be extended by mutual agreement in writing by both parties. The news

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HSSC exam marks sheets ready
Karachi: The controller of examinations, the Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi, Mohammad Imran Chishti, on Thursday announced that marks sheets of candidates of science pre-engineering and science general groups for the Higher Secondary School Certificate Part-II annual exams-2012 were available to be collected by college representatives on submission of an authority letter from the pre-engineering section of the board. Dawn

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