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Higher Education Commission, Pakistan January 2013

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Regional Contest of 15th Inter University Debate Contest

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed Joins HEC as Executive Director QAA becomes Member of CIQG HEC, Microsoft Strategic Academic Alliance Progressing Fast Workshop on Plagiarism Policy at Air University HEC funded Clinical Trial Recognized by Int’l Journal Scholar Completes PhD at the age of 27 Zeeshan Ahmed Completes PhD from Germany

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PIEAS Workshop on Teaching Methodologies

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Karachi. the top three winners were Sayed Bilal Zohaib and Soban Baig of the University of Karachi and Umer Khan Ufaq of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology. Mr. participated. Adviser to Chief Minister Sindh. Sharmila Farooqi. Director. Peshawar and Inam-ur-Rehman of Gomal University. Qazi Muhammad Asad. Islamia College University. Lahore. Noor Jehan. Mubashir of Islamia College University. Peshawar. The contest for KPK was organized by HEC Regional Centre at Islamia College University. Addressing the gathering Ms. Ms. Shumaila Zaib of the University of Peshawar and Ramsha Javed of the Agricultural University. Sindh HEC Regional Centre. Jamshoro. Nawabshah and Pirbhat Shams of Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences. top positions went to Rubab Tanveer of UET Peshawar. Peshawar. The winners of English debate were Waseem Gohar of Institute of Management Sciences. Zahid Hussain Dharejo. The first three positions in English debate were grabbed by Asma Bilal of Iqra University Karachi. Similarly. Engineering and Management Sciences. D. Karachi organized the regional round of the Contest at Dow International Medical College. Zaheer Ahmed Awan. Khan. Balochistan At Quetta. Mr. Sharmila Farooqi said that such activities enable students to become courageous and be able to confidently express themselves. In Urdu debate. University of Balochistan. Farmanullah Anjum. Quetta & Islamabad As many as 80 student debaters from across the universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa participated in the regional contest of 15th All Pakistan Inter University Debate Contest for award of Allama Iqbal Shield 2012. I. Director (Academics) HEC and Mr. was the chief guest in the prize distribution ceremony. S c i e n c e a n d Te c h n o l o g y. Provincial Minister for Higher Education was the chief guest on the occasion. Iqra 2 Punjab . Abdul Rehman of Quaid-e-Awam University of E n g i n e e r i n g . Around 86 contestants from 24 universities of the Sindh province. Ateeq-ur-Rahman. Peshawar. HEC Regional Centre were also present. in Urdu contest. both public sector and private sector. Karachi. Dr. Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University. the event was organized by HEC Regional Centre in collaboration with Balochistan University of Information Technology. Director.News & Views 15th All Pakistan Inter-University Debate REGIONAL CONTESTS held at Karachi. Peshawar. HEC Regional Centre were also present. Director General (Academics) HEC and Mr. Vice Chancellor.

IIU was the chief guest while Mr. the winners were Mirza Atta-ur-Rauf and Ahmad Nawaz of National University of Sciences and Technology and Shaheen Akhtar of Karakuram International University. Umar Khayam of Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi and Safia Zia of the University of Gujrat.News & Views University and Al-Hamd Islamic University. In Urdu contest. Gilgit-Baltistan. Punjab Over 70 student debaters from 31 universities of Punjab. In English category. positions were clinched by Muhammad Bilal Iqbal and Shaista Gul Khan of BUITEMS and Ammad Shakeel of Al-Hamd Islamic University. The winners in English contest were Ahmed Nadir of UET Taxila. He also appreciated the participating universities and debaters. M. BUITEMS was the chief guest. participated in Punjab region's contest. Quetta. the Minister praised the HEC for organizing the debating contest event at provincial level. graced the event as the chief guest. Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation/Education and Literacy. 2013. Farman Ullah Anjum. Islamabad. Pro-Vice Chancellor. Dr. Final round of the Contest will be held at HEC Islamabad in March/ April. Director. Mr. Nazeer Hussain. Federal Area Balochistan In Urdu Contest.A. top positions went to Hamza Hameed Tarar and Salman Tariq of University of the Punjab and Talah Wali of UET Lahore. organized by HEC Regional Centre at the University of Engineering and Technology. both public and private sector.K Malghani. he stressed the need for increasing budget for higher education. In Urdu debates. In English category. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr. Mr. Deputy Director. In his address. Mumtaz Ahmed. the winners were Wollan Batool and Sumbal Jameel of SBKWU and Ahmed Waqas Khan of Iqra University. Addressing the gathering. Director General (Academics) HEC was the guest of honour at the occasion. winners included Usman Choudhary and Khawar Latif of Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Warda Mir of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology. Habibullah Nasir. Vice President. HEC Centre Quetta was also present. Lahore. HEC Regional Centre highlighted the significance of the InterUniversity Debating Contest. Federal Area The contest for universities in Federal Area was held at International Islamic University. besides underlining the need for cocurricular activities. Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rahman. 3 .

Dr. Pakistan. supervising university-industry collaboration.icdim. 2013.org (Technically co-sponsored by the Technology Management Council of IEEE) Proceedings will be indexed in IEEE Xplore & DBLP Important Dates Submission of papers Notification of Paper Acceptance/Rejection Author Registration Camera Ready Paper Due March 28.News & Views Dr. USA.org. http://www. Dr. Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) Rabat. 2013 June 28. He has also worked with distinguished national and international organizations and brings with him unique expertise of educational leadership. project planning. Riverside. accrediting and quality assurance organizations and others worldwide. Operations and Planning. 8th IEEE International Conference on Digital Information Management Islamabad. which is an international group formulated by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for colleges. was previously working as Deputy Director General at the Islamic Educational. Email: conference@icdim. who has already served HEC as Member. advance understanding of international quality assurance. QAA becomes Member of CIQG The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). universities. A PhD from University of California. Mukhtar has over 25 years of educational development and management experience including teaching. September 10-12. Higher Education Commission has become the member of CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG). The main aim of the Group is to address issues and challenges focused on quality as well as quality assurance in an international setting. CIQG provides service designed to assist institutions and organizations in further enhancing capacity for academic quality. 2013 May 30. Mukhtar Ahmed has joined the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan as its new Executive Director. This forum will provide QAA an opportunity to be recognized worldwide and will enhance its capacity to serve in more effective and efficient manner. higher education management. and provide research and policy direction. 2013 Call for Papers 4 . policy development. Mukhtar Ahmed Joins HEC as Executive Director Dr. 2013 June 25. Mukhtar Ahmed. etc.

5 . SharePoint is a tool designed to help teams working on different parts of a product to collaborate effectively. New social capabilities make it easy to share ideas.BootCamp Continuing to add value to the educational landscape. the HEC in collaboration with Microsoft organized a five-day boot camp on SharePoint2013 in January 2013 for IT Administrators of universities all across Pakistan. The month of January's MSP highlight comes from Yahiya Iqbal. he has arranged seven workshops in which six were conducted on campus and one was online. MSP is selected for one year who acts as Microsoft Ambassador in the respective university. His Key focus area. The event was organized at HEC Regional Centre. and discover experts. WCF. ASP. system requirements necessary to run the software and a demonstration on its installation and deployment on several machines. SharePoint 2013 is the new way to work together. SharePoint 2013 . remains development in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. SharePoint redefines collaboration and document management and represents a new way to work together. Within a time of two months. Department of Information Technology. MSP's key duty is to arrange on-campus technology sessions in collaboration with Microsoft. The purpose and theme of the event was to get the audience familiarized with every aspect of SharePoint 2013 in detail. keep track of what our colleagues are working on.News & Views HEC. As it is built in the cloud IT Pros can manage cost and meet the demands of compliance to manage risk. HTML 5. has changed previous trends of UoG in conducting and managing workshops related to Microsoft technology. University of Gujrat. His technical capabilities include SQL server. Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. however. sync and share all the content. Developers can build modern apps and designers can build eyecatching websites. He has participated in the world largest hackthon named “WOWZAPP”. He has also attended workshops in Islamabad. CSS 3. Each MSP is awarded a globally recognized certificate for his/her duties along with an opportunity to be part of key training programmes which are delivered online and a chance to take Microsoft certification examination for free. A simplified user experience helps to organize. Microsoft Strategic Academic Alliance Progressing Fast January 2013 Update MSP Programme Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) Programme is part of HEC and Microsoft Education Alliance Agreement. who has been working with Microsoft since November 2012. He is also working on some Windows Phone 8 projects with a software house.NET. Lahore. Yahiya. WPF. The first day of the boot camp dealt with a brief introduction and overview of the product.

The series of sessions. recognized from the fact that there have been two app submissions already from the University while over 10 applications are being worked on. In this regard. The progress of the University itself in the app market is considerable. The next three days of the boot camp dealt with in-depth talks on technical features of SharePoint. interest in the development on this platform has increased twofold. Windows 8 DevCamp at University of Gujrat A noteworthy initiatives taken in January was the start of a series of sessions covering Development on Windows 8 at the University of Gujrat. Over 10 IT Administrators from all over Punjab attended the boot camp. as highlighted by the fact that these sessions were planned and executed by the Student Partner of the University himself. development tools involved and Sharepoint authorization and authentication overview. So far. This is another example of the success of MSP programme. customization options. the National Textile University. A Windows Store app is a new type of app that is sold in the Windows Store and runs on Windows 8 devices. which were attended by over 40 students of the University. They install easily and uninstall cleanly. as well as HTML 5 are planned each week on Wednesdays. and are of great interest to the students. Faisalabad organized a one-day workshop on Windows Store App Development in collaboration with HEC and Microsoft. are designed to get students of the Software Engineering discipline familiarized with development tools and languages required to develop on Windows 8. The initial session at the University was delivered by Shahid Aziz from MIC Lahore while other sessions were delivered by the University faculty. content management. social features. They run in a single window that fills the entire screen by 6 . starting with the Windows 8 development session organized at UoG with the help of MIC Lahore. three sessions have been conducted at UoG. and will be submitted for the final checks in the upcoming days. The sessions. Windows 8 Workshop at NTU Faisalabad With the launch of Windows 8. The boot camp ended with a general air of appreciation and the audience showed the urge to deploy SharePoint workspace in their respective institutions.News & Views Second day comprised technical sessions wherein SharePoint's architecture was discussed. which deal with the usage of XAML as a designing interface for great apps for windows. and its associated SDK. which was conducted by Shahid Aziz who is currently working at Microsoft Innovation Centre Lahore as a Technical Consultant. its working in an enterprise.

Dr. Students. You can write Windows Store apps in a variety of languages. Faculty. Its members cooperate with each other to achieve common goals along with sharing information on civic engagement strategies. Faculty. Faculty. Regional Final [Islamabad] Imagine Cup . as an active stakeholder in Gilgit-Baltistan. This workshop was also conducted by Shahid Aziz. IT Adminis trator. Instead of static icons. HODs. and keyboard. Regional Final [Lahore] 25 26 27 Event in a Box . Vice Chancellor. . Gilgit-Baltistan has received membership of Talloires Network of Universities. pen. Faculty. “With cooperation of the Network. Talloires 7 Network's membership will definitely enhance University's drive for community development. IT Admins Agenda: Microsoft ICT Outreach Programme For: IBA Sukkar 12 ONLINE Audience: Students & Faculty Agenda: Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 For: North 13 On-Site Audience: VC / Rector. such as C# and Visual Basic with XAML. Karachi University 14 ONLINE Audience: Students & Faculty Agenda: Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 For: Central & South 15 BOOTCAMP. Most of the participants had already developed applications either on Windows 8 or Windows phone 7 hence workshop proved beneficial for people intending to further work in this area. C++ with XAML or DirectX. they use live tiles that can display notifications. Students. HODs. Windows Azure Lahore WORKSHOP . The Network includes 247 universities from 62 States. IT Administrators. Windows Azure Karachi KIU becomes Member of Talloires Network Karakoram International University (KIU). is engaged in utilizing higher education for uplift of local people in all spheres of life. ~ Activities Planned for March 2013 ~ Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 4 5 On-Site Audience: Faculty & Students Agenda: Visual Studio 2012 For: Mehran University of Science and Technology 6 On-Site Audience: Students Agenda: Visual Studio 2012 For: Quaid -i.On-site and Online] 28 29 WORKSHOP . SharePoint 2013 18 19 Imagine Cup . Windows Azure Islamabad WORKSHOP .News & Views default. Najma Najam. They automatically work with a variety of input sources. It involves only those universities which directly influence community development and have programmes of community involvement.” she said. including touch.Azam University Islamabad 7 On-Site Audience: Faculty & Students Agenda: Visual Studio 2012 For: Quaid-i. Around 25 students from NTU attended the workshop. The workshop dealt with the development aspects of Windows 8. SharePoint 2013 11 On-Site Audience: VC / Rector. Regional Final [Karachi] 20 21 22 Imagine Cup . Faculty. KIU. KIU will be able to act as a more organized and vibrant force directly and actively involved in the socioeconomic development of Gilgit-Baltistan. faculty members and students of universities. IT Administrator. IT Administrator.Awam University 8 BOOTCAMP. KIU said that the University has incorporated in its curriculum issues of local importance and paved ways for developmental projects. IT Administrators. mouse. IT Admins Agenda: Microsoft ICT Outreach Programme For: Dawood Collage of Engineering. and JavaScript with HTML/CSS. Congratulating the administrative staff.

He also stressed use of ICT tools for teaching and learning purpose. This PubCast presentation is the first one from dental research in Pakistan. Naimat was awarded PhD scholarship by the University of Peshawar under the Faculty Development Programme. Dr. Deputy Director (Quality Assurance) HEC explained the plagiarism policy and demonstrated features of Turnitin. Scotland. This is the first randomized clinical trial from Asia in the field of Perio-CHD relationship.News & Views Workshop on Plagiarism Policy at Air University The Quality Enhancement Cell. in his inaugural speech. The principal finding of this research is that treatment of periodontal disease reduces CHD risk by 12. Air Commodore Abdul Wahab. said that the University is determined to implement all QA policies developed by HEC. Air University. Prof. The research has also been selected for presentation as “PubCast” that is a video link where the author of high quality research work are given chance to have a talk about their research. Tonetti. Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Mr. Most of the faculty members were unaware about the PeerMark and GradeMark features of the service and their potential to improve writing skills. UK. He emphasized that faculty should innovate new ways to engage students for self-paced learning. the scholar not only completed his PhD but also passed the Postgraduate Diploma in research in the field of Finance and Accounting. Islamabad recently organized a daylong workshop on “HEC Plagiarism Policy and Turnitin” for faculty members of Air University and other local universities. HEC funded Clinical Trial Recognized by Int’l Journal A research paper entitled “Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy Reduces Coronary Heart Disease Risk Markers: A Randomized Controlled Trial” by Dr. has declared this research a truly interesting piece of work. Dr. B o k h a r i ’s P u b C a s t i s a v a i l a b l e o n www. S. AA Khan and colleagues has been published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Scholar Completes PhD at the age of 27 Dr.5 per cent in CHD patients who were at high risk despite having cardiac medications such as antiinflammatory and lipid-lowering agents. Faculty members were interested in the Turntin service and requested that HEC may devise proper teaching load and research work load for faculty members. Naimat Ullah Khan has completed his PhD in Finance at an age of 27 years and six months in a span of two years and nine months from the University of Dundee. Muneer Ahmed. Akhtar Hussain Bokhari from the University of Faisalabad. He has recently been appointed as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Management Studies. This clinical trial was funded by HEC and was conducted at Punjab Institute of Cardiology with the academic cooperation of University of the Punjab and Sheikh Zayed PGMI Lahore.tv/node/53516 and has been viewed by 418 individuals within one month of uploading. During this period. Dr. a high-ranking journal of Dentistry. M. 8 .scivee.

orkut. Arshad Islam introduced the computational concepts in social networking for data analysis. hi5 and other social websites. He explained basic acoustics and signal analysis techniques using computer-based tools. HEC. Rector PIEAS. Suleman Mazhar talked about recent progress in machine learning applications in digital signal processing problems. PIEAS Workshop on Teaching Methodologies An in-Service teacher training workshop on “Teaching Methodologies and Presentation Skills” was organized by Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) in collaboration with the Learning Innovation Division. especially the world map of facebook.News & Views Workshop on Emerging Trends in Computational Sciences The Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering. He said that teachers. and discuss their high performance computing platforms. Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) in collaboration with the Learning Innovation Division. Dr. Over 25 participants having BS/MS/PhD degrees attended the workshop. Dr. Muhammad Abid’s talk focused on Computational Mechanics in the domain of solid mechanics. Masroor Hussain introduced parallel platforms and parallel programming paradigms. The talk focused on ways these algorithms could be useful in different scientific and intradisciplinary engineering areas. Dr. Prof. In his lecture entitled “Computational Sciences at the heart of inter-disciplinary research”. Dr. structural mechanics and high performance computing. Shahab Ansari discussed the energy efficient techniques on hardware (static) and software level (dynamic). computational fluid dynamics. Dr. Mohammad Aslam. The workshop aimed to spread awareness on recent trends in Computational Science including signal processing. Fawad Hussain focused on some recent trends in the field of machine learning and datamining for learning and information processing. HEC conducted a two-day workshop on "Emerging Trends in Computational Sciences". 9 . applications of computational mechanics. Mr. Speaking at the opening ceremony. data mining. welding mechanics. especially college and university teachers are the main force of quality education. emphasized the importance of in-service teacher trainings.

Learning material in hard copies and CDs was also provided to the participants. Tariq talked on importance of communication and presentation skills. Dr. Ahtesham Ali Raja. The Committee assessed and evaluated the current standard of BBA and MBA programmes offered by the University. Islamabad for accreditation of BBA and MBA programmes. Mr. browsing websites and using modern software programmes for effective instruction. Prof. He distributed certificate among participants and gave away shields to the workshop organizers. Task Based Method. Dean. The participants were taught how to use current computer techniques. Peshawar was the chief guest in the closing ceremony. Tashfeen Azhar from UMT Lahore. HRCZTE Corporation Islamabad. Programme Manager NBEAC and Ms. Sadia Nadeem from FAST-NU Islamabad. Safiullah Khan from KUST Kohat and Mr. MBA Programmes of NUML The Accreditation Inspection Committee of H E C ’s N a t i o n a l B u s i n e s s E d u c a t i o n Accreditation Council (NBEAC) recently visited National University of Modern Languages (NUML). Riphah International University chaired the Committee. Dr.News & Views Ms. Irfan Daniel. NBEAC Evaluates BBA. University of Peshawar. Zaheer Ahmed Awan. She also talked on E-Learning and Case Method. General Manager. Mr. Amanullah Khan. NBEAC has developed quality criteria for process of accreditation for undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. Sania Tufail. Dr. which ensures competence of institutions to provide adequate level of teaching/ learning processes and research. Workshop on GIS/RS A two-day Orientation and Training Workshop on Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS) was recently organized by the Environmental Science Department. Other members included Dr. Director. 10 . Noreen Mirza delivered lectures on Problem Based Learning. Programme Coordinator were also present. HEC Regional Centre.

Peshawar invited participants of the meeting to the University. Sulaiman Ahmad. Riphah University. Hakim Ali Talpur. Humanities and Business Education disciplines while Mr. which was organized for faculty members and research students of IIU. Dr. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar. Vi c e Chancellor. Islamabad (IIUI) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission. Sulaiman elaborated HEC’s policy for Social Sciences. Islamia College University. 1000 currency note.Faculty members and research-oriented staff of other universities including F a t i m a J i n n a h Wo m e n University. IMSciences Peshawar and University of Lahore also attended the workshop. Noor Jahan informed the guests that Islamia College University is recipient of one third of the property of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Mr. Deputy Director (Quality Assurance) HEC were resource persons for the workshop. D r. N o o r J a h a n . Arts. Mr. The Vice Chancellor discussed departmental as well as university level linkages to benefit from each other ’s expertise. NCRC Participants Visit ICU Peshawar HEC Regional Centre.News & Views Modern Research Procedure & Awareness of HEC Recognized Journals HEC. Talpur discussed in detail Commission’s policy for Science and Engineering disciplines. University of Peshawar.” 11 . IIU Joint Workshop A workshop on “Modern Research Procedure and Awareness of HEC Recognized Journals” was recently organized by the Quality Enhancement Cell. Peshawar recently hosted preliminary meeting of National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) in Environmental Sciences. International Islamic University. Deputy Director (Academics) HEC and Mr. “ICU has another distinction that its picture appears on back of Rs.

Department of International Relations. 26 journal manuscripts. ECTS 4. The award includes certificates and a prize of USD 525. Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration (IBA). Khairpur. 10 project reports and 24 seminar papers. HEC Pakistan provided travel grant for Jajja’s visit to USA. etc. which he completed from Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan. Best Conference Paper. During his doctoral studies. Potential Paper. accomplished programming contest victories. six book chapters.0 CGP (100% Marks) from the University of Wuerzburg under the supervision of Prof. Khuhro has tried to asses as to what extent former Prime Minister's personality contributed towards relations between Pakistan and the US. The research paper entitled “Product Innovative Supply Chains: The Role of Strategy and Buyer-Supplier Interface” is co-authored by Dr. Dr. three workshop papers. Best Presenter. Best Editor. Karachi and a PhD Management scholar at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) won Best Student Paper Award on a refereed research paper at the 43rd Annual Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) held at San Francisco. He has also achieved University distinctions. Germany. programme committee member of several IEEE and ACM c o n f e r e n c e s . 20 conference poster papers. six scientific magazine articles. and won Talent Awards. USA. Zeeshan produced many publications as main author including seven books.News & Views Zeeshan Ahmed Completes PhD from Germany Zeeshan Ahmed. Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU). 12 . four supervised thesis. Thomas Dandekar. Khuhro’s Book Published The dissertation entitled “Personality as a Factor in Foreign Policy Making: a Case Study of Pak: US Relations during Benazir Bhutto Periods” by Dr. Dr. Jajja presented a refereed research paper and a nonrefereed research abstract at the world-prestigious DSI Annual Meeting in the area of Operations Management. 36 conference full papers. Zeeshan has won a number of awards such as Best Young Researcher. D r. Moreover he became the Editorial Board Member. has been published in a book shape by the Lambert Academic Publishing. a Computer Science professional and Scientific Software Engineer at U n i v e r s i t y o f Wu e r z b u r g Germany has completed his doctorate with final grade Magna Cum Laude (with Great Honor). Dr. Dr. Shakeel Sadiq Jajja. IBA Faculty Member Wins Award in USA Mr. Promising Research Student. Shaukat Ali Brah from Karachi School for Business and Leadership. Amir Ahmed Khuhro. Syed Zahoor Hassan from LUMS and Dr. Best PhD Researcher.

Syed Umer Jan. USA. UoB Faculty Member Presents Posters in Germany International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) held at Berlin. Quetta presented his work at the 15 t h Annual European Congress of 13 . Around 25 students and faculty members showcased their research work in a poster session. and interactive discussions.” Dr. manpower and expertise at each University. Umer Jan shared his findings in his poster presentations “Irrational Use of Antibiotics in Balochistan: A Warning for Health Care System” and “Irrational Use of Antibiotics in Children by Medical Prescribers. Assistant Professor at Department of Pharmacy of the University of Balochistan (UoB). Shahid Qamar highlighted the in silico drug discovery methods and their application in drug development. it was also decided that a national conference will be held by the end of this year where students and faculty members from all over Pakistan will be invited to present their research work. A brainstorming session was held to define future direction of computational science. Dr. Every speaker briefly explained research activities at their respective centre. exhibitions. computational chemistry and computational biology in Pakistan. All the posters were judged by three experts and top three posters were selected based on technical and scientific criteria. The invited speakers were given 10 minutes to highlight their research work. Kentucky. The event was sponsored by British Council under the INSPIRE Programme. Shahid Qamar from James Graham Brown Cancer Centre. This was a mega health/scientific event with 3500 registered participants from 72 countries all over the world. Louisville. Many faculty members and students took part in the discussion and presented excellent ideas to promote and support computational science at public and private universities in Pakistan. Germany. The goal was to evaluate the research status and identify the needs of computational resources. It was decided that there is an immediate need of training of young faculty members on multiple computational tools to make them master trainers so that they can apply and teach these tools at their own universities. In his talk on Computational Toxicology and Novel Methods in drug discovery. Dr. The training has been scheduled for second or third week of April. Islamabad in collaboration with Dr. Further. Representatives from almost 22 universities were invited to share ideas and discuss future of Computational Science specifically bioinformatics. Current Status and Future Challenges” was held at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT).News & Views CIIT Symposium on Computational Science A symposium entitled “National Symposium on Computational Biology in Pakistan. Several workshops and presentations were held simultaneously with poster sessions.

Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi. Textile Engineering. which shall remain effective initially for five years. and organization and participation of joint academic and scientific activities such as seminars and conferences. The agreement was signed by Dr.News & Views Air University Signs MoU with University of Southampton Air University. Computer Science. He also announced cash prizes of Rs. Quetta recently held its 8th convocation at a time when University had just completed 10 years of its existence. Vice Chancellor. and technical information. Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS). UK. academic. the Governor commended the accomplishments of BUITEMS for creating a difference by adding value through grooming students into useful and competent assets for the nation. H e t h a n k e d t h e G o ve r n o r. Environmental M a n a g e m e n t a n d P o l i c y. both the institutions have agreed to start an international partnership programme which will involve exchange of scientific. Vice Chancellor. in his welcome address. The agreement also emphasizes identification of opportunities for commercialization of technology. Farooq Ahmed Bazai.000 each for winners of ‘Badge of Honour’ and Rs. Air University and Prof. BUITEMS Holds 8 Convocation Balochistan University of Information Technology. Under the MoU. 14 th . 50. In his address. Islamabad has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Southampton. Electronic Engineering. He highlighted the steps taken to keep up the standards of university through exerted efforts.100000 per student winning Gold Medals in their programmes of study. faculty and students exchange for pursuing research and cooperation in joint research and development in the disciplines of mutual interest. talked about the 10-year journey of BUITEMS and the success story narrating salient developments where the University took start with only 90 students in two programmes of study while now over 6000 students are enrolled in 32 different programmes. was the chief guest at the convocation. Mark Spearing. Telecommunication Engineering. Biotechnology. B u s i n e s s Administration. Mr. Arts and Basic Sciences. Pro Vice Chancellor International. Ijaz Malik. P r o v i n c i a l Government and HEC for their all-out support in ensuring development and smooth operations of University functions. University of Southampton. who is also Chancellor of the University. The degrees were awarded to graduating students in the fields of Computer Engineering. Governor Balochistan.

Dr. taking all the stakeholders on board. A m i r Hashmi. The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).” After her return to Pakistan. Addressing the gathering. Muhammad Asghar. optimization of resources at hand and unprecedented performance exhibition through matrix structure in the local setup. A number of dignitaries including Mr. which made the successful culmination of the project possible. were also present at the launch. apprised the audience of how the project was planned and executed. Chief Strategy Officer NUST. guidance and commitment of the senior management. Austria. image banking. Rashida has rejoined her parent institution. He explained though apparently this project seemed to be a monolith. Mubashir Ahmed. Mirpur University of Science and Technology. Mr. E a r l i e r. inaugurated the web portal. Engr. Dr. project manager. Rector NUST. Owais Ghani. to the development of form and content. the Rector lauded the efforts of NUST web portal team and all the focal persons. Thus navigating through the web portal would allow the visitors to appreciate and understand NUST's international standing with respect to its academic MUST Scholar Completes PhD from Austria HEC scholar Rashida Hussain. He said that NUST intended to revamp its existing website into a portal carved in conformity with world standards for university portals. has recently completed her PhD from Universitat Graz. . former Governor KPK. said that the key factors that guided them towards the development of this portal were unstinting support. Rashida was selected under the scheme “MS/MPhil leading to PhD Scholarships for Teachers of Weaker Universities” and completed her doctoral research in 15 “Mathematical Model for Solute Kinetics and Body Composition in Hemodialysis Patients. incorporation of PMI best practices. “This was done by first focusing on well-defined information upload and retrieval process and mechanism with a user-centric interface. M r.” he s a i d . who is a Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics. Islamabad recently unveiled its world-class web portal.News & Views NUST Web Portal Unveiled programmes and research. it was the amalgam of multiple sub projects ranging from setting up of infrastructure for local hosting.

Progress on the front of BMTE in Pakistan. The Symposium covered different topics including Recent advances in the field of Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering (BMTE). Information Technology. The symposium was attended by over national and international 170 professionals from different disciplines. Prof Dr A H Zaidi concluded that ENERGY Crisis in Pakistan can be reduced or overcome by conserving Energy and by actively participating in efforts to generate Energy from Renewable Resources and finding alternate means for energy generation and to improve the efficiency of energy utilization in Pakistan. Riaz A Khattak. Encouraging interdisciplinary research in Pakistan. and to provide updates on the latest policies. training w o r k s h o p s o n A d va n c e Biostatistics. CECOS U n i v e r s i t y. The participants showed keen interest in poster presentations of researchers from within KPK. The final year students of Electrical. Engineering and Architecture. Peshawar. Highlighting importance of BMTE research to global and national economies. It served as a platform to present latest case studies. h i g h l i g h t e d achievements of University in the areas of Business. Lahore in collaboration with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT). Civil. Research Methodology and Paediatric Dentistry were also organized. Referencing Software. Pinpointing global and national challenges to 16 research.News & Views Energy Symposium held at CECOS University An International Symposium on Energy was recently held at CECOS University. Distinguished speakers from U S A . and Involving Government and related entities in developing a comprehensive strategy for chartered developments in the field of BMTE. Mechanical Engineering and the Architecture Department also exhibited their final-year projects on the occasion While summarizing the symposium. Vice Chancellor. King Edward M e d i c a l U n i ve r s i t y a n d De’mont Morency College of Dentistry. recently organized the 3rd International Symposium on Biomedical Materials: Recent Advances and Challenges. U K a n d Pa k i s t a n deliberated at the event and concluded that for Pakistan attention must be directed from thermal energy to developing and exploiting the domestically available sources of renewable energy. including . CIIT Lahore Symposium on Biomedical Materials The Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM). In addition to the symposium. Dr. industrial and economic success in the energy sector. with an aim to spark innovative thinking and showcase examples of products that will ensure environmental. unveil upcoming innovations and projects.

He stressed on other medical universities to facilitate research work of their students and faculty members. which will be beneficial to the development of the IRCBM. Dr. Karachi was the chief guest whereas Prof. Fifty-nine presentations were presented focusing on research on different diseases conducted during the year 2011-12. Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) recently organized Fourth Faculty Research Day. UK. Wong from Centre for Oral Growth and Development. Umer Farooq.News & Views researchers from diverse backgrounds such as engineers. Well-known international participants included Prof. The University of Sheffield. Sheila MacNeil. from The Kroto Research Institute. UK. clinicians. a Poster Exhibition was also arranged. dentists. Pro-Vice Chancellor. S. Masood Hameed Khan. A number of research topics were covered in keynote lectures by different national and international Professors. Pro- Chancellor. was also present on the occasion. He said that it is very important to properly follow ethics in medical research. Dr. specifically delivering cells on carrier dressings for treatment of chronic wounds. in his remarks. Alongside the symposium proceedings. Around 36 presentations were made by the participants in six oral sessions in two days. said that the purpose of observing faculty research day is to enhance enthusiasm towards performance of quality researches. Jinnah Medical and Dental College. A working research group has now been established between Professor McNeil and IRCBM scientists. It was attended by a large number of senior faculty members as well as students. The Symposium was inaugurated by Dr.L. Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Umer Farooq said that different institutions are 17 . Irshad Waheed said that there is a need to provide platform to enhance research activities in developing countries. Masood Hameed Khan. chemists. He said that Dow University is providing platform for research activities and it is duty of young scientist to take it at highest level. Dr. and Prof. DUHS Organizes Faculty Research Day The Department of Research. Dr. The posters showcased a wide range of themes related to biomedical medicines and materials. M. orthopaedic surgeons. DUHS were guests of honour on the occasion. Dr. Junaid Zaidi. Prof. The faculty research day aimed to showcase the research in posters presentations being conducted by the faculty members of DUHS and to serve as a forum for interaction among faculty members. Sheila McNeil delivered an excellent talk on tissue engineered epithelial tissues garnered a host of novel concepts for tissue engineering applications. Ferranti S. Prof. Irshad Waheed. Speaking on the occasion. and pharmacists. Institute of Dentistry. Lahore University of Management Sciences. M. Prof. Vice Chancellor and Prof. biochemists. Principal. Rector CIIT. Syed Babar Ali.

She also found that in Britain. During her PhD. UK. mentoring and counselling for international students. She also completed her degree in two and a half years which is less than the stipulated time and has re-joined the University. Similarly. During her three years stay in the UK. she presented research paper in an International Conference in Italy and was also selected to attend a summer course in CEMFI. Ms. Ehmer Al Abrar of DUHS. Spain for both of which she was given funding by the University of Bath. In the end.News & Views recognized by their research work and here at Dow University. Dr. So far. this is not the case in Pakistan. organising talks. lecturer at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU). UK. Madrid. Based on her academic profile and strength of the research proposal. Masood Javaid of DUHS. she was granted full tuition-fee waiver by the University of Huddersfield (UoH). Two of her research papers from the thesis have also been accepted for publications in journals of international repute. Her project has dealt in equal measure with the UK and with her native Pakistan. Lecturer in Department of Economics. Besides. Faiza Azhar Khan. Moreover. Rawalpindi has successfully completed her PhD from the University of Huddersfield. where mental health issues are still surrounded by considerable taboos. Naz. 18 . Faiza has also attended a number of courses and workshops in the area of Econometrics at the University of Bath and has also actively participated in the internal and external seminars held at the Department. police forces were adopting coping strategies that included self-help techniques and occupational health units plus consultations with psychologists and psychiatrists. she has often presented her research in the Department of Economics at University of Bath. Her paper was also accepted for presentation in a conference on Applied Economics in Spain. who completed her PhD in less than three years. voluntary work and research wo r k p r e s e n t a t i o n s a n d publications. Afsheen Arif of University of Karachi and Dr. Dr. Mrs. the shields for the best poster presentation were awarded to Dr. she has probed the psychological reactions of police to potentially traumatic experiences in work. FJWU has completed her PhD in Economics from University of Bath. In her PhD. she was actively involved in research related activities. found in her research that the pressure of job during an investigation did not allow police officers sufficient time to analyse psychological effect of disturbing experiences. FJWU Faculty Members Complete PhD from UK Sajida Naz. we have allocated special funds for research activities. Naz obtained faculty development scholarship from FJWU in 2009 that enabled her to pursue doctoral studies in UK. Dr.

he said that a considerable development has taken place in the fields of higher education and research during the last 10 years. former Chairman HEC. Karachi organized a two-day National Symposium on “New Horizons of Microbiology” in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission.” During the symposium. Dr. bioinformatics and proteomics. Muhammad Abid. GIKI and the Director Huaxing Li at International Cooperation Office of NPU signed the agreement. 2017.News & Views FUUAST Symposium on New Horizons of Microbiology The Department of Microbiology. Dr. Science and Technology (FUUAST). “In 2000. environment. Dean. etc. Rector GIKI. agriculture. The duration of the collaborative research will be for one to thirty-six months. faculty e x c h a n g e . was the chief guest in the inaugural ceremony. lauded the agreement and said that interaction with the Chinese University would be very beneficial for both students and academia of the two institutions. the participating microbiologists focused on different aspects of Applied Microbiology in areas such as health. Jehangir Bashar. China. Faculty of M e c h a n i c a l Engineering. bio-technology. there were only 200 international research thesis of Pakistani researchers but now the figure has increased to 8000. Atta-ur-Rahman. Speaking at the occasion. Mr. Request for extension will require approval from both host and home university. Federal Urdu University of Arts. The collaboration will include student exchange. This academic exchange programme will be administered through international offices of the two universities and will be initially for five years till December 31. Sciences and Technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Northwestern Polytechnical University. 19 . collaborative research and service for the academic exchange in general. Prof. GIKI Inks MoU with Chinese University The Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) of Engineering. Speakers emphasized that such conferences will help to share all types of research work in this field and will be helpful in new inventions. Abid said that student exchange and collaborative research will be supported through China-Pakistan Exchange Scholarship and other relative programmes.

Assistant Professor. Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh. Dr. The theme of the conference was: “Non-Arab Asia and Transformations in the Modern Arabic Culture.News & Views Dawah Academy Publishes Dr. Islamabad has been published by Dawah Academy. President. Ghazi Presents Paper in Kuwait Dr. he also held meetings with eminent scholars to discuss possibilities of academic cooperation between IIUI and other Arab institutions. “In a region like Quetta.” says Walayat. The book which is spread over 130 pages has dealt with various topics of Muslims’ relations with non-Muslims in their societies. I wanted to present teachings of Quran and Sunnah and its application in the life of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and his Followers – Holy Companions and their Followers. Walayat Hussain. He also gave e x a m p l e s o f I s l a m ’s application from the present day Saudi Arabia. it is very difficult to do any research activity but all this has become possible due to HEC which has provided resources like digital library. Balochistan University of Information Technology. Draiweesh’s Book The book entitled “Peaceful Co-Existence with NonMuslims” written by Dr. Inam-ul-Haq Ghazi. Assistant Professor. International Islamic University (IIU). Walayat did BS (Hons) from Hamdard University Karachi.” says Dr. International Islamic University.” In addition to presenting paper. Al-Draiweesh. Honour for BUITEMS Faculty Member Mr. who is a Saudi scholar. Islamabad presented a paper entitle “ Women of the Sub-continent through the Lens of Arabic Travel Writings” in the international conference organized by the Faculty of Arts. travel grants and capacity building for research and innovation. Kuwait University. “I intended to present a glimpse of Islam’s treatment of non-Muslims especially with people of the book. 20 . Engineering and Management Science (BUITEMS). MS from BUITEMS and one-year post graduation from AIT Thailand in the field of Computer Science. The book has given evidences by non-Muslim scholars who accepted Muslims’ treatment of non-Muslims as an exemplary act. He has been awarded research grants from HEC for China and Dubai to present his research papers. IIU and printed at Islamic Research Institute Press. Faculty of Arabic/In-Charge Department of Translation and Interpretation. where there is poor law and order situation and lack of resources. Department of Computer Science. Quetta has published 23 research papers in national and international journals during 2011 and 2012.

Vice Chancellor. The audience was On the second day. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss strategies for creating awareness which encourages wider adoption of solar power by businesses. bilingual essay writing competition. IST presided the inaugural session. Also a very attractive and unique event -the Astronomy Night was organized to encourage people to know more about the heavenly bodies. HEC. a dire need of the time for promotion of industrial-academia culture in the country. A large number of people from government.News & Views IST Holds World Space Week 2012 enlightened with scholarly views about space exploration and space for human safety and security which was the theme for this year’s World Space Week. space theatre and painting competition. space theatre and space quiz were held. R&D organizations. students and faculty attended the workshop. glider competition. Workshop on Solar Pumping System A technical training workshop on Solar Pumping System was organized by Institute of Space Technology in collaboration with M/s Lorentz a leading manufacturer of solar-operated pump systems in the world and Nizam Energy Pakistan. CEO. Imran Rahman. households and agriculture. while welcoming the delegates and experts from world renowned enterprises in Solar Energy. painting/ sketching competition. e-poster designing competition. He thanked Mr. Institute of Space Technology (IST) organized a three-day activity based programme to celebrate World Space Week at its campus in Islamabad. The third day included aero modeling competition. Nizam Energy for generous donation of 2 KW of complete Solar System and to establish research laboratory facilities at IST in collaboration with world renowned companies and provide job opportunities to IST graduates. Usman Ahmed. 21 . The activities of the first day included. etc. continuation of glider competition and water rocket competition. Engr. space model display. apprised them about possible co-ventures with international companies in order to make available import substitution through research and indigenization of some important components. universities. The Vice Chancellor. with a view to generate space awareness among general public and students from a large number of schools and colleges of the twin cities and surrounding areas.

It provides a nurturing environment to help technology-based business ideas prosper in Pakistan.in 22 . which supports small-scale high-impact programmes for communities throughout Pakistan. 2013 Entrance Test: March 24. It currently provides support to 14 new companies. 2013 Session Starts: July 2013 For more details: www. International Relations. will now also focus on support to Pakistan's entrepreneurs. Sociology. The Technology Incubation Centre of NUST is the first of six TICs across Pakistan. He said this during a visit to the Technology Incubation Centre of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). New Delhi Admissions 2013-14 Masters and PhD Programmes in Applied Mathematics. Legal Studies Apply by: February 25. “We all know that societies thrive when their people have ample opportunity. which will focus on Pakistan's energy needs and is being established together by the Governments of Pakistan and the United States. and this is why the United States supports young entrepreneurs in Pakistan. Economics. The United States supports TIC by bringing its staff to the US to learn best practices of how to bring research out of the laboratory and into the market. In addition.News & Views US Ambassador's Fund to Support Pakistani Entrepreneurs US Ambassador Richard Olson has said that the United States will continue to support development of Pakistan's entrepreneurs. The Ambassador also highlighted NUST's future Centre for Advanced Studies.ac. CHanakyapuri. He announced that the US Ambassador's Fund. South Asian University Akbar Bhawan.” said the Ambassador. Computer Science. Biotechnology. including through US Ambassador's Fund. this initiative will spur job growth and economic development by expanding access to capital for Pakistan's small. Islamabad.sau. Drawing on public-private partnerships.to medium-sized companies. the United States recently launched the multi-year Pakistan Private Investment Initiative. and brings academia and private sector together to create a platform for commercializing research.

Qibla Ayaz. lasting relationship between alumni present far from country with each other and the Institute. Dr. Beijing appreciated the standard of the conference terming it equivalent to any international conference in Europe or other technically advanced countries. In their concluding remarks. Sakhawat Shah. National Centre of Excellence in Physical Chemistry was the Chief Organizer of the Conference. University of Peshawar recently organized 11th International and 23rd National Chemistry Conference under the auspices of the Chemical Society of Pakistan. Director NIP.News & Views International Chemistry Conference at UoP The National Centre of Excellence in Physical Chemistry. Dr. welcomed the guests and 23 . A large number of alumni. scientists from various R&D organizations. including from UK and Brazil participated in the conference. Anila Kamal. NIP Alumni Association Meets Quaid-e-Azam University’s National Institute of Psychology (NIP) recently organized meeting of its Alumni Association. Senior faculty members from US. The conference was formally inaugurated by Prof. and MPhil and PhD scholars from different universities. China. Hasan M.Apart from oral and poster presentations. which focused on different aspects of Chemistry. As many as 119 research papers were presented in technical sessions and more than 150 research papers were presented in poster sessions. University of Peshawar while Prof. Hazara University was the chief guest at the closing ceremony. Dion Dionysiou of University of Cincinnati and Prof. Dr. industry. Vice Chancellor. Vice Chancellor. Prof. and faculty of NIP attended the event. current students. Turkey and various public and private sectors universities in Pakistan. nine plenary and nine keynote lectures were also delivered by experts in the field. Director. which has made great contribution to enable alumni-to-alumni connections and foster a meaningful. All technical sessions were well attended and poster sessions also created a lot of interest and initiated useful discussions. Prof. Dr. Pengyi Zhang of Tsinghua University. Dr. Dr. Khan.

President. 24 . NUML Seminar on Literature in Regional Languages A seminar on “Literature in Pakistani Regional Languages and Contemporary Trends” was organized by Mr. Rector NUML were also present. Mr. richness and primitiveness of societies and commonality among peoples. Iftikhar Arif said that knowledge and learning of different regional languages of Pakistan will lead to promotion of strong centre. Abid Sial presented his research article on trends in literature of Urdu language with regards to different genres. Iftikhar Arif. and Maj. gave details about competition for Association’s logo. Chairman. Dr. Saeeda Asadullah. federation. Humera Ashfaq presented the case of literature in Seraiki language. Ms. on behalf of Department of Urdu Language and Literature and Department of Pakistani Regional Languages at National University of Modern Languages (NUML). and nationhood. Hakim Ali Baru highlighted salient features of literature in Sindhi language. Ms. richness and primitiveness of societies and commonality among peoples. he added. Mr. He said that literature depicts the beauty and universality of those regional languages. Seema Pervez. Irum Naqvi on the behalf of patron in chief thanked the Executive Board for 2011-2012 for their hard work. Alumni Association shared with the audience working and progress of the Association during last year. diversity and commonalities of cultures. R. language. The jury highly rated the logo of Ms. in his opening address. Washid Buzdar read his research article on “Literature in Balochi Language”. Dr.News & Views highlighted the fact that Alumni Association is based on a vision to bridge and to promote the collective interests of the alumni community. former Vice Chancellor. said that knowledge and learning of different regional languages of Pakistan will lead to promotion of strong centre. Mr. General Secretary of the Association. Dr. the knowledge and learning of these languages will not only make you cognizant of the issues faced by these societies but will also help you to create commonness among nations and develop national integration”. “Therefore. Haris Khaleeq presented the current trends in English literature while Dr. Shafaq presented his research article on the contemporary trends in literature of Pashto Mr. federation. Iftikhar Arif. Gen. a known Urdu scholar and poet. diversity and commonalities of cultures. He said that literature depicts the beauty and universality of those regional languages. M. Mr. The Seminar was presided over by Mr Abdul Hameed. Islamabad. Pakistan Academy of Letters. Mr. the elections of the next Executive Board (2012-2014) were conducted. Irum Naqvi. Fatima Jinnah Women University. and nationhood. (R) Masood Hasan. The event included multiple activities. Seemab Rashid (MPhil scholar at NIP) At the occasion.

Prof.5 percent of GDP. As many as 206 PhD. Vice Chancellor.News & Views Over 200 PhDs produced in a year Punjab University Holds 121st Convocation Dr. 339 Masters and 180 undergraduate degrees were awarded at the occasion. 25 . University’s Pro Chancellor. Vice Chancellor. He said that our population was increasing but unfortunately. Farhat Zafar did her PhD in Law. University of the Punjab. To celebrate this achievement. our rulers had cut educational budget from two percent to around 1. Hafiz Rizwana did her PhD in Mathematics and Dr. The Executive Director. 345 MPhil. They were the only PhDs in their subjects this year. Amanullah Khan. said that this honour has been earned due to focused efforts of the dedicated staff of each department/faculty and an active role of the Quality Enhancement Cell. Lahore has said that the University has set another record in academic history of Pakistan by producing more than 200 PhDs in a year. D r. Executive Director as well as Deans and Directors were present on the occasion. Dr. He said that Pakistan’s population was around 180 million and our GDP was around 200 billion dollars. Dr. RIU Achieves ISO Certification Riphah International University has achieved ISO 9001:2008 Certification from M/s Lloyd’s Register UK for a period of three years. It is worth-mentioning that the University has produced PhDs in the subjects where research work was ignored in the past. Vice Chancellor and the Pro Chancellor appreciated the hard work of all those who had contributed to achieve the success. keep an eye on their own shortcomings. He was addressing the 121st convocation of the University held recently. praise qualities of others and help each other. Nadeem Shafique did his PhD in Statistics. Mujahid Kamran. He said that average educational spending of the world was around 4-5 percent of GDP but we were reducing our spending on education. K a m r a n s a i d t h a t knowledge was the source of power and respect but no nation could become knowledgeable without strength of character. the University recently held a ceremony. M. He advised students to become masters of their subject. Chairman QEC.

Khairpur was held recently. Syeda Farhana Jehangir.News & Views CM Inaugurates Two Projects at SALU The foundation laying ceremony of two mega projects of Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU). Sehrish Zaffar. Alumni Association Officer. S A L U thanked the Chief Minister for taking interest in the budgetary issues of the University. V i c e C h a n c e l l o r. Syed Qaim Ali Shah. 41 million funded by Education and Literacy Department. Government of Sindh and Date Palm Research Institute at the estimated Rs. 26 . The Chief Minister also announced establishment of housing society for University employees. seven universities have been established in Sindh. aiming to promote academic and research activities. was the chief guest.283 million. Chief Minister Sindh laid foundation stone of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair at the estimated cost Rs. Peshawar organized the first Alumni Reunion recently. graduating students and the University and ultimately improving programmes. Dr. The Alumni present on the occasion appreciated the efforts made by the Association. “We have setup the SALU Alumni Association which would play a vibrant role in shaping the future of the University. gave a brief introduction of the Association office. Vice Chancellor SBBWU. Dr. Parveen Shah. She shared the University’s success with the participants. He said that after 18 th amendment education has become a provincial subject. Speaking at the occasion.” she said. systems and procedure through feedback. The main purpose was to strengthen the ties between alumni. We have started linkage programme with 10 universities of Pakistan and HEC.57. He said that with efforts of the present Government. Ms. purpose of its establishment and its importance in career development of students and achieving University’s goals. the Chief Minister said that there is no dearth of talent in Sindh as there is potential and dedication in youth. Alumni Meeting at SBBWU Peshawar Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University (SBBWU). and providing a platform to graduates and university management to interact with each other and w o r k f o r u n i v e r s i t y ’s objectives collectively.

France and ICRIM. is also looking after the affairs of bi-annual scientific journal “Pakistan Entomologist” as Editor-in-Chief. Three parallel workshops on Women Entrepreneurship. Sweden. Mr. Dr. said that the graduates should rejoice as they have now joined the ranks of those who possess Int’l Conference on Management Research The Superior University. The chief guest in his address said that he felt proud to be among representatives of the young generation of Pakistan. Azra Fazal. France. He congratulated all graduates. technology. Kazakhstan. Department of Agricultural Entomology at University of Agriculture. Prof. In addition. Dr. and Information Technology Resource Centre and Data Bank (ITRCDB) for the last four years. Dr. in her speech. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro was the chief guest on the occasion. India. Governance. Dr. so that people may prosper and attain their rightful place among nations of the world. Knowledge Management. USA. Arif has produced two PhDs under his supervision and remains on the advisory board of numerous PhD scholars. Social and Industrial Development” in collaboration with IESG.News & Views SZABIST Holds Convocation 2012 the potential of turning around fortune of millions of lives. The convocation 2012 of SZABIST was held recently. two merit gold medals and 84 corporate gold medals were also presented to the distinguished graduates. their parents and faculty members. French diplomats and many overseas Pakistani businessmen. The conference was attended by researchers from Australia. who also holds office of Principal Officer. Lahore recently organized an international conference on “Emerging Markets . Media. The Chancellor. and Research Tools and Techniques were also conducted by seasoned trainers. media. UAE. Over 750 degrees including a PhD degree were conferred to the passing out graduates. A panel discussion was held on the role of governance in education in emerging markets. Muhammad Jalal Arif has been appointed as Chairman. As many as 140 papers on governance. News Flash 27 . Chancellor and Dr. Saqib Rizavi. UK and Pakistan. and social and industrial developments in emerging markets were presented by national and international presenters. human resource management. rich or poor. Arif. A distinguishing feature of the conference was Italian and French trade forums which were attended by Italian Ambassador and diplomats. Public Relations and Publications. President SZABIST were also present. education. Italy. Mazhar ul Haque Siddiqui stressed on the importance of the State to provide justice to all.Role of Education. Faisalabad. The keynote speaker Mr.

MAJU and Rector FUI inked the MoU. Multimedia/Graphic Technology and. Gen. Similarly. Islamabad on the same pattern as NUST and CIIT. Secretary Defence and Lt. M. S. another MoU was signed by Dr. Gen. Muhammad Asghar. FUI has also reached an agreement with Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU). R o b o t i c s a n d Simulation. Muhammad Mansoor Ahmed. Around 30 participants from the university and government colleges in the adjoining areas of Bahawalpur attended this IUB Workshop for Faculty Members workshop. Rector. 28 The workshop was conducted by the International Resource Person Mr. Managing Director. (R) Muhammad Mustafa Khan. Gen.News & Views FUI Signs MoUs with CIIT. supervision and evaluation of PhD research work. (R) Gul Muhammad. expertise and to support researchers associated with both the universities. Fauji Foundation were also present at the occasion. Engr. Junaid Zaidi. Information/ Communication Technology T o o l s . Lt. Rector COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and Rector FUI. Tele Surgical Tr a i n i n g . (R) Asif Yasin Malik. Likewise. Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) organized a one-week International Resource Person Workshop on English Language Teaching in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission and US Embassy. Executive Vice President. Islamabad. guest speaker sessions and seminars. Dr. . Rector NUST and Maj. David Bohlke. W i r e l e s s Communications. Software D e ve l o p m e n t P l a t f o r m s . FUI signed the MoU. which aimed to enhance pedagogical skills of English language teachers. NUST & MAJU Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) and National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim to benefit from each other's initiatives. The mutual areas of interest include Business Management. The Department of English. The purpose of MOU is to define training. joint research and other academic services including faculty development programme.

29 . Fayyaz Ranjha. Samina Amin Qadir. b e s i d e s g i v i n g recommendations to the federal and provincial governments for a language policy in education. Government of Pakistan.” This was the message of the Governor Punjab delivered by Dr.” Dr. Naz Rasool from the University of Reading presented her paper on “Making Language Policy Choices for Social Development in 21st Century: Dilemmas and Possibilities. GCU Lahore on the occasion of the three-day conference recently organized by the Department of English. Dr. A g e n c y a n d Language Teacher Education: Horizons of possibility in/for the developing world. The Vice Chancellor Panel discussion. Minister for Higher Education. Secretary Higher Education. Coconvener of the conference from University of Sydney. J o h n Gibbons. Dr. Zaeem Qadri. emphasized the need for experts associated with languages to explore relationship between minority and disadvantaged languages with the dominant languages and consider the opportunities of development for speakers of these languages. Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in collaboration with the University of Sydney. Higher Education Commission. Dr.” On the second day. pledged support for future academic activities and conferences. LCWU said that the main outcome of the Conference. National Talent Pool. Director General. Vice Chancellor. Dr. The main objective of the Conference was to focus on the understudied area of how language sciences relate to the developing world. is to compile a book containing the work of participants of the conference which in result will help the policy makers in reforming the curriculum. Ahmer Mahmoob. Khaleeq-ur-Rehman. Vice Chancellor. As many as 23 papers were presented in the conference including those of foreign delegates from more than 12 countries. Dr. Fatima Jinnah Women University. Punjab also spoke at the occasion. Mr. Australia presented his work on “A Technique for Revealing the Language Demands Made by School Textbooks”. Ijaz Muneer. Punjab was the chief guest in the concluding ceremony. Vice Chancellor. Brian Morgan of Glendon College/York University in Toronto presented his paper on “ I d e n t i t y. Sabiha Mansoor. Mr. Angel Lin from the University of Hong Kong presented a paper o n “A s i a a s M e t h o d : Postcolonial Epistemologies and Implications for Linguistics and Education R e s e a r c h ” a n d D r. chaired by Dr. alongside scholarships for PhD scholars. British Council and the National Talent Pool. Dr. In his keynote address.News & Views LCWU Conference on Language Sciences and Developing World “The International Conference on Language Sciences and Developing World has opened new horizons to provide a foundation to the stakeholders for an effective policy formation regarding languages and linguistics in the developing countries. agreed on the need to emphasize and integrate local and regional languages in the higher education curriculum. Qadri said that the Provincial Government would actively consider and implement all recommendations given by the experts panel. Monash University.

Kohat University and Islamia College University. This variety matures early than all other domestic varieties and fits in our cropping pattern. Muhammad Arshad. Iqrar Ahmad Khan. UoP in collaboration with Pakistan Physical Society. Provincial Secretary. He was of the view that proper farming. High Energy/ Particle Physics and Plasma Physics. D r. Speaking as chief guest at the opening ceremony. HEC.Veteran Plasma Physics 30 .News & Views Farmers Convention at UAF Faculty of Agriculture said that per capita consumption of edible oil in Pakistan was declining due to increasing poverty. processing and marketing of oilseeds can not only reduce dependence on imports but also help earn f o r e i g n e x c h a n g e . including Condensed Matter Physics. Farmers from all over the province. Hafeez Sadaqat. oilseeds research team of UAF has developed and produced Brassica type new variety. Fourteen technical sessions were held in the event. The three-day event was organized by the Institute of Physics and Electronics. production. Dean. Farah Hamid. Dr. Peshawar. Khan said Pakistan was importing over two million tons of edible oil worth of $2. “Realizing this fact. Promoting cultivation of oilseeds will also be a great remedial measure to help masses reeling under poverty. Faisalabad (UAF) has developed a new variety of Brassica oilseed (Desi Sarson) with the potential of 30-40 mounds per acre yield and maturity time 4-months. Breeder of the UAF-11. presently it was at 1024 kg.” This was stated by Dr. experts and students attended the Convention.4 billion annually making it the second largest import after petroleum products. Dr. Vice Chancellor UAF while addressing “Farmers Convention on Physiological Maturity of UAF-11 Brassica Oilseed (Sarson)” as a chief guest recently. He urged the farmers to adopt UAF-11 which has 49 per cent oil contents and 40-50 seeds in each pod having great potential for productivity. This will become a milestone for self-sufficiency in edible oil in the country. Higher Education said that participation of a number of scientists from across the country reflects the fact that intellectuals and scientists are ready to offer their services for wellbeing of the country. Ms. Abdul Wali Khan University. UoP Symposium on Frontiers in Physics The 13th National Symposium on Frontiers in Physics was recently held at University of Peshawar.” “University of Agriculture. Forty-three scientists presented papers in three different fields. said that there was a dire need to concentrate on developing high yielding oilseed variety. scientists.

termed the role of universities as a direction setter for the society. Washington DC. Jhang. He hoped that the participants would put their heads together for inventing new technologies for the benefit of mankind. Khan from from the University of Connecticut. Vice Chancellor. In such a situation. Talat Naseer Pasha. in his keynote address. R a wa l p i n d i . Poultry Research Institute. Dr. UVAS. urged the participants to learn with true spirit and serve in their domains. faculty members and postgraduates of UVAS participated in the twoday workshop. In his welcome address. Lahore recently organized a training workshop entitled “Current Approaches for Diagnosis and Control of Avian Mycoplasmas” under the HEC-US Cooperation Programme “Characterization of Mycoplasma Gallisepticum Isolates from Pakistan and their Use in Biologics Production” funded by the National Academy of Sciences. He said a series of events over the past few days have portrayed a very dangerous picture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. University of Agriculture. Qibla Ayaz. updated the audience about activities carried out under this project and also informed them about tools and techniques on which trainees will be trained. C o l l e g e o f Ve t e r i n a r y a n d A n i m a l Sciences. Faisalabad. presence of renowned academicians and highly productive researchers from all over the country is a balancing impact on contemporary developments. He said that field of Plasma Physics promises a lasting solution to the energy problem of mankind through development of fusion based power reactors and its world market is estimated to have grown up to 200 billion dollar a year. UDL Workshop on Avian Mycoplasmas The University Diagnostic Laboratory (UDL). Syed Masood Kausar. USA delivered lectures on updated worldwide aspect on avian mycoplasmosis and approaches used to diagnose and control this disease. Dr.News & Views scientist Dr. talked about recent developments in the world of physics. was the chief guest of the closing ceremony. He said that many ideas and research projects over the years have emerged from discussants of conferences and seminars. Masood Rabbani. Vice Chancellor UoP. University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. The workshop focused on modern techniques used to diagnose and control avian mycoplasmas.” 31 . “We should improve our quality of services remarkably as poultry sector is contributing a major portion in the economy of Pakistan. Islamabad. National Reference L a b o r a t o r y f o r Po u l t r y Diseases. USA. Mazhar I. Governor KPK. Dr. Professionals from KPK A g r i c u l t u r e U n i v e r s i t y. He termed the event as a morale booster for the people of this province. Director UDL. which is causing devastating disease not only in commercial poultry but also house finches. Dr. Ghulam Mustafa. Peshawar.

each student is given a different question paper designed from a pool of over 160. Malik said that VU is the true leader in education technology spreading higher education all over the country. its lead role in delivering technology-based education and contribution in the provision of quality education even to the remotest areas of the country. through its innovative technology. Institute of Business Administration. Being the leader in ICT-based education. highlighted achievements of the University. Mr. He appreciated achievements of the Virtual University and also congratulated successful graduates and high achievers. Director. degrees were conferred on 1056 graduates who acquired their Bachelors and Masters from the University.News & Views Convocations of Virtual University held at Rawalpindi & Karachi Separate ceremonies for third convocation of the Virtual University of Pakistan were recently held at Rawalpindi and Karachi. was the chief guest on the occasion. Around 30. A similar ceremony was organized for graduating students of Sindh and Balochistan at Karachi. Naveed A. Gold medals and merit certificates were also awarded to the outstanding graduates. Dr. At Rawalpindi.000 students appeared in 113 examination centres in more than 100 cities within the country while 1100 students appeared in their examination abroad in 57 countries. the founding Rector of the University. VU’s Innovative Use of Technology for Conducting Exam A revolutionary innovative system was introduced by the Virtual University of Pakistan while conducting Fall-2012 Mid-term Examination throughout the country and abroad. Rector of the University. Virtual University. 32 In this unique examination system. He also mentioned VU’s future ventures and the highly anticipated VU’s Institute of Media Arts for aspiring media professionals. Dr. As many as 280 degrees were conferred on graduates who successfully completed their Bachelors and Masters programmes. Merit certificates were also awarded to the outstanding graduates. Karachi was the chief guest on the occasion. has ensured the quality of all the examination procedure. Ishrat Hussain. Dr. . Tajdar Alam. Naveed A. Malik. The confidence by prospective students is reflected in the fact that the enrolment of the University has crossed well over 100.000.000 papers of Question Bank.

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