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Dr Eatzaz assumes charge of QAU VC
Islamabad, Mar 01: Dr Eatzaz Ahmad, Senior Dean, Quaid-i-Azam University, assumed the charge
of Vice-Chancellor after President of Pakistan approved his name till
the appointment of a regular VC.
The case to appoint a VC
for the time being was pending before President Mamnoon Hussain but he
went to Lahore and then to Karachi and the file remained on his table
for a decision.
Consequently, QAU remained without a VC
for ten days as the outgoing VC Dr Masoom Yasinzai did not ask senior
Dean as per tradition to look after the VC till the time the President
nominates someone after expiry of his term on Feb 8.
Dr Eatzaz was working as Dean Faculty of Social Sciences since April 2011. He became Senior Dean in February 2013.
joined QAU as Lecturer in Economics Department in 1978 which he left
for higher studies. He rejoined QAU in 1999 as Professor of Economics.
in 1955, he did his Masters in Economics from QAU in 1977 and MA from
McMaster University, Canada, in 1983. He did his doctorate from the same
university in 1988.
Dr Eatzaz has several awards to his
credit for his research work as well as for extra-curricular activities
including HEC's best paper award in 2013 and awards from McMaster
University. In addition to QAU, he also taught in University of
Newcastle and University of New South Wales in Australia. He had been on
visiting faculty as well as conducted training courses in many national
and international institutions. He has 128 publications to his credit.
He supervised 17 doctoral theses and was co-supervisor of four
dissertations. He also supervised 94 MPhil dissertations.
Eatzaz had been member or head of key university bodies including twice
elected President of as Academic Staff Association. He has a nag for
cooking and twice marinated the ASA bar-be-que dinner. The news
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COL declares AIOU academic programmes of world standard
Islamabad: The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has verified the quality
and the standard of academic programmes launched by Allama Iqbal Open
University (AIOU), stating that they meet the international standard.
The final verification of report's results indicate that AIOU has
achieved the highest rating on quality assurance with the status of
"Verified" by COL. Prof Dr Asha S Kanwar, president of COL, in a letter
congratulated AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi and members of
his team for their meritorious achievements, keeping up the quality of
their academic programmes. The report was prepared by the COL-RIM
consultant, Prof Uma Coomaraswamy, former president of Open University
of Sri Lanka. The verified institution noted that AIOU has the capacity
to respond to changing environment and strives to meet stakeholders'
needs and expectations. The letter further said, "All the members of
self-review and verification team of AIOU deserve much appreciation for
their strenuous and dedicated work, under the guidance of Dr Nazir A
Sangi for achieving the best outcome for their institution." The COL
executive officer said they are grateful to all the deans, professors
and heads of academic and administrative departments for sparing their
staff and providing all the documents and records for the
verification/auditing process of the AIOU. A third party quality
assurance evaluation took place at AIOU by COL-RIM last year. It was
developed in response to two key drivers, increased global emphasis on
the quality of higher education and secondly on rising concern about the
cost and uncertain benefits of conventional approaches to external
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Around 20,000 book lovers get Readers Club membership
Islamabad: The National Book Foundation (NBF) has taken a number of
steps to inculcate book-reading habit among the masses, and in its
recent drive of reviving the Readers Club Scheme, around 20,000 book
lovers got the club membership cards.
Under this scheme, members can
purchase books of their choice at a 50 percent discount, an official of
the foundation told APP on Monday.
He said the most-awaited and
popular Readers Club scheme earlier remained suspended for four years
due to financial constraints and was launched again in November last
year to promote the habit of book reading among the people.
scheme has been launched again in all major cities across the country,"
he said. He further said, "The Planning Commission has released funds
amounting to Rs 30 million for the purpose, and books will be sold to
the members at a 50 percent discount."
The NBF is endeavouring to
revive the book-reading culture in the country, especially among the
youth, to engage them in a healthy activity.
reading habits, he stated, it would encourage the overall book industry,
help increase literacy rate, create reasonable demand for good quality
reading material and motivate the younger generation to promote the
reading culture in society.
The NBF is also running a number of
schemes for book promotion and encouraging the reading habit among the
masses, which include 'book clubs', 'book ambassadors', 'donation of
Pakistani books abroad', 'promotion of children literature', 'books for
children and neo-literates' and the 'Braille press'.
the official said that under these schemes, the NBF had established book
clubs in villages and cities, Children's Book Clubs, Prisoners' Free
Minds Book Clubs, Senior Citizens' Book Clubs, Travellers' Book Clubs
(books on wheels), Flying Book Clubs and Hospital Book Clubs.
NBF has come up with another novel idea to appoint book-loving
celebrities of the country as book ambassadors to play their role in
promoting the book-reading habit," he further said.
'donation of Pakistani books abroad' aims at improving Pakistan's image
and introducing Pakistani culture abroad through books. Under this
project, books are sent to Pakistani missions abroad and Pakistani
chairs in foreign universities.
Printed copies of the selected
manuscripts and books for children are purchased for free distribution
to school libraries all over the country under the 'promotion of
children literature', the NBF official said.
He added that cash awards were also given to the authors on their best books.
'books for children and neo-literates' scheme envisages development of
suitable manuscripts and publishing of good quality supplementary
reading material for children," he maintained.
The Braille books are
provided to the visually disabled persons, almost free of cost. The
Braille books include the Holy Quran with Urdu translation, which is one
of its kind in the world, Bang-e-Dara, Bal-e-Jabriel along with more
than 108 other publications of national importance, the official said. Daily times
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HEC boss rejects breach of contract charge
Islamabad: The Executive Director of Higher Education Commission, who is the
custodian of over 10,000 scholarships, has got engulfed in a controversy
of not fulfilling the post-scholarship requirements of serving at least
five years in the same government organization, a breach of his
Questions are being raised as to how a
person who himself has been engulfed in such a controversy could be a
custodian of thousands of scholarships that the HEC is sponsoring.Dr
Mukhtar Ahmad, Executive Director HEC while denying the impression says
that he was bound to serve within the country and not the same
university and he has done so since last two decades. The ED held that for an HEC scholar it is mandatory to serve
the same organization or within the country for at least five years
after completion of the foreign degree.
He said that if
the scholar has gone through the institution then he has to serve the
same institution for five years and if he has won open scholarship then
he is bound to serve the country for at least five years on his return.
his case, the ED maintained, he served within the country after
completion of the foreign degree.Documents available with The News
reveal that Dr Mukhtar Ahmad went on foreign scholarship programme in
1990 and returned with two degrees, i.e. PhD in Botany and Masters in
Business Administration in 1995.
He joined his parent
university, Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi but after three
years, he resigned to join Hamdard University Faisalabad Campus as
Professor of Business Administration.
administration took serious notice of Dr Mukhtar's resignation and asked
him to pay back Rs 838,412 of the scholarship money spent on him, the
documents reveal.The university administration pursued the case for
almost five years and later, after the change of command at the
university, the case was silently settled and Dr Mukhtar was allowed to
The issue of his leaving the university without
completion of five years after availing the scholarship was also raised
by the audit in 2000-01, the documents reveal. Sources said that
the controversy surrounding Dr Mukhtar is a routine issue as many
scholars do not even return to Pakistan after completion of their
degrees but if such a scholar is posted as custodian of over 10,000
scholarships then it does raise many questions.
Dr Mukhar Ahmad, ED HEC said that he returned
to Pakistan after completion of his degree in 1995 and joined another
institution but did not breach the contract as he was serving in the
country and had not stayed or gone abroad.
He said that
the University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi did send him notices and
raised the issue because it was more of university's politics and less
of the strength in the case. Dr Mukhtar admitted that latter after the
change of command at the university, was cleared by the university
When asked that he was PhD in Botany while
Masters in Business Administration, and for a Dean or Professor one has
to be PhD in the same subject how come he became a Professor in
Management Sciences, Dr Mukhtar replied that he was Professor of Botany
and it was horizontal movement and he shifted his department because he
was holding a Masters Degree in the relevant field.
said that by 1999, there were no hard and fast rules of possessing PhD
degree to become eligible for the post of Professor/Dean. He said that
he as custodian of thousands of scholarships, has ensured that the
contract of serving the country after completion of scholarship is
strictly enforced as HEC now involves guarantors and if there is no
reply from the scholar and guarantors then HEC pursues its case in the
courts.He said that he has served the country and could never imagine
breaching the contract.
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Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), under its National Digital Library
Programme, organised a workshop on 'How to publish research work in
journals' in collaboration with the Cambridge University Press.
100 participants, including faculty members, researchers, librarians
from Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar, attended the workshop.
Caroline Kerbyson, sales executive of the Cambridge University Press,
delivered lectures on 'How useful the CUP journals online be in their
research work' and 'How to get published in the academic journals'. The news
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