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IIUI admission exams from 18th
Islamabad, Aug 09: Admission exams in the International Islamic University Islamabad would be held on the 18th and 19th. According to the notification released by the university, the admission exams in the faculty of social sciences and faculty of shariat and law, earlier to be held on the 13th and 15th would now be held on the 18th and 19th of this month. However, no further changes would be made in the schedule of all other admission examinations

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Educational institutions to open from 11th
Islamabad: The educational institutions working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) would open from August 11 (Monday), after two-month long summer vacations. The summer vacations started from June 7 would end on August 10 while the educational institutions would open from August 11. The decision to open the educational institutions before August 14 was made by the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) so that the students can take part in the activities to celebrate the Independence Day with enthusiasm. It is a routine for the FDE to engage the students of different institutions in the activities and functions being arranged to mark the Independence Day, to revive the spirit of patriotism among them. Daily times

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Use of social media banned in agriculture university
Rawalpindi: The Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi has imposed a ban on the use of social media on the campus.

Earlier, the students were allowed to use Facebook and Twitter through the university's WI-Fi and servers. However, last month, the popular social networking services were blocked.

The students termed the university management's decision unjustified and demanded that the ban should be lifted.

"Through social media we used to keep ourselves updated about the activities of our friends. But we have no idea why the university administration banned the use of social media," said a female student who wished not be named.

Another student, who is pursing his graduation degree in horticulture, said social media was necessary for gaining knowledge.

"In advanced countries, students are allowed to use the social media in classrooms but here we even can't use it in the cafeteria as the IT department has blocked all the signals," he said.

When contacted, Nadeem Malik, the additional director networking said that Facebook and Twitters were blocked by the university administration after receiving written complaints from some girl students of the agriculture department who accused their fellow students of passing insulting remarks against them on social media.

He said the administration had also noticed that some students left negative comments and even uploaded pictures of students without their consent.

"Students should concentrate on their studies instead of spending hours on the social media," he said, adding the academic council in its meeting on June 24 also approved the ban.

Mr Malik said the vice chancellor had provided Rs10 million to the IT department for upgrading the Interment facility for students.

"We are providing best and advanced internet facility to students," he claimed.

According to the documents presented in the meeting of the academic council, the use of social media by the boarding and non-boarding students was banned.

Impersonation or harassing an individual or a group through social media or mobile phones is strictly banned and the responsible shall be held accountable.

The documents added that the range of penalties for the use of social media shall be decided by the competent authorities of the directorate of students' affairs in consultation with the members of the disciplinary committee.

It may be noted that there is no such ban at the Quaid-i-Azam University.

"There are no restrictions on the use of Facebook and Twitter in our university. We are even trying to further improve our system," said QAU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Etazaz Ahmed. Dawn

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Academia demands waiver in age limit for post of VCs
Islamabad: A Punjab Government advertisement that sets a 65-year bar on candidates wanting to apply for the positions of vice chancellors has upset many in the academic circles who believe the decision would leave a number of capable academicians disqualified.

They termed it damaging to the intellectual property of the province. "It is nowhere in practice in other provinces of Pakistan. Besides the age limit is not mandatory in the federal chartered universities as well. Around the world, governments honour outstanding intellectuals, seasoned academics by keeping them harnessed to the task of university management leadership, as most valuable and premier asset of their nations," said one aspiring candidate on condition of anonymity.

They said that in the posts advertised for three leading federal universities, including Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, International Islamic University, Islamabad, and Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, earlier this year, there was no age bar.

"Similarly for posts advertised for chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC), there was no bar of age. In posts advertised for Sindh universities again there was no limit for age. But unfortunately, the most developed and educationally advanced province of Pakistan, Punjab, has set an age bar of 65 years," said another candidate.

Though in a conversation, a member of the selection committee for HEC chairman stated that the first standard for short-listing of names for chairman was PhD degree from a reputed university. The second consideration was the experience of candidate in dealing with HEC matters. The committee members also considered the age factor and short-listed only those below 70 years.

In its recently advertised posts of vice chancellors of five universities of Pakistan, including Engineering University of Taxila, Government College University, Faisalabad, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, University of Gujrat and Islamia University of Bahawalpur, published on July 20, 2014, the Punjab government mentioned 65 as age limit to apply for the post of vice chancellor.

Those against the bar took the stance that it is in the interest of parity and fair-play that Punjab Government removes this age bar. "It is at variance not only to other provincial and federal governments in Pakistan but also operates in flagrant violation of all international norms and standards. It is not only in the interest of preserving our intellectual cum academic and scholarly talent but it also dictates against the interest of equity and justice. To save our highly skilled human resource, steps ought to be taken by the government to remove this anomaly," said an academician.

They said that higher education is the backbone of a nation.

"Universities build communities. Knowledge economies are at the back of leading nations of the world. National leadership in all spheres of life is groomed in the academia. Successful time tested managers as leaders are the true capital of a nation. There is no sense in debarring them from contributing their best towards national uplift and development. I can recall a few serving Vice Chancellors in Karachi and elsewhere, who in spite of being octogenarians are running their institutions immaculately well, in the best possible manner; dynamically growing, progressing and developing their varsities on the basis of their rich experience and understanding," he pointed out.

They said that around the world Professors never retire as long as they are in practice and are productive. "Punjab is the leading providence in the field of higher education. It is surprising that premier leadership of the academia is being withered under the pretext of having achieved superannuation. It is earnestly appealed that the age limit be waived so as to include the most talented, prized and established leaders in the open competition."

Higher Education Punjab Secretary Abdullah Khan Sumbal said that age limit was mentioned after considering all aspects. "We are not only looking at the age of joining but are also considering the productive capacity of the candidate for the term of four years," he said.

He said that Punjab government respect and value all academicians and educationists. "There was a consensus among all that 50 years is the age of an academician when he or she attains capacity and experience to lead an institution. The post of vice chancellor involves extensive administrative work. Keeping all this in mind, the age limit was identified as 65 years," he added. The news

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NUST, Italian foundation sign environment related MoU
Islamabad: The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and an Italian foundation for the promotion of scientific research on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that relates to environment and climate changes.

The MoU was signed by School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Principal Tariq Mahmood and Ev-K2-CNR President Agostino Da Polenza, said a press release.While speaking on the occasion, the Ev-K2-CNR president and the SCEE-NUST principal appreciated the initiatives of the two scientific organisations. Mahmood said that the Ev-K2-CNR is doing a great job in the preservation and management of natural resources and appreciated the efforts of the Ev-K2-CNR for its support in carrying out research activities in the country.

Ploenza, while thanking the NUST University said that NUST has a reputation for education and research and the Ev-K2-CNR can work well in the scientific research on water and glaciers in the high altitudinal areas of Pakistan.Both the organisations could get benefit from this agreement in designing future research in the high altitudinal areas and supporting the research process and demonstrating various actions, he added.On this occasion, the faculty of the institute and the officials of the Ev-K2-CNR shared their views about the importance of this MoU, as it would lead towards more involvement of the younger generation in technological advancement and research in various fields and NUST is a very good place to serve this purpose. Daily times

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