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AIOU admissions with late fee
Islamabad, July 15: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has announced that the admission forms of MS/M.Phill and PhD programmes for the Semester Autumn, 2013 will be received till July 26 with late fee charges of Rs500.

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AIOU Attock Campus
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will start the construction work of its 'Attock Campus' shortly at the 15-kanal plot donated by a local philanthropist of District Attock, Haji Khurshid.

This was stated by AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi while addressing the meeting comprising on the local educationists, EDO (Education), Heads of Schools and Colleges or their representative, dignitaries of the area and Trade Association, Attock.

The campus will be equipped with latest state-of-the art technology, including computer labs, video conferencing systems, examination hall, class rooms, information counters, digital library and internet facility which will facilitate thousands of students who live around the region. This multi-purpose AIOU's building will prove a precious gift for the dwellers of Attock, he added.

Dr. Sangi said the donation of 15-kanal land is a big contribution of Haji Khurshid in the AIOU's strategy of ensuring equal access to quality education by setting-up model study centres and regional campuses across the country. He further said that his contribution for the nation-building will always be remembered and he will get the reward of continuous charity.

AIOU, he said, has prepared a comprehensive plan to construct its own buildings across the country, especially in the far-flung regions to facilitate students, providing them with "best quality education at their door-step. Prof. Sangi urged philanthropists and the public representatives to help in acquiring suitable land for the construction of the AIOU infrastructure.

AIOU, Dr. Sangi, said had started first time 'Matric for girls' twenty-five years

back from Attock region on trial basis with the support of philanthropists women of Nederland which attained the commendable success subsequently this project had been enlisted in the University's Regular programmes.

Correspondingly AIOU will soon establish two 'Open Schools' at Attock region both for male and female for the drop-out students to bring them back in education through 'Educate a Child' scheme started the university recently to give financial and academic support to drop-out male and female students, with the cooperation of the domestic and foreign donors.

The deserving students of all ages in the region will be able to get education from primary to Matric level through open-schooling system. Philanthropists of Attock region should come forward to bear educational expenses of at least one child in order to overcome illiteracy.

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Research being conducted in universities
Islamabad: Pakistani universities, in collaboration with leading American and British universities, are undertaking joint research projects for effective use of natural and renewable sources readily available in the country to resolve the current energy crisis.

Pakistan is facing a severe energy crisis which is not only playing havoc with lives of common citizens but also choking the industrial development and the economy of the country. Experts are of the view that as a result of energy crisis, the once sustained GDP growth rate of around 6% is now at below 2%.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC), under assistance of USAID, is currently establishing Centres of Advanced Study and Research on Energy at both National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar.

Additionally, a number of energy specific projects have been undertaken by the universities with leading American universities under the Pakistan-US S&T Cooperation Programme. These projects include: Total Solution Based Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells for Enhanced Efficiency and Stability between the University of Delaware USA and Government College University Lahore, Life Style Improvement of Villages in FATA Using Renewable Energy between the SEI USA & NUST, and The Use of Renewable Energy to benefit Gilgit-Baltistan region between North Dakota University USA and Comsats Institute of Information Technology Pakistan.

Similarly, a number of projects have been undertaken with the British universities under the International Strategic Partnerships in Research and Education (INSPIRE). These projects include Developing Water Turbines for Electric Power Generation between the University of Southampton and NUST, Increasing the Efficiency of Wind Energy Systems between Cambridge University UK and Air University Islamabad , Building Indigenous Capabilities for Thar Coal Development between the University of Nottingham UK and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and Co-Combustion of Pakistani Coal and Biomass in Pilot Scale Combustors between the University of Leeds UK , and Pakistani Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Mehran University, University of Punjab and International Islamic University Islamabad. Through the joint project between the University of Cambridge and Air University, a micro-machined sensor, the first of its kind in the world, is being developed which would enable wind turbines to function more effectively under local wind terrains, and would also allow the direct measurement of the performance of both gas and wind turbines.

Other Pakistan universities including Agriculture University of Faisalabad and University of Gujrat have done successful experiments on production of bio gas and green energy while the Islamia University of Bahawalpur is going to adopt solar as sole source of energy soon. The Agriculture University of Faisalabad is not only closely working with Punjab government for formulation of energy policy but also implementing capacity-building programme on use of alternative energy. The university is also going to introduce degree programme on energy from this academic year.

Chairman HEC had recently assured the Minister of Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal that universities will join hands with the ministry to work on ways to lessen the energy crisis, including organising a major research conference jointly with the Ministry on the subject.

Commenting on these programmes, HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari said the goal of the HEC is to develop local expertise and indigenous technology for effective use of natural and renewable sources including coal, water, wind and solar through strong collaborations with research groups in leading foreign universities.

"These projects have also vast potential for commercialization. National and international power companies and the Government of Pakistan itself would be the main users of this technology."

He underlined need to develop more indigenous scientific manpower, research facilities and education infrastructure in Pakistan to tackle the energy related issues through collaborative research. The news

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VC for activating KU alumni to work for progress
Karachi: University of Karachi is among the few institutions of higher learning in the country whose alumni are serving on important positions in Pakistan as well as abroad. Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University, Professor Dr Muhammad Qaiser, stated while presiding over an informal meeting of the representatives of the university alumni, an official quoted on Thursday. Malahat Kaleem Sherwani presented an introduction of the alumni network. The VC exhorted that the alumni be activated so as to help resolve the problems being faced by their alma mater and work for its progress and development. Former VC KU Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui was also present on the occasion. app

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SALU VC makes appointments in Grade 16 without placing advertisment
Sukkur: Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Khairpur issued the orders of appointment in Grade 16 without placing an advertisement, while the Registrar SALU said the Vice Chancellor (VC) had the discretionary powers to make such appointments.

It is learned that the VC, during the period of the caretaker government when the Election Commission of Pakistan had banned appointments, directly appointed five people on political reference in Grade 16. The appointees included Syed Shafqat Shah - Student Welfare Officer and Rashid Lashari - Personal Assistant to the VC in Grade 16. Interestingly, Lashari was first appointed as bus conductor in Grade 5 and later promoted to computer operator and then appointed as PA to the VC.

Fida Husain Maitlo was also appointed in Grade 16, while there were two other appointees. Fida Maitlo was appointed as Oriental Language Teacher.

Reports said the VC, on the plea of confirming the daily wages employees from 1998 to 2002, managed to issue the confirmation orders of some 15 employees, as appointees in 2012-2013. When this correspondent contacted the Registrar SALU, Abdul Ghaffar Rashidi and pointed out that it was illegal to make direct appointments in Grade 16 without placing an advertisement, his reply was that the VC, according to Universities Act, had the discretionary powers of appointment in Grade 16 without giving advertisement.

Besides this, the VC, under emergency powers, can appoint any employee from Grade 17 for six months and later get permission from the syndicate. He said that he had no exact figure of the fresh appointments.

It was pointed out to the registrar that a ruling of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1996 says that all appointments in federal, provincial, statutory bodies and other public institutions without observing due procedure would be a violation of the fundamental rights and treated as lacking fairness and transparency. The Supreme Court said in its ruling that no employees can be appointed on ad hoc or contract basis without following the procedure.

The reply of the registrar was that the universities are autonomous bodies. He said that he had not yet referred to such SC ruling. When asked that because such appointments were made at a time when the campaign of general election was going on, therefore, it can assumed that the appointments were politically motivated, his reply was that he issued appointment orders on the recommendation of the VC.

It is learned from sources that Employees' Association of the University, Teachers' Association and Officers' Association of the university expressed concern over the appointments and asked the VC as to how fresh appointments could be made at a time when the university was facing a financial crunch and was not even capable of paying salaries to employees. Sources said the VC replied that she was not in a position to confront the political heavyweights.

Sources said the officers asked her to remove the contractual employees, because the SC had issued its orders in this regard. Sources said the VC did not reply and told them she was busy and will discuss the issue some other time. Sources said the Registrar, Deputy Registrar, Director Finance and Finance Officer were all contractual employees. The news

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