Three Pakistani universities among top 200 in the world
Islamabad, June 17: According to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Universities Rankings 2013, seven Pakistani universities have won place in the list of top 250 Asian universities and three Pakistani universities are now among the top 200 world universities in agriculture and forestry.
The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), UK, is the world's most renowned and prestigious ranking agency.According to its ranking for 2013, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, is ranked 119, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, (120), Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi, (152), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) (191) and University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, (200), University of Karachi (201) and University of the Punjab, Lahore, (250), are now in the top 250 Asian universities.
Whereas, three Pakistani universities, including University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) (142), Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) (152) and Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, (172), are now among top 200 world universities in the disciplines of agriculture and forestry.
Commenting on the international recognition for the Pakistani universities, Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari said that during the last year, six Pakistani universities were among the top 300 Asian universities. "This year, seven are in the top 250. This is a proof that the quality of universities in the last three years has significantly improved and Pakistan has now become a world player in higher education sector," he said.
He hoped that with hard work, and with the support of the government, at least 10 Pakistani Universities would join the ranks of the leading universities of the world within the next couple of years.
The education experts describe this achievement in higher education sector of Pakistan as an outcome of the revolutionary reforms introduced by the HEC and dedicated hard work by the university faculty and researchers.
Since the establishment of the HEC in 2002, the research output has grown eight-folds (from 815 in 2002 to more than 6,300 in 2012) with the largest numbers of publications in areas of relevance to economic development. As a result of this phenomenal increase in research publications, the world share of Pakistan's research has gone up by 300 percent in the last five years.
Around 90 per cent of these research publications from Pakistan are coming from higher education institutions. Output has more than doubled just in the last three years and is expected to double again in the next three years. No university was ranked among the top universities of the world three years back. The news
AIOU's post-graduate admissions continue
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) admissions for MS/MPhil and PhD programmes for the Semester Autumn, 2013 continued around the country simultaneously. A news release issued on Friday said the prospectus and admission forms have been placed on the university's website and the last date for submission of admission form is July 12. The admissions of PhD Programmes are offered in islamic studies (general), islamic studies (Quran and Tasfeer), chemistry, iqbal studies, Pakistani languages and literature while the admissions of MPhil Programmes are being offered in islamic studies (general), islamic studies (Quran and Tafseer), arabic, chemistry, Iqbal studies and mass communication. The eligibility for PhD admissions is MPhil 1st Division/3GPA in the relevant subject and must have passed NTS GAT (subject) test with at least 60 percent marks while MSc with second division and must have passed NTS GAT (general) test with 50 percent marks is eligibility for admissions in MS and MPhil programmes. app
Complaints rife against education consultancy
Lahore: In the absence of a regulatory framework overseeing the education consultancy business, complaints by young talented students seeking higher education abroad against fraudulent profit seekers are on the rise.
Unfortunately, there is no mechanism in place for checking the education consultancy business both at federal and provincial levels and unlawful entities are freely running their business at their sweet will. They are free to demand any amount from applicants as fee and consultants' words are considered final on any disputed issue. Some unfortunate incidents have emerged recently against a Gulberg-based education consultancy business that fraudulently deceived several people and withholds their millions of rupees.
Dr Farhat Ahmad, mother of a student seeking admission to a Canada-based university, blamed a local consultant for serious wrongdoings. She accused the owner of a firm did nothing for admission of his son in a couple of years and forced them to pay nearly one million rupees. She claimed that Mian Zulfiqar, the owner of the education counseling business, has refused to return their amount.
"We cannot think of such a fraud as we try to fulfill every requirement of admission lawfully. My son gets excellent marks in exams and he deserves admission to a foreign educational institution. When we contacted the Canadian university directly after bypassing the educational consultant, my son obtained admission," she added.
The university management, she claimed, stated the Lahore-based educational consultant did not do anything substantial for admission. "This verification of facts by foreign university is ample proof that Zulfiqar Ali fraudulently got money from us. The foreign university in writing said they had no agent for providing consultancy," she added.
She alleged the education consultant provided them with fake documents of admission and submission of fees. "Now, he is threatening and demanding Rs153,000 more as consultancy fee," she said. She asked authorities concerned to take action against fraudulent consultants who were ruining the future of the nation.
Adil Sarwar, another victim, said, he had been mentally tortured for months while he was seeking counseling for admission to a UK-based university. He claimed Mian Zulfiqar did not succeed in his admission to the foreign educational institution and refused to pay back Rs 600,000. "Later, after running from pillar to post, I have managed to get back my money but the consultant refused to return the passport. Many people have been swindled by the consultant with impunity," he charged.
When contacted, Mian Zulfiqar claimed he had managed admission of Dr Farhat's son and now she was not paying Rs 153,000 fee. He claimed he had deposited about one million rupees in the Canadian university against his admission. He said he had processed the admission of the student to two more educational institutions earlier and he deserved the fee. Mian Zulfiqar claimed that he was a registered consultant and worked on behalf of several foreign educational institutions.
Teachers reject 10pc increase in salaries
Lahore: Government schools teachers have rejected the federal government's announcement of 10 percent increase in salaries of government employees in its annual budget and termed it a joke.
According to a press release issued here on Saturday, the chairman of Mutahida Mahaz Usataza Pakistan, the vice-chairman all government Employees Confederation Pakistan Ch Allah Bukhsh and other office bearers said that they rejected the increase, terming it a joke.
Navy War College graduation ceremony
Lahore: The graduation ceremony of the 42nd Pakistan Navy Staff Course was held at Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila was the chief
guest on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of the Naval Staff said the Pakistan Navy was a technology and capital intensive service which required an equally competent and proficient manpower taking sound decision.
Citing recently implemented Vision and Core values of the Pakistan Navy, the Naval Chief stressed upon the graduating officers to maintain highest standards of ethical and moral values. He congratulated the graduating officers particularly Allied Officers and wished them the best in future pursuits. He also appreciated the College Command and faculty for encountering challenges and meeting all requirements, said a press release issued by Pakistan Navy here on Friday.
Earlier the Chief of the Naval Staff, on behalf of National Defence
University Islamabad conferred Masters in Science (Maritime) degrees upon the graduating students. In his inaugural address, the Commandant, Pakistan Navy War College, Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat, gave an overview of the 41 week long curriculum of studies. He detailed a summary of various ongoing projects and those already completed by Pakistan Navy War College. Some 78 officers including 55 from Pakistan Navy, two each from
Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force and 19 officers from allied navies of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Japan, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sri-Lanka and United Arab Emirates joined the ranks of the alumni of the Pakistan Navy War College.THe nws
Lahore: PU Examination Department has announced results of BS Four-Year Programme, Third Semester (Re-Sit) Examination 2012 and BS IT (Hons) Morning (Semester System) session 2008-2012.
Detailed results are also available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
PhDs awarded: Punjab University awarded four PhD degrees to different scholars on Friday.
According to a press release, the scholars awarded PhD degrees included Muhammad Afzal s/o Abadan in the subject of Economics after the approval of his thesis titled "Private Returns to Education and Determinants of Earnings: an Econometric Analysis", Shahid Imtiaz s/o Imtiaz Ali in the subject of English after the approval of his thesis titled "Amorphous Lahore: Colonial and Postcolonial'', Zamir Ahmad Ansari s/o Bashir Ahmad Ansari in the subject of Chemistry after the approval of his thesis titled "Electrochemical and Biochemical Treatment of Industrial Waste Water" and Noreen Razzaq d/o Razzaq Saeed in the subject of Urdu after the approval of her thesis titled "Urdu Afsanay Ki Rawayat aur Pakistani Khawateen Afsana Nigar Tehqeeqi-o-Tanqeedi Mutala'a (1947 Say Asar-e-Hazir Tak)".
Meanwhile, Punjab University has awarded a PhD degree to Mahboob Hussain s/o Bashir Ahmad in the subject of Pakistan Studies after the approval of his thesis titled "Institution Building in Pakistan: A Study of Parliament (1971-1977)".
According to a press release issued on Friday, Mahboob is the first scholar who obtains the PhD degree in Pakistan Studies from Punjab University. Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran has congratulated Mahboob Hussain on this achievement.
seminar: Punjab University Institute of Agricultural Sciences organised a seminar on "Role of Private Sector in the Development of Agriculture in Pakistan".
According to a press release issued on Friday, Director IAGS Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Haider, Director Sales and Marketing Ali Akbar Group of Companies Saad Akbar Khan, faculty members and students attended the seminar.
The speakers lauded the efforts of PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran who constituted Agricultural Department to give opportunity to the students of Agricultural Studies for promotion of agriculture. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Haider threw light on the performance of his institution and agricultural research of faculty and students.
Saad Akbar highlighted the services and purposes of his company.
Later, both the institutions agreed on mutual understanding for the promotion of agriculture.
Awareness camp: Islamic Blood Society of Punjab University's Chemical Department organised awareness camp on the eve of World International Blood Donor's Day here on Friday.
According to a Press release, a large number of students participated in the camp. The students vowed to donate blood to save precious human lives.
Meanwhile, Nazim Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), PU chapter, lauded the PML-N federal government's decision to introduce Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme and loans for students in its annual budget. He said IJT would support such policies of the government which would be beneficial for students at large. The news