Lahore, May 22: Punjab University Examinations Department has issued written date sheets for the Bachelor of Commerce Part-I and II annual examinations 2013. B.Com Part-I and II annual examinations 2013 will commence from 20th and 21st of June, 2013 respectively.
'The Lancet' acknowledges HEC contribution
Islamabad: The Lancet, one of the world's best-known journals, in its latest editorial titled 'Health Transitions in Pakistan' has acknowledged the decade long contribution and accomplishments of Higher Education Commission (HEC).
It stated that in 2002, Pakistan initiated major reforms in its higher education system. "Although not without difficulties, these reforms changed the culture of academia to one that is focused on research, quality and impact," the Chief Editor Dr Richard Horton stated.
It is also been mentioned in the editorial that due to Pakistan's own vibrant professional, research, and civil society communities, solutions are available to politicians and policy makers alike, solutions that could quickly and decisively make a difference to the health of Pakistan's population.
The Lancet was founded in the year 1823 and publishes original research articles, review articles, editorials, book reviews, correspondence, as well as news features and case report. The journal has editorial offices in London, New York, and Beijing.
In its findings over medical education and research in Pakistan, the journal sates that the number of medical graduates has increased from 500 in 1947 to 171,450 in 2012 and the number of medical colleges has increased from 2 to 88 respectively.
It further says the number of health research publications has increased 7.5 times between 2001 and 2011 where as the HEC has also assumed a large role in teaching, training and research including training and research in health.
The article suggests positive roles of regulatory organisations like the HEC and PMDC are essential, and if Pakistan wishes to use research evidence for improved policy and management decision making, appropriate funding for crucial research, good research management, fair incentives for research production, appropriate recognition by the government and strong support from the development community are all important components.
Commenting over the journal's editorial, HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari said that this international recognition speaks volumes of the hard work put in by the management and faculty of Pakistan universities and consistent in terms of improving infrastructure, access to digital library, providing quality education, providing opportunities for conducting innovative research, establishing international linkages, engaging in collaborative research with leading international institutions and organisations, participating in international exchange programs and producing graduates who are welcomed by national and international industry, academia and corporate sector. "It is essential that this growth should continue with continued focus on adding quality in research and education."
Abasyn University striving for affordable education
Islamabad: Abasyn University, Islamabad, Vice Chancellor Dr. Jamil Ahmad has said that if one thinks about private colleges and universities, by and large, the first thing that immediately crosses one's mind is quality education, but with this comes the worry of high tuition fees.
"However, there's a university in the private sector that is ensuring that education on its campuses doesn't cost much. Without making any compromise on the quality of education, we're making every effort to reduce cost of education for both students and the university. At the same time, we're focusing our attention on creating relevance of our degrees to local and international job market. By the grace of Almighty Allah, our efforts on both fronts have met with some success," he stated this in an interview.
With main campus in Peshawar and another in Islamabad, Abasyn University was established in December 2007, though Abasyn Institute of Management Sciences has been in place in Peshawar since 1998.
According to Dr. Jamil Ahmad, it is the first university in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, whom Higher Education Commission (HEC) has placed in the highest category of educational standard, 'W', shortly after the grant of the charter.
"Until now, Abasyn University has secured 'W3' from HEC in recognition of its efforts to build a standard infrastructure and provide quality education opportunities to its students." Abasyn University offers degree programmes in various disciplines, including engineering, computer sciences, information technology, business administration, pharmacy, microbiology and education, and all these programmes are recognised and/or accredited by the relevant authorities or councils," he added.
Dr Jamil Ahmed said: "Pakistan Engineering Council has approved our engineering programmes, while our BS courses in computer sciences and software engineering are accredited by National Computing Education Accreditation Council awarding a very good category, 'X'. Likewise, our bachelor's programme in pharmacy has the approval of Pakistan Pharmacy Council."
The vice chancellor said that his university had a vision, which was based on five parameters i.e. quality teaching, research, internationalisation, industries liaison, and a career and job placement.
Dr Jamil Ahmed said: "As for quality teaching, we are working very hard to create a unique model for quality teaching, which will not only be based on classroom teaching, but also be a complete package comprising face-to-face teaching, case and problem-based learning, activity-led learning, exercise-based classroom sessions, workshops and guest speaker sessions related to each course offered on our campuses."
"At the same time, we are focusing on creating online resources for each academic programme and providing access to both teacher and student," he said.
Dr Jamil Ahmad said that the university believed in teacher empowerment and academic freedom feeling all that made teachers more responsible to the benefit of students.
About research-oriented activities on the campus, he said that Abasyn University was committed to be among the country's top universities in term of research output.
He said that his university had already submitted a number of research proposals to various organisations for funding, including National ICT R&D Fund.
"The main emphasis is on the applied research, where two companies have already been hosted on the campuses to produce product, make new design and create new methods, which are directly applicable to our national issues," he said adding one of the companies is focusing on communication and engineering-related research, while the other is working on mobile application.
"We have also been publishing a research periodical, Abasyn Journal of Social Sciences, for two years. The recognition of the periodical by HEC is in the advanced stages. We're hopeful that it will secure HEC recognition very soon."
As for industrial liaison, the vice chancellor said that Abasyn University had signed memorandums of understanding with various organisations and industries besides creating linkages with a US-based firm, World Learning, for its inclusion in the USAID projects for Pakistan.
In his opinion, a university should not be isolated and rather, it should work with international educational institutions and organisations.
"Internationalisation is one of our aims, so we have so far established a number of collaborations with foreign universities, including University of Bedfordshire, UK where our students can transfer their credit hours 100 per cent," he said.
The vice chancellor said that the university gave its students advice about what jobs and professional training might be suitable for them.
"We consider career counselling a must during the current times, so we've created the 'Career and Placement Centre' to offer internships
and job trainings to our students. Two short internships spanning from six to eight weeks are compulsory for some of our degree programmes," he said.
Dr Jamil Ahmad wanted curriculum to be uniform at all levels in terms of outcomes.
"Curriculum should be taken as a law and only parliament should have the authority to amend it. As for curriculum, the situation is very confusing and thus, dividing the society. There should be one curriculum for every course offered at any level of education, for example, how much mathematics should be taught to O level or matriculation students and what is the outcome that is required for the next level, i.e. in this case at A level or intermediate stage," he said.
Dr. Jamil Ahmad said that Abasyn University fulfilled its social responsibility by supporting needy students through scholarships.
Bahria University holds open house
Islamabad: Bahria University hosted Open House 2013, which gave opportunity to final year students from Departments of Engineering Sciences to display their final year projects. Open House showcased some of the brilliant projects from Bahria University.
The event was organised at the Old Campus basement of Bahria University, Islamabad. Bahria University Rector Vice Admiral (r) Shahid Iqbal was the chief guest on the occasion. Director general, pro-rector, registrar, and other management of the university were also present.
There were in total 91 projects from diverse engineering branches including software engineering, control systems, communication systems, embedded systems, robotics, radio communications and wireless communication. Six projects were funded by the Nation ICT R&D fund and one project was funded by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF). The ceremony concluded with the awards presentation for the top three projects in each department. The news