NUST ranked among top 500 universities
Islamabad, Oct 14: National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad has maintained its coveted position in the list of Top 500 world universities in the 2014-15 ranking announced by M/S Quacqurelli Symonds (QS) of UK, the most prestigious ranking agency.
According to official spokesman, NUST is the only Pakistani university, which is consistently included in this elite-ranking list since 2007. Moreover, NUST has won its place in the Top 400 Engineering Universities of the world.
This is the result of concerted effort put in by the NUST management and faculty for providing quality education, conducting innovative research, establishing international linkages, engaging in collaborative research with leading international universities and organisations, participating in international exchange programs, improving infrastructure, and producing graduates who are welcomed by national and international industry, business, academia and market.
NUST Rector M Asghar, has felicitated the management and faculty of all NUST constituent Institutions for playing their role effectively. He also thanked HEC, MoST and services headquarters for providing continued support and guidance, which enabled NUST to achieve this honour.
Chinese award for Dr Atta-ur-Rahman
Islamabad: Former chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Professor Atta-ur-Rahman will be conferred on the 'Friendship Award of China' in Beijing on September 29.
The award is the People's Republic of China's highest national award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress. The formal award giving ceremony will be held in Beijing on September 29.
The award is being given for the tremendous contributions of Professor Atta-ur-Rahman to develop strong linkages between China and Pakistan in various fields of science and higher education. He was responsible for initiating a major programme of academic collaboration and linkages with Chinese universities and other institutions as federal minister for science and technology and later as Higher Education Commission chairman. Under these programmes, some 400 students were sent to various Chinese universities and research institutions for PhD level training.
Professor Rahman has initiated strong collaborations with many Chinese Institutes. He signed an Executive Protocol for Scientific Cooperation between Chinese Academy of Sciences and Pakistan Academy of Sciences under which many workshops have been organised in Pakistan and China. These included a major international conference titled 'IUC South Asia Summit Meeting on Vistas in Structural Chemistry' during April 28-30, 2014, Karachi, Pakistan to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography.
Dr Atta-ur-Rahman has also initiated a nationwide project for training students in universities of Pakistan in Chinese language through video-conferencing. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman's book, 'The Wondrous World of Science' has been recently translated into Chinese language. Professor Atta-ur-Rahman has recently been awarded International Cooperation Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on January 10, 2014. He has 976 publications in several fields of organic chemistry including 720 research publications, 37 international patents, 151 books and 68 chapters in books published largely by major US and European presses. Prof. Rahman is the most decorated scientist of Pakistan, having won four civil awards including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, and the nation's highest civil award, Nishan-i-Imtiaz.
Probe ordered into Sindh University appointments, corruption
Islamabad: The executive board of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Tuesday authorised an inquiry against the Vice Chancellor Sindh University, Jamshoro Dr. Nazir Mughal for alleged corruption, embezzlement of government funds and illegal appointment of over 300 people in the university.
Sindh University, one of the biggest public sector universities in the province, has been stuffed with scions, siblings and spouses of university officers, faculty members, powerful bureaucrats and even journalists.
It is learnt that without following rules, more than 600 people have been appointed from grade 1 to 20 during the past few years, raising many an eyebrow.It is pertinent to mention here that the Vice Chancellor Sindh University Dr. Nazir Mughal, 80, vacated his seat on the directions of Sindh High Court after completing his second and final term.
It is alleged that the expensive land of the university was sold to favourites for peanuts by the VC and the former DC.According to the minutes of the syndicate meeting, a copy of which is available with The News, a special post of medical officer was created and a special mini-hospital was established ignoring the objections and dissenting notes of many syndicate members.
A lady doctor is already working in the Marvi Hostel (Girls Hostel) of the university. There was no need to establish a mini-hospital, as Liaquat Medical University Hospital (LMUH) is hardly half a kilometer away from the university.
Moreover, a well-established hospital of health department was already available at the university, with five medical officers/doctors and 12 ministerial staff along with a fully equipped laboratory.
The said lady doctor was appointed in grade 18 directly despite the fact that she was a graduate (MBBS). According to rules, any graduate could be appointed in grade 17 first and he/she has to work for at least 7 years in the same grade before promotion, but in this case she was promoted to grade 19 within three months without completing the probation period of two years.
Moreover, retired officers have been appointed on the recommendations of powerful politicians of Karachi.On April 20, 2011, following the orders of the Supreme Court and Chancellor of Sindh universities and Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad, the then registrar terminated the services of five retired officers of the university through a notification, copy available, and announced the termination of services of further re-hired retired officers. However, after few months the services of several officers were rehired contrary to the law and the Supreme Court's decision.
The owner of a famous musical company was given contract without the approval of syndicate.The university spokesman refuted all the quarries asked a few weeks back, saying all the appointments were made purely on merit.
He said the vice chancellor was authorized to recruit employees from grade 1 to grade 16 according to the need to run the university affairs smoothly.To a query about the hiring of the services of retired persons, the spokesman said the faculty members having PhD degrees had been given contracts in a bid to produce scholars on the campus as per the policy of the HEC.The spokesman refused to comment on the hiring of a lady doctor and sale of university lands but he insisted that the appointment of the lady doctor was made on purely on merit.
QAU confers awards on researchers
Islamabad: A ceremony for 'Young Researcher Awards 2013' was held at the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) on Wednesday to recognise the significant contributions of young faculty members in research and training of students, says a press release.
Gold medals and cash prizes were given to Dr. Tariq Mehmood, assistant professor of Plant Sciences, Dr. Abdul Jalil, assistant professor of Economics, Dr. Afzal Shah, assistant professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Bilal Haider Abbasi, assistant professor of Biotechnology.
Congratulating the award-winners, QAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Eatzaz Ahmed said the purpose of establishing the award was to involve the young researchers more energetically and to promote research culture on the campus. He said that the 'Young Researcher Awards' would be presented annually to selected faculty members who would make exceptional contributions in research.
He urged young scientists that research and knowledge related activities should closely align with indigenous needs. "You must pay attention towards those areas, which can contribute to the socio-economic uplift of the country," said the vice chancellor.
Deans of faculties, chairpersons of the departments, senior faculty and staff members attended the ceremony.
Pink Ribbon Campaign at Bahria University
Islamabad: October is celebrated all over the world as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for a decade, Bahria University, Islamabad Campus, is conducting awareness campaigns every year.
This year, the awareness campaigns will start in the last week of September. Bahria University, Islamabad, will be holding a Pink Ribbon event on September 22, 2014 in collaboration with the Islamabad Medical and Dental College starting with a friendly women's basketball match at the gymnasium of the university. In this event, there will be an interactive session conducted by the doctors followed by an unplugged musical performance by the female students of Bahria University.
Overall, this entire event is aimed at raising awareness, which will target not only the students and faculty but also their respective family members. The students would put up informative posters, distribute brochures and everybody will wear a pink ribbon for entire month to show their support for the cause. The news