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HEC without a head, Lakha frontrunner
Islamabad, Sep 21: Despite promise of paying extra attention to higher education in its election manifesto, the PML-N government has so far failed to even pick the head of country's only education regulator. The Higher Education Commission (HEC), which is responsible for improving the standard of university education in the country, is operating without a chairman since August 26 when the four-year term of Dr Javaid Laghari expired.

Although the minister of state for education and training Baligh Ur Rehman had moved a summary regarding the HEC chairman's appointment on July 30, 2013, the Prime Minister's Secretariat has yet to decide the fate of the summary.

According to sources, the summary suggested a one-time extension in the term of Dr Leghari on the basis of his services for higher education. The second option given in the summary is the appointment of a new chairman under HEC Act.

When contacted, the minister confirmed the contents of the summary saying the decision in this regard is expected soon. Sources said the name of Dr Shams Kassim Lakha is under serious consideration in the Prime Minister's Secretariat for the new HEC chairman. Lakha is a top technocrat and former vice chancellor of Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH). However religious parties and influential groups are strongly opposing Lakha's appointment which could prove decisive eventually. Under the HEC ACT, the appointment of commission's chairman is a prerogative of the Prime Minister who is the controlling authority of HEC.

"The Controlling Authority shall appoint a person of international eminence and proven ability who has made significant contribution to higher education as teacher, researcher or administrator, as Chairperson on such terms and conditions as it may determine," says the law.

The Act also allows a one-time extension in the term of HEC chairman and other members of the commission. A similar extension was given to former HEC chairperson Dr Atta-ur-Rahman and all other members of the Commission to ensure the continuity of policies.

HEC is considered among a few role model institutions at the national and international levels that has achieved a lot in the last few years. It has raised the level of Pakistan universities to be ranked globally within a few years.While no Pakistani university was ranked globally before 2010, four were ranked in the top 300 in 2011, 6 in 2011 and 7 in the top 250 in 2012. The news

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AIOU starts mailing books
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has started mailing books for the Semester Autumn 2013 to its students enrolled from Matriculation to PhD programmes.

Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi has inaugurated the mailing process through packing machines and by mailing of books of the Certificate of Teaching (CT) programme.

The VC said the university was paying attention towards upgrading student services that had significantly increased university enrolment.

He said the AIOU would soon present its plan on the establishment of a 'green campus' to President Mamnoon Hussain for providing a natural and clean environment to its students for their educational pursuits.

He said it would be for the first time in the country's history that a campus would be built in the country's green area, which will encompass all basic educational facilities inline with the international standards.

Dr Sangi said they would brief the president, who is also the chancellor of the university, about the overall development plan and activities of the university.

He said the university would request the president to donate a piece of government land in any green belt for the establishment of the 'green campus'.

The AIOU, he said, had been successful over the years to enhance students' enrolment, bringing the annual registration to around 1.3 million.

He said the university was steadily moving ahead to expand its infrastructure network, by opening new campuses and study centres in every nook and corner of the country.

Dr Sangi said the Khudabad Campus had started functioning and the Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister had laid the foundation stone of the Skardu Campus.

While highlighting the efficient financial management system set up by the university, the VC said all accounts of the university were being handled in a transparent manner, following the prescribed rules and regulations.

He said this was also noticed by the auditor general of Pakistan, who cleared the university free from any financial irregularities, removing around 192 audit observations during the current year.

He said the AIOU Finance Committee had approved in principle a 'housing scheme' for the university's employees.

He said the university would provide necessary funding for the housing scheme.

The coordinator of the scheme, Zafar Ilyas, had been asked to work out details of the scheme, ensuring maximum benefit to the low-paid employees, he added.

Mailing Section Incharge Waqar Ahmed Sheikh said the first list of about 22,000 students of the CT programme for the Semester Autumn 2013 had been received from the admission section and books and other study materials were being sent to them. app

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AIOU VC nominated for award
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi has been bestowed upon International Education Leadership Award by the World Marketing Summit, Malaysia in reorganisation of his meritorious services in field of education.

He has been invited to receive the award at the annual summit, scheduled to take place in Malaysia on September 28. The summit's organizing committee appreciated his consistent efforts in expanding quality education in the country, through distance learning system.

Dr, R. L Bhatia, Ambassador (India) informed Dr. Sangi that the summit's jury had decided to honour him with the Education leadership award.

Dr. Sangi will not be able to proceed to Malaysia to personally receive the award, due to pressing engagement in the country. However, the award may be received by an official Pakistan's High Commission, Kuala Lumpur on his behalf.

The World Marketing Summit Malaysia 2013 (WMSM2013) has invited 2,500 delegates from 5 continents namely Europe, America, Asia, Oceania and Asia. The summit is the culmination of the professional odyssey of Philip Kotler, S.C. Johnson, professor of International Marketing Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago. He had earned the distinction transforming his life-long passion for marketing into serving society. The news

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604 students awarded degrees at CIIT's 52nd convocation
Islamabad: The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) held its 52nd Convocation on Friday and awarded graduate and postgraduate degrees to 604 students.

Students from BS, MS, MBA and PhD programmes were awarded degrees in disciplines of Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics, biosciences, business administration, computer engineering, telecommunication engineering, electronics, mathematics and architecture.

PhD degrees were awarded to 15 students in the Faculty of Sciences.

On the occasion, the Chancellor's, Institute and Campus medals were also awarded to position holders from the CIIT. Graduate and postgraduate students securing 3.96 CGPA bagged the campus medals, institute medals and the chancellor's gold medals.

The CIIT also announced the Dr QK Ghori Award for best performance in mathematics to Heen Zahra, while the Prof Kausar Bashir Ahmed Award was given to. Junaid Rahim for the best final project in architecture. Speaking on the occasion, Science and Technology (MoST) Minister Zahid Hamid said knowledge acquirement and higher education were transforming virtually every aspect of today's world. He said IT institutions had become the centre stage of academia. These institutions had the mandate to evolve a knowledge based socio-economic culture in the country to help the nation face the modern challenge of globalisation, he added.

He appreciated the efforts of the CIIT faculty, management and visionary leadership. He said the CIIT, recognising its duties, was committed to provide the best opportunities for learning and personal development within a caring and supportive environment.

CIIT Rector Dr SM Junaid Zaidi presented the Institute Report, detailing the CIIT programmes and accomplishments. The report highlighted research activities, national, international collaborations and current and future academic programmes.

MoST Secretary Kamran Ali Qureshi, COMSATS Executive Director and Board of Governors Chairman Dr Imtnan Ellahi Qureshi also attended the ceremony.

Chancellor's Gold medallists included Syed Waqas Shah, Khadija Sikandar, Muhammad Nauman Rashid, Taimoor Ali Dar, Fizza Ateeq, Sahar Aamir, Ammara Bibi, Saad Hassan, Hina Tauqir, Hamid Mehmood, Maryam Ahmad, Muzammil Behzad, Shahzad Ahmed, Muhammad Nauman Khan, Sundus Jabeen, Salman Khan, Almas Iqbal, Iqra Ahmad, Hira Pervez, Heen Zahra, Sana Irshad and Naila Nawaz.

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FPSC screening test for general recruitment on Sept 29, 30
Islamabad: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) will hold screening tests for general recruitment for various posts advertised by the commission on September 29 and 30.

According to a press release, the tests will be conducted in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, DI Khan, Gilgit, Multan and Sukkur.

The press release said the admission certificates of all registered candidates along with the syllabi and timetable had been uploaded and displayed on the FPSC website.

As per the latest policy, the candidates must visit the FPSC website to get a printout of their admission certificate to appear at the allocated centres at the scheduled time. The candidates would not be issued admission certificates through post. All candidates were advised to bring the admission certificate, original CNIC and original Treasury Receipts (TR) of the fee payment. In case if any of these documents are not brought to the test centre, the candidates shall not be permitted to take the test. app

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Roots Ivy University inaugurated
Islamabad: The official inauguration ceremony of Roots Ivy International University, DHA, Islamabad, a project of Roots Ivy International Schools was held here the other day, says a press release.

Over four hundred students have enrolled for the undergraduate programmes and were present to attend the orientation session and opening ceremony. Roots Ivy International University is a modern, purpose-built educational institution of international standards.

Roots Ivy International is established by leading educationist Khadija Mushtaq, who is the mentor and counselor of thousands of Pakistani students who have set records in Guinness Book of World Records.

Fifteen years ago, Roots Undergraduate programme was established by Ms. Khadija Mushtaq to provide continuation of the British system of education at the undergraduate level. The main objective of the establishment of the college was to provide high quality, internationally recognised undergraduate education opportunity to the students of Islamabad/Rawalpindi. To ensure this continued excellence, she decided to launch the University of London International Programmes through distant and flexible learning.

Roots Ivy International University is now a global institution committed to meeting the needs and ambitions of a diverse range of students by providing challenging academic programmes including a wide range of the University of London International Programmes in Economics, Management, Finance and Social Science degrees and diplomas, ACCA, LLB, HND, ICM through innovative research and professional practices. The news

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