LAHORE, May 3: The Punjab Higher Education Department is planning to put in place monitoring and evaluation system for public sector colleges, which so far never come under scrutiny.

Sources in the department said an institutional mechanism would be developed to rank all public sector colleges on the pattern of universities’ ranking by the Higher Education Commission. In the next budget, the department would also ensure funds to maintain the missing facilities excluding construction of new rooms.

In the next financial year, the higher education department is reportedly seeking development funds worth Rs7 billion against last year’s allocation of Rs6.5 billion. However, it was also learnt, that the higher education department was released only Rs5 billion.

The BS (Honours) programme in public sector colleges was not taken well by the respective colleges’ faculty members as well as teachers’ association owing to the constitution of board of governors. The higher education department has indicated that such issues will be resolved in the next budget. “A stakeholders conference will be called to reach at some
mutually agreed points to run the programme effectively,” an official said.

The department would also launch its indigenous teacher training programme for capacity building of teachers so that they could impart quality education to their pupils. The higher education department senior official also told Dawn that the department would establish a Knowledge Park at 800 acre land in Muridke, while another Knowledge City had been proposed in Rakh Terra, Burki.

HEC: The Higher Education Commission, it is learnt, is planning to evaluate the performance of senior faculty members serving on Tenure Track System.

HEC Executive Director Prof Dr Sohail H Naqvi told Dawn that the TTS faculty members’ performance would be assessed as the commission had evaluated the performance of foreign faculty. He said the foreign faculty performance evaluation had revealed that they had done a great job and Pakistan’s research contribution was increasing day by day. “The research in Pakistani universities has improved in terms of quality as well as quantity and has formally been measured and identified at international level,” he added.

Dr Naqvi said the government had invested in higher education and during the last 10 years many new universities and old universities’ sub-campuses were established and added that “universities are building communities”.

However, it is learnt, the commission is currently facing financial crunch. The commission has yet not received the last quarterly installment, which was due on April 1.

(Dawn)

LAHORE, May 3: A book titled ‘From Hindi to Urdu: A Social and Political History’ by Dr Tariq Rehman was launched at the Oxford Bookshop, Mini Market, Gulberg, on Thursday.

The book was on the socio-political history of Urdu and the first of its kind. It analysed the historiography of the language, narratives about its names, linguistic ancestry, place of birth and relates to the politics of identity construction among the
Hindus and Muslims of India during the last two centuries.

More importantly, a historical account of the use of Urdu in social domains such as employment, education, printing and publishing, radio, films and television etc has been provided for the first time. These accounts are related to the expression
of Hindu and Muslim identity –politics during the two centuries.

Speaking on the occasion, Mohammad Waseem from Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore School of Economics, appreciated the author’s attempt and said that the book engaged one due to its novelty. He took the audience on book’s journey throwing light on its various aspects.

He said one generally knew that Urdu was a Muslim Language but the point was that it was developed in Hindu dominated areas. He said Urdu and Hindi kept growing separately as Hindu and Muslim languages.

Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Center for Humanities and Social Sciences head, LSE, empathised with the power of language when it came to its socio political role. He said in the past language was considered a mere tool of communication but with the
passage of time people realised that language was not only restricted to a mere communication tool but it was involved in the construction of social reality. He said language had an equally important role when it came to social and political history. He said through the course of history one could see that even marginalised groups became stronger through
language and literature.

He said Tariq Rehman in his book had challenged the stereotypes and looked for scientific solutions.

Dr Rehman also threw light on different aspects of the book and shared with the audience how he wrote the book and how he collected original references and sources.

The author is an HEC distinguished National Professor and Professor Emeritus and Dean School of Education, Beaconhouse National University. He has been a recipient of several awards including the national Pride of Performance and the Lifetime
Achievement Award.

(Dawn)

PESHAWAR, May 3: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to enhance its budget for education sector from two per cent to four per cent of the gross domestic product in the next financial year.

The decision was made during a meeting of the provincial cabinet here on Thursday with Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti in the chair.

During a media briefing afterwards, information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain declared the proposed increase in education budget a landmark in the province’s history and said the government would allocate Rs64 billion for education in the 2012-13 budget.

“The government is fulfilling its commitment to spending four per cent of GDP on education. Many countries in the world are already doing so,” he said, adding that his government was committed to achieving targets set in the UN Millennium Development Goals towards universal primary education by 2015.

The minister said illiteracy was the root cause of extremism and poverty in the society and these issues could be resolved through putting in place solid educational network. He added that his government had already focused on education and developed linkages among universities, colleges and schools in the province.

According to him, the cabinet approved establishment of Institute of Peace and Conflict Management Sciences on a proposal floated in July 2009.

Mr Iftikhar said initially, the institute would offer bachelor’s and master’s courses to encourage and attract researchers into peace and conflict management sciences and later, it would introduce M Phil and PhD courses. He said donors would be
approached for funding the project.

The minister said the cabinet discussed recommendations of the special committee tasked with proposing reforms for religious seminaries.

He said the committee set up in March 2010 was to formulate recommendations on whether a separate department was needed to be established for registration, monitoring and provision of grant-in-aid for seminaries.

Mr Iftikhar said the government had already discussed the committee’s recommendations with scholars and ulema of all schools of thought and got their consent to them.

He said the cabinet also approved the proposed amendment to Sarhad Hydro Development Organisation Act, 1993, and its tabling in the provincial assembly today (Friday) in the shape of Pakhtunkhwa Hydel Development Organisation (Amendment)
Act, 2012.

The amendment, he said, proposed induction of six more members to the SHDO board of directors whose current strength was
seven and that an executive committee work under it and the energy minister head it as chairman.

The minister said the cabinet also approved budget strategy for 2012-13 in which it was highlighted that despite serious monetary challenges and insurgency, the government spent Rs200 billion on development projects in the province over the
last four years.

According to him, the cabinet also decided that all line departments would receive ‘output-based budget’, which was to improve services delivery in health and education at district level.

“Decision of the committee, which proposed that 20 per cent of the total revenue generated from forests, will be spent on development of forests in the province. The environment department will discuss management system of forest development fund,” he said.

Mr Iftikhar said participants also discussed the government employees’ group insurance scheme and the relevant committee’s recommendations in this respect. He said the meeting was informed that the scheme was being drafted and would be submitted
to the cabinet for approval after the next budget.

(Dawn)

The 65th meeting of Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) was held here on Thursday with Vice Chancellor Prof IA Naveed in the chair.

 

According to a press release, the board considered the thesis reports of Dr. Salman Idrees for M.Phil (Biochemistry), Dr. Muhammad Jawad Anwar for M.Phil (Chemical Pathology), Dr. Malik Shahid Shoukat for M.Phil (Community Medicine), Dr. Muhammad Tahir Saeed for M.Phil (Haematology), Dr. Ehsan Ullah for M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), Dr. Muhammad Usman Shams for M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), Dr. Sana Mahmood Qureshi for M.Phil (Oral Pathology), Dr. Asad Mahmood Khan for M.Phil (Pharmacology), Dr. Rubina Iqbal for M.Phil (Pharmacology), Dr. Aamir Nazir for M.Phil (Physiology) and Dr. Shazia Naz for MDS (Operative Dentistry). The board approved the panels of examiners for the evaluation of theses submitted by Dr. Samina Khokhar Ph.D. Scholar, Dr. Nazish Mahmood Aisha M.Phil (Biochemistry), Mr. Muhammad Yasir M.Phil (Microbiology), Dr. Khalida Ahtesham M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), Dr. Hassan Mujtaba M.Phil (Oral Pathology), Dr. Syeda Ijlal Zehra Zaidi M.Phil (Physiology), Dr. Uzair Mumtaz M.Phil (Physiology) and Dr. Ali Haider M.S. (General Surgery). The following synopses were also considered for registration of students in various postgraduate courses:

 

“Ficus caraca l. (Anjir) leaf extract reduces gentamicin induced nephrotoxicity in adult male albino mice” by Dr. Ammara Ghafoor for M.Phil (Anatomy), “Spectrum of von Willebrand disease in Lahore; Clinical features and types” by Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Khan for M.Phil (Haematology), “Prevalence of respiratory syncytial virus infection in children on assisted ventilation” by Dr. M. Tamour Ashiq for M.Phil (Microbiology), “Frequency of PVL and TSST1 genes in MRSA and MSSA isolates from nasal, anal and vaginal colonization in pregnant women” by Dr. Qurrat-ul-ain Elahi for M.Phil (Microbiology), “Diagnostic accuracy of Bethesda system of reporting thyroid cytology and its histological correlation” by Dr. Fakhar Abbas for M.Phil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), “Clinicopathological and Immunohistochemical analysis of oropharyngeal lymphomas” by Dr. Waqar-un-Nisa for M.Phil (Oral Pathology).

(The News)

A solo exhibition of Tariq Javed’s latest body of works – a profusion of colour & style – is going to be held at Ejaz Galleries today (Friday) afternoon.

 

A prolific artist with individual style, Tariq Javed is an accomplished draughtsman who enjoys painting complex scenes with figures and a profusion of decorative elements. Over the years he has gone from realism to abstract and nonobjective phases in his work. Art enthusiasts have been following his work for decades with a lot of interest.

 

He also enjoys experimenting in other disciplines: printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. He is one of the few ceramists in Karachi who established a centre to teach the art of ceramics.

 

He creates paintings with quite a modern twist, incorporating his various styles in a very abstract but realistic manner, with all the embellishments of our culture. Decorative faces and figures are his forte with calligraphy playing quite an important role in his portfolio. His colour schemes are soft or bright depending on what he wants to portray and what effect he wants to create.

(The News)

LAHORE – The 65th meeting of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Advanced Studies and Research Board was held here on Thursday with Vice-Chancellor Prof IA Naveed in the chair.
The board considered the thesis reports several scholars, including Dr Salman Idrees for MPhil (Biochemistry), Dr Muhammad Jawad Anwar for MPhil (Chemical Pathology), Dr Malik Shahid Shoukat for MPhil (Community Medicine), Dr Mahmood Qureshi for MPhil (Oral Pathology), Dr Rubina Iqbal for MPhil (Pharmacology) and Dr Shazia Naz for MDS (Operative Dentistry).
The board also approved the panels of examiners for the evaluation of the theses submitted by Dr Samina Khokhar PhD scholar, Dr Nazish Mahmood Aisha for MPhil (Biochemistry), Dr Syeda Ijlal Zehra Zaidi for MPhil (Physiology), Dr Uzair Mumtaz MPhil (Physiology) and Dr Ali Haider MS (General Surgery).
The board also considered many synopses for the registration of students in various postgraduate courses. These synopses were submitted on the subjects of anatomy, microbiology, pharmacology and neurosurgery among others.

(Pakistan Today)

ISLAMABAD – As many as 1,287 students of Quaid-i-Azam University received degrees of MSc, MPhil and PhD at the 5th convocation held here on Thursday. Senate Chairman Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari distributed the degrees and medals among the students. A total of 887 MSc, 281 MPhil 115 PhDs received their degrees in the ceremony while 135 outshining students were also awarded chancellor and president gold medals for obtaining high marks in their respective disciplines.
In his message, President Asif Ali Zardari congratulated the graduates and said the government gives a great importance to the higher education. He lauded the performance of the university and said Quaid-i-Azam University had earned a name both within the country and abroad as a premier seat of higher learning.
“The glory of an academic institution lies the quality of its faculty and the commitment of its teachers and students. I am confident that the management, the faculty and students of QAU possess the dedication and commitment to take the university to even greater heights. To the graduates, I would like to say that as they enter into new phase of life they will be judged by how well they serve the communities to which they belong. I am also confident that in their practical lives they will conduct themselves in a manner that will bring greater laurels to their alma mater”, the president said in his message.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in his message said that future of nation lies in the promotion of education, particularly the education of science and technology. He said universities and educational institutions needed to become generator of creative ideas and insights into the existing problems.
“I am satisfied to know that teachers of this great seat of learning have also won highest number of civil awards in the country and are also respected globally for their academic pursuits. It is a matter of pride that the University has proven to be a vanguard of higher learning by producing highest number of PhDs and MPhils, thus contributing greatly to socio-economic development of the country. I am sure that its graduates would keep the flag of the university afloat. I hope that QAU would prove to be a role model for other universities in the country” said Prime Minister in his message.
Addressing to the students the Chairman Senate said the Pakistan has no dearth of resources, but we are short in the expertise for the optimum utilization of those resources. Better management at all the tiers is a key to national development. To ensure this, we need people like you to come forward and take the lead in this respect. This is possible if you achieve human excellence and make your name in your respective fields. “While you get ready to face the challenges of today and tomorrow, never allow the obstacles to browbeat you into submission. Make optimism the hallmark of your life” said Chairman.
He said education is not only a means for socio-economic development of any nation but it also plays a key role in reforming the individual and collective behavior of people. For countries to grow on sustainable basis, the universities must become hub of knowledge and creator of innovative ideas.
QAU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Masoom Yasnzai in his address welcome address presented the performance of the University. He said that Excellence has been the guiding principle of our academic activities at QAU. Almost 75 percent of the faculty holds doctorate degrees. Furthermore, they are actively engaged in high quality teaching and research and contribute articles to prestigious journals of international repute.
“Concrete implementation of policy and constant steering towards the goals require both human and material support. The University has continued to pay attention to both. During the last year particularly, an appreciable addition has been made to the Faculty at junior level. This was because the University had initiated a number of new programmes with expansion and up-gradation of some departments up to the level of schools”, said the vice-chancellor.

(Pakistan Today)

Young comperes awarded

ISLAMABAD: Over 40 young comperes received awards and certificates on completion of two-day compering workshop under Talent Hunt programme of Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Thursday.

PNCA Director General Tauqeer Nasir distributed certificates among the participants for their performance during the workshop that was organised by the PNCA in collaboration with Ministry of National Heritage and Integration.

The talent discovery project was initiated for Talent Bank of PNCA in which a large number of students and youth participate on regular basis.

Experts conduct the workshops in the field of singing, dancing, compering, drama and dialogue while the PNCA gives opportunities to the participants to perform in different programmes.

Speaking on the occasion, Tauqeer Nasir said the basic idea behind this programme was to utilise the energy of youth at a level of exploration with a proper platform for supporting their inner abilities. Youngsters selected from various workshops under the talent hunt are also given chance to perform in the field of performing arts, he added.

The programme is an attempt to explore hidden talent of children, students, youngsters and local artists for promoting and preserving the rich culture of the country as well as to refine the talent of students.

From singing to compering, drama acting and dancing, various workshops and training courses have been organised by the PNCA under this programme for children and youngsters to express themselves with some techniques that help build their personalities and entertain the audience, he said.

(Daily Times)

ISLAMABAD: An exhibition of exquisite art pieces will be held today (Friday) in a press preview by Atif Khan and Zaira A Zaka at Nomad Art Gallery. The collection of series of works entitled ‘Brick by Brick’ in the medium of photo etching and aquatint, ‘Landscape of the heart’ in medium of archival digital print will remain on display until May 16. Meanwhile, a solo exhibition of paintings by Susanne Husemann concluded on Thursday at the gallery with display of European culture and traditions. The unique collection of paintings explored the culture and way of living of the artist in Europe through a series of works. The paintings focussed on home as an identity or authenticity, as the artist painted facial expressions with a focus on outlook that revealed the 17th century Dutch interiors. app

(Daily Times)

KARACHI: Department of Psychology, University of Karachi (KU), organised a campaign entitled ‘Awareness walk on cleanliness’ at the university premises on Thursday.

Dean Faculty of Arts Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal inaugurated the campaign through ribbon cutting along with chairperson of Psychology Department Rubina Feroz. Many teachers and students were also present. The project was initiated under the course of social psychology.

As per details, students placed dustbins at various places in the premises of the varsity and in this noble cause, some organisations also sponsored. In campaign, they placed 20 permanent and 10 non-permanent dustbins.

Dean Arts walked along with students to raise awareness of cleanliness with students dressed in white and green with arms bands on their hands to show their support for this cause.

Talking to Daily Times, Dr Zafar Iqbal said, “This type of work leaves positive impact on society and this type of campaign should continue in future.” Students placed trash bins for awareness among people and students about importance of cleanness, he said.

Dr Iqbal said that joint activities help get big targets so teachers, parents and others should create awareness among their kids about the importance of cleanness.

A volunteer of the walk, Irfah Zafar, said, “She is very happy to be a part of this beautiful event because it helps create our society eye-catching.” She further said that all other students should also play their role in this kind of event so that our country could be bright.

(Daily Times)