Only education can bring change in society: VC FJWU
Islamabad: Fatima Jinnah Women University has now completed its eleven years. In a short span of time the university has grown exceptionally and has earned a reputation for excellence in teaching and research nationally and internationally.

Prof. Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan was appointed as Vice Chancellor of the university in March 2007 and since then she’s striving hard for the promotion of quality education in the university as well as emphasizing on the tradition and values of our society.

For our proud profile column we got a chance to speak to her candidly about her personal achievements, aspirations and desires for the promotion of education in the country. She answered each of my questions comfortably and with great poise.

When asked how is Fatima Jinnah Women University different from other universities, she replied that they are not only giving degrees to the students instead the university besides education is equipping them to become a productive and useful member of the society. “In our annual art and craft mela which is held annually in the university premises, we encourage the students to display their products so that if they venture out with their product in the market they have the experience of entrepreneurship, boutiques etc. We also teach entrepreneurship in Business Administration Department. Besides this, the students have to show voluntary work of 20 credit hours in any field before acquiring a degree. It could be any voluntary work in the field of health or education or any community work like educating working class ladies, or community help like water problem or sanitation. As an institution, FJWU has contributed immensely in nation building and development by providing trained professional women as an important human resource for all fields in various capacities. FJWU graduates have been successfully working in all sectors and are providing support and leadership to their families and communities. Our students should understand that, this higher education that they are pursuing through public university and availing state-of-the-art facility is at highly subsidized rates through public tax payer’s money, they have to pay back through their community ownership and voluntary work for the society. Moreover community work and internship are compulsory degree requirement,” she said.

She said that we have a strength of 5,000 females who study now in the university and being the women university it is at par with other co-educational system. It has male faculty staff as well as visiting faculty staff who teaches at all levels. We compete with other coeducation or male universities with same strength. The university has its own day care facilities not only for the faculty but also for the students who are married and have kids. Education and health of the people are of critical importance in our country and cut in educational budget is very demoralizing for the universities, faculty and students. “It is a big setback because it is only education that the steer us to progress. We have the highest number of youth from 14 to 25 years of age whose basic requirement is education. She suggested that education budget should be sustained, instead of cutting it otherwise whatever that had been done earlier in this sector would be wasted. Our hostel facilities and our new campus on Chakri Road is drastically suffering because of the budget slash. Currently we are in dire need of two overhead bridges on the main university road as six of our students have met major accidents while crossing the road,” she said.

While talking about the international collaboration with the university she said that FJWU has been successful in attracting foreign qualified faculty with extensive training and experience from different countries who make use of latest pedagogical techniques for teaching the courses offered at the university. “The university has an extensive information resource in print and electronic media with a library that has a collection of more than 35,000 printed books. The university also provides access to over 45,000 e-books and 23,000 international e-journals through HEC digital library. It has state of art computer labs and laboratories. The students of the Mass Communication started off with half an hour FM radio station Voice of Women four years back. Now the air time has gone to three hours and the range is now 26 kilometers. The radio station broadcasts educational, entertainment and informative programs that provides practical knowledge to the students. After acquiring the Mass Com degrees students are hired immediately by commercial FM channels as they have the on-hand experience of radio broadcasting. Six universities are members of Educational Broadcasting Forum and FJWU is also one of them. Dr. Saeeda Asadullah is multi linguistic and has proficiency over six languages which are English, Urdu, Sindhi, Arabic, French and Turkish. “When you learn different languages you are open to knowledge thus creating an enabling environment for the faculty as well as the students. For a vice chancellor it is important to create knowledge and produce think tanks. We need to focus on research now. As a member of Modern Language Association she revealed that a debate is going on in the west nowadays that we need to ‘publish or perish’ but still we should realize that what we are publishing and who is reading our journals. We cannot bring about a change by criticising, instead we should be more constructive. We should become a role model for our students as we are constantly giving them silent messages,” she said.

Talking on gender equality she said that I don’t have to be apologetic just because I am a woman. “Islam gives me equal rights as men. In Pakistan at least we have our own voice. Like in West it took quite some time to recognize the value of women as they still indulge in domestic violence and gender disparity. I am an optimist and believe in my youth. We have a commitment to create knowledge and failure is not a failure if we learn from it,” she said.

The Vice Chancellor though lives with her mother, a fully devoted daughter still finds out time for unwind. She is a member of various organizations and finds time to attend their functions. She loves to eat at home and has a strong penchant for vegetables with broccoli being her favourite vegetable. Chicken roast and fish are occasional treat for her.

QAU Alumni holds reunion
Islamabad: QAU Alumni Association Pakistan organized an annual get together of the university graduates belonging to various walks of life here on Saturday. QAU Alumni Association secretary general Murtaza Noor addressing on the occasion highlighted main achievements of the Alumni since its inception and informed the participants that the association has organized four annual dinners, Spring Gala; several get togethers and published two editions of directory of the members. She informed the gathering that the Alumni also initiated various programmes for the welfare of the present students of QAU Islamabad including need based scholarships and construction of social sciences seminar hall. She also said that fifteen scholarships would be awarded to the students belonging to flood affected areas in three years. app

QAU hostels without power, water
Islamabad: Power supply to hostels of Quaid-I-Azam University (QAU) has been suspended for two days and students have also been facing water shortage. Students told Online that power supply has been suspended in hostels 3, 4 and 1 for the last two days, because of which PhD and M Phil students have been facing severe problems particularly. Due to power cut, the hostels have also run out of water. The students said despite complaining several times to the authorities concerned and administration, the problem remains as it was. In addition, due to the recent rains, roofs of hostels have started to drip. They said that university administration has pledged that they would get connection of electricity from Diplomatic Enclave in order to fulfill the energy requirements of the university. “But nothing has been done so far in this regard for several years just. These are false promises,” they said. The students said due to cut of energy a lot of time is being wasted. They demanded of the university administration and specifically the chancellor, who happens to be President Asif Ali Zardari, to take notice of the situation and order for permanent solution to this problem. online

15 scholarships for flood-affected students
Islamabad: Fifteen scholarships for flood-affected students were announced during the annual get together organised here by Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Murtaza Noor, secretary general of QAU Alumni Association, highlighted the main achievements of the alumni since its inception. “We have also initiated various programmes for welfare of the students of QAU including need based scholarships and construction of social sciences seminar hall,” he said. He said that scholarships would be awarded to the students belonging to flood affected areas in three years in the disciplines of business education, international relations and economics.

QAU Alumni Association President Sikandar Ahmed Rai said that Alumni of Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad are ambassadors at large within and outside the country and are playing an active role in developing goodwill for the university.

QAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai who was chief guest on the occasion briefed the audience about different initiatives taken by the university administration for faculty members, institutional development and promotion of research culture. The news

PU distinction
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) Oriental College’s magazine has earned the unique honour of being included on the recently published list of 100 most important research journals identified by the members of Advisory Committee of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) which is available on http://quod.lib.umich.edu/b/bas/help/fastrac.htm. The news

Fast Track Journal Title List

More than hundred “fast track” journal titles were identified by the members of the BAS Advisory Committee as the most important journals within the field of Asian studies that should be given priority in indexing. The BAS editors are seeking to keep the indexing of these titles as current as possible. Other titles are gradually being added. The “fast track” titles thus identified are listed below.

  • Acta Asiatica (Tokyo)
  • Acta Koreana (Daegu, Korea)
  • Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (Pune)
  • Annual of Urdu Studies (Chicago, IL)
  • Archipel (Paris)
  • Archives of Asian Art (New York)
  • Artibus Asiae (Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Asia Major (Taipei)
  • Asian Ethnology (Nagoya)
  • Asian Perspectives (Honolulu)
  • Asian Philosophy (Abingdon, Oxon, England)
  • Asian Survey (Berkeley, CA)
  • Bijdragen Tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Leiden)
  • BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies (New Delhi)
  • Borneo Research Bulletin (Williamsburg, VA)
  • Bulletin de l’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (Paris)
  • Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (Canberra)
  • Bulletin of the American Historical Collection (Manila)
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (Cambridge, England; New York)
  • Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale (Paris)
  • Cahiers d’Extrême-Asie (Paris; Kyoto)
  • China Journal (Canberra)
  • China Quarterly (Cambridge, England; New York)
  • Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (Madison, WI)
  • CHINOPERL Papers (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (Durham, NC)
  • Contemporary South Asia (Oxford)
  • Contemporary Southeast Asia (Singapore)
  • Contributions to Indian Sociology (Delhi)
  • Critical Asian Studies (Basingstoke, Hampshire, England)
  • Crossroads (DeKalb, IL)
  • Deccan Studies (Hyderabad)
  • Early China (Berkeley, CA)
  • East Asian History (Canberra)
  • Etudes chinoises (Paris)
  • Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (Cambridge, MA)
  • Himal Southasian (Lalitpur, Nepal)
  • India Review (Oxford)
  • Indian Anthropologist (New Delhi)
  • Indian Economic and Social History Review (Delhi)
  • Indian Historical Review (Delhi)
  • Indian Journal of Gender Studies (New Delhi)
  • Indian Journal of History of Science (New Delhi)
  • Indian Journal of Human Development (New Delhi)
  • Indian Journal of Linguistics (Calcutta)
  • Indian Linguistics (Pune)
  • Indo-Iranian Journal (The Hague)
  • Indonesia (Ithaca, NY)
  • Indonesia and the Malay World (London)
  • International Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge, England; New York)
  • International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics (Trivandrum)
  • Japan Echo (Tokyo)
  • Japan Forum (Basingstoke, Hampshire, England; Philadelphia, PA)
  • Japan Review: Bulletin of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies = Nichibunken (Kyoto)
  • Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (Nagoya)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (Boulder, CO)
  • Journal of American-East Asian Relations (Leiden; Boston)
  • Journal of Asian and African Studies (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • Journal of Asian Studies (Cambridge, England; New York)
  • Journal of Bangladesh Studies (Bellevue, WA)
  • Journal of Chinese Linguistics (Hong Kong)
  • Journal of Chinese Religions (Bloomington, IN)
  • Journal of Gender and Social Issues (Rawalpindi)
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy (Dordrecht)
  • Journal of Japanese Studies (Seattle)
  • Journal of Oriental Studies (Hong Kong)
  • Journal of Song-Yuan Studies (Berkeley, CA)
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore)
  • Journal of Tamil Studies (Madras)
  • Journal of the American Oriental Society (New Haven, CT)
  • Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Dhaka)
  • Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (Honolulu)
  • Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (Leiden)
  • Journal of the Institute of Bangladesh Studies (Rajshahi)
  • Journal of the Malaysian Branch, Royal Asiatic Society (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society (Karachi)
  • Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (Cambridge, England; New York)
  • Journal of the Siam Society (Bangkok)
  • Korea Journal (Seoul)
  • Korea Yearbook (Leiden; Boston)
  • Korean Studies (Honolulu)
  • Late Imperial China (Baltimore, MD)
  • Man in India (Ranchi)
  • Ming Studies (Leeds, England)
  • Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge, England)
  • Modern China (Thousand Oaks, CA; London)
  • Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (Columbus, OH)
  • Mongolian Studies (Bloomington, IN)
  • Monumenta Nipponica (Tokyo)
  • Monumenta Serica (Sankt Augustin, Germany)
  • Nepali Journal of Contemporary Studies (Kathmandu)
  • Oriens Extremus (Wiesbaden, Germany)
  • Oriental College Magazine (Lahore)
  • Pacific Affairs (Vancouver)
  • Pakistan Economic and Social Review (Lahore)
  • Pakistan Journal of History and Culture (Islamabad)
  • Péninsule (Paris)
  • Philippine Quarterly of Culture and Society (Cebu City)
  • Philippine Sociological Review (Manila)
  • Philippine Studies (Quezon City)
  • Philosophy East and West (Honolulu)
  • Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique (Durham, NC)
  • Puratattva: Bulletin of the Indian Archaeological Society (Varanasi)
  • Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society (Bangalore)
  • Quarterly Review of Historical Studies (Calcutta)
  • Singapore Economic Review (Singapore)
  • Sojourn: Social Issues in Southeast Asia (Singapore)
  • South Asia (Nedlands, Australia)
  • South Asia Research (London)
  • South Asian Anthropologist (Ranchi)
  • South Asian History and Culture (Oxford)
  • South Asian Journal (Lahore)
  • South Asian Popular Culture (London)
  • South Asian Studies: Journal of the Society for South Asian Studies (London)
  • South Asian Survey (New Delhi)
  • South East Asia Research (London)
  • Southeast Asian Affairs (Singapore)
  • Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science (Singapore)
  • Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities (Peradeniya)
  • Studies in History (New Delhi)
  • Studies in Nepali History and Society (Kathmandu)
  • T’ang Studies (Leeds, England)
  • Tenggara (Kuala Lumpur)
  • T’oung Pao (Leiden)
  • Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan (Tokyo)
  • Twentieth Century China (Columbus, OH)
  • Vietnamese Studies (Hanoi)
  • Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens und Archiv für indische Philosophie (Leiden)

PU research journals
Lahore: AS research is the buzzword for universities after the latest ranking of universities issued by the Higher Education Commission, the Punjab University last week reviewed the status of its research journals with regard to their recognition by the HEC and their quality. The PU is currently publishing 31 research journals being brought out by 13 faculties.

PU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran impressed upon all research journal editors to keep their record up-to-date and maintain it as per requirements of the HEC.

At the meeting, journals’ editors complained about insufficient PU representation in various sub-committees constituted by the HEC for recognition of research journals being published by universities. The faculty members stressed that the varsity administration should hold meeting with the HEC officials at the earliest for early recognition of the varsity research journals.

Prof Kamran told the meeting participants that the university had enhanced the spending on research to the tune of Rs50 million in the current year’s budget. He said state of the art facilities and latest equipment were being installed in varsity laboratories to facilitate advanced studies and promote research culture. Dawn

PEF result
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has declared the result of 9th Quality Assurance Test (QAT) of the Foundation Assisted Schools. According to the result issued in a DGPR handout, 1,335 partner schools from 29 districts took part in the test and 1,203 schools qualified the test. The overall passing percentage was 97 per cent. The detailed result is available at PEF website www.pef.edu.pk. The news

FAST-NUCES Convocation
Lahore: The 22nd Convocation of FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) was held at the varsity on Saturday. During the convocation, degrees were awarded to students in MS Computer Science, MS Mathematics, MS Software Project Management, Master of Business Administration, MS Electrical Engineering, BS Computer Engineering, BS Telecommunication Engineering, BS Telecommunication Engineering, BS Computer Science and Bachelors of Business Administration.

Admission in SMI College
Karachi: Principal, Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) College, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, has announced that admissions in first year (Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical and Commerce) will open from Monday (today). According to a press release issued here on Sunday, he added that male and female candidates who secured ‘A’ grades in the matriculation examinations would be eligible to get admission forms. The forms are available in the office of the controller of the Home Examinations of SMI College with the payment of Rs200 on working days, he said. Dr Shaikh further said that it was the first time that SMI College was adding commerce classes to its college section. The news