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Education News / Malala attends her first lecture at Oxford - Online Indus
« Last post by Online Indus on October 18, 2017, 01:11:48 PM »
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LONDON: Malala Yousafzai s unbending passion towards education and 5 years since she was shot by Taliban during her campaigning for girls education; has started her new journey at Oxford. The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner earlier tweeted a picture from her first class at Oxford University. Earlier in August, 20-year-old Yousafzai passed her A-level exam and was accepted at Oxford university s Margaret Hall College to study philosophy, politics and economics. In 2012, she wrote an anonymous diary about the life of a school going girl under Taliban rule, she was shot by the Taliban when she was coming back from school. "Five years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford," Malala wrote on her Twitter account, which she joined in July after finishing school.
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Education News from Sindh / Islamabad University students told to wear appropriate clothing
« Last post by sb on October 18, 2017, 10:35:44 AM »
Islamabad University students told to wear appropriate clothing
ISLAMABAD:18 October:The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has asked its female students to strictly adhere to a traditional dress code, warning that anyone found violating the code would face strict disciplinary action.

The circular was issued last week by the Faculty of Management Sciences on the female campus of IIUI which offers BBA, MBA, MS and PhD degree programmes.

The university maintains strict segregation between the male and female campuses which run parallel and has previously asked students living at its hostel not to share beds and ‘maintain distance’.

Female students at Islamabad university face restrictive campus rules

The fresh notification about the dress code was signed by Assistant Professor Dr Fauzia Syed, in-charge of the varsity’s Discipline Committee.

In the notice, she tells students that it is “mandatory for all FMS (female) students to adhere the dress code: Shalwar Qameez with at least knee-length shirt, dress should not be see-through, deep necks strictly prohibited, sleeveless shirts are not allowed, trousers are allowed only with long shirts, skinny jeans, tights  and capris are not allowed, dupatta or scarf is compulsory with all dresses, make-up and heavy jewellery are not allowed, and high heels are also not allowed.”

In case of non-compliance strict disciplinary action would be taken, she warns.

IIUI Rector Masoom Yasinzai said the university is already following a decent dress code which was included in the admission form.

“All the students pledge to adhere to this dress code from the time they take admissions,” he said.

It only asks for a decent dress code according to our traditions and culture like all the other universities, he added.

Asked about the particular faculty, Yasinzai said it is located at the start of the varsity while the female campus is located quite far and that sometimes female students have to pass through the boy’s campus, hence the request to follow the dress code again.

Moreover, Yasinzai said that sometimes male teachers also take classes at the female campus, and to ensure that they do not have any objections, a request has been made to follow a decent dress code.

The rector defended the code, noting that it does not say anything about maintaining purdah or donning abayas.

However, one faculty member remarked that the university was entangled on such issues while ignoring the falling academic and research standards.

IIUI faculty to protest from today for lack of representation

Meanwhile, Female Management Science Department Chairperson Dr Tasneem Fatima was of the view that students of her faculty were quite liberal.

“But students coming from different backgrounds need some upbringing and need to cultivate some etiquettes and manners to move respectably in different gatherings. Even in the US, there are different dress codes for various official and private gatherings. So students are asked to maintain some decent dress code otherwise there will be no restrictions on them,” Dr Fatima argued.

Recently, other varsities have also asked students to maintain a ‘decent’ dress code with students at FAST and the University of Engineering and Technology Taxila with the latter asking students not to use the faculty’s section of the cafeteria, male students barred from sitting in the section of the female section while mix gatherings in the cafeteria also banned.Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2017.
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Education News from Sindh / Women entrepreneurs raise funds for educating girls
« Last post by sb on October 18, 2017, 10:34:47 AM »
Women entrepreneurs raise funds for educating girls
KARACHI:October 18:LADIESFUND’ gathered 150 women professional and entrepreneurs, representing sectors of pharmaceutical, medical, financial, multinational, art, fashion and beauty industries, as well as several millennial students and young professionals, to network, showcase and see the work of SME artisan craftswoman and to fundraise to educate deserving girls.
“The event was also an opportunity for young women entrepreneurs across the nation to showcase their artisan initiatives at the Creative Women of Vision showcase presented by Butterfly,” said LADIESFUND President Tara Uzra Dawood.

The women highlighted this year include Rubina Kausar from Zed Mars, Anjum Rana from tribal Truck art and Sara from Sara’s Henna.

“Sara’s white henna was not only trendy, but added a stylish 3D reflective element to the evening event. Also, showcased at the event was catering by M’s Kitchen, a new foodpreneur which specializes in peri peri bites and bite size hors d’oeuvres. Specially created for this event were marzipan strawberries and floral cupcake baskets that were served to guests,” a press statement said.

The women empowerment and educational event was created to bring career women together with opportunities for mutual respect, glamour and to strengthen a community of pride for working women in Pakistan. LADIESFUND’s partnership with Butterfly also brought a Women’s Health awareness message and significance to the event.

Amin Gulgee made a special appearance at the event, speaking of the importance of women supporting women. Gulgee is a strong advocate of women of character and strength, often citing his iconic mother as an example of a strong, inspiring woman of substance.

Choreographer and PR Maven Hasan Rizvi also stopped by to kick off the celebratory elements of the event as well as to encourage the women to be bold and confident. “I am surprised by just how confident Pakistani women are,” Rizvi said in retrospect, noting the crowd with pride.

The celebrity also judged and presented the ‘best dressed’ prize at the event which went to Nighat Shaida, one of the owners of Scentsation. She was gifted with a special spa package for Allenora Spa and Salon, another example of women entrepreneurs supporting other women entrepreneurs and the important cause of education.

Comedian Akbar Chaudhry made a late cameo to the great delight of guests. His brand of humour and appreciation for men and women provided additional charm to the evening.

There was great business development from the event with women professionals placing orders from entrepreneurs, mentorships formed especially as large numbers of millennials attended the event, and many professional friendships made, as well as a lively dance party sponsored by FM91 under the trendy Despacito theme. FM91 is a radio station run by Sara Taher Khan, another inspiring woman entrepreneur who supported this case.Published in Daily Times, October 18th 2017.
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Education News from Sindh / Lok Virsa names library after Faiz Ahmed Faiz
« Last post by sb on October 18, 2017, 10:33:20 AM »
Lok Virsa names library after Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Islamabad:October 18: The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) on Tuesday named its renovated library after legendary poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz as 'Faiz Heritage Library' during a prestigious ceremony held here at Lok Virsa to launch the digitised catalogue of its Library.

Also, it renovated the library, creating more space for visitors to browse and read books. To mark these historic steps forward, the renovated library is to be opened as "Faiz Heritage Library", in honor of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Lok Virsa's founding father, whose vision and teachings have been a guiding light in Lok Virsa's various endeavours and initiatives.

For the society as a whole, the Faiz Heritage Library provides sources of national, regional, and local identity. The library has a collection of over 32,000 books and journals. Additionally, a collection of 200 books published by Lok Virsa is also available in the library.
Lok Virsa Executive Director Dr. Fouzia Saeed while speaking on the occasion said, that the library will serve students, researchers and scholars in their research work on the cultural heritage of Pakistan, adding that numerous manuscripts, original research reports, field surveys and monographs on Pakistani culture will be accessible to all.

“Lok Virsa is a breakthrough in opening up avenues of education for students, teachers of culture, as well as general public. The digitized catalogue will be available on our website,” she said.

Artist and the eldest daughter of renowned poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Salima Hashmi was the chief guest of ceremony. While appreciating the efforts of Lok Virsa, Salima Hashmi said that the current Heritage Library offers unparalleled opportunities for self-directed learning and exploration by people of diverse ages, interests, backgrounds, and abilities.

“It is a sad fact that thousands of rare books housed in our libraries and museums are endangered and unless they are preserved on computer in the digital form, they may soon disappear or get defaced beyond recognition,” she believed.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / QAU closed for third week as students refuse to budge
« Last post by sb on October 18, 2017, 10:32:30 AM »
QAU closed for third week as students refuse to budge
Islamabad:October 18:Deadlock between protesting students and the administration of Quaid-i-Azam University continued on Tuesday with academic activities suspended for 14 consecutive days.

Higher Education Commission chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad’s intervention, too, didn't make protesters budge.

Protesting the recent expulsion of their colleagues over campus violence, higher fee, poor facilities and shortage of hostels since Oct 4, the Quaidian Students Federation activists have forcibly stopped teachers from taking classes and locked administration offices. A number of students representing two ethnic councils had an armed clash in May this year, injuring several. Some of the culpable students were expelled and others were rusticated, while many were fined.

QAU Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Ashraf claimed that the main demand of the protesters was to reverse penalties imposed on their colleagues, especially expulsion, over the recent violence but he didn’t have the authority to do so.

In a related development, the administration called an emergency meeting of the Syndicate, the university’s supreme decision-making body, on Oct 20 to decide the matter. However, the protesters didn’t allow the resumption of academic and administrative affairs on campus. They even smashed the windows of the cars of some faculty members, who tried to visit their offices. In a bid to resolve the crisis, HEC chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad met protesters on Monday and assured them of the early resolution of their grievances through provision of adequate funds to the administration.

He even said the students expelled for minor violations of discipline should be restored though those involved in armed clashes deserved no leniency. However, the protesting students refused to call off strike until their demands were met, especially the restoration of expelled students.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / National Book Foundation becomes smoke-free
« Last post by sb on October 18, 2017, 10:31:45 AM »
National Book Foundation becomes smoke-free
Islamabad:October 18:The National Book Foundation (NBF) was declared a smoke-free zone here Tuesday as part of ongoing efforts to rid Islamabad of the menace of tobacco smoking.

Speaking as chief guest at an orientation session organised at NBF in collaboration with the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), the Secretary of National History and Literary Heritage Division, Aamir Hasan spoke about the “horrible evil” that tobacco is, and the need to save Pakistan’s future generations by adopting concrete measures at all levels. “No matter how you smoke it, tobacco is dangerous for health; there are no safe substances in any tobacco product,” he added.

The Managing Director of NBF Dr. Inam–Ul-Haq Javaid said, CA&DD has taken the initiative of ‘Tobacco Smoke-Free Islamabad’ to end this epidemic in the capital and NBF has been given an opportunity of making its facility tobacco-smoke during this drive. “There is no denying the fact that quitting is difficult but then, it is in your own interest,” he said, assuring the support of NBF with government functionaries, particularly with CA&DD, to make Islamabad’s environment smoke-free.

This orientation session was organized under the World Health Organization’s theme this year ‘Tobacco: A Threat to Development. A large number of writers, scholars, NBF Book Ambassadors and people from various walks of life attended the event.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / FBISE HSSC supplementary exams from Oct 24
« Last post by sb on October 18, 2017, 10:30:57 AM »
FBISE HSSC supplementary exams from Oct 24
Islamabad:October 18: Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) will conduct Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Supplementary Examination 2017 from October 24.

FBISE has dispatched roll number slips of the candidates appearing in the said examination at the addresses given by them in the admission forms. If roll number slip is not received by any candidate, he or she should download the same from FBISE website i.e www.fbise.edu.pk.

In case of any difficulty in this regard, the candidate may contact the following officers of the board, Controller of Examinations (Conduct) on 051-9269506, Deputy Controller of Examinations (HSSC-Conduct) on 051-9269519, Assistant Controller of Examinations (HSSC-Conduct) on 051-9269541, Assistant Secretary (One Window Cell) on 051-9269551 and Superintendent (HSSC Conduct) on 051-9269555.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Poster contest held to mark HEC anniversary
« Last post by sb on October 18, 2017, 10:30:05 AM »
Poster contest held to mark HEC anniversary
Islamabad:October 18:An inter-departmental poster competition was held at Preston University, the Islamabad Campus, says a press release.

The competition was organised by the university to mark the 15th anniversary of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Syed Zeeshan Ali Naqvi, deputy mayor of Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony of the competition.

Sajid Munir, director Lok Virsa Islamabad and Tayyab Nawaz Malik, businessman and social worker were the guests of honour. The competition was adjudicated by Syed Najam-ul-Hassan Kazmi (TI), a miniature artist of eminence.

The poster designed by Naveen Shabab, a student of BS Biotechnology programme, was adjudged the best and was awarded first position. Second position was awarded to the poster designed by Saira Siddiqui, a student of BSCS programme. The poster designed by Mehwish Iftikhar, also of BSCS programme was awarded third position in the Interdepartmental Poster Competition.

In his brief address on the occasion, the chief guest expressed his gratitude to the Chancellor of Preston University, Dr. Abdul Basit for inviting him to preside over the prize distribution ceremony of the Poster Competition organised by the university to mark the 15th anniversary of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Syed Zeeshan Ali Naqvi assured of his full support to Preston in all its endeavours directed towards rounding off the personalities of its students through organisation of such activities. He congratulated the winners of the competition and appreciated their outstanding performance in the poster competition.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Information Technology University session
« Last post by sb on October 18, 2017, 10:29:19 AM »
Information Technology University session
Islamabad:October 18: Information Technology University (ITU) will organise a session on combating plagiarism through using Turnitin software on October 19. The session will include detecting plagiarism using Turnitin (online service). The participants will learn how to avoid plagiarism through practical examples and exercises, paraphrasing, summarising, quoting, and referencing appropriately.The news.
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Education News from Sindh / Soviet writers on Pakistan
« Last post by sb on October 18, 2017, 10:28:34 AM »
Soviet writers on Pakistan
Karachi:October 18:Researcher and former director of the Pakistan Study Centre at the University of Karachi, Dr Jaffer Ahmed, said people casually observe that Soviet Union was a regimented or a conservative state.

Acknowledging that, “A state by definition is a body that sets rules and regulations to be followed in a country,” Dr Ahmed stated that Russia had a lot going on at the literary and educational end.

Just as America formed foundations – such as the Roosevelt Foundation – that would carry out researches on colonised countries among other subjects, Russia had institutes. The USSR Academy of Medical Sciences among others was mentioned by the researcher as an example of research institutes.

Speaking of works published by Soviet social scientists on Pakistan, Dr Ahmed said while there was a plethora of books produced by American writers available on and in Pakistan, most of them focused on the country’s political history.

However, the book ‘History of Pakistan’ published in 1964 in Russia was the first that connected Pakistan’s politics to its economy. The book provided a completely different narrative and was subsequently banned in Pakistan.

Furthermore, he observed that American social scientists were welcomed by Pakistan with open arms, while Russian writers were not. “Herbert Friedmann, an American ornithologist, was literally based in Karachi,” said Dr Ahmed, adding, that the source of information Russian writers had were Pakistan’s official documents such as the budget or the economic survey.

Among other researchers to have presented papers during the second half of the day-long programme at Szabist were Sartaj Khan – ‘Inclination of Russian Revolutionaries Towards Capitalistic Development and War’ – and Dr Anwar Shaheen – ‘Dawn of Revolution and Women’.

The second session included research papers from member politburo of Greece’s Communist party Giorgos Marinos – ‘Bolshevik Revolution and Role of Communist Party’; renowned journalist Dr Tauseef Ahmed – ‘Impact of Russian Revolution on Journalism of Subcontinent’; women’s rights activist Mahnaz Rehman – ‘Bolshevik Revolution and Women’; Szabist Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Dr Riaz Shaikh – ‘Bolshevik Revolution and National Question’.The news.
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