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BZU / Student Organisations Clash in BZU Multan
« Last post by AKBAR on January 27, 2020, 07:38:55 PM »
Student Organisations Clash in BZU Multan
بہاالدین زکریا یونیورسٹی: طلبا تنظیموں میں تصادم، ایک طالب علم زخمی
ملتان کی بہاالدین زکریا یونیورسٹی میں دو طلبا تنظیموں میں جھگڑے کے نتیجہ میں ایک طالب علم زخمی ہوگیا۔ پولیس کے مطابق جھگڑا دو طلبا تنظیموں کے درمیان پرانی رنجش کی وجہ سے ہوا دونوں گروپوں کے طلبا نے ایک دوسرے پر پتھراؤ کیا اور لاٹھیاں برسائیں۔

طلبا تنظیموں میں تصادم کے دوران فائرنگ بھی کی گئی جس کے نتیجے میں ایک طالب علم زخمی ہو گیا۔ حالات کشیدہ ہوتے دیکھ کر یونیورسٹی انتظامیہ نے پولیس کو بلالیا پولیس کی بھاری نفری پہنچنے پر طلبا منتشر ہو گئے۔
پولیس کے مطابق یونیورسٹی انتظامیہ کی درخواست پر قانونی کارروائی کی جائے گی جبکہ یونیورسٹی انتظامیہ کا کہنا ہے کہ واقعہ میں ملوث افراد کے خلاف قانونی کارروائی کے ساتھ تادیبی کارروائی بھی کی جائے گی۔
27 جنوری ، 2020

چین میں پھنسے پاکستانی طلبا نے حکومت سے مدد مانگ لی
 لاہور: چین میں پھنسے پاکستانی طلبا نے حکومت سے مدد مانگ لی۔ چین کے  علاقہ ووہان اور تانگشان میں پھنسے پاکستانی طالب علموں نے حکومت سے مدد کی اپیل کی ہے۔

متاثرہ طالب علموں کا کہنا ہے کہ دوسرے شہروں سے مواصلاتی رابطہ منقطع ہونے سے خوراک کی بھی قلت ہورہی ہے۔ وزیراعظم عمران خان ہمیں پاکستان منتقل کرنے کے لئے اقدامات کریں۔

طالب علموں نے اپیل کی کی ووہان سٹی کا مواصلاتی رابطہ باقی ملک سے منقطع ہے، ہمیں شہر سے باہر آنے جانے کی اجازت نہیں، جس کی وجہ سے خوراک کی کمی ہے، دیگر ممالک  اپنے طالب علموں کو واپس بلا رہے ہیں، وزیراعظم عمران خان بھی ہمیں پاکستان منتقل کرنے کے لئے اقدامات کریں، طالب علموں کا کہنا تھا کہ کرونا وائرس کی موجودگی میں یہاں رہنا مشکل ہے۔
حو الہ: یہ خبر روزنامہ سٹی 42 ایڈیشن مورخہ 26 جنوری ، 2020ء کو شائع ہوئی
Education News in Punjab / Rawalpindi Medical University working to improve standards
« Last post by sb on January 27, 2020, 11:54:04 AM »
Rawalpindi Medical University working to improve standards
Rawalpindi :27 January:Rawalpindi Medical University that was upgraded as a university from Rawalpindi Medical College on May 5, 2017 has shown exemplary progress since its establishment and it is the first public sector university in Pakistan that started Integrated Modular Curriculum, the latest curriculum in the field of medical education and research.

The RMU launched post graduate university residency program that is in accordance with the guidelines of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, a body responsible for accrediting all graduate medical training programs for physicians in the United States. The program is the first of its kind in Pakistan. Vice Chancellor RMU Professor Muhammad Umar expressed this while talking to ‘The News’ on progress, the RMU made in last two-and-a-half years in the field of medical education.

He said the university has introduced a new system of research in which it is mandatory for both students and faculty members to conduct research. Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) operational at RMU provides end to end services for all matters pertaining to research & development, innovation, inventions, commercialization, patents, collaborations, arranging seminars, symposium, conferences, workshops, etc and/or research publication honorarium. ORIC is established at the University in July 2019 as per guidelines of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad.

Dr. Umar said at present a number of research projects of international standard are being carried out at the university and the university is getting funding from abroad for many projects.

The university has established at least 10 new departments at the three allied hospitals attached with it in town including nephrology, dermatology, critical care and plastic surgery burn, he said.

It is important that the Pakistan Medical Commission has issued no-objection certificate (NOC) regarding recognition to RMU, Nishtar Medical University and Faisalabad Medical University recently, two weeks back after which Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr. Tariq Binori visited RMU.The news.
Aga Khan University’s Medical College received two ASPIRE awards
Karachi:27 January:The Aga Khan University’s Medical College received two ASPIRE awards - for international excellence in education in a medical school - from the Association for Medical Education in Europe in Prague.
The Aga Khan University’s Medical College received two ASPIRE awards - for international excellence in education in a medical school - from the Association for Medical Education in Europe in Prague.

Over a hundred members of civil society participated in a golf tournament to support the Aga Khan University’s (AKU) efforts to expand access to healthcare for children born with congenital heart defects (CHD) on Sunday.

According to AKU, an estimated 60,000 babies are born with CHD, also known as holes in the heart, in Pakistan every year. A third of these infants need immediate life-saving surgery. The average cost of treatment for a child with CHD is Rs500,000.

To date, AKU has spent Rs570 million to provide treatment to over 2,300 children from financially disadvantaged families. The university’s Mending Kids’ Hearts campaign has been working since 2016 to raise awareness of CHD in children, as well as to gather funds to support them. It is a part of AKU’s efforts to achieve targets set Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to eliminate preventable causes of death in children by 2030.
“These surgeries and procedures represent the difference between a limited life, beset by fear of ill-health, and the ability for a child to achieve his or her full potential,” said Dr Nadeem Aslam, a cardiologist at Aga Khan University Hospital.

He added that specialists from the hospital were working to help more children suffering from the condition by holding outreach camps across Sindh. In 2019, 370 cases of CHD from Gambat, Tando Adam Khan and Quetta were referred to the hospital for treatment by these camps.

The golf tournament, won by a team comprising Abdul Rahim Rafi, Abdul Rehman Badar, Junaid Irfan and Waleed Chachar, is the ninth such competition organised by the campaign.The Express Tribune, January 27th, 2020.
Education News from Sindh / FBISE chairman’s research paper wins global acclaim
« Last post by sb on January 27, 2020, 11:51:01 AM »
FBISE chairman’s research paper wins global acclaim
Islamabad :27 January: Chairman Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), Dr. Ikram Ali Malik’s Research Paper titled An Evaluation, Assortment, and Optimization of the Question Items , published online by renowned journal Education and Urban Society, received acknowledgment by international experts.

The article was published with impact factor of 0.91 by the United States (US) based magazine after its thorough examination by a board of experts that continued for one year, making a history as no FBISE Chairman could get this honour before. In fact this is first ever research publication of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) based on Desk and Field Work of two-year work regarding establishment of Question Bank at FBISE.

The conclusion of research was the approach of writing contents of a question paper by a single paper setter seriously results in some issues of validity and reliability. This signifies the importance of pre-written, reviewed, moderated, pre-tested, and statistically analysed question items for future use.

The research raises issues including foundation of quality examination based on the key features of validity and reliability of question papers. Question papers of examination boards in Pakistan usually these features as contents of a question paper are written by a single paper setter.

Current study empirically testifies a higher survival rate by implementing relaxed tolerance limits of Difficulty Index (DIFI) and Discrimination Index (DI).

Thus, it can be well imagined that what should be fitness level of question papers when items of a test are written by single person and administered directly without any review and moderation.

Constraint of the study was relatively smaller sample size of examinees, suggesting further investigation to study mutual coherence by using larger sample sizes of the examinees.

The Method used in the study was aimed to assort question items for future use, revision, or to discard from among pre-written MCQs for selected subjects using various statistical measures.

It is worth mentioning here that Education and Urban Society (EUS) is the preeminent for communicating new ideas on educational processes, controversies, research, and policy.

It places special emphasis on the relationship between educators and society. It is an important outlet for the wide variety of disciplines studying today’s educational systems and provides a multidisciplinary forum for communication among educators, educational administrators, school board, sociologists, anthropologists, and political scientists.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Higher Education Commission announces PhD scholarships
« Last post by sb on January 27, 2020, 11:48:09 AM »
Higher Education Commission announces PhD scholarships
Islamabad:27 January: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced scholarships opportunities of Fall-2020 for PhD studies in top-ranked US Universities under US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Project.

The HEC has invited applications from Pakistani, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) nationals intending to pursue PhD in the following priority but not limited to, fields: Arts and Humanities, Design and Media, Social Sciences, Engineering, Basic Sciences, Medical and Allied Health Sciences, Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Computer Sciences, Emerging Technologies, Water Resources and Energy.

According to sources, the scholarships will cover living stipend, health insurance, settlement allowance and airfare. “This is zero tuition Model. Hence, the applicants need to secure admission along with tuition waiver from the ranked US universities, land grant universities or university systems mentioned on the HEC website,” the sources added.

The last date for applying in the admission is February 20.They said that under the project as many as 10,000 scholars will be sent to the US Ranked Universities till 2024 with the effort of the Government of Pakistan to train its faculty resources in identified subject areas.The news.
Education News from Sindh / All 500 Pakistani students are safe’
« Last post by sb on January 27, 2020, 11:45:35 AM »
All 500 Pakistani students are safe’
Islamabad :27 January: While Pakistani students stranded in the Novel Coronavirus-struck Wuhan City are anxiously waiting for the government to announce an evacuation plan for them, the PM’s Special Advisor on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza has reassured their families that none of the 500 students is affected by the disease, and that the Pakistan Embassy in China is actively in touch with them.

“I want to reassure the families of our 500 Pakistani students in Wuhan City. Having spoken with our Ambassador in China, I can confirm that students are well and there has been no case of Novel Coronavirus among them. Our Embassy is actively in touch with them,” Dr. Zafar Mirza has communicated through a tweet.

In another tweet that followed, Dr. Zafar said, “(Pakistani) Students in China have been informed about protective measures; they should follow the instructions and be patient. Those still not registered with the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing should get themselves registered online at Be assured that we are closely monitoring the situation.”

Responding to the tweets, a Pakistani student residing in Wuhan Tauhid Shah has pointed out that citizens of US, France and Russia are returning to their respective countries, and that the government of Pakistan should take similar measures for Pakistani students as well. Mudassar Rauf, another Pakistani citizen in China, has questioned why Pakistanis cannot leave the country when American citizens are being allowed to do so. “Please discuss the evacuation plan for Pakistan citizens,” he has said in a comment on the SAPM’s tweet.

Dr. Zafar has responded by saying that he has discussed the matter with Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, and that the Chinese authorities are currently not allowing anyone to leave Wuhan.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued here on Sunday, Dr. Zafar repeated that there is no confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus in Pakistan so far and that reports about cases in Multan are totally inaccurate. “The Chinese national admitted in Nishtar Hospital, Multan, is improving. He had no signs of severe acute respiratory infection and is being managed in line with standard protocols as a suspect,” he tweeted.

As per standard guidelines, any traveler from China having flu-like symptoms has to be isolated and monitored. The facility to confirm the 2019 Novel Coronavirus through a laboratory test is only available in a few countries of the world. However, the National Institute of Health in Islamabad is fully equipped to isolate Coronaviruses closely related to the Novel Coronavirus, and thus the virus can be confirmed by excluding other types of Coronaviruses. “We are in touch with Chinese authorities and kits to test for Novel Coronavirus will be received in a few days shared. It may take 3 to 4 days for us to procure primers for Novel Coronavirus,” Dr. Zafar stated.

The statement also informs that Thermo Scanners and Thermo Guns have been provided to dedicated health staff at airports in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad for screening of passengers arriving from China. “Any person who has traveled to or from China within the last 14 days and has developed suggestive symptoms including unexplained fever, cough or breathing difficulty, should seek medical attention. This also includes people living with the person who has traveled,” it adds.

“Since Friday, China has closed its outbound direct flights to Pakistan due to the Chinese spring festival. According to the current schedule, South China Airline flights will resume from January 29 and China Airlines flights will resume from February 3. Considering that there will be heavy influx of travelers from China after February 8, 2020 ,when the celebrations of Chinese New Year conclude, all relevant authorities have been asked to carry out robust surveillance for screening at the Points of Entry at Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi airports alongside seaports and land crossings; to raise public awareness; and to ensure hospital preparedness for management of potential cases,” the statement adds on behalf of Dr. Zafar.

Dr. Zafar has assured that the Emergency Operation Cell in the Federal Health Ministry is monitoring the situation round the clock. “Instructions have been given to all major hospitals to make arrangements to receive possible cases and provide necessary care. We have established contact with all Provincial Chief Ministers, Provincial Health Departments and relevant ministries and authorities for seamless coordination. We are meeting every 48 hours to review the situation and take necessary measures for optimal preparedness and mitigation in the event of a suspected case. A helpline will be functional from Wednesday for information on the disease and response to queries,” Dr. Zafar says in the statement.

The outbreak has, to date, caused at least 2000 cases and 56 deaths in China. Other countries including Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, United States, France and Australia have also reported a few confirmed cases with travel history to China. There is no vaccination or specific antiviral treatment for this respiratory illness.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Karachi Literary Circle’s first session
« Last post by sb on January 27, 2020, 11:44:38 AM »
Karachi Literary Circle’s first session
Karachi:27 January:The current state of Pakistani novel was the main theme of the talk that was held on Sunday at the first session of the Karachi Literary Circle, a body comprising writers and book lovers formed by Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani on December 2 last year to broaden the literary horizon of the city.

The event was held on the first floor of the Frere Hall under Sadequain’s incomplete ceiling mural, an artwork that the legendary artist could not complete because of his untimely death.

In the introduction, veteran journalist Ghazi Salahuddin remarked that holding the circle’s first meeting under an incomplete work by Sadequain had gained a symbolic meaning, as the literary circle was an effort to achieve the vision of such great artists who wanted a society where a good number of people appreciated art and literature.

Before the talk, actor and voice artist Talat Hussain was invited to read some poems by Noon Meem Rashid. Hussain started the event on a pessimistic note, saying that he had recently been reading a book that was about the death of the arts worldwide.

He lamented the general decline of many forms of art, including the novel and poetry, in the digital age, and chose to read some poems of Rashid that dealt with the same theme.

One of the poems recited by Hussain was ‘Izhar aur Rasai’ (Expression and Communication). It starts with the following poignant lines: “Moo-qalam, saaz, gil-e-taaza, thirakte paaon / baat kehne ke bahaane hain bohat / aadmi kis se magar baat kare?”

(A paintbrush, a musical instrument, some lump of clay, dancing feet / a thought can be expressed in a multitude of forms / but is there anyone to whom the thought merits to be communicated?)

The talk that followed, however, offered much hope, as moderator Asif Farrukhi and panellists Muneeza Shamsie, Kashif Raza and Bakhshan Maheranvi had lots of positive words to say about the state of novel currently being written by Pakistani writers in the English, Urdu and Sindhi languages respectively.

Farrukhi started the talk with quoting Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish novelist, who once said that in the 20th century, one needed to look at the fiction produced in a particular area, not its economic analysis and indicators, for the explanation of the lives, problems and aspirations of its people.

Commenting on the evolution of fiction in Sindhi in the post-independence era, Sindhi writer Maheranvi said the forming of One Unit was a major event that stirred the imagination of fiction writers, who authored some major works in the language.

He was of the view that during a certain phase, the Sindhi novel had taken a back seat in fiction, and short stories (Afsana) had flourished. However, after Tariq Alam Abro, a new era of novel began in the Sindhi language, said Maheranvi.

Urdu novelist Raza, who also recently translated Mohammad Hanif’s ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ into Urdu, made an interesting remark that the Urdu novel had gained strength with the decline in short stories due to many factors, which included the fading away of literary magazines.

He said that such magazines published many Urdu short stories, which overshadowed the novel. He added that there was also a trend of literary gatherings in which an author would read out their complete short stories, which could not be done with novels.

According to Raza, people at that time unfortunately started having the same expectations from short stories that they had from poetry, which made the writers use flowery prose in short stories and epigrammatic sentences that could garner applause in such literary gatherings.

Such a trend, he said, resulted in the creation of short stories that had many good individual sentences but a weak overall theme. This trend, he added, led to the evolution of abstract short stories (Tajreedi Afsana) in which there was little focus on the main theme.

He said that as this style of fiction writing declined, many writers again focused on the novel, adding that the publication of Mirza Athar Baig’s ‘Ghulam Bagh’ was a turning point for the Urdu novel in the 2000’s, as Baig avoided flowery prose altogether and used the vernacular.

Raza also remarked that some contemporary Urdu novels had their setting in those areas that had never been the subject of Urdu fiction before, like the rural Sindh, Balochistan and the mountainous regions of the country.

As Muneeza was asked to comment on English novels written in Pakistan, she said that when she talked about Pakistani English novels, she included in it the works by those writers as well who were of Pakistani origin, as they could not do away with their background of Pakistan.

Commenting on Abdullah Hussain, she highlighted that he was rightly lauded for his Urdu fiction, but his English novel that was as good as his Urdu works was generally not discussed.

She said that it was not right to think that Pakistani writers wrote in English because they wanted international attention.

Writers, if they are multilingual, have to decide themselves what the best language is for them to channel their imagination into, she added.

However, said Muneeza, it was astounding for her that Hanif’s ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ was not a problem for anyone as long as it was in English, but when it was translated into Urdu, some quarters could not bear it.

As the talk was about to end, Shallwani joined the panel and stressed the need for making efforts to impart education in Urdu. He said that one could not clear CSS examinations without good English, and all his childhood and college and university life was spent under the impression that English was a superior language.

However, he added, the myth busted when he went to Japan and found out that no one could understand English there and yet it was a developed country far ahead of us.

At the end, journalist Peerzada Salman announced that the next session of the literary circle would be held in February in connection with Ghalib’s death anniversary that falls on February 15.

On this the commissioner remarked that the session should best be organised in the last days of the next month because the city administration would be busy before due to the Pakistan Super League.

The idea of postponing an event regarding Ghalib’s death anniversary due to a cricketing event is a reflection of how frivolous our society has become of late, and it is surely not the best thing to end an interesting session with.The news.
Sindh government likely to appoint permanent KU VC by next month
Karachi:27 January:The Sindh government is likely to appoint a permanent vice chancellor for the Karachi University by the next month as the Boards and Universities Department has shortlisted seven candidates for the position.

Since the demise of former vice chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan on May 4 last year, the position of vice chancellor in the varsity has been lying vacant. However, the provincial government had made Prof Dr Khalid Mehmood Iraqi the KU’s acting vice chancellor till the appointment of a permanent vice chancellor through the search committee.

The Boards and Universities Department through separate letters has invited seven candidates out of 22 applicants for preliminary interviews. They are Prof Dr Rukhsar Ahmed, Dean Faculty at the Shah Zulfikar Ali Bhutto University of Law, Prof Dr Muhammad Yousaf Khushk, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, Prof Dr Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Director Reach at the Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam, Prof Dr Mehdi Hassan Kazmi, Chairperson of the Department of Applied Chemistry at Karachi University, Prof Dr Fateh Muhammad Burfat, Vice Chancellor of Sindh University, Prof Dr Abid Hussain, Director at the Karachi University, and Prof Dr Khalid Mehmood Iraqi , the current acting vice chancellor of the Karachi University.

The notification issued in this regard reads: “We refer to your job application against our advertisement in the newspaper for the position of vice chancellor, University of Karachi, under the Universities and Boards Department, Government of Sindh. You are advised to appear for preliminary interviews before the members of the search committee on January 28. The candidates are further directed to bring all testimonies especially showing administrative experience.”

The search committee’s chairman is Prof Dr Abdul Qadeer Rajput and five permanent members are Prof Dr AQ Mughal, Prof Dr Neelofer Shaikh, Prof Dr Muhammad Qaisar, former federal secretary Imtiaz Kazi and Sindh Higher Education Commission secretary Muhammad Hussain Syed.

According to the procedure, the committee will refer names of three candidates to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali to select one candidate.

However, the Sindh Governor House will issue notification of the appointment of the permanent vice chancellor. Last year, the Sindh government had passed the Sindh Universities and Institutes Law Amendment Bill 2018, under which the CM became the authority to appoint vice chancellors and pro vice chancellors. After the passage of the bill, the Sindh governor, who is the chancellor of the varsities, has had only a symbolic role.

‘Serious reservations’

Meanwhile, around six candidates who were not shortlist for interviews have raised questions over the scrutiny of the applicants by the search committee.

Through a letter, they informed the CM that “few of us have already been declared eligible for the post of vice chancellor of the Karachi University and the Federal Urdu University as per existing criteria of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Therefore not listing our names in the current scrutiny list is questionable”.

The letter further reads that “we have serious reservations about the members of the search committee that have remained directly associated with the University of Karachi and there is a conflict of interest and nepotism”.

They requested the CM that the whole process should declared null and void in the far-reaching interest of the varsity and for justice.The news.

بیت المال نے 8500طلبا کو وظائف د ئیے ، ایم ڈی
اسلام آباد : پاکستان بیت المال نے محدود وسائل کے باوجود ا علیٰ تعلیم حاصل کرنے کے لئے ملک بھر کی سرکاری جامعات کے 8500 مستحق طلبا کو گزشتہ ایک سال کے دوران تعلیمی وظائف فراہم کئے ۔ پاکستان بیت المال کے منیجنگ ڈائریکٹر عون عباس بپی نے بتایا کہ اس وقت مستحق طلبہ کو ایک لاکھ روپے تک کے وظائف دے رہے ہیں ۔ جن میں ان سے کہا گیا ہے کہ وہ 50 فیصد مستحق طالبات کے نام تعلیمی وظائف کے لئے بھجوائیں۔ بیت المال 40 یونیورسٹیوں کے ساتھ پہلے ہی مفاہمت کی یادداشت پر دستخط کر چکا ہے ۔ پاکستان بیت المال نے رواں مالی سال کے دوران 2633 طلبا و طالبات کو تعلیمی اعانت فراہم کی اور 18 ہزار 375 طلبا و طالبات کو تعلیمی وظیفے فراہم کئے ہیں۔ جبکہ گزشتہ برس 47 ہزار طلبا کو تعلیمی وظائف دئیے ۔
حو الہ: یہ خبر روزنامہ دنیا اسلام آباد ایڈیشن مورخہ 26 جنوری ، 2020ء کو شائع ہوئی
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