Most of University of Peshawar (UoP) girls not aware of harassment law

Most of University of Peshawar (UoP) girls not aware of harassment law

Peshawar: “The professor had allegedly asked the girl student to remove her veil for identification,” says one university staffer while narrating what happened at the Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management (CDPM) of the University of Peshawar (UoP) that led to harassment charges against the former.

The girl student, who had reportedly gone to complain possible misuse of her lost phone’s SIM card by a male student, had later also accused the professor of harassing her by asking her to remove her veil in his closed-door office. The girl’s parents later reportedly under pressure signed a “Razinama” (compromise) calling the entire incident as mere misunderstanding.

The issue echoed in the provincial assembly and a committee was set up to look into it. The UoP has also set up a committee to probe the matter under its Employee’s Efficiency and Discipline Statutes. Over a month has passed since the incident occurred and the committee is yet to complete its findings.

“We wear veil because we feel secure this way,” said a number of girls wearing veil, but they looked evasive when asked if girls faced harassment at the hands of male students and university staffers. Only one girl, not wearing a veil, said harassment existed in one form or another. Many were not aware of the law enacted four years ago to protect women against harassment at workplaces and institutions.

Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010 proposes a speedy and transparent probe yet why the inquiry committee under this law could not be made fully functional in the UoP. Prof Aneesa Qamar, who is the inquiry committee member, says implementation of laws takes time.

“We are trying to make the inquiry committee functional but there is also need for creating awareness of the law,” said Prof Aneesa who is also part of the current committee probing the harassment case at CDPM.

Citing reasons for probing all harassment cases under the university’s statutes rather than the Act, she said that witnesses were needed and girls often did not come forward due to culturally ‘bound society’. All cases were also not about harassment, which were probed. The UoP has so far terminated two teachers after finding them guilty.

“The university is not silent on issues (of harassment), but proof is also needed,” said Prof Qamar.

However, an effective mechanism under this Act could not be set up at UoP so that girls could be assured of protection of their confidentiality to encourage them to come up and file complaints in such cases, if any.

In 2011, Nighat Orakzai, an MPA, taking notice of parent’s appeal in a local newspaper, raised the issue of harassment of female students at the UoP in the provincial assembly.

“There was no proof; neither Nighat no any victim came forward with evidence,” said former minister Sitara Ayaz when asked what became of the inquiry held during the previous government.

Political interference has also often spoiled such investigations. As was observed recently in provincial assembly, when once again Nighat Orakzai highlighted the harassment case at the CDPM, senior minister Sirajul Haq, the Jamaat-i-Islami leader, opposed it citing ‘technical reasons’. It was only when opposition leader Mehtab Ahmed Khan called it a serious issue that most of the male members had to lend an ear to it.

However, Nighat Orakzai said that if there was nothing than what was this ‘compromise’ all about in the recent case. She proposed that the genuineness of the copy of “Razinama” and some text messages should be checked by the committee.

She claimed that a ‘powerful mafia’ involved in such activities in UoP was the main hurdle in such inquiries. However, she did not mention any names.

When asked, UoP registrar Dr Abul Hadi said that whenever evidence was found the UoP had taken action. He gave details of a number of cases where mostly ‘junior teachers’ or contract teachers were found guilty of ‘misconduct’.

It is often cited that victims or female complainants don’t come forward, but in one such case in the history department a teacher, Zahid Ali, was found guilty, but only transferred to another department. Mohsin Shehzad, a lecturer of Institute of Physics and Electronics, found guilty of misconduct was terminated.

Services of a contract teacher Mohammad Saeed at the Institute of Geology were discontinued after misconduct. In a recent case, a female student at the Institute of Education and Research, who happened to be sister of a political activist of a ruling party, complained of harassment against a staffer, but after intervention of the provincial government the accused evaded punishment as he ended up calling the complainant ‘sister’.

Dr Hadi did not rule out political interference as one of the hurdles to free and fair inquires into such matters. He said that this was why the university had set up its own probe committees instead of referring such cases to the inquiry committee as proposed under the Act.

“We don’t want to create ill will. We feel the university law is more appropriate to probe such matters,” said Dr Hadi.

University of Peshawar (UoP) staffers to resist new varsity on botanical garden land

University of Peshawar (UoP) staffers to resist new varsity on botanical garden land

Peshawar: The teaching and non-teaching employees of the University of Peshawar (UoP) on Wednesday strongly reacted to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s decision to allow construction of a public sector university on the

land of its botanical garden in Azakhel, Nowshera, and warned to start agitation if the decision was not reversed.

Speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club, Peshawar University Teachers Association (Puta) president Dr Fazal Nisar said that the botanical garden spread over 677 kanals had been acquired by UoP in 2005 on a lease for 99 years from the provincial government.

He said that the government wanted to give the garden for establishment of a campus of Islamabad-based Air University, but the UoP employees and students would not allow anyone to encroach upon its land.

Dr Nisar was flanked by Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Association general secretary Dr Jamil Ahmad and the UoP’s Class-III and IV employees associations’ presidents Muzakar Shah and Imadad respectively.

The Puta president said that the administrative control of the garden was with the UoP as agreement had already been signed by Nowshera district’s former nazim and the UoP vice-chancellor where academic activities were being carried out for last nine years.

He said that even one of the students had completed his PhD working on plants in the botanical garden and many others were busy in research work.

Dr Nisar said that the provincial government had now decided to hand over 300 kanals of the garden to the Air University and another 250 kanals for establishment of a technical university.

He said that if the government implemented the decision the size of botanical garden would shrink to only 100 kanals.

He said that establishment of both universities was against the lease agreement, signed between the then government, district administration and UoP.

He said that the UoP administration had spent Rs37million on development of this internationally ranked botanical park with the support of federal government.

Dr Nisar said that the establishment of universities on the garden’s land was also against the judgments of Supreme Court and international rules.

He said that a general body meeting of the employees would be held on Thursday (today) to decide future line of action for protection of the garden.

He demanded of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to save the botanical garden and allot land to new universities somewhere else.

Appointment process of two universities VCs questioned

Appointment process of two universities VCs questioned

Peshawar: Alleging violation of merit in the appointment of the vice-chancellors of two public sector universities, certain candidates who failed to make it have asked Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to take notice of the situation and ensure transparency in the selection process.

Some candidates accused the Higher Education Department (HED) and the search committee for appointment of vice-chancellors of gross violation of merit in the process for appointment of vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University (ICU) and the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University (SBBWU).

Advisor to Chief Minister on Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani could not be reached to seek his comment despite attempts over the past two days. However, according to media reports he rejected the allegations as baseless.

When contacted, deputy secretary HED for universities, Abdur Rahman, said the entire process was completed in the most transparent manner. “It is not something new for a left-out candidate to level such allegations,” he argued.

However, sources in the HED alleged that irregularities were committed in the scrutiny for which some senior officials of the department including the deputy secretary (universities) were solely responsible.

He was of the opinion that all the people included in the search committee were persons of high calibre and nobody could expect any unfair practice from them. He said it was not the search committee but the HED that scrutinized the applications for which they had set criteria like 10 marks for PhD, five for winning gold medal, five for master’s level teaching. “Nothing wrong has been done in the scrutiny. If anyone has any doubts about the scrutiny, he should come and we would show the process to him in front of the media,” he remarked.

But, the sources said: “It is true that there is a set criterion for scrutiny. But a person less than a professor with a tampered PhD degree and a fake experience certificate, whose case is pending before the university syndicate and the court, can never meet the required criteria.”

The two positions of vice-chancellors were advertised in December last year and for each one more than 70 candidates had applied. Of these, 15 each were shortlisted and were interviewed by the search committee on March 6, 2013.

The search committee, headed by adviser to chief minister for higher education Mushtaq Ghani, included former chief secretaries Azam Khan, Ejaz Qureshi and Ghulam Dastageer, former vice-chancellor University of Peshawar Prof Dr Qasim Jan, former principal Khyber Medical College Dr Nasiruddin Azam Khan, secretary establishment Sikandar Qayyum and secretary higher education Farah Hamid Khan.

One of the candidates for the SBBWU accused the HED of playing the same role it used to play in appointment of vice-chancellors of other public sector universities in the previous ANP-PPP coalition government. “In the selection process a candidate of calibre having PhD from University of London and research experience of post-doctoral fellowship from UK, vast research contribution in the form of international publications as well academic strengthening of postgraduate department at the university level was marginalized to create grounds for selection of the blue-eyed candidates,” she said.

The three candidates recommended for the university are Dr. Ghazala Nizam, of College of Home Economics, University of Peshawar, Shazia Yaseen of the ICU and Razia Sultana of the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.

The candidate alleged that all the three recommended candidates were having far less experience, research papers and other qualification than the ones who were ignored in the process. One of the candidates, Shazia Yaseen, is not even a full professor and her appointment as an associate professor has been challenged in the court on the charges of having a tampered PhD degree, she alleged.

Similar allegations were made about the process for appointment of the acting vice-chancellor for the ICU. The search committee recommended Prof Dr Mohammad Asif from the Centre of Excellence of Geology, University of Peshawar, Dr Mansoor Akbaar Kundi, a former vice-chancellor of the Gomal University, and Prof Qibla Ayaz, a former acting vice-chancellor University of Peshawar, for the office.

Three candidates from the ICU were interviewed by the search committee, but none was recommended for the prized office. It caused concern among the faculty members of the university. The ICU faculty members oppose appointment of an outsider as vice-chancellor of the university as they believe there is no dearth of senior, competent and experienced teachers in the institution to take up this job.

Asked about possible resistance from ICU faculty over appointment of an outsider as vice-chancellor, the deputy secretary universities at the HED, Abdur Rahman, said that there was no such rule that only faculty members of the same institution could be appointed as vice-chancellors. “The cases of almost all the universities are before you where nobody from the same institution has been appointed as vice-chancellor,” he pointed out.

Allama Iqbal Open University AIOU campus in Mianwali opens

Allama Iqbal Open University AIOU campus in Mianwali opens

Mianwali: Allama Iqbal Open University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi inaugurated regional campus of AIOU here on Wednesday.

The campus building spreading over 13,800 sq-ft has been completed at a cost of Rs92 million within 15 months instead of 24-month time frame.

It is one of the beautiful buildings in the district having facilities of conference rooms, video conference, media library, training centre hall, student survey desk, project labs for students, digital library, media research centre, workshop rooms and data management. In his address, the vice chancellor said: “Our mission is to spread education in every nook and corner of Pakistan because educational growth plays an important role in the progress of any country.

“This is the 42nd regional office in Pakistan and we are to build such offices in each district of the country subject to availability of land by the government.”

He said all regional centres were being built with AIOU’s own resources without any financial help from the government.

Dr Songi said the campus would cater to educational needs of Mianwali, Bhakkar and Khushab districts. “The Open University is among top 10 universities of the world and we have introduced an interest-free loan programme worth Rs20m for poor students.”

He said the computerised system would be introduced for students to get queries about their results and certificates through computer instead of travelling to Islamabad.

In his welcome address, Mianwali Campus Regional Director Hashim Khan said 60,000 students had been enrolled here and a separate campus was the need of the hour.

Mardan to have women university

Mardan to have women university

Mardan: Special assistant to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister on higher education Mushtaq Ghani has said that a woman university would be established in Mardan.

He said the provincial government had been taking measures to end the prevalent education system, which divided the society into different classes.

Addressing a ceremony in connection with the fifth foundation day of the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan here the other day, he said the provincial government had planned to give away scholarships to poor bright students.

Mr Ghani said that the government would provide quality education in medical, engineering, law and other professions to create true professionals.

The PTI lawmaker lauded the services of the vice chancellor Professor Ihsan Ali and administration of the Abdul Wali Khan University for establishing its campuses in other districts as well, promotion higher education in the province.

“Keeping in view the PTI chief Imran Khan’s focus on promotion of education in the province, the government has been taking measures to establish colleges and universities in very tehsil of the province,” he said.

HEC new chairperson: HEC fails to meet deadline yet again

HEC new chairperson: HEC fails to meet deadline yet again

Islamabad: The federal government failed to meet yet another deadline for the appointment of Higher Education Commission chairperson, this time due to a three-day visit of the King of Bahrain starting from March 18.

The new six-member search committee, formed to propose three names for the post of HEC chairperson to the prime minister, was scheduled to start re-interviewing of 18 short-listed candidates from March 18.

The deadline for appointment of HEC chairperson along with heads of 23 other organisations would end on March 20, 2014 as on March 6, 2014, the federal government assured the Supreme Court that 23 vacant posts, including the position of Higher Education Commission chairperson, will be filled within two weeks.

Earlier, February 12 was the cut off date for the appointment of permanent HEC chairperson given by the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The court directed the federal government to appoint permanent HEC chairperson till February 12, 2014 that was expiry date of the present term of acting chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Imtiaz Hussain Gilani.

In response, the Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education made call of applications for the position and received more than 103 applications from all over the country. Prime Minister formed a search committee headed by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal. The committee proposed three names before the deadline, which were rejected by the prime minister, the controlling authority of the commission. Following that, a six-members new search committee was formed which decided to re-interview 18 short-listed candidates by the previous committee. The decision was taken in preliminary meeting of the new committee held on March 12 to discuss eligibility criteria of the post and the process to nominate best possible three names for the important post of HEC Chairperson. The candidates were divided in to two groups, half of the them would have been interviewed on March 18 and remaining on March 19.

The revised six -member committee comprises Federal Minister for Defence, Water and Power Khawaja Asif, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid, Minister of State for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Baligh-ur-Rahman, Special Adviser to PM Tariq Fatimi and Principal Secretary of PM Javed Aslam and Akhlaq Trar federal secretary for Information Technology.

It was a disappointment for the aspiring candidates as they received the notice, this time about the cancellation of the interviews, after they had finalised their travel plans for March 18 interviews.

The ministry official confirmed the postponement of interviews and said that no new date has been decided yet. They also confirmed that the interviews were postponed because of the important visit of the King of Bahrain Hammad Bin Isa Al-khalifa. The King’s visit, starting from today (March 18), has the special significance as it would be the first arrival of any King of Bahrain in 40 years. The Bahrain King is coming to Pakistan on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif invitation.

Mystery continues over appointment of new Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairperson

Mystery continues over appointment of new Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairperson

Islamabad: Mystery about the appointment of new chairperson Higher Education Commission (HEC) continues as Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif takes his time to decide whether to nominate one name from the list of three recommended by the Search Committee or establish a new search committee to scrutinise and interview the short listed names again.

Well-placed sources shared that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected the three names proposed by the search committee headed by the Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ehsan Iqbal and there are chances for the formation of a new search committee which will review, scrutinise and interview the sort listed 18 names. The source said that Ehsan Iqbal has expressed his unwillingness to lead, in case the Prime Minister decides to make new search committee. “He has taken the stand that the previous search committee recommended three best possible options for this highly important post and it would not be appropriate to start the process again with the same committee members,” said the source.

The list of three was nominated by the search committee, headed by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ehsan Iqbal, after thorough scrutiny of the profiles and interviews and was forwarded to Prime Minister on February 11, 2014. The search committee never shared with media the names of those short listed but it is said that it also contained name of a woman as well.

The source shared that the search committee made a criteria for the selection of best possible name for this post. “First standard was PhD degree from a reputed university. The second consideration was the experience of candidate in dealing with HEC matters. The committee members also considered the age factor and short listed only those below 70 years. The fourth criteria was ‘integrity beyond doubt,’” shared the source close to the search committee members. When contacted, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ehsan Iqbal said that his work finished after short-listing three names. “I have heard such rumors as well but there is no confirmation. The decision is with the prime minister,” he said.

Those who are closely and critically following the process of the nomination of HEC chairperson believe that decision of restarting the process of review and scrutiny of 18 short listed candidates was a good decision. They pointed out certain lacunas in the nomination criteria.

“The short listing for this important position was done without proper homework and without matching the qualification and relevant working experience with required advertised criteria where in the presence of qualified PhD candidates, non-PhD candidates were also short-listed. The candidates have also been asked to submit up to 2,000 word statement of their vision for HEC but the nominated candidates were exempted from this exercise,” said one HEC official who requested anonymity.

He shared that the important member of the search committee, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, was not present on February 11, 2014 for conducting interviews. He also pointed out that as the dealing ministry with HEC, the Ministry of Education and Training was not made part of the committee.

Female Higher Education Commission (HEC) officer writes to PM alleging harassment

Female Higher Education Commission (HEC) officer writes to PM alleging harassment

Islamabad: Losing her patience over increasing harassment at the workplace a senior MP III (Grade 20) female director general of Higher Education Commission (HEC) has written a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stating: “I cannot continue to bear this kind of humiliating attitude so I think it better to commit suicide in front of my office.”

“My male colleagues use foul and abusive language and even tell me to stop work otherwise they would kick me out of my office. All my staff members have been transferred to other offices and even my subordinates are asked not to present me any file or talk to me. My only mistake is that I moved the court against my release order and finally the court directed the HEC administration to regularise my service in line with rules and procedures,” the letter stated.

HEC Director General Quality Assurance Ms. Zia Batool in her letter said in January 2012, she and another of her colleague filed a petition with the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking regularisation of their services. Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan on March 7, 2012, accepted the petition and directed the HEC administration to forward the case of the two DGs to the cabinet sub-committee for regularisation of their services. The HEC, however, filed an intra-court appeal against the single bench order, which was dismissed.

When the HEC administration did not implement the court order, she filed a contempt of court petition. While the contempt matter was pending in the IHC, a legal adviser of HEC informed the court that the HEC had no objection to her regularisation. But even after submitting its statement to the court, the HEC administration did not regularise her services and used delaying tactics in implementing the court orders.

She said in the letter that the HEC administration is not only directly involved in her harassment but is also avoiding implementation of the court orders, which is tantamount to contempt of court. “It is highly unfortunate that instead of implementing court orders the HEC administration continues to think it advisable to harass me and insult me in every possible way.”

Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) nominated Ms Zia Batool as vice president of the APQN for upcoming election of Asia Pacific region. Ms Batool has been serving HEC since 2003 and has developed a globally compatible indigenous QA Model for higher education in Pakistan.

Her achievement has earned laurels for Pakistan and Minister of State for Education Balighur Rehman sent her a congratulatory message, but the HEC officials did not like it at all and started conspiring for the cancellation of the award.

“Even my own colleagues approached APQN and tried to convince its convener to cancel my award. This kind of attitude brought bad name to Pakistan and despite doing an extraordinary work in the field of quality assurance we faced embarrassment at the international level,” the letter said.

The letter also pointed out that she has not been paid salary for the last three months and her official vehicle has also been forcibly snatched from the driver on the order of the administration.

She requested the prime minister to take immediate measures to curb female harassment at workplaces.

Ms. Zia Batool said that she wrote to the prime minister because now the situation has gone from bad to worse and it is impossible to bear the insulting attitude of male colleagues.

HEC acting chairman Engr. Imtiaz Hussain Gilani said they could not act on the wishes of someone as they are bound to follow rules and it has been happening in the case of Zia Batool.

“I would not say anything about Zia Batool but I can confirm that nothing is being done against rules and procedures,” he said.

To a question about allegations being levelled by Zia Batool he said “The legal wing of HEC is currently dealing with the issue so I am unable to comment on it.”

Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto University SZABU exams on March 24, 25

Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto University SZABU exams on March 24, 25

Islamabad: The controller of examination of Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto University Prof. Tanvir Khaliq Thursday said that the date sheet for the March 24 and 25, 2014 examination has been issued to 120 candidates who would appear in multiple medical disciplines.

It is worth mentioning that students of the Faculty of Medicine of Quadi-e-Azam University have already been transferred to Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University.

Prof. Tanvir Khaliq said, it would be landmark in the medical history of Pakistan that such a large number of post-graduate students would appear in specialties of child health, gynaecology, orthopedic, neurosurgery, critical care medicine, histopathology, microbiology, chemical pathology, hematology, pediatric surgery, nephrology, eye, and ENT.

Prof. Khaliq, who is also head of surgery department at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, added that 150 post-graduate medical students would appear in the upcoming examination.

According to details, the examination of paper-I and paper-II would be conducted on March 24 and 25, 2014 while the clinical exam would be organized in the first week of April.

The university, Prof. Khaliq said, had already conducted its first exam of Masters of Orthopedic Surgery, M.Phil Pathology, DCP Pathology and Masters in Critical Care.

GSIS students shine in O, A Level exams

GSIS students shine in O, A Level exams

Islamabad: Global System of Integrated Studies (GSIS) School & College student Aisha Tabeer topped in the region of Pakistan in A Levels Law June 2013 Examination in Edexcel Board, says a press release.

On the other hand, Jalal Kaiser Raja made GSIS proud as he topped in Islamabad English Language A Levels Cambridge Examination 2013. In Computer Studies of IGCSE, Mohammad Adeel became high-achiever while Rafiullah Khan of O Levels topped in Islamabad in the Computer Studies subject. GSIS Principal Qurat-ul-Ain Ali Rizvi congratulated the students.

Sports gala inaugurated at International Islamic University IIU male campus

Sports gala inaugurated at International Islamic University IIU male campus

Islamabad: Vice President International Islamic University Dr Mohammad Bashir Khan on Wednesday inaugurated a sports gala at the male campus of the University. Students from 9 faculties would participate in many sports competitions. Speaking on the occasion Dr Bashir said a bright future of nation and Ummah is associated with the struggle and endeavours of the young blood. Dr Bashir advised students to set their goals and destination very high and work hard to achieve it. He stressed upon the need of active participation in healthy activities of sports. Sports activities play very pivotal role in the development of the character building and enhancing the personality making, he added. He urged students to concentrate on positive sports activities to develop the milieu of harmony, progress, improvement and development among themselves. Dr Tahir Khalili appreciated the active participation of the students in different activities. The cooperation of the student would make the event memorable, he added.

Mobilink Seeks A Rising Star at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Mobilink Seeks A Rising Star at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Mobilink Seeks A Rising Star at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

Mobilink Seeks A Rising Star at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS

The Career Services Office (CSO) in collaboration with Mobilink conducted an information session at LUMS about the Mobilink Academia Competition – Mobilink Rising Star. The session started off with Mr. Mustafa Shahbaz from Mobilink, giving an insight on how one should be unique and emphasised on building energy levels. He talked about why the corporate world looks for confident, passionate and energetic employees. Mr. Shahbaz told the students that the three things which employers seek are passion, innovation and leadership qualities. He said that Mobilink will be giving a platform to students with all these three qualities through their national level competition.

Ms. Nida Iftikhar, Associate Recruitment & Employer Branding also spoke about the competition and guided the students about entering and forming teams. She explained the main task of the competition, which is making a video on the theme ‘Making each day a better day’ in the fields of telecom, education, community welfare, etc. She told students that the video should be of less than two minutes, and should be shot from a Smartphone and sent to Mobilink or the Career Services Office (CSO). She further explained that the chosen videos would be uploaded on the Facebook page – Mobilink Careers and voters would like their videos. The videos would be judged 50% on the likes they receive and 50% on the judge’s decision.

Mr. Shahbaz talked about the rewards the winners would be receiving. He said that the rewards bucket contains a Learning Opportunity worth PKR 500,000, guaranteed Internship Slots and Job Interviews at Mobilink, Google Tablets, Training Workshops at the Mobilink Learning Centre, Membership to the Mobilink Foundation, competition certificates and memorabilia and an exciting opportunity to be featured in Mobilink’s upcoming Employer Branding Video.

Students appreciated the session and participated by raising many pertinent questions, which were comprehensively answered by Mr. Shahbaz and Ms. Iftikhar.

Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS Marketing Colloquium 2014 – Rebranding Pakistan

Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS  Marketing Colloquium 2014 – Rebranding Pakistan

Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS  Marketing Colloquium 2014 – Rebranding Pakistan

Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS Marketing Colloquium 2014 – Rebranding Pakistan

The LUMS Marketing Colloquium (LMC) is an annual event hosted by the LUMS Marketing Executive Club, as a bridge between aspiring marketers and business professionals. The two day event was held on March 15 – 16, 2014 at the Suleman Dawood School of Business. It comprised of numerous guest speaker sessions coupled with three competitions to engage the young talent of Pakistan. This year’s very unique and patriotic theme relevant to the current business and social context of the country was “Branding Pakistan”. The “Branding Pakistan” theme focused on how marketers should develop a softer image of Pakistan and the role of different stakeholders like youth ambassadors, media, political parties and corporations alike.

Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS Delves in the Agribusiness Sector

Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS  Delves in the Agribusiness Sector

Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS  Delves in the Agribusiness Sector

Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS Delves in the Agribusiness Sector

As part of this revolutionary initiative, The Embassy of Netherlands in collaboration with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) organised a roundtable to facilitate discussion on business and cooperation opportunities between Netherlands and Pakistan in the agriculture sector. The Dutch side was represented by a high level delegation comprising H. E. Simon Smit, Vice Minister for Foreign Economic Relations of the Netherlands along with strategic business delegates. The Pakistani side was represented by a diverse group of stakeholders from academia, professionals, policy makers, farmers (primarily horticulture and dairy), input/output traders and agribusiness processors. Vice Chancellor LUMS, Dr. Sohail Naqvi and Dean Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Dr. Arif N.Butt was also a part of the occasion.

The primary objective of the conference was to explore and gain a better understanding of the various areas in the agriculture sector which have a high potential to create value and enhance trade between the two nations. It focused on enhancing cooperation between Pakistan and the Netherlands on an equal commercial footing.

The conference covered a broad range of agriculture and food-related topics such as horticulture, livestock and dairy, agro-related education, and food processing. The Dutch delegation gained an insight into business opportunities in the agriculture sectors of Pakistan, especially dairy and horticulture, and how trade between the two nations can be further enhanced for a mutual benefit.

It was also explored that LUMS certificate programme in agribusiness management is another area of collaboration with Dutch universities and also an avenue in which Dutch agribusiness companies can be invited to share their experiences and best practices.

Executive Certificate in Agribusiness Management (ECAM) is a pioneering endeavor made possible through collaboration with Nestle Pakistan, generating unique learning opportunities, and is a first of its kind executive programme in the country. The programme is designed to equip the participants with leading-edge managerial know how and skills considered essential to operate successfully in a high-stake agribusiness environment. The programme is structured to include a series of short duration modules. The modules cover a wide range of managerial disciplines with a contextual reference to the Agribusiness environment; including Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Accounting, Value chain, Marketing, Human Resource and Strategy.

The exclusive highlight of the programme are the renowned guest speakers, offering invaluable insights to the participants and delegating them with a highly experiential learning, cutting-edge tools, techniques and methodology, essential to survive and thrive in the highly dynamic environment. The first term featured four dynamic guest speakers. Afaq Tiwana discussed the business opportunities in the Value Chain of Agriculture Production and the opportunities that exist in the agriculture input market. Jehangir Tareen discussed the Management Practices at Tareen Farms with an emphasis on the importance of Agriculture for the economy of Pakistan. Shoukat Ali highlighted the opportunities posed by the concept of “Tunnel Farming” in Pakistan. He advised the participants to expand the tendency of tunnel farming to their respective areas by getting expert training in the technology. Mubarik Ali based his session on the Agriculture Produce Markets and Regulatory Reforms in Pakistan.

LUMS ACF Graduates Receive Exemptions from 9 ACCA Papers

LUMS ACF Graduates Receive Exemptions from 9 ACCA Papers

LUMS ACF Graduates Receive Exemptions from 9 ACCA Papers

LUMS ACF Graduates Receive Exemptions from 9 ACCA Papers

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has recently awarded exemptions from first nine ACCA papers to graduates of LUMS from the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme.

ACCA conducted a robust quality assurance process and extended this award on the basis of comparable curriculum of the two. This accreditation grants the maximum number of exemptions that are awarded to any education provider. The ACCA papers exempted to the students of the accounting and finance programme are F1-Accountant in Business, F2-Management Accounting, F3-Financial Accounting, F4-Corporate and Business Law, F5-Performance Management, F6-Taxation, F7-Financial Reporting, F8-Audit and Assurance, F9-Financial Management.

LUMS, as an accredited partner recently signed the ACCA Accelerate Programme. Accelerate is a special arrangement between ACCA and LUMS giving the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance students an opportunity to register early with ACCA and accelerate their careers in finance.  Under this scheme, students would benefit in the following ways:

·         Free initial registration of ACCA

·         Free annual subscription of first year

·         No exemption fee of first 9 papers

·         Free access to ACCA’s online resources

ACCA is the global body for professional accountants that equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to become a complete finance professional with a strong focus on ethics. In Pakistan, ACCA members are given equivalence to a Master’s degree by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). LUMS students can now combine their renowned university degree with a global professional accounting qualification – ACCA and get an accelerated start to their careers.