Punjab University to take action against teachers under law: Punjab University Registrar

Punjab University to take action against teachers under law: Punjab University Registrar

LAHORE: Punjab University Registrar Prof Dr Khan Rass Masood has said that the administration will take disciplinary action against teachers by fulfilling all requirements of justice and no pressure will be accepted. In a press statement issued here on Wednesday, he said that proceedings against teachers were under way without any bias and the administration would not be unjust to any teacher.

US embassy’s senior agriculture attaché visits Punjab University Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAGS)

US embassy’s senior agriculture attaché visits Punjab University Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAGS)

US embassy’s senior agriculture attaché visits Punjab University Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAGS)

US embassy’s senior agriculture attaché visits Punjab University Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAGS)

LAHORE: Senior Agriculture Attaché of US Embassy in Islamabad Mr Orestes Vasquez along with agricultural expert of USDA Mr Shafiq ur Rehman on Wednesday visited Punjab University Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAGS). Director IAGS Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Haider briefed the delegation on the research programs being continued at the institute.

The delegation was also briefed on latest developments in international research project on Cotton Lear Curl. Mr Vasquez lauded the efforts for promoting of agricultural research and announced to provide assistance to IAGS students in American university.

Pakistan’s former Education Minister Waqas Akram Sheikh caught with fake degree

Pakistan’s former Education Minister Waqas Akram Sheikh caught with fake degree

Pakistan's former Education Minister Waqas Akram Sheikh caught with fake degreeIslamabad: The University of Punjab has formally stripped Pakistan’s former Education Minister Waqas Akram Sheikh of his graduation declaring his Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree invalid as the documents provided by the former minister for BA examination have been proven to be bogus.

Sources said after the declaration of the university, HEC has also withdrawn attestation of former MNA’s BA degree.

The move could end the political career of the former MNA who contested 2008 election on the basis of his ‘graduation’ degree. Legal experts believe Waqas could be barred from contesting elections for life under article 62 and 63 of the constitution which requires a legislator to be honest and sagacious.

According to a recent letter by the Punjab University’s controller examination Dr Liaqat Ali, a copy of which is available with The News, the former minister had failed to pass intermediate examination hence his BA degree is invalid. The university was responding to a letter by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) No 5-3/IIEC/A&A/2013/693 dated July 22, 2013. On the directions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, HEC had sent letters to various universities to inquire about the status of the degrees of some parliamentarians.

“In admission form for Bachelor of Arts, Annual Examination 1997 vide Roll No 054216, the candidate informed that he passed intermediate examination from BISF, Lahore in 1995 vide Roll No 011097. However the candidate is shown fail in Statistics as per gazette of BISE, Lahore,” said the letter of Punjab University.

The letter also mentions the HEC’s correspondence with IBCC and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) showing that A level certificate of the former minister was not genuine.

“Under all above circumstances, the degree is invalid, however litigation is still pending in court and the codal formalities for quashment of result at university end are hence pending.”

When contacted, Sheikh Waqas Akram termed it a conspiracy being hatched by the HEC chairman. “As an education minister I caught HEC chairman’s corruption and held him accountable for the wrongdoings in the commission therefore such dirty tactics are being employed by him against me for the last many months,” he said.

Sheikh Waqas said that as the case was sub judice therefore he was unable to comment in detail over the issue. He further said that he had yet not received any official correspondence of HEC or any other organisation in this regard.

Meanwhile, HEC has also written a letter to Waqas at his home address informing him that the commission has withdrawn attestation of his BA degree.

“HEC withdraws the attestation vide HEC ticket number 326448 dated 13 August 2010 made for your Bachelor degree awarded by the University of Punjab,” says the HEC letter.

It says the degree of Waqas was attested on the basis of his intermediate from BISE, Abbottabad and his A Level certificate from University of Cambridge, UK but later both were proved fake.

Punjab University (PU) and Shaikh Zayed Hospital (SZH) declared vulnerable to dengue

Punjab University (PU) and Shaikh Zayed Hospital (SZH) declared vulnerable to dengue

Lahore: The city district government has declared the Punjab University (PU) and Shaikh Zayed Hospital (SZH) vulnerable to dengue and asked the authorities to take preventive measures.

The city government has asked university and hospital administrations to facilitate towns’ anti-dengue squads and entomologists visiting places vulnerable to dengue spread, a spokesman said on Thursday.

He said District Coordination Officer Nasim Sadiq had written separate letters to the university registrar and hospital chairman after an entomologist and a Samanabad town team visited Shaikh Zayed Hospital and the Punjab University on July 24 and 26, respectively.

During visit to the hospital, officials described some places as safe havens for mosquitoes, which cause dengue. “Similarly, the team found four places in the university vulnerable to dengue spread and detected dengue larvae at the botanical gardens of the university,” the spokesman said, quoting DCO’s letters, which have also been sent to Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

He said the DCO had asked the hospital administration to pay attention to dengue larvae breeding places.

“If a hospital proves to be vulnerable to dengue, how people will trust such institutions, which are meant for treating dengue patients. The hospital administration should take care of such things and take affective steps in this regard,” the spokesman said, quoting the letter.

He said the varsity administration had been asked to cooperate with government officials and give them access to places vulnerable to dengue.

“We will not spare any institution, whether influential or not, if it is found vulnerable to dengue,” he said at a meeting here. Earlier, he visited union council 84 and supervised dengue surveillance of houses by officials.

Lahore College for Women University LCWU offer to high achievers

Lahore College for Women University LCWU offer to high achievers

Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University has introduced an ‘offer’ to attract matriculation top position-holder students from across Punjab to seek admission to the university.

The university administration has offered on-the-spot admissions to matriculation high achievers and they will not be required to wait for the display of first merit list on Aug 7.

LCWU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor on Thursday visited the admission counters of FA/FSc first year and directed the staff to facilitate top 50 position-holders from any Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education to get instant admissions irrespective of the first merit list.

CAP (College Admission Policy) Karachi forms available

CAP (College Admission Policy) Karachi forms available

Karachi: Placement forms for admission in 133 colleges (68 male and 65 female) and 25 higher secondary schools (11 male and 14 female) will be available from Wednesday. This announcement was made at a press conference held by Director Colleges Dr Nasir Ansar on Tuesday.

Like previous years the price of the Centralised Admission Policy brochure is Rs60 this year as well. August 19 is the tentative last date of procuring placement forms. If required, the cut-off date may be extended. This year too the Meezan Bank has been tasked with selling and receiving the CAP brochures.

Candidates may obtain the brochures from any of the 41 branches of the bank in the 18 towns of the city, without showing any document. Forms can be submitted in any designated branch of the bank along with the admit card or the marks sheet of the matriculation examination.

All colleges shall act as guidance centres for the students. Last year the total number of seats allocated was 100,015 but this year a total of 103,480 seats are available in six faculties, namely pre-engineering, pre-medical, computer science, commerce, humanities and home economics.

The number of seats in pre-engineering (male), pre-medical (female) and commerce (male and female) have been increased this year, while the number of seats in pre-engineering (female), pre-medical (male) and humanities (male and female) have been reduced. Fifteen claim centres, nine for females and six for males, have also been established.

Last year 83,000 placements were made for admission in different faculties of government colleges across the city.

Rs800m earmarked for Sindh Madrassatul Islam University (SMIU) new campus

Rs800m earmarked for Sindh Madrassatul Islam University (SMIU) new campus

Karachi: The vice chancellor of the Sindh Madrassatul Islam University (SMIU) said on Monday the Sindh government had allocated Rs800 million for the new campus of the university through its Annual Development Programme.

The new campus will be set up in the Education City on 100 acres of land, which the government has given the university for free.

Speaking at a press briefing on ‘Past, Present and Future of SMIU’ at a hotel here, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh said the SMIU was going to construct a 15- floor SMIU Tower on a plot, which is currently under the occupation of land grabbers in the vicinity of the university’s present campus.

He said the SMIU was the first public-sector university in the country that had air-conditioned classrooms, latest computer labs, a modern library, a television studio, an FM Radio studio, an auditorium and the Jhoonagrah Hall.

The vice chancellor said the SMIU was imparting market-oriented education to its students so that they could easily avail jobs in the country as well as abroad.

“SMIU’s girls and boys model schools are also working very well, but we are placing special emphasis on these sections too to make them model schools in their real sense.”

Talking about the problems faced by the university, he said a big portion of the SMIU’s land worth of billions of rupees had been encroached.

About 62 shops had been constructed on the SMIU’s land, defacing its beauty and creating problems with the smooth working of the university and its two model schools.

The Higher Education Commission gave the university Rs20million last year and during the current financial year it has given Rs5million to it. Besides, the HEC has also given Rs2.5million for need-based scholarships for SMIU students.

Speaking of the history of the Sindh Madrassatul Islam (SMI), the vice chancellor said the vision behind its foundation was of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and it was materialised by Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi and supported by Justice Amir Ali.

He said Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was a friend of Effendi, and during a visit to the SMI plot prior to the construction of the main building, he had told Effendi that “this plot is insufficient for the institution”.

Effendi, he said, replied: “It is spread over eight and half acres of land”. To which Sir Syed said, “Hassanally, it is sufficient for school, but you besides school think about college and then university.”

Shaikh said now the dream of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had been materialised by getting university status for the SMI in 2012 with the support of President Asif Ali Zardari, Chief Minster Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and the then provincial education minister and education secretary.

“Actually, Mr Hakeem Mohammad Saeed, the then Sindh governor, had given charter of university to SMI with the name of ‘Jamia Quaid-e-Azam Sindh Madressatul Islam’ in 1993 through an ordinance, but the ordinance lapsed as it could not be passed from the Sindh Assembly as an act within the required time of three months,” the VC said.

After that, he said, a committee headed by Jameel Jalibi was formulated by the Sindh government in 1998 to award university status to the SMI.

“Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto during her visit to SMI in March 1999, before her self-exile had also pledged that whenever she will come into power, the Alma Mater of Quaid-e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his grandfather Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto will be given university status,” Shaikh said.

Recalling the association of Quaid–e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with his Alma Mater, he said he had bequeathed one third of his property to the SMI through his last will and had inaugurated Sindh Madrassa College on June 21, 1943.

He said that after the creation of Pakistan, some families of those who had migrated from India had been provided temporary accommodation in the Sindh Madrassa buildings. Due to it, the classes of SMI were being run in three shifts. At that time the Quaid-e-Azam had also visited the SMI, he added.

The vice chancellor said that in the later days, the SMI condition stared to deteriorate, and in 1972 it was nationalised by the then government. In 1974, the federal government took over its control by declaring it “national heritage”. After that the SMI worked under the control of the federal government up to 2011 when it was again given back to the Sindh government due to the devolution policy of the government under the 18th Constitutional Amendment.

After becoming university in 2012, besides good traditions the SMIU inherited numerous problems also, which were left unresolved by the previous managements of the institution as well as by some governments, he said. Shaikh said that despite these problems, the SMIU was taking efforts to make itself as one the best universities of the world.

Punjab University Lahore controversy heats up

Punjab University Lahore controversy heats up

Lahore: The controversy over issuance of an explanation letter to Punjab University Law College’s woman lecturer is heating up as the Punjab University Academic Alliance (PUAA) has announced its support along with the Faculty Strengthening Forum (FSF) for a resolution adopted by law college faculty members.

However, the PU Academic Staff Association condemned ‘interference’ in proceedings against the law college teacher on her ‘misconduct’.

The PUAA has issued a circular, stating that the Punjab University is not anybody’s personal property and condemned dictatorial rule in the university, which tantamount to violation of basic human rights. It demanded that the university withdraw the notice issued to the faculty member.

The PUAA led by Prof Dr Nasir Ahmad demanded that the Punjab government take notice of the issue of harassment of a woman lecturer and form a committee to bring out facts. Stressing that women faculty members should be respected, the Alliance demanded that the PUASA immediately call a general body meeting.

In a statement issued by PUASA general secretary Javed Sami, association office-bearers said the ‘so-called’ FSF was a branch of the Academic Group that was even not supported by a few teachers of the university. They said the basic purpose of the group was to create hurdles in the way of legal proceedings against Khujista Rehan.

The PUASA office-bearers said disciplinary action was being taken against Dr Mumtaz Anwar for forgery and Ms Rehan for her misconduct under the law because of which the defeated group was in trouble.

The PUASA office-bearers alleged that these elements were levelling baseless allegations to blackmail the university administration. They said teachers had the right to speak at ASA forum according to agenda using suitable language, but it was not meant for insulting or humiliating others. They said ASA members present in the previous general body meeting unanimously passed a resolution condemning the language used by Ms Rehan.

Dr Anwar said he did not commit any forgery and rejected PUASA office-bearers’ claim that any disciplinary action had been initiated against him – yet.

Punjab University Law College lecturer alleges harassment by VC

Punjab University Law College lecturer alleges harassment by VC

Lahore: A Punjab University Law College lecturer has leveled harassment charges against the Punjab University vice-chancellor (VC) for trying to punish her for refusing to bow against his illegitimate demands.

In a four-page complaint submitted with the Punjab Ombudsperson office on Tuesday subsequent submission of the complaint to the VC office on July 26, Law College lecturer Khujista Rehan alleged VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was punishing her for her refusal to provide him with sexual favours. “You need to know that there are women with strong moral fiber, who can fight till the end,” she says.

Ms Rehan faces an explanation letter by the university administration for using ‘insulting language’ against the VC at the PU Academic Staff Association’s June 20 general body meeting.

The PU additional registrar dubbed Ms Rehan’s letter malafide, malicious and replete with false statements. Stating that the VC has never implicitly conveyed any such advances, the register said the VC was instead avoiding meeting her “keeping in mind your typical tactics of using sexual harassment against any person who does not succumb to your terms”.

The harassment history, according to Mr Rehan, has been going on for the last six years. The lecturer has also submitted the complaint with the Punjab Ombudsperson’s office as well as forwarded it to the chief justice of Pakistan, the Higher Education Commission, the Punjab governor (also the chancellor), the chief minister and the higher education secretary.

Ms Rehan wrote that in the last six years the VC, in person, communicated to her: “If you want me to stop inquiry letters (against you), you should do as whatever I tell you to do”. Stating that she had no proof of that communication therefore, she kept silent and faced inquiries. She said career women tended to stay silent to avoid ensuing public nuisance and insult, if they pointed out harassment.

She found an escape in higher studies abroad. Once she came back, inquires were initiated against her.

Ms Rehan has invoked the third part of the harassment definition: “Causing interference with work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment”.

She also quoted an SMS forwarded by the VC from his official cell phone on April 12, 2013, that she was asking time to meet him but using very rubbish language. She alleged the VC had SMSed her to pressure her.

“The end result you wanted to achieve is that, I should come into stress and take note of your immoral demands which previously, you, in person, made before I went to Australia,” she stated. She alleged that the VC had also ordered an unsubstantiated inquiry against her when she had applied for study leave in February 2010.

Upon return from Australia, Ms Rehan stated that she was refused rejoining without any explanation and added that her pay was stopped when she was studying in Australia. She said she was allowed to rejoin on the interference of the governor (chancellor) in March 2011 but her annual increments had been stopped since 2010. She stated the VC took her case to Syndicate and without quoting any law decided that pay and increments should not be given, for which the case was subjudice.

In a rejoinder on behalf of VC, the additional registrar in a two-page reply stated that the VC never victimised her and added that the complainant had a long history of aggression and use of abusive language.He stated the VC never verbally or otherwise communicated that he would stop all inquiry letters, if she would do as whatever he would tell her” as alleged. He said the VC was instead avoiding meeting her because of her “typical tactics”. He stated that Ms Rehan had abused and physically assaulted her senior colleague Dr Farah Kanwal, associate professor of chemistry, who got registered an FIR and initiated court proceedings.

Referring to VC’s SMS, the additional registrar said the VC did send her the message but the matter rested after her clarification. He also termed Ms Rehan’s statement regarding immoral demands made on her as utterly false allegation.

The additional registrar also stated that Ms Rehan’s letter was malafide because she wrote it after the explanation letter issued to her. He also stated that Ms Rehan had gone abroad without having even applied for any leave to avoid facing several inquiries pending against her.

View Result of FA (HSSC) Autumn Semester – Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)

View Result of FA (HSSC) Autumn Semester – Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)

Result of FA (HSSC) Autumn Semester - Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)

Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has announced the final results of its FA programme for the Autumn Semester 2012.

This was announced by AIOU Controller of Examinations Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi. Results cards, he said, are being sent by post to the students. If any student does not receive his or her result card till August 20, he or she should contact the deputy controller examinations (Abid Hussain Satti) personally or on his telephone number 051-9057648.

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Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi announces schedule for SSC supplementary examinations

Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi announces schedule for SSC supplementary examinations

Rawalpindi: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, on Wednesday announced the schedule for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Supplementary Examination, which would start on September 12.

According to the schedule issued by the board officials, the candidates could submit their admission forms online till August 12.

The fee for regular students belonging to Arts Group is Rs600 for reappearing in the 9th class subjects. Similarly, candidates intending to reappear in the 10th class subjects have to pay an equal amount of Rs600.

The regular candidates of Science Group have to pay Rs650 both for Part-1 and Part-II subjects on the scheduled date for reappearing in the examination.

The candidates of the General Group have to deposit an amount of Rs650 on the scheduled date.

The composite fees fixed by the board for Arts Group candidates is Rs1,200 while Science Group as well as General Group candidates have to deposit Rs1,300 for the supplementary examination.

According to the officials, private candidates of the Arts Group reappearing in the Part-I and Part-II examinations have to deposit Rs650 fee within the scheduled date. The composite fee for them has been fixed at Rs1,200.

While the private candidates of Science Group and General Group for both Part-I and Part-II have to deposit Rs700, while the fee of Rs1,300 has been fixed for the composite students.

However, the private candidates of Arts Group appearing in the supplementary examination for the first time have been directed to deposit Rs800 as registration fees along with admission fees.

Moreover, all intending candidates, both private and regular, have to get admission forms at the rate of Rs200. The candidates applying through computer have to pay download fee of Rs200 along with the admission form fees.

All admission forms should reach the office of BISE by September 12. Similarly, the last date for submission of forms with double fees is September 16 while the last date with triple fees is August 20.

Grammar Public School Rawalpindi students shine in SSC exam

Grammar Public School Rawalpindi students shine in SSC exam

Rawalpindi: Students of the Grammar Public School, Saidpur Road, Satellite Town showed 100% result in the Secondary School Certificate examination of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi, says a press release.

Saba Nimal got 943 marks and bagged first position and gold medal in the board in General Science Group.

Among girls, Aqsa Malik got first position with 1000 marks in the school, Zarnab Rizwan stood second with 989 marks and Shahneel Fatima stood third with 987 marks.

In Science Group: among boys, Hafiz Muhammad Ahsan Khalid got first position by obtaining 990 marks, Muhammad Marwan Sheikh stood second with 987 marks and Muhammad Yousaf got 3rd position with 975 marks.

Over all 107 students got A+ grade while 25 got A and only 3 students got B grade. In the general group of the school also showed 100% result. The Administrator of the School, Shamim Haider Syed congratulated all the students, parents, and teachers on the excellent result and declared gold medal and cash prizes for the successful candidates in the annual prize distribution ceremony.

View Result SSC Part II Science Group (Matric; Secondary School Certificate) Annual Examination – Board of Secondary Education Karachi BSEK

View Result SSC Part II Science Group (Matric; Secondary School Certificate) Annual Examination –  Board of Secondary Education Karachi BSEK

View Result SSC Part II Science Group (Matric; Secondary School Certificate) Annual Examination -  Board of Secondary Education Karachi BSEK

KARACHI: Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) on Thursday announced the result of SSC Part II Science Group Annual Examination 2013. Ammar Samad Khan of Usman Public School with 791 marks out of maximum 850, was declared first. The second position went to Syed Muhammad Usman Ali of Waves Grammar Secondary School, University Road, with 792. Daniya Ali of Karachi Public School and Karishma Kumari of Defence Authority Model Girls School Phase-IV shared third position with 789 marks each. According to statistics, 137,968 candidates appeared in the examination. Of these 14,055 were placed in A-I grade and 25,183 in A grade whereas 27,929 in B grade. The number of candidates who got C grade was 22,785 and 9,371 D grade; 329 candidates were placed in E grade while 144 passed with additional subjects. A total of 72.14 percent passed, which means as many as 99,652 cleared their exam. The marks statements will be issued in 20 days time, the BSEK statement added.

Download Complete Result as a PDF file

Download Complete Result as a PDF file

Boys outshine girls in matric exams – for a change

Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi announced the results of the Secondary School Certificate Part II Science group in a ceremony hosted at the BSEK office on Thursday.

Instead of the girls outperforming the boys like every year, this time around the boys bagged the top two positions.

The award ceremony was marred by the members of the press shoving each other to try and be the first one to get the names of the position holders.

However, the environment turned a lot calmer after the clearly annoyed board officials announced the names of the top students.

The SSC toppers
Ammar Samad of the Usman Public School bagged the first position, while Syed Muhammad Usman Ali of the Waves Grammar School secured the second place.

The third rank was shared by Daniya Ali of the Karachi Public School and Karishma Kumari of the Defence Authority Model Girls School.

During their interview with the media, both Samad and Ali criticised the outdated examination system in the country.

“Exams should be designed to test the analytical skills of the students. I tried my best not to learn by rote,” said Samad, who obtained 791 marks out of the total 850.

Ali, who scored 790, said the BSEK should do away with the guess-paper culture. “Repeating the same questions from the five-year question bank makes it easy for anyone to guess what the exam paper will be like.”

BSEK Chairman Fasihuddin Khan agreed. “Repetition of questions has dropped the exam standards. But we have been working on it for the past few years and have brought the standard up a few notches.”

Of the 137,968 candidates who appeared in the exams, 10.17 percent received the A1 grade and 18.2 percent the A grade.

Around 20.21 percent managed to secure the B grade, 16.49 percent the C grade and 6.78 percent the D grade. The pass percentage was 72.14 percent.

Special kids’ results
The BSEK also announced the results of 118 special candidates who appeared in the SSC Part II examination and 101 special candidates who appeared in the SSC Part I exam.

All the students who topped the exams belonged to the Dewa Academy for the Deaf in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Nida Shams secured the first position with 88.11 percent, Zainab Ali Akbar stood second with 85.88 percent, and the third position was bagged by Maryam Ali with 84.82 percent. The pass percentage was 93.23 percent.

International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) and Mishal Pakistan collaborate to develop media credibility index

International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) and Mishal Pakistan collaborate to develop media credibility index

ISLAMABAD: The International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) Department of Media and Communication Studies (DMCS) will collaborate with Mishal Pakistan to develop a media credibility index, an initiative to create new frameworks and methodologies to measure current trends and indices on media ethics, journalism standards, media credibility and rankings to be measured on international benchmarks.

“There is an urgent need for the Pakistani media industry to come up with an innovative methodology which can complement the current trends and establish the authenticity of the content on the basis of credibility, reliability and professionalism of the people creating news on daily basis,” said International Islamic University Department of Media and Communication Studies Chairman Dr Zafar Iqbal.

For the first time in Pakistan, Mishal has designed a media credibility index after an in-depth study of media laws, ethics, rules and regulations drafted by different media groups, regulatory bodies and journalistic organisations both nationally and internationally to explore the state of media in Pakistan. The media credibility index is measured on the six credibility indicators and twenty sub-indices, said Dr Iqbal.

Sharing his views about media credibility index, Dr Zafar Iqbal said “we are honoured to be part of this research initiative with Mishal and to put all our efforts to make this initiative credible, objective and an informative and model study to contribute in the knowledge ecosystem.” He further said that DMCS appreciates Mishal Pakistan’s effort of bridging the gap between the industry and academia through this important initiative for Pakistan.

He said that the DMCS has been envisioned as a centre of excellence for promoting media and communication studies in the country.

“We aim to accomplish this in a manner that can be useful for the media professionals, academic scholars, researchers, NGOs, policy makers and regulators.”

Mishal Pakistan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amir Jahangir said that the media credibility index utilises a qualitative empirical evidence-based approach for measuring the credibility of these professionals through an extensive analytical observation process across the six pillars of credibility.

These pillars consist of: professionalism, accuracy, balance, timeliness, ethics and fairness. These pillars have been derived after examining and comparing more than thirty codes of conducts, ten of which are from the Pakistani institutions and twenty-four from international code of ethics of media entities, regulatory bodies and other research institutions. Codes of ethics framed by Pakistani media groups have also being included.

The MCI will assess the media discourse and credibility of current affair content in the country. This extensive study entails thirty-five current affair programmes of the mainstream leading Pakistani news channels.

Mishal Pakistan is the partner institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Networks, World Economic Forum. Mishal assists the forum in creating the soft-data on Pakistan, identifying Pakistan’s competitiveness challenges.

Mishal has also launched Pakistan’s first journalism awards on the framework designed jointly with the Centre for International Media Ethics and UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators.

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) to have 27 regional campus buildings by year-end

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) to have 27 regional campus buildings by year-end

ISLAMABAD: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will have its own twenty-seven regional campus buildings all over the country by the end of the current financial year.

The construction process would be completed within the stipulated time, said the university’s registrar, Muhammad Bashir Chaudhry, during a meeting with MNA from Vehari Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry on Thursday.

AIOU has thirty-seven campuses, some of which are on rented buildings. All possible efforts are being made to shift these rented campus to university’s own buildings, for which necessary spadework is under process, he said. He said that the university has laid special focus on expanding its infrastructure network in every nook and corner of the country during the last three years, under the personal supervision of its Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi.

Bashir Chaudhry thanked the MNA for his offer to arrange a special piece of land for the construction of university campus in Vehari.

He assured that the university would undertake the construction process as soon as the land is available. He also thanked Tahir Iqbal for taking keen interest in promoting university’s network in his region. AIOU’s Academic Welfare Association (AWA) President Zafar Ilyas, Deputy Registrar Inam Sheikh and representative from Vehari Chamber of Commerce Zahid Iqbal Chaudhry were also present on the occasion.