JAMSHORO: Consul General of USA Grace Shelton has said that: “Each one of you has the talent, motivation, and dedication to help solve many of the water-related problems facing Pakistan today”.
She was speaking to the fresh graduates at the convocation ceremony of the first group of Master’s Degree from the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water today here at Mehran University.
Addressing the students she further held: “With your newly acquired skills and knowledge, you are ready to make important contributions to enhance access to clean water, sanitation, and proper hygiene; protect water-related ecosystems; and, help Pakistan adapt to the threats posed by climate change.
“So, I congratulate you, but I also challenge you – From this day forward: Make a difference and be the change that builds Pakistan’s tomorrow!”
She joined Vice Chancellor of MUET, Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili in handing out diplomas and medals to the students graduating from the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water at Mehran University.
Vice Chancellor expressed his appreciation for USAID support and thanked the people of the United States for supporting education and health projects in the province.
This happens to be the first group of graduating students who also participated in an exchange program with students and professors from the University of Utah, a program supported by the U.S. Government. The graduates also received scholarships from the United States Government.
_______________________________________________________________________________PS: The U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water at Mehran University is one of four new research centers the United States Government has built and continues to support at Pakistani universities. The four U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies are one component of the U.S. Government’s $127 million program that supports applied research to find innovative solutions for Pakistan’s water, energy, agriculture, and food security challenges.
HEC committed to safeguarding rights of students: Banuri
ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is committed to facilitating the higher education institutions and safeguarding the rights of students, as they are the primary stakeholders of the higher education sector.
Chairman HEC Prof Dr. Tariq Banuri said this during a meeting with a large number of faculty members of different universities from across the country including professors and lecturers here, a press release on Wednesday said.
Terming university professors and faculty his ‘primary constituency’, the Chairman stated that his doors are open to all stakeholders of the higher education sector as his fundamental responsibility as Chairman of HEC is to protect the student rights with the help of faculty and other stakeholders.
“We need to work as a team for the uplift of the higher education sector and that aim can be achieved with faculty that excels in their respective fields,” he emphasized.
The faculty made a brief presentation on agenda items of the meeting including Senate resolutions regarding tax rebate of 75 per cent for university teachers and enhancement of university teachers retirement age to 65 years; quality of research journals; university autonomy and academic freedom; university acts; appointment of Vice Chancellors and university governance; Tenure Track System (TTS) issues; and a variety of other issues.
The Chairman said HEC is supportive of tax rebate and enhancement of teachers retirement age and will put up these issues with the government.
He reiterated the HEC’s commitment to investing in the quality of research journals, especially Social Sciences and Humanities journals. He said HEC will put tangible efforts to restore the prestige of Social Sciences and Humanities.
He informed the faculty members that HEC plans to revive the concept of establishing learned societies. “We will not be party to any development that lowers the standard of journals,” he clarified.
Referring to university autonomy and academic freedom, he said HEC believes in gradually increasing university autonomy. “We have received various proposals on how to ensure university autonomy, which are being deliberated upon,” he maintained.
He said that declaring universities autonomous will be a step-wise process wherein the universities which ensure transparency in their operations, show the capability of taking independent decisions, and exhibit financial transparency will be given autonomy.
He revealed that the issue of uniformity in university Acts need to be taken up with the government. He said that HEC supports the faculty’s call for transparent recruitment of Vice Chancellors. He stated that a transparent competency-based system is necessary for the appointment of Vice Chancellors.
He also highlighted the importance of a succession plan to avoid university leadership gap. He noted that Vice Chancellors must be adept in dealing with administrative, financial as well as academic matters.
He informed the faculty that the TTS system will be reviewed to address the grievances against it. The Chairman said that creation of positions for faculty is linked to the enrolment of students. “We have witnessed eight to 10 percent annual increase in student enrolment, so the faculty induction must be proportionate to this increase,” he stressed.
In addition, he said, with the rising access, at least one percent of GDP is required for the higher education sector.
HBL hands over Rs. 5m cheque to VC MUET for scholarships
HYDERABAD: The Chief of Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Hyderabad Region Samihuddin Jatoi today handed over a cheque of Rs. 5 million to Vice Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili facilitating grant scholarships to deserving male and female students of the university.
Addressing the ceremony, the Vice Chancellor eulogized the financial assistance of HBL adding that the amount would help the deserving and outstanding male and female students of the university to carry out their higher learning education through scholarships.
He thanked all those organizations, students, and philanthropists who had granted donations for disbursement of scholarships to deserving and outstanding students adding that such confidence upon university management was indicating that donations were being utilized in the right direction.
Besides donations, the Vice-Chancellor informed that the faculty members, officers, and employees of the university were also pooling share from their salaries every month, adding that the scholarships are being granted to deserving and outstanding students on merit.
Among others, the Registrar Prof. Dr. Abdul Waheed Umrani, Director Finance Munir Ahmed Shaikh, Director Admissions, Agha Faisal and Area Manager HBL Jamshoro Ghulam Shabbir Narejo were also present on the occasion.
IIUI, KSA agree to enhance cooperation in education sector
ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki and President International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh agreed to further enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of education and the long-lasting ties between both the countries.
It was decided during a meeting between President IIUI and Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) here Wednesday, a press release said.
The ambassador assured full support to IIUI and desired that the university should expand its joint ventures with KSA universities.
Dr. Al-Draiweesh said during the meeting Pakistan and Saudi Arabia has exemplary relations and IIUI is its visible omen.
He furthered said that university was striving to hold joint ventures with KSA varsities to address the contemporary challenges of the hour. IIUI will keep playing its role in the dissemination of Islam ’s message of peace, he added.
Dr Al-Draiweesh also said that the university strives to build bridges between the traditional knowledge and the latest technologies, paying equal attention to the Islamic heritage and the engineering and technology which was need of the hour as it helps to avoid the clash of civilizations through the rejection of extremism, prejudice, and terrorism in the light of divine teachings.