ISLAMABAD: Fifty Pakistani English language teachers who successfully completed the U.S. Embassy-sponsored 10-week E-Teacher Scholarship program presented on their experience at a four-day conference in Islamabad.
Participants graduated from courses focused on topics such as Critical Thinking, Assessment, TESOL Methodology, Education Technology, Teaching Reading, and Differentiated Learning.
American Embassy Regional English Language Officer Maria Snarski met with the Pakistani educators during the conference and encouraged them to meet one another and reflect on their day-to-day education practices to develop new ideas to improve their classrooms.
“The E-Teacher Program and this alumni conference not only offers educators the opportunity to develop their own methodology and expertise,” Snarski said, “It allows them to think critically about the way they are preparing the youth of Pakistan for the future.”
Rabiah, an E-Teacher alumna based in KPK commented, “The course on Critical Thinking has helped me to transform my classroom pedagogy from slow spoon-feeding to active reasoning.”
The American Embassy sponsors English language programs in Pakistan for both teachers and students. Each year, the programs educate over 3000 students via direct teaching to help them develop employability and leadership skills.
Additionally, English programs support approximately 300 teachers annually via face-to-face training and online courses. There are more than 15,000 English program alumni in Pakistan.
Bahria varsity, NAB Karachi organize declamation contest
KARACHI: Bharia University Karachi in collaboration with National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Karachi organized a declamation contest on “Anti-Corruption” at Bharia University campus.
The chief guest of the event was NAB DG Karachi Mohammad Altaf Bawany, a statement said today. DG of Bharia University, Vice Admiral (R) Khwaja Ghazanfar Hussain and Director Commodore (R) Arshad Khan welcomed dignitaries from NAB and participants of the contest.
Students from 10 different Universities of Karachi participated in the contest. Addressing on the occasion, NAB DG Mohammad Altaf Bawany reiterated the need to uproot the evil of corruption from society.
He encouraged the participants to hone their skills in speech and debate through which they can effectively play their role in society at a large level for eradicating corruption and corrupt practices.
At the conclusion of the event, Mohammad Altaf Bawany distributed cash prize and Eidhi Coins amongst the top three winners of the contest. He also distributed appreciation certificates amongst all other participants.
13 universities of Iran among top global universities
TEHRAN: As many as 13 Iranian universities are among 1,000 top global universities as per the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy on Wednesday, Islamic World Science Citation Center’s (ISC) caretaker Mohammad Javad Dehghani said.
In 2018 global rankings, two U.S universities of Harvard and Stanford and Cambridge of UK ranked first to third respectively’, Dehghani noted.
Last year, eight Iranian universities had been placed in the ranking, the official added.
Expressing hope that continuous growth of Iran’s universities in Shanghai global ranking encourage the rise of Iran’s universities standing, he said, In 2018, as many as five universities of Science and Industry, Noshirvani scientific university of Babol, Martyr Beheshti’s Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran’s Medical Sciences were ranked for the first time.
Tehran University was ranked 11 among 400 top universities of the world, while the Industrial University of Amirkabir was ranked third in ShanghaiRanking, Dehghani touched on.
Universities from the United States took 35 top positions in 54 subjects, followed by 9 institutions from China (including Hong Kong) and 3 from the Netherlands.
The best performing institution is Harvard, taking 17 crowns, 9 of which are from Social Sciences subjects, 4 from Medical Sciences, 2 from Life Sciences, and 2 from Engineering. MIT tops 5 subjects,
4 of which are engineering subjects.
Other universities who top more than one subject rankings include the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Colorado at Boulder from the United States, the University of Wageningen from the Netherlands, and Nanyang Technological University from Singapore.
Punjab University senate approves Rs 9b budget
LAHORE: The Punjab University (PU) Senate approved rupees 9 billion budget for the year 2018-2019 in its 351st meeting at the Senate Hall, Old Campus here on Thursday.
The meeting of the Senate, which was held after a lapse of almost 12 years, was chaired by Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad Akhtar with about 100 members in attendance. The last meeting of PU Senate was held in 2007.
The PU Senate also granted ex-post facto approval to the budgets for the previous fiscal years from 2007 onwards.
The Senate gave approval to the adoption of Tenure-Track Statues version 2.0, revision in criteria and honorarium for Professor Emeritus, adjustment of sabbatical leaves of the faculty members working on TTS and raising minimum qualification for appointment of lecturer and assistant professors as per HEC notification.
Briefing the media after Senate’s meeting, PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad said that the incumbent administration believed in merit, good governance, transparency and accountability which would be reflected in every operation and function of the university.
The VC said the PU administration would make all statutory bodies functional and within two months meetings of all statutory bodies had been held, adding that it would be helpful to streamline university affairs and ensure transparency.
He said that PU would take part in the race of international ranking of the universities and documents had been submitted for QS Asia ranking.
He said that PU would promote socio-economic impact research so that the country and society could develop besides making efforts for maintaining the student-teacher ratio. He said the university had advertised top positions for removal of ad hoc culture and all positions would be filled on merit.
Dr. Niaz said the administration would encourage foreign students and foreign faculty members for internationalizing the university, claiming the past glory and academic excellence of the country’s oldest alma mater would also be restored. He said that the administration would launch a compressed semester program in summer in collaboration with the universities of all provinces to promote provincial harmony.