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Govt mulls establishing ‘Iqbaliyat Department’ in universities countrywide

LAHORE: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said on Saturday that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) would be contacted for establishment of Iqbaliyat Department/Faculty in other varsities of the country, as currently Allama Iqbal Open University alone had Iqbaliyat Faculty. Chairing 53rd meeting of Governing Body of Iqbal Academy Pakistan (IAP) here at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, Mahmood underlined the need for presenting the teachings/message of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal in a more effective manner so as to increase…

Ahsan Iqbal urges universities to become engines of knowledge-based economy

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday appreciated the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and academic fraternity for a good teamwork for the uplift of higher education sector in the country and said the country’s future lied in a knowledge-based economy. “The government believes in turning the country into a knowledge-based economy by investing in the higher education sector. So, the universities should prepare quality PC-Is of their projects and submit them in due timeframe so…

Sindh Assembly passes universities bill amid protest

KARACHI: The Sindh Universities and Institutes Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 have been passed again in Sindh Assembly amid protest by members of opposition parties, under which the powers to control the public sector universities have been delegated to the Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah. The opposition members tore the copies of the bill on Friday to protest against the controversial legislation, which was earlier returned by Governor Muhammad Zubair to the provincial government for a review. The Sindh assembly…

Why are our university students turning towards extremism?

There has been a gradual rise in the number of educated young men hailing from renowned universities and family background been lured into extremism and terrorism in Pakistan. It is been learnt the mastermind behind an assassination attempt on Muthahida Quami Movemement (MQM) leader Khawaja Izhar was a former student of Applied Physics at the University of Karachi. The suspect Abdul Karim Sarosh Siddiqui was also affiliated with the proscribed Ansar-ul-Sharia Pakistan. Law-enforcement and intelligence officers have…

In China, universities teach how to go viral online

SHANGHAI: A 21-year-old student walked around her campus in China using invaluable skills she learned in class: Holding a selfie stick aloft, she livestreamed her random thoughts and blew kisses at her phone. Jiang Mengna is majoring in "modelling and etiquette" at Yiwu Industrial & Commercial College near Shanghai, aspiring to join the growing ranks of young Chinese cashing in on internet stardom. Hordes of Chinese millennials are speaking directly to the country's 700 million smartphone users, streaming their…

Universities should design programmes for promotion of Quaid’s vision: Aurangzeb

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday said universities needed to design programmes for promotion of the vision of founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. “The founding father waged a democratic struggle for creation of Pakistan and being a Pakistani we should always remember that movement,” she said while addressing a function in Islamabad on Friday in connection with week-long celebrations being marked on the eve of birth anniversary of the Quaid-e-Azam. Marriyum…

Facebook inks agreement with 17 universities to streamline research

BERLIN: Facebook Inc's hardware development division on Wednesday announced a new partnership with Harvard, Princeton and 15 other universities intended to allow swifter collaboration on technology research projects. The agreement between Facebook's Building 8 and the universities comes as the social media company seeks to find new revenue streams in virtual reality and artificial intelligence, after the company signaled last month it had begun to hit some advertising growth limits on its network of 1.8 billion monthly…

MQM lawmaker blasts proposal to rename Altaf Hussain universities

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lawmaker Heer Soho in Sindh Assembly session on Friday criticised a resolution tabled seeking change of the name of the two universities named after the founder of the MQM. The resolution was presented by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Khurram Sher Zaman. However, Soho strongly criticised the resolution of calling it 'childish'. She advised Khurram Sher Zaman to be a sensible leader and warned that "we can also bring matters of KP in this house." The PTI member said he…

Muslim students targeted in California campus attacks

LOS ANGELES: Authorities at two universities in California said Thursday police were investigating attacks against female Muslim students, one of which was described as a hate crime. Both attacks came on Wednesday, the day after Donald Trump was elected president at the end of a campaign during which the Republican was criticized for divisive and inflammatory language against Muslims. In one of the incidents, two assailants confronted their victim at San Diego State University and "made comments about President-elect…

Sindh educational institutions to remain close on Iqbal Day

KARACHI: All government and private educational institutions in Sindh will remain close on Wednesday, 9th November on account of Iqbal Day, ARY News reported. Sindh's Education Department issued a notification on Tuesday, declaring 9th November as holiday. All educational institutions in the province will remain close tomorrow on the death anniversary of Allama Iqbal. The education department has announced the closure of schools and colleges in Sindh on Iqbal Day under a decision of the standing committee on education.…