M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: Venue was the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) where journalists from all over the Metropolis converged to be part of a Presser addressed by the recently appointed (on 7th of December, 2017) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. S. Altaf Hussain.
Speaking on the occasion he drew a parallel between a Mosque and a University and held that both should be equally revered.
He said that for him the students’ education and interests were of ultimate importance and any failing in this respect would not be tolerated.
Maintaining that teachers’ job was to edify and concentrate on research work, VC held that it was not appropriate for them to demonstrate on the roads and hold press conferences.
Pointing towards the ongoing agitation by teachers of the University, VC said that there were not more than 15 teachers involved in the manifestation against administration for their own agenda risking the academic future of thousands of the University students.
Dr. Altaf Hussain, while elaborating that few teachers who are receiving hundreds of thousands of rupees under the tenure track system told that they also wanted to encroach upon the administrative posts instead of teaching.
He told that legally such teachers could not hold any administrative posts.
According to the VC Dr. Hussain due to inappropriate stance of such teachers students are continuously suffering, rate of admission is diminishing and the University is facing financial losses.
He said that as the VC of Allama Iqbal Open University for almost five years he had managed to transform the institution into one of the world’s best universities.
Dr. Altaf Hussain said that he wanted to act in the same dynamic way to ameliorate the standards of Urdu University as well.
He held that fearing the accountability and imminent transformation, ten to fifteen teachers were trying to create hurdles and pressurize the administration in order to protect their own interests.
Vice Chancellor, while warning those involved in politics of severe actions, assured the teachers and non-teaching staff that with their support the university would soon come out of the present tribulations and progress towards a brilliant future.
Socio-economic development of Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Tariq Banuri on Friday said that knowledge-based economy was only way forwards for socio-economic development of Pakistan.
Dr. Tariq Banuri recommended for promoting the export of knowledge production, process designs, and solutions, upgrading the knowledge component of traditional export products, international migrating strategy as a development strategy and attracting students to Pakistan. He said this while addressing the 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) which concluded here.
The Conference was hosted by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), with the support of the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform and co-sponsored by HEC Pakistan, International Labor Organization and Centre of Excellence for China Pakistan Economic Corridor, said a Press release issued here by PIDE.
The Chairman HEC also highlight and explained ‘how knowledge opens new vistas for economic growth.’ He said that Pakistan’s approach should be supportive for Information Technology (IT) related industry, financing for higher education, research funding and incentives and goals for academia. He said some of the richest companies of the world did not produce or sell consumable goods; rather they own formulas and designs for smart products.
These companies owe their success to their investment in research and development. The Chairman HEC said the goal of any development in modern times means moving toward becoming knowledge producers. Directors, Centre of excellence, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Dr. Shahid Rashid said a wide range of factors could help move Pakistan’s economy forward. He said that this includes 800 kilometers of Gwadar’s coastline available for value-added export industries and also for international trade of energy. Director, Chinese Studies Centre at NUST, Ambassador(R) Syed Hasan Javed, predicted that CPEC would help Pakistan to join the ranks of top ten economies by 2050. It is already among the top ten states in terms of population, overseas nationals, agriculture, and nuclear fields.
Imran Khan inaugurates Shelter Homes in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated four shelter homes for shelterless people here today.
These shelter homes, that have been established by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government under its one-hundred-day plan, will harbor 430 people.
Those taking shelter in these homes will also be provided with complimentary food. As the temperature drops more and more homeless are expected to take shelter in these homes.
Relevant: Prime Minister Imran Khan today arrived in Peshawar on a day-long visit to the provincial capital. The Prime Minister soon after arrival inaugurated the shelter home at Pajagi road Peshawar City and inspected its various portions. The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, District Nazim Peshawar and senior officers of provincial administration were present on the occasion. The Prime Minister in his day-long visit would also address the special cabinet meeting and an event marking the first 100 days of the KP government at Nishtar Hall Friday afternoon. He will also meet Governor KP, Shah Farman.
Govt making efforts to take country out of crisis
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education & Professional Training and National History and Literary Heritage Shafqat Mahmood today said PTI government was making efforts to take the country out of crisis and put the national economy back on the path of progress by enhancing its trade and export.
Talking to a private news channel, he said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was a completely independent institution and the government has nothing to do with it matters.
He said the corruption cases against leaders of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party were started in the tenure of their governments adding same NAB law was present during the PML-N government and no change was made in its law.
Replying to a question, regarding accountability, he said the PTI government was in favor of ongoing accountability process for recovering and bringing back the looted money of the poor from abroad.
He further said in the present government everyone was accountable, irrespective of whether he or she belonged to opposition or treasure benches.
Responding to another question, he said the transfer and postings of the bureaucrats were preoperative of the federal government and it was being done to put the right man on a right job for efficient working of the government operations.