HEC organises 19th inter-university declamation contest


ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission has organised the 19th All Pakistan Inter-University Declamation Contest for Award of Allama Iqbal Shield.The contest is conducted at three levels every year, as the first round of competition is organised at the universities wherein students from all public and private sector universities and constituent colleges take part.

In the second round, winners of first round compete at regional level and the winners have to compete on national level in the final round for award of Allama Iqbal Shield.

The closing ceremony held at HEC Secretariat also marked award of prizes among winners of the National Essay Competition organized by HEC in collaboration with the Ministry of Federal Education to mark 70th Independence Day of Pakistan.

Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal, Minister of State for Ports and Shipping was chief guest on the occasion while Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr G Raza Bhatti, Member Operations and Planning HEC, Raza Chohan, Director General Academics HEC, Vice Chancellors of universities, faculty members, and a large number of university and college students were also present. Speaking on the occasion, Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal said the competition reminded him of his student life, adding that such competitions boost up self-confidence which is very important element in education life. He maintained that universities are responsible for figuring out hidden talents of students in the form of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

He reminded students of pre-partition days as well, telling them that today we are a sovereign state and have facilities of each kind including latest gadgets for knowledge enhancement and creation which were obscure before foundation of Pakistan. In his welcome address, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that since the formation of HEC in 2002, HEC has not only focused on promotion of higher education, qualitative research, and equitable access, but also on extracurricular activities. Congratulating winners and participants of the declamation contest, he urged teachers, parents and society as a whole to pay due attention to the training of youth apart from their academic endeavours.–APP


AIOU adopts plan to facilitate post-graduate students


ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has adopted a comprehensive plan to facilitate post-graduate students to market their research-based projects and innovative business ideas. In this connection, a mega event is being arranged here on November 15 at the University’s main campus in which the students of higher educational institutions have been invited to present their projects and business ideas at the expo, a news release said on Wednesday.

The event is also aimed at tackling the issue of unemployment, with a motto ‘say no to economic dependency’ and to motivate the idea ‘Be job developer and not a job seeker’. It will enable the researchers to showcase their projects for marketing as well as developing linkages between academia and industry.–APP

The innovation and creative work of the researchers will help them to seek entrepreneurship in the relevant industry. It will be first-ever career-making activity at the University’s level, said Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui while presiding over a meeting that reviewed the expo’s arrangements.

The University follows China’s model promoting students’ entrepreneurship so as to enable the youth to create earning opportunities through creativity and innovation. The expo will also serve as ‘Startup’ for the students to undertake their own small-scale business, he added.

While highlighting the AIOU’s consistent endeavour promoting research culture in the country, the Vice-Chancellor said now they have embarked upon a plan to provide the students with an opportunity to showcase their research-based projects for its use by the relevant industry. “We believe that the academic research must contribute to the country’s socio-economic development,” he added.

The expo is being organised in collaboration with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other relevant institutions and it will act as a bridge between the students and the industrial sector for socio-economic uplift through innovative ideas.

Over the last three years, the University has been focusing on promoting research culture in the country, through various means including publishing research journals and holding national and international conferences. In a short span of time, fourteen research journals were published and about twenty-four conferences were arranged.