Islamabad - A three-day University of North Texas-NUML partnership culminating conference, marking the end of three-and-half-year collaboration in English Studies, concluded yesterday here at National University of Modern Languages (NUML).

A number of sessions were held on various issues addressed mainly by the visiting scholars from the University of North Texas, USA. The inaugural session was presided over by the Director General NUML, Brig Riaz Ahmed Gondal, Registrar and Project Co-Director, Brig Aminullah Khan, Dean Faculty of English Studies (FES), Prof Dr Safeer Awan and the partnership’s UNT Project Director Prof Dr Masood Ashraf Raja, says a press release issued here.

The DG NUML highlighted the importance of research and spelled out the university’s research policy which included incentives in terms of selections for higher service grades and monetary benefits for faculty involved in research. The DG reiterated that it was the research done at universities that guided any country’s different policies.

The Dean FES thanked the UNT on behalf of NUML and hoped that more such fruitful partnerships would follow. He noted with satisfaction that 58 NUML MPhil-PhD research scholars visited the University of North Texas whereas around 700 were trained during in-house sessions conducted at NUML main campus and 7 regional campuses.

The session’s concluding remarks were given by Project Director Prof Dr Masood Ashraf Raja.

He made an impassionate plea for a humanistic view of the issues that Pakistan confronted. He was happy to point out that this partnership was able to break certain stereotypes found in both the American and the Pakistani societies regarding the other.

The day’s second session was conducted by Dr Raja who presented the University of North Texas’ PhD admission policy. He invited NUML scholars to do their post-doctorate at UNT and offered his help in this regard.

The second day’s two sessions focused on research libraries, research papers and syllabi designing.

The last day sessions were conducted by Andrews Tolle on the importance of community colleges and the others by Marissa Weddle and Iqra Cheema who introduced the UNT to the audience as experienced by the students. 

The conference wrapped up in the evening with a concluding session presided over by Director General NUML. Representatives from the Public Affairs Section of the US embassy were also present.