Virtual university commemorated its 10th convocation

Virtual University of Pakistan (VU) commemorated its 10th convocation at Jinnah convention centre on April 25, 2019. A total of 1521 students were conferred degrees for the successful completion of various degree programs.

Virtual university commemorated its 10th convocationA total of 18 gold medals and 67 merit certificates were also awarded to outstanding graduates. Dr Najma Najm Ex Vice chancellor Karakoram University graced the occasion as chief guest.  

Addressing the ecstatic audience on this propitious occasion, Mr Naeem Tariq VU, welcomed the guests and copiously thanked respected parents for gracing the event with their presence.

Mr Naeem Tariq  highlighted the achievements of Virtual University, its leading role in delivering information and communication technology based education and contribution in the provision of quality education even to the remotest areas of the country.

He said VU is promoting research culture among its students. He further told that a fully equipped mobile laboratory for life sciences student is fully operational, which is providing lab facility across Pakistan.

He further added that Virtual University of Pakistan is training youth of Pakistan through DigiSkills training project that is designed to train one million people of the country. He said that this training program has impart digital skills among youth of Pakistan.

Congratulating the students, he advised them to use their knowledge and skills they had learnt at Virtual University to make an extraordinary difference. He further asked them to always remain committed with their profession, improving their skills and be lifelong learner.

Addressing the ceremony, chief guest Dr Najma Najm appreciated the Virtual University, its role for promotion of quality education across the country. She said VU is an institution of higher quality learning and research that has a considerable stature in society.

She expressed her deep appreciation for the efforts being made by VUP towards achieving academic excellence and promoting higher education at far flung areas of Pakistan. 

Dr Najma Najm, along with Rector Mr Naeem Tariq distributed medals and awards to the high achievers to celebrate dedication in their respective disciplines. An audience including proud parents, members of faculty, eminent personalities from academia, corporate and public sector attended the event.


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Seminar on Health & Sustainability held at AIOU, ISB

One day seminar on national “Health and Sustainability” organized by the Department of Environmental Design, Health and Nutritional Sciences at Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad (AIOU) to promote awareness about proper nutrition and healthcare preventive measures.

Seminar on Health & Sustainability held at AIOU, ISB

Proficient experts in the field of public health safety talk about concerning on the Health and sustainability. The resource persons are Dr. Zaigham Abbas, Deputy Director (Chemical)/NPC NIP Project, Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad,

Dr. Rezzan Khan of Shifa International hospital, Water resource specialist Engr. Abid Ali and Imtiaz Aslam of EDCONS institute of  business and technology chaired the symposium.

Dr.Zaigham Abbas highlighted the significance of the topic and underlined the need of promoting nutrition education at mass-scale level through media and other sources under the Prime Minister Clean Green Pakistan Movement by the ministry of Climate Change and received the shield during this public health symposium.

Dr. Syed Zafar Ilyas, Dean Sciences AIOU thanked the patricians for their valuable input during the seminar. He appreciate the consistent efforts, providing research-based academic input to the society in addressing socio-economic issues.

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Few Pakistani Universities at QS World University Rankings 2019

Global university ranking experts have released their latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, with only seven Pakistani universities in top 500 for engineering and technology discipline.

Few Pakistani Universities at QS World University Rankings 2019

The Pakistani Universities are; Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad the most reputed universities of Pakistan. QS Global World Ranking at 397, Research Output – Very High, Total Students- 919 with Academic Faculty Staff -163.

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad is one of the new generations of Pakistani Universities with a progressive and innovative outlook. QS Global World Rankin 417, Research Output – Very High, Total Students – 10,298, and Academic Faculty Staff -1,312.

Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) positioned at QS Global World Ranking 551-560, Research Output-Very High, Total Students – 13,724 and Academic Faculty Staff – 401.

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is a leading Pakistani university with a strong track record of achievement and ambitious plans for the future. Global World Ranking positioned at 701-750, Research Output – High, Total Students – 4,365 and Academic Faculty Staff – 299.

COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) is a young public university with a comprehensive focus. QS Global World Ranked at 751-800, Research Output – Very High, Total Students – 33,030 and Academic Faculty Staff – 2,902.

The University of Engineering and Technology (UET-Lahore) QS Global World Ranking in range of 801-1000, Research Output – High, Total Students – 12, 368 and Academic Faculty Staff – 819.

University of the Punjab (UOP) is the largest and the oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan positioned at QS Global World Ranking at 801-1000, Research Output- High, Total Students – 43,847 and Academic Faculty Staff about 1,406.

The QS rankings are one of the most established and well respected rankings of universities around the world and are key reference for students around the world to benchmark how various universities perform and compare in the global higher education arena.

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Circle Women ‘Tech Karo’ come up with 50 graduates

Circle Women “Tech Karo” program successfully ended on 19th January at Karachi School of Business and Leadership (KSBL) successfully concludes with 50 tech graduates to pitch the corporate environment.

Circle Women ‘Tech Karo’ come up with 50 graduatesCircle Women 'Tech Karo' come up with 50 graduates

Tech Karo Chief Guest was British Deputy High Commissioner Elin Burns. Jahangir Paracha CEO Engro Vopak, Tahira Raza former President First Women Bank, Dr. Zahir Syed Vice Chancellor Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) and Dr. Shoaib Zaidi Professor and Head of Academics at UIT were also present at the graduation ceremony.

Tech Karo initiative is enthusiastic to women empowerment in technology through entrepreneurship, digital skills and innovative leadership.

The program candidates were given disclosure to different web development environments and trained coding alongside other professional skills that are required in the corporate environment nowadays. 

62% of the graduates were female that bring light to the event and around 30 graduates have been placed on internships with companies such as 10 Pearls and Ibex Global after receiving tech mentorship in the program.

Sadaffe Abid, Founder CIRCLE said that Technology is an equalizer and enabler. We are thrilled to bring digital skills to young Pakistani women and men so they prosper and becomes top tech professionals in Pakistan.

Circle delighted to see young girls coming together under a platform on empowering women in technology.  Don’t let power change the nature of women, Let women change the nature of power!

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Cisco Academy to be set up in UCP Lahore

The global initiative Cisco Academy to be set up in Lahore in UCP (University of Central Punjab). UCP now formally certified to provide courses and certifications like CCNA and CCNP  by Cisco Academy.

Cisco Academy to be set up in UCP Lahore

Dr. Ahmad Kazmi unlocked the ceremony, commends the importance of Cisco Academy; and explained how UCP is going to adjust their curriculum for Cisco Academy to function properly. Courses like Entrepreneurship to be added in pertinent departments with the cooperation of Cisco.

Mr. Mohamed Jinini, Regional Head Cisco Academy then thanked the UCP faculty for their generosity. He accentuates the role of Cisco by sharing the fact that 70%of the devices connected to the internet are Cisco made.

The academy is offering entry-level courses not only engineers but also for students of Law and Medicine, further added.

Cisco Academy offers 20 courses in different categories like exploratory courses, cybersecurity courses and market certifications (advanced courses).

Students qualified for advanced coursed should be at least in their current year. Students with advanced certification can apply for jobs directly after certifications. While no official fees were discussed during the event.

The prices usually charged for the certifications offered by Cisco Academy:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (Routing & Switching) 15,000/-
  • Cisco Certified Network 9Professional (Routing & Switching) 15,000/-
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (Security) 10,000/-
  • Cisco Academy Instructor(CCNA) (Cisco Certified Network Associate) 45,000/-
  • Cisco Academy Instructor (CCNP) (Cisco Certified Network Professional) 45,000/-

Mr. Jinini concluding saying that meeting scheduled with HEC for a re-launch program to create more job opportunities in Pakistan with Cisco.

This is the right time for Pakistani market to use such a platform and reinforce the skill-set of youth in order to break through the tech market.

Cisco’s current investments in this podium are around $200 million. Cisco reserved to invest 2/3 of their revenue in such opportunities to make it their way of giving back to the community.

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