HEC will endow GRE, TOEFL coaching to 6,000 aspirants

In association with the United States Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), the Higher Education Commission (HEC) will endow coaching to 6,000 students of GRE, TOEFL for higher education.

HEC will endow GRE, TOEFL coaching to 6,000 aspirants

The US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor “Talent Farming” component gives the training to the GRE, TOEFL pupils for PHD studies. Talent Farming is scheduled four times a year under ‘Call for GRE Training’ in Islamabad and four provincial capitals in the course of three components namely orientation, workshop about higher education in the US and Five-Week GRE Training.

The coaching will be provided in various cities of the country to shortlisted candidates intending to look for admission to PhD studies at US universities under the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor.

HEC is also exploring the possibility of acceptance of virtual technology-based trainings to facilitate learning of candidates at their own places. Candidates seeking admissions to PhD studies at US universities need to qualify GRE/ TOEFL tests so as to qualify the basic admission criteria.

GRE Training is underway at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, which is being attended by candidates from four universities within Faisalabad, while the training sessions have also been started at two other universities namely University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, and Mirpur University of Science & Technology, Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

HEC considers candidates with excellent academic credentials. The candidates who are trained through HEC-run GRE/ TOEFL coaching classes may either seek HEC funding under this initiative or may directly seek admission opportunities in the US universities.

The US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor was conceptualized to significantly increase the number and quality of faculty in country’s higher education institutions. It aims to provide opportunities for 10,000 Pakistani scholars over the next 10 years for doctoral studies at US universities.

The project entitled “PhD Scholarship Programme (without tuition fee) under US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor (Phase-I)” targets at supporting 1,500 PhD scholars at the leading US universities. So far, 31 candidates, who had secured complete fee waivers from US universities, have proceeded for PhD studies. Likewise, 30 more candidates shall be proceeding to US for their PhD studies in the coming Spring-2019 session. So far, 567 candidates have been trained in Orientations; 809 during Workshops, and 330 in Five-Week GRE Training.

The eligibility criteria for award of HEC scholarship are complicated and require applicants to have at least 18-years of formal education, International GRE general /GRE subject scores, PhD offer/ admission letter from Ranked Land-Grant US Universities. However, the project award is conditional to the fact that the applicant secures a complete tuition fee or TA/RA-ship which covers tuition fee, as the scholarship does not include tuition fee.

HEC is at the same time negotiating on Documents of Understanding (DoUs) with US universities with an aim to place allies of Pakistanis in ranked US universities. A total of four DoUs with full-tuition fee waivers have been formalized with ranked US universities including University of Georgia, University of Delaware, University of Houston, and George Washington University. Parley with other US universities are underway for tuition fee renunciation.

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23 Pakistani universities ranked among top 100 & 500 Asian institutes

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia university the world leading ranking authority are out with a release for Pakistan as two of its universities are among top 100 this year while as many as 23 universities have been named among the top 500 higher education institutes this year 2019. It’s the greatest achievement that Pakistani universities are among top 100 and 500 Asian institutes as compared to the last year’s ranking number of just 16.

23 Pakistani universities ranked among top 100 & 500 Asian institutes

Pakistani universities for the very first time have made it to the top 100 as the universities kept increasing their competitiveness. Two of Pakistani universities entitled “The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)”, which was last year ranked at 112, have now improved its position considerably rising to the 87th position.

The second university to be included in the top 100 list this time is the “Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) at 95th spot” which improved its ranking from 103 positions in QS ranking 2019.

Pakistani Universities among top 500 as ranked by QS Asian authority listed below; Seven Universities are new comers at the QS raking authority list and few lost their band as compared to the previous ranking list 2018.

Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), ranked 109 from 133 spot, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), ranked at 135th.

Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), fell from 128th to 146th, University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore at 171st.

University of the Punjab (PU) ranked at 193rd, Agha Khan University (AKU) at 195th,University of Karachi fell 2 bands ranges 251 – 260,whereas, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad at 281 – 290.

Bahria University Islamabad at 351 – 400 that’s the new comer at the list, GC University Lahore (GCU) at 351 – 400, Institute of Space Technology (IST) at 351 – 400.

International Islamic University (IIU) also a new batch in the QS ranking list and ranged from 351 – 400, NED University of Engineering and Technology (NED UET) spot at 351 – 400.

Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) loses 1 band 401 – 450, The University of Lahore positioned at 400 – 450.

University of Sargodha at 400 – 450, University of Sindh at 400 – 450, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore spotted at 400 – 450, Lahore College for Women University, 450 – 500 ranked.

University of Central Punjab (UCP) positioned at the list varring 450 – 500, the last one among top 500 University of Management and Technology (UMT) positioned 450 – 500 according to QS Ranking list 2019.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranks universities on the basis of academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty staff with Ph.D., citations per paper and international faculty.


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GCU and Bartin University signed bioethanol research agreement

Government College University (GCU) Lahore signed a collaborative research project with Bartin University, Turkey for the cost-effective production of bioethanol and also included PhD students exchange programme between both the universities. 

GCU and Bartin University signed bioethanol research agreement

Both representatives negotiate the project was for three years and each year one PhD student of Government College University (GCU) would go to Bartin University, Turkey for a period of two months and similarly, three PhD students from Bartin University will also come to Government College university (GCU).

Bioethanol is basically a fuel used as a petrol substitute and the most powerful and important renewable energy source in which turkey is lacking behind in the production of bioethanol.

Turkey and Pakistan were currently importing 95 per cent of their energy requirement and had not yet put full efforts in the production of more sustainable energy.

The eventual goal of this project is to develop a process for fourth generation bioethanol production both in Turkey and Pakistan.

Pakistan was facing severe energy crisis and it needed to find a quick substitute of fossil fuels. The completion of the project would contribute greatly to the economies of both countries.

Dr M Nauman Aftab, Principal Investigator of the project from Pakistan, said solar and wind energy projects were not feasible for a country like Pakistan because they required huge investments for heavy installations and huge storage devices. “So, it’s high time that we must pay attention on mass scale production of renewable energy in the form of biofuel”.

Turkish Council General Emir Ozbey chaired the launching ceremony at the Government College University Lahore (GCU) Bukhari Auditorium.

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ED HEC resigns over plagiarism charges

Dr Arshad Ali Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) resigned from his position. Statement released by the HEC spokesperson said Dr Arshad resigned to protect the commission’s favor from any possible damage.

Dr Arshad Ali Executive Director Higher Education Commission resigns over plagiarism charges

The commission have suggested his termination after finding heavy plagiarism in his research papers. Dr Tariq Banuri HEC Chairman is said to address a press conference over the matter.

As per reliable sources, Dr Arshad resigned fearing his termination as more than 60 per cent matter in his paper published in 2014 is reported to be plagiarized from University of Texas.

He published this paper in order to complete his degree. Sources revealed the 18-member commission of the HEC remained nonoperational for a long period and implementation of many high-profile cases involving HEC ED hung in the balance despite final reports being ready.

The plagiarism case’s report had been completed in April, 2018, which proved content theft and suggested action.

When plagiarism by the HEC top official was proven, the then HEC chairman wrote to the education ministry that on receiving reports of plagiarism in his research paper, the Quality Assurance Division had the issue investigated by experts who confirmed plagiarism.

Another eleven papers by Dr Arshad was also reviewed by division and found plagiarism on a large scale, after which the panel recommended to terminate his contract. To analyze all aspects the former HEC chairman formed another high-level committee so that necessities of justice could be satisfied.

Committee included Vice-chancellors of major universities and Dr Arshad was given a chance to personally guard his case.

After again proving plagiarism, the panel directed the then HEC chief to apply penalty, who then wrote to the education ministry that as he was about to complete his tenure, the recommendations should be applied by the next chairman.

In the meantime, an important meeting of the HEC held on Saturday, in this meeting commission recommended implementation of the commission’s direction, which was to dismiss Dr Arshad.

HEC ED is believed to have caught air of the news and resigned from his post. According to sources, if his resignation is approved, it will be as good as to give him a safe way out.

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E-learn app by PITB an alternative to tuition seekers

With the advancement in technology there’s an amazing app launched “E-Learn” by Punjab government in accordance to the Prime Minister Imran Khan vision.

E-learn app by PITB an alternative to tuition seekers

The basic mission to launched e-learn app is to provide frequent benefits as it digitalize the curriculum textbooks, a paper-less educational system, an alternative to tuition.

E-Learn App is available on Google Play Store. The core features of e-learn app is that an online system that helps to manage schooling of any grade, simplify the daily tasks that required running efficiently. Each textbook along with video lectures, pictures, animations, simulations, and interactive sessions are provided in the app.

28 Science and Math textbooks, 13,047 video Lectures 592 simulations, 2100 minutes audio and 1,830 animations are available for the school students from grade 6th to 12th.

Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has collaborated with Punjab Curriculum & Textbook Board and the School Education Department (SED) to develop the whole curriculum.

The future advancement in this app requires offline version to provide ease. So, that students can have speedy and easily offline access when internet isn’t unavailable.

E-learn app reduces the workload for students, Teachers and also Parents. Students don’t need to pay for textbooks and all other features, their tuition fee eliminates by getting this app benefit and most important have a track record. These innovations shows a brighter future ahead.

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