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Names for Edwardes College principal being short-listed

The search committee constituted for appointment of the principal of the Edwardes College Peshawar was held at the University of Peshawar on Wednesday to short-list candidates for the job.

UoP vice-chancellor Professor Mohammad Rasul Jan chaired the meeting, according to a press release.

It was decided that short-listing of the applicants would be based on the marks obtained according to the set criteria, whereas only the short-listed candidates would be called for interview.

The meeting decided that a panel of three short-listed candidates would be sent to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor for picking the most suitable person for appointment as principal Edwardes College Peshawar.

UoP vice chancellor Professor Mohammad Rasul Jan is convener of the search committee.

The meeting was attended by secretary higher education Ms Farah Hamid, deputy secretary to governor Attaullah Shah, vice chancellor Haripur University Professor Naseer Ali Khan and nominee of the Peshawar Bishop.

Published in Dawn, October 23rd, 2014

Spreading the word: Students urged to use RTI law

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information (RTI) Commission has urged students to use the RTI Act, 2013 to ensure social wellbeing and prevent corruption and nepotism.

During an awareness session organised for students at Edwardes College Peshawar on Wednesday, RTI officials emphasised the importance of the law as a tool for social change. The seminar was attended by a large number of students and teachers.

“Every one of you has the right to use the law for the wellbeing of society,” said Chief Information Commissioner of the RTI Commission Major (retd) Sahibzada Khalid.

Speaking on the occasion, RTI Commissioner Professor Kalimullah said K-P is the first province to enact the RTI law. According to Kalimullah, the legislation enables the people of province to take a stand against corruption. He urged the student to use the law in an appropriate manner to bring a positive change in society.

He insisted that the students should spread the word about the importance of the RTI law in producing an accountable and transparent society.

“Over the last nine months, we have successfully obtained information from government departments which was sought by the applicants,” RTI Commissioner Abdul Matin said. It is only through strict adherence to the rule of law that peace and stability can be achieved, he added.

Matin insisted that unless the law is implemented in letter and spirit, transparency cannot be ensured.

K-P became the first province to have implemented the RTI as a law in December 2013. The RTI Act was signed in December 2013. The bill was unanimously passed by the K-P Assembly on October 31, 2013.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2014.

HEC team fulfills evaluation of KMU performance

 Review Panel for University performance Evaluation constituted by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad has completed their visit in Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar. It was three days visit and purpose of the visit was to evaluate the University on Institutional Performance Evaluation Standards (IPES).

There were six members in the team i.e Dr. Amir Ijaz, Director QEC, University of Punjab Lahore (Head of the Panel), Professor Dr. Farmanullah, Director QEC Agriculture University Peshawar, Muhammad Taimur Khan (Former Director QEC, University of Peshawar), Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmed Director QEC Pir Mahar Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Muhammad Shoaib Project Director Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) HEC, Miss Humaira Qudus Assistant Director QAA, HEC Islamabad.

In this tree days visit panel also met with the Head of Institutes and Sections, Faculty members of constituents Institutes and Students of all programs. Purpose of this visit was to identify the areas for improvement and its remedial actions by the University so that quality Graduates should produce. Staff of Quality Enhancement Cell of KMU facilitated the team for completion of their agenda.

On the third day Review panel met with Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hafizullah, Vice Chancellor KMU. In the exit meeting Prof. Dr. Amir Ijaz (Head of Team) appreciated the efforts and initiatives taken by KMU and dedication of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the University.

Prof. Dr. Amir Ijaz lauded the KMU academic and research activities and stressed upon more co-curricular as well as students grooming activities. He hoped that KMU under the dynamic leadership of its energetic and excellently organized VC will not only flourish more in due course of time but it would ensure to meet all the standards and challenges set by HEC at all levels.

While highlighting the achievements made by KMU in various fields Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hafizullah said that by establishing institutes in various disciplines of health like basic medical sciences, public health, physiotherapy, nursing, paramedics, MBBS, BDS and health profession education, KMU is not only progressing towards its targets goals but it will also become a leading medical university of the region in the near future.

He said KMU students are well behaved and dedicated and they will become good citizens of the society. He said KMU has sent 20 PhD scholars abroad in different subjects and after their return KMU will become one of the best universities of the country. At BS four years program level we are focusing on communication skills as well as overall character building of the students, he added. At the end prof. Dr. Mohammad Hafizullah awarded souvenir to all the members of Review Panel on their sincere efforts and time given for this healthy activity.

KP to establish 2 more Home Economics Colleges: Minister

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Higher Education, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani Tuesday said the government has started various development projects all over the province to tap the indigenous potential.

Addressing as a chief guest in 2nd Annual Exhibition of Art and Design Department arranged by College of Home Economics, University of Peshawar, the Minister said, there is no dearth of talent in our province we only need conducive environment to promote that innate potential.

The crafts and creation in an off shoot of Home Economics Education, it is the need of the day to be well prepared to face the challenges lying ahead, being furnished with the knowledge of domestic management as well as commercial arts, home economic are in the better position to judge, change and shape their destiny.

The Minister said the college of Home Economics has not only produced highly accomplished daughters, wives and mothers but also young, successful professionals, they are not only equipped to prove their abilities in domestic sphere but also in marketplace by commercializing their creative art.

Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said the government is going to establish a two new Home Economics Colleges in Peshawar and Nowshera districts. Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar, Dr. Rasool Jan, Dean Faculty of Information Technology and Management Sciences, Dr. Bushra, and Principal of College of Home Economics Dr. Syeda Kaneez Fatima were also present on this occasion. Later the Minister inspected the art work of the students and he appreciated them on their creation.

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