KARACHI: Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) is organizing a “National Seminar on Higher Education in Pakistan: The Way Forward” on 16th October 2015 at a local hotel in Karachi, where vice chancellors from all over Pakistan, other distinguished academics and other stakeholders will discuss on variety of subjects and issues related to higher education in Pakistan.
In this regard, a meeting of senior management, deans and chairpersons of SMIU was held at Seminar Hall of the university on Thursday, which was chaired by Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University. In the meeting, arrangements were reviewed and names of guests and panellists were finalized.
According to the details, besides inaugural and concluding sessions, there would be six technical sessions. Proceedings of the seminar will start from 9.00 am and will continue up to 6.00 pm. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Sindh’s Minister for Education and Literacy, Ms Sharmila Farooqui, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh and Mazharul Haq Siddiqui, former Vice Chancellor University of Sindh, Jamshoro will address the inaugural session, while Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor SMIU will present welcome address.
The first technical session will start from 11.00 am on the theme of “Governance of Universities/ Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs).” It will be chaired by Dr Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Among the panellists would be Prof. Ajmal Khan, Vice Chancellor, Islamia College University Peshawar, Professor Dr. Dost Mohammad Baloch, Vice Chancellor, Lasbela University of Agriculture, District Lasbela, Balochistan, Dr. Akhtar Baloch, Vice Chancellor, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University Lyari, Karachi and Dr Nilofer Shaikh, former Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur Mirs.
Second technical session would be on “Financial Sustainably of the Universities/Higher Educational Institutions.” It will be chaired by Iqbal Hussain Durrani, Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh for Boards and Universities in Sindh, while Prof Dr Javed Iqbal, Vice Chancellor, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Prof Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Professor Dr Mohammad Haleem Khan, Vice Chancellor, Women University of AJK, Bagh, Muzaffarabad and Professor Mohammad Rais Alvi, Director KASBIT, Karachi will be among the panellists.
Third technical session would be on “Promotion of Quality Research,” and will be chaired by Dr. Hamida Khuhro, noted historian and former Minister for Education, Sindh. Among the panellists would be Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali Shah, Vice Chancellor Government College University, Faisalabad, Prof. Dr. Shahida Hasnain, Vice Chancellor The Women University, Multan and Dr. Mohammad Memon, Chairman, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Hyderabad.
Fourth technical session would be on “Improving the Teaching and Learning Environment,” and it will be chaired by Mohtarma Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President, SZABIST, Karachi. Among the panellists would be Prof. Dr. Mohammad Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Swati, Vice Chancellor, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar and Prof. Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui, Director, Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur.
Fifth technical session would be on “Future of Distance learning Programmes.” It will be presided over by Dr. Abdul Wahab, President, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi, while Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University, Dr. Mujeebuddin Memon, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Dr Zia ul Qayyum, Vice Chancellor, University Of Gujrat and Engr. Prof. Dr. Malik Akhtar Ali, Vice Chancellor NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan, would be among the panellists.
The sixth and last technical session would be on “Perspective from Pakistan’s International Partners in Education.” It will be chaired by Dr Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary Education and Literacy, Government of Sindh. Among the panellists would be Hadi Santoso, Consul General, Indonesian Consulate General, Karachi, Oleg N. Avdeev, Consul General of Russia in Karachi and Ms Rita Akhtar, Executive Director United States Education Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan.
The concluding session would be chaired by Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Environment and Cooperation, while a set of Vice Chancellors from various provinces shall give concluding remarks.