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Lahore: Lahore College for Women University organized the 1st International Conference on Software Engineering and Emerging Technologies in the Department of Software Engineering. International speakers from Romania, Mexico, Ireland and the United Kingdom presented their recent  work on emerging trends in the advanced discipline of Software Engineering. Vice Chancellor LCWU Prof. Dr. Bushra Mirza (SI) emphasized the importance of establishing new departments in the emerging disciplines of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Internet of Things. Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamran Dean Faculty of Electrical Engineering UET Lahore appreciated the efforts by newly established Department of Software Engineering for 1st International Conference in the Women University. Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof. Dr. Intesar Ahmad and Head Department of Software Engineering Dr. Mohsin Nazir appreciated the continuous support by the Vice Chancellor, congratulated the research paper presenters and thanked the audience.

LAHORE: Punjab University Hailey College of Banking & Finance (HCBF) and Meezan Bank have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen their linkages for accomplishment of mutual objectives. In this regard an impressive ceremony held in which HCBF and Meezan Bank Ltd signed MoU to collaborate for placement of graduated students, curriculum development in Islamic Banking, institutional support for creating awareness on Islamic banking and fellowship programs for faculty development. HCBF Principal Prof Dr Mubbsher Munawar Khan and Head of Shariah Compliance Ahmed Ali Siddiqui signed the document. Speaking at the occasion Prof Dr Mubbsher Munawar Khan expressed his confidence that this document would pave way for enhancing academic excellence, employability, and research in the area of Islamic banking. Ahmed Ali Siddiqui also conducted a seminar and spoke to the students on development and growth of Islamic banking. He advised the students to keep them updated on the religious aspects also so that they carve their future as ordained by Allah.

Doctor of veterinary and medicine is the profession that students are mostly confused about. Some want to join because they love to deal with animals and some want to join it because they see a good future in it. However, some people just want to join this field because they want to have a ‘doctor’ with their name. Whatever category of students you belong to, here are a few things that you should consider before choosing to do a degree in DVM.     

You will have to bear with the stereotypes 

This is the degree that has a lot of stereotypes attached to it. Some call its professionals with derogatory names that you will not like. So, first of all, build resilience against them. No matter what people say, you know what you are doing with your life. Moreover, DVM is a field that is respected all around the world. It is considered as important as MBBS. So never get disappointed by what people think of it. 

You have to be daring and confident 

Sometimes, students come with the courage of breaking the stereotypes. But at the mid of the degree, they start feeling they cannot pursue it any further. In order not to feel trapped during the degree, know that you have to be very confident throughout the session. Moreover, the tough practical work will require you to show some guts. So, be prepared. 

Fieldwork is very hard 

The fieldwork is really very hard in DVM. If you are planning to do a degree in this field, make sure you know about the fieldwork before you start it. Take guidance from some friend or relative who is in the field. You have to go into the farms and deal with animals directly. If you cannot do that, you are not the right fit for the degree.

Labwork is very complicated and challenging 

Labs in DVM are also equally challenging. The practical work is very complicated and you have to stay proactive throughout the degree to handle it. Some people join this degree believing that there will not be very tough work to do. Well, the truth is entirely the opposite of it. You deal with animal organs, experiment with them, and use your knowledge and skills to treat them. Know that there are a lot of animal species and you have to study a maximum of them.  

The studies are equally hard as compared to MBBS

If you think you will be relatively relieved in this field as compared to MBBS, that’s a huge misconception. Along with the practical work, the studies are so hard that students sometimes are unable to handle the stress. Know that you are going to have very little relief.

The job market is diverse but you should have an interest

Before you select this degree as your future profession, look at the job market and see if you fit in the types of work that are available out there. Fortunately, the market is quite vast for DVM professionals. They can join dairy, livestock, different companies that deal with animal milk and meat products, farming, or simply practice in the hospitals. If you have a taste of any of these fields, DVM might be the right choice for you.

If you want to earn a really good amount, pet clinics are the best way

If you do not have a temperament of job, you should have a will to invest in the pet clinic. Pet clinics are a great source of earnings in Pakistan. You can open your own pet clinic in a town. The good thing is that people are getting interested in having pets in Pakistan so you have a fair chance of succeeding in this career choice. 

Going abroad is one of the best options

The last thing to consider before choosing DVM is to understand that people who really want to be valued for their profession choose to go abroad. Start preparing for your application from the start of your degree if you are also interested. You can also go on partially funded or fully funded scholarships and earn good fortune once you start work there. However, if you think none of these career options is the right choice for you then maybe you should rethink your idea of doing a degree in DVM.

There are thousands of studies on motivation and people are still dependent upon the talks given by the motivational speakers. They are great if they work for you but remember, these talks and inspirational stories have a psychological effect on our brain that only lasts for a few minutes. That is why we are motivated one day and totally out of motivation the other day. Why do you think this happens? Maybe because they are not as influential as we found them in the first few minutes. Or maybe we are missing something inside of us that these motivational speeches cannot provide.  

Yes, both of these points are correct. External motivation is never effective if you are not motivated intrinsically. In fact, you do not need motivation from outside sources if you have it inside of you. Intrinsic motivation is the one that is derived from within. It comes from reason, needs, and understanding. If you have it, you will be motivated daily to take on the challenges and work for them with all your passion. You will have to understand the psychology of intrinsic motivation to know how can you develop it. 

Self-determination theory 

Self-determination theory proposes that the motivation people have is determined by the inherent tendencies of development and growth and innate psychological needs. It is important to understand these psychological needs in order to be motivated intrinsically. The basic needs are autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Everyone who wants to have this form of motivation has to understand these needs within them and set their goals according to them. For example, if you want to start studying consistently without missing a day, you will have to establish a need for it. Here are the three needs explained for you.  

Autonomy 

Every person has a desire to control their life and be the decision-maker for it. If you want to know what you really want to do in life, think about yourself without any external influences or expectations. You do not have any pressure from parents, from teachers, or any other force lying above your head compelling you to make a decision. Now, analyze what do you need to study and why. This will give you a reason for your actions that you understand by yourself. In short, this theory believes in giving you the reason instead of the external pressure behind your actions or decisions. When you analyze it on your own, you understand why do you need to study, why is it so important for you, and why do you need to be consistent in it.

Competence

We, human beings, also have an innate need to feel competent. We want to have the outcomes of different life situations in our control. When we feel competent, we are motivated intrinsically. Now there are many ways to feel competent. First, you can set small challenges for yourself for daily or weekly evaluation. You can test your abilities and enhance your capacity of studying and solving problems through them and when you are able to achieve them, you will feel competent too. Moreover, we need positive feedback to feel competent. Show your work to someone who can assess you and give you feedback. Positive feedback enhances the will and intrinsic motivation to work. Set learning goals for yourself and put all your struggles to achieve them. This will automatically make you feel good about yourself and also, motivated.  

Relatedness 

Human motivation is also derived from fulfilling the need for relatedness. We want to interact and connect to the people around us. So, in your journey of studying, there is no need to get isolated as most so-called serious students do. This reduces their motivation with time. Interact with people who are doing the same studies, discuss things with them so that you may feel related. Not just that, hang out with friends during your leisure time and have all the fun. It is important to keep a balance between studying and socializing with other people. If you are unable to do it, there is a high chance you will lose your intrinsic motivation with time. 

So, stay aware of what you need and why, make sure to feel competent by achieving your small goals, and connect to the people around you. Stay determined and stay motivated. 

National College of Arts is a dream place for the students of Pakistan. It is the institute that has produced many world-famous artists. For more than a century, this place has been serving in the field of arts in the country. Students of NCA have a different kind of association with this place. Some say they have a different world there. Well, to say that this is the only institute of its kind in Pakistan would not be wrong. 

Students from all over the country and abroad wish to secure their admission at NCA. However, not all who apply are able to get a place. If you are passionate to study at NCA, you have to prepare yourself beforehand. Here are a few things that you should consider before applying for admission at NCA. 

You have to have a strong profile in artwork

Only passing intermediate or O levels is not enough to secure admission at NCA. You have to work on building a strong profile in the artwork. Proving your qualification through your experience or a strong interest in the art, you can increase your chances of acceptance. Any past work that you have been doing on your own or with some other institute can work.  

Admission test and the interview are necessary to pass for admission

NCA conducts admission tests for all of the aspirants. These are usually drawing and aptitude tests particular to different departments. However, for the architecture department, you have to appear in mathematics test along with drawing and aptitude tests. Not just that, achieving high grades are compulsory to confirm a seat at NCA. As there is high competition, only a small percentage of people get admission. 

After the test, the next stage is an interview where students are further shortlisted. Be well-prepared for both of these sages. 

Average academic grades are required 

Although NCA does not put a lot of stress on academic grades, reaching a certain criterion is still important. For instance, having at least 45 percent of marks in intermediate or O levels is compulsory. That makes a second division which means you can not apply if you have a third division in your previous degree. 

The admissions take place once a year

Do not wait for the next cycle of admissions in spring as NCA does not offer two cycles a year. Admissions take place only once every year and are announced well before the deadline. Keep a record of the time and stay prepared before the applications open.

Limited scholarships are also provided  

NCA does provide scholarships to its students to assist them in their finances to some extent. The scholarships are announced at the start of every academic year. Students have to fill in scholarships applications that are evaluated by the administration and faculty before the awards are granted.  

You can apply at multiple departments through a single application

If you want to increase your chances of acceptance, applying to multiple departments can help. Well, it is the easiest thing. You do not need a separate application to apply for different programs as one application form would work. However, some students also apply at both Lahore and Rawalpindi campuses and you need to apply separately for them.

The admission form does not have to be submitted electronically

As most people think, admission forms at NCA do not have to be submitted online. You have to fill in the form and then submit it by hand or through a courier service. Make sure you submit it before waiting for the last day because submitting it manually will take time.  

Reserved seats are available only for two categories 

NCA also offers quotas but there are very limited seats for them. You are eligible for the reserved seat if you have a foreign nationality, are from AJK, or are physically disabled. At the Lahore campus, 11 seats are reserved for foreign or Azad Jammu and Kashmir citizens. Whereas, 5 seats are reserved at the Rawalpindi campus for the same category. Likewise, 2 percent quota seats are available for students with physical disabilities.

We strive daily to make our days productive. Somedays we wake up with the disappointment that we are doing nothing with our lives and somedays, we are motivated to bring a difference in our lives. But most often, we end up wasting our days without fulfilling anything that we promised. For example, we do not exercise, do not eat healthy food, and maybe do not study for the hours that we set as a target. Why is it so? 

There are many reasons. First, we set high expectations that are impossible to meet in the set timeline. The real change does not start happening in a day. Second, we never take a new start in our lives in a planned way. We just think we have to do this and never give thought to how. Third, willpower is an important reason. If you do not have the willpower to work for a goal, you will never be able to achieve it. Well, working on your willpower is your task. Collect your motivation, find the reasons, and tell yourself why is it the most important thing for you to do. If you are serious to bring a change in your life, here is how you can do it. 

List down all the changes that you want to happen in your life

The first step is to note down all the things that you want to happen in the future. This sounds like something everyone says, right? But how many of you do it and then make the right use of it? So, write down if you want to set your sleep pattern, your eating habits, or your studying routine. And then bring them in a plan.

Give yourself enough time

When you make a plan to achieve your goals, don’t be too hard on yourself. You cannot do all the things in a week. So, make a plan with flexible timelines and micro-goals. This means you cannot say you will make a habit of studying for five hours daily by the end of this week. This, my friend, is not practical. Give yourself enough time to adjust to a new routine. And start from small targets like 2 hours of study with a break in between every day.

Take one step at a time 

You cannot achieve your targets all at once. Being a human, this is not a practical approach. We need time and energy to complete one task so we have to take care of that. For example, if you use all your willpower in convincing you to wake up early, you will be left with very little energy to deal with the rest of the tasks. So, take one step at a time. Once you think one habit is getting in form, start working on the next one.

Set daily reminders to never get off the track 

Getting off the track is very easy in this world of technology where we have a lot of distractions. So, set daily reminders and tell yourself you have to bring your life in discipline, you have to achieve this particular goal for the day, and maybe you can remind yourself why is it so important to you. 

Keep evaluating yourself 

Self-evaluation against flexible timelines and easy targets is very important. You can definitely set higher goals with time but in the beginning, you don’t want to get disappointed so easily. So, you can evaluate yourself every week to see what did you achieve and what you have to work on. It will motivate you to keep working. 

Show yourself some love when you achieve a goal

You deserve appreciation and love. Don’t wait for someone else to give you that. When you have achieved a goal, reward yourself with your favorite food, buy yourself something, watch your favorite show, hang out, or do anything you love.

The right thing will happen but not tomorrow

When you are working to improve your lifestyle in this way, you will make yourself a highly productive person one day. Keep working for that and be consistent. Don’t expect a big change to happen in your life overnight. The right thing will definitely come to you but not tomorrow. It will take time only if you are persistent. Keep thriving.

On the recommendation of Director Advanced Studies and in the light of their research scholars of Sindh Agriculture University have been awarded PhD degree during a brief ceremony held at Vice Chancellor Secretariat on Thursday.

Sajid Ali Rao, a Scholar of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Faculty of Crop Production, conducted the research on “Quantitative genetic analysis of rapeseed under water stress conditions”, under the supervision of Dr. Abdul Wahid Baloch, while his co-supervisors were Dr. Siraj Ahmed Channa and Dr. Liaquat Ali Bhutto.

Rasool Bux Kalhoro, a Scholar in the Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Crop Production, conducted research on “Joint Plant Strategies for Soybean Growth”, his supervisors were Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Leghari and Co-Supervisors were Dr. Ghulam Hyder Jamro and Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Keerio.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri said that food has become a major issue in the world, in this regard, experts should conduct research on new varieties; he said that agriculture is playing an important role in growing population, food security and the country’s GDP.

He said that Pakistan’s oil and food import bill surged 73 per cent to $14.97 billion in the July-December period compared to $8.67bn a year ago owing to higher international prices and massive depreciation of the rupee, he said that data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) showed the share of these products in the total import bill also rose to 37pc during the six-month period.

He urged the experts to do more research on oilseeds to meet the demand for edible oil and research on new varieties to increase the yield per acre, to reduce the import bill on edible oil and also to reduce the trade deficit.

Dr. Qamaruddin Chachar, Dean, Faculty of Crop Production, Dr. Mubeen Lodhi, Director of Advanced Studies, Dr. Shahnawaz Marri and other professors were present on the occasion

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), much to the delight of students, parents and teachers alike, launched ‘Lighter Bag Brighter Student’ policy on Thursday at the Junior Campus (I-8/2) of Islamabad Model College for Girls I-8/4.

Under the initiative of ‘Books Free Bag for Primary Classes’ inaugurated here by Parliamentary Secretary for Education Wajeeha Akram as chief guest, the little souls would be relieved from the daily burden of carrying all their books to school and back home. The inauguration ceremony was attended by smiling and fresh faces as it certainly was a long awaited initiative and was warmly welcomed by all.

Speaking on the occasion, the Parliamentary Secretary urged the need to focus on quality education through the use of latest technology. Wajiha Akram also said that there was a need to pay special attention on teachers’ training.

The students of primary classes will be given two sets of books; one will be kept at home and the other will be kept at school. As a result, the little angels would no longer be overburdened by the heavy bags. All they would have to carry now is a bag containing two notebooks, a lunch box and a water bottle.

On the occasion, Additional Secretary Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training (MoFEPT) Mohi ud Din Wani recalled the spiritual bond with his teachers and urged for better relations between teachers and students. It was the responsibility of teachers to create and maintain a friendly atmosphere, he added.

Director General, FDE, Dr Ikram Ali said all institutes in Islamabad Capital Territory would be brought under the umbrella of this policy and eventually the rural areas would also be included. Principal of the college, Dr Firdous Zahra Bashir, thanked the guests for honoring the ceremony with their presence. She greatly appreciated the policy and called for its impact assessment in the future.

A student Meherwar Bakht of class 5 speaking on the occasion said she was very pleased by the initiative taken by the FDE. Not having to carry all her textbooks daily “Makes me feel lighter and brighter both mentally and physically,” she expressed joyfully.

Another student, Asawir Shabbir of class 4, thanked the policy makers for relieving their tiny bodies from this burden. She was greatly appreciated for her confidence as she mumbled a few times but did not give up and finished her speech artfully. She vowed to study hard and bring fame to her school by becoming a successful person and a responsible citizen.

Earlier, a group of students welcomed the guests with the school’s band performance, and beautiful girls clad in traditional dresses presented them bouquets of flowers. A group of students from IMCG I-10/4 mesmerized the audience with their amazing tableau on ‘Mera Dais Mera Mahiya’.

The University of Karachi and the World Poultry Science Association signed the memorandum of understanding to promote and impart skill-oriented training and other programs to benefit students and to initiate joint academic activities leading to academic excellence.

As per the MoU, the KU and WPSA would develop and collaborate on joint academic and industrial cooperation as well as establish a strategic partnership to facilitate bilateral potential between the KU department of physiology and WPSA.

On this occasion, the KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi while appreciating the efforts of Chairman, Department of Physiology, Dr Taseer Ahmad Khan, said that we want to create a program that expands students’ education as well as their practical experience.

The chairman physiology department Dr Taseer Khan informed the participants that 45 students have chosen the field of BS Poultry Science which is announced for the first time and the University of Karachi is the 10th university in the country which is offering this course in Pakistan.

He mentioned that Industrial Advisory Board is also set up in the University of Karachi under which the needs of industries can be better met. Meanwhile, the in-charge of the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization, University of Karachi, Dr Asma Tabassum, said that we want students to do projects and research in the last year of the program which is in line with the needs of the industry.

Meanwhile, the President of the World Poultry Science Association Waqar Alam said digitalization of the degree program is the need of the hour. “In this age of innovation, poultry farming is also facing new requirements. We will fully support Karachi University in this regard.”

General Secretary WPSA Dr Munawar Hussain said that poultry science is an important discipline that can provide students with future business opportunities, including jobs. We will also provide internships to students.

The MoU signing ceremony was held at the KU VC Secretariat and KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi and President WPSA Waqar Alam inked the MoU documents

Beaconhouse, the country’s largest network of private educational institutions, successfully hosted its third Learner Agency Paradigm (LAP) Conference, at Beaconhouse’s Defence Campus in the south region, Karachi. This LAP Conference 2022 was attended by Beaconhouse School System’s (BSS) learners, teachers and employees and is the third installment from its series of conferences that were introduced early last year.

The LAP Conference 2022 was held to cultivate learner agency – a concept gaining momentum in educational institutions as a way of fostering learners’ abilities to navigate their way through life in a positive manner, creating a significant impact on their circumstances. A total of 165 project submissions were received nationwide out of which 10 learner projects were showcased in the Karachi conference. The projects focused on various initiatives undertaken by students to become active contributors to their surroundings.

The session also included a virtual address from Kasim Kasuri, Chief Executive Officer, Beaconhouse, who stated during the event, “Learner Agency has quickly become an important aspect of the education being imparted at Beaconhouse campuses nationwide. The concept gives students responsibility over their own learning, empowering them to develop a voice and take purpose-driven initiatives. There is no shortage of students wanting to take charge and bring a change around them, and as an educator I am proud to see them taking ownership through these LAP conferences.”

Among the 10 projects, the ‘Taleem Sub Ka Bunyadi Haq’ initiative was undertaken by BSS students in Quetta to raise awareness and support teaching programmes for girls in Balochistan in order to tackle low literacy rates for women. Under the project ‘Charagh-e-Ilm’, students were inspired to give back to society as active learners and participators, by developing a comprehensive and high quality education programme aimed to increase the knowledge base of BSS support staff in schools.

‘The Battle of Multiple Intelligence’ project presented by middle school students introduced a ground-breaking competition between campuses targeting multiple intelligence levels of learners such as their visual, research, analytical, creative, critical, and digital skills. Other project themes included science, literature, fitness and health, entrepreneurship, cyber currency, and Covid-19 challenges.

The LAP conferences are an effort by BSS to empower students, ensuring that learners are equipped with the right skills to address challenging circumstances, and prepare them to meaningfully influence their world as global citizens and future leaders. The Beaconhouse School System has a legacy of 46 years of educational expertise and currently has over 315,000 students