Islamabad - University of Haripur has announced fee waiver for the students of Balochistan.

Chairman Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences (IUCPSS) and Vice Chancellor University of Haripur Dr Nasser Ali Khan speaking at a workshop said that the consortium with its partner organisations would continue to work with Balochistan government and universities through faculty and students exchange and expertise sharing.

He announced fee waiver for the students of Balochistan at Haripur University and other consortium member institutions.

The workshop was organised by Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences (IUCPSS) and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in support with the National Testing Service (NTS) Pakistan and government of Balochistan aimed at keeping university teachers abreast with current trends. Speaker Balochistan Assembly Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo graced the occasion as chief guest. 

The main objectives of this master trainer workshop included keeping the university teachers abreast with current trends in knowledge disseminating in areas such as curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, microteaching and research methodology, academic writing, classroom management, communication and presentation skills. The workshop started on August 24, 2015 and 22 faculty members belonging to five public sector universities of Balochistan attended the workshop.

The participants interacted with Acting President of Pakistan and Chairman Senate Senator Raza Rabbani who appreciated the efforts of inter university consortium and  CIIT for undertake practical steps for promoting social sciences in Pakistan. They also met federal minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal.

Under the supervision of National Coordinator IUCPSS Murtaza Noor, the participants also prepared detailed short and long term plans for carrying out similar workshops and related activities in their respective universities.

Speaking on the occasion, Speaker Balochistan Assembly, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo appreciated the efforts of the organisers for promoting higher education in Balochistan. He believed that faculty of the province would benefit from the workshop and would share the knowledge and techniques with their colleagues.

He also underlined the importance of  inter provincial experience sharing and effective coordination in higher education sector  to brining the youth of all the provinces closer to one another. He, on the behalf of government and people of Balochistan, extended thanks for announcements of 50 PhD scholarships by CIIT, award of need-based scholarships by NTS and reservation of seats for the students of Balochistan by inter university consortium at its member institutions.

Rector CIIT Islamabad Dr S.M Junaid Zaidi assured that they would continue to support such initiatives in future as well and every possible cooperation will be extended to government and youth of Balochistan for strengthening higher education and  overcoming shortage of  skilled human resource in Balochistan.

Sharing their remarks regarding the workshop and stay at Islamabad, the participants termed their experience very useful and appreciated the efforts of organisers and government of Balochistan for providing the opportunity. They suggested that such programme should continue on permanent basis.