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Investment in higher education in Pakistan continues to reap dividends.

According to the QS World Universities Rankings 2013, seven universities of Pakistan have won its place in the list of top 250 Asian universities and 3 Pakistani universities are now among the Top 200 World universities in agriculture and forestry.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) UK is the world's most renowned and prestigious ranking agency. According to its ranking for 2013, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad (QAU) 119, National University of Science and Technology Islamabad (NUST) 120, Agha Khan University Karachi (AKU) 152, Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore (LUMS) 191-200, and University of Engineering & Technology Lahore (UET), University of Karachi and University of the Punjab Lahore  201-250 are now in top 250  Asian Universities while three Pakistani universities: University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) 142, Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (UAAR) 152 and  Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad (QAU) 172, are now among the Top 200 World universities in the disciplines of  agriculture and forestry.

Commenting on this international recognition of Pakistani higher education sector, Dr. Javaid R. Laghari Chairperson Higher Education Commission (HEC) said that during last year six Pakistani universities were among top 300 Asian universities. This year seven are amongst the top 250 institions. This is a proof that the quality of universities in the last three years has significantly improved and Pakistan has now become a world player in higher education sector. "With our hard work, and with the support of the democratic government, at least 10 Pakistani Universities will join the ranks of the leading universities of the world within the next couple of years", he remarked.

The education experts describe this achievement in higher education sector of Pakistan as an outcome of the revolutionary reforms introduced by HEC and dedicated hard work by the university faculty and researchers. It speaks consistent support of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in terms of improving infrastructure, access to digital Library, providing quality education, providing opportunities for conducting innovative research, establishing international linkages, engaging in collaborative research with leading international institutions/organizations, participating in international exchange programmes and producing graduates who are welcomed by national/international industry, academia and corporate sector.

Since the establishment of HEC in 2002, research output has grown eight-folds (from 815 in 2002 to more than 6,300 in 2012) with the largest numbers of publications in areas of relevance to economic development. As a result of this phenomenal increase in research publications, the world share of Pakistan's research has gone up by 300 percent in the last five years.  About 90 per cent of these research publications from Pakistan are coming from higher education institutions. Output has more than doubled just in the last three years and is expected to double again in the next 3 years.   As a result of the reforms, which include research output, Pakistan's higher education sector is finally beginning to appear on the world scene. While no university was ranked in the top universities of the world three years back. HEC has proved itself a role model federal organization which empowers equal and full participation of all universities and provinces to facilitate higher education for the socio-economic development of Pakistan.

Police net 20 outlaws, hashish, wine, and weapons recovered

INP adds:  The Islamabad police have arrested 20 persons from various areas of the city and recovered stolen motorcycle, 1.550 kilogram hashish, 11 wine bottles, 172 gram heroine and one 30-bore pistol along with three magazines and ammunitions from their possession, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

According to details, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Azam from CIA police arrested two thief and recovered stolen motorcycle Honda 125 bearing registration No -IDK-5290 amounting to rupees 70,000/- from their possession.

Sub-Inspector Rabnawz from Tarnol police station arrested two drug pushers Norose Khan and Fayyaz Ahmed and recovered 1.220 kilogram hashish and 172 gram heroine from their possession.

Sub-Inspector Qayam Ali Shah and ASI Zulfqar Ali from Shahzad Twon police station arrested two accused Karam Hussain and Dil Agha and recovered 210 gram hashish and one 30 bore pistol, three magazines along with 73 bullets from their possession.

ASI Arfan Ullah from Industrial Area police station arrested accuse Ejaz involve in theft. ASI Muhammad Ishaq from Sabzi Mandi police station arrested 05 persons Fazal Amin, Shar Afzal, Abdul Jalel, Muhammad Shafique, and Muhammad Yousaf having illegal gas slander in vans.

ASi Main Khuram from Aabpara police station arrested bootlegger Semen Massaih and recovered 04 wine bottles from him. ASI Muhammad Iqbal from Shalimar police station arrested bootlegger Yasir and recovered 07 wine bottles from him.

Sub-Inspector Ghulam Muhammad Shah from Bhara Kau police station arrested drug pusher Waqs Abbasi and recovered 125-gram hashish from him.

Meanwhile, on getting information Sub-Inspector Muhammad Yaseen from Ramna police station along with police team raided at PHA Flat Sector G-11/4 and   arrested 05 persons involved in Immoral activities namely Abdul Sattar, Hashim, Rahmat Ullah and lady accused Ruqia Bibi and Anjum Shahzadi.

Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation is underway from them. SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq has appreciated this overall performance and directed all police officials to ensure effective vigilance and patrolling in their respective areas.