By: Muhammad Nauman [May 5th, 2017]

The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences IIUI in Collaboration with Pakistan Bait-Ul-Mal Islamabad organized one day Seminar on “ Thalassemia Awareness and Prevention. Managing Director Pakistan Bait-Ul-Mal, Barrister Abid Waheed Sheik was the key note speaker and guest of honour, while Professor Dr. Muhammad Bashir Khan (Acting President IIUI) graced the occasion as chief gust.

During the seminar, guest speakers- Col. (R) Shafi Ullah, Dr. Nadeem Ikram and two female students of the Department of Sociology gave details of the causes, prevalence and prevention of Thalassemia. The speakers discussed the prevalence of the Thalassemia in different regions of the world and its high rate in Pakistan. The speakers stress that we can reduce and prevent this deadly, painful and costly disorder.

Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh, Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal appreciated the efforts of the Department of Sociology’ Faculty members and students for organizing the seminars in such an excellent manner. The Managing Director gave a comprehensive lecture on the functions and role of Pakistan Bait-ul-mal and highlighted the area in which Bait-ul-Mal is working.

Professor Dr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Acting President IIUI lauded the joint activity of the Department of Sociology and Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal. He also highlighted key features of IIUI and its contribution to Pakistani society and global Muslim community. He proposed on the occasion that Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal should double the number of scholarship for IIU students. The Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal welcomed Prof. Dr. Bashir Khan’s proposal and consented that IIU students will be given the maximum scholarship.

Earlier, The Chairman Department of Sociology, Dr. Hazir Ullah, welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of public awareness in the prevention of Thalassemia in Pakistan. Dr. Hazir Ullah appreciated Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal efforts for establishing state of the art Thalassemia Center in F-9 Park for the poor and needy people. Dr. Hazir also asserted that the Department of sociology is having the most dynamic faculty members and will cooperate with Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal in improving its various programme.

At the end, Dr. Rabia Gul, Acting Chairperson (female) thanked all the guests and expressed her deep gratitude to MD Bait-Ul-Mal, guest speakers , acting President IIU and the entire team of the Department of Sociology.


By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman [May 5th, 2017]

The Central Library of International Islamic University, Islamabad has launched Online Union Catalogue in its all libraries system. This union catalogue has bibliographic information of collections in IIUI libraries including Central Library, Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah Library, Da’wah Research Library, Shari’ah Academy Library, Iqbal International Institute of Research & Dialogue Library, Faculty of Engineering & Technology Library, Usuluddin Library, Da’wah Women Campus Library, Department of English Library (female campus) and Department of Shari’ah & Law Library.

This union catalogue contains information about all the holdings of the IIUI libraries and will help faculty members, students and staff to check the information of available resources in any of these libraries as books, theses, reference material including encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, almanacs, etc. This innovative system will save the researcher’s valuable time by searching the library items at one place rather than searching an item in every library’s catalogue. The catalogue contains bibliographic information of library collections including title, author(s)/editor(s), call number, subject(s), imprint, etc. This is first ever Union Catalogue of the IIU libraries.

The Online Union Catalogue of IIUI library system has been launched which can be accessed at:


By: Muhammad Nauman [May 5th, 2017]

A seminar titled “ Apathy and Motivation – How To Bloom From Ashes” was conducted by the Pakistan Biotechnology Students Society (PBSS) at the Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology in collaboration with the Victim Rights and Rehabilitation Foundation (VRRF) entitled “ Apathy and Motivation – How To Bloom From Ashes”.

Pakistan Biotechnology Students Society is a scientific society, hosted by International Islamic University, Islamabad aimed at promoting Biotechnology across Pakistan by providing students with the opportunity to gain subject specific skills.

Rai Azhar Hussain (Tamgha e Shuja’at) was the keynote speaker.  He delivered the lecture on topic in which he shared his bitter experience of being target of terrorist attack. He urged the audience to never leave the attribute of motivation and advised them to have hopes.



By: Muhammad Nauman [May 3rd, 2017]

Eastern medicines are required to be streamlined at national level and Higher Education Commission would help in establishing an accredited body for the eastern medicine.

This was the crux of the international seminar recommendations which was held at Faisal, Masjid Campus of the university and was titled “Strengthening health care with Eastern medicine for growth and development of socio-economic environment”.

Addressing the seminar, HEC Chairman, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed called upon all the relevant stakeholders to get together at commission’s office and sort out a strategy to devise a commission’s endorsed council of eastern medicine, while he said that, for the degree awarding issue, eastern medicine representatives, varsities’ heads, HEC officials and Drug Regulatory Authority officials should soon sit and devise a roadmap. He directed the concerned official to hold a meeting in this regard as soon as possible. Dr. Mukhtar maintained that eastern medicine was close to the Islamic heritage of Tibb-e-nabvi (PBUH) and said that it was required to be stream lined within national machinery. He called upon the teaching fraternity to become role models for the society and students and put aside personal grudges. He said education is the sector in which we must invest more and more beacsue it will produce a human resource who would take the socitty to heights of progress and prosperity.

Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, IIUI told that the eastern medicine can play vital its role in prosperity of the nation.  He emphasized upon linkage of academia and industry and said that faculty must help in bridging the gap and medicinal fraternity should come forward to hold research both on traditional and modern methods. The IIUI  Rector said that the country would have to produce human resource who must be best entrepreneurs and added that this would help in breakthroughs in terms of research, advancements and progress.  Dean Faculty of Basic and Applied sciences, Dr. Muhammad Arshad Zia said that Eastern Medicine education is need of hour to serve national health. He congratulated Dr. Muhammad Ibrar Shinwari and his team to focus on such an important issue of national concern. Renowned scientists, academia and scholars have delivered their scientific lectures in the seminar. Dr. Ibrar Shinwari said in his remarks that the seminar has become a forum for linkage between academia, Experts in Eastern Medicine and industry. A mentionable number of faculty members and students from International Islamic University, National University of Science and Technology, Quid-e-Azam University and PMAS-Arid Agricultural University attended the seminar.


By: Muhammad Nauman [May 3rd, 2017]

Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh has called upon psychologist fraternity for counter strategies to deal with the negative impacts of social media and its heavy usage is causing psychological issues in the youth.

He expressed these views in a concluding ceremony of a series of workshops o the other day in order to mitigate and resolve the mental health problems in Pakistan which was organized by Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily, director academics and chairman, Department of Psychology, IIU.

The IIUI President appreciated the hard work and relentless services of Dr. Khalily in unraveling the complex psychological problems plaguing the society and taking revolutionary measures to promote mental health in Pakistan with a missionary zeal. Speaking on the occasion he assured to extend his co-operation whenever needed.

He further added that the conclave was an exceptional opportunity for mental health professionals and students to learn skills and therapeutic modalities in order to ameliorate the well-being of the people. He also appreciated the strenuous efforts of Basharat Hussain, Shukriya Qasim, and Ahmad Ali Ansari for arranging a conducive environment to carry out these efficacious workshops.

Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily said that mental health issues are increasing at an alarmingly rate in Pakistan. This was stated by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily, director academics and chairman, Department of Psychology, IIU who organised and successfully conducted a series of workshops at a local hotel in order to mitigate and resolve the mental health problems in Pakistan.

The interactive and insightful workshops titled ‘Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for Mental Health Professionals’ were potentially helpful to the participants in learning healthy approaches, skills, and strategies to manage a range of psychological disorders. These therapeutic approaches included cognitive-behavior therapy for depression, social anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive- compulsive disorder; narrative exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder; community reinforcement approach for additive behaviours; schema-focused therapy for personality disorders, and neuro-feedback therapy for a range of psychiatric disorders.

These workshops congregated renowned motivational speakers, researchers from both academia and health-care units and a large number of students.  These workshops provided a forum for dynamic learning interspersed with experiential hand-on activities, rigorous practical evidence-based exercises, theme-oriented videos culminating in supportive and guided discussions which aimed at facilitating personal growth, increasing self-understanding, and enhancing strategies needed to thrive as mental health
professionals and equipping them to steer their relationships to healthier and happier directions.


By: Muhammad Nauman [May 3rd, 2017]

Department of Psychology of the IIUI got a valuable addition of two more PhD scholars as Ms. Tamkeen Saleem, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, International Islamic University, Islamabad and Lt  Hafiz Ghulam Abbas have successfully defended their dissertations.

Tamkeen’s dissertation was titled as “Emotion Regulation, Social Competence and Parental Bonding in Functional and Dysfunctional Families: A Comparative Study”. She completed her thesis under the guidance of Dr. Seema Gul, Chairperson/Associate Professor, Department of Psychology (Female Campus), IIUI.

Lt  Hafiz Ghulam Abbas has been serving in Pakistan Navy as a commissioned officer since 2011 as psychologist officer. He has recently successfully defended his PhD Dissertation titled Impacts of Leadership Style on Personal and Job Outcomes among Teaching Faculty of Public Sector Universities”. He completed his dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Dr Muhammad Tahir Khalily, Chairperson/ Professor, Department of Psychology (Male Campus), IIUI.


By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman [April 28th, 2017]



Dr. Masoom Yasinzai has said that universities are responsible to set endowment fund to fulfill the educational expenditure of talented needy students. He urged corporate institutions to offer scholarships to students of higher studies under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs as setting education on top priority.

He was addressing the scholarship certificates distribution ceremony under first phase of CSR program of Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) in which 25 IIUI students from different departments were granted educational scholarships of total amounting 37 million till completion of their degrees.

Mr. Zahid Mir, Managing Director OGDCL was the guest of the ceremony while Mr. Adur Rouf General Manager CSR, Mr. Waseem Hashmi Advisor HEC, IIUI Acting President Dr. Bashir Khan, Vice Presidents Dr. Aqdas Naveed Malik, Dr. Mohammad Munir, Director, Deans and members of scholarship committee were present on the occasion.

In his address, Dr. Masoom said education is only way forward for progress and development for any society. He further stressed the students to add their knowledge as the only papers of degrees are not guarantee of success. Rector IIUI urged students to pay back fruits of their success to family, respective area and for country as they are luckiest ones. He was of the views that Higher Education Commission (HEC) plays very significant role for the uplift of standard of education in Pakistan.

While speaking to audience, Mr. Zahid Mir said that none of society got progress without education and education is the only key and shortcut of success; he urged students to excel in their particular disciplines and achieve high target.

He said OGDCJ has put education on top priority in its CSP program and in first phase offered scholarships to those needy and talented students particularly who belong to functional and operational areas of OGDCL. Mr. Mir vowed to increase number of scholarships and amount in upcoming phases so the more the students can get benefits from it.

He also advised students to set their destination high and achieve it with devotion and hard work. Dr. Muneer also addressed the students and shared success story of IIUI and threw light on facilities and peaceful milieu which IIUI is providing students.


By: Muhammad Nauman [April 28th, 2017]

In connection with world book day, female campus of International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) arranged a book launching ceremony of the book “Suno Pyari Beti” written by Ms. Razina Alam Khan who is an ex-Senator and member of the Board of Trustees, IIUI and is currently working as Chairperson of the National Commission for Human Development Islamabad.

The book launching ceremony was held in Auditorium, Fatima Tuz Zahra Block. On the occasion, the author presented an overview of the book and said that this book is written specifically for the women keeping in view the developmental stages and various aspects of life they have to deal with.

Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai , Rector International Islamic University appreciated the initiative taken by the Director Female Campus for acquainting the youth with such a learned female member. He said that it is the responsibility of all of us to groom the female student and stressed that the teachers should pay attention to the overall development of the personalities of the female students.

Prof. Dr. Samina Malik in her address thanked Ms. Razina Alam Khan for taking the initiative to write this book for the women and to the Rector IIUI for sparing his time for the activities of Female Campus. She advised the students to comply with the teachings of Islam and follow the advice mentioned from time to time in classes and during various activities.

It was also attended by Chairpersons, faculty members and students of various departments of Female Campus.


By: Muhammad Nauman [April 28th, 2017]

A Hands-on training on HEC Digital Library was conducted at Central Library with the collaboration of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan.

Mr. M. Rashid Pervez, Senior Manager Admin & Trainings from AJ A&J Def Tek Consultants conducted the training. Library professional staff from Central Library, Dr Muhammd Hamidullah Library, Da’wah Research Library and Shariah Academy Library attended the training.

The main contents of the training included methodologies to access digital library and process to retrieve relevant information. The training session also covered accessing, browsing, searching and filtering search results in e-brary, Science Direct and Pro-Quest Dissertations & Theses.

The resource person spoke on methods to read on books online, download, bookmarking, while download chapters both from desktop computers and hand held devices were explored. The participants termed the training as a valuable activity and said it will be helpful in finding the specific required information by the library users swiftly.


By: Muhammad Nauman [April 28th, 2017]

International DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) day was observed at female campus of IIUI. In a ceremony, to mark the day, a special cake was designed on the structure of DNA.

Cake cutting ceremony was held in the Applied Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering lab of the Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology of female campus which was chaired by Rector, IIUI, Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai in the presence of large number of faculty members from male and female campus and students.

Rector, while addressing the faculty and students emphasized on the importance of DNA and shared his valuable thoughts on the topic. He urged the faculty and students to  continue such activities in future.

On the occasion, a large number of models designed by the research students of Applied Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering lab (ABGE) were also displayed. Special videos highlighting the importance of this discovery were also played for the awareness of students throughout the day. Dr Nyla Jabeen, Principal Investigator of Applied Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering lab thanked all the guests and students for active participation.