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News and Events – March 2015
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FEMALE CAMPUS HOLDS MEETING WITH VISITING TEACHERS
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Department of Education (female) International Islamic University organized a meeting with visiting teachers of department of education for the semester Spring 2015 at Fatima-tuz-Zahra Block Female Campus.
Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Dr. N. B. Jumani presided over the meeting while Chairperson Department of Education Dr. Samina Malik also graced the occasion. In his remarks Dr. Jumani appreciated the steps taken by the Dr. Samina Malik for improving quality of education provided by the Department.
Dr. Jumani also briefly explained the urges and requirements of the Department from the visiting teachers and highlighted that the disciplined teacher and quality of education is an issue in our country, yet Department of Education is trying its level best to provide state of the art, education programs that can be recognized throughout the world. On the occasion, visiting teachers of the Department also shared their previous experience of teaching in their career. They also thanked to the Dean and the Department for guiding them about the equipments and said that they would try to put maximum effort for achieving the desired learning outcomes by the students.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FEMALE ORGANIZES TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PRACTICUM SUPERVISORS
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Department of Education Faculty of Social Sciences International Islamic University organized a training program on teaching practicum with the cooperation of Pakistan Reading Project of USAID for the male and female teaching practicum supervisors of the department at Govt Elementary College for Teachers Islamabad. Pakistan Reading Project nominated Mr. Amir Wali Khan and Syed Hussnain Rizvi as resource person of the training program.
While addressing the concluding ceremony, in her remarks Dr. Samina Malik, Chairperson Department of Education lauded the organizers for organizing training program on very important element of teacher education. Dr. Samina also stressed on the importance of teaching practicum and motivated the participants to apply latest assessment methodologies during practicum.
Participants of the training also appreciated the organizers for maintaining conducive environment during the training.

PRESIDENT IIUI PARTICIPATES IN VIVA VOCE EXAMINATION AT MADINAH
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Dr. Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh participated as examiner in a PhD viva voce/thesis defense of a scholar of Islamic University of Madinah.

Topic of the Thesis was “Jurisprudential views of Imam Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Othman Al Zahbi: collection and study” while it was organized by the Faculty of Shariah, department of jurisprudence, Islamic University of Madinah.

Dr. Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh highlighted positive points of research and observations regarding the study and lauded the hard work and dedication of the researcher. He also appreciated the work and efforts of the faculty while saying that it was an honor for him to be a part of such a constructive activity at Islamic University of Madinah. Dr. Al-Draiweesh also spoke regarding bilateral ties and cooperation between IIUI and Islamic University of Madinah while apprising the participants that IIUI is excelling with a great pace where a large number of students across the Islamic world acquiring quality education integrated with teachings of Islam. On the occasion, He also lauded the services of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the betterment of Muslim Ummah while he also lauded services of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz for his steps regarding development of Muslim countries and educational institutions of Muslim Ummah.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr. Al-Draiweesh owns vast experience of teaching and research in the fields of Islamic Law and Comparative Jurisprudence. He has written more than 50 books and research papers on various important topics including comparative jurisprudence, Islamic economics, human rights and religious extremism.

Earlier, the supervisor of the dissertation, Abdul Mohsin Al-Muneef thanked President IIUI for sparing time for the activity while he added that services of Dr. Al-Draiweesh especially in the field of jurisprudence are exemplary.

SHARIAH ACADEMY DELEGATION VISITS TURKEY THE JUSTICE ACADEMY OF TURKEY
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
A five member delegation from Shariah Academy International Islamic University Islamabad led by Director General Shariah Academy Prof Dr. Sohail Hasan on invitation visited Justice Academy of Turkey. Dr.Habib ur Rehman and Mr.Miftahuddin Khilji were also accompanied with him in the visit. The purpose of this visit was to enhance mutual cooperation, sharing of ideas and exchange of experiences between the two academies up-to the sharing of academic and research experiences and introducing the Islamic and contemporary Pakistani and Turkish legal, judicial and administrative systems to the attendees of the programmes from both the brotherly countries.

In this visit, the matters pertaining to organizing joint training programmes, exchange research ideas and visits of the faculty members to brotherly countries from both the academies were also discussed.

The delegation members also availed the opportunity to visit the headquarter of the Justice Academy, the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors, the Constitutional Court, the General Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Council of State, the Court of Jurisdictional Disputes, the Ministry of Justice and the Court of Cassation at Ankara where they were briefed in detail about the functions of these courts and institutions and criminal, civil and administrative systems as well.

The Director General of the Shariah Academy also briefed the participants of the programmes about the activities and functions of the International Islamic University and the Shariah Academy in detail and discussed the possibilities of possible future cooperation on each forum. The delegates were also awarded certificates by the President of the Justice Academy and Acting Ambassador of the Pakistan’s Embassy Her Excellency, Mrs Ayesha.

PRESIDENT IIUI DR. AL-DRAIWEESH HONOURED AT ADVISOR OFFICE OF ROYAL COURT OF KSA
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Prof Dr. Ahmed Yousif AL-Draiweesh President International Islamic University Islamabad honoured and welcomed at the office of advisor of Royal Court of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Al-Draiweesh paid visit to Prof Dr. Abdullah Al-Mutalaq the advisor to Royal Court and member of Council of Scholars Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the meeting, other high officials were also present on the occasion.

In the meeting both the personalities discussed the matters of mutual interests and educational research to promote academic activities and enhance quality of education. In his welcoming remarks by Dr. Abdullah, he appreciated the efforts and endeavours of Dr. Al-Draiweesh for the cause of Islam and particularly International Islamic University Islamabad. He assured Dr. Al-Draiweesh to cooperate with IIUI in terms of finance and provide maximum facilities. He said Dr. Al-Draiweesh serving IIUI with dedication, devotion and with new avenue of development and under his auspices IIUI is getting progress as well; in recognizing his contributions Govt of Pakistan has conferred Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. He also hoped that this honour would even more motivate to work hard and achieve excellence and wished that through this way the relations between the two brotherly countries will further improve, strengthen and paved the way to set new avenues of cooperation.

Dr. Abdullah also said that both the states on Govt level as well as public level have good and deep affection in their relations.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh also thanked Dr. Abdullah on his special considerations for the university and Muslim Ummah. He urged for his kind cooperation and supervision to improve the educational standard the support in regards to achieve the excellence.

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH HOLDS 3 DAY INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON CORPUS LINGUISTICS
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The three day workshop aims to bring the pioneers of corpus linguistics in South Asia together, in order to assess the current state of corpus linguistics in Asia and identify the need of corpus researchers in the country the Department of English Faculty of Language and Literature organized 3 Day International workshop on Corpus Linguistics with the theme ”Developing Corpus Linguistics in South Asia“.

The workshop was sponsored by the British Council Researcher Links Workshop Grant which was jointly clinched by the Dr. Ayaz Afsar Associate Professor Department of English IIUI and Dr. Paul Thompson from University of Birmingham England. The workshop is being organized with the joint cooperation of Higher Education Commission, British Council, University of Birmingham UK and IIUI. The workshop honoured by the foreign guest including Dr. Paul Thompson, Dr. Akira Murakaml a Corpus Trainer, Mr. Dominik Vajn from University of Birmingham United Kingdom and Serge Sharoff Senior Lecturer from University of Lesds UK, Dean FLL IIUI Dr. Munawar Iqbal Gondal, and participants from different universities of Pakistan.

In his welcome note Dr. Ayaz gave detail briefing about the theme and workshop discussing different aspects and further explained the need for the program which is rooted in the increasing demand for professionals and researchers in the field of corpus linguistics, which is at present a neglected area in Pakistan and other countries in South Asia.

Dr. Munawar thanked to all the participants and appreciated the efforts of coordinators both in Pakistan and UK. In the first day of workshop in different sessions scholars presented their research papers.

The gist of workshop was that the Corpus methodologies are growing and increasingly important not only for the investigation of linguistic matters but also for an understanding of many social, economic and political issues in which language plays a central role. It is furthermore discussed, there, still exist no national corpus of Pakistani English nor one that represents the wide diversity of South Asian English, and neither are there substantial corpora of regional languages such as Urdu.

The current demand results from the increasing need for the use of corpus linguistics tools in an age of information technology with a substantial amount of digital data. The workshop also addressed the issues in the use of corpus linguistic tools and methods, and their application in diverse areas of social sciences, humanities and arts, such as critical discourse analysis, diachronic linguistics and applied linguistics. The worth mentioning is here that , to achieve this research grant, number of universities from more than 18 countries applied, hence, with the outstanding performance of Dr. Ayaz and his partner secured this funding. All the proposals were assessed in the UK after a rigorous scrutiny against the quality criteria by two International reviewers.

AL-BARKA OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS OF 2 MILLION TO IIUI STUDENTS
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The Bank Al Baraka has delivered a scholarship amount of 2 million for the students of International Islamic University Islamabad. This amount of scholarship was announced by the President of Bank Al Baraka Mr. Shafaqat Ali, in a meeting with the President, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Dr Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh for the poor and deserving talented students of the university with good educational track.

The scholarship was awarded by looking into the objectives, achievements as well as quality education of the University being provided to the whole Muslim Ummah. The University called the applications from all the deserving students from all faculty and departments of the university. As many as the administration received 532 applications, after having detail scrutiny of the applications of the students and thorough interview the 137 students including 99 male and 38 female students were selected for award of Al-Baraka Scholarship. The University authorities highly appreciated and paid profound thanks to Bank Al-Baraka for its support to the University students and looks forward for building long term relations and more scholarships in this respect.

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