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Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Department of Electronic Engineering (DEE) in coordination with Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) International Islamic University Islamabad organized a lecture on “How to Publish Paper in High Impact Factor Journals”. Prof. Dr. Amir Hussain Professor of Cognitive Computing Science and founding Director of the Cognitive Signal Image Processing and Control Systems Research (COSIPRA) Laboratory University of Stirling Glasgow United Kingdom was guess speaker; he delivered comprehensive lecture to elaborate the methodologies to get research articles published in high impact Journals of the world. Dr. Aqdas Naveed Malik Dean Faculty of Engineering & Technology (FET), Dr. Muhammad Amir Chairman DEE/ Acting Director QEC, faculty members and research scholars attended the lecture.

In his lecture Dr. Amir gave useful tips and guidelines to researchers upon that they can make their research paper effective in lines with international standards. He also extended his experiences and expertise in particular field of research and shared new innovative ideas, topics and inventions to be researched. Dr. Amir threw light on different corners in the areas of computational intelligence for E-health & healthcare, modeling, simulation & control of complex systems and audiovisual signal processing. At the end of lecture, question/answer session was held and university shield was presented to the guest speaker.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
A three member Malaysian delegation consisted of Professor Dr. Mashkuri Yaacob, Dr. Sheroz Khan and Professor Dr. Sulaiman Wadi Harun visited the Faculty of Engineering (FET) International Islamic University Islamabad (IIU). The delegation also visited the laboratories of Department of Electronic Engineering and the library of FET. They showed keen interest in the facilities at the Advanced Electronic Laboratory established by Islamic Development Bank’s scientific grant program.

While visiting Central Library delegation members admired the facilities and access advance opportunities being provided for students. They said IIUI is facilitating the students at campus up-to the mark and available opportunities for research and innovations are highly valuable. The Malaysian delegation was on a visit to attend International Conference on Intelligent System Engineering (ICISE), organized by FET and IEEE on 15-17 January 2016. The ICISE was a part of the activities under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and the International Islamic University (IIU) Islamabad. Dr. Muhammad Amir and Engineer Tila Muhammad facilitated delegation during the visit at IIUI.

Report By: Muhammad Nauman
President International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh called on Education Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa at his office.

During the meeting, issues of mutual interests and cooperation between IIUI and Saudi educational institutions were discussed. Both sides agreed on exchange of educational delegations, while KSA minister assured of cooperation to IIUI in scholarships.

Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa lauded IIUI while saying that it is playing pivotal role for improvement in education. He said that IIUI is serving Muslim Ummah and it’s a vital educational institution of Muslim world.

On the occasion, Dr. Al-Draiweesh briefed the KSA Minister about upcoming conferences, seminars and workshops, while he also apprised him about university achievements and its faculties.


Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Thoughts of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Maulana Jalal ud din Rumi on Monday were explored at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in a lecture by Dr. Salih Yucel, Associate Professor, Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilization, Charles Sturt University, Australia.

The lecture titled “’ Rumi and Iqbal: The Marriage of Heart and Mind in Service of Education” was organized by Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) of IIUI at Faisal Masjid campus.

“Both the great thinkers contributed through their prudent thoughts amid crisis time of Muslims” said Dr. Yucel while discussing similarities in works and message of Maulana Rumi and Allama Iqbal . He said that Islam is religion of peace and advocates love for humanity which one observes in the message of Maulana Rumi. He added that Allama Iqbal’s works contain the reflections of Prophet’s (PBUH) seerah. He urged that scholars must read both the great thinkers to explore about intellect and love for peace. He was of the view that education can be given through actions saying that visible example is life of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Talking about unity of Muslims, he said the Iqbal conveyed that Muslims must not be impressed from the concepts of West adding that Muslims have their own philosophy which is based on universality of their religion.

Dr. Yousaf Farooqi, former DG of university’s Shariah Academy also spoke on the occasion and termed Allama Muhammad Iqbal as a great student of Quran. He also lauded IRD for arranging a constructive lecture.

Dr. Sohail Hasan, Director Dawah Academy thanked the speaker and scholars for attending lecture and hailed role of IRD in arranging such activities.

The lecture was also attended by IRD high ups and scholars of university’s institutes, academies and faculties.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
A seminar on “Managing Marketing & HR Issues across Culture” was organized by Faculty of Management Sciences International Islamic University Islamabad. Mr. Kimihide Ando Chief Executive Mitsubishi Corporation for Pakistan honoured lecture as guest speaker while Dr. Masoom Yasinzai graced the occasion as guest of honour.

Mr. Kimihide Ando in his address said Pakistan has very high potential of progress and it is enrich with unlimited natural resources. He said geographical location of Pakistan supports very much to stand in the list of developed countries. Mr. Kimihide explained the cross culture issues and concepts of culture understandings to manage the business and market particularly while expanding with quoting experiences.

He also explained the Japanese concept of management “HANSEI” with different examples. Mr. Kimihide stressed on improvement of leadership abilities, decision making power, business ethics & moralities to enhance business proficiencies in all respects. Mr. Kimihide while highlighting scoop and wide range of business relationships with Pakistan threw light on the salient features of his company and introduces its outreach projects in detail.

Dr. Masoom thanked Mr. Kimihide for sparing his precious time to deliver such valued lecture at IIUI. He said university provides peaceful, learning environment to its students and cares make opportunities to interact with professionals to develop their intellect and capacity to understand what market demands. Mr. Awais Ijaz Khan also proposed to develop understandings between Mitsubishi and IIUI to facilitate and accommodate students for internships and job orientation.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
A seminar on “Community Outreach Linkages Planning” was organized by Department of Education International Islamic University Islamabad organized. Dr. Mumtaz Ali, Assistant Professor, COMSATS Islamabad was invited as a guest speaker to share his experiences and expertise on community outreach linkages program. The seminar was attended by Faculty members from Faculty of Social Sciences particularly Department of Education attended this seminar.

In his address, while thanking the Department of Education for inviting him as a guest speaker, Dr. Mumtaz Ali highlighted the concepts, importance, objectives and roles of Community Outreach Linkages Program in detail. He explained the role of community engagement and inclusiveness in national and international higher education institutions. Dr. Mumtaz also threw light on the role of higher education institutions, public and private organizations, civil society, and media in community outreach and development programs.

He further shared the information on community engagement programs being implemented at international institutions quoting the Harvard, Oxford, Wisconsin, Cornel Universities and Agha Khan, PMAS Arid Agriculture, COMSATS and Bahria universities at national level. Dr. Mumtaz made participants aware about Malaysian Universities which have also framed various Community Engagement Programs and suggested that IIU can also follow such examples to engage community through outreach linkages. Earlier, in his address while welcoming the guest speaker and faculty members, Dr. Nabi Bux Jumani, highlighted the importance and objectives of the Community Outreach Linkages Planning.

He said that Community Outreach Linkages Planning is also one of the requirements of National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (NACTE) evaluation criteria. He urged the faculty members to equip themselves with latest learning and teachings tools for making IIU programs more vibrant and job oriented. Dr, Jumani thanked the guest speaker for sparing his valuable time and sharing experiences and presented IIU shield. The efforts of Dr. Munazza Mahmood Assistant Professor, Department of Education were appreciated for organizing the seminar.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Ms Tehmina Amjad, PhD scholar at Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, International Islamic University, Islamabad has successfully defended her dissertation titled “Ranking in Academic Social Networks”. With successful PhD defense, Ms Tahmina earned the honor of being first female PhD graduate of Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering IIUI. Her research interests include Information Retrieval, Citation Analysis, Data Mining and Data Grids.

She has completed her research work under supervision of Dr. Ali Daud, Assistant Professor at IIUI. Apart from that, Ms Tehmina visited Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, USA, as a split PhD scholar and worked in collaboration with Dr. Ying Ding Associate Professor of Information Science Indiana University, Bloomington.

She also established collaboration with top-tier scholars of her field in China and Korea including Dr. Jie Tang and Dr. Min Song. Tehmina Amjad’s thesis was internationally evaluated by Prof. Dr. Mehmet Kaya, Firat University, Elazig, Turkey and Prof. Dr. Jing Liu, Xidian Univeristy, Xian, Shaanxi, China, whereas locally by Dr. Muhammed Afzal, Director, KICSIT and Dr. Waseem Shehzad from FAST, Islamabad.

Her thesis has been ranked as an outstanding effort with 3.94/4.00 CGPA. During her PhD Tehmina has published 5 research articles in internationally recognized, well cited, impact factor core journals of her filed.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Dawah Center for Women (DCW) Dawah Academy, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) organized Seerate-e-Rasool (PBUH) for Women, Ms. Nafisa Khattak Member National Assembly (MNA) was the chief guest.

The conference was attended by large number of women, teachers, scholars and students from schools, colleges and universities of twin cities. The conference was also addressed by female scholars, intellectuals and research fellows from different institutes.

In her address, she said, adherence to the Quran and Sunnah is the only solution of contemporary problems, issues and challenges lingered with Muslims across the world.

Ms. Nafeesa emphasized that the life and role of Prophet (PBUH) are finest model to be adopted to set complete guideline in the formation of comprehensive systems for human being. Mrs. Shagufta Umar In-Charge DCW while addressing the conference said Holy Prophet (PBUH) life is a best source to beatify our character, life and matters of our daily routine. She said that its dire need to mould our moral values in the light of Seerah (PBUH) and learn the art to respect of humanity, good manners and modest behaviour as essential part of life. At the end chief guest and speakers were presented university shields. The institutes attended the conference were included IMCG, Kashmir Islamic Academy, Milat-e-Islamia School, Seraat-e-Mustaqeem Institute Rawalpindi, Sultana Foundation, Nice Institute, Islamabad, Islamabad Polytechnic Institute Islamabad, Quraan Institute, Al-Falah Institute.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh President International Islamic University Islamabad visited Arabic Language Centre, Faculty of Arabic (FoA) IIUI and interacted students of short Arabic Language course. On the occasion, Dr. Muhammad Bashir Dean FoA, faculty members and IIUI officials were also present. In his address, Dr. Al-Draiweesh appreciated the efforts of faculty members for the services of Arabic Language which is the language of Quran and Paradise.

He threw the light on the importance and worth of Arabic language in the life of a Muslims as to learn Arabic for understanding of Quran which helps to act upon its injunctions. He said Arabic is the language in which Allah conveyed the injunctions to human being in Quranic form through Prophet (PBUH). Dr. Al-Draiweesh said due to universality in the nature of Arabic language, it can synchronize the Muslim society and could be the best source of unity and harmony of Muslim Ummah. Earlier, Dr. Muhammad Bashir welcomed Al-Draiweesh on his visit and apprised him about the course, classes and syllabus of short courses.

He also briefed about the course that is divided into different important skills i.e. Speaking, Reading and Grammar. He said it is the duty of Muslim to study and improve Arabic language to be able to understand the words and message of Allah and teachings of Prophet PBUH.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Dr. Muhammad Irfan Khan Chairman, Department of Environmental Science, International Islamic University Islamabad chaired the first “Consultative Workshop” which was jointly organized by Sustainable Development Centre Islamabad and Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad. The workshop aims to establish a body recognizing the importance of Paris Agreement 2015 on climate change and the need to fulfill the commitment of Pakistan for its implementation “Pakistan Panel on Climate Change” (PPCC) has been constituted as a think tank.

PPCC with alliance of academia, civil society and private sector to address futuristic requirements of climate and development agenda in Pakistan to provide a platform to address the climate change concerns in scientific, ethical, professional and systematic way. Malik Amin Aslam, Global Vice President “International Union for Conservation of Nature” (IUCN) and former Minister of State for Environment was the key note speaker while Ms. Bisod Talmot, country head of Fedrich Numan Stiftung a German Organization was the observer in the session. The workshop was attended by more than 60 stakeholders from universities, Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan Meteorological Department, IIU, NUST, FJWU, UAAR, UAF, QAU and WWF.

The workshop also passed a resolution which states that PPCC to provide science based technical support to the public and private sectors’ organizations in Pakistan and South Asia working in climate change including policy, strategies and programs of social, economic and environmental sectors, especially for water, food and energy security. It further explains that, with continuing efforts of PPCC by influencing decision making and mainstreaming climate change concerns in sectoral policies, legislation, plans and programs through advocacy, awareness raising, capacity building, promoting research and national and regional linkages.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The three member team of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan headed by Mr Munir Ahmed, Deputy Director Quality Assurance Division HEC visited the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

Dr. Nabi Bux Jumani Dean Faculty of Social Sciences/Director Directorate of Distance Education briefed the team about the progress of DDE. The HEC team was given detail presentation about Directorate of Distance Education, its academics programs, enrollment of students and capacity building activities of faculty members and the students. They were also apprised about trainings of teachers and students on Learning Management System (LMS).

In presentation the team was also made aware about the framework for assessment, examination, teaching methodology, learning activities and profile of the management of DDE. It was also informed that management committee of DDE has visited two sister universities offering programs through mode of Distance Education for capacity building and involvement of QEC for the improvement of quality of content. The HEC team highly appreciated the efforts of DDE, its highly motivated team and the effective use of LMS. At ht end, new options were also discussed to make DDE more efficient and strengthen.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
International Islamic University Islamabad and University of North Carolina Wilmington USA are going host an International Conferences to be held at UNCW (USA) in May 2016, on the following theme “The New Global City: Presenting and Translating Cultures with in a Worldwide Citizenry”.

This conference aims at to explore general concerns of global translations of national and regional cultures and subcultures. As part of the US Department of State’s University Partnerships Grant Program, the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the International Islamic University Islamabad will co-host a series of international conferences. The first in the series, “The New Global City: Presenting and Translating Cultures within a Worldwide Citizenry,” will take place in May 12th-14th, 2016 in Wilmington, North Carolina. The conference welcomes proposals from the disciplines of English, Political Science, and International Relations related to the conference theme from all disciplines with the formats of include single papers, panels, and poster sessions.

Proposals, including paper/panel titles and type of presentation (i.e., single paper, panel, or poster) but no other identifying features, should be between 250 – 300 words. Authors should also submit a separate cover page that includes their names, institutional affiliations, if any, and disciplinary specialties. The deadline for these proposals is February 1st 2016. Faculty members and research scholars may submit their proposals to [email protected]  for review by an interdisciplinary group of scholars from IIUI and UNCW.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh President International Islamic University Islamabad visited under construction “Muneera Centre for Memorization of Holy Quran and its Sciences” to review the construction work, he was accompanied by concerned IIUI officials. The worth mentioning is here that, the cost of construction of the building of the centre, an amount of one hundred thousand US $(100,000 US$) was donated by Mr. Hammod Al-Zeeb, Member of Board of Trustees International Islamic University Islamabad

The expenditures of furniture items and all the other accessories for the centre to make it functioning will also be paid by him. Dr. Al-Draiweesh directed to concerned persons that construction work be expedited while saying that this will be an excellent centre for the services of Quran and Islam under the flag of Faculty of Usuluddin IIUI.

He instructed the concerned officials that best furniture and other facilities will be arranged for this center.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
A fifteen member delegation comprising of deans, directors and high officials led by Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President International Islamic University Islamabad visited Royal Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad and called on Ambassador Mr. Abdullah Marzouk Al Zahrani. During the meeting, Dr. Al-Draiweesh briefed ambassador about IIUI, its academic programs, development projects and linkages with international institutes particularly with Saudi universities and institutions. He added that IIUI and KSA have a history of matchless cooperation and strong relationships since the very inception of the university.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh said that IIUI seeks cooperation, projects and exchange of students and teachers delegations with the Saudi universities which would help both sides to learn from the experiences of each others. He also apprised the ambassador regarding the development projects and academic programs of the university. He said that people of both the countries have a very strong bond of brotherhood and they are close to the hearts of each others. Mr. Abdullah Marzouk assured that KSA would keep providing cooperation and assistance to IIUI for its developmental programs, projects and other proposed plans. Mr. Abdullah said cooperation and assistance of Saudi Arabia would be available all the time for academic and research activities at IIUI. He said IIUI is unique center of education which is ray of hope for Muslim Ummah as it is nurturing young people with quality education.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Government focuses to improve and modernize academic curriculums in lines with contemporary needs. Education is a top priority of the current government by which we can achieve a prosperous Pakistan. This was said by Enjgineer Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman, State Minister for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education. He was speaking as chief guest on first Three Day International Conference on “Intelligent Systems Engineering” (ISE) organized by Department of Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Rector IIUI chaired the opening session while Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh President IIUI also graced the ceremony, Dr. Tariq S Durrani from Centre for Excellence in Signal & Image Processing, University of Strathclyde Glasgow, Scotland, UK addressed as keynote speaker. The opening ceremony of the conference was also attended by Dr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Vice President (Acad), Dr. Muhammad Munir Vice President (HSR), Dr. Aqdas Naveed Malik, Dr. Muhammad Amir, Chairperson Department of Electronics Engineering, Deans, Directors, faculty members and large number of students.

The Conference aims to bring together leading academic and industrial researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners to exchange latest research ideas, methods, results, and share experiences, on all theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of Intelligent Systems Engineering. State Minister stated that science, education and knowledge-based economy have clearly viewed in Vision 2025 which envisioned a new era of development and prosperity in Pakistan. He said that government is seriously working to enhance standards of education and professionalism in the country; it also focuses to increase efficiencies of the institutions in lines with modern technologies which thriving professional qualifications in Pakistan. Engineer Baleegh ur Rehman said the education budget has been increased several times higher than that in the previous years.

He termed students a valuable asset of the country, urged them to learn scholars, intellectuals and scientists’ experiences and teachings. Dr. Durrani gave detail presentation on signaling process and intelligent systems with theoretical aspects of the world of modern technologies. He also highlighted the evolution of the world’s eight major technologies, integrated relationships, its efficiencies and modern trends.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said that we need to invest more in higher education, which will return in terms of socio-economic development and strengthen our social economy. He said that university releases the importance of engineering, management sciences and interdisciplinary research and very much attention is being paid. Dr. Al-Draiweehs said IIUI produces skilled professionals and talented students highly integrated with Islam. He also paid heartiest thanks to Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Education for taking keen interest and extend cooperation for development and promotion of university.

Dr. Mohammad Bashir Khan thanked to all guests and foreign delegates, scholars and scientists for sparing such precious time. Dr. Aqdas Naveed Malik, Dr. Muhammad Amir also addressed in the opening session.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Dr. Muhammad Ibrar Shinwari, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Basic & Applied Sciences International Islamic University Islamabad has become a member Scientific Committee of 2nd annual International Conference on Public Health (ICOPH) 2016.

This is conference is being organized by International Institute of Knowledge Management which is a leading research conference organizer in South Asian region. The conference is to focus on improving health and quality education of life through prevention and treatment of disease and other physical and mental health conditions. Dr. Shinwari has recently organized a seminar on personality development at the university.

He is already member of various national and international professional societies and member of review committees and editorial boards of international impact factor journals. Dean FBAS Dr. Muhammad Sher and faculty members have congratulated Dr. Shinwari on this achievement.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Mr. Muhammad Talha Mehmood, Senator of Jamiatul-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) called on Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh President International Islamic University Islamabad discussed mutual interest of education. In the meeting, President IIUI briefed him about IIUI in detail its academic programs, apprised the senator about university achievements, up-coming plans and projects. He also thanked Govt Pakistan for taking keen interest and gracious support to make IIUI higher seat of learning.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh apprised the Talha Mehmood regarding ongoing educational activities at the university. Senator Talha Mehmood lauded the activities and hoped IIUI would further improve its ranking among the leading universities of the world. He appreciated the foreign students’ strength in university and took keen interest in particular in Chinese students as it will help to strengthen undergoing CPEC project.

He expressed his satisfaction that IIUI is on leading under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Al-Draiweesh. Senator also assured his unconditional support and cooperation for university on every forum. He was also presented university shield to Senator Talha Mehmood.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), is going to organizing the first Three Day International Conference on “Intelligent Systems Engineering” (ISE) today (Friday) at Qaud-e-Azam auditorium Faisal Mosque Campus IIUI. The opening ceremony of the conference shall start at 9am sharm. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Rector IIUI will chaired the opening session while Dr. Tariq S Durrani from Centre for Excellence in Signal & Image Processing, University of Strathclyde Glasgow, Scotland, UK will address as keynote speaker.

The Conference aims to bring together leading academic and industrial researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners to exchange latest research ideas, methods, results, and share experiences, on all theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of Intelligent Systems Engineering. ICISE 2016 will provide a unique interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, practical challenges encountered and intelligent solutions adopted in their respective fields.

First day of the conference comprises in 6 sessions in which researcher, scholars and scientists will present their research papers. The conference proceedings will be published in IEEE Xplore digital library. The complete detail of conference is available on university website.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Basic Sciences (CIRBS) International Islamic University (IIUI) has established Central Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Rector IIUI and Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh President IIUI paid visit to laboratory and expressed their satisfaction on its establishment in record time. Dean Faculty of Basic & Applied Sciences, Dr. Muhammad Sher Dr. Abdul Hameed, Director ORIC, Dr. Imran Khan and other officials were also present on the occasion. This Interdisciplinary Research Centre has been established by Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector IIUI. During the visit, he as head of the centre elaborated the importance of the establishment of CIRBS and its lab and introduced technical aspects of all equipments in the laboratory to Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh and others.

Dr. Masoom added that CIRBS will also provide an unparalleled training ground for the brightest young students and faculty at IIUI and will play a vital role in promoting research activities. Dr. Al-Draiweesh highly appreciated the establishment of CIRBS and lauded the excellent research facilities at CIRBS central laboratory. President IIUI congratulated CIRBS faculty for their contributions in developing such high tech laboratory for higher studies, and termed the central laboratory as a precious asset of the university. Dr. Al-Draiweesh suggested that to invite academia to visit this lab and disseminate information through Media about research facilities in the academic community to attract the brightest minds. President IIUI appreciated the determined efforts of Dr. Imran Khan in establishing the central laboratory. Dr. Imran Khan gave detail presentation over activities of CIRBS and future vision. He explained the concept of interdisciplinary research and importance of central research facility. Dr. Imran apprised Rector and President IIUI over current research projects of faculty and students and international linkages established during 2014-15.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The Senate of Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Islamic University Islamabad, seven other universities in federal also part of this MoU. Dr. Muhammad Bashir Khan Vice President Academics IIUI represented IIUI and signed on MoU on behalf of IIUI while Mr. Amjed Pervez Secretary Senate signed on behalf of Senate body.

The upper house of parliament under its Parliamentary Education Program will offer internship to 10 students of each university from the eight federal universities to see legislation process at Senate and discussion opportunity with the lawmakers.

The signing ceremony graced by the Senate Chairman, Mian Raza Rabbani, as chief guest, while representatives of eight universities, Senators and representatives from political parties attended the signing ceremony.

Under the agreement, students will be given chance to work at Senate for two to six months.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Career counselling plays pivotal role in the career development, in this view to make the students prepare about the contemporary needs and create awareness about professional job market in students, Department of Education International Islamic University Islamabad organized a workshop titled “Career Path Counselling” for outgoing students of MA (Education), BS (Education) and for students of Associate Degree in Education program.

Dr. Munazza Mahmood Assistant Professor and Dr. Zarina Akhtar Assistant Professor from Department of Education conducted an interactive discussion on various career paths and shared valuable tips and suggestions in response to students’ queries and problems in selecting right domain of profession.

The key areas of the session were, to explore the job opportunities in the market, scholarships, internship and to create the space in social work.

Furthermore, resource persons advised students to focus on professionalism, improving interpersonal skills, free online courses, social network systems, internet surfing, participation in educational seminars, conferences, exhibitions and effective resume features. In the concluding session, Dr. Shamsa Aziz Assistant Professor Department of Education prayed best wishes for the successful future of final year students.

Dr. Samina Malik Chairperson Department of Education evoked students to emphasize on personal grooming, communication and professional skills in order to meet multitasking challenges of 21st century job market.

Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Minister for Education and Information Muhammad Ibrahim Sanai called on Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) on Tuesday at university.

Issues pertaining to mutual interests and promotion of education were discussed during the meeting, while both sides agreed on measures for exchange of delegations between IIUI and GB educational institutions.

“Institutions such as IIUI are of vital significance for promotion of tolerance and dissemination of peace” said GB minister, while hailing the IIUI’s role in providing education integrated with teachings of Islam. He also informed the Rector about the education situation in GB while hailing the efforts of youth for seeking knowledge.

The IIUI Rector said on the occasion that students of far flung areas are given special consideration at IIUI. “Female students from GB would be provided hostel facility at campus on priority basis” said Dr. Masoom yasinzai while vowing to facilitate GB students in all the faculties. He said that IIUI is focused on building harmonious personalities with a blend of Islamic teachings.

The meeting was also attended by the President IIUI’s Advisor Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja and Deputy Dean Faculty of Management Sciences Owais Ijaz.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Islamic Research Institute (IRI) International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) organized an in-house lecture on “Discussion on the State of Islamic Studies in North America”.

Dr. Sher Ali Tareen, Assistant Professor, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, USA was the guest speaker while Dr. Zia-ul-Haq Director IRI chaired the session. Academicians, teachers, and students from both campuses of the university attended the lecture. In his lecture, Dr. Tareen stated that Islamic Studies in the western academia passed through many phases; Orientalises excelled in Oriental languages and based their research on in-depth analysis of Islamic texts, conducted early western studies on Islam. However, later their focus was shifted from the study of texts to the context of Muslim societies and their living experiences. He further pointed out that more than twenty years before, majority of the teachers of Islamic Studies in the universities of North America were non-Muslims. Nevertheless, the situation has changed and their majority now comprises Muslims of diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Tareen added that in the aftermath of 9/11, many American academicians were persuaded to study Islam more sympathetically and positively which resulted in appearing of books like “Following Muhammad” by Carl W. Ernst and many other books written by American academia as well. The guest speaker said that emphasis on the positive aspects of Islam, however, caused reactions and books like “Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity” also appeared. Commenting on the American studies on the South-Asian Muslim thoughts, Dr. Tareen opined that though excellent, they are mostly written from the historical perspective, sacrificing the text to the historical context. He emphasized that scholars should deeply study the Ulemma’s texts, their articulation of arguments, and the depth that they contain.

Dr. Tareen referred to writings of Talal Asad and his students who deeply influenced the American trends of studying Islam. He called upon Muslims to differentiate between American political policies and the American academia and public.

Dr. Zia-ul-Haq, in his talk on the occasion said that attitudes of American academia and public towards Islam are generally positive. He further emphasized that young Muslim scholars must avail opportunities to enhance their studies in Western particularly American academic institutions to broaden their vision and improve their professional skills. After the lecture there was a question-answer session, in which the audience enthusiastically participated.

Report By: Muhammad Nauman
The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), in collaboration with Pakistan Society for Computational Biology (PSCB) and Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF) organized an International Seminar titled “Identify your “Best, Good and Ugly” self” at new campus of the university.

The seminar was focused on a motivational and information session about Graduate Admission and Post Doc in USA.

It was attended by Prof. Dr. Ahmed Yousif Ahmed Al Draiweesh, President, as Chief Guest who stressed for students counseling in his speech and said that a students’ club must be established for the students where they should be given opportunities to discuss their future in the chosen subjects with experienced officials of the university. He was of the view training sessions are necessary not only for the students but teachers as well.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh furthered that IIUI is working to disseminate Islam’s message of peace and it produces graduates of various subjects blended with teachings of Islam. He added that training programs must be designed in a way that they should contain sessions of Islamic teachings because students must be introduced with teachings of Islam.

The event was also attended by Dr. Shahid Qamar, Research Scientist at University of Louisville, USA, Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President, ECOSF and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sher Dean Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences also attended the event.

Guest speakers delivered speeches on personality building, career counseling and guided about the graduate and post doc admission in USA.


Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Afghanistan’s Political Counselor to Pakistan S.A Nasir Yousofi, called on President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh.

During the meeting, issues of mutual interest and matters pertaining to expand bilateral cooperation between IIUI and Afghan universities were discussed, while both the officials agreed that strong relationships among the both sides in the field of education can pave the way for success of region.

Nasir Yousofi said that for Afghanistan, IIUI is of great importance as numbers of Afghan graduates of the university have been performing their duties on key administrative and educational posts in Afghanistan. He added that contribution of IIUI graduates in the field of economy was admirable. He lauded IIUI for providing contemporary education to young minds with a blend of Islamic teachings. Political Counselor also assured that he would play his role for strengthening ties between IIUI and Afghan universities.

During the meeting, Dr. Al-Draiweesh apprised him regarding IIUI faculties, departments, conferences and other activities and told that almost a thousand Afghan students were studying in the university which he termed as a precious asset of the university.

He added that IIUI was keen to expand bilateral ties with all the universities of Islamic countries including Afghanistan. He further said that IIUI doors would be found wide open for cooperation in the field of education. President IIUI reiterated his resolve that provision of harmonious educational milieu to the students was the top priority of IIUI, while university would keep working for the dissemination of Islam’s message of peace and moderation.

At the end, exchanges of souvenirs and gifts took place between the both sides.

Report By: Muhammad Nauman
International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and Riphah International University have discussed bilateral cooperation for organizing a grand meeting of the Afro-Asian Islamic universities.

On Thursday, a meeting was held at Faisal Masjid Campus of the IIUI which was chaired by President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh and Dr. Anis Ahmad Vice Chancellor Riphah.

The meeting was part of follow up review of the recently signed MoU between both the institutions in terms of mutual cooperation.

During the meeting, a special committee was formed containing members from both sides to explore further avenues of cooperation such as seminar and conferences. The committee was assigned a special task to see matters pertaining to the arrangement of a meeting of Afro-Asian Islamic universities in may which include International Islamic University, Islamabad, Riphah International University, Chittagong Islamic University, International Islamic University Malaysia, International Islamic University Uganda, Chad King Faisal University, Russian Islamic University, and other educational institutions.

“The IIUI would seek cooperation for the meeting from ISESCO under the supervision of Muslim World League, while Higher Education Commission has also praised and assured of all possible support” told Dr. Al-Draiweesh in the meeting. He added that he has also floated the relevant proposals regarding the meeting of universities to the Secretary General Muslim World League Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) arranged a luncheon in the honour of officials of university who retired in the year of 2015.

Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Rector IIUI, Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh President IIUI graced the occasion with their cordial presence. The luncheon ceremony was also attended by deans, directors, senior faculty members and IIUI high officials. In the year 2015, about 44 officials retired from university including faculty members, officers and staff members.

Rector and President IIUI in their address acknowledged the services and contributions of out gone university officials. They said university highly values its retired officials and their dedicated association with it, as they really made matchless efforts to make IIUI strengthen and upgraded in lines with modern approaches.

They termed out gone officials precious assets of university as they worked hard and gave such innovative changes to the university.

A proposal of a committee was also presented to make retired officials connected with university by having a foundation/platform focusing on their welfare.

At the end, university shields were presented to all retired officials by Rector and President IIUI. They were also asked to extend their cooperation, courtesies, wellbeing and support for promotion and progress of IIUI.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The 66th Islamic Orientation Program of Dawah Academy, International Islamic University Islamabad concluded here at Faisal Mosque campus of university.

The IOP was attended by more than 30 school teachers from across the Pakistan majority of them from Baluchistan. The concluding ceremony of two week long IOP was graced as chief guest by Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh President IIUI along with Dr. Mumtaz Ahemd Executive Director Iqbal International Institute of Research & Dialogue (IIIRD) and Dr. Sohail Hassan Director Dawah Academy.

Dr. Al-Draiweehs said Prophet (PBUH) himself was a teacher and now practicing his teachings would make us successful. He said teachers play a very vital role in the nurturing students and young ones, they inculcate vision and experience. President IIUI said that teachers are to perform very sensitive responsibilities of bringing the young one up. Dr. Al-Draiweeh hoped that this Islamic Orientation Program would prove as vital addition to increase the knowledge of participant teachers. He said teachers are the real asset who can make a constructive society and nation.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Academic Staff Association (ASA), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) arranged a luncheon in the honour of Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh President IIUI for making matchless efforts to make IIUI faculty strengthen and upgraded.

The luncheon ceremony was also attended by deans, directors, senior faculty members and IIUI high officials.

Addressing to the participants Dr. Al-Draweesh thanked to Dr. Zafar Iqbal President ASA, its members and admired their untiring efforts for the betterment of teaching community of IIUI. President IIUI also congratulated all the faculty members who got promotion in the recent selection boards and wished best of luck who are awaiting their selection boards with hope that they may fulfil all requirements for promotion in due course.

Dr. Al-Driaweehs also advised all teaching members to extend their cooperation and support for promotion and progress of others, as IIUI has best faculty members and experts of contemporary fields. He also said that faculty members expand their courtesies and wellbeing for fellow faculty members and culture of appreciation must be prevailed among teacher community. President ASA Dr. Zafar Iqbal thanked to President IIUI for sparing his precious time and appreciated the role of Dr. Al-Draiweesh in the development and progress of IIUI. He said that due to the efforts of Dr. Al-Draiweesh and taking keen interest, IIUI long awaited vacant positions of faculty members have been fulfilled.

He said that, it happened in the first time of IIUI history that a massive advertisement was released to turn the deficiency of teachers into proficiency. Dr. Zafar said that number of selection boards have been conducted in which 17 full professors have been inducted in the university, similarly number of slots of associate professors have also been filled. Dr. Zafar said this will play very vital role in providing senior faculty members and as well as future leadership to make academics strong.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Directorate of Academics International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) arranged farewell luncheon in honor of Mrs. Shagufta Haroon on the occasion of her retirement. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector IIUI graced the ceremony as chief guest. Mrs. Shagufta Haroon joined IIUI as director academic and served IIUI about 8 years. She has completed her professional career with excellence and retired this week as director academic at university. In his address, Dr. Masoom admired the services of Mrs. Shagufta Haroon and said IIUI values her efforts. He said IIUI feels proud of its hard working officials and terms a precious asset.

Rector IIUI said her contributions for making directorate of academics exemplary would never be forgotten. It was said that Mrs. Shagufta Haroon, in addition to her professional responsibilities at the university contributed a lot in the spheres of social and academic activities. She set new lines and contributed particularly for the innovation of directorate of academics and making efforts to reshape the department on advance lines. While expressing her views, Mrs. Shagufta thanked to participants of the farewell gathering to arrange such a graceful event in her honour. She also shared her experiences and memorable occasions from career in the university. She said serving long time in IIUI is one of her precious assets of her life which never be forgotten.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Mufti Abdul Reheem, Head Jamia tu Rasheed Karachi, visited International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and called on Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Rector IIUI and Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh President IIUI. In the meeting, they discussed the matters of mutual interests of both the institutions and vowed to cooperate in particular fields of expertise. They also stressed the need to join hands for holding workshops, seminars and conferences to eradicate misconceptions and misinterpretations about Islam and to disseminate true message of Islam peace and tranquillity as need of the hour. Mufti Abdul Rahmeed expressed his felicities on visiting IIUI and thanked to IIUI leadership for extending such warm welcome and reception. He further acknowledged the services of IIUI for Muslim Ummah and admired the contributions of its leadership for making matchless progress in higher education. Mufti Abdul Raheem extended his strong hope that IIUI will be top ranked university of the world under the dynamic leadership and Saudi cooperation. He said education is key factor for making nations close to each other and Dr. Al-Draiweeh is playing very effective role in strengthening Saudi-Pak relations at large.

Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The establishment of “IIUI New Silk Road School of Technology” at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) discussed in a meeting with Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Rector IIUI, Dr. Ding Houfei, President, Council of Islamic Chinese Relations China (CICRC) in presence of Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily, Director Academics IIUI, Dr. Abdul Qadir Haroon, Deputy Students’ Advisor (male) IIUI and delegates members.

In follow up meeting, both sides discussed the different corener of Memorandum of Understandings and agreed to pace up the work for establishment of Silk Road School of Technology. International Islamic University and Council of Islamic Chinese Relations of China (CICRC) penned a MoU for establishing “IIUI New Silk Road School of Technology” at IIUI couple of month ago. The signed MoU, tells that Chinese Council will provide full support for infrastructure, equipment and faculty members for technology school. CICRC will provide Chinese faculty to impart technical training to the students of school to cater the needs of human resources for joint Pak-China projects under Pak-China Economic Corridor.

Dr. Masoom said IIUI to initiate 4 year degree program and short courses in Chinese Language to produce graduates and skilled professional. He also advised to the concern department to design curriculum of Chinese Language embedded with other international languages, Chinese culture and Chinese understandings. Dr. Masoom was of the view that up-coming economic corridor under the CPEC project will bring revolutionary change in the country and graduate from IIUI will be serving there.

Rector said, IIUI may lead the position launch this program in Pakistan at university level and students of IIUI will be playing very effective role and contribution in CPEC. Dr. Ding said CICRC will provide teachers, expert in language, books and new methodologies under the banner of School of Technology. He also said on the occasion that number of Chinese organizations of international repute are intend to expand opportunities for Pakistani students and agree to provide support in all means where they can broaden their exposure and skills as well.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
More than thirty students from Iqra Residential School and College Quetta Baluchistan visited International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) and met with Dr. Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai Rector IIUI.

In his address, Dr. Masoom said students are to architect the fate of nation as future of the country is lingered with young ones. He advised them to work hard as students are key factor for the stable, peaceful and secure Baluchistan and country. Dr. Masoom was of the view that only education can bring significant change in Baluchistan province and country. He termed students a precious asset of Pakistan to make revolutionary developmental change.

Dr. Masoom said the doors of IIUI are open for the brilliant and hard working students of Baluchistan and university has allocated special quota to the students of Baluchistan and law and order situation affected areas. Dr. Masoom also briefed students about the IIUI, its academic programs, research contributions and presence of foreign faculty members and students.


Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Mr. M. Tariq Jan, PhD scholar at Department of Physics, International Islamic University, Islamabad has successfully defended his dissertation titled “Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Metal Oxides Nanostructures”.

With this successful PhD defense, the Physics department at IIUI has produced first PhD male student since its inception.

Tariq Jan’s thesis has been internationally evaluated by Prof. Dr. Jeorge Weber, Dresden University of Technology, German and Prof. Dr. Magnus Willander Linkoping University Sweden, whereas locally by Dr. Shafqat Karim from PINSTECH and Dr. Abdul Rauf from AJK University, Muzaffarabad.

According to the details provided by the Department of Physics, the dissertation of Tariq Jan is ranked as an excellent effort with 85 % (CGPA 3.83/4.00). He has completed his research work under the supervision of Dr. Javed Iqbal Saggu at Laboratory of Nanoscience & Technology (LNT), IIUI.

Dr. Saggu, expressing views on the thesis, said that the author’s work is interdisciplinary and in close coordination with global research interest in the field of Nanotechnology. During his PhD, the scholar has published 15SCI research articles in well cited journals with aggregated impact factor of 38.

Meanwhile, Dean FBAS Dr. Muhammad Sheer has congratulated the scholar and appreciated the team work of Laboratory of Nanoscience & Technology (LNT), IIUI under Dr. Saggu supervision.

Chairman, Department of Physics, Dr. Waqar Adil Syed & chairman of the committee has also felicitated the researcher on his success.


Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Dawah Academy of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) organized certificate awarding ceremony for the participants of tajweed courses here at Faisal Masjid campus.

As many as 96 participants of twin cities took part in the 58 and 59th tajweed courses which were part of project of the academy in which the scholars of the academy teach public during the time of Asar and Maghrib prayer.

The ceremony was presided over by the President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh who awarded certificates and shields to the participants.

“Youth must be given education integrated with teachings of Islam and education of Quran is a pre-requisite for developing harmonious, balanced and peaceful personalities” said Dr. Al-Draiweesh. He added that Islam is a religion of peace and it has nothing to do with the terrorism and violence. He furthered that youth, introduced with teachings of Quran, can be the most useful source of disseminating Islam’s message of peace. He lauded the project of Dawah academy and vowed that IIUI would continue taking such significant measures for the service of religion.

The ceremony was also attended by the Director Dawah Academy Dr. Sohail Hassan, Incharge Islamic Centre of Academy Dr. Misbah ur Rehaman Yousfi and other officials of the academy.


Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Directorate of Distance Learning (DDE), International Islamic University Islamabad has extended last date to apply in admission for Distance Education programs up-to 22 January 2016. After successful launching degree programs Directorate of Distance Learning IIU has extended degree programs and area zones to facilitate more students.

DEE has offered M.S (Education), M.S (Pakistan Studies), M.A (Education), M.A (Pakistan Studies), M.Ed and B.Ed programme for Spring semester 2016.

Directorate of Distance Learning, IIUI successfully launched M.A Education, M. Ed and M.A Pakistan Studies degree programs in semester fall 2015 through distance education mode. The degree programs are offered through distance mode of education based on Learning Management System as well as class sessions for the students belonging to districts of Islamabad, Rawalpinid, Jehlum, Chakwal, Attock, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal, Sialkot, Haripur, Mansehra, Mardan, Abbotabad, Nowshera, Murzafarabad and Mirpur (AJK). The last date to apply for admission to these programs has been extended up-to 22 January 2016.

Report By: Muhammad Nauman
A Four-day international workshop on Primary and Secondary Sources of Prophet’s (PBUH) Seerah organized by International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) concluded here at its Faisal Masjid campus on Thursday.

The workshop was addressed by Prof. Dr. Yasin Mazhar Siddiqi of Ali Garh Muslim University, India who is well known Islamic researcher and Seerah author.

The workshop was jointly organized by Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) and Dawah Academy of the university. The concluding ceremony of the workshop was presided over by President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh.

“Muslim youth must be nurtured in the light of Islamic teachings” said Dr Siddiqi. He was of the view that young minds must be introduced with Seerah of Prophet (PBUH) which will lead them to eschew negative attitudes. He said that religious education is being ignored by Muslim parents which is unfortunate.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh called upon the Muslim scholars to work for unity among the Muslims. He said violence must be discouraged as it contradicts teachings of Islam. He was of the view that Quran and Sunnah are the main source of Ummah’s unity.

Earlier, Dr. Sohail Hassan Director Dawah Academy briefed the ceremony about the details and objectives of the workshop.

The ceremony was also attended by Director Programs IRD Dr. Talib Hussain Sial and other IIUI officials.


Report By: Muhammad Nauman
International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) leadership has felicitated Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) on assuming her duties as Speaker Balochistan Assembly.

Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh congratulated her on becoming first ever woman in the history of Balochistan who was elected as Speaker Balochistan Assembly.

It is pertinent to mention that Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani is also member of Board of Governors and member of Selection Board of IIUI.

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