The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has halted several universities’ online classes after receiving various complaints from students. The decision was taken due to the low-quality content, delivery, and connectivity on various subjects.The commission will now directly intervene, as announced by the chairman Dr. Tariq Banuri. The May 31 deadline is for universities that need time to establish an online learning management system.
The administration of Peshawar’s Islamia College University has forced its students to delete their TikTok short video sharing accounts after receiving complaints against them. After being annoyed with the addictive usage of the TikTok, the varsity administration took action by ordering five students to delete their accounts. A student has also registered a complaint to Prime Minister’s complaint cell against the excessive usage of TikTok which could create problems for female students.
An Afghan national was arrested by officers of the Karachi Company police station in Islamabad for supplying drugs to university students in the capital. Police confiscated more than one kilogramme of heroin and almost 115kg of ice (methamphetamine) from the supplier. The afghan national bought huge amounts of ice powder from Peshawar to supply it to university students, according to SHO Salim Raza.
The government is working on a commercial policy for universities to make them self-sufficient, disclosed during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Science and Technology. The committee was briefed on the financial constraints faced by COMSATS and other universities as well as problems being faced by the administration and students due to the shortage of funds, and on virtual campus regulations such as decrease in salary as well as student scholarship budget.
Comsats University Islamabad has launched a project on artificial intelligence worth Rs. 1 billion with an aim to equip the students with modern subjects related to artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, e-gaming, big data, and speed coding. To further this project, a consortium has been established which include six information and technology universities, which will further establish nine high-tech laboratories across Pakistan.