Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Prof Dr Kanwal Ameen conferred prestigious HEC Best University Teacher award

Jumbo Editorial Team

The Punjab University’s Department of Library & Information Science Chairperson, Prof Dr Kanwal Ameen, rewrote the history of librarianship in Pakistan by winning the prestigious HEC Best University Teacher award.

Although as many as 57 faculty members of 60 public and private universities received ‘Best University Teacher Award’ in recognition of their dedicated efforts to enhance the academic and research atmosphere in their respective institutions, she became the first-ever Library Information Science professor to earn the honour.

The awards were conferred by Higher Education Commission (HEC) in a ceremony organised in Islamabad on July 12.

118 nominations were received from 60 public and private sector universities/degree awarding institutions for the year 2010. After scrutiny and detailed evaluation, 57 teachers were selected for the award.

The award included a certificate of merit and a cash prize of Rs100,000. The performance of the teachers is evaluated on the basis of Academic Work Performance (65%), Research Work Performance (24%) and Creative Work (11%).

It’s another feather in the cap of Prof Dr Kanwal Ameen who had successfully completed her Post-Doc Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT), University of Missouri, USA, last year.

During her stay in USA she had been engaged in various academic, research and cultural activities. Her major research work was on exploring “website usability evaluation methods in libraries perspective” and she worked on a project in this regard which is considered a new concept in the field.

She was also invited by the North Carolina Central University to deliver lecture to a Master's class, which was very well received and appreciated. She was also invited as Guest Speaker to deliver lectures on different areas of librarianship in Pakistan at the SISLT. She had authored three papers during her stay and also attended two Fulbright conferences in Houston and Washington.

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