Thursday, December 20, 2012

Europe launches major British military satellite

By: AFP, Uploaded: 20th December 2012
PARIS, Dec 20, 2012 – A European rocket has launched a major satellite designed to expand telecommunications for the British military from the Kourou space base in French Guiana, flight operators said. Skynet 5D — the fourth in Britain’s new generation of Skynet military satellites — was taken aloft by a heavy Ariane 5 at 2149 GMT on Wednesday, Arianespace said in an Internet feed of the launch.
The 4.8-tonne satellite was partnered by a second payload, Mexsat Bicentenario, a 2.9-tonne telecoms satellite for the Mexican government. The Skynet system is a public-private arrangement between Britain’s Ministry of Defence and the space firm Astrium, which builds the satellites. Under it, British forces pay an annual charge for which they are guaranteed bandwidth for their communications, and any surplus is sold to fellow NATO countries or other allies.
Skynet 5D is designed to provide coverage over the Middle East, Africa and Asia.



Published On:  Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The third Convocation of Virtual University of Pakistan was held for graduating students of Khyber Pakhtoon Khawa at Pearl-Continental Hotel, Peshawar. Degrees were conferred upon 193 graduates who successfully completed their Bachelors and Masters programs from the University. 
In his welcome address, the Rector of the University, Mr. Tajdar Alam, highlighted the achievements of the Virtual University, its leading role in delivering technology based education and contribution in the provision of quality education even to the remotest areas of the country. He also emphasized on the need to work selflessly for the progress and betterment of the country and for making Pakistani nation, an educated nation. The chief guest, Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar appreciated the achievements of the Virtual University of Pakistan and also congratulated the successful graduates and high achievers. The convocation was attended by dignitaries, academicians and parents of the graduates.

VU participated in Conference by MIT Enterprise Forum

Published On:  Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Virtual university of Pakistan has participated in the conference organized by MIT Enterprise Forum on “Role of Quality Universities in Supporting Entrepreneurial Eco-System” held at Royal Palm Country Club, Lahore. On the first day of the conference Dr. Sadaqat Mehdi, Registrar VU,   briefed the audience about “Promotion of Entrepreneurial Education through Virtual University” and mentioned that VU graduates have done tremendous job on the software developments and serving multinationals and leading national organizations. On the second day Mr. Rizwan Saleem Sandhu, a senior faculty member of VU, mentioned that VU is playing key role in developing entrepreneurship ecosystem by imparting soft skills in existing entrepreneurs and equipping the youth with entrepreneurial skills all over Pakistan through its short courses and study programs. He further added that VU is also promoting entrepreneurship through its Private Virtual Campus Partners. The participants and key note speakers of the forum appreciated and acknowledged the efforts of Virtual University which is playing its key role in the development of Entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan.


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