HEC urged to appoint serving faculty
Remove illegal VCs, FAPUASA demands
Islamabad, Apr 08: Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations
(FAPUASA) has called upon the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to
appoint serving faculty members fulfilling the requirements of a
professor as vice-chancellors/rectors in public sector universities.
a press conference organised by FAPUASA after 2-day deliberations of
its general body, here on Wednesday, Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar, President,
Dr Iqbal Shah (Vice-President) and Kaleemullah Bareech
(General-Secretary) said that HEC should follow the criteria fixed by
itself for all the vice-chancellors whether these public-sector
universities are in civil sector or run by armed forces.
that universities run by serving or retired military or civil
officials, who do not hold PhD degree, required number of publications
in HEC-recognised journals and number of years teaching and/or research
experience at post-graduate level, as specified by HEC for the post of
a professors, should either improve their qualifications or be replaced
by those meeting the standards.
Condemning attacks on
academicians at various universities, Dr Mahr Saeed warned the
responsible student organisations to remain in limits. He said that we
will observe black day on April 12 and may go on strike if needed.
to the beating of Prof Tahir Malik by Brig (r) Ranjha, the Registrar of
National University of Modern Languages, he said that all
brigadier-type VCs/rectors should be replaced by serving faculty.
Saeed called upon Brigadier (r) Aziz Ahmad, the Rector of NUML to
withdraw the show-cause notice issued to Prof Malik beaten by Brigadier
Ranjha within a week otherwise FAPUASA will demand removal of Brig Aziz
from the post of Rector.
He said that many HEC high officials do
not hold qualifications of academicians and hence cannot comprehend our
viewpoint easily due to their bureaucratic inertia. He asked giving
FAPUASA representation in HEC committees.
Answering a question
whether HEC can exist after the announcement of provincial autonomy
where education became a provincial subject and was it not better to
put the commission back under the control of ministry, Prof Saeed said
that we are considering the implications of 18th Amendment and would
decide the issue in due course of time.
He said that in a
meeting between the Federation and HEC earlier in the day, HEC
Chairperson Dr Javed Leghari agreed to revoke retrospective
implementation of decisions and asked FAPUASA to identify such
He hoped that the amicable discussion at HEC would
lead to defer the new criteria. He said that in future HEC would not
impose its decisions but would let the universities exercise autonomy.
meeting discussed hardship cases and reached the conclusion that the
faculty members who have not been promoted for decades, should be
promoted to next grade in their own cadre as has been done in many
universities in the country.
He said that we demanded increase
in PhD and MPhil allowances like done by Punjab government. He said
that the allowance is recognition of scholarship of a faculty member
hence should continue after retirement as is the case in foreign
universities. The news
"HEC must stop intermingling in Universities' affairs. Change of policy is required now."
Name: Rana aftab
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan
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Students stage demo for not being issued admit cards
Rawalpindi: Scores of fourth year students on Tuesday staged a
protest demonstration against the Postgraduate College for Women,
Kashmir Road, administration for not issuing admit cards to them for
the university examination commencing from April 15.
According to the students who were protesting on the college premises,
the administration started collecting fine from them for not appearing
in the college examination held one month before the university
They said annual fee of the college is Rs1,500,
but the fine amount is Rs2,100. Now, the college administration has
refused to issue admit cards to the students who did not pay the fine
amount, they added.
According to the students, heavy amount
of fine was unjust as they are preparing for the university examination
and could not appear in the college examination.
administration made it compulsory for every student to pay Rs200 fine
for each paper and the total amount becomes Rs1,600. But, the students
have been asked to pay Rs2,100 for not appearing in eight papers.
The students said the administration was also charging Rs10 per lecture from a student who had been absent.
According to the students, had they appeared in the college
examination, their preparation for the university examination would
have been affected.
"Now the college administration is
denying us roll number slips for not appearing in the 'pre-university
examination," one of the protesting students said.
administration has directed us to pay the fine; otherwise we will not
be issued cards for the final examination", she added.
already appeared in college examinations four times and never failed in
a single subject. I could not take examination for the fifth time
because of not being well and for that I submitted medical certificate
which was not accepted by the administration," said another student.
The administration was insisting on the payment of fine, she added.
"The administration has also threatened us that we will not be issued
character certificates at the end of the session for raising our
voice," said another student.
"It is impossible for us to pay
such a heavy fine. This is an extra burden on our pockets and we
condemn it", said mother of a college student.
public school or college is charging such fines. Does it mean that
administrations of all other educational institutions are not serious
about their students," she queried. "Why should we pay this fine which
is being collected without any legal ground," questioned another
When approached, an administration official said: "We
received a circular from Punjab University to take the pre-university
examination and we are following that."
However, when asked
to show the circulation, he said, "Even if we are taking this fine, the
money we gather through this practice is being spent on college
building and its renovation".
"It is college's discipline and
this bounds the students to take college examination seriously,"
college Vice Principal Samina Bukhari said.
"We have imposed
these fines so that the students take these examinations without any
absentee and the result of the college is not affected," she added.
Brig Raheel Ashraf of F.G. Colleges Directorate could not be contacted for his comments.
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Academics warn of countrywide strike
Islamabad: Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic
Staff Associations has threatened to launch a countrywide strike if the
miscreants who harassed teachers in Punjab and the Faisalabad
universities are not brought to the book.
The decision was taken at the general body meeting of the federation here on Wednesday.
The federation also decided to observe black day on April 15 to protest
the failure of officials to recover Kohat University vice-chancellor Dr
Lutfullah Kakakhel. Dr Kakakhel was kidnapped six months ago.
The meeting also demanded withdrawal of show-cause notice issued to Prof. Tahir Malik of Numl.
Addressing a press conference at the National Press Club, president of
the federation Dr Saeed Akhtar said they had conveyed to the HEC the
academics concerns over the criteria of appointment of vice chancellors
and particularly mentioned the advertisement for the appointment of
Balochistan University VC. The advertisement said that the candidate
for the post of VC has to be over 50 years of age and be an educated
person. "Even a non-matric is an educated person," he added.
The association members also informed the HEC that requirement of
clearing GRE for the PhD scholarship in local university is
"The HEC would take up the matter at its board meeting," Dr Saeed said.
He also said that there were 100 public sector universities in the
country and a few are headed by services personnel. Dawn
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Cultural funfair held at QAU
Islamabad: The students of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) organised a one-day Cultural Funfair here on Wednesday.
students sang cultural songs and performed traditional dances of
provinces, including Bhangra, Jamalo, Atan, Juhmar and Balouchi.
When contacted, the students said such activities promoted national integration, cultural and ethnic harmony among youngsters.
several competitions including flower decoration, photography,
three-leg race, rope pulling and musical chair were held on the second
day of the student week at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture
University (PMAS-AAUR) on Wednesday.
In the decoration of fresh
flowers competition, Huma Arshad stood first while second prize went to
Anila Munir. In the completion of artificial flowers decoration Natasha
Sundas won first and Shumaila Manzoor got second position.
In the photography competition, Rabia Parven won the first prize while Nusrat Ashraf was declared the runner up.
competitions of rope pulling, musical chair, three-leg race were held
among the faculties of the university. Agriculture department won the
rope-pulling competition. Information Technology department won the
match of three-leg race and women division team won musical chair
IIUI: The International Islamic University
Islamabad (IIUI) will hold its 22nd annual cultural activities in
connection with its Silver Jubilee celebrations from April 12.
programmes include an International Islamic Exhibition to reflect
cultural diversity of the Muslim world and some countries where Muslims
are in minority.
As many as 25 Muslim countries will
participate in the exhibition with display of their cultures including
dresses, pottery, paintings, photographs, foods, music, art and
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Honour for QAU students
Islamabad: The students of the Department of Animal Sciences of Quaid-i-Azam University won laurels at
declamation and drama contests of the Fatima Jinnah Women University,
says a press release issued here on Wednesday. Sadia Shahid and Shaista
Nazeer (students of MSc 3rd Semester) obtained 2nd position in the
drama competition. While Sadia Shahid (MSc 3rd Semester) got third
position in bilingual declamation contest in the recently concluded
competitions at the FJWU held from April 2 to 4.
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Islamabad Model College student's distinction
Islamabad: Aiman Arshad, a student of the Islamabad
Model College for Girls, Sector G-10/2, got overall first position in
the evening shift by obtaining 545 marks out of 600 in the Class VI
annual examination, says a press release. She is the daughter of Arshad
Islamabad: Syed Bilal Masood, son of Syed Adil
Masood, a student of Class-I at the OPF Girls College, Nursery Section,
Sector F-10/2, has obtained 100% marks in the annual examination, says
a press release.
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Students learn about hygiene at The City School
Rawalpindi: An event regarding personal hygiene, nutrition and
oral health, in accordance with World Health Day celebrated all over
the world on April 7, was held at The City School, Civil Lines Branch.
large number of students along with their mothers attended the
programme that included a musical tableau on healthy cleaning by the
little students as well.
Dr. Quaid Saeed, research consultant
(HIV/AIDS) at the World Health Organisation (WHO) under the banner of
United Nations, graced the occasion and informed children about proper
techniques of hand-washing, personal hygiene, including oral health and
healthy eating and toilet training, with the help of lectures and
Children listened attentively and
shared their honest views on the topic. Dr Quaid's presentation on the
six steps for washing hands and the importance of brushing teeth was
actively participated by children aged 2.5-7 years.
who watch presentations through pictorials learn quickly and remember
it for a longer time. The need is to make the learning interactive, so
that the children indulge in the activity and discuss it in their
homes. Repeated awareness in this regard makes children learn these
techniques and adopt them accordingly," Dr. Quaid said.
focus on health programmes and conduct lectures at various schools all
round the year. This has created a lot of awareness about health and
its issues but still a lot needs to be addressed in our society where
children are vulnerable to diseases and only awareness can combat this
menace," he added.
Mrs Nargis Nasir, headmistress The City
School, Civil Lines Branch, thanked Dr. Quaid for his time and said his
lectures would definitely create a lot of awareness about personal
hygiene and health among children. The news
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