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Students stage demos against HEC's dissolution
Lahore, April 08: A number of demonstrations were organised by students here on Thursday while strongly
condemning the federal government's possible move to dissolve the Higher
Education Commission (HEC).
Dozens of students of MPhil and PhD
programmes gathered near the Town Hall and protested against the possible
disbanding of the Higher Education Commission, saying that hundreds of students
were studying on the HEC scholarships and the move would create extreme problems
for them to continue higher education.
They were of the view that the
federal government was determined to avenge itself on the HEC in connection with
its drive of verifying degrees of parliamentarians.At the Punjab University (PU)
New Campus, the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) organised a rally in which dozens of
students participated and expressed their resentment over the possible
The IJT Nazim, Zubair Safdar, led the rally in which the
participants carrying placards and banners also chanted slogans against the
government. Zubair Safdar also alleged that the HEC was being victimised for not
"cooperating" with the government in the degree verification
Meanwhile, the Insaaf Students Federation (ISF) also held a
number of meetings at different colleges and universities and mobilised the
student community to stand up and reject the possible closure of the
It has also planned a big event in the provincial metropolis April
13 in this connection. Ghazali Education Trust (GET) President Waqas Jafery and
other office-bearers also expressed concern over the possible move of the HEC's
They said on the one hand the government had declared the year
2011 as the Year of Education while on the other hand it was taking such
"very cheap n mean QAU always thoink about self intrests. plz be unit and think aobut paksitan and come out from QAu shell. and say that devoling of HEC is wrong it should stop . u ppl are just worrid abt uor funding. taffffffffffffff sahame on u. bloody qaidanianss"
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Hazara varsity staff protests HEC devolution
Mansehra: The teaching and other staff of the Hazara University on Thursday staged a rally against the plan
to devolve the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provinces.
participants of the rally, holding banners and placards, marched on different
roads on the university premises. Lecturers and professors also observed
one-hour token strike against the government's decision.
Speaking on the
occasion, Dr Iftikhar, Dr Habib, Dr Mohsin and others said the HEC had been
striving to promote higher education in the country. "The government should take
decisions to boost the higher education in the country rather than making a mess
If the HEC is devolved, the country would suffer a great setback
and go back almost 50 years," said one of the speakers. The protesters said
currently the development projects worth Rs800 million were being executed at
the university. They said besides this, the HEC was giving Rs140 million
annually for the salaries of the staff.
They said not only the higher
education would be affected but regular education in the university would also
be affected badly if the HEC was devolved to the provinces.
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Devolution of HEC supported
Peshawar: The academia, civil society and youth from different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata on
Thursday through a resolution supported the devolution of Higher Education
Commission (HEC) under the 18th Constitutional Amendment.
was unanimously passed by the representatives of various organisations and
institutions during a conference arranged by Bacha Khan Trust Educational
Dr Khadim Hussain, Managing Director BKTEF, Chairman
International Relations Department Professor Ijaz Khan Khattak, Prof Shafiqur
Rehman of Environmental Department, University of Peshawar, Prof Zubair Masood
of the Law College Peshawar, Prof Dr Sahibzada Fayyaz Noor of the University of
Engineering and Technology, Zalan Momand of Bacha Khan Trust, leaders of the
World Pashto Congress, BKTEF team, students and members of the civil society
participated in the gathering.
Expressing concern over the reaction to
the devolution of the HEC by some elements, the participants said that
anti-constitution and anti-democratic hypes were being created for confusing the
devolution of higher education to the provinces.
All the participants
agreed on a joint action plan to take into confidence all the stakeholders about
the obstacles created by the vested interests for delaying the transfer of
higher education to the provinces. The participants pledged to work for the
protection of the constitution and the recently passed 18th Amendment for a
prosperous federation of Pakistan. They said the HEC was devolved under the
constitution and it was now the responsibility of the civil society to provide
support to the political leadership in its implementation in letter and
Members of the academia argued that fallacious arguments had been
put forward through the media to complicate legal and constitutional issues.
They said that the provinces had the capacity to run the HEC and that such
devolution would greatly enhance the education standards in the provinces. The
joint work plan included policy recommendation regarding reorganising the HEC on
the provincial level and a campaign all over Pakistan in favour of the
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VCs Action Committee to send letters to president, premier
Islamabad: Expressing grave concern over the future of the higher education sector,
the Vice Chancellors' Action Committee announced here on Thursday that it would
send letters to the president and the prime minister to stop what it termed
illegal devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), which was fully
protected under the 18th Amendment.
"Now the time has come that President
Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani should intervene and
protect the highly prestigious institute from devolution keeping in view that
its functions are fully protected as federal subject in the Federal Legislative
List (FLL)," said Imtiaz Gillani, vice chancellor of the University of
Engineering and Technology (Peshawar) and chairman of the Vice Chancellors'
Action Committee while addressing a press conference here. Flanked by vice
chancellors of public and private sector universities, he said that the HEC
could not be devolved under the 18th Amendment and if any such thing was done it
would be totally against the spirit of this landmark amendment.
can only be abolished by the federal government through executive orders, as its
devolution will be against the spirit of the 18th Amendment which provides a
legal cover to its functions," he said. He hoped that the president and the
prime minister would realise the gravity of the situation and would play their
due role to ensure that the higher education sector gets along well in the
Imtiaz Gillani said that the vice chancellors would meet
respective governors and chief ministers and convey their viewpoint over the
devolution of the HEC, which according to him, would adversely affect the higher
education sector in the country.
Responding to a query, he said that
vice chancellors would not come on streets, but they could not stop students
from staging protests because their unions carry out their activities without
any consultation with them. He said that in case of the devolution of the HEC,
every province would introduce its own monitoring criteria which would end the
uniform system thus raising doubts about credibility of degrees in foreign
Earlier, vice chancellors of public and private sector
universities held a meeting and unanimously passed a resolution terming the
devolution of the HEC 'a grave setback for efforts aiming at promoting higher
education sector in the country'. The resolution stated that the HEC is
well-funded expert body and its existence is fundamental to the continued
development and growth of the entire higher education sector. "The HEC is a
central body that not only maintains uniform academic standards, but also
ensures compatibility of higher education as an engine of change that conforms
to the national development agenda. Such a central body exists in almost all
developed and developing countries," it said.
It said that the World
Bank approved a soft loan worth $300 million for the HEC in recognition of its
untiring efforts to raise higher education standards for the development of
Pakistan. It said: "We are cognizant that playing such a huge role, the HEC's
performance can be tweaked for improvement in some areas. This must be done! But
in our skewed exuberance, it would be immensely unwise to throw the baby out
with the bath water."
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QAU ASA wants continuation of funds, projects
Islamabad: Academic Staff Association (ASA), Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), has decided that ASA
should wait for the association's general body meeting of Federation of All
Pakistan Universities Academic Staff being held on April 9-10 at Allama Iqbal
According to Professor Kaleemullah Bareach,
General-Secretary, FAPUASA, the general body will discuss the devolution of
Higher Education Commission (HEC) and other issues being faced by the
universities like new ordinance for National University of Modern Languages
entrusting NUML to the Army Chief.
The QAU ASA after a detailed
discussion in an emergency general body meeting of its executive committee here
deferred the request of some members to hold a general body meeting. Now a
decision in this respect will be made after the FAPUASA GB.
resolution, ASA protested over the lack of accurate information from the
government on the devolution of the HEC. QAU faculty demanded that it should be
briefed on the situation and asked for assurances that QAU research and
development funding will in no way be further impeded after the devolution.
ASA President Dr. Afzal Bhatti had sent an email to Senator Raza Rabbani
for a meeting. The faculty will be informed as soon as the meeting is
Earlier, in another meeting of its executive last week, the
QAU ASA without opposing devolution of HEC had stated that funds for QAU's
research projects, initiatives, research grants, access to digital libraries etc
should continue after the devolution of HEC. It expected that the government
will fulfil QAU's needs for its research activities during and after the period
Overwhelming majority of the members refused to become
part of the campaign launched by two high-ups of HEC who are continuously
sending emails to the faculty members across the country asking them to write
letters to editors, hold press conferences and stage demonstrations.
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Atta-ur-Rahman wants nanotechhnology as a subject in universities
Islamabad: Coordinator General of the OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and
Technological Cooperation (Comstech) Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, on Thursday called upon
the higher education policy-makers of Islamic countries to introduce
nanotechnology as a discipline at university level.
Chairing the opening
session of a three-day international workshop on 'Essential Need of
Nano-Education in OIC Countries,' organised by the Comstech in collaboration
with Preston University, Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman described the wonders of
nanotechnology in different fields, including industry and medicine, and urged
the Islamic countries to realise its potential in bringing about industrial
revolution in the OIC countries.
Scientists and policy-makers from
different Islamic countries, including Turkey, Egypt, United Arab Emirates,
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, are participating in the workshop.
Atta-ur-Rahman said that nanotechnology is the future of science and technology,
which the advanced world has already embraced and it is still not too late for
Pakistan and other Islamic countries to wake up and follow the latest
breakthroughs in the science and technology domains.
He said that wonders
of nanotechnology are amazing to such an extent that now even a blind man can
partially see with nano-sensors. He also disclosed that Comstech is planning to
set up an Inter-Islamic Network on Nanotechnology for 57 Muslim
Dr. Anwar Nasim, Comstech adviser on science, introduced to
the participants the aims and objectives of the workshop. He said that Comstech
has trained 450 scientists from 24 Islamic countries by arranging 26 such
workshops during last two years.
He said Comstech has spent 0.5 million
dollar on training of scientists from Egypt, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq,
Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi
Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, Palestine, Pakistan, Uzbekistan,
Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Yemen. Dr Nasim said, "Comstech is
organizing a new series of workshops to target a large number of young
researchers from OIC member states. The main purpose of these workshops is to
bring together young scientists from OIC member states to help develop future
collaborative projects in broader areas of science."
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British Council launches 'Kids Read' scheme
Islamabad: Global banking giant, HSBC has signed an agreement to sponsor the British Council's
'Kids Read' programme aimed at supporting and developing children's reading
skills in and out of the classroom.
HSBC and the British Council's
presence across the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region will enable
this programme to reach over 55,000 children from over 75 schools in UAE, Saudi
Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories,
Jordan, Egypt, Algeria and Pakistan. HSBC's sponsorship of this regional
programme is worth approximately $457,000.
"I am delighted to see this
new collaboration between the British Council and HSBC working for the first
time together to support language learning for young children. Giving young
people access to English is a vital part of a child's education in a globalised
world. I hope this is just the first of many such collaborations with HSBC."
said Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of British Council.
funds will be used for several activities during the year long programme
including participating schools receiving specially selected books, workshops
led by experienced British Council trainers, story telling sessions in a
community atmosphere and a web-based competition highlighting the environment
and financial education. The partnership between British Council and HSBC,
spanning schools in multiple countries, is the first regional collaboration with
a global bank for the MENA region.
In addition to providing financial
support, HSBC will also encourage its staff to participate in this cause by
teaching reading skills to the children. Volunteerism is greatly encouraged at
the bank, and in 2010 over 2,800 HSBC staff donated over 14,000 man hours to a
range of worthy causes across the region.
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NUST holds symposium
Islamabad: In the wake of rapid advancements in conventional computing, supercomputing has gained
tremendous importance worldwide. Many technologically developed countries across
the world, including China, USA, UK, France and even India, are significantly
investing in supercomputing to develop capabilities in some of the latest
scientific fields such as genomics, alternative energy and defence.
was stated by Muhammad Asghar, rector of the National University of Sciences and
Technology, at a symposium organised by the Research Centre for Modelling and
Simulation on the university campus. He urged the faculty and the management to
make full use of the best available resources to cater the research-related
needs of the students. "Scientific simulation has become an important part of
the research repertoire, supplementing and in some cases replacing
experimentation. It employs techniques of applied mathematics and computer
science for developing problem-solving methodologies and robust tools, which are
the building-blocks of scientific solutions and engineering problems of very
high complexity," he maintained.
In his keynote presentation, Dr.
Tauseef-ur-Rehman, associate professor at the CAE, Risalpur, said that computing
had been witnessing massive transformation comparable to the kind that started
with the invention of the transistor in the the 19th century. The news
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