HEC new departments for quality education
HEC to set up new departments to improve quality of education
Islamabad, April 22: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) would soon set-up departments in various parts of the
country to improve the quality of education in higher education sector, said HEC
Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari.
Dr Laghari was addressing the students and
teachers at the convocation of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences and
Technology here Thursday.
He said that HEC has already established
Quality Assurance Cells in 70 universities while the rest would be constituted
in near future.
He said that HEC s main focus was to provide quality
higher education and research facilities to the young generation, as without
quality education and research we cannot face the challenges of the modern day
world. The progress of the developed countries depends on quality education and
research and HEC is trying to enable the youth of the country to meet the future
challenges, equipping them with quality education and research facilities, he
As many as 16 students received Gold Medals and 479 received
degrees in various disciplines including Computer Science, Business
Administration, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Economics and Urdu.
The recipients of Gold Medals included Aziz-ur-Rehman and M. Arsalan
Qureshi (BS Computer Sciences), Ajam Shazad Akbar and Tariq Farroque (MSc
Computer Sciences), Madeeha Mubarak (Department of Applied Sciences), Uzair
Ahmed and Amina Waheed Khan (Department of Applied Physics), Muhammad Jawad
(Department of Electrical Engineering), Komal Fatima, Rubina Tabassum, Muhammad
Anwar, Muhammad Kashif Matloob, Muhammad Atiq ur Rehman, Muhammad Atif, Mahwish
Iqbal and Hina Shahid (Department of Business Administration).
FUUAST Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Mohammad Qaiser in his welcome address
said, despite the limited sources, the university has improved a lot in past few
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Lawmakers divided over HEC replacement
Islamabad: Realising the fact that powers and functions of the Higher Education Commission (HEC)
cannot be devolved to provinces as these have been protected as federal subject
in the 18th Amendment, the Implementation Commission has now changed its mind
and decided to establish the Commission for Standard Higher Education (CSHE) at
the federal level to replace the HEC, causing a split among lawmakers.
The Implementation Commission member, Senator
Rehmatullah Kakar, clearly stated that they would have no objection if the CSHE
was established in consultation with all stakeholders, including the HEC. Some
quarters are trying to create unnecessary hype over the issue of HEC but I
believe the Implementation Commission would take every decision in line with the
constitution, he said.
He pointed out that Implementation Commission
Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani made commitment with the federal cabinet and members
of the commission that any decision to establish the CSHE in place of the HEC
would be taken in consultation with the HEC. But according to insiders, the HEC
has not been contacted so far in this regard and its officials are trying to
approach the Implementation Commission to present its viewpoint.
claimed that Raza Rabbani conveyed to members of the commission that the HEC
would not be devolved and instead all of its powers and functions would be
transferred to the CHSE to be established under the Cabinet
Sources said that the decision to establish any new institution
in replacement of the HEC that enjoys an independent status under the
Presidential Ordinance 2002 would lead to another controversy over the mandate
of the Implementation Commission, which they believe does not provide powers to
take administrative decisions.
According to the term of reference the
Implementation Commission shall perform such functions as may be necessary for
the implementation of Clause 8 of Article 270(AA) of the Constitution of the
Islamic Republic of Pakistan and such other steps needed for the implementation
of the Constitution (18th Amendment) Act, 2010.
The commission would
examine the policy, programmes, capacity building and other measures that are
required to be taken by the federal government and/or the provincial governments
for the implementation of the devolution process.
It will review all
laws, rules and regulations being affected as a consequence of this transition.
The commission will create and monitor the mechanism and institutional
procedures required to complete the process of devolution by June 30, 2011.
An Implementation Commission member and legal expert, S M Zafar said that the body should put its hands off the HEC as their mandate does
not allow them to even touch any subject that is federal in nature and protected
in the Federal Legislative List (FLL).
The Implementation Commission
cannot take any decision regarding the HEC as all its functions and powers fall
in the category of federal subject. The purpose of constitution of the body is
to ensure implementation of the 18th Amendment and if it gets involved in
administrative affairs then it would surely trespass its mandate, he
He said that the prime minister, who is also controlling authority
of the HEC, could take decision to dissolve the HEC as he enjoyed all authority
to use such administrative powers. I think the Implementation Commission should
keep itself away from this administrative affairs, he said.
Sattar, another member of the commission, said that the HEC played a pivotal
role in promotion of higher education in Pakistan and it should continue its
work as an independent and viable institution in the higher education sector. To
a question, he said, if the government wants to establish new higher education
commission then it must have independent status, otherwise they would oppose
such move at all forums. The news
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Changes to UK student visa route come into effect
Islamabad: Changes to the UK's Tier 4 student visa route came into effect on Thursday.
These changes are
designed to reduce the abuse of the student immigration system by those seeking
primarily to work and also to protect legitimate students from being misled by
As part of these changes those coming to study
at degree level will have to speak English at an upper intermediate level.
Students are aware of this new requirement. If a student is called in to attend
an interview and cannot show that his English language ability is at the
required standard, or the student refuses to attend the interview, his
application will be refused.
According to a press release issued by the
UK High Commission, the UK recognises the important contribution Pakistani
students make to the UK and we want to encourage genuine students to come to the
UK to study.
To ensure that applications are processed as quickly as
possible we ask that students carefully follow the appropriate guidance filling
out the application form fully and supplying all the relevant
The fourth tier of the new points-based UK immigration
service focuses upon overseas students who wish to gain entry clearance to study
in the UK.
Tier 4 visas replace the UK student visa service and place
more emphasis upon the responsibility of the educational body in question for
the applicants they permit to study. Daily times
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Beaconites exhibit sporting expertise
Rawalpindi: Beaconhouse School System, Primary Branch, Rawalpindi, celebrated its Annual Sports Day here
with great enthusiasm Aftab Shaaban Mirani and Azra Sarfraz Sajjad were the
chief guests on the occasion.
More than 650 students from classes III, IV
and V participated in the two-day activities. The Annual Sports Day was given an
exciting start with the flag bearers and the torchbearers flying into the ground
from the roof of a 70 feet high building on ropes and mechanism to make a grand
entry into the ground.
The Sports Day was declared open by Aftab Shaban
Mirani, which was followed by the lighting of the sports torch and a march past
by all the participants of the sports day.
The sports events started off
with an energetic and disciplined display of various Martial Arts Skills.
Students stunned the audience with their spectacular display and stunts of
martial arts. Students had an opportunity to participate in a number of athletic
events and an array of colourful presentations. Some of the highlights of the
show included repelling, pulley action and archery.
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Magical colours of spring all around
Islamabad: The Annual Parents Day and Graduation Ceremony of the Roots Thematic Montessori, Sector
F-7/1, were celebrated with enthusiasm at the Pakistan National Council of the
Arts (PNCA) here on Wednesday.
Federal Minister for Information and
Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan was the chief guest on the occasion. The
ceremony was attended by Roots School System Executive Director Chaudhry Faisal
Mushtaq, Ali Civiler, second secretary at the Embassy of Turkey, MNA Sardar
Saleem Haider, Senator Talha Mehmood and Dr. Shaukat Bangash, CEO of the
Quaid-i-Azam International Hospital.
The theme of the event was Magical
Colours of Spring . The young Rootsians displayed their stunning performances
focusing on different cultures. Students of the Advance Montessori Mariam Jaffar
and Zubair Ali hosted the show marvellously.
The welcome performance of
Spring Ballerina took parents by surprise.
A lively performance was
presented by the students on the Bee Happy theme. It is the bees, which have to
make 10 million trips to get enough honey for a single jar, and no wonder we
call them busy bees.
The students also performed aerobics. As spring
reminds us of sunshine, rainbows, butterflies, birds and most of all flowers
because they add colour and beauty to the season. The students gave a lively
performance in The Proud Flower .
Karate is a martial art developed in
Okinawa, Japan. It improves health and fitness, muscular strength and
flexibility and above all it teaches discipline as a value-added component.
Students of the Advance Montessori presented a breathtaking karate performance
on the occasion.
A scintillating performance on Basant Bahar was
presented by the Advance Montessori students, which spread the magical colours
of spring all around. Students of the Advance Montessori also presented a
performance on Tribute to Parents. The news
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