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Dr Atta to move IHC again
Islamabad, April 12: Founder Chairperson of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and President Pakistan
Academy of Sciences Dr Atta-ur-Rahman has decided to move Islamabad
High Court (IHC) again for the appointment of permanent and regular
chairperson of HEC as per HEC Act without any further delay.
Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman said that he plans to file contempt
of court petition within two to three days. "The petition is ready and
will be filed within two to three days," he said.
he filed a writ petition for the appointment of chairperson of Higher
Education Commission on December 30, 2013 in Islamabad High Court (IHC).
The court, in its detailed judgment on January 6, 2014 directed the
federal government to appoint permanent and regular HEC chairman till
February 12, 2014 in accordance with law and prescribed process.
single bench led by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique remarked that since
the post of chairman HEC is extremely important and carries great
significance with regard to higher education, it is expected that the
federal government will take decisive steps with regard to appointment
of HEC chairman. Therefore, it is directed that before expiry of term of
acting chairman, the regular appointment of chairman may be made.
almost two months have passed since the deadline. The actual
appointment should have been made eight months ago according to the
Higher Education Act. All these factors are having a negative impact on
the higher education sector and as a responsible citizen, I believe that
it is my responsibility to raise my voice."
He termed it
disappointing that the government plans to reduce the budget for higher
education up to Rs5 billion as compared to the current financial year.
"It is unfortunate that the government plans to reduce both the
recurring and development budget instead of increasing the amount to
strengthen HEC as promised in the manifesto of PML-N."
said that this indicates that the present government is going
'unfriendly' towards education and they are not honouring their policies
of strengthening higher education sector as was promised in their
About delay by the federal government in the
selection of HEC chairperson, he said that it is sad fact that the
government is not able to select one person for this important position.
"HEC is not the only organisation. There are many such posts vacant and
waiting for the decision of federal government. It goes to show the
chaos prevailing in every sector," he pointed out.
the right choice for HEC chairpersonship, he said only a qualified
person of international eminence and proven ability could be selected
for this position. "The person needs to be a PhD but only degree is not
enough. International eminence is a basic requirement for this post
according to HEC Act."
He suggested the government to take
guidance from the list of people with international eminence in
research recently published by Pakistan Council of Science and
"Internationally there are three factors that
are considered criteria for grading academicians at this level. It
includes cumulative impact factor, science citation index and H Index,"
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Merit-based appointment of HEC chairperson urged
Islamabad: Parliamentarians, academicians, representatives of civil society, faculty associations
and student organisations urged the federal government for transparent
and merit-based appointment of Higher Education Commission (HEC)
They expressed these views during a dialogue
titled 'Current Challenges for Higher Education Sector in Pakistan'
organised by the Muslim Hands International on Monday.
High Court Bar Association President Mohsin Kiyani said that there are
64 organisations working without permanent heads and federal government
should pay special attention towards addressing this issue through
appointment of qualified and experienced persons.
were of the opinion that in order to resolve the increasing higher
education issues, the federal government needs to consider highly
educated, qualified academician of international eminence as permanent
HEC chairman in accordance with the eligibility criteria laid down in
the HEC Act and court orders.
Founder chairman of the
Higher Education Commission and President Pakistan Academy of Sciences
Professor Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, in his written message, said that the HEC
Ordinance requires that the HEC chairman must be a person of
"international eminence" but according to press reports attempts are
being made to defy the HEC Ordinance by ignoring this aspect of the law.
He demanded immediate appointment of a person of international eminence
as HEC chairman.
Tahir Naeem Malik from National
University of Modern Languages said that non-appointment of HEC chief is
badly affecting day-to-day affairs of universities. He emphasised over
revision of university curriculum as per requirements of the country.
of the Oxford Institute and former president of Oxford University
Pakistan Society Adnan Rafiq said that only capable and competent
leadership in higher education sector could take up the challenges.
Human Rights Institute Pakistan Chairman Naeem Sarfraz suggested that
the research work at the Pakistani universities should be focused on,
addressing the socio-economic problems of the country. "In post 18th
Amendment scenario, the provincial governments should also undertake
efforts for improving higher education," he added.
of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA)
President Dr. Waheed Choudhry said that the university faculty is facing
a lot of difficulties in their appointments on tenure track system due
to delay at HEC. "The autonomy of universities should be respected and
federal government and HEC administration should pay special attention
towards addressing financial problems of higher education sector.
He also demanded bailout package for universities of Balochistan.
for Research and Education Pakistan Executive Director Khurshid Nadeem
opined that access to higher education in Pakistan is below as compared
to international standards.
He stressed upon the
promotion of critical and independent thinking and values of tolerance,
peace, co-existence at higher education institutions of Pakistan.
National Assembly from MQM Ali Rashid said that without prioritising
education and respect for merit and transparency, Pakistan could not
make headway. He emphasised over collaborative efforts for improving
standards in higher education sector and increase in budget for
Member National Assembly Standing Committee on
Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education and Member
Sub-Committee on HEC Muhammad Rehan Hashmi said that higher education
should remain as federal subject and uniform policy may be introduced.
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AIOU exams from April 21
Islamabad: The final exams of ATTC, PTC, CT and B.Ed programmes for Autumn, 2013 would
be held from April 21. Controller of Exams, Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi said
in a statement that 762 centres have been set-up across the country for
The roll number slips, he said are being
dispatched to all the eligible/enrolled students at their given
addresses by Postal Mail Service.
The students who cannot
not receive their roll number slips till April 15 are advised to contact
the nearest Regional Office of the University or Superintendent Teacher
Education Section, examinations department for issuance of duplicate
roll number slip.
For duplicate roll number slip students
are required to bring two passport size photographs duly attested by a
gazetted officer. Roll number slips along with date sheet are also being
placed on AIOU website www.aiou.edu.pk for the convenience of students,
The students are also advised in their own
interest to read the instructions mentioned on roll no. slip carefully
before entering into the examination centre. The news
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1,000 students get medals at Roots annual convocation
Islamabad: The annual convocation of Roots International Schools was
held at the Jinnah Convention Centre on Friday, where around 1000
students were awarded platinum, gold and silver medals.A written message
from President Mamnoon Hussain for the students read, "Your success is a
testimony of your effort and hard work, the commitment and
professionalism of the staff of the RIS and the prayers of your parents
and guardians. As you all are ready to enter your professional life, I
wish you all success in achieving best and also upholding repute of
Roots International Schools."The president also congratulated RIS CEO
Walid Mushtaq, faculty members and the high achievers for setting new
records of excellence in the field of education.Minister of State for
Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Baligh Ur Rehman,
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for
States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch, CEO Cambridge
International Examination Michael O' Sullivan, Ambassador of Argentina
Rodolfo Jose Martin Saravia, Ambassador of Cuba Zenen Buergo Concepcion,
Ambassador of Italy Andriano Chiodi Cianfarani, Ambassador of Spain
Javier Carbajosa, High Commissioner of Republic of Mauritius Rashaad
Dauraaewo, Ambassador of Austria Axel Wech, Ambassador of Romania
Emilion Ion, Ambassador and Head of European Union delegation in
Pakistan Lars Gunnar Wigemark, Ambassador of Turkmenistan Atadjan
Movlamov, Military Attaché of Ukraine Andre Barbak were the esteemed
guests at the ceremony.Students like Sakeena, Madiha Khalid, Zain
Shahid, Mohid Janjua, Fahad Mehmood Khan, Awais Raza, Hamza Mehmood
Malik, Ali Hassan and many more who brought honour to the RIS by
securing acceptances from long lists of universities.The chief guest
congratulated the students, saying that before the students stretch a
lifetime of adventure and opportunity, they must look back with fondness
and happy memories but always look forward with strength and
determination.Students presented colourful performances on the theme of
environment and gave their perspective on the role of institute in their
lives.Ahsan Iqbal, minister for Planning and Development said, "If you
are determined and if you work hard you can achieve. I wrote seven years
ago in my book that I would like to serve my country in public office.
It took me seven years of hard work and dedication to materialise my
wish. This country is full of opportunities but you have to have one
believe and determination in your life"."There are many differences
between animals and humans, 1st being that humans can bring innovation
but animals cannot."Abdul Qadir Baloch, minister for SAFRON, spoke on
the Millennium Development Goals of 2025.Walid Mushtaq told the
gathering, "I believe there are two things that account for the
improvement in their results every year. First, we have made significant
progress in raising achievement in under-performing groups. And second,
teachers teach more effectively and pupils work extremely hard. Our
staff is experienced, talented and dedicated to the success of our
students. The school system places high value on the education of our
youth, and that expectation serves as a catalyst for student success in a
rigorous learning environment." Daily times
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Pakistani student wins distinction from top UK university
London: A Pakistani student has gained top position in Bachelor's of Business and
Finance at the Heriot-Watt University by gaining 14 As.
Baloch, aged 26, originally from Haveli Naseer Khan, a small village in
the district of Lodhran, started his studies at the UK university in
2012 after qualifying for the American High School Diploma from
Pakistan's American School of International Academics (ASIA) in Lahore.
University is ranked within the top 20 universities of the UK i.e. 9th
on the Sunday Times Top 100 Universities and 18th on The Guardian
University Rankings, 2nd in Scotland and has the top ranking for many
degree disciplines in the UK. Heriot Watt has three campuses in
Scotland, one campus in London and one each in Dubai and Malaysia with
combined student strength of over 30,000 students.
the graduation ceremony will be held on 27th of June 2014, the results
have been published and it has been confirmed to Ahmer Baloch that he
has topped the university.
Baloch said he felt very proud at achieving the distinction: "It's a
proud moment for me as a Pakistani student from a highly ranked overseas
university. I want this to be an inspiring and motivating factor for
all the Pakistani students out there and want to let them know that if
they work hard and persevere then only sky is the limit. From all the
students combined, less than 5 percent achieved a distinction (highest
possible mark for a degree). Among those that did achieve a distinction,
I was the highest achiever (top graduate) around the world." Ahmer
Baloch, who now has offers of jobs from leading European financial
firms, wants to make his achievement a special note for all the
youngsters in Pakistan who lose their way in high school and come to a
point where they think all hope is lost for them. It's because Ahmer
Baloch had given up on studying himself when he was 18. After finishing
high school, he thought studying was a waste of time and he would be
better off working on the lands of his father in Lodhran.
all changed when he met his future wife Umme Rubab, a Briton of
Pakistan origin who is a broker at a London firm, in Lahore and she went
on to change Baloch's whole perception.
"She taught me
how to remain positive in the most negative of situations and never give
up. I also learnt from her the joy of being self made and independent. I
moved to London after my marriage and started my bachelor's once again
but this time, with absolute determination and drive to achieve success.
I worked extremely hard preparing for the exams and after the finals, I
could easily say that I was expecting to be the top in my class. Little
did I know how strongly Allah helps those who help themselves. Two
weeks after the results were posted, I received a letter from my
university informing me that not only had I achieved a distinction, I
had achieved a higher distinction among all of the university's students
around the globe! To make it even better, the degree helped me land a
job at Ernst & Young, one of the 'Big 4' Professional Services firms
in the UK and one of the best around the world."
paid tribute to his father Muhammad Iqbal Khan Baloch who never gave up
on him "and found a way to see past all my previous mistakes and
persisted with supporting me financially no matter what".
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National Book Festival to start from 22nd
Islamabad: National Book Foundation (NBF) would hold a three-day National Book Festival
from April 22 (Tuesday), as a part of its efforts to promote book
reading culture in the country.
The event would be held
under the supervision of a renowned literary figure and NBF Managing
Director, Professor Dr. Inam-ul-Haq Javed.
Talking to APP,
Deputy Director (Publications), Afshan Sajid said the programme would
be held at Pak-China Friendship Centre and Prime Minister Mian Muhammad
Nawaz Sharif is expected to inaugurate the mega festival.
celebrations include a variety of prestigious and colourful programmes
including reading sessions based on diverse literary, cultural and
educational activities, she said.
Afshan Sajid said the
festival would feature a Grand Book Fair which will consist of the books
of different writers and publishers in different languages and fields.
separate segment named 'Overseas Pakistani Writers Corner' has been
planned for the first time in this Book Fair which those writers who
would be in Pakistan in those days will read out excerpts and poetry
from their books personally. The news
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