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HEC faced with financial constraints
Islamabad, Aug 18, 2008: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is faced with financial constraints since the commencing of the new fiscal year. The present government has stopped development funds of universities' proposed projects.

Earlier, the Ministry of Finance pledged Rs 18 billion for ongoing development projects for their execution, which were 300 in numbers. Despite that first quarter has passed away but its funds of the Rs 2.6 billion, which are 15 percent of the total, could not be released to the HEC.

When contacted Director Planning and Development HEC, Dr Mukhtar Ahmad told TheNation that funds for developmental projects were not released to the HEC. However, he was optimistic about the government response in this regard, adding that, as education was most integral part of a society.

He revealed that fourth quarter of recurring funds was also not released to the HEC and in first quarter of financial year only 20 percent was released which did not meet the requirements of the Commission.

He noted that no increase in the recurrence funds to impose cut on development projects meant to reduce the education budget, which has multiplied the miseries of HEC. He observed that every year 15 percent enrolment increase but funds are not increases accordingly, while adding the government allocations over the students in public sectors universities have been decreased simultaneously since 2004.

He mentioned that in the previous meeting of the VCs of the universities across the country scarce of funds was considered a serious matter. It was discussed in detailed that how it would be possible to meet with increasing expanses and the requirements of these higher education institutes. He mentioned that increase in the fee schedule might be tabled but problem would be increased for the poor students, who had already been facing financial constraints.

To a quarry, he suggested that it was not the time to criticise anyone owing to miserable economic condition of the country. He observed that the incumbent government itself is faced with financial constraints. But he was of the view that at every cost education and health must be given proper attention.

He observed that a large number of the students across the country were receiving the HEC scholarship without any nepotism or favouritism. He claimed that HEC has succeeded to get the confidence of the nation, as HEC only dealt with the merit and one who had the ability to meet the criteria of HEC could get the desire results.

He said that due to competitive environment now teachers are making efforts to improve themselves, which would improve the quality of education. He further mentioned that the teachers are concentrating on higher education, as it was also necessary for a teacher to produce MPhil and PhDs students under their supervisions.

Mukhtar said to compete in comity of the nations we have to provide better facilities and better environment to our intuitions. It is pertinent to mention here that Senate Standing Committee has already asked the government to release the funds of the HEC. The Nation

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"Can the high ups at HEC tell the nation about the rampant corruption and nepotism due to their blue eyed people and organisations e.g well known comsats institute of IT where there have been numerous cases of nepotism and irregularities including the son of its rector and other employees who were inducted and awarded scholarships in a dubious and lateral way. Also after several years of tall claims by HEC not a single university from pakistan is not still in top world rankings and there is not sinlgle knowledge based export item from pakistan . I recall that Dr Ata ul Haq of HEC called our universities glorified colleges and minted money from GoP for several years to open new poilitcal campuses (some more glorified colleges) in constituencies of influential people in the last govt. including his own in attock . He trying to keep his post alongwith his cronies by keeping the same modus operandi which is now exposed to the nation after his protege Mr Pervez Musharraf removal. We request Mr Zardari and PM to help us get rid of autocrats in HEC.Hats of to new ecoomic managers who should do accountability before doling out more funds to HEC."
Name: Adeel Qureshi
City, Country: Islamabad

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34,000 appointments to be made in Punjab schools this month
Rawalpindi: Around 34,000 teachers and staff will be appointed in government schools throughout Punjab by the end of this month, said Nadeem Ashraf, secretary education Punjab, while addressing a prize distribution ceremony at Faizul Islam School here on Saturday.

Ashraf said the Punjab government had allocated Rs 10 billion in the provincial budget for the benefit of teachers and students. It was matter of great concern that annually 38 percent parents were not sending their children to schools, he added.

He said it was quite encouraging that students of Rawalpindi district had performed well in class 5th, 8th and secondary school certificate board exams. He said Rawalpindi district was on top in literacy rate in the province. He directed the local education department to take action against the teachers who remained absent from duty without intimation. It was responsibility of the heads of educational institutions to make efforts to retake encroached lands of their schools from illegal occupants, the education secretary said.

Speaking on the occasion, Chaudhry Muhammad Yousaf, executive district officer (EDO), Education, regretted that teachers were always held responsible for evils in the society. Teachers, he added, worked with dedication and honesty to impart education to the next generation.

The EDO said majority of the students at government schools belonged to poor families. He said he wanted Rawalpindi to become number one district in education in the province. By the end of October a number of changes would be made in Rawalpindi schools, he added.

Later, the provincial education secretary distributed medals and shields among the students securing top positions class 5th, 8th and secondary school certificate board exams. Chaudhry Yousaf said from Monday, beginning of new school year, they would start enrollment drive in the government schools. He said it was his desire that maximum number of children were admitted in the government schools. He said he had directed the district education officers to enroll children of 5 years age and above. Daily Times

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HEC asks varsities to ensure full use of IT
Peshawar: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked all the universities to utilise high tech projects of the commission for dissemination of modern knowledge and state-of-the-art techniques among students and researchers.

HEC Member Dr Mukhtar expressed these views while inaugurating Video Conferencing Hall at the HEC Regional Directorate, Peshawar the other day.

The Information Technology (IT) application is of tremendous utility to build the repertoire of scientific and technological knowledge so that the country could win a respectable place among the comity of nations, he said.

Mukhtar said the IT gives an easy access to the emergence of new technology in a comparatively short time besides facilitating students and researchers to complete their research work in accordance with the international standards.

He asked both the public and private sector universities to ensure optimum utilisation of Pakistan Education Research Network Project (PERN) so as to expand the base of indigenous research and development programmes.

He said HEC was going to implement Electronic Books Programme, Online Verification of Degrees, Pakistan Research Repository Programme, Digital Library Programme and National Higher Education Job Portal Programme in the near future.

Mukhtar said a proposal for launching information communication technology task force for higher education was also in the pipeline.

He said 35 institutions were connected through this video conferencing facility while at the end of the year 60 institutions would be connected.

He urged the Vice-Chancellors (VCs) to raise awareness among their students about the video conferencing facility so that maximum students could benefit from it.

HEC Regional Director Farmanullah Anjum termed the event a milestone in the history of HEC. He said the commission had entered a new era of technology.

Later, the chief guest distributed shields among the IT staff in recognition of their services.

Peshawar Women University VC Farhana Jahangir, Peshawar UET Dean Dr Muhammad Mansoor, IMS Director Dr Nasir Khan, Kohat University VC Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel, Peshawar University's Faculty of Arts and Humanities Dean Dr Taj Ali and City University VC Dr Israr Ahmad were present on the occasion. App

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Over 7,000 take UET entry test
Peshawar: More than 7,000 students Sunday appeared in entry test to qualify admission to NWFP University of Engineering and Technology (UET) held simultaneously at three centres of the province. Despite a light shower, the test was started at 9am in Sher Khan Shaheed (Army) Stadium, Peshawar, where 5,507 male and 159 female students appeared. At Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, the test venue for Hazara Division, 935 male and 83 female students took the test, while 603 male and 11 female candidates appeared for the test at Akram Khan Durrani School and College, Bannu. The News

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"Please also display the tottal number of condidates passed the NWFP UET Peshawar Entrance test plus position holder."
Name: Naim Hussain
Email: smartlover10@yahoo com
City, Country: Peshawar, Pakistan

"the test was not so tough but i dont know what happened to the result because there is a minimum percentage of students who have succeeded even very hardly to clear the position is on 623 and very few candidates are there to mark the 500 score.more than 80 percent fall below 400 marks. i cant make any idea about the ETEA that what this authority does with the test marking.i will suggest for them to do a little bit CLEANING of their COMPUTER which they use for test marking. thanks."
Name: jamal
City, Country: swabi, Pakistan

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