Higher Education Commission to bankrupt in months
Govt sanctions Rs1.468b for HEC having Rs5 billion liabilities
Islamabad, Aug 25: After pursuing the process to verify
degrees of parliamentarians vigorously, the government has, first time,
sanctioned a meagre amount of Rs1.468 billion for Higher Education
Commission (HEC) but the Commission is going to bankrupt in months ahead
because of its inability to pay liabilities of over Rs5 billion to
contractors for the work accomplished in last financial year.
Planning Commission has, however, flatly refused to pay the stuck-up
amount of last financial year, arguing that the HEC should make payments
from its allocated amount of Rs15 billion for the current fiscal year
Instead of undertaking new development projects, the
released amount should be utilized for paying its last year liabilities.
"The HEC is being advised to fulfil its requirements with the amount of
allocated for the ongoing financial year", said the PC high-ups.
The amount of last financial year, they said, is surrendered and it can be termed against the accounting methods if the HEC insists to get that money.
recalled that a proposal came under discussion during the era of former
Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali and former finance minister Shaukat
Aziz that the ECNEC should be empowered to avoid lapse of development
funds. But it was found at that time that it would be unconstitutional
step because the National Assembly passed the budget for one year.
high-ups of Planning Commission, the sources said, are also making
'conscious efforts' to convince that they never made any effort to
curtail the development budget of HEC in the aftermath of degree
verification fiasco. It is commonly known fact that the top man of this
country is exerting pressure on HEC to find ways and means to stop the
process of degree verifications.
"The HEC is the first institution
for which we have sanctioned Rs1.468 billion. We have sent our approval
to AGPR and now HEC will be able to draw the amount against its
development projects," a senior official of the Planning Commission said here on Monday.
They said that HEC expanded development
projects up to maximum level resulting into increased throw forward up
to Rs250 to 300 billion. But the top guns of HEC argue that all
developed and developing countries including India
were increasing per capita spending on higher education but it was on decline in case of Pakistan.
contacted to Executive Director HEC, Dr Sohail Naqvi for seeking his
comments, he confirmed to this scribe that they received the sanctioned
amount, which would be utilized to meet requirements of scholars abroad
for one to three months.
When he was asked to comment on stuck up
amount of billions of rupees for the last financial year, he said that
the HEC would keep asking the authorities to pending amount as HEC was
on verge of default to contractors who had done work on the promise to
pay their dues in last financial year.
The sources in PC say that at
time of severe financial crunch, there was no other option but to
rationalize the whole Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). "We
just want to ask the HEC that where is the focus on developing skills of
world class professors," said one of top official of Gilani government
and added that the constructions of huge and lofty buildings were not
the sole criteria for improving higher education.
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Teachers, students want ICU exams postponed
Peshawar: The teachers and students of Islamia
College University (ICU) have expressed serious concern over the
university's decision to hold the MSc and BS examinations from August 30
and urged the university administration to take the examination after
A senior professor of the university said on the
condition of anonymity that while the public and private sector
universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had cancelled or postponed the
examinations until the second week of September because of floods which
brought life to a virtual standstill in flood-stricken areas, the ICU
administration had decided to hold BS and MSc examinations from August
"This simply means adding salt to wounds caused by floods to the
Islamic College University students many of which are still stranded in
flood-hit areas of the province," he said. The teacher said that
vice-chancellor Ajmal Khan had appointed Javed Khan, assistant professor
of statistics who has recently returned from Gomal University, as the
controller of examination. "In a bid to show better performance, the
controller announced that the BS and MSC examinations which were earlier
scheduled for 2nd and 4th semester students would now to be held from
August 30," he added.
Another professor said that the examinations
schedule had been announced at a time when over 60 percent students of
the Islamic College University belonging to Nowshera, Charsadda, Swabi,
Mardan, Timergar, Swat, Upper Dir, Malakand and southern districts of
the province such as Karak and Bannu had been on summer vacations since
"Their vacations will end on September 14 and Eidul Fitr is
likely to fall on September 12 or 13. No teacher is available in the
college till the beginning of the third week of September but
examination schedule has been announced despite opposition from the
college teachers association," said another teacher, who happens to be
an office-bearer of the Islamia College Teachers Association. "The
controller of examinations did not give consideration to the facts that
over 60 percent students of college come from the areas which have been
badly hit by floods and torrential rains," he maintained.
villages and cities have been without potable water and electricity for
weeks in this suffocating heat. In such painful and difficult
situations, how the students would prepare themselves for examinations,
A group of students said that it was a century-old
tradition of the Islamia College that the students normally go back to
their homes almost two weeks before Eidul Fitr and no examination is
normally conducted after 15th of Ramazan.
The students appealed to
Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani who is also chancellor of the ICUP to look
into the matter and direct the university administration to postpone the
examinations till second week of September.
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37% enrolled students of QAU affected by floods
Islamabad: Recent floods have affected about 37
per cent of the enrolled students at Quaid-i-Azam University, which
means more than one third of present students enrolled at Masters, MPhil
and PhD programmes would face difficulties in continuing their studies
in near future.
The statistics were shared with media by the
Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association in a press statement issued
on Tuesday. The alumni officials were of the opinion that due to weak
financial position, these students would not be able to bear academic,
hostel and mess dues and other living expenses. "The situation would
raise new challenge to the university administration that is already
facing financial crisis," the statement mentioned.
University is a federal university, which has representation of students
from all over Pakistan and has been ranked as top university in
Pakistan and second among all OIC countries universities.
mind this situation, Quaid-i-Azam University Vice Chancellor Professor
Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and officer bears of Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni
Association have appealed to government and donor agencies to assist the
university to cope with this alarming situation and save the future of
affected educated youth belonging to the areas hit by one of the worst
floods in the past 80 years.
They have also appealed the old students
of Quaid-i-Azam University to come forward to assist their alma mater
in this critical time and contribute to the flood relief fund, which has
been especially established to assist the affected students in meeting
their tuition fee, hostel, mess and living expenses. They believed that
this assistance would prove a great boost to the affected and dejected
The QAU Alumni Association has already announced fifteen
need-based scholarships for the students belonging to flood affected
areas. These scholarships would be awarded on annual basis to the
students who would be enrolled at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. The
scholarships would be offered in the disciplines of business education,
international relations and economics.
These scholarships have been
donated by, one of the active alumni, Preston University Pakistan
Chancellor Dr. Abdul Basit. The scholarships would bear the total
academic and hostel fee. In addition to these scholarships, Flood Relief
Fund has been established to provide financial support to affected
outstation students studying at QAU. The news
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IIUI celebrates Tree Plantation Day
Islamabad: Students of International Islamic University (IIUI) on
Tuesday planted over 80,000 saplings along the embankments of Rawalpindi
Murree Expressway, celebrating the National Plantation Day. The
purpose to select the site was to draw the public attention towards
eroding banks of the road and to highlight the importance of tree
plantation in our daily life. Large spectra of students from various
schools, colleges and universities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad attended
the event. IIUI Environmental Club actively participated in this event.
Addressing the participants, Federal Minister for Environment
Hameedullah Jan Afridi and other guests appreciated efforts of students
and employees of different departments for plantation. Earlier, IIUI
Environmental Club President Syed Mubashar Gardazi on behalf of the IIUI
club donated 10,000 saplings to the university. He also requested the
administration to take appropriate measures to ensure that plants were
given full care. Daily times
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