HEC standardised fee refund policy devised
HEC approves standardised fee refund policy
Islamabad, Aug 29: A bold step
by a public university student has led to a positive change for the
rest of youngsters striving for higher education in the country. The
Higher Education Commission (HEC) has approved standardised fee refund
policy for all higher education institutions (HEIs) of Pakistan in
response to court orders issued in a case filed by the student.
national level policy was devised in compliance to the direction of
Islamabad High Court, which directed the HEC to restructure standardised
fee refund policy at the national level in one of its decisions taken
in a case filed by a student of a public university.
HEC has approved that that in case a student intends to cancel his or
her admission in any university of the country, full tuition fee shall
be refunded till seventh day of commencement of classes in semester
system and till fifteenth day in the annual system.
students have termed the new policy a big relief for them and said that
the majority of them used to suffer a lot because of no uniform fee
refund policy at higher education institutions. "Usually students apply
in different universities to stay on the safe side. Final list of
successful candidates is announced by different institutes at different
times which actually led to exploitation," explained Aziz Ullah Khan,
victim of a private university.
He further explained that
in the past, if a student planned to cancel his or her admission in any
university of the country, only a small amount of security was returned
depriving him or her from the rest of the amount. "The decision will
certainly provide relief to the general public," said Aziz.
formulate the policy according to court decision, a committee,
comprising vice chancellors of both from public and private higher
education institutions, was constituted. The committee was headed by KP
University of Engineering and Technology (Peshawar) Vice-Chancellor Syed
Imtiaz Hussain Gilani and its members included Sindh Agriculture
University (Tandojam) Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. A. Q. Mughal,
Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and
Management (Quetta) Vice-Chancellor Ahmed Farooq Bazai, Quaid-i-Azam
University (Islamabad) Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai,
University of Peshawar Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Iqra
University (Karachi) Vice-Chancellor Dr. U A G Isani and Riphah
International University (Islamabad) Vice-Chancellor Dr. Anis Ahmed.
the recommendation of the committee, the HEC approved that in case a
student intends to cancel his or her admission in any university of the
country, full tuition fee shall be refunded till seventh day of
commencement of classes in semester system and till fifteenth day in the
annual system. In addition, half of the fee shall be refundable from
eighth to fifteenth day of commencement of classes in semester system
and from fifteenth to thirtieth day of commencement of classes in annual
system. The HEC also approved that no fee shall be refunded from
sixteenth day of commencement of classes in semester system and from
thirty-first day of start of classes in annual system. The policy will
be applicable to all public and private higher education institutions of
the country. The news
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Pathetic! Only one school in federal capital runs in acres
Islamabad: Scarcity of playgrounds in the public and private educational
institutions of the federal capital is creating pessimistic impact on
healthy extra-curricular activities of students.
The parents of the students have expressed concern over the lack of
playgrounds and urged the officials concerned to construct playgrounds
in their respective schools.
There are 423 public and 654 private
schools in the federal capital. Out of these, 269 public sector
institutions are located in rural areas while 154 are in urban areas.
Moreover, 251 private schools are working in the urban areas of
Islamabad and 403 more in its rural areas.
Sources confided that over 74 percent private educational institutions
have no playgrounds whereas 26 percent private institutions are
providing limited space (three to four kanal) to their students. "The
space for playgrounds in a school, according to the standard procedure,
must be over 10 kanals. Out of it, four kanals should be used for
building whereas the rest should be used for playgrounds," the sources
A CDA official has revealed that only one school in the
federal capital, namely Sihala Higher Secondary School, has 22 acres of
land. The Tarnol area of Islamabad has 54 public sector schools but none
of them has a playground. The lack of playgrounds not only hampers
students' extra-curricular activities but also offers them opportunity
to get involved in unlawful activities such as intoxication, visiting
net cafes, etc. The official also maintained that though the Capital
Development Authority (CDA) provides land for construction of public
sector schools in the urban areas, in rural areas land has to be
purchased by the authorities concerned of the government. "The CDA used
to allocate four kanals of land in the past but in the recent years the
land allotment has been contracted to two kanals," he said. It is learned that over 65 percent private schools operate on rented
A private school employee said that various educational
institutions had constructed playgrounds to support healthy activities
among the students. He said that few schools are not having this
facility due to lack of space in their surrounding area. Senior educationists Prof Naeem Sultan and Prof Masood Baig
said that playgrounds are inevitable for grooming healthy activities in
students. It is witnessed that a large number of schools are operating
in the residential areas in small houses, which are not able to
facilitate students with playgrounds.
Most of the students, aged
between 10 and 15 years, can be seen on the greenbelts in different
areas of the federal capital. Few schools have constructed parks but
these do not fulfil the requirements of all the students. Educationists
suggested the authorities concerned to take measures and provide space
for students for playing different outdoor games. Federal Directorate of
Education (FDE) Director Schools Arshad Nadeem said that it
is an imperative issue and was in his notice. "It is because of
thriving population that space is getting thinner day by day. "The FDE
is working in collaboration with the CDA to solve this problem," Nadeem
Meanwhile, All Pakistan Private Schools and College Association
(APPSCA) President Malik Muhammad Ibrar said that private schools had
to operate in rented houses in residential areas due to limited space. Daily times
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IIUI stopped from denying its teachers allowances
Islamabad: The chief justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), Justice Iqbal Hameedur
Rehman, here on Tuesday suspended a notification of the International
Islamic University (IIU), which was issued in the matter of lecturers
and assistant professors with intimation that their special allowance in
salary package will be withdrawn with effect from September 1.
many as 64 lecturers and assistant professors of the faculty of
management sciences of IIU challenged the notification in the court.
The IHC, while admitting the writ petition, suspended the notification and sought a reply from the university administration.
The legal counsel of petitioners, Advocate Shoaib Shaheen, told the court that the faculty of management sciences is a self-sustained faculty which generates its finances itself unlike other departments of the university.
to the counsel, the university had appointed lecturers and assistant
professors with an incentive of special allowances. The faculty members
had been receiving allowance ranging from Rs20,000 to Rs50,000 according
to their salary packages. The faculty members adopted before the court
that they had left their jobs for better opportunity and remuneration
offered by the IIU. And now the university all of a sudden has issued
the impugned notification.
The counsel argued that the
notification is a violation of the settled terms and conditions and a
violation of the principles of natural justice as the university
administration issued the notification without providing the aggrieved
persons a chance to forward their arguments.
The court, after issuing the aforementioned order, put off hearing in the case till September 20. The news
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