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Delay in HEC head hiring upsets vice chancellors
Lahore, Dec 07: The vice-chancellors of different universities
in Punjab have expressed their reservations about the delay in the
appointment of a regular chairman of the Higher Education Commission
through a competitive process.
The vice-chancellors are expected to express their concern in a
maiden meeting with Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Friday
(tomorrow) for conveying it to the federal government.
The governor, who is also chancellor of all Punjab universities, has
called the meeting of VCs to discuss respective varsities' affairs. The
governor had asked the VCs to bring statistical data of their respective
varsities and suggest agenda items for the meeting. The VCs are also
expected to discuss the issue of establishment of Punjab Higher
Various VCs expressed their
reservations about the delay in the appointment of HEC chairman and
sought the induction through open competitive process. The VCs said the
universities made appointments from peons to BS-22 officials through
advertisements and open competitive process.
In Punjab, they said, the PML-N government had made it compulsory
that only PhD degree holders would be eligible to apply for the
appointment of vice-chancellors in different public sector universities.
"It is strange that the PML-N government at federation level had
given acting charge of HEC chairman to Syed Imtiaz Husain Gilani,
vice-chancellor of University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar,
who did not hold a PhD degree. Mr Gilani holds masters degree in
structural engineering. In Punjab, PhD degree is mandatory even for the
appointment of an assistant professor," one of the VCs said.
They said most of the chairmen of University Grants Commission (UGC)
and all chairmen of Higher Education Commission in the past were eminent
educationists and researchers with highest qualification of PhD from
leading foreign universities of the world. They included founder
chairman of UGC Dr M.A Qazi, last chairman Dr A.Q Mughal, HEC founder
chairman Dr Attaur Rehman and last chairman Dr Javaid R. Laghari.
With reference to delay in the initiation of process for the
appointment of HEC chairman, the VCs referred to Supreme Court's
judgment in June this year, wherein it directed the newly-elected
government to constitute a commission for ensuring merit in all future
public appointments, including appointments of heads of statutory
bodies, autonomous bodies, semi-autonomous bodies as well as regulatory
authorities. "The commission should be mandated to ensure that all
public appointments are made solely on merit," the court ordered.
They said the HEC was also an autonomous and sole public sector
regulatory authority in higher education sector with Rs58 billion
budget. Its head should also be appointed through a competitive process,
The VCs said they would express their apprehensions about the move to
constitute the Punjab Higher Education Commission without taking them
The VCs said it had been announced by the education minister that
Punjab had formulated a draft law for the establishment of Punjab HEC
and sent to the provincial cabinet for approval. The VCs said they had
not been consulted on this issue stating that they were the major
stakeholders in this regard. "We are blank about the draft law for
Punjab HEC and the move may cause reservations or confrontation on the
part of VCs," a vice-chancellor said.
It may be mentioned that the Sindh government had already established its provincial HEC. Dawn
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HEC chairperson does not need to have PhD degree
Islamabad: The chairperson for Higher Education Commission, who is responsible for
quality assurance, faculty appointment criteria and evaluation of PhD
programmes for more than 140 universities of Pakistan, does not require
having PhD degree himself.
With regard to the appointment
of HEC chairperson, the Higher Education Ordinance 2002 mentions: "The
Controlling Authority shall appoint a person of international eminence
and proven ability who has made significant contribution to higher
education as teacher, researcher or administrator, as chairperson." The
ordinance doesn't mention any educational qualification for the
appointment. HEC is the sole country's sole higher education regulator
and responsible for improving the standard of university education in
Despite this generous concession, fortunately
most of the chiefs of University Grants Commission UGC (1974-2002) and
all chairmen of Higher Education Commission HEC (2002- 2013) were the
eminent educationalists and researchers with highest qualification of
PhD from leading foreign universities of the world. The HEC was
established in 2002 with Dr Atta-ur-Rahman as its first chairman. After
his resignation in October 2008, the charge was given to renowned
educationist Shahnaz Wazir Ali and then to Dr Laghari on August 27,
Sources said that one of the reasons she
could not be given permanent charge despite her dedicated work in
education sector was that she was not having PhD degree which is
considered one of the important pre-requisite for chairperson HEC.
PhD holder chairmen of UGC include: founder Chairman of UGC Dr. Mumtaz
Ali Qazi and last serving chairman Dr. A.Q Mughal along with Dr.
Muhammad Afzal longest serving chairman UGC, Dr. A. Q Ansari, Dr. U.G
Issani and Dr. Naseer A Shakih. The founder chairman of HEC Dr.
Atta-ur-Rahman was also leading academician with PhD degree and same was
Dr. Javaid R. Laghari. Although after resignation of Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman
during last PPP regime, for stopgage and interim period, Begum Shahnaz
Wazir Ali was appointed as in-charge of the HEC not chairman HEC till
appointment of a full-time regular HEC chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari.
on condition of anonymity, the vice chancellor of a leading university
agreed that it not possible to have "international eminence and proven
ability in higher education sector" without the highest educational
degree. He said that PhD degree is actually a research degree as
research at universities is being undertaken at PhD level not masters
level. Interestingly, even for appointment of assistant professor, HEC
has made degree of PhD mandatory with research publications. Taking a
lead in this regard, the Punjab government, through an amendment in
Punjab Universities Act, has made it mandatory for all university vice
chancellors to have highest educational degree.
The HEC, a
policy-making institution in higher sector of Pakistan, is without a
permanent chairman since August 26, 2013 when the first four-year term
of Dr Javaid Laghari ended. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani was appointed as
acting chairman HEC on November 9, 2013 till the appointment of
permanent and full time chairman HEC. The education experts believe that
delay in the appointment is badly damaging the higher education sector
as HEC chairman takes the key decisions regarding the functioning of
national universities and higher education institutions.
per HEC Act, all the key decisions related to higher education has to
be taken by the commission's board, which is headed by its chairman and
the secretariat acts as the executing wing of the commission, which is
responsible for implementation of all the orders, decisions, directives
of the board. The news
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HEC releases 35m for University of Balochistan
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has released Rs 35
million for the University of Balochistan to help the institution meet
its financial needs.
Of Rs 35 million, Rs 20 million rupees were released in November and remaining Rs 15 million have been released now.
This amount is in addition to the recurring grant which has already been released to the university by HEC.
month, HEC also released Rs 10 million to the Lasbela University of
Agriculture and Rs 4 million to Balochistan University of Engineering
and Technology, Khuzdar. HEC Chairman Imtiaz Hussain Gilani is also
scheduled to meet Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achkzai in the
second week of current month to discuss matters related to higher
education sector, especially financial problems being faced by
universities of the province. Daily times
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British Council, HEC to strengthen links in higher education
Islamabad: The British Council and the Higher Education Commission (HEC)
will develop a strategy document for strengthening linkage between
Pakistan and the UK in the higher education sector.
It was agreed
during a meeting between a delegation of the British Council, led by
Director Jo Beall, and HEC Executive Director Dr Mukhtar Ahmed.
meeting decided that this partnership would contribute to the
internationalisation of institutions and would make contributions for
capacity building in higher education institutions.
the delegation, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that during the last decade, the
HEC had been continuously striving to build a knowledge-based economy in
Pakistan. "We are encouraging our researchers to focus on research that
is relevant to country's social and economic needs. We want our
institutions of higher learning to develop indigenous solutions for
indigenous problems," he added.
The executive Director said the Pakistani youth had a lot of potential and they wanted to contribute to the country's progress.
a number of problems faced by this country, we have hope in the form of
our youth who always give remarkable performance whenever they get an
opportunity. And HEC's vision has always been to invest as much as it
can for development of our human resource," he said.
He said the
government had increased funding for higher education in the last
budget. Education was the only way out for Pakistan, he added.
HEC's effort has paid dividends in the last decade and our institutions
have performed excellently, still efforts are needed for streamlining
the system. For that purpose, collaboration with organisations like the
British Council will play a significant role in this regard," he said.
Beall appreciated the achievements of Pakistan in the higher education
sector and said that history of the British Council's collaboration with
the HEC was impressive.
He said he hoped that the proposed
strategy document would not only identify matching needs of both sides
but also categorise priority areas of Pakistan's higher education
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BISE announces matriculation exam schedule
Rawalpindi: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi has
announced the admission schedule for the Annual Matriculation (SSC)
According to the announced schedule, the SSC examinations would commence from March 1.
last date for submitting the admission forms with single fee is
December 18. Students can submit their applications with double fee
until December 27 and with triple fee until January 6.
Rawalpindi will announce the date sheet one month before the annual
examinations. The date sheet will be available on the board's website
after its announcement.
According to the BISE Rawalpindi
spokesman, the SSC examinations would start in accordance with the
announced schedule and no extension would be granted for submitting
The board has set up a total of 58 centres in the
Rawalpindi division to facilitate the students. Another 30 facilitation
centres have been established in the district. Whereas, 12 centres have
been established in the Attock district, eight in the Jhelum district
and eight in the Chakwal district.
Meanwhile, the Allama Iqbal
Open University (AIOU) has rescheduled the examinations for the Spring,
2013 Semester in Rawalpindi and Kohat due to 'unavoidable'
AIOU Controller (Examinations) Dr Hamid Khan Niazi
said the exams postponed in Rawalpindi, scheduled to be held on
November 18, and in Kohat on November 19, would now be held on December
The controller said the examination centres and timing would
remain unchanged. Revised roll-number slips were being sent by post to
all the enrolled students, he added. app
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AIOU reschedules postponed exams
Islamabad: Due to unavoidable circumstances, the final examinations of Allama Iqbal
Open University (AIOU) for the Semester Spring-2013 were postponed in
Rawalpindi city and district Kohat, earlier scheduled to be held on
November 18, 19 and 22, now the university has rescheduled these exams.
to AIOU Controller of Examinations Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi, the
examinations postponed in Rawalpindi city and Kohat on November 18 and
the exams postponed in only Kohat district on November 19 will now be
held on December 7, while the examinations postponed in Rawalpindi city
on November 22, will now be held on December 14.
of Examinations said that the centres and timing of these examinations
will remain unchanged, however revised roll number slips are being sent
by post to all the concerned students. The news
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Teachers' strike irks parents
Islamabad: The parents of children studying in the model colleges of
Islamabad have expressed annoyance over teachers' strike and their
boycott of mid-term examinations. The strike was called by the members
of the Islamabad Model Colleges Central Academic Staff Association
(CASA) on Tuesday. The parents fear the strike would spoil the study
routine of their children who had been preparing themselves for the
mid-term examinations. They said the strike was wasting students' time
and would affect their grades. Shagufta Shahid, a mother, said, "The
teachers may be successful in getting their demands fulfilled but
ultimately the students will suffer." The authorities concerned should
pay heed to the concerns of the teachers and resolve their genuine
demands to save the future of the students, she said. Another parent,
Humaira Rashid, said, "It has become a routine matter for the teachers
to launch protests. Those who build the future of generations are
helpless and compelled to get their rights through strikes or boycotts."
The government should not test their nerves and resolve their
grievances before they come out on roads with thousands of students, she
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KMU students demand recognition for their degree
Peshawar: Scores of MPhil graduates and students of
the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences of the Khyber Medical University
said Monday the management had not yet gotten their degree recognised
with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
of the Khyber Medical University (KMU) has failed to deliver on its
promises," the students who did their MPhil and who are now waiting for
their degrees said in a joint press statement.
According to them,
many MPhil scholars have completed their coursework and defended their
research work but the KMU is not awarding them the MPhil degrees.
worries these students is the fact that KMU Principal Dr Prof Hafeezur
Rehman was unable yet to get the varsity's degrees recognised by the
PMDC. "The future of highly qualified scholars is at risk for which the
KMU management is to be blamed," the statement read. The students said
the delay in getting the degree recognised was being caused by the KMU
management's disinterest because the PMDC had no issue in extending the
"We request the higher authorities of the provincial
government to look into the matter and rescue us from this situation,"
the MPhil scholars demanded. "We ask the KP health minister, Shaukat
Yousafzai, to make the PMDC visit to KMU possible for ultimate
recognition of MPhil degrees of KMU." The scholars said they could not
qualify any promotion or apply for higher-grade position in public or
private sector hospitals due to non-recognition of their MPhil degrees.
"It is a great injustice that the KMU management is not getting the
degrees recognised by the PMDC," they remarked. Daily times
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Candidates want CSS upper age limit relaxed
Peshawar: The candidates for the Central Superior Services (CSS) examination have
urged the government to review and restore the old age limit for
appearing in the examination.
Talking to the reporters
at the Peshawar Press Club, Mushtaq Ahmad and Shaukat Ali said the
present upper age limit of 28 should be increased and fixed at 30 as it
used to be in the past.
They said the age limit before
year 2001 used to be 30 years. But it was decreased to 28 years for the
general candidates during the Pervez Musharraf regime, which was against
the ground realities, they added.
The candidates recalled
the previous government led by the Pakistan People's Party had given
age relaxation up to five years to the aspirants for the federal jobs
but the CSS candidates were ignored and deprived of this facility.
deplored that the federal legislative bodies such as National Assembly
and Senate had not taken up this issue despite the fact that it concerns
a large number of educated and talented youths who wanted to serve the
country against various positions.
The candidates pointed
out that a member of the National Assembly from Balochistan Maulana
Ameer Zaman had even submitted a resolution in National Assembly
Secretariat that sought increase in the upper age limit for the CSS
examination candidates, but that resolution was yet to be taken up by
the lower house of the Parliament. The news
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Karak varsity to start PhD classes
Karak: The Khushal Khan Khattak University would launch
soon M.Phil and PhD classes, said Dr Mirza Jan, the chairman of
department of journalism and mass communication.
Presiding over a meeting of the department at his office here the
other day, he said that they would impart field-oriented education to
the students. He said that the subjects related to practical and modern
journalism would be made part of the syllabus.
Dr Jan resolved to make the journalism department a unique one. He
said that they would offer every sort of sacrifice for the newly
established university. Dawn
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