3,600 HEC scholars facing serious problems
3,600 scholars suffer as HEC runs low on funds
Islamabad, Feb 14: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is facing
serious problems in providing stipends to its scholars studying in various
international universities, it was learnt on authority.
"The future of
3,600 students, who are on HEC scholarships in various international
universities, is already hitting troubled waters. The commission with every
passing day is finding it extremely difficult to send their monthly financial
support," a well-placed HEC official confided to this reporter.
number of cases, stipend is reaching the students with a delay of three to four
months, the official said, adding that, "We could hardly do anything in this
regard, as the government is not releasing money for the purpose."
far, the HEC had diverted all of its developmental grants towards its Human
Resource Development (HRD) under which it sends students abroad for higher
However, things will be turning really scary in the coming
months. "Under the commitment, we are supposed to provide money to the relevant
universities for our students. Otherwise, they (the universities) could send
them back, no matter whether our students are half way through or near to
completion of their studies," the official said.
In the ongoing financial
year, the HEC needed Rs10 billion exclusively for HRD. However, the expenditure
was cut down to Rs7.5 billion by stopping 500 students from proceeding aboard
who were duly selected by the HEC for higher studies.
crisis, the government had asked the HEC to rationalise its overall
developmental budget at Rs16 billion from the original Rs18 billion.
then so far the HEC had only received Rs8 billion, which had put it in serious
economic crisis. "Besides sending money to our students abroad, the HEC has to
pay money against the purchases of laboratory equipments for various
universities, hence, it is hardly left with funds to spend on other development
projects," the official said.
Only recently, vice-chancellors of the
public-sector universities have cried for financial assistance to run their
institutions. Considering the seriousness of financial crisis, HEC has asked the
government for an education bailout package to save the higher education
"Pakistan Goverment is eraning 18 billion Ruppees daily from only oilsector. Zardari got 72 Federal ministers in cabinet.They resume jobs of thousands of people with 10 past year salary paid to them. The Government have all the resources but only wants to see HEC work under ministry of Education. its Game of big guns. future of 4000 scholars depends on release of funds."
Name: Talat Ali
City, Country: ISALAMABAD, Pakistan
New education policy by March 23'
Islamabad: Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-6/2, in its third
convocation on Friday, conferred degrees, awards, medals and prizes on 145
students. Besides, 12 teachers were also given awards for their outstanding
Education Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, who was the
chief guest on the occasion, said, "The new policy will be introduced by March
23 after approval by the Cabinet Division".
He termed the policy a
comprehensive document that addresses various problem areas. He hoped the policy
will bring revolutionary changes in the educational system. "We consulted all
stakeholders to seek their suggestions while developing the policy," he said. Dawn
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QAU teachers demand implementation of incentives
Islamabad: The Academic Staff Association (ASA) of Quaid-i-Azam University
(QAU) has asked for the implementation of the BPS Incentives announced by the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) for the faculty who did not opt for Tenure
Track System (TTS).
It was demanded in second meeting of the Executive
Council of the ASA held the other day with Dr Qaisar Abbas Naqvi, President of
the ASA in chair.
The members of the association also demanded enhancement
in the PhD allowance from Rs5,000 to 10,000 following the precedent of Punjab
University for the PhD faculty.
The Executive Council of the association
also decided to hold a meeting of the Council members with the Vice Chancellor
on February 16 to discuss various pending issues.
The EC members expressed
their dismay and resentment that the VC could not fulfil his commitment to
implement the Basic Pay Scale (BPS) Incentives latest by January 31 of this
year. They urged that there should be no restriction on the percentage of
faculty members in a department/Institute for better incentives.
theses incentives a BPS faculty member can get six extra salaries in a year on
the basis of good performance.
The meeting noted that the same formula was
circulated amongst all the Syndicate members of the university for approval.
Accordingly, the Council resolved that a faculty member who qualifies for the
Incentive criteria must be given the benefits. Because according to the HEC
letter originally issued in 2007, the BPS Incentives were meant for those who
did not qualify or did not opt for TTS and the payment of the incentive should
start from July 2007 when the TTS was implemented at QAU.
passed a resolution unanimously condemning the article "Who greed ruins
academia" written by Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy in the daily newspaper "Dawn" on the
non-implementation of GRE test at the university.
Most of the members were
of the opinion that Dr. Pervez should respect the decision taken by Academic
Council democratically and should avoid writing such type of articles in the
newspapers. University PRO should get a rejoinder published in the newspaper as
well in this regard, added the House.
Executive Council deplored the delay in
holding the Selection Board for recruitment and resolved that agenda of the
Selection Board be issued latest by February14 as the ban on government jobs has
been lifted. It was also decided that the VC should be solicited to stick to his
schedule to hold the Selection Board on February 21 and in no case it should be
The Treasurer of ASA raised the issue of expected changes in the administrative
posts by VC. After discussing the issue at length, the house unanimously
resolved that only those heads of the administrative committees/cells be changed
whose performance was not up to the mark.
It was also decided that no change
should be made under pressure or on the advice of non-elected faculty members.
The members also expressed deep dissatisfaction on the performance of In
Charge Networking Cell as most of the computers at the university are out of
order or affected by virus although the university has spent huge amount on the
purchase of anti-virus software.
The members said that the head of
Networking Cell should be either from IT, Electronics or Computer Sciences. EC
also urged that any change in the administrative heads should be made after
consultation with ASA Office-Bearers.
A three-member committee was
constituted comprising Dr Idrees (co-ordinator), Dr Safeer and Dr. Sajid to
pursue the better medical facilities for all faculty members. Day Care Centre
should be made operational on immediate basis. EC urged that two employees
should be appointed by VC soon for quick and smooth opening and functioning of
the Day Care Centre.
The house also offered Fateha for the departed souls of
Dr Qari Naseer Ahmad of Math department and Dr A. H. Dani, Professor Emeritus,
QAU, and an Archeologist of international repute. The Nation
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