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Convocation ceremony of Korea-returned HEC scholars
Islamabad, Feb 13: Pakistan can learn a lot from the Korean experience that has translated the country in less than half a century into the fourth largest economy in Asia and 13th largest in the world, said Federal Minister for Industries and Production Mian Manzoor Ahmed Watoo.

Addressing a convocation ceremony at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat held to award degrees to Pakistani scholars who have completed MS Engineering degree in South Korea under HEC's Engineering Scholarship Project from Hanyang University, the Mynogji University and the Seoul National University, he said Samsung, Hyundai, Kia, LG and Daewoo, all from Korea, have become a familiar name in the household as well the industry.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Sector and HEC Chairperson Begum Shehnaz Wazir Ali and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Pakistan Shin Un, Representatives of the Korean Universities, dignitaries from academia, industrial sector and technical ministries were also present on the occasion.

The minister said that engineers are builders of the nation and it is encouraging that HEC is playing an important role to produce quality professionals in the country. This lot of well-educated engineers from the leading Universities of the Republic of Korea is just one 'product' of the Higher Education Commission.

"I am glad that HEC has taken the lead in establishing sustainable cooperation in the promotion of higher education. I could see an equal enthusiasm in the honoured guests from the Hanyang University, the Mynogji University and the Seoul National University. The Government of Pakistan continues to give high priority to education including the higher education" Congratulating the graduates, he hoped that they would be instrumental in attracting the leading Korean industries in Pakistan not only in the manufacturing and applied engineering sector but also in establishing their R&D centres in Pakistan.

He said that his ministry would establish a joint forum with the HEC, where the technical expertise and skills of these foreign trained engineers could be shared for technical problems and up gradation issues faced by the industrial sector of Pakistan.

It is indeed, more satisfying for me that HEC has also ensured that every returning scholar from abroad or locally trained PhD scholars would have an appropriate placement in Pakistan through the dynamic job-portal of the I wish to congratulate Begum Shehnaz Wazir Ali saheba and her HEC team for this commendable feat.

Speaking on the occasion, Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali said that it is first convocation of its kind and a unique opportunity for the HEC. While congratulating the graduates, she said that without a strong base of engineers, our industry and production sector cannot progress. While referring to Korean progress, she said that it was only because of a special focus on industry as well as the higher education. She said that Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology are priority areas where HEC has been trying to develop the human resource.

Shin Un congratulated the returned scholars for successful completion of their MS degrees. "I am really happy that senior Korean professors are themselves here to confer degrees to their Pakistani students," he said.

HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi said that modern economies of the world are knowledge based and if we want to compete in the comity of nations, we must focus on strengthening our human resources.

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Private schools perturbed over hindrances in cantt area
Rawalpindi: A meeting of Rawalpindi Association of Private Schools (RAPS) was held here on Wednesday to discuss the problems being faced by private institutions in the Cantonment areas and to seek assistance in finding solutions.

The representatives of RAPS appealed to the parliamentarians, civil society organisations, parents and media partners to extend their whole- hearted support in this regard.

The private school representatives observed that the future of more than a 100,000 students is in jeopardy, as the relevant authorities are not issuing NOC's to a number of schools operating in the cantonment areas. They said that private schools have been successfully filling the gap of education for the last thirty years, a task, which being the responsibility of the government has not been duly fulfilled. In a country, where children don't have access to primary schools, where the dropout rates are increasing day-by-day, the government should facilitate private institutions and should do efforts so that there are schools in every nook and corner of the country.

The meeting discussed that the private school administrations are facing threatening notices of closure and non-issuance of renewal NOC's, thus being tortured and unnerved every day, and their energies being exhausted in finding redress instead of focusing their time on providing quality education, to the students in their care.

The school authorities were of the view that if education is seen as a hindrance to the peace and tranquillity of the Cantonment areas, or poses a security threat, then remedial measures should be taken by the city administration. The answer is not closing down of educational institutions.

The private schools decided that there was need to formulate a uniform policy, governing the opening of private schools as well as the smooth functioning of those already in existence. The News

HEC Inter-University Cricket PU, Gomal, Shah Latif, UoM in quarter-finals
Peshawar: Punjab University upset Karachi University by 4 runs and Shah Abdul Latif, Khairpur defeated NED Karachi to move into the quarter-finals of the HEC Inter-University Men Cricket Championship, simultaneously being played at different venues on Thursday. Punjab in the match played at Hostel No. 1 ground defeated Karachi University by only four runs in a hot-fought encounter. Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first by setting up 165 runs with top order Zeeshan hammered 73 runs with seven boundaries, Wahid Gul made 31 runs with two boundaries and Muhammad Usman scored 14 runs. For Karachi University Nabil Khan took four wickets for 21 runs in his seven overs spell, Mohsin Sultan took two for 29 runs in his six overs spell. Ali and Karam took one wicket each. In reply, Karachi University took a good start when opener Jibran struck 54 with five boundaries but the later batsmen failed to click. Telha Bashir (28) and Rizwan Inayat (14) were the other leading scorers. Thus KU bowled out for 161 runs. For PU Rizwan Inayat took four wickets, Waseem took three wickets and Waheed got one wicket. In a match played at Hostel No. 2 ground Shah Abdul Latif beat NED Karachi by eight wickets. NED Karachi while bat first scored 60 runs with only Shoaib made 18 runs, none of the other could cross the double figures. Although it was predicted that NED Karachi would make an easy sailing against Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur but things proved otherwise as Shah Abdul Latif bowlers did excellent bowling by giving no time to NED Karachi batsmen to stand for a big score. Right-arm pace Faisal was the pick of the pack as he bowled very well by taking four wickets for just 10 runs, Danish and Riasat took two wickets each.

In reply, SAL Khairpur chased the target by the loss of two wickets in 12 overs with Qasim (19) was the leading scorer. Muhammad Jehanzeb and Muhammad Shafique took three wickets each. UoM, Gomal Varsity enter into q-finals of HEC Inter-University Cricket University of Malakand and Gomal University took berth into the quarter-finals after defeating their respective rivals in the HEC Inter-University Men Cricket Championship being played, simultaneously at two different venues here on Thursday. The match between University of Malakand and IIU, Islamabad at Islamia College ground with Malakand University won the toss and elected to bat first by scoring 133 runs for the loss of six wickets with Mudassir (24), Ijaz (25), Ziaur Rehman (22) were the leading scorers. For IIU, Islamabad Abu Bakar and Muhammad took three wickets each. In reply, Islamic International University, Islamabad bowled out for 91 runs after playing 24.5 overs with Sajid (48) with three boundaries, Farooq (12) were the key scorers.

For University of Malakand Shah Saud took fie wickets and Imran Khan got two wickets. In the match played at Gymkhana ground between Gomal University and UET, Lahore, Gomal beat UET Lahore by 66 runs. Gomal made 122 runs with Muhammad Luqman (23), Rehan Samad (28), Shakeel (18) and Anas Khan (12) were the main scorers. For UET Lahore Atif took two wickets, Mukhtiar, Sajjad, Zafar and Zeeshan took one wicket each. In reply, UET Lahore bowled out for 56 runs after playing 21.3 overs. Usman Malik scored 29 runs, Muhammad Zeeshan (18) was the other leading runs taker. For Gomal University Muhammad Akram took three wickets and Mudasir got two wickets. App

NEF to take over SAP schools in N. Areas
Gilgit: The National Education Foundation (NEF) has finally decided to take over the management of 540 schools established under the Social Action Programme.

These schools were not receiving financial assistance from either the government or the local community under the agreement made in 1995, said an official of Northern Area administration on Thursday. The announcement has brought a sense of relief among the protesting teachers of these schools, who were tired of the promises made by the government.

It was the second day of their protest as the teachers continued the sit-in outside the office of the secretary education situated right in front of the chief secretary office. Dawn

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