Higher Education Commission MPhil PhD criteria
QAU teachers flays HEC PhD, MPhil criteria
Islamabad, Feb 03: The teaching faculty of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has
expressed displeasure over Higher Education Commission's stance that it
will not recognise the PhD degrees, which do not fulfil quality
criteria and the development funding of the institutions violating the
criteria would also be curtailed.
In this regard, a meeting of
Academic Staff Association (ASA) of QAU held the other day where the
members of the body passed a resolution that all the PhD theses
submitted so far, should be processed without further delay whether
anyone passed the GRE or not.
The professors condemned the HEC's
threatening letter that the funds of the university would not be
released if it did not follow the quality criteria for the award of PhD
and MPhil degrees.
In order to deliberate on this issue with HEC, the
teaching faculty also constituted a 7-member committee.
of the association agreed on the point that there must be a uniform rule for all the departments.
is unfair, discriminatory and against human rights that the students of
some departments had to pass the GRE test for PhD admission while the
other had to pass the test developed by their own departments.
can go to a court of law and challenge it and we should not indulge in
such things which can invoke suo motu action just to please educational
bureaucracy sitting in HEC", said a faculty member. If the departments
are asked to design their own tests, then most of the departments not
having designed the entry tests will have to start it from scratch.
university accepts the HEC proposal for the sake of argument, then a
vacuum will be created in the university leading to chaos and there
will be no admissions in many departments.
One of the members said that although the GRE International was only
available in 5 subjects and remaining departments have to take their
own tests but opposition by "non-affectee departments" prove that they
are in principle against the GRE because according to them it is
against the promotion of higher education in the country.
criticised those faculty members who were saying that faculty members
oppose GRE just because HEC will pay them Rs5,000 per student.
member pointed out that most of the faculty members do not have PhD
students with HEC scholarships so no money factor was involved in it.
He further elaborated that it was just a false and fabricated
Another professor said if GRE were implemented on the
universities then only those students belonging to elite class would
benefit while those with humble background, especially from less
developed area will be left out.
They said that if the GRE was
such a panacea, why all the universities of the world including many in
USA and all in Europe did not opt for it.
One participant quoting his
experience said that there was no link between research and GRE. He
said that ASA would raise voice against the Higher Education
Commission's stance that it would not recognise the PhD degrees, which
do not fulfil quality criteria and the development funding of the
institutions violating the criteria would also be curtailed. The nation
"alhasa eastern privince ksa i want to know how to get admission in M phal n pashto,how,and when pls emal me."
Name: usman ghani
City, Country: alhasa saudi arabia
"I really support the Academic Staff Association (ASA) of QAU for correct suggestion to HEC t oruled out the GRE. No HEC scholar take this test then why in the country scholars are foreced to do so. It is really injustice. I also raise hands against this policy of HEC."
Name: Ghulam Murtaza
City, Country: Lahore
"The HEC criteria for higher education is not expressed on its website. It is a sort of hidden weapon with the universities . Can anybody explain it ?"
City, Country: islamabad, pakistan
"Course work, comprehensive and GRE take lot of time to prepare and disturb the research and student unable to come out from all these isssue and finally he left without completion.There are lot of issue which need to check for quality. In private university no place to site for Student, no special setup and funds to facilitate PhD student. They just enrolled and rolled scholar and HEC not check any quality of institute. To improve the PhD program please improve institution setup not adding tests of Phd Students"
Name: Mustafa Zaidi
City, Country: Karachi
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Search committee for VCs' appointment reconstituted
Peshawar: The search committee for appointment of vice-chancellors of
public sector universities in the province has been reconstituted.
immediate task before the new committee is to recommend the right
persons for appointment as vice-chancellor of the NWFP Agricultural
University and Hazara University.
Provincial Chief Secretary
Javed Iqbal would be the chairman of the new committee while members of
the committee are Secretary for Higher Education Attaur Rahman, Special
Secretary to Governor Sikandar Qayyum, former principal of the Khyber
Medical College Prof Dr Nasiruddin Azam Khan, retired bureaucrat Col
(R) Alamzeb Khan and educationist Prof Zahoor Ahmad Awan
No former chief secretary has been included in the new
committee this time. Several erstwhile chief secretaries like Abdullah
and Azam Khan had remained the members of the committee in the past.
Other members of the previous committee were former governor of NWFP
Maj Gen (R) Khurshid Ali Khan, Dr Shaheen Sardar Ali, the-then chief
secretary, higher education secretary and secretary to the governor.
job of the search committee is to collect applications from aspirants
for the vice-chancellor's job, shortlist them, conduct panel interview
and suggest at least three names to the governor/chancellor for the
appointment of the vice-chancellor, said the sources.
however, the discretion of the governor to appoint anybody even other
than those proposed by the search committee. But as per tradition, the
governor always selects a vice-chancellor on the proposal of the search
committee from among the three names recommended to him, the sources
There were allegations that the governor did not follow
the recommendations of the search committee on some occasions and that
majority of the vice-chancellors were appointed on the recommendation
of the ruling Awami National Party.
Some reports suggested that
the governor also appointed those known to him as vice-chancellors at
some universities despite the fact that they were not meeting the
Higher Education Commission criteria.
The sources said according
to the HEC criteria, a vice-chancellor should be a PhD and a full
professor. But the vice-chancellors of at least two universities - NWFP
University of Engineering and Technology & Islamia College Peshawar
- are neither PhD nor professors. The vice-chancellor of the NWFP
University of Engineering & Technology is stated to be a friend of
The general perception about the previous
committee was that it was ineffective and the governor took all the
decisions. The sources in the Governor House were, however, of the
opinion that all the vice-chancellors were appointed on merit and on
the basis of the recommendations of the search committee.
effectiveness of the new search committee would be judged from the
appointment of VCs for the NWFP Agricultural University and Hazara
The incumbent vice-chancellor of the Agricultural
University, Prof Dr Said Khan Khalil, has been holding the office for
the last over five years while according to chapter 3 Section 10 of
university statutes one person can serve as a vice-chancellor for four
years at the most.
He got retired as professor on January 2 last and
was given acting charge as vice-chancellor on January 16. The post was
formally advertised on January 21 and 10 days were given for submitting
applications, which expired on February 2.
Necessary process for the
appointment of the Hazara University vice-chancellor has almost been
completed and final decision to this effect could be taken anytime, the
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FCPS, MCPS trainees course
Rawalpindi: A two-week extended preparatory course for FCPS (Part II) and MCPS
organised by Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Unit-I of Holy
Family Hospital concluded here on Tuesday.
Gynaecology at Rawalpindi Medical College and Head of Gynae/OBS Unit-I
at HFH Dr Rizwana Chaudhry supervised the training course that was
attended by 92 students who have to appear in the examination to be
held by College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan (CPSP).
main objective of the course that started on January 21 was to bring
skilled and motivated specialists of future in the field. The 13-day
course was structured in a way to impart factual evidence-based
knowledge of the specialty in a situation similar to the original
"Multiple case presentations, interactive
sessions, counselling sessions and Task Oriented Clinical Skills
stations along with hands-on practice of important procedures were
arranged to properly train the future health experts," said Dr Rizwana
All the sessions were
conducted by senior health professionals, belonging to twin cities of
Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore and Hyderabad, who
are considered experts not only in their specialized fields but also
known for imparting knowledge to the post-graduate trainees in an
The candidates, who attended the course,
belong to Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Abbottabad, Multan,
Faisalabad and Hyderabad. "This was an extensive and well-organised
training course which would certainly help post-graduate trainees in
gaining comprehensive quick review of their syllabus and essential
skills to pass through the CPSP examination," said Dr Rizwana. It is
worth mentioning that Dr Rizwana is considered as one of the best
students of RMC of her time.
Dr Rizwana said that to ensure
better services for future mothers, Pakistan needs qualified and
skilled gynaecologists. "By enhancing quality of services in the field,
certainly the health professionals can save thousands of lives of
mothers," she said.
Principal RMC and In-charge Allied Hospitals
Professor Dr Mohammad Mussadiq Khan presided over the concluding
ceremony of the course held at the HFH auditorium. Professor Khalida
Adeeb Khanum Akhtar, who is considered as the first teacher in the
field of gynae at the HFH was the chief guest in the concluding
ceremony. She awarded shields to the team of organisers and
certificates to the participants of the course. The news
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Book club at PIMS
Islamabad: National Book Foundation (NBF) has established a book
club in Children Hospital at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences
(PIMS) to delight and educate the children admitted there for
An official of the foundation said
that the book club with over 700 books of children's interest was
opened in the East Medical and Surgical Wards.
administration extended full support to the foundation by providing
space for the club, he told. The collection contains books on religion,
science and fairy tales of eminent writers.
National Book Foundation
(NBF) is also working to establish children book clubs in remote areas
of the country to promote reading habits. The clubs will not require
much resources as they are being set up in far flung areas where
already collections of some books exist, the official said.
objective behind establishing book clubs is to provide reading
environment to the sick children, their parents, relatives and
The club is the first of its kind in any hospital and
a number of more children book clubs in various hospitals are also in
the pipeline. The nation
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English course certificates
Islamabad: US Ambassador Anne W Patterson on Tuesday distributed
certificates among 60 students of Sir Syed School, Rawalpindi who had
participated in a special US-funded English language course.
ceremony held here, Patterson congratulated the students and
highlighted the significance of this scholarship programme.
believe in helping students develop English skills that will give them
tools to further their academic goals, enhance their career prospects
and build a strong relationship between the two countries," said
She said the programme would be expanded to include
800 new students from around the country this year.
students were able to transform their English-language ability over a
two-year period through intensive after school classes and summer
Sir Syed School Principal Waqar Ahmed
Shaikh, teachers and parents were also present on this occasion.
US government-sponsored English Access Micro-scholarship programme at
the Sir Syed School was the first in the Islamabad and Rawalpindi
region. It included over 400 hours of after-school language study. APP
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Students paintings competition
Islamabad: In order to express solidarity with Kashmiris, students belonging to
different educational institutions of the twin cities enthusiastically
participated in an event here on Tuesday.
The event was
organised by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in
collaboration with the Azad Jammu & Kashmir Council. As many as 20
schools and colleges participated in the event and expressed solidarity
with Kashmiris in their own unique way.
Students depicted their
anger over the merciless killing of innocent Kashmiris by the Indian
forces and urged for a peaceful Kashmir. Clad in colourful Kashmiri
costumes and traditional jewellery, the performers tried to present a
real-life picture of Kashmir.
The items presented on the
occasion included a puppet show by the National Puppet Theatre, a
tableau depicting the plight of Kashmiris, folk dances on Kashmiri
songs, national songs, a magic show, a speech contest on the Indian
occupation of Kashmir and a painting competition.
children were given an equal opportunity to vent out their feelings
over the Kashmir issue. The innocent children, although not able to
speak or hear, effectively conveyed their messages through powerful
gestures. The children not only danced marvellously on various songs
but also carried intense expressions on their innocent faces,
condemning the Indian act, and called for the international community
to play its effective role in bringing a halt to brutalities.
participating educational institutions included Army Public School for
Special Children, FG Girls Higher Secondary School G-6/4, Margalla
College for Women F-7/4, Chaudhry Rehmat Ali Memorial School, National
Special Education Centre for Mentally Retarded Children, The City
School Islamabad Campus, National Training Centre for Special Persons,
Government Postgraduate College Sixth Road, Hassan Academy for Special
Education and Anglo Islamic School.
Besides these performances,
a painting competition was part of the event in which different themes
were given to the students, while after the competition, their art
pieces were displayed at the National Art Gallery.
The students in
their paintings focused on the concepts of peace in Kashmir, landscapes
and the natural beauty of the Kashmir Valley in a variety of mediums.
They used different mediums that included pastels, oil paints, poster
colours, pencil colours and collage work. The news
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