Pakistani universities budget, funds
No financial cut on funds for universities
Islamabad, Feb 24: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Tuesday said there would be no cut on the
budget allocated for the universities despite the serious financial crunch the
country was facing.
Addressing Vice Chancellors of around 70 public sector
universities from all over the country here at the Prime Minister House, Gilani
however asked them to improve the quality of education to match international
The prime minister said the government has allocated an amount of Rs
31.57 billion for the education sector during the current budget and said the
Education Policy of 2009 envisages an allocation of 7 percent of the GDP by
"We will ensure that funds
for education, particularly the higher education, are available," Gilani said
and added "even under extreme financial crisis we have made a commitment not to
cut education budget."
He said he has also got an
assurance from his finance minister that there would be no cut in the education
budget and the universities can continue with their capacity building and future
He said the Education
Policy was finalized in consultation with all the stakeholders and aims at
taking the country forward and help it meet all future
Gilani said the government
accords top priority to education and health sectors and would ensure that
enrollment is tripled over the next six years.
He vowed to take education
to the doorsteps of the people and said more universities and their campuses
would be opened in far off areas of Balochistan and Sindh.
The prime minister urged
the Vice Chancellors to work with the government and help exploit full economic
potential of the country.
He however pointed to the
need of improving the quality of education being imparted by these universities
as their rating has declined internationally.
The prime minister said the
success of the country depends on the success of its education sector and said
it was vital to help the country overcome the challenges it was
He said the private universities were doing better than the public sector ones in
imparting modern technologies and this needs to be emulated by the public sector
Later during an interactive
session the prime minister to an appeal by the Vice Chancellors assured that the
federal government agencies and the provincial government would be tasked to
track the whereabouts of Dr Latifullah Kakakhel, Vice Chancellor of the Kohat
University of Science and Technology, who was abducted over three months
He said law and order were the top priority and pointed that the country was
passing through difficult times and was engaged in the war against
The prime minister said his fore fathers had done a great deal for the education
sector and added that "education is an obsession with our family and will
continue to further improve it." APP
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No proper transport facilities for Students
Rawalpindi: Students in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are facing transport
problem, as hundreds of educational institutions have no proper transport
While a large number of students coming from the suburbs of
the city to their respective schools and colleges have to face inconvenience in
packed public transport besides the maltreatment by drivers and
Several students shared their sufferings while travelling to
"The school and college buses ply only on specific
routes and I always use local transport to reach my college," said a student,
Taseer Khan. He said this is one of the major problems for all those who come
from far-off areas.
Students complained that majority of the local
transporters do not stop their vans when they see students waiting.
Ali, a student, said due to financial problems, she couldn't pay full fare of
the van, while the transporters do not allow student concession. She said girl
students particularly have to wait for a long time to find a seat due to which
they often reach their college late. She demanded the authorities concerned to
provide sufficient buses for colleges, especially women colleges.
also complained about the rashly driven school and college vans and buses,
saying that very few institutions care for the school kids by closely monitoring
the mode of transport used by their students. Though a few institutions have
their own pick and drop facility for students, several others are bereft of the
The parents said that school pick-ups are charging Rs1,500 per
child whereas school buses are taking Rs1,200 per student, adding that any
parent having three or four school going kids have to pay Rs5,000-6,000 only as
transport fee besides the already high school fees. The news
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AIOU daily wagers protest over job insecurity
Islamabad: Around 1, 000 daily wagers of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)
held a mini-march at premises of the university on Tuesday to press for their
regularisation. AIOU Employees Welfare Association (EWA) organised the
The march started from the main gate and culminated in front of
the Vice Chancellor's (VC) office. The participants were holding placards and
chanting slogans against what they called discriminatory contractual arrangement
signed with them by the university's administration.
President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also AIOU Chancellor, listen to their demands
and regularise them.
The contract, which is attendance based, envisages
that if there are four weekly holidays in a month and national holidays also
fall in that month, daily wagers would not be entitled to any pay. "Is it our
fault if there are days off in a month?" asked a protester.
President Malik Saeed told journalists that they were hopeful that the elected
government would listen to their demand and regularise them.
Most of the
daily wagers are working at the university for the last several years but do not
have job security. They can be fired any time without any
Rashid Ahmed, a daily wager, said, "We do not have any
legal cover. If we lose jobs we cannot go to any court of law as contractual
arrangements does not protect us.
He queried that why students were
charged fees, when there were so many holidays in a year. "The policy should be
clear. Either charge fees from students excluding holidays or regularise us and
pay us as you charge students," he added.
The protestors vowed to hold
more demonstrations till their demands were met. Daily times
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FDE chief removed
Islamabad: The director general of the Federal Directorate of Education
(FDE) has been removed from the post for initiating an inquiry into alleged
irregularities in appointments in the organisation, a source in the FDE said
on condition of anonymity.
Shehnaz Anjum Riaz was appointed FDE
director general on the intervention of the Supreme Court of Pakistan only about
a month ago.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Education Sardar Assef
Ahmed Ali, however, removed the FDE chief and posted her as head of Academy of
Educational Planning and Management allegedly after she exposed some
irregularities and illegal recruitments in the organisation and sent the report
to the ministry.
Secretary Education Imtiaz Qazi, however, denied that
she had been removed because of the irregularities she had exposed. "It is the
prerogative of the federal education minister to transfer/replace the FDE
director general and post the official on any position equal to it," he said.
He, however, admitted that a report about the irregularities had been
received from the FDE. Necessary action will be taken after investigation into
the matter, he added.
On the other hand, Ms Riaz denied that she had
been removed. "I still hold the charge of DG. I have not received any transfer
orders," she told this reporter.
She also maintained that the education
ministry cannot transfer or appoint the head of FDE. "It is the prerogative of
the prime minister," she said, adding: "I have contacted the PM Secretariat and
the Establishment Division and both have denied issuing any such notification."
She alleged that the chairperson of Federal Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education Shaheen Khan had brought some policemen and forced her to
hand over the charge to her. "Ms Khan did not have any appointment orders," she
She said she had been posted on the seat on the directives of
Supreme Court and would approach the apex court again if she was removed. About
the report of irregularities, she said it had been sent by the FDE
However, the secretary education said her
transfer order had been issued. She has received the same and joined her new
post of Director General Academy of Educational Planning and Management.
Ms Riaz was appointed as the FDE chief about a month back after winning
a case in the Supreme Court.
She approached the apex court in 2001 when
the previous government of Pervez Musharraf superseded her and appointed
Brigadier (retired) Maqsoodul Hassan on the post. Mr Hassan was given extension
three times and held the post till the downfall of Musharraf.
present government came into power, it also denied Ms Riaz her due right and
appointed Shaista Pirzada, the principal of Islamabad College for Girls F-6/2,
as the FDE head. On the intervention of the apex court, she was sent back to her
college and Ms Riaz posted as FDE DG. This reporter tried to contact Sardar
Assef Ahmad Ali but he was not available for comments. Dawn
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HEC degrees awarded
Islamabad: As many as 48 scholars were awarded with degrees in the second
convocation ceremony organised by Higher Education Commission (HEC) for students
completing their MS-Engineering studies from three leading universities of South
The students had proceeded in February 2008 to three leading
universities of South Korea - Hanyang University, Seoul National University and
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST).
scholarship programme, HEC scholars have studied and been doing research in 12
major fields of engineering, relevant to the industrial sector of Pakistan. All
these scholars have at least written one research paper/conference presentation
in an international journal/paper. Some of them have produced world-class
research papers, which have been accepted for publication in internationally
The students, who were awarded with degrees on the
occasion, included the names of Atif Pervaiz, Attique ur Rehman, Baber Khan,
Mohammad Imran and Mohammad Saqib Ali from Seoul University, while the scholars
of KAIST included Ali Shahid, Mohammad Amjad Hammad, Mohammad Usman, Naseem
Qaiser and Wasif Farooque Ali Shahid.
The scholars from Hanyang
University were Abdul Razaq, Abdul Rehman, Ayaz Hussain, Imtiaz Madni, Irfan
Ahmed, Jawad Ahmed, Khurram Amin, Mian Ashfaq Ali, Mohammad Adil Ansari,
Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Suleman Haider, Mohammad Shahid Ansari, Mohammad
Shoaib Khalid, Mohammad Yousaf Ali Khan, Mohammad Nauman Zahid, Ramesh Kumar,
Mohammad Imran Hassan, Shahzad Khan, Shakaiba Majeed, Shanawar Hamid, Sohail Ali
Naqvi, Sultan Daood Khan, Syed Haider Abbass, Tipu Sultan, Zafar Bader Khan,
Zahidullah and Zeeshan Ahmed.
A delegation from Hanyang University
specially came to Pakistan to confer the MS-Engineering degrees to their
Ambassador Republic of the Korea Shin Un on the occasion
appreciated HEC for successfully continuing the programme since 2006 that aims
to prepare high-tech workforce for Pakistan's industry. "These scholars have
studied at leading institutions of South Korea, where they had the opportunity
to work on real life projects with leading Korean industries such as LG,
Samsung, Daewoo, Hyundai, etc," he added.
The ambassador said the HEC
scholars have given tremendous performance and asked the successful scholars to
act as the proponents of Pak-Korea friendship and play a catalytic role in
furthering the existing trade and industrial relationships of the two
To date, HEC has sent 177 engineers to South Korea, currently
studying in six top universities of the country. The final batch of 23 scholars
will proceed to Korea by the end of this month.
Chairman HEC Dr Javaid R
Laghari thanked the Korean government for providing excellent opportunities to
the Pakistani scholars. "We hope that whatever our scholars have learned from
Korea will benefit Pakistan's industrial sector in its promotion and
advancement," he said.
He mentioned that the prime minister, in a
meeting with the vice chancellors, assured that there would be no funding cuts
in the budget of higher education sector. "The prime minister assured full
support to the education sector and said there would not be a cut down in HEC's
budgetary allocation in order to enable the Commission in not only sustaining
the education system but also its own growth," he added.
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FJWU Orientation session
Rawalpindi: An orientation session was held here Tuesday at Fatima Jinnah
Women University (FJWU) to welcome the newly admitted graduate students (session
2010-12) and enlighten them about the rules and regulations of the
All the deans and department incharges were present on the
occasion, with Vice Chancellor FJWU Prof Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan in the chair,
who congratulated the students for becoming a part of FJWU.
the newcomers, she said that being the country's future leaders, it is their
collective duty to make it progress and excel in all fields. She said the
University is named after the beloved sister of Quaid-i-Azam and its vision has
been crafted according to the great leader's vision.
She advised the
students to work hard and stress upon developing strong commitment and full
devotion towards their studies. "Now, you have committed not only to excel in
academics but also to become good human beings, as you are the future hope, so
carry the torch high in darkness, too," she added.
All the department
incharges were introduced to the students to make them familiar with the
mechanism of the University.
Dean Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir briefed the newly enrolled students about the
University's environment, its activities, disciplinary rules, curricular and
extra curricular activities, and advised them to adopt a well groomed and
responsible attitude towards their country, community, institution and
Incharge Education Department and Controller Examination Dr
Mussarat A Sheikh briefed the students about the University's examination
system, while Nighat Raza highlighted different scholarships and financial
assistance available at the University.
Chairperson Department of
Communication Sciences and Incharge Campus Radio VOW (FM 96.9 Mhz) Dr Shamim M
Zaidi told the students about the University radio station and encouraged them
to join it to polish their hidden talents.
Director Sports and
Chairperson Mathematics Department Dr Surriya J Mehmood, University Medical
Officer Dr Huma Jahangir, and Placement Officer FJWU Humaira Sadia also spoke on
the occasion and informed the students about future job opportunities.
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Dual degree programme
Islamabad: Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) launched a
dual degree programme in collaboration with Lancaster University, UK at an event
held in London, says a press release issued here Tuesday.
The event was
attended by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Muhammad Azam Khan
Swati, who is also Chancellor of CIIT, and Sir Christian Bonington CBE,
Chancellor of Lancaster University, UK.
A Memorandum of Understanding
was signed by CIIT Chancellor Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and CIIT Rector Dr. S M
Junaid Zaidi (S.I.) on behalf of CIIT and Professor Paul Wellings, Vice
Chancellor Lancaster University and Professor Bob McKinlay, Deputy Vice
Chancellor Lancaster University on behalf of their institution.
Azam Khan Swati lauded CIIT's efforts for this landmark achievement and
emphasised the need for similar collaborations in higher education programmes in
future and said that the dual degree programme would tremendously benefit
Pakistani students. The programme would also help strengthen educational
standards and systems at CIIT.
The minister also announced a major
investment for funding scholarships for students who would enrol in the dual
degree program. This collaboration will enable 250 Pakistani undergraduate
students to get enrolled in the country's first dual degree programme, starting
from the Fall Semester (August 2010) in which Lancaster University degree
programmes will be conducted at Comsats Institute of Information Technology's
(CIIT's) Lahore Campus. The news
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