CSS exams 2014 | HEC new chief challenges
CSS examination to start on February 15
Islamabad, Feb 01: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) will hold the Central Superior
Services (CSS) competitive examination with effect from February 15
throughout the country at designated examination centers.
admission certificates to all the candidates have been issued through
post and the same have been place on FPSC's web sites (www.fpsc.gov.pk),
said a press release issued on Monday.
shall have to appear at different examination centers for compulsory and
optional subjects as mentioned in admission certificates. Without the
admission certificate and original CNIC no candidate will be allowed to
appear in examination. In case any candidates has not receive the
admission certificate or finds any discrepancy in it he she may contact
FPSC immediately at UAN 051-111-000-48 or 051-9205075 (Ext. 240 272,
337, 345) or 051-9213613 but not later than 30.01.2014. The news
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Military College of Signals holds 22nd Undergraduate Convocation
Rawalpindi: The 22nd Undergraduate Convocation ceremony of the Military College of Signals (MCS) was held on Saturday.
NUST Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar was the chief guest on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest stressed upon the urgent need to produce trained scientists and technologists.
also emphasised that the challenge is to transform tertiary educational
institutions into centres of excellence, with high standards of
teaching and a culture of sustained learning, said an ISPR press
Earlier, MCS Commandant Brigadier Ali Farhan in his welcome
address presented the college report, highlighting the progress in
academic and research excellence the college has achieved over the last
A total of 195 students of telecom and software
engineering programmes were conferred upon degrees of bachelor of
engineering. President's gold medals were awarded to NUST Cadet Muhammad
Ahsen and NUST Cadet Ruba Aslam.
Chief of Army Staff's gold medals were received by Capt Abdul Rehman Raza Khan and Gentleman Cadet Muhammadul Husnain Nawaz.
gold medals were awarded to Capt Khalid Rabbani and Capt Abdul Rehman
Raza Khan for their outstanding performances in their respective degree
Chancellor's silver medals were received by NUST Cadet
Muhammad Ali and NUST Cadet Zainab Abbas. Major General Waqar Ahmed,
faculty members, educationists and a large number of students were also
present during the ceremony. Daily times
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Previous programmes, autonomy main challenges for new HEC chief: Atta
Islamabad: Founder Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and President Pakistan
Academy of Sciences Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman has said that the main challenges
for new Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairperson will be
continuation of previous programmes and preservation of HEC autonomy.
more than 100 academicians have shown interest in taking up this
difficult and challenging task and have recently applied for this
position, not many might be equipped to deal with matters related to
higher education sector of Pakistan comprising of over 150 universities,
258 campuses, 1.2 million students, 32,000 faculty members, including
over 7,600 PhD faculty, and administrative-support staff of over
Currently, HEC is the project implementing body
for the US $300 million World Bank Loan for uplift of higher education
in Pakistan besides partnering with the USAID to set up three Centres
for Advanced Studies in Energy, Food Security and Agriculture and Water
at the universities in Pakistan through a $127 million grant. The HEC
attests more than 200,000 educational documents each year.
continued financial crisis faced by higher education sector in
Balochistan, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Special Task Force
for Balochistan, established to evaluate and promote higher education in
Balochistan, could not pay visit to the province.
next National Finance Commission Award due in 2014, which will bring
major changes in the higher education sector, the Task Force, a
consultative forum formed in the year 2011 to review HEC Act 2002 in the
post 18th Amendment constitutional scenario, is still to be notified by
the federal government.
After next National Finance
Commission (NFC) Award, the provincial universities will be financed by
provincial governments. According to the decision announced by Council
of Common Interest during May 2011, the financing of provincial
universities and population welfare would be the responsibility of
federal government till next NFC Award. The transfer of powers will
again be a huge task.
Another big question will be about
international ranking of Pakistani universities. During past few years,
the universities from Pakistan were be able to attain global rankings as
seven Pakistani universities made it to the top 250 universities of
Asia. Keeping pace with the progress made before and improving it will
be another challenge for the new leadership.
Talking about the future challenges, Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman said that
PML-N government, in its election manifesto, strongly supported HEC
autonomy. "The new HEC chairperson would have to pay special attention
towards internal problems within HEC and would have to lead it as strong
homogeneous organization," he said.
The HEC faced many
challenges with regard to its autonomy during the tenure of last
government especially after the commission started degree verification
of Parliamentarians under Supreme Court's orders in 2010.
March 30, 2011 the HEC was devolved through a notification and some of
its functions were transferred to different ministries. Petition was
filed by Dr Atta-ur-Rahman in the Supreme Court, on April 12, 2011 court
declared the notification null and void.
of knowledge economy for Pakistan with special emphasis over university
industry linkages, increase in agriculture production would have to be
kept into mind along with expanding basic infrastructure of digital
library and video conferencing," suggested Dr. Atta.
challenges, he said will include revival of faculty development
programme, restoration of HEC status, establishment of centre of
excellence in specific subjects as well inclusion of Pakistani
universities in top world university ranking.
government has decided to appoint regular chairman HEC through
transparent and merit based mechanism in the light of direction by
Islamabad High Court (IHC) regarding appointment of permanent/regular
chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) till February 12, 2014
in accordance with law and prescribed process.
directed that before expiry of term of HEC acting chairman, the regular
appointment of chairman may be made till February 12, 2014 in accordance
with law and prescribed process. The office of HEC chairman is lying
vacant since August 26, 2013 when the first four-year term of Dr. Javaid
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Ex-HEC chief still using two official cars
Islamabad: Former chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Javaid Laghari is
still in possession of two official 1300cc vehicles, one laptop and an
iPod, five months after his contract expired in August 2013.
the rules he is bound to return all his official belongings to HEC to
get NOC from the department. He confirmed that he is using
official vehicles, one laptop and an iPod saying: "I have written to HEC
that I am ready to pay mileage of the official vehicles, which are
under my use, but they have not responded to several e-mails that I sent
to them in this regard".
Talking about the laptop and
iPod he said: "the HEC owed me one million rupees in dues and I have
asked them to clear my dues and I will return these items". A high
official of HEC desiring not to be named said there is no rule for
anyone to hold official items after leaving the office.
Laghari is not authorised any more to use official vehicles and if now
he wants to pay mileage then he has to return the vehicles to the
department and then HEC would be able to make assessment.
can HEC note mileage of cars when they are under the use of Dr.
Laghari," he added. When this correspondent contacted HEC's
official spokesperson Ayesha Ikram she said as per her knowledge HEC has
to pay only Rs0.5 million to Dr laghari as gratuity.
about the clearance process she said as per rules HEC would give Dr
Laghari clearance certificate and would pay his dues when Dr Laghari
returned all official belongings.
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A Pakistani gets global award but HEC officials want it cancelled
Islamabad: In an extremely unusual move, senior officials of the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) got so upset because a female colleague had won a
global award that they sent a special representative to India to
convince the organisers to withdraw it. According
to sources, the World Quality Congress has recently selected HEC's
director general quality assurance Zia Batool for "Global Award for
outstanding contributions and leadership in quality assurance". She is
the first Pakistani to be nominated for the prestigious award.
achievement brought international honour for the country and even the
minister of state for education Baligh ur Rehman sent her a
congratulatory message, but the baboos at HEC did not like it at all and
started conspiring for the cancellation of the award.
said the HEC's acting director general human resource Farmanullah Anjum
visited India and approached the organisers of the award ceremony and
Indian High Commission for cancellation of the award.
requested the organisers to give the award to a senior official of the
commission instead of Zia Batool.Sources said the official did not even
inform the chairman HEC or Pakistani foreign office before taking this
extreme step, which created a lot of embarrassment for Pakistan.
the organisers contacted Batool and informed her about the efforts of
her colleagues. They also told the HEC official that the award is based
on decision of the jury and board members of the Council of the World
Quality Congress and it cannot be given to another HEC official.
contacted by The News, HEC's Farmanullah Anjumn confirmed that he
contacted the organisers in India to "inform them that there are other
qualified people who deserve the award."
"I called the
organisers in India that Zia Batool's nomination has not been sent by
HEC and there are other candidates who are complaining that they also
deserve the award," Anjum said.
He said his Indian visit
was aimed at attending a conference hosted by the British Council. "I
contacted the organisers of the award on telephone during my visit to
India but they did not give me appointment for a meeting," he said.
The acting chairperson of HEC Imtiaz Hussain Gilani also
confirmed that he was not taken into confidence by the top officials
before contacting the organisers of the award.
"I have no
knowledge of this development at all," Gilani said.The World Quality
Congress awards ceremony 2014 is scheduled for June 27-28, 2014 in
Mumbai, India. Zia Batool has been nominated for the award in
recognition of her efforts to improve the quality assurance practices at
Batool has been serving at the Commission since
November 2003, having previously served as advisor social sectors for
the ministry of finance.She is considered to be the founder of the first
Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of the country and has developed and
executed QA criteria and policies at the national level.
contribution to quality assurance field has been internationally
recognised and she is also board member of Asia Pacific Quality
Network.In his letter of appreciation to Batool, the minister of state
for education remarked: "The said award is certainly recognition of your
contributions and great work done in the critical field of quality
assurance as an expert both at national and international levels."
letter mentions that her selection for the Global QA Award by the jury
of the World Quality Congress is indeed a pride for the nation and the
higher education sector of Pakistan that one of the Pakistani women is
selected for this award.
"Her efforts and contributions in
policy making for reformed higher education sector in Pakistan are
commendable during last decade while serving the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) as director general-QA."
Prof. Dr. Atta
ur Rehman founding chairman HEC, Dr. Javaid R. Laghari former
chairperson HEC, Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmed Khan, vice chancellor Agriculture
University Faisalabad, commission members of HEC, vice chancellors and
academicians have also congratulated Zia Batool on her achievement. The news
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Strict action against illegal medical colleges on cards
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has decided to
take strict action against illegal medical and dental colleges
operating across the country without approval from the council.
to official sources, doctors having acquired additional medical or
dental postgraduate qualifications will only be authorised to practice
as specialists in their respective specialty.
The registered medical
or dental practitioners having only basic medical or dental
qualification are not authorised to carry out specialised procedures and
all doctors have been directed to display their PMDC registration
certificate prominently at the place of practice, they added. They said
that the PMDC would make surprise inspections to check the
implementation of this decision. Daily times
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COMSTECH workshop starts on January 30
Islamabad: OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation
(COMSTECH) will organise an international workshop on 'Solutions of
Differential Equations from Transform Techniques (SDETT 2014)' here from
January 30 to February 1.
The conference is aimed at
providing a unique platform for young researchers faculty and especially
graduate students from OIC to collaborate with researchers from all
over the world working in area of special functions and transforms. It
would also help researchers from engineering and other applied
disciplines to comprehend the technique and use it effectively in
modelling simulations etc. The mathematical physicists and others in
basic sciences would use the technique to solve their problems.
to COMSTECH the workshop would be of interest to young mathematicians
physicists scientists engineers and technologists at professional level
who are either using or intend to use new techniques for solving
differential equations. Professor Asghar Qadir from School of Natural
Sciences (SNS) formerly known as Centre for Advanced Mathematics and
Physics (CAMP) will direct the workshop. The workshop includes lectures
interactive sessions application oriented exercises and technical
A complete session of two hours per day has
been allotted for participants to discuss their work and experience in
the field. It is mentioned here that differential equation is one of the
important branches of Mathematics that helps in understanding the
dynamics of real life problems that appear in miscellaneous fields of
science. The technique has proved to be extremely useful and most
Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) use it to obtain the solution space of
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Owners of private schools hold protest against 'professional tax'
Rawalpindi: The office-bearers and supporters of All Pakistan Private Schools
Management Association (APPSMA) held a protest here on Tuesday against
Excise & Taxation Department for imposing 'Professional Tax' and
locking of students in a private school located at Asghar Mall Road.
Banni Police Station registered an FIR under Section 342 against Excise
& Taxation Inspector Tanvir Ahmed, who allegedly used an illegal
way to recover tax and locked students in a private school. However, on
the orders of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar, Banni
Police Station Station House Officer (SHO) Nadeem Zafar unlocked the
school gates to free students.
The protesters carried
banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the newly-imposed
'Profession Tax' by the government. They denounced the government
policies and criticised the Excise and Taxation Department. The
demonstrators blocked Benazir Bhutto Road in front of Rawalpindi Press
Club for half an hour.
All Pakistan Private Schools
Management Association (APPSMA) Divisional President Ibrar Ahmed Khan,
during his address, said that the Excise and Taxation Department
officials were creating harassment among people. The provincial
government has been increasing property tax continuously, which was
unbearable for them, he said. He said that there was 100% education
ratio in neighbouring countries, but in Pakistan the government has been
continuously imposing taxes on education.
He said that
they were already paying income tax, property tax and other taxes and
they could not afford the new tax, which had been imposed from 2004. He
alleged that the Excise & Taxation Department was forcibly
recovering taxes and using rough language.
The protesters dispersed peacefully after an hour.
to officials of the Excise and Taxation Department, the owners of more
than 700 private schools across the district have not paid taxes for a
decade despite receiving notices from the concerned authorities.
& Taxation Officer (ETO) Latif Ahmed said that crackdown has been
launched on tax evaders. He said that the registration process of
commercial and non-commercial properties was underway to improve revenue
generation, besides identifying tax evaders. He confirmed that around
700 private academic institutions have not paid taxes; therefore, they
were taking action against defaulters. "Not only owners of private
schools, but also individuals have not paid their taxes for several
years and the amount runs into millions," he claimed. The news
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