Government Gordon College fee increase
Sharp increase in BA, BSc fee sparks protest
Rawalpindi, Jan 23: With the alleged backing of teachers, students of the Government Gordon
College held a protest here on Wednesday against increase in fee of BA
and BSc from Rs3,500 to Rs9,000.
The protesters blocked College Road and Benazir Bhutto Road by burning tyres.
management locked the gates of the college for students and teachers
during the meeting of the board of governors on the premises on
Wednesday. On this, students broke the gates of the college and forcibly
entered into the premises. The enraged students locked Principal Dr.
Abdul Qayyum in his room for three hours and raised slogans against the
board of governors.
Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association
(Rawalpindi Division) President Mohammad Ilyas Qureshi said that all
board of governors in the province have increased fees of BA, BSc from
Rs3,500 to Rs9,000. "The Government Gordon College management did not
allow students to enter the premises. For this reason, students became
restless and started a protest demonstration. Our association did not
instigate students to lock the principal in his room," he said.
Colleges Dr. Muhammad Ashraf said that only 'academy mafia'
teachers tried to create a rift between students and college management
to get personal benefits. "We are introducing 'semester system' in
colleges in which teachers would be bound to stay on the premises till 4
p.m.," he said. He said that students created law and order situation
and locked their principal in his room for three hours with the full
backing of teachers. "We have lodged an FIR against teachers with the
City Police Station," he said. He said that the decision of increase in
fees was taken by the government.
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Gordon College's fee structure of BS Programme to remain unchanged
Rawalpindi: The fee structure of BS Programme of all 26 government colleges of the
Punjab province will remain unchanged and there will be no increase in
fees of the students studying in the BS Programme of Gordon College
The first meeting of the Board of Governors of
Gordon College Rawalpindi held here on Wednesday was informed that the
immovable property of the Gordon College would also not be sold.
Provincial Minister for Education, Mujtaba Shuja presided over the
meeting. Vice Chairman, Board of Governors/Commissioner Rawalpindi,
Zahid Saeed attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that
the terms and conditions of the regular employees of the government
colleges in Punjab province will also remain unchanged.
of the Governors could not terminate services of the regular employees
and they would continue to perform their duties as usual.
meeting declared that the BS Programme would be equal to the Master
Degree of other colleges and expressed the confidence that the students
of BSP Programme would come out as education expert.
the meeting, the Punjab Provincial Minister of Education said that Chief
Minister of Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has made it clear that fee
structure of the BS Programme launched in 26 colleges of Punjab will not
be revised and the fees would remain unchanged.
would also not be privatised and these colleges have been given autonomy
by constituting board of governors, which would resolve matter of
college funds and other measures at the spot, he added.
Minister said the teachers of these colleges would work under the
previous authority and their rules and regulations would not be changed,
adding, the procedure of their promotions would remain same hence, they
should not be worried.
To meet the financial requirements, the
Punjab chief minister has allocated Rs250 million for development
expenditure and Rs250 million for non development expenditures which
would soon be released by the Finance Department to save these colleges
from any financial issue for initial two years.
Zubair Khan, Secretary of the Board, Principal Gordon College, Dr. Abdul
Qayyum Bhatti, Director Colleges, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Members Kamran
Rasool, Raja Shahid Zafar, Vice Chancellor Gujrat University, Dr.
Nizamuddin, Additional Secretary, Education Department, Muhammad Akram
Chaudhary, Ashfaq Mehmood Khan attended the meeting.
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Only 2% of scholars have not returned to Pakistan: HEC
Islamabad: Only 2 per cent of scholars have not returned to Pakistan after completing
their degrees, while the rest are not only coming back, but also serving
in various institutions from the day they landed in the country, said
HEC Chairperson Dr. Javaid Laghari while addressing a press briefing.
said that there was a misconception that the scholars were not coming
back, however in reality they were bound to come back under the bond
they signed with the HEC. "Till date more than 600 scholars have
returned while more than 7,000 are in the pipeline."
mainly highlighted the achievements of HEC particularly regarding the
quality assurance, which was headed by Dr. Javaid Laghari.
are tracking every single graduate. There are very few incidences where
the scholars did not come back and against whom we are taking legal
action besides that we have put their names on the HEC website," he
Talking about the plagiarism cases, the chairman said that
they were taking concrete action against those scholars who were found
involved in plagiarism.
"Although the process is lengthy, one
thing we can assure is that anyone who is found guilty would be given
due punishment," he said.
HEC (Quality Assurance) Advisor Mahmood
Raza said that there were a total of 90 plagiarised cases among which
80 have been resolved. "The 10 cases, which are also the oldest are
lingering because we want to cover every legal aspect," he said.
about the case of Dr. Shaheen Khan, he said that Karachi University was
following the case in the way it should. "KU and HEC are in touch with
each other and as soon as we are able to cover every legal aspect, we
would reach some conclusion and would also display it on our website,"
The HEC chairperson also stressed the need for designing
a mechanism for the appointment of vice chancellors. "There should be
five member search committees including a representative of HEC in order
to make a more transparent mechanism to hire vice chancellors (VCs),"
He said that the appointment of VCs should be made on
the basis of their performance rather than mere political pressures. "We
are under process of designing a mechanism for the evaluation of VCs.
One term would be made mandatory for a VC while the evaluation of
existing VC would start a year before so that extension of tenure could
be decided," he added.
He said that HEC strategic plan include
universities building economies, universities building leadership and
universities building communities. "Our focus is on faculty development,
quality assurance, research, innovation and entrepreneurship, improving
equitable access, excellence in leadership governance and management,
financial management and sustainability," he said.
Education Commission (HEC) is seemingly unaware of the recommendation
being sent to Implementation Commission by National Assembly (NA)
Standing Committee on Education, which included the relocation of HEC
with Ministry of Education.
While answering to the question of
the scribe during a press briefing, HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari said
that HEC has got nothing to do with Ministry of Education while HEC
Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi who was present during the meeting
of standing committee also expressed his ignorance over the issue.
another high official while talking to this scribe after the briefing
termed this recommendation as "wishful thinking" saying it could not
happen under any circumstances.
According to the information
Ministry of education via NA Standing Committee on education has sent
recommendations to chairman Implementation Commission Raza Rabbani in
which it is recommended that HEC should be relocated with Ministry of
education, as it remained a part of Ministry till 2002.
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15 MPs submit SSC, HSSC certificates to HEC
Islamabad: Around 15 parliamentarians including PML-Q MNA Kashmala Tariq and PPP MNA Asma
Arbab Alamgir have submitted their matriculation and intermediate
certificates to Higher Education Commission (HEC) for verification of
According to the information available with 'The
News', the parliamentarians who were previously reluctant to submit
their documents to HEC have now started submitting it after the
announcement by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding
declaring their degrees 'dubious'.
The official data showed that
list sent to ECP contained names of 298 legislators including 112
members of the National Assembly, 102 of the Punjab Assembly, 10 each
from Balochistan and Sindh assemblies and 43 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
Assembly and 21 members of the Senate. The list also included the name
of late Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari.
Now with the submission of
documents of 15 more MPs, the number of those who have not provided
their matriculation and intermediate data has shrunk to 283 from 298.
official said there was no other way except to ask ECP to declare
degrees of those lawmakers dubious, who have so far not produced their
degrees of matriculation and intermediate even when speakers of the
national and provincial assemblies are also pressing them to do so.
sources in HEC told this scribe that a large number of parliamentarians
including the renowned political figures have started submitting their
documents while the process of verification of degrees continues.
the process of verification of degrees came to a halt as the MPs were
not serious about the issue. Now after the announcement by ECP, they are
taking it seriously and have started submitting their matriculation and
intermediate certificates," said the source.
and intermediate certificates are required to fill the degree
supplementary form, which is mandatory for the verification of
bachelor's degrees. "How come we declare a bachelor's degree genuine
when the intermediate and matriculation certificate is fake," he said.
officials in HEC, however, complained about the lack of coordination
among HEC, ECP and the universities. "We have no clue if any MP has sent
his or her document to their respective university or ECP until we
receive those documents. The universities as well as ECP should inform
HEC about the receiving of documents as soon as they receive it," he
He said that there were several incidences of
misunderstanding when we announce a particular number regarding the
submission of documents but later on came to know that the other MPs
have also submitted their documents to ECP and universities.
said that they have so far verified 664 degrees out of which 610 have
been declared genuine and 54 fake or invalid while 14 members have moved
courts with regard to authentication of their degrees.
HEC spokesman Rahim Bux Channa said that the process of
verification of degrees would continue till its completion. "It is the
verdict of Supreme Court besides that it is the responsibility of HEC to
verify degrees not only of the parliamentarians, but of other persons
as well," he said.
He, however, said that HEC could not verify
degrees without the provision of relevant documents. "We would be
verifying degrees of MPs provided that we would be receiving the
relevant documents required for the verification of degrees," he added.
He admitted that HEC was receiving matriculation and intermediate certificates of MPs, however, he denied revealing their names.
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Ad hoc teachers in Islamabad being regularised, SC told
Islamabad: The Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday that all the teachers working in
government educational institutions of the federal capital on contract
or daily wage basis for the last three years were being regularised.
three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad
Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, was
hearing dozens of identical pleas filed by some teachers, seeking
regularisation of their jobs.
Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq
assured the court that the government had decided to regularise the
services of all the teachers associated with the educational
institutions of the federal capital on contract or daily wage basis for
three or more years.
He said the teachers up to Grade-16 would be
regularised by the recruitment committee of the Education Ministry,
whereas the cases of teachers of Grade-17 and above will be referred to
the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) for regularisation.
court then directed the government not to fire any teacher till the
process of their regularisation was completed and disposed of the
matter. According to a senior official of the Education Ministry, about
600 teachers are working with the educational institutions of the
federal capital on contract and daily wage basis for the last decade or
On the last hearing, the court had directed the government
not to appoint new teachers in educational institutions of Islamabad
until the employment of those working on contract, daily wage or on ad
hoc basis was regularised. The court had also directed the attorney
general to hold a meeting with the concerned quarters for regularisation
of the teachers' jobs.
The petitions were filed by 117 ad hoc
and daily wage teachers and lecturers serving in various colleges of
Islamabad against non-regularisation of their employment by the Ministry
of Education despite the fact that they were working for the past many
Earlier in April 2008, the court had directed the
Education Ministry to consider the regularisation of teachers working on
daily wage basis and the ministry had assured the court that those
teachers would be appointed whenever the recruitment process started. The news
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Teachers stopped from entering college
Rawalpindi: Punjab Professors and Lecturers' Association, Rawalpindi
Division, President Muhammad Ilyas Qureshi said the college
administration tried to hold the board of governors meeting by declaring
a holiday on January 19 and locking all the college gates. He said it
was a humiliation to teachers not to allow them to enter in the college.
He said the board was not functional, but its would-be members were
using the college as their personnel property. He said fees were
increased in the colleges despite the assurances by government that it
would not increase any fee. He said the meeting increased doubts in the
matter however the teachers did not protest as it was directed by LHC
chief justice not to hold any protest until decision. Daily times
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QAU VC calls for academic linkages with Afghanistan
Islamabad: A fifteen-member delegation of prominent Afghan educationists, headed by
Kabul University Chancellor Professor Hamidullah Amin, visited the
Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) here on Wednesday.
comprised chancellors, vice-chancellors and professors of Kabul,
Nangarhar, Shaikh Zayed and Herat universities. The exploration visit
was organised by Konard-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), a foundation of the
Federation of the Federal Republic of Germany, with an aim to explore
avenues of possible cooperation such as exchange of faculty and staff
members and carry out joint research.
While addressing the
meeting, Professor Hamidullah Amin said that a sound and well-developed
higher education system in Afghanistan could contribute in a tremendous
way towards future development, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the
country. "The purpose of our visit is to get more support from friendly
and brotherly countries for strengthening our higher education
institutions," he added.
Speaking on the occasion, QAU Vice
Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai emphasised on academic linkages
between the two countries. He underlined the need to promote joint
educational, cultural and research activities. He announced that the QAU
would provide fifteen scholarships of MSc and PhD to young Afghan
lecturers. He said that QAU would also assist Afghan researchers in
natural and social sciences.
Quaid-i-Azam University Registrar
Dr. Shafiq-ur-Rehman, in his detailed presentation, briefed the
delegation on various departments and highlighted future plans of the
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Pakistan Tutors Forum team meets AIOU VC
Islamabad: Pakistan could make progress in education sector with development in
information technology, said Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice
Chancellor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi.
According to a press release,
he stated this while talking to a delegation of Pakistan Tutors Forum
here on Wednesday. He said that teachers could get access to reserves of
knowledge by learning computer. Teachers must learn computer for
imparting quality education to the next generation, he said.
on the occasion, Pakistan Tutors Forum President Asghar Ali Mubarak
said the AIOU's computer learning programme would bring lasting results.
Secretary Bushra Rizvi briefed the vice chancellor on the recent
programme in which he expressed satisfaction.
The Pakistan Tutors
Forum delegation comprised Khudad Shahrukh, Syed Zaheer Haider, Zamir
Mohammad, Saima Imran, Fauzia Ayub, Atteeq-ur-Rehman, Saif-ur-Rehman and
The delegation also presented a shield to Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi for his services in the field of education.
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An inter-collegiate Naat completion was held at the Shalamar Medical and
Dental College here. Contestants from across Punjab recited Naats. The
first position was secured by Zeeshan Ali of Punjab College, second by
Ghulam Muhayyuddin of Punjab University and third by Saad Farooq of
Government College University and Rabbi Ali of Shalamar Medical College.
Chairman of the host college, Ch Ahmad Saeed, gave away shields to the
winners and also announced an Umra ticket for Zeeshan Ali. The news
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