HEC-TIAC project | Book on Faiz
TIAC submits Rs57m project to HEC
Islamabad, Jan 10: A project concept worth Rs57 million for Taxila Institute of Asian
Civilisations (TIAC) has been submitted to the Higher Education
The Quaid-i-Azam University has already
provided one acre land for the project while civil work (building) would
cost Rs47 million, human
resource development (Rs6.3 million),
project staff (Rs0.7 million), computerised networking (Rs2 million) and
contingencies (one million rupees).
The project would be completed in 48 months.
building would comprise classrooms, lecture theatre, computer lab,
documentary section, and conservation lab, modelling section, managerial
staff office, library, seminar hall, common room and cafeteria.
HEC has yet to approve the project by providing space, essential
research equipments, books, journals and facilities to researchers with
an aim to produce excellence in the field of cultural heritage and
It was proposed in the PC-I to enhance enrolment in MSc, MPhil and PhD up to 120, 40 and 15 respectively.
Similarly, it has also been proposed to increase the strength of faculty members from nine to thirteen.
syndicate approved the institute as a constituent part of the
university and permitted to enrol students for MPhil and PhD programmes
to produce qualified trained manpower in specialised areas of
comparative civilisations, languages, linguistics and comparative
TIAC Director Dr Ashraf Khan said the TIAC has
produced 10 PhDs from 2001and published regular biannual journals that
included research articles on Central and South Asian studies.
"Our prime objective is to create students and young scholars with a broader view of the whole of Asia.
"To achieve this goal comparative studies of the world civilizations that
in Asia will be undertaken and, on the basis of their findings, we will
work together to bring the Asian people on a common platform," he
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HEC tells ECP not to recognise fake degree holders
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has told the Election Commission of
Pakistan (ECP) not to recognise graduation degrees of 330
parliamentarians until they furnish original documents of matriculation
and intermediate certificates.
"These MPs' graduation has no
legal standing without valid previous education record," well-placed
official sources said here on Sunday.They
maintained that neither the MPs were discharging their responsibility of
meeting the legal requirements nor they were being pressed enough for
submitting their missing degrees. "They are intentionally overlooking
the reminders and warnings issued in the last couple of months.
practice, no action such as temporary suspension of their membership
has been initiated on violation in providing basic education and filling
up a prescribed form i.e. the Degrees Supplementary Information Form
(DSIF)," they pointed out.
The Commission has formally informed
the ECP that it should not be blamed for further delay in disposing of
and penalising those from within the pending case as they might have
acquired counterfeited certificates in their pre-graduation.
MP, they elaborated, would be a fake graduate and liable to be referred
to trial court if he/she holds a bogus certificate in an earlier period.
"How is it possible to qualify for BA examinations while bypassing or
obtaining phony documents in earlier educational career?"
view, the members found with bogus matric or inter would be a
non-graduate as it is out of question that we recognise his/her BA,"
said the HEC focal person Rahim Bakhsh Channa when contacted for
Asked about the exact legal status, the official said
that the 330 MPS had no legitimacy to their BA till they followed their
100 colleagues who had submitted the relevant information after
reminders. "We accept only those papers that got attested from HEC
through production of original high school and inter certificates."
confirmed to have communicated to the ECP the factual position and the
procedure, adopted by the HEC not only in the MPs but also in ordinary
cases before his department's verification. "We have no authority under
the law of the land to force the MPs for presenting their missing
documents and that is why we wrote to the ECP and then the ECP asked the
relevant members through Speakers to furnish the information."
the aftermath of the Supreme Court's June, 2010 order, six months have
been consumed in formalities, with the ECP hardly forwarding 13 fake
degree cases (two MNAs, eight from Punjab, two from Balochistan and one
from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly) to relevant District Coordination
Officers (DCOs) for trial in district and sessions courts.
six months, analysts believe, could pass in the ongoing process in
reaching a logical conclusion. "After this, the assemblies will be left
with one year tenure, not such a long period to rescue sitting members
and get them elected through dishonest means from very beginning."
the 330 pending cases, due to rigidity on part of the MPs and
non-availability of practical action against them, there might be dozens
more fake degree holders willfully avoiding to present their required
The National Assembly, Senate and four provincial
assemblies have collectively 1,170 members. Around 600 were cleared at
the initial stages after duly verified by the HEC and the universities
and eight were pending before different courts.
As 330 MPs' are
in pendency, the HEC traced 54 MPs among others for having invalid
graduation but, in the process of weekly hearings, the HEC cleared eight
of them and transmitted 13 to the DCOs for FIR registration and
transmitting their cases to the courts. The news
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WB to give $300m loan to HEC: Leghari
Taxila: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr
Javaid Leghari has said the World Bank would provide $300 million loan
to the HEC soon.
The World Bank loan would help the commission overcome its financial
crunch. It would also enable the commission to carry out research and
manpower and infrastructure developments of universities, Mr Leghari
He was talking to journalists at the University of Engineering and
Technology (UET) Taxila after addressing the university's first faculty
conference here on Saturday.
The HEC chairman said after the flood, Pakistan had to face economic
constraints, and the higher education had to suffer due to cut in
development budget. As many as 600 scholars could not proceed abroad for
PhD as the project was shelved. He said projects to establish
universities at district levels and university sub campus had also been
done away with.
Responding to a question, he said: "The government has started
thinking that spending on education is not expenditure but investment
and that is called knowledge economy."
He said the example of Far East countries like Korea should be
followed to get the knowledge economy concept implemented in Pakistan.
He said Libya had also planned to establish 11 universities realising
the importance of knowledge economy.
"Investment on education is like making diamond from coal," he added.
Dr Leghari said Pakistan had rich human potential and it could be explored through opening new horizons in the higher education.
Responding to another question, he dispelled the impression that
there was any political pressure on the HEC regarding the verification
of MPs degrees. He said the commission received graduation degrees of
1,100 MPs and 900 were verified while 55 proved bogus and their cases
were referred to the Election Commission for further action. He said all
the MPs degrees issued by the Punjab University were verified. He said
despite many reminders, Election Commission had not provided any SSC and
HSSC of any member of the parliament.
Earlier, addressing the first faculty conference at the University of
Engineering and Technology (UET) Taxila as chief guest, Mr Leghari said
culture of appointments of vice-chancellors in the country had been
changed and now vice-chancellors were being appointed through
transparent procedure through a selection committee and not with
He said despite drastic cut in funds for research and scholarship,
according to US-based journal Pakistan ranked at top in higher education
among the world community. He said that due to focus on quality of
education, two Pakistani universities clinched a position among the 300
universities of the world. He said that despite financial problems HEC
was supporting various research and infrastructure development projects
of various universities. He said that during the current fiscal year,
Rs800 million was allocated for the promotion of research. He said that
as many as 700 PhD scholars were produced during year 2009 and as many
as one thousand PhD scholars were expected to be produced during this
year. He said that during 1947 to 2002 only 14 people got PhD degrees in
engineering and technology while during last 7 years 131got PhD degrees
as a result of the aggressive policy of the HEC with special emphasis
on the higher education. He said that as many as nine research papers
were received by the HEC last year and five among them were approved
with the allocation of Rs14.77 million similarly 18 projects of
infrastructure worth one billion rupees were approved.
He said that recurring grant to the UET in year 2006-07 was Rs125
million while in years 2010-11 it was Rs138.85 million. Former chairman
PTA Mian Mohammad Javaid, Federal Tax Ombudsman Dr Shoaib Suddle and
Vice-Chancellor University of Engineering and Technology Taxila Dr Abbas
Chaudhry also spoke on this occasion. Dawn
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Book on Faiz to be launched
Islamabad: As 2011 has officially been declared the Faiz Centenary Year, the National
Language Authority (NLA) gears up to introduce the first book on Faiz
Ahmed Faiz titled 'Faiz Saddy - Muntakhab Mazameen'. Published by NLA,
the book is compiled by renowned poets and scholars Professor Yousaf
Hasan and Dr. Rawish Nadeem.
In present times when the identity
of the Pakistani people has been severely tarnished by the
self-appointed protagonists of religion who are engaged in heinous
crimes against humanity, there is no one better than Faiz Ahmed Faiz to
project the real self of the nation. Through Faiz, we can show the world
that the people of Pakistan are a happy lot - tolerant, accommodating,
peaceful, loving and warmhearted. It will be a befitting tribute to the
memory of Faiz if this occasion is made the platform to project the real
image of Pakistan by widely disseminating his message of humanity,
peace and brotherhood.
To start the Faiz's centenary
celebrations, Progressive Writers Union, Islamabad-Rawalpindi chapter,
is organising the launching ceremony of the first book on January 13 at
the National Language Authority's Aiwan-e-Urdu, Pitras Bokhari Road,
Sector H-8/4, at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony will be chaired by International
Islamic University (IIU) Rector Professor Fateh Mohammad Malik and the
chief guests will be Professor Yousaf Hasan and Dr. Rawish Nadeem.
writers and scholars Agha Saleem, Kishwar Naheed, Ahmed Saleem, Ashfaq
Saleem Mirza, Haris Khalique and Dr. Salahuddin Derwaish will discuss
the contents of the book on Faiz, his poetry and personality.
PWU had announced earlier that the year 2011 will be the 100th birth
anniversary of Faiz, which will be celebrated throughout the world by
admirers of this great poet of the twentieth century.
Faiz was one of the most prominent Pakistani poets who won unparalleled
global acclaim. He symbolised all that is humane, dignified, refined,
brave and challenging and patriotic in Pakistani society. His poetry
reflects his intellectual resentment and resistance against an unjust
and archaic social order, which he rejects on rational grounds as
anti-human; yet it has no bitterness. He remains loving and loveable,
respected and respectful.
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'Astronomy Night' organised at NUST
Islamabad: Space Science, including Astronomy, Astrophysics, Astronautics, has been
neglected and consequently an under-developed field in Pakistan, said
Dr. Mohammad Mujahid, adviser to the NUST Science Society.
to a press release, he was talking at the 'Astronomy Night' organised
by the NUST Science Society to promote all fields of Space Science
through an interactive platform.
However, he said, resources are
gradually being provided and institutes being set up due to heightened
interest in the field. "It is a small effort on our part to cater to
this interest and we hope that it will not only be enlightening but also
enjoyable and interactive," he said.
The 'Astronomy Night' was
organised to have a closer look at the stars, planets and other heavenly
bodies through the eye of a telescope. The event got under way at the
SCME, NUST Campus, Sector H-12, Islamabad.
reports predicting clear skies on the eve of the scheduled event, cloud
cover was a constant hindrance to view the scene that met the eyes of
Dr. Sarwar Naqvi, professor and former head of
the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the Institute and
Space Technology, Islamabad, was the guest speaker for the session. In
coordination with Pakistan's Amateur Astronomers Society, two telescopes
were installed in the lawn to see the heavenly bodies. The automated
telescopes were positioned so that Jupiter, the largest planet of the
Solar System, and four of its moons could be gazed upon by onlookers.
Students and faculty members queued up behind the two telescopes to look
through its protruding lens and wonder at the marvels of the universe. The news
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