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Government finally invites applications for HEC chairperson post
Islamabad, Jan 18: The federal government has finally decided to appoint regular chairperson
of Higher Education Commission (HEC) through competitive process and
applications have been invited from the persons of international
eminence and proven ability till January 22, 2014.
advertisement published in leading newspapers on Sunday, the candidates
should have at least 20 years of relevant experience and preferably with
proven track record on internationally recognised contribution in the
field of higher education.
Sources shared that the process of appointment of permanent HEC chief would be
completed before February 12, 2014 in compliance with the orders of
Islamabad High Court (IHC).
In his regard, under the
chairmanship of Chairman Planning Commission Ahsan Iqbal, a search
committee was constituted by the prime minister last week. The search
committee would also take two scholars on board for suggesting names to
the prime minister, controlling authority of the HEC. Sources said that
two members are yet to be nominated.
A vice chancellor termed the decision very timely and hoped that
it would lead towards end of ad hocism in higher education sector and at
HEC and permanent chairman of HEC would be in better position to take
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on January
6, 2014 directed the federal government to appoint permanent/regular HEC
chairman till February 11, 2014 as prescribed under HEC Act in a
transparent way. The single bench led by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique
remarked that office of chairman HEC is one of the important positions.
educationist, Founder Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and
President Pakistan Academy of Sciences Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman filed a writ
petition on December 30, 2013 in Islamabad High Court for the
appointment of permanent and regular HEC chairperson as per HEC Act,
without any further delay through a transparent and merit based
Advocate Umar Hanif Khichi, who appeared on
behalf of Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, stated that as per HEC Act, the
federal government has to appoint regular chairman within 90 days. The
office of permanent HEC chairman is still lying vacant even after lapse
of four months which is negatively affecting the affairs of sole higher
education regulatory authority of the country, he said.
the appointment of permanent HEC chairman was also urged during meeting
of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Education, Training and
Standard in Higher Education that took place here on Monday January 6,
2014 with MNA Gulzar Khan in the chair.
policymaking institution in higher sector of Pakistan, is working
without a permanent chairman since August 26, 2013 when the first
four-year term of Dr Javaid Laghari ended.
regarding appointment of HEC chairman which says, 'The Controlling
Authority shall appoint a person of international eminence and proven
ability who has made significant contribution to higher education as
teacher, researcher or administrator'.
The Supreme Court
on November 27, 2013 directed the government to make appointment of
regular HEC chairman within 15 days and the judges remarked that no
acting appointment could be made on regular post.
of the chiefs of University Grants Commission (UGC) (1974-2002) and all
chairmen of the HEC (2002-2013) were the eminent educationalists and
researchers with highest qualification of PhD from leading foreign
universities of the world.
The PhD holder chairmen of UGC
include: founder Chairman of UGC Dr Mumtaz Ali Qazi and last serving
chairman Dr AQ Mughal along with Dr Muhammad Afzal longest serving
chairman UGC, Dr AQ Ansari, Dr UG Issani and Dr Naseer A Shakih. The
founder chairman of HEC Dr Atta-ur-Rahman was also leading academician
with PhD degree and same Dr Javaid R Laghari.
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Two students denied honours because of humble background
Islamabad: Students from humble background are treated as children of lesser god by
the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE)
despite topping in the SSC examinations among tens of thousands of
pupils and the board has refused to accept their distinction.
FBISE always claims to be the frontrunner among those boards that issue
error-free results but in one case, at least two students have been
denied their right to be declared the toppers in the Board and there is
no apparent reason except their humble backgrounds.
poor students were repeatedly assured by the chairperson that their
distinction would be acknowledged but influential students managed to
grab the top positions despite lower marks in the exams.
that was not enough the two students who hardly managed to bear their
expenses for continuing their studies were deprived of the scholarships
as the board refused to recognize their top positions.
that Federal Board has also allegedly misled the Islamabad High Court
in a case where the Federal Board deprived two students from the top
position in 2013's 'Intermediate' results, the same Board has also
deprived two poor students from their top position in the 'Matric'
The documents available with the News reveal that
Ameer Hamza Roll No 175057 secured 953 out of 1050 marks in the annual
'Matric' results of the FBISE. Similarly the other student Hanifullah,
Roll No 170049 secured 948 out 1050 marks in the same exams. Hence the
board gazette shows that both the students were first and second
respectively but they were deprived of their position as the board
authorities claimed that they were repeaters and did not pass the exams
in single attempt.
However the documents available with
these students revealed that both the students passed the exams in
single attempt and secured highest marks. According to these documents
the students avail the 'Facility' option offered by the board. According
to this 'facility option', the students have been given the concession
of appearing in up to two papers of Part-1 along with Part-2 papers.
contacted the Chairperson Federal Board Dr Shaheen Khan said that they
already had won the case in IHC on this issue and they could not
continue this policy which was wrong.
When asked why the
Board continued this policy despite knowing this was flawed while the
students were awarded top position by availing this option, she said she
came to know about this policy very late after which she directed to
withdraw this option. She said they have withdrawn the facility option.
But the notifications in this regard have never been issued.
the toppers of annual exams of 2011 and 2012 have also availed the same
option of 'Facility' and they were given awards.
students were invited in the award distributing ceremony but their
names were not announced. The Board chairperson then promised these
students that they would be given their due rights and after sorting out
this issue the Board would also announce their positions as well.
However, after getting the court's decision in their favor the Board refused to listen these students' appeal.
same facility option was also being used by the students of
intermediate and the toppers of previous exams had also used this option
and were awarded with the top positions and scholarships but all of a
sudden the Board changed its policy and deprived all those students from
their positions who used this option.
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Parents in trouble after educational institutions stop bus service for students
Islamabad: The decision of the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development
(CAD) to stop receiving all kinds of fees and charges from students has
put the students of federal government educational institutions in
The students of most of the federal government
educational institutions falling under the Federal Directorate of
Education (FDE) would not be able to avail their respective
institutions' bus service from the next month due to shortage of funds.
students at various schools and colleges have been told by the
managements to make their own transport arrangements, as they have no
money for fuel of buses and they cannot continue the facility from first
Similarly, a large number of temporary
academic staff who have been teaching in schools and colleges for the
last several years are also likely to be relieved from the next month as
the managements would have no money to pay their monthly salaries from
the students fund.
The parents of a number of students of
different institutions who approached this correspondent said that they
have been conveyed in categorical words that their children would not
be able to avail bus service from the next month. "Previously we were
paying Rs500 per month as bus charges to the school management as
transport fee and now with the stoppage of bus service, we will have to
pay at least Rs3000 for private pick and drop facility," father of a
The principal of a model college,
who also requested not to be named, admitted that they would stop the
bus service if they are not allowed to charge transport fee from
students or funds are not provided by the government.
said that in future they would also be facing problems even to carry out
minor maintenance and repair of the college building.
official of the Ministry of CAD, however, said that the decision taken
about two months back was in the light of an Article of the 18th
Amendment in the constitution. The Article says that no charges or fees
would be collected from the students, which could create hurdle in easy
access to the education.
However, it seems that the
officials of the Ministry of CAD while taking the decision failed to
take the heads and management of the educational institutions into
confidence. "As the parents themselves are ready to pay the transport
fee then there is no question of any hurdle in the way of getting
education for the students," another parent said.
official of the Ministry of CAD further said they have requested the
Ministry of Finance of to re-appropriate Rs30 million for the next four
months to meet shortage of funds created due to the decision to stop
receiving all kinds of charges and fee from students. The news
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