HEC chief post applications | Book-reading habit
Over 100 applications received for HEC chief post
Islamabad, Jan 25: In response to the call of applications for the position of Higher
Education Commission (HEC) chairperson, the Ministry of Education,
Training and Standards in Higher Education received more than 100
applications from all over the country.
Federal Secretary for Ministry of Education, Training and
Standards in Higher Education Ahmed Bukhsh Lehri said that by the end of
last day for the submission of applications and nominations, the
ministry received more than 100 applications.
He said that
these applications and nominations would be examined by the Search
Committee constituted by the prime minister to elect appropriate person
for this position. The committee is chaired by Federal Minister for
Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and includes former Governor State
Bank Dr Ishrat Hussain and acclaimed academician Dr M B Shami. The
committee will short list three or more names and suggest that to the
appointing authority, Prime Minster of Pakistan.
for the appointment of permanent Chairperson for Higher Education
Commission entered the next stage as the time for the submission of
applications for the slot of HEC chairperson ended on Wednesday.
shared that some prominent names who applied for the post include
former HEC chairperson Javed Laghari, Sargodha University Vice
Chancellor Dr Ikram Chaudhery, Gujrat University Vice Chancellor
Nizamuddin, Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad
Mukhtar, Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Vice Chancellor Masoom Yasinzai,
Gomal University, D I Khan, former vice chancellor Dr Mansoor Kundi,
HEC former advisor Riaz Hussain Qureshi, Allama Iqbal Open University
former vice chancellor Dr Anwar Siddiqui, QAU former vice chancellor
Qasim Jan, and academician from Sindh SM Querashi.
final decision is expected before February 12, 2014, the date which is
also the expiry of term of acting chairman HEC as the government. As per
the judgment of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the federal government
has to appoint permanent/regular Chairperson Higher Education Commission
(HEC) till February 12, 2014.
In its detailed judgment,
the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed federal government to appoint
permanent Chairperson Higher Education Commission (HEC) till February
12, 2014. The term of Acting Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC)
Imtiaz Hussain Gilani would expire on the same date.
single bench led by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique remarked that since
the post of chairman HEC is extremely important and carries great
significance with regard to higher education, it is expected that the
federal government will take decisive steps with regard to appointment
of Chairman HEC.
"Therefore, it is directed that before
expiry of term of Acting Chairman HEC, the regular appointment of
chairman may be made till 12.02.2014 in accordance with law and
prescribed process," says the document.
The order mentions
that Joint Secretary Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in
Higher Education Tariq Nawaz informed the court that summary for regular
appointment of Chairman was sent to the Prime Minister, who is the
appointing authority, on September 24, 2013. He informed that term of
Acting Chairman HEC, Imtiaz Hussain Gilani would expire on February 12,
Wednesday (January 22, 2014) was the last date for
receipt of applications for slot of Chairman HEC against the
advertisement published on January 12, 2014 in national dailies. As per
laid down eligibility criteria, the candidates should have at least 20
years of relevant experience and preferably hold PhD degree. They have
also been asked to submit up to 2000 word statement of their visions for
Renowned 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
chairperson of HEC as per HEC Act without any further delay through a
transparent and merit based mechanism.
Talking to media,
legal counsel of Professor Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Umar Hanif Khichi, said
HEC Act is very clear about the appointment of HEC chairman. "Only a
qualified person of international eminence and proven ability with
significant contribution to higher education as teacher, researcher and
administrator, can be considered as head of sole higher education
regulatory authority of the country," he said.
responding to a question, he said that significant contribution is
higher education as teacher, researcher and administrator can be judged
through number of research publications in internationally recognized
reputed journals and whether under his or her tenure as administrator,
ranking of Pakistan universities at international level has been
improved or not and where does his/her university stand even at national
rankings. "The final decision lies with the Search Committee which has
already been formed for this purpose," he added.
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Margalla Campus bags BMI Olympics trophy
Islamabad: The Beaconhouse, Margalla Campus, Islamabad, snatched the BMI Olympics
grand trophy by wining boys cricket, boys badminton, girls table tennis
and boys football, in the three-day event held here, says a press
Teams of students in all categories i.e.
football, cricket, basketball, table tennis, badminton and volleyball;
representing schools from all over Islamabad participated in the event.
the opening ceremony, sportspersons were given a heart-warming welcome
by the Principal Asif Butt and the Headmistress Riffat Arif. Chief guest
on the occasion was Nassir Kasuri, the executive director BSS, who
officially marked the commencement of the games.
day comprised of preliminary rounds which were dominated by the teams
representing Froebel's, Headstart, Roots, DHA Branch, and of course
BMI-A. The matches on the second day were rather tough and evenly
contested, as the players were determined to prove their worth and make
their school-college proud.
The final day at BMI, was no
less than a sporting extravaganza with sportspersons showing their
prowess in their disciples. After four hours of strenuous matches,
Olympics finally came to an end. The news
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Habit of book-reading declining among youth
Islamabad: In the country, a sharp decline among youth in reading habits
has been observed during the last three decades, as books have been
replaced by cell-phones, computers, laptops, iPads and tablets.
is an old saying that 'book is the best friend'. However, in era of
technology, the time to be spent on reading books is now being spent on
surfing the Internet with these gadgets.
According to researchers,
the main factor responsible for this decline is our educational system
and teaching practices especially at the primary level. At one time
school libraries used to have a good collection of books accessible to
On this issue they say that modern technology has
increased the literacy rate, but at the same time habit of book reading
has also declined. For the improvement in book reading habit, they say
that younger generation requires more attention and counselling from the
Parents term book reading habit "a culture" during their
times in past, and their parents were regular in book reading and bed
time story books was a routine of life. On the other hand readers, still
engaged in habit of book reading ask for change in library timings.
are open during working hours and weekdays, whereas parents, children
and readers have leisure time on holidays and post working hours,
Another report says that the book reading habits
have been replaced by online versions of books. It has become a rare
feature now a days that the people visit the bazaars and shops to buy
books because all the new and trendy books are easily available on the
Internet with no wastage of money and time.
"Book readers always
remain in search of good books everywhere as they thought nothing is as
satisfying to their reading instinct as the habit of book reading latest
and interesting books," it added.
But, unfortunately, books are
being sold on shops with expensive prices and that is why the number of
book buyers is decreasing day by day as compared to the past when shops
and bazaars remained full and busy with book lovers.
The decline in
book reading culture is a bad omen for the development of a society as a
civilized, educated, tolerant and plural society, which needs prompt
response by the concerned authorities to attend this crucial issue and
revive this culture again by setting trend of availability of books on
reasonable prices, the report maintained.
Students observe that
decline in habit of reading books is a global phenomena and western
countries were also trying to council their youth by placing books in
telephone booths etc to draw public attention towards books.
Nonetheless, the government is also keen to promote the book culture in
country and plans are being chalked out to extend the library timings. Daily times
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