HEC funds issue | AIOU funds for needy students
Government fails to release Rs 10bn to HEC
Lahore, July 20: The city universities are still awaiting for last year's grant from the
Higher Education Commission (HEC), as the Federal Finance Ministry has
not released remaining funds of Rs 10 billion to the supreme education
body, creating problems for 78 public universities as well as 4,000 PhD
scholars studying abroad.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had
ordered the Finance Ministry to release funds to HEC, but only Rs 2
billion were released, despite the fact that Rs 12 billion had been
promised for the financial year 2011-12.
The academicians believe the government is punishing the HEC for its stance on the issue of fake degrees of parliamentarians.
University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the
government had Rs 500 billion funds, but priorities and biases were the
real matters. He said that the government was due to release Rs 12
billion in the last quarter, but the Finance Ministry only released
around Rs 2 billion. The Punjab University is facing a deficit of Rs 330
million this year, he said.
Dr Suhail Aftab, the Punjab chapter
president of the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Associations (FAPUASA), said that the UET vice chancellor got funds
released using his influence, but the other universities, especially the
Punjab University was still facing problems.
Director Media and Public Relations Nasir Shah said that UET
got only its share of Rs 2 billion, and that the commission was still
awaiting remaining grant of Rs 10 billion.
"Our Human Resources
and Faculty Development programme has been disturbed," he said, adding
that indigenous and foreign PhD programmes have also suffered besides
creating hurdles for post-doctoral and master-level scholarship
programmes in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Balochistan.
said that recently launched need-based scholarship programme has been
affected altogether and establishment of new campuses at Turbat and
Loralai had been stopped due to non-availability of funds.
HEC media director said that they were also facing problems to meet
expenditures of 4,000 PhD scholars studying abroad. "We are also cutting
development expenditures, while the whole financial system has been
severely disturbed," he added. Daily times
"IT is great concern that our high ups are not releasing funds to HEC to overcome HEC difficulties."
City, Country: Mirpurkhas, Pakistan
"I done BSc (botany zooloy nd chem)I m poor and needy due to the defficiecy of mony I cannot take admision in B.ed plz help me that i get admision in B.ed from AIOU.plz help me for scholarship."
Name: muhammad arshid
City, Country: mansehra pakistan
"I am in need of help from (HEC)Higher Education System.am compel to say this all am student of Bs earth sciences in COMSATS abbottabad. So i have no more sources to manage my full fee so am highly requested to higher education system islamabad to help me in this matter of fees. Please reply me shortly or email me. Am thankful highly for this act of your kindness."
Name: Raheem ullah
City, Country: Abbottabad, Pakistan
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AIOU allocates Rs10 million to help needy students
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has allocated Rs10 million in every academic semester to help needy students.
this allocation from the university's own resources for needy students,
the AIOU will soon launch a support campaign for students to collect
funds from well-to-do people, said AIOU Vice Chancellor Professor Nazir
Ahmed Sangi while presiding over a fundraising meeting of senior
university officers here on Thursday.
allocated funds are distributed among students through its regional
offices to ensure their proper utilisation. The main beneficiaries of
the scheme are deserving students from far-flung areas who get free
textbooks and reduction or complete waiver of fees. It facilitates poor
and needy students in continuing their studies.
chancellor said these students could also be given small loans on easy
instalments to start a domestic industry or small businesses. This fund
will not only help spread education but it will also help 50% of
students enrolled in technical programmes who belong to rural areas.
idea to help poor, deprived, isolated, needy and deserving students
deserves our full support that is why the university has opened bank
accounts to receive donations.
Meanwhile, Country Director
Mohsin Saeed, on behalf of Muhammad Naeem Abbasi Naqashbandi, chairman
of the Global Relief, handed over a cheque for Rs100,000 to the vice
chancellor for their contribution to the student support fund.
vice chancellor appreciated the goodwill gesture on part of the
organisation and said that the university would welcome private
organisations in undertaking joint venture for rapid educational
development in the country.
He said that the AIOU has
also introduced a number of skill-based and job-oriented programmes to
enable its students to earn their livelihood and have respectable life
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200 undergraduates to leave for US
Islamabad: A pre-departure orientation workshop was organised by the United States
Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) for departing students here
on Wednesday evening.
Students were briefed by the USEFP
on the programme, visa regulations, American culture and US higher
education and campus life. All students would return to Pakistan to
complete their bachelor's degrees. As many as 200 undergraduate students
from all parts of Pakistan will be departing over the next year for a
semester of study at colleges and universities in the US as part of the
Global Undergraduate Programme (UGRAD) in Pakistan. As many as 100 will
travel in August-September for the fall semester and an additional 100
will go to the US in January 2013.
An initiative of the US
Department of State, the UGRAD programme will send Pakistani students
to over 50 campuses in the US where they will take classes along with
American students, do public presentations on the culture and people of
Pakistan, and be an active part of the local community they will be
staying in. Since the programme began in 2010, approximately 500
Pakistani students have participated. The fellowships cover all expenses
for the students including travel, lodging, stipend, and tuition.
see so many impressive Pakistani young people - each of you an
incredibly talented representative of this great nation's bright future -
is inspiring," said Brent Beemer, cultural attache at the US Embassy,
who addressed the group, "To think that my country has had some role in
advancing your education and helping your nation's prospects makes me
feel very good, and even proud."
"The really exciting
thing about this group of undergraduates is that so many of these
students come from remote or economically disadvantaged areas of
Pakistan. The group includes students from every province of Pakistan
and 52 per cent are women. The students come from a wide variety of
disciplines, including humanities and social science subjects,
engineering, basic sciences, law, art and design, economics, and
business administration," said Rita Akhtar, Executive Director of the
One of the departing students, Nooranai Barkat
from Gilgit, said that she is a member of
youth parliament of Pakistan and she has done a lot of social work in
Gilgit along with her family. She has been very active in generating
funds for the flood victims and collected huge quantities of items for
their rehabilitation. She hopes that her selection to complete one
semester in America would definitely teach her new things so that she
can implement it in her community because this scholarship also has a
community service component in which the students are required to do
community service there.
Khandad Khan, a student from
Balochistan, said that in Loralai college he came to know about this
scholarship and was thankfully selected in it. "By studying in America,
and by knowing them I can change the mindsets of my people and encourage
my fellow students to apply for these scholarships. From where I belong
there's just one primary school. A lot of awareness and publicity of
scholarships are required in Baluchistan. After coming back from the
scholarship I would be in a better position to share the experience with
my class fellows," he added.
USEFP, a bi-national
commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the
United States, is one of 51 'Fulbright Commissions' located throughout
the world. Fulbright is the flagship educational exchange programme of
the United States Department of State. The mission of the programme is
to promote mutual understanding between the people of Pakistan and the
people of the United States through educational and cultural exchange.
Since its inception more than 61 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and
more than 800 Americans have participated in USEFP administered exchange
programs. In addition to the Fulbright programme, USEFP administers a
number of scholarship programmes for undergraduates, teachers,
journalists, and other professionals. In addition, USEFP offices in
Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi assist students interested in applying to
study in the United States. USEFP also runs testing centres in
Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi administering the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, and
other standardised examinations.
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Competency enhancement training ends at QAU
Islamabad: The Professional Competency Enhancement Programme for Teachers (PCEPT) concluded at the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU).
A total of 21 young faculty members of QAU and other public sector universities participated in the capacity building programme.
objective of the programme was to introduce innovative teaching
strategies that blend academic concept with the classroom application.
PCEPT is an in-service professional orientation programme developed and
sponsored by Learning Innovation Division, HEC, with the target of
training faculty members of the higher educational institutions all over
QAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom
Yasinzai, while addressing the certificate distribution ceremony, lauded
the efforts of the Learning Innovation Division of the HEC for
providing young faculty members with a wonderful opportunity of
"It will certainly strengthen the communication
skills of the university teachers so that they can profoundly achieve
the objectives of their teaching. Sending trained teachers to the
classrooms, knowing how to teach and transfer knowledge to the students
is a prime responsibility of the educational institutions," he said. Dr
Masoom Yasinzai said that QAU provides a number of opportunities of
training and capacity building to its faculty members while the
university is considering the idea of establishing an endowment fund
dedicated for the training of the teachers.
Bushra Mirza, faculty member of QAU and Course Coordinator, briefed the
audience about the details of the course. She said that programme would
not only increase the awareness and importance of research but also help
the participants develop academic planning and management skills of the
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