HEC unfair eligibility criteria
HEC eligibility criteria contains 'unfair conditions'
Islamabad, June 04: President Federation of All Pakistan Universities
Academic Associations Professor Mahr Saeed Akhtar has asked the Higher
Education Commission to defer its plans of rejecting pre-PhD teaching
experience for appointments of professors and associate professors in
the public-sector universities after June 30 for 10 years and do not
reject publications in non-HEC approved journals.
Dr Mahr, who
is also President of Academic Staff Association, Punjab University, was
addressing a press conference at the National Press Club here on
The briefing was part of the movement FAPUASA
announced to launch in the wake of callous attitude of HEC. He said in
the next three days FAPUASA will hold separate press conferences in all
major cities of the country.
Flanked by office-bearers of
FAPUASA and other universities, Prof. Mahr said, "We talked with
rationality and respect, but in the wake of continued HEC lethargy, we
have called a general body meeting after the semester exams in June to
decide future course of action."
He said that new eligibility
criteria imposed by HEC contained unfair conditions forcing even senior
faculty to protest. He regretted imposition of new conditions with
retrospective effect. He said that HEC did not present our suggestions
before its meeting despite promise. He pointed out that from July all
the teaching experience before doing PhD will become a useless burden
for the faculty.
He said, "We accepted HEC condition of
increasing the number of articles for promotion but the HEC with one
stroke rejected all articles, which did not appear in its favoured
journals even if those were published much before the birth of HEC."
condemned the imposition of International GRE in eight subjects. "It is
not only unfair but also an effort to stall the development and
research in the country," he declared. He said that GRE issue is
hampering research and development in the country. He asked for grant
for all non-PhD teachers in the public sector universities for doing
PhD without any precondition.
He thanked Sindh University VC for up-grading 91 stuck up cases and asked other VCs to follow the suit.
Fida Muhammad, President of the Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa chapter of the
Federation, said that if the Higher Education or Ministry of Finance
are facing economic crunch, the Tenure Track System can be abolished.
He said that TTS has created friction, division and unrest in the
faculty all over the campuses. He said that instead of cutting the
research and development funds of the universities, the hefty amount
being paid for TTS be saved and transferred to development projects. He
said that there should be uniformity and non-discrimination amongst the
He appreciated the Punjab government for increasing
MPhil and PhD allowances and demanded ending this disparity by bringing
it at par with all provinces. He strongly condemned the barbaric
Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla and kidnapping of Pakistani
journalists including Talat Hussain.
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Pakistan not doing enough for child education
Islamabad: Reminding once again the grim picture of the state of
children in Pakistan, the Society for the Protection of the Rights of
the Child (Sparc) launched its yearly report titled 'The State of
Pakistan's Children' on Thursday.
The report clearly shows
that Pakistan as a country and society is not doing enough to save its
children from the ills of illiteracy, hunger, mortality, extreme form
of labour, sexual abuse and militancy. It mentions that every year
400,000 children under five years of age die and out of these, over
300,000 in the first year of their life, while increasing poverty is
pushing more children into child labour.
It says that low and
inefficiently spent education budget is decreasing opportunities for
children to access the right to education. The report further mentions
that the growing numbers of incidences of violence against children
show that children are not safe in their homes schools, streets and
workplace. It shows that more than 100 children died in the suicide
bombing incidents where as majority of the suicide bombers were
conducted by teenage boys. The report indicates rise in child
pornography, but said that lack sufficient research makes it difficult
to make any conclusive statement.
According to the report, the
wave of internal displacement in 2009 is considered 'the single largest
population movement recorded in the country since it was created'.
"Children in Swat witnessed some of the most brutal acts of the
militants. In this conflict, 600,000 children are reported to have
missed up to a year of school. The total estimated cost of the damage
caused to education sector in the five districts of Buner, Upper and
Lower Dir, Shangla, and Swat as well as the two tribal agencies of
Bajaur and Mohmand in Fata is Rs3,040.5 million," it states.
report once again laments the lack of reliable and comparable
statistical data on child labour at the national level that makes it
difficult to study the trend of child labour over the years understand
the impact of the numerous interventions or plan of actions to address
Providing an overview of the report, Sparc Research
Officer Amina Sarwar said that despite all the grimness there are some
positive developments too. In juvenile justice the number of children
has dropped from estimated 4,000 to about 1,800-2,000 at any given
time. Besides there has been 90 per cent increase in the gross
enrolment of children at pre-primary level. "However, from the overview
it is clear that the large chunk of the children is still denied their
rights to education, health, safety, security etc. and is becoming
victims of terrorism, internal conflict, losing homes and adding to the
army of deprived children," she added.
Speaking on the occasion,
Sparc Executive Director Arshad Mahmood said this is an opportune time
to ask some difficult questions. "We have to ask the state as to what
has been done in the past 20 years to ensure all children enjoy their
basic rights. We need to know why it is taking so long to legislate for
children, why budgetary allocations for child cantered programmes
remain at bare minimum levels and why there is still no statutory body
to protect and promote child rights in Pakistan," he added. He said
that successive government have failed to fulfil their promises with
regard to children.
International Labour Organisation Senior
Programme Officer Saifullah M. Chauhdary said that the 18th amendment
is a positive step by making education compulsory as it will help in
eliminating child labour. He said that the ILO will begin a child
labour survey in 2010.
Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi from Office of Federal
Ombudsman said that said that it was imperative to create institutions
for child protection and therefore it was important to have children's
complaint centre (CCO) so that the issues relating to almost 48 per
cent of the population could be addressed. He stressed for an
appropriate organisational structure, adequate funding and trained
staff for complaint centres to function efficiently and effectively to
protect child rights.
Save the Children Sweden Country Director
Syed Mehmood Asghar expressed his concerns on different child rights
issues like child trafficking as camel jockeys and internet pornography
where children only access pornographic material. He also took up the
issue of children working in coalmines in Baluchistan. "Though it is
denied by the authorities, but I can vouch that there are children
working in the mines that are also sexually abused." Member National
Assembly of Pakistan Bushra Gohar regretted that the country has not
moved forward regarding child rights. She suggested that the criminal
responsibility age should be raised to 14 from 7. Urging more focus on
public education institutions, she also said that there should be
uniform education in the country.
Federal Minister for Social
Welfare and Special Education Samina Khalid Ghurki in her keynote said
that the survival, development and protection of children are the
foundations of human kind. "Children deserve our attention and
allocation of resources for their better and protected future." The news
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