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HEC brings curtain down on foreign faculty programme
Islamabad, June 23: The Pakistan Higher Commission (HEC) could
only receive Rs25 million against the allocated amount of Rs12 billion
for 2011-12 from the Finance Division forcing it to abandon its foreign
Besides, the financial crunch will also affect more than 6,000 local
and foreign scholarships of the HEC as the commission will not be able
to pay their tuition fee and other necessary expenditures which is the
responsibility of the government as per deed of agreement singed with
As per decision of the Council of Common Interest (CCI), the federal
government is responsible for extending the financial support to higher
education sector till next NFC award to be announced in 2014, sources
An officer of the HEC said the withholding of the funds would lead to a total collapse of higher education sector.
There are 95,000 faculty members and support staff all over the
country whose salaries and allowances have not been paid for the last
As many as 500,000 students have been studying in those institutions.
The estimated deficit in current fiscal year is Rs6 billion and Rs8.84
billion in next fiscal year, he said.
"Because of lack of funds, new enrollment, faculty hiring and other
new initiatives will not be taken. Besides, 152 ongoing development
projects in the current financial year have been affected. In the next
financial year the federal government has decided to release only Rs28
million against the HEC demand of Rs38 billion," he said.
The official said the salaries of about 120 foreign professors, who
have been hired by different universities under foreign faculty
programme, had been put on hold for want of funds.
"They have not been paid the salaries for April and May 2012. Since
we do not have funds, the programme is being abandoned and termination
letters to the faculty members are being sent," he said.
The Vice Chancellors' Committee Chairperson, Engr Imtiaz Hussain
Gilani said that VCs had already shown dissatisfaction over withholding
"Vice-chancellors had hoped that the education friendly democratic
government will address the financial crisis by taking corrective
measures and honour their commitments to the education sector, but the
current decision has dashed their hopes," he said.
The HEC adviser, Dr Riaz Qureshi, confirmed that the HEC had decided
to abandon the foreign faculty programme because of lack of funds. He,
however, hoped that the things might change in the future. Dawn
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MPhil student commits suicide
Islamabad: A student of MPhil committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan on Friday.
said that Basharat Khan, 29, son of Meraj Gul, was a resident of Mardan
and a student of MPhil final year at the Air University. He committed
suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan of his room in a boys'
hostel in G10/1.
Initial investigation suggested that the deceased was not happy, and hopeless about his future, police said.
Police have registered a case and are investigating on the other angles of the incident. The body was shifted to PIMS Hospital for an autopsy.
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951 teachers to be inducted in Pindi schools
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government has given approval to the recruitment
of 951 new teachers for all public schools across Rawalpindi, while the
selections of educators would be completed during the summer vacations.
The government has also released budget for their salaries. Executive
District Officer (Education) Qazi Zahoorur Haq has said that computer
knowledge is essential for the selection of new teachers. online
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3 million kids out of school in KP
Peshawar: The participants of a consultation on Friday said three million
children, including two million girls, weren't attending school in
They said only half of children go
to primary schools in the province and half of the school-going kids
drop out later. The event was hosted by the British High Commissioner
Adam Thomson in Islamabad, a press release said.
participants, including representatives from political parties, were
briefed on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Reform Roadmap by Sir
Michael Barber, an education expert, and the UK Department for
International Development (DFID)'s special representative for education
The Roadmap, a partnership between the DFID
and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, aims to ensure children's enrolment
at schools in the province and their quality education.Speaking at the
cross-party briefing, Adam Thomson said: "Despite all the challenges it
faces and the sacrifices it has to render, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has good
foundations to build on and has proved an excellent partner."
urged the participants to do what they could to make universal primary
education a reality in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and support the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Education Reform Roadmap.
Michael Barber met Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti in Peshawar to
review progress on the Education Reform Roadmap. He said a new technical
team comprising nine members had been formed to work with the
provincial government to achieve the goal of getting every out-of-school
child in the province into school, learning more, and staying in school
In April this year, the UK announced a new
package of education support for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which by 2015 will
get more than 800,000 girls and boys into schools, build more than 2,000
new classrooms and provide critical infrastructure such as drinking
water, toilets, and boundary walls for girls' schools, as well as
ensuring that a teacher turns up for every lesson with a clear learning
plan. The news
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