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HEC yet to receive additional funds
Islamabad, June 14: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has
not received Rs11.4 billion additional funds the federal government had
promised to release in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year.
This was stated at a meeting of the vice-chancellors of public sector universities here on Wednesday.
The meeting, presided over by Engr. Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, the
chairperson of Vice Chancellors' Committee, was held to discuss
challenges being faced by the higher education sector in Pakistan.
They said the government had allocated an additional amount of Rs4.6
billion for providing 50 per cent increase in salaries announced by the
prime minister for this financial year. In this regard, the finance
division had issued a letter to the HEC assuring that the government
would release the amount during the fourth quarter.
As a result, the universities had to borrow from banks and divert
funds from other budget heads to pay the enhanced salaries with the hope
that the same would be provided by the federal government as per its
Furthermore, they said, the delay in release of Rs6.8 billion
development funds would adversely affect the studies of thousands of
scholars pursuing their PhDs abroad. If payment of tuition fee and
stipend of these scholars are not paid in time, it will cause huge
embarrassment for Pakistan government across the world, they added.
The non-release of development funds will hamper the ongoing
development projects in the rural based universities established in the
far flung areas of Pakistan, they said.
The vice-chancellors hope that the education friendly democratic
government will ameliorate the financial crisis by taking corrective
measures and honour their commitments to the education sector.
They warned that the situation could take a turn for the worst, if
the salaries for the university employees were not released in time.
During the meeting, it was further resolved that public sector
universities will not be able to pay 20 per cent increase in salaries
proposed in new budget.
The Higher Education Commission has already apprised the President,
Prime Minister, Chairman Senate and Governor/Chancellors of respective
provinces of the ongoing financial crisis in higher education
sector.Imtiaz Gilani said that government should consider the demands of
the VCs and the education sector should be given priority. He also
demanded of the government to allocate 4 per cent of the GDP for
education. He said: "If we want to build the nation, we should invest in
education sector". Dawn
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Medical college girls' hostel given to RIC
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government has given the
under-construction girls' hostel of Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) at
Rawal Road to Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC) to accommodate
It was decided in a meeting held on the RMC premises under the
chairmanship of Provincial Secretary Health Capt. (retired) Arif Nadeem.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Imdadullah
Bosal, RMC Principal Dr. Mussadiq Khan, Executive District Officer
(EDO) Health Dr. Zafar Iqbal Gondal and other senior officials of
district administration and RMC.
Sources privy to the meeting said that the provincial government
missed another deadline of June 30 to start its much-hyped Rs2.6
billion project of Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC). Now July 15
was set for making the RIC functional due to the late arrival of
machinery and delay in the recruitment of doctors and staff to man the
They said that the recruitment would start soon however, the
provincial health department recommended that RMC Principal Dr. Mussadiq
Khan should be appointed as acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the
However, the sources said that the provincial government was
negotiating with a general, who had recently retired from Armed Forces
Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), for this post. They said if the retired
general was appointed as CEO of the institute, the Punjab government
would go against its own decision that the government job would not be
given to any retired army officer.
They said that the provincial government had set the deadline to
start the hospital from June 30 but it failed to recruit the staff.
They said that Provincial Secretary Health Capt. (retired) Arif
Nadeem asked the RMC administration that the National Accountability
Bureau (NAB) had vacated the building of RMC girls' hostel and there was
no logic that the RMC should be given under-construction hostel
building adjacent to RIC.
They said that the secretary health directed the district building
department to make proper arrangements for separate accommodations of
female and male doctors in the under-construction hostel and also
directed to complete the work within three weeks.
During the meeting, it was decided that the Outdoor Patients
Department (OPD) would start working from July 15 and admission of
patients would start in August. The sources said that apparently it
would be difficult to meet the new deadline as there was a lot of
construction work pending in the hospital including laying of sewerage
lines, entrance gate, fixture of machinery as it would take more than
Meanwhile, Secretary Health Arif Nadeem also chaired the meeting of
Board of Management of Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC). He instructed
the RMC principal to improve the fire safety measures in the three
He informed the board that the provincial government would provide one C.T. Scan machine for Rawalpindi's hospitals.
He said that the RMC administration demanded two C.T. Scan machines
and a MRI machine but the funds were not available to meet all the
The secretary health directed the allied hospitals to improve the
services for the general patients. He said that the provincial health
department would take strict action against the doctors who did not
behave well with the patients and found negligent in providing
healthcare facilities to the people. Dawn
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Work on RBISE complex faces delay
Islamabad: The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) is
perhaps the only board which functions in as many as seven rented
buildings and two plazas in a radius of two kilometres much to the agony
of students and their parents.
The work on the
much-touted complex at Morgah with 250,000 square feet covered area,
began in February 2009 and the building was envisaged to be ready by
February this year. However completion of work on the complex may take
another year or so. This surely will invite more ire of students and
This correspondent learnt that students have
started opting for the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education (FBISE), which functions more promptly and efficiently, due to
poor working of the RBISE.
The RBISE management has
conveniently given another six months to the contractor and now it
expects the building, being constructed at a cost of Rs650 million,
would be functional by September this year. But this ostensibly does not
seem to be happening as desired. However, this will cost the board
dearly, as according to the board chairman, the extension will mean
additional Rs4.2 million in the shape of rent to the hired buildings.
is no sign of work on laying of water supply lines and electricity
supply at the complex. Interestingly, when approached in his office,
RBISE Chairman Dr. Muhammad Ashraf claimed that the delay was due to
giving the job of water supply, power and laying of sewerage lines to
But Project Manager Haji Abdul Hayee,
while talking to this correspondent during a visit to site of the
under-construction complex, denied that the work of water and
electricity lines has been given to them. He pointed out they had sought
more time because of additional task of sewerage lines and some other
factors such as bad weather and change of the building design
The project director was confident the complex
would be ready by September if all related factors like availability of
funds and weather did not come their way.
chairman declined to provide a copy of the agreement to this scribe,
when asked whether or not extension in completion of work was mentioned
in it and was there any penalty for the delay. He asked this
correspondent to contact the board secretary, Iftikhar Shah, in this
connection. When the RBISE secretary was contacted on phone, he hinted
at obliging only after taking permission from the chairman. The
secretary took this scribe's mobile and office numbers but never
contacted for the provision of the copy of the agreement.
indicates how casually the project is being handled by those who matter
and are supposed to keep an eye on the pace and nature of work being
done. However, the chairman said they had a separate committee to look
after the project besides the Nespak, which is being paid reasonable
amount in this context.
"The reason for this unpardonable
slackness is that no monitoring body is in place from any other
department to ensure things are done as scheduled," conceded a senior
board official and said despite all this mess, he does not see the
possibility of anyone being pulled up or fined.
has its offices at Saidpur Road, Sixth Road, Seventh Road and at
Commercial Market. This 'division' of the board offices has been a
constant headache and agony for all those who have to visit these for
one reason or the other. Difficulties compound naturally for those who
come from other districts for obtaining an NoC, duplicate roll number
slip or duplicate certificate.
"It is time consuming when a
board official will casually advise you to visit tomorrow or day after
for a job which the FBISE or any other board in Punjab does within four
or five minutes," said some students, standing outside the board's
office located at Sixth Road, requesting anonymity.
entertains annually around 0.25 million students hailing from
Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum. Established way back in 1977,
different chairmen of the board failed to construct a building despite
having ample funds.
The entire board branches working
under one roof has been a dream for over three decades. Once the complex
is completed, it will provide s huge relief to its visitors but when
would this happen is anybody's guess.
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QAU's 'Anthro Alumni Gala' on June 22
Islamabad: The alumni of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Anthropology Department will gather for a dinner gala here on June 22.
will be the first-ever meeting of the alumni of the Anthropology
Department since its establishment in 1974 under a programme of
collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and the
Heidelberg University, Germany.
The event will provide a
social networking opportunity to the alumni besides updating them about
one another's accomplishments and success stories. The gala will be
followed by cultural performances.
An invitation from the
Anthropology Department chairman to old students says: "It's time to say
goodbye to nostalgia and rejoice the sweet memories."
old students have been asked to contact Chairman Professor Dr.
Hafeez-ur-Rehman on telephone number 051-9064-3103,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Sajjad Haider for queries on 051-9064-3190,
Old students are required to
fill up a registration form to get enrolled as alumni members and for
the compilation of the members' directory.
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Air chief lauds Fazaia College for distinction
Islamabad: Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt awarded cash
prizes to faculty and students of the Fazaia Inter College, Islamabad,
for earning the distinction to be chosen as the 'Super School' in entire
Asia by the Royal Commonwealth Society, says a press release.
college earned the rare honour for Pakistan in general and PAF in
particular for contributing more than 150 essays in the Essay Writing
Competition arranged by Royal Commonwealth Society.
talking to students and faculty members of the Fazaia Inter College,
Islamabad, the air chief appreciated the hard work put in by students to
earn this international recognition, not only for their own institution
but for the entire nation. He also appreciated the guidance provided by
Professor Iffat Hashmi in motivating and encouraging students for
participating in the essay competition.
In recognition of
earning the distinction, the Royal Commonwealth Society also chose the
Fazaia Inter College, Islamabad, to celebrate the diamond jubilee event
in connection with 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's coronation. To
celebrate the diamond jubilee event, various colourful events were
planned at the college, which included a poster competition on the theme
of 'Beauty in Diversity', face painting competition and a band display.
A large number of students and faculty members participated in the
event. The news
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AIOU, Sudanese schools ink MoUs for exchange of students, teachers
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University
on Wednesday signed four separate memorandums of understanding with as
many Sudanese universities at a ceremony held at the AIOU's main campus.
The MoUs aim at promoting common objectives in the educational sector.
Sudanese universities are: University of the Holy Qur'an and Islamic
Sciences, Al-Neelain University, University of Nyala and University of
Khartoum. The vice chancellors and/or heads of these universities signed
the MoUs on behalf of their respective institutions.
MoUs, the AIOU will have regular arrangements with the four Sudanese
universities to exchange academic know-how and expertise to strengthen
their educational programmes. The two sides will also have exchange of
students and teachers for taking benefit of their experience and
The two sides will also facilitate the students of
each other countries for providing scholarships and fee concessions to
carry on their higher education, especially job-oriented and skilled
based programmes. The vice chancellors are currently in Pakistan
attending OIC member countries' vice chancellors' conference. They
visited the AIOU and evinced their keen interest in its educational
network and expressed the hope this university will serve as a model for
the rest of the Muslim world in the field of distance-learning
Professor Dr Hasan Kaplan, the representative
of Turkey's Pamukkale University, also visited the Allama Iqbal Open
University and expressed his desire to enter into an agreement with AIOU
in the promotion of distance-learning system. Talking with the visiting
academicians from the Muslim countries, AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Sangi
said that they will develop their linkage with the universities of the
Islamic countries to promote mutual benefit in the educational fields
and to meet new challenges, enabling their students to take part in the
socio-economic development of their respective countries.
the AIOU would provide special fee concession to students from the
Islamic world if they took admission for e-learning through online
educational network. This offer will be available for about 3,000
students from these brotherly countries as a gesture of goodwill. He
briefed the visiting guests about the working of the AIOU and its latest
initiatives to fight illiteracy on all levels. He said the AIOU has now
emerged country's largest institutional educational with 1.3 million
students, enrolled in its various programmes. Daily times
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