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Delay in release of funds brings universities on verge of closure
Islamabad: Delay in the release of allocated funds of Rs12 billion, including recurring
and development budget, has brought most public sector universities on
the verge of closure.
According to sources, as per budget
allocations and commitment by the federal government for the financial
year 2011-12, the last quarter installment of Rs12 billion could not be
released by the Ministry of Finance so far. Only an amount of Rs25
million has been received by the HEC this week against the demand for
Rs12 billion (Rs6 billion for recurring budget and Rs6 billion for
development budget). The vice chancellors of public sector universities,
especially of the newly established universities in far-flung areas,
have shown great concern. They believe that they would not able to pay
salaries of universities employees. Some public sector university
representatives have said that their universities have even borrowed
money from banks on the basis of the government commitment that funds
would be released soon.
According to sources, the delay
in the release of development budget has created adverse effects on more
than 150 ongoing projects and about 6,000 scholars, both local and
foreign. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has not paid salaries to
more than 110 foreign professors, who have been hired by various public
Vice Chancellors Committee Chairman Syed Imtiaz Gilani said that non-release
of allocated funds would adversely affect the quality of teaching and
research at higher education institutions all over the country. "If
proper attention and serious thought are not given to this critical
situation, it will lead towards a serious and ugly situation as
universities are not in a position to pay salaries to their employees."
also informed that the major portion of recurring budget provided by
the HEC goes to salaries. "If the staff is not getting salaries how will
they perform their duties," he said.
chancellor, on condition of anonymity, informed that they are facing a
very difficult situation. "The non-availability of funds for salaries of
university employees could create law and order situation for us and
can lead to the closure of university," he pointed out.
Federation of All-Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association
(FAPUASA) has already announced to observe Black Day today (Monday) in
all public sector universities against non-allocation of the required
budget for public sector universities and for reinstatement of
terminated teachers of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University. Associations
will observe Black Day today and display banners carrying slogans for
allocation of the required budget for universities and protest in front
of press clubs.
Furthermore, the FAPUASA will hold a
general body meeting on June 28 in Islamabad. Keeping in view the
importance of the higher education and continuation of the ongoing and
new research and development projects and also the adjustment for the
20% enhancement in salaries, the FAPUASA demanded of the federal
government for allocation of budget as per requirement for recurring
budget with no cuts on the development budget and immediate payment of
the last quarter of the previous financial year, said the statement. The
FAPUASA also took a stand that the present budget allocation for higher
education of Rs15.8 billion for all public sector universities of the
country is insufficient and do not fulfil the needs of universities,
while the developmental budget, was also far less than the required
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Engineering Robotics contest held at NUST
Rawalpindi: The National Engineering Robotics Contest (NERC) 2012 was held at the
College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (EME) Rawalpindi.
NUST, STEM Career Programme, HEC and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) organised the contest.
guest Dr. Muhammad Akram Sheikh while complimenting the efforts taken
up so vigorously by NUST College of E&ME called 'National
Engineering Robotics Contest' a one of a kind platform providing the
engineering students of Pakistan with an opportunity to get the complete
While acknowledging the
importance of Mechatronics engineering, he said that since every machine
these days is a blend of several technologies, Mechatronics Engineering
as a new discipline has found widespread acceptance in the world,
including a large number of developing countries.
Commandant College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Major
General Obaid Bin Zakria, HI (M) welcomed the guests and appreciated how
the number of participants had grown over the years and the standard of
the competition has risen.
Dean of Academics Dr. Younus
Javed in his opening address welcomed all the teams and guests. He
stressed that co-and extra-curricular activities play a very important
role in building a sound personality and a successful human being.
the end chief guest Dr. Muhammad Akram Sheikh (HI), gave away the
prizes to the winning teams of the 'National Engineering Robotic Contest
2012 in the following categories.
Winner NERC 2012 Shield
with cash prize of Rs125,000 was awarded to NUST CEME'S team Hamza
Abeer, 1st runners-up NERC 2012 Shield with cash prize of Rs75,000 was
awarded to NUST CEME'S team MCP, 2nd runners-up NERC 2012 Shield with
cash prize of Rs50,000 was awarded to NUST CEME'S team ROBO BLITZ, 3 x
Best Engineering Design Award with cash prize of Rs30,000 each were
awarded to Shockwave from CIIT, Knight Fury from GIKI and Karma's Canon
from NUST, CEME Winner NERC 2012 Modular Category with cash prize of
Rs25,000 was awarded to NUST CEME'S team Rover .
Runner up NERC 2012 Modular Category Award with a cash prize of Rs15,000
was awarded to NUST CEME'S team Cereberus, 4 x Participation Awards
with a cash prize of Rs15,000 each were awarded to Shock from Ssuet,
Gladiator from NED, Super Quest Robo from Quest and Lego Fighter from
Generation School Karachi.
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29th last date for AIOU admissions
Islamabad: Admissions for MS, MPhil and PhD programmes of the Allama Iqbal Open University
(AIOU) for the Autumn Semester 2012 will continue till June 29, said
AIOU Director Admissions Syed Ziz-ul-Hasnain.
that the admissions for PhD programme on MPhil basis are being offered
in Urdu, Islamic Studies, Iqbal Studies, Chemistry, Physics and
Pakistani Languages and Literature (with specialisation in Pushto,
Balochi, Brahui, Sindhi, Saraiki or Punjabi language). The admissions
for MPhil programme are being offered in Mass Communication, Islamic
Studies, Iqbal Studies, Chemistry and Arabic. The Chemistry programme is
being offered in Islamabad only. The admissions for MS are being
offered in Community Health and Nutrition.
forms and prospectuses are available at the sale point of AIOU Main
Campus in Sector H-8, Islamabad, and its countrywide regional
campuses-coordinating offices. The last date for submission of admission
forms is June 29.
Only those students are eligible for
admission who have already cleared NTS GAT General for MS-MPhil and NTS
GAT (Subject) for PhD. The NTS GAT General-Subject results are valid for
two years. Students who have passed the said test within this period
and did not get admission can also apply.
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AIOU enrols 1.25m students annually
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has been enrolling 1.25 million
students annually. It has established model study centres in all
provinces, especially in far-flung areas.
has issued a comprehensive report for the academic year 2010-11, showing
its achievements in promoting equal access to quality education.
report contains the message of President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also
chancellor of the university. In his message, he congratulated the
faculty, management and Vice Chancellor Dr. Professor Nazir Ahmed Sangi
for making AIOU a successful and a leading institution in spreading
equal quality education across the country.
Zardari assured that the government will continue to provide needed
support to the AIOU to achieve its future goals ensuring life-long
learning through non-formal education system and promoting job-oriented
The performance report carried a foreword by
the vice chancellor, narrating AIOU's present and future plans for
further expanding the university's academic and infrastructural network
in every nook and corner of the country.
The report also carried separate account on the working of faculties and departments of the university during the academic year.
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Rawalpindi: Muhammad Umar, a student of class 6 at the Roots School System and
Muhammad Hassan Ali, a student of class four of Dar-e-Arqam School
System, secured first and third position respectively in a speech
competition held under auspices of Ministry of Anti-Narcotics, says a
A cash prize of Rs50,000 was given to
Muhammad Umar for securing 1st position and Rs20,000 was given to
Muhammad Hassan Ali for securing 3rd position. Both Muhammad Umar and
Muhammad Hassan Ali are real brothers.
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Job fair at COMSATS tomorrow
Abbottabad: The Electrical Engineering Department of the COMSATS Institute of
Information Technology (CIIT) here is organising its 2nd Open House and
Job Fair tomorrow (Monday).
According to a press
release, the event is aimed at bringing academicians, industry and
students on a single platform to explore possible areas of interest and
The final year projects from diverse areas
such as electrical power, communication, electronics and computer
engineering will be displayed and evaluated. Input will be sought from
industry to make the final year projects in line with their needs and
requirements. The news
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