HEC foreign universities' project: NCA Musical Theatre
HEC planning to defer 9 foreign universities' project to next year
Islamabad, March 26, 2008: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is planning to defer
the project worth Rs 400 billion of nine foreign universities to the next year
mainly because of worsening security situation in the country, learnt
reliably here on Tuesday.
The Commission had decided to start the MSc
classes at three out of nine universities, including Pak-German and Pak-Austria
universities, from October and September 2008, but the high-ups now have changed
their mind and are planning to start the classes from the next year instead, of
which they are supposed to inform the parent universities of Germany, China and
One of the main reasons is the unwillingness of the foreign faculty
to work in Pakistan due to the security threats despite that the Commission had
offered highly attractive package. And in some cases, the universities could not
arrange the faculty up to the numbers, which they had promised to offer.
HEC had obtained the building of old airport of Lahore from the Ministry of
Sports for the time being to start classes, which were to be shifted later on
after completing the campuses.
There are also reports the work on the
project of Pak-Sweden University, which was going to be established in Sumbrial
near Sialkot, has been in suspension for the last six months. The Commission
also is planning to change the location of some of the universities like a
foreign university, which had been started in Karachi, can be shifted to
The government had decided to establish Engineering, Science
& Technology Universities in Pakistan (UESTP's) where Rectors, curriculum
and all the faculty members were decided to be foreigners to fulfil the
engineering vision 2030.
In the context of this decision, agreements had been
signed with Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Japan, China, Sweden and South
Korea to achieve the goals in the realm of science and technology, which now
seems in doldrums.
Sources also informed that the project worth billions of
rupees was initiated without any feasibility report and out of nine
universities, no any charter of the university has been chalked out to run them
Dr Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director HEC, however, opined that the
universities, which were to be started this year, would definitely start
functioning scheduled time. At temporary campuses of the universities of
Pak-China, Pak-Germany and Pak-Austria, Msc Classes would start in Islamabad and
"Foreign faculty has also concerns regarding the
security situation in the country but we are constantly in contact with them,
they did not refuse to land in the country and the project is on the track". The Nation
NCA Musical Theatre to start in April
Islamabad: The National College of Arts' Department of Theatre at the
Rawalpindi Campus will start its three-week workshop in Musical Theatre in
The workshop will be led by distinguished masters of classical,
modern and folk music including Rustam Ali Khan from 'Patiala Gharana,' son and
disciple of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan who has received national acclaim for his
renditions of 'khayal' and 'thumri'; Zeejah, a classical rock guitar player and
music director; and Fazal Jatt, son and student of Aashiq Jatt, one of the
founding members of Pakistan's former 'Nautanki' troupes.
will provide students with a practical engagement with musical theatre
composition, working from harmony and 'ragas' to sound recording and editing as
well as Natak, Karnatak and Tal-Natak in Nautanki compositions of 'Heer Ranjha',
'Sohni Mahivaal' and 'Sassi Punnoo'. Future workshops feature dance and
movement, production skills and acting. A number of workshop places are still
available and interested participants should contact NCA on 051-5556838
(extension 118) by March 28. The News
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