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HEC starts high speed internet access for varsities Islamabad, May 26, 2008: The Higher Education Commission has initiated a project of multi gigabit network titled "Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN2)" for the education and research community of the country.

This multi gigabit network will replace the existing network of PERN which is primarily based on legacy telecommunication system.

The PERN2 will interlink all public and private sectors academic and research institutes of the country through metro fiber ring using Multi Gigabit Metro Ethernet technology in the seven metro cities of Pakistan.

These metro fiber rings will be interlinked through dark optic fiber using DWDM technology. The universities and institutes under this initiative will be provided one gigabit links connecting them to the core network of multi gigabit capacity. PERN2 will provide students, faculty members and researchers a fully integrated and dedicated IP/MPLS based communication infrastructure to achieve true collaborative research, knowledge & resource sharing and distance learning.

The advanced features will include, but will not be limited to, Gigabit Networks, Adaptive Applications and Multicasting.

The PERN2 is also aimed to have connectivity to other research networks of the world including APAN (Asia), Internet2 (USA), GEANT2 (Europe) etc. and initiate collaborative research with the consortiums of NREN(s). The first phase of the project was launched in December 2007 under which the universities and institutes of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are being provided dark optic fiber for the deployment of Metro Ethernet network.

The task of laying dark optic fiber to these universities and institutes has been almost completed and recently Higher Education Commission has successfully conducted test sessions of video conferencing using these laid optic fibers over gigabit capacity.

The Metro Ethernet network of Islamabad/ Rawalpindi should be fully operational by the end of this year.

The second phase of the project has been launched as well which will provide Multi Gigabit Metro Ethernet networks in the remaining six metro cities namely Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta, Multan, Lahore and Peshawar.

This Multi Gigabit Education and Research Network of Pakistan named as PERN2 should be fully operational by April 2009. App

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QAU Area Study Centre faculty being denied promotion
Islamabad: The lecturers and professors of the Area Study Centre for Africa and South America, Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), are being denied promotion and M.phil allowance announced by the former prime minister Shaukat Aziz about a year ago.

Official sources confided on Saturday that the ongoing tug of war between few faculty members and director of the centre, Rukhsana Qambar, was responsible for this situation.

The sources said that in March 14 meeting this year, the Board of Governors (BOG) had asked the director of the centre to promote the faculty members and give them the allowance within 15 days, but she was yet to implement the orders. The BOG has viewed the delay in implementation of orders "as unjustified" when all other institutions have implemented them in letter and spirit.

The sources said that about Rs3.5 million funds had lapsed in the fiscal year 2006-2007 but the faculty was yet to benefit from the orders. The centre does research to support the foreign ministry in framing the foreign policy on Africa and South America.

The sources said that the centre had hired a Canadian woman against a salary of over Rs40,000 to teach English language to the officials working in scale four and below despite the fact that it was not necessary for the low-grade officials to be fluent in English. The sources said that due to denial of promotion and allowance, the faculty members were not taking interest in work.

When contacted QAU Vice Chancellor and BOG Chairman M Qasim Jan, he admitted delay in implementation of the government orders and said that in a recent meeting the board had directed the centre's director to promote the faculty and release the research allowance. He said a notification would soon be issued in this regard. Daily Times

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149 schools in Rawalpindi running without principals
Rawalpindi: The problem of delay in the appointment of headmasters on permanent basis and filling of vacant posts of teachers in the schools of District Rawalpindi is still not resolved.

According to sources, nearly 149 schools in the district are running without permanent headmasters and headmistresses for the last six years, which is badly affecting the education system of these schools.

It is noted that the acting heads of these schools do not have authorities and cannot solve the problems, which is making the situation worse.

Sources said that overall, there are 3,000 vacancies of teachers lying vacant in 2,200 schools of the district and the teachers appointed in far-flung areas of the district have been transferred to Rawalpindi city.

Public and social circles have expressed their concern over the situation and demanded the authorities concerned to take notice of the situation and solve their problems.

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Private schools out of residential areas by 2010
Islamabad: Director Services Capital Development Authority (CDA) Sarmad Sindhu has said that private educational institutions in the capital would be moved from the residential areas till 2010.

The CDA Director Services, in a statement, said the presence of private educational institutions in residential areas is an old problem and CDA sometime ago had decided to allot plots to only those private institutions, which are providing quality education.

He informed that under that policy, plots outside the residential areas have been allocated to several educational institutions and three years have been given to them to shift to the new location.

Sarmad Sindhu further said that after the shifting of most of the private educational institutions till 2010, the problem would be solved to some extent.

According to sources, there are overall 615 schools existing in the rural and urban areas of the capital and the number is increasing, as only five per cent parents admit their children in private institutions. The News

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