HEC scholarships | Islamia College Uni VC slot | QAU encroachers
HEC scholarships for Masters/MSc studies
May 19, 2008: National Testing Service invited applications in September 2007, for study
abroad under the Cultural Exchange Scholarships Programme for the year of
2006-2007 for Masters/MSc studies in various subjects. The scholarships were
expected from China, Turkey, Romania, Syria, Jordan, Tunis, Czech Republic,
Slovak Republic, Mexico, Greece, Russia etc.
Consequently, a test was
conducted in November 2007. I secured 57 marks and, to the best of my knowledge,
was among top 5 from Sindh Rural. But the HEC has now apprised me unofficially
that only China and Romania has offered any scholarships whereas those from
Turkey are in the process.
Since last six months I have been calling time
and again to HEC for intimating me the exact number of scholarships and the
reason of my placement in the scholarships that are yet to be sent by Turkey. A
friend of mine from Sindh Rural has declined to accept the offer for China, but
according to HEC officials, the scholarship that has been made available as a
result will not be carried over to next candidate. I would like to ask the HEC
why applications were invited if the scholarships were not available from
countries mentioned in the advertisement?
By SHABIR AHMED SETHAR, Shikarpur, via e-mail (The Nation)
"i have done my MBA now i want to go further in studies"
Name: Majid Muhammad
City, Country: Peshawar, Pakistan
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Teacher groups become active to grab VC slot: Islamia College University
Peshawar: As the search committee is expected to meet on Monday
to scrutinise the list of about 50 aspiring candidates for the
vice-chancellorship of the newly-registered Islamia College University,
teachers' political groups backing their candidates have become
However, teachers claiming impartiality observed that no
candidate backed by these political groups should be considered for the post of
VC as it would give a bad academic start to the new university in the provincial
The teachers -- affiliated to the Progressive, Tanzeem-i-Asatiza
and Friends -- have become active as 'pressure groups' in Peshawar, sources
The groups had started spreading 'distorted facts' about the
Islamia College University and those candidates who belong to no political
groups in order to build pressure, said a senior teacher. He criticised these
groups for their 'negative' role in academic institutions.
Once the VC is
appointed by the chancellor, NWFP governor, the Islamia College University would
start functioning as a full-fledge university but political influence on
appointments of the VC and other administrative posts would give a bad start for
"The involvement of teachers affiliated with political
groups harmed the academic performance of the institution. We want a VC who is
appointed on merit not due to political pressure from these groups," opined a
senior teacher at the historic Islamia College Peshawar and many others
expressed similar views.
The Alumni of Islamia College has worked for the
upgradation of the college to university and NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani had
supported it but these political groups active lobbying for their candidates
would not let the institution grow due to their petty politics, said teachers
who claimed that they had no association with any political group, and they were
facing problems in their professional careers.
"My selection on a
professor post kept lingering on for three years despite the fact that my case
went to the scrutiny committee six times and I was selected. My fault was that I
was not affiliated to any of the teacher's political groups and another
candidate belonged to one such group," said a professor at the Islamia
Teachers, who were enthusiastically waiting for the appointment
of the VC so that the Islamia College University could start functioning, said
that the huge college building should be used for academic activities so that
teachers find no time for politics. "All day, I have only one class and I feel
ashamed when I enter this historic college as I am not utilising my time in
teaching," said a teacher who wished the new VC would be appointed soon so that
the next academic session, starting in September, would not be 'so
"Teachers' politics is like a termite which is damaging the very
core of this historic institution and even the University of Peshawar," a
teacher observed. Senior teachers said that the faculty was drawing huge
salaries and taking part in politics than academic activities. Political
interference should not be allowed in educational institutions'
The Islamia College was notified as a university on March 20
this year and was registered by the Higher Education Commission recently. The
college has 130 faculty members including 30 PhDs and the number of students
would be increased from 3,357 to 5,000 once it starts functioning as a
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QAU held hostage to encroachers
Islamabad: Encroachers have held the Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) administration back from fixing barbed wire
around Hostel No 8, which is on the edge of all hostels.
officials said on Saturday that the encroachers had surrounded the
boundary wall-less campus, challenging the security of the students.
Because of this security threat, they said, the administration wanted to
shift girl students to the hostels close to the main offices while boy students
would be concentrated in the newly constructed Hostel No 8.
was made to lay down barbed wire around Hostel No 8 to make it secure but the
encroachers succeeded in foiling it with the use of blatant force, they said.
They said, "The administration wanted demarcation of the campus but the
encroachers did not allow it to so on the excuse that it would hurt privacy of
They said the administration had to push the campus
borders back to the point where the encroachers were satisfied out of
compulsion. First it was agreed that the boundary would be set 10 feet away from
houses of the encroachers but then they pushed it back to 50 feet, they said.
The officials believed that the encroachers were involved in purse and
mobile phone snatching cases that had become routine on the campus in the
evening. "The university has been held hostage to the encroachers," said an
Students, they said, had lodged with the administration
complaints to the effect time and again but the administration simply could not
do any thing in this regard.
They said tackling the encroachers, who
demanded an alternate accommodation in return for leaving the campus, could halt
the mega projects being launched in the university.
They alleged Member
of National Assembly (MNA) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry was encouraging the
encroachers, who were his voters also, to stand up against the administration.
Dr Chaudhry defended himself saying that he appealed to the
administration to let the encroachers live on the campus on humanitarian
grounds. He said the encroachers had been living over there for over 50 years
and it was unfair to displace them after formation of the university.
said he would ask the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to give the
encroachers an alternate accommodation to settle the dispute.
Chancellor M Qasim Jan said that the university administration did
not want to get involved in any dispute with the encroachers, which was why it
had preferred fixing the barbed wire away from their houses. He said there was a
security issue because of a constant presence of the encroachers on the campus.
QAU gets the lion's share of the grants introduced by the HEC and other
related departments and ministries to promote education.
could not build its boundary wall since its inception. A bureaucratic maze that
its highly influential administration has become has made it next to impossible
to fine where the fault lies. Daily Times
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|Updated: 14 Oct, 2014|