HEC interference in universities' affairs condemned
Teachers condemn HEC over 'interference'
Lahore, May 25: The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff
Associations (FAPUASA) has condemned the Higher Education Commission's
interference in the affairs of the universities and its refusal to solve the
problems of teachers. The federation also announced holding of protest
demonstrations against the commission in all the big cities on June 10.
Through resolutions adopted at a meeting held here with Professor
Kalimullah Barech in chair, the federation also called for audit of the HEC and
appointment of a Ph.D professor with university teaching experience as it
chairman. It also stressed separating the offices of the governor and the
chancellor and demanded appointment of a full-time chancellor in view of
increase in number of universities. It also demanded abolition of the quality
The federation rejected the cut in the recurring
budget of the universities and demanded posting of serving Ph.D professors as
vice-chancellors and pro-chancellors. The 80-year-old superannuated Sind
University vice-chancellor and retired officials manning the administrative
posts should be removed. The participants of the meeting also demanded abolition
of the Model Universities Ordinance and running of universities in accordance
with the universities' acts. Teachers in all the universities should be allowed
upgradation on hardship basis on the pattern of Peshawer, Balochistan and Gomal
The federation demanded equalisation of Ph.D Allowance and
other allowances for all the teachers and all M.Phil teachers should be paid
It demanded posting of 12.5 per cent BS-21 professors
against BS-22 posts and raising the superannuation age limit for university
teachers to 65 years. Promotion should not be linked to the publication of
research articles in the HEC approved journals alone. Enforcement of new
eligibility criteria should be deferred till 2012 because the HEC had not been
able to formulate the policy in this regard.
The federation expressed
sympathies with the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Swat, Buner and other
tribal areas and decided that the teachers of all public-sector universities
would donate one-day salary to the relief fund. The participants of the meeting
were of the view that there was no justification in restraining the IDPs from
going to any part of the country. Dawn
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Libraries plunge into darkness
Lahore: The city's libraries, which are otherwise lighthouses of knowledge,
remain engulfed in darkness during half of their opening hours due to the
incessant load shedding and the absence of any substitute form of electricity.
It was learnt that the students and general public visiting the
libraries suffer a lot, as they are unable to even find a corner in the
libraries where they can pursue their reading and research.
Quaid-e-Azam Library, one of the most prestigious libraries of the country,
which offers its membership only to scholars and Masters degree holders, is also
gripped by darkness during the massive power outages. In an attempt to counter
the problem, the library's administration has arranged two electricity supply
lines from different feeders. However, the power supply is often disconnected to
both the supply lines during a power outage. The students and public have to
leave the building due to the dark. Waseem, a student preparing for the CSS
examination said that much of his time was wasted due to load shedding.
He said students preparing for various exams suffered the worst, as load
shedding and heat made it very difficult for them to concentrate. Another
candidate, who is preparing for the PMS exams due to start in the first week of
June, said libraries should arrange alternate electricity sources on their own,
if the government fails to provide any substitute.
A senior official of
the library said it was not feasible for the library to buy a generator, as it
would disturb the environment. "The library requires a very big generator. Since
the library is located in the garden, the generator will disturb the
environment, " he said. He said the proposal was discussed in a meeting of the
library's Board of Governors, but was rejected and two different electricity
supply lines were arranged for the library.
Other public libraries like
the Punjab Public Library and Dayal Singh Trust Library also suffer a lot due to
the load shedding.
However, the libraries of some private educational
institutions are provided uninterrupted power supply due to the institutions
owning large generators. Daily Times
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Secretary BISE Lahore transferred
Lahore: Higher Education Department has transferred
Secretary Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, Haji
Muhammad Dogar on Saturday.According to Education department sources, the
interviews for appointment against the vacant post were held by the Secretary
Higher Education, Azhar Hussain Shamim this morning. Sources said that three
shortlisted names were sent to Additional Chief Secretary, Javed Aslam for the
aforementioned post. colleagues and staged a sit-in at adjacent road. Meanwhile,
Governor Punjab has suspended four policemen allegedly involved in abusing the
journalists and ordered an inquiry in the incident, sources added. App
Over Rs400m needed to meet teachers' demands
Lahore: The Punjab Higher Education Department has calculated that it
would cost over Rs 400 million to the government if it meets teachers' demands
such as increase in PhD allowance and incentives etc.
The calculation was
done after a detailed study conducted by the department in the wake of teachers
ongoing protest against the government. Teachers had taken to streets to press
for the acceptance of their demands, including increase in salaries, up grade of
posts, regularisation of contract lecturers and increase in PhD allowance for
social sciences etc.
College teachers, including contract lecturers and
honorary teaching assistants (HTAs), have been protesting against the government
for the last many days.
The study revealed that the government would have
to bear around Rs 5 million annually in case it increased PhD allowance from Rs
3,000 to Rs 5,000 for faculty members having PhDs in social sciences. At
present, around 200 teachers have PhD degrees in Arts.
Keeping in view
the reluctance of employees to serve in 'unattractive' areas, the Higher
Education Department has suggested the government to provide Unattractive Area
Allowance of Rs 3,000 per month. An amount of Rs 216 million has been calculated
under this head on an annual basis.
It would cost Rs 111 million annually
to provide incentive allowance to teachers on showing good results.
department has also calculated that the amount required for provision of
allowances to principals of the colleges. It has suggested that the government
give Rs 7,000 per month to principals serving at 'unattractive' areas. It has
also been suggested that principals of colleges in big cities should get Rs
4,000 per month as allowance. An amount of Rs 31 million has been calculated for
the provision of these allowances. At present around 2,500 HTAs are serving in
colleges across the province for Rs 8,000 per month. It would cost Rs 60 million
to give them a raise of Rs 2,000 per month.
A senior official of the
Higher Education Department requesting anonymity said that
regularisation of contract lecturers would not cost anything extra to the
government as these lecturers were already getting 30 percentextra than those
serving on regular basis. He said some of the demands, including increase in PhD
allowance of social sciences, and up grade of posts one step up like university
teachers were not feasible as huge financial resources would be required. The News
Edu Dept to prepare list of subject specialists
Lahore: Secretary Education Department (School) Nadeem Ashraf has directed
to ensure the implementation of the orders of Chief Secretary Punjab regarding
holding of open katchery for three days in a week, and also stressed to dispose
off the pension cases on priority.
He was addressing the provincial meeting
of Executive District Officers (Education) and District Monitoring Officers of
the Punjab, here on Saturday. Additional Secretary (Education Reforms)
Nadeem-ur-Rehman and Additional Secretary Schools were also present.
Ashraf said the process of recruitment of Educators had been completed in-time
transparently so that staff could be provided to schools. He further said that
the vacancies of Head Teachers would be 100 per cent fulfilled after summer
vacations. He said that the projects of basic necessities should be completed
timely so that funds could be utilised for welfare of the people.
directed to prepare list of vacant posts of subject specialists so that
recruitment could be made for these posts. He further said that comprehensive
programme for teachers' training has been prepared during summer vacations and
EDOs (Education) should play active role for implementation of this programme.
The meeting reviewed the pace of development schemes and recruitment process in
all the districts.
Secretary Schools for early disposal of pension cases
Secretary School Education Punjab, Nadeem Ashraf has directed to ensure the
implementation of the orders of Chief Secretary Punjab regarding holding of open
kutchery for three days in a week. He also stressed to dispose of the pension
cases on priority basis.
He was addressing the meeting of Executive District
Officers (Education) and District Monitoring Officers of the Punjab here on
Saturday. Additional Secretary (Education Reforms) Nadeemur Rehman and
Additional Secretary Schools were also present.
Nadeem Ashraf said that the
process of recruitment of Educators has been completed transparently for the
provision of staff to the schools. He further said that the vacancies of the
headmasters would be fulfilled after summer vacations. He said the projects of
basic necessities should be completed timely so that funds could be utilised for
welfare of the people. He directed to prepare list of vacant posts of subject
specialists so that recruitment could be made for these posts. The Nation
UVAS, BU to collaborate in LDLH research
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
(UVAS) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern
Switzerland, here Saturday signed an MoU for collaboration in a research project
on landless pastoralists in Northern Pakistan (Hindokush-Himalayan mountains).
The UVAS VC Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz and Senior Researcher/Project Coordinator Dr
Inam-ur-Rahim from Bern University signed the MoU on behalf of their respective
sides and the MoU will remain effective till completion of the research project
The objectives of the research project on landless pastoralists is to
understand the sustainable use of natural resources in the mountainous region of
NWFP; the situation of access to pastures for long distance landless herders
(LDLH); to understand socio-economic, institutional and political framework
under which the LDLH operates; to improve and secure future access to pasture
land for LDLH and to improve the access and efficiency of services for LDLH.
Under the MoU, both varsities will explore options to improve relation between
social and natural environment with sound trans-disciplinary research backing in
the face of rapid population growth and expansion of cultivated and constructed
land affecting the key pastures previously used by the livestock of long
distance landless herders(LDLH).
The UVAS will provide co-sponsored and
co-supervised MPhil and PhD students to undertake research assignments on the
issues related to LDLH and upland-lowland relationship, as assignment in the
Landless Pastoralist Research Project (LPRP). The co-sponsorship will include
successful completion of the required course work in the university. While, the
Centre for Development and Environment will co-sponsor and co-supervise the
selected students in their research assignments. The co-sponsorship will include
the provision of stipend to PhD students, field expenses and technical support,
necessary equipment and cost of publication and dissertation and peer-reviewed
UVAS, Swiss university sign MoU
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal
Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of
the University of Bern, Switzerland, have signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) for collaboration in a research project on landless pastoralists in
Northern Pakistan (Hindokush-Himalayan mountains). According to a press
statement, UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz on behalf of the UVAS and
Senior Researcher/Project Coordinator Dr Inam ur Rahim from the Centre for
Development and Environment of the University of Bern signed the MoU. The News
Hand washing activity at UVAS
Lahore: The Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of
the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) here Saturday arranged a
hand washing activity with the theme "Save lives, clean your hands." The
university staff and students participated in this activity in large numbers,
while, the experts performed step by step hand washing demonstration in front of
participants. Then the practical training was held on the IPS Premises. Later,
Dean Faculty of Bio-Sciences, Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf distributed certificates
among the training participants. App
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