HEC development fund & budgetary constraints
HEC denied increase in development fund
Islamabad, May 07: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) may face a
severe setback as the budget it requires to run its various programmes
smoothly is unlikely to be approved by the finance ministry.
a 'HEC and Media Interactive Meeting,' HEC Executive Director (ED) Dr.
Sohail H. Naqvi said that they had demanded 30 per cent increase in the
current budget for the upcoming budget for the year 2010-2011, but
received a negative response. "The authorities are unwilling to give
the HEC more than Rs18.5 billion for the current fiscal year 2010-2011,
which is equal to nothing to smoothly run its various programmes," he
According to him, the cabinet has approved a three-year
budgetary framework for the HEC in which the recurring budgets will be
increased only by 10 per cent, 8 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.
With an annual inflation of 23.5 per cent and rupee depreciation
against the dollar by 20-30 per cent, means a decrease in operating
budget of at least 40 per cent annually, which would have a negative
impact on various projects being run under the HEC.
He said that
the development budget for the fiscal year 2009-2010 was Rs22.5 billion
in which the cabinet cut down Rs4 billion leaving 18.5 billion with the
HEC to continue its various projects.
Answering a question
regarding ignoring the social sciences altogether over last few years,
Dr. Naqvi admitted that they had not done anything remarkable in the
field of social sciences which is a way to different and difficult path.
quality of undergraduate students produced by different educational
institutions was not good as those students produced by engineering or
other scientific institutions so they ignored the sector for the time
being but now introducing big scholarships in this discipline," he
said. He added that now scholarships focusing on social sector have
been announced in which the students of engineering and science are not
eligible to apply. "We have included subjects like sociology, fine
arts, journalism and mass communication in the social sector which has
never been done before," he said.
He stressed on the need for
the semester system in universities and colleges to engage students
throughout the year in academic activities besides incorporating search
culture in them. "The learned and trained faculty members are also
inevitable in increasing the research culture among the students and
HEC is striving to produce competent faculty by not only increasing
their qualification but also training them in their particular field,"
Dr. Naqvi highlighted the achievements of HEC since
its inception and pointed out various challenges they faced during
their journey to success. "We have spent our first two years in faculty
development as we believe that the standard of education in the country
could not be improved without quality teachers who will impart quality
education that would ultimately lead to the competent generation," he
He said that Pakistan was considered as a rising star in
higher education sector as five of its universities are included in top
600 universities of the world. "Only 14 postgraduates of engineering
and technology were produced during the span of 1947-2002, while 131
were produced during last seven years," he added.
He stated that the percentage of the GDP spent on education sector was very low and HEC was getting 16 per cent of that GDP.
on the occasion, HEC Chairperson Dr. Javaid R. Laghari said that it was
not only political will that is required for improvement of education
sector, but financial will is also required. "We do have a political
will but as far as finances are concerned, they are really bad in the
country and it is not only HEC whose budget has been cut down but the
budget of every institution has been decreased in the wake of current
economic crisis in the country," he added.
He said that the
government was committed to improve education sector by spending up to
seven per cent of the GDP on it. "Currently we are spending less than
two per cent of the GDP on education sector and if we could just
increase the spending up to four per cent of the GDP, we could take
revolutionary steps in this area," he added.
elaborated the HEC's threefold agenda, which included quality
improvement, easy access to education and relevance in which the HEC
has taken remarkable steps during a short span of time. The news
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PM approves medical college for Islamabad
Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday approved establishment of a Federal Medical College (FMC) in Islamabad.
to a press release, the college will accommodate of students of
Islamabad with reserved seats for all the provinces, Federally
Administered Tribal Areas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan
the federal government hospitals in Islamabad will be affiliated with
the FMC. The state of the art Trauma Centre being constructed by the
UAE government on the premises of PIMS would also be associated with it.
prime minister has directed the Ministry of Health (MoH) to complete
all the modalities and formalities to ensure that the classes in the
FMC may commence from the next academic year i.e. November 2010. He
emphasised the need to uphold merit in selection of teaching faculty
and admission of students in the college.
As regards the
hepatitis programme, the prime minister expressed concern over the
progress and directed the MoH to maximise its efforts so that the
benefit could reach at the grass root level. He said adequate awareness
campaign be launched to educate the people about the disease and
methods of prevention.
He directed the ministry that no
syringe should be allowed to be imported, manufactured or sold which is
not auto-disabled. He asked that necessary legislation in this respect
be under taken at the earliest.
The Prime Minister took the
above decisions and issued directions during a special meeting on
health held here at the Prime Minister's House Thursday.
said health sector was a priority area and the government was fully
committed to ensure that every citizen must have access to basic health
facilities. He directed MoH to hold meeting with the Deputy Chairman,
Planning Commission and the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance
for appropriate allocation to health sector in the next budget.
asked the ministry to work out details through the Inter-Provincial
Coordination Ministry with the objective to improve the existing health
facilities for the common man in the provinces. He asked the ministry
to hold consultation with all the stakeholders in preparing mechanism
for price regulation of drugs and medicines.
for Health Makhdoom Shahbuddin and Secretary Health Khushnood Akhtar
Lashari briefed the prime minister on issues concerning the health
sector and MoH. They also apprised him about the progress of various
programmes and developments after the approval of NFC Award and the
enactment of 18th Amendment.
MNA Yasmeen Rehman and senior government officers were present in the meeting. Daily times
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Availability of BA books: Minister puts onus on private publishers
Islamabad: State Minister for Education Ghulam Farid Kathia on Thursday
told the National Assembly that Ministry of Education was not
responsible to ensure availability of syllabus books for colleges or
universities rather private publishers were responsible for it.
to a call attention notice, the minister said the Education Ministry
did not publish any textbook for students of the college or the
university level, rather publishes books for students up to
He said the ministry issued course outlines only
and then the private publishers published books on the subject,
following the outlines, adding, however, the ministry could only ask
the private publishers to ensure availability of the books.
Rehman, the mover of the call attention notice, said the subject of
Women Studies was introduced in 1999 in BA but until now, the books
were not available in the market. She sought the government's direction
to publishers to make up the deficiency.
The state minister assured the House that the ministry would ensure availability of books in the market. app
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Pak-Korea IT Centre to be set up in Islamabad
Islamabad: Pak-Korea Information Technology
(IT) Centre would be established in Islamabad for enabling Pakistani
youth to work in South Korean multi-national companies.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed Thursday between both the governments.
to MoU, South Korean government would provide &3 million for
infrastructure including building and equipments for the centre. The
government of Pakistan would provide a piece of land for the centre in
Sector H-9. The Korean government would bear the operational cost of
At the signing ceremony, Adnan A Khawaja, Chairman,
National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC), said
thousands of Pakistanis were already contributing positively to South
"Total workforce trained in this centre would be accommodated in Korean companies," he said. Daily times
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NBF's annual book exhibition getting good response
Islamabad: The annual book exhibition being arranged by the
National Book Foundation (NBF) continues to attract readers across the
The month-long exhibition started on May 3 in
Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Bannu, Abbottabad, Kohat, D I Khan, Wah
Cantonment, Multan, Faisalabad, Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Nawabshah,
Jamshoro, Jacobabad, Bahawalpur, Sukkur and Quetta.
engineering, law, science, literature and culture books and imported
notebooks are being sold at special discount. Braille books for blind
person are also available. Urdu dictionary and other new books
published by the National Book Foundation are also available in the
NBF Managing Director Mazhar-ul-Islam has directed
the officials to facilitate book lovers. The exhibition will remain
open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. even on holidays. The news
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IMCB students, teachers protest boundary wall demolition
Islamabad: Students, teachers and parents in a protest demonstration on
Thursday expressed resentment against demolition of boundary wall of
Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB) F-11/3, saying it hindered
plans for further expansion of the institution.
participants of the demonstration said the demolition of the wall by
Capital Development Authority (CDA) was illegal and against the
understanding reached earlier.
They said the claims of CDA that the college was encroaching upon the land around the wall were baseless.
They said the CDA hindered their plans to open new classes for granting admissions in more disciplines.
chanted slogans against CDA and threatened to continue protest till the
Education Ministry comes to their aid and asked the civic body to
refrain from its actions.
The parents said CDA was razing the wall as most of the students at the college were from lower and middle class families.
They said they were sure that if students had come from influential families CDA would have kept mum about the issue.
college which began functioning on May 15, 1999 was facing controversy
over the wall as a religious body Anjuman Darbar-e-Alia was adamant
that the land over which the wall was constructed was under its control.
President of the Anjuman said the land on which a shrine and a
graveyard existed was given to it for maintenance through an order on
May 15, 1990.
CDA kept silent over the claim of Anjuman after
which the college administration approached its president who not only
agreed to concede his claim but also showed willingness to donate a
further piece of land to the institution in case his suggestions were
duly considered for approval.
The college administration
approved all suggestions that included naming college after the name of
Baba Sakhi Muzammil Shah Kazmi, admitting students of Anjuman on
priority basis and awarding contract of canteen to the administration
A three page document submitted by the principal of
the college to the CDA chairman after demolition of the boundary wall
stated that layout plan of an upgradation project costing Rs 57 million
has been completed, so CDA should formally allot that piece of land to
the college donated by the Anjuman.
The college principal, Dr
Ali Ahmad Kharal said when the college administration was struggling to
convince the president of Anjuman for provision of piece of land no one
from CDA claimed that all the land was under its control, but after
donation of land and preparation of upgradation project the authority
intruded and started raising the issue of encroachment for unknown
"When I reminded the CDA officials during a recent
meeting about non-issuance of any kind of notice they told me that
there is no need for it and they have authority to demolish any
structure without any prior notice," he said.
He demanded that
the education ministry take notice of the situation otherwise issue of
boundary wall would not only pose security threat to the students but
will also cause unnecessary delay in upgradation work in the college. app
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