NUML denied PhD degree merely on personal reasons
Another bloomer by NUML - a gold-medalist hit
Islamabad, May 07: The National University of Modern Languages (NUML), known to
be run like a family business, has created another victim, a
gold-medalist daughter of an ailing retired judge who has been denied a
PhD degree merely on personal reasons.
Brig Aziz Ahmad (Retd),
Rector National University of Modern University, has refused a PhD
degree to Mehwish Mumtaz, daughter of a retired judge of the
anti-terrorism court from Multan, by not allowing her to submit a
synopsis of her PhD thesis, first because of her genuine absence
because of her father's ailment and later because she went to the
Higher Education Commission for help.
surprisingly, has given an opportunity to some 90 candidates who were
enrolled between the years 2001 to 2009 to submit their thesis and get
a PhD degree but still did not allow Mehwish.
The Human Rights
Cell of the Supreme Court has also sought a reply from the NUML about
this discrimination with the daughter of a retired and ailing judge.
The NUML director general admits that the girl had genuine reasons but
she did not submit the synopsis and, therefore, she has not been
invited to submit the thesis. The girl says she has been repeatedly
asking the university to accept her synopsis but was refused every time.
Rector, Aziz Ahmad, not only sent his daughter and son-in-law abroad
for higher studies at the university's expense but the two are also
being paid a hefty six-figure stipend from the NUML while they are away.
top it all, notwithstanding serious audit objections and in violation
of the HEC rules, the rector has sent yet another whopping ₤ 21,400
(three million rupees) from the NUML accounts as tuition fee for his
children studying at Sussex University.
Mehwish Mumtaz Niazi
won three gold medals before getting herself enrolled for PhD in
English Linguistics in NUML in session 2002-2007 under registration
No.066-Ph.D/English/2002. Her father, Mumtaz Niazi, the sole
breadearner of the family, was posted at Faisalabad those days having
the only daughter studying at the NUML and a special child at home.
successfully passing her course work of 30 credit hours in two
semesters, Mehwish started work on her synopsis for PhD thesis but her
father had a stroke and was paralysed due to backbone problems and she
had to come to Multan to look after him knowing that she had five years
to submit the PhD thesis.
She also submitted the fee of four
semesters in the NUML when she was looking after her father. When she
came back to submit her synopsis in 2005-06, she found it difficult to
find a supervisor those days, and when she eventually succeeded in
finding one, the rector refused to accept her synopsis saying she was
She approached the HEC, which considered her case and
declared it as genuine and wrote to NUML that either Mehwish should be
given an MS degree or her synopsis be approved. She was offered an MS
degree by NUML in 2006 in spite of her being enrolled as PhD student
and had time for her final thesis till 2007 but she insisted on getting
a PhD degree.
Mehwish wrote dozens of applications to the
rector, the HEC, the president of Pakistan being chancellor of the
university, the education minister being the pro-chancellor of NUML and
finally one to the chief justice of Pakistan. The Supreme Court has
sought reply from NUML over this discrimination.
Director General, Kamran Jahangir said that
the university had finalised its reply for the Supreme Court. "Mehwish
Mumtaz was among those 125 students who were not issued PhD degrees and
we have cleared 90 students recently for submission of their thesis,"
said the DG NUML adding: "Mehwish did not submit her synopsis and,
therefore, she has not been allowed to submit her thesis."
mentioned that due to the ailing condition of her father and financial
problems, she could not continue in 2004-05 but the university has
approved only those students who were in the midst of their thesis.
asked why NUML treats daughter of a rector differently than ordinary
students the DG replied: "Though the scholarship holders happen to be
the relatives of the rector but I was not the part of the committee
which approved their scholarship and according to the committee version
all the formalities were fulfilled while awarding scholarships to the
rector's daughter and son-in-law."
NUML Registrar Dr Kamran
Jahangir, commenting on the news item, has stated that no hefty salary
was being paid to any of the awardees in six digits. The stipend paid
to one awardee is at par with HEC approved rates ie 750 UK pounds. The
NUML has never received any grant for scholarship from the HEC and the
foreign university has not asked for any guarantee from the NUML
either. In fact, it was the university requirement to safeguard its
investment by getting a guarantee. The best guarantors always are the
parents. It is a fact that the scholarship mentioned in the report were
awarded through an open and transparent process by fulfilling all the
conditions of merit. Thus, there were no violations of rules.
Jahangir said that at present there is no audit para pending to this
regard. The university expenditure is not governed by the HEC rules but
instead are planned and expended through approved budget by its own
statuary bodies. The increase in fee is always in conformity with the
HEC rules and the Board of Governors policy guidelines.
registrar clarified that the fact that Usman Shah will be the successor
to the head of department is not true. The Telecom Engineering program
of NUML is well on its route to recognition by the PEC (Pakistan
Concluding his statement, Dr Kamran
Jahangir said that, the NUML has its strategic interest in bringing the
higher education opportunities to the stake holders from different
countries of the world and to this reason its achievements are
innumerable. The scribe of the published report had been requested to
visit the university so that he could be shown relevant record but this
did not happen. The NUML is ever-willing to share any information on
Umar Cheema adds: The clarification is a kind of
self-indictment by the NUML management denying the payment of a
six-digit salary to any of the awardees (read rectorís daughter and
son-in-law). It has also officially been admitted stipend being paid
from the universityís purse is 750pounds to each awardee. Converting
the foreign currency into Pakistani rupees shows the amount being paid
to each is almost in six digits. As far clarification about the
guarantees is concerned, it is more a question of obliging the family
members than explaining whether it was required by foreign university
or NUML. Payment was authorised by the rector for his children and his
wife is the guarantor.
As far transparency in award is
concerned, it was not observed. This correspondent would be glad to see
any document showing the award was approved from the Board of
Governors. Instead, it was done separately from the Chairman of the
BoG, a serving three-star general and representative of army chief.
document made available from the HEC shows the NUML budget amounting
Rs228.4 million (2009-2010) doesnít contain any allocation for faculty
development. And article 25 (2) of NUML Ordinance 2000 states: No
expenditure shall be made from the funds of the university if it is not
included in the approved budget of the university. The news
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FDE directors enjoy double financial privileges
Islamabad, May 07: Most of the senior officers
at the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) are enjoying double
financial privileges by using official cars and drawing conveyance
allowance simultaneously, it has been learnt.
According to the rules, a government official
can either draw car maintenance/conveyance allowance or use the
official transport. But in the FDE, most of the directors are enjoying
both the facilities.
According to sources in the FDE, those who
are enjoying official transport facility as well as drawing conveyance
allowance are: director education, director schools female (car No
GT-753), director students male (GD-008), director colleges (GT-221),
director planning and development (GV-055), director administration
(1DL-9862), director colleges male (IDD-1796), deputy director legal
(IDB-2196) and director training (GT-977).
The federal secretary education had,
through an official order issued on March 15, 2010, taken strict notice
of the violations being practiced in the ministry and departments
attached to it, including the FDE.
The order read: "It has been noticed with
serious concern that the staff cars/official vehicles are being used by
the entitled as well as non-entitled officers of the ministry of
education, its wings, subordinate officers, and attached
departments."All such officers using official vehicles/staff cars
should surrender their conveyance allowance with effect from July
2009," it added.
The order, however, could not make these
officers surrender their conveyance allowance to date and neither the
FDE has made any response to the directive.
"The order was received a month back but
the usual practice is continuing in the directorate. Copy of this order
was not even circulated among the officials for implementation," said
an FDE official seeking anonymity.
He said not all the officials availing the
privilege were entitled to it. Some of them are in BS-17 and 18 and
working in the FDE on deputation, he added.
Besides, the transport facility is also
being misused by the families of these officers. The official said that
children and spouses of these officers independently used the vehicles
for multiple purposes, like picking and dropping in schools or for
shopping."There are also directors using more than one official
vehicle. They keep the official vehicles in their possession even after
office hours, which is again a violation," he added.
As per rules, government vehicles should be
parked on the office premises after working hours. However, all the
vehicles used by these directors remain at their residences
When contacted, some of the directors
maintained that they were not aware if they were violating any rule.
They also denied that they were misusing official vehicles.
Ms Tanveer Kiyani, the spokesperson for
FDE, acknowledged that an official letter from the education ministry
seeking recovery of conveyance allowance from all those using official
vehicles had been received by the FDE.
"I am not aware of the whole issue as I
have joined the office recently, but a letter from the education
ministry was received by the FDE in this regard," she confirmed.
To a question, she said the use of
government vehicles by non-entitled officials was not very common as
the directorate lacked transport even for its entitled staff. Dawn
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Number of Prep, class-1 seats in FDE schools increased
Islamabad: The number of seats for admission in Class Prep has been
increased from 30 to 40 and for class one from 25 to 30 in all
educational institutions under the administrative control of Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE) to accommodate maximum number of
students, said Advisor to Prime Minister on Education Sardar Aseff
stated this while addressing the audience after the inauguration of the
upgradation of Federal Government Junior Model School, I-9/4, on
He said special attention was being paid to the
professional training of teachers. The minister said the government was
keen to launch an E-Education Programme with the support of foreign
donor countries, initially for the 9th class on experimental basis in
six schools out of which two were in Bhara Kahu two in rural areas of
Islamabad and two schools in the urban area of Islamabad. He said under
this programme English and Mathematics would be taught through the
computer and after the successful implementation of this programme it
would be adopted in all educational institutions under the
administrative control of FDE.
He said a proposal regarding the
annual medical investigation of all students of 418 educational
institutions of Islamabad was also under consideration and will be
implemented very soon. Ali said under the programme the health related
statistics of all students would be kept in the form of database in the
computer and it will help in ascertaining the status of mental and
physical health of all students. He said the students would also be
provided proper medical care facilities. app
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Jackonites enjoy a summer day
Rawalpindi: The junior section of Jack & Jill Montessori and
High School enjoyed a well-conceived and well-implemented 'A Day in
Summer', a theme relevant to the tender ages of the young students.
start off, the classroom wore a festive look with buntings, flowers and
streamers flowing all over. The children were dressed in summer attire
and sipped cold drinks.
The teachers meticulously explained
the concept of summer and the cycle of the changing seasons.
Integrating Geography, History, English and Islamiat skilfully, the
children were told how seasons change, what fruits are available in
summer and why.
The pupils were then explained the choice of
summer garments, the use of fans and the need to wear light clothing.
The detailed explanation of the choice of colours during summer and the
need to cover oneself to protect the body from the scorching sun was a
good reminder of how to avoid heatstroke, while the importance of
sitting under the shade of trees was another lesson learnt.
important aspect of the season explained was the changing of moods due
to which we tend to feel lethargic and slow whenever it is hot but when
it is cloudy and rainy in summer, there is a reason to enjoy and have
Allah's blessings cannot be forgotten at a time like
this, said Montessori teacher Anum Ikram, who explained that it is
God's wish that seasons change and every season brings with it its own
particular bounty. She explained the importance of eating certain
vegetables and fruit in summer and how these protect us from getting
sick and also raise our energy level.
The children were also
taught why animals and birds hibernate and migrate respectively in the
beginning of summer. The little children listened with rapt attention
and looked forward to celebrating all seasons in a similar way.
activity proved that if less emphasis is laid on rote learning and
chapter by chapter cramming of book knowledge and instead if the
everyday concepts are more practically and enjoyably integrated into
the curriculum, the overall learning output of the students will be
much more positive and long lasting. The news
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