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Devolution of HEC Motion to be submitted against Rabbani
Islamabad, May 11: PML-Q MNA Marvi Memon will submit a privilege motion against Implementation Commission Chairman
Mian Raza Rabbani for what she termed misleading the parliament on the issue of
devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
According to her,
the HEC has full legal cover under the 18th Amendment, but Mian Raza Rabbani
told the parliament that it has to be devolved to implement the 18th Amendment
in its true spirit. "According to legal experts, the HEC has full legal cover
under FLL1 and FLL 2, but Mian Raza Rabbani misinterpreted the 18th Amendment
and misguided the parliament," she said.
Marvi Memon was addressing a
seminar on 'Save Education, Save Pakistan' organised by the Defending HEC
Movement here on Tuesday. She said that the HEC was among those few institutions
in the country, which were performing well. "The HEC should not be devolved for
vested interests rather its federal status should remain intact for the larger
interest of the country," she added.
She criticised the PML-Q leadership
for not taking up the issue of HEC seriously. "The PML-Q is not serious in
resolving the issue of HEC after becoming part of the government," she said. She
asked the PML-Q leadership to take up the issue of HEC on immediate
Former minister for science and technology Azam Swati on the
occasion indicated that a few parliamentarians tried to move a resolution on the
HEC in the Senate.
"It is quite surprising for me that despite prime
minister's order and Supreme Court's verdict, a few parliamentarians were all
set to move a resolution on HEC, though they didn't get a chance to do so," he
He said that it was he who walked out from the parliament last year
to protest against the massive budget cut in the HEC and he would continue to
extend his support to the HEC in national interest. "The majority of those
sitting in the parliament are 'jahils' (illiterates) with fake degrees and don't
want to see the HEC in its current status in future," he said.
that a huge amount of Rs80 billion of taxpayers is being spent on the bogus
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), but the government is not ready to pay
Rs24 billion for the future of the country. "It is unfortunate that we are
spending only 1.2% of GDP on education, but our rulers are not ready to think
about it as their stakes are not in this country," he said.
Ahmed on the occasion said that education should be top priority of the
government, but unfortunately it has never been the case. "Education is not at
all a subject to be devolved to give provincial autonomy as it is a tool to
create harmony among people of this country," he said.
He said that
devolving education to provinces would mean that distribution of a nation in
four nations. "If the government really wants to give autonomy to provinces then
it should distribute resources to provinces not subjects like education," he
Former HEC chairman Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman said that in most
federations around the world, including China, Japan, Turkey, Malaysia and South
Korea, higher education is a federal subject. India has a UGC with a federal
secretary of higher education, United Kingdom has a minister for universities
and research, while in Korea the status of deputy prime minister has been given
to the minister of higher education.
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Science Olympiad ends at NUST
Islamabad: The closing ceremony of Inter-NUST Science Olympiad, Sytek 2011, was held here in
which participants were given prizes and certificates in recognition of their
hard work and effort they had put in during the three-day event, says a press
Videos depicting glimpses of different events and participants
at work were shown and speeches were made by the president and convener of the
Sytek 2011 as well as by NUST Rector Mohammad Asghar.
The NUST rector
praised members of the NUST Science Society and appreciated their previous
endeavours too. He discussed the development of science over ages and its
importance for the present generation of science students.
Society President Mahwish Bukhari thanked the sponsors and the host team for the
success of the event and hoped that the vigorous efforts of its members would
continue in future.
The Sytek 2011 started on Friday on an enthusiastic
note as many participants who had registered for the 'Scientific Scavenger Hunt'
flocked to the venue of the ceremony. On Saturday, participants toiled over
catapults and boats for the competitions 'Sciattack' and 'Bon Voyage'
respectively, while others predicted the grim ending of the world and
articulately persuaded judges to choose their space settlement design to save
humanity in 'Project Exodus'. The Saturday ended on a light note as the
exhausted participants flocked to various stalls at the geek themed carnival,
grandly titled 'Carnivale'.
On Sunday, the Sytek 2011 began with the
event 'Bridge Your Imagination' and it was followed by 'Science Quiz,' 'Project
Exhibition' and 'In the Sky'.
The Sytek 2011 is an initiative of the
NUST Science Society, which aims to promote similar science events among
students in order to instigate interest in practical aspects of science. Over
400 students participated in the event and their feedback was overwhelming.
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Bahria University holds photography competition
Islamabad: The Social Sciences department of Bahria University organised a photography competition,
says a press release issued here on Tuesday.
Bahria University Rector
Vice Admiral (r) Mohammad Haroon inaugurated the competition. A large number of
students of Media Sciences attended and evinced keen interest in the
competition. The instructor of photography Kaleem Ahsan speaking on the
occasion, acknowledged the dedication and labor of the students whose works were
on display. He defined the art of photography, and explained its many diverse
angles. He added that it was a highly challenging profession, and requires more
than talent to achieve its many faceted goals, as this art has its reflections
in all the fields of our daily life.
He summed up his brief address, by
advancing the proposal of setting up of a media lab studio in the university.
This was followed by individual presentations by four highly talented
students of BSS-7 namely, Saif ur Rahman Tahir, Sana Iqbal, Maheen Fareed and
Nida Zafar, who took turns in explaining project assigned to each. The rector
while distributing special gifts to the presenters, later in his short address
was appreciative of the highly creative work done by the participants, with the
hope that others would follow in their footsteps.
He endorsed the
proposal of setting up of a media lab studio in the University, in
course. In recognition of the outstanding exhibits of the presenters, he
announced on behalf of the university a special cash reward of Rs5000 to
each. The news
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