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PM's directives being ignored in HEC case
Islamabad, May 10: Ignoring the prime minister's decision not to 'touch' the Higher Education Commission (HEC) till the next National Finance Commission (NFC) Award, the Implementation Commission is preparing a legal draft for constitution of a new commission in place of the HEC, sources said here on Monday.

Sources said that Mian Raza Rabbani, who had threatened to quit as chairman of the Implementation Commission after his resignation as a federal minister if the HEC was not devolved and replaced by a new commission under the Cabinet Division, is now determined to constitute the Commission for Standard Higher Education (CSHE) through a legal draft to be presented in the parliament.

Sources claimed that Mian Raza Rabbani has yet to give answers to a couple of questions raised by one of the senior members of the Implementation Commission, saying "Does Implementation Commission enjoy mandate to carry out legislation? Why independent and well-reputed HEC is being replaced by a new commission under the Cabinet Division at the federal level?"

Sources said that Mian Raza Rabbani defended his decision to constitute the CSHE on the ground that if this step is avoided it would affect provincial autonomy but three members of the Implementation Commission recently clearly told this correspondent that the establishment of the CSHE has nothing to do with provincial autonomy.

Sources said many members of the ruling PPP were of the view that the HEC, which received funds worth billions of rupees from the federal government, has been showing 'indecent' behaviour in the degree verification process.

It is pertinent to mention here that setting aside its earlier stance now the Implementation Commission has agreed not to devolve key functions, including curricula, standardisation of education and foreign scholarships, but its chairman is apparently quite determined to put an end to the existing HEC.

HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari, who effectively raised the issue of devolution of HEC, is now avoiding 'media exposure' and pursuing wait-and-see policy.

The former HEC chairman, Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, when contacted, said that people were unable to understand government's policies because on one hand the prime minister has announced that the government would not touch the HEC till the next NFC Award, but now they were preparing legal draft for constitution of a new commission.

He said that the Supreme Court, while hearing petition against the devolution of the HEC, categorically stated that the new legislation regarding the HEC should not be contradictory to the Presidential Ordinance 2002, claiming "The Supreme Court also said that if there is any contradiction then the ordinance would be given priority over new legislation."

Mian Raza Rabbani, who always avoided offering comments to this correspondent, again continued to do so. He was not available to give his version despite repeated attempts.

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Chinese language course starts at FJWU
Rawalpindi: To further strengthen Pak-China friendship, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) has started a Chinese language course. Prof. G. E. of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) was chief guest at the course-launching ceremony.

The chief guest not only appreciated the spirit and hardwork of the students for holding this program but while identifying their bright future, also supported to learn the Chinese language. The students of the university in order to make the program further charming, presented various skits and songs depicting complete Chinese culture. At the end of this prestigious ceremony, FJWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Samina Ameen Qadir presented souvenir to the chief guest and said that mutual confidence and tolerance are the main pillars of Pak-China friendship. She underlined a need to further promote bilateral relations between the two countries. The news

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FDE institutions lack emergency, first aid facilities
Islamabad: As many as 418 educational institutions of capital, under the umbrella of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), are functioning without proper medical facilities for students. Making their life more vulnerable to different risks away from home.

The FDE, claiming to be a promoter of quality education, has no facility to cope with critical situation, if occurred. According to a report, administrative and management of these 418 institutions at various levels in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) including primary, middle, secondary, and high schools and degree level colleges conducting masters level classes, FDE is providing infrastructure facilities at all the institutions but have ignored to facilitate students as there is no first aid facility at any school.

As the summer season has approached and mercury is increasing day by day, majority of the parents of students studying in federal government institutions complained that school administration had nothing to facilitate students in classrooms in providing medical treatment that might end up with alarming situation.

"With no medical provision in the federal schools and colleges, our children have suffered contagious viral diseases, skin problems and dehydration in last few days," they said. Parents said since the temperature is touching 35 degree Celsius and dehydration occurred immediately under such circumstances and viral diseases were communicable disease that is why our children told them that over half of the class students had the same viral infection of flu, cough or skin related ailments. "Besides student may suffer deadly attacks for which neither institution has anything to counter, nor the directorate of education," they said. They also suggested FDE to take concrete measures to set up a dispensary or at least do something for provision of first aid facility to students in campus. "The other day my son suffered asthma which he never suffer with. And due to no provision of medical facility, he kept on in the same condition," said Sumaira Kanwal, a mother of student.

She said it was not only the situation of my children schools' but almost every education working under FDE are without dispensary and first aid medical treatment and if medical facility is available no proper attendant is available to treat the children. According to sources, over 200,000 students are studying in 418 institutions and it is surprising to know there is no developed systematic facility available to them.

When contacted Ashraf Nadeem, director, coordination FDE, to get FDE version, it was informed that he was in Korea on leave, hence not available for comments. Islamabad College for Boys (ICB) Head of Biology Department Samiud Din said basic health facilities were available at most of FDE schools and colleges including first aid provision but if any student fell seriously ill during academic timings there was not a proper systematic set up either to help him inside campus or to take him away to a nearby hospital. Daily times

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IIU, HEC host research, software exhibition
Islamabad: With mind-blowing ideas and innovative approaches, the students of Computer Science at the International Islamic University (IIU) have displayed their projects in a research and commercial software exhibition titled 'Universities building national economy through commercial research projects'.

The students of BS and MS (research) displayed various research projects that could prove to be a major breakthrough in the scientific and technological horizon of the country if proper linkages are developed with the industries. The fourteen best projects were selected for the mega event being organised by Higher Education Commission by the end of May 2011.

During a visit of media persons that was facilitated by Higher Education Commission (HEC), the students explained in detail their projects. The BS Projects (male) included the superb project of 'biometric personal identification system' developed by Mohammad Junaid Taj, 'Virtual class room' developed by Syed Adnan Hussain and Agha Haider Ali, 'Real time object tracking system' developed by Mubashir Bashir. All three projects are supervised by Syed Muhammad Saqlain.

The BS Projects (female) included 'Urdu language teacher' developed by Shahina Rabeel and Sadia Ashraf, supervised by Imran Saeed, 'Linkage Analysis System' developed by Umme Asma and Madiha Jahan and supervised by Zakia Jalil, 'Augmented Reality' developed by Amna Iqtidar and supervised by Fareeha Anwar, ' 'SEMS - school entry/exit management system' developed by Syeda Farwa and Safina Chaudhary and supervised by Fareeha Anwar, 'Virtual hair style' developed by Ayesha Shoaib and Afsheen Tariq and supervised by Asma Sajjad.

The under progress MS Research projects were also displayed that included 'hierarchal hash based secure network file system for wireless networks' by Waqar Nasar, while the research investigator is Dr Muhammad Sher, 'trajectory guided hand gesture recognition for Urdu sign language' by Aziz Ahmed Shad while the research investigator is Syed Muhammad Saqlain, ' Human Behaviour classification in crowd' by Robina Khatoon, while the research investigator is Syed Muhamad Saqlain, 'Snatch detection in videos' by Shafina Bibi while the research investigator is Syed Muhammad Saqlain.

The only in progress PhD Research that has been displayed to the media persons is 'data warehousing' by Abdul Mateen and Basit while the research investigator is Dr Muhammad Sher.

Addressing on the occasion IIU Director General (AF and P) stressed the need for research activities in universities for the better future of Pakistan. "There should be strong linkages developed between the universities and the industries so that the massive research work that the universities are doing right now could be utilised for the progress of country.

Department of Computer Sciences (DCS) Chairperson Dr Muhammad Sher highlighted the efforts being put in the field of research. "This year the department has a remarkable number of publications in international and national HEC recognised journals and it is hoped that soon department will be in second place in Pakistani universities in terms of research and publications," he said.

He, however, urged HEC to bridge the gape between the universities and industries. "Millions of millions have been spent by the industries to buy various softwares from international companies. Our youth has enough potential to create these softwares but the need is to link them with the industries," he added.

HEC Media Director Ayesha Ikram on the occasion appreciated DCS for exhibiting such interesting and high quality software in different areas of computer science.

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AIOU signs MoU on speech & language therapy
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University's department of special education has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hamza Foundation Academy for the Deaf (HFAD), Lahore, to start postgraduate classes in speech and language therapy.

The signatures were inked at a ceremony chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi. Barrister Shahid Hamid, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, HFAD, was the guest of honour. Speaking on the occasion, Professor Sangi said that AIOU is providing quality education to all without any discrimination. He said the university is providing free education to the special need students of Pakistan.

Earlier, Dr Rehana Masrur Khan, Dean Faculty of Education, welcomed the guests. Zahid Majeed, diploma coordinator, apprised the audience about the diploma. Dr Tanzila Nabeel also spoke on the occasion. The children with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, old age and paralysed people need speech therapy for the correction and development of speech and language. In Pakistan there was no proper programme available to train the therapists for the speech and language.

The department of special education, AIOU, took the initiation and offered the diploma in speech and language therapy in collaboration with HFAD.

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BD journalists team visits QAU
Islamabad: A delegation of journalists from Bangladesh, currently on a three-day visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka, visited the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University.

Abdul Hameed, deputy editor of daily 'Amra Desh' and general secretary of the National Press Club, Dhaka, was heading the team.

Answering questions, Dr. Rifaat Hussain, chairman of the department, said that the faculty on individual basis or collectively frequently attend seminars, meetings and talks organised by the Foreign Office and other government institutions but do not regularly give input or advice on policy matters to different government departments.

The team members asked questions about Osama and Professor Rifaat in reply said that in a briefing Salman Bashir, the foreign secretary, had stated that Pakistan had no knowledge of the intruding helicopters which were equipped with noise-reduction equipment and stealth technology.

He said Pakistan was not expecting this, as the US did not share information with any country in the world. He said it did not mean Pakistan's airspace is undefended.

A member from BD team said the US attack was a rule of jungle and violated sovereignty of Pakistan. Dr. Rifaat said that it was an unlawful act but Pakistan treated it as an exception. He said: "We do not want this attack as a precedent for a similar action by any country of the world."

Dr. Rifaat said that based on whatever Obama was saying, "We should have expected that Pakistan or its citizens were not the target in the attack." He said that US President Obama acknowledged Pakistan's cooperation in the war on terror. He said that the US is now increasingly convinced that ISI or any government institution was not institutionally involved regarding al-Qaeda or 'jehadi' infrastructure.

When a participant from the QAU asked why our friends from Sunar Bangla are letting OBL to hijack this discussion, they said that terrorism is also a legitimate concern in Bangladesh. The news

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