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