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HEC likely to get Rs48.5 billion in budget
Islamabad, May 31: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is likely to receive an allocation of
Rs48.5 billion in the annual budget for the next fiscal year 2012-2013
compared to Rs26 billion received in the current fiscal year 2011-2012.
sources in the HEC told 'The News' here Wednesday, that out of the
total allocation being made in the budget for next fiscal year, an
amount of Rs15.8 billion has been earmarked for developmental schemes to
be carried out under PSDP. According to the plan chalked out by the
HEC, only 14 new projects of high nature have been included in the over
all programme for the next fiscal year. While 149 ongoing mega schemes
have been put in the development works lists during the year 2012-2013.
Though works were initiated on 149 development schemes by HEC during the
current year, but could not be completed only due to non-payment of the
allocated funds in the last year's budget under PSDP by the federal
government. Though government had allocated development funds worth Rs14
billion to HEC in the current year, but the total funds of the
allocated amount were not released, marring developmental works, which
otherwise were to be completed by June, 2012.
total development funds of Rs15.8 to be allocated this year, major share
of the amount would be earmarked for indigenous scholarships to be
awarded to students, who are also sent abroad for studies. Giving
details of the major projects to be carried on during next fiscal year,
the official sources told that over 5,000 scholars would benefited under
PhD scholarship scheme and a sum of Rs625 million has been earmarked
for this purpose in the next fiscal year. Similarly, Rs645 million would
be spent on indigenous scholarship programme. For House Job Scholarship
plan, an amount of Rs200 million would be sanctioned. For improvement
of infrastructure of universities in Pakistan, a sizeable amount has
been allocated in the next fiscal year. For the improvement and
revamping of Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Rs100 million would be
spent, whereas Rs78 million would be granted to State Technology
Institute and for Karakoram University Rs34 million would be earmarked
during the next fiscal year.
Similarly, according to
sources, the HEC had demanded a total allocation of Rs58.5 billion for
the next fiscal year from the government however, Rs10 billion less is
being allocated against the demand. During the current fiscal year, HEC
is facing a shortfall of Rs14 billion amount, which has yet not been
released by the government despite allocation in the budget for the year
2011-2012. Due to deficit of Rs14 billion, the HEC has been unable to
pay the emoluments to the employees according to 15 per cent raise made
in salaries during the year 2011-2012. Over 85 thousand employees have
been affected due to insufficient funds provided in the annual budget
for the year 2011-2012. They even protested for their right but till now
no positive outcome has been achieved till this period. Moreover, the
government had during a conference assured the HEC for provision of
amount of Rs2.5 billion in April, but even this has not been released.
When HEC authorities demand off the government for clearing the dues to
this department enabling it to clear up the liabilities of the
employees, ministry of finance comes with an excuse of shortage of
HEC spokesman when approached for comments confirmed all information provided by the official sources to this correspondent.
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Parents want early summer vacation
Islamabad: The parents of students of federal government and private academic
institutions have demanded of the government to announce early summer
vacation in view of start of severe heat wave in twin cities of
Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
They pointed out that a number
of students have been suffering from heat-related diseases, including
high fever and severe headache.
According to a survey, the problem is more critical for students who travel in pick and drop vans.
said that the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has already sent a
summary to the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development
Division to start summer vacation in federal government schools and
colleges from June 22, but the final decision is yet to be taken. "How
children will spend these three weeks," one of the parents said.
problem of frequent outages of electricity had also added to the
miseries of students and teaching staff whereas the shortage of water is
also another big problem. In a number of schools, even drinking water
is not available.
It may be pointed out here that the
maximum temperature in Islamabad remains 40+ degrees centigrade during
the last three weeks of May and according to forecast of the
Meteorological Office, there would be no let up in heat wave during next
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9th class student commits suicide
Islamabad: A ninth class student Wednesday committed suicide by shooting himself in
his house at Sohan after being scolded by his family members for not
going to school, police said.
Police, quoting the
statement of Safdar Ali, resident of House no. 4, Street 1, Old Street,
Sohan, said that his son, Khursheed Ali, a 9th class student, had not
been going to school for the last two days. When his family members
rebuked him, Khursheed Ali somehow managed to get the pistol of his
father and committed suicide after shooting himself in his chest.
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Student's suicide: FIR registered against Abbottabad school admin
Abbottabad: The police on Wednesday registered the first information report (FIR)
against the principal, a schoolteacher and owner of the Pakistan
International Public School and College, Abbottabad, after a student of
the institute committed suicide in protest against alleged harsh
attitude of the school administration two days ago.
said the police were conducting raids to arrest the principal Brigadier
(r) Ihsanullah, schoolteacher Sohrab Khan Jadoon and owner of the
school Brigadier (r) Ijaz Akbar.The 12-year old student, Abdul Mubeen,
who was enrolled in grade 7 in the school, committed suicide by hanging
himself at his residence. A letter found in his pocket revealed that he
took the extreme step due to the attitude of schoolteacher Sohrab Khan
Jadoon. District Police Officer (DPO) Karim Khan said the accused would
soon be held to stand trial.Meanwhile, on the directive of the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa chief minister, commissioner of Hazara division will submit
the inquiry report on the incident within a week. The news
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Numl cancels exams as students protest
Islamabad: Students of National University of Modern
Languages (Numl), Islamabad continued their protest on Wednesday,
forcing the management to cancel the master level examinations in five
However, the management claims that they have revisited the policy
and most of the students will be allowed to participate in the exams.
Earlier, tension in the university mounted when 500 students came to the campus on Wednesday morning and stopped the Numl buses
from moving out of the campus and started chanting slogans against the management.
Exams in International Relation, Mass Communication, Education,
Economics and Pakistan Studies were to be started but the protesting
students did not allow anyone to sit the exams.
Management tried to keep the students away from the examination
centres and had to call the police but in the end decided to cancel the
exams. Protesters continued their protest till evening.
On Tuesday, Numl management introduced a new policy making 70 per
cent attendance mandatory for participation in the examination.
Over 300 students were asked that they could not sit the examinations
beginning from Wednesday as their attendance was less than 70 per cent.
The new rule took the students by surprise and they constituted a
delegation which met the university Rector Maj Gen (retired) Masood
Hasan in a bid to convince him to implement the new policy from next
session but he refused to entertain their request. Later, the students
gathered outside the management block and started chanting slogans
against the management and the new policy. They also blocked the
transport of the university.
Some students said that in the past the
students having overall 70 per cent attendance were allowed to sit the
examination but now the management had changed it making 70 per cent
attendance in each subject mandatory. A teacher of the university on
condition of anonymity said: "Even teachers were not aware of the new
policy otherwise they would have made the students to attend all the
The Numl spokesman, Malik Amir said during
orientation ceremony in February this year, all the students had been
informed about the new policy.
On the other hand the students contested the management's claim
saying if they had informed the students in orientation ceremony then
why they had been allowed to sit the midterm exams.
A student said: "It seems some elements in the management are trying
to tease the students and want to tarnish the image of the university".
A student who has come to give exam said that because of
irresponsible behavior of the management, the students having 70 per
cent attendance were also being affected.
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QAU students, management reach accord
Islamabad: Tension between the students and the
management of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) that began on April 27
finally came to an end on Wednesday after the former accepted all their
demands including the readmission of 11 expelled students.
Appreciating the decision of the management, students and faculty
members expressed the hope that it would pave the way for creating a
healthy environment in the university.
Earlier on Wednesday morning, the tension between the two reached at
its peak when the management announced to seal the hostel and later
called police. Students alleged that the police arrested 12 students
from the hunger strike camp and shifted them to the police station, but
released them later on.
However, the things began to calm down when Vice-Chancellor Masoom
Yasinzai, in goodwill gesture, went to the camp of hunger strikers at
12noon and announced that he was ready to accept all their demands and
invited them to send a delegation to his office, an official of the
He said a students' delegation went to the office of the VC, where
faculty members were also present and they resolved all the issues
amicably. The student leaders expressed the hope that
the management would fulfill their promises. VC Masoom Yasinzai said that as the matter had been resolved the MS and BS
classes would start from Thursday. He said students were like his
children and he did not want any clash with them. Dawn
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'Own-a-School' plan to be inaugurated today
Islamabad: The government has commenced 'Own Islamabad Initiative' to make the federal
capital a model metropolis and is pursuing a proactive approach for the
development of the city and provision of quality services to the
residents. To begin with, 'Own-a-School' programme has been given
practical shape, which will be inaugurated on Thursday.
Minister's Chief Coordinator on Islamabad Affairs Faisal Sakhi Butt
while addressing students and faculty of the Preston University on
Wednesday apprised that as a part of his agenda to transform the
facilities in Islamabad as a resident of the city, the first three
schools in the rural areas of Islamabad have been upgraded into model
schools through physical renovation, academic invigoration and improved
educational quality for the unprivileged children as a pilot project. He
would invite the affluent citizens to own their fabulous city and their
fellow citizens by sharing the responsibility of government towards the
development and better upkeep of the city of Islamabad.
Faisal Sakhi Butt said that the federal capital lacks basic facilities even after the laps of more than 5 decades. The news
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