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HEC fee-refund policy for universities and colleges

HEC to introduce fee-refund policy invarsities
Islamabad, May 05: In pursuance of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) orders issued on April 30, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) will introduce a fee-refund policy in the universities and colleges for the students.

Earlier, the students had to lose their fee to secure a seat in the universities or colleges. After the HEC policy, they will be able to get major chunk of their fee back if they don't want to get admission in a university or a college. The HEC took the decision to this effect in its 26th meeting.

On April 30, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) declared the non-refund fee policy of all the educational institutions as illegal and directed the HEC to formulate a policy to safeguard the students' interests.

Following the court directions, the HEC started work on a mechanism to facilitate the students in getting the part of their fees back if they preferred to forego their seat for a better choice. The HEC will also work on formulating a consolidated and uniform admission test policy for the students so that they may not have to appear in the multiple entrance tests.

According to a HEC official, it is difficult to get admission in renowned institutions because every student wants to study in top-rank universities. The students apply for admission to more than one university and in some cases a student gets prospectus from four or five varsities. After the tests, when their names appear on the merit list, the students prefer better university.

He said that lower or middle rank institutions announced the names of the successful candidates much earlier than the top-rank universities or colleges and fixed the date for submission of fee before the renowned universities announced the merit list.

This situation puts the students in disarray as they have to forego their seat bearing the loss of fee if they are offered admission to top universities and colleges.

"The management of middle-level colleges and universities also want to have competent students in their classes to produce better results so they try to ensure the stay of good students in their institutions. Therefore, they announce the merit list much earlier than the top rank universities," he said.

According to the sources, it will take a couple of months to implement the decision because HEC has to take the vice chancellors of the universities on board in this regard. Dawn

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NUML Debating Society holds Declamation Contest
Islamabad: Participants with their heart-touching verses, dramatic rise and fall of pitch, literary dictions, scholastic themes, metaphoric vocabulary, meticulously practiced pronunciation and pithy and crispy delivery of their speeches were showered with commendations and accolades from their university fellows and teachers at Interdepartmental Declamation Contest.

This Interdepartmental Declamation Contest was arranged by the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Friday.

NUML Debating Society Chairman Arshad Mehmood said, "The purpose of such events is to introduce and develop the art of public speaking, promote confidence and sense of responsibility amongst students. Moreover, it will help them understand that different languages have different moods and to master the art of public speaking requires the knowledge of the mood of the language concerned."

A total of 19 student participants from departments of Arabic, English, economics, education, engineering, information technology, governance and organisational sciences, international relations, management sciences and mass communication participated in the declamation contest and presented their views with masterly acumen in English and Urdu. The students were not professional speakers or debaters and some of them had even never been on the rostrum.

The contestants were required to carry a strong theme regarding the present-day social, cultural, economical and geo-political aspects of life.

The speeches were memorised, as no notes were allowed, while each speech was between three to four minutes in length.

Muhammad Shabbir from Arabic Department won the first position, Aurooj Qaiser from English (Functional Courses) Department secured the second position while Muhammad Ikhlas from IR Department secured third position. The first and second consolation prizes went to Muhammad Umer Farooq of the Governance Department and Sarmad Bashir of the Mass Communication Department, respectively, in the English declamation contest.

Arif Qureshi of the English Graduate Studies Department was declared first, Sajid Abbas from the Urdu Department stood second while Sajid Ali Niazai of the Arabic Department won the third position in Urdu Declamation Contest.

Speaking on the occasion, NUML Rector Maj Gen (r) Masood Hasan said that he was satisfied with the performance of the contestants who were amateur speakers.

The credit goes to teachers and faculty members that they are putting their hard work for preparing students for a practical life ahead, he said.

At the end, the rector and Debating Society chief gave away prizes to the winners of declamation contest. NUML Director General Brig Azam Jamal, poet and writer Iftikhar Arif, senior faculty members and students of the university attended the event. Daily times

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Students showcase science projects
Islamabad: All the Roots campuses focus on science and social studies projects that highlighted the importance of documenting, collecting and analysing data expanding the horizons of the young minds by exposing them to new ideas and the importance of team work.

Students showed their skills by coming up with exceptional projects, which showcased their talents and improved their critical thinking. Roots Montessori had an open day based on the theme of summer splash/ beach day. Branches were decorated with all the summer and beach hues, making this experience a memorable one for the kids. The aim was to introduce the children to the summer delights, encouraging them to explore their surroundings through these enterprising activities.

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LHC seeks record on plea against PU VC
Lahore: The Lahore High Court chief justice on Friday summoned record of Search Committee on a petition challenging reappointment of Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as Punjab University vice chancellor.

During the course of the hearing, CJ Sheikh Azmat Saeed remarked that the dignity of such a historic educational institute would be maintained. The judge said the institute produced many learned people. He also took pride in being a former student of the Punjab University.

Earlier, representing the petitioner, Advocate Aftab Ahmad Bajwa stated that Kamran was reappointed on Jan 1, 2012 in violation of law and rules.

He said Kamran did not enjoy good reputation as a number of corruption stories against him were published in newspapers.

He alleged that previous record could reveal that the respondent was involved in serious financial illegalities as well as illegal appointment of his favorites.

The counsel said the impugned reappointment was not only violation of the Punjab University Act but also of the Supreme Court judgments against re-employment of retired officers.

He pointed out that the respondent had already completed his term as vice chancellor but the government by reappointing him also deprived eligible candidates of their lawful right. He prayed to the court to take notice of the 'illegality' and set aside the re-appointment. The CJ adjourned further hearing till May 18.

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732 teachers booked for rally
Lahore: The Civil Lines Police have registered a case against 732 teachers for violating Section 144 on The Mall.

However, none of the accused teacher was arrested. Around one thousand teachers had protested for their pay package on The Mall on Thursday in sheer violation of Section 144.

Meanwhile, Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) has warned the Punjab government that if they do not withdraw case against teachers, they will give collective arrests.

PTU office-bearers, including its Central President Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, Rana Liaqat, Rana Ata and others, expressed their strong displeasure over the pathetic attitude of the provincial government towards teaching community. They said the government had forced them to come on roads by not fulfilling their due demands.

Cop dies: A police Constable was found dead at Sherakot police station under mysterious circumstances on Friday early.

Police have handed over the body to victim's family after completing legal formalities. The victim has been identified as Muhammad Arif, a resident of 223-Chak, Sheikhupura. A police official said the victim had died of cardiac arrest. He is survived by a widow and five children.

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ICU teachers threaten sit-in, boycott of classes
Peshawar: Teachers of Islamia College University (ICU) on Friday threatened to stage a sit-in outside the Governor's House and boycott classes and offices if the chancellor did not fulfil their demands.

The threats were made at the general body meeting of the teachers. It was attended by teachers of the ICU, Islamia College for Girls and Islamia Collegiate School. However, some members of the teaching community staged boycott of the meeting, questioning its legality.

The members of the teachers' action committee said that a few teachers, who were less than 10 in number, had been sent by the retired members of the senate to sabotage the meeting, but they did not allow them to attend the proceedings.

"It was a big gathering. The participation was beyond our expectation. I have never seen so many teachers of the university attending the general body meeting before this," a senior faculty member said after the meeting.

The participants of the meeting expressed their firm resolve to uphold the supremacy of the University Act 2009 and vowed not to allow any violation of the law. "We would maintain the rule of law of the university in order to safeguard the academic standards and goodwill of the institution," stated one of the resolutions adopted on the occasion.

Another resolution mentioned that some participants of the meeting of the senate held on April 27 were not legal members of the prestigious body. "This house demands the chancellor to declare the meeting null and void and its proceedings as invalid," the resolution said.

The general body declared that Islamia College being an august institution had its own statutory bodies to run its affairs. "Any interference in its affairs will be opposed. The teaching community strongly condemn the recent interference of the Higher Education Department and resolve to thwart any move from any quarter to turn this institution into a government college," another unanimous resolution said. The news

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