HEC turbulence | Kohat varsity clash
HEC faces turbulence yet again
Islamabad, May 10: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), which
has been at the centre of different for nearly an year now, is in the
limelight again for appointing two new members on deputation, without
following due procedure. Not only this, the new acting executive
director (ED) has been appointed in violation of orders given by the
However, HEC Spokesperson Ayesha
Ikram says that the appointments have been done on deputation and the
decisions with be endorsed in the meeting of the commission, to be held
Since the retirement of former HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid
Laghari in August last year, a race had begun for the appointment of the
new chief. Not only the was the decision of the search committee
rejected multiple times by the prime minister, he had also rejected the
name of the current chairman of HEC, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, for the post.
the high court was informed about the rejection and on April 15,
without completing the interview process, a surprise announcement was
made appointing Dr Mukhtar as the new head of the commission.
According to an Establishment Division notification, dated June 6, 2002, a list of three candidates was
to be sent to the concerned authorities for the appointment of any officer on deputation. However,
the HEC management has appointment two members without following this specified process.
HEC official said that the commission did not prepare any list, nor did
anyone bother to get the approval from HEC's appointing authority.
Akbar Kundi from University of Balochistan has been appointed as member
academics HEC and G. Raza Bhatti from Shah Abdul Latif University
Khairpur has been appointed as member for human resource development, on
Both of the seats are for grade 22 officers and the members have been appointed for one year," he said.
11 of the HEC Act clearly states that only an 18 member HEC commission
can appoint officers of grade 19 and above, while the chairman can only
appoint officers of grades 17 and 18," he said.
Court, in its decision dated December 17, 2012, ordered that the
appointments have to be according to the prescribed procedure and even
the acting ED has to be appointed by the HEC commission.
important to note that in November 2012, tension arose between HEC and
the ministry of education. The then minister, Sheikh Waqas Akram, gave
the acting charge of ED HEC to federal secretary of the ministry. Due to
this, the matter was taken to the Supreme Court.
An official of
HEC, requesting anonymity, said that after the decision of the
Supreme Court, a meeting of the HEC commission was held and the current
charge of ED HEC was given to Engr Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gillani.
is clear that even the temporary appointment of ED cannot be done
without the discretion of HEC commission, which is the appointing
authority," he said.
HEC Spokesperson Ayesha Ikram said that the
body has been facing issues regarding human resources, at the moment.
Most of the seats in HEC are vacant, so it has been decided to make the
appointment on deputation to run HEC's affairs smoothly.
of both of the members have been borrowed for a year to fill the vacuum
and Mr Kundi has been appointed as the acting ED HEC.
"A meeting of the HEC commission will be held soon and the appointments will be endorsed during the meeting," she said.
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Student groups clash at Kohat varsity
Kohat: A cop and two students sustained injuries in a clash between two groups in
Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) here on Friday,
The sources said the clash started after
members of the Khattak group asked the students belonging to the Afridi
group not to harass the girl students on the campus.The members of two
groups, the sources said, exchanged harsh words and started hurling
stones at each other.
A police party reached the campus to
control the situation.However, the students also hurled stones at the
police party, injuring the station house officer, Gul Janan Khan.Two
students identified as Gohar Sadiq and Atif were also injured in the
They were shifted to the District Headquarters
Hospital in Kohat where the condition of the SHO was stated to be
serious.The university was shut till an indefinite period after the
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Medical expert qualifies for PhD degree
Peshawar: Professor Dr Jamshed Ali, head of the Pharmacology Department and
vice-principal of the Khyber Medical College, on Monday successfully
defended his PhD thesis at the University of Punjab and qualified for
the award of the doctorate degree.
He did his
research on "Pharmacological Screening of Hypercum and Valerian Species,
Potentially Useful for Depression, Pain and Addiction."
his supervisor was Prof Dr Abdul Hameed Khan, head Department of
Pharmacology and Deputy Dean, Federal Postgraduate Medical Institute
Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore, who was also his supervisor in MPhil, but
after his demise, Prof Dr Bashir Ahmed supervised his research.
Jamshed Ali joined the club of very few medical doctors having PhD in
Pharmacology. Before joining the KMC, Dr Jamshed Ali served the Pharmacy
Department, University of Peshawar, as a teacher of basic medical
subjects. He joined the KMC in 2008. The news
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