HEC has no funds for scholarships schemes
HEC stops 200 students from traveling abroad
Islamabad, Oct 9: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has stopped
another batch of 200 students from traveling abroad for higher studies.
"HEC has officially informed us to wait until economic situation
improves," a dejected student said, requesting anonymity.
"You can well imagine the shock I got on receiving the HEC letter. To be
told to put away your study plans after you have spent so much time and
labour in making the arrangements, really breaks your heart," he said.
Travel plans of the 200 students were ready in September to join their
universities in France, Italy, Germany, Thailand, Austria and England
when the HEC told them to put on hold their study plans. Most of the
students had enrolled for MS leading to PhD programmes.
Minister Hafeez Sheikh dropped the hammer in a recent meeting when he
informed the HEC plainly that the government had no funds for
"We had no option but to stop them (the 200
students) from flying to their universities," said an official of HEC.
Students have been asked to wait for one year, but everything depended
upon the government funding for HEC, according to him.
government's cut in the Higher Education Commission's development grants
has severely disrupted its ongoing and future scholarship schemes.
In the last two years, more than 2,700 students could not pursue their
higher studies under different scholarship programmes of the commission
because of shortage of funds. Some 1,000 of them were destined for
international universities and the remaining had been selected for
studies in local universities. According to one official, the HEC has
stopped processing applications for the 2,000 approved scholarship slots
in foreign universities, and 1,700 such opportunities in government-run
universities within the country.
Moreover, the HEC had to
abandon its proposals under which 4,000 scholarship opportunities were
to be offered to best Pakistani students for studies in top world
universities. With development grants being continuously squeezed, HEC
has put its future scholarship schemes on hold for the time being, he
Since the setting up of HEC in 2002, over Rs20 billion
had been spent on its human resource development programme, which covers
all its scholarship schemes. HEC has awarded 13,436 scholarships, of
which 5,765 scholars went to foreign universities. Of them, 2,449 have
returned and the rest continue their educational goals.
really are finding it difficult to regularly provide stipend to our
foreign scholars. Major chunk of HEC's development grant is going to
these scholars," the official said. The official said last year when the
government imposed heavy cuts on HEC's development grant, foreign
scholars faced difficulties even in meeting daily expenditures.
Considering the seriousness of the situation, HEC diverted all its funds
to fulfill its commitments with international universities. Some of the
international universities threatened to send back the students if
financial commitments were not kept. That would have been a national
embarrassment, he said.
Tahir, an aspirant for
MSc leading to PhD scholarship programme, said despite being a top
scorer in the mandatory written exam his plan for higher studies had hit
snags. "I was all set to fulfill my dream of PhD in a UK university,
but my name has been dropped from the list."
In view of the
fund crisis, the HEC looked for foreign universities where they could
put scholars without paying any tuition fee but failed. Students,
however, were given different reasons for dropping them, he claimed. Dawn
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8th convocation of IIUI
Islamabad: As many as 2,300 graduates of International Islamic
University, Islamabad (IIUI), were conferred degrees on its 8th
convocation on Thursday at Jinnah Convention Centre.
Minister for Education Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali was the chief guest on the
occasion. IIUI Rector Prof Fatheh Muhammad Malik, President Dr Anwar
Hussain Siddiqui, Vice President Parveen Qadir Agha, all deans,
directors, administrative officers, employees and a large number of
students were also present on the occasion.
The minister stressed
upon the need for revival of 'Ijtihad' to cater modern day requirements
and said it was need of the hour not only for the Muslim world but also
the whole world.
Ali acknowledged the role of 'Madaris' but
suggested some structural measures to make them more useful for the
humanity at large.
The minister congratulated the university for its achievements during last 25 years of its existence.
rector spoke on goals and ideas of the university. He said that IIUI
was a rapidly expanding institution in all branches of knowledge with a
growing focus on engineering, science and technology and social sciences
after establishing excellence in the traditional fields of Arabic,
Islamic Studies, Shariah and Islamic Economics.
presented a detailed report about the university on one year, since last
convocation. He said that the university during last 25 years had
produced over 1,7000 students out of which 46 obtained PhDs. Last year
the university produced 2,389 students with four PhDs and 36 gold
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HEC sets up Quality Enhancement Cells in private universities
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has established Quality
Enhancement Cells (QECs) in 15 private sector universities, which are
eligible for public funding.
Earlier, the commission established such cells in 45 public sector universities of the country.
Quality Assurance Agency of HEC, with the mandate of dealing with
quality enhancement parameters, convened the first quarterly meeting of
the QECs of these private sector universities at the HEC Regional Centre
in Lahore, said a news release issued here.
QECs are mainly responsible for implementation of the Self-Assessment Process at department levels.
During the meeting, representative of 14 QECs presented the status of their progress and discussed challenges faced by them.
The possibility of the
quantitative assessment of the QECs performance in implementation of
the SA concept in their respective universities was also discussed.
The meeting was followed by a
training session on "Quality Assurance and Writing Self-Assessment
Reports". The workshop was conducted by Air. Cdre ® Muhammad Ismail,
Director (QEC), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).
Dr. Khalid Aftab, Vice Chancellor,
Government College University, Lahore presided over the closing session
and distributed certificates among the participants.
He commended the HEC initiative of launching the quality assurance in private sector universities.
He also shared the experience of
implementing the quality enhancement parameters at his University. Best
practices of quality assurance in international scenario were also
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Armyman as head of FG schools: LHC accepts intra-court appeal
Rawalpindi: A division bench of Lahore High Court here on
Wednesday admitted an appeal against appointment of a serving brigadier
as director of the Federal Government Educational Institutions
Cantonment and Garrison (FGEICG).
Justice Rauf Ahmed Sheikh and
Justice Shahid Hameed Dar issued notices to the secretary ministry of
defence and the director FGEICG to respond to the intra-court appeal
filed by Izharul Haq, an official of the directorate.
appellant through his counsel Fazil Siddiqi has challenged the September
16 verdict of the LHC dismissing his petition against appointment of
the serving army officer on a civilian post.
The appellant said
the court in its earlier decision had ignored certain facts and legal
points regarding functioning of the army officer in the education
department when he was not even from the education corps.
petitioner maintained that FGEICG was declared as an attached department
of the ministry of defence in 1992 but was being run through the
inspector general of training and evaluation of GHQ in violation of
The director FGEICG in his comments had earlier claimed
that in 1977 the cabinet secretariat with the sanction of the President
of Pakistan transferred the control and management of the schools and
colleges in cantonments from the directorate of nationalised cantonment
educational institutions, ministry of education, to the director army
education, GHQ, with serving military officer in the command. Dawn
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APCOMS students protest against college administration
Rawalpindi: Students of the Army Public College of Management and
Engineering Sciences (APCOMS) blocked Benazir Bhutto Road here on
Thursday and staged a protest demonstration against the academic
institution's administration for not getting their degrees recognised
from the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).
A large number of
students, carrying banners and placards, shouted slogans against the
college administration. The protesters said that
the future of around 700 students is at stake due to non-recognition of
their degrees from the PEC, which is necessary for getting jobs and
further education in the relevant field.
The students alleged that
the APCOMS administration is not willing to apply to the PEC due to lack
of educational qualification on their behalf. They said that as per PEC
rules, the dean of an institution imparting engineering education
should be an engineer, while the dean of APCOMS is not an engineer. The
protesters said that more then 700 students are waiting for recognition
of their degrees from the PEC for the last 11 years, but the college
administration is doing nothing in this regard.
They said that they
are facing problems because their degrees are not recognised by the PEC.
"We even couldn't get admission in any foreign university, if we want
to study abroad," they added. "We are also not qualified for the
government jobs due to the degree dilemma," they said.
students urged the concerned authorities to take action against the
college administration and solve their problem at the earliest. The
protesting students said that the college administration instead of
solving their problems has been threatening them to refrain from
When contacted APCOMS Principal Brigadier (r)
Hubdar Ahmed Madani a few days back, he had said that there were some
reasons for delay in recognition of degrees from the PEC. According to
him, the college administration was trying to resolve the issue as soon
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1,200 students vying to show their talent,skill in three categories
Rawalpindi: The five-day EME Olympiad kicked off here on Friday with
1,200 participants putting in their best efforts to win top prizes in
The purpose of the mega event is to provide
students with an opportunity to show their talent and skill in three
different categories - arts, engineering and sports.
studying in educational institutions of Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Taxila
and other parts of Pakistan got themselves registered after the opening
ceremony. They would compete in different competitions.
categories have been made keeping in view the ages of the participants
as students from 'O' level to bachelor's level would be eligible to
participate in the competitions.
EME Dean Academics Brigadier Akhtar
Nawaz was the chief guest at the opening ceremony, which was attended by
students, their parents and people belonging to various walks of life.
Wahid, convener of the Society for Promotion of Arts and Literature
(SPAL), Miraj Hassan, convener of the IEEE, and Haris bin Maqbool,
convener of Sports and Adventure Society (SAS), gave presentations to
highlight their targets and goals of the event.
'Rhythm for a Cause'
would be a charity concert of Noori pop band and all proceeds would be
used for relief efforts in the flood-affected areas.
The concert is a
part of the EME Olympiad's social events. Its tickets could be availed
by students of any educational institution. The social event ticket
would make the participant eligible for 'Battle of Bands' (8th October),
Fun Fair (9th October), Noori's Concert (10th October), 'Tambola' (11th
October) and Scavenger Hunt (11th October).
Speaking on the
occasion, Brigadier Akhtar Nawaz said that the institution offers
numerous sports facilities like cricket, football, hockey, volleyball,
basketball, handball, table tennis, tennis, badminton and squash.
said it is necessary to offer students opportunities for curricular and
extra-curricular activities and the event would greatly help them shine
in their respective categories.
"We always keep the students engaged in versatile activities to enhance their technical and social skills," he said.
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NIP designed to benefit young graduates
Islamabad: National Internship Program (NIP) is designed for the
benefit of young unemployed postgraduates and graduates all over the
country, who have completed sixteen years of education from recognised
universities or degree awarding institutions including external
This was stated by an official of NIP, who said that the
scheme is intended to provide financial relief to fresh graduates and
also to keep them engaged and interested in acquiring additional
knowledge and real work life experiences, thereby facilitating their
employability in the country.
He said that the ministry also working with private companies to further provide opportunities to the youngsters.
said that the placement with various government organizations will be
based upon the academic qualifications of the interns and matching the
broader academic disciplines with broader functional categorization of
jobs within the government.
He said that the youth is an imperative
section of society, which plays a pivotal role in the economy for
sustainable growth and overall progress of the country. The news
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