PhD scholars' future uncertain
HEC paucity of funds
Islamabad, Oct 19: The future of over 400
students selected for Ph D from abroad is uncertain, as the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) has delayed their departure for various
international universities due to reported paucity of funds while the
deadlocks seem to linger on between HEC and Ministry of Finance.
well-placed HEC official said that every coming day was
getting harder for the Commission in terms of affording monthly finances
of the students.
He revealed that, in a number of cases, the
stipends were sent to the students with three to four months delay
adding "We could hardly do anything in this regard, as the government is
not releasing money for the purpose."
Sources said the travel of
200 students in September to join their universities in France, Italy,
Germany, Thailand, Austria and England was planned when the HEC asked
them to wait.
Dropping the hammer in a recently held meeting,
Finance Minister Hafeez Sheikh informed the HEC that the government had
no funds for scholarships.
"We had no option but to stop them (the 200 students) from flying to their universities," said HEC official.
sholars were asked to wait for one year, but everything depended upon
the government funding for HEC, he said adding the government's cut in
the HEC's development grants severely disrupted its ongoing and future
He said over 2,700 students in the last two
years could not go for their higher studies under different HEC
scholarship programmes due to funds' shortage.
According to an
official, the HEC has stopped processing applications for the 2,000
approved scholarship slots in foreign universities in addition to 1,700
such opportunities in government-run universities of the country.
the HEC had to abandon its proposals under which 4,000 scholarships
were to be offered to best Pakistani students for studies in top world
universities, said the sources.
With development grants being
continuously squeezed, HEC has put on its future scholarship schemes for
a time being, sources said.
Since 2002, the HEC had
spent over Rs20 billion on its human resource development programme,
which covers all its scholarship schemes. It has awarded 13,436
scholarships, of which 5,765 scholars went to foreign universities.
interviewed, the students said the HEC had advertised the Overseas
Scholarship Scheme and assured them that the federal government had
approved the funding for their projects but despite of receiving final
award letters from foreign universities, funds' provision was delayed
which, they added, was shocking for them.
A scholar from
Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) said such a situation would tarnish the
country's image in foreign universities. She urged the government to
look into the matter and save the scholars from educational disaster.
is not for the first time that HEC delayed scholarship schemes. Last
year too, the Commission cancelled Ph D scholarships on the pretest of
lack of funding," she said.
Tahir Mehmood, 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 was dropped from the list."
In view of fund crisis, 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.
HEC Executive Director, said the departure of scholars had been delayed
due to paucity of funds adding the HEC was aware of the fact that few of
Ph D scholars resigned but the HEC could not do anything unless getting
He said the HEC received two installments of Rs1.2
billion and Rs3.2 billion which would finance development work in
universities, paying salaries to teachers and fees of students already
studying abroad on scholarship.
"The meager allocation will not resolve our problems and fiscal constraints will continuously haunt us," said Dr Naqvi.
Dr Naqvi highlighted that 5,000 doctoral students were studying abroad while 4,000 were pursuing Ph D at local universities.
Chairman Javed Legahri said the country needed 20,000 Ph. D scholars to
serve nation at present. He urged the government to support high
education in this regard. He said Pakistan had over 9000 Ph D scholars
abroad under HEC funding while many others were on self-finance basis.
He said the HEC along with government support could produce better
result in education sector. Daily times
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FDE to celebrate 'Salam Teachers Day 2010'
Islamabad: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will hold
launching ceremony of `Uniformity of Education Systems and Up-gradation
of Teachers of ICT' to mark Salam Teachers Day today (October 19).
special package will be announced for the teachers for meeting their
longstanding demand of up-gradation of scales, along with paying tribute
to them for their laudable role of spreading education.
working in different institutes, officials of FDE and Education Ministry
will participate in the ceremony. According to the package, the
teachers from Islamabad Colleges for Boys and Girls, Islamabad Model
Colleges for Boys and Girls and Federal Government Schools and Colleges
will get up-gradations in scale under the Time Scale Promotion formula.
The package will be a step forward making the FDE set up a role model
for other provinces.
About regularization of the teachers working on
contract or daily wages, an official of FDE said that the matter of
regularisation is in court. While up-gradation was the main concern of
the teachers at this time.
The main focus of the package will be on
implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) and meeting Education
For All (EFA) goals, uniform education and removing disparity between
urban and rural education set up, the official said.
FGCTA Press Secretary Mohammad Tahir Matric Trained Teachers (MTTs) and
Junior Language Teachers (JLTs) in grade 9 will be promoted in grade 14
if they have degree of B.Ed.
It was revealed in the meeting that
around 80 percent MTTs in F.G schools meet the criteria and will get
benefit under this package, Tahir said. While Trained Under Graduate
Teachers (TUGTs) in Grade 14 will be promoted as Trained Graduate
Teachers (TGTs) in Grade 16 with six years service experience.
Graduate Teachers (TGTs) in grade 16 will be promoted in grade 17 on
the basis of 10 years service experience in the same grade. Teachers in
grade 17 with five years of experience will be promoted in grade 18.
While teachers in grade 18 will be promoted in grade 19 with seven years
experience in case of direct appointment and five years experience if
they are promotees. Promotion from grade 19 to 20 will require five
years experience and teachers of above grade 20 will not come under Time
Scale Promotion Formula.
The allowance of heads and principals will
be raised upto Rs3,000 and Rs4,000 respectively. While the hardship area
allowance will be increased to Rs2,000.
The package also includes
merger of F.G schools and colleges into Model schools and colleges to
improve their standard and reduce disparity in standard of education.
According to the expected announcement, evening shift will be abandoned
under the package so that the students can get equal facilities.
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HEC determined to verify lawmakers' testimonials
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) would stick to its stance
over provision of degree supplementary form and attested copies of
matriculation and intermediate certificates by lawmakers in verification
process, ignoring questions being raised by some quarters about this
strict criterion, sources said here on Monday.
claimed that the issue of criterion for verification of degrees came
under discussion when HEC's focal person Rahim Bux Channa met his
counterpart in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) today (Monday)
before weekly hearing to listen to viewpoint of the lawmakers.
said the HEC' official argued that when the people come to them for
attestation of their bachelor's degree, they also demand copies of
matriculation and intermediate certificates so the same procedure has
been adopted in the legislators verification process.
said the verification process would continue to move ahead in line with
procedures set by HEC, keeping in view various instances when people
secured bachelor's degrees on the basis of fake matriculation or
The sources said most of the lawmakers had
provided their bachelor's degrees but the procedure set by HEC require
of them to also provide degree supplementary forms along with
certificates of matriculation and intermediate examinations.
sources said HEC is hoping against hope that 423 elected members who
have yet to submit required degrees and documents would respond swiftly
and positively despite the fact that none of them has so far even
provided reasons for non-compliance of set rules and procedures.
sources said out of 428 lawmakers five of them including Environment
Minister Hameedullah Jan Afridi have submitted the documents that have
been provided to HEC for verification.
The controversy over alleged
stoppage of verification process by HEC is now over as the officials of
HEC are harping on the same tune as they claimed that the Commission had
not written a letter to ECP and never stated that it would stop
verification process due to non-provision of required educational
The sources further said ECP was quite sure that lawmakers
would not make any delay and when they would be approached properly
they would provide their educational documents for complete
They said HEC has renewed its vigour and commitment for
verification of degrees of the elected representatives after finding
out that under Article 220 of the Constitution all executive authorities
in the federation and provinces are bound to assist the chief election
commissioner and the Election Commission in the discharge of their
The sources further said HEC was so close to inform in
writing that it would discontinue verification process due to
non-provision of required documents by the elected representatives but
ECP strictly resisted the move and threw the ball again in the court of
An HEC official said it would be a daunting task to complete the
verification process if lawmakers continue to delay provision of
attested copies of their educational certificates, as has been the case
for the last many months.
HEC's focal person
Rahim Bux Channa said the verification process would continue in line
with the set procedures and they would try their best to complete it at
To a question, he said ECP has not raised objections
over the procedure adopted for verification of degrees and it has been
continuously cooperating with the Commission.
Rahim Bux Channa said
HEC is fully capable and committed to completing the verification
process and ECP is also extending its full support as it has written a
letter to the Speaker National Assembly, requesting her to ensure
provision of required educational documents by the lawmakers.
whenever any university sends them report about verification of degrees
they immediately inform ECP about it, which has been conducting weekly
hearings to hear arguments of lawmakers.
Channa said they have not
given any fresh deadline to the universities to verify the degrees sent
to them but said "we want them to complete it at the earliest."
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NUML student's distinction
Islamabad: The National University of Modern Languages (NUML) has
awarded a PhD degree in Management Sciences to Muhammad Safdar Rehman,
general manager (Human Resources) with Pakistan Electronic Media
Regulatory Authority (Pemra), says a press release.
Dr. Hamid Rafiq
Khattak supervised his thesis titled 'Impact of Job Analysis on Job
Performance: A Study of Public Sector Organisations of Pakistan.'
research article impact of job analysis on job performance: analysis of
a hypothesised model has been published in the Journal of Diversity
Management, USA having an impact factor of 3.70 Safdar Rehman is also
certified Human Resource Professional from the International Personal
Management Association (IPMA), Canada.
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SZABIST gaming competition
Islamabad: The Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) organised a gaming
competition in collaboration with the Intel at its Islamabad campus,
says a press release. More than 20 teams from different institutions and
gaming zones participated in the competitions, which included animated
games Mohaa and Counterstrike. The three-day activity comprised
qualifying rounds, semi-finals and final. Cinepax was at the top of
Mohaa while GIKI won the Counterstrike. Meanwhile, Special Talent
Exchange Programme (STEP) has organised a five-day Active Citizenship
Workshop in collaboration with the British Council at SZABIST,
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Compulsory Pashto teaching in Tank opposed
D.I Khan: Different chapters of the Seraikistan Qaumi Movement
were dissolved on Monday and three office-bearers named to hold the
party elections set for October 27.
The decision was taken at a
meeting of the office-bearers held at the party's secretariat. It was
presided over by Qari Gul Zaman while Qari Falak Sher, Malik Ayaz
Cheena, Qari Meherban, Sohail Riaz, Aqeel Chakaryaal, Qari Salman and
others attended the meeting.
It was decided that Malik Khizer Hayat
Diyal would be the central convener, Aqeel Chakaryaal general secretary
and Qari Falak Sher finance secretary of the party till the elections of
new office-bearers at a party convention scheduled for October 27.
meeting flayed the provincial government's decision to introduce
compulsory Pashto teaching from Class 1 to 12 at schools and colleges in
Tank district and said that it would create problems for Seraiki
It criticised the government for sacking 1,613 teachers
who had been recruited in the Education Department during the Mutahidda
Majlis-e-Amal government. They asked the government to employ local
people in the Education, Health and other departments because it was
their right to get jobs in their hometown.
The participants demanded
cancellation of dual domiciles as those possessing domiciles of settled
and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas simultaneously were
depriving the local people by availing various facilities and getting
The meeting asked the government to resume work on the Chashma
Right Bank Canal project, as it was a project of vital importance for
the southern belt of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The news
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Protest at campus for VC's recovery
Peshawar: The university students held a protest demonstration
at the campus here on Monday and asked the government to take immediate
measures for securing release of Islamia College University's vice
chancellor Ajmal Khan.
The VC, who was kidnapped on September
7, appeared in a video a few days back asking the students, teachers and
others to press the government for taking steps for his release.
Activists of Insaf Students Federation, Jamiat Talaba Islam, Muslim
Students Federation and Pakhtun Students Federation (Azad) gathered at
the University of Peshawar (UoP) and reached the vice-chancellor's
office after passing through the Media Market and hostels.
Speaking on the occasion, ISF's Mena Khan Afridi blamed the government for militancy and lawlessness.
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QAU alumni to help 1,800 flood-hit students
Abbottabad: A get-together of old students of Quaid-i-Azam
University (QAU), Islamabad, was held here in connection with
countrywide fund-raising campaign to assist 1,800 flood-affected
students of the university.
The QAU alumni belonging to various
cities of Hazara region attended the function. Murtaza Noor, secretary
general of the QAU Alumni Association, briefed the participants about
the measures taken by the association to help the 37 per cent students
of the university who had been affected by the flood.
that the measures include award of 25 need-based scholarships,
assistance to affected students in job placement and establishment of
flood relief fund for providing financial assistance to the students. He
said that regional chapters of the alumni had been activated for fund
Mr Noor said that among the affected students
34 per cent belonged to Punjab, 28 per cent Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19 per
cent Sindh, two per cent AJK, eight per cent Fata and six per cent were
from Northern Areas. He appealed the alumni to come forward and assist
their alma mater in this critical time.
Speaking on the
occasion, Hazara University vice chancellor Prof. Sakhawat Ali Shah
praised the efforts of QAU Alumni Association to assist the students
from flood-stricken areas and observed that other universities could
follow the QAU for assisting their students.
He proposed that
each university should establish permanent student welfare fund to
provide financial support to its students during emergency situation. Dawn
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College teachers protest to press for their demands
Peshawar: Members of the Sarhad College Teachers Association held protest Monday
outside the Peshawar Press Club to press the government for the
acceptance of their demands. Carrying banners and placards inscribed
with slogans, the protestors chanted slogans against the delaying
tactics being employed by the government in meeting their demands. They
reiterated the pledge to render every sacrifice to achieve their
rights. The speakers deplored that the government had been creating
hurdles in their promotion for the last several years without any
reason. The news
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