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HEC without chairman since August
Islamabad, Oct 26: Almost two months have passed since the Higher Education Commission
(HEC) is working without chairman, which is not only severely affecting
day-to-day affairs of the commission but also the higher education
As per HEC Act, all the key decisions related
to higher education have to be taken by the commission's board, which
is headed by the chairman. The secretariat acts as the executing wing of
the commission, which is responsible for implementation of the orders,
decisions and directives of the board. Among other matters affected by
this delay are the regular hearings in the Supreme Court on degrees of
The HEC position on such an important
and sensitive matter before submission to the Supreme Court is usually
approved by the chairman and in some cases chairman has to be there
during court proceeding. In addition, a Task Force on Balochistan was
formed three months back to resolve all financial, quality, governance
and faculty related Issues at the universities in Balochistan. This is
also headed by the HEC chairman. In particular, the University of
Balochistan is facing a severe financial deficit and could be shut down
if things are not dealt with in time. The Task Force was formed to look
into such problems and resolve them. However, there has been no progress
in past three months due to non-appointment of the HEC chairman. Some
other important tasks managed by HEC chairman includes heading Search
Committees of appointment of vice chancellors for more than 20 federal
universities. The No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for new universities,
after inspection by the Inspection Committee and fulfilment of all
requirements, has also to be finally approved by the chairman.
said that NOC process of over 8 new and upcoming
universities, both in public and private sector are now stalled. The Sir
Syed Case Institute in Islamabad is still awaiting NOC from the HEC.
Finances released by the government on a quarterly basis for development
expenditures, and monthly basis for recurring, for onward release to
the universities, are also endorsed by the chairman as per commission
approved formula for distribution.
In addition, the HEC
Board Member is appointed by the PM out of three names approved by the
commission. The summary is sent to the PM after the approval of the
chairman. Currently since last 3 months, about 7 positions of the
commission are lying vacant, out of 17, and a summary cannot be moved to
the PM without the approval of the chairman. Hence the Board is
non-functioning due to lack of quorum, minimum nine members form a
quorum, and a meeting is usually called by the chairman, who also
approves the agenda of the meeting. Hence most policy decisions cannot
be made and are at standstill since last
three months for
lack of commission. The appointment of senior officials in the HEC (BPS
17 and above), whether by appointment or by deputation) is also the
jurisdiction of the Chairman/commission. The Supreme Court of Pakistan
had expressed its displeasure over the government's failure to make the
key appointment after the expiry of first term of former HEC chairman on
August 26, 2013.
The delay in appointing a head for the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) landed in the Islamabad High Court
(IHC) on this Tuesday. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui directed the
cabinet division secretary to appoint a responsible officer to appear in
court on October 30 to inform it where the issue of appointment stands.
The HEC chief's post has been lying vacant since August 27 when the term of former HEC chairman Javed Laghari expired.
Aurangzeb has filed a petition seeking the court's directions over the
appointment of the HEC chief. The petitioner's counsel said the
all-important slot has been vacant since August and the government seems
non serious about filling the post. He argued that under the HEC
Ordinance, the prime minister is the competent authority and requested
the court to direct the prime minister to appoint a new head. The
petitioner's counsel maintained that the appointment of a new chairman
is vital as thousands of students are directly affected by the vacancy.
Javaid Laghari is being considered strong candidate for this
challenging slot due to his contributions. According to the sources of
ministry of education and training summary has been moved to PM
Secretariat on July 30, 2013, which has supported extension of the
contract of Dr. Laghari due to his contribution and belonging to smaller
Under the HEC ACT, the appointment of
commission's chairman is a prerogative of the prime minister who is the
controlling authority of HEC.
HEC is considered among few
role model institutions at national and international level that has
achieved a lot, and has successfully delivered. It has raised the level
of Pakistan universities to be ranked globally within a few years. This
is despite every effort and repeated attacks by the former government to
curtail HEC's autonomy and reduce its funding. The news
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Rawalpindi BISE head told to pay compensation
Lahore: Punjab Ombudsman Javed Mahmood has ordered the
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (Rawalpindi) chairman to
pay Rs48,500 to a girl student as compensation.
The amount was incurred on her admission to a private college due to delay of 15 months in the issuance of her result card.
According to a handout, the ombudsman issued the order on a complaint
of Shabana Mehnaz, a resident of Tala Gang in Chakwal district, in
which she stated marks of her computer science subject were missing in
the results on the Internet and the issue was taken up with the board
She stated she was made a "rolling stone" between her school and the
Rawalpindi BISE office. Later, the board informed her she would be
awarded with average marks as her record was missing from their office.
The BISE controller of examinations forwarded the case to the
discipline committee, which, after three months, directed the branch
secrecy to trace the record. Her result card had not been issued even
after a lapse of over a year, she complained.
The ombudsman directed Najam Saeed, member in-charge Rawalpindi, to
probe the issue. He sent a notice to BISE and called for a report. The
board immediately issued the result card to the complainant, but after
15 months. After the result card was issued, the ombudsman directed the
BISE chairman to pay compensation for issuing the result late.
According to the handout, the ombudsman said the complainant had to
suffer "mental torture" and her education was at stake due to
maladministration and inefficiency of the officials of BISE, Rawalpindi.
It was the responsibility of the BISE to ensure timely issuance of the
result card but the officials concerned ignored their prime duty, he
He directed the board chairman to pay the compensation within 30 days
otherwise a strict action would be taken for the recovery of the
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Orders against FDE officials withdrawn
Islamabad: The Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) has
withdrawn removal orders of two senior officials of the Federal
Directorate of Education (FDE).
Colleges Dr. Tariq Masood and Director Planning and Development Ashraf
Nadeem were removed from their posts by the FDE director general on the
last working day before Eidul Azha.
The Ministry of CAD
issued a notification with approval of CAD Secretary Faridullah Khan
regarding restoration of two officials to their previous positions.
official sources said that then secretary CAD in the
directives on April 18, 2011 had ordered that transfers and postings of
officials of BPS 19 and above working under FDE would be made by the
ministry. "The orders for removal of two officials from their posts were
issued without any lawful authority," the sources said
adding that corrective measures are needed to improve deteriorating
affairs of the FDE.
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BEC honours 'A' level high-achievers
Rawalpindi: The Beaconhouse Educational Complex (BEC), A Level Branch, hosted a
high-achievers ceremony to honour the students who had been awarded
brilliant grades in their CIE AS and A Level Examinations for the
academic session 2012-2013, says a press release.
ceremony was held at the BEC Saad Sadiq Shaheed Hall with almost 400
students, faculty members and parents of high-achievers in attendance.
The AS and AL students received their awards and shields from members of
the parent body, parents of high-achieving students and Nassir Kasuri,
executive director of the Beaconhouse (North) with Dr. Shagufta Minhajj,
senior headmistress of the BEC, as host for the ceremony.
the ceremony, the outgoing batch of 2013 received gold and silver
medals as a result of their dedication and tireless efforts. Along with
the graduating class of 2013, the students of AS were also awarded
shields in recognition of their excellent academic performance and also
as an encouragement to do even better in the coming final A Level
examinations. This was followed by impressive presentation on the
national and international BEC university and college placements which
further encouraged the students to aim higher.
guest, Nassir Kasuri, congratulated the students on their achievements
and said that he was looking forward to continued student successes at
BEC. He said that these top academic performances are Beaconhouse
tradition and are a result of dedicated efforts by the students and the
top ranked faculty.
The ceremony concluded with a delightful and entertaining music performance by the school's Music Society and Music Choir.
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Honour for PhD scholar
Islamabad: Lubna Sunawar, a PhD scholar of the Department of Peace and Conflict
Studies (PCS) at National Defence University, Islamabad, was a visiting
fellow at American Graduate School (AGS), Paris, from April 1 to
September 30, 2013 under the Split PhD Programme, an initiative of the
French Embassy, Pakistan, says a press release.
worked with the guidance of Dr. Tatiana Coutto at AGS. The fellowship
was awarded for exhibiting the highest scholarly excellence.
Sunawar put a particular focus on post-9/11 period and the impact of
the war on terror on the US-Pakistan relations. She emphasised
Pakistan's role as an important diplomatic, military and logistic ally
to the US and the repercussions of that role on Pakistan and its
position on the international stage.
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UET celebrates Foundation Day
Peshawar: The University of Engineering and Technology , Peshawar, celebrated its
Foundation Day with the theme "Past, Present and Future" on Wednesday.
Vice-Chancellor Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani was the chief guest on the
occasion. As part of programme, senior faculty members and chairmen
delivered speeches on various aspects of the UET, including its history,
achievements and impediments faced in the beginning.
vice-chancellor said the day has been celebrated for the first time in
the UET history since its establishment on October 23, 1980. Considering
the importance of Foundation Day, the vice-chancellor announced that
this day would be coincided with annual convocation from now onwards.
the last several years, the university has grown into six campuses,
with a new campus being established in Jalozai. With the establishment
of this campus, we will be able to accommodate 4,000 students, in
addition to 3,000 students already studying in the main campus at
Peshawar and other satellite campuses in Mardan, Bannu, Kohat and
Abbottabad," he added. He said the university is successfully running
semester system, which has enabled the graduates to complete their
engineering education in just four years. He said the university
achieved highest development portfolio of Rs9.56 billion amongst Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa's public sector universities. The news
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PhD thesis defended
Peshawar: Ms Neelofar Asghar has been recommended for the
award of PhD degree in Political Science after successful public defence
of her thesis at a ceremony held in the University of Peshawar.
The topic of her research was, "Unequal development in a peripheral
capitalist state: a case study of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of
Pakistan, 1947-77," says a UoP press release. The scholar found out in
her research that unequal development was the logical corollary of
capitalist growth creating contradictions of development.
Poverty in the periphery is the enigma of capitalist growth, she said.
The colonial legacy of instituting four different sets of
administrative procedures for the Fata, FR, Pata and settled districts
implies cumbersome governance. This policy entails constitutional domain
only for the settled districts whereas the major area of KP lurks
outside the national and provincial legislation, consequently they are
outside the realm of politico-socio-economic development. This crisis of
legitimacy impacts the KP as well as the federation of Pakistan
critically, she concluded.
The ceremony was attended by Department of Political Science chairman
Prof AZ Hilali, faculty members and a good number of students. Dawn
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Scholar awarded PhD degree in IR
Peshawar: Tehseena Usman has been recommended for the award of PhD in
International Relations after she successfully defended her thesis at a
ceremony held at the Department of International Relations, University
of Peshawar on Friday.
The topic of her thesis was,
"Trust and Mistrust: A Case of Pak-Afghan Strained Relations
(2001-2008)".Tehseena said that Pakistan's relations with Afghanistan
have been fragile based on mutual mistrust, which has never allowed the
two countries to establish closer ties.
She added that in
post-Taliban era, Pakistan recognised Hamid Karzai's government in
Afghanistan and expressed its desire of establishing friendly relations,
but relationship was fragile and the mistrust remained dominant and its
height was witnessed between 2001 and 2008.
in the fight against terrorism, cross-border infiltration, blame game,
safe havens in Fata and regional factors complicated the situation and
halted cooperation between the two neighbours," she added.
added that Pakistan and Afghanistan were security seekers, but concrete
steps for bringing peace and security lacked on their part.Dr Nasreen
Ghufran was her supervisor while her examiner was Dr Jehanzeb Khalil,
chairman of the International Relations Department, Abdul Wali Kahn
University Mardan. The news
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