Creation of Punjab HEC | SZABIST graduation ceremony
Creation of Punjab HEC termed turning point in education sector
Islamabad, Oct 14: The academic circles on Monday welcomed the promulgation of an ordinance by
the Punjab governor that provides for the creation of a Higher
Education Commission (HEC) in Punjab for the regulation of provincial
The news that went unnoticed in media is
considered to be a turning point for higher education sector in the
province. The Punjab Higher Education Commission has now been authorised
to regulate funding of the universities in the province, and to also
select their vice chancellors.
In order to strengthen
higher education sector in the province, the Punjab government
promulgated ordinance to provide for the creation of a higher education
commission on October 3, 2014.
After 18th Amendment, the
promotion of higher education has become a shared responsibility of
federal and provincial government as functions of Federal List II fall
under the preview of Council of Common Interest (CCI).
council in its meeting held in April 2011 decided that the financing of
provincial universities and population welfare would be the
responsibility of federal government till next NFC Award. After the end
of current NFC Award from next year, the provincial governments would
have to undertake financial responsibilities of the provincial
universities, which are already under the administrative control of the
The establishment Punjab Higher
Education Commission was announced by Chief Minister Punjab during
February 2013 and it was included in Medium Term Development Framework
After deliberations, a detailed road map
for strengthening higher education set up in the province was prepared
under supervision of a five members Steering Committee notified by the
chief minister of Punjab. In order to address problems being confronted
by the province in higher education sector in a more effective and
efficient way, the participants of three-day national conference titled
'Future Road Map of Higher Education' held in March 2014 at Government
College University Lahore recommended the establishment of provincial
Higher Education Commission as an autonomous body under the supervision
of the chief minister.
It suggested that the commission
would not work in conflict with the main functions of federal HEC and
would have facilitative and supportive role not only to improve the
state of higher education in the province but also brining provincial
higher education sector at par with national and international
standards. The road map mentioned that the commission would coordinate
and facilitate academic and financial matters of all HEIs. The
commission would also pay special attention towards specific needs of
the province in higher education sector.
During last two
decades, there has been a perceptible increase in the number of HEIs in
Punjab i.e. 22 HEIs in public sector and 20 HEIs in private sector with
630 degree colleges. Punjab's gross enrolment ratio at higher education
level is low whereas at university level (17-23 age group) is about 4.5
per cent, while enrolment target for the year 2015 is 10 per cent.
Through the roadmap, special attention would be paid to increasing
access to higher education, especially in remote and far-flung areas.
President and Secretary General Federation of all Pakistan Universities
Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) Dr. Waheed Chaudhry and Dr.
Kaleemullah Berach in their joint statement appreciated the Punjab
government for establishing provincial Higher Education Commission in
order to strengthen and meeting the growing needs of higher education
sector in the province.
Terming the establishment of
provincial higher education set up a positive step towards improving
higher education in the country, they demanded that other provincial
governments should also expedite the process for establishment of
provincial higher education commissions on immediate basis in order to
strengthen higher education throughout the country.
the universities are already under the administrative control of the
provincial governments, the provincial governments should also realize
their financial responsibilities as well," said the statement.
emphasized over the provincial governments to expedite the process for
establishment of provincial higher education set ups so that governance
and financial related to higher education sector issues may be resolved
in effective and efficient way at the provincial level. They urged
federal and provincial governments to allocate 25 per cent of total
education budget to higher education as per international standards.
They demanded that in the light of 18th Amendment, the federal
government should allocate the development funds as per the provincial
share prescribed in National Finance Commission (NFC) award. Under the
new formula of current NFC award, approximately 51.74 per cent of shares
were directed to Punjab; 24.55 per cent to Sindh; 14.62 per cent to
Khyber Pakhtunkhawa; and 9.09 per cent to Balochistan province.
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Accreditation of medical education: PMDC, CPSP, HEC join hands
Islamabad: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan
(CPSP) have joined hands for the accreditation of postgraduate medical
education in the country.
The development came during a
meeting of the PMDC, HEC and CPSP representatives at the PMDC head
office here, where all vice chancellors and principals of the country's
postgraduate medical institutions were also in attendance.
participants unanimously decided that in future, universities won't
offer any graduate or postgraduate medical programme without having
constituted medical college and that the PMDC postgraduate curriculum
standard setting would be increased and the minimum requirement for
training institutions reviewed.
Later, PMDC President
Professor Masood Hameed Khan, who chaired the meeting, said his
organisation had established a board to keep a complete check on the
doctors working in those specialties which they were not qualified for.
said doctors had been practicing different specialties without having
certification of specialty procedures like hair transplant, liposuction,
angioplasties, endoscopies, cosmetic surgeries and constructive
The PMDC president said the doctors, who didn't
have the relevant specialisation or certification, won't be allowed to
treat patients. He said the PMDC was empowered to establish such boards
under sections 16 C1 and C2.
Professor Masood said the
continuous medical education and continuous dental education
certification would be essential to get renewal of the registration of
the specialty certification, while the specialty board would define the
level of competence of doctors.
"After January 1, 2015, no
renewal of the PMDC registration certificate will be given without CME
or CDE certification," he said.
The PMDC president said
all institutions included in Schedule III of the PMDC Ordinance were
eligible to apply for recognition or their CME/CDE activities and thus,
helping doctors know new technologies and research and medical
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1,206 SZABIST students get degrees
Islamabad: The graduation ceremony of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science
and Technology (SZABIST) Islamabad was held at Jinnah Convention
Overall, 1,206 students graduated this year from
the programmes of bachelors, masters and PhDs and were conferred with
Barrister Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, who was the
chief guest on the occasion, distributed medals among the 23
position-holder students. He congratulated the graduates, praised and
urged them to play their positive role in fighting poverty and
After the formal opening of the convocation
ceremony, Dr. R K Malik, head of campus, addressed the audience and
shared the achievements of the institute. She also congratulated all the
students on the behalf of SZABIST Islamabad.
that the purpose of the event is to celebrate the achievement of every
graduating student. She emphasized that students of SZABIST has huge
potential to serve in leading positions in public, corporate sector and
in civil society organizations.
She congratulated the
teachers, parents and graduating students for their hard work and
accomplishment. "This year 1,206 students are graduating, which is a
remarkable achievement in the history of SZABIST," she added.
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QAU announces BA, BSc and BCom result
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University has announced the results of BA, BSc and BCom annual examinations (Part II), 2014.
Only 42 per cent of the candidates passed the examinations in which students of the federal government colleges appeared.
was the first batch of BA, BSc and B.Com students at the QAU.
Previously, these examinations of the federal government colleges were
held by the Punjab University.
Over all 3,942 students
appeared in the examination and only 1,656 (42 per cent) passed it. The
overall pass percentage of B.A. examination was 51 per cent, B.Sc 43 per
cent and that of B.Com examination 23 per cent. The news
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QAU decides to open two new faculties
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad has decided to
launch two new faculties. QAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Aitzaz Ahmad
said university is going to open two new faculties including Human
Resource and School of Media Sciences. He said that precious chemicals
were destroyed in laboratories due to load shedding and now this problem
has been overcome. Work on construction of boundary wall around the
university has been started and 400 feet wall has been built. Daily times
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