HEC decade of higher education excellence
HEC hailed for 'decade of higher education excellence'
Islamabad, Sep 12:
The vice chancellors, faculty members and scholars from different parts
of country interacted through video conferencing to commemorate 10 years
of establishment of Higher Education Commission (HEC) at HEC head
office on Tuesday. The participants discussed various initiatives taken
so far by the HEC and suggested ways for further improvement. They said
that the establishment of the HEC in September 2002 has heralded a
revolution in higher education in Pakistan.
has accomplished far more in 10 years since its establishment than was
achieved in the first 55 years of Pakistan's existence," said Executive
Director HEC, Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi. He said that change is
visible in all the universities and degree awarding institutions in
Pakistan. "The change is physically manifested in the restored
buildings, new classrooms, new laboratories, computers, jogging tracks
and state-of-the art libraries," he added. He also acknowledged the
support of government and people of Pakistan. While highlighting the
achievements of higher education sector in last ten years, he informed
that as an outcome of dedicated hard work by university faulty and
support by university administration, six Pakistani universities are now
ranked among the top 300 Asian Universities while two Pakistani
universities are now ranked among the top 300 science and technology
institutions of the world. He mentioned that awarding of 4,850 PhDs over
the past ten years is far more than the 3281 PhDs awarded in the first
55 years of Pakistan's existence.
The participants also
lauded 300 per cent increase in Pakistan's share of World Research with
Pakistan having 0.32 per cent of the world's publications in 2010. More
than 16,450 Faculty and Management officials of HEIs have been trained
through various training programmes. In the field of information
technology, Pakistan today is a regional leader in ICTs.
library provides access to 75 percent of the world's literature (23,000
e-journals and 45,000 e-books). The HEC video conference network is
established in all public sector universities by covering 31 cities. The
network is recognised as one of the mega interactive networks by having
total 79 purpose built e-classroom based video conference setup. The news
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IIUI fuel scam inquiry smells a rat
Islamabad: An inquiry into embezzlements made during
fuel purchase for vehicles at the International Islamic University
Islamabad (IIUI) by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reached
its final stage.
IIUI has 140 vehicles in its fleet for which fuel purchases were made
in quantities far greater than the capacity of fuel tanks since 1984.
Insiders claim that in recent months, fuel worth Rs6 million was being
bought every month.
Even though the scam was unearthed four years back, NAB had to
intervene when the university management failed to take action.
Sources revealed that during an internal audit in 2008 it was found
that the transport section of IIUI had deposited purchase slips that
showed that the fuel bought exceeded the capacity of the petrol tanks.
An officer of the university on request of anonymity said: "The audit
team decided to probe the issue thoroughly, and learnt that the
university's transport section had been over-billing since 1984."
"The receipts of the filling stations which were recovered during the
audit included Capri Filling Station in F-6 Civic Centre, Midway
Petroleum in Sector H-11 and another filling station in Sector G-9
Markaz," he added.
"The matter was brought to the notice of IIUI's management but no one
bothered to take action against the relevant officers, after which
fingers were also raised at the management," he claimed.
According to another source, NAB finally took notice of the scam in
August 2012, and Assistant Director NAB Waqarul Hasan was appointed as
the investigation officer of the case.
On August 18, a NAB team raided the transport section of the
university and confiscated records. A second raid was conducted on
August 28 on the main office of IIUI and records present there were also
"During the investigation, the name of Additional Director Transport
Section Saifur Rehman and some other officers came up, and there is a
possibility that they will be arrested in the next few days," the source
Another faculty member of the university requesting anonymity said that every month fuel worth Rs6 million was being used by
university vehicles, and it is a big scam that went unnoticed for a long
"There are so many other issues at IIUI which should be investigated as well," he added.
"The management has been involved in illegal purchases of equipment,
award of contracts, appointments and so many other issues but officers
were never made accountable for their misdeeds," he accused.
When we spoke to acting rector of the university, Prof Dr Masoom
Yasinzai, he said he had decided to cooperate with the investigation
team of the NAB. "The team is in possession of all records pertaining
to the transport section of the university. It is difficult to believe
that officials stole fuel through overbilling but the record has been
handed over to NAB to probe it," he said.
Investigation Officer (IO) of NAB Waqarul Hasan said that the inquiry was underway.
"Saifur Rehman is just one suspect in the case, and soon we will be closing the inquiry," he hoped. Dawn
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Islamabad: A five-day workshop on 'Teaching Translation and Interpretation, Theory, Practice
and Challenges' has started at the International Islamic University
Organised by Faculty of Arabic of IIU in
collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the aim of the
workshop is to highlight the importance of translation in
transformation of knowledge from one language to another.
on the occasion, Professor Dr. Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman said that there
was a time when the western world was looking towards the Muslims for
knowledge in different disciplines but it is sorry to say that
now-a-days the Muslim scholars are going to the western universities to
seek knowledge. The news
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