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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.

"The HEC 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.

The digital 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 seized.

"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 alleged.

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 time.

"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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IIU workshop
Islamabad: A five-day workshop on 'Teaching Translation and Interpretation, Theory, Practice and Challenges' has started at the International Islamic University (IIU).

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.

Speaking 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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