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HEC without a head, Lakha frontrunner
Islamabad, Sep 21: Despite promise of paying extra attention to higher education in its
election manifesto, the PML-N government has so far failed to even pick
the head of country's only education regulator. The Higher Education
Commission (HEC), which is responsible for improving the standard of
university education in the country, is operating without a chairman
since August 26 when the four-year term of Dr Javaid Laghari expired.
the minister of state for education and training Baligh Ur Rehman had
moved a summary regarding the HEC chairman's appointment on July 30,
2013, the Prime Minister's Secretariat has yet to decide the fate of the
According to sources, the summary suggested a
one-time extension in the term of Dr Leghari on the basis of his
services for higher education. The second option given in the summary is
the appointment of a new chairman under HEC Act.
contacted, the minister confirmed the contents of the summary saying the
decision in this regard is expected soon. Sources said the name of Dr
Shams Kassim Lakha is under serious consideration in the Prime
Minister's Secretariat for the new HEC chairman. Lakha is a top
technocrat and former vice chancellor of Aga Khan University Hospital
(AKUH). However religious parties and influential groups are strongly
opposing Lakha's appointment which could prove decisive eventually.
Under the HEC ACT, the appointment of commission's chairman is a
prerogative of the Prime Minister who is the controlling authority of
"The Controlling Authority shall appoint a person of
international eminence and proven ability who has made significant
contribution to higher education as teacher, researcher or
administrator, as Chairperson on such terms and conditions as it may
determine," says the law.
The Act also allows a one-time
extension in the term of HEC chairman and other members of the
commission. A similar extension was given to former HEC chairperson Dr
Atta-ur-Rahman and all other members of the Commission to ensure the
continuity of policies.
HEC is considered among a few role
model institutions at the national and international levels that has
achieved a lot in the last few years. It has raised the level of
Pakistan universities to be ranked globally within a few years.While no
Pakistani university was ranked globally before 2010, four were ranked
in the top 300 in 2011, 6 in 2011 and 7 in the top 250 in 2012. The news
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AIOU starts mailing books
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has started mailing
books for the Semester Autumn 2013 to its students enrolled from
Matriculation to PhD programmes.
Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr
Nazir Ahmed Sangi has inaugurated the mailing process through packing
machines and by mailing of books of the Certificate of Teaching (CT)
The VC said the university was paying attention
towards upgrading student services that had significantly increased
He said the AIOU would soon present its
plan on the establishment of a 'green campus' to President Mamnoon
Hussain for providing a natural and clean environment to its students
for their educational pursuits.
He said it would be for the first
time in the country's history that a campus would be built in the
country's green area, which will encompass all basic educational
facilities inline with the international standards.
Dr Sangi said
they would brief the president, who is also the chancellor of the
university, about the overall development plan and activities of the
He said the university would request the president to
donate a piece of government land in any green belt for the
establishment of the 'green campus'.
The AIOU, he said, had been
successful over the years to enhance students' enrolment, bringing the
annual registration to around 1.3 million.
He said the university
was steadily moving ahead to expand its infrastructure network, by
opening new campuses and study centres in every nook and corner of the
Dr Sangi said the Khudabad Campus had started
functioning and the Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister had laid the
foundation stone of the Skardu Campus.
While highlighting the
efficient financial management system set up by the university, the VC
said all accounts of the university were being handled in a transparent
manner, following the prescribed rules and regulations.
this was also noticed by the auditor general of Pakistan, who cleared
the university free from any financial irregularities, removing around
192 audit observations during the current year.
He said the AIOU Finance Committee had approved in principle a 'housing scheme' for the university's employees.
He said the university would provide necessary funding for the housing scheme.
coordinator of the scheme, Zafar Ilyas, had been asked to work out
details of the scheme, ensuring maximum benefit to the low-paid
employees, he added.
Mailing Section Incharge Waqar Ahmed Sheikh
said the first list of about 22,000 students of the CT programme for the
Semester Autumn 2013 had been received from the admission section and
books and other study materials were being sent to them. app
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AIOU VC nominated for award
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed
Sangi has been bestowed upon International Education Leadership Award by
the World Marketing Summit, Malaysia in reorganisation of his
meritorious services in field of education.
He has been
invited to receive the award at the annual summit, scheduled to take
place in Malaysia on September 28. The summit's organizing committee
appreciated his consistent efforts in expanding quality education in the
country, through distance learning system.
Dr, R. L
Bhatia, Ambassador (India) informed Dr. Sangi that the summit's jury had
decided to honour him with the Education leadership award.
Sangi will not be able to proceed to Malaysia to personally receive the
award, due to pressing engagement in the country. However, the award
may be received by an official Pakistan's High Commission, Kuala Lumpur
on his behalf.
The World Marketing Summit Malaysia 2013
(WMSM2013) has invited 2,500 delegates from 5 continents namely Europe,
America, Asia, Oceania and Asia. The summit is the culmination of the
professional odyssey of Philip Kotler, S.C. Johnson, professor of
International Marketing Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School
of Management in Chicago. He had earned the distinction transforming his
life-long passion for marketing into serving society. The news
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604 students awarded degrees at CIIT's 52nd convocation
Islamabad: The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) held its 52nd
Convocation on Friday and awarded graduate and postgraduate degrees to
Students from BS, MS, MBA and PhD programmes were
awarded degrees in disciplines of Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics,
biosciences, business administration, computer engineering,
telecommunication engineering, electronics, mathematics and
PhD degrees were awarded to 15 students in the Faculty of Sciences.
the occasion, the Chancellor's, Institute and Campus medals were also
awarded to position holders from the CIIT. Graduate and postgraduate
students securing 3.96 CGPA bagged the campus medals, institute medals
and the chancellor's gold medals.
The CIIT also announced the Dr
QK Ghori Award for best performance in mathematics to Heen Zahra, while
the Prof Kausar Bashir Ahmed Award was given to. Junaid Rahim for the
best final project in architecture. Speaking on the occasion, Science
and Technology (MoST) Minister Zahid Hamid said knowledge acquirement
and higher education were transforming virtually every aspect of today's
world. He said IT institutions had become the centre stage of academia.
These institutions had the mandate to evolve a knowledge based
socio-economic culture in the country to help the nation face the modern
challenge of globalisation, he added.
He appreciated the efforts
of the CIIT faculty, management and visionary leadership. He said the
CIIT, recognising its duties, was committed to provide the best
opportunities for learning and personal development within a caring and
CIIT Rector Dr SM Junaid Zaidi presented
the Institute Report, detailing the CIIT programmes and accomplishments.
The report highlighted research activities, national, international
collaborations and current and future academic programmes.
Secretary Kamran Ali Qureshi, COMSATS Executive Director and Board of
Governors Chairman Dr Imtnan Ellahi Qureshi also attended the ceremony.
Gold medallists included Syed Waqas Shah, Khadija Sikandar, Muhammad
Nauman Rashid, Taimoor Ali Dar, Fizza Ateeq, Sahar Aamir, Ammara Bibi,
Saad Hassan, Hina Tauqir, Hamid Mehmood, Maryam Ahmad, Muzammil Behzad,
Shahzad Ahmed, Muhammad Nauman Khan, Sundus Jabeen, Salman Khan, Almas
Iqbal, Iqra Ahmad, Hira Pervez, Heen Zahra, Sana Irshad and Naila Nawaz.
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FPSC screening test for general recruitment on Sept 29, 30
Islamabad: The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) will hold
screening tests for general recruitment for various posts advertised by
the commission on September 29 and 30.
According to a press
release, the tests will be conducted in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore,
Peshawar, Quetta, DI Khan, Gilgit, Multan and Sukkur.
release said the admission certificates of all registered candidates
along with the syllabi and timetable had been uploaded and displayed on
the FPSC website.
As per the latest policy, the candidates must
visit the FPSC website to get a printout of their admission certificate
to appear at the allocated centres at the scheduled time. The candidates
would not be issued admission certificates through post. All candidates
were advised to bring the admission certificate, original CNIC and
original Treasury Receipts (TR) of the fee payment. In case if any of
these documents are not brought to the test centre, the candidates shall
not be permitted to take the test. app
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Roots Ivy University inaugurated
Islamabad: The official inauguration ceremony of Roots Ivy International University,
DHA, Islamabad, a project of Roots Ivy International Schools was held
here the other day, says a press release.
hundred students have enrolled for the undergraduate programmes and were
present to attend the orientation session and opening ceremony. Roots
Ivy International University is a modern, purpose-built educational
institution of international standards.
International is established by leading educationist Khadija Mushtaq,
who is the mentor and counselor of thousands of Pakistani students who
have set records in Guinness Book of World Records.
years ago, Roots Undergraduate programme was established by Ms. Khadija
Mushtaq to provide continuation of the British system of education at
the undergraduate level. The main objective of the establishment of the
college was to provide high quality, internationally recognised
undergraduate education opportunity to the students of
Islamabad/Rawalpindi. To ensure this continued excellence, she decided
to launch the University of London International Programmes through
distant and flexible learning.
Roots Ivy International
University is now a global institution committed to meeting the needs
and ambitions of a diverse range of students by providing challenging
academic programmes including a wide range of the University of London
International Programmes in Economics, Management, Finance and Social
Science degrees and diplomas, ACCA, LLB, HND, ICM through innovative
research and professional practices. The news
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