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HEC appoints co-ordinator by surpassing rules
Islamabad, April 21, 2008: The Higher Education Commission has appointed a co-ordinator by surpassing the rules and regulations set by the government for filling the vacant posts.

Some insiders of the commission accused that the HEC had adopted 'choose and pick' policy regarding vacant positions in the organisation and the candidates with strong backing were being inducted without passing through regulated procedures.

It has been learnt reliably that Sara Khokhar, daughter of former Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar, has been appointed as Co-ordinator of Academics of Project UESTP on the contract of three months with huge salary package without any interview. "Neither the post was advertised nor the selection board conducted any interviews", the sources said.

"On the other hand two important posts of Project Directors/Co-ordinators of the foreign universities have been lying vacant as no one came up to the expectation to the selection board", the sources within HEC further disclosed.

It is pertinent to mention here that out of nine foreign engineering universities, four universities have been approved with the budget of 160 billion rupees including Pak-China University, Pak-Germany University, Pak-Italy University and Pak-Austria University. MSc classes in three universities have been announced to start in September this year.

For two universities project directors have been appointed while for the universities of Pak-China and Pak-Austria, so far, not being appointed for which posts have been advertised for three times and interviews have been conducted but no one was selected by the selection board.

Ayesha Ikram from the PR Department of the commission said Sara Khokhar had been appointed initially as HR Co-ordinator for three months because of the urgency as the classes were going to be started in September 2008.

later on proper procedure would be adopted to fulfil this post. She has got doctorate degree in Sociology from a foreign university.

The government had decided the establishment of nine engineering, science & technology universities in Pakistan where Rectors, curriculum and all the faculty members were decided to be foreigner to fulfil the engineering vision 2030. Out of total 805 employees of the commission, 492 are regular employees whereas 303 are contractual employees and seven are working on deputation.The Nation

Schoolchildren get special security cards
Rawalpindi: The city's federal government schools have issued special security cards to their students from grade 1 to grade 10.

From now on, people will have to prove their identity at the entrance before they are allowed to take their children along. The drivers of school vans will also go through the same exercise. An official said that the precautionary measure had been taken to prevent the kidnapping of schoolchildren. People have welcomed the move, saying this will ensure safety of their children.

Mrs Xenab Iqbal, whose two sons study at the FG Boys Middle School, Rawalpindi, said that she had heaved a sigh of relief on learning about the issuance of special security cards to the schoolchildren. "It's a welcome step at a time when the schoolchildren run a risk of falling prey to the kidnappers on way to school or back home. That will guarantee our children's safety," she said. Muhammad Munir, whose children study at the FG Boy School, Cantonment, said that the issuance of security cards would rein in the incidents of the schoolchildren's abduction.

He said private educational institutions had already put in place enough arrangements to ensure security of their students. "As long as the child(ren) are away, parents, especially women, stay worried. This will prove a great relief for them," he said.

Meanwhile, Sana Shahzadi, a student of grade 7 at FG Girls High School, Gwalmandi, said that she felt more
secure while wearing the security card.

Asad Ali, a student of grade 7 at FG Sir Syed School, said that the country's delicate security situation had made the students insecure even at schools, so the issuance of special cards to each student would better their security.

Muhammad Saad, a student of FG Boys High School, Daryabad, said the cards, carrying the respective student's photograph and particulars, would boost the students' confidence. Daily Times

Graduation ceremony for combat commanders course held
Islamabad: The Graduation Ceremony of Combat Commanders' Course was held at Pakistan Air Force Base Mushaf in Sargodha on Saturday. Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking with the graduates the Air Chief said the nature of aerial warfare continues to rise in complexity under a time-compressed environment.

"Any future conflict in our region would entail the employment of Air Power in a manner that we have not witnessed before. The application of Air Power at different levels and modes could stretch our limited resources to the maximum and might test our resolve."

"It is for this reason alone, that our force structuring and operational training must continue to evolve progressively to meet the future challenges. In keeping with the same, our quest to modernize the PAF continues and our induction and upgrade programmes are well on their way to successful completion, adding potency to our existing fleet," the Air Chief said.

Later, he awarded certificates and trophies to the graduating officers who underwent a strenuous and professionally demanding course.

The Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for the best Combat Commander was awarded to Squadron Leader Omer Rashid while Air Officer Commanding Air Defence Command Trophy for best Combat Controller was awarded to Squadron Leader Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

Earlier on his arrival, the Air Chief was received by Air Vice Marshal Atique Rafiq, Air Officer Commanding Central Air Command, and Air Commodore M Ashfaque Arain, Base Commander PAF Base, Mushaf. The ceremony was attended by Principal Staff Officers and field commanders of Pakistan Air Force. App IMCGians excel in computer science
Islamabad: Arham Nadeem, a student of the Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), F-6/2, has secured 390 marks out of 500 in the BS Computer Science Examination conducted by the Punjab University, says a press release.

She obtained second position among students of academic institutions affiliated with the Punjab University, whereas the IMCG, F-6/2, is the only institution that achieved 100 per cent result in the examination. The result depicted the hard work rendered by students themselves, while the highly qualified and dedicated faculty has not spared any stone unturned to achieve this high standard.

Students of the IMCG, F-6/2, at large and especially of this discipline, are given many incentives like scholarships, enrolment in MAYA programme and free Cisco training for which the college is declared 'Cisco Academy'.

The Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-6/2, is the first institution in the government sector to start the BS Computer Science (honours) Programme exclusively for female students who are generally deprived of such courses.

IMCG Principal Rehana Rashid, under the patronage of Federal Directorate of Education, teamed up with passionate and creative members of the faculty and prepared the ground to enhance the vocational and technical skills of students. As a result, the programme started in the 2006 session with the first batch appearing in the annual examination in 2007. The News

Your Comments

"it is totally fake that IMCG F-6/2 starts free Cisco training for which the college is declared Cisco Academy.its true that college starts but certificate are given to the students.over its not free it Rs 50/- taken from students as registration fee."
Name: milli
City, Country: isblamabad, Pakistan

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