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HEC apologises to students for placing names on ECL
Islamabad, Apr 21: The Supreme Court (SC) was informed on Tuesday that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has tendered written apologies to the students for placing their names on the Exit Control List (ECL).

A three-member SC bench consisting of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Ghulam Rabbani heard the case. HEC's counsel Khawaja Azhar Rasheed told the court that all the students whose names were placed on the ECL had been sent written apologies.

"You should respect the educated lot. I cannot digest it from yesterday how you implicated the students. In which country of the world are scholars put behind bars," the CJP said. The court later dismissed the petitions, after the HEC withdrew them. The HEC had filed appeals against the verdict of Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench, in which the court had ordered the removal of students' names from the ECL.

The court had observed that when the HEC refused to provide employment opportunities to students, it had no right to impose restrictions upon their movement.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had issued directions to the authorities concerned to initiate legal action against the HEC director for placing the names of students on the ECL with the help of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Sajid Anwar, a student of MS Engineering, had gone to South Korea for an MPhil, after entering into an agreement with the HEC to return within a specific time period. But after two years, the HEC asked him to return back without the completion of practical training and refused to provide him employment opportunities in Pakistan. He and other students were surprised when they learnt that their names had been placed on the ECL and they could not proceed abroad in connection with a scholarship or employment. app

'Defaulting scholars': SC allows HEC to recover money
Islamabad: The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a go-ahead to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for recovery of money from its 'defaulting scholars' but with the directions to remove their names from Exit Control List (ECL).

The HEC through FIA has put on ECL the names of its scholarship holders who failed to comply with conditions prescribed in the bond they had signed to avail scholarships for higher studies. However, the affected scholars moved the apex court against restriction on their foreign travel.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry in its ruling said, those scholars violating their bonds should be pursued through civil court, but they could not be put on the ECL.

Expressing satisfaction over the apex court's ruling, a senior official of the HEC said, "our main issue is the implementation of terms and conditions explained in the bond which every HEC scholarship winner has signed before proceeding on higher studies".

For example, a scholar who would avail scholarship for PhD studies has to come back and serve in Pakistan for five years and the condition for MS students is for two years. If a scholar will leave his/her studies half way through, he/she will be liable for the expenditures incurred on their unsuccessful attempts.

If a scholar fell seriously ill, or cannot continue their studies for other genuine reason, the HEC can grant a waiver to them.

When asked how HEC would pursue a scholar who didn't come back or left the country without completing mandatory time period in the country, the official said, every scholar had provided names and addresses of a couple of guarantors from their family members, therefore, the commission would write to them.Explaining HEC's decision of putting defaulting scholars name on the ECL, the official said the HEC only wanted that the commission should be in picture if some scholar tried to flee the country without prior information.

Majority of defaulting scholars are cooperating with the HEC, but there are cases which are giving tough time, however, one thing is for sure, "we can not let any body violate bond and will take every possible measure for its implementation," the official said. Dawn

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UoB Convocation postponed
Quetta: Tenth Convocation of University of Balochistan scheduled to be held on April 21, has been postponed for some unavoidable circumstances.

An announcement of University said here Tuesday that new date of the Convocation would be announced later. Ppi

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IIUI girls push their IJT tormentor out
Islamabad: Students of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Tuesday staged a seven-hour-long protest demonstration against torture and public humiliation of a female student from Faculty of Management Sciences (FMS) at the hands of Islami Jamiat Tuleba (IJT) unless the university administration expelled the main attacker, Abdullah.

IIUI administration has issued a notification to expel Abdullah, a student of Engineering Department, as well as considering an action against the protestors for raising their voice against the harassment.

According to sources, all departments of the university remained closed on Monday and Tuesday against the incident while bus service remained suspended.

On Saturday evening, a group of female students of FMS were taking snaps in the Engineering Block when Abdullah, accompanied by others, appeared to preach them against photography, declaring it haram. He then slapped and reportedly kicked a girl from the group and humiliated them.

Sources said that it was not the first instance that Abdulah subjected a woman to humiliation; he had done it twice in the past - once he battered two female students in university's library and then he beat a female teacher, while she was coming out of a seminar. The sources further said Abdullah's repeated cruel acts were brought in the notice of IIUI administration but they did not pay heed to it, encouraging him to continue bashing women and subjecting them to humiliation through his hate sermons.

The protestors on Tuesday staged a sit-in in front of the university bus stop from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm. They were of the view that Abdullah must be taken to task by administration of university. They demanded that the university administration expel Abdullah.

They did not let the shuttle service to run in a peaceful manner. Girls, especially, braved rain that kept falling on and off all through the day. They took out their umbrellas but refused to leave the venue unless their tormentor is out.

It was a public information that Abdullah was a worker of the IJT but the party's hold on the IIUI is so strong that Vice President Perveen Qadir Agha came to the protesting girls to tell them that Abdullah has no links with the IJT.

The sources said Agha was more interested in punishing the protesting students than Abdullah. The protesting students said that Agha had noted down their names and threatened to expel them.

Agha, however, said that the protesting students did not comply with the rules and regulations of the university. She said Abdullah has already been debarred by university administration than why this protest was staged. She said all those students who participated in the protest would now be punished accordingly.

It was witnessed that the protestors remained peaceful all through the day and not a single glass was broken during the two-day strike. The sources said that IJT will now back Abdullah in court, taking plea that the victim girl had not filed an application against him.

IJT Secretary Information (Punjab) Usama Khalil said all those behind this 'sad' incident should be punished. He confirmed that Abdullah remained a member of IJT but his membership was cancelled because of violation of 'party discipline'. "There are a few elements who want to tarnish the image of IJT," Khalil said.

But during the course of this face-saving act, he demanded that the group of female students who were attacked should also be punished as they are held responsible for entering the Engineering Block on a day when they were 'prohibited'.

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Campus Management Solution at QAU
Islamabd: Federal Minister for Education Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali formally inaugurated the Campus Management Solution (CMS) at the Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) on Tuesday.

CMS is aimed at providing students and teachers with immediate access to real-time information. It is divided into several modules each of which maps to a university's department.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) selected six public sector universities for the implementation of 'Oracle People Soft Campus Solutions (OPSCS) and QAU is one of the universities that introduced CMS based on this kind of campus solution.

OPSCS is a campus management system that automates several strategic functions of a university. Daily times

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'National Book Day'
Islamabad: The National Book Foundation (NBF) is celebrating 'National Book Day' tomorrow (Thursday), at the National Institute of Banking and Finance (NIBAF), Pitras Bokhari Road, Sector H-8/1, at 9:30 a.m, says a press release.

Leading publishers, book sellers of Pakistan will hold their stalls at the book fairs, said Managing Director National Book Foundation Mazhar-ul-Islam, who is also writer, author and editor of more than eighty books.

In order to mark the National Book Day celebrations, 40 to 50 per cent special discount would be offered on books only for the day, he added.

Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali has been requested to grace the occasion as chief guest.

NBF has also planned out a long-day programme, which will start with the hoisting of Book Flag inscribed with a logo "Kitabon ki Dunya, Sub ki Dunya."

The NBF DG said school children would parade with banners inscribed with slogans to promote love for books. A book theme song is also composed for this important occasion: "Kitabon ki dunya salamt rahay; Roshni dosti ki alamat rahay."

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FG Boys High School no. 1, Tariqabad student distinction
Rawalpindi: Usman Mughal student of FG Boys High School no. 1, Tariqabad, got second position in the school in the Middle Standard Scholarship Examination 2010, conducted by the Directorate of Federal Government Educational Institutions (Cantt/Garrison), says a press release. Usman Mughal is the son of Mazhar Shahzad. The news

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