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GIK Industrial Open House and Career Fair

Career Fair held at GIKI
Swabi, Apr 15: Entrepreneurs and experts from national and multinational companies and academia admitted here on Thursday that the industry had been passing through a critical stage and they must put their heads together to confront emerging challenges and steer the country out of the prevailing crises.

They were speaking at the inaugural session of "Industrial Open House and Career Fair" of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology. Dr Aamir Mateen, country director for Cisco Systems Inc in Pakistan, was chief guest.

Members of Society for the Promotion of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan (Soprest) and representatives of 50 companies participated in the event. More than 80 final-year projects were displayed by the students. Dr Mateen said the skills developed by the students would help them in their practical life and once they started delivering the expected results, the provision of the fund might not be a problem.

Jehangir Bashar, Rector of the GIK Institute, said the Open House and Career Fair, brought together outstanding professionals from the industries, scholars and prominent researchers from prestigious research organisations, their own faculty and students, all together at one forum where a close intellectual interaction and exchange of ideas took place.

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Iqra University holds open house, industrial fair
Islamabad: The Iqra University held its annual Open House at the university campus in Sector H-9, says a press release.

The event was a part of the university's endeavours to bridge the gap between the universities and the industry. The representatives from industry expressed satisfaction over the preparedness and high standards of the graduating students.

Director Industrial Liaison Dr. Jamil Ahmad, in his welcome remarks to the industrial leaders and executives elaborated upon the academic and research contributions of the University. He informed the participating executives that this year the Islamabad Campus is sending around 130 students into the industry. Representatives of over 30 reputed companies of the business, IT and telecommunications sector participated in the event. The major events included job tests, interviews and the Final Year Project presentations.

Vice President of National Bank of Pakistan Malik Hayat offered 15 paid internships to the students of Iqra University. Allainet and Mobizone also signed a MoU with Iqra University for mutual cooperation to strengthen the students' skill in industrial zone.

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HEC fully protected by 18th Amendment: S M Zafar
Islamabad: Dismissing claims by various quarters, Member Implementation Commission and prominent legal expert S M Zafar on Thursday categorically stated that functions and powers of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) are fully protected as federal subject in the 18th Amendment and these cannot be devolved in favour of the provinces.

"The 18th Amendment provides full legal cover to functions and powers of the HEC and the Implementation Commission never possesses the mandate to take a decision of its devolution in favour of the provinces," he said in a telephonic conversation here on Thursday after his return from London. Referring to Item No 12 of the Federal Legislative List (Part II), he said the 18th Amendment provides legal cover to "Standards, institutions for higher education, research, scientific and technical institutions".

He said the government can carry out legislation in parliament regarding the HEC but it cannot involve its devolution in it because it would be against the spirit of the 18th Amendment.

Legal wizard S M Zafar, who is one of the authors of the 18th Amendment, said the HEC is a regulatory body in the higher education sector and according to the 18th Amendment, 'all regulatory authorities established under the federal law' are treated as federal subject and cannot be devolved.

To a question about the establishment of a new department under the Cabinet Division in place of the HEC, he said he has written a letter to the Cabinet Division and insisted that any such decision can be taken by the parliamentary committee and only the issuance of notification cannot serve this purpose. He said the Presidential Ordinance 2002 gives an independent status to the HEC and any decision to make any change can be taken through the Council of Common Interests as the Implementation Commission is not legally authorized to itself take any decision in this respect.

Talking to this correspondent, former HEC's chairman Dr Attaur Rehman said that if one institution is replaced by another, then there should be any logic behind it but in this case "we see that the government functionaries are just using the 18th Amendment as a pretext without giving any solid reason why an independent and reputed institution like the HEC is being replaced by another institution to be established under the Cabinet Division."

He said if the government wants to 'punish' the HEC for its strict stance over the degree verification process, then teachers and students from across the country can stand against this politically motivated decision.He said the government was trying to fool the people on the pretext of 18th Amendment.

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IJT rally opposes HEC devolution
Peshawar: Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) here Thursday took out a protest rally against devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Led by IJT Peshawar Campus Nazim Syed Habibuddin Kakakhel, Peshawar University Nazim Shah Rwan Durrani and Islamia College Nazim Hafizullah, the participants of rally after passing through various roads gathered at the Peshawar University Campus.

Speaking on the occasion, Kakakhel said the devolution of HEC would destabilise the financial status of the universities, which would affect the students' future. He termed the decision regarding HEC devolution as politically motivated. He said that research culture in universities was promoted through HEC after its implementation in 2002 and the Pakistani universities were being considered among the best universities across the globe.

Syed Habibuddin Kaka-khel asked the government to review its decision regarding the HEC status and save the future of millions of students.

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Beaconites exhibit their artistic talent
Islamabad: Students displayed their artwork at an exhibition organised by the Beaconhouse School System, F-11 Campus. Students displayed work, which they had been doing over the year in art classes. Their excellent fine art skills like pointillism, relief on canvas, 'kirrigami', stain glass, calligraphy, still life, batik and silk painting were projected through an array of colour and design, which intrigued the guests and parents. The presentation of Egyptian civilisation, pyramids and Egyptian mummies rocked the exhibition. Students also used the language of art to express their learning and the knowledge about equatorial zones and polar regions, evolution of the national language and progress of Islam. Students of different clubs presented their work and the dramatics club also presented interesting tableaux and short plays.

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British team visits Imperial School, College
Islamabad: A delegation of the British Council accompanied by educationists from Kirklees (UK) including Dick Palfrey and Shahzad Hussain visited Imperial International School and College under 'Connecting Classrooms Programme', says a press release issued here Thursday.

All the students have a lively discussion with the visitors. The visitors spent time in the early year's section with the young ones. They witnessed different displays by the students of various classes including the class presentations, arts display and projects as well as classroom teaching methods. The guests were highly impressed by the academic excellence and the standard of the institute remarking 'that it seemed very similar to the environment that they have in their school'. They were all full of praise for the institute, its faculty and the leadership, declaring it to be a very successful endeavour.

Dick Palfrey commented that it is heartening to note that the education level in Pakistan is no less than those in the first world countries and Imperial International School & College is making its mark amongst the finest education providers. He appreciated immensely the work of the students for the Connecting Classrooms projects and wished them the best in the future. The news

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