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HEC devolution a blow to higher education
Lahore, April 06: Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences Director General Dr AD Raza Chaudhry has expressed concern over the proposed devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provinces and observed that it would give a 10-year downward push to the nation.

In a statement here on Tuesday, Dr Chaudhry said the HEC had served as a central organisation to oversee the quality of higher education and research in Pakistan, and promoted the excellence in scientific research and university education. The commission supported higher educational institutions in all possible ways and its efforts were successful and fruitful.

He said the existence of the HEC in present form and with a stronger support from the federal government was essential for the social and economic prosperity of Pakistan.

"The proposed devolution will be a shame for the Pakistan government and a defeat to education and research institutions of the developing nation," he added.

Dr Chaudhry said the success of his institution owed to the HEC programmes with whose support it has become a great institution of research and advanced studies providing a scientific base to the nation.

He said recently the school was declared emerging regional centre of excellence by a forum of the European Mathematical Society, Unesco and various other international institutions and educational organisations.

Even India's world famous Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) had praised the success of Pakistan in the field of scientific research which showed that in certain key areas, Pakistan's progress was indispensable and ahead of India, he added. Dawn

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BMU announces BSc Med Tech results
Karachi: The Examination Department at Baqai Medical University (BMU) announced the results for B.Sc. (Med. Tech.) Part I-II on Tuesday.

The pass percentage remained 53.8 per cent in Part-I and 60.0 per cent in Part-II exam. Nabila Gulzar daughter of Gulzar Hussein, Amjad Ali son of Ali Gohar and Sohail Qamar son of Muhammad Shafi achieved 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively, in B.Sc. Part-I whereas Awal Mir son of Sultan Mir, Muhammad Riaz son of Ameer Shah and Johar Ali son of Hazrat Wali bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively, in B.Sc. Part-II.

Meanwhile, supplementary examinations will be held on 2nd May while last date for the form submission is 14th April, says a BMU release.

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UAF, Iraqi institutes to launch agri projects
Faisalabad: Iraqi educational institutes and the University of Agriculture Faisalabad are likely to start a joint venture on various projects to boost the agricultural productions in both countries.

This was stated by Iraqi Ambassador Rushdi Mahmood Rasheed while addressing an international seminar on palm dates 'Domestication, distribution production and marketing' at UAF Institute of Horticulture Sciences at New Senate Hall.

The ambassador said that Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture would invite a delegation of agriculture scientists from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad soon, adding that with a joint venture of their institutes and UAF, both countries would work together for enhancing agricultural production.

Dr Jean-Christophe from France said that the Persian Gulf was at the heart of the date palm history. He informed the audience about the working and performance of Institute of Research Development. He said that the institute conducted integrative studies on date palm. He stressed the need to protect biodiversity keeping in view ecology. Dr Adeel Abdul Soad said that Sindh was the biggest dates producing province with a share of 45.4 per cent of the total yield, while Balochistan was producing 44.8 per cent, Punjab 7.9 per cent and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1.9 per cent. Dr Mark Hoddle from University of California threw light on Red Palm Weevil, the world's most palm pest which has killed a million of palms across the globe, including Pakistan. He informed the audience about the management strategies. He said that the Pakistan had a knowledge gap that must be filled and the farmers must be aware of latest agriculture technologies.

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LHC moved against PEF directors appointment
Lahore: A petition was moved on Tuesday in the Lahore High Court, challenging the appointments of eight directors of the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) by the Punjab government.

The petition was filed by Muhammad & Ahmad, a public litigation firm, through Counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique, submitting that the PEF was first established under the Punjab Education Foundation Act 1991. However, the said the act was dissolved through the Punjab Education Foundation Act 2004 and the PEF was also dismissed, he added.

According to Section 5 of the new law, petitioner submitted that a board, comprising seven government and eight non-government directors, would be constituted to run the affairs of the foundation.

He alleged that the Punjab government through a notification dated March 18, 2011 appointed six government officers/public servants on the seats reserved for non-government directors.

He contended that the said appointments were politically motivated and in violation of the law and constitution.

He prayed to the court to declare the said appointments as illegal.

It was also prayed through a civil miscellaneous application to stop the said directors from functioning and suspend the notification of their appointments. The news

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