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Dr. Javaid Leghari as HEC chairperson

Dr Leghari made HEC chairperson
Islamabad, Aug 27: The government has appointed former Senator Dr Javaid R. Leghari as new chairperson of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Contacted by this correspondent, Dr Leghari confirmed the appointment and said: "I am in Karachi right now and will be leaving for Islamabad tomorrow to take charge.

"I will certainly comment after I get a briefing and review all programmes of the HEC," Dr Leghari said in reply to a question.

HEC officials have been officially informed about the appointment.

"Yes, the commission has received official notification of the appointment of Dr Legahri," a senior official of the commission said.

The government spent around one year to fill the position that was vacated by Dr Attaur Rehman in the first week of October last year. Dr Rehman was the first chairperson of the HEC which was set up in 2002 through a presidential ordinance.

The HEC replaced the Universities Grants Commission but with a larger mandate to improve the higher education sector in the country.

Over the years, the government has made a phenomenal increase in HEC's annual budgetary allocations from a few hundred millions of rupees in 2002 to over Rs30 billion in the current Public Sector Development Programme.

Last year the federal government was reported to have asked Dr Attaur Rehman to resign as HEC's chairman, a position which carries the status of a federal minister.

Dr Rehman was known for his close relationship with former President Gen Pervez Musharraf. Dawn

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Navtec to give Punjab Rs354m for 42 institutes
Islamabad: National Vocational & Technical Education Commission (Navtec) will provide Rs354.6 million to Punjab for the establishment of 42 vocational institutes.

The institutes would be established in 21 most backward tehsils of the province through which 10,425 youth would be imparted vocational training in 16 different useful trades, an official source said.

Out of a total amount of Rs354.6 million, Navtec has already issued the sanction of Rs138.1 million to Punjab. Amongst the 42 vocational institutes, 21 each would be for males and females, the source said.

All these institutes will be established under the President's 'Funni Maharat Programme'.

Navtec has so far released funds worth Rs405.2 million to various technical institutes in Punjab to impart Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) to the youth under Prime Minister's 'Hunarmand Pakistan Programme'. Navtec has completed various training programmes in Punjab with the collaboration of Tevta, Punjab and Punjab Vocational & Training Council (PVTC).

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Rawalpindi Colleges to open from 31st
Rawalpindi: The colleges throughout the Rawalpindi division would open from August 31st, after summer vacations. Director Colleges Mohammad Ashraf Malik stated this in a statement issued here on Wednesday. He urged the students to ensure their presence from the first day.

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Staff to be inducted in AIOU
Islamabad: As many as 919 persons will be inducted in various departments and faculties of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) with an aim to expand its distance learning education system.

In first phase, 417 posts would be filled purely on merit to strengthen existing departments and open new disciplines, said sources in the varsity here Wednesday.

The sources said that President and Chancellor of the university, Asif Ali Zardari had already given approval for recruiting the staff. "The recruitment would be made merely on merit to ensure provision of qualitative and standards education to our youth", they added.

They said AIOU was all set to expand its distance education network to provide access to maximum number of students, particularly living in the far-flung areas.

AIOU was largest varsity, having 1.9 million students enrolled in various disciplines and the number of students was increasing manifold with every passing year. The news

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Thought provoking lecture
Islamabad: Council for Islamic Ideology (CII) has arranged a thought-provoking lecture of visiting US scholar Imam Yahya Hendi here.

During his lecture, Imam Yahya emphasised that Muslims should think out of the box and look inward rather than outward for resolving their issues.

He said: "Today Muslims are facing several problems and no one will come to their rescue." They will have to strive for themselves to change the status quo, he added.

Imam Yahya is a prominent US scholar whose specialty is comparative studies of religions. He studied Islam, Christianity and Judaism in detail and holds a doctorate in this discipline.

He delivers lectures at churches, synagogues and sermons in Islamic centres in the US. His work on interfaith harmony is highly commended and appreciated all over the US and Muslim countries.

Declaring Pakistan as his second country, Imam Hendi said the future of Pakistan meant a lot not only to this region but also to the entire world.

He said: "Dogmas must not make us enemies of each other. Religions and civilisations have more commonalities with each other than differences, therefore, civilisations should learn from one another's experience."

Imam Hendi said justice should be administered to all irrespective of colour, creed and gender. No one should be left out of political experience and process.

He said they should understand the relationship between state, politics and religion. Islam is not a static religion and has the ability to adopt new realities and values, he added.

The lecture was attended by Dr Mohsin Muzaffar Naqvi, Justice Syed Afzal Haider, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani, Maulana Fazal-i-Ali, Dr Shahida Akhtar Ali, Secretary Council Riazur Rehman, members of the research wing of the council, students of International Islamic University and representatives from the US embassy. Dawn

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