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Overloaded HEC website & scholarships

Overloaded HEC website blocks scholarship aspirants
Islamabad, Aug 13: Thousands of students could not apply for around 1,800 indigenous scholarships (MPhil leading to PhD) of Higher Education Commission (HEC) as they could not download application form from its website which stopped working due to heavy traffic.

The last date to submit application for the scholarships was August 7.The students who waited for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test, which held on August 5, were the real sufferers as they wanted to make use of their processing fee which they had to deposit in the HEC for the scholarship.

Umer Hashmi, a student said that it was a requirement that candidates should get at least 50 per cent marks in Graduate Record Examination (GRE) otherwise they could not be entitled for the scholarship.

"If students have a hunch during the test that they will get 50 per cent marks in the GRE then they apply for the scholarship and deposit the processing fee," he said.

"I did not apply before GRE test because otherwise my processing fee would have gone waste. So I decided to apply after the GRE test," he said.

"While I was giving test, there were so many students who also told me that they will apply if they have good GRE test," he said.

Anees Ahmed, another candidate said: "I was satisfied with GRE test, so I decided to apply but website of the HEC jammed as a result of which they could neither apply for registration nor download the application form."

Hashmi said that after failing to get registration till August 8, he went to the HEC and contacted its project manager Baqir Hasnain who refused to entertain him saying last date for registration has expired and he should try next time.

"Most of the students cannot afford to do MPhil through their finances so they wait for the scholarships of the HEC. It is the second phase of scholarships and don't know if the HEC will announce those scholarships again," he said.

The students have requested the HEC management to extend the date for scholarships because merit can only be assured if every person gets the chance to contest for the scholarships.

Adviser of HEC, Dr Riaz Hussain Qureshi said that there was congestion on website due to which some students might not be able to apply but still the HEC had got around 16,000 applications for those scholarships.

"We have solved the issue of congestion by adding more computers in the system but on Monday I will look into the mater. I will have to take relevant departments on board because we have started scrutiny of applications. We will consider extending the date for another two days," he said. Dawn

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No increase in pension for retired HEC employees
Islamabad: The retired employees of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) have not been paid 20 per cent increase in their pension, which was announced by the federal government in the fiscal budget 2012-13.

A retired employee of HEC told this agency that the raise has not been added to his pension for the month of July, 2012. He said that the commission had, however, included increase in the monthly salaries of its in-service employees.

He said that he was facing financial hardships ahead of Eidul Fitr and demanded of the authorities concerned to make arrangements for immediate payment of pension with the announced increase.

He further complained that the pensioners were not informed about any enhancement in their pension and to their agony, the amount was released with laps of three to four months every year. When contacted, an HEC official said that all retired employees would get increase and arrears with their pension next month.

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FBISE's HSSC Part-I result 2012
Islamabad: The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) would announce the result of the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Part-I Annual Examination 2012 on August 13 (Monday) at 11 a.m.The result would be available on the FBISE's website ( and on SMS code 5050. Candidates will be required to send SMS in the following format FB [roll number].

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Private schools should be facilitated
Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi has grown double in population, but the government has not focused on education, as it should have, therefore, the establishment of private schools and the sustainability of private schools is of dire importance.

This was stated in a meeting of heads of the schools of Am Anglo Montessori and High School here. Captain (r) Ameeruddin Sheikh President (RAPS) and General Secretary Group Captain (r) Asif Mahmood also attended the meeting. Dr Hasan Ahmed from Hasan Academy special education was also introduced so that he could visit and counsel special children under RAPS schools.

The RAPS president said that the private schools have served the education sector educating generations after generation and there is a need to facilitate the private schools, so that they can carry on with their mission unhampered.

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School of International Law holds mock advocacy tournament
Islamabad: The School of International Law (SIL) hosted the First Inter-School Mock Trial or Advocacy Tournament, says a press release.

The event was organised by the SIL Law Society. The event also saw the launching of the SIL Law Clinic where in collaboration with leading lawyers in the capital, the students of SIL will be assisting in providing free legal aid and assistance to the general public.

Participating schools included a private team, City School and Roots. The tournament was presided over by Barrister Masroor Shah and the judging was being done by independent senior lawyers who were called especially to mark the teams based on their advocacy skills and case preparation.

The judges remarked at how impressed they were with the calibre of the participants. Barrister Shah remarked how some participants were even better than high court lawyers as far as advocacy style is concerned.

The Law Society representatives, Haya Sabir, Neshmiya Khan and Suleman Zeb encouraged the participating schools to build a culture of mooting within their schools as once they embark on to college such activities help students greatly not only in getting to the best universities, but also in understanding their subject from a fresh and analytical perspective. The Patron of the Law Society who also serves as SIL Principal Nida Tareen ensured the teams that SIL seeks to promote a practical legal education experience and thus will be playing host to many more of such competitions in the near future and hopes to build a network association between law students for furthering mooting training.

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PhD scholar defends thesis
Peshawar: Research scholar Sajid Ali has been recommended for the award of PhD degree in Biotechnology after he successfully defended his thesis here on Friday.The topic of his research was "Interferon Based Therapy of Chronic Hepatitis C Patients: A case Study of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa."Director Centre of Biotechnology and Microbiology, University of Peshawar Prof. Dr Bashir Ahmed was his research supervisor while Prof Dr Ijaz was the external supervisor. The news

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