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Severe financial crisis threatens survival of NED varsity: VC
Karachi, Aug 22: Starting its new session with a deficit of Rs940 million, the NED University is bracing to face tough days ahead.
university's newly appointed vice chancellor fears that painful
decisions such as freezing salaries, deferring allowances, and stopping
the recruitment of non-teaching staff will have to be made. Moreover,
the university will increase the number of self-financed seats.
was shared at the 21st Senate meeting of the NED University where its
officials, robed in green, discussed crucial issues - from amendments to
the university law to addressing the fiscal deficit which the public
sector universities across the country are facing.
deficit has been caused by the delay in the release of grants by the
Higher Education Commission. Officials at the HEC blame the delay on the
finance department which has failed to provide the commission its
rightful share of funds.
As early as 2007-08, the
university showed a financial surplus of Rs4535 million. After this, the
fiscal deficit has gradually increased over the years. In the year
ended 2011-12, the deficit amounted to Rs603.63 million. When 2012-13
ended, the deficit reached Rs918.125 million.But the officials say that
on the bright side, the deficit increased only by two percent due to the
management's efficient financial policies.
To salvage the
university from its current financial mess, a crisis management
committee has been formed by the vice chancellor, Prof Dr Abdul Haque.
As an initial step, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah - also an alumnus of
the university - has approved a special grant of Rs250 million.
university has accumulated liabilities amounting to Rs1.30 billion. The
vice chancellor demanded at the meeting that the university be provided
with a bailout package of Rs1.30 billion that can be paid back in
The university is also contacting its alumni
through various platforms to come to its aid in the form of endowment
funds and scholarships.
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NED to restore 1,400 heritage buildings
Karachi: The NED University of Engineering and Technology has identified over 1,400
heritage buildings across Karachi for preservation and restoration
through community funding.
The heritage cell at the
university's architecture department has recently introduced
community-based preservation projects in three areas: Napier Road, Burns
Road and Sarai Road.
"These three locations have been
selected initially as they are affected by a multitude of problems,"
said Dr Noman Ahmed, a professor and the chairman of the architecture
and planning department at the NED University.
prominent problems include physical encroachments, solid waste which is
generally uncollected, disorganised parking, illegal additions to
heritage buildings, failing sewerage systems and the public generally
disinterested in revitalisation of their neighbourhoods."
the Sindh Culture Department has notified protected heritage buildings
according to scientific procedures, it has not been able to provide any
assistance or technical support to the owners or occupants in improving
their heritage buildings or the surrounding environment.
restoration project," Ahmed said, "aims to create wide scale awareness
about heritage buildings through effective methods of communication."
architecture department has specially designed brochures and
communication literature in different languages and distributed them
among the various categories of users of public heritage at different
sites. Field workers have also carried out different sessions with the
occupants of heritage buildings.
As an initial step
towards implementation, a community-based solid waste management plan
has been introduced in the Burns Road area to maintain cleanliness in
Ahmed said that officers of the
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation had also been engaged in the dialogue
for assistance. "We are hopeful that if the various stages of the plan
are implemented, the project can serve as a useful model for replication
in other parts of the city and beyond," he added.
asked how many heritage buildings had been identified, the professor
claimed that restoration and preservation of over 1,400 buildings would
be carried out through funds generated through the community.
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4,000 lecturer posts vacant, minister tells PA
Lahore: Education Minister Rana Mashud during assembly proceedings on Tuesday claimed
that as many as 4,000 posts of lecturers were lying vacant in the Higher
Education department owing to incapacity of the Punjab Public Service
Commission to make such massive recruitments.
to the queries of members in the provincial assembly here , Education
Minister Rana Mashud stated the provincial government was generously
providing funds to the educational institutions to equip them with
necessary wherewithal and removing missing facilities. He claimed that
the Higher Education Department had made allocation of Rs 215 million
during the financial year 2013-14 for missing/additional facilities for
catering the requirements of existing colleges including, commerce
colleges in Punjab. He admitted that there were a number of posts of
lecturers were lying vacant in different colleges owing to delay making
recruitments by the PPSC. He claimed that PPSC was already overburdened
with work so the department was waiting in wings for filling in the
vacant posts. He claimed that they had been consistently conveying to
the PPSC for expediting the process of recruitments so that they could
fill in the vacant posts.
Following response from the
education minister, Speaker Rana Iqbal directed him to contact with the
Punjab Public Service Commission chairman for expediting the process of
recruitment of lecturers as the absence of such a huge number of
lecturers from colleges was causing national loss. Rana Mashud claimed
that the provincial government was brining new education policy within
three to four months after the local government polls. He claimed that
they were bringing new system of District Education Authorities which
would be responsible for making recruitments, transfers and postings at
the district level. He claimed that DEA would ensure the postings of
teachers close to their residences to avoid the issue of their repeated
transfers and postings.
Responding to another query,
Education Minister Rana Mashud claimed that the incumbent government had
initiated the process of knitting the service structure and service
rules for college libraries in the Higher Education Department. He
stated they had moved the summary to the Finance Department for further
process. The Finance Department had raised some objection on the
summary which had been removed. He claimed that they were awaiting final
nod from the Finance Department following which they would send it to
the Chief Minister for final approval. Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana
Iqbal directed the education minister to convey to the Finance
Department to expedite the process for providing better service
structure to the employees without any delay.
claimed that the previous government had evolved a policy that the
Education Department could not establish any new degree college within
the radius of five kilometres. He claimed the policy was a hurdle in
establishing new colleges or granting status of degree colleges to
intermediate schools. Nevertheless, he assured the Speaker that they
were revising this policy. The Education minister claimed that they were
now moving towards introducing the concept of digital libraries in
colleges and universities, terming it a revolutionary step. A female
member from PPP, Faiza Ahmed Malik claimed that the Vice Chancellor
Lahore College for Women University had made a recruitment of director
Syed Muhhamad Rizvi in violation of rules and regulations. She claimed
Syed Ali Muhammad Rizvi had neither the relevant degree nor experience
while his recruitment was made without properly advertising the post in
the media nor sought its approval from the university syndicate meeting.
She further alleged that the LCWU VC had made most of the recruitments
in violation of rules and merit and the appointment of Syed Ali Muhammad
Rizvi had already been challenged in the court.
queries from Faiza Malik, the Education minister claimed that
recruitment case of Syed Ali Muhammad Rizvi was a subjudice matter so
they could not hold debate on it in the assembly. He claimed that he
would seek record of recruitments from the LCWU and examine them. If
found anything against the rules, he would adopt strict measures against
those responsible, he said, making it clear that he would not spare any
official of his department if he was providing wrong or misleading
answers in the assembly. The news
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Junior teacher made acting VC of UAF
Faisalabad: A junior professor has been appointed the
acting vice-chancellor of the University of Agriculture in the presence
of senior professors.
Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed left the country a few days ago and
appointed Prof Dr Munir Ahmad Sheikh, dean of the Faculty of Sciences
and belonging to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, as acting
VC. Dr Sheikh is considered a close associate of Dr Ahmed. They said
earlier a senior professor was appointed acting VC wheever the VC was
Sources said Faculty of Agriculture Dean Prof Dr Mohammad Arshad was
the senior-most professor, National Institute of Food Science and
Technology Director General Prof Dr Faqir Mohammad Anjum was the second
most senior professor and Faculty of Animal Husbandry Department of
Poultry Science Chairman Prof Dr Ahsanul Haq was third in line. Dr
Sheikh was number 9 or 10 on the seniority list.
The University Act provided nothing on the appointment of an acting
VC, however, it was a decades-old tradition that the senior most
professor looked after the university affairs in the absence of a VC.
During his last foreign trip a few months ago, Dr Ahmed had appointed
another junior professor Dr Zafar Iqbal as the acting VC, who was even
junior to Dr Sheikh.
The sources said earlier even the appointment of a dean was the
privilege of the Punjab governor, who was chancellor of the university.
How Dr Ahmed could appoint an acting dean on his own, they questioned.
They asked when a junior professor could not be the dean of any faculty
how a junior professor could serve as the acting VC. They said the issue
would be brought into the notice of the chancellor.
Acting VC Dr Munir Sheikh said that he was not aware of the rules for
appointment of an acting VC and the incumbent VC Dr Iqrar Ahmed could
explain better. He said he had been appointed acting VC for the first
time and it was the prerogative of the incumbent VC to appoint a dean
the acting VC.
UAF spokesman Dr Jalal Arif said when the request for the appointment
for acting VC was filed a senior professor (a regular dean) had applied
for a one-month leave.
So the regular professor/dean next in line of seniority was appointed by
Commenting on the stance of the spokesman, an associate professor
said the chancellor was the guardian of rules and regulations and he
could not appoint a junior professor as acting VC in the presence of
senior professors. He alleged the administration officials were using
the chancellor's name to hush up the matter.
He said the pick-and-choose policy of the university administration
had been creating unrest on the campus that was also a mockery of the
Punjab government's slogan of good governance. Dawn
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Froebel's opens its second campus in capital
Islamabad: Froebel's International School (FIS) has opened its second campus in the capital, says a press release.
Now in over three decades it has expanded to seven campuses in five cities – Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Wah.
was established in 1975 with its first campus in Islamabad. FIS follows
the International Primary Curriculum from early years upwards and
(IGCSE) O levels and (GCE) A levels through Edexcel International and
Cambridge International Examinations.
to challenge their critical thinking abilities from their time spent at
school. They continue to do so during their university years, after
which they emerge as conscientious professionals who take pride in their
local and global citizenship.
School is committed to providing; A stimulating and comprehensive
programme of studies through which students are inspired to achieve
their greatest potential and adapt to a diverse and ever-changing
society; A dedicated management, professional faculty and administration
who will encourage students to love learning, take appropriate risks,
and accept challenges; A caring and respectful environment within which
each student feels valued and develops the understanding that diversity
of gender, physical or mental ability, culture and background are
strengths to be appreciated; Character education so as to develop
confident, resilient students equipped with the disposition to become
personally fulfilled interdependent, socially responsible adults.
aims to instil character-building values within each student, along
with civic responsibility and a zest for academia. Our forward-thinking
approach within the triumvirate partnership between the school, students
and parents credits its success to a winning combination of commitment,
integrity and perseverance.
Head Principal, while
speaking on the occasion, said, "We are committed to disseminating
quality education, an intuitive and interactive environment which will
enable us as an institution to build future leadership in all
disciplines of life". The news
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