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Efforts on to keep HEC a federal subject
Islamabad, Dec 01: Like many other state-run institutions, Higher Education Commission (HEC), is also doing 'guess work' about its status after passage of 18th Amendment, as there is no official word from legal brains about what would be the future of this sole authority entrusted with the task to deal with affairs related to higher education in the country, the sources told this scribe here on Tuesday.

The sources said that the prevailing ambiguity has led to the situation where vice chancellors of the public sector universities have decided in principle to enthusiastically support the efforts aimed at keeping higher education a federal subject instead of giving it to the provinces after passage of 18th amendment.

An official, who requested anonymity, said that it seems that 'hard times', which began after initiation of degree verification process are yet not over for HEC because now various forces are out to minimise its role and authority, taking advantage of ambiguity over interpretation of clauses of 18th amendment.

Appearing tight-lipped over 'various forces', he managed to say that he did not want to blame anyone for hatching conspiracies because it would render no service to the efforts being made to improve and promote higher education across the country.

The sources said that provincial authorities are more interested in transfer of some powers of HEC to the provinces because that may help them secure over half of its annual budget allocated by the federal government.

Controversy over future of HEC has surfaced at the time when top officials of the education ministry are also doing their best to prevent transfer of its key powers to the provinces. Federal Minister Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali is believed to be in touch with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to ensure the education ministry continues to enjoy its powers in future.

The sources claimed that the vice chancellors of public sector universities would always like to work under the federal government instead of the provincial governments that can introduce different policies on same issues.

HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi told this scribe that as such there is no proposal for transferring powers of HEC to the provinces and it would continue to play its role for promotion of higher education in the country.

Responding a query, he said the matter of transfer of HEC's powers to the provinces has never ever been taken up in any of the meeting and no one has so far talked to him in this respect.

"I can assure that HEC would continue to work the way it is currently doing and passage of 18th amendment would not affect its status as sole authority to deal with higher education sector," he said.

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Over 1,000 graduate from FJWU
Islamabad: Higher Education provides the youth an opportunity to explore their diversity and enjoy their homogeneity and this understanding makes them stand together as a nation, said Governor Punjab Salman Taseer.

Addressing the 10th Convocation of FJWU at the Jinnah Convention Centre on Tuesday, he said: "You leave your alma mater in glory surrounded by all who played a vital role in your development as professionals ready to take your rightful position in the world."

He said that Pakistani women have to play an important role for the betterment of the society and being the educated women they have to play an active role. He called the young students the custodians of the future of the country. The governor said that this government has a social commitment towards its citizens. While appreciating the role of the teachers, he said that teaching is the most respectable profession of all and he has many teachers in his immediate family.

Guest of honour Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali said that the students of today should strive for excellence and nothing less than that. "You build your life and indirectly you are building your country. Never ever deprive your countrymen from your own knowledge. You must give back what you acquire and share your achievements with your countrymen," he added. Students were also honoured with gold and silver medals for their outstanding achievements in their academic career at the ceremony. Fatima Jinnah Women University Chancellor Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan and Governor Punjab Salman Taseer conferred degrees on the graduating students. Federal Minister and Chairperson of Benazir Income Support Program, Farzana Raja also attended the convocation.

In total 1,077 students were awarded degrees. In the masters programmes, 704 students of Behavioural Sciences, Business Administration, Communication Sciences, Computer Sciences, Defence and Diplomatic Studies, Economics, Environmental sciences, Education, English, Fine Arts, Islamic Studies, Environmental Sciences, Gender Studies and Public Administration while 373 students of Undergraduate Programs of Behavioural Sciences, Business Administration, Communication Sciences, Computer Sciences, Defence and Diplomatic Studies, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Sciences, Fine Arts, Bachelor's of Computer Arts and Software Engineering were awarded degrees. 27 Gold medals and 27 Silver medals were awarded to the students, who achieved top positions in their respective departments.

Ayesha Ata of Behavioural Sciences Department, Sania Ishtiaq and Summera Gull of MBA Department, Sara Kanwal of Comm. Sc. Department, Nida Naveed of Computer Sciences Department, Sidra Najeeb of DDS Department, Hania Sardar of Economics, Bibi Ayima of Education Department, Amna Shabbir of English Department, Tahira Yasmeen of Environmental Sciences, Sumbal Mushtaq of Fine Arts Department, Asma Irshad of Gender Studies, Sobia Hussan of Islamic Studies, Sadia Munir of MPA, Shumaila Afzal of B. Economics, Maryam Najeeb and Fareeha Mehmood of B. Env.Sc. Natasha Iqbal Jozi of BFA, Shafaq Zehra of BCA, Hira Sagheer of B. Eng, Saman Mujeeb of B.BHS, Sumbhal zehra of BBA, Faiza Muneeb of B.Com Sc, Naima ashfaq and Saleha Tariq of BCS, Anum Niazi of B.DDS, Hira Siddique of BPA and Zain Hameed of BSc.(SE) received gold medals.

For the past few years, Bank Alfalah has extended support and encouragement to the students of Masters in Business Administration and this year Sania Ishtiaq and Summera Gull were awarded the gold medal and cash prize worth Rs20,000. The First Women Bank awarded the Gold Medal and cash prize worth Rs15,000 to Hania Sardar of Economics Department for her outstanding performance in her academic career.

Earlier, in her welcome address the Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan said that FJWU is doing its best to provide international exposure to its students and faculty by encouraging participation in international and national conferences. "FJWU has developed international links and collaborative connections with various international academic organizations, raising the image of Pakistani women in the world," she added. The convocation formally ended with a vote of thanks by the FJWU Registrar Dr. Maryam Rab. The news

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Roots National Olympiad 2010
Islamabad: No country can progress without its most precious human resource that is the teacher, who inspires his/ her students and motivates them to have dreams and then turns their dreams into reality, said South Asian Strategic Stability Institute's (SASSI) Director General Maria Sultan on Tuesday.

She was addressing at the closing ceremony of Roots National Olympiad 2010 as the Chief Guest.

She appreciated the efforts of Roots School System's (RSS) management and faculty that has been a driving force for the institution's success and setting precedence in education sector by producing world-class results. She drew the attention of audience towards emerging challenges for the youth.

"Roots School's achievements have raised our heads in pride and has further strengthened my belief in the tremendous potential of our young generation who indeed are the leaders of tomorrow's Pakistan, Sultan said.

"New education policy has been announced and we are introducing reforms to bring in qualitative change so as to raise the standard of education at par with international standards. We plan to achieve universalisation of primary education by the year 2015," she added.

RSS Director Faisal Mushtaq said, "We are committed to improve the educational experience of our students and with this in mind; we came up with the idea of holding Roots Olympiad to stimulate interactive learning among the youth." Students are provided numerous exciting opportunities to display their abilities and skills and to think both critically and creatively, he added.

He said Roots Olympiad was a mega event that left them spellbound. Today, Olympiads are globally acknowledged to play a pivotal role in aspiring the youth to go beyond the boundaries of classroom learning and allowing them to assimilate knowledge and innovation into a single unit, he maintained. Such competitions not only test an individual's thinking skills but also test ability to blend in with a group of people with diversified interests, said Mushtaq.

Over 1,000 students from various schools, colleges and universities including Saint Mary's Academy, Lahore Grammar, Westminster College, The City School, Imperial International, Sheikh Zayed International Academy, ACE International Academy, Bahria College and Roots College International DHA & Roots College Satellite Town campuses were present at the closing ceremony.

At the end awards were distributed among the winners and formally closing of Olympiad was announced with the pledge to come together with the same enthusiasm and spirit next year. Daily times

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Fall Fest 2010 at Preston University starts
Islamabad: A week-long Fall Fest 2010 of Preston University started here on Tuesday to provide an opportunity to students from all over Pakistan to show their talent and skills in various competitions.

First day of the event witnessed an inter-university singing competition (solo performance) in which male and female students of five universities competed for top slots including the Punjab University, Iqra University, Federal Urdu University, Preston University (Islamabad Campus) and Preston University (Peshawar Campus).

The participants were given three minutes each and they could sing either in Urdu or Punjabi language. A panel of experts was constituted to evaluate lyrics, language, pronunciation, presentation and oratory during the songs.

The participants of the competition enthralled the audience with their excellent voice quality and complete grasp over the art of singing. The jam-packed hall of the university echoed with clapping and cheering by youngsters, who kept on lauding the performances of the participants.

Fawad from Preston University (Islamabad) who received great appreciation during his solo performance managed to win first position in the competition. The participant from Iqra University secured top position in the female category.

The students would also compete in other competitions including paintings and sketches, drama and declamation contests. In paintings and sketches competition participants would be required to work in acrylic (oil and water) pencil sketching. Two students from every participating university would be allowed to compete in the event. Drama competition would be held in both Urdu and English language and the drama teams would have to complete their performance within fifteen minutes.

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Women colleges culture & sports week begins in FCW
Peshawar: A colourful culture and sports week of the female colleges got underway here at the decorated indoor hall of the Frontier College for Women University (FCWU) on Tuesday.

Principal Frontier College for Women Mrs Nauzat Liaqat was the chief guest on this occasion who formally inaugurated the week in which students of various colleges across the province would compete in Qirat, Naat, Speeches (Islamiat), Ghazal and Speeches (Urdu), Speeches, Ghazal, Tapay (folk songs) in Pashto, declamation, singing and ghazal (English), skits, fashion show, dress show in variety program and Science and Culture Exhibition with inauguration of the day-care centre, including judgment of the project (Science and Culture Exhibition). "We have different committees in order to hold the week in befitting manners," Principal of the College told APP. She said Professor Dr Mrs Dilshad, head of the department of Islamiat, Mrs Yasmin, head of the Urdu department, Suria Iqbal, head of the Pashto

Department, Ghazal Roi, head of the English Department, Shahida Gilani (variety

program), and Bushra Fatima (Science and Culture Exhibition). The news

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