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HEC PVMC degree recognition issue

HEC pledges to resolve issue of degree recognition
Islamabad, Dec 28: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has assured the students of BSc (Veterinary Sciences) of the Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (AAUR) to resolve the issue of their degrees' recognition from Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC).

A delegation of the students came to HEC Secretariat on Tuesday and held a meeting with Dr. Riaz Hussain Qureshi, Adviser (Human Resource Development) HEC, Dr. Khwaja Azam Ali, Managing Director (Quality Assurance Agency), Fida Hussain, Director General (Quality Assurance) and Anees Sadozai, Director General (Services).

The students vehemently voiced their concern for recognition of their BSc degrees from PVMC. They told the HEC officials that now they are in the ninth year of their study but are still unclear about their academic future. Even degrees of those students who have graduated have no recognition.

Dr. Qureshi assured the students that HEC was fully cognisant of their problem and it would be resolved on priority basis. "We shall hold a meeting in which representatives of PVMC and your university will be invited to discuss the reservations of the council so that deficiency, if any, may be removed and your degrees are duly recognised," he said.

He said that it would also pave the way for veterinary students of other four universities to get their degrees recognised. These include Islamia University, Bahawalpur, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal and University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffarabad.

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Debate contest
Islamabad: International Islamic University is holding "14th All Pakistan Inter-University Debate Contest for Award of Allama Iqbal Shield at Regional Level" today (Wednesday). The contest is being organized in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) at Quaid-i-Azam Auditorium, Faisal Mosque Campus. President IIU Dr Mumtaz Ahmad will preside over the ceremony. The news

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Federal colleges affiliated with QAU
Islamabad: Devolution of education to the provinces may have hurt the Higher Education Commission (HEC) but has come as a blessing for the students of the colleges run by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE).

Next year, the affiliation of the colleges will be switched from the University of the Punjab (UOP) to the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU).

That would not only save their students the trouble to run to Lahore for every administrative work connected with their academic pursuits but also link them to the country's leading public sector university.

"We have seen our students running into big problems with the Punjab University during their bachelors and masters education programmes," said FDE Director-General Atif Mehmood Kiyani.

Not willing to "risk" giving his name, a local student of BA narrated his experience.

"I was called by the Punjab University to Lahore to appear before its panel to answer charge of cheating against me. It proved quite expensive to me to clear my name as I had to spend Rs3,000 on travel alone," he said.

In fact, the Federal Directorate of Education had been seeking the registration of its colleges with the QAU since 1994 but without success until the PPP-led federal government came to its support.

"It is because of the 18th Constitution Amendment that the FDE could approach the QAU again for the affiliation," the official said.

"Our request was granted in September and 10 federal colleges and 19 model colleges run by the Federal Directorate of Education have been affiliated to QAU's bachelors and masters courses and degrees."

Registration Process: According to an official of the Capital Administration and Development Division the intake for bachelors and masters programmes will start from September 2012.

"Students admitted to the programmes will sit in the exams the QAU will hold in 2013," the official said.

In the intervening months the FDE will get its nominees to the board of studies approved by the QAU's syndicate. The board
will coordinate with the university's faculties in designing the courses and in setting question papers for the examinations and their monitoring.

Students will pay the same registration fee for the exams as charged by the Punjab university.

The board of studies, according to the CADD official, would comprise doctorate degree holders and senior faculty members of the FDE colleges for different subjects of arts and sciences.

"The board of studies will be headed by respective subject's head of department of the QAU."

He maintained: "University of the Punjab has been awarding degrees to our students however, now Quaid-i-Azam University will award degrees to students of the FDE colleges."

Quaid-i-Azam University: Vice-chancellor of the Quaid-i-Azam University, Prof Masoom Yasinzai confirmed that the university's chancellor, its syndicate and statutory bodies had approved in principle the registration of FDE colleges and a few specialized technical institutions.

"This move will help thousands of students to get quality education. We will be offering bachelor's degree for two-year and four-year duration. We also offer a wide variety of master's degree programmes in arts and sciences," he said.

Higher Education Commission: HEC Executive Director Prof Sohail Naqvi said: "I support the move. It will help the students."

Asked whether the FDE move has clipped the jurisdiction of University of the Punjab, Prof Naqvi said: "It is the right of every province to facilitate higher education in its domain.

"Punjab province itself established Sargodha University in 2002 to provide benefit to the students of those areas. Students of Islamabad territory will now benefit from the Quaid-i-Azam University." Dawn

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Book fair held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: The Annual Book Fair 2011 held at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) here on Tuesday. Vice Chancellor FJWU Professor Dr Samina Amin Qadir inaugurated the fair. All the department's chairpersons, faculty members and students were present at the inauguration of the event.

Fifteen vendors were registered for this year from Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Books related to literature and linguistics, architecture, fine arts, computer sciences, media and current affairs were displayed. "It was a good opportunity for the students to know about the latest researches and topics and this might help in the flourishing of the reading culture once again.

The library of the university is being expanded for the benefit of the students. This time, Urdu literature books were also added so as to make a complete section in the library, as students need these books for the comparative studies," she said.

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44 students selected for USAID scholarship
Peshawar: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Tuesday awarded scholarship to 44 students in a ceremony held at the Regional Institute of Teacher Education (RITE).

The scholarships of Rs20,000 for each semester is being provided to students enrolled in the recently launched Associate Degree in Education (ADE) and Bachelor of Education (B Ed-Honours) programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

"The US government is pleased to cooperate with the Government of Pakistan in creating educational opportunities throughout the country. We want to help young Pakistanis pursue their education and contribute to building a better future for their country," USAID Education Adviser Muhammad Tariq Khan told the students and guests at the award ceremony.

The US-funded Teacher Education Project (known as Pre-STEP) is a five-year initiative helping Pakistan improve the quality of basic education through better- prepared teachers. Pre-STEP helps new and practicing teachers gain revised and upgraded teaching qualifications through the newly-introduced four-year Bachelor Degree in Education (B.Ed) and a two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE).

The programme works closely with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), provincial education departments and teacher training institutions across the country to achieve the desired goals.

As part of this programme, the US is also sponsoring over 1,600 scholarships for the newly-introduced ADE and B.Ed-Honours students to enrol in partner colleges and universities throughout the country.

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Medical students protest mass failure in paper
Peshawar: The final year medical students of various medical colleges on Tuesday demanded that the Khyber Medical University should reconsider the paediatrics paper in which many students were declared failed.

A group of students said that this year some papers were very tough and this resulted in failure of a record number of candidates. They were specifically concerned about the failure in paediatrics paper, which according to them was not a major subject. They said as many as 196 students failed in paediatrics.

"Among the 240 total students of Khyber Medical College, 75 were declared failed and 69 of them were in paediatrics," one of the students said. The students said they had taken up the issue with the university administration, which sought opinion from principals of different medical colleges. Upon the recommendation of the principals, they said the university set up a committee to look into the issue and review the papers.

The committee, they added, instead of reconsidering the entire paper reviewed only two questions and thus there was no change in the result of all the candidates. They maintained that all the students had applied for reconsidering the papers, but the unchanged result of only 50 among them was displayed. "Had the entire paper been reconsidered, many of us would have qualified it," one of the students observed.

When contacted, a senior official of the Khyber Medical University said that the examination system of the university was fair and transparent. He said the teachers concerned had prepared papers. He said the university had introduced centralised marking system.

"Fictitious numbers are given to papers so that no discrimination or favouritism could be made," he said, adding that one paper was checked by a group of teachers to avert chances of malpractices.

He said the university constituted a committee to review the paediatrics paper and the failure of students, but it didn't find any anomaly. "The students who fail to qualify the examinations always have complaints," he said, adding that the university can only ensure fair conduct of the examination but it cannot increase or minimise the marks of the students.

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College principals' conference starts in Swat
Mingora: The two-day conference of the principals of colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa started here on Tuesday at the Wadudia Hall in Mingora city. The theme of the conference being held under the aegis of the University of Swat and Higher Education Commission (HEC) is "Malakand Region for Reconstruction and Reorganisation".

Around 60 principals of various colleges across the province, Director Colleges Qasim Marwat, Additional Secretary Dr Khalid Jan and Additional Registrar University of Swat Dr Hasan Sher attended the conference.

In his address on the occasion, University of Swat Vice-chancellor Dr Muhammad Jahanzeb urged the teachers to develop and practice innovative ideas in teaching the students. He added the teachers must involve the students in the co-curricular activities and inculcate the spirit of research among them. Other speakers said the semester system was a good option to replace two-year degree programmes at bachelor level in colleges. They pointed out that four-year BS programme would be launched in all the colleges as the Higher Education Commission had completed the programme for the students. The news

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