HEC scholars face bleak future
3000 HEC scholars face bleak future over paucity of funds
Islamabad, Feb 04: The fate of almost 3,000 students sent abroad for higher studies
on the government expenses by Higher Education Commission (HEC), is put at
stake after the relevant quarters turned a deaf ear to their concerns especially with regard to the provision of the allocated funds.
privy to the development informed that after the repeated requests and
revision of the scholarships of these students sent abroad to different
world educational institutes, the finance division is now showing little
interest in the matter.
The cold shoulder response from the relevant circles
also pushed the HEC into a difficult situation, which according to the
sources took some measures including the revision of the mode of payment with
various universities and institutions in the United Kingdom, Germany,
France, United States of America and others.
According to the arrangements,
the government has to provide funds for the project and under that arrangement
the HEC has to pay to the institutes concerned as well as the scholars their
tuition fees, stipends and other expenses for a period of one year in
The authorities after successful negotiations with the said
institutes first got reduced the time period of advance payment to 6 months and subsequently to three months but even then they failed
to release the required amount for these officially selected scholars. The
sources further said that in meetings with finance division it seemed that the present government wanted to get ride of the students, studying abroad under
"HEC Scholarship Programme."
It is relevant to mention here that a loss of
billions of rupees is expected if the government fails to submit the dues of
Pakistani students immediately as a result of which previous investment on these
scholars would go in vain.
Reliable sources in the Finance Division said that miseries of the Pakistani scholars were being considered and
funds would be released to HEC in a short span of time. However, despite several
attempts no official in the Finance Division was available to respond on
this serious matter.
Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, Member Operations and Planning HEC,
when contacted confirmed that HEC was not able to convince the foreign
institutes, as it was not possible to make changes in the rules and regulations
of said foreign institutes. He further said that due to free education
in the European countries HEC scholars in the European institutes were comparatively in better position than those who got enrolled in the other
foreign institutes like US, Australia and the UK.
Dr Mukhtar however expressed optimism regarding positive response of the
government to release funds to the commission. He said that HEC Chairperson
Shehnaz Wazir Ali was continuously convincing the finance division to release the funds to regain the confidence of the commission's scholars.
Executive Director HEC Dr Sohail H Naqvi, when contacted, said HEC negotiations with foreign countries institutes were successful. He said that the HEC had convinced the different countries' organisations,
which are playing a bridge between HEC scholars and the respective
universities across the world regarding submission of dues in installations. In
the prevailing financial crunch, HEC could not pay in advance the pledged
amount of HEC scholars to their universities. He suggested that the present
government should review its policy regarding HEC.
To a query, he replied
that no more compensation was expected from the fee schedule of the scholars and
if funds were not released future of thousands of the HEC scholars' would
suffer. Responding to another query, he said that higher-level education
system should be remained autonomous from the Ministry of Education.
the right time to take benefit from that investment which HEC earlier had made
by sending thousands of talented students abroad for qualitative educations
in the best ranking universities of the world", he remarked.
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Education sector reform
Functions of educational institutions are often discussed in relation to
institutional autonomy; performance; order and discipline; learning environment;
rewards for achievement; parental support; and clarity or dilution of
A significant observation indicates: declining learning
environment, growing distracting influence, declining discipline in academic
setting, lack of counselling and individual attention to students, non-operating
student-teacher relationship, falling standards, failure because of structures,
organisation, content, instructional process and evaluation, lacking spirit of
competition and failure of the system in its efforts regarding discovering and
Research on mass failure of students at matriculation
and higher level examinations in Pakistan do indicate a relationship with some
of the stated factors.
All these factors provide a frame of reference for further in-depth analysis of
the internal and external environment of education in Pakistan so as to arrive
at some specific conclusions and recommendations. Evaluation would be useful if
it reflects on policy objectives, the role of educational leadership,
organisation and management, motivational environment and enabling culture, and
other major problems and issues confronting the system of education and its
Education is a function of the total society. Educational reform
agenda will be workable only if an integrated and comprehensive approach to
societal issues is made part of the educational programmes as an instrument of
The evaluation of education is biased by one's social class, values
and aspirations. Quality of education is, therefore, a relative rather than an
absolute standard. However, the quality of education is determined by a complex
of factors or forces in the internal and external environment of educational
No doubt, leadership has the responsibility to ensure quality in its
totality. An agenda for reform and efficacy of society requires a critical
analysis to develop an understanding of the linkage between culture of the
society, the system of education and the role of educational leadership.
objective assessment of educational sector reform must identify problem areas at
different levels of education and give suggestions for improvement in terms of
structure, organisation, functions and personal. We are not paying attention to
What we say is that it is only a small percentage of the GNP
which goes into education. We forget all other important in-puts, investments
and the environment of education.
Infrastructure should contribute to broad
social goals, yet it may be effective only when efforts are narrowly focused.
The choice of instruments and approaches must reflect sectoral needs and the
capacity of implementing agencies.
The writer is former director, National
Institute of Public Administration (NIPA). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (The Nation)
IHC allows student to reappear in AIOU exams
Islamabad: The chief justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday allowed
Bibi Yasmeen, a student of MA Education, to reappear in Allama Iqbal Open
University (AIOU) examinations.
Bibi Yasmeen stated that she appeared in
the second semester examination but failed in the subject of English adding her
result was declared on September 10, 2008 while she received it by post on
September 22, 2008, the last date for submission of applications for reappearing
in the examination. Yasmeen stated that next day she went to apply for
reappearing in the examination but she was told that the last date for the
submission of these applications has elapsed. Even my brother also went to the
AIOU few days later to pursue the case but to no avail, she stated in her
She prayed to the court that her petition might be allowed with
any relief admissible to her.
The university in its reply stated that it
properly advertised the results on the internet. The university stated that it
could face a big fiasco by allowing a particular student to reappear in exams
after the expiry of admission date. Upon which the CJ remarked that how many
people in the country has the facility of internet connections at their homes
and what percentage of people uses it. The News
KMU announces B.Sc Vision Sciences results
Peshawar: Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar has announced B.Sc Vision
Sciences second year annual results. According to details issued by Examination
Department of KMU, a total of 24 students were appeared in the B.Sc vision
Sciences second year annual examinations out of which 19 students were declared
successful. The over all pass percentage of the results was 79.20 percent.
Students of Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology (PICO) Peshawar Saima
Bibi D/O Saliheen Khan secured 519 marks, Muhammad Arshad S/O Muhammad Rahman
486 marks and Asmat ullah S/O Nawab Shah obtained 484 marks out of 640 and they
got first, second and third positions respectively. F.P. Report
Two more schools blown up in Bajaur
Khar: Militants blew up two government schools in the Pashat area
of Bajaur Agency on Tuesday.
Salarzai Political Tehsildar Adalat Khan
said that about a dozen militants planted explosive devices in a primary school
and a high school and detonated them early in the morning, destroying the
buildings, records and furniture.
Volunteers of Salarzai tribal lashkar
went after the militants, but they escaped after an exchange of fire.
day earlier, Salarzai elders had held a meeting with representatives of the
administration in Khar and reiterated their resolve to flush out militants from
the area by stepping up the lashkar's campaign.
Both the schools were
built on land owned by the lashkar's chief, former MNA Shahabuddin Khan. Another
school was blown up in the same area a couple of days ago.
occupied three girls' school in May last year, hoisted flags of the banned
Tehrik-i-Taliban on the buildings, and set up 'shariat courts' there. Dawn
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