Degrees attestation by HEC an uphill task

Disrespectful behaviour of HEC staff
Islamabad, Jan 29: The limited capacity of attestation department of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the disrespectful behaviour of its staff are a constant source of anxiety for the students who come from different parts of the country to get their degrees attested.

Only two counters for males and females each have been set up and people wait for hours in long queues for their turn. Even there is no separate counter for senior citizens and they are also ill-treated. "Nearly 500 people arrive to attest their degrees daily while the commission only cater 150 people a day. Tokens are issued to the students but there is no use for that as the order is not maintained while making the queues," said Syed Mubashir Nazeer, a student, complaining about the poor service of the staff.

"One of the major problems for students is that only those are entertained who arrive between 0800 to 1100 hours. Those who reach late are not even allowed to enter the premises of the commission no matter how far they have come from and where they would stay at night. Timings are also not mentioned anywhere at the website," he maintained.

The attestation of degrees, transcripts and diplomas awarded by the certified universities and degree awarding institutions of Pakistan, both in public and private sector, was transferred to the HEC by the government in May 2000. The HEC is also the sole regulatory body of higher education in the country entrusted with the job to determine the equivalence and recognition of degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by institutions within the country and abroad, which is done by the same department.

But the officials of the HEC believe that the centralised system of attestation is necessary to avoid the chances of any fraud and ensure the grant of genuine degrees. The facility of courier service has also been started by the commission for the students. The degrees and transcript can also be attested through courier service and there is no need to come personally to the headquarter of the commission. But people hardly go for that service fearing that their original documents could be lost through this and prefer to do it personally. The Nation

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Khyber Medical University (KMU) announced Suppl exams of MBBS, BDS schedule
Peshawar: The supplementary examination of MBBS first professional Part-I and II and BDS first professional under Khyber Medical University (KMU) would start from March 13. The last date for submission of examination forms is February 25, with out late fees, however with double late fees examination forms can be submitted up to 5th March. According to a press release issued by media department KMU it is stated that after the expiry of the date fixed for double late fees (March 5) no examination forms shall be entertained. The examinations department of KMU has directed all the concerned students to submit their examination forms within the due time and date in their respective Medical and Dental Colleges.

It is worth mentioning here that the MBBS First Professional Part-I and II and BDS First Professional Supplementary Examination will be held simultaneously from March 13 at Saidu Medical College (SMC) Swat, Gomal Medical College (GMC) D I Khan, Ayub Medical College (AMC) Abbotabad, Khyber Medical College (KMC) Peshawar, Ayub Dental Section (ADS) Abbotabad and Khyber College of Dentistry (KCD) Peshawar.

University of Peshawar announced Pharm-D results
Peshawar: University of Peshawar on Wednesday announced results of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D), Master of Arts in Social Work (final) regular, and Master of Arts in History (previous) private. A total of 93 candidates appeared in the exams of Master of Arts in Social Work (final) regular while 80 were declare passed, the percentage remained 80.00. 148 candidates appeared, in which 44 passed their examination of Doctor of Pharmacy, while 49 candidates of Master of Arts in History (previous) private were decleared successful out of 152, thus the result was remained as 44.00 per cent. F.P.Report

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Rawalpindi Teachers to stage sit-in on Feb 04
Rawalpindi: Unveiling the second Phase of Protest against non implementation of their charter of demand, Punjab teachers union Rawalpindi Chapter has announced to hold Protest demonstration besides sitting in stage at Benazir Bhutto Road on Feb 04.

President Punjab Teachers Union Chauhdry Sager Alam made the announcement while addressing the teachers' rally here outside the Rawalpindi Press Club on Wednesday.

Earlier, the teachers carrying Placards and banners brought out a rally from rescue 15 office to Rawalpindi Press club and also staged token sit in there.

Addressing the teachers, President Punjab Teachers Association Rawalpindi Chaudhary Sager Alam regretted that Government is utilizing million of rupees on luxury of ministers, bureaucrats and secretaries but have no budget to fulfill our legal demands. We have been Protesting for last 17 days for availability of basic amenities of life but there is no one who can hear us, he said. We are bound to enlarge circle of our Protest, he said.

He said there is no constructive structure for welfare and well being of teachers in this ear of inflation. The Prices of Petrol, diesel, Gas and kitchen items are beyond their reach, he said while demanding to Government to set basic salary of Primary teachers at least equal to one ounce of Gold.

Government should set timeframe for Promotion of teachers, besides enhancing allowance of teachers imparting education in mountainous areas.

Chaudhary Sager also asked Government to abolish Subadari monitoring system, give incentives to Municipal teachers akin to teachers of Punjab and utilize 5 Percent of national income on education. The Nation

Absent teachers to be 'punished'
Rawalpindi: Punjab government has decided to stop the promotion of those teachers who are habitual of remaining absent from educational institutes all over the province including Rawalpindi. Such type of teachers would also face punishment while their list is being prepared to stop their promotion, sources in Punjab Education Department said.

Spanish Library to be inaugurated at NUML
Islamabad: Here is some good news for lovers of books and reading, especially those who like to advance their knowledge of the culture and history of other countries. The Spanish Library - loaned to the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation - will be officially inaugurated today at the Rectorate of NUML, Islamabad.

Spanish Ambassador Jose Maria Robles Fraga will inaugurate the library along with NUML Rector Professor Dr. Aziz Ahmad Khan.

This event will signal the launching of a Spanish collection which comprises more than 2,000 volumes ranging from Spanish languages to cultural and socio-political affairs. This collection of books has been deposited in the NUML library for the enjoyment of readers of the community.

The establishment of the Spanish Library at the NUML has been undertaken with a view to increase the accessibility of Spanish language and culture. This is an essential component of the Spanish culture policy towards Pakistan - to deepen the cultural ties between Spain and Pakistan and enhance better understanding between the people of the two countries. The News

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Semester End Show 2009: FJWU students showcase artworks
Rawalpindi: Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Bachelors of Computer Arts (BCA) students on Wednesday exhibited their artworks in the "Semester End Show 2009".

The show is a biannual activity of FJWU, which is organised at the end of every semester to appreciate the talent of students. The display of 2009 was a magnificent show of creativity, innovation and professional approach of the students.

FJWU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan inaugurated the show at the Fine Arts Department. A large number of students and faculty members attended the inaugural ceremony.

The artworks received a good response and appreciation from the visitors, as many of them bought a number of the art pieces on the display.

The VC said the students' work was very creative and their approach and outlook were unique and diverse. "The university aims at providing its students market-oriented skills through practical work," she said.

She said the students work was worth watching. She also appreciated the efforts of the BCA faculty with a special mention to BCA Department in charge Zarin Gul in making the event a success.

She said the work by the students was very impressive and indeed a showcase of the hard work of the students and their teachers.

The exhibition featured more than 200 art pieces in the areas of photography, computer graphics, oil paintings, visual arts, calligraphy, textile, video installation with performance, documentary production, desktop publishing and printing, campaign development and graphic designing.

The artworks on display were very distinctive and full of expressions as the young souls tried their level best to translate their emotions and ideas into a fabulous work. Daily Times

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