Government Gordon College fee increase

Sharp increase in BA, BSc fee sparks protest
Rawalpindi, Jan 23: With the alleged backing of teachers, students of the Government Gordon College held a protest here on Wednesday against increase in fee of BA and BSc from Rs3,500 to Rs9,000.

The protesters blocked College Road and Benazir Bhutto Road by burning tyres.

The management locked the gates of the college for students and teachers during the meeting of the board of governors on the premises on Wednesday. On this, students broke the gates of the college and forcibly entered into the premises. The enraged students locked Principal Dr. Abdul Qayyum in his room for three hours and raised slogans against the board of governors.

Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (Rawalpindi Division) President Mohammad Ilyas Qureshi said that all board of governors in the province have increased fees of BA, BSc from Rs3,500 to Rs9,000. "The Government Gordon College management did not allow students to enter the premises. For this reason, students became restless and started a protest demonstration. Our association did not instigate students to lock the principal in his room," he said.

Director Colleges Dr. Muhammad Ashraf said that only 'academy mafia' teachers tried to create a rift between students and college management to get personal benefits. "We are introducing 'semester system' in colleges in which teachers would be bound to stay on the premises till 4 p.m.," he said. He said that students created law and order situation and locked their principal in his room for three hours with the full backing of teachers. "We have lodged an FIR against teachers with the City Police Station," he said. He said that the decision of increase in fees was taken by the government.

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Gordon College's fee structure of BS Programme to remain unchanged
Rawalpindi: The fee structure of BS Programme of all 26 government colleges of the Punjab province will remain unchanged and there will be no increase in fees of the students studying in the BS Programme of Gordon College Rawalpindi.

The first meeting of the Board of Governors of Gordon College Rawalpindi held here on Wednesday was informed that the immovable property of the Gordon College would also not be sold.

Punjab Provincial Minister for Education, Mujtaba Shuja presided over the meeting. Vice Chairman, Board of Governors/Commissioner Rawalpindi, Zahid Saeed attended the meeting.

The meeting was informed that the terms and conditions of the regular employees of the government colleges in Punjab province will also remain unchanged.

The Board of the Governors could not terminate services of the regular employees and they would continue to perform their duties as usual.

The meeting declared that the BS Programme would be equal to the Master Degree of other colleges and expressed the confidence that the students of BSP Programme would come out as education expert.

Addressing the meeting, the Punjab Provincial Minister of Education said that Chief Minister of Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has made it clear that fee structure of the BS Programme launched in 26 colleges of Punjab will not be revised and the fees would remain unchanged.

These colleges would also not be privatised and these colleges have been given autonomy by constituting board of governors, which would resolve matter of college funds and other measures at the spot, he added.

The Minister said the teachers of these colleges would work under the previous authority and their rules and regulations would not be changed, adding, the procedure of their promotions would remain same hence, they should not be worried.

To meet the financial requirements, the Punjab chief minister has allocated Rs250 million for development expenditure and Rs250 million for non development expenditures which would soon be released by the Finance Department to save these colleges from any financial issue for initial two years.

EDO Revenues Zubair Khan, Secretary of the Board, Principal Gordon College, Dr. Abdul Qayyum Bhatti, Director Colleges, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Members Kamran Rasool, Raja Shahid Zafar, Vice Chancellor Gujrat University, Dr. Nizamuddin, Additional Secretary, Education Department, Muhammad Akram Chaudhary, Ashfaq Mehmood Khan attended the meeting.

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Only 2% of scholars have not returned to Pakistan: HEC
Islamabad: Only 2 per cent of scholars have not returned to Pakistan after completing their degrees, while the rest are not only coming back, but also serving in various institutions from the day they landed in the country, said HEC Chairperson Dr. Javaid Laghari while addressing a press briefing.

He said that there was a misconception that the scholars were not coming back, however in reality they were bound to come back under the bond they signed with the HEC. "Till date more than 600 scholars have returned while more than 7,000 are in the pipeline."

The briefing mainly highlighted the achievements of HEC particularly regarding the quality assurance, which was headed by Dr. Javaid Laghari.

"We are tracking every single graduate. There are very few incidences where the scholars did not come back and against whom we are taking legal action besides that we have put their names on the HEC website," he added.

Talking about the plagiarism cases, the chairman said that they were taking concrete action against those scholars who were found involved in plagiarism.

"Although the process is lengthy, one thing we can assure is that anyone who is found guilty would be given due punishment," he said.

HEC (Quality Assurance) Advisor Mahmood Raza said that there were a total of 90 plagiarised cases among which 80 have been resolved. "The 10 cases, which are also the oldest are lingering because we want to cover every legal aspect," he said.

Talking about the case of Dr. Shaheen Khan, he said that Karachi University was following the case in the way it should. "KU and HEC are in touch with each other and as soon as we are able to cover every legal aspect, we would reach some conclusion and would also display it on our website," he said.

The HEC chairperson also stressed the need for designing a mechanism for the appointment of vice chancellors. "There should be five member search committees including a representative of HEC in order to make a more transparent mechanism to hire vice chancellors (VCs)," he said.

He said that the appointment of VCs should be made on the basis of their performance rather than mere political pressures. "We are under process of designing a mechanism for the evaluation of VCs. One term would be made mandatory for a VC while the evaluation of existing VC would start a year before so that extension of tenure could be decided," he added.

He said that HEC strategic plan include universities building economies, universities building leadership and universities building communities. "Our focus is on faculty development, quality assurance, research, innovation and entrepreneurship, improving equitable access, excellence in leadership governance and management, financial management and sustainability," he said.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) is seemingly unaware of the recommendation being sent to Implementation Commission by National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Education, which included the relocation of HEC with Ministry of Education.

While answering to the question of the scribe during a press briefing, HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari said that HEC has got nothing to do with Ministry of Education while HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi who was present during the meeting of standing committee also expressed his ignorance over the issue.

Meanwhile, another high official while talking to this scribe after the briefing termed this recommendation as "wishful thinking" saying it could not happen under any circumstances.

According to the information Ministry of education via NA Standing Committee on education has sent recommendations to chairman Implementation Commission Raza Rabbani in which it is recommended that HEC should be relocated with Ministry of education, as it remained a part of Ministry till 2002.

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15 MPs submit SSC, HSSC certificates to HEC
Islamabad: Around 15 parliamentarians including PML-Q MNA Kashmala Tariq and PPP MNA Asma Arbab Alamgir have submitted their matriculation and intermediate certificates to Higher Education Commission (HEC) for verification of their degrees.

According to the information available with 'The News', the parliamentarians who were previously reluctant to submit their documents to HEC have now started submitting it after the announcement by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding declaring their degrees 'dubious'.

The official data showed that list sent to ECP contained names of 298 legislators including 112 members of the National Assembly, 102 of the Punjab Assembly, 10 each from Balochistan and Sindh assemblies and 43 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and 21 members of the Senate. The list also included the name of late Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari.

Now with the submission of documents of 15 more MPs, the number of those who have not provided their matriculation and intermediate data has shrunk to 283 from 298.

The official said there was no other way except to ask ECP to declare degrees of those lawmakers dubious, who have so far not produced their degrees of matriculation and intermediate even when speakers of the national and provincial assemblies are also pressing them to do so.

The sources in HEC told this scribe that a large number of parliamentarians including the renowned political figures have started submitting their documents while the process of verification of degrees continues.

"Previously the process of verification of degrees came to a halt as the MPs were not serious about the issue. Now after the announcement by ECP, they are taking it seriously and have started submitting their matriculation and intermediate certificates," said the source.

The matriculation and intermediate certificates are required to fill the degree supplementary form, which is mandatory for the verification of bachelor's degrees. "How come we declare a bachelor's degree genuine when the intermediate and matriculation certificate is fake," he said.

The officials in HEC, however, complained about the lack of coordination among HEC, ECP and the universities. "We have no clue if any MP has sent his or her document to their respective university or ECP until we receive those documents. The universities as well as ECP should inform HEC about the receiving of documents as soon as they receive it," he added.

He said that there were several incidences of misunderstanding when we announce a particular number regarding the submission of documents but later on came to know that the other MPs have also submitted their documents to ECP and universities.

He said that they have so far verified 664 degrees out of which 610 have been declared genuine and 54 fake or invalid while 14 members have moved courts with regard to authentication of their degrees.

HEC spokesman Rahim Bux Channa said that the process of verification of degrees would continue till its completion. "It is the verdict of Supreme Court besides that it is the responsibility of HEC to verify degrees not only of the parliamentarians, but of other persons as well," he said.

He, however, said that HEC could not verify degrees without the provision of relevant documents. "We would be verifying degrees of MPs provided that we would be receiving the relevant documents required for the verification of degrees," he added.

He admitted that HEC was receiving matriculation and intermediate certificates of MPs, however, he denied revealing their names.

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Ad hoc teachers in Islamabad being regularised, SC told
Islamabad: The Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday that all the teachers working in government educational institutions of the federal capital on contract or daily wage basis for the last three years were being regularised.

A three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, was hearing dozens of identical pleas filed by some teachers, seeking regularisation of their jobs.

Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq assured the court that the government had decided to regularise the services of all the teachers associated with the educational institutions of the federal capital on contract or daily wage basis for three or more years.

He said the teachers up to Grade-16 would be regularised by the recruitment committee of the Education Ministry, whereas the cases of teachers of Grade-17 and above will be referred to the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) for regularisation.

The court then directed the government not to fire any teacher till the process of their regularisation was completed and disposed of the matter. According to a senior official of the Education Ministry, about 600 teachers are working with the educational institutions of the federal capital on contract and daily wage basis for the last decade or more.

On the last hearing, the court had directed the government not to appoint new teachers in educational institutions of Islamabad until the employment of those working on contract, daily wage or on ad hoc basis was regularised. The court had also directed the attorney general to hold a meeting with the concerned quarters for regularisation of the teachers' jobs.

The petitions were filed by 117 ad hoc and daily wage teachers and lecturers serving in various colleges of Islamabad against non-regularisation of their employment by the Ministry of Education despite the fact that they were working for the past many years.

Earlier in April 2008, the court had directed the Education Ministry to consider the regularisation of teachers working on daily wage basis and the ministry had assured the court that those teachers would be appointed whenever the recruitment process started. The news

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Teachers stopped from entering college
Rawalpindi: Punjab Professors and Lecturers' Association, Rawalpindi Division, President Muhammad Ilyas Qureshi said the college administration tried to hold the board of governors meeting by declaring a holiday on January 19 and locking all the college gates. He said it was a humiliation to teachers not to allow them to enter in the college. He said the board was not functional, but its would-be members were using the college as their personnel property. He said fees were increased in the colleges despite the assurances by government that it would not increase any fee. He said the meeting increased doubts in the matter however the teachers did not protest as it was directed by LHC chief justice not to hold any protest until decision. Daily times

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QAU VC calls for academic linkages with Afghanistan
Islamabad: A fifteen-member delegation of prominent Afghan educationists, headed by Kabul University Chancellor Professor Hamidullah Amin, visited the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) here on Wednesday.

The delegation comprised chancellors, vice-chancellors and professors of Kabul, Nangarhar, Shaikh Zayed and Herat universities. The exploration visit was organised by Konard-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), a foundation of the Federation of the Federal Republic of Germany, with an aim to explore avenues of possible cooperation such as exchange of faculty and staff members and carry out joint research.

While addressing the meeting, Professor Hamidullah Amin said that a sound and well-developed higher education system in Afghanistan could contribute in a tremendous way towards future development, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the country. "The purpose of our visit is to get more support from friendly and brotherly countries for strengthening our higher education institutions," he added.

Speaking on the occasion, QAU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai emphasised on academic linkages between the two countries. He underlined the need to promote joint educational, cultural and research activities. He announced that the QAU would provide fifteen scholarships of MSc and PhD to young Afghan lecturers. He said that QAU would also assist Afghan researchers in natural and social sciences.

Quaid-i-Azam University Registrar Dr. Shafiq-ur-Rehman, in his detailed presentation, briefed the delegation on various departments and highlighted future plans of the university.

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Pakistan Tutors Forum team meets AIOU VC
Islamabad: Pakistan could make progress in education sector with development in information technology, said Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi.

According to a press release, he stated this while talking to a delegation of Pakistan Tutors Forum here on Wednesday. He said that teachers could get access to reserves of knowledge by learning computer. Teachers must learn computer for imparting quality education to the next generation, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Tutors Forum President Asghar Ali Mubarak said the AIOU's computer learning programme would bring lasting results. Secretary Bushra Rizvi briefed the vice chancellor on the recent programme in which he expressed satisfaction.

The Pakistan Tutors Forum delegation comprised Khudad Shahrukh, Syed Zaheer Haider, Zamir Mohammad, Saima Imran, Fauzia Ayub, Atteeq-ur-Rehman, Saif-ur-Rehman and Qurrat-ul-Ain.

The delegation also presented a shield to Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi for his services in the field of education.

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Naat contest
An inter-collegiate Naat completion was held at the Shalamar Medical and Dental College here. Contestants from across Punjab recited Naats. The first position was secured by Zeeshan Ali of Punjab College, second by Ghulam Muhayyuddin of Punjab University and third by Saad Farooq of Government College University and Rabbi Ali of Shalamar Medical College. Chairman of the host college, Ch Ahmad Saeed, gave away shields to the winners and also announced an Umra ticket for Zeeshan Ali. The news

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