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HEC extends date for PhD fellowships
Islamabad, July 31: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has extended the last date for submission of applications for Indigenous PhD fellowship for 5,000 scholars (Phase-II) till August 7, 2012. The purpose of the extension is to facilitate candidates from far-flung areas of the country.

The scholarship will be awarded for the academic year 2012-13 in all areas of studies and disciplines on the quota basis as per federal government quota policy approved by the government of Pakistan.The HEC has asked applicants, who have submitted online forms under the scholarship scheme, to fill the missing mandatory information within extended date so that their applications could be considered before the merit lists for the award of the scholarship were drawn. The news

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'Egoistic' attitude of HEC irks Senate body
Islamabad: The Senate Standing Committee on Education and Training has expressed its displeasure over the Higher Education Commission (HEC) authorities' written refusal to attend a scheduled meeting. They argued that the HEC's case has already reached the court.

A meeting is scheduled to take place Monday, at the Parliament House, with Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash to review the status of the commission. But, the HEC authorities have replied that they regret their unwillingness to attend the meeting, saying the matter on the agenda is too 'sub judice'.

Nabi Bangash, the chair, came down hard on the commission saying:

"The behaviour adopted by the HEC was not only against parliamentary norms and practices, but also showed an egoistic approach. The committee holds the HEC authorities in high esteem, especially because it comprises of highly educated and respectable people, but the committee also expected a broadminded and appropriate attitude from them."

He further said: "It was the standing committee who had recommended strongly to the government for the release of Rs6 billion for the commission, however, it released only Rs2 billion to meet the commission's salary needs."

"The role of the committee is both of a facilitator and a regulator, but now we will have to redefine how we deal with the HEC in the future," he warned.

Secretary of the ministry informed the committee that the government wanted neither to devolve the HEC, nor interfere with the functioning of the commission's affairs, and added that the commission was doing a good job of promoting education at higher level.

Later, officials of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) held a briefing with the committee on their efficiency, and explained that the education board was meeting all its budgetary requirements through student fees without accepting aid from the government or any other organisations. This not only won applause from the committee members, but also stabilised their temper.

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Agri university: After hue and cry, appointments made
Islamabad: Despite all the resistance and inquiries, process of appointment of employees in Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, has been completed and over 50 newly appointed candidates (against budgetary posts) have submitted their joining reports.

So now in case of any objection from the syndicate, they (employees) can get stay order from the court.

After the completion of process, Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University on Monday, left the university as he reached to the age of superannuation.

According to sources, it was an off-day on Saturday but as many as 50 gazetted and non-gazetted candidates were called in the university and appointment letters were given to them and then they submitted their joining reports.

General Secretary of Academic Staff Association (ASA), Prof Dr Fayyazul Hassan said that all the appointments were done without getting permission of the syndicate.

"There are so many posts which do not exist due to which budget is not allocated for those posts and salary cannot be released to new employees without allocation of funds," he said.

"VC Prof Dr Irfanul Haq also visited the university on Monday and after making sure that all the process had been completed, he left the university," he said.

"One of the three most senior professors (Dr Azeem Malik, Dr Safdar Ali and Dr Saqlain Naqvi) will be appointed as next acting VC. However acting VC cannot appoint employees," he said.

"The appointment letters which were handed over to the candidates do not carry any worth because it is mentioned on them that "in anticipation to the approval of the syndicate" but letters are handed over because now candidates can go to court in case of refusal by the syndicate," he said.

It is worth mentioning that upon retirement of the regular VC, Prof Dr Irfanul Haq was given charge of the acting VC, in the last week of May till July 29, 2012 (age of superannuation) to run day-to-day affairs of the university.

The acting VC advertised 129 posts, a few days before retirement. Resultantly, all the elected members of the university syndicate and ASA decided to oppose the decision.

The chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan also took notice and asked the VC to stop the process. But the VC continued the procedure.

An officer in the management said that as VC has to retire, so he even allotted the apartments (3 constructed and 6 under constructed) to different faculty members, however 3 apartments will be vacated after 6 to 9 months and 6 apartments will be constructed after two to three months.

Registrar of the university, Arshad Nawaz said that the post on which appointment have been made were budgetary posts, so management had the power to appoint employees.

"As far as other candidates are concerned, they will be appointed, after approval of syndicate and creation of their posts," he said.

Former VC Dr Irfanul Haq said that he has completed all the process and vacated the office because he retired on July 29. He said that all the appointments were made purely on merit.

"Just a few persons were opposing the process but it happens everywhere. During inquiries, no proof will be found against me," he said confidently. Dawn

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