HEC sets up helpline for degrees attestation
Islamabad, July 04: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has established a helpline at its Attestation and Accreditation Division to provide information, guidance and respond queries regarding degrees attestation and equivalence matters.
The helpline number is 051-90400999, which will provide services between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 1 to 2 p.m. break on each working day. Asif Iqbal is the focal person/desk in-charge in this regard.
The Higher Education Commission attests more than 200,000 educational documents each year. The helpline will be greatly helpful in addressing the day-to-day queries related to attestation of degrees and equivalence matters.
The HEC has already introduced online degree verification and equivalence system to provide quality and efficient services to the people of the country and oversees Pakistanis.Your Comments
HEC fails to pay dues of scholars studying abroad
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has not been able to pay the dues of Pakistani scholars studying in foreign universities since April 2012 as no funds were released for the last quarter of financial year 2011-12 by the government.
The failure to pay the due payments will be a huge embarrassment for the Pakistani students and the government. The HEC and Pakistani government are bound to release them funding as per deed of agreement signed with them. The education circles believe that non-release of committed and adequate funds to the universities could lead towards a total collapse of higher education, a sector that has increased access to all segments of society and produced useful results.
Despite commitments by the federal government and clear instructions by the prime minister, the allocated funds for financial year 2011-12 could not be released to the Higher Education Commission (HEC). According to sources, Federal Minister for Professional and Technical Training Sheikh Waqas Ikram met the prime minister last Friday and apprised him of the ongoing crisis of higher education sector which was the result of the non-release of last quarter instalment of Rs11 billion. The prime minister took serious notice of the situation and asked the Ministry of Finance to release Rs6 billion on immediate basis but it only released Rs2 billion as recurring grant and no amount was released against Rs6.7 billion of the development budget. According to sources, the non-release of development budget has created adverse effects on more than 150 ongoing projects, about 10,000 local and foreign scholarships, salaries of project employees and more than 110 foreign professors who have been hired by various public sector universities.
In Pakistan, the access to higher education is already low in the region i.e. 8% as compared to 25% in Indonesia, 38% in Turkey, 41% in China, 18% in India, 12% in Bangladesh and 95% in South Korea. The total budget allocation for higher education sector in Pakistan is 11% of the total education budget. According to Unesco's standards, it should be 25% of the total education budget.
During the previous financial year, Rs11 billion could not be released to this important sector. The World Bank identifies education and skilled force, ICTs and innovation as three of the four essential pillars of a Knowledge Economy. The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2011-12 identifies higher education and training, technology readiness and innovation as three of twelve pillars for Knowledge Economy. Realizing the importance of higher education for socio-economic development of the country, the Indian government has recently decided fivefold increase in higher education budget of India. The government has allocated more than Rs1,000 billion in this regard. The Indian federal government has taken the higher education experts on board for preparation of 12th Five Year Plan so that higher education may be given priority.
Vice Chancellors Committee Chairman Syed Imtiaz Gilani has already warned that non-release of the allocated funds would adversely affect the quality of teaching and research in higher education institutes all over the country. If proper attention is not given to this critical situation, it will lead towards very serious and ugly situation as universities are not in a position to pay salaries to their employees. He also informed that the major portion of the recurring budget provided by the HEC goes to salaries. If the staff is not getting salaries how they will perform their duties.
Centre for Civic Education Pakistan Executive Director Zafarullah Khan regretted what he termed non-serious attitude of the government. "The government has collected about Rs1,900 billion in last financial year as tax revenue and it is quite unfortunate that the government cannot release Rs11 billion for higher education." He warned: "If we do not change out attitude towards higher education, the dividends, which we have achieved in last few years, will be lost and we will have to repent over it for the next hundred years."
The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) has already announced countrywide protests in all 74 public sector universities against non-release of the required budget for public sector universities and for reinstatement of terminated teachers of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Nawabshah.
Girls outsmart boys in FBISE SSC-II Annual Examination 2012
Islamabad: Girls outshined boys by bagging first positions in both humanities and science groups of the Secondary School Certificate II (SSC-II) Annual Examination 2012 held under the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE).
According to the result announced by FBISE Controller Examinations Aslam Gul here on Thursday, in the Science Group Urooj Mustafa (Roll Number 146058) of the Jinnah Education System, Taxila Cantonment, secured first position by securing 1024 marks. She was followed by Moiz Rehan (Roll Number 102360) of the Islamabad Model College for Boys, Sector G-10/4, Islamabad, who got second position in the Science Group by securing 1022 marks. Third position went to Sana Shahid (Roll Number 151371) of the Garrison Academy for Girls, Sarfaraz Rafique Road, Lahore Cantonment, by securing 1020 marks.
In the Humanities Group, Ifra Urooj (Roll Number 187023) of the Wah Islamic School of Excellence, Model Town, Wah Cantonment, bagged first position by securing 946 marks. Aziz ul Haq (Roll Number 170049) of the Institute of Islamic Science, Satra Meel, Islamabad, clinched second position in the Humanities Group by obtaining 945 marks. Muhammad Usman (Roll Number 170054) also from the Institute of Islamic Science, Satra Meel, Islamabad, got third position by securing 932 marks.
As many as 49,692 regular students appeared in the SSC-II examination out of which 45,206 candidates achieved success, showing pass percentage of 90.97%.
While 14,635 private and ex-students appeared in the examination out of which 7,120 were declared successful thus showing pass percentage of 48.05%. The overall pass percentage of regular, private and ex-students stood at 81.34%.
This year, 21 unfair means cases were reported. A judicious procedure was adopted to decide these cases and every effort was made to ensure that personal hearing was allowed to all concerned. As many as 18 cases were decided and a notification on decisions taken in these cases was printed in the end of the result gazette.
The candidates wanting to improve their grades or marks could do so by reappearing in up to two subjects of their choice or the entire examination in current course within a period of one year after the announcement of the result.
The Secondary School Certificate Supplementary Examination 2012 will start on September 12.
Pakistani student wins silver medal in Genius Olympiad
Islamabad: A Pakistani student won silver medal in an international competition about environmental issues held at State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego.
Students from forty countries presented 657 projects in the Genius Olympiad where the Shadab Rasool Buriro from Khairpur, Sindh stood second to win silver medal.
Another Pakistani student Abdul Daim from Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was awarded with honourable mention certificate.
Shadab Rasool and Abdul Diam, both students of Pak-Turk Schools presented their project, 'Removal of Pollutants from Industrial Waste Water by usage of Tea Waste' in the contest.
They had discovered a unique and economical way to reduce soil contamination, which is result of accumulation of man-made toxic substances that has a negative effect of plant and animal life.
Pakistan bagged silver medal in 1st Genius Olympiad held in 2011 while so far Pakistani students have won 124 medals in the international and national competitions speak of their extraordinary talent, which result in amazing accomplishments.
The students also had an opportunity to see the other projects; they participated in workshops, symposiums, cultural events, exhibitions and interacted with some of the world's brightest young minds, said supervisor of the students Ahmet Efeturk.
Moreover, experts from Harvard, Cornell, Syracuse and SUNY delivered lectures during the mega event on how learning takes place and ways to improve skills.
Both the students will embark upon one-week trip to Turkey from tomorrow (June 30) as announced earlier by the administration of the Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges.
Shifa College seeks transfer of affiliation
Islamabad: The Shifa College of Medicine has formally contacted the medical education watchdog for the transfer of its affiliation.
It has been learnt that Shifa Medical College Principal Professor Dr Muhammad Aslam has written to Pakistan Medical and Dental Council President Dr Sibitul Hasnain for disaffiliating his educational institution from the Bahria University and affiliating it to the newly-established Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University.
The Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University was established after Parliament passed an Act and President Zardari accorded his assent to it in March this year. It is run by the Tameer-e-Millat Foundation, a nongovernmental organisation working for the promotion of education in the country.PMDC Registrar Dr. Nadeem Akbar confirmed to this scribe that the Shifa College of Medicine had approached the council for transferring its affiliation.
PGMI fails to accommodate FCPS Part-I qualifiers
Peshawar: Hundreds of young doctors are destined to suffer as the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has failed to accommodate all the 275 doctors who have passed the examination of Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) Part-I.
Around 275 doctors were declared successful in the FCPS Part-I examination. In May 2012, the PGMI advertised seats for the FCPS-II training in its affiliated teaching hospitals of the province.
The interview was scheduled for June 27. However, when the students arrived for the interview, they came to know that the PGMI would accommodate only 104 students, which led to boycott by all the candidates and the administration had to postpone the interviews.
Alamgir Khan Yousafzai, president of the Young Doctors Association, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said it was unfair on the part of the PGMI. "Why did they mention 300 seats in the prospectus when they were not going to accommodate us," he said.
"We have been protesting for induction of trainees for the last four years. We want to solve this problem once and for all. All the passed students of FCPS-I should be accommodated without any protest or demonstration," he said, adding that the government should devise mechanism for the purpose.
He also criticised the charges taken by the institute for registration with it for one year and prospectus fee. "The CPSP forms can be downloaded free of cost from the website while the PGMI earned money from trainees," Alamgir stated.
The representative of young trainees said that despite their boycott of the interview no-one from the PGMI administration contacted them. "We went to meet the dean but till 12 noon he didn't come to his office," he added.
The trainees announced to stage protest in front of the PGMI office tomorrow (Saturday). One of the dejected candidates said: "The FCPS, Part-I, is not an easy examination and is considered one of the toughest examinations of the medical profession. But now when we have passed it, the PGMI is not allowing us to get admission in the Part-II."
The aggrieved students questioned that if the PGMI had limited seats, why it had mentioned 300 seats in its prospectus. They said that in Punjab and other provinces, the students for FCPS, Part-II were accommodated while in our province the Health Department was least bothered.
The students said that for the last many years the entire burden of postgraduate training was on four tertiary care hospitals of the province. They criticised the Health Department for the improper training facilities in the hospitals affiliated with Gomal, Saidu and Bacha Khan medical colleges.
When contacted, PGMI Dean Prof Dr Akhtar Ali said it was an official matter and he could not discuss it with media persons. "We don't want the issue to emerge in newspapers as it is an educational matter," he replied bluntly. The news