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HEC lost autonomy
Islamabad, June 12: The federal government has finally taken the decisive step in a bid to bring the Higher Education Commission (HEC), an autonomous body, under political influence.

On Monday, a notification issued by the government announced not only the HEC but also the Pakistan National Commission for Unesco (PNCU) had been given under the administrative-cum-financial control of the Ministry of Professional and Technical Training.

According to sources, after the issue of politicians' degree verification and the rejection of political influence in the award of scholarships, it was being feared that the HEC could be given under the control of some ministry to avoid that kind of resistance in future.

Reacting rather hastily, Federal Minister for Ministry of Professional and Technical Training Riaz Hussain Pirzada also received a briefing from the executive director of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) that works under the PNCU on Monday.

The minister was told that the NAVTTC was working on 39 projects while 16 new projects were to be started as a budget worth Rs300 million had been approved.

The minister instructed the executive director to start training courses for convicted women and children in different jails and directed that they should be given training of handicrafts and other valuable skills so that after completing their conviction they could lead a successful life.

The other training course that was proposed by the federal minister was to train the girls with Matriculation and Intermediate qualification in nursing at Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital (BVH), Nishtar Hospital and during the six-month and-one-year courses offered to them, all the girls would be given stipends.

An official of the HEC requesting not to be named said "the decision will politicise the commission" and feared "in future all jobs and scholarships will be given on political basis rather than the merit".

Despite making repeated attempts, Chairperson Higher Education Commission Dr Javaid Laghari was not available for comments over the development. Dawn

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RBISE displays scholarship list
Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has displayed the list of scholarship-winning candidates at its Siddiqui Chowk branch office.

The board has also dispatched the list of candidates to the EDO Education, DEO Education offices and concerned departments and requested them to display these lists at prominent places to facilitate students. If any candidate or department has any objection on the list, he or she may contact the board till June 17, 2012, otherwise the list would be considered as final. The news

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IIUI purchases 3 more buses
Islamabad: International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) Vice President Prof Dr Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman on Monday handed over the keys of three newly purchased buses to the additional director transport of the university. Director Administration Khalid Mehmood Raja was also present on the occasion.

The buses aim at facilitating the students. With the addition of the three new buses, the IIUI fleet has risen to 63, which shall prove very helpful for the pick-and-drop facility for the students. Daily times

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Robotics contest on 23rd
ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) and National University of Science and Technology (NUST) will arrange "National Engineering Robotics Contest 2012" on June 23. Over hundred teams from a large number of universities and institutes of the country are participating in this event to be held at College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME-NUST), Rawalpindi.

This has always been a source of inspiration for the students and faculty alike to participate in this mega engineering event. This forum provides an opportunity to the faculty members and students of the universities of the country to demonstrate their talents and share their design ideas. It is also an occasion to bring forward the innovations and achievements of youth. app

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H-9 College hostel: students may get another shockbr> Islamabad: It took over 10 years for the teachers and students of H-9 College to get the Comsats management agree to vacate its hostel building in August this year.

However, before the building is handed over to the college for accommodating the students, an influential person is said to be trying to take it over, it has been learnt.

Sources said the political personality had visited the hostel and informed the officials that he needed the building.

It may be recalled that in the year 2001, on the directives of then Education Minister Zubaida Jalal about 100 students from Balochistan, who had taken admission to Comstats Institute of Information Technology, were accommodated in the hostel.

A professor requesting anonymity said the hostel was given to Comsats through an agreement between the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and the Comsats management under the supervision of the ministries of education and science and technology. After almost one year, the students from Balochistan left the hostel but the Comsats management did not vacate the building and instead continued accommodating other students in it.

According to the sources, the 70-room building has the capacity to accommodate over 200 students.

A professor on condition of anonymity said the students of the college were facing hardship without a hostel. He said a large number of students hailing from Fata/Fana, Kashmir, Balochistan and other far-flung areas were forced to hire private hostels where they have to pay heavy rent and live in pathetic conditions.

When the college administration was contacted, they said the students living in private hostels were facing a host of problems. These included unbearable economic burden on their parents, frequent cases of robbery and poor living conditions.

Some of the students said that they had been pressing the college administration through protest demonstrations but the latter was helpless in resolving their problems.

The professor said after a long and hard struggle, the college administration was expecting to get the possession of the hostel
and open it to the students in the coming session.

Because of the outsiders residing in the hostel, there is permanent trespassing on the college campus. This problem continues round the clock and hampering the college administration's efforts to maintain discipline in the institution. Many
cases of violation of the college discipline have been reported, said the college security officials.

Spokesman for Federal Government College Teachers Association Prof Tahir Mehmood said any effort to give the building in the control of any other department or a person would be resisted. He said the teachers would fully support the students in their struggle to safeguard their rights.

Since H-9 College is one of the oldest educational institutions of the capital, its hostel was opened for the students in 1974. It is worth mentioning here that there is a quota reserved for the students hailing from Fata/Fana and Kashmir. A considerable number of students have been taking admission to federal government colleges and majority of them have always opted for H-9 College only because of its hostel.

Focal person for the FDE, Prof Syed Waqar Ashraf said it was not in his knowledge that any person wanted to get possession of the building. However, he said, the building should be used for accommodating the students.

"At the moment, most of the colleges in the federal capital do not have the hostel facility due to which students from far-flung areas prefer to get admission to those institutions which have the facility of hostel," he said. Dawn

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