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HEC foreign universities' project: NCA Musical Theatre

HEC planning to defer 9 foreign universities' project to next year
Islamabad, March 26, 2008: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is planning to defer the project worth Rs 400 billion of nine foreign universities to the next year mainly because of worsening security situation in the country, learnt reliably here on Tuesday.

The Commission had decided to start the MSc classes at three out of nine universities, including Pak-German and Pak-Austria universities, from October and September 2008, but the high-ups now have changed their mind and are planning to start the classes from the next year instead, of which they are supposed to inform the parent universities of Germany, China and Austria.

One of the main reasons is the unwillingness of the foreign faculty to work in Pakistan due to the security threats despite that the Commission had offered highly attractive package. And in some cases, the universities could not arrange the faculty up to the numbers, which they had promised to offer.

The HEC had obtained the building of old airport of Lahore from the Ministry of Sports for the time being to start classes, which were to be shifted later on after completing the campuses.

There are also reports the work on the project of Pak-Sweden University, which was going to be established in Sumbrial near Sialkot, has been in suspension for the last six months. The Commission also is planning to change the location of some of the universities like a foreign university, which had been started in Karachi, can be shifted to Hyderabad.

The government had decided to establish Engineering, Science & Technology Universities in Pakistan (UESTP's) where Rectors, curriculum and all the faculty members were decided to be foreigners to fulfil the engineering vision 2030.

In the context of this decision, agreements had been signed with Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Japan, China, Sweden and South Korea to achieve the goals in the realm of science and technology, which now seems in doldrums.

Sources also informed that the project worth billions of rupees was initiated without any feasibility report and out of nine universities, no any charter of the university has been chalked out to run them smoothly.

Dr Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director HEC, however, opined that the universities, which were to be started this year, would definitely start functioning scheduled time. At temporary campuses of the universities of Pak-China, Pak-Germany and Pak-Austria, Msc Classes would start in Islamabad and Lahore respectively.

"Foreign faculty has also concerns regarding the security situation in the country but we are constantly in contact with them, they did not refuse to land in the country and the project is on the track". The Nation

NCA Musical Theatre to start in April
Islamabad: The National College of Arts' Department of Theatre at the Rawalpindi Campus will start its three-week workshop in Musical Theatre in April.

The workshop will be led by distinguished masters of classical, modern and folk music including Rustam Ali Khan from 'Patiala Gharana,' son and disciple of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan who has received national acclaim for his renditions of 'khayal' and 'thumri'; Zeejah, a classical rock guitar player and music director; and Fazal Jatt, son and student of Aashiq Jatt, one of the founding members of Pakistan's former 'Nautanki' troupes.

The workshop will provide students with a practical engagement with musical theatre composition, working from harmony and 'ragas' to sound recording and editing as well as Natak, Karnatak and Tal-Natak in Nautanki compositions of 'Heer Ranjha', 'Sohni Mahivaal' and 'Sassi Punnoo'. Future workshops feature dance and movement, production skills and acting. A number of workshop places are still available and interested participants should contact NCA on 051-5556838 (extension 118) by March 28. The News

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