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HEC labs & libraries: Social science funds

HEC launches labs and libraries strengthening programme Lahore, March 03, 2008: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launched a support programme to strengthen laboratories and libraries of public sector universities and degree awarding institutes.

According to a press statement, a grant of up to Rs 1 million is available to upgrade the laboratories and libraries to help facilitate research in the field of natural and social sciences. The grant can be used to purchase small to medium sized equipment, library material, glassware supported by strong justification and cost-benefit analysis. Well stocked libraries and laboratories will help promote research.

In the current fiscal year, the Punjab University (PU), the Government College University (GCU) Lahore, the Federal Urdu University Islamabad, the Peshawar University, the International Islamic University Islamabad, the Karachi University, the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, the Agriculture University Faisalabad and the University of Sindh Jamshoro have been provided funds. The HEC also has a programme which provides free access to scientific instrumentation. It ensures sharing scientific instrumentation facilities in universities and R&D organisations and allows scientists free access to sophisticated instruments which are not available at their institutes. It provides spectroscopic, analytical, chromatographic and other services to researchers working in public sector universities which are paid for by the HEC. The News

HEC funds social science projects
Islamabad, March 02: In an effort to strengthen the field of social sciences, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has provided funding for four research projects under the project titled 'Development/Strengthening of Selected Departments of Social Sciences and Humanities in General Universities of Pakistan.'

Under this project, 13 social sciences and humanities departments have been selected from 10 public sector universities and funding has been provided for the development of infrastructure such as seminar rooms, departmental websites/database, provision of equipment, research grants, seminars, etc.

The funded research projects in the disciplines of History, Public Administration and International Relations include 'Challenges and Opportunities of E-Learning for Higher Education in NWFP' by Dr Bahadar Shah, Department of Public Administration, Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan; 'Muslim Women and Partition' by Rabia Umar Ali and 'Role of Liaquat Ali Khan in the Punjab Politics: 1947-51' by Farooq Ahmad Dar, Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and 'United Nations Surge for Peace and Prosperity: Role of Pakistan' by Seema Kumari, Department of International Relations, University of Sindh, Jamshoro.

HEC cannot introduce 4-year honours in colleges: PPP
Lahore, March 02: PPP central deputy secretary information Sajjad Bokhari and senior leader Shakeela Rasheed have said that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had no authority to implement a national policy on its own. They were reacting to an HEC statement on introducing a four-year bachelor programme in all provinces from 2009. In a joint statement issued on Saturday, PPP leaders criticised the HEC announcement in the wake of government formation process, adding it had also disturbed educational experts, students and parents. This policy will have negative impacts on the future of education, they said. There had been no debate by any parliamentary education committee, they said, adding such a policy should be formulated only after consulting educationists. They said the PPP will host a conference on the issue where education experts from all provinces, Kashmir and FATA would devise a course of action. The News
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