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HEC emphasises on promoting national journals
Islamabad, Mar 05: The Higher Education Commission, (HEC) in its spell to promote research and development activities in Pakistan, is determined to encourage locally published research journals in various disciplines to fulfil HEC laid down criteria to be considered at par with other international journals in their respective disciplines.

The HEC has placed these research Journals in four main fields of Science, Social Science, Multidisciplinary and Oriental Languages. Highly qualified experts of the above said disciplines were invited at HEC in recent past to evaluate the Research journals being published by the universities and institutions of higher learning of Pakistan.

All the journals were evaluated by the experts and five of the engineering research journals were recommended by them, while from multi-disciplinary journals only two of them were endorsed by identifying some deficiencies in the context of editorial board, peer review process and the regularity of the journals. The suggestions made by the experts are being communicated to the concerned journals by the HEC in order to further improve the quality of these research journals.

Similarly, in the field of Agricultural Sciences, HEC has constituted a committee comprised of eminent scientists and academicians of national and international repute, for the purpose. These steps are taken up by the HEC for promotion of culture of quality research by the university faculty. This will help in producing scholarly publications of international repute.

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Teachers stage protest against transfers
Rawalpindi: A large number of teachers Wednesday staged a protest demonstration in front of office of Executive District Officer (EDO), Education, here against the transfers of more than 500 teachers to far-flung areas of the district.

The protesters marched from the Government Higher Secondary School, Liaquat Bagh, to the EDO office. They demanded of the higher authorities to cancel all the transfers.

The protesting teachers were carrying placards and banners and raising slogans against the Punjab Education Department and the Executive District Officer (education).

The Punjab Teachers Union President Sagheer Alam while addressing on the occasion said, "we strongly condemn these transfers as these teachers have been working and deployed at their home stations for the last several years, but now they have been transferred to far-flung areas which will create problems for them."

Naveed Ahmed, a teacher who had been transferred, said he was transferred from Rawalpindi to Chakri Village which was far away from his residence and it was very difficult for him to reach there. He alleged that all these transfers had been made on political considerations and those who had sources were still working at their home stations. The News

Mushaira at FJWU
Rawalpindi: Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) student activity committee on Wednesday organised a Punjabi Mushaira in which students from all 16 departments took part. They recited poetry in a fabulous manner to rapturous applause from audience. The Mushaira continued for two hours. Daily Times

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Educational development
Lahore: Education is one of the most important sectors which play a key role in a country's development. Unfortunately in Pakistan the money earmarked for educational development has always remained less than two per cent of the total budget. Recently the government of Pakistan has decided to cut higher education spending by 73 per cent. A lot of students who were studying in foreign universities on scholarships are unable to continue their studies and are coming back to the country because of the lack of funds. This shows that the government is giving short shrift to education of the masses. In this developed age of science and technology no country can claim to be developed with low literacy rate. Educational backwardness in turn results in low industrial production because of the dearth of skilled labour. All this accounts for overall underdevelopment of a country. Today our country is in the grip of terrorism, and mass illiteracy provides a fertile ground to breed terrorists. F.P Report

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International conference on Mathematics held at GCU
Lahore: The 4th World Conference on 21st Century Mathematics 2009 started yesterday (Wednesday) at the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) of Government College University (GCU), organised by ASSMS in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, European Mathematical Society (EMS) and International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The chief guest at the conference, European Mathematical Society (EMS) President and Head of Imperial College London Mathematics Department, Prof Dr Ari Laptev said Mathematics was the core of all science and enormous developments had been made at ASSMS. GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab said ASSMS was an integral part of GCU's academic programmes. Daily Times

Teachers condemn attackon KTH doctors
Peshawar: The Khyber Medical College Teachers Association (KMCTA) Wednesday condemned the reported attack on doctors at eye OPD of Khyber Teaching Hospital.

A KMCTA statement said an armed man attacked the doctors and broke precious equipment. at an emergency meeting on , passed a unanimous resolution The doctors, at an emergency meeting, took exception to the security lapses by the hospital management and demanded installation of scanners at all entry points of the tertiary care hospital.

They complained that despite their hue and cry, no action was taken against the alleged culprit, who was reportedly the son of an influential government servant. The KMCTA also demanded enhanced security measures for protection of the doctors and other employees of the hospital.

To this end, the college teachers demanded of the hospital administration to hire services of well-trained security guards to forestall such untoward incidents. Another major demand by the KMCTA was separation of lower OPD at the hospital where the doctors would examine patients and would refer them to the professorial staff if required.

Allegations refuted: Meanwhile, the immediate family members of Ilyas, a student who was said to have thrashed the doctors, Wednesday termed the allegations as baseless, and appealed to the authorities concerned to probe the matter.

A statement by the brothers of Muhammad Ilyas said that Ilyas was a student of post-graduation at Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, University of Peshawar. They said Ilyas never remained a student of any seminary, adding that growing a beard did not mean that the person would be a militant.

The brothers of the alleged attacker said the staff at ophthalmology ward severely beat and abused him. They said the eyesight of their brother had been damaged due to severe torture.

They said that despite the fact that the police concerned had lodged a first information report against the hospital staff, who allegedly thrashed Ilyas, no action had so far been taken against the staff.

They demanded the provincial health secretary, capital city police officer, and senior superintendent police (investigation) to delve into the matter and bring the "violence perpetrators" to justice. The News

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