HEC devolution | RBISE answer sheet scam
Last ditch effort to save HEC from devolution
Islamabad, March 29: Making a last ditch effort for survival, the Higher Education Commission (HEC)
has sent a request for a meeting with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza
Gilani, who is the controlling authority of the HEC, in which they would
ask him to intervene and stop the process of devolution in the larger
interest of the country.
According to well-placed sources, the PM
appears to be the last ray of hope for the sinking HEC, which appears
quite disappointed by the decision of the Implementation Commission.
"Although the HEC has been literally wrapped up yet we intend to make
one last effort to save it," said sources.
Sources believed that
the HEC at first could not be devolved as it was a federal body that
comes directly under the PM. "Now when the Implementation Commission has
decided to roll back the HEC, the PM is the one whom we all are looking
towards," they said.
According to sources, the HEC would make
all possible efforts to save the higher education sector in the country.
"We are also planning to meet the parliamentarians who have knowledge
about the issue and would ask them to raise their voice against this
injustice," sources said.
It is pertinent to mention here that
the HEC former chairman, Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, had written letters to
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani,
however, he did not receive any response as yet. "I believe that the
prime minister must intervene to save the future of Pakistan by saving
HEC from devolution," said Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman.
The HEC officials
during the meeting would focus on the cover that the HEC gets under the
18th Amendment and also the role of universities in building economies.
"The 18th Amendment, through the 4th Schedule (Article 70(4) of the
Federal Legislative Lists Part-I and Part-II, fully supports the current
powers and functions of the HEC, and includes higher education and
research as federal subjects," said sources.
sources, the officials would try to convince that Pakistan needs to
develop critical technology for industrialisation, economic growth,
energy growth, to explore map and mine natural resources, including coal
at Thar, gold at Riko Deq, copper at Saindaik, gas at Qadirpur, and
others yet to be explored. Pakistan needs technology for information and
communication technologies; to drive its own high tech manufacturing
industry; for transportation and avionics; for weather predictions so
disasters like floods and tsunami are forecast and for health,
agriculture, natural and applied sciences among others.
delegation would emphasise the need for the technology to continue to
protect its national assets and defend its borders. "Flanked by a
hostile neighbour ten times its size, Pakistan has no choice but to be
at least ten times smarter and efficient in the utilisation of its
resources. Even if it had the financial resources, it is a known fact
that money cannot buy everything, especially where strategic interests
are concerned," the source believed.
The source highlighted that
the total science and technology workforce in Pakistan is around
130,000. Out of this, the total number of researchers & scientists
is 53,000, but only 10% (about 5,300) hold PhD degrees. Eighty per cent
of these PhDs (about 4,000) are in higher education institutions
governed by the HEC. Of the total 53,000 researchers & scientists in
Pakistan, 24% are in SS and Humanities; 24% in Natural Sciences; only
18% in Engineering; 16% in Medicine and 14% in Agriculture.
Chairman Dr. Javed Laghari confirmed that a
formal request for the meeting has been sent to the PM. "We have sent
him the request and are very hopeful that he will give us date for a
meeting on priority basis," he added. Laghari said that the 18th
Amendment provides full cover to the HEC so there was nothing against
law, which they were demanding.
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QAU ASA wants deans as heads of committees
Islamabad: The Academic Staff Association (ASA) of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU)
has expressed concern over bypassing of senior faculty members like
deans while appointing heads of committees.
According to minutes
of a recent executive committee meeting of the ASA, the members observed
that a dean used to chair the meetings of departmental promotion
committee and house allotment committee but now the practice had been
discontinued and administrative officials like registrar had been made
heads of such committees.
The executive members said that
faculty's input is very important for promotion of technical and
administrative staff and had been the practice for many decades at QAU
where a dean used to head most of the committees. Members of EC demanded
that the administration should notify the committees with dean(s) as
ASA President Dr Afzal Bhatti informed the house
that the ASA office-bearers had held a meeting with the vice chancellor
to express faculty concerns regarding delay in processing the cases for
the posts of associate professor and professor and failure of the
administration to place the cases of some faculty members before the
The VC assured at that time that such
discrepancies will not occur in the selection bard and cases of all the
faculty members whose reports had been received in the registrar office
will be included. The committee also wanted that a copy of the reports
should be sent to the concerned chairperson, dean and the
vice-chancellor also to ensure transparency and punctuality.
committee also discussed the decision of Federation of All Pakistan
Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) seeking
implementation of Supreme Court's verdict to remove all contractual
appointments of retired personnel in the universities. The federation
had announced to start protest campaign against the appointment of
superannuated vice-chancellors, deans, directors, chairpersons and
professors if they were not removed within a month.
The QAU ASA
decided to first go through the SC verdict and deferred the matter till
the next meeting. The EC also created two subcommittees to expedite the
progress in phase-2 of the QAU Staff Housing Scheme. The news
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RBISE sets up committee to probe answer sheet scam
Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has formed a three members
committee to investigate the 9th and 10th class answer sheet case and
will submit the report to the board chairman today (Tuesday) and will
also fix whether the board staff is involved in the scam or not.
RBISE has suspended a clerk Muhammad Arif who was responsible to bring
the answer sheet from the United Bank Chowk Pindori Branch after
delivering the question paper.
Police on a road near Rawat
stopped a car driven by Waqar Ali Satti and Chengez Khan while another
person sitting on the back fled the scene. After checking the police
found six bundles of solved answer sheet of 9th and 10th class. After
quizzing, the persons informed the police that on of them was working as
a teacher in a private school and they were doing this on the behest of
Zahir Shah, an owner of private school in Kahuta for which they were
paid. The two persons were taken into the custody along with the answer
Sources in the board said that the committee would
be consisting of Prof Mamoon Abbas, Prof Masood Ali and Iftikhar Shah.
They said that the committee would investigate the case and determine
the negligence on the part of the board staff.
authorities has also informed the Zonal office of the UBL for action
against the staff members of the branch as the papers were kept in the
bank locker and with the bank staff involvement the papers were brought
and exchanged. Dialy times
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College fair held
Islamabad: A two-day college fair jointly organised
by the US embassy and United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan
(USEFP) concluded with a commitment to promoting educational and
cultural exchange between the two countries.
event, held at a local hotel, was attended by representatives from 11
American universities to encourage more students to study in the US.
This was the first time that so many American representatives have travelled together to Pakistan.
addition to meeting hundreds of prospective students and parents in
Islamabad, the university representatives spoke to hundreds more in
Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar via digital video conferences.
at the fair's closing ceremony, Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs
Mark Davidson said the United States had a long tradition of embracing
"We want more Pakistani students to enrich our
classrooms and benefit from our world-class universities. Our doors are
open to Pakistanis to study in the US," he said.
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Work on AIOU campus to begin next month
Gujranwala: Construction work on Gujranwala Campus of the Allama Iqbal Open
University will begin in April, says AIOU Regional Director Mukhtar
Talking to reporters on Monday, Ahmad said
12-kanal land had been acquired in X-Block of People's Colony for this
purpose and boundary wall of the campus had been completed. Dawn
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Students light candles to mark Earth Hour
Islamabad: Around 500 students from Roots School System (RSS) participated in the candle
lit ceremony marking the celebration of Earth Hour here at its regional
office at Nazim-ud-Din Road.
The school was decorated with
banners, balloons, oil lamps and candles. The lights were shut down for
an hour and at that time while students were carrying lit candles and
sang national anthem.
Vaneeza Ahmed, ambassador of WWF,
Rawalpindi and Islamabad lit the candle first to celebrate the Earth
Hour. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and Higher Education Commission
(HEC) Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari also graced the occasion.
pleased to have been asked to be the ambassador for Earth Hour in 2011
for Islamabad & Rawalpindi. Each of us has a responsibility for the
sustainability of our planet and each of us can make a difference if we
choose to do so," Vaneeza said.
Director RSS Faisal Mushtaq said
that awareness was created through the event, but there's more to it
than switching off lights for one hour once a year. It's all about
giving people a voice and working together to create a better future for
our planet and students
who are the future of tomorrow will make the difference, he added. The news
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