Sixth convocation of Hamdard University
Islamabad, May 22: The government has finalised a plan to enhance enrollment in higher education from existing 3.7 percent to 10 percent by the year 2015, said Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani on Thursday.
Bijarani was addressing the participants of sixth convocation of Hamdard University (HU) Islamabad Campus, at Convention Centre.
He underlined the need for progress in science and technology in the country and asked private sector to play its role in improving education standards.
"The idealism of the youth can rectify the excesses and perversities of present and past generations and I am sure that youth equipped with modern techniques of education at HU will redeem this nation and help restore its respected position, he added.
Lauding the role of Hakim Muhammad Saeed and his mission, he said HU was one of the best universities in the private sector working for promotion of education in the country.
HU Chancellor Senator SM Zafar said the university was one of the leading universities of the country, which produced high quality professionals in eastern medicine, computer sciences, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, management sciences, and law with its graduates working all over the world.
HU Vice Chancellor Dr Nasim A Khan asked graduates to enter confidently next phase of their lives knowing well that the university had made them capable of competing with their counterparts in the developed and developing countries of the world.
HU Islamabad Campus Director General Dr Masud A Malik said the university had awarded 16,000 degrees to-date including over 1,800 graduates from Islamabad campus and 164 graduates who were awarded degrees on Thursday. Daily Times
Higher education: Enrolment to be raised to 10pc, says minister
Islamabad: Federal Education Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani on Thursday said his ministry had developed a plan to enhance enrolment in higher education from existing 3.7 per cent to 10 per cent by 2015.
Addressing the sixth convocation of the Hamdard University the minister said although enrolment at both public and private sector varsities had increased to 30 per cent, it is still far behind other regional countries as only 3.7 per cent of the 18 to 23 years of age participated in the higher education.
While highlighting the problem areas the minister said, "higher education in our country suffers from quality of skills imparted at this very level in addition to little recognition our varsities have in international ratings."
"There are very few Pakistani universities in the world's top 500 varsities, and above that there is little international recognition of qualifications for most of the universities," he said, adding that "it is, however, encouraging that we are not overwhelmed by these multifarious problems and that government is committed to reversing the otherwise gloomy situation."
The minister while congratulating the students told them that they have an important responsibility to the pubic solution of the greater problems of our times. Later, he awarded degrees to 156 students of various disciplines. Dawn
Doctorate degree conferred on Edhi
Islamabad: Renowned social worker and founder of Edhi Foundation Abdul Sattar Edhi has been awarded with an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences to recognise his great services rendered for Ummah and humanity. He was awarded with the degree during sixth convocation of Hamdard University, Islamabad campus, held on Thursday. Addressing the convocation, Edhi said he would endeavour to ensure a peaceful return of all internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their native areas. App
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Quaid-e-Azam University Plagiarism
Islamabad: An extraordinary case, in which an M.Phil student at Islamabad's prestigious Quaid-e-Azam University has accused his professor of 'stealing' a paper he wrote on politics and presenting it in a major international publication as his own, has now been placed before the Islamabad High Court. The accusations made by the student need to be ascertained; the professor has claimed innocence and stated he is a target of political opponents within the university. A sequence of emails involving international experts is involved in the sordid saga. But the case once more focuses attention on the issue of plagiarism and the fact that it remains commonplace even at many of our leading institutions. What is more, eminent professors are apparently guilty of it rather than mere students.
In the past, cases involving plagiarized work by professors have surfaced at the Government College University and the Punjab University in Lahore. Cases have of course also taken place elsewhere. Indeed many may remain undetected. There is no way of knowing how many dissertations that do not represent original work lie in the archives of various institutions. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has done well to try and crackdown on plagiarism. But the issue goes beyond that of merely copying and reproducing material. It is linked to the decline of our entire education system, beginning at the elementary levels. It is in these classes that children's immense capacity for creativity and thought is killed and rote taught as the only means to progress. This is combined with a general decline in standards. The consequences have been disastrous. At higher levels we have a situation where less and less competence exists. This is reported to be true even of medical education, where cheating and the adoption of 'short cuts' is as much the practice as it is elsewhere. The situation is one that needs to be tackled urgently. Our academic decline has many implications. The entire education sector requires sweeping reforms if the rot is to be stopped and the crime of plagiarism brought to an end before more cases of similar misdeeds emerge. The NewsYour Comments
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Ministry loses interest in new education policy
Islamabad: The education ministry seems to have lost interest in the new education policy since its approval was deferred by the federal cabinet in the first week of April.
The cabinet delayed the endorsement of a national education policy, believing the document lacked vision, implementation strategy and clear goals.
It asked the education ministry to make the new education policy more comprehensive, covering every aspect of education sector which needs improvement along with an implementable work plan.
"We want to make new education policy a more comprehensive document by taking everybody on board so that it could be implemented throughout the country," Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira told reporters after the cabinet's decision.
After the federal cabinet's big no to the draft education policy, the education ministry should have gone for an emergency inter-provincial education ministers meeting, but in near future no such event is on cards, a senior official confided.
Instead, every now and then a futile exercise of sending reminders to provincial education ministers for their comments and suggestions for the revised education policy is being done by the ministry, the official said.
Last ministerial meeting was held in February this year and at that time Education Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani pledged to hold such meetings every couple of months but to no avail.
When asked if the ministry had set a certain timeframe for revised education policy to be presented before the federal cabinet, the official replied in negative.
"Frankly speaking, I don't see any significant development in near future on the new education policy because its stakeholders are not taking due interest."
Answering another question, the official, who is directly involved in the exercise, said a proactive role on the part of the federal education ministry was missing, however, the blame had been placed on provincial education ministries.
"It does not involve rocket science to hold an inter-provincial education ministers meeting along with experienced educationists but for that you need an initiative which is not there," a university professor, who is also involved in the formulation of the national education policy, said.
Unfortunately, despite tall claims, the education sector has never been given top priority by successive governments. Hence the country is bracketed with some sub-Saharan countries when it comes to the performance in education, the professor said.
Since present government took over helm of affairs after last year's elections, Mr Bijarani is the second education minister. Initially, the portfolio was handed over to Ahsan Iqbal of the PML-N as part of his party's deal with the PPP. Dawn
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Teaching staff deputed on administrative positions in FDE
Islamabad: The sense of discrimination among the promotion-awaiting FDE officers has been furthered after 11 officers, earlier pursuing teaching careers and later transferred to the directorate against administrative posts, have now been entitled to deputation allowance.
It was learnt that initially these officers were placed on temporary duty basis on administrative posts in the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) but later they were declared entitlement to deputation allowance with arrears worth hundreds of thousands of rupees.
Sources claimed that no permission was sought by the competent authority in the process of their placement in the administration and entitlement for deputation allowance, which have apparently nothing to do with their qualifications and experience.
The 11 officers, placed in the FDE administrative posts, include Farhad Ali Shah (deputy director, BS-18), Nadeem Ahmad (assistant director, BS-16), Mumtaz-ul-Haq (assistant director, PE), Sohail Iqbal Mughal (deputy director A&C, BS-18), Iqbal Awan (estate officer, BS-17), Zafar Iqbal (AEO, BS-14), Imdad Channa (AEO, BS-14), Rehan Naqvi (AEO, BS-14), Said Akbar (inspector, BS-15), M Azam (deputy director Legal, BS-17) and Fazal Abbas (assistant accounts officer, BS-17).
Sources said if the chief justice of Pakistan could order the serving judges not to accept administrative posts, the education minister should also introduce a policy to prevent the postings and transfers of teachers in the administrative department.
On the other hand, FDE Director Rafique Tahir denied any restrictions on the appointment and transfer of any member of the teaching staff to an administrative post according to the existing rules of business. He claimed that the whole process was carried out in line with rules and procedures.
He said that it is a matter of pleasure that no officer from any other cadre, like DMG group, is now being appointed or transferred to the directorate and only the Ministry of Education officials have been entitled to work on any post falling under the FDE. "Only those officers who have served in the teaching field can better understand problems in educational institutions and comparatively play a better role for their resolution," he said.
Rafique Tahir, however, did not confirm but gave his careful comments over reports that a proposal would be floated in the near future to decide the role of the officers at an early stage of their careers regarding whether they would work on teaching or administrative posts.
Sources in the Ministry of Education told this scribe that a proposal has been made part of the upcoming national education policy to clearly separate the officers' teaching and administrative roles to enhance their professional efficiency.
The FDE was established as an attached department of the Ministry of Education in 1967 with the prime responsibility of providing educational facilities and imparting quality education to almost 200,000 students in 414 institutions spread out in rural and urban areas of the federal capital. The News
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Exam scandal: MNA's nephew arrested
Rawalpindi: City police on Thursday arrested the nephew of PML-N MNA Haji Pervaiz Khan from the court premises after an additional district and sessions judge (ASJ) cancelled his post-arrest bail.
Bilal Javed was caught red-handed while appearing in intermediate examination for the MNA.
ASJ Rana Muhammad Ali cancelled the bail of the accused as police added section 419 of Pakistan Penal Code on the orders of chief justice Lahore High who took suo motu notice of the cheating incident.
Bilal was caught by examination inspector Dr Naeem Bajwa on April 29 when he was taking the Pakistan Studies exam on behalf of the MNA at Government Gordon College for boys.
He was booked for fraud by the police. Next day the area magistrate granted him bail on surety bonds worth Rs30,000.
The cheating scam resulted in the resignation of MNA Haji Pervaiz Khan who was elected on NA-55 through by-elections in June last year after Makhdoom Javed Hasmi vacated the seat. Dawn
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FJWU meeting discusses media courses
Rawalpindi: A meeting of Board of Studies for the Department of Communication Sciences for Masters Programme was held at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU).
According to a press statement, many courses were presented to the board in the meeting, which were thoroughly discussed and most of them were recommended for approval of the academic council. These courses will be endorsed to existing curriculum of the department after seeking formal consent of the academic council.
Some of the courses include emerging technologies for media industry, electronic news reporting, editing and post production, journalistic writing techniques and others. Daily Times
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