Higher Education Commission dwindling development funds
Over 70 VCs cry out for HEC funds
Islamabad, May 20: More than 70 vice-chancellors of the public sector
universities and degree awarding institutions on Wednesday sent a
collective SOS to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) over their
dwindling development funds, it was learned.
In a video
conference, the HEC top brass helplessly listened to their (VCs')
concerns and brainstormed to work out a joint strategy for handling the
fast emerging gloomy scenario in the coming days.
vice-chancellor has the same problem, that is paucity of funds, and the
HEC is finding it difficult to address their grievances.
the end of the conference, the disturbed vice-chancellors said the HEC
should seek an emergency meeting, both with the president and the prime
minister, to convey to them the gravity of the issue.
also suggested to look for alternative sources to generate revenue for
the development of universities. Due to shortage of money, contractors
are running away, and it is always difficult task to bring them back to
work, vice-chancellors informed the HEC officials.
the HEC said the commission's top management was in complete disarray
over the government's refusal to release over Rs7 billion committed for
developing the higher education sector of the country in the current
Under this year's Public Sector Development Programme
(PSDP), the government initially committed Rs22.5 billion under the
development head, which later on due to financial crunch revised to
Rs18.5 billion. But so far, the government has only released Rs10
billion and, at the maximum, the HEC is expecting release of Rs1
billion more, hence, facing a shortage of over Rs7 billion.
They said as a result of this massive cut in the development funds,
over 200 development projects would be seriously affected. Invoices
worth Rs4 billion of scholarships are currently lying on the table, and
the HEC has no money to disburse.
The HEC is running an
ambitious human resource development programme, whereby over 9,000
students are being provided scholarships. Around 4,000 students are in
foreign universities on various scholarships – PhD, MS, MSc, post
doctorate, short courses, whereas rest of them are availing indigenous
Besides stoppage of development funds
for the ongoing financial year, which is already into its last quarter,
the government is not coming with any commitment for next year, the
sources said. So far, the government has only committed eight per cent
increase in recurring budget, but no increase in development funds.
About recurring expenditures, they said, this year public sector
universities had witnessed 15 per cent increase in their enrolment that
automatically warranted 15 per cent increase in their regular
However, the finance ministry is not only
ignoring this fact but also ongoing double digit inflation and has only
committed eight per cent increase in the HEC's recurring grant, the
Practically speaking, there would be no new
development scheme during next financial year and it will be great
achievement if the HEC would be able to get funds for its ongoing
Under the Public Sector Development Programme
(PSDP) 2009-10, the HEC is working on 358 development schemes which
included both ongoing and new ones.
"Dr. Rukhsana and her so-called favorite student Ms. Shahida Asghar Head of English Dept, Wah Cantt University are both famous in and out of Area Study Centre, QAU because both ladies are quite known for holding bad rapute. Dr. Qamber has had personal family links with Shahida Asghar and according to authentic sources, Dr. Qamber wanted to bring her as a faculty member without having any formal interview and test and her this action was condemned strictly. Dr. qambers another favor in this context can be seen when she asked Shahida Asghar to accompany her to Japan to attend a conference there. That was an official conference in which Ms. Asghar had nothing to do and such like scholarship/conference progran should have displayed on the notice board but Dr. Qamber kept this conference a secret as she didnt want to inform other students about her trip to Japan with Shahida Asghar. Please somebody out there take a serious action against both ladies who consider Area Study Centre, QAU as their own personal property. Please throw both ladies in the bin and save this institution."
City, Country: Pakistan
"Whatever workshop regarding "thesis writing" Dr. Qamber organized this summer didnt bring something new out of it. Dr. Qamber with due respect, we all know about plagerism, we all know about MLA handbook which is all about tips related to thesis writing. What new thing you introduced to the students in your workshop. Better dont provide such like opportunities to students and make them laugh at you. You are already known as a "Psyco women" in and out of QAU."
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan
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QAU to start bachelor courses next year
Islamabad: The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) is all set to introduce bachelor courses from next academic session.
This was disclosed by the QAU vice-chancellor, Prof Masoom Yasinzai said here on Wednesday.
The QAU was established in 1967 and has been offering courses in
Masters, M.Phil and PhD in computer science, economics, chemistry,
mathematics, statistics, biology, electronics, earth sciences, physics
and Pakistan studies.
Prof Masoom Yasinzai said: "The QAU is
currently ranked No 2 among 1,700 Muslim universities across the world,
and introduction of bachelor courses is aimed at giving quality
education to young Pakistani students."
Prof Masoom said the QAU would also develop three schools of mathematics, economics and management sciences.
He said that introduction of new degree courses at bachelor's and
master's level would also increase the student enrolment from 6,000 to
13,000 in the next four years.
Prof Masoom said that school of management sciences would be developed with public-private partnership.
Replying to question he said the university had sought Rs4 billion from
the government to expand and develop the university campus.
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Sacking of 192 teachers stayed
Rawalpindi: The Lahore High Court here on Wednesday restrained
the Punjab education department from sacking 192 contract teachers in
the Attock district till the final outcome of their petition.
up the contempt of court plea filed by the teachers, Justice Asad Munir
directed the secretary schools Punjab, DCO, EDO education and DO
elementary education Attock to submit their comments by June 2.
Advocate Tanveer Iqbal Khan, representing the petitioners Mohammad
Masood and others, said that despite unambiguous verdicts of the
Supreme Court and Lahore High Court on regularization, the provincial
government did not confirmed the teachers and instead initiated the
process of removing them.
The petitioners moved the LHC when
they were not regularised in 2009. Later, when the Supreme Court in an
identical case allowed the regularisation of contract teachers, the LHC
directed the petitioners to file their plea with the secretary schools
who would decide the matter within 15 days.
petitioners' counsel said, the education department regularised 979
employees in the district but issued show-cause notices to the 192
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Workshop on 'Paper and Thesis Writing'
Islamabad: The Area Study Centre (ASC) for Africa, North &
South America, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), organised a one-day
workshop on 'Paper & Thesis Writing' here on Wednesday.
Director Dr Rukhsana Qamber conducted the workshop. The facilitators
included Shahida Asghar, head of English Department, Wah University;
Zahida Parveen and Amina Ghazanfar. Students from various QAU
departments, especially Department of Defence & Strategic Studies,
and research scholars from
Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) attended the workshop.
give a more practical shape to the whole exercise, participants were
asked to carry out worksheets to check the output of the workshop.
Qamber said the workshop primarily focused on the need to produce
creative work in thesis writing. She also discussed various techniques
to avoid plagiarism, like citing sources while quoting or paraphrasing
data and viewpoints contained in other publications. She also
elaborated the style and formatting of research papers, using the
latest guidelines prepared by the Modern Languages Association (MLA).
The facilitators highlighted modern writing techniques that the students must follow while compiling the research work.
discussed various aspects related to writing a dissertation and
provided guidance to students on how to clarify their concepts,
focusing particularly on the latest methods recommended by MLA.
Hans Frey of ASC explained the weaknesses and flaws the research
students need to eliminate from their research work. The discussion was
followed by a question-answer session in which students asked about key
problems they face in documenting their research.
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Workshop held for job-seeking graduates
Rawalpindi: A workshop titled 'The Idol Candidate' was organised
by the Team IMPossible, a corporate and academic training company, at
the Riphah International University here on Tuesday, says a press
The aim of the event on the theme of 'Myths of Merit' was to encourage and explore the potential of
the fresh job-seeking graduates.
Generally the job-seekers are overconfident of their academic qualifications and achievements.
They are not aware of the requirements of employers and practical obligations of the job, said Osama Izhar Sheikh.
panel comprising Ilhaam Williams from the development sector, Osama
Izhar Sheikh from Jang Group and Humza Afzal, CEO IMPossible, and
Shahida Kazmi, human resource director of the Riphah University,
interviewed over 20 students on the spot.
After a tough
competition, only two candidates were termed 'The Idol Candidate'. The
session concluded with the distribution of plaques among the winners
The event was facilitated by Hassan Akhtar Mufti,
lead trainer of the IMPossible (private) Limited while the tea was
served by the host institution.
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BFC holds prize distribution ceremony for winners of International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest 2009
Rawalpindi: Bahria Foundation College, Westridge Campus, holds prized
distribution ceremony for the winners of International Kangaroo
Mathematics Contest 2009, says a press release.
Deputy Managing Director Bahria Foundation (North) Rear Admiral (r) Riaz Ullah HI(M) was the chief guest on the occasion.
ground of the senior section was decorated gracefully. The fervour of
the students reflected through their disciplined and energetic
As many as 164 students participated in the
International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest 2009 out of which 34
qualified in flying colours and won the coveted medals, certificates
and cash awards.
Principal Commodore (r) Muhammad Younus SI(M)
while addressing on the occasion said students should frequently
participate in such educational competitions.
The chief guest
distributed the prizes among the students. Two students Rafaih Sabir
and Haris Bin Afzal of BFC, Westridge Campus, got the honour of
receiving two bronze medals and 32 students received high-grade marks
and were given merit certificates.
Merit certificates were also
awarded to teachers including Ms. Atiqa Abbas, Ms. Beenish Majeed, Ms.
Ghazala Jabeen, Ms. Humaira Naz, Ms. Rizwana Tabassum, Ms. Samina
Kausar, Ms. Shagufta Shaheen, Ms. Sumiya, Al Madni and Mr. Zaman Khan.
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Pakistani students excel in Unesco school projects
Islamabad: Two projects of the Unesco Associated Schools Project
Network (ASPnet) by Pakistani students have been selected for the '2009
ASPnet Good Practices Development Project in Achieving MDGs through
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Asia & Pacific
The projects by two schools - Academia De Averroes,
Lahore, and Grammar School, Rawalpindi - topped among nine selected
good practices schemes, submitted by 43 countries of Asia and the
Pacific Region. The two were awarded for presenting extraordinarily
creative ideas in their projects during an award distribution ceremony
organised here on Tuesday.
Under the 'ASPnet Good Practices
Development Project in Achieving MDGs through ESD in Asia & Pacific
Regions', Academia De Averroes, Lahore, presented its project
'Protecting Biodiversity and Clean Environment for Sustainable
Development', while the project of 'Social Work Activities' was
presented by Grammar School, Rawalpindi.
The Unesco ASPnet is
one of the many activities being conducted by Pakistan National
Commission for Unesco (PNCU), which has a network of 275 schools
throughout Pakistan. Unesco ASPnet is a global network of more than
8,500 educational institutions of 180 countries. Member institutions,
ranging from pre-schools, primary, secondary and vocational schools to
teacher training institutions, work in support of international
understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development
and quality education in practice.
The Mitsubishi Asian
Children's Enikki Festa 2008-09, organised by the National Federation
of Unesco Association in Japan with the theme 'Here is My Life', was
won by Springfield Public School, Rawalpindi, for its portrayal of
daily events and thoughts in the form of five pictorial drawings and
corresponding five short essays on them, drawn and written by the
students. The Grand Pre-Award worth US $2,000 was given to Arham Bin
Tariq of Springfield Public School.
The award for 15th Kanagawa
Biennial World Children's Art Exhibition, organised by Kanagawa
International Foundation, Japan, was presented to Grammar School,
Rawalpindi. In this event also, children drew pictures on various
contemporary themes. The purpose of the exhibition is to foster the
dreams and creativity of children, who will be the future leader. Five
certificates of distinction were given to Mohammad Arham Bin Tariq and
Shaheen Amjad of Springfield Public School, and Aqsa Naeem, Hira
Ghafoor and Mohammad Furqan of Grammar Public School.
Photo Contest for Promoting Gender Equality in Education, organised by
Unesco Bangkok, and was won by Springfield Public School, Rawalpindi.
The contest focused on women and men to get equal educational
facilities and opportunities, realising the full human rights and
contributing towards development. The certificates of merit were given
to Essa Tariq and Tallah Bin Nasir of Springfield Public School.
excellence awards were awarded to the students of SLS Montessori,
namely Osama Mehmood Alvi, Muhammad Ammar Alvi, Kinza Nasir, Danyaal
Shehzad and Hassan Shehzad. The students were awarded for their work in
the Unesco Bangkok Education for Sustainable Development 2008
Asia-Pacific Mural Contest organised by the Unesco Bangkok. SLS
Director Asiya Talha was awarded a shield by Unesco and ASPnet for
school's continued projects with them.
(Pakistan) Dr. Warren Mellor was pleased with students' work and said
he had learnt more about Unesco's work by these students than he had in
all those years of sitting through Unesco board meeting in Paris. He
said: "Activism is not just about learning about an issue, it's doing
something about the issue and I have had the honour of working in
wonderful places like Pakistan." The news
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IIUI holds first Open House
Islamabad: The Faculty of Engineering and
Technology (FET), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), on
Wednesday arranged its "First Open Hose" as a part of IIUI Silver
Yasmeen Rehman, Advisor to Prime Minister,
was the chief guest while Higher Education Commission Executive
Director Dr H Sohail H Naqvi and National Commission for Human
Development Chairperson Nafeesa Shah were the guest of honour. IIUI
Rector Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik, President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui
President and Vice President Parveen Qadir Agha were also present on
The professionals from industry, academia and
the students attended the open house. IIUI Engineering students
displayed over 100 commercially viable R&D projects.
Shah said such a huge number of engineering students showed that IIUI
was committed to excellence in academics, research and innovation. Daily times
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Speech contest held
Islamabad: The students must take up the challenge of biodiversity
conservation and halt and reverse the loss to it, said Pakistan Museum
of Natural History (PMNH) Director General Dr. Syed Azhar Hasan.
was addressing at the certificates distribution ceremony of a speech
competition organised by PMNH on Wednesday as a part of series of
events in connection with celebrations of International Year of
Schoolchildren from 10 public and private
sector educational institutions of Rawalpindi and Islamabad
participated in the speech competition. app
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Sociolinguist disputes Urdu textbook content
Islamabad: Eminent sociolinguist Dr Tariq Rehman claimed on
Wednesday that contents of Urdu textbook presented a tainted world view
of people of other faiths.
Dr Rehman made the remarks in his
talk on school systems and textbooks at Kuch Khaas – The Centre for
Arts, Culture and Dialogue.
He explained the findings of a survey in which he had talked to over 1,500 students across the country.
His findings were that generally speaking, Madressah, Urdu medium and
cadet college students were anti-India and anti-Israel in their
response to circulated questionnaire.
medium school students were contemptuous of Pakistani indigenous
culture and are fed on cable TV, and read comics and English magazines.
This kind of literature deletes parochial messages and takes them to a different plane.
According to him, people now consider visiting shrines and tombs or having halwa during Shab Barat wrong.
As for textbooks, Dr Rehman reviewed the objectives of the textbook
board, which prescribed writing of book based on unflinching love of
Islam and Pakistan and develop a strong sense of national cohesion.
"Books must also evaluate Islamisation effort to inculcate among
students the qualities of Khudi, self reliance, research, sacrifices
He said in Madressah education, students were
drilled in having manazra, or debates, between the religiosity of
different sects. Students were divided in two groups, one taking a
position in favour of the topic and the other argues against the
proposition. They were obliged to quote texts in favour of their
Quoting another survey response, Dr Rehman said
41.86 per cent of cadet students agreed that Hindus and minorities
should be given equal rights. Dawn
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