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Devolution of HEC Motion to be submitted against Rabbani
Islamabad, May 11: PML-Q MNA Marvi Memon will submit a privilege motion against Implementation Commission Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani for what she termed misleading the parliament on the issue of devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

According to her, the HEC has full legal cover under the 18th Amendment, but Mian Raza Rabbani told the parliament that it has to be devolved to implement the 18th Amendment in its true spirit. "According to legal experts, the HEC has full legal cover under FLL1 and FLL 2, but Mian Raza Rabbani misinterpreted the 18th Amendment and misguided the parliament," she said.

Marvi Memon was addressing a seminar on 'Save Education, Save Pakistan' organised by the Defending HEC Movement here on Tuesday. She said that the HEC was among those few institutions in the country, which were performing well. "The HEC should not be devolved for vested interests rather its federal status should remain intact for the larger interest of the country," she added.

She criticised the PML-Q leadership for not taking up the issue of HEC seriously. "The PML-Q is not serious in resolving the issue of HEC after becoming part of the government," she said. She asked the PML-Q leadership to take up the issue of HEC on immediate basis.

Former minister for science and technology Azam Swati on the occasion indicated that a few parliamentarians tried to move a resolution on the HEC in the Senate.

"It is quite surprising for me that despite prime minister's order and Supreme Court's verdict, a few parliamentarians were all set to move a resolution on HEC, though they didn't get a chance to do so," he said.

He said that it was he who walked out from the parliament last year to protest against the massive budget cut in the HEC and he would continue to extend his support to the HEC in national interest. "The majority of those sitting in the parliament are 'jahils' (illiterates) with fake degrees and don't want to see the HEC in its current status in future," he said.

He said that a huge amount of Rs80 billion of taxpayers is being spent on the bogus Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), but the government is not ready to pay Rs24 billion for the future of the country. "It is unfortunate that we are spending only 1.2% of GDP on education, but our rulers are not ready to think about it as their stakes are not in this country," he said.

Qazi Hussain Ahmed on the occasion said that education should be top priority of the government, but unfortunately it has never been the case. "Education is not at all a subject to be devolved to give provincial autonomy as it is a tool to create harmony among people of this country," he said.

He said that devolving education to provinces would mean that distribution of a nation in four nations. "If the government really wants to give autonomy to provinces then it should distribute resources to provinces not subjects like education," he said.

Former HEC chairman Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman said that in most federations around the world, including China, Japan, Turkey, Malaysia and South Korea, higher education is a federal subject. India has a UGC with a federal secretary of higher education, United Kingdom has a minister for universities and research, while in Korea the status of deputy prime minister has been given to the minister of higher education.

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Science Olympiad ends at NUST
Islamabad: The closing ceremony of Inter-NUST Science Olympiad, Sytek 2011, was held here in which participants were given prizes and certificates in recognition of their hard work and effort they had put in during the three-day event, says a press release.

Videos depicting glimpses of different events and participants at work were shown and speeches were made by the president and convener of the Sytek 2011 as well as by NUST Rector Mohammad Asghar.

The NUST rector praised members of the NUST Science Society and appreciated their previous endeavours too. He discussed the development of science over ages and its importance for the present generation of science students.

NUST Science Society President Mahwish Bukhari thanked the sponsors and the host team for the success of the event and hoped that the vigorous efforts of its members would continue in future.

The Sytek 2011 started on Friday on an enthusiastic note as many participants who had registered for the 'Scientific Scavenger Hunt' flocked to the venue of the ceremony. On Saturday, participants toiled over catapults and boats for the competitions 'Sciattack' and 'Bon Voyage' respectively, while others predicted the grim ending of the world and articulately persuaded judges to choose their space settlement design to save humanity in 'Project Exodus'. The Saturday ended on a light note as the exhausted participants flocked to various stalls at the geek themed carnival, grandly titled 'Carnivale'.

On Sunday, the Sytek 2011 began with the event 'Bridge Your Imagination' and it was followed by 'Science Quiz,' 'Project Exhibition' and 'In the Sky'.

The Sytek 2011 is an initiative of the NUST Science Society, which aims to promote similar science events among students in order to instigate interest in practical aspects of science. Over 400 students participated in the event and their feedback was overwhelming.

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Bahria University holds photography competition
Islamabad: The Social Sciences department of Bahria University organised a photography competition, says a press release issued here on Tuesday.

Bahria University Rector Vice Admiral (r) Mohammad Haroon inaugurated the competition. A large number of students of Media Sciences attended and evinced keen interest in the competition. The instructor of photography Kaleem Ahsan speaking on the occasion, acknowledged the dedication and labor of the students whose works were on display. He defined the art of photography, and explained its many diverse angles. He added that it was a highly challenging profession, and requires more than talent to achieve its many faceted goals, as this art has its reflections in all the fields of our daily life.

He summed up his brief address, by advancing the proposal of setting up of a media lab studio in the university.

This was followed by individual presentations by four highly talented students of BSS-7 namely, Saif ur Rahman Tahir, Sana Iqbal, Maheen Fareed and Nida Zafar, who took turns in explaining project assigned to each. The rector while distributing special gifts to the presenters, later in his short address was appreciative of the highly creative work done by the participants, with the hope that others would follow in their footsteps.

He endorsed the proposal of setting up of a media lab studio in the University, in

due course. In recognition of the outstanding exhibits of the presenters, he announced on behalf of the university a special cash reward of Rs5000 to each. The news

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