HEC autonomy to end soon

HEC ending the years long autonomous status
Islamabad, Nov 19: The government has decided to bring Higher Education Commission (HEC) under the Ministry of Education thus ending the years long autonomous status of this powerful body established during the rule of former president Pervez Musharraf in 2002. It is likely that a notification in this regard will be issued soon, the authentic sources in the Ministry of Education revealed on Tuesday.

They informed that the Ministry of Education was facing sever criticism from the academic circles in this connection.

They described that it was discussed in details in a meeting held in the Ministry the other day that universities all over the world were generating their resources by themselves so why not it was possible in Pakistan, as spending multi-billion over higher education from the national exchequer was not a rational approach.

The idea under which HEC had established was to formulate a separate body for the uplift of higher education in the country.

Renowned scientist, Dr Atta-ur- Rehman was the first Chairman of the Commission.

It was also argued at that time that country was much beyond in higher education and there was need to compete internationally. However the government had allocated billions of rupees for this purpose and had established an autonomous body to enhance the quality of higher education in the country.
Earlier, the present government approved a massive cut in HEC developmental projects but later recurring funds also could not be released, which resulted in halt of several ongoing projects of the Commission like scholarship scheme and establishment of foreign universities.

It is pertinent to mention here that HEC achieved its goal on many extents as thousands of students have got scholarship, indigenous as well as foreign but despite all its efforts for improvement of higher education, the Commission could not escape from the criticism.

Renowned scholar, Professor Habibur Rehman Asim, IIUI, said that primary and Secondary sectors of education had been affecting badly. He was of the view that government must allocate in a proportionate way over every level of education. He further said that in the absence of uniform education policy no body could enhance education in the country.

Eminent scholar, Professor Pervez A. Hoodbuoy, QAU, is also one of the critics of several policies of HEC. He said that there was need to observe strictly HEC's expenses and developments. To a query, he said that HEC must remain intact as an autonomous body. He opposed the intention of government to bring HEC under the Ministry of Education. He said that despite its some flaws, HEC did well under the supervision of Dr Atta-ur-Rehman.

HEC officials, when contacted, said that they were not against to allocate amounts for primary or secondary level education but not at the cost of HEC. Dr Sohail H Naqvi said that HEC did well in higher education level, as under the Commission scholarship scheme a large number of experts were being produced every year. He further said that under Ministry of Education, HEC could not perform well. The Nation

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"Really, I don't know why every criticizing on HEC, I personally think that this is a great effort ... to development. That ok, some people are criticizing that we should give consideration to basic education ... yes I m agree with u but what wrong with HEC. Ok, I again agree with you that a lot funding was going to HEC so that effects that basic education (primary & secondary) But I don't think so because what improvement we did when there was no HEC. One think I want to add more that according to my knowledge the HEC not effects the Basic education begets but approve extra money from Government. I think this was an outstanding effort ...... which the past Government did, ok we should criticize the wrong did by previous Government but we should also appreciate the best which they did.... I think in which one is HEC. I don't know what you mean, Development is possible with out Education...... I am absolutely don't know how we can go forward without education. Lets will see .... Javed Ali Chemistry Department University Of Glasgow Glasgow, UK."
Name: Javed Ali
Email: student_gla@yahoo.com
City, Country: Glasgow,UK

"Ending HECs autonomous status is a step in retrograde direction and is expected to be disastrous to whatever has been achieved in higher education sector during the past few years. Remember that the Ministry of Education has always been one of the most corrupt departments of the Pakistani government. After this transition takes place, I am almost certain that only the relatives of education ministers, and their associates and friends, or that of other politically connected and influential people, might ever be considered eligible for any support for higher education. For students without the mentioned means, and resources, but still having any desire to the route of higher education in their futures, I suggest to please start pondering who is likely to be the Federal Education Minister and then start planning about possible ways of reaching him/her and possibly bribing him/her."
Name: chowk viewer
Email: chowkviewer@yahoo.com
City, Country: Rawalpindi, Pakistan

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AIOU spring semester from matric to Ph.D level exams from Nov 20
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) final examinations of spring semester from matric to Ph.D level would start from November 20. AIOU Controller Exams Hafeez-ullah told that roll number slips and date sheets have being dispatched to students at their given addresses. Students can also download their roll number slips and date sheets from the website of the university i.e. www.aiou.edu.pk. Roll No slips to the students of postgraduate programmes is being dispatched and the examinations of postgraduate programmes will start from November 29.

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Selection for Rhodes scholarship
Islamabad: The Pakistan Rhodes Scholarship Committee will meet here on Friday at the Fast University to elect a scholar for two-year's graduate studies at the Oxford University in England.

Rhodes Scholarship Committee received 600 applications from Pakistani aspirants but short-listed only seven on the basis of academic attainments.

The seven short listed scholars have been invited to appear for final selection Friday, when the final selection for the award of Rhodes scholarship will be made. In terms of universal recognition, Rhodes scholarship carries the same distinction as the Nobel prize.

The following are the names of the short listed candidates: Mohammad Ali Rai; Mohammad Asad Farid Khwaja; Dr. Muhammad Naushewn Khan; Hasan Rae; Maria Babar; Iqbal Faridi; Moeenud Asad, Ali Soomro and Ashkar Aziz.

All seven pre-elected candidates, show inclination of studying science subjects. Only one candidate will be selected from Pakistan. A Rhodes Scholar chosen in Pakistan will receive Great Britain Pound 954 per month plus all university and college fee, as well as his travelling expenses to Great Britain. The scholar is expected to report at the Oxford University in 2009.

After receiving notice of his/her election a scholar must write to the Warden, Rhodes House, stating their preference for studying in one of the 29 colleges, including the prestigious Balliol, Brasenose, Christ Church, Corpus Christi, Magdalen, Lincoln, Pembroke, Trinity, University, and Worcester Colleges. The News

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