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.
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
The idea under which HEC had established was to formulate a
separate body for the uplift of higher education in the country.
scientist, Dr Atta-ur- Rehman was the first Chairman of the Commission.
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.
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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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