Govt can't afford to fund HEC anymore

Govt can't issue funds to HEC like past: Shehnaz
Islamabad, Nov 14: The universities must generate funds for themselves, as government cannot afford to continue issuing funds to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on past pattern in the present financial crunch.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister of Social Sector Shehnaz Wazir Ali stated this on Thursday at a briefing on HEC.

The HEC Executive Director, Sohail Naqvi, gave the briefing, which was attended by the Education Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Education Sectary Jehangir Bashar, rectors and vice chancellors of the universities along with the advisor to PM.

She said the universities abroad are not fully dependent on the government so they should arrange funds on their own. She said the tuition fee should not be increased rather the universities should connect themselves with the business sector by adopting the model of Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.

The representatives of universities continued complaining about the reduction in recurring and development allocations by the commission following the cut imposed by the government and delay in the issuances of budgetary allocations.

Dean Natural Sciences Dr M. Zafar Iqbal, Quaid-I-Azam University, speaking on the occasion said the financial crunch in country has been transmitted to the universities and the top political elite should look into the matter as it is badly affecting the process.

The universities were given funds for development projects and research and the credit goes to Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, the former chairman of HEC, for bringing money to the Commission. There is dire need to elevate the standard of primary and secondary education as low standards at the lower level responsible for the decline in standard of higher education.

NUST Rector Lieutenant General Mohammad Asghar said the huge development work at the university is slowing down due to cut in the allocations. We have been given 55 million rupees whereas the need is 1.7 billion.

Earlier, the executive director, while giving briefing, said that the government imposed a cut of Rs 2 billion in the last financial year and financial problems are major challenge for the Commission. The Nation

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Rawalpindi Schoolteachers' selection process to start on Nov 25
Rawalpindi: The interviews for the selection of teachers from Rawalpindi division will start from November 25, an official announcement said here Thursday. The interviews would be held at Government Dennys Higher Secondary School, Kashmir Road. The interviews would be held on the following dates. Those belonging to Tehsil Murree on November 25 and 26, Kotli Sattian on November 27, Kahuta, Kallar Syedan, on November 28 and 29, Gujar Khan on December 1 and 2, Taxila on December 3 and Tehsil Rawalpindi on December 4 and 5.

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Self-access centre to be set up at AIOU main campus
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will set up the first-ever Self Access Centre (SAC) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on its main campus in the metropolis.

HEC Executive Director Professor Dr. Sohail Naqvi and AIOU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this connection at the HEC Secretariat here on Thursday.

The centre will facilitate teachers' training, especially in the Computer Assisted Language Learning (Call) and Internet Mediated Language Learning (IML). It will also enable teachers to use latest tools of computer and internet in language classrooms and help teachers and researchers update their knowledge about the latest trends in language learning and teaching.

Dr. Naqvi said that this centre would prove to be a role model for other universities to follow. He said that it has been realised at HEC that English language is an issue in the higher education sector.

"We have been giving special attention to improve the level of English language teaching in the universities and, for this purpose, special courses have been devised for training of English teachers," he added.

Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt thanked the HEC for selecting AIOU for this model centre and expressed full confidence in university's English Department to run this centre.

HEC Learning Innovation Director General Ms. Noor Amna Malik briefed the audience about the English Language Teaching Reforms (ELTR) Project of the commission under which the SAC is being established. While highlighting the achievements of the project, she said that it has imparted training to more than 1,350 teachers. Malik explained the need to establish SAC at AIOU and pointed out that the University is striving hard to strengthen the already existing distance education system. The News

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