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.
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
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.
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.
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
"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
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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