Higher Education Commission action against scholars
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HEC to take stern action against absconding scholars
Islamabad, Nov 17: In order to stop the brain-drain of HEC-funded Pakistani
scholars, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has evolved a comprehensive strategy
to prosecute against those scholars, who refuse to return after the completion
of their PhD programmes.
For those scholars, who seem to be evasive of
their legal, moral and ethical duty to return and serve their motherland after
being facilitated by HEC, a strict mechanism of monitoring and vigilance has
been devised by the Commission.
A scholar, as per the duly notarised
documents (deed of agreement, guarantee to HEC and certification of financial
soundness), is liable of reimbursing the entire amount in foreign currency plus
any penalty as per decision of the National Scholarship Management Committee if
he breeches the agreement.
In the recent meeting of the National
Scholarship Management Committee, the representatives of provincial governments,
Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Education and HEC were
unanimous in their desire to ensure that all scholars complete their education
abroad in the minimal possible time and return immediately to join the academic
and research organisations in Pakistan.
It was emphasised that integrated
efforts be continued to improve the monitoring and vigilance of the foreign
scholars. It was decided that the name of the absconding scholars would be
posted on the HEC website.
Besides, the case will also be forwarded to
the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) and the Foreign Office for pursuing the
return of scholars under international agreements.
No effort would be
spared to ensure the success of the HEC scholarship programmes and no
opportunity would be provided to anybody to exploit the programme for their
HEC has been mandated by the government of Pakistan to
formulate policies, guiding principles and priorities for the higher education
sector. Innovative programmes including faculty development, increased funding
for universities, research support, and foreign and local scholarships have been
designed to achieve the objective of a knowledge-based economy.
to increase the share of PhD faculty in universities and equipping the research
and development organisations of Pakistan, foreign MS and PhD level scholarships
have been awarded to Pakistani scholars. The programme has started to pay off in
terms of the scholars completing their PhD successfully and joining their parent
organisations and universities.
To facilitate scholars who do not have
any employment, HEC has the Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs (IPFP) programme,
providing an opportunity to these returning scholars to be directly placed at
universities in Pakistan.
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Specialised training to be made mandatory for pre-primary teachers
Islamabad: The government intends to start a two-year specialized training
for Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers so that the students can get better
learning environment from the initial stages.
According to the new
education policy, the training will be made necessary requirement for dealing
with young children.
This training will be on the basis of ECE revised
National Curriculum. While the curriculum and support material for ECE will take
account of the cultural diversity of particular areas. The quality of ECE will
be improved on a concept of holistic development of the child that provides a
stimulating, interactive environment, including play, rather than a focus on
regimes that require rote learning and rigid achievement standards, the policy
stated. ECE age group will be recognized as comprising 3 to 5
The state will provide at least one-year pre-primary education and
ensure universal access to ECE within the next ten years. Provision of ECE will
be attached to primary schools, which will be provided with additional budget,
teachers and assistants for this purpose. ECE has not been formally recognized
by the public sector in the country in the past.
`katchi' class in some public sector schools has predominantly remained a
familiarisation stage towards formal schooling for un-admitted, young students.
A limited part of the Grade I National Curriculum is taught to this group.
Against this background, for the first time in the country's history, ECE was
included as a component in the Education Sector Reforms programme and funding
was provided to the provincial and district governments. ECE was also included
in the National Plan of Action of Education For All (EFA).
policy widely reflects commitment to the Dakar Framework of Action, the first
goal of which is to expand and improve comprehensive ECE for all children,
especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
education is the most important segment in the educational career of a student
on the basis of which his or her personality nourishes. It is heartening that
special focus is laid on early childhood education especially in the education
policy," a lecturer of a local college said.
guideline and education at primary stage determine the future of a child and
this initiative will help instil the ability of constructive thinking,
discouraging the traditional way of rote learning, she said. Although progress
has been achieved over the last few years, but further action is required in
three areas of wider participation, better quality, and improved governance to
improve provision of early childhood education across the country. The news
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Islamic university students protest arrest of fellows
Islamabad: Students of International Islamic University (IIU)
on Monday boycotted the classes and held protest demonstration at the campus
against the 'abduction' of the university students by security agencies in
connection with the investigation of October 20 bombings.
According to the
protesters, four students have been picked by the security agencies for
investigation including two Afghans and a female student, Sajda Bibi from
The students displayed banners inscribed with their demands at
the campus and made speeches demanding early recovery of their university
fellows. They also blocked the gates of the university and did not allow
anyone to take classes in male campus while the classes in the female campus
held according to their schedule. The students demanded of the government to
release the missing students or at least declare their status whether they were
dead or alive so that psychological agonies of the family members could come to
"If they have committed any illegality they should be brought to
courts, instead of being picked up and without the involvement of university
administration," demanded they.
"We have been negotiating with the
university administration to contact the Interior Ministry in this regard but
the administration has so far failed to provide us any whereabouts of these
students as the administration itself has not been taken into confidence by the
security agencies" they added.
The students warned during that they would
continue to boycott the classes until the missing students are recovered. Two
suicide blasts had rocked the International Islamic University Islamabad on
October 20 separately killing 8 and injuring about 30 students and staff
Since then the investigation agencies have been picking up students
in the name of investigation into the incident. Some of them have been freed
after investigation but theses four students are still in the custody of
Students after their meeting with the University
President Dr Anwar Siddiqui ended their protest till Tuesday evening (Today).
The president assured them that he would talk to Interior Minister Rehman Malik
and move the court to trace the students. The nation
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Shia board seeks Urdu translation of Vande Matram
Islamabad: Amidst a controversy over Muslims reciting the Vande
Matram, the All-India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) has asked New Delhi to
get the national song translated into Urdu to help the community understand the
its real meaning and spirit, an Indian television channel reported on Monday.
According to the channel, the board's chairman, Maulana Mirza Muhammad Athar,
has written to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and president, to arrange an
accurate translation of Vande Matram as soon as possible. "The controversy over
Vande Matram it not new, while one section of community leaders opposes its
recital by Muslims, some favour it," AISPLB spokesman Maulana Yasoob Abbas said.
He said efforts should be made to address the controversy once and for all.
correct and authentic translation of Vande Matram into Urdu is the best option
as it will help the Muslims decide whether they want to recite the national song
or not," he said. He claimed the repeated controversy over Vande Matram was
resulting in "hatred" among the communities. "A worthless debate is being
carried out on the issue, which is communally sensitive. Muslims should be told
about the real meaning and spirit of Vande Matram," Abbas said. APP
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Teachers involvement in explosives case being probed
Peshawar: Security agencies have started probing alleged involvement of a
teacher of the Islamia College University in an abortive bid to transport 38
packets of explosives to Lahore, sources informed.
It was learnt
that the security agencies had foiled a bid to transport 38 packets of
explosives, loaded on a truck, to the capital of Punjab province. "The documents
revealed that the consignment had been sent by a teacher of the Islamia College
(name and department withheld). This has been conveyed to the Peshawar police,
who have launched an investigation into the matter," the sources
The teacher belongs to Hazara Division. "His residence on the
university campus has been locked for the past several days," said a Capital
City Police official. The news
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USEFP celebrated Education week
Islamabad: To observe International Education Week 2009, the United States
Education Foundation Pakistan (USEFP) on Monday started a series of informative
events for local students and counselors.
Dr Grace Clarke, the USEFP
executive director, was the chief guest in the ceremony opening the series of
events. It was largely attended by students, counselors, experts and others.
The first programme of the series was titled 'Advisors Training' in
which school advisors were given the task of viewing college application
process. An event was organised to honour a total of 600 high achiever
students across Pakistan. Schools were given an opportunity to nominate up to
ten students and two counsellors each for this programme.
The USEFP also
conducted five raffle draws for a free SAT Exam, TOEFL Exam and three gift
vouchers worth Rs 1,000. Daily times
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