Degree attestation process at HEC irks students
Islamabad, Nov 12: Unsatisfactory arrangements at the attestation department of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) irk students who reach there from different parts of the country for attestation of their degrees.
Over 200 students daily visit the attestation department, but the HEC cannot entertain more than 150 students as only one person has been deputed to interact and deal with students due to which dozens of them go back in desperation. Female students also have to bear the brunt as no separate window has been set up for them and they have to stand in the same queue with male students.
"It would simply take four to five hours to get your degrees or documents attested as you can personally witness there is only one window for hundreds of students who are eagerly waiting for their turn," said Khurram Mirza, a graduate in Electrical Engineering, who was standing in a long queue at the attestation department of the HEC.
He took out a computer printout from his pocket and showed that when he got himself registered on HEC's website he was allotted token number and given time. But despite the fact that he reached earlier from the specified time, the relevant person dealing with students at the counter asked him to come after two hours. He said if they allotted him time and he observed complete punctuality then why they asked him to come after two hours.
"I have been waiting for last couple of hours for my turn despite the fact that I got myself registered on HEC's website and arrived on time," he said. The attestation of degrees, transcripts and diplomas awarded by the certified universities and degree-awarding institutions of Pakistan, both in public and private sector, was transferred to the HEC by the government in May 2000. Moreover, the HEC is also the sole regulatory body of higher education in the country entrusted with the job to determine the equivalence and recognition of degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by institutions within the country and abroad.
The degrees and transcripts can also got attested by using courier service and there is no need to come personally to headquarters of the commission but most of the people avoid using this option out of the fear that they may lose their original documents in the process.
HEC's spokesperson told this scribe that an online system for attestation of degrees was initiated in February 2009, and as compared to the old system of attestation when candidates had to wait in queue for long hours, now there is an online reservation system through which a candidate may fill online attestation form anywhere anytime.
The spokesperson said candidate is provided with a fixed date and time to visit HEC's office for attestation and the token numbers, issued electronically, are displayed at each window for submission and collection of documents as well as depositing fee.
"For those who directly come to HEC without prior reservation, facility has been provided at the attestation branch for filling the application form and their documents are attested the same day," the spokesperson said.Your Comments
HEC asks varsities to appoint senior scholars as departmental heads
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission has asked universities to appoint senior scholars of repute with good administrative experience as department heads as well as deans of faculties.
Sources said the HEC had written letters to the vice chancellors of all the public sector universities to hire only those deans or head of departments (HoDs), who are capable enough to upgrade the quality of education imparted in that particular department.
A copy of the letter, available with this scribe, states: "HEC continues to strive for quality and excellence in academics and governance in the universities and institutions of higher education in Pakistan. We can only have a sound base, if those responsible at the helm of affairs are academics of impeccable record and experience." It further states that it is important to project within the country and to the outside world that distinguished professionals with international recognition are administrating the affairs of the universities. After all, it is the leadership that takes the organisation to a higher level of performance.
The letter, which is duly signed by HEC Chairman Javaid Laghari said it was important that the persons considered for appointment to these senior positions fulfil the current requirements for appointment, as professor in the department.
The HEC Chairman confirmed that he had written letters to the vice chancellors of public sector universities, but said that it was nothing unusual in doing so. "We are supposed to do so in order to maintain the quality of education in universities," he said. He said that quality in education and research can only be enhanced when the universities have qualified academics heading departments and faculties. The news
HEC announces best university teacher award for 2009
Islamabad: Dr Zahid Mehmood, Bahria University's Associate Professor, is selected for the best university teachers' award 2009 as the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) has announced the best teacher award for the year 209. The award is conferred upon university teachers to honour their dedicated efforts to improve academic atmosphere through out the year. The award comprises a certificate and cash prize of Rs 100, 000/-. Daily times
As negotiations between the abductors of Ajmal Khan, the vice-chancellor of Peshawar's Islamia College University, and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government continue, public-sector universities in the province have indefinitely closed in protest against the kidnapping. The abductors have released two videos of their victim, who was kidnapped in September, appealing to the government to secure his release. The case is similar to that of the VC of the Kohat University of Science and Technology who was in captivity for nearly eight months before being released in exchange for money and militant prisoners. As in all negotiations concerning hostages held by militants, the dilemma of those on the side of the victim, especially when the government is involved, is understandable. While the safe recovery of the victim should no doubt be the top priority, there is also considerable concern that agreeing to the abductors' demands would send a signal to others of their ilk to resort to the same crime, in effect fuelling a vicious cycle.
In fact, the incidence of kidnapping for ransom in the province has assumed serious proportions over the past few years. Apart from academicians like the two vice-chancellors, victims have also included government officials, doctors, lawyers and other high-value or well-off people including children. Even with the most stringent security measures, it would be impossible to protect each and every person in the province from abductors. This, however, is no justification for inertia or non-action. The problem must be dealt with on a priority basis. The provincial and federal government together with all concerned security and defence agencies should put their heads together to find a lasting solution to a menace which is not only causing fear among the public but is also turning out to be a major source of funding for militants and other criminal networks. Dawn
IIUI employees go on strike
Islamabad: The employees of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Thursday went on strike for over six hours against maladministration of university administration for not providing its employees Eid ul Azha bonus, medical allowances and no day off for replacement of Iqbal Day (November 9).
Sources at IIUI told Daily Times that over 1,600 employees of University Staff Welfare Association (USWA) including lower and upper grade clerical staff of IIUI went on strike for over six hours and staged a protest. The clerical work in all departments of IIUI on the day was remained halted. The IIUI administration made negotiations with members of USWA but did not reached any conclusion. However, a demand of replacement of holiday of November 9 was given to the employees on November 16 ahead of Eid ul Azha.
Sources said that over 1,600 employees of IIUI were not given their salaries ahead of Eid ul Azha and they were also deprived of Eid loan current year. That is given every year in past. They also demanded Rs 10,000 loan to celebrate Eid for religious ritual of buying sacrificial animal. The protest demonstrated started from 10 am till 4:00 pm in which USWA members staged sit in infront of administration block. Daily times
Iqbal Day celebrated at AAUR
Rawalpindi: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, (PMAS-AAUR) on Thursday marked the 133rd birth anniversary of poet and philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal by arranging different programmes to highlight Allama Iqbal's life with the objective to idealise him as a role model for national prosperity.
Different programmes included bilingual declamation; documentaries, quiz competition, skits and mime were held on the day and highlighted the Iqbal's life, poetry and his messages to youth. Students also presented 'Kalam-e-Iqbal' in melodious voice. PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan was the chief guest on the occasion.
While addressing the students, he said it is imperative to understand the spirit of Iqbal's massage. "Iqbal's massage should be understood to reform the society. While eulogising Iqbal's work, he hoped that the new generation will follow him by adopting a constructive approach, acquiring knowledge, as well as excellence in science and technology." He advised the students that they should seek direction from Allama Iqbal's message and follow it to achieve goals for which the country was created.
In bilingual competition, twenty-four students participated from different departments of the university. The speakers at the contest were highly charged with emotions and critical thoughts. They generously used the fiery verses of Allama Iqbal in their speeches. The speakers also presented their views in a manner that was reflective of their impartial analysis of our national dilemma and came up with imaginative remedies.
In skits and mime competition students presented that every one of us will keep Allama Iqbal's message in mind forever and strive to shape the country into a true image of his dream.
Faculty of the Agriculture was the winner of the Allam Iqbal's Day quiz competition. Students from different faculties participated in the quiz. Literary Society of the university arranged the quiz. Essay competition in Urdu and English was also held on the same day.
FAPUASA to observe protest day
Islamabad: On the call of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA), teachers of all public-sector universities are observing 'protest day' today (Friday) against failure of the authorities to recover Professor Ajmal Khan from the custody of Taliban.
FAPUASA Secretary Professor Kaleemullah Bareach, talking to this scribe said that teachers in the country do not feel secure after the kidnapping and murder of VCs at the hands of Taliban. He said that unfortunately, the government is not doing anything for release of Dr. Ajmal and the role of Higher Education Commission is also very condemnable.
He said that in a video released by Taliban, Dr. Ajmal had requested for his release and stressed that November 20 is the deadline of the final ultimatum given by his kidnappers, but it did not move the law enforcing agencies.
Young students demonstrate sportsmanship at Froebel's
Rawalpindi: The Early Years Section of Froebel's International School took a break from its scholastic routine on the Annual Sports Day celebrations held at the multi-acre Rawalpindi campus here on Thursday.
Parents and spectators met with vivid colours, vibrant music, and a display of athletic prowess, enthusiasm and school spirit. Ensuring 100 per cent participation was the key element of the day as not a single student was left out.
The ceremony started with an elaborate parade, which was followed by a solemn Quranic recitation and oath-taking ceremony to kick off distinctive races. An 'Angel Race' featured Pre-Playgroup toddlers running with white wings and shining crowns. This was followed by Playgroup's adorable 'Bunny Race.' Kindergarten students eagerly participated in a 'Cricketers Race' in complete cricketing gear.
Races were followed by a javelin throw, stepping on tails, tug of war and stepping on balloons. Four and five year old students also performed choreographed aerobics display on 'Waka Waka' by Shakira and 'Summer Jam' by Craig David. A brilliant 'Umbrella Dance' had particularly vibrant costumes and wonderfully executed dance moves.
Parents competed in a Mother's Race, where contestants wore bangles and raced, and a Father's race, where contestant's gobbled down a bowl of rice pudding before running towards the finish line. The memorable day concluded with prize distribution and happy faces.
Women's college has new student council
Rawalpindi: The Government Degree College for Women, Dhoke Hassu, organised a simple oath-taking ceremony here on Thursday in which the outgoing student council transferred its powers to the newly-elected office-bearers.
MNA Shakeel Awan was the chief guest on the occasion.
Principal Farhat Sarwar, while speaking on the occasion, said that within the limited resources, the college is managing its affairs, but this has not affected the achievements of the college, as it has given wonderful results since its inception. In co-curricular activities also, the students have performed very well and brought laurels to the college. Even the college band is amongst the best in all colleges of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Among many problems faced by the college, the principal highlighted the construction of a gymnasium, provision of vans for transportation and the non-availability of seats in the college.
Shakeel Awan, while speaking on the occasion, said that despite the fact that the federal government is not providing adequate funds, the Punjab government has allocated billions of rupees for the upgradation of schools and colleges all over the province through its own resources. He pledged that within a month a gymnasium would start functioning, transport problem would be solved and teachers would be provided to the college.
Director Colleges Dr. Ashraf was also present on the occasion. Later souvenirs were given to the guests by the college principal. The news