HEC excuse from degrees verification process
HEC excuses itself from verification
Islamabad, Oct 14: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Election
Commission (EC) were locked in a verbal duel on Wednesday, with the HEC
saying it had informed the EC that verification of degrees of 428
lawmakers was not possible unless their matriculation and intermediate
certificates were provided and the EC denying having received any such
Sources in the HEC said that sets
of educational documents of 428 lawmakers were incomplete and their
record was not available with the universities either. "In a situation
when neither the previous record is available nor are the lawmakers
providing copies of their certificates to the HEC, it is practically not
possible for us to carry out the scrutiny process," an HEC official
Election Commission spokesman Mohammad Afzal Khan, who is
supervising the process of degree verification on the directives of the
Supreme Court, said the commission had received no such report from the
HEC. He said the issue was also not raised by an HEC official who
visited the Election Commission offices on Monday.
praised the work done by the HEC which has so far verified the
graduation degrees of over 600 legislators. He said the Election
Commission would help the HEC if it was facing any problem.
Article 220 of the Constitution, all executive authorities in the
federation and provinces were bound to assist the chief election
commissioner and the Election Commission in the discharge of their
functions, he said.
Another official expressed his displeasure
over HEC's move to raise issues through the media, instead of using the
normal channels of communication.
He said the Election
Commission had received copies of the degrees of five lawmakers on
Wednesday and forwarded them to the HEC.
He said the lawmakers, including Environment Minister Hameedullah Jan Afridi, had submitted the documents voluntarily.
close to the minister who had challenged media reports accusing him of
holding a fake degree said he had never been asked by the HEC to provide
copies of his matriculation and FA certificates.
The HEC has so
far verified the degrees of 603 of over 1,100 lawmakers who had
contested elections when being a graduate was a condition to be an
Of them, 545 have been given a clean chit and 58 degrees have been declared fake or invalid.
The lawmakers accused of holding invalid or fake degrees include two federal ministers, Mir Israrullah Zehri and Humayun Kurd. Dawn
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Future plans of 400 students hit snags due to lack of funds
Islamabad: The future plans of around 400 students, who cleared the
mandatory written examinations for foreign scholarships, have hit snags
due to financial inability of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to
provide them with any assistance after drastic cut in its annual budget.
Sources said that these students were destined for
universities in Italy, France, Germany, Australia, England and Thailand
and most of them were almost ready to fly to their respective
destinations, but at the eleventh hour the HEC directed them through
letters to abandon their plans, as it could not provide them with any
Sources said that the travel plans of 200
students, who were ready in September to join their universities, were
first put on hold and now the remaining students also faced the same
fate, much to their disappointment and their family members as well.
to sources, the HEC has also stopped processing of 1,700 such
opportunities in government-run universities within the country that
resulted in a wave of disappointment among young and talented students,
who planned to secure higher education on scholarship.
that Federal Finance Minister Hafeez Ahmad Sheikh has told the HEC
high-ups that the government could provide funds only for those who were
currently studying in foreign universities and it would never
facilitate any such foreign scholarship scheme in future.
One of the
senior HEC officials claimed that when the finance minister was asked
to extend funds for those who were already selected for the foreign
scholarships then he said "not to even think about it."
inception in 2002, the HEC has so far spent Rs20 billion on its human
resource development programme that covers all its scholarship schemes.
Out of the total 13,436 scholarships, 5,765 were given for foreign
universities. Of them, 2,449 have returned and the rest were still
It is pertinent to mention here that the cut in HEC
budget led the situation to the extent where the commission stopped
funding those students studying in the foreign universities, but when
students raised their voice the government promised to provide funds for
their ongoing studies. A total of Rs15.762 billion PSDP budget for
2010-11 was approved for the HEC, which is Rs7 billion less than the
last year's approved budget of Rs22.5 billion. The issue had drawn
widespread condemnation for the government after which it promised to
provide the required funds for ongoing development projects and students
currently studying in foreign universities.
The official said there
would be no new development project and local or foreign scholarship
scheme unless the government increases the funding to a required level,
apparently showing a dismal situation in the higher education sector.
Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi said that they are in
touch with the government high-ups and trying to secure funding for
students selected for foreign scholarships this year. "These students
are our future and we should try our best to secure funds for their
scholarships. We have not yet lost hope that is why we have informed
students through letters that they should postpone their travel plans
for the time being," he said.
He said that the HEC has not launched
any new development project due to lack of funding, but "these students
must go abroad for higher studies as they are future of our nation." The news
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Teachers' dreams to come true on 19th
Islamabad: The federal government is all set to announce a special
package of incentives on October 19 for teachers to address their
longstanding demand of upgradation of scales.
The announcement of
package eagerly awaited by teachers will be made in a function to be
organised by Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) in connection with
celebrations to mark 'Salam Teachers Day'.
Teachers working in educational institutions of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will benefit from the package.
teachers from Islamabad Colleges for Boys and Girls, Islamabad Model
Colleges and Federal Government Schools and Colleges will get
upgradation in scale under the Time Scale Promotion formula.
The package will be a step forward making the FDE set up a role model for other provinces.
official of FDE said that the matter of regularization of the teachers
working on contract or as daily wagers is in court, while upgradation
was the main concern of the teachers at this time.
The main focus
of the package will be on implementation of National Education Policy
(NEP) and meeting Education For All (EFA) goals, uniform education and
removing disparity between urban and rural education set up, the
Director General FDE Shaheen Khan in a meeting has
taken into confidence and briefed the officials of different
associations including Federal Government College Teachers Association
(FGCTA) and Federal Government Teachers Association (FGTA) about the
According to FGCTA Press Secretary Mohammad Tahir Matric
Trained Teachers (MTTs) and Junior Language Teachers (JLTs) in grade 9
will be promoted in grade 14 if they have degree of B.Ed.
revealed in the meeting that around 80 percent MTTs in F.G schools meet
the criteria and will get benefit under this package, Tahir said.
While Trained Under Graduate Teachers (TUGTs) in Grade 14 will be
promoted as Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) in Grade 16 with six years
Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) in
grade 16 will be promoted in grade 17 on the basis of 10 years service
experience in the same grade. Teachers in Grade 17 with five years of
experience will be promoted in Grade 18. Teachers in Grade 18 will be
promoted in Grade 19 with seven years experience in case of direct
appointment and five years experience if they are promoted.
from Grade 19 to 20 will require five years experience and teachers of
above grade 20 will not come under Time Scale Promotion Formula.
allowance of heads and principals will be raised upto Rs 3,000 and Rs
4,000 respectively. While the hardship area allowance will be increased
to Rs. 2,000.
The package also includes merger of F.G
schools and colleges into Model schools and colleges to improve their
standard and reduce disparity in standard of education.
to the expected announcement, evening shift will be abandoned under the
package so that the students can get equal facilities. And to
accommodate the students of evening shifts, 600 more classrooms will be
The FDE is giving final touches to the preparations to mark Teachers Day in a befitting manner. app
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Lecture on violence against women held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: The Women Research and Resource Centre (WRRC) at the
Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) organised a lecture on 'Violence
Against Women (VAW)' here on Wednesday.
Musarrat Misbah, owner and president of the 'Depilex Smile Again Foundation' was the key speaker on the occasion.
speaker was formally introduced and welcomed by Dr. Samina Amin Qadir,
dean of the Social Sciences and the Women Research and Resource Centre
in-charge. She briefed the audience on the contributions of Musarrat
Misbah in helping the victims of acid and kerosene burns not only in
medical care and assistance, but also in providing them opportunities to
become productive and self-reliant members of society.
Amin Qadir also deliberated on the role of WRRC, which was established
to sensitise women on gender issues and emphasise research on gender and
social issues to reflect the academic and professional development of
women in general and within the context of society in particular.
Misbah shared her experiences with students about victims of acid and
kerosene burns. She said that her foundation is not only providing
medical treatment free of cost to the victims, but also help them in
standing up on their feet to become productive citizens of Pakistan.
said: "We need strong measures to end these crimes by giving severe
punishments to the accused and providing justice to the victims. The
number of victims per year is on the rise, which is alarming." She said
that the mothers could play important role in implanting the values of
tolerance in their children, which can reduce these deliberate actions.
a victim of kerosene burns, told the audience that she was burnt
because of the dowry issue and shared her experience on how she survived
through the circumstances and now working, as a coordinator with the
'Depilex Smile Again Foundation'.
FJWU Department of Communication
and Media Studies Chairperson Dr. Shamim M. Zaidi said that Musarrat
Misbah has written a story of humanity, compassion and care and is
giving confidence and hope to the acid burn victims.
In the end,
university souvenirs were presented to the honourable speaker as a token
of appreciation by FJWU Vice Chancellor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan.
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IIU to remember bomb blasts victims
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) will organise two separate functions at its
male and female campuses on October 20 to remember twin bomb blasts
victims of IIUI campus last year. It is worth mentioning that two male,
six female students and one employee lost their lives due to those
blasts, which also injured scores of other people. The news
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