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Controversy over number of MPs holding fake degrees
Islamabad, Oct 07: With the Higher Education Commission (HEC) denying
identification of 29 more fake or invalid degrees, some high-ups quoting
the HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari's claim that the number of MPs
holding fake degrees had now increased from 57 to 86.
said the HEC is quite careful in dealing with the case of fake or
invalid degrees and it would re-verify the certificates of 29 elected
members before issuing any official statement.
surfaced after claims by various sources that the HEC chairman said: "It
is in my knowledge that degrees of 29 more elected representatives are
fake or invalid."Some officials of the HEC were not ready to speak on
the issue. "I can't say anything about it and if you insist then I would
say it is just a rumour," said one of the senior HEC officials.
HEC in its recent announcement said that the number of fake degree
holders has reached 57 after inclusion of names of Makesh Kumar, Sindh
minister, MNA Ameer Ali Shah, Sindh MPA Pitanbar Sehwani and Punjab MPAs
Dewan Ashiq Hussain, Javed Latif and Iftikhar Ahmad.
It is pertinent
to mention here that some 443 elected representatives have so far not
submitted their degrees after introduction of new procedure for degree
verification by the HEC that requires submission of degree supplementary
form, copy of computerised national identity card and matriculation and
HEC's focal person Rahim Bux Channa said that the number of fake or invalid degrees was still 57 and "it
is not correct to say that the number has gone up to 86". He said now
it was up to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to secure the
required academic certificates from those elected members who are still
hesitating to submit copies of matriculation, intermediate and bachelor
Talking to this correspondent, HEC's Executive Director Dr.
Sohail Naqvi said: "It is too early to say that the number of fake
degree holders has risen to 86." He said HEC's focal person Rahim Bux
Channa is the relevant person and if he (Channa) says that the number is
57, then "we should believe it".
Despite repeated attempts by this
correspondent HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari could not be contacted to
confirm whether the claim of 86 fake degrees being attributed to him by
some quarters was correct.
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HEC launches programme for master trainers development
Islamabad: The Learning Innovation Division, Higher Education
Commission (HEC), has launched the 14th batch of Master Trainers Faculty
Professional Development Programme (FPDP).
The programme, which will
continue till November 13, 2010, is being attended by 30 faculty
members from 25 public and HEC funded private sector universities across
Pakistan. This programme is designed specifically for freshly inducted
in-service teachers, who learn the principles of teaching techniques
through rigorous training. It aims to enable university teachers to use
innovative teaching strategies and communication skills that blend
academic concepts with workplace applications. So far, 386 faculty
members have benefited from this programme.
In this regard, 11
exclusive modules will be covered by eminent resource persons. HEC
(Quality Assurance and Learning Innovation) Advisor Dr. Syed Mahmood
Raza was chief guest in the opening ceremony held at HEC Secretariat.
HEC Noor Amna Malik (Learning Innovation) Director General and HEC
(Learning Innovation) Director Muhammad Raza Chohan were also present on
Dr. Syed Mahmood Raza stressed in-service capacity
building of the university faculty. He shared his personal experiences
with the course participants and briefed the relation of quality
education with quality teachers. "It is highly imperative to improve the
quality of teachers through continuous learning of innovative skills
and requisite professional teaching tools and techniques," he said.
presented the major programme and activities of the division. Malik
introduced the participants with the major aims of the Learning
Innovation Division, which is a hub for empowering academic and
administrative leaders of the universities towards sustained quality
To enrich the learning process, Learning Innovation
Division engages experts of multi-disciplinary fields as resource
persons, who share their experiences and knowledge gathered from latest
academic content and research on 'Teaching as a Profession',
'Communication Skills', 'Assessment and Evaluation' and other modules.
This programme also provides an excellent networking opportunity with
faculty members from all over the country. The news
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Islamabad teachers to hear good news on 19th
Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday promised
to announce a new incentives package for the teachers of Islamabad
schools and colleges on October 19.
He was speaking at a seminar on Role of Teachers held at the Pakistan National Council of the Auditorium (PNCA).
Minister of Education Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali, Prime Minister's Adviser
on social welfare Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Unesco representative Dr Warren
Mellor also attended the seminar held to commemorate the World Teachers
The prime minister paid high tributes to the teachers who,
he said, played vital role in building a nation. He also shared
memories of his student years with the audience.
occasion he also announced other measures for the development of
education which include changes in training pattern of BA and
Furthermore, he said, government schools and colleges in capital would be converted into model schools and colleges.
Several other issues such as recognition of services of teachers, role of teachers' union were also discussed at the seminar.
The Quaid-i-Azam University vice-chancellor Dr Masoom Yasinzai also spoke on the occasion.
adds: Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali speaking at the
function said the package for Islamabad teachers would help improve
service conditions of teachers and remove their grievances that they had
demanded from time to time.
The minister said the package was prepared after holding extensive consultations with the stakeholders.
He said the US administration had been asked to provide funds for building 600 classrooms in the Islamabad territory.
He described the teachers the custodians of the future generations.
National Commission on Human Development (NCHD) Chairperson Nafeesa
Shah asked the federal government to fund its project for setting up
17,000 literacy centres in the country.
She said teachers should be consulted while preparing a policy for the education sector.
Special assistant to the prime minister on social sector Shehnaz Wazir
Ali paid tribute to teachers for working hard to build a strong and
Awards and cash prizes were also announced for the teachers by the organizers of the event. Dawn
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Compulsory language teaching
Peshawar: The Gandhara Hindko Board has said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
government cabinet committee recommendations on the compulsory teaching
of various languages are flawed, incomplete and deficient in several
respects and warranted a review.
In a press release here on
Wednesday, it said while formulating recommendations the cabinet
committee had ignored the mixed population factor that was common in
certain districts of the province.
The board said Hindko was the
sixth main language of the country and second largely spoken language in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but the cabinet committee had tried to confine it to
only three districts of Hazara division including Haripur, Abbottabad
and Mansehra and the urban areas of the provincial metropolis Peshawar
to teach this language as compulsory subject. The board, which is a
literary, cultural and social welfare organisation, felt this was
The board said apart from Peshawar city, Hindko was also
spoken together with Pashto, in a number of villages in the Peshawar
district situated along the Grand Trunk Road. "But the cabinet committee
recommended compulsory Pashto teaching from Class 1 to XII in the rural
areas of Peshawar which would create problems for children speaking
Hindko," it argued.
Also, the board said Hindko was one of the two
major languages in Nowshera and Kohat districts, but the cabinet
committee on mother languages had recommended that Pashto should be
taught as compulsory subject from Class 1 to XII in Nowshera and Kohat.
It said this again would create problems in these bilingual districts if
the recommendations were implemented.
In order to make suggestions
on mother language teachings acceptable and practicable, the board
demanded that mother language formula should be applied to entire
Peshawar district along with Nowshera and Kohat where both Pashto and
Hindko should be taught as compulsory subjects.
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FAPUASA demands release of Rs6 billion announced by PM
Islamabad: Professor Kaleemullah Breach, General-Secretary of
Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations
(FAPUASA), has demanded release of Rs6 billion announced by Prime
Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on September 24, otherwise the federation
will be constrained to launch a more vigorous campaign including strike
for longer period next week.
He said that we are giving a week to the
government and HEC and will wait till Oct 12 and decide the future
course of action in a meeting on the following day. He said that classes
boycott could last for more days. He said that our strength is much
higher than that of lawyers and we can motivate the people as well.
Before we come out on street, the government should release the Rs6 billion promised amount, he warned.
said that the prime minister did not give anything to teachers or
students from primary to higher education. He did not mention and left
the function on Salam Teachers Day after narrating jokes. He said it was
pathetic to note that education had been at the lowest ebb in the
successive governments' priority list.
He said that FAPUASA condemns
the speech and gives one week deadline as PM himself had announced to
release Rs6 billion immediately as part of the Rs15 billion sanction. He
regretted that the PM sanctioned only of Rs1.1 billion. He said it is a
joke with the institutions of higher education.
Mahr Saeed Akhtar said that the formula indicated that we have to
observe 15 strikes to get promised Rs15 billion. He said that we are
fighting for the cause of higher education.
Meanwhile, Academic Staff
Associations of Quaid-i-Azam University and Allama Iqbal Open
University observed complete strike on the Black Day here on Tuesday.
placards and banners and chanting slogans, teachers of QAU gathered in
large number at the Social Sciences Block, from where they made a round
of the Campus including the old Administration Block. The 90-minute
rally peacefully ended at the Social Sciences Block.
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Orientation ceremony for newcomers held at FJWU
Rawalpindi: The orientation ceremony of newly-admitted undergraduate
students (academic session 2010-14) was held at the Fatima Jinnah Women
University (FJWU) here on Tuesday.
All deans and department incharges
were present on the occasion. The ceremony was held to welcome
newcomers and enlighten them about rules and regulations of the
institution. The ceremony started with the recitation of verses from the
Holy Qu'aan and welcome address by registrar Dr. Maryam Rab. She
congratulated the students for becoming a part of the FJWU. All
chairpersons and department incharges were introduced to the students to
make them familiar with the mechanism of the university.
Dr. Samina Amin Qadir, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
while speaking on the occasion, said that being the future leaders of
the country their collective duty is to make the country progress and
excel in all fields. She said that the university provides an ideal
environment to its students to develop their potentials. She advised the
students to work hard and stress upon developing strong commitment and
full devotion towards their studies.
Professor Dr. Naheed Zia Khan,
dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology and Faculty of Law,
Commerce and Social Sciences, while emphasising on the university's
commitment to ensure quality higher education, briefed the
newly-enrolled students on the university's environment and its
Dr. Mussarat A. Sheikh, incharge of the Education
Department and controller examination, briefed the audience on the
university's examination system.
Nighat Raza told the students regarding different scholarships and financial assistance available at the university.
Shamim M. Zaidi, chairperson of the Department of Communication and
Media Studies and incharge of the Campus Radio VOW (FM 96.9 Mhz) briefed
the students on the university FM channel and encouraged them to join
it to polish their hidden talents.
Dr. Surriya J. Mehmood, director
sports and chairperson of the Mathematics Department, briefed the
students on the importance of sports in our life and encouraged students
to actively participate. Dr. Huma Jahangir, medical officer at the
FJWU, told the new students about the medical facility and daycare
In the end, all department coordinators were introduced to
the students and they escorted them for a visit to all departments and
offices of the university.
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Honour for IIU president
Islamabad: International Islamic University (IIU) President Professor
Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui has been named amongst the 500 most
influential Muslims of the year 2010 by the Royal Islamic Strategic
The Centre is an independent research entity
affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, an
international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute
headquartered in Amman, Jordan.
The Centre has published the third
edition of this book entitled "The 500 most influential Muslims 2010".
This publication provides a window into the movers and shakers of the
Muslim world. It highlights people who are influential as Muslims, i.e.
people whose influence is derived from their practice of Islam or from
the fact that they are Muslim.
The citation of the president of the
IIU reads as follows: "Siddiqui is the president of the International
Islamic University in Islamabad, a school aiming to produce scholars and
practitioners able to use their Islamic learning to meet the economic,
social, political, and intellectual needs of the Ummah.
This is a
singular honour not only for the president, but the University itself as
it feels proud that it is led by a renowned personality of the Muslim
world. Dr. Siddiqui's association with the IIU dates back to its
founding years as he has been entrusted with several important and
strategic assignments from time to time during the past 25 year because
of which the IIU has expanded in many directions. The news
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