Problems of higher education commission workers

HEC workers suffer due to lack of notified service rules
Islamabad, Sep 17: Even after seven long years of establishment, Higher Education Commission (HEC) still lacks notified service rules to follow a legal procedure for the recruitment of new employees and for promoting existing staff members.

HEC was established in 2002, replacing the University Grants Commission (UGC), with a view to promote higher education for better future of the country. However, the Commission lacks rules to resolve matters related to services.

"There are no notified service rules despite the fact that the Ordinance 2002, under which the Commission was formed, clearly directed for framing and getting the rules approved by the competent authority, the Establishment Division," reliable sources said.

As per the HEC Ordinance 2002, HEC would have to follow the UGC rules until it frames its own, however, the practice is not being followed, sources added.

The fresh appointments as well as promotions made in the Commission are merely done on whimsical grounds with political motivation and against the directives of Establishment Division, sources revealed.

An 'ESTA' Code of Establishment Division reads as, "Where a cadre has definite quotas reserved for departmental promotions and direct recruitment, promotions against the departmental quota should be made first and the posts reserved for the direct recruitment filled later."

However, the HEC management is involved in promoting employees and recruiting new ones without following the directions.

"Earlier, at least 20 posts of BPS-17 have been filled without following the rules. Similarly, 10 recruitments have been made in BPS-18, five in BPS-19 and all the posts over 19 are being filled by outsiders," sources added.

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Qualification condition eased for Malakand students
Islamabad: To adjust youth from Malakand in the upcoming phase of National Internship Programme (NIP) on priority basis, the Ministry of Youth Affairs has eased the condition of 16 years of education to 14 years for students of that region.

Minister of Youth Affairs Shahid Hussain Bhutto said that the decision was aimed at providing relief to the youth of Malakand who had to pass through a stressful period. "The government also plans to provide employment to them," he said.

He said that employment was one of the biggest issues of educated youth in the country. "Creating employment opportunities is the major objective of the recently approved Youth Policy and the ministry is in the process of designing projects aimed at creating employment for youth at the grassroots level," he said.

Bhutto said that the age limit for candidates applying from that area would remain the same as that of candidates applying from other parts of the country. To apply for NIP the candidate would have to complete 16 years of education and should not be more than 25 years of age.

He said that advertisement for the programme would appear in media within this week urging youth to start applying. "With the current allocation of Rs3.6 billion for the fiscal year 2009-10, 30,000 youth will be provided with one year job experience in public sector in the second phase," he said.

Launched in year 2007, the rationale of the programme was to provide job experience to youth while side-by-side addressing the chronic shortage of staff in various public sector organisations. The objective was to provide temporary placement of appropriate numbers of unemployed and educated youth in relevant and matching government outfits, which could be advantageous for both government and the unemployed youth. The internees are provided with an attractive monthly stipend of Rs10,000.

Candidates can apply both online at or through postal mail for this programme. The candidates will be awarded experience certificates on successful completion of internship. All applications received are first sent to Higher Education Commission (HEC) for verification of degree; roll number, registration number, and name of university and year of passing. HEC is carrying out verifications in close coordination with all recognised universities and degree awarding institutions.

Once the degree is verified by HEC, the applications for internship are forwarded to Nadra for verification of CNIC number, date of birth and names. All those applications that have been verified by HEC and Nadra are sorted out on the basis of preference for placement.

According to official statistics, over 50,000 youth complete 16 years of education from recognised universities/degree awarding institutions in the country every year. A considerable time gap between the completion of education and job availability in majority of cases results in a sense of frustration and waste of potential energy within educated youth.

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Scholars asked to submit abstracts for SPELT conference
Islamabad: The Working Committee of Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) has invited English language teaching experts and scholars who want to give a talk on different issues relating English language teaching to submit their abstracts by September 20.

SPELT is organising its three-day 25th International Annual Conference with the collaboration of Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi from October 23 to 25. The presenters can share their experiences in the form of papers, workshops and poster sessions.

This conference provides an opportunity to English teachers across the country to benefit from the internationally renowned scholars. For further information, Umar Farooq, conference coordinator, can be contacted on 0300-5255369. The news

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Two teachers kidnapped in Karak
Karak: Two primary schoolteachers were kidnapped here on Tuesday. However, one of them was set free by the unknown kidnappers near Domail in Bannu district.

The teachers were going home after attending school in Shaggi Lawaghar village when they were waylaid by some gunmen. Relatives registered an FIR against the unidentified kidnappers in Karak police station on Wednesday.

Sources said that Mohammad Janana, uncle of kidnapped teacher Imran, resident of Kach Banda, Karak, told the police that the family contacted the school watchman to know the whereabouts of Imran when he did not return home from school.

The watchman informed the family that Imran had left school along with another colleague Khalil after school hours. However, late at night, Khalil phoned home saying that he had been released by the kidnappers. Family members told the police that they had no enmity with anyone. Dawn

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Student kidnapped in Kohat
Kohat: Unidentified persons kidnapped a university student on Bannu Road here Wednesday. Official sources said Waseem Abbas, a student of Kohat University, along with his two friends, Jamshed and Qamar Abbas, was on his way back home from the university when intercepted by a car. The occupants of the car kidnapped Waseem and drove away.

The police took Jamshed into custody and included him in investigation. The news

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