HEC again likely to face worst financial crisis
VCs come down hard on HEC for nominal allocations<
Islamabad, Sep 14: The meeting of vice chancellors (VCs) on Tuesday at
Higher Education Commission (HEC) Headquarters was a battlefield as all head of
universities came hard on HEC management for allocation of funds and other
affairs. On the other hand HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari shrugged his shoulders
by saying that HEC did not have more funds to allocate to
According to sources, the HEC is likely to face the worst
financial crisis again as Planning Commission (PC) has released only 14 percent
of the total development budget during the first quarter of this fiscal year.
Besides cutting down the budget allocations of varsities to 10 to 15%, bearing
the brunt of these moves, their management is facing severe financial
An official requesting not to be named said that the VCs of all
universities were much concerned about that willful neglect on government and
HEC's part. It is also known that they exchanged heated arguments with HEC
management as due to lack of funds not only their day-to-day affairs have been
suffering but also it is difficult for them to pay the salaries.
further told this scribe that in the meeting the HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Laghri
clearly mentioned that HEC did not have any funds to run the affairs of
universities. He said PC released every month Rs 97 million for HEC but the
expenditure of universities educational projects were twice. The chairman said
that financial crisis had also affected six new development projects.
Federal Cabinet has allocated Rs 679.895 million for the six new schemes of HEC
in the federal budget for 2011-12 under PSDP so all other development projects
will have to go on hold for three months, he said.
Over 70 VCs and
rectors of public sector universities from all over the country attended the
meeting. The VC elected Engr Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, VC, UET Peshawar, Noshad
Shaikh, VC, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro and Dr
Mujahid Kamran as members of the VCs Committee.
The meeting was informed
that many university employees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have already begun
protest to demand their 50 and 15 percent increase in salaries.
to officials, the HEC was allotted the budget of about Rs 14 billion for the
year 2011-2012 of which Rs 120 million rupees were fixed for scholarships but
the current financial situation of HEC do not seem to provide scholarship funds
due to which the student abroad have started complaints and demand for
The VC's showed concerned that educational institutes
were facing difficulties to meet their administrative and other expenses. They
also said the scholarship programs and the provision of tuition fee under HEC
were affecting at a larger margin.
The VC and rectors of 72 public sector
universities resolved unanimously that singling out university employees and
denying them 50% salary increase last year and 15% this year was unjustified and
The VCs asked the government to provide additional grants
to cover this shortfall before the simmering employees' agitation turned out of
control vitiating the peaceful educational environment causing irreparable loss
to students and their studies.
Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Member Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Economic Affairs and Planning and Development said that education gave socio-economic uplift to the country and
planning commission had released the funds of HEC in urgent basics.
said the issue would also be discussed in the next meeting of the Finance and
Planning Division. Daily times
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VCs seek raise in pay, funds
Islamabad: Increase in salaries and release of funds from the government topped the concerns of chancellors and
rectors of universities on Tuesday when they all met here.
The Vice-Chancellors' Committee was engaged in heated arguments to deal with
the situation where some universities were even running out of funds to pay
Over 70 vice-chancellors/rectors of public sector universities of the country
attended the meeting.
It was particularly pointed out that many university employees in Khyber
Pakhtunkhawa had already begun agitating and were demanding their 50 and 15 per
cent increases in salaries. VCs from Balochistan, KP could barely contain their
contempt for the situation that they faced and mocked at HEC's demand to improve
quality, introduce entrepreneurship and focus on relevant research.
The gathering was reminded that faculty members were still denied 50 per cent
increase in salaries announced last year and 15 per cent this year while
government employees in other public offices had been granted the increases.
Shortage of funds to finish on-going HEC projects also topped their list of
The HEC chairman, Dr Javed Laghari, while acknowledging the challenges faced
by the universities emphasised that leadership role of vice-chancellors was
critical. He advised the university heads to raise funds in addition to the
government funding. "A university leader is expected to develop an
administrative team and become a role model for faculty members, administrative
staff as well as the students," he said.
The HEC executive director, Dr Sohail Naqvi, also stressed the need for
sustaining higher education for the socio-economic uplift of the country. He
said that universities were now an integral part of the society because
universities have an important role to play in building communities and economy,
besides providing leadership to the country. He suggested that universities
should raise funds.VCs, however, gave examples where universities were already
generating 40-50 per cent of their resources.
While stressing the significance of quality measures in universities, Dr
Naqvi asked the vice chancellors to strictly implement the quality criteria in
their respective institutions including plagiarism policy, MS/PhD eligibility
criteria, appointment of faculty members, etc.
The meeting decided to exempt fees of students in the flood affected areas
for the rest of the year. They also took steps to repair the education
institutions damaged by the recent floods. The VCs asked the government to
provide additional grants to cover this shortfall before the simmering
employees' agitation got out of control, causing irreparable loss to students
and their studies. Dawn
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VC Balochistan comes to blows with HEC management
Islamabad: In the meeting Balochistan University VC Dr Abdul Nabi
said his university was facing a deficit of over Rs 500 million after 50 percent
cut in funds by HEC. If the required funds were not provided, the varsity will
be shut down within few months. "We have become the sandwich by HEC and
provisional government and both are not ready to address our problems. When we
demanded for funds provisional government refer them to HEC and when we go to
HEC for funds, the education commission refuses by saying that they are out of
funds," said the VC harshly. Daily times
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Pindi teachers resent 'political appointments'
Rawalpindi: College teachers in the Rawalpindi division are disturbed over what they call
"punishment" meted out to two principals for rejecting "political appointments"
in their colleges.
They say that Prof Safdar Ali Malik and Prof Masood Ahmed were transferred
from their respective government colleges at Sohawa and Dina after they refused
to submit to political diktat and filled the 12 vacant posts of teachers in
their colleges on merit. Prof Ahmed was served a suspension order also but both
the principals are still in their posts on the strength of stay orders they
secured from the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court.
Heads of other colleges allegedly succumbed to bureaucratic pressure and
appointed political choices to 30 posts. Dawn
Director Colleges Dr Mohammad Ashraf denied to the charge by Prof Ahmed that
he was used to put the pressure and dismissed the transfer of the two principals
as "routine affair". College principals in the Rawalpindi division had
reportedly short listed 42 candidates in May following a Punjab government
advertisement for filling the vacant posts "on merit basis".
Official sources acknowledge, though not openly, that PML-N lawmakers put
pressure on the principals to abandon their merit list and appoint their choices
to the posts instead. Dawn
"There were five vacancies in my college for junior staff. I interviewed more
than 400 candidates and picked the most qualified among them for appointment.
But I was handed a list of people for appointment who did not meet the
criteria," Prof Safdar Ali Malik told on Tuesday.
"I could not usurp the right of deserving candidates. I rejected the
political intervention and was transferred. But I stood my ground and am still
the principal through a court order," he said.
Similar sentiments were expressed by the principal of Government College
Dina, Prof Masood Ahmed, whose transfer order was followed by a suspension
order. "How could I ignore the candidates who met the criteria and absorb people
recommended by politicians through Director Colleges Dr Ashraf? The director
asked me to do as told or sit at home," he said.
Although he denied that he was instrumental in exerting the alleged pressure,
Dr Ashraf declined to explain why the two principals were transferred.
Meanwhile, President of the Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association Ilyas
Qureshi has condemned the action against the two and warned that the teachers
would stage a sit-in outside Punjab Assembly if political intervention in
college affairs continued.
"Our community is quite disturbed over the political appointments," he said
accusing the Punjab government of ruining the educational institutions by
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18,352 registered madressahs in country, NA told
Islamabad: Multan, the home district of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, has the maximum number - 1,144 - of 18,352 registered
madressahs for men in the country followed by Lahore which is home to 1,110
seminaries, the National Assembly was informed on Monday.
In reply to a question raised by Ms Shaheen Ishfaq of the PML-N, Federal
Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Shah said in a written reply that
according to figures available with his ministry, there were 18,352 religious
schools for men in the country, except the province of Sindh. The Sindh
province, he said, was yet to provide the information.In terms of ratio to the
population, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has the maximum number of
seminaries. The city's population is two million and there are 138 registered
madressahs functioning in almost in every nook and corner of the capital - be it
the E-Sector or rural areas of the ICT.
Province-wise, Punjab has the largest number of madressahs - 12,903. Except
for Lahore which has 1,110 madressahs, the concentration of religious schools is
comparatively less in other central and northern districts of Punjab. Their
concentration was heavy in southern districts of the province.
Kasur has 430 madressahs, Okara 373, Sheikhupura 232 , Nankana 89, Gujranwala
326, Sialkot 371, Chakwal 49, Jhelum 158, Attock 186, Khushab 240 and Sargodha
433. In Rahim Yar Khan there are 811 madressahs, in D.G. Khan 711 and
Muzaffargarh 898. These religious schools are registered with the
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3,343 seminaries are registered with the government.
In Peshawar district there are 352 madressahs, Bannu 43, D.I. Khan 221 and Lakki
In Balochistan, the government has so far registered 1,968 madressahs. Quetta
leads the figures with 573 religious schools, Khuzdar has 206, Pishin 117,
Chaghai 105 and Loralai 109.
The minister said the government had disbursed Rs296.7 million among
registered madressahs from the Zakat fund. Of the amount, Punjab has been given
Rs163 million, Sindh Rs67 million, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rs39 million, Balochistan
Rs14 million, Fata Rs7 million, ICT Rs1.8 million and Gilgit Baltistan Rs2
The PPP-led coalition government revised the national education policy in
2009 and the task of reforms and getting these madressahs registered was given
to Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
The interior minister initially held a few meetings with representatives of
Ittehad Tanzeemat-i-Madressahs Pakistan (ITMP) but the issue was later put on
the back burner.
The ITMP represents five boards which manage seminaries of several schools of
thought. The Wafa-qul-Madressahs Al-Arbia belongs to the Deobandi school of
thought which alone has over 12,000 religious schools. The Tanzeem-ul-Madressahs
belong to the Barelvi schools of thought, Rabatul Madressahs to Jamat-i-Islami,
Wafaqul-Madressahs Alsalfia (Ahl-e-Hadith) and Wafaqul-Madressahs Ashia to Shia
school of thought.
The government intends to bring all madressahs under one regulatory authority
whereas the ITMP wanted degree awarding status for all its Wafaqs. There are
also differences over subjects to be taught in registered madressahs and issues
like selection of teachers. Dawn
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Razmak Cadet College closed, principal wants it shifted
Islamabad: In the wake of the volatile security situation in Fata, the Cadet College Razmak has been
closed till September 24 and its Principal has suggested that the college be
shifted to Bannu at least for one year.
"I suggest to Governor Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Barrister Masood Kausar and Corps Commander Peshawar to shift this
Cadet College to Bannu to ensure uninterrupted education for 460 students,"
Principal, Cadet College Razmak, Major (retd) Manzoor Hussain Qureshi said on telephone on Tuesday.
He said that the College
was previously shifted to Peshawar but it would be appropriate to shift it to
nearby city of Bannu. "We will have to hire some building in Bannu to continue
the process of giving education to our students and it will be better option
instead of closing down the institution," he added.
However, the parents
of students of this Cadet College told this scribe on Tuesday that they would
appeal to the concerned authorities that if there were responsible authorities
or rulers in the country the parent of the cadets prayed that for God's sake
take pity upon their children and shift the college to some secure and safe
"Once again the college may kindly be shifted to some safe place
just to avoid loss of their academic year," the parents added. They said that
they were not ready to send back their sons to an unsafe place so the government
should take a decision to shift the college until normalcy is restored.
This Cadet College was closed on 21st August, 2011 till Sept 11. When
the cadets were let there by their parents to Cantt Area Bannu, they informed
that the college would now remain closed till 24th September or till further
orders due to recent terrorist attacks on the army camp situated at the college
Cadet College Razmak is a unique prestigious Institution
established in 1978 under Presidential Resolution in the remote area of North
Waziristan Agency (Fata). The institution has distinguished itself.
May 29 the cadets were re-shifted to the original premises under the cover of
Army convoys without obtaining prior permission of the authorities concerned in
Fata Secretariat. The parents complain that shelling and missile attacks on the
college was a daily routine and the hostel including conference halls were
damaged by terrorist attacks from their shelter located nearby in Shawal Hills.
A few employees of college were also injured. Surprisingly the students and
staff have been directed not to disclose these attacks.
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Rawalpindi: Yasir Younas Khan BSc (Business) and Hira Khalid LLB, dynamic students of Roots
College International DHA-1 campus, were selected from all over Pakistan to
represent Pakistan in the 5th Unesco Asian Youth Forum, which was held in Korea
from 22nd- 26th August 2011, says a press release issued here Tuesday.
The Asian Youth Forum has been established to strengthen the practical
aspects of the Unesco Youth Forum and aims to invigorate youth endeavours by
enhancing youth-led pilot projects. The International Forum was held at the
Korea Unesco Peace Centre, Icheon City in the Republic of Korea.
theme of the forum was Challenges of Asian Youth Identity, Voices, Change, and
Future. The RCI students submitted a youth project report on Challenges of Asian
Youth Identity, Voices, Change, and Future . In the report, they emphasised on
the fact that the youth can help bring a change in the society by promoting
mutual understanding and respect amongst themselves. The youth needs to realise
that humanity transcends all physical and psychological divisions. They need to
celebrate diversity and stop considering, everything that is unfamiliar to them,
as inferior. They need to give change a chance. Through communication they can
attain a better understanding of the human race and eventually accomplish a more
It was a great honour for Roots College International,
DHAI-1 campus students to be chosen as the only representatives from Asia,
having an outstanding educational background. These students were selected by
Pakistan Unesco commission. The news
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QAU contradicts message about Dengue fever cure
Islamabad: Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) on Tuesday issued a
clarification with reference to large spread text message revealing the cure of
Dengue fever by a faculty member of Department of Micro Biology, QAU. University
has strongly condemned the spreading of such fake information and clarified that
any department or faculty member of QAU has discovered no such cure of Dengue
Fever. QAU would strongly recommend to people to use those medicines and
treatment strategies, which are being recommended by their registered physician
at public hospital and avoid using such baseless remedies. A complaint has
already been registered to Cyber crime cell of FIA, Pakistan in order to locate
the source of this message. app
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Iqra University holds orientation ceremony
Islamabad: Orientation ceremony for the session 2011 was held at Iqra University, Islamabad campus, to
provide students with the smooth and helpful transition into university life,
says a press release.
Vice President of Iqra University, Islamabad
campus, Dr Jamil Ahmed in his address, welcomed the fall 2011, semester
students. He said that Iqra University has always focused on quality education.
"You will glad to know that Iqra University has been ranked number one among all
private institutions by Sindh government, according to the Charter Inspection
and Evaluation Committee (CIEC)", he said. "We have competent faculty members in
the profession of teaching for example Dr. Kashif-ur-Rehman who has been awarded
the best university teacher for the year 2010 by HEC. Further more, we have been
ranked as 38 out of 96 universities in Pakistan in terms of research output," he
During the last few years our students have shown excellent
performances and are serving in leading national and international
organisations, he said.
Dr Jamil Ahmed encouraged students to attend
their classes regularly and underlined the importance of time management,
learning skills, note taking in lectures, on-line skills, introduction to email
accounts, student support services, library skills, writing university essays
and where to access assistance during semester if you need it.
addition to this tour of the campus and library was also arranged for new
comers. He said, you will also have the opportunity to meet experienced student
mentors who can answer any of your questions about study and life at Iqra, as
well as show you all the places you'll need to know about to help you settle in
and feel more comfortable about starting university.
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Rawalpindi: Eisha Farooq, a student of the Punjab College for Girls, Satellite Town, got second position
with 991 marks in the Pre-Medical Group in the Higher Secondary School
Certificate Annual Examination 2011 of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary
Education, Rawalpindi, says a press release. The news
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