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Dr Mukhtar Ahmed offered HEC post
Islamabad, Jan 21: The governing board of the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) on Sunday appointed Dr Mukhtar Ahmed as the
new executive director of the HEC.
He was asked to submit joining report within one week.
The approval was given at the special meeting of the HEC board here
on Sunday. The meeting was attended by all members of the board,
including two federal secretaries and representatives of provincial
The meeting was chaired by Dr Javaid R. Leghari, the chairperson of the HEC.
On Saturday, the selection board had short-listed 12 candidates for
the post and recommended three names to the board for appointment of one
of them as the ED.
Dr Mukhtar Ahmed is a former member operation and planning of the HEC
and is currently working as the deputy director general of Islamic
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
It may be noted that when the HEC gave extension to Dr Sohail Naqvi
as the ED for the third time last year, the Supreme Court took notice
and on December 20 directed the commission to appoint a new executive
director in a transparent manner within 30 days.
On the other hand, the HEC management has already been summoned by
Islamabad High Court on Monday after two officials of the commission
petitioned the court to ensure the appointment process transparent.
The HEC management will file a report to the IHC regarding the
appointment and also submit a compliance report to the Supreme Court.
The employees of the HEC have appreciated the appointment of Dr
Mukhtar and expressed the hope that as he had already served in the
organisation he would resolved their issues on a priority basis.
Dr Leghari, the HEC chairman said that Dr Mukhtar had been asked to submit the joining report within one week.
In case he does not join the organisation, Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari of the QAU would be offered the job, he added. Dawn
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AIOU spring semester admissions open today
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will start from today (Monday)
its admissions for the 2013 Spring Semester, from Matric to MA/MSc
programmes in different disciplines.
Prospectuses and admission
forms can be obtained from the sale points of the university's main
campus in Sector H8, and country-wide regional campuses and coordinating
offices, said a news release issued on Sunday. The admission forms
along with the prescribed fee can be submitted in countrywide branches
of Bank Al-Falah, Habib Bank Ltd, First Women Bank and Allied Bank and
in the nominated branches of National Bank of Pakistan and Muslim
The admission forms and prospectus of Matric, FA
and BA-level programmes for Pakistanis in the Middle-East can be
download from the university's website del.aiou.edu.pk. Computer
admission forms have been sent to all the continuing students and they
can also download the continuing admission form from the website
www.aiou.edu.pk. According to admissions director, the admissions of MSc
are being offered in mass communication, mathematics, sociology,
forestry extension, statistics, chemistry and physics; four-year BS
programmes in microbiology and chemistry, commonwealth of learning;
MBA/MPA, MCom, MA in distance and non-formal education, teacher
education, educational planning and management (EPM), special education,
library and information sciences, TEFL and history.
of MEd are being offered in education (Distance and Non-formal
Education), teacher education, science education and special education.
In post-graduate diploma programme, environmental design, EPM, mass
communication, computer science (online), TEFL and youth development
work; at bachelor's level, BCom, mass communication, BA, BLIS, FA, ICom,
FSc (pre-engineering), FSc (pre-medical), Matric, ATTC, CT, Matric, FA
and BA in Dars-e-Nizami, six-months duration certificate courses,
agricultural courses and three-month duration short-term educational
programmes are also being offered.
For further details about
admissions for the 2013 spring semester can be obtained from the
Information Management Unit, Admissions Department. app
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Govt schools being run in dilapidated buildings
Rawalpindi: Every year the local administration issues notices for evacuation to owners
of dilapidated buildings before monsoon season but it so far did not
make any difference and even thousands of students are getting education
in those schools whose buildings have also been termed dangerous due to
poor condition of their structures.
The official data
shows that the buildings, declared dangerous by the local
administration, include Government High School Ziaul Uloom, Shimla High
School for Boys and Haveli Sujhan Singh Bhabara Bazaar and some others.
Besides, some buildings in market along Mughal Sarae, buildings in Moti
Bazaar, Bara Market, Sabzi Mandi and adjoining bazaars where traders
have established store rooms and labourers are residing have also been
served with eviction notices.
It is pertinent to mention
here that the District Education Officer (Primary and Elementary) has
already said that condition of around 100 government school buildings
was poor and the whole or part of them could collapse any time. They
have written to the higher authorities about the situation but
unfortunately nobody has yet paid any heed to their request.
are some 300 dilapidated buildings in the city and various segments of
the society have been continuously raising voice to resolve this issue
but lack of funds is still a major hurdle in this respect as the local
administration has to provide alternative accommodation to all those
residing in these buildings.
An ice factory has recently
been built in a dilapidated building adjacent to Syed Shah Qadri shrine
and the gravity of the situation can be gauged by the fact that its
boundary walls got collapsed soon after its establishment and sign
boards were damaged badly in the incident. The news
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