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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 governments.

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 Commercial Bank.

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.

Admissions 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.

There 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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