HEC admission test standard | KEMU, UHS top slots
Admission test standard irks students
Islamabad, Jan 08: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has
standardised admission requirements for M.Phil and PhD courses by
declaring Graduate Assessment Test (GAT), as mandatory. Previously, each
university had its own rules for admission and there was lack of
But many students have complained that because GAT follows
international standards, it makes it difficult for graduates of local
universities to clear the test. Students fear that access to higher
education in the country which is 0.2 per cent at the moment, could
Students of PhD and M.Phil expressed their reservations at a press conference, on Monday, held at the National Press Club.
The introduction of GAT test policy (made mandatory since December
2012) has created a barrier and constraint for the students to get
enrollment in PhD and M.Phil, said Aamina Sadaf, a PhD student.
The GAT test should not be the only compulsory requirement to secure
admission, there must be some alternative options, demanded Sadaf.
Students said that National Testing Service (NTS) which holds tests
had been charging Rs900 for GAT (General) which is mandatory for M.Phil
and Rs1,500 for GAT (Subject), which is mandatory for PhD.
NTS was established in July 2002, in response to the express need for
a testing service in National Education Policy (1998-2010) and IT
Policy of Government of Pakistan.
"There are so many students who appeared in GAT, four to six times
but could not pass. I have deposited Rs100,000 for PhD but now my
university has instructed me to submit GAT certificate," a student said.
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HEC pays club fees of its boss
Islamabad: Heavy weight bureaucrats get membership of
the Islamabad Club easily but pay the heavy membership fee from own
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) paid the Rs1 million fee from
its funds for the 'private membership' of its chairman, Dr Javaid R.
That flowed from a decision taken by the HEC at its meeting on
October 12, 2009 that its chairman needed "a safer place like Islamabad
Club" because "in the prevailing law and order situation in the country
private hotels are not risk-free" for conducting meetings with foreign
"Therefore, the HEC may arrange membership for its officers and bear
the expenditure incurred on initial membership of Islamabad Club," the
decision said identifying the officers as "chairperson, the executive
director, member (O&P) and two nominated members of HEC".
Documents available with Dawn show that the club conveyed to the HEC
that its chairman could be granted membership for a registration fee of
Rs5,000 and membership fee of Rs600,000.
But in December 2009 the Islamabad Club informed the HEC that the
membership "will be given to Dr Javaid R. Leghari as an individual and
not to his designation of HEC chairman.
According to a member of the Islamabad Club membership awarding
committee, though an officer's position counts, the membership is
awarded only in his personal capacity.
"If the deputy commissioner of Islamabad is made a member of the club
it is because of his office but the fee is to be paid by the individual
and not by his department," he explained.
Official communications show that the Islamabad Club had made it
clear to the HEC that Dr Leghari's membership will be for life time and
that his successor in the office will have to seek the club's membership
An official in the know of things said that while Higher
Education Commission took time to pursue the membership of Dr Leghari,
the Islamabad Club informed it in March 2010 that it had increased its
membership fee from Rs600,000 to Rs1 million.
"We at the HEC had to draw funds from consultative-based Research and
Survey Project and the Contribution and Subscription Fund of the HEC to
pay the fee and the accounts and audit officials approved it in
accordance with the decision taken by the HEC at its 20th meeting in
October 2009," disclosed other sources.
They said Dr Leghari is currently being paid Rs600,000 per month as
salary by the federal government, and in addition Rs120,000 as house
rent and Rs60,000 for utilities.
Asked about his usage of HEC funds, the former HEC chairman Dr Attaur
Rehman said: "I never used any HEC funds from any head on my person. I
already had Islamabad Club membership when I was made the chairman of
HEC in 2002."
"Any money taken from state should be accounted for and properly audited," he said.
Despite many calls, and text messages, HEC chairman Dr Leghari did
not respond to requests for his comments. Neither was the official
spokesman for Higher Education Commission available for comments.
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Dual nationals shortlisted for KEMU, UHS top slots A recommendation that may break with tradition
Lahore: The search committee, entrusted with the task
to recommend candidates for the slot of vice chancellors for King Edward
Medical University and University of Health Sciences on a regular
basis, has included two dual nationality holders in the panels forwarded
to the chief minister for approval, it is learnt.
Interestingly, the committee named one dual nationality holder each
in the two panels for the posts of vice-chancellor which sent a wave of
shock among those contenders who had served the government for a long
period but were dropped from the race, a source close to the development
He said the committee had recommended two panels, each carried three names for the top slots of KEMU and UHS.
The committee had initially shortlisted names of nine contenders out
of total 40 medics interviewed on Jan 2 and 3 at Ali Institute on
Ferozepur Road for the two slots.
Later on, a final meeting of the committee was scheduled for Saturday last (Jan 5) to further review the list of nine aspirants.
However, the source said, the committee finalised names of six
applicants on Friday night, a day before the scheduled meeting which
triggered unrest among three other contenders dropped from the list. "I
believe the matter of shortlisting the candidates at the eleventh hour
(on Friday) was not in the knowledge of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif,"
one of the 'aggrieved' applicants said seeking anonymity.
He termed it a violation of standard operating procedure (SoP) for
the selection and an injustice to the three senior medics who, according
to him, were also 'hot contenders' for the key slots of the two leading
universities of Punjab.
The dropped applicant has sought prompt intervention of the chief
minister in the matter, saying that the CM should first analyse internal
and external merit lists of candidates prepared by the health
department and the search committee respectively which would help him
know the actual situation.
He has also hinted at legal fight for the slot if the matter was not probed by the competent authority.
According to the source, the committee had finalised names of
Professor of Surgery Dr Abdul Majeed Chaudhry, ex-chief executive of
Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, Prof Dr Jawad Sajid Khan and a
UK-based Pakistani national senior radiologist Prof Dr Sarwat Husain for
the KEMU slot.
Those recommended for the post of the UHS vice-chancellor included
Services Institute of Medical Sciences Principal Prof Dr Faisal Masood,
former principal of Allama Iqbal Medical College Prof Dr Javed Akram and
former dean of Postgraduate Medical Institute Maj-Gen (retired) Prof Dr
Another issue that irked the senior faculty members was the
recommendation of all the three candidates for the KEMU VC slot from
other than Kemcolians. In the past, they said, all the heads of the
century-old institution were Kemcolians who had enjoyed a better
comfortable level with its other faulty members, they claimed.
"As many as 10 Kemcolians had applied for the KEMU top slot and
nobody from them was considered for the panel of three candidates
recommended to the CM for final consideration," another disappointed
The source said a close competition was being expected between Prof
Majeed Chaudhry and Prof Jawad Sajid for the KEMU slot while Prof Javed
Akram and Prof Faisal Masood were the strong candidates for the UHS VC
Headed by former federal minister Sartaj Aziz, the search committee
consists of Health Secretary Arif Nadeem, Lahore University of
Management Sciences Pro-Chancellor Syed Babar Ali, former Allama Iqbal
Medical College principal Prof S.A.R Gardezi, former chief secretary
Pervez Masood and Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khwaja Salman
Arif Nadeem did not attend his cell phone despite repeated attempts. Dawn
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BISE forms schedule
Lahore: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore while
publicising schedule for admission forms has announced that Intermediate
Annual Examination 2013 will commence from May 4, 2013.
to a BISE spokesperson, admission forms with single fee will be
received from January 21, 2013 to February 4, 2013, with double fee from
Feb 5 to Feb 11, with triple fee from Feb 12 to Feb 18 and with triple
fee and Rs 500 per day fine from Feb 19 to Feb 25, 2013.
spokesperson said only the online admission forms for the examination
would be accepted which could be downloaded from the board's website
(www.biselahore.com). He said the form would bear an automatic unique
number while it was downloaded, adding that owing to this unique number,
photocopy of the admission form would not be acceptable.
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Lahore: Government College University (GCU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad
Khaleeq-ur-Rahman in collaboration with the Academic Staff Association
(ASA) has organised a one-day recreational trip for the university's
faculty members to Changa Manga.
According to a press
release issued on Monday, the vice-chancellor also participated in games
and other healthy recreational activities to encourage the faculty
members. Research Director Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, ASA President
Prof Dr Hassan A Shah and Political Science Department Chairperson Prof
Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt also accompanied the vice chancellor. The news
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