HEC former ED Dr Naqvi services lauded
Services of Dr Naqvi lauded at HEC reception
Islamabad, Jan 02: Vice chancellors and educationists paid glowing tributes to the services of
former Executive Director Higher Education Commission Dr. Sohail H.
Naqvi for the promotion of higher education in Pakistan. They requested
him to stay and wait for the decision of the HEC's committee for the
selection of next HEC executive director.
speaking at a special reception organised to recognise Naqvi's decade
long contribution and dedication towards the promotion of higher
education in Pakistan. The ceremony was held at the Islamabad Club and
attended by HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R Laghari, HEC founder chairman
Professor Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, Acting Executive Director HEC Syed Imtiaz
Hussain Gilani, Akram Sheikh, vice chancellors, members of civil society
and HEC officers.
The participants were of the view that
Dr. Sohail Naqvi put his heart and soul in brining Pakistani higher
education system at par with international standards. They also
appreciated the recent historic decision of Supreme Court of Pakistan
through the autonomy of HEC has been preserved.
all praises for Naqvi's administrative capabilities, proactive approach
and creative ways which, they said, facilitated him in taking HEC to its
present stature. "All I request Naqvi is not to give up. Leaving HEC
should not be his own decision. Let the selection committee decide,"
said Dr Attaur Rehman. A loud applause from the participants in reaction
to his request clearly depicted the opinion of the hall.
that, educationists, politicians and civil society workers came one by
one on the rostrum and repeated the same appeal besides expressing their
gratitude for Dr. Naqvi. They recalled their first interaction with Dr.
Naqvi and described the way he solved all issues, from major to trivial
ones, related to their institutes.
Dr. Atta said that
personalities play very important role in the development of any nation.
"Without visionary, capable, dynamic, hardworking, patriot, efficient
and honest leadership, no country or organisation can make headway." He
lauded the dedicated efforts of Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi for bringing about
new innovative ideas and vibrant changes in higher education sector of
Speaking on the occasion, HEC Chairperson Dr
Javaid R Laghari said that that the magnificent role-played by Dr. Naqvi
in developing higher education sector of Pakistan could never be
forgotten. He said that after the Supreme Court's decision, HEC along
with universities, single most important stakeholder, would continue its
role for boosting up higher education sector in Pakistan.
Acting Executive Director Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani recalled Dr.
Naqvi's tenure as golden period for the development of higher education
sector in Pakistan and said that each higher education institution
throughout the country is the living proof of this progress. "Only in
few days, I have realised the kind of hard work and pressure this
position requires," he said.
The gathering of
intellectuals expressed extreme disappointment over the bureaucratic
mess they thought was deliberately created at the commission. "May be
while busy nurturing higher educational institutions in the country, HEC
administration ignored the conspiracy developing within its own
administration," one of the vice chancellor opined. "I still remember
the day when vice chancellors were stopped at the door of HEC and were
barred form meeting the chairman. It was an unfortunate day when all my
hopes for the country were badly shaken when I witnessed the way
educationists can be treated in this country," said one vice chancellor,
as he described the ugly event they faced on December 14 when a group
of HEC staff closed the gates of HEC headquarters.
demanded structural reforms in HEC so that no such event can take place
in future. "Those who planned this intrigue are not against HEC but
actually they are against education in Pakistan," said another Vice
Chancellor while expressing his opinion on the recent issues that
developed in HEC.
Former Secretary Planning Commission
Engineer Akram Sheikh advised HEC administration to have direct and
close contact with the 'corridors of power' to thwart any such future
intrigue against the Commission.
Those who spoke on the
occasion included Rector National University of Science and Technology
Lieutenant General (r) Muhammad Asghar, Vice Chancellor University of
Gujrat Professor Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin, Chairperson Inter University
Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Professor Dr. Muhammad
Mukhtar, Vice Chancellor Quaid-i-Azam University Professor Dr. Masoom
Yasinzai, Rector Comsats Institute of Information Technology Dr. SM
Junaid Zaidi, Vice Chancellor Government College University Faisalabad
Dr. Zakir Hussain, Vice Chancellor KP Agriculture University, Peshawar,
Dr. Khan Bahadar Marwat, Vice Chancellor Balochistan University Quetta
Professor Dr. Rausal Baksh Raisani, Vice Chancellor Kohat University of
Science and Technology, Kohat, Dr. Nasir Jamal Khattak and others who
acknowledged the services of Dr. Naqvi.
Speaking at the
end, Professor Dr. Sohail H Naqvi extended thanks to the participants
for their remarks. He was of the view that what has been achieved in
last ten years in higher education sector of Pakistan is outcome of
collective efforts put by vice chancellors, university faculty and
employees, scholars, students and HEC staff.
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NUST, FUI ink MoU
Islamabad: A Memorandum of Understanding was inked between National University of
Sciences and Technology and Foundation University here on Tuesday.
six-member delegation from Foundation University visited NUST where
Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar and Rector FUI Major General Gul
Muhammad signed the MoU.
The purpose of the MOU is to
define areas of collaboration both at undergraduate and postgraduate
levels, professional training, joint research and other academic
services including faculty development programme, supervision and
Evaluation of PhD research work and seminars. It aims at benefitting
from each other's expertise.
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AIOU to start online classes from 8th
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will start online classes of
Computer Science in Umerkot and DG Khan regions from January 8,
announced Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi after laying
foundation stone of the construction of 'Bachelor and Foreign Faculty
Hostel' at the university.
The hostel would be
constructed in an area of 43000sft involving a cost of Rs139 million.
The 5-story building would be completed in 21 months. He said education
is the backbone of success and progress because without education a
nation can't stand properly. He said that regional campuses and model
study centres are being set up while 'Educate a Child', the target to
register one million children through the scheme would be achieved by
June next, he said. AIOU, he said has been utilizing all potential and
resources to expand and strengthening educational network in the
country. Vice-Chancellor Gomal University, Professor Dr Mansoor Akbar
Kundi appreciated the expansion and strengthening of educational
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Comstech workshop on 15th
Islamabad: The Comstech will hold international workshop on "Disaster Management
and Risk Reduction" from January 15 to 17, to provide an opportunity for
scientists, disaster managers and policy makers to share knowledge and
benefit from experts in the field.
The objective of
the workshop is to enhance technical knowledge of the young faculty
members and MPhil/PhD scholars in the area of disaster management, and
"It will help to orient planners to have
an inbuilt mechanism at planning stage, to save the heavy investment and
also to increase administrator's competency and coping capability, to
mobilize communities during disasters".
Talking to APP, an
official said the objective of workshop is to update administrators,
managers and policy makers about the role of United Nations Office for
Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), for seeking assistance during and
Natural disaster management organisations
and hierarchy of Pakistan and Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC),
national and international NGOs, public and private sector institutes,
universities and other organizations will participate in the workshop. The news
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