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No end to row over autonomy of HEC
Islamabad, April 20: The tug of war over the autonomy of the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) has not ended with the departure of
the PPP government.
During the previous government, the Ministry of Education and
Training (MET) tried to bring the HEC under its control but could not do
so on the intervention of the apex court of the country.
Now the finance division has informed the HEC that in future grants would be released to it through the ministry of education.
On the other hand, former chairman HEC Prof Dr Attaur Rehman has
termed the move a clear violation of the Supreme Court orders and
decided to challenge the notification in the apex court, it has been
According to documents available with Dawn, the finance division has
informed the HEC that the cabinet division through a notification on
February 22, 2013, had amended the rules of business and placed the HEC
under the administrative control of
As a result, the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) grants
for the HEC for the financial year 2013-14 will be released through MET.
An officer in the HEC requesting not to be identified said the
notification had created unrest in the management of the HEC which was
already facing difficulties because of the delay in release of funds by
the finance division.
"In the financial year 2012-13, the PSDP grant of the HEC was Rs15.2
billion which in the current year would be increased to Rs18 billion.
But after release from the finance division, the funds will now remain
stuck in MET," he said.
"We already faced mental stress because of the former education
minister's alleged attempts to take over the commission which deals with
the Rs48 billion funds.
Although he might not be part of the next cabinet, it seems the saga between the HEC and the ministry will continue," he said.
Another officer said the Sindh High Court on June 8, 2012, had made it clear that the HEC cannot be placed under a ministry.
But no one bothered about the court verdict, he said.
Dr Attaur Rahman said in 2011 he had filed a
writ with the Supreme Court which ruled that the HEC cannot be devolved.
"In 2012, once again, I moved the apex court which ordered that the autonomy of the HEC should not be disturbed.
So I have decided to file a new application with the court to resolve the latest issue."
Dr Rehman said his lawyer was of the view that departments directly
under the authority of the prime minister should be managed through the
cabinet division. Dawn
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Cambridge schools operating above law
Karachi: Despite the directives issued
by Director Private Institutions (DPI) to O' and A' level schools of
private sector to register their schools, many such private institutes
have failed to register.
Sources reveal that
DPI, on April 1, 2013, issued instructions to all private O' and A'
level schools to get registered with DPI within fifteen days, otherwise,
stern action would be taken against school authorities. But still after
passing of due date not a single school approached DPI to get it
DPI has directed schools to follow the rules and
regulations otherwise the directorate will take action in accordance
with the Private Schools Registration Act.
The directorate has also
asked British Council director to ensure that all such unregistered
affiliated schools must abide by law. It was further asked to affiliate
only those O' and A' level institutions, which have got registration
Sources further informed that these kinds of
instructions have been issued numerous times from directorate schools
but have never proved fruitful. In past directorate could not take any
stern action against these schools, therefore, it is very likely that
notices this time will also prove fruitless, it has been learnt.
year the issue of summer vacation also turned into crisis situation as
O', A' level schools refused to achieve a consensus with government, as
private schools announced their separate schedule for holidays as
compared to government.
It is pertinent to mention here that
approximately above 200 schools are running operations in metropolis
without government registration. These O' and A' level schools are
running in Karachi from many years without registration from concerned
authorities, which ultimately gives free hand to school authorities for
dictating their own terms.
It is also witnessed that some schools
affiliated British Council are without registration, which is ultimately
violation of law as DPI restricted all boards to do not affiliate any
Institutions Rafiha Mallah denied all allegations and said that
registrations are under proceedings and soon all schools will be
registered. To a question about number of registered schools, she said
that she did not remember the exact figure but procedure is under
process and in this regard inspection are being conducted by teams.
from marketing and communication department of British Council Shahid
Ashraf commented that he did not have any update regarding registration,
however, the issue is under consideration. Daily times
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KU to build its own hospital, says VC
Karachi: Vice-Chancellor of University of Karachi (KU) Prof Dr
Muhammad Qaiser, while addressing a prize distribution ceremony here on
Friday, announced that KU will soon establish a hospital of its own. The
ceremony was held under the joint auspices of the Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Karachi and the Society of Health System Pharmacists. Dr
Qaiser pointed out that pharmacists who have graduated from Karachi
University are now rendering services in various fields. He went on to
say that opportunities are also available to pharmacists in hospitals in
the metropolis. Vice-Chancellor informed that the University of Karachi
will soon establish its own hospital and that this would also help
provide the required training to the students as pharmacists. Earlier,
Dean Faculty of Pharmacy Dr Ghazala Hafeez delivered the welcome
address. Later, the VC gave away gold medals to the meritorious
students. Muhammad Hussain was awarded four gold medals in view of his
excellent performance. app
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GCUF BA/BSc exams from 30th
Faisalabad: Annual BA/BSc examinations 2013 will start here from April 30.
to the office of the GCUF controller examinations, date sheet of the
exams had been issued while roll number slips had been dispatched to the
affiliated colleges and private candidates on their relevant address.
In case of any query, candidates could contact to the controller office
during office hours till April 25. Further details are available on the
GCUF website www.gcuf.edu.pk.
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Rootsians excel in essay contest
Islamabad: Students of the Roots International School (RIS) excelled in the International
Hero Championship (Season-II) and Children's Art & Essay Writing
Competition held in the capital.
contest was based on children's practices about playing a game. The
competition was aimed at generating awareness among adolescent writers
about the benefits of interactivity by making them write about the very
specific game they had played on a website. About 1,000 students from
different schools took part in the competition, out of which four
Rootsians - Momina Amjad Awan was awarded gold medal, Minahil Nauian was
awarded silver medal, Anosha Shoukat and Alisha Tariq both received
The students wrote an analysis of the
games they were made to play. They were asked to exclusively state what
kind of challenges their game had and to give explicit examples from the
game to exhibit that the game had such challenges. The news
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