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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 learnt.

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 registered.

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 from directorate.

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.

Last 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 unregistered schools.

Director Private 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.

Spokesperson 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.

According 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

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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.

The essay-writing 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 bronze medals.

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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