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Shehnaz Wazir Ali, HEC new chief

Shehnaz Wazir Ali gets HEC's top slot
Islamabad, Dec 03: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani has elevated his Special Assistance on Social Sector Shehnaz Wazir Ali by giving her the chair of Higher Education Commission (HEC) with the status of a federal minister.

The government has issued a notification in this regard on Tuesday while Ms Ali was on her visit abroad.

The Commission set up in 2002 is under special attention by the critics for drawing lofty budgets throughout the previous years. It was established through an ordinance by the then president Pervez Musharraf. The post was vacant since the resignation of the former Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman who had tendered his resignation to the prime minister on October 9.

A tug of war was in full swing within the ruling Pakistan People's Party for a lucrative slot of the chairman HEC and the Cabinet Division had forwarded a summary to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gailani proposing three names including Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, Dr. Asim Hussain, and Shirin R. Tahir Kheli.

Speculations had pinned Dr. Asim's name as the most probable of the three short-listed in the summary proposal of the Cabinet division. However, suprizing many the government has given the charge to Shehnaz Wazir Ali till further order. It has also been learnt that the Minister of Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and Shehnaz Wazir Ali are against the autonomy of the Commission. and advocate the idea of merging the HEC with Ministry of Education.

The officials of the HEC, at the same time, believe that the decision to remerge the Commission into the Ministry would be a major setback for the higher education sector in the country. It also important to mention here that the government has not yet released the development as well as recurring grant of this quarter of the fiscal year. And the universities have been protesting against the situation as they have gone bankrupt.

"Finance Ministry has been simply denying releasing the funds allocated to HEC. We are treated as if we are the enemies of the country. It seems that a conspiracy has been hatched up against the higher education sector of the country," said an official requesting anonymity. Still they have pinning high hopes on the acting chairperson that she would understand the situation and help rehabilitate the commission.

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CJP daughter's added marks buzz
Islamabad: The Senate Standing Committee on Education, Science & Technology has asked the Minister of Education and Federal Board Chairperson Tuesday to submit inquiry report of the issue of awarding extra marks to the daughter of Chief justice of Pakistan within three weeks.

The in-camera meeting held at the Parliament House under the Chairpersonship of Senator Razina Alam Khan and the media was not allowed to attend the proceedings. The chairperson of the Senate Committee expressed her concern over the re-assessment of the marks of a candidate, Farah Hameed Dogar, after the announcement of results ,which has set a bad example for others. She said by increasing the marks of a candidate the board has played with the future of other students.

Razina Alam Khan asked the Minister of Education, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and the Chairman Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) Shaheen Khan to conduct an inquiry and present a report before the Senate committee within three weeks. If the ministry is failed to carry out an impartial inquiry, the committee would conduct the inquiry itself, she added.

Before the start of the proceedings the chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Education was given a letter of a Deputy Attorney General, which said a petition has been filed in Islamabad High Court on this very issue so the matter has become sub- judaic.

According to the media reports, FBISE Islamabad had illegally awarded extra marks and upgraded the examination results of the daughter of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Farah Hameed Dogar. The FSc. result of student Farah Hameed Dogar was improved from 640 marks in Grade 'C' to 661 marks in Grade 'B', thus making her eligible to apply for admission into any medical college in the country.

The members were also briefed on the preparation of the new curriculum and the shortage of the text books in the market. The chairperson of the committee urged the ministry officials to expedite the process of preparation and implement uniform curriculum in the country.

Meanwhile, discussing status of curriculum guidelines, the committee stressed that new textbooks must be published under new guidelines as ultimate objective was to pave way for uniform curriculum all over the country.

Members of the committee said that curriculum should reflect the norms and values of our society and promote creative thinking among the students. Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bajrani, during the meeting said that his ministry would seek guidance and instructions from the committee to help improve the things in true sense.

The meeting was attended by Senators Rehana Yahyah Baloch, Prof. Ibrahim Khan, Sajid Mir, Dr. Abdul Khaliq Pirzada, Javed Ali Shah, Dr. Muhammad Said, Liaqat Bangulzai and senior officials of the education ministry and the FBISE. The Nation

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