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
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
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
"I ve to pay my humble thanx for respected Ms Shenaz Wazir Ali everything she has done for people"
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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.
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
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
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
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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