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HEC stopped scholarships of PhD students

HEC holds scholarships of PhD students
Lahore, Dec 5: In an unexpected move the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has put on hold scholarships of prospective PhD scholars who were supposed to attend classes at University of Auckland, New Zealand from February 2009.

The abrupt move has greatly annoyed the selected students as they not only went through a tough process of one and a half year but also left their jobs in order to pursue higher education abroad on HEC scholarships.

The aggrieved students said that the Overseas Scholarship Scheme Phase 2 Batch 2 was advertised in July 2007 and throughout the process the HEC authorities had assured that funding of the project had already been approved from government. They further said at a time when every thing was finalized and students had even got final award letters from the university the decision by the HEC authorities was shocking.

Asif Mahmood and Attique Ur Rehman, who are among the group of 27 scholars who have been enrolled in the University of Auckland New Zealand for Spring Session February 2009, said students had even signed security bond of Rs 6 million, each, with the HEC.

They further said the students had got final award letters from University of Auckland and were ready to apply for visa adding most of the students had even applied and reserved their accommodation in the university as directed by HEC.

However the latest decision of the HEC had barred them from proceeding further, they said adding the move at this critical juncture was certainly hurtful not only to the students but also to their hopeful parents.

The messages emailed to the selected students by the HEC reads "As per directives of the competent authority of Higher Education Commission, this is to inform you that HEC scholarships under the project titled "Overseas Scholarship Scheme for MS/MPhil Leading to PhD in Selected Fields, Phase-II (10% & 90%), are put on hold / pending till further orders. You are hereby directed and advised not to proceed any further / abroad."

One of the aggrieved students said most of the selected scholars had resigned from their jobs during the whole process as they were committed to pursue higher education on scholarship abroad.

He said the decision of putting on hold the scholarships by the HEC was not only mockery of proposed scholars but also the foreign university with which the Commission had signed agreement to send the selected scholars.

"In future which international institution will rely on the credibility of agreements signed on behalf of the Pakistani government?" he questioned.

Attique Ur Rehman said our government was spending lavishly on "bulky" cabinet but was shy of spending on future of the nation as evident from the HEC's "action".

He further said it was unintelligible to "scrap" the project started two years ago at a time when the government was reemploying thousands of employees removed a decade ago.

Asif Mahmood said the proposed PhD scholars appeal to the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to take notice of the issue to save future of the country.

HEC executive director Dr Sohail H Naqvi when contacted was out of country. Dr Naqvi from London said the government had not released the required funds to the HEC owing to which all the scholarships were put on hold.

The Commission had requested for quarterly grant of Rs 7.4 billion whereas it received only Rs 1.4 billion, he concluded. The News

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"This is a horrible move from govt. of Pakistan, it will effect to prospective scholars and also to future of Pakistan. Right now we are a long way back from many countries and quality education is the only hope for some betterment, in the scenario it is very bad news for me and for future of Pakistan."
Name: Tariq
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"HEC stopped scholarships of PhD students. this news not only shocked but an alarming that Pakistan will not able to keep its pace with the commity of the nations. Its need of the time to compete india and to compete in educational field, such scholarships should not be banned ."
Name: Muhammad Zulfiqar ali
City, Country: faisalabad, Pakistan

"I would further add that the students selected for the Ms leading to Phd. program for Korean universities were also the one to stand with the scholarship awardees of Aukland universities. About 16 students were to be given the scholarship to study in Hanyang University in Korea whereas some students of Seoul university are also among the affecties. All these students have paid the application fee which amounted to U.S 120 about 11,000/- PKR from their own pocket to get admission in the universities. Many have left their jobs."
Name: M Amin
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan

"this is ridicuos decision such action shows there is a lobby in goverment who is the enemy of paksitan and they do not want to see pakistan to be pormot and they are helping them they should give the sentence of death in charge of enimity of pakistan."
Name: saad ahmed
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan

"It is badluck with future of Pakistan. I ve heard that 17 ARAB rupees were withdran fron HEC to Bainazeer Income support Program. some one told that knowledge can not be snatched but this is wrong , This govt dont want to promote PhDs even Education they just want their pockets filled."
Name: Naveed Qadri
City, Country: Multan, Pakistan

"its a good oppurtunity but how many students have been selected?"
Name: neelamjameel
City, Country: quetta, Pakistan

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HEC advises Islamia College University against new name
Peshawar: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) may cancel the recognition of Islamia College University if the management did not change its name to Islamia College as mentioned in the NOC issued by the commission, a senior educationist of the university confided on Thursday.

According to the educationist, Governor Owais Ghani had upgraded Islamia College to Islamia College University in March this year through an ordinance, while the HEC recognises the institution as Islamia College, thus generating a controversy that could damage the cause of providing standard education to the students.

"If the college continues to operate as Islamia College University, then things may go wrong leaving the commission with no option but to adhere to its set standards and cancel its recognition," said the educationist, who helped win the HEC recognition for the upgraded Islamia College.

Islamia College is the key pre-independence educational institution in Peshawar and it had launched master's classes in 1936, but later it was degraded to intermediate level following the birth of University of Peshawar (UoP).

A meeting of the NWFP Assembly Standing Committee will today (Friday) discuss this issue, said Islamia College University Vice-Chancellor Ajmal Khan in a press briefing. "We prefer to continue as Islamia College, as a good number of educational institutions are operating under their old names despite upgradation," he said.

Ajmal said Islamia College University had been set up through an ordinance and the NWFP Assembly would soon pass it as an act to give constitutional cover to the university's name. "In the next three to four years it would be one of the best universities of the country," the vice-chancellor said in his maiden interaction with the local media.

Some 700 students were enrolled on four-year BS (Hon) course in 15 disciplines. Among the 690 students, 70 are females.

Ajmal Khan said that the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) had approved the Rs 476.49 million PC-1 to strengthen and upgrade the institution and the project would be implemented within 3-5 years. He said the number of students and faculty members would be increased after the completion of this project. He said many students were avoiding enrolment because the new varsity lacked a hostel and transport. He urged the provincial government to help arrange the two facilities.

The new campuses of the university would be set up in North Waziristan, Bajaur, Charsadda, Swabi and other districts of the province which would later be developed into separate full-fledged universities, the vice-chancellor added.

Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Dr Naeem Khalid gave a detailed presentation on various stages of Islamia College upgradition.

Calling Islamia College 'the fountainhead of modern education' in NWFP, Dr Naeem said that the institution had fulfilled all requirements of HEC for upgradation. Daily Times

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Punjab University announced MBA, BSc & MA results
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of Master of Business Administration (Banking & Finance), BSc Applied Geology, MA Fine Arts, MA Persian and MSc Mathematics.

In Master of Business Administration (Banking & Finance), Morning (Special Batch), Semester System, Session 2006-2008, a total of 113 candidates appeared and 86 were declared successful while results of 16 candidates were later.

In BSc Applied Geology, Second Professional, 1st Annual Exam 2007, a total of 30 candidates appeared and 27 were declared successful. In MA Fine Arts, Part-I, Annual Examination 2008, pass percentage remained 93.75%.

In MA Persian, Part-I, Annual Examination 2008, pass percentage remained 52.50%. In MSc Mathematics, Part-I, Annual Examination 2008, pass percentage remained 24.40%.

Meanwhile, the Punjab University Examination Department has issued the practical exam date sheet of Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design, Part-II, 1st Annual Examination 2007. The exam will commence from Dec 4 and will conclude on Dec 20. Detailed results and date sheet are also available on PU website

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4th International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest (IKMC) 2008 held at GCU, Lahore
Lahore: The prize awarding ceremony of the 4th International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest (IKMC) 2008 under the auspices of Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) held at Government College University on Thursday.

According to a press statement in IKMC 2008,16 students were awarded gold medal,while 139 got silver.

Speaking on the occasion the GCU Vice Chancellor said the ASSMS was established few years back and it was a great achievement for the school that 14 students got PhD degrees this year.

He said high level research activities in mathematics were taking place at ASSMS.

The VC appreciated the faculty of the school for providing quality education to the students and thanked the participants of the ceremony.He also congratulated the young mathematicians who got positions in the contest.

In his welcome address the Director General ASSMS Dr A.D.R Choudary said the school and National Centre for Mathematics of GCU were striving to raise the profile of mathematics at all levels.

The DG said The International Kangaroo Mathematics Contest was the largest world-wide mathematical event.He added the enormous rate of increase in the participation shows that the enthusiasm for mathematics in the school is clearly on the rise,a sign of solid progress for the Pakistani education. The News

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