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HEC divides universities into 4 categories

Islamabad, Dec 16: Higher Education Commission (HEC) here Monday divided various universities/institutions running all over the country into four categories.

The first category of W that meets all the requirements includes three universities from the federal area that include Foundation University, National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (FAST) and Riphah International University.

The universities of Punjab that come under the HEC Charter include Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore School of Economics, University of Lahore, University of Faisalabad, University of Management & Technology, Hajvery University, Beaconhouse National University, Gift University, Superior College, Lahore and Minhaj University, Lahore.

The universities of Sindh Include Agha Khan University, Hamdard University, IBM, IBT Indus Institute of Higher Education, Iqra University, Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Greenwich University, Ziauddin University, Baqai Medical University, Newport Institute of Communication & Economics, Istra University, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology, SZABIST, Karachi, Jinnah University for Women and Preston University respectively.

The universities of NWFP includes Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering & Technology, Topi; Abasyn University, Peshawar; Gandhara University, Peshawar; Qurtuba University of Science & Information; City University of Science & Technology; Preston University, Kohat; Sarhad University of Science & Technology; and CECOS, Peshawar.

On the other hand, two universities of Azad Kashmir failed to meet the requirements of HEC that include Mohiuddin Islamic University, Nerian Sharif. Talking to Online, Director Quality Controller HEC Dr Riaz made it clear that all the universities and institutions are issued notices from time to time to fulfil the requirements, maintain the standard and remove all shortfalls. For further information for parents and students, details of the universities and their campuses are available on the website. The News

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Teachers' recruitment process halted in Pindi district
Rawalpindi: The recruitment process for schoolteachers in the Rawalpindi district has come to a halt creating unrest and anxiety among candidates who applied for vacant posts.

Well-placed sources said on Monday that the process for recruitment of teachers in government-run schools to meet the shortage has been halted on the orders of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif for several reasons.

The major reason behind the move was that some elected representatives of remote areas raised objections to the appointment policy of the Punjab government. MNAs and MPAs belonging to Murree, Kohat, Kahuta, Taxila, Hassanabdal, Kalar Syedan held a meeting with the Punjab chief minister and expressed their dissatisfaction over the mode of recruitment.

The second reason is stated to be the political recommendations for appointment of their near and dear ones and that too by elected representatives, including MNAs and MPAs in the government.

Another reason cited for halting the process is that many candidates are overage. The government, through advertisement, had sought applications for appointment of teachers, assistants and other teaching staff in government schools up to the age of 30 years. A good number of candidates who applied for these posts were overage. However, the elected representatives were backing them and calling upon the Punjab chief minister to provide relaxation to such candidates.

Executive District Officer (Education) (Rawalpindi district) Chaudhry Mohammad Yousuf despite several attempts could not be contacted for his comments. However the official spokesman, Mohammad Ishfaq, confirmed the report that the process of appointments in government schools had been stopped on the orders of the Punjab chief minister. However he could not give the specific date for restarting of the process saying that several points in the agenda for recruitments were under consideration.

He said that the process of appointments had to be completed on November 25. But at the last moment it had been suspended on the orders of the chief minister. It merits mentioning here that there is an acute shortage of teaching staff and the number has reached to 3,400 in government schools.

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APCoMS 2008 at National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST)
Islamabad: The first two-day Asean-Pakistan Conference on Material Sciences (APCoMS) 2008 started at the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) here on Monday.

The moot is being organised by the NUST School of Chemical & Material Engineering in association with the Asean Secretariat (Jakarta, Indonesia) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says a press release.

The two-day conference has seen one of the largest turnouts for a moot on Material Sciences held in Pakistan in recent times. The conference is first of its kind between Pakistan and Asean member states, and is considered as an important event among the scientific activities in Pakistan and in the South-East Asian region.

The well-presented opening ceremony was attended by more than 200 delegates representing more than 15 countries to participate and present their research papers as well as diplomats and scientists from both Pakistan and the Asean countries.

At the ceremony, both the chief guest, former foreign minister Inam-ul-Haque, and Rector NUST Lt Gen Muhammad Asghar highlighted the importance of R&D collaboration in the area of Material Sciences in the South-Asian region and expressed the hope that this event would start a new scientific era in the region and bring social and economic developments.

Talking to media men, Chairman Media Projection Committee APCoMS 2008 Prof Nasir Ahmad of NUST said that APCoMS 2008 specifically addresses the theme of 'Advanced Materials: Opportunity and Challenges' and sub-themes in the areas of Nanomaterials & Nanotechnology, Surface Engineering and Polymer Engineering.

He said one of the great challenges in the 21st century is unquestionably the discovery of materials of high performance, adding that innovation, discoveries and learning in Material Sciences is indeed a powerful engine of prosperity.

International experts will exchange views on the latest developments and findings

in this rapidly developing area and their discussions are expected to chart future strategies and directions for R&D in the South East Asian region of Pakistan and the member countries of Asean.

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LHC reserves judgement in RBISE case
Rawalpindi: The Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench, comprising Justice Maulvi Anwarul Haq and Justice Abdul Shakoor Paracha, here on Monday reserved judgment in the case of alleged mishandling of the question paper by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, resulting in failure of Riffat Batool in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination.

Riffat Batool appeared in the SSC examination in 2006. According to her, she was given a 29 marks objective paper of mathematics instead of a 60 marks paper given to all other candidates. The lawyer to the petitioner said her client told the examiner that she was given the faulty question paper to solve but the examiner took no notice of it, consequently she failed in the subject.

She, along with her 70-year-old father, kept pursuing this matter before officials of the BISE. On July 28, 2006, the BISE, through a letter (No. 1053), informed the petitioner that according to the report prepared by the secrecy officer of the board she was given the correct objective and subjective papers of 40 marks and 60 marks respectively of the subject of English-II. Whereas there was no dispute of the paper of English-II that the petitioner had already passed, the petitioner further mentioned in her petition. The petitioner then filed a writ petition with the LHC regarding her case on May 9, 2007.

Justice Khawja Farooq Saeed of the LHC, in his decision on March 26, 2008, after listening to both sides wrote that "The BISE examination controller undertake that the matter of the petitioner shall be considered sympathetically by the appeal committee and decision shall be given within two weeks positively. The petitioner is directed to appear before the appeal committee with an application who shall decide the same within two weeks." On next hearing Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi of the LHC dismissed the petition after the examination controller submitted before the court that the appellants did not appeared before the appeal committee according to the letter issued to them on March 27, 2008.

On August 27, 2008, Riffat Batool, through a letter of the appeal committee of BISE, was informed that her appeal against the BISE chairman has been rejected.

The father of the petitioner who was present in the court said that they did not receive notices for hearing before the appeal committee and in fact they received it after the expiry of the date. Lawyer to the petitioner Riffat Batool, Muhammad Fazil Siddiqui, contended before the court that it was the mala fide on part of BISE officials.

The court would announce the decision in the case on Friday. In another case, Justice Maulvi Anwarul Haq of LHC in a dispute between a father and a daughter for the maintenance allowance dismissed the plea of the father to annul the decision of the trial court that directed him to provide his daughter Fatima Salim with the maintenance allowance of Rs5,000 instead of Rs2,000.

Justice Maulvi Anwarul Haq observed that the girl is studying and not married. So she is under the responsibility of her parents. Her father Salim Chaudhry, through his lawyer Mirza Anwarul Haq, had been contending that the girl had grown up and she was not a minor child so she does not come under the responsibility of her father for maintenance allowance. The News

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