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Atta files petition in IHC for appointment of permanent HEC chief
Islamabad, Dec 28: Founder Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and President Pakistan Academy of Sciences Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman has filed a writ petition in Islamabad High Court for the appointment of permanent and regular chairperson of HEC without any further delay through a transparent and merit based mechanism.

Dr Rahman said that delay in appointment of HEC chairperson is damaging the administrative affairs of the Commission. "There is no reason to delay the decision. I have high hopes with the present government and I am sure they will realize the importance of taking this decision at the earliest," he said.

Dr Rahman said that all major decisions regarding higher education sector are pending due to delay in the appointment of permanent and regular chairperson. He said most of the universities are facing financial issues. "We have put in a lot of effort to bring HEC at par with the international level. Finally we were able to get results and many of our universities started appearing on world ranking. Things declined with the neglect of previous government and delay in the appointment of HEC chairperson by this government is adding to the situation," he said.

He said that provinces are feeling neglected and moving forward for their own higher education commission. "Recent legislation moved by KP government on Provincial Higher Education Commission reflect the confusion at the end of provinces. All around the world, higher education is the subject of central government as it is linked with the national development and integration."

Dr Rahman said he had conveyed the legal position to responsible persons in KP government and had convinced them to review the legislation. According to Supreme Court's decision, higher education will remain the subject of federal government. Dr Rahman has already challenged Provincial Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Act passed by the Sindh Provincial Assembly during last days of previous regime in the Sindh High Court.

The HEC is the Pakistan's sole higher education regulatory authority responsible for accreditation of new and existing universities, degree awarding institutions, institutes of higher education, and academic programs, and is also responsible for funding (both development and recurring), planning and development, establishing new universities, recognition and equivalency of degrees (both local and foreign), setting policy guidelines, such as in the appointment and promotion of faculty and professors, research, quality assurance, faculty development programs, and in improving the standard of university education in the country.

The HEC is operating without a chairman since August 26, 2013 when the first four-year term of Dr Javaid Laghari ended. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani Vice Chancellor KPK University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar was given acting charge of chairman HEC on November 9, 2013.

On November 27, 2013, SC directed federal government to make appointment of regular chairman of HEC within 15 days. The SC further remarked that no acting appointment can be made on regular posts. The HEC Ordinance 2002 allows the position of HEC Chairman to lie vacant for a maximum of three months during which a full time Chairman must be appointed.

A three-member bench of SC led by Justice Nasir ul Mulk took up the case of Law College for hearing on November 27, 2013. During the course of hearing, the court was told that two names have been short listed for appointment of chairman HEC and consultation process is underway in this respect.

The court expressed dissatisfaction over the appointment of acting chairman HEC and remarked "this is a regular post and neither any ad-hoc appointment can be made against this post nor an acting chairman can be appointed."

As per HEC Act, all the key decisions related to higher education has to be taken by the commission's board which is headed by its chairman and the secretariat acts as the executing wing of the commission which is responsible for implementation of all the orders, decisions, directives of the board.

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HEC director nominated for global award
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Director General Quality Assurance Zia Batool has been nominated for the International Award by Quality Congress for her outstanding contribution in Quality Assurance.

The nomination of the award titled 'Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Quality and Leadership' has been finalised by the jury and board members of the council. She is the first Pakistani who has been nominated for this international award.

The World Quality Congress Awards 2014 is scheduled to be held on June 27 and 28, 2014 in Mumbai, India. She is alumna of University of Agriculture Faisalabad. She has been nominated for the award in recognition of the quality assurance practices of Higher Education Commission.

She has also been invited to share the quality assurance policies and practices of HEC, Pakistan as keynote speaker at the international quality assurance forum. The summit brings several global quality improvement leaders under one roof. The theme for the summit is 'New Perspectives and Approaches to Quality — The Leadership Edge.' This is considered to be an endorsement of the recent success in elections of Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) in which HEC; Pakistan won the required number of votes from the Asia Pacific region countries to become a Board Member. The improved global rankings of Pakistani universities also reflect the similar quality assurance improvements and international visibility.

Zia Batool was appointed in the Higher Education Commission in November 2003. Previously, she has served as the advisor social sectors for the Ministry of Finance. She has earned a post-graduation degree in agriculture economics from University of Agriculture. She has also served at National Agricultural Research Centre.

Prof. Dr. Atta ur Rehman founder chairman HEC, Dr. Javaid R. Laghari former chairperson HEC, Prof Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan Vice Chancellor Agriculture University Faisalabad, commission members of HEC, vice chancellors and academicians have congratulated Zia Batool on this great recognition.

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CPSP declared the best regional
Rawalpindi: The College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) has been declared as the best postgraduate institution of the world by Socrates Committee of Europe Business Assembly.

CPSP President Professor Zafar Ullah Chaudhry has received the award recently in Oxford in a graceful ceremony attended by very eminent scientists, academicians and medical educationists from 56 countries, organised by European Business Assembly.

Councillor and Controller Examinations at CPSP Regional Centre Islamabad Professor Dr. Shoaib Shafi said that the declaration is an honour not only for the CPSP but also for Pakistan.

He said that the E-log monitoring system of the CPSP was especially appreciated abroad. Due to e-log and standardised training system, the position of the CPSP is strengthened the world over.

He said that CPSP which is the highest degree awarding institution in Pakistan on post-graduate medical education in around 65 disciplines was established 50 years back under the act of parliament. The CPSP is an autonomous body that covers nearly 95 per cent of the total specialists in medical profession in Pakistan.

After receiving the award, Professor Zafar Ullah said that the award is an honour for the country and nation. He dedicated this award to the fellows of the CPSP whose untiring efforts is making the College recognized around the globe in truly a professional manner.

It is worth mentioning here that of over 24,000 specialists in various medical science disciplines in Pakistan, well over 19,000 are from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan including over 12000 Fellows (FCPS) in different specialties and around 7400 Members (MCPS).

The CPSP began its endeavour by offering fellowship in six specialties in 1962 only. Dr. Shoaib said that over 145 medical institutes in Pakistan have been accredited with the CPSP on postgraduate training of young doctors.

He said that the CPSP is accommodating the young doctors in a number of ways including their training. He said that the CPSP provides long-term loans to young doctors for completion of their specialisation.

Councillor of the CPSP at Islamabad Chapter Professor Dr. Rizwana Chaudhry termed the award by Socrates Committee of Europe Business Assembly another achievement for the CPSP. She said that the CPSP is totally self-sustaining institute and is financially independent on the basis of which its system of examinations is 100 per cent transparent and nobody can influence the examinations criterion of the College that certainly helped the college achieving unmatchable standards of credibility across the globe.

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Riphah University Convocation
Islamabad: Riphah International University held its 8th Convocation on Saturday, at Jinnah Convention Centre here. President of Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest, says a press release.

Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius Dr. Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun and Executive Directive of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed were the guests of honor on the occasion.

Addressing the convocation President Mamnoon Hussain congratulated all the graduating students, their parents and the faculty of the university for their continued efforts, devotion and dedication.

President also presented honorary PhD degree of Riphah International University to the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius Dr. Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun. More than 660 graduates and postgraduates of the university were awarded degrees at the convocation. They belong to various faculties including Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Management Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, computing, Social Sciences and Humanities, Basic Sciences and Media Sciences.

15 Zulfiqar Gold Medals and 16 Chancellor's Gold Medals were awarded to the graduates and postgraduates for obtaining top positions in the examinations and securing distinction for their best performance in the academic field in various disciplines. The distinguished students who obtained Zulfiqar Gold Medals are Kashif Chaudhary, Mamoona Sharif, Sidra Khan, Maaz Zulfiqar, Nadia Shaukat, Nosheen Javed, Ayesha Anwar, Kiran Akhtar, Humna Faheem, Sara Zainab Malik, Marya Aslam, Sammar Zaman, Madeha Qamar, Adeel Shahzad and Farrukh Sultan.

Students honored with Chancellor's Gold Medals are Samia Bashir, Ahmed Fawad Ali, Qurat ul Ain Ijaz, Kashif Chaudhary, Sidra Khan, Maaz Zulfiqar, Nadia Shaukat, Kiran Khushnood, Asra Khalid, Noureen Tabassum, Naveed Mumtaz, Kiran Imtiaz Khan, Marya Aslam, Faiza Zafar, Madeha Qamar and Ahmed Kamal Amir.

Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius Dr. Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun, in his speech, said that he was pleased to be in Pakistan among people with very strong cultural linkages with people in Mauritius.

He said that Mauritius is a comparatively small country but it is striving hard to compete with developed nations. Our primary targets are improving education, health and quality of life. Through the judicious use of its resources we have attained the Millennium Development Goal 2 (Education) two years ahead of time.

Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius said his presence in Pakistan will prove a land mark in future cooperation between the two nations in education, health and other fields of life.

The Executive Director of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Prof. Dr. Mukhatar Ahmed speaking on the convocation congratulated the passing out graduates of the university especially their parents.

The Pro-Chancellor Mr. Hassan Muhammad Khan also spoke on the occasion and felicitated the new graduates particularly those awarded Zulfiqar and Chancellor's medals. He also appreciated the efforts of the students, management and the faculty.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Anis Ahmad, in his report, highlighted the achievements and future plans of the University. University shields were presented to the distinguished guests. The news

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1,500 book-lovers get Readers Club Scheme membership
Islamabad: The National Book Foundation (NBF) has given membership of the Readers Club Scheme to 1,500 book lovers in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) so far, enabling them to get books of their choice at a 50 per cent discount.

NBF Assistant Director Manzoor Akhtar told APP that the Reader Club Scheme was getting an overwhelming response from the readers and a number of book lovers were visiting the foundation for getting the membership of this scheme.

He said the membership would be given to 20,000 members across the country, among which 6,000 members would be from the ICT.

He added that the membership would remain open until the target of having 20,000 members across the country was achieved.

The scheme would enable the book lovers to get the books of their interest at 50 per cent discount through getting the membership.

The most-awaited and popular Book Readers Club scheme of the NBF, earlier suspended for four years due to financial constraints, was launched again last month to promote the habit of book reading among the people.

The scheme was suspended in 2009 due to the financial crunch and is now being launched again in major cities across the country.

"The Planning Commission has released funds amounting to Rs 30 million for the purpose, and books will be sold to the members at a 50 per cent discount," he said.

Members would be entitled to purchase books of their choice from registered booksellers in Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Wah Cantt, Multan, Peshawar, Abbottabad, DI Khan, Quetta, Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Khairpur, Jaccobabad, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad. Daily tmes

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City School registered with US College Board
Islamabad: The City School, Capital Campus, has been registered with the College Board in the USA as an international high school, says a press release.

Based in New York, the College Board was formed in 1900 as the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). It is a non-profit membership organisation that promotes excellence and equity in education through programmes for K-12 and higher education. Providing students a path to college opportunities, including financial support and scholarships, The College Board also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, schools and colleges.

The College Board administers SAT Reasoning tests, SAT subject tests, ACT and other standardised examinations worldwide and numbers just under 4000 universities in its membership, including top Pakistan institutions such as LUMS, IBA and NUST.

The award of the CEEB code and the support of The College Board will give Capital Campus A Level students an extra edge in their University and scholarship applications.

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Germany to grant scholarships to 200 deserving students
Islamabad: The Embassy of Germany in Islamabad, on behalf of the Government of Germany, has announced 200 scholarships for Pakistani university students at graduate and under graduate level through HEC-German Needs Based Scholarship Programme.

The programme will be executed in collaboration with Higher Education Commission, Pakistan and will be opened for the students of 10 Pakistani universities in selected disciplines of Social Sciences, Basic Sciences, Engineering and Information Technology.

The scholarships are meant for the studious but unprivileged students who, despite possessing academic merit, are unable to continue their studies because of financial constraints.

German Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Cyrill Nunn, invited Chairperson, Higher Education Commission Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, to have an official opening ceremony of the program on Wednesday. The scholarship will cover the semester tuition fee along with other expenditures like transportation, books, lodging and incidentals in the form of monthly stipend for the time period of two years.

The participating universities are: Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Comsats Institute, Islamabad, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Government College University, Lahore, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat, University of Haripur, Haripur, Frontier Women University, Peshawar, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Lasbela Baluchistan, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Quetta. The news

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French govt announces Rs 40m scholarship programme
Islamabad: Government of France through its Embassy in Pakistan has announced the grant of Rs40 million to support a 200 scholarships programme for needy university students at undergraduate and graduate level.

This is the second phase of the programme that has already been financed in 2012 by the French government. In collaboration with the Higher Education Commission and 10 Pakistani universities, these scholarships will be granted to the meritorious but unprivileged students. A particular attention will be given to gender balance, in order to facilitate women's access to high education.

Philippe Thiébaud, Ambassador of France to Pakistan, organised the launching of the 2013 Needs based Scholarship Programme on Friday Dec 20, 2013 at 12 noon at the French Embassy in Islamabad in presence of the HEC chairperson, the vice chancellors of the participating universities, selected students of previous programme funded by the French Government.

These scholarships will be offered in the fields of Social and Basic Sciences, Architecture, Information Technology, Telecom and Business administration. The participating universities are: Quaid-E-Azam University-Islamabad, COMSATS Institute of Technology-Islamabad, Lahore College for Women University-Lahore, Forman Christian College-Lahore,Institute of Business Administration, IBA-Karachi, University of Peshawar, Institute of Business and Management-Karachi, University of Haripur-Haripur Hazara, Frontier Women University-Peshawar and Qaraquram International University-Gilgat Baltistan.

This grant will definitely work a long way to strengthen the close bilateral ties between the people of Pakistan and France. Daily times

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Counseling centre established at FJWU
Rawalpindi: The inauguration ceremony of Counseling Centre was held at the Fatima Jinnah Women University on Thursday.

This centre was established by the continuous efforts of Behavioral Sciences Department. FJWU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Samina Amin Qadir inaugurated the centre which was located in the building of Science Block.

In opening remarks, Dr. Aneela Maqsood, of Behavioral Sciences Department said that counseling is an important aspect of human life. It is essential for developing human potentials. Only few schools and colleges in Pakistan have offered counseling services. But as far as FJWU is concerned it started the counseling service at its beginning and up till now it provides service to almost all students. After that Dr. Farah Qadir elaborated the details of the project to the audience.

She said that its her dream to establish fully equipped counseling centre within the university to help our students with problems. Mental health is as important as physical health but unfortunately very less attention is given to this side actually it is often ignored, she added. She also shared the facts and figures of the mental disorders and psychiatrists available in Pakistan. She said that we need to train the more people in this field. Talking about the career counseling Dr. Farah Qadir said students should be guided properly instead of just being provided with simple information.

Dr. Farah also talked about the myths and ethical consideration related to it. She briefed the audience about the services that will be provided to students in order to help them cope with a wide variety of educational, adjustment, and emotional issues; to help them achieve their career goals. She briefed the audience about the services provided at the counseling centre such as counseling, psychological assessment, training and research. After that M.Phil students also shared their experiences of training as a counselor. At the end role play on anxiety and mental disorder was presented by the students of Behavioral Sciences, to show that youth needs to address their problems.

On the same University Day Clinic also organized Medical Camp for diagnosis of Hepatitis with the collaboration of Buraq Welfare Foundation. The news

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