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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
convocation President Mamnoon Hussain congratulated all the graduating
students, their parents and the faculty of the university for their
continued efforts, devotion and dedication.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
scheme would enable the book lovers to get the books of their interest
at 50 per cent discount through getting the membership.
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.
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.
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.
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
The scholarships are meant for
the studious but unprivileged students who, despite possessing academic
merit, are unable to continue their studies because of financial
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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