HEC's financial problems hit fresh scholars hard
Islamabad, Feb 16: Despite assurance by Higher Education Commission (HEC) for job and a research grant, 420 scholars are yet to get this facility.
Besides, another 266 students who will complete their PhDs during current years will also require jobs and research grant. So it will become a test case for cash-starved HEC to ensure that scholars would not go abroad.
According to an HEC official since 2009 through HEC's Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs (IPFP) Programme, 1193 Pakistani PhDs have been placed as Assistant Professors at public sector and leading private sector universities across the country.
"These scholars have been initially employed for a period of one year on a handsome salary package (around Rs100,000 per moth). They may be hired on permanent basis on completion of their tenure through the normal selection process of the host institution," he said.
"HEC also offers a startup research grant of Rs0.5 million upon joining the host institutions.
"So far, the IPFP programme has processed around 1,613 applications while another 266 applicants are at the different stages of placement," he said.
"At the moment universities are demanding funds because developmental activities have been stopped but we are also worried about the fresh scholars because if they will not get jobs in Pakistan HEC will have no moral grounds to force them to stay in the country," he said.
"On the other hand foreign universities and departments are ready to appoint fresh scholars," he said.
Media coordinator of HEC Murtaza Noor said that availability of funds is major concern for HEC.
"No doubt there are a lot of opportunities for scholars in other countries but HEC wants to assure that scholars would serve Pakistan. We will try our best to deal with the upcoming problem," he said. Dawn
HEC to support IIUI's courses for staff members
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Learning Innovation Division Director General Noor Amna Malik said that the HEC would fully support the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in its professional development courses for staff members She said this while addressing participants of a month-long training programme organised by the IIUI's Institute of Professional Development (IPD), for staff members of the university. Noor Malik emphasised on the importance of the "holistic nature of management". She also shared her ideas and practical experiences on 'Management for Excellence'. IIUI IPD Director Dr Saeedul Hassan Chishti said that he would ensure that such training programmes would continue in the future, in collaborations with the HEC's Learning Innovation Division. app
Lahore: King Edward Medical University (KEMU) announced the results of MBBS (Third Professional) Annual Examinations 2012.
The pass result in Community Medicine remained 99.64 percent, Special Pathology 91.67 percent, E.N.T 97.83 percent and Eye 99.28 percent.
Shafaq Tabassum bagged the first position with 738 marks, Sidrah Latif second with 731 marks while third position was won by Aneeqa Nasir Qureshi with 717 marks.
Lahore: Punjab University's Department of Examinations has rescheduled the commencement of annual examinations of M.S/M.D Part-I.
According to a press release, the examination will now commence from April 4, 2013 instead of February 25, 2013.
Warrants for three cops in PU guard death case
Lahore: An Additional District and Sessions Judge Rai Muhammad Ayub Khan Marth on Friday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for three Muslim Town police station officials, including an inspector and two sub-inspectors, accused of implicating a Punjab University's guard in a fake case and then torturing him to death.
The court directed the authorities concerned to ensure the arrest of sub-inspectors Zafar Hussain Bukhari, Mian Khan and inspector Abid Hussain and produce them before the court by the First of March.
The court had issued their arrest warrants on the previous hearing but they had not turned up on Friday after which the judge had issued their non-bailable arrest warrants.
Petitioner Muhammad Ramzan contended in his petition that his brother Muhammad Imran was rending duty as security guard in the Punjab University. He submitted before the court that on February 18,2012 the Estate Officer Kamal Gull and Chief Security Supervisor Shaukat (both employs of the Punjab University) had taken his brother hostage in a room and badly tortured him, hurling blames of theft. Later, his brother was handed over to Investigation Muslim Town police where the investigation in-charge marked the investigation to Mian Khan Sub Inspector. He implored the court that both police officers had badly tortured his brother as a result of which his brother started blood vomits.
He told the court that, on February 22, the court had issued orders to get him medically examined and sent him on judicial remand but neither police officials had sent his brother to jail nor had they taken him to hospital for the medical examination. He implored the court that police officials had threatened him of dire consequences, saying they would encounter his brother if they were asked for medical checkup of accused Imran. The police officials had kept the accused in their custody as jail officials had told him that they did not take the custody of accused owing to his precarious condition, hence police officials had taken the accused back to the police station. He told the court that he had come to know this when he had gone to the jail, having release order of the accused on bail. He told the court that, on March 4, his brother had succumbed to his injuries. Later, when they blocked the road the police officials had registered case against the aforesaid accused. He told the court that he, along with eyewitnesses, had appeared before Abid Hussain Inspector and got registered their statements but the accused inspector had not put them on record. Even there was sufficient material on record against the accused but the inspector did not arrest them and made effort to safe their skin, despite the fact that the police high ups had declared the said accused guilty in their investigation. He told the court that Additional IG had marked the inquiry SSP Discipline where the findings of the inquiry conducted by the SSP and other police high ups had declared the accused persons guilty but even then they were not arrested. He prayed to the court to direct the police high ups to arrest the said accused and submit their challan before the court.
Previously, the court had also issued arrest warrants of Kamal Gull Estate Officer Punjab University, Shaukat Ali Chief Security Supervisor and Javed Sami RO Punjab University along with the police officials. The news