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Sindh has its own HEC now
Karachi, Feb 08: The Sindh government has established its own Higher Education Commission (HEC) appointed former petroleum minister, a PPP senator and owner of a private university, Dr Asim Hussain, as its chairman and his post is equivalent to a provincial minister.

Sindh has now become the first province with its separate Higher Education Commission.

Meanwhile, former HEC chairman Dr Ata-ur-Rehman said that HEC formation at provincial level was a violation of the orders of the superior judiciary.

He said that only the federation had the prerogative of having the department of higher education at its disposal, and the provinces had no right to have the said department.

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Sindh HEC will worsen education standards: PMA
Karachi: The Pakistan Medical Association's Karachi has criticised the proposed establishment of the Sindh Higher Education Commission, expressing concerns over its potentially detrimental impact on the province's education standards.

The commission's formation will only cause further confusion in the higher education system of Sindh, especially when the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is already functional at the federal level. The idea of a provincial HEC is simply not acceptable and it seems that the Sindh government is serving vested interests, read a statement issued by the PMA Karachi on Sunday. The statement was signed by senior PMA leaders Dr Muhammad Idrees Adhi and Dr Qazi Muhammad Wasiq.

The PMA also rejected the proposed appointment of a private university's chancellor as the provincial commission's chairman. "It is disturbing to know the Sindh government is appointing a chancellor of a private university, who has ambiguous qualifications, does not believe in merit and was also instrumental in the destruction of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, as the chairman of Sindh Higher Education Commission."

Even if the government wants to have a provincial HEC, the nomination of such a chairman suggests the government is not serious and sincere in its efforts to improve the continually deteriorating education standards, the PMA said.

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Appointment of HEC chairman on merit likely to be delayed
Karachi: There are strong chances that the appointment of a regular chairman for the Higher Education Commission (HEC) will be delayed because the first meeting of the search committee set up for the purpose of finding the right candidate is to take place on February 10.

The Islamabad High Court has given the government until February 12 to get a regular chairman appointed, but the government has called the search committee's meeting on February 10.

Meanwhile, one of the three members of the committee, Dr Ishrat Hussain, has left for the USA, but he will return on February 9 to be able to attend the meeting of the committee the following day.

A member of the committee said that the applications received by the Education Ministry have not yet been thoroughly processed, but five to 10 candidates are likely to be shortlisted on February 10 for interviews.

The list will then be further shortlisted to three candidates and sent to the prime minister for approval while at the same time a request will be sent to the court for giving the government some more time because the February 12 deadline is unlikely to be met.

The chief of the search committee is federal minister Ahsan Iqbal while its members are Dr Ishrat Hussain, director of IBA, and M. D. Shami, secretary-general of the Academy of Sciences.

The 90-day tenure of the acting chairman of HEC, Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, expires in the middle of this month. The news

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KU BEd, MEd exams from 10th
karachi: Karachi University has announced that the annual examinations of BEd (both morning and evening programmes) for 2013 will be held from Feb 10 to Feb 27 from 10am to 1pm.

The MEd exams will be held from Feb 10-19.

Women's Day
The university will observe Women's Day on Feb 12. The day will be celebrated at the Centre for Excellence for Women in collaboration with Anjuman Taraqi-i-Niswan. Handicrafts made by women will be put on display. ppi

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BSEK enrolment forms date extended
Karachi: Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) has extended the submission date for Enrolment Forms of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Part-I (Class IX) Science and General Groups (Regular) Annual Examination-2014. The students have been notified by the BSEK on Saturday that students of (SSC) Part-I (Class IX) Science and General Groups (Regular) who were unable to submit their Enrolment Forms, have now been allowed to register between February 3 and February 10, 2014. The Board Chairman has allowed acceptance of their forms in the larger interest of students, as a special case with late fee of Rs 2,500 only.

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BBSU announces admissions to masters programme
Karachi: Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University (BBSU), Lyari has started with Masters programme in Commerce, English and Education departments respectively. Registrar and Director for Admission, BBSU, Dr Mehboob Ali Shaikh on Wednesday said students with bachelors degrees can procure admission form and prospectus against a cost of Rs 500. Advising the intending candidates to deposit the form along with the required documents by February 15, he said admission tests for the three programmes would be conducted on February 20. The BBSU registrar also mentioned that a substantial amount has been allocated for awarding scholarships to capable students keen on undertaking the masters programmes. Daily times

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IoBM is now CFA-recognised
Karachi: The Institute of Business Management (IoBM) Karachi has become the latest educational institution of Pakistan to be welcomed to the Chartered Financial Analyst(CFA) Institute University Recognition Programme.

According to the IoBM's Public Affairs Section, the US-based CFA Association has approved the IoBM's application for the grant of recognition to its BS (Accounting and Finance) Programme.

IoBM has become only the third university in Pakistan to be awarded this prestigious recognition with IBA and LUMS being the other two.

The IoBM BS (Accounting & Finance Programme) has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the programme.

This programme positions students well to obtain the chartered financial analyst designation, which has become the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world. The news

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