HEC short lists controversial person for ED's post
Islamabad, Jan 16: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has short listed three candidates for the post of executive director placing the name of controversial Dr Sohail Naqvi on the top.
Despite the recommendation of the Ministry of Education and Training that rather than taking hasty steps for the recruitment of the executive director (ED), the HEC should seek some time from the Supreme Court for the hiring of the new ED. But the HEC has held a meeting of its selection board and short listed three candidates for the post.
Sources in the HEC said that the selection board had not only short listed Dr Sohail Naqvi for the post of the ED but had also changed the terms of the position without re-advertisement and had decided to hire the ED on vice chancellor (VC) scale rather then management position scale (MP-1).
Sources further said Dr Naqvi generated an e-mail on December 18, 2012, to all the VCs, rectors, presidents, directors and the staff members of the HEC and it was mentioned in it: "I was the applicant for the position of ED, I no longer believe it would be in the best interest of the commission for me to continue my association with it an in official capacity. Instead, I believe it is time for me to move on so that HEC may heal again and so that a new leadership may take it to yet greater heights."
Sources said that despite the Dr Naqvi withdrawal, the selection board short listed him and wanted to hire the controversial person again in the Commission. Dr Naqvi has completed his eight years as HEC Member, and according to the rules of the Commission, any member after completing eight years will not be eligible for the same post.
When contacted HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Leghari, he said the Ministry of Education and Training had advised the Commission to take some time from Supreme Court for the hiring the new ED but we are not officially bound to follow their recommendation, as we have to hire the ED within the 30 days as per SC orders.
Dr Leghari said: "I know Dr Sohail Naqvi has withdrawn himself from the same post through his e-mail but he did not withdraw before the selection board, so he was considered as a candidate, but if he gives anything in written to the selection board regarding his reluctance to join HEC as the ED then he would not be considered for the post.
Talking about completion of eight years term, the HEC chairman said Dr Naqvi has left the HEC and according to the rule he could join the Commission again. When the HEC chairman was asked if the selection board had changed the terms for the post of the ED without the process of re-advertisement, he said that it was true that the selection board had changed the term for the position and had decided to hire new the ED on VC package rather then on the MP-1 scale because VC scale package was already approved, and we have to hire the ED within 30 days, but if we go for approval of MP-1 scale, it would take time.
When contacted Dr Naqvi to get his version over the issue, he said that it was correct that he had withdrawn himself from the post of ED through the e-mail because "I haven't withdrawn myself before the selection board that's why they have short listed me." The news
NUST remains open, FDE institutes closed
Islamabad: The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) will remain open today (Wednesday) and all examinations will commence according to the schedule. According to a statement by the university, activities related to the long march will not affect the examination schedule of the institute. On the other hand, APP news agency reported that all other educational institutions working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) would remain closed today for the protection of students and keeping in mind the difficulties they might face reaching their respective educational institutions. Model Colleges Director Tariq Masood told APP on Tuesday that the day off had been announced to avoid any untoward situation. The decision had been made keeping in view the uncertain political and security situation prevailing in the capital. Masood said the FDE institutions would reopen tomorrow (Thursday). It is pertinent to mention here that both public and private academic institutions in the limits of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) remained closed on Monday due to the long march. Daily times
KU, KMC join hands for mutual projects
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) will provide services of its senior faculty members and experts of academic departments concerned for technical cooperation in plantation on important road corridors of the city, breeding of animals at the zoo and Safari Park; and for providing these animals with better feed and natural environment.
This was decided in a meeting between Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed and KU Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaisar held on Tuesday.
The KMC chief said on the occasion that the municipal authority would donate two buses to KU for ensuring better travelling facilities to its students.
The administrator Karachi said that the KU should provide training to the KMC school teachers so that the trained teachers could play their vital role for providing quality education to thousands of students being taught at the government schools.
Prof Dr Qaisar said the grant which the government provided to the KU was hardly enough for paying salaries of the university staff hence it was necessary to establish a fund for uplift and development of the KU with contributions from the concerned traders, investors, and ex-students of the university. He informed the KMC chief that a separate examination hall would be built at the university's premises for housing a large number of candidates appearing in the annual examinations for degree classes conducted by the KU. The news