HEC former ED Dr Naqvi services lauded

Services of Dr Naqvi lauded at HEC reception
Islamabad, Jan 02: Vice chancellors and educationists paid glowing tributes to the services of former Executive Director Higher Education Commission Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi for the promotion of higher education in Pakistan. They requested him to stay and wait for the decision of the HEC's committee for the selection of next HEC executive director.

They were speaking at a special reception organised to recognise Naqvi's decade long contribution and dedication towards the promotion of higher education in Pakistan. The ceremony was held at the Islamabad Club and attended by HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R Laghari, HEC founder chairman Professor Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, Acting Executive Director HEC Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Akram Sheikh, vice chancellors, members of civil society and HEC officers.

The participants were of the view that Dr. Sohail Naqvi put his heart and soul in brining Pakistani higher education system at par with international standards. They also appreciated the recent historic decision of Supreme Court of Pakistan through the autonomy of HEC has been preserved.

They were all praises for Naqvi's administrative capabilities, proactive approach and creative ways which, they said, facilitated him in taking HEC to its present stature. "All I request Naqvi is not to give up. Leaving HEC should not be his own decision. Let the selection committee decide," said Dr Attaur Rehman. A loud applause from the participants in reaction to his request clearly depicted the opinion of the hall.

Following that, educationists, politicians and civil society workers came one by one on the rostrum and repeated the same appeal besides expressing their gratitude for Dr. Naqvi. They recalled their first interaction with Dr. Naqvi and described the way he solved all issues, from major to trivial ones, related to their institutes.

Dr. Atta said that personalities play very important role in the development of any nation. "Without visionary, capable, dynamic, hardworking, patriot, efficient and honest leadership, no country or organisation can make headway." He lauded the dedicated efforts of Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi for bringing about new innovative ideas and vibrant changes in higher education sector of Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid R Laghari said that that the magnificent role-played by Dr. Naqvi in developing higher education sector of Pakistan could never be forgotten. He said that after the Supreme Court's decision, HEC along with universities, single most important stakeholder, would continue its role for boosting up higher education sector in Pakistan.

HEC Acting Executive Director Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani recalled Dr. Naqvi's tenure as golden period for the development of higher education sector in Pakistan and said that each higher education institution throughout the country is the living proof of this progress. "Only in few days, I have realised the kind of hard work and pressure this position requires," he said.

The gathering of intellectuals expressed extreme disappointment over the bureaucratic mess they thought was deliberately created at the commission. "May be while busy nurturing higher educational institutions in the country, HEC administration ignored the conspiracy developing within its own administration," one of the vice chancellor opined. "I still remember the day when vice chancellors were stopped at the door of HEC and were barred form meeting the chairman. It was an unfortunate day when all my hopes for the country were badly shaken when I witnessed the way educationists can be treated in this country," said one vice chancellor, as he described the ugly event they faced on December 14 when a group of HEC staff closed the gates of HEC headquarters.

They demanded structural reforms in HEC so that no such event can take place in future. "Those who planned this intrigue are not against HEC but actually they are against education in Pakistan," said another Vice Chancellor while expressing his opinion on the recent issues that developed in HEC.

Former Secretary Planning Commission Engineer Akram Sheikh advised HEC administration to have direct and close contact with the 'corridors of power' to thwart any such future intrigue against the Commission.

Those who spoke on the occasion included Rector National University of Science and Technology Lieutenant General (r) Muhammad Asghar, Vice Chancellor University of Gujrat Professor Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin, Chairperson Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Professor Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar, Vice Chancellor Quaid-i-Azam University Professor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector Comsats Institute of Information Technology Dr. SM Junaid Zaidi, Vice Chancellor Government College University Faisalabad Dr. Zakir Hussain, Vice Chancellor KP Agriculture University, Peshawar, Dr. Khan Bahadar Marwat, Vice Chancellor Balochistan University Quetta Professor Dr. Rausal Baksh Raisani, Vice Chancellor Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat, Dr. Nasir Jamal Khattak and others who acknowledged the services of Dr. Naqvi.

Speaking at the end, Professor Dr. Sohail H Naqvi extended thanks to the participants for their remarks. He was of the view that what has been achieved in last ten years in higher education sector of Pakistan is outcome of collective efforts put by vice chancellors, university faculty and employees, scholars, students and HEC staff.

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Islamabad: A Memorandum of Understanding was inked between National University of Sciences and Technology and Foundation University here on Tuesday.

A six-member delegation from Foundation University visited NUST where Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar and Rector FUI Major General Gul Muhammad signed the MoU.

The purpose of the MOU is to define areas of collaboration both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, professional training, joint research and other academic services including faculty development programme, supervision and Evaluation of PhD research work and seminars. It aims at benefitting from each other's expertise.

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AIOU to start online classes from 8th
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will start online classes of Computer Science in Umerkot and DG Khan regions from January 8, announced Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi after laying foundation stone of the construction of 'Bachelor and Foreign Faculty Hostel' at the university.

The hostel would be constructed in an area of 43000sft involving a cost of Rs139 million. The 5-story building would be completed in 21 months. He said education is the backbone of success and progress because without education a nation can't stand properly. He said that regional campuses and model study centres are being set up while 'Educate a Child', the target to register one million children through the scheme would be achieved by June next, he said. AIOU, he said has been utilizing all potential and resources to expand and strengthening educational network in the country. Vice-Chancellor Gomal University, Professor Dr Mansoor Akbar Kundi appreciated the expansion and strengthening of educational facilities.

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Comstech workshop on 15th
Islamabad: The Comstech will hold international workshop on "Disaster Management and Risk Reduction" from January 15 to 17, to provide an opportunity for scientists, disaster managers and policy makers to share knowledge and benefit from experts in the field.

The objective of the workshop is to enhance technical knowledge of the young faculty members and MPhil/PhD scholars in the area of disaster management, and risk reduction.

"It will help to orient planners to have an inbuilt mechanism at planning stage, to save the heavy investment and also to increase administrator's competency and coping capability, to mobilize communities during disasters".

Talking to APP, an official said the objective of workshop is to update administrators, managers and policy makers about the role of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), for seeking assistance during and after disasters.

Natural disaster management organisations and hierarchy of Pakistan and Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC), national and international NGOs, public and private sector institutes, universities and other organizations will participate in the workshop. The news

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