PU MA/MSc date sheet | HEC chief warrants

PU date sheet
Lahore, May 28: Punjab University has issued date sheet for the MA/MSc Part-II annual examinations 2013.

The exams will commence from June 20.

Details are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.

PU students' tour:
Punjab University Department of Technology Education's second semester students have visited a factory at Sheikhupra for technical and practical awareness.

According to a press release, the PU delegation in which the department's teachers were also included visited various departments of the factory where it was briefed on the functioning of each department in detail.

Later, the delegation visited Hiran Minar and Jahangir's Tomb.

PU video conference:
Punjab University Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) has organised a two-day video conference on "Training Workshop for Strengthening Capacity of Quality Enhancement Cell Activities" at Undergraduate Study Centre.

According to a press release issued here Monday, Punjab University, UHS, LCWU, VU, EU, BNU, UVAS, KCW, UET and UMT's directors and deputy directors of 14 QECs participated in the conference.

PU QEC Director Prof Dr Amir Ejaz, in a statement, said the process of SAR, preparation of checklist, internal quality assurance, universal practices in developing internal QA systems in selected countries, experiences in QEC activities in Pakistan, need of external QA, importance and structure of the self assessment report were discussed in the conference.

IJT for action against drugs:
Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) has said Punjab University administration has failed in controlling the menace of drugs at PU hostels.

According to a press release issued here Monday, IJT office-bearers said that liquor was easily accessible to students residing in boy's hostels but the quarters concerned were not taking any action against it.

They said that due to negligence of PU administration, students were getting involved in the menace of drugs which would leave drastic effects on them and on society as a whole. The news

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IIUI starts one-window admission process
Islamabad: International Islamic University (IIU) President Dr Ahmed Yousaf Draiweesh urged the management and faculty staff to make admission process easier for new-comers and enhance the number of admissions by facilitating them up to maximum level.

Addressing the meeting of admission committee for Fall-2013, he emphasised to start one window-operation for admission without compromising on the merit.

Meanwhile, Dr Al Draiweesh said the university would not compromise on its quality and every programme should be approved by the academic council, fulfilling HEC criteria.

The President also constituted a committee to address reservations, opinion and suggestions for new admissions Fall-2013 done by the committee members. app

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Warrants for arrest HEC chief orders probe
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairman Dr Javaid Laghari has directed the administration and coordination wing of the commission to probe into the issuance of warrants for his arrest and take disciplinary action against the law wing for not complying with the court orders which might have led to the court order.

Nasarullah Baloch, a civil judge, Islamabad West, on Saturday issued the non-bailable warrants for the arrest of the HEC chief to ensure his presence in a suit filed by the owner of a commercial building at I-10/3 which was hired by the HEC for the establishment of "National University of Law and Social Sciences" in 2009.

After acquiring the building on rent, the HEC could not complete the project due to lack of funds.

As a result, the building remained vacant till 2012. The owner demanded Rs3.4 million as rent which the HEC refused to pay.

Barrister Abubakar Ammar Sehri, on behalf of the building owner, filed the suit for the recovery of the amount in January 2013.

Initially, the judge issued bailable warrants against the HEC chairman but after his repeated absence the non-bailable warrants were sent out.

The hearing of the matter has been adjourned to June 3. Dawn

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HEC agrees to train Fata teachers
Islamabad: On the request of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah Khan, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has agreed to train primary and college teachers from Fata.

The agreement was reached during the visit of Governor KP Engineer Shaukatullah Khan to HEC on Monday. He appreciated the decade-long contribution of HEC for brining higher education sector of Pakistan at par with international standards and especially for initiating special programmes and projects to increase access to higher education in remote areas of the country.

The governor was of the view that we need to expand the programmes of this role model organisation. He also suggested that HEC should also provide technical assistance for undertaking special programmes to improve quality of teaching at other tiers of education.

Earlier, HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid R. Laghari welcomed the KP governor and apprised him about the working, functions and role of HEC for strengthening higher education sector in Pakistan. He informed that the establishment of the HEC in 2002 has initiated a revolution in higher education in Pakistan.

He said that all the federal units have effective representation in 17 members' governing board of HEC and National Scholarship Management Committee, the main decision making body. For effective coordination with provincial governments, HEC has its regional centres at all the provincial capitals, where a large number of HEC activities for the province takes place as well as brings HEC to the doorsteps in the provinces.

He said that through the Steering Committee, which comprises of all provincial secretaries of education, the HEC is closely working with the provincial governments to evolve joint strategy for promotion of higher education in Pakistan.

As an outcome, he said the enrolment at the universities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have increased from 30,000 to 76,000, number of universities has been increased from 11 to 26 including first women university of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and HEC launched special projects for the development of basic infrastructure at higher education institutions of the province including labs, class rooms, seminars rooms, labs, transport facilities, digital libraries, video conferencing facility etc.

Executive Director HEC Professor Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed apprised about the funding mechanism and the financial challenges being faced by HEC. He said that HEC has evolved transparent and uniform funding mechanism. He also assured that HEC with the provincial governments and universities would contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. The news

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