Education ministry wants ad hoc HEC chairman
Islamabad, Oct 29: The Ministry of Education has sent a fresh summary to the Prime Minister's Secretariat for the appointment of an ad-hoc Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Sources said the summary, sent a few days ago, proposes the appointment of one of the 11 members of HEC as chairman for three months to look after the immediate affair of the commission.
They added that the immediate appointment of the chairman is critical for the commission at a time when it is in the process of degree verification of dozens of parliamentarians whose education documents have been challenged in various courts.
Earlier the Prime Minister's Secretariat had rejected a summary seeking extension in the term of ex-chairman Dr Javaid Leghari. Sources said Dr Leghari's appointment as fulltime chairman is still under consideration as around 24 ruling party MPs have written to the Prime Minister for extension of his term. However some influential politicians are also opposing his appointment owing to his strong stance against fake degree holders.
In this situation, sources said, the PM Office wants to appoint a temporary chairperson for a short period until the government takes a final decision about Dr Leghari's fate.For this purpose, the PM Secretariat had written a letter to the ministry seeking the name for the ad-hoc appointment.
Sources said the minister of state for education, Balighur Rehman decided not to send one name for the interim appointment. Instead, he proposed that the PM office might choose any of the 11 members of the commission as temporary chairman.
The members of the commission include two federal secretaries, representatives of the four provincial government and vice chancellors of public sector universities.
When contacted, federal secretary for education and training Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri confirmed that a fresh summary has been sent to PM House but refused to share further details about its content. When asked why the government is delaying such an important appointment, he said: "It takes time to find a suitable candidate for key posts."
On Monday, the Supreme Court directed the government to appoint a new chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) immediately.During the hearing of a case pertaining to law colleges Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had said the government should appoint an acting chief to look after the affairs of the higher education if it was unable to select a permanent chairman. The commission is functioning without a head since August 26, 2013 when Dr Javaid Leghari's term expired.
Education experts believe that delay in the appointment is badly damaging the higher education sector as HEC chairman takes the key decisions regarding functioning of national universities and higher education institutions.The news
NUML imposes dress code on students
Islamabad: The National University of Modern Languages (NUML) has introduced a strict dress code for its students.
As per the new dress code displayed on the main gate and notice boards of all departments, female students have been restricted from wearing jewellery, tights, T-shirts and jeans. On the other hand, male students have also been restricted from wearing shirts inscribed with remarks. The students will also not be allowed to wear 'precious and colourful' dresses.
The university administration has deployed a female guard for implementation of the new dress code for female students. The students from different departments have protested against the new dress code issued by the university administration and declared it against their basic freedom. University Spokesman Amir Saleem said the new dress code had been introduced to make the students 'civilised and responsible persons'. He said the step had been taken on the demand of parents. online
PU operation against non-students soon
Lahore: A meeting at Punjab University on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for an operation against non-students living in hostels.
The meeting called by Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan was attended by PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, other officials from the university, CCPO Ch Shafiq Ahmed and other police officials including the Iqbal Town SP.
It is learnt the meeting decided that in the first phase the Punjab University administration would independently launch an operation to flush out non-students particularly those linked to Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) from the varsity while in the second phase the varsity administration and police would jointly launch an operation against them.
Lahore: A Punjab University (PU) spokesman has said that the capacity of accommodating boy students in the hostels is sufficient to accommodate genuine allottees, even extra, and that is why boys' hostel number 16 is being converted into a girls' hostel to provide hostel accommodation to female students.
The PU spokesman said the capacity of girls' hostels was not enough to accommodate all female students and they were facing problems in this regard. He alleged that Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) was providing shelter to non-students elements this was the reason IJT was making noise over the issue. The news
10 schools win Lahore round
Lahore: Around 10 schools emerged as winners from amongst 120 in the 9th DAWN In Education Spelling Bee Competition's Lahore pool rounds for students of age group 9-11 years.
The competition, organised by the Dawn Media Group in partnership with the US Embassy, was held at Ali Institute of Education auditorium on Tuesday.
The 10 schools that won the Lahore pool rounds included Aitchison College Prep School, The Mall, Lahore; The City School, Kasur Campus, B6-5R, Defence Colony; Jadeed Dastgir Ideal High School, Boys Branch, Jinnah Road, Link DC Road, Gujranwala; PakTurk International School and Colleges, Main Campus, Lahore; PakTurk International School and Colleges (Girls), Airline Housing Society, Lahore; Bloomfield Hall School, 42-B-III, Gulberg-III, Lahore; Lahore Grammar School, Shahjamal Campus, 163 & 165 GT Road, Baghbanpura, Lahore; St Anthony's High School, Cantt Branch, Lahore; Lahore Grammar School, Muslim Town Campus, Lahore; and Lahore Grammar School, Main Gulberg Branch, Lahore.
Azka Khan and Tanwir Shah were the pronouncers, while Ismat Riaz, Qudsia Sajjad, Rehan Khan and Areej Mehdi acted as judges.
The Spelling Bee Competition among students of age group 12-14 years would be held on Wednesday. Dawn