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Consultative Session on Inter-Faith & Communal Harmony BeginsConsultative Session on Inter-Faith & Communal Harmony Begins<p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, January 6, 2017: A two-day Consultative Session on Inter-Faith and Communal Harmony organized by University of Peshawar's Seerat Chair in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan began here on Friday. The purpose of the Consultative Session, involving experts from all parts of the country, is to identify challenges that our society face regarding harmony among people belonging to different religions and sects, and what role academia and researchers should play to come up with concrete recommendations for advocacy and policymaking for a just and tolerant society. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Reform and Development was chief guest during the inaugural ceremony while Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Chairman Seerat Chair, University of Peshawar and many other academicians were also present. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his address, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal appreciated efforts of HEC for taking up project to establish <em>Seerat </em>Chairs in different higher education institutions. He emphasized that world portrays religion as a problem though it is actually solution to all of our problems. He said that there was a dire need for evolving an academic vision to project religion in its real essence. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Academia has to recommend for advocacy and policymaking in line with the objectives for setting up <em>Seerat</em> Chairs", said Mr. Iqbal who has spearheaded the idea of establishing these Chairs in a number of higher learning institutions. He urged three groups, formed for brainstorming in this two-day Session, to devise a future roadmap with regard to research, advocacy and other areas pertaining to <em>Seerat</em>-<em>un-Nabi </em>(SAW).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Ahsan said that system presented by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is a complete code of life. "We, the Muslims, ruled the world when we followed his teachings in their true spirit but over the past few centuries, situation has become otherwise only because we stopped seeking guidance from <em>Quran</em> and <em>Sunnah </em>which is the real key to success."  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Minister reminded the audience that the reason for rapid spread of Islam was its model of social justice. He stressed the need to return to our roots for a just society where all are equal. He said that character building is imperative for a country's real development and establishment of <em>Seerat</em> Chairs is an important part of such initiatives being launched by the Government. He informed that topics for these Chairs have been selected very carefully while keeping in view current needs of globalization. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Iqbal stressed the need for following the true spirit of <em>Meesaq e Madina</em> (Charter of Medina) in our relationship and deals with non-Muslims. He highlighted significance of Islam's model of education, knowledge, social justice and welfare. "I am confident that our universities will become real think tanks for welfare of mankind and these Chairs will contribute to bring solutions to problems of humanity in light of Prophet's life." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed lamented lack of tolerance in society, and how we have forgotten our real treasure, which is teachings of Quran and life of our Holy Prophet (SAW). He observed that there are so many differences prevailing in every sphere of life, however life of Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) presents right solutions to all the discrepancies. He also termed the research imperative for identifying and resolving these differences and problems. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman informed that nine Seerat Chairs will be established in total under the project which was launched in 2014. He said these Chairs are meant for projecting the real essence of religion. "Islam is a very simple religion made difficult by us", he said and expressed the hope that experts will come up with tangible recommendations.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Qibla Ayaz appreciated HEC's efforts for development of higher learning institutions and tapping potential of country's academics and researchers. He said that <em>Seerat</em> Chairs will provide academic vision for bringing much-needed reforms in our society, and will come up with recommendations for advocacy and policy making. He also appreciated University of Peshawar's Vice Chancellor and Dean of Faculty for their continuous support. He hoped that after two-day deliberations, three groups of the Consultative Session will provide a roadmap for future course of action.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Apart from University of Peshawar's Seerat Chair covering areas related to Inter-Faith and Communal Harmony, eight other Seerat Chairs will be established in different universities on Leadership and Governance; Human Rights and Social Justice; Education and Knowledge; Global Peace; Business, Commerce and Property Rights; Sustainable Development; Social Justice and Welfare; and Gender Studies and Women Rights. </p>19-01-2017 09:42:20<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
PM's Adviser Amir Muqam Meets Chairman HECPM's Adviser Amir Muqam Meets Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, January 4, 2017: Mr. Amir Muqam, Adviser to Prime Minister on Federal Departments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa visited Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat on Wednesday and met Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman welcomed Mr. Amir Muqam to HEC and briefed him about HEC's initiatives for promotion of higher education in the country. He said since inception of HEC in 2002, number of universities has increased remarkably, while HEC follows no-compromise policy on quality. He maintained that research activities in the country have gained momentum during the last decade. He said HEC is emphasising on research dedicated to solution of prevailing socio-economic problems of Pakistan.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">He informed him about HEC's plan to open new university sub-campuses at district level with special reference to the University of Swat's Shangla campus where land will be provided by the Provincial Government. He said HEC has already released 10 million rupees to the University of Swat for establishment of the sub-campus. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman said that Shangla campus will initially be permitted to operate two disciplines, namely BS in Computer Science and Information Technology. He informed the Adviser that work on Swat University's permanent campus is already underway while arrangements for starting women campus are also under process where classes will be started in coming Fall. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Mr. Amir Muqam lauded the remarkable progress of higher education sector in the country and HEC's efforts and achievements in this regard.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p>19-01-2017 09:40:09<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />'s-Adviser.aspx
HEC Achieves New Milestones in 2016, Focus on Quality & Governance of Higher EducationHEC Achieves New Milestones in 2016, Focus on Quality & Governance of Higher Education<p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, January 4, 2017: While pursuing its policy of no-compromise on quality and governance issues of higher education institutions, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan took many new steps in year 2016 to further strengthen country's higher education sector.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC reviewed a total of 293 PhD programmes and 57 MPhil programmes of 171 universities, of which 31 PhD and 26 MPhil programmes of different universities were closed due to lack of fulfillment of minimum quality standards. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2016, HEC also launched the first phase of establishing sub-campuses of different universities and degree awarding institutions at 31 districts of Pakistan. The project aims to open 16 campuses of public sector universities in those districts which have potential intake of 1000-1500 students in addition to setting up campuses of Virtual University in districts where the population is relatively thin. The second phase of the project will cover another 35 districts with regard to establishment of university campuses. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The sub-campuses being established in this phase include Karakoram International University, Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan; University of Poonch, Forward Kahuta, Azad Jammu & Kashmir; University of Balochistan, Pishin, Balochistan; University of Balochistan, Quetta, Dera Murad Jamali, Balochistan; Lasbela University of Agriculture Water & Marine Sciences, Uthal, Balochistan; Sardar Bahudar Khan Women University, Naushki, Balochistan; University of Hazara, Battagram, Khyber Pakhtunkha; University of Swat, Shangla, KPK; Gomal University, Tank, KPK; Kohat University of Science & Technology, Hangu; Shah Abdul Latif University, Ghotki and Shahdadkot, Sindh; Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sanghar; IBA, Kashmore; Sindh Agriculture University, Umerkot; and, Mehran University of Engg & Technology, Jacobabad. Likewise, a total of 15 Virtual University sub-campuses will be established including two in Gilgit-Baltistan, one in FATA, five in Balochistan, one in KPK, four in Punjab and two in Sindh. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the same year, HEC inaugurated Cloud Data Centre with an aim to facilitate universities to become part of the world-class research environment. Building of the Centre has been donated by Huawei Technologies. The Centre is meant for improving productivity, enhancing business processes, and accelerating change. HEC's Cloud services aim at increasing efficiency, productivity and collaboration between the universities of Pakistan and reduce costs by using an optimized IT infrastructure. This data centre provides services like Virtual Data Centres (VDC), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Safe Campus Central Solution and Central Surveillance, Unified Communication and Shared Services, Storage as a Service, and Training as a Service. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Besides, HEC launched the country's first government testing body for education sector named Education Testing Council (ETC) to conduct free, standardized tests for university admissions. ETC will conduct test free of cost for all students desirous of taking admission in public and private universities. It will be held twice a year and its results will be valid for two years. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2016, Pakistan emerged as a country with highest percentage of highly cited papers as compared to BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries. A report entitled "Pakistan: Another BRIC in the Wall" issued by Thomson Reuters stated that though Pakistan's R&D environment faced substantial economic challenges, despite this the most influential research was not affected. It reveals that in last decade Pakistan's scientific productivity increased by more than four times from 2000 articles in 2006 to more than 9000 articles in 2015. During this period, the number of highly cited papers featuring Pakistan based authors increased 10-fold, from nine articles in 2006 to 98 in 2015. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The percentage of Pakistani documents cited during 2006 to 2015 was 62.27% of the total published documents as against 59.73% of the documents published by all BRIC countries. "Percentage of cited documents gives a starting perspective on efficiency of the published documents." It added that, "in 2012, Pakistan's Category Normalized Citation Impact (CNCI) was higher than all of BRIC countries. Also, percentages of documents cited and percentage of highly cited papers are higher."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC has received 198 plagiarism complaints since 2006, in which 160 cases have been finalized; 90 complaints have proved to be false, while 38 faculty members have been blacklisted. About 38 cases are under process and six cases are <em>sub judice</em>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The newly formed Technology Development Fund, a project worth Rs. 2.91 billion, is for a duration of five years and will cover 200 proposals. Its priority areas will be IT/Computers, Micro-electronics, Biotechnology, Material Sciences, Telecommunication and Robotics. The Fund aims at promoting prototypes for problem-based solutions. The first year target will be 50 joint proposals from university and industry projects.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Apart from various other initiatives for promotion and transfer of technology, HEC entered into a strategic partnership with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and signed a Document of Understanding (DOU) to enhance collaboration through research and development initiatives aimed towards promoting and encouraging higher education institutions for joint development of technologies in Pakistan. For this purpose, Huawei will assist HEC to set up its R&D Laboratory in Pakistan. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">With its unflinching commitment to human resource development, HEC took numerous steps to provide Pakistan with highly qualified and skilled human capital. For this purpose, it extended 1036 foreign and indigenous scholarships, over 23,000 need-based scholarships, and 24640 scholarships under the Prime Minister Fee Reimbursement Scheme in addition to the scholarships provided to Pakistani students under various programmes developed as a result of foreign collaboration. HEC has also been executing the Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Meanwhile, HEC has also launched a new faculty development programme costing Rs. 7142 million to provide qualified faculty in universities. Under the project, approved by ECNEC in December 2016, as many as 2000 faculty members from public sector universities will be provided opportunity to enrol in PhD programme in local universities. There will be a provision to spend six month to one year in foreign university for research purposes. During their stay in foreign universities, their research will be jointly supervised by Foreign and Pakistan faculty members.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the year, FATA University was made operational and work was initiated on University of Gwadar as well as University of Central Asia, Pakistan. Besides, the number of Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialization, and Business Incubation Centres has also increased remarkably. HEC took valuable initiatives to boost academia-industry linkages so as to turn the country into a knowledge economy and follow the Government's Vision 2025. Likewise, HEC announced the 5<sup>th</sup> Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions for 2013-2014 with an aim to boost academic and research culture among Pakistani universities, and encourage them to compete at international level. The ranking was carried out under various categories including Engineering and Technology, Business Education, Agriculture and Veterinary, Medical, and Arts & Design. The major criteria for evaluation of universities were Quality Assurance, Teaching Quality, Research, Finance & Facilities, and Social Integration/ Community Development. </p>19-01-2017 09:37:47<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />




2nd International Conference on Space 2016http://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/ics-16a.jpg, 2nd International Conference on Space 20162nd International Conference on Space 2016<h3>Introduction and Background</h3><p>Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), the national space agency of Pakistan, in collaboration with Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad is organizing 2nd International Conference on Space (ICS-2016). Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences & Technology (ISNET) will be a co-sponsor of the Conference.</p><p>International Conference on Space is a biennial event focusing on all aspects of space. It is aimed at providing a forum to share latest developments in space technologies and applications, and discuss ways and means of using these to address issues of international concern.</p><p>ICS-2016 will be a complete package for space professionals, decision-makers, academicians, researchers and scientists as well as students of space sciences and technologies to showcase their achievements, share experiences and voice their opinions on space-related issues in a highly interactive and cross-disciplinary environment.</p><p>Authors / Presenters will be offered to publish their research papers in Journal of Space Technology</p> - See more at: <a href="/english/news/events/Pages/CareerFair.aspx#sthash.VDoJUF4P.dpuf"></a>11-06-2016 18:28:472{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}
4th International Social Sciences Conferencehttp://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/Backdrop%20final%2002.jpg, International Social Sciences Conference<strong>​4</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> International Social Sciences Conference</strong><strong> — </strong><strong>Regional and International Cooperation: Problems and Prospects </strong>being organized by<strong> t</strong>he Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with Mirpur University of Science & Technology (MUST) Mirpur, AJK from <strong>26-27 October, 2016, at HEC Auditorium, Islamabad.</strong> ​23-10-2016 18:53:5111{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}
National Forum 2016 on Higher Education in Pakistanhttp://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/4.jpg, Forum 2016 on Higher Education in Pakistan<p style="text-align:justify;">​The world has changed, and continues to change, at unparalleled speeds. Education and skills requirements for the future will have completely new dimensions, and global education systems will need to adapt quickly to equip the worlds' young people for the new demands.  It is time to rethink education systems, the stakeholders and the foundational concepts. We must ask ourselves some critical questions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In an age where Information is already accessible at everyone's fingertips, it is likely that we will have access to a level of technical knowledge that we cannot conceive. We will all have to learn to differentiate between information and knowledge. Subjects such as math, science, languages and more, while still forming the basic foundation, can no longer be the sole focal point for education. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Education Systems will be required to produce the six "C"s:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Critical / Analytical Thinkers</strong>: As more and more information becomes available at the click of a button, the ability to analyse, connect unrelated areas, and apply technical information to complex problems will become increasingly important. </li><li><strong>Creative Thinkers</strong>: In the cut paste world, originality and creativity will become increasingly rare. It will be important for education systems to nurture creativity, originality and the creation of new knowledge.</li><li><strong>Collaborators</strong>: Complex problems will require multidisciplinary, cross sectorial thinking and collaborative working approaches. Teaching and learning styles need to change to embed this into the education system as early as possible. </li><li><strong>Continual Learners</strong>: The requirements of increasingly practical, technical skills when entering the job market, increased demand for work/life balance by millennials, a rapidly aging workforce without those skills and longer life spans will all mean that learning will need to be a lifelong process.</li><li><strong>Citizens of the World: </strong>An increasingly complex world will require global citizens who will be able to understand the "big picture" and establish the foundations for new governance structures as borders collapse and physical resources become increasingly scarce.<strong> </strong></li><li><strong>Compassion /Tolerance/Peace Keepers: </strong>The current violence in the world more than ever reflects the absolute need for compassion and peace to be embedded into all education systems. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan is organizing this National Forum on Higher Education in collaboration with PEP Foundation, Inc. on 19<sup>th</sup> October, 2016 at HEC, Islamabad. It will be composed of opening/ closing and interactive discussions resulting in tangible action plans for improvement in our Higher education institutions. The general layout of the event will be as follows: </p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">9:00-9:30</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">Registration</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;">HEC Managed</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">9:30-10:00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Plenary Session</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Welcome Addresses</p><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">10:00-12:00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Break Out Sessions & tea </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Break out sessions on each theme – 6 facilitated breakout sessions </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">12:00-1:00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Group Presentations</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Presentations by each group on conclusions</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1:00-2:00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lunch</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2:00-4:00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Break Out Sessions& tea</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Same groups, concrete action plans to be developed for implementation in HEC universities</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">4:00-5:00</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Presentation of action Plans</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Presentations by each group</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">5:00-5:30</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Closing Session</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Facilitator- Wrap up and endorsement of implementation of action plans</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p>05-10-2016 10:39:309{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}



International Conference on Research and Practices in Education (ICRPE) 2017http://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/logo.png, Conference on Research and Practices in Education (ICRPE) 2017<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) having large number of prospective teachers across the country representing all sections of the community may have more potential to reach community. In this context the conference invites researchers, scholars and professionals across the globe from all fields of education and allied disciplines to present their work in various forms i.e. Oral paper presentations, round table discussions, and poster presentations. We are inviting researchers from all modes and levels of education. Proceedings of the conference will published and selected papers will go through blind peer review process for the publication in following AIOU Journals:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Pakistan Journal of Education</strong></li><li><strong>Pakistan Journal of Distance & Online Learning (PJDOL)</strong></li><li><strong>Journal of Contemporary Teacher education</strong></li></ul><div style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>Major Goals of the Conference: </b></div><div><b><br></b></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>1. To initiate an analytical and critical discourse among the researchers and scholars of the field that may lead to social change.</strong><br><strong>2. To provide opportunity to scholars across the globe for dissemination of their research work for addressing the social phenomenon. </strong><br><strong>3. To highlight innovative methods and modes of research around the world that focus social integration and consolidation.</strong><br><strong>4. To explore the practices of technology integration that may help to align the teaching learning context with the societal demands. </strong><br><strong>5. To project practices that may contribute towards inclusive society.</strong></p>16-12-2016 08:43:55{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}
South Asian Network Operators Group Conference and Workshophttp://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/image12.jpg, Asian Network Operators Group Conference and Workshop<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​​​</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>To Participate in SANOG29:</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">To participate in SANOG 29 Kindly register yourself on </p><p><a href=""></a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#1f497d;"><a href="/english/news/events/Documents/hec_PERN_site2.pdf">Call of Paper​</a></span><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The Twenty Ninth South Asia Network Operators Group (</strong><a href=""><strong>SANOG</strong></a><strong>) conference will be held at HEC Headquarters in Islamabad, Pakistan from 23-30 January 2017, the venue details will be published soon. PTA (</strong><a href=""><strong>Pakistan Telecommunication Authority</strong></a><strong>) and HEC (</strong><a href=""><strong>Higher Education Commission</strong></a><strong>) are very delighted, along with PERN (</strong><a href=""><strong>Pakistan Education & Research Network</strong></a><strong>), to be the joint hosts for SANOG 29 in Islamabad.</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has been established under the Act of Parliament to regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of telecommunication systems and provision of telecommunication services in Pakistan.</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>​The Venue is HEC Headquarters, H-9/4, Islamabad, Pakistan</strong></p>18-11-2016 07:55:04{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}
4th International Social Sciences Conferencehttp://hecportal/english/PublishingImages/EventsImages/Backdrop%20final%2002.jpg, International Social Sciences Conference<strong>​4</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> International Social Sciences Conference</strong><strong> — </strong><strong>Regional and International Cooperation: Problems and Prospects </strong>being organized by<strong> t</strong>he Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with Mirpur University of Science & Technology (MUST) Mirpur, AJK from <strong>26-27 October, 2016, at HEC Auditorium, Islamabad.</strong> ​23-10-2016 18:53:51{5571557f-beb9-4225-b81e-28db7c8d584d}



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