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HEC Invites Applications for Overseas PhD ScholarshipsHEC Invites Applications for Overseas PhD Scholarships<p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, February 8, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan has invited applications from outstanding Pakistani/AJK nationals by February 18, 2019 for PhD scholarships in various fields. The scholarships will be awarded for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 session in the HEC-identified top-ranked universities of advanced countries.​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Applicants are required to submit online application through HEC erportal i.e. Candidates must have a minimum qualification of MS/MPhil/ME or equivalent. Candidates with more than one second division in academic career are not eligible. Similarly, they should have minimum CGPA 3.0 out of 4.0 in the semester system or first division in the annual system in MS/MPhil/ME/equivalent degree. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Maximum age of a candidate on the closing dates for full-time regular faculty members of public sector universities/colleges and employees of the public sector R&D organizations is 40 years, while 35 years for all others. Besides, candidates must obtain minimum 70 percent marks in HEC Aptitude Test (HAT). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is also important to note that all scholarships will be awarded on provincial quota merit which will be drawn on HEC Aptitude Test score. Moreover, candidates also need to fulfil the requirement of host university to secure admission, which may include international GRE, TOFEL etc. Candidates are advised to appear in these tests before the interview/admission. Detailed information is available at <a href="/site/ossphase3"></a>. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​</p>08-02-2019 10:48:26<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Australian High Commissioner Calls on Chairman HECAustralian High Commissioner Calls on Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, January 31, 2019: Griffith University, Australia will offer 100 per cent tuition fee waiver to five Pakistani students every year.     </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was announced in a meeting of Margaret Adamson, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan with Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) during her visit to the Commission Secretariat. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri said HEC values its partnership with Australian higher education institutions and welcomes Griffith University to become part of this partnership. He said that 10 Australian universities are on board with HEC and 160 Pakistani students are currently enrolled in PhD programmes in these institutions.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He informed the delegation that Pakistan's priorities include not only STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines but also Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He also shed light on HEC overseas and indigenous scholarship programmes. He said HEC indigenous scholars are offered to spend six months in some foreign university for their academic and research exposures. He added that HEC also offers fully-funded post-doctoral fellowship opportunities to Pakistani scholars.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Adamson said that Pakistan and Australia have developed a long term partnership over higher education which provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration in research as well as education, short and long term training programmes and capacity building courses.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The high commissioner was accompanied by Prof. David Grant, Pro-Vice Chancellor Griffith Business School, Mr. Peter Coleman, Austrade Trade Commissioner, Mr. Azhar Shah, Austrade Country Director, Prof. Peter Woods, Director International and Mohannad Bawaz, Regional Market Manager, Griffith Business School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prof. Grant said he is very excited to become part of partnership between Pakistan and Australia in higher education.  </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>31-01-2019 12:14:22<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC to Set up Centre for Water Resources in BalochistanHEC to Set up Centre for Water Resources in Balochistan<p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, January 29, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will establish a Centre for Water Resources in Balochistan to take up research, innovation and capacity building in the field of water resources. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In this connection, HEC has sought proposals from research groups of HEC recognised public and research-active private universities and degree awarding institutions in Balochistan by February 22, 2019.     </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The centre will comprise of a series of 'affiliated laboratories' at the universities located in the province and will be selected on the basis of demonstrated capability and track record of accomplishments, a problem-orientation – either locally or regionally applicable – and partnerships with leading national institutions and private sector players. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> Other universities, organisations and development partners may also collaborate and submit joint proposals for establishment of the centre. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The initiative is a part of HEC's efforts to resolve water crisis prevailing in Balochistan. Water scarcity has been a serious problem facing different areas of Balochistan. The national water resources are decreasing and the reservoirs are depleting with every passing year. The situation demands rigorous measures for conservation of water resources in the province. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to reports, 62 per cent of the province lacks safe drinking water. Besides, over 50 per cent area has become uncultivable due to the shortage of water. The problem has caused a great setback to agriculture sector. The situation is feared to lead to a serious drought in the coming years. Prompt measures are required to bring improvement to irrigation infrastructure and water resource management.     </p><p style="text-align:center;">…………………..</p>30-01-2019 10:17:41<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Steps Taken to Alleviate Unemployment of PhDsSteps Taken to Alleviate Unemployment of PhDs<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​Efforts to alleviate unemployment of PhDs has begun to bear fruits</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, January 17, 2019: Vice Chancellors have committed themselves to reviewing CVs uploaded on HEC website.  Recently, Shaheed Benezir Bhutto University Banazirabad has decided to offer jobs to 22 PhDs out of the 105 CVs in relevant disciplines. Similar decisions are likely to follow as other universities complete their recruitment formalities.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In this regard, Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC convened a meeting of all relevant Programme Coordinators at HEC to review the recommendations made by representatives of the unemployed PhDs. The meeting led to a number of decisions including: </p><ol style="text-align:justify;"><li>Launch of an exclusive research grant program which will be open to unemployed PhDs on competitive basis. The applicants will have to affiliate themselves with a university on an honorary basis in order to apply for the grant.</li><li>Establishment of a Committee, to be chaired by Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Director, IBA Karachi to undertake an in-depth analysis of teacher-student ratio in various programs and recommend guidelines and standards for the enhancement of quality.</li><li>Establishment of a Committee to be chaired by Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, IIU Islamabad to review the practice of over-reliance on visiting faculty and recommend guidelines and standards to reinforce. </li><li>Commission a study on the employment trends in various disciplines, in order to enable universities to focus their resources in fields where there is a high demand. In this regard, the HEC has already shared available information on unemployed PhDs with universities and, advised them not to launch programs in areas where there is excess supply. </li><li>HEC has already collected data on unemployed PhDs and has set a target date of 31<sup>st</sup> January, 2019 for the launch of a consolidated Academic Jobs Portal.</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">The above decisions were made in response to a petition sent by representatives of unemployed PhDs following their meeting with the Chairman HEC and Mr. Naeem ul Haq, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister.   </p><p>===============</p>17-01-2019 19:21:03<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC, Microsoft Launch Imagine Cup 2019HEC, Microsoft Launch Imagine Cup 2019<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>HEC, Universities Sign MoU to Collaborate for EduTV</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Caption-1: Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) addresses a ceremony organised in connection with launch of Imagine Cup 2019. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Caption-2: Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar and Vice Chancellors of different universities sign a Memorandum of Understanding to develop collaboration for functioning of EduTV. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, January 15, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft, Pakistan launched Imagine Cup 2019 during a ceremony held at the Commission Secretariat on Tuesday. The ceremony also marked signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between HEC and five universities for collaboration in functioning of HEC EduTV.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC graced the occasion as chief guest. Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director HEC, Mr. Abid Zaidi, Country Manager Microsoft, Mr. Mike Yeah, Assistant General Council, Microsoft, Middle East and a number of Vice Chancellors, faculty members and students were also present.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Imagine Cup is one of Microsoft's many efforts to transform skill development, nurture budding technologists and foster collaborative and innovative spirit.  This global technology competition boasts of several success stories emerging from the competition. It is a vibrant platform to innovate, get recognised and eventually get enabled to bring about a positive change.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Imagine Cup continues to foster innovation among students and enables them to transform their ambitions into reality. The winner team will now represent Pakistan at the upcoming worldwide finals to compete among global teams for a USD $100,000 prize.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Banuri underlined that imagination is the real essence of education as well as human life and spirit. "Imagination enables the mankind to design other possible worlds. Imagination is not about technology, but it is all about the human beings." He stressed that imagination and curiosity play a vital role in solving problems and the development and use of technology is pivotal to materialise imaginations.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman appreciated the NUST SEECS (School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) who won the Imagine Cup 2018 national finals. He said the young minds of Pakistan have a great potential and imagination skills. "We need your brain power to solve our problems and transform the challenges facing our country into opportunities," he emphasised. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri said that HEC plans to move towards paperless office. He added that a job portal has been created where the academia, especially universities, can post their jobs and find suitable candidates. Highlighting the importance of Higher Education Information Management System (HEIMS), he said a Campus Management System is being evolved to bring all the HEC technology-linked initiatives onto a single platform. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said Imagine Cup provides youth with education, exposure, and networking opportunity. He said that networking is a part and parcel of the partnership between HEC and Microsoft. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his remarks, Mr. Abid Zaidi said Microsoft strives to bring the right set of tools and technology towards the students so that they can change the work for the better. He observed that Pakistani students are the agents of change and they need the right set of tools to succeed. He stated that as a technology company, Microsoft wants to empower students and enable them to shape the future.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Microsoft Imagine Cup continues to witness strong participation from Pakistan, as well as world over. Under Education Transformation Agreement, HEC and Microsoft work in partnership to enable student-centric learning, enhance education with powerful software tools and improve the efficiency of education systems. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The agreement is aimed at supporting all communities, enabling them to enjoy social benefits of a well-educated population. It encompasses training for educators and educational leaders, conducting research for innovations, and building professional communities to ensure that every student has the benefit of a global network of empowered educators. The key strategic aims of this partnership include transformation of learning and innovation and develop 21<sup>st</sup> Century Skills and Employability.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">On the occasion, HEC signed an MoU with Lahore Garrison College, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Shaheed Zulfiqat Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Sindh Madrasatul Islam, Karachi, and, University of Gujrat to collaborate in functioning of HEC EduTV. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>15-01-2019 11:22:43<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Advises Universities to Abide by GuidelinesHEC Advises Universities to Abide by Guidelines<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, January 10, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has advised the universities to ensure adherence to its guidelines for the launch of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree programme. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In a letter addressed to Vice Chancellors and Rectors of all public and private sector universities, HEC has reiterated that National Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC) has approved the DPT curriculum and recommended that DPT can only be taught in universities which have relevant faculty, infrastructure, required laboratories, and attached hospitals for clinical practice. FSc/ HSSC or equivalent (Pre-medical with minimum 60 per cent marks) will be the basic entry level educational requirement for admission in DPT programme. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is reiterated that minimum requirement for launching of DPT programme is attachment of 200-bed hospital with well-equipped physical therapy department, besides other pre-requisites of faculty and infrastructure.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Failure to abide by the accreditation requirements will lead to halting of the academic programme, or closure of the institution in case of repeated violation.</p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>10-01-2019 11:14:41<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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