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Chairman HEC Emphasises on Tapping Potential of Pakistani YouthChairman HEC Emphasises on Tapping Potential of Pakistani Youth<p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, August 16, 2018: Pakistani youth are gifted with enormous capabilities and their potential needs to be unleashed for the country's uplift.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was stated by Prof. Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) during a meeting with Mr. Jerry Bisson, Mission Director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) who visited the Commission Secretariat on Wednesday.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Talking to the Mission Director, Dr. Tariq Banuri said the HEC and USAID have a long legacy of collaboration. He shared his vision for the uplift of Pakistan's higher education sector. He stressed the need for holistic personality grooming of students. He maintained that highly effective training sessions are required to improve the leadership qualities bestowed upon Pakistani youth. He also underlined the importance of corporate training at school as well as well university level. He said that HEC plans to set up National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) to conduct trainings for newly inducted and in-service faculty, administrative staff of universities as well as potential academic leadership. "We need to direct the higher education sector of this country towards excellence," he stated.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Referring to the significance of increase in government funding for higher education sector, he said the higher education sector witnesses 10 per cent increase in enrolment annually. The government funding must be in proportion to the increase in enrolment, as high enrolment necessitates development of infrastructure, he emphasised.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman shed light on the role of Centres of Advanced Studies at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Jerry Bisson appreciated the HEC for its efforts to promote higher education and a research culture in Pakistan. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the course of meeting, the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor was also discussed. The initiative aims to provide opportunities for 10,000 Pakistani students for doctoral studies in US universities as Government of Pakistan envisions enhancing enrolment in tertiary education up to 7.1 million by 2025. This will facilitate the enhancement of Ph.D. faculty of <em>HEI's</em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em> </em></span>from current 27% to 40% in the year 2025. In the initial phase, HEC is focusing on sending 1,500 PhD scholars to the leading US universities, within the funds approved by Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC). Besides, the USAID-funded Merit and Needs-based Scholarship and USAID Fulbright Scholarship were also brought under consideration. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>17-08-2018 07:33:08<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Meeting with High Commissioner of MauritiusMeeting with High Commissioner of Mauritius<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>HEC to Strengthen Academic Linkages with Mauritius: Chairman HEC  </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, July 27, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan will do its best to further strengthen cordial relations with Mauritius through enhanced academic linkages.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was stated by Prof. Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, HEC while talking to Mr. Soobadar Rashidally, High Commissioner of Mauritius in Pakistan who visited the Commission Secretariat here on Thursday.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Rashidally acknowledged HEC's advice in the establishment of Higher Education Commission, Mauritius which will be made operational by 2019. He said the HEC, Mauritius has been structured on the model of HEC, Pakistan. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mauritius is an island State and in its 50 years of independence, it has 100 per cent literacy rate. He said that Mauritius offers free education from primary to university levels and spends eight to 10 per cent of GDP on education. He added that the country is also a member of the Middle Income Club. He expressed his desire for expanding collaboration with HEC and sought further support in areas of Information Technology and medical postgraduate studies. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Tariq Banuri informed the High Commissioner that HEC, Pakistan is funding centres of excellence in advanced technologies and these centres provide assistance to partner countries. He said that HEC will support postgraduate studies for medical students. He also mentioned Pakistan's expertise in marine sciences which could be of value to Mauritius, given its strategic focus on the Blue Economy. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said that HEC looks forward towards strong cooperation and sharing of expertise after the Higher Education Commission, Mauritius is made operational. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The High Commissioner expressed his appreciation for HEC, Pakistan and said that Mauritius is looking forward towards HEC, Pakistan's support in strengthening its tertiary education structure. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p>28-07-2018 17:38:52<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Chairman HEC Terms University Professors, Faculty His ‘Primary Constituency’Chairman HEC Terms University Professors, Faculty His ‘Primary Constituency’<p style="text-align:center;">Says His Doors Are Open to All to Safeguard Student Rights</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, July 18, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is committed to facilitating the higher education institutions and safeguarding the rights of students, as they are the primary stakeholders of higher education sector. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prof. Dr. Tariq Banuri said this during a meeting with a large number of faculty members of different universities from across the country including professors and lecturers at the Commission Secretariat on Wednesday. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Terming university professors and faculty his 'primary constituency', the Chairman stated that his doors are open to all stakeholders of higher education sector as his fundamental responsibility as Chairman of HEC is to protect the student rights with the help of faculty and other stakeholders. "We need to work as a team for the uplift of higher education sector and that aim can be achieved with faculty that excels in their respective fields," he emphasised.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The faculty made a brief presentation on agenda items of the meeting including senate resolutions regarding tax rebate of 75 per cent for university teachers and enhancement of university teachers retirement age to 65 years; quality of research journals; university autonomy and academic freedom; university acts; appointment of Vice Chancellors and university governance; Tenure Track System (TTS) issues; and a variety of other issues. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman said HEC is supportive of tax rebate and enhancement of teachers retirement age and will put up these issues with the government. He reiterated the HEC's commitment to investing in the quality of research journals especially Social Sciences and Humanities journals. He said HEC will put tangible efforts to restore the prestige of Social Sciences and Humanities. He informed the faculty members that HEC plans to revive the concept of establishing learned societies. "We will be not be party to any development that lowers the standard of journals," he clarified.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Referring to university autonomy and academic freedom, he said HEC believes in gradually increasing university autonomy. "We have received various proposals on how to ensure university autonomy, which are being deliberated upon," he maintained. He said that declaring universities autonomous will be a step-wise process wherein the universities which ensure transparency in their operations, show capability of taking independent decisions, and exhibit financial transparency will be given autonomy. He revealed that the issue of uniformity in university Acts need to be taken up with government. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said that HEC supports the faculty's call for transparent recruitment of Vice Chancellors. He stated that a transparent competency-based system is necessary for appointment of Vice Chancellors. He also highlighted the importance of a succession plan to avoid university leadership gap. He noted that Vice Chancellors must be adept in dealing with administrative, financial as well as academic matters. He informed the faculty that TTS system will be reviewed to address the grievances against it. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman said that creation of positions for faculty is linked to enrolment of students. "We have witnessed eight to 10 per cent annual increase in student enrolment, so the faculty induction must be proportionate to this increase," he stressed. In addition, he said, with the rising access, at least one per cent of GDP is required for the higher education sector.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>24-07-2018 04:19:52<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Chairman HEC Emphasises on Protection of Students’ RightsChairman HEC Emphasises on Protection of Students’ Rights<p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, July 17, 2018: The rights of students must be protected, as they are the primary stakeholders of higher education sector.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Prof. Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, HEC stated this while addressing a press conference here at the Commission Secretariat on Tuesday. He emphasised on steps to protect student rights in order to cater to the needs of next generations and enable students to become successful in life. He maintained that a number of measures have to be taken in this regard e.g. ensuring quality of education and research, capacity building of faculty and imparting practical knowledge to students. He underlined that the faculty capacity building programmes need a review for further improvement. Training programmes are being planned for university leadership as well as administration so that issues like governance, financial management, human resource development, and additional resource generation can be efficiently addressed, he added.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Terming quality of education and research a fundamental goal, he said. Vice Chancellors should ensure students right to quality education wherein they may have interaction opportunities, he added. "It must be ensured that students are not cheated or defrauded in any way," he emphasised. He explained that substandard and low quality academic programmes initiated by universities in violation of HEC guidelines are also tantamount to cheating students. He said the institutions issuing fake degrees are not only endangering the students future but also committing injustice to the society. "Exploiting education invites strong regulatory action," he clarified, as HEC gives minimum standards which universities must abide by.           </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman stressed the importance of Information Technology to bring efficiency in teaching, research, university governance and administrative as well as financial affairs. He said that a transparent system is to be evolved to consolidate educational database, adding that the universities financial management systems need to be made transparent. He said that deliberations are underway on developing a job portal to facilitate qualified students in securing jobs.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Quality of education has a strong link with economic uplift, he observed. He said HEC will set a pathway to increase universities autonomy. Only those universities which ensure transparency in their operations, show capability of taking independent decisions, and ensure financial transparency will be given autonomy, he revealed. He hinted at a social contract with the government to end interference in universities affairs. "Universities will eventually be made autonomous for the country's real development," he stated.              </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>24-07-2018 04:18:01<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />’-Rights.aspx
HEC Encourages Universities to Plant Trees, Contribute for DamsHEC Encourages Universities to Plant Trees, Contribute for Dams<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad July 16, 2018:<strong> </strong>The Higher Education Commission has directed Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to participate in Tree Plantation Campaign and contribute in Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dam Fund being established by Supreme Court of Pakistan to combat on-going water crisis and environmental degradation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In a recently issued letter to Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Leaders of all public and private sector universities, the HEC directed HEIs to be an active part of greener Pakistan movement by initiating Tree Plantation Campaign in their respective campuses. One of the primary reasons of instructing universities is to play their part in HEC's resolve to involve universities in fight against socio-economic issues including water crisis and environmental degradation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The letter reads, "every student and member of the university should plant one tree to contribute to this effort."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">It advises that every plant should be tagged with the name of student or staff member who planted it and they should take care of plant till 8 weeks. "This will ensure better survival of the trees planted and inculcate a sense of responsibility in those who spend a few minutes of their day to nurture it," the letter explains. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Universities should allocate proper place for each department for plantation, keeping in mind that plants would not be damaged during construction activities, advises the letter. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Referring to Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dam Fund being established by Supreme Court of Pakistan, HEC says that each and every HEI should ensure that a minimum of one day salary be contributed to the fund. HEC staff will also contribute to the fund. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p>24-07-2018 04:15:46<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Opening Ceremony of first batch of Pakistani students selected under CRBC scholarship ProgramOpening Ceremony of first batch of Pakistani students selected under CRBC scholarship Program<p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="text-decoration:underline;">Opening Ceremony of first Batch of Pakistani Students Selected under CRBC Scholarship Program held at South East University China</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">An official Opening Ceremony to welcome the first batch of Pakistani students selected under the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) sponsored fully funded scholarship program was held at the main campus of South East University China on 30<sup>th</sup> October 2017. Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, Higher Education Commission, Islamabad graced the occasion as the chief guest of the ceremony. The first batch of ten students was selected through a highly competitive selection process jointly coordinated by HEC Islamabad, CRBC China and South East University China. The students selected under the program will study for a two-year postgraduate course "Masters in Transportation Engineering" at South East University China as part of a commercial sponsorship program by CRBC to offer full scholarships for Pakistanis in the coming years. In this regard, a Document of Understanding has already been signed between HEC and CRBC.  </p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100%;"><img src="/english/news/news/PublishingImages/2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></td></tr></tbody></table><img src="file:///C:/Users/ABRO/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><em> </em><em style="text-decoration:underline;">Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC presenting shield to Mr. Lu Shan, Chairman CRBC</em><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the Ceremony, the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and The South East University, China (SEU) also signed Strategic Cooperation Agreement aiming to jointly carry out talent training, exchange of teachers and scientific research based on "BELT and ROAD" Initiative. Following the "BELT and ROAD" Initiative and constant deepening of CPEC construction, the requirement of high end technical and management professionals along the Belt and Road countries increases continually. Under the great support of Education Department of China and Pakistan, CRBC in this year has launched "INHERIT OF PAK-CHINA FRIENDSHIP, HUNDRED TALENTS STUDY FINANCING PROGRAM" and will fully fund 100 in-service staff from federal/provincial government, technical persons and prominent graduates to study for higher education in China. The program aims to develop high end professionals in transportation field in Pakistan.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During his speech on the occasion, the Executive Director of HEC, Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali thanked CRBC for its tremendous support for development in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan is located at the junction of South, Central and West Asia which is also the junction of "Belt and Road" Initiative. Chinese and Pakistani people have long standing and well established friendship ties. Both countries, being the all-weather strategic cooperation partners, have carried out deep cooperation in many fields including education, economy and military. The Executive Director HEC desired that the selected students will become the young generation inheritor and promoter of Pak-China Friendship and also devote themselves to the development of Pakistan after completing their study and contribute to the nation-building.</p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100%;"><img src="/english/news/news/PublishingImages/1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align:center;"><img src="file:///C:/Users/ABRO/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><em style="text-decoration:underline;">Group Photo</em></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The President of South East University, Mr. Zhang Guangjun said that SEU attaches high importance to cooperate with Belt and Road Countries based on Belt and Road Initiative. He said that he looks forward to these Pakistani students to become the ambassador of science and technology innovation and deepening of friendship between China and Pakistan and will devote themselves to promote the sustainable development in both countries.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During his address, Chairman/Secretary of the Party Committee of CRBC, Mr. Lu Shan said that China and Pakistan have a long history of friendship. CRBC in the time of devoting itself to CPEC infrastructure construction – hard connectivity, is even more emphasizing on soft connectivity of people from both countries. He added that during the 1960s, CRBC, then known as the foreign aid office of ministry of transportation, constructed the only land route between Pakistan and China- the Karakoram Highway Road where more than 700 engineers lost their lives. After half century, CRBC once again has taken the responsibility to construct the KKH Improvement and Phase-II project. He pointed that CRBC has also donated more than 100 million USD for relief and rescue purpose.</p>19-12-2017 08:56:11<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Conference Marks Launch of CPEC Consortium of Business SchoolsHEC Conference Marks Launch of CPEC Consortium of Business Schools<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, August 30, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan organised a two-day conference in connection with the launch of "CPEC Consortium of Business Schools" at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad. The Conference aimed at setting the course of academic collaboration between the two countries.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Interior Minister was chief guest in the closing ceremony. Mr. Du Yubo, President, China Association of Higher Education (CAHE), Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar, Consultant (CPEC) were also present.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Conference was attended by representatives of nine top-ranking Chinese universities, including seven members of the C9 League, an alliance of nine elite universities in mainland China, besides leadership of partner universities from Pakistan.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal termed the CPEC Consortium of Business Schools another step forward towards successful execution of CPEC. "China Pakistan Economic Corridor is start of a new era in the region," he said, adding that almost $ 36 billion of the CPEC investment has been allocated for energy projects in Pakistan. He said that CPEC also encompasses mega infrastructure projects like Gwadar Port, and will help in structural transformation of Pakistan's economy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Linking development of any country to political stability, social security, and integrated policies, the Minister said China is a role model for Pakistan to make economic progress. "Economic miracle is no rocket science, it is a common sense that we need to learn from China," he underlined. He stressed the need for developing new capabilities to become competitive in the world. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Minister elaborated that business schools will have a very vital role in promoting business-to-business relations between Pakistan and China. He said the platform of this Consortium will be very useful for this purpose. He reiterated Government's resolve to make Pakistan an Asian Tiger by 2025.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Describing the significance of Consortium, Mr. DU Yubo said scholars from nine leading Chinese universities jointly with representatives of 10 Pakistani institutions will pave the way for extensive collaboration between Pakistan and China. He said that owning the masses is the best way of functioning a society, adding that Pakistan and China need to devise a strong mechanism of communication.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">He assured that CAHE will take all possible steps for effective coordination. "The two sides have to gather all their resources and mobilise professors and students to work for success of CPEC," he emphasised. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his remarks, Dr. Arshad Ali said incorporating human resource development in CPEC is a big initiative for ensuring success of all the development projects. He hoped that the Consortium will set a ground for enhanced academic collaboration. The Executive Director appreciated the Government, CAHE and other stakeholders for their support to materialise the idea of forming a Consortium to bring business school leaders on a single platform.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Earlier, Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar announced a joint declaration adopted in the conference. He said the conference contained talks on issues pertaining to CPEC in addition to various interactive sessions. He revealed that seven areas are being focused under the long-term plan devised to integrate economies of the two countries under CPEC.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">These areas, he said, include connectivity, energy, industries and industrial parks, agriculture and food security, development of coastal region and marine resources, improvement in livelihood of people, and financial cooperation and border management.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">CPEC Consortium of Business Schools of the two countries will focus on issues of economics and management. The business schools will be assigned projects to assist the two governments in the development and operation of CPEC. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chinese institutions in the Consortium include Fudan University, Shanghai; Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong; Nanjing University, Nanjing; Peking University, Beijing; Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai; Tsinghua University, Beijing; University of Science & Technology of China, Hefei; and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou have shown their willingness to join the consortium as founding members. While from Pakistan the institutions include Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta; COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad; Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi; Institute of Management Sciences (IMS), Peshawar; Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore; National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad; Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Islamabad; and University of the Punjab, Lahore. <br></p>30-08-2017 12:42:44<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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