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HEC Commission Meeting to Discuss Policy IssuesHEC Commission Meeting to Discuss Policy Issues​<span style="text-align:justify;background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">Islamabad, October 17, 2018: The 18-member Commission of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) will hold a meeting on October 19 and 20, 2018 after a lapse of 32 months.</span><p style="text-align:justify;">The Commission is a high powered body of HEC which has representation from all provinces of the country. Four of the members are women. The HEC is a national organisation which works in close liaison with the Federal Government as well as the provincial Governments to ensure enhanced access, establish quality parameters, and guide the research agenda towards the national priorities. It relies upon financial support from the Federal Government to fund the recurring and development expenditures of public sector universities.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Commission will discuss and ratify the pending policy issues, financial problems facing universities and identify ways of moving forward. Key items on the agenda include the steps needed to tighten the policy on plagiarism, finalise high profile plagiarism cases, review of the performance of the Tenure Track System and satisfaction of HEC rules and regulation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The meeting will be chaired by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, HEC and attended by Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC and renowned academicians including Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President SZABIST, Dr. Faisal Bari, Associate Professor, LUMS, Lahore, Engineer Farooq Bazai, VC BUITEMS, Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry, Dean, Faculty of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engg,  MUET, Jamshoro, Dr. Naveed A. Malik, Rector, Virtual University, Lahore, Dr. Sania Nishtar, Dr. Javeid Iqbal, VC, University of Balochistan, Quetta, and, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Asif Mumtaz Sukhera, former Surgeon General, GHQ, Rawalpindi and senior officials from the Federal and Provincial Governments. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p>18-10-2018 12:02:37<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Vice Chancellors’ Committee ResolutionVice Chancellors’ Committee Resolution<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>HEC, VCs Condemn Maltreatment against VCs, Teachers</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Vice Chancellors' Committee meeting was held at the Commission Secretariat on Monday. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Chairman, Vice Chancellors' Committee and attended by over 65 Vice Chancellors from all over the country, mostly through video conference. The meeting adopted the following resolution in the light of public humiliation of Dr. Mujahid Kamran, Dr. Akram Chaudhary and five officers by NAB officials for appearance in Court last week: </p><ol style="text-align:justify;"><li>We, the Vice Chancellors, condemn the maltreatment and public humiliation of respectable professors and teachers. </li><li>We strongly condemn the media trial of teachers before prosecution or legal procedure</li><li>We appreciate Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan for suo moto notice, however a mere apology  is not sufficient in the face of humiliation suffered by senior academicians. </li><li>We call upon Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to conduct inquiry against the officials involved.</li><li>We propose holding of a meeting between Chairman HEC and Chairman NAB along with a select group of Vice Chancellors to evolve procedures needed to be followed in such cases. </li><li>We make a commitment to the nation that we will act with integrity to serve youth of the nation and will work to strengthen our internal systems so that all endeavors are transparent and beyond question.</li><li>We support the HEC and stand by it in its endeavors to enhance quality, access and relevance. </li><li>Universities face multiple problems due to external interference. We urge the Government to ensure university autonomy by stopping the external interference.</li></ol><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>15-10-2018 15:21:17<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Somalian Ambassador Calls on Chairman HECSomalian Ambassador Calls on Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, October 12, 2018: Mrs. Khadija Mohamed Almakhzoumi, Ambassador of Somalia to Pakistan called on Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) at the Commission Secretariat and discussed various opportunities for Somalian students studying in Pakistani Universities, creating goodwill for them and promotion of higher education.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri welcomed the Ambassador to HEC and assured Her Excellency for full cooperation and support for Somalian students aspiring to study in Pakistan. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ambassador appreciated the HEC and Pakistani universities for facilitating Somalian students. Excellency informed the Chairman that around 1500 Somalian students are currently studying in Pakistani universities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The award of 100 fully-funded scholarships to students from least developed countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), announced by the Government of Pakistan, was also discussed in the meeting. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Eight fully funded scholarships are allocated for Somalian students from which one PhD, two Masters, and one Bachelor are being nominated and have successfully secured admission in the field of agriculture at PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi. However, two Somalian students have applied for Bachelors of Civil Engineering at Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET), Jamshoro under the same scholarship.  </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>15-10-2018 15:18:19<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC to Assist in Job Placement of PhD Degree HoldersHEC to Assist in Job Placement of PhD Degree Holders<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, October 11, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will support and facilitate the PhD holders of Pakistan in their efforts for employment on merit and quality.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was stated by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) in a statement on Thursday. In response to requests from unemployed PhD degree holders, the HEC had established an e-portal i.e. <a href="/english/services/PhD-DB/Pages/default.aspx"></a> in order to collect basic information. The eportal was launched in August 2018. As of today, 170 PhD holders have registered themselves. Out of these, 126 PhDs are unemployed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Most of the unemployed have availed the Interim Placement of Fresh PhD (IPFP) opportunity provided by HEC for a period of one year. Under HEC rules, host institutions of the IPFP Programme are required to advertise the respective positions and give the IPFP scholars the opportunity to compete for jobs. However, some of the scholars were unsuccessful in securing employment at their host university or elsewhere. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The HEC has offered around 4000 jobs to fresh PhD holders through the IPFP Programme in universities and 80 per cent were inducted in the same universities and the others were inducted by other higher education institutions. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The HEC is also looking at the patterns of unemployment. Most of the PhDs are in Chemistry, Agriculture, Biology and Physics. We are looking closely at these programmes to check how to enhance the employability of their graduates, the Chairman said.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For the unemployed, who have approached the HEC, the HEC has written to various institutions to consider them if they qualify and positions are available in the respective disciplines on competition basis.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri said the HEC also plans to conduct an orientation workshop for the PhDs to guide them in pursuance of their careers. The fresh PhDs will be guided in preparation of CVs and developing skills to apply for positions in colleges as well, as only seven per cent of college teachers are PhD holders in Pakistan. He said HEC will conduct gap assessment and will offer capacity building programmes.     </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>12-10-2018 06:07:10<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Sends off 36 Gwadar Students for Chinese Language Course in BeijingHEC Sends off 36 Gwadar Students for Chinese Language Course in Beijing<p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, October 10, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has sent off the second batch of 36 students -- 32 males and four females -- from Gwadar for one-year Chinese language course in Beijing Polytechnic University, Beijing, China. The first batch of 14 students was sent off in March 2018.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2017, the then Government announced 50 scholarships for Gwadar students in order to meet the local needs emerging owing to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The HEC was entrusted with the task of selecting bright students from Gwadar for award of the scholarships.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The HEC Human Resource Development, Division, with the support of HEC Regional Centre, Karachi, conducted medical check-up of the students and facilitated them in visa processing. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The group of students, who belonged to very ordinary background, reached Islamabad where Mr. Waseem Hashmi Syed, Adviser HRD, HEC conducted an orientation session and explained the purpose of language course. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Expressing their view, the students pledged to live up to the expectations of HEC and their parents. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The CPEC has become a focus of new geopolitical set-up in South Asia. This has necessitated learning of Chinese language so as to produce well-versed workforce. Multinational companies of Chinese origin have started their operations in Pakistan. The local youth can fill the immediate gap only if they can speak and underhand Chinese language. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​</p>12-10-2018 06:05:07<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Aiding students with technology-based educational transformationAiding students with technology-based educational transformation<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Dr. Banuri to Interact with Students thru Higher Education EduTV     ​</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, October 5, 2018: Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) will go live and communicate with students and other higher education stakeholders on monthly basis through HEC web-based television channel, Higher Education EduTV, from October 18, 2018. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The basic objective of the EduTV is to address the critical need for improving communication with the stakeholders and creating awareness about the national higher education standards, quality assurance policies and procedures, financial management, governance and regulatory arrangement.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Higher Education EduTV has been operational since March, 2017. The EduTV was launched with an aim to uplift the standard of higher education culture and offer education counseling services to citizens of Pakistan. Following the success of EduTV online sessions, Dr. Banuri has decided to communicate with pertinent audiences through the TV. The programme will be on aired on regular schedules with live interaction via social media platform.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The EduTV provides a platform to students, faculty and researchers of partner media and mass communication departments of Pakistani universities to take full advantage by using their writing, directing, screening, editing and relevant skills to develop diverse contents around higher education activities. It has been broadcasting live web-based programmes on different topics in collaboration with media and mass communication departments of Pakistani universities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A few of the awareness and counseling services sessions includes Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme, Scholarship Guide, Degree Attestation System, Plagiarism Policy, Universities Inside, Professor Online, Achievements in HEI's, National Research Programme for Universities, and Pakistan Qualification Register etc. The channel can be browsed with URL <a href=""></a>. The audience can also connect via social media links to ask their queries in live broadcast session through connected Twitter and Facebook accounts of the channel. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The channel is also providing a TV platform to media and mass communication departments at universities by successfully integrating the universities studios with video conferencing facility. Since these universities have built-in production capabilities that include studios, script writers, producers, directors and technicians, they will not only help showcase the talent of media and mass communication students and faculty but will also lead to developing contents for the TV channel. The success has given opportunities to universities to develop collaborative programmes with other universities regardless of geographical locations. The Higher Education EduTV has recently integrated with Virtual University studio to on-air its programmes through satellite.</p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>08-10-2018 06:27:00<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Committed to Sustaining Pace of Higher Education ProgressHEC Committed to Sustaining Pace of Higher Education Progress<p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Meeting with US University Representatives on US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>HEC Committed to Sustaining Pace of Higher Education Progress: Dr. Banuri       ​</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, October 3, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan is committed to sustaining the pace of progress made in the higher education sector by enhancing quality, increasing access and promoting relevance of research through international linkages with eminent higher education institutions.     </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, HEC said this in a meeting with a group of 29 US universities on its visit to the Commission Secretariat. The group visited the HEC to learn about the HEC programmes of faculty development and strengthening of the research culture in Pakistani universities through the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor. The discussed modalities of collaboration for PhD Scholarship Programme (Phase I) under the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri welcomed the delegation and said Pakistan has come across a major cultural change wherein the tendency towards acquiring higher education has gradually increased since the inception of HEC in 2002. He said the enrolment has reached nine per cent as compared to merely .26 per cent, adding that the number of universities has grown to 192 in the last one-and-a-half decade. He maintained that the number of research journals published in the country has reached 15000 per annum. He said that research has become an essential part of academic professionals. "This is the change that used to be unheard of in the past," he observed.      </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri said HEC will welcome the US universities to become a part of the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor. He stressed the need for deliberations to explore ways for collaborative endeavours. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Earlier, Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt, Consultant, HEC briefed the delegation about the background and objective of US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor. He said the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor was established in June 2015 as a result of the US-Pakistan Education, Science and Technology Working Group (ESTWG) under the bilateral strategic dialogue. He said 200 Pakistani scholars were sent to the US universities in 2017, while HEC aims to send over 300 scholars in 2018 to the US universities. He underscored that as many as 10,000 scholars will be sent to pursue PhD in various subjects by 2025 in the 10-year programme. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The US universities' delegation members expressed their views with regard to the programme and shared their willingness to participate in the ambitious programme of outstanding mutually beneficial research and faculty development.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>03-10-2018 11:38:52<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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