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No Proposal to Transfer HEC’s Funds from Development to Recurring BudgetNo Proposal to Transfer HEC’s Funds from Development to Recurring Budget<p>Islamabad, October 18, 2019: A misleading news item entitled 'Transferring Rs. 10 billion from HEC's uplift budget to recurring can resolve financial issues' is published in a section of the press. It is clarified that the news item is factually incorrect. <br></p><p>There is no such proposal, as the development budget of an institution is equally important for its growth and progress. Taking money from there to fulfil recurring expenditure is an illogical solution to the problem. Such a proposal is out of the question and is an highly inappropriate suggestion.<br></p><p>===============<br></p>18-10-2019 11:06:55<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Takes Serious Note of Harassment, Security Issues at UniversitiesHEC Takes Serious Note of Harassment, Security Issues at Universities<p>Islamabad, October 17, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has taken serious notice of rising incidents of sexual harassment, violation of privacy and intolerance and lack of basic amenities in universities across the country, particularly the recent allegations of breach of privacy and harassment in the University of Balochistan.<br></p><p>The Commission has placed these issues on the agenda of the Vice Chancellor's meeting to be held on October 21, 2019. <br></p><p>The meeting will discuss existing regulations that address such acts as well as additional measures that might be needed to make university campuses safe and secure places. The university heads will also discuss the funding issues of the higher learning institutions.<br></p><p>Earlier, taking notice of harassment allegations at University of Balochistan, the Chairman and Executive Director of HEC have talked to Vice Chancellor of the University and called upon him to ensure that swift action is taken against anyone found guilty of harassment. <br></p><p>The HEC "Policy Guidelines against Sexual Harassment in Institutions of Higher Learning" provide a framework for investigation and action in this regard. <br></p><p>===============<br></p>18-10-2019 05:30:25<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC, PIEAS Select 14 Candidates to Participate in Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings 2020HEC, PIEAS Select 14 Candidates to Participate in Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings 2020<p>Islamabad, October 10, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) have finalised 14 candidates for participation in the 70<sup>th</sup> Interdisciplinary and 7<sup>th</sup> Economics Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings 2020 to be held in Lindau, Germany.<br></p><p>Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between PIEAS, a leading University of Pakistan, and the Lindau Council, up to 10 scholars can participate each year in Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. <br></p><p>This year, around 300 applications were submitted, out of which 50 applicants were shortlisted and interviewed. After the interviews, 10 applicants have been nominated for the 70<sup>th</sup> Interdisciplinary Nobel Laureate Meeting, while for the 7<sup>th</sup> Economics Nobel Laureate Meeting, four applicants have been nominated.   <br></p><p>The nominees for the 70th Interdisciplinary Meeting include Sadaf Sulman, Rizwan Ahmad, Tabinda Salman, Saiqa Hafeez, Muhammad Ansar Farooq, Saba Ashraf, Sultana Rehman, Neha Farid, Memoona Ramzan, Syeda Kiran Shahzadi. The nominees for the 7th Economics Meeting are Aribah Aslam, Farhad Zulfiqar, Saira Saeed, and Noman Ahmad.<br></p><p>The interaction with Nobel Laureates is a joint venture of HEC, PIEAS, and the Council for Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany agreed upon under a formal MoU meant for Pakistani nationals studying or working in Pakistan. <br></p><p>The eligibility criteria for participation in the meetings requires from the candidates to have graduation in the related fields and have a first-class academic career. However, preference is given to those applicants who have top positions in board or university examinations and have research publications to their credit.<br></p><p>Interviews were held for the selection at HEC Secretariat. The selection board comprised Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin, Director General (R&D), HEC, Dr. N. M. Butt, Founder, Nobel Laureates Programme in Pakistan and Chairman, PINSAT, Preston University, Dr. Muhammad Aftab Rafiq, Programme Director, PIEAS, Dr. Kamran Safdar, Member, Nobel Laureates Meetings Programme, and subject experts including Dr. Abdullah Sadiq, Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan, Dr. Humaira M. Siddiqui, Dr. Muhammad Idrees, and Dr. Abdul Majid.<br></p><p>===============<br></p>14-10-2019 10:19:17<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Invites Proposals under Pak-Turk Mobility Grant ProgrammeHEC Invites Proposals under Pak-Turk Mobility Grant Programme<p>Islamabad, October 8, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has invited joint research proposals from faculty members of Pakistani public and approved private sector universities for funding under Pak-Turk Researchers Mobility Grant Programme.<br></p><p>Six areas have been identified for funding including Energy Technologies, Food Technologies, Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Material Science, Smart Transportation Systems, and Robots and Smart Systems. <br></p><p>The Programme is one of the upshots of Turkish-Pakistani cooperation within the scope of internationalisation effort of higher education systems. It is implemented in Turkey by the Council of Higher Education (CoHE) and in Pakistan by HEC to support the academic and research activities. <br></p><p>The objective of this programme is to develop new scientific and technological cooperation between Turkish and Pakistani higher education institutions by supporting the mobility of graduate students and academic staff.<br></p><p>Interested applicants must hold a faculty position in HEC-recognised public or approved private universities for HEC funding. Pakistani researchers or Principal Investigators will have to identify the Turkish partner. The application form is available at <a href=""></a>. <br></p><p>Partners from the two sides must simultaneously submit their projects in Pakistan and Turkey. Besides, the partner universities are required to sign Mevlana Exchange Programme Protocol for Turkish side. Maximum one research project can be submitted by one Principal Investigator for funding. <br></p><p>===============<br></p>10-10-2019 06:47:14<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Committee Established to Oversee Medical EducationCommittee Established to Oversee Medical Education<p>​</p><p>Islamabad September 27, 2019: A Committee has been established to address emerging challenges and opportunities in the entire spectrum of medical education in the country, including undergraduate education, graduate education, clinical certification, health research and research oriented education, adoption of international standards, and addressing equivalence and certification issues in other countries. </p><p>The committee will be headed by the Chairman HEC, and will include representatives of the Ministry of Health, PMDC, CPSP, and universities providing medical education.</p><p>This was decided at a meeting of the heads of key health education institutions in the country including Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC.</p><p>The meeting took note of the recent de-recognition of some Pakistani medical degrees by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and constitute a five-member delegation to resolve the matter with Saudi authorities. The delegation will comprise of representatives of the medical universities in addition to HEC. </p><p>It was discussed that recently there were instances in which Pakistanis who have MD/ MS degress have been removed from their services and were asked to leave the country. It was noted that although few Pakistani medical universities have already shared their syllabi, monitoring and evaluation system and other documents with relevant authorities, however, there is a need to take up this issue collectively.</p><p>The meeting also reviewed the experience of Pakistani students studying in medical colleges in other countries and the current additional requirements for them when they return to Pakistan.  </p><p>The participants expressed gratitude to HEC for taking lead on an important matter that is affecting Pakistan's medical degree holders working in Saudi Arabia. </p><p> </p><p>===============<br></p><p><br></p>29-09-2019 06:42:34<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Revamping Various Academic, Research Systems to Promote Education, Improve QualityHEC Revamping Various Academic, Research Systems to Promote Education, Improve Quality<p>Islamabad, September 26, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has put in place a huge array of programmes to promote higher education and improve quality of education and research in the country. </p><p>Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC stated this while speaking in the 6<sup>th</sup> meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training held at the Commission Secretariat on Thursday with Mian Najeeb-ud-Din Awaisi, Member of National Assembly in the chair. He said HEC is revamping the academic and research systems including teacher education, and PhD and undergraduate programmes.</p><p>The meeting discussed different agenda items including the University of Islamabad Bill 2019, issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Federal Udru University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST), Karachi, and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) issues including appointment of FDE head, absorption of teachers from provinces in the post-18<sup>th</sup> Amendment scenario, and regularisation of daily-wage and contractual teachers teaching in Islamabad schools.   </p><p>Before making any decision with regard to the University of Islamabad Bill, the committee decided to visit the university site on October 1, 2019 to examine if it has necessary infrastructure and hostel facilities in the light of HEC criteria. </p><p>The NA body was briefed on the hurdles in issuance of NOC to FUUAST, Karachi to set up its campus in the Federal Capital. It was informed that the university has acquired land for establishment of its campus, however, it could not so far obtain NOC because of lack of an access road, non-payment of land conversion charges, and non-approval of layout plan. </p><p>The committee urged the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to cooperate with the FUUAST, Karachi and report progress on the matter in the next committee meeting scheduled for October 3, 2019. </p><p>The committee stressed the need for immediate measures for appointment of FDE head, as the post is lying vacant for years. It emphasised on regularisation of teachers hired on daily wages or contract basis as well as absorption of teachers from various provinces to serve in Islamabad. It expressed grave concerns over the problems of children's admissions in Islamabad schools. "The obstacles in getting admission in Islamabad schools have put the future of children at stake."</p><p>The committee deferred the agenda item related to detailed briefing on foreign and indigenous scholarships awarded by HEC to the next meeting in view of its importance.   </p><p>===============<br></p>27-09-2019 07:24:32<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Gives One Grace Mark for Law-GATHEC Gives One Grace Mark for Law-GAT<p>Islamabad, September 26, 2019: The HEC has received complaints from a few candidates that there was a mistake in question paper of Law – Graduate Assessment Test (Law-GAT). The same issue had also come to HEC's attention via a section of the press.<br></p><p>To investigate the matter, a technical committee of the HEC thoroughly reviewed the test questionnaire and found that all questions were correct and according to the defined standards. The committee, however, concluded that the one ambiguous question, while correct, suffered from lack for clarity in its statement. <br></p><p>Therefore, based on the committee findings, to compensate this slight ambiguity HEC has decided that one grace mark will be given to all candidates appeared in Law-GAT, conducted on September 15, 2019.<br></p><p>HEC further assured that as ever, it will continue to strive for upholding of quality standards for all its programs including the testing services and will continue to improve its services for all stakeholders. </p><p>………………………………….<br></p>26-09-2019 10:48:14<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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