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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;" />http://hec.gov.pk/english/news/news/Pages/HEC-Conference-CPEC.aspx
HEC Stops Four Universities from Admitting StudentsHEC Stops Four Universities from Admitting Students<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, August 23, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan has stopped four universities from admitting students in any degree programme, owing to academic irregularities and mismanagement and after non-compliance despite constant reminders from HEC to fulfill the deficiencies.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">These institutions include Preston Institute of Management Sciences and Technology (PIMSAT) Karachi, Imperial College of Business Studies Lahore, Global Institute Lahore, and Al-Khair University AJK.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition to main campuses, their sub-campuses, branches or affiliated colleges are also not allowed to admit students at any level in any programme. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Complying with directive of the Prime Minister, HEC Review Panels visited universities in 2016 across the country for review of quality assurance and governance practices. Universities whose report was not satisfactory were asked to fulfill the deficiencies, however these institutions have still not complied despite reminders and, therefore, have been asked to stop admitting students in all of their academic programmes. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is worth-mentioning that HEC regularly issues parent and student alerts in national and regional newspapers as well as through social media, warning the public to check from HEC website the list of recognized institutions as well as accredited programmes. The students are continuously warned that HEC will not attest degrees or certificates obtained from such universities or institutes claiming their affiliation.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC has posted lists of recognised as well as non-recognised higher education institutions on its websites wherefrom parents and students can check the status of an institution they consider for admission. The list may be accessed through hec.gov.pk/site/HEIs.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Besides, HEC website also has a list of Accreditation Councils which are responsible for accreditation of respective degree programmes. These include Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners (PCATP), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC), Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC), Pakistan Pharmacy Council (PCP), Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC), National Council for Homoeopathy (NCH), National Council for Tibb (NCT), National Accreditation Council for Teachers Education (NACTE), National Agricultural Education Accreditation Council (NAEAC), National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC), and National Business Education Accreditation Council (NBEAC).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents and students can check accreditation status of various academic programmes of different institutions to ensure that the specific programme they are interested in is an approved progamme.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC is also developing the Pakistan Qualification Register (PQR), which is an online database containing list of approved degree programmes of HEC recognized public and private sector universities including their sub campuses and affiliated as well as constituent colleges. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">PQR is aimed to provide clearly defined levels of knowledge, skills and competencies to be acquired by every graduate. The Register is being linked to various HEC programmes and initiatives including attestation of degrees, local and overseas scholarships, appointment of HEC approved supervisors, award of national research grants, thematic research grants for social sciences, etc.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Though majority of universities have provided the information, however some universities whose response is slow are being advised to enter their degree programmes in PQR at the earliest so as to streamline above-mentioned processes.</p>30-08-2017 12:34:32<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />http://hec.gov.pk/english/news/news/Pages/HEC-Public-Notice.aspx
HEC Organises Send-off Ceremony for 200 Students Proceeding to HungaryHEC Organises Send-off Ceremony for 200 Students Proceeding to Hungary<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, August 15, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan organised on Tuesday a send-off ceremony for 200 Pakistani students selected for <em>Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship</em> under the Higher Education and Scientific Exchange Programme.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Out of 200 scholarships, 125 scholarships have been awarded for BS studies, 50 for MS studies and 25 for PhD programmes. The selected students belong to various disciplines including Computer Science, Engineering, Business Administration and Management, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Petroleum Geoengineering, Earth Sciences, Applied Economics, Biology, Nursing and Patient Care, and Chemistry. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">These Pakistani students will acquire higher education in different Hungarian universities including University of Debrecen, University of Pécs, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Széchenyi István University, University of Dunaújváros, University of Miskolc, and Eötvös Lorand University to name a few.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Engr. Baligh-ur-Rehman, Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training was chief guest on the occasion. The ceremony was also attended by Mr. Szabo Istvan, Ambassador of Hungary to Pakistan, Mr. Azizullah, Parliamentary Secretary, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr. G. Raza Bhatti, Acting Executive Director HEC, Mr. Waseem S. Hashmi Syed, Adviser (HRD) HEC, representatives European Union, HEC scholars and their parents. Mr. Nandor Mullner, a Hungarian student, studying at International Islamic University Islamabad also attended the ceremony.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking on the occasion, the Minister congratulated the students selected for scholarships and urged them to fully utilize the opportunity of acquiring education in Hungary. He said that the Government of Pakistan is committed to providing conducive environment to Pakistani youth. "The Government has remarkably increased funding for tertiary education," he said, adding that the number of out-of-school children has also dropped down considerably. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Describing the background of Higher Education and Scientific Exchange Programme, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said the Programme, launched by HEC Pakistan and Hungary's Ministry of Human Capacity was initially launched for three years and 80 students were sent under the programme last year. However, he said that the number of scholarships has been increased to 200 scholarships per year. He underlined that HEC strictly follows merit in awarding all its scholarships as well as other programmes for uplift of higher education. He said that Pakistan has also announced 30 scholarships for Hungarian students to study in Pakistani universities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman said that HEC is also planning to expand research collaboration with Hungarian universities. He informed the audience that Hungarian institutions have offered their support in setting up a Sport university in Pakistan. He said a group of Pakistani universities Vice Chancellors will visit Hungarian universities in the next few weeks to explore avenues of collaboration, adding that Hungarian universities VCs will also come to Pakistan soon. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the students, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said, "You will be ambassadors of Pakistan in Hungary, so you have to show the real image of Pakistan". He said that Hungary has a population of only 9.8 million people, but it has produced many Nobel Laureates. The inventions in science and technology by Hungarian scientists have great importance for the world, he maintained. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Szabo Istavan said the Government of Hungary gives great importance to bilateral relations with Pakistan. "Investment in education is indeed investment in future and it will help further improve the bilateral relations," he said, adding that the two countries have a long history of diplomatic relations spanning over half a century. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ambassador informed that the Hungarian Embassy in Pakistan plans to form an Alumni Association of Pakistani students who complete their education from Hungarian institutions for stronger collaboration in future. He underscored that Pakistani students, already studying in Hungary, have showed very good academic performance. He said the award of scholarships is a great opportunity for Pakistani students to build a soft image of Pakistan in Hungary.</p>30-08-2017 12:28:16<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />http://hec.gov.pk/english/news/news/Pages/Send-off-Ceremony.aspx
Foreign Student Interns Call on Chairman HECForeign Student Interns Call on Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, July 24, 2017: As many as 10 foreign students, presently working as interns in Pakistan under International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) programme, visited Higher Education Commission and met Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC and Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Welcoming foreign students to HEC, the Chairman underlined the significance of student exchange programmes for promotion and internationalisation of higher education. He said exchange of students between different countries not only helps students enrich their qualification but also develops cultural harmony. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He wished the students a great learning experience in Pakistan. "I want you to enjoy and learn a lot being in Pakistan and feel at home". </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The students expressed satisfaction on facilities available to them in Pakistani higher education institutions for their internships. They termed IAESTE a very important programme which helps beneficiaries learn in dynamic environments and develop their personalities as professionals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">IAESTE is an international student exchange programme launched in 1948 at Imperial College London with a vision to encourage students from all over the world for their self-development as well as promotion of good relations among different countries. It provides students with international internships in their relevant fields of study and an opportunity to understand and experience cultures of other countries.  Pakistan became a member of IAESTE in 1990.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each year, IAESTE holds an annual conference, hosted by one of the member countries. It is one of the biggest events of IAESTE where over 250 delegates from across the world participate. The primary objective of this conference is to exchange internship opportunities among the member countries. This year, IAESTE annual conference was held in Seoul, South Korea.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">At the annual conference 2017, IAESTE Pakistan was able to secure 45 exchange opportunities from a number of countries including Austria, Vietnam, Germany, Oman, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, and Korea among others. So far, 14 Pakistani students have been accepted for internship in countries like Austria, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Ireland Croatia and Macedonia.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Currently, 10 foreign students are being hosted by Pakistan. These students have been placed at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad mainly, where they are being engaged in internships and trainings. Furthermore, five students are still anticipating their visas to Pakistan and will hopefully reach Pakistan soon. These students belong to different countries including Canada, Austria, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Oman, Turkey, Poland, Denmark, Slovakia, Switzerland, Vietnam and UAE.</p>27-07-2017 04:24:06<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />http://hec.gov.pk/english/news/news/Pages/FSI-Call-on-Chairman-HEC.aspx
Pakistani Students Take Part in Int’l Chemistry & Physics OlympiadsPakistani Students Take Part in Int’l Chemistry & Physics Olympiads <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Islamabad, July 18, 2017: Two teams of Pakistani students have participated in International Chemistry and Physics Olympiads at Bangkok, Thailand and Yogyakarta, Indonesia respectively. Teams comprising four Chemistry and five Physics students competed against over 300 talented students of respective subjects from around the world.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Students were selected under the STEM Careers Programme after nationwide screening tests held in all major cities of the country. Top 50 students for each competition were shortlisted for training in the subjects. After attending three-week long training camps, these students were further shortlisted and trained. Finally, two teams were selected to represent Pakistan in these Olympiads. Final camps for the two teams were set up in Hussain Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad respectively.  </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Students for Chemistry Olympiad included Maha Ayub from The Lyceum School, Karachi, Shah Muhammad Hassan from Generations School, Karachi; Amna Masood from Beaconhouse School System, Islamabad; and Mahnoor Moeen from Iqra Army Public School & College, Quetta. Whereas, the team of Physics students comprised Muzammil Ali Shaikh from Government Degree College, Larkana, Baqir Hassan Jafry from Karachi Grammar School, Karachi, Zoraiz Naeem from Beaconhouse School System, Abbottabad, Ubaidullah from ACME College of Excellence, Sargodha and Muhamad Mubeen from FG Sir Syed College, The Mall, Rawalpindi.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">These International Olympiads are one of the most prestigious competitions for college students up to age of 20 years. The first International Chemistry Olympiad was held in Prague, Czech Republic in 1968, while the first International Physics Olympiad was held in Warsa, Poland in 1967. Over 75 countries send their teams to compete in each of these competitions.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">STEM Careers Programme is a joint venture of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and PIEAS aimed at grooming talented youth of the nation to opt for career in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and preparing them for participation in the annual International Olympiads in Physics, Biology, Mathematics and Chemistry. </span></p>27-07-2017 04:21:36<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />http://hec.gov.pk/english/news/news/Pages/PSTP.aspx
HEC-CAHE Forum Deliberates Challenges of Equitable Access, Quality in Higher EducationHEC-CAHE Forum Deliberates Challenges of Equitable Access, Quality in Higher Education <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:13pt;">Islamabad, July 17, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and China Association of Higher Education (CAHE) jointly organised the first Pakistan-China Forum entitled “Challenges of Equitable Access and Quality in Higher Education” at Air University, Islamabad on Monday.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:13pt;">Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms was the chief guest. Dr. Arshad Ali Executive Director HEC, Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar, Consultant (CPEC) HEC, CAHE delegates, and a large number of academicians were also present. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:13pt;">Speaking on the occasion, the Minister appreciated the role of HEC in building CPEC University Alliance and CPEC Consortium of Business Schools. “These efforts will help building collaborative linkages and intellectual connectivity which symbolize the spirit of CPEC”, he stated. He maintained that the Government is fully supportive of HEC in capacity building of existing higher education institutions to prepare suitable human resource for CPEC and promote cultural harmony between the two countries. “CPEC means Pakistan’s entry into the global supply chain,” he emphasised. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:13pt;">In his address, Dr. Arshad Ali thanked the Government’s commitment for promotion of higher education in the country which, he said, is not only a goal but also a pre-requisite for a knowledge-based economy. He also shared various initiatives of HEC with regard to HEC Vision 2025. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:13pt;">Earlier in his welcome address, Mr. Faaiz Amir, Vice Chancellor, Air University and Mr. Muhammad Asghar shed light on theme of Forum. The Forum focused on three areas including national role and contribution in improving quality of higher education, ensuring quality with large scale increase in access, and balancing quality of higher education in diverse regions. The Forum was also addressed by Mr Diaomei Wang, leader of the Chinese delegation.  </span></p>27-07-2017 04:18:11<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />http://hec.gov.pk/english/news/news/Pages/HEC-CAHE-Forum.aspx
HEC Funds 31 Technology Development Projects of PhD ScholarsHEC Funds 31 Technology Development Projects of PhD Scholars <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Islamabad, July 5, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has awarded 31 projects under Technology Development Fund to PhD scholars who have returned from abroad after completion of their PhD, in order to develop new technologies relevant to country’s socio-economic needs. In this connection, HEC organised the first project award ceremony at its Secretariat here on Wednesday.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms was chief guest on the occasion. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, vice chancellors, faculty members and other representatives of academia and industry attended the ceremony.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms congratulated the scholars and researchers on winning the projects. He said technologies are redefining the production means, adding that Pakistan has to adopt technologies as their beneficiaries so as to realise its dream of joining 25 leading economies of the world by 2025. He said that TDF has been launched to build strong linkages between knowledge and production platforms. “Our universities need to turn into centres of innovation,” he underlined.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">The Minister stated that economic prosperity is linked to political stability. “We have to be mature as a nation and ensure internal harmony and positive synergy,” he stressed adding that the Government is committed to bringing transformational reforms by making universities engines of innovation. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Mr. Ahsan stressed that the revolutionary and swift changes in information technology have to be adopted in a competitive manner. He said that new technologies of robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data science are fast changing the way developed world is progressing and we have to adopt these technologies on a faster pace. He appreciated HEC for focusing on faculty development adding that these areas have to be given special attention.  </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">In his welcome address, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed informed that as many as 116 scholars submitted their proposals under TDF. He said 31 projects have been selected for funding after thorough evaluation by HEC’s expert committee. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">The Chairman urged researchers to focus on bringing real impact in the society through these projects. He said the selected projects include nine projects in the field of Information Technology, eight projects in Food Science and Technology, and seven projects in Agriculture Engineering among others. He added that the University of Agriculture Faisalabad has won 10 projects, while National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad stood second by winning five projects. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said each approved project will receive a grant of 14 million rupees. “The projects approved in specified areas are expected to develop products or services which would positively impact the economy, resolve a current problem, meet a market need, utilise local raw material, and create large scale employment,” he said.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Sharing initiatives of HEC for promotion of higher education in the country since its inception in 2002, the Chairman said HEC’s achievements are being recognised at international level. TDF has been established by HEC with an aim to support researchers to materialise their ideas and research into products and services and help realise country’s dream of becoming a knowledge economy. It aims to support innovative ideas of researchers for prototype development, initial product development, patent filing, and marketing and licensing of new products so as to impact the country’s economy through new and emerging technologies.</span></p>27-07-2017 04:13:57<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />http://hec.gov.pk/english/news/news/Pages/HEC-Funds-31-TDP.aspx

 

 

 

 

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