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69th Lindau Noble Laureate Meeting69th Lindau Noble Laureate Meeting<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>HEC, PIEAS Nominate Scholars for Interaction with Noble Laureates in Germany  </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, September 18, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science (PIEAS) have finalised candidates for participation in Interaction with Lindau Laureates in Germany.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In this connection, interviews were held at the Commission Secretariat here on Tuesday. Dr. Muhammad Majid, Dr. Spozmai Panezai, Dr. Rabia Saleem, Ms. Tamveel Mujahid, Mr. Junaid Saif Khan, Ms. Arifa Mirza, Ms. Mamoona Nawaz, Dr. Amina Zafar, Ms. Wardah Mahmood, Ms. Komal Tauqeer have been selected for participation in the meeting. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Interaction with Noble Laureates is a joint venture of HEC, PIEAS, and the Council for Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany meant for Pakistani nationals studying or working in Pakistan. The eligibility criteria for participation in the Meeting requires from the candidate to have graduation in Physics or related fields and 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. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The project is being funded by HEC out of its recurring funds for the promotion of higher education and human resource development in Pakistan. This project provides a unique opportunity to talented graduates and young researchers of the country to interact with 40 to 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 600 scientists from all over world. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed between PIEAS and the Lindau Council in June 2016, up to 10 scholars can participate each year in Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. This year around 200 applications were submitted, out of which 29 applicants were shortlisted and interviewed. After the interviews, 10 applicants have been nominated and will be sent to Lindau Council in Germany. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The selection board comprised Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC, Dr. Nasir M. Mirza, Rector, PIEAS, Dr. Mutawarra Hussain, Dean (Research) PIEAS, Burghard Brinksmeier, Counsellor, Head, Press and Cultural Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ms. Inge Iqbal, Director DAAD Information Centre, Islamabad, Dr. M. Aftab Rafiq, Programme Director, PIEAS, Dr. Kamran Safdar, Member Noble Laureate Meetings Programme and subject experts including Dr. M. Masood ul Hasan, Dr. S. H. Khan, Dr. N. M. Butt, and Dr. Abdullah Sadiq. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>19-09-2018 07:57:28<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Projects Approved under HEC Technology Development Fund Start Yielding ResultsProjects Approved under HEC Technology Development Fund Start Yielding Results<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, September 17, 2018: The projects approved under Technology Development Fund (TDF), an initiative of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provide financial and technical support for development of products and prototypes, have started yielding outcomes.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Under the TDF, so far 126 projects have been approved for funding. The projects awarded in the FY 2016-17 have entered the execution phase and are progressing towards the goals envisaged. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">One of these projects entitled, "Transforming Biomass Ash Residues into Commercialisable Products" by Dr. Basit Yameen from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and his industrial partner, Dr. Amir Said, from Bulleh Shah Packaging (BSP) Pvt Ltd. has started pilot production. Bulleh Shah Packaging was facing industrial problems in disposing of biomass the ash residues, so the conversion of biomass ash residues into commercialisable products is an example of great success. Two researchers involved in this project, Dr. Basit Yameen and Dr. Abdul Wakeel are now working to covert the waste material into pavement material and plant growth supplement as a new production line. Total worth of the project is Rs. 18.474 million wherein the industrial contribution is Rs. 4.530 million. Based on promising results, the project team has developed several laboratory scale formulations to fabricate pavers with a range of compressive strengths. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The TDF team, which has conducted monitoring visits to the projects sites, have found remarkable progress of the projects awarded. Industrial experts provide technical and financial support to make the projects a success. The initiative is leading towards meaningful industry-academia linkages.  </p><p style="text-align:center;">​===============</p>18-09-2018 07:42:40<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Issues Guideline on Universities Undergraduate Degree Programmes NomenclatureHEC Issues Guideline on Universities Undergraduate Degree Programmes Nomenclature<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, September 15, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has instructed all universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) not to use title of "Doctor" in their BS degrees nomenclature without getting prior approval from respective National Curriculum Review Committees (NCRCs) constituted by HEC. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A letter issued to Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Heads of HEIs, reveals that  some of the universities and HEIs are offering undergraduate degree programmes with title of Doctor in their nomenclature without taking approval from NCRCs which is misleading the students, their parents and employers at large who request HEC for clarifications. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"All the universities/ HEIs are hereby directed to stop further admissions in such programmes and withdraw their advertisements in newspapers as well as on their websites and social media platforms with immediate effect," the letter underlines. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The letter mentions few degree titles as Doctor of Dietetics and Nutritional Sciences, Doctor of Optometry, Doctor of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Medical Imaging Doctor, etc. which will not be recognised by HEC, whereas HEC has approved curriculum and nomenclature of the degree title, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), a five-year degree programme. These curricula can only be taught in those universities which have relevant faculty, infrastructure, required labs and attached hospitals for clinical practices. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The letter further states that HEC expects universities to pay utmost attention and conscious efforts in ensuring complete observance of all applicable standards for providing quality education to students. "It is earnestly directed to refrain from offering such programmes which lead to ambiguity, false presumptions and confusion for students, their parents and employers", the letter reads. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>18-09-2018 07:40:39<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Proposes Task Force, Technical Committee on Baclochistan Water CrisisHEC Proposes Task Force, Technical Committee on Baclochistan Water Crisis<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, September 15, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will propose setting up a Task Force to deal with the challenge of water scarcity in Balochistan. The decision will be finalised after discussion with Mr. Jam Kamal Khan, Chief Minister, Balochistan.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was stated by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, HEC while chairing a meeting on academia's role in addressing water crisis in Balochistan at the Commission Secretariat on Friday. The meeting aimed at contemplating on the prevailing scenario, challenges and future opportunities regarding ground water recharge, water reservoirs, water usage efficiency, clean drinking water and water resource management. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Tariq Banuri said expressed deep concern over the prevailing water crisis in Balochistan and assured of support from the academia. He said Mr. Jam Kamal Khan, Chief Minister, Balochistan places high priority on addressing the issue. He   He added that the HEC and universities need to come forward to present a joint plan of action for solution to the issue. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It was decided in the meeting that the HEC will propose to the Government of Balochistan to set up a Task Force, assisted by a technical committee, to help resolve the issue. "The Task Force will be a joint body and will help formulate water policy and execute it, while the technical committee will undertake research, collect data, assess and determine research gap, and identify areas that need attention," Dr. Banuri explained. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The meeting participants agreed that the Task Force will comprise Vice Chancellors and representatives of Centres of Excellence and Advanced Studies in water. They suggested that the Task Force must develop Terms of Reference (ToRs) based on modalities and feasibility of the plan, while the technical committee must undertake research and identify the areas that require attention. They also emphasised the need for capacity building of organisations and centres working on water resource management. They expressed concerns that there are over 42000 tube wells in Balochistan and only 450 of them are registered. This is one of major causes of water depletion and causes electricity burden as well, they underlined. They stressed the need for creating awareness among people about hazards of wasting water.       </p><p style="text-align:justify;">During the course of meeting, representatives of various universities Centres of Excellence in Water also highlighted their efforts about water management. They pointed out that the surface water in Balochistan has reached an end, while the ground water is rapidly depleting. "Balochistan largely depends upon ground water and its depletion is highly alarming," they observed. They also discussed the outcomes of delay-action dams concept as well as the prospects of leakage dams and other measures including irrigation and capacity building of centres on water. Issues pertaining to draughts, disaster management, flash floods, agricultural water management, farming methods, climate change assessment, meteorology, ground water modeling, and urbanisation were also brought under consideration.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"I will discuss the points raised in the meeting with the Chief Minister, Balochistan so that we may proceed," he concluded.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The meeting was attended by Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC, and Dr. Muhammad Latif, Adviser, Research and Development Division, HEC in person along with Engineer Ahmed Farooq Bazai, Vice Chancellor, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Dr. Sarosh Hashmat Lodi, Vice Chancellor, NED University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Karachi, Dr. Javed Iqbal, Vice Chancellor, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Vice Chancellor, UET, Lahore, Dr. Dost Muhammad Baloch, Vice Chancellor, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences (LUAWMS), Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili, Vice Chancellor, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Director General, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Dr. Abubakr Muhammad, Director, Centre for Water Informatics and Technology, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and other water resource experts through HEC video conferencing facility.</p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>18-09-2018 07:38:41<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Pink Ribbon Renew Pledge to Fight Breast CancerHEC Pink Ribbon Renew Pledge to Fight Breast Cancer<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Over One Million Students Sensitised on Breast Cancer Hazards </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, September 14, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pink Ribbon have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), pledging to create Breast Cancer awareness by directly approaching female students of all colleges and universities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC and Mr. Omer Aftab, Chief Executive Officer Pink Ribbon signed the MoU at the Commission Secretariat. Mrs. Shaheen Khan, Adviser, Learning Innovation (LI) Division, HEC, Mr. Fida Hussain, Director General, LI, HEC, HEC officials and other notables from industry and academia also attended the ceremony.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The strategic partnership between HEC and Pink Ribbon continues, as under the MoU is aimed at promoting research projects on different aspects of breast cancer, organising professional education seminars and workshops, and forming a working group for need assessment and formulation of action plan for another five years. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The HEC and Pink Ribbon jointly coached more than one million female students across Pakistan on breast cancer hazards and challenges in the last five years under the Pink Ribbon Youth Programme.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the MoU signing ceremony, Dr. Arshad Ali assured all possible support on behalf of HEC and vowed to serve as a bridge between Pink Ribbon and higher education institutions to increase awareness about breast cancer among the youth of Pakistan. He appreciated Pink Ribbon for reaching out to 1,050,000 young girls through educational institutions to create awareness about breast cancer during last five years. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Omer Aftab said that the HEC collaboration will help Pink Ribbon expand its outreach across the country. It is very important to make our young girls aware about the prevention and cure of this fatal disease, he underlined.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Breast cancer claims more than 40,000 lives every year in Pakistan. One of every ninth woman in Pakistan is at high risk of breast cancer. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>18-09-2018 07:36:34<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Directs Universities to Update PQR DataHEC Directs Universities to Update PQR Data<p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, September 13, 2018: The Higher Education Commission, Pakistan has directed public and private sector universities to review and update the Pakistan Qualifications Register while providing relevant and latest information.       </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The PQR was initiated in October, 2016 and it is a component of National Qualifications Framework (NQF). It is an online database which contains information regarding accredited higher qualifications and institutions recognised by HEC of all public and private sector universities including their sub campuses and affiliated as well as constituent colleges. The PQR is aimed to provide clearly defined levels of knowledge, skills and competencies to be acquired by every graduate. The PQR has been established in line with the international norm where every country maintains a register of the academic programmes.     </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In a letter issued to Vice Chancellors of public and private sector universities, the Vice Chancellors have been requested to instruct focal persons and relevant staff to review the already filled data and remove anomalies, duplications or typographical errors and update the PQR with latest information regarding programmes being offered by universities by September 30, 2018 while removing the anomalies in their degree nomenclature.          </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Although most of the universities have uploaded maximum information of their programmes in PQR till now, yet some of the data from the programmes is missing or titles of degree programmes do not match.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The letter reveals that after erasing anomalies and duplications, a certificate shall be rendered by the university to HEC ascertaining that data has been cleansed in the PQR. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The letter says, "in order to facilitate graduates of such programmes in degree attestation process they were permitted to upload the correct information. The information uploaded by graduates was checked manually and accepted by the HEC on the basis of physical verification."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The letter further reads, "It has been noted that there are some duplications or mistakes in the degree titles as well as typographical errors etc. in the data available in PQR. This has been causing delays in the degree attestation process and inconvenience to graduates as well as HEC staff." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Meanwhile, in another letter issued to Vice Chancellors regarding validity of HEC recognised journals, the HEC has extended validity of HEC recognised journals for faculty appointment, promotion, selection of HEC approved supervisor, award of PhD degree and other such requirements. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Moreover, for more details web links of HEC recognised journals can be accessed through the links: <a href="/journals"></a> and <a href="/ssjournals"></a></p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p>13-09-2018 17:25:31<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Meeting with IIUI Rector, PresidentMeeting with IIUI Rector, President<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Dr. Banuri Wants Pakistani Researchers to Share Technical Expertise with Islamic Countries</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, September 12, 2018: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will encourage Pakistani researchers to provide technical assistance to our parter countries, especially our partners in the Islamic world.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was stated by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) during a meeting with Dr. Ahmed Yousif Ahmed Al-Draiweesh, President, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, IIUI who called on him at the Commission Secretariat.      </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Draiweesh appreciated the HEC's role in guiding universities and encouraging them to produce research relevant to the country's needs as well as the needs of the Muslim Ummah.                             </p><p style="text-align:justify;">As the Acting Coordinator General, COMSTECH (OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation), Dr. Banuri shared his vision to bring the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries together to mobilise mutual technical assistance and address the issues of climate change, energy, water scarcity, agriculture and disaster management and other problems requiring scientific solutions. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Felicitating the Chairman on the start of Hijri Year 1439, Dr. Draiweesh and Dr. Yasinzai said that the IIUI plans to organise a conference to promote sectarian harmony and peaceful coexistence in line with <em>Paigham-e-Pakistan</em>, a verdict signed by 1,800 scholars from various schools of thought. They said eminent religious scholars from various sects will be invited to reflect and share their views in the light of Quran and Sunnah.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Banuri appreciated the IIUI's efforts to promote sectarian harmony. He said the HEC fully supports the objectives of <em>Paigham-e-Pakistan</em> and especially the endeavours to mobilise Pakistani youth, faculty and civil institutions behind a national consensus agenda.</p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>12-09-2018 19:04:00<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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