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Political Interference in Universities will not be Tolerated: Prime MinisterPolitical Interference in Universities will not be Tolerated: Prime Minister<p>Islamabad, March 14, 2019: Prime Minister Imran Khan has shown serious concern over reports of political interference in higher education sector of the country.</p><p>In a discussion with Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC, the Prime Minister has directed the Higher Education Commission to identify all such practices and has assured his all-out support to curb this menace and make systems completely transparent at all levels of higher education sector.</p><p>The Chairman HEC thanked the Prime Minister for his concerns and support. He assured the Prime Minister that HEC will continue to play an affirmative role for increasing access to higher education, improve its quality and ensure its relevance to socio-economic needs of the country.​</p><p>===============</p>14-03-2019 18:32:09<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Belarusian Ambassador Visits HEC, Calls on Executive DirectorBelarusian Ambassador Visits HEC, Calls on Executive Director<p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, March 12, 2019: Mr. Andrei Ermolovich, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to Pakistan visited the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and called on Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director HEC.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The two sides discussed a large range of academic issues pertaining to promotion of bilateral collaboration in the higher education sector. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Executive Director informed the Ambassador that HEC is an autonomous institution working for uplift of higher education sector in the country. He said HEC pursues its objectives of promoting equitable access, enhancing quality, and ensuring relevance of higher education and research to national needs. He maintained that HEC started its journey with only 59 universities in the country, taking the number to 192 in only 17 years. He added that not only enrolment rate has gone high in the universities, but the number and quality of research publications has also remarkably increased. He said HEC values academic and research linkages with its partner countries, adding that HEC is keen to further strengthen relations between Pakistani and Belarussian institutions. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He stressed the need for measures to identify areas wherein Pakistani and Belarussian higher education institutions could develop collaboration. He highlighted the significance of promoting student exchange initiatives among higher education institutions of both the countries. He said Pakistan has a large number of students studying in foreign universities. "Pakistani students will be keen to go to Belarus for study and research," he underlined.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ambassador Ermolovich appreciated HEC's efforts for development of higher education sector in Pakistan. He emphasised that Pakistan and Belarus have a great potential to work together in the higher education sector and initiate mutually beneficial programmes. He informed the Executive Director that many Belarussian institutions offer two-year preparatory courses to overcome language barriers for foreign students. He added that there are a number of courses taught altogether in English. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ambassador was accompanied by Dr. Alena Dastanka, Head of Academic Affairs Unit of the Belarusian State University.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p>12-03-2019 20:05:53<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
NUST Team Wins HEC-Microsoft Imagine Cup 2019 National FinalsNUST Team Wins HEC-Microsoft Imagine Cup 2019 National Finals<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>EKKO-Wave Therapeutic Device Team to Represent Pakistan in Worldwide Finals</strong></p><p>Islamabad, March 8, 2019: The team "EKKO-Wave Therapeutic Device" from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad has won the National Finals of Imagine Cup 2019, organised by Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft Pakistan.</p><p>The winning team will now travel to Amsterdam for the World Regional Finals.  Global Finals will be held in Seattle. Out of 48 finalist teams, NUST team has won Imagine Cup Nation Finals by coming up with EKKO-A Wave, a product that proposes solution for cognitive rehabilitation using vibrational waves. </p><p>The team "CreativeCrew" from Sukkur Institute of Business Administration was the first runner-up while team "City Care" from City University, Peshawar was the second runner-up team of the competition. </p><p>Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training was chief guest of the ceremony, which was attended by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director HEC, Mr. Abid Zaidi, Country Manager, Microsoft, Vice Chancellors and a large number of students from different universities.</p><p>Appreciating the competition participants, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training said they had accomplished a 'breathtaking work'. He hoped many of the innovative projects would go into commercial application. Pakistani students have a lot of talent and an environment is being created to utilise their talent to the fullest, he noted. </p><p>He pointed out that quality of education and relevance of research to the national requirements are the real challenges facing Pakistan. He stated that HEC is playing it role very effectively. He observed that competitions like Imagine Cup would improve problem-solving skills of our students.  </p><p>"We are entering a new era of development wherein every individual is going to play his part," he underlined.</p><p>Mr. Zaidi said Microsoft is pursuing the mission of empowering every individual on this planet to reshape their work by revolutionising Information Technology. Pakistan is blessed with youth bulge, so all we need is to learn tangible skills and turn the 4<sup>th</sup> Industrial Revolution into an opportunity for Pakistan. He stressed the need for focus on innovations to meet the real life challenges. Technology needs to be used to create opportunities for the benefit of people, he emphasised. </p><p>Mr. Asif Khan, Consultant IT HEC and Mr. Jibran Jamshed, Country Education Lead, Microsoft also addressed the gathering.</p><p>Microsoft Imagine Cup continues to witness strong participation from Pakistan as well as the world over. As an initiative of strategic partnership, HEC and Microsoft Pakistan reached out to more than 30 campuses this year through onsite sessions in a bid to create awareness about the competition and effectively market it to the audience, which resulted in record breaking 306 project entries this year.</p><p>HEC's commitment to the academia and students is reflected as Microsoft drives the Imagine Cup to highlight Pakistan's position on the leader boards. Thus, Pakistan still ranks as the top country in the Middle East and Africa cluster, with the highest number of project submissions and competitors in Imagine Cup. A lot of remote and underprivileged areas were targeted specifically in the drive for Imagine Cup, particularly Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Sukkur and Quetta. Besides, another distinction of this year competition was that the participants included 25 per cent female students. </p><p>Students were initially evaluated in regional finals, held in different cities and the best teams competed to win the National Finals. This time around it gained a bigger and a better momentum when it was telecasted live on HEC's EduTV with cooperation of the four media universities including Lahore Garrison University, Shaheed Zulfiqat Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, Sindh Madrassatul Islam, and University of Balochistan. The winning teams showcased their innovative thinking, technical skills and ground-breaking solutions to address everyday challenges.</p><p>Imagine Cup is one of Microsoft's many efforts to transform skill development, nurture budding technologists and foster collaborative and innovative spirit.  This global technology competition boasts of several success stories emerging from the competition. It's a great platform to innovate, get recognized and eventually get enabled to bring about a positive change. Historically, Pakistan has always ranked high in the Middle East region, with the highest number of project submissions and competitors in the Imagine Cup.   </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p><p> </p>08-03-2019 11:30:12<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Vice Chancellors Committee MeetingVice Chancellors Committee Meeting<p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Universities Face a Financial Emergency</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, March 2, 2019: Vice Chancellors and Rectors of public sector universities say that they face a financial emergency because of budget cuts in the past three years. In a two-day huddle at the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the university heads met to explore solutions to the financial crisis.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Chairman Vice Chancellors Committee said that the recurring budget of the higher education sector is facing a shortfall of Rs. 26.9 billion in the current financial year. He expressed the hope that the current Government, a known supporter of the education sector, would help universities come out of the crisis.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Since the last three years, funding for universities has failed to keep up with growing enrollments. The crisis has been exacerbated because of legislated pay and pension increases and demands from newly established universities. The quality of education has suffered as a result, and universities are finding it impossible to meet pay and pension obligations. The Vice Chancellors expressed their hope that government will restore university funding for the current fiscal year and ensure that the projected requirement of Rs. 103.55 billion for the coming year (2019-20) is satisfied. They also asked the government to ensure adequate funding for the development budget of universities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the university heads, Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC, assured them that he will present their concerns to the highest levels of federal as well as provincial governments. He said that HEC has set up a committee to review the budgetary formula for distribution of government funding to each university. The Chairman also advised the heads of universities to invest in the efficiency and transparency of university operations as well as in fundraising programs. He announced that HEC was preparing guidelines for a major fundraising drive for universities, which will culminate in an Education Week in December 2019. He asked universities to set a target of mobilizing 20 per cent of their revenue from non-government and non-tuition sources by 2022. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Other issues discussed at the meeting included the Vice Chancellors' vision of harnessing university resources for such national objectives as the promotion of national unity, development of the knowledge economy, and the projection of the soft power of the country. Specific actions envisaged in this regard include student and faculty exchanges between different parts of the country, admission of students across provincial boundaries, attracting foreign students as well as faculty members to Pakistan, and investing in the capacity of university faculty to undertake research on issues of national and international urgency. They asked HEC and the government to ensure the removal of hurdles in this regard.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman apprised the gathering of the importance of resolving complaints received through the PM's Grievance Portal. "We must ensure that there are zero escalated or super-escalated complaints," he underlined.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Vice Chancellors also discussed other ongoing efforts, including plans to establish a National Academy for Higher Education (NAHE), targeting research programs towards concrete deliverables and problem-solving, strengthening college level education, and building upon the success of the Pakistan Education Research Network (PERN) project.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============</p>02-03-2019 19:14:47<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC, Turkish Council of Higher Education Approve 13 Joint Research Projects for Mobility GrantHEC, Turkish Council of Higher Education Approve 13 Joint Research Projects for Mobility Grant<p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, February 26, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan and the Council of Higher Education (CoHE), Turkey have approved 13 joint research projects under Phase II of Pak-Turk Researchers Mobility Grant Programme to provide mobility support to researchers.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The programme is one of the outcome of Turkish-Pakistani cooperation within the scope of efforts for internationalisation of higher education systems. Under this programme, new scientific and technological cooperation between Turkish and Pakistani higher education institutions will be developed by supporting mobility of graduate students and academic staff. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Seventy applications were received in the wake of the second call for proposals under the programme and 33 of them met the eligibility criteria. After due deliberations and evaluations from experts, 13 applications were selected for award of mobility grant jointly by HEC and CoHE, Turkey. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The researchers have their research domains in six priority areas including Energy, Food, Sustainable Environment Technologies, Material Sciences, Smart Transportation Systems, and Robots and Smart Systems. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The successful researchers belong to University of Agriculture, Faisalabad; Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences; University of the Punjab, Lahore; Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and  Management Sciences, Quetta; Government College University, Faisalabad; University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar; University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore; Lahore College for Women University, Lahore; University of Peshawar; University of Sargodha; COMSATS University, Islamabad; and Islamia College University, Peshawar.  </p><p>===============</p>26-02-2019 17:35:07<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Meeting of Steering Committee held at HECMeeting of Steering Committee held at HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, February 23, 2019: The second meeting of Steering Committee for the Project entitled "Establishment of Sub-Campuses of Public Sector Universities at District Level Phase-I" was held at Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC chaired the meeting that was attended by representatives of provincial higher education departments and vice chancellors of the partner universities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman highlighted the main objectives of Government's policy to increase access of higher education in the country without compromise on its quality. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Steering Committee reviewed progress of the project. It was appreciated that 19 campuses have been established in remote and less developed districts, previously having no higher education institution, and are imparting quality education to students of these areas. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Committee also appreciated the efforts of partner universities for enrolling 3391 students in these campuses setup in less privileged areas of the country. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition to other decisions, the Steering Committee considered and approved proposal for establishment of University of Gujrat campus at Mandi Bahauddin, Government College University Faisalabad campus at Haifzabad, and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro campus at Jacobabad, subject to fulfillment of all the requirements and quality indicators.  </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p>23-02-2019 20:55:04<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Invites Applications for Overseas PhD ScholarshipsHEC Invites Applications for Overseas PhD Scholarships<p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, February 8, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan has invited applications from outstanding Pakistani/AJK nationals by February 18, 2019 for PhD scholarships in various fields. The scholarships will be awarded for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 session in the HEC-identified top-ranked universities of advanced countries.​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Applicants are required to submit online application through HEC erportal i.e. Candidates must have a minimum qualification of MS/MPhil/ME or equivalent. Candidates with more than one second division in academic career are not eligible. Similarly, they should have minimum CGPA 3.0 out of 4.0 in the semester system or first division in the annual system in MS/MPhil/ME/equivalent degree. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Maximum age of a candidate on the closing dates for full-time regular faculty members of public sector universities/colleges and employees of the public sector R&D organizations is 40 years, while 35 years for all others. Besides, candidates must obtain minimum 70 percent marks in HEC Aptitude Test (HAT). </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is also important to note that all scholarships will be awarded on provincial quota merit which will be drawn on HEC Aptitude Test score. Moreover, candidates also need to fulfil the requirement of host university to secure admission, which may include international GRE, TOFEL etc. Candidates are advised to appear in these tests before the interview/admission. Detailed information is available at <a href="/site/ossphase3"></a>. </p><p style="text-align:center;">===============</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​</p>08-02-2019 10:48:26<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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