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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;" />
HEC, Huawei Impart Training on Smart University TechnologiesHEC, Huawei Impart Training on Smart University Technologies<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, September 1, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Huawei Technologies Pakistan organized a one-week training for Huawei Certified Network Associate (Wi-Fi), under the ongoing Smart and Safe Campus programme of HEC. Dr. Fateh Marri, Member (Operations and Planning) HEC was chief guest in the closing ceremony held at the Commission Secretariat in Islamabad.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The training was aimed to equip the university workforce with latest technologies involved in the Smart and Safe Campus programme. It will not only increase their efficiency in performing relevant tasks at respective universities, but they will also be able to receive international certification of Network Professional upon passing professional examination.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over 15 participants from different universities across Pakistan including Khuzdar, Quetta, Nawabshah, Jamshoro, D. G. Khan, Faisalabad, Mirpur, Islamabad and Bannu attended the week-long training. Huawei Technologies invited experts and resource persons to deliver technical training to these participants. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Smart and Safe Campus programme is a part of HEC's flagship Smart University Programme (SUP), which was launched in 2016 with the objective to equip universities across Pakistan with advanced Wi-Fi and enabling users to freely access internet indoors as well as outdoor in University campuses and provide 24/7 connectivity between students and the faculty. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The purpose is to achieve delivery of maximum data rate to every user along with multiple services (blanket Wi-Fi Coverage, eduroam, Student Authentication, Guest Portal, URL Tracking and Logging etc). Additionally, monitoring systems have also been deployed, which would allow the institutes to access, monitor and manage their respective wireless networks.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Programme is of highly complex and technical nature which involves passive and active work, site surveys, constructions of Auto CAD maps, Wi-Fi Planning through Heat Maps, Extensive Coordination among the universities. Keeping in view the project magnitude and complexity, prima facie such programme has never been executed in such a large geographical area with such rapid deployment speed facing serious budget constraints.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking during the closing ceremony, Dr. Fateh Marri appreciated efforts of HEC and Huawei teams in delivering state-of-the-art technical trainings to university representatives from across Pakistan. He emphasized that technology is the backbone for any country's education sector, and that constant improvement such as broadening of Smart Classroom Project and other such initiatives are crucial need of the time. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The participants also appreciated the quality of training and emphasized that the training has increased their capability to manage large scale and complex networks in a much efficient manner. Mr. Muhammad Ali from People's University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women Nawabshah said, "HEC has initiated a best project for universities, which allows users to access network resources from anywhere, any university where smart project is installed." The participants say that it not only gives mobility, flexibility, reliability but is also secured network which can be monitored and hope that this project will continue further in other universities, and students will greatly benefit for their studies. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Muhammad Yasir Bhutta from Ghazi University said, "Smart University Project has bought skillful resources and also imparted their experience which they have while rolling out the project. This one window operation is helping universities to overcome their technical resource shortcomings." <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Waseem Murtaza from NUST said, "Excellent Smart University Wi-Fi project under the umbrella of HEC connects the whole Pakistan at a central point. Any university student, faculty or staff use his/her University credentials to connect SUP Wi-Fi anywhere in Pakistan and outside Pakistan using Eduroam SSID. While using Smart University Wi-Fi, students have free access to HEC digital library and researchers can upload their research paper free of cost." Ch. Abdullah Fayyaz Chattha, Naveed Tahir, Jawad Raza, Niaz Ali Shahrukh, Saqib Wahab and others also attended the closing ceremony. At the end, certificates were distributed among the participants.<br></p><p>===============<br></p>02-09-2019 06:06:21<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Observes Kashmir Solidarity HourHEC Observes Kashmir Solidarity Hour<p>Islamabad August 30, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, under the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, observed Kashmir Solidarity Hour on Friday to express unity with the people of Occupied Kashmir, who are living in curfew for over four weeks and are victims of Indian atrocities, oppression and injustice for over 70 years.  <br></p><p>The whole Pakistani nation observed Kashmir Solidarity Hour to send a strong message of unity and support to the Kashmiri brothers and sisters. <br></p><p>HEC and the academic fraternity also stands firmly in supporting Kashmiris' right to self determination as well as their struggle for freedom from illegal Indian oocupation.<br></p><p>During the Kashmir Solidarity Hour, national anthems of Pakistan and Kashmir were played followed by live telecast of Prime Minister's speech to the nation.<br></p><p>At HEC, the ceremony was attended by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC, Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director HEC, Members of the Commission, prominently Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Dr. Shams Qasim Lakha as well as HEC Member Operations, Dr. Fateh Marri, divisional heads and all other employees. <br></p><p>===============<br></p>02-09-2019 06:03:52<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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