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HEC, Huawei hold Training on Artificial IntelligenceHEC, Huawei hold Training on Artificial Intelligence<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, November 8, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Huawei Technologies Pakistan Pvt. Ltd. jointly organized the first 'Train the Trainers' Training for Huawei Certified ICT Associate (HCIA) on Artificial Intelligence (AI) at HEC Secretariat, Islamabad. The eight-day training, conducted by Huawei AI Experts from China, was attended by trainers from 11 universities across Pakistan.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The training is a part of Presidential Initiative for Artificial Intelligence and Computing (PIAIC). The training aims at Artificial Intelligence talent development in Pakistan. The HCIA-AI training and certification will cultivate entrepreneurial talent for the professionals of Artificial Intelligence helping them to use the AI framework in the industry for development and innovation.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Fateh Marri, Executive Director HEC, was chief guest in the closing ceremony, which was also attended by Mr. Shahzad Rasheed, Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Huawei Enterprise Business Group Pakistan, delegates from various universities. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the audience, Dr. Marri emphasized on the importance of Artificial Intelligence in understanding modern tools in education sector but also its relevance for overall economic growth of any nation. He also mentioned the importance of close relationship between industry and academia to achieve the objective of problem solving in all aspects of life. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Shahzad Rasheed congratulated the trainees for being selected for the prestigious training. He elaborated usefulness of Artificial Intelligence in building bridges for solving various problems faced by the country and assured Huawei's complete support.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============<br></p>11-11-2019 06:11:11<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC, NCSW Sign DoU to Establish National Library, Women’s MuseumHEC, NCSW Sign DoU to Establish National Library, Women’s Museum<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, October 31, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) have agreed to collaborate to set up a Public Library and Women's Museum/Archives in Islamabad. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The agreement was signed by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC and Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson NCSW during a ceremony held at HEC Secretariat on Wednesday.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As per Document of Understanding (DoU), the two sides seek to establish a library, museum, and archive to support education, research and training on women's role and contribution to the country's progress.   <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The purpose of the DoU is to create a framework of cooperation and describe the roles and responsibilities of the two parties for establishment and development of libraries and museums and archives in various cities of Pakistan. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A Project Steering Committee (PSC), co-chaired by Chairman HEC and Chairperson NCSW, will be constituted in order to recommend necessary policy decisions. The committee will also support universities seeking to undertake complementary activities.   <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC and NCSW will collaborate in the establishment of a library in Islamabad. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The NCSW will be responsible for maintenance of records and documentation, mapping of available resources, analysis of archival material, and dissemination of information to all stakeholders.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============<br></p>04-11-2019 07:13:04<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Vice Chancellors Welcome Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship ProjectVice Chancellors Welcome Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Project<p>Islamabad October 26, 2019: Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation has termed the Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Project as highly transformational, as it is the largest ever need-based scholarship programme to promote human capital investment. The formal launch of the programme by the Prime Minister is planned for next week.<br></p><p>She was telephonically addressing the 26<sup>th</sup> Vice Chancellors Committee Meeting convened by Dr. Muhammad Ali, Chair of the VCs Committee to brief them about Government's upcoming Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarships. The heads of public sector universities across the country attended the meeting at HEC Secretariat on Saturday, majority of them joined through video link from their campuses.<br></p><p>She said that the Prime Minister Imran Khan is keen that this programme should benefit maximum number of students across the country, and that the Government will allocate more resources for it in the coming years.<br> <br>Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) gave a detailed briefing to the Vice Chancellors on the newly conceptualised scholarships, entitled Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarship Project.<br> <br>Dr. Banuri said the Scheme is the largest ever undergraduate scholarship initiative of Pakistan seeking to award 50,000 scholarships per year to undergraduate students from low-income families. He said that this is an outcome of mutual understanding between HEC and Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) under the auspices of Government's Ehsaas Programme.<br> In the last 14 years, HEC has awarded a total of around 30,000 undergraduate scholarships, while this Scheme will give 50,000 scholarships every year. It is a huge paradigm shift. "The objective is that no child should remain deprived of education due to financial constraints."<br> <br>The Project will award Ehsaas scholarships to low-income students enrolled in four and five-year undergraduate programmes. All students from low-income families studying in undergraduate programs in public sector universities are eligible to apply. Selection will be based on need-cum-merit, i.e., on the basis of the student's GPA and family income (below a maximum threshold). The scholarship cover tuition fee and a living stipend.<br> <br>Fifty per cent of the scholarships will be awarded to female students, while students with special needs as well as those from remote and disadvantaged areas will also be encouraged to apply. He informed the VCs that Rs. 20 billion i.e., Rs. 5 billion per annum have been allocated to the scheme for four years. However, the amount could be increased.<br> <br>Dr. Banuri emphasized that that universities must disburse the amount justly and speedily so that students do not face problems in pursuing their studies. He also emphasised on strengthening universities' vetting system to ensure transparency in award of scholarships.<br> <br>A Steering Committee, jointly headed by Dr. Sania Nishtar and Dr. Tariq Banuri has been established to formulate policy guidelines. On-the-ground management will be in the hands of the participating universities, which will have to establish transparent operational systems to administer the scheme. "We need to work as a team to make this mega scheme a success," he concluded.<br> <br>Dr. Banuri made it clear that the scholarship scheme is no substitute for the higher education sector's funding. "We request the government to ensure provision of the required resources to the sector and reverse the recent funding cuts."<br> <br>University heads from across the country spoke on the occasion. They appreciated the Government for launching a project that would provide relief and assistance to thousands of students and their families in all regions of the country. They raised various queries and provided advice about mechanism of scholarship distribution and disbursement.<br></p><p>===============<br></p><p><br></p>29-10-2019 08:53:45<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC to Promote Student-Centered PoliciesHEC to Promote Student-Centered Policies<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, October 22, 2019: HEC as well as the Vice Chancellors are agreed that students are the primary focus of universities. Universities need to ensure that their students get the skills that will enable them to achieve success in their life. Likewise, universities must protect the rights of their students to safety and privacy.   <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This was stated by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) while talking to media persons on Tuesday. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Informing the media persons of the proceedings of the 25<sup>th</sup> Vice Chancellors Committee meeting held on Monday, he said the university heads brought three agenda items -- safety and security of Vice Chancellors; safety and security of students; and, the drastic cut in the higher education sector's funding -- under consideration. Dr. Banuri expressed his deep concerns over recent tragic incidents, stating that every student is a responsibility of the university and the HEC. "We must ensure that students are protected, nurtured, and facilitated." He emphasised the need to set up a system which in such tragic incidents did not happen because of anyone's negligence or inaction.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the meeting, the VCs had expressed their anxiety regarding the attack on the VC of Federal Urdu University, and floated a number of proposals regarding the challenges facing the higher education institutions. They stressed the need for ensuring the safety and security of Vice Chancellors. The job of a Vice Chancellor is one of the most difficult in Pakistan. The VCs have to bear the brunt of a myriad of pressures, and need to be protected against uncivil behavior. Dr. Banuri urged the government to ensure the security of educationists. He also proposed that university heads should formulate an Academic Code of Conduct. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC has initiated a number of programs aimed at enhancing student success. These include the revamping of the undergraduate curriculum, and in particular, the incorporation of "practical" competencies into the educational programs. These have been done in collaboration with the recently launched Kamyab Jawan program. Under this collaboration, internships and practical training opportunities will be created in order to facilitate student success in the job market. Secondly, an entrepreneurship program is being launched to support this who may wish to enter into business endeavors on their own. Finally, civic clubs at universities will be supported in order to build competencies in social engagement and interaction. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Furthermore, HEC has initiated discussions with provincial governments to revamp the system of university sports.    <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Besides the focus on student success, HEC has also started a review of policies regarding the protection of students' rights. This review has been triggered in part by the recent tragic incidents in various universities. A number of policies are being developed or revised in this regard. These include the review of the HEC's Anti-Harassment Policy 2011, with a view to addressing loopholes and strengthening review and appellate mechanisms. Second, HEC has adopted a Policy for Students with Disabilities, and has begun the process of operationalizing it. Third, HEC has issued interim guidelines on student safety, and is developing more detailed guidelines. These include procedural protocols, monitoring and inspection system, backup plans, safety drills, certification, and emergency mechanisms, and are based on a consolidation of various provisions that may have been developed by universities or other relevant institutions, and will cover all relevant areas, including building safety, safe handling of educational equipment and materials, medical emergencies, psychological problems and counseling, drug abuse, and student privacy. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman emphasized the need for arranging  psychological counseling to enable students to cope with stress, trauma, or cyber bullying or other forms of pressure from their peers as well as seniors. This will need the preparation of clear regulations, awareness creation and capacity building, recruitment of relevant personnel (e.g., medical officers and psychological counsellors) on campuses, and infrastructure investment.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Going beyond student services, Dr. Banuri discussed the funding crisis in universities. He said that HEC is in contact with the government to seek a reversal of the short sighted policy to starve universities of funding. "Pakistan is providing the lowest level of funding to the higher education sector".  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============<br></p>25-10-2019 11:17:41<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
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;" />





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