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AG served notice on HEC dissolution

AG served notice on HEC dissolution

ISLAMABAD – A three-member Supreme Court (SC) bench issued notices on Monday to the attorney general and other respondents to appear in court today (Tuesday) during a hearing of a petition against the dissolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The bench comprised Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani. The petition, which made the federal government (through the Law and Education Ministry), the Inter-Provincial

Swati, Marvi move SC against HEC devolution

ISLAMABAD – Two parliamentarians filed a joint petition in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the government’s decision to devolve the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the provinces. The petition was filed by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and Marvi Memon under Article 184(3) of the constitution, making the federal government, through the Ministries of Law and Education, the Inter-Provincial Coordination Division and HEC, as respondents.
The petition requested the

Will GAT be still valid if HEC devolves?

LAHORE – With the prospects of Higher Education Commission (HEC)’s devolution in view, university students are puzzled over the validity of the General Assessment Test (GAT), a requirement for admissions in MPhil and the HEC scholarship schemes, Pakistan Today has learnt. GAT test is conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS). Thousands of students from all over the country, intending to do Mphil, appeared in the test on Sunday and expressed their concern over the validity of GAT

ITT condemns HEC devolution

LAHORE – Islami Tehreek-e-Talba (ITT) held a protest against the possible devolution of Higher Education Commission (HEC) outside the Lahore Press Club on Monday. ITT leader Ghulam Abbas Siddiqi said that the rulers had attacked HEC for no reason and added that the progress made by HEC was exemplary. The student leader threatened that ITT would hold massive protests and sit-in Islamabad if the government did not withdraw the decision.

Saving HEC through the web

LAHORE – A cyber and SMS campaign against the possible dissolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is on the rise, as the youth are using the Internet and cellular phones to raise their voice, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Students and youngsters are not only blogging on the Internet but also forwarding messages on cellular phones and asking their friends to join the cause. Students and youngsters are also using social networking website Facebook to organise their protests

SC takes up pleas against HEC dissolution, NRO verdict today

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court will today (Monday) start hearing a petition against the dissolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the provinces and the government’s petition seeking a review of the court’s verdict on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
The petition against the HEC dissolution will be heard by a three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani. Senior advocate Anwar Mansoor

LHC moved to stop HEC dissolution

LAHORE – A petition was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) challenging the dissolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Saturday. Petitioner Advocate Fahad Ahmed Siddiqi submitted that the objective of the HEC is to facilitate institutions of higher education.
He said that the federal government has decided to devolve and dissolve the HEC to the provinces and started consulting with provincial governments in this regard. Siddiqi said that the federal government was

SC to decide HEC fate

ISLAMABAD – The fate of higher education in the country will now be decided by the Supreme Court, as a petition filed against the government’s decision to devolve the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has been fixed for hearing tomorrow (Monday).
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday passed the order on a constitutional petition filed by Professor GA Miana.The federation has been named respondent in the petition through the Law Ministry. “Put up this case in the

Scholarships will continue after HEC: Rabbani

KARACHI – Federal Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination Mian Raza Rabbani has said that funds to scholars studying aboard would not stop and that they will continue to receive their scholarship as usual.
Speaking to the media at the Karachi Press Club on Saturday, he said that it was beyond his understanding as to why some elements were creating ‘a scary situation’ about the devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and misguiding the media and the people.

KP govt, VCs support HEC dissolution

PESHAWAR – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and academicians from the Peshawar University and its affiliated organs have endorsed the decision regarding the HEC dissolution. Backing the provincial autonomy in accordance with the 18th Amendment, the PK government made it clear that no problems and hardships would arise as a result of the HEC dissolution.
The Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa chief minister Saturday chaired a meeting of the vice chancellors of various universities. The

PU students protest against HEC dissolution

LAHORE – Students of the University of Punjab held a rally against the possible dissolution of the Higher Education Commission on Friday.
Students gathered at Gate No 15 and marched up to the campus underpass holding placards inscribed with slogans against dissolution of HEC. Students, mostly from the Institute of Communication Studies, said that it was quite unfortunate that the government was dissolving HEC.
They said that now fake degrees would prevail everywhere.

Funding to HEC blocked

ISLAMABAD – Amidst the controversy over the proposed devolution of Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the provinces, the Finance Ministry on Friday blocked the quarterly grant of Rs 7.7 billion to the commission. The amount allocated for the fiscal year 2010-11 was supposed to be released on April 1.
However, the ministry refused to release the grant, saying it could not be released until the HEC’s fate was decided. Talking to Pakistan Today, HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Leghari

Govt. resolves to replace HEC with SHEC

ISLAMABAD – The federal government has decided to constitute an institution for higher studies which has been named as Standard for Higher Education Commission (SHEC).
According to a private TV, SHEC will function in place of Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Also, the Ministry of Finance has withheld HEC’s last quarter’s grant of Rs. 7.7 billion of the current fiscal year.
HEC’s officials said that the finance ministry was requested to release this grant but,

‘Sindh HEC to be established’

KARACHI – Preparations have commenced for establishing the Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) in the province, said Senior Sindh Education and Literacy Minister Pir Mazharul Haq on Thursday.
The education minister was of the view that the Provincial HEC would be run in an effective manner and on the pattern of the HEC. Pir Mazharul Haq said that eminent educationists of Sindh would be made the members of the Provincial Higher Education Commission.

MPhil, PHD students speak out for HEC

LAHORE – MPhil and PHD students protested against the possible dissolution of Higher Education Commission at Town Hall Chowk on Thursday. The students feared that scholarships of thousands of students will be on stake if the government does not reconsider its decision.
Students were of the view that that the decision was taken in order to avenge HEC’s verification of degrees. Students were holding placards and continuously chanting slogans in favour of HEC. Students had worn

VCs unite against HEC devolution

ISLAMABAD – Expressing serious concerns about the future of higher education in Pakistan if the Higher Education Commission (HEC) was devolved, the Vice-Chancellors (VCs) Committee representing all 133 public and private universities in the country decided on Thursday to write a letter to the primer minister and president to intervene in the proposed devolution of the HEC to the provincial level.
The decision was taken at HEC headquarters in an emergency meeting of VCs. The

Vice-chancellors to finalise strategy on HEC devolution today

ISLAMABAD – In order to press the government not to devolve the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the provinces, vice chancellors from across the country will assemble on Thursday at HEC headquarters to show solidarity against the decision.
A senior official at HEC said more than 30 VCs of private and public sector universities would be gathering at HEC, to evolve a joint strategy to avert the commission’s potential devolution in the name of implementation of the 18th