Private schools and language centres in Panjgur which were closed in the middle of May because of threats from an unknown religious organisation have reopened after the government assured them of providing protection to them against such threats. “All the 23 private English medium schools and language centres started functioning from Wednesday in the entire Panjgur district,” a senior official of the local administration told Dawn, adding that all possible protection would be provided to teachers and students of these institutions.
Teachers reject new admission policy
Teachers’ organisations have demanded immediate withdrawal of the newly introduced college admission policy and called for replacing it with an “easy and corruption-free” policy. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Tanzeem-e-Asatza Pakistan, Sindh, President Abu Hamid Aazmi and President Higher Education Forum Professor Mazhar Hussain rejected the introduction of computerized admission forms and said that majority of students did not have the facility of computers and they had to bear expenses of internet cafes to fill their admission forms.
National Conference stresses social science research
The Participants of a national conference have concluded that social science research will help in resolving social problems. The two day conference “Emerging Trends and Challenges in Social Sciences” concluded here at Bara Gali summer campus and which was attended by over 100 scholars and delegates from various parts of the country.
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HEIs to be turned into smart universities
Aimed at equipping higher education institutions (HEI) with advanced WiFi technology through blanket coverage across the campus, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) plans to launch Smart Universities Project in September this year. The HEC officials shared with ‘The News’ that the modalities of the project have been discussed with Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited. “Experts have started work on the project of converting HEIs into smart universities where students would enjoy information technology facilities in every corner of the institution. It will take another few weeks to launch the project,” said HEC spokesperson Aayesha Ikram.
After much deliberation, The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to start degree verification at its Karachi regional centre. According to the HEC, the centre is likely to start the degree attestation and verification from August 15. The HEC issues equivalence certificates, and attests and verify degrees from recognised universities from across the country and aboard. The higher education body is already providing degree attestation facilities at its Peshawar and Lahore centres, but the main office is still burdened by courier and online applications along with on-the-spot registration seekers.
The issue regarding the allegedly fake result of the former Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) director general (DG) has become a bone of contention between the Sarhad University and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). On Thursday, Sarhad University Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Salimur Rehman held a press conference and alleged that PMDC’s registrar has been dragging the issue unnecessarily to get back for some problems he may have with the NHS ministry and its former DG. Earlier, the Supreme Court’s human rights council (HRC) ordered PMDC to conduct an inquiry into the case.