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  • EDUCATION HEC Launches

    TESTING COUNCIL

    March/April 2016

    Higher Education Commission, Pakistan

    Free Standardised Test for University AdmissionsFree Standardised Test for University Admissions

    NA Body Lauds HEC's Holistic Approach

    Towards Development of HE Sector

    Maiden Meeting of National Technology

    Council

    HEC Forms Innovation Steering Committee

    HEC Body Discusses Plagiarism Complaints

    against Researchers HEC Chairman, Executive Director Awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz

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    P-16

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    P-3

    NBEAC 3rd Deans and Directors Conference

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  • Table of Contents

    Publisher:

    Higher EducationCommission, Pakistan

    3NA Body Lauds HEC's

    Holistic Approach

    Towards

    Development of HE

    Sector

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    HEC Launches

    Education Testing

    Council

    HEC Forms

    Innovation Steering

    Committee

    2 HEC, Microsoft Organize National Final for Imagine Cup 2016

    st1 Meeting of National Technology

    Council held at HEC

    Workshop on Secure Software

    Development

    President Turkish Council of Higher

    Education Visits HEC

    VCs of Belarusian Varsities Call on

    Chairman HEC

    HEC Eyes Joint Industrial-based Research

    Projects with France

    HEC, Huawei Sign DoU for Development

    of Technology, R&D Activities

    HEC Chairman, Executive Director

    Awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz

    HEC Body Discusses Plagiarism

    Complaints against Researchers

    HEC, Pink Ribbon Award Winners of Breast

    Cancer Awareness Programme

    rdNBEAC 3 Deans and Directors

    Conference

    Afghan Envoy, Chairman HEC Discuss

    Collaboration in Higher Education

    Graphic Designer

    Raja Ahmad Nadeem

    Reporter

    Waseem Khaliqdad

    Editor

    Aayesha Ikram

    News & Views is published after every two months. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form wi thout pr ior wr i t ten permission of the publisher.

    The views expressed by authors in the articles is their sole responsibility and not of HEC. The Commission would like to thank all the institutions and ind iv idua l s who contr ibuted information and photographs for this Magazine.

    Graphic Designer

    Raja Ahmad Nadeem

    Reporter

    Waseem Khaliqdad

    Editor

    Aayesha Ikram

    News & Views is published after every two months. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form wi thout pr ior wr i t ten permission of the publisher.

    The views expressed by authors in the articles is their sole responsibility and not of HEC. The Commission would like to thank all the institutions and ind iv idua l s who contr ibuted information and photographs for this Magazine.

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  • The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has

    announced the launching of countrys first

    government testing body for education sector to

    conduct free, standardized tests for university

    admissions.

    Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning,

    Development and Reforms formally launched the

    Education Testing Council (ETC) during a ceremony

    held at HEC Secretariat. Engr. Baleegh-ur-Rehman,

    State Minister for Federal Education and

    Professional Training, Mr.

    Amirullah Marwat, Chairman,

    National Assembly Standing

    Committee on Education, Dr.

    Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman

    HEC, representatives of KPK and

    AJK governments and VCs of

    different universities were also

    present on the occasion.

    Congratulating HEC on the

    launch of ETC, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal

    said that establishment of

    Council is part of Governments efforts to achieve

    targets of Vision 2025. He hoped that ETC will prove

    to be a credible and transparent entity to adopt a

    testing mechanism of international standard and will

    have experts from both public and private sectors.

    He said the Government is providing all possible

    resources for the uplift of education in the country.

    Free Standardised Test for University Admissions

    HEC Launches Education Testing Council

    Speaking at the occasion, Engr. Baleegh ur Rahman

    also appreciated HEC for taking a much-needed

    step for standardization of education in the country.

    He described various programmes of his Ministry to

    develop minimum standards for primary and

    secondary education through consensus among all

    regions of Pakistan.

    Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, while elaborating the

    objectives of launching ETC, said that the Council

    will be a self-governed body, which will be

    operational from Spring 2017.

    He said that all public and

    private universities of the

    country will be required to

    adopt ETC entry tests for

    admissions. ETC will arrange a

    standardized entry test for

    university admissions, for which

    the respective university will

    determine weightage of the

    test, he added.

    The Chairman said that initially

    tests will be conducted for undergraduate

    admissions and subsequently for MS and PhD

    admissions, and it will be valid for a period of two

    years. He announced that Government will bear the

    cost of this test, which will be held twice a year. The

    test will be free for all students desirous of taking

    admission in public and private universities.

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  • thThe 14 meeting of the National Assembly Standing

    Committee on Federal Education and Professional

    Training was recently held at HEC Secretariat.

    Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Chairman of the Standing

    Committee, presided over the meeting that was

    attended by Committee members, Mr. Baleegh-ur-

    Rehman, Minister of State for Federal Education, Dr.

    Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC as well as senior

    management of the Commission.

    Welcoming the Committee members to HEC, Dr.

    Mukhtar Ahmed apprised them of the functions and

    achievements of HEC since its inception in 2002. He

    briefed the meeting about allocation of grants to

    public and private sector universities during 2015-

    16, proposed development projects of HEC in the

    PSDP for financial year 2016-17, Prime Minister's

    Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed

    Areas, Overseas Scholarship Scheme for MS, MPhil

    and PhD Programmes, and steps taken for

    promotion of higher education in FATA.

    The Chairman said that HEC releases no direct funds

    to the private sector universities, however it helps

    them if they fulfil HEC criteria, adding that both the

    sectors are given equal opportunities for award of

    scholarships and research grants.

    He said HEC is actively taking steps to ensure access

    of higher education at district level. He informed the

    Committee about HECs recurring as well as

    Chairman Briefs MPs on HEC Programmes

    NA Body Lauds HEC's Holistic Approach Towards Development of Higher Education Sector

    development grants for 2015-16, and elaborated

    the development in universities across the country,

    particularly during last three years. He said during

    2015-16, Rs. 2000 million were allocated for

    promotion of research, Rs. 3000 million for Tenure

    Track System, Rs. 625 million for Pakistan Education

    and Research Network, Rs. 935 million for Digital

    Library, Rs. 650 million for Inter University Academic

    Activities, Rs. 450 million for Technical Assistance for

    Capacity Building, Rs. 598 million for different

    university programmes, in addition to Rs. 42.2

    billion recurring grant for different universities,

    including engineering, medical, and agriculture.

    He said that HEC has formulated the PSDP 2016-17

    proposal keeping in view the anticipated allocation

    of Rs. 25 billion for its ongoing and new initiatives in

    line with Vision 2025 and Governments priorities

    for socio-economic development of the country.

    Terming HECs overseas scholarship scheme for MS/

    MPhil and PhD a flagship programme, Dr. Mukhtar

    said that since its inception in 2002, the Commission

    has initiated various HRD scholarship programmes

    from undergraduate to PhD and post-doctorate

    level for development of human resource in

    different fields for socio-economic development of

    Pakistan. Describing different programmes for

    research, he also highlighted HECs zero-tolerance

    policy towards plagiarism. He also briefed the

    members about international collaborations for

    promotion of higher education in the country.

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  • Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed underscored the scope of

    Aghaz Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package and said

    that 600 scholarships including 200 overseas and

    400 indigenous are being awarded to students from

    all districts of Balochistan.

    He said that HEC is taking stringent steps for

    promotion of higher education in Federally

    Administered Tribal Areas, including establishment

    of a university.

    Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Amirullah Marwat

    recognized impor tance of var ious HEC

    programmes and assured HEC of their complete

    support. He also assured HEC of their support to

    take action against illegal campuses of universities

    so that future of students could be safeguarded. He

    directed the HEC for releasing parent/student al