To keep the ship afloat

(By Babar Sattar) How do you stay optimistic about the prospects of your country when the naked truth paints a dark picture? Is living in a make-believe world the true mark of love and loyalty or acknowledging your failures and faults with the object of stimulating change? An argument vociferously made by our ‘patriots’ is that . . . → Read More: To keep the ship afloat

Revising the curriculum

THE latest flurry of efforts to make changes in the curricula for the various categories of students offers little hope for the emergence of a rational outlook on the subject.

Last week, the prime minister discovered the need for including lessons on democracy, constitutionalism and accountability mechanisms in textbooks for primary to the highest classes. . . . → Read More: Revising the curriculum

World ranking of Pakistani universities improving

ISLAMABAD: While briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training, this Monday, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that although Pakistan may not have the best educational institutes in the world, the local educational institutions are continuously improving in rankings.

The commission, he said, has been constantly . . . → Read More: World ranking of Pakistani universities improving

Javed Laghari found guilty of plagiarism but cannot be punished

A former head of the country’s higher education watchdog has been found ‘guilty’ of academia’s greatest crime — plagiarism.

A probe committee has found that 30 per cent of the content of a research paper authored former Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairperson Javed Laghari was plagiarised from a European Union (EU) report.

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HEC awards 4 professors for their exceptional performance

ISLAMABAD – The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has conferred Distinguished National Professor Award on four academicians for their outstanding performance.

The award is presented to those academicians who have shown exceptional performance in their respective fields, set benchmark for others and played a vital role in raising the standard of research as well as academic . . . → Read More: HEC awards 4 professors for their exceptional performance

Karachi University student accuses supervisor for plagiarizing her thesis

Higher Education Commission (HEC) has received a case of plagiarism in which a student of Karachi University has alleged that her teacher stole her thesis and got it published with her name to get financial benefits, Dawn has learnt reliably.

According to sources, Mehwish Hameed, a PhD Scholar in Botany from Karachi University has alleged . . . → Read More: Karachi University student accuses supervisor for plagiarizing her thesis

Commercializing education in Pakistani Universities

We have seen an abnormal growth in the number of private universities in Pakistan over the past two decades, offering formula-type undergraduate programmes. The owner of some of these universities started them without charters and ran them as business for years, which helped them accumulate enough resources and clout to buy political influence to get charters from . . . → Read More: Commercializing education in Pakistani Universities

Media being kept at bay on fake degree progress

The media is being kept in the dark over the progress being made by the Election Commission on the scrutiny of legislators’ educational credentials since the process was taken over by the chief election commissioner two month ago.

The ECP has stopped altogether issuing any press releases in this regard.

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Protesters oppose HEC devolution

A large number of students, faculty members and employees of various universities gathered here on Tuesday to show their opposition to devolution of Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The protesters, under the banner of ‘Defending HEC Movement’, staged a rally from the National Press Club to the Parliament House. They were carrying national flags and placards . . . → Read More: Protesters oppose HEC devolution