KARACHI: Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) today partnered with two leading universities, Habib University (HU) and National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to provide quality tertiary education to deserving and aspiring youth.
It was in this context that Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PPL, Syed Wamiq Bokhari presented cheques of Rs. 16.8 million jointly to Pro-Rector Academics NUST Air Vice Marshall Dr. Asif Raza and another of Rs. 5 million to CEO HU Foundation (HUF) Parvez Ghias at the company’s head office.
The company’s grant of Rs. 16.8 million to NUST will cover the expenses for training approximately 320 students, 160 each from Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, through a residential programme to prepare for NUST admission test under the mutual NUST-PPL Outreach Programme.
Whereas its donation of Rs. 5 million to Habib University as endowed scholarship will support five deserving students under its Talent Outreach Promotion and Support Programme for one year whereby eligible students go through preparatory training for entrance test at HU and selected, deserving students’ tuition fees and other academic expenses are covered.
General Manager, University Advancement Office, NUST, Maria Qadri and CFO, Habib University, Feroze Cawasji along with other representatives of the two institutions and company officials attended the ceremony. MoU between PPL and NUST was also signed on the occasion.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
i) Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Tariq Banuri Thursday said all the reforms and policies in higher education will be implemented after thorough deliberations with an active involvement of concerned stakeholders especially university faculty. He expressed these views during a meeting with a delegation of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) and Working Group on Higher Education Reforms, a press release said. The delegation, which called upon the newly appointed HEC chairman comprised of President Dr. Kaleemullah Bareach, Dr. Shehzad Ashraf, Dr. Ashfaq Khosa and Murtaza Noor. The delegation greeted Dr. Banuri over his appointment as 4th chief of HEC through the transparent and merit-based selection process and assured full cooperation in addressing the challenges being confronted by higher education sector in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Banuri said multiple challenges of higher education sector could only resolve through close coordination and effective liaison with the concerned stakeholders. He said the role of HEC was a facilitator, while universities were autonomous, adding that the HEC would play its role for capacity building of varsities and extend more autonomy to varsities. Dr. Kaleemullah discussed the Senate resolutions on an enhancement of retirement age to 65 years for university teachers and a 75 percent tax rebate for university teachers. Dr. Banuri assured his full support in this regard.
ii) PM appoints Tariq Banuri as HEC chairman, Prime Minister has appointed Dr. Tariq Banuri as new HEC Chairman, a post that remained vacant following lapsing of Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed’s 4-year-term on 14thA six-member committee comprising former health minister Dr. Sania Nishtar, former lawmaker Shahnaz Wazir Ali, educationists Faisal Bari, Mirza Qamar Baig and Syed Babar Ali and federal secretary education, after much deliberation presented four names to the PM. Other three names were: former vice-chancellor of Islamia University Bahawalpur Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar, Iqbal Chaudhry and Anwarul Hasan Gilani. Dr. Tariq Banuri, a Utah University professor, holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from the Harvard University and MA in development economics from the Williams College. Dr. Banuri, who commenced his career as a civil servant joined UN as a research fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER). Armed with the WIDER model Dr. Banuri successfully set up Islamabad’s Sustainable Development Policy Institute as its Executive Director. He has also served as a member of the board of governors of Pakistan’s central bank, member of Pakistan Environmental Protection Council, and member/secretary of the Presidential Steering Committee on Higher Education, as well as coordinating lead author of the Nobel Prize-winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr Banuri who has recently worked as a director at UN’s Division for Sustainable Development at authored twenty books and thirty research papers. (29th May 2018)
CJP asks schools to reduce fee by 20%
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan has ordered the private schools to reduce the fee by 20% and reimburse the amount charged during summer vacations. Insinuating that a five percent increase was reasonable, CJP has said that in future court would decide how much amount is to be increased. CJP also noted that students who fail to pay the fee were not allowed to enter the schools. CJP has ordered the FIA to take all the records of Beaconhouse and Lahore Grammar School in custody. Moreover, the Supreme Court has ordered the Federal Government to take control of the management of Pak-Turk School.
Relevant: Supreme Court today directed all private schools across the country charging more than Rs 2,000 per month fee to reduce it by 20 percent. Moreover, the top court ordered, private schools to pay back half of the fee charged by them during the summer holidays, within two months. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a suo moto case against fee hikes by private schools. During the course of proceedings, Auditor General submitted report before the bench stating that private schools were paying billions of rupees to their directors adding that Lahore Grammar School was paying 8.3 million as salary to its a director. The chief justice remarked that private school intentionally show high expenditures just to hide their profits. He said that we appreciate the report of AG and said that private schools were minting money from parents and himself became billionaires. The bench in its interim order maintained that private schools, however, could increase 5 percent fee annually. CJP remarked that the court was not bound by the decisions made by the high courts adding that the court would make a decision on its own on how much reduction was appropriate. On 17th September, the Supreme Court decided to club cases pertaining to private schools pending in high courts and the apex court. Earlier this year, a full bench of the Sindh High Court had declared that increasing private schools’ tuition fee more than five percent of the last fee schedule was illegal. The court had directed the schools to either refund the excess amount or adjust it in future fees within three months.
CPEC opportunities: SSUET, ICMS and PIM join hands!
KARACHI: Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Integrated Corporate Management Solutions Pvt., Ltd. (ICMS) and Pakistan Institute of Management (PIM) have collaborated for reshaping organizational competence, capacity building, developing high performing culture and sustaining growth of government functionaries, businesses and industries, particularly for “Capturing CPEC Opportunities”.
The purpose of the SSUET-ICMS-PIM alliance is to help government, businesses, and industries to move to next level in performance with world-class competence and capacity to capture better share in economic flow going to be unfolded in CPEC. SSUET has the academic and research strengths, ICMS has business experience and exposure to global 21st-century management concept; organizational project management, a globally recognized and proven methodology for managing change, whereas PIM has extensive exposure of imparting management competence in private and government organizations to move to next level of performance.
The synergizing of the specialties would help to create a unique business power for engaging business and industry meaningfully and purposefully. The alliance is ready to offer training and consulting services in specialized areas with world class-expertise for developing organizational and technological competence with research-based trends, establishing the specific industry needs, creating a flow of skilled resource in line with market demands.
Pak. Students Prepare for Semester Exchange in US
ISLAMABAD: United States Chargé d’Affaires Paul Jones today congratulated more than 135 Pakistani undergraduate students who were selected to participate in U.S. Govt.-funded Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD).
Since 2010, approximately 1,700 Pakistani students have participated in the Global UGRAD program, where they spend a semester studying at U.S. colleges and universities. “America has a long tradition of embracing international students on its university and college campuses,” Ambassador Jones noted. “In the United States, you will become great cultural ambassadors and representatives of Pakistan. I am proud we can support your educational pursuits through the Global UGRAD program.”
Global UGRAD participants from Pakistan are selected from across the country and will study a variety of academic fields, which include: engineering, business administration, and the sciences. U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) Executive Director Rita Akhtar encouraged students to take full advantage of the academic and extracurricular activities available in the United Stas.
“The Global UGRAD program gives talented students who are committed to helping their communities and country an opportunity to study in the United States,” Ms. Akhtar said. “The Program also involves exciting community service and cultural exchange activities. When Global UGRAD participants return to Pakistan, they have opportunities to build on their volunteer experience by availing small grants through the Pakistan – U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN). This is an exceptional group of students who will make a wonderful impression on U.S. students and faculty through this unique exchange opportunity.” USEFP, a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the United States, administers the Global UGRAD program in partnership with the U.S. Mission in Pakistan.