Cancel Exams Save Students Trends all Over Pakistani Social Media

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#1 Trend is From Students

As the daily number of new COVID 19 Cases and daily related deaths are on peak right now in Pakistan, they are in fact all time high. Despite this Govt have opened the Schools/Colleges for students from 9th grade up to 12th and is hell bent on taking the board exams.

Students on the other hand are protesting against it through different avenues they have, one of them being the social media. For Example, the hashtag #CancelExamsSaveStudents is trending number one on twitter in Pakistan countrywide with about nearly 40,000 tweets on this hash tag and two other related hashtags #CancelExams2021 and #CancelExamsPakistan2021 seeing bulk tweets as well.

Lots of people are on side of students in this, as according to them it is not only risk for students but also will be risk for education stuff who will be conducting the operations of exams. So government should for now either delay exams or promote like last year, whichever is suitable, but it is not the time to call students back to school in such a bad situation.

Some have taken another unique route to express their feelings about the students being pushed towards the exams and COVID exposure in there difficult days. Yes I am referring to this following video tweet.

And some have resorted to mems like in the following tweet and more to express their feeling towards the insensitivity of government in these testing times.

Also some of the tweets suggest the students have also filed a case in court and an awaited judgment which is suppose to come today later on is ray of hope and is expected to give some relief to students. All the efforts of communicating the concerns to ministry have been useless so far. Another viral cartoon about the whole situation looked like following.

Have no stake in the whole situation in any way possible, here is what my opinion is, on this. Though the continued education is of utmost importance for career of students and for the future of country as well, but currently seeing the Corona Virus Infection rates, active cases, daily new cases and daily new deaths, govt should show some flexibility here. As per all the authentic sources, all of these above mentioned stats are on their all time high in Pakistan. So it is better that government takes balanced approach and if canceling exams is not possible, they must at least delay them for now until situation gets better.

Petition in supreme court against dissolution of HEC

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Higher Education Commission HEC is set to be dissolved by government of Pakistan under the 18th amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan. The decision is unjust as commission is doing too well for development of higher education and research in Pakistan. Students and teachers from leading universities of Pakistan are constantly opposing but Government is not rethinking over the issue for now.

Latest update is that finally the decision have be challenged in Supreme court of Pakistan. The petition against the decision came from University of Lahore along with few others.

Many from Pakistan are hoping that some way this decision of dissolving the HEC is reversed. Also a number of protests all over the country are going on from student of different universities.

Higher education being strangled in Pakistan by dissolving Higher Education Commission

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Either you are reading it here or you have already heard about this in media that HEC is being dissolved, when you may have read/heard this first time, I am sure it struck as a big shock. Unfortunately if it is not stopped, it is going to happen, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan which is respected World Wide due to it’s very structure which enabled tremendous development in higher education in Pakistan in just 7 years, which is epic even if we compare to what we achieved in 55 years before that after Pakistan came in to¬†existence.

For those who don’t know much about this, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) as part of 18th amendment to constitution of Pakistan being dissolved, then each province will have to come up with their such regularity authority and will have to run the universities in their province.

In country like Pakistan which is already shaken and at its worst due to corruption and such evils, dissolving HEC will be a big blow. HEC was and still is one of those very few entities of Pakistan which are working on all cylinders and not yet affected by corruption.

But now seems like the corrupt politicians which have given nothing but just looted this country are about to destroy a very respectful higher education regularity authority. There is another big  story behind that, but before we even get started on that lets have a look what HEC have done for this country.

Seven years ago before this institution there was almost no research being done, Pakistan had just 57 universities, none of them listed anywhere near in world top rankings, educational standards here were nothing near to being called anything like fine. Students had no easy way to access the latest research material on anything.

But then came Higher Education Commission, which changed the whole landscape of Pakistani Higher Education, how fast it moved, you will not find any such example over the world, worlds best journals and magazines have accepted and published these facts.

In just seven years now the universities in Pakistan under HEC are two and half times more then the number before HEC. Four of Pakistan’s universities have made it world’s top 500 universities, this number was zero before that. Now more than four hundred fifty thousand students are enrolled into higher education, this number was just one hundred thousand something before HEC. Now students of Pakistan no matter in which university, they have access to world best journals, hundreds of thousands of research papers, world’s best digital libraries and what not only due to the¬†existence¬†of HEC. Hundreds of students from Pakistan are studying in world’s top universities on¬†scholarships¬†from Pakistan, just to come back to Pakistan and contribute back what ever they learn abroad.

We in Pakistan never would have expected these kind of facilities without existence of HEC. One important name to be mentioned here is Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman who have lead the HEC in its early days and structured it too good that this is example for the world. HEC is success story only due to the hard work of this person.

Now HEC is under different management but still its running on all cylinders, more and more highly qualified individuals are coming out from universities under HEC just to contribute to the society.

At this point the government of Pakistan have decided to dissolve this organization and the back story behind this is that HEC was set to verify the degrees of Members of Pakistan national and provincial assemblies, after going through the process HEC came out with a shocking out come, revealing to the world that the degrees of more than 130 people in these assemblies are fake. Those fake¬†degrees¬†were only taken to¬†fulfill¬†the minimum education¬†requirement¬†to take part in country’s Provincial and National Elections.

This revelation from HEC was nothing less than a living nightmare for those corrupt politicians of Pakistan who are still holding their positions in National and Provincial assemblies even in the party in government.

The decision of dissolving the HEC is clearly a cheap revenge efforts from those corrupt political powers who don’t want this country back on the track of prosperity but want all the money in the world just in their bank accounts.

Dissolving the HEC is a clear effort to exterminate the quality Higher Education from Pakistan. If this happens the right of having higher education will be grabbed away from millions of people in Pakistan. No one then will be pursuing quality higher education in Pakistan.

By the way the political powers of Pakistan which mostly corrupt and infected will want seeing  people of Pakistan left behind, as only uneducated people in future will choose them. But time is not far away and mark my words for this, such people are soon to be exterminated from Pakistani politics and the chosen ones will be only those who will perform.

Very serious efforts now have to be put in to save this body called Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan, we no matter what we do, need to stand up to save this¬†organization just for the sake of future of Pakistani people and future to this great country called Pakistan on God’s green earth. Whoever can do whatever to save HEC, he/she must do it their capacity otherwise the end is near.

Finally I will suggest the people who have powers to take back¬†decision¬†of dissolving the HEC and don’t be¬†accused¬†of exterminating the Higher Education from Pakistan. Matter of time, you will not be here, HEC may be reinstated in¬†future¬†but millions will hate you now and forever for this, if it happens. A reality check is critical for you here, decision is now yours if you want to contribute¬†positively¬†or otherwise.

Higher education now in trouble in Pakistan

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When it comes to the cost cutting, there are certain things you can’t compromise on. Now in Pakistan the current ruling party is cutting costs on higher education. Only 15.8 billion allocated for education the requirement was to have 19 billion in addition to current allocation. This is not it, the real insult to injury comes in with the fact that for now just 1.4 billion have been allocated.

This risks the futures of 7000 PHD students who are studying in side country and 5000 those PHD students who are foreign scholarships. The public sector universities are also running low on the resources. The employees already demanding the 50% salary increments which is not possible with current situation.

Also 72 public sector universities are soon to go on strike regarding the issue, which further risks the futures of hundreds of thousands of students continuing their studies in these universities.

Quality education is only thing which ensures the brighter future of a country and  a country like Pakistan desperately needs it. The time when the education budget had to be increased, current administration of country have started cost cutting on it.

This is just one example of lousy management skills of current administration, there are many areas where they have to rethink their stratifies or have to built strategies.  God bless Pakistan and put it in those hands who are very much capable to put the country back on track to prosperity and brilliant future.

HEC Pakistan gets 10GB of Internet bandwidth

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Broadband InternetPTCL will be the provider to 10GB internet Bandwidth to the Higher Education Commission, this bandwidth is going to be used to facilitate the universities by introducing the services like video conferencing, digital libraries and access to the International education and research networks.

This is the highest bandwidth which have been taken by any organization ever in Pakistan and this  10 Bandwidth is going to be used to form the network between the universities and institutes spread all over Pakistan. The initiative have been taken to encourage and back the research.

This contract is a Part of Pakistan Education and Research Network 2 (PERN2) which is initiated earlier by HEC Pakistan. PERN2 includes the plans to provide huge number of reliable and useful services to student and research scholars across the universities.

PTCL have been providing and providing the huge bandwidth to some of other ISPs and this is first broadband connection of its kind with a huge bandwidth. PTCL and HEC promised to extend future co-operation.

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