HEC to launch two educational channels by November
ISLAMABAD, April 26,2005: Higher Education Commission (HEC) will launch two educational channels via Pakistani satellite system by November 2005, HEC chairman Dr Atta ur Rehman disclosed this here on April 25 while inaugurating a three-day first “International Karakorum Conference”, jointly organised by the Pakistan Academy of Geological Sciences and Ev-K2-CNR Committee of Italy, Dr Atta ur Rehman said the facility would enable students to access to German, American and other international universities.
He added the students would be able to attend lectures of those universities and could interact with teachers.
The main objective of this conference was to provide guidelines to scientists and geologists towards Karakorum region for sustainable development of the country. Several international geologists and scientists from Germany, Italy, India and Nepal were present in the conference.
Dr Atta ur Rehman said presently, 400 students were studying in foreign universities due to HEC’s funding and further proposed to send 400 students from every university to international institutions for Ph D studies, in next coming years. The HEC chairman said the Commission wanted to increase the number of students on scholarship in foreign universities to 20,000 for MS and Ph D, which was only at present 400. Atta ur Rehman further said on the invitation of HEC, around 260 Pakistani scientists, researchers and scholars have come back to the country and their number would increase to 1500 soon.
He urged the scientists and geologists they must enhance their researches at Karakorum region, which has many medicinal herbs for treatment of different kinds of cancers.
Survey of Pakistan Geologist Kanwar Sabir Ali Khan said the Karakorum highway starts from Hasanabadal but due to peculiar geological and environmental conditions, the road endangered the safety of travellers due to landslides, mudflows, river erosion and floods, and earthquakes.
Naeem Mansoor from Pakistan Meteorological Department presented the temperature report during (December to March) and summer (April to May) that showed an increasing trend and, enhanced monsoon and winter period in the country. He also said increased temperature has decreased the snowing season lengthen in mountains areas, he declared it could be beneficial for wheat yield at high altitude.
Ev-K2-CNR Committee Italy President Agostino Da Poienza, Pakistan Academy of Geology Sciences President Professor Dr F A Shams, Karakorum International University Gilgit Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Salim, Quaid-i-Azam University Department of Earth Sciences Chairman Dr Zulfiqar Ahmad, and Ghandara University Peshawar Vice Chancellor Professor R A Khan Tahirkheli also addressed the conference.
Source: Business Recorder