Tag: Colleges and Universities

Pakistan Students Scholarship Fund, University of North Texas

Last year I, along with Dr. Qaisar Abbas and Dr. Saleha Suleman, established a need-based scholarship for diasporic and heritage Pakistani students at the University of North Texas. Now a recognized fund at UNT, the fund is housed in College of Arts and Sciences and will be administered by the founding members and other board…

Metropolitan Scholars and the Role of Cultural Informants

Having read enough of Gayatri Spivak to understand the power dynamics involved in the center-periphery exchanges, I have always been wary of the role of the cultural informant. As a scholar of postcolonial studies, therefore, I always keep a critical eye on my own conduct in order to avoid falling for this deeply troubling role.…

A Case Against HEC Devolution

In terms of actual expenses, the five corps commanders cost us way more than the entire budget of HEC. If our politicians need money, they should have the guts to conduct a thorough audit of money wasted by the army elite. And if we devolve the HEC and let the provinces work at their own…

HEC: We shall overcome!

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is an autonomous organization whose mission is “to facilitate institutions of higher learning to serve as an engine of socio-economic development of Pakistan”. The HEC is not attached to the Ministry of Education. The Prime Minister is the Controlling Authority of the HEC. The 18th Amendment through the 4th Schedule…

HEC: Disatsrer Averted?

A couple of weeks ago, a dear friend from Pakistan contacted to inform me that the government of Pakistan had decided to devolve the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the provinces under the 18th amendment to the constitution of Pakistan. My friend and I were both in agreement that this would be a disastrous step…

In Support of Higher Education Comission, Pakistan

A few months ago while in Islamabad, I had the opportunity to meet several official so the Higher Education Commission (HEC). I must say I found each one of the individuals to be professional, courteous, and exceedingly competent in their respective jobs. This, for any Pakistani dealing with government institutions, was a rare experience. I …

UNT Peace Symposium

March 25, 2011 – 3-7 PM Peace Symposium will feature a known scholar on peace and Sufi music Dr. Ori Soltes of Georgetown University will speak on “Mysticism and Peace: Weaving a Common Thread Across World Religions,” as part of the UNT Peace Symposium on March 25 (Friday). The symposium will focus on finding commonalities…