Published On: Tue, Mar 25th, 2014
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HEC maintaining database of students studying abroad, NA informed

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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly was informed on Monday that Higher Education Commission (HEC) has been maintaining database of all the students sent abroad by HEC for higher studies.

Minister of State for Education Engineer Balighur Rehman told the House during the question hour that so far two thousand seven hundred and sixteen students have returned to the country after completing their PhD degrees during the last five years.

He said Allama Iqbal Open University is being patronized by the government due to its important role of imparting education to students who are not able to study in the regular academic system due to a number of problems or compulsions.

He said the degrees given by AIOU and Virtual University of Pakistan are duly recognized by the government and private institutions.

Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Secretariat Raja Javed Ikhlas said YouTube was banned in Pakistan in 2012 due to blasphemous content. He said decision of opening the YouTube will be made when all the reservations regarding the content are removed.

He said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has taken a number of steps to proactively search for objectionable material. The Authority has so far blocked 31,819 objectionable web links.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said Pakistan Railways has sold over fifty thousand metric tons of scrap material worth 2.21 billion rupees during the last five years.

He said the Ministry has also recovered 30 million rupees outstanding amount from NAB and 310 million rupees from two other defaulters.

He said a contract was made for the acquisition of 58 locomotives from China during the previous government. Out of these, 23 will be delivered soon and these will be used for passenger operations. He said we will also have 45 to 50 locomotives dedicated for freight by the end of current fiscal year.

Khawaja Saad Rafique said we have indigenously repaired twenty five locomotives in the Railways workshops. This year we will spend three billion rupees additional and will also reduce our deficit in comparison with previous years.}