People from totally different walks of life on Wednesday continued to record their apprehensions and protests against the devolution of upper Education Commission (HEC). The move, they said would destroy the decade-long investment in higher education.
The critics got wind that there’s no alternate institute to successfully handle higher education, that is crucial for national development within the long run.
Former education minister and data Secretary Ahsan Iqbal said, “The eighteenth change doesn’t build it necessary for the HEC to be devolved to the provinces.”
He got wind that no alternate establishment is gift at the provincial level to require the place of the HEC, that has acquired tremendous expertise in managing analysis and development comes in higher education sector.
Iqbal termed the devolution unwise, urging the govt. to review it within the larger interest of the country.
Professor Dr Attaur Rehman, who is that the founding chairperson of the HEC, said the commission had performed well within the past eight years and it “must” not be devolved.
The HEC is that the solely central regulatory body that links education to national development comes, enabling universities to provide skilled manpower, he said.
Dr Rehman added, “Higher education is much a lot of vital than the nuclear progress as no war will be won while not excelling within the education.”
The total university enrolments between 1947 and 2003 were one hundred thirty five,000, that increased to regarding four hundred,000 within the following 5 years from 2004 to 2008, Dr Rehman said. there have been fifty nine universities and degree awarding institutes in 2001. By 2008, that they had grown to 127.
HEC’s efforts helped University of Karachi achieve a world rank of 223 in some disciplines. Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) was ranked 270 in Natural Sciences and NUST was ranked at 350 in overall world university rankings, per Times UK Higher Education Ranking, November 2009, he said.
Dr Masoom Yasinzai, Vice Chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University, said, “The HEC has been a real success story, manufacturing a lot of PhDs students in eight years, than there have been within the last fifty six years.”
He added that a recent grant of $300 million from the planet Bank was issued due to HEC’s performance.
Provinces lack the capability to handle higher education, he said, adding there’s would like of an organised and centralised body to independently develop and implement instructional policies.