Revolutionary steps sought to improve higher education
ISLAMABAD, Aug 10: The Senate Standing Committee on Education has urged
the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to take revolutionary steps for further
improving the higher education system in the country to bring it in line with
The committee, met here on Thursday with
Senator Razina Alam Khan in the chair, observed that researchers should be
facilitated in their research work, enabling them to excel in various fields and
to contribute to the country's socio-economic development.
quality research work in science and technology is inevitable for Pakistan's
The committee supported the idea of uniform education system
across the country.
The committee was briefed about the utilisation of
funds allocated to HEC during 2006-07, and the Tenure Track System (TTS) adopted
by the HEC.
HEC Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman informed the committee that the
funds were being properly utilised. He said a system had been devised to monitor
the utilisation of funds. Funds were allocated to universities keeping in view
their requirements, he added.
Talking on the TTS he said it was a
revolutionary step towards selecting the best faculty for
Dr Atta said under the TTS teachers were offered
The committee also considered a report of
the sub-committee constituted earlier to give recommendations to avoid lapse of
funds in the Education Ministry.
The committee appreciated the HEC's
revolutionary steps to promote higher education.
Dr Muhammad, convenor of
the sub-committee, highlighted salient features of its report presented to the
committee. The committee approved the sub-committee's recommendations and
decided to hold a separate meeting with the officials of federal education and
finance ministries, the provincial education ministries and AGPR to discuss the
lapse of funds earmarked for various projects.
It also constituted a
three-member sub-committee to review the criterion regarding degree-awarding
institutes. The sub-committee consists of convenor Dr Muhammad, senators Javed
Ali Shah and Rehana Yahya Baloch.
The meeting was attended by senators
Tahir Latif, Rehana Yahya Baloch,
Dr Abdul Khaliq Pirzada, Syed Tahir
Hussain Mashhadi, SM Zafar, Syed Javed Ali Shah and Dr Muhammad. Prof Muhammad
Ibrahim Khan, Prof Dr Attaur Rehman, HEC chairman and its senior officials were
also present. app