HEC to withdraw charters for failure to meet criteria
LAHORE, May 3(Daily Times): Charters will be withdrawn from private universities
and institutions that do not meet the requirements set by the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) after June 30 2008, said an HEC official on Wednesday.
He said the cabinet had set a deadline for February 26 2007, on February
27 2002. in 2006, this deadline was extended to June 30 2008, he
This announcement was launched as an ad campaign in various
newspapers. It listed the universities/institutions that were substandard, he
said. A recent ad gave names of an institution and three universities in Sindh,
along with a university in the NWFP.
The HEC director general, Muhammad
Javed Khan, said that there were no institutions or universities in the Punjab
that did not meet the requisites of the HEC charter. He added that the ones that
were not up to the mark earlier, had taken their warnings seriously and were now
apt, with improved infrastructures and PhD qualified teachers.
official said that many private institutions and universities in the country
were housed in rented premises and lacked properly qualified faculty members and
the students were charged very high fees. He said the cabinet was monitoring
such institutions and would soon take steps to end this injustice with the
Earlier, each province had its own criteria for private
institutions, but in 2006, the cabinet set the HEC criteria as the standard for
all private institutions and universities and relaxed some of the requirements
to set up such institutions. Still the standards were not met.