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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 international standards.

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.

Members said quality research work in science and technology is inevitable for Pakistan's prosperity.

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 universities."

Dr Atta said under the TTS teachers were offered performance-based salaries.

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
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