HEC to implement ban on self-finance scheme
ISLAMABAD, Aug 22: The Higher Education
Commission (HEC) has decided to implement its directives to the public sector
universities to stop enrolling students on self-finance basis and ensure
admissions strictly on merit basis.
The directives, issued to the
universities about two years ago, were meant to reserve more seats for the poor
students on merit.
Talking to us, a senior commission official
said the commission would now strictly direct the public sector universities to
implement its directives in letter and spirit. He said these universities had
been asked to enhance fee and ensure admission strictly on merit. The
universities are already increasing fees up to 10 percent annually.
official said self-finance schemes were helping universities to meet their 30
percent expenses, while the HEC was providing 70 percent funds to run their
affairs. He said the annual increase in fee would only enable the children of
affluent families to pursue higher studies.
At present, the official
said, children of both MP-1 officers and drivers were paying the same fee. He
said after implementation of ban on self-finance scheme, the universities would
bear the expenses of poor students after a thorough verification to know whether
or not they deserved admission.
Moreover, the universities would also
provide scholarships to poor students to meet their lodging and food expenses.
He said a lot of talented students were unable to take admission in private
sector universities because of high fee structures.
When HEC quality
advisor Dr Riaz Hussain Qureshi was contacted, he said they had directed the
universities to ban the self-finance scheme "Yes, the HEC would strictly observe
implementation of its directives in this connection. But it may take time as far
as the comprehensive implementation of the policy was concerned," Qureshi
He said the decision was taken in the best interest of poor
He said the HEC wanted to bring talented students into the
main stream. He said the ban on self-finance scheme would help varsities reserve
more seats for poor students. The official said that HEC would also increase
funds to help the universities run their matters. Daily times