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HEC miscalculating students' talent

ISLAMABAD, July 23 : Of so many 'elected' and 'selected' qualities of the federal capital, it also has a department, assigned to set higher education standards for the entire country.

This department was earlier known as University Grants Commission (UGC), however, with the arrival of 'enlightened moderation' in the country, it was modernised into Higher Education Commission (HEC).

After its making, HEC took revolutionary steps for the improvement of educational system at university level. Several reforms were introduced and certain criteria were set. Some time ago, the commission also set standards for getting the job of a lecturer in public sector universities; like the applicant must have first division/A Grades throughout his/her academic career.

It wouldn't be an overstatement if one called it a discriminatory policy towards people having a third division in any of their degrees other than Master. Such people cannot apply for any teaching positions.

Having third division in Master and being declared ineligible makes sense but holding first class Master degree and not even called for test/interview, owing to the third division in Matriculation or Intermediate which has nothing to do with the subject to be taught, is beyond comprehension.

It means that if someone improves, instead of getting reward, gets penalty for it.

Assuming that a person who holds a third division somewhere at the initial level of studies cannot be a good teacher is height of miscalculation of one's abilities.

Divisions/percentages do not necessarily guarantee that their achievers might turn out to be good teachers. There have been certain examples that the people, who due to some reasons, could not perform well in papers, turned out to be excellent teachers and leaders.

In case of some disciplines such as English if an applicant with only second division at all levels is eligible, why not a person having three first and one third division or two first, one second and one third division.

Such people do not aim to continue their studies, since they realize that even after having performed extraordinarily at M. Phil or PhD level, they won't be able to get the job of a lecturer at universities. And for doing some job in any private organisation, they are not always required to have done post-Masters studies.

Perhaps, it's high time that HEC reviewed its policy. The nation
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