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No shortage of funds for higher education of academicians: says Dr. Atta

Rawalpindi, March 05, 2008: Federal Minister and Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman said on Tuesday that a number of quality research projects have been launched to improve education system in the country.

Addressing as chief guest at the closing session of a two-day workshop on "Empowering Teachers: Practices and Possibilities" held here at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) with HEC collaboration.

He said that HEC was providing local and foreign scholarships to university professors for higher studies.

He said the University academicians are accommodated in the system purely on merit.

Dr. Atta ur Rehman underlined the need for acquiring of knowledge saying "Knowledge is the driving force for social development". He said the Muslim Ummah reached to the highest rank in the past, due to knowledge. Since the Ummah has ignored this essential aspect, they have been experiencing the down fall and failures in certain fields, he regreted.

The Chairman HEC mentioned that the salaries of the teachers have been increased to promote higher education in the country and now university teachers are getting up to Rs.80, 000 per month.

Dr. Atta ur Rehman said that teachers were the most important part of the education system and one of their key responsibilities was to make students think and apply their knowledge on practical life.

He emphasised the need to making education system responsive to the needs of the society.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor FJWU, Professor Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan, welcomed the chief guest and appreciated the contributions made by the HEC and Education Department of FJWU.

She lauded the role of HEC in promoting education in the country and facilitating teachers community in equiping themselves with higher education. App
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