HEC to facilitate private institutions
ISLAMABAD, Oct 10 - The
Higher Education Commission (HEC) will provide more incentives to the private
sector for opening quality institutions in disciplines relevant to the
socio-economic development of the country, an HEC official said
"Special incentive packages will be devised to facilitate the
private sector to open new institutions and enhance existing operations. It will
also be encouraged to open new departments at the public-sector institutions,"
The official said that the government had limited resources and
could not shoulder the burden of provision of higher education solely by
He said the financial constraints of students were being ameliorated
through programmes such as the Needs-Based Scholarship Programme, a
collaborative programme with the United States Agency for International
"Many of the world's most prestigious institutions are
opening their campuses in Pakistan to accommodate an increasing number of
prospective students from this part of the world", he told.
said HEC was pursuing programmes to address issues regarding escalation of
tuition fees and other education related expenses, which create a financial
barrier to students from low-income families in accessing higher education. He
said the private sector both inside and outside the country must rise to meet
the challenges of provision of quality higher education to a population of 150
million people. "HEC wants to ensure that all those with the potential to
benefit from higher education have the opportunity to do so regardless of
socio-economic background," he said.
The official said HEC would also help
extend on campus residential opportunities to students at the universities so
that deserving students were not deprived of access to quality higher education. The Nation
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