Baligh asks provinces to promote higher education

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Staff Reporter

Federal Minster for Federal Education and Professional Training, Engr. Muhammad Balighur Rehman has stated that adhocism and extension culture in higher education sector should be discouraged and appointment of heads of higher education institutions should be made through a transparent and merit based mechanism by independent search committee comprising of relevant experts.
Engr. Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that the provincial governments should play their due role and meet the growing needs of higher education sector and universities through provision of required funding in the light of 18th Constitutional Amendment.
He expressed these views while sharing his views with the delegation of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) led by Central President Prof. Dr. Kaleem Ullah Bareach comprising of Prof. Fareed Khan Achakzai, Dr. Shehzad Ashraf and others which met him at Pak Secretariat Islamabad on Monday.
The delegation thoroughly briefed and presented the problems being faced by university faculty in higher education sector both at federal and provincial levels.
It also presented the unanimous resolution of All Pakistan University Teachers Convention which resolved extending retirement age for university teachers from 60 to 65 and restoration of tax rebate up to 75 percent for universities faculty/researchers.
Minster for Federal Education and Professional Training assured the delegation for his support and cooperation for resolving the issues being faced by university faculty.