Dr Mukhtar assumes charge as new chairman HEC

Zubair Qureshi

New chairman of the Higher Education Commission Dr Mukhtar Ahmed on Monday assumed the charge of his office at the head office of the HEC.

Earlier, too, he served as Chairman HEC from 2014 to 2018, as Executive Director from 2013 to 2014 and as Member HEC from 2005 to 2011.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed has played a key role during the last two decades in formulating and implementing reforms in the higher education.

He also remained instrumental in increasing access to university education, strengthening quality assurance systems, convincing federal and provincial governments to raise funding for higher education, in development of universities’ infrastructure, promoting national and international collaborations of faculty researchers and universities.

As chairman he took steps to stop and discourage illegal practices in the higher education sector, and a number of other initiatives.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed has also served as Deputy Director General, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) based in Rabat, Morocco, where he was responsible for Directorates of Education, Science, Culture and Communication, ICPSR, CPID (Planning and Strategic Division) and ISESCO Regional Centres.

With a Bachelors and Masters of Science from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and Masters in Business Administration and PhD from University of California, Riverside, USA, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed enjoys over three decades of educational development and management experience at national and international level that includes teaching, research, administration, policy development, linking educational research to industry / commercialization, introducing entrepreneurial approaches to education and a diverse range of educational development programmes.

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