High-level committee to probe specific weaknesses in higher educational institutions
Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr Tariq Banuri while showing serious concern over the poor result of CSS exams 2018, has announced to set up a high level committee to pinpoint the specific weaknesses in higher educational institutions. In a statement issued here Sunday, the Chairman said that the committee would review the universities’ performance including quality education, subjects, skills, etc., so that the HEC could help universities to overcome some of the deficiencies immediately.
‘I consider the CSS results announced here on Friday to be a shocking indictment of my sphere of responsibility’ he added. Out of the 9,391 candidates who appeared for the exam, only 312 with percentage of i.e., 3.32 were declared to have qualified, and of these 261 will be recommended for appointment to superior services. Dr Tariq Banuri further said that when I sat in the same exam many decades ago, the number of candidates was about 2,000, of which about 400 qualified and about 200 were recommended for appointment.
This decline needs to be treated as a national crisis, he stressed. More than that, however, it will require a sustained attention to enhancement of quality. ‘Based on the report, we will submit detailed recommendations to the government, including the strengthening of institutional, financial, and capacity building aspects,’ the Chairman decided. This is one of the most important challenges facing by HEC, he said and assured to address it during his tenure.
Meanwhile, working group on higher education reforms also showed serious concerns over the recent CSS results and demanded the chairman HEC to evolve strategy in collaboration with other stakeholders. They also demanded in-depth study to identify the real gaps and causes, the statement added. More than 650 PhDs who have completed their higher studies from both abroad and within the country, have been left running from pillar to post for teaching portfolios or research positions by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The HEC had promised these scholars that jobs would be waiting for them at universities across the country once they completed their doctorates. Lamenting their dilemma, PhD scholars observed that the HEC had signed agreements and bonds with the management of universities’ and scholars under which those traveling abroad for studies were bound to return to the country, stay for five years in addition to teaching at universities for a year.
But it seems that the move was in vain as scholars complained that have been unemployed. Universities are bound to induct and provide such scholars with jobs by advertising positions in national dailies.—APP