Sindh public sector ‘varsities being funded by Centre: Murad


Karachi—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he was well aware that some issues had developed there in the public sector universities for certain reasons. He said that he was trying to resolve them and onward the process of appointing a new vice chancellor would be started at least six months before the retirement of the outgoing vice chancellor. This he said while talking to a delegation of Federal Higher Education Commission led by its chairman Professor Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, said a statement on Monday. The other delegation members included Dr Raza Bhatti and Syed Naveed Hussain Shah.
Secretary Education Fazalullah Pechuho, Secretary U&B Naveed Shaikh and principal secretary to CM Naveed Kamran Baloch. The HEC chairman said, “there were some duplications of the functions of provincial HEC and federal HEC”. On this, the CM Sindh said that he would convene a meeting of provincial HEC to discuss the law. The chairman said that the federal HEC was giving grants to the universities working in public sector in Sindh. The CM Sindh said that he was going to improve university education by taking drastic steps.
Adding that he had declared emergency in education sector so that education right from primary to university level could be improved, he said. He said that in the universities not only their faculties had needed to be improved but also their administration and financial issues had to be rationalised, he said.
“I will not allow any kind of politics in the educational institutions,” he said. The CM said that the federal HEC had Rs 91 billion for universities but the provincial universities had some complaints that they were not being given funds according to their strength and ratio. The chairman told the CM Sindh that the provincial universities were being looked after properly but even then he would address their grievances. It was pointed out in the meeting that 41000 PhDs were required in all over Pakistan but hardly 11000 PhDs were being taught in different universities. The CM Sindh said that he had given special scholarship incentives for PhD and also gave special allowance for those who possessed PhD degrees. The chairman of HEC said that he would also give a detailed briefing to him (CM Sindh) on the working of HEC shortly.—APP

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