Stakeholder for improvements in higher education sector

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The joint declaration of 4th Stakeholders Consultative Dialogue on Higher Education in Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities demanded ensuring autonomy of universities, strengthening role of civil society, working groups and media for transparent, merit based appointments in higher education sector, constitutional amendment for allocating 4% of GDP for education sector & one quarter to higher education out of total education budget, establishment of provincial HECs as autonomous bodies that complement functions of federal HEC without jurisdictional conflict as per decision of Council of Common Interests and 18th Constitutional Amendment, formation of National Task Force with proper secretariat and support staff to recommend improvements in higher education.
After Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad, 4th Consultative dialogue was organized by Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences in collaboration with Punjab HEC and Federal HEC at University of Education Lahore which was attended by Chairman Punjab HEC Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin , HEC Executive Director Dr. Arshad Ali, Dr. Rauf-i-Azam Vice Chancellor University of Education Lahore and other vice chancellors, academicians, elected faculty & civil society representatives, analysts, columnists and HEC, PHEC officials.
The participants highlighted role of civil society, FAPUASA, media and higher education working group in transparent and merit based recent appointment of chairman HEC through continuous monitoring and demanded such practices should be continued for ensuring transparent appointments of higher education leadership at provincial level as well.
It was the first public event at Lahore where the leadership of Federal HEC and Punjab HEC gathered and vowed to undertake collaborative efforts for meeting challenges in higher education sector.—DNA

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