ISLAMABAD - Chairperson Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Javaid R. Laghari has written a letter to Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Education & Training Sheikh Rohale Asghar and apprised him about the reservations of the vice chancellors over the Private Members HEC Amendment Bill.
Dr. Laghari informed the committee chairman that the Executive Committee of all Vice-Chancellors of Pakistan representing 137 universities met on January 30, 2013 and categorically rejected the proposed Private Members HEC Amendment Bill.
They were of the view that this proposed bill will severely impair the autonomy of the HEC and the Universities, and the achievements that have been made in the last 10 years would not only come to a stop but will be reversed. As a way forward, they proposed a dialogue between members of the Parliamentary Standing Committees and the various stakeholders, including the Vice-Chancellors.
“An emergent meeting of all Vice-Chancellors of public and private universities has been called on February 5 at Islamabad and the Executive Committee of the Vice-Chancellors has requested a meeting with you, and/or other members of the Committee with all the Vice-Chancellors at a time convenient to you,” Dr. Laghari said to NA Committee chairman in the letter.
Meanwhile, the students of various universities took out a rally from H-9 Boys College to the HEC office against the proposed legislation. Terming the bill anti-education they demanded to withdraw the bill from the parliament. The demonstration was arranged by Anjuman-e-Talba Islam.