KARACHI - The Sindh government while expressing disappointment over less allocation of foreign scholarships to the students of Sindh by the Higher Education Commission, has approved to constitute Sindh Higher Education Commission.

The Sindh chief minister will be the controlling authority of the Sindh HEC. He will supervise the affairs of the commission. This was decided in a meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah held at the CM Secretariat on Wednesday. The meeting apprised that the HEC has granted 8-10,000 scholarships to other provinces while only 800 scholarships were provided to Sindh.

The meeting was informed that after passing of 18th amendment, education is a devolved subject and province of Sindh has been entrusted tasks of curriculum development, higher education/Higher Education Commission, Dawood College of Engineering and Technology and Sindh Madarassatul Islam College.

It was informed that Supreme Court of Pakistan has also directed the provinces to enact their own laws. Secretary Education presented silent features of the proposed bill including composition of Commission, procedure of meetings powers and functions of Commission, provision and utilization of funds, etc. It was informed that Higher Education Commission is receiving its share From Federal Constituted Fund province are not being released its share.

It was further decided that after passing of the bill all expenditures of the commission and universities will be borne by Federal Government till next NFC award.  The meeting also decided to move a summary to Federal Government for providing funding as per commitment, as Federal Government has stopped the funds. The meeting also approved for legislation of an Act under article 25-A and it was decided to provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of 5 to 16 years (i-e for primary to secondary).

 Chief Minister Sindh said that all ways of progress, development and prosperity lies with furtherance and promotion of education and present elected government under its 5-E programme launched by Benazir Bhutto, had committed to provide free and compulsory Education to children up to matric.

The meeting also proposed to provide on managements of private schools to ensure 10 per cent of children with free of fees etc in that institution. It was decided in principle to approve proposal of Act of free education and necessary law will be presented in the provincial assembly through law department.

The meeting was attended by Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq, Minister Law Ayaz Soomro, Minister Information Sharjeel Enam Memon, Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas, ACS (Finance) Muhammad Arif Khan, Advocate General Sindh Abdul Fatah Malik, Principal

Secretary to Sindh CM Siddique Memon, Sindh Law Secretary Ghulam Nabi Shah, Secretary Education Mukhtiar Ahmed Soomro, Secretary Inter-Provincial Coordination Kaleem Lashari and others.