ISLAMABAD - The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has started mobilising all public and private universities of the country to play an effective role in supporting IDPs who have been displaced due to the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency.
In this connection, a meeting of the vice chancellors of public and private universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was held at HEC Regional Centre, Peshawar, under the chairmanship of Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC .
Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, provincial minister for higher education, and Farah Hamid Khan, secretary higher education department, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, were also present on the occasion.
The chairman HEC informed the meeting that an account has been opened for deposit of donations by the universities across Pakistan. He said that as an initial deposit, HEC is contributing one-day salary of all its employees.
The forum recommended constitution of two committees; one is need analysis committee and the other is task force committee.  The need analysis committee is headed by Muhammad Ibrahim Khattak, vice chancellor Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak. The committee will submit its recommendation to the task force committee, which will work out the financial impact and recommend release of funds out of the account maintained at HEC Islamabad.
The task force committee, which is headed by Engr Imtiaz Gillani, vice chancellor University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, will submit audited statement of accounts of expenditure.
Al-Khidmat Foundation has voluntarily offered their services for eradication of menace of polio and will also work on the epidemic diseases.
Speaking on the occasion, the chairman HEC suggested that the committees should focus on three core issues of education, health and administrative support .
The minister appreciated the HEC initiative for mobilising the universities across the board in fund raising to lessen the miseries of IDPs and was also confident that committees constituted will start their work at the earliest.