The Higher Education Commission (HEC) held a meeting on Collaboration in Agricultural Research to discuss prevailing scenario, challenges and future opportunities in the agricultural universities of the country and provincial agriculture departments. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Arshad Ali said that Research and Development (R&D) is one of the core strategic aims of HEC. Since its establishment in 2002, HEC has initiated, devised and implemented numerous programmes to cultivate a culture of quality and relevant research in the higher education institutions.

He observed that magnitude and quality of research has been gradually increasing, which has been widely acknowledged nationally as well as internationally. "However, this is just a beginning and we not only have to sustain this trajectory, but also to contemplate and ensure that R&D activities constructively impact life of the people of Pakistan through academic, economic and social contributions," he underlined.

He maintained that HEC has been at the forefront of facilitating higher education institutions in fostering quality and relevance of research.

The Executive Director said agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan's economy.