islamabad - The governing commission of Higher Education Commission (HEC) yesterday approved the appointment and promotions of six director generals and 9 directors for its various sections.
The 32nd meeting of HEC’s governing body was held at the Commission Secretariat to discuss various issues and policies pertaining to the functioning of HEC . Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman HEC , chaired the meeting of 17 members governing body .
The Commission approved HEC Selection Board for appointment and promotion of HEC officers . A total of three directors were promoted as Director General while three DGs were appointed through direct selection against the posts that were lying vacant for the last two years. The commission members also accorded approval for promotion of five persons as directors along with appointment of two directors for IT Division. In addition, two project directors were also appointed, one for Phase-II of Indigenous PhD Fellowships and the other for PhD Scheme under Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan as well as a Project Manager for Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme.
The Commission gave approval for complete refund of fee to students within a stipulated time. Previously, only tuition fee was being refunded by the universities to the students if they opted to join other institutes. Now the universities will be bound to refund the complete amount within a stipulated time to the students if they switch over the institute after admission.
The Commission discussed progress and programmes related to Research and Development (R&D) and proposed formation of technical committees to review its various policies, including initiatives regarding Pakistan Programme for Collaborative Research, Access to Scientific Instrumentation, Award of Travel Grants to Universities Faculty and Researchers, Grants for Organising Seminars, Entrepreneurship, patent filing, Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ORICs), National Research Programme for Universities (NRPU), Business Incubation Centres, etc.
The Commission also gave conceptual approval of Pakistan Change Maker Award, which is an annual idea/challenge created by HEC and its national and international partners aim to solicit and fund innovative ideas that will positively impact socio-economic development of the country.
The Commission called for a stringent, transparent process for the selection of Vice Chancellors all over the country through VCs Search Committee. They also stressed the need for upholding all quality parameters set by the Commission regarding different university affairs.
Earlier, briefed the Commission members about HEC achievements. The Commission appreciated the government support for the higher education sector in the country.