Finally wiser counsel has prevailed and the decision to devolve HEC to the provinces has been revoked in a meeting of the 18th Amendment Implementation Commission chaired by Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Senator Raza Rabbani. The commission reached the conclusion that only those subjects that come under the purview of the concurrent list could be devolved. It is interesting to note, in the context of HECs restoration to its original position, that some party leaders within the PPP reportedly were not in favour of the devolution decision. Though Mr Rabbani acknowledged the role played by PML-N leader Ishaq Dar, he stated that his resignation had no negative impact on the commission. However, a word of appreciation for the Federal Minister for being sensitive to the criticism, including the suo moto notice by the Supreme Court, of HECs dissolution, is due. In a country beset with troubles likes ours, education is panacea to the ills plaguing the society and hindering its progress into the 21st century. The value of higher education that has the capability to show results in a short span of time cannot be underestimated. HEC during the past decade has shown results that include improved rankings of Pakistani universities at the international level, substantial increase in the number of research papers and scientific publications and sponsoring the funding of a large group of talented and deserving students in prestigious universities abroad. Little wonder the growth of higher education sector had become a source of irritation for India. It bears pointing out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was told that the progress made by HEC posed a threat to the Indian science sector. Rescinding the devolution orders has ignited hope for a bright future of higher education in the country. The authorities must ensure that the complete financial autonomy HECs board has enjoyed is not affected.