The day of 2nd September 2010 would be remembered for suspension of educational activities in 72 universities countrywide as a mark of protest against refusal of the federal Minister of Finance to increase funding for the higher education. During a recent meeting of the university VCs with Minister of Finance, he shamelessly kept insisting that his government has other more compelling commitments than the education sector. If such a key minister of government does not realize the value and importance of higher education, how would the level of education in Pakistan be raised? -SHABINA QAMAR, Karachi, September 22.