HEC accused of discrimination against Sindh

Courtesy: The News

Sindh:Karachi – The Federation of Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) claimed on Wednesday that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has been interfering in the affairs and discriminating against public sector universities of Sindh.

President, FAPUASA Sindh chapter, Prof. Badar Soomro, while addressing a press conference at the University of Karachi (KU), accused the HEC of ignoring Sindh’s universities while rewarding the universities of the other provinces with undue favours. He said that if the HEC did not change its approach, then they would have a sit-in in Islamabad or would consider resigning.

Soomro disagreed with the tradition of governors of the provinces being the chancellors of public sector universities. “Academics and men of letters, without any political leanings, should be the given the charges of chancellors in order to free the universities of unnecessary interference from the government. There is too much political interference, nepotism and favouratism,” he said.

President Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) Dr Abid Hasnain claimed that the federal institutions were supposed to cement the federating units, but HEC was doing just the opposite. The discrimination against the universities of Sindh was not a good gesture on the part of the HEC, he said.

He informed the media that in the year 2009, Punjab received 1000 scholarships and NWFP 600 while only 60 scholarships were given to the students of Sindh.

“Karachi with a population of 20 million people is largely ignored and KU, with more than 24,000 students, is given meager resources. It is indifference,” Dr Hasnain added.

He told the journalists that there were 800,000 students in the public sector universities of Pakistan, but the HEC was more concerned with the private universities that had a meager number of students comparatively.

Secretary KUTS Dr Fayyaz Vaid said that the bureaucrats who run the affairs of the HEC are non-academicians and have no knowledge of higher education.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Source – http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=224781

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