Higher Education Commission Regional Centres to be upgraded to Enhance Provincial Coordination
Islamabad: In order to have a more efficient role of the provinces in policy making of higher education sector and its effective implementation, the Higher Education Commission has constituted four Provincial Consultative Groups (PCGs) who will make recommendations for strengthening the role of HEC Regional Centres in all the four provinces.
The major objective is to address the concerns of the smaller and less-developed provinces on the equitable distribution of resources, and on the provision of enhanced services at provincial capitals. These Groups will assess the current role of HEC Regional Centres, identify those functionalities of HEC main office which are transferable to Regional Centres on immediate basis and identify those powers/function which may be transferred in future.
Each Group, headed by a Vice Chancellor, will develop mechanism for formal consultation with the Provincial Governments, Chancellor’s office and Vice Chancellors in the region, besides identifying indicators for determining the successful operation of HEC Regional Centres.
Meetings of the PCG will be held via video conference to save time. The deadline for delivering final set of recommendations for each Regional Centre is by June 30, 2011, while the final meeting of Chairpersons of PCGs will be held at HEC Secretariat on July 15, 2011 and the final set of recommendations will be put up for approval of Chairperson by July 20, 2011.
New staffing requirements for the Regional Centres will be fulfilled and a Director General will head each Centre who would ensure that all the tasks as agreed to by the PCG can be actually executed.
Dr. Abdul Nabi, Vice Chancellor, University of Balochistan, Quetta; Dr. Nasser Ali Khan, Director, Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar; Dr. Mujahid Kamran, Vice Chancellor, University of the Punjab, Lahore; and Dr. U.A.G. Isani, Vice Chancellor, Iqra University, Karachi will head the PCGs for Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh, respectively
Members of the PCGs include (Balochistan) Dr. Abdul Hameed Bajoi, Vice Chancellor, Lasbella University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal; Dr. Shakeel Ahmed Roshan, Vice Chancellor, Al-Had Islamic University, Quetta; Secretary Education, Government of Balochistan (KPK) Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi, Vice Chancellor, Gomal University, D.I. Khan; Dr. Israr Khan Khattak, Vice Chancellor, City University, Peshawar; Secretary (Higher Education), Government of KPK (Punjab) Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar, Vice Chancellor, Islamia University, Bahawalpur; Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Vice Chancellor, Superior College University, Lahore; Secretary (Higher Education), Government of the Punjab; Dr. Masood Hameed Khan, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi; Dr. A.Q. Mughal, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam; and Secretary (Education), Government of Sindh. HEC representatives in PCGs include Mr. Muhammad Javed Khan, Adviser Academic, Mr. Fida Hussain, Director General, Quality Assurance Agency and Dr. M. Mazhar Saeed, Director General, Administration and Coordination.
For more information, contact:
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: 90402404, 90402412