HEC chairman says Pakistan is short of almost 36,000 PhDs


LAHORE: “There is a shortage of 36,000 PhDs. The government must increase budget for higher education to meet such challenges in the sector,” Federal Higher Education Commission chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed has said. 

He was visiting the Government College University the other day. “There has been no conflict between federal and provincial higher education commissions. However, the role of provincial higher education commissions is needed to be defined to end confusion and hopefully this issue will amicably be resolved in the Council of Common Interests (CCI),” he added.

Dr Ahmed condemned the brutal incident in the Khan Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan and said that the incident is a reminder of rising extremism in educational institutions.

“We are producing good scientists, doctors and engineers but we also have to ask ourselves whether we are also producing good human beings or not. This is where the role of universities is very important,” he said.

“Schools should pay special attention to moral training of students,” GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said on the occasion.

The HEC is holding a special conference of vice-chancellors next month for seeking suggestions for promotion of peace and tolerance in universities.