Higher education reforms to be ensured in consultation with stakeholders: Dr Banuri


ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri Thursday said all the reforms and policies in higher education will be implemented after thorough deliberations with an active involvement of concerned stakeholders especially university faculty.

He expressed these views during a meeting with a delegation of Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) and Working Group on Higher Education Reforms, a press release said.

The delegation, which called upon the newly appointed HEC chairman was comprising of President Dr Kaleem Ullah Bareach, Dr Shehzad Ashraf, Dr Ashfaq Khosa and Murtaza Noor.

The delegation greeted Dr Banuri over his appointment as 4th chief of HEC through a transparent and merit-based selection process and assured full cooperation in addressing the challenges being confronted by higher education sector in Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Banuri said multiple challenges of higher education sector could only resolve through close coordination and effective liaison with the concerned stakeholders.

He said the role of HEC was a facilitator, while universities were autonomous, adding that the HEC would play its role for capacity building of varsities and extend more autonomy to varsities.

Dr Kaleem Ullah discussed the Senate resolutions on an enhancement of retirement age to 65 years for university teachers and a 75 percent tax rebate for university teachers.

Dr Banuri assured his full support in this regard.