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Devolution or dissolution?

If education is expensive try ignorance. This saying proves tailor made for those who have been entrusted with the charge d’affaires of the most crucial element missing in the country, education. The

Experts stress national control of health sector after devolution

ISLAMABAD – Eminent health experts and lawmakers here on Tuesday stressed the creation of federal health division to retain national role in health sector after devolution of ministry of health to provinces. They were speaking here on Tuesday in a Legislative forum on ‘Health and the 18th Constitutional Amendment’ organized by PILDAT and Heartfile, two civil society organization. Speaking on the occasion Dr Nadeem Ehsan, MNA, Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Health

‘Students should not allow themselves to be misguided on HEC devolution issue’

KARACHI – The students of Karachi must not allow themselves to be misguided on issue of Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) devolution, PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider said on Tuesday. He pointed out that all political parties in the Parliamentary Committee for reforming the Constitution had jointly brought about the landmark 18th Amendment, as a result of which education is now a provincial subject and the HEC is being devolved to the provinces.
“Dictators and their

‘Vested interests against devolution’

ISLAMABAD – Certain elements with vested interests are working against provincial autonomy and creating uncertainty about the devolution process being carried out under the 18th Amendment, Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister and Implementation Commission on 18th Amendment Chairman Raza Rabbani said on Tuesday. He said he would bring documentary proof against such people if they did not refrain from this practice. He was replying to various points of order, raised by legislators Dr

Parliamentarians call for HEC devolution

ISLAMABAD – Members of the National Assembly from both sides of the divide on Tuesday emphasized the devolution of the Higher Education Commission to the provinces for a better education system in the country.
Speaking on point of orders, the members said that the Parliamentary Committee on 18th Amendment of the Constitution had unanimously recommended that the powers of HEC should be devolved to the provinces.
PPP-Sherpao chief Aftab Ahmed Khan Shepao appreciated the 18th

Students display street power again to protest HEC devolution

KARACHI – University students continued their protest on Monday against the devolution of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the transfer of the Education Ministry to provinces. Hundreds of students of the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCE&T) gathered outside the DCE&T campus near People’s Secretariat Roundabout and later marched towards the Numaish Chowrangi, where they staged a sit-in, suspending vehicular traffic for two hours. They chanted slogans against the

Swati, Marvi move SC against HEC devolution

ISLAMABAD – Two parliamentarians filed a joint petition in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the government’s decision to devolve the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the provinces. The petition was filed by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and Marvi Memon under Article 184(3) of the constitution, making the federal government, through the Ministries of Law and Education, the Inter-Provincial Coordination Division and HEC, as respondents.
The petition requested the

ITT condemns HEC devolution

LAHORE – Islami Tehreek-e-Talba (ITT) held a protest against the possible devolution of Higher Education Commission (HEC) outside the Lahore Press Club on Monday. ITT leader Ghulam Abbas Siddiqi said that the rulers had attacked HEC for no reason and added that the progress made by HEC was exemplary. The student leader threatened that ITT would hold massive protests and sit-in Islamabad if the government did not withdraw the decision.

HEC’s devolution to scrap National Digital Library?

LAHORE – Librarians and research scholars on Friday condemned the purposed devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and said that it will directly affect the research culture in public and private-sector universities, as after the devolution, the HEC National Digital Library Programme will be stopped immediately due to lack of funding, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to sources, the HEC is giving millions of rupees annually to various public and private-sector

‘Opposition to devolution storm in teacup’

ISLAMABAD – Senator Raza Rabbani has termed the opposition to the devolution of the Higher Education Commission ‘a storm in the teacup’ and ‘a furore by vested interests’. Speaking in the Senate on Friday, he said that those opposing the idea were politicising the issue.
“Those opposing the devolution of the HEC are trying to create an impression that it could affect the present scholarships and the foreign funding will stop”, he added. He said that there would be no adverse

After devolution, PAC to face legal challenges

ISLAMABAD – The government, the 18th Amendment Implementation Commission and the Inter-Provincial Coordination Ministry have so far failed to devise a mechanism to settle previous years’ audit objections of the devolved ministries and their attached departments.
Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) fear that legal and technical hitches in the process may cause a loss of billions to the national exchequer unless the mechanism is devised in time. Like many other

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