HEC to take the financial brunt... By Kiran
26 June, 2012
The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has abandoned its foreign faculty programme on account of the fund cutting by the federal government in the coming year. From the requested Rs 38 billion by the commission, the federal government is only releasing 28 million. The cut in funds is going to affect 6,000 local and foreign scholarships of the HEC, as the commission would be unable to pay for their tuition fees. The commission is two months behind in paying salaries to its 95,000 faculty members and other support staff spread all over the country. Some 500,000 students are directly taken care of by the commission.
It is my request to the concerned authorities to learn to put money where the claim lies. Why is it that education suffers a paucity of funds at the federal level? Why cannot the expenditure of the President House or the so-called assemblies that churn out nothing but redundant stuff be cut to compensate the losses suffered by the education sector. It is time to think carefully, as we are already headed for worse times.