Islamabad:Under the government’s decision of scheduled devolving of Higher Education Commission (HEC) to provinces, US has immediately put on hold 250 million dollar aid meant for foreign scholarships and research for Pakistani students.
Talking to a private news channel, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Javaid Laghari said that a lady representative of USAID Monday held meeting with him and apprised of USAID’s decision to hold on $250 million aid to HEC.
He said USAID was to give HEC $250 million for higher studies and research and development work of Pakistani students this year. He said that officials of US embassy told him that USAID could hardly maintain contacts with each province.
Meanwhile, World Bank has also hinted at putting on hold a $300 million loan to HEC for higher education of Pakistani students over the uncertainty of latter’s future after government’s decision to transfer commission to provinces, he revealed.The news