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Finance ministry directed to release Rs2.9b to HEC
« on: September 13, 2013, 10:12:47 AM »
Finance ministry directed to release Rs2.9b to HEC
Islamabad: 12 September : The Senate Standing committee on Education and Technical Committee Thursday directed the Ministry of Finance to released Rs2.9 billion outstanding dues to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) within 15 days.
The members of the standing committee of upper house of the parliament who met at the Parliament House with chairman of the committee Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash in the chair expressed displeasure over attitude of the Ministry of Finance towards problems of the higher education sector and proceedings of the committee. "The non-compliance of directives of the standing committee will result in legal action against responsible officials of the ministry," the directives of the committee said.

The committee members also took serious note of continuous absence of the Finance secretary from meetings observing that privilege motion could be moved against the top official for not turning up. "All the outstanding dues of HEC be released and Finance secretary should also ensure his presence in the next meeting," chairman of the committee in the directives said.

The standing committee of the Senate also recommended the government to increase in allocations for the education sector from 2% to 4% of total GDP announce emergency in the education sector.

Some committee members also expressed concerns over heavy fees being charged by the universities under the self-finance schemes saying such schemes deprive needy and competent students of opportunities of higher and professional education.

The committee also recommended that the National Vocation and Technical Training Commission should make arrangements of its training facilities in public universities around the country.

Senator Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal recommended that the provincial governments should cooperate with the commission to promote technical training in the country.

Director General of the commission, Shah Rukh Nusrat apprised the meeting that the commission has imparted technical and skilled training to 151,000 in the last seven years.

Minister of State for Education and Technical Training Balighur Rehman, senators Najma Hameed, Kazim Khan, Afrasiab Khattak and Chaudhry Jaffar also attended the meeting. The news.
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