HEC defers fees of flood affected students
ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed has announced that students from flood-affected areas enrolled in public and private universities will have to postpone the fee for two semesters, ARY News reported on Friday.
In a statement to state-run news agency APP, the HEC chairman said that all public and private universities were working to facilitate the people of the flood-affected areas, adding that veterinary universities should also be located in these devastated areas. was directed to support livestock.
He also announced that the Higher Education Commission is also working on a proper scheme to compensate universities in flood-affected areas.
Responding to a question, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that HEC has also initiated programs related to artificial intelligence and cyber security in several universities including Air University, NUST and UET.
Underlining the need to promote skill education across the country, he described it as more valuable than a simple academic degree. He further said that skill education is playing an important role in the development of the country.
Underlining the problem of giving affiliation to colleges, he said that the universities have so far granted affiliation to about 5,000 colleges across the country. “Such number of affiliations means compromising on the quality of education,” he regretted.
“A policy has been formulated for proper monitoring of the performance of affiliated colleges through inspections,” he said, adding that the affiliation of poorly performing colleges would be cancelled.
Highlighting the key issues in the higher education sector, Dr. Ahmed said, “We can significantly improve the ranking of our educational institutions by improving quality and management in educational institutions and discouraging politics and grouping.”
He also explained the need-based scholarship program being provided by HEC to people with disabilities and gave clear instructions for public and private universities to implement the same. “Two percent quota has also been reserved for students with disabilities in all universities.”