PESHAWAR: The vice-chancellors (VCs) of public sector universities on Friday expressed reservations concerning the authorities’s failure to take the enter of universities on the devolution of upper schooling earlier than the passage of the 18th Constitutional Modification.
The Senate Standing Committee on the Devolution Course of with Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi within the chair held dialogue with vice-chancellors of the sixteen public sector universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the historic Roos-Keppel Corridor of the Islamia School Peshawar (ICP).
Different members of the committee included Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour, Senator Taj Haider, Senator Dr Muhammad Ali Khan Saif and Senator (R) Lt. Gen Salahuddin Tirmizi.
The dialogue began with a delay of greater than an hour as senators couldn’t attain the venue on time. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed needed to apologise to the individuals and clarify the causes of the delay.
In his opening remarks, the committee chairman stated that schooling was among the many 18 topics that devolved after the modification to the structure in 2010.
He stated the federal government was dealing with difficulties within the devolution course of with regard to greater schooling, including the committee was holding conferences with skilled to this impact.
Nevertheless, he stated he was glad that the vice-chancellors had desired implementation of constitutional modification at a gathering in Islamabad. He stated it was determined at that assembly that consultative conferences can be held with instructional establishments.
“Our go to has two functions. First, we need to find out about your issues. Second, we need to know your views on the devolution of the upper schooling,” he elaborated.
Senator Taj Haider stated issues within the devolution of upper schooling emerged because of the passage of Nationwide Finance Fee Award earlier than the18th modification.
He stated the subsequent NFC award had not been accepted for the final 4 years and this had induced the monetary issues on the universities.
He advised institution of provincial Greater Schooling Commissions to deal with the monetary problems with universities.
Senator Taj Haider stated the schools would wish to seek out sources of income with out elevating charge. “Payment-hike would get rid of the distinction between the general public sector and personal universities,” he added.
He opined that HEC finances distribution among the many provinces would allow provincial governments to have extra assets.
Vice-Chancellor, Khyber Medical College, Dr Arshad Javed initiated the dialogue from the vice-chancellors’ aspect.
Though he was speaking concerning the implementation of the modification, some individuals appeared clueless about his views. The KMU VC stated that HEC should stay as the primary physique governing greater schooling within the nation.
Throughout his presentation, a few of the vice-chancellors have been passing notes to one another with significant smiles on their faces.
Professional-Vice-Chancellor, ICP, Prof Naushad Khan urged the committee members to save lots of the schooling system of the nation.
He argued that schooling could possibly be a driving drive for integration of society. He stated the tutorial establishments had performed a task within the independence of Pakistan and these establishments would strengthen the nation.
“The tutorial system in Pakistan is polarised. Please revisit the tutorial system of Pakistan and reform the examination system,” he stated, including that it had no level of convergence.
Dr Iftikhar Hussain, VC, College of Engineering and Know-how, Peshawar, stated that if the analysis of the 2 provinces had improved after forming their HECs then the remainder of the provinces ought to comply with or else keep away from the thought.
Senator Muhammad Ali Saif steered that the individuals ought to take the difficulty in the direction of conclusion and keep away from a generic dialogue on it.
He stated superficial recommendations wouldn’t be useful. He beneficial making options in writing to the committee to realize the target of devolution and handle the reservations of the provinces.
He believed that schooling was among the many topics that would not be solely devolved to provinces as it might create extra issues than options.
Majority of the vice-chancellors together with Imtiaz Khan of the College of Swabi, Iftikhar Ahmed of the Abbottabad College of Science and Know-how, Gul Zaman of the College of Malakand and Dr Sarwar of the Gomal College opposed devolution of upper schooling.
A few of them stated that universities’ enter ought to have been taken earlier than the 18th modification.
The one supporter of the devolution of HEC was the vice-chancellor of College of Agriculture Noor Payo Khan, who provided his providers for the implementation of the parliament determination.
The committee chairman reminded the individuals that the constitutional modification was a unanimous determination of the parliament and that its reversal required two-thirds majority within the parliament.
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