Govt keen to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tion in far-flung ar­eas: Mukhtar

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—The Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (HEC) has taken many ini­tia­tives for devel­op­ment of higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor in the coun­try dur­ing last three years. Chair­man HEC Dr Mukhtar Ah­mad on Thurs­day told APP that the steps taken by HEC dur­ing last three years showed the se­ri­ous­ness of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to­wards the pro­mo­tion of ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

The ini­tia­tives were in­cluded dif­fer­ent schol­ar­ship and R&D op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for fac­ulty mem­bers, re­searchers and stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly those peo­ple who can­not af­ford higher ed­u­ca­tion on their own ex­pense.

Talk­ing about the ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple of Pak­istan, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has in­creased ac­cess and bring ed­u­ca­tion to the doorstep, par­tic­u­larly far-flung and less de­vel­oped ar­eas of the coun­try dur­ing last three years.

He said the fed­eral gov- ern­ment was sup­port­ing uni­ver­si­ties who have given their con­sent to estab­lish sub-cam­puses in dif­fer­ent dis­tricts in­clude Uni­ver­sity of Balochis­tan at Pishin and Dera Mu­rad Ja­mali, Las­bela Uni­ver­sity at Wadh (Khuz­dar), Sar­dar Ba­hadur Khan Women Uni­ver­sity at Naushki, and Vir­tual Uni­ver­sity at Dera Bugti, Har­nai, Jhal Magsi, Killa Ab­dul­lah and Ziarat.

Un­der Prime Min­is­ter’s Fee Re­im­burse­ment Scheme, the less de­vel­oped ar­eas of the coun­try in­cluded AJK, Balochis­tan, FATA, South­ern Pun­jab, Sindh have been ben­e­fited. A lot of stu­dents from the all over the coun­try have re­ceived laptops un­der Prime Min­is­ter’s Lap­top Scheme.

HEC has also taken steps for devel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture in the higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions of Pak­istan. The Chair­man also gave de­tail of pro­grammes un­der Ag­haz-e- HuqooqBalochis­tan Pack­age as well as Prime Min­is­ter’s Youth Pro­gramme.—APP

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