HEC proposes Rs 25b projects for 2016-17 [DailyTimes] 06 Apr, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has proposed projects worth Rs25 billion for 2016-17 and initiated certain programmes for the students belonging to less developed areas of the country.
The HEC chairman on Wednesday briefed the National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training about the draft PSDP 2016-17 proposal and the anticipated allocation of Rs25 billion for commission’s ongoing and new initiatives in line with the Vision 2025. He said the HEC had initiated several programmes for the students of less developed areas i.e. Aghaz Haqooq-e-Balochistan, FATA University and Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme.
The 14th meeting of the committee was held at the Higher Education Commission Secretariat. Dr Amirullah Marwat, chairman of the standing committee, presided over the meeting. Minister of State for Federal Education Baleegh-ur-Rehman, HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and senior officials of the commission attended the meeting.
Ahmed briefed the committee members about the functions and achievements of the HEC since its inception in 2002. He briefed the meeting about the allocation of grants to public and private universities in 2015-16, proposed development projects of the HEC in the PSDP for financial year 2016-17, Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas and the steps taken for the promotion of higher education in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Referring to the Fee Reimbursement Scheme, the HEC chairman said it covered tuition, admission, laboratory, registration, examination, library and research related costs of MS/MPhil and PhD programmes. He said that initially 59 districts were covered under the scheme and currently students from 114 districts were benefiting from it. He said that a total of 94,751 students had benefited from it so far. The Fee Reimbursement Scheme covers all districts of Balochistan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, southern Punjab and Interior Sindh and selected districts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The committee was briefed about the scope of the Aghaz Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package. The HEC chairman said that 600 scholarships — 200 overseas and 400 indigenous — were being awarded to students from all districts of Balochistan. He said that HEC was taking steps for promotion of higher education in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and establishing a university there.
Speaking on the occasion, Marwat recognised the importance of various HEC programmes and assured it of the committee’s complete support. He assured the HEC of committee’s support against illegal campuses of certain universities. He directed the HEC to release parent/student alerts every three months to inform the masses about the illegal universities, their campuses and their programmes.
Committee members Nazir Khan, Dr Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Shaista Pervaiz, Amra Khan, Surriya Asghar and Dr Imran Khattak were also present.More in NationalView allOperation launched in southern PunjabApril 07, 2016ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Days after the deadliest attack in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, the ...

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