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Over 100 applications received for HEC Chief Post

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Islamabad:January 23:In response to the call of applications for the position of Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairperson, the Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education received more than 100 applications from all over the country.
Talking to ‘The News’, Federal Secretary for Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Ahmed Bukhsh Lehri said that by the end of last day for the submission of applications and nominations, the ministry received more than 100 applications.
He said that these applications and nominations would be examined by the Search Committee constituted by the prime minister to elect appropriate person for this position. The committee is chaired by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and includes former Governor State Bank Dr Ishrat Hussain and acclaimed academician Dr M B Shami. The committee will short list three or more names and suggest that to the appointing authority, Prime Minster of Pakistan.
Process for the appointment of permanent Chairperson for Higher Education Commission entered the next stage as the time for the submission of applications for the slot of HEC chairperson ended on Wednesday.
Sources shared that some prominent names who applied for the post include former HEC chairperson Javed Laghari, Sargodha University Vice Chancellor Dr Ikram Chaudhery, Gujrat University Vice Chancellor Nizamuddin, Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar, Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Vice Chancellor Masoom Yasinzai, Gomal University, D I Khan, former vice chancellor Dr Mansoor Kundi, HEC former advisor Riaz Hussain Qureshi, Allama Iqbal Open University former vice chancellor Dr Anwar Siddiqui, QAU former vice chancellor Qasim Jan, and academician from Sindh SM Querashi.

The final decision is expected before February 12, 2014, the date which is also the expiry of term of acting chairman HEC as the government. As per the judgment of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the federal government has to appoint permanent/regular Chairperson Higher Education Commission (HEC) till February 12, 2014.

In its detailed judgment, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed federal government to appoint permanent Chairperson Higher Education Commission (HEC) till February 12, 2014. The term of Acting Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Imtiaz Hussain Gilani would expire on the same date.

The single bench led by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique remarked that since the post of chairman HEC is extremely important and carries great significance with regard to higher education, it is expected that the federal government will take decisive steps with regard to appointment of Chairman HEC.

“Therefore, it is directed that before expiry of term of Acting Chairman HEC, the regular appointment of chairman may be made till 12.02.2014 in accordance with law and prescribed process,” says the document.

The order mentions that Joint Secretary Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Tariq Nawaz informed the court that summary for regular appointment of Chairman was sent to the Prime Minister, who is the appointing authority, on September 24, 2013. He informed that term of Acting Chairman HEC, Imtiaz Hussain Gilani would expire on February 12, 2014.

Wednesday (January 22, 2014) was the last date for receipt of applications for slot of Chairman HEC against the advertisement published on January 12, 2014 in national dailies. As per laid down eligibility criteria, the candidates should have at least 20 years of relevant experience and preferably hold PhD degree. They have also been asked to submit up to 2000 word statement of their visions for HEC.

Renowned educationist, founder chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and President Pakistan Academy of Sciences Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman filed a writ petition on December 30, 2013 in Islamabad High Court for the appointment of permanent and regular chairperson of HEC as per HEC Act without any further delay through a transparent and merit based mechanism.

Talking to media, legal counsel of Professor Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Umar Hanif Khichi, said HEC Act is very clear about the appointment of HEC chairman. “Only a qualified person of international eminence and proven ability with significant contribution to higher education as teacher, researcher and administrator, can be considered as head of sole higher education regulatory authority of the country,” he said.

While responding to a question, he said that significant contribution is higher education as teacher, researcher and administrator can be judged through number of research publications in internationally recognized reputed journals and whether under his or her tenure as administrator, ranking of Pakistan universities at international level has been improved or not and where does his/her university stand even at national rankings. “The final decision lies with the Search Committee which has already been formed for this purpose,” he added.The news.

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