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President Zardari to personally handle HEC devolution

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Reacting to the detest among the universities after the HEC devolution by the Pakistan government President Asif Ali Zardari has assured Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan that he will personally look into the issue and try to solve the problem. A fierce reaction from educationists, students and other members of the public who will be affected by the decision of the federal government's to devolve the Higher Education Commission's (HEC) duties pertaining to funding and controlling the higher education system has drawn. The HEC is presently battling for its survival after the implementation commission of the 18th Amendment categorically said that the education system, including higher education, was no more “a subject of the federal government”. The Sindh governor telephoned the president to discuss the HEC devolution conundrum. Ibad informed the president about the stance adopted by the Vice Chancellors of universities in Sindh. President Zardari assured the governor that the issue will be resolved in the best interest of the country and the masses. The decision to devolve the HEC will put the future of over 5,000 students presently studying at various foreign universities at stake and affect public sector universities in the country. Vice Chancellors (VCs) of various universities will be holding a joint conference to oppose the devolution of the HEC.

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