Complying with PM directives, HEC forms panels to review 100 HEIs across country

ISLAMABAD: In compliance with the directives of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has constituted several panels of experts to review 100 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country to ensure adherence of universities policies and practices to the defined quality assurance criteria and guidelines for good governance.

Chairman HEC, Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad has issued special instructions to expedite the process being carried out under the auspices of HEC’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

In accordance with a press release issued here, HEC has so far reviewed quality assurance and governance mechanism of 100 universities both in public and private sectors while 50 more universities will be reviewed in the coming week.
It is hoped that current phase of this whole review will be completed by the end of March 2016, said.

The initiative will not only improve quality of teaching and research in the universities but will also sensitize the higher learning institutions to contribute to the socio economic priorities of the country.

It is pertinent to mention here that before starting this review process, HEC convened a brainstorming session in November 2015 with the expert academicians to finalize the parameters for review of the universities.

The session held at the Commission Secretariat was chaired by the Chairman HEC and attended by a number of academic experts and quality practitioners from across the country, many of whom joined the session through video conferencing.

In this session improving overall governance of universities and the broader context of aligning higher education system with the national priorities were discussed at length and after thorough deliberation several parameters were finalized.

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