YOU DONT NUKES TO DESTROY A NATION OR IS THERE SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH PAKISTANS HEC
ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION
HEC has available more than 8,000 scholarship slots (local plus international) worth about 50 billion rupees which were blocked by Tariq Banuri causing huge damage to higher education in Pakistan.
1) The Rs.22 billion “2000 Overseas PhD Scholarships” scheme Phase III was approved in early 2018. Scholars were to be sent for PhD level training to top 200 universities of the world. It was held back as it did not suit our “foreign masters” since it would have strengthened teaching and research in Pakistan. Only 40 scholarships could be awarded.
2) Another important initiative launched with much fanfare was the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor under which Rs. 25 billion were available. The programme was approved in 2017 and 1500 Pakistani scholars were to be sent to top ranked universities in USA. Only about 100 scholarships could be awarded, a huge failure of HEC.
3) Another important programme “
Faculty Development Program-PhD Sudies” was approved at a cost of Rs.7 billion to award 2000 scholarships for PhD Studies in Pakistan. and to carry out research for one year in top universities abroad. Only 120 scholarships could be awarded in last 3 years.
4) Yet another faculty training initiative, the “Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme” worth Rs. 3 billion approved in 2017 for training 1000 scholars had the same fate---- only about 40 persons could benefit from this programme so far!
5) Another programme was approved by under the Knowledge Economy Task Force programme by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Worth Rs. 12 billion, it was approved in March 2020, to sent hundreds of scholars to top universities abroad. On the request by HEC, it was transferred from the Ministry of Science to HEC by the Planning Ministry. Again it has been blocked and not a single scholarship awarded so far. To have about Rs. 50 billion available under several schemes for training of our brightest youth and yet blocked by HEC Chairman clearly indicates a foreign agenda at work.
Our brightest students were thus deprived of the chance of availing PhD level training at top institutions abroad. This has been criminal negligence on the part of HEC and huge damage has been caused to higher education as a result of an apparently deliberate plot to damage higher education. It needs to be investigated by national agencies and those responsible severely punished.