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HEC's autonomy in trouble, Chairman writes PM to revoke powers.

ISLAMABAD -- Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Javed Laghari has sought intervention of interim Prime Minister (PM) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso to revoke orders of the Ministry of National Health Services and Coordination regarding transfer of few HEC subjects to the ministry.

In the wake of this development, the chairman dispatched a letter to the PM on May 13 saying that the ministry of National Health Services and Coordination has issued an office memorandum No. 2-2/2013-DS (Admn), Dated May 09, 2013 informing transfer of two subjects of the HEC to the ministry. The transferred subjects included Commission for Standards of Higher Education and External examination and equivalence of degrees and diplomas.

The chairman mentioned in the letter that the functions of the HEC could not be dispensed and allocated to another organization unless and until a fresh legislation is promulgated.

The letter further said that the latest addition to the list of unenforceable Notifications and Office Memoranda concerning HEC autonomy and functions is not only a defiance of the Supreme Court Order dated April 12, 2011 in C.P. Nos. 33-35 of 2011 but also is in conflict with the Section 10 (o) of the Higher Education Commission Ordinance No. LIII of 2002.

This section ascribe the function of determining the equivalence and recognition of degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by Institutions within the country and aboard to the HEC.

The letter stated that the misinterpreted and unwarranted rearrangement has added to the prevailing uncertainty and perplexity looming over this premium and proven public sector organization.

Dr. Laghari requested consideration of the PM in revoking all such orders and communiques of the Ministries/Divisions that interfere with the autonomy and functioning of HEC in a manner other than prescribed by the Apex Court of the country.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 15, 2013
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