ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission chairman Javaid Laghari on Wednesday termed the devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) unconstitutional.
Laghari said the HEC has constitutional protection and is an autonomous body. He stated that the commission was not part of the concurrent list, hence it could not be devolved.
He further claimed that HEC authorities were not taken into confidence before the announcement of devolution despite repeated requests to the constitutional amendment committee.
Laghari expressed fear that the HEC’s devolution would affect higher studies, education standards in the country and foreign scholarships.
Vice chancellors of over 36 universities are scheduled to hold a meeting tomorrow in Islamabad against the decision to devolve the HEC.
If the HEC is maintained as a regulatory authority, then the Vice chancellors will also discuss its rules and regulations.
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