The federal government has launched another move to take financial control from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) with the intention of handing it to a ministry.
A private member bill, the Higher Education Commission Amendment Bill 2012, was submitted in the cabinet secretariat on April 6 by Pakistan Peoples Party MNAs Nafisa Shah and Yasmeen Rehman, according to sources.
Shah did not confirm the move, saying that no bill has been submitted yet. However, she admitted that work is underway to strengthen and streamline the HEC.
The government reportedly did not disclose the move to avoid any controversy in and outside of parliament as seen in the past when they tried to devolve the HEC to provinces.
The PPP government has vowed to take financial control from the HEC and give it to any ministry aimed at making the commission a mere recommending body for higher education without any financial authority, said sources.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 14th, 2012.