A comparison of 132 countries reveals that Pakistan’s higher education budget is lower than 124 of them. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) gets just 13% of the country’s already-low education budget, said HEC chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari at conference on Friday.
The conference organised by the Quaid-i-Azam University’s Earth Sciences department is being attended by a large number of participants including foreign delegates.
Dr Laghari said the HEC is focused on education at doorsteps and for that matter the commission is establishing universities in far-flung areas.
A participant at the conference, however, disputed this point.
He suggested that the HEC should focus on consolidating the existing universities first before expanding to far-flung areas of the country.
Stressing the need for quality work, he said that scholars should not compromise on quality for the sake of numbers.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 28th, 2012.
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