Former president of Aga Khan University, Shams Kassim-Lakha was appointed Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman on Sunday, Express News reported.
Lakha has served extensively in the education sector, including the role of caretaker minister for science and technology. Moreover, the PPP had also suggested him as a caretaker prime minister earlier in the year.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had turned down a request for extending the tenure of former HEC Chairman Javed Laghari by another four years. The request had been sent by the Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education.
Appointed as chairman in August 2009, Laghari’s term ended on August 26 this week.
Secretary for Ministry of Science and Technology Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar held the acting charge as HEC’s chief till Lakha’s appointment on premier’s orders.
According to HEC Ordinance, the prime minister is the controlling authority of the HEC and the shortlisted names are to be forwarded to him for the final say.
Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly spelled Shams Kassim-Lakha as Shams Qasim Lakha. The error is regretted.