‘Pakistan among countries that spend least on education’

Published: February 19, 2014
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Excellence in sciences is the need of the hour, says former HEC chairman.

Excellence in sciences is the need of the hour, says former HEC chairman.

FAISALABAD: 

“Government spending on education accounts for only 1.9 per cent of Pakistan’s gross domestic product (GDP),” Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) former chairman Attaur Rehman said on Tuesday.

Addressing the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) faculty at the New Senate Hall, he said Pakistan was among countries where governments spend the least on education.

Rehman said the government had announced plans to allocate 5 per cent of the budget on education. He said the move would bring positive results in terms of poverty alleviation and achieving prosperity.

Citing examples of Malaysia and China, he said quality education led to socio-education development. “India will have as many as 200 new universities over the next five years,” he said.

He said higher education was an indicator which could be used to measure a country’s development plans, its uplift policies and its doctrine of growth.

Rehman said excellence in sciences was the need of hour to be competitive in the world.

He said massive online open courses (MOOC) were gaining popularity as they provided students an opportunity to interact with world renowned scholars over the internet.

Rehman said modern agricultural practices need to be adopted to ensure food security. “It is important to make sea water usable for agriculture,” he said.

UAF Vice Chancellor Iqrar Ahmad Khan said the UAF was taking all possible steps to impart quality education. “The UAF is among the top 100 world universities for agricultural sciences, according to rankings by the National Taiwan University (NTU),” he said.

Khan said that the university’s research portfolio had crossed Rs2 billion compared to Rs300 million five years ago. He thanked Attaur Rehman for visiting the UAF and delivering a lecture. 

Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Uzair
    Feb 19, 2014 - 12:31PM

    What!! only last week sind assembly was told that there were 54 schools in one single goth and corruption party government minister saw nothing wrong with it. What else you want on education people??

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  • antanu
    Feb 19, 2014 - 1:11PM

    Still none of the Indian universities found a place among top 200 universities in the world.Recommend

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Feb 19, 2014 - 1:32PM

    But Pakistan is No 1 when it comes to building and operating madrassas.Recommend

  • rasgullah
    Feb 19, 2014 - 2:10PM

    @antanu:
    It will happen and it will take time. The IITs established by Nehru bore fruit during the IT revolution just as the Jinnah’s ideology bore fruit now with daily diwali in Pakistan.

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  • ria
    Feb 19, 2014 - 2:14PM

    @antanu: and none of the pakistani universities in top 500… haha…. btw if u consider university such as IIM’s they are among the best in world…. and IIT’s have regulary carved out students who are now holding important positions in us techonolgy giants…..feel sorry for pakistan……LOL..now blow ur self…Recommend

  • yousafhaque
    Feb 19, 2014 - 8:08PM

    I do not see any thing to rejoice if the research portfolio has crossed Rs.2 billion as comared to Rs.300 million 5 years back.Rs.300 million 5 years back was more than Rs.2 billion in today’s terms.What is there to be so proud of.I am at a loss

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  • Ijaz Durrani
    Feb 22, 2014 - 12:00PM

    February 12, has come and gone–now after 10 days there is no HEC Chairman not even an acting Chairman. Is one expected to smell a rat? Perhaps the incumbent government wants to devolve HEC or privatize it? The Sindh and KPK have their own HEC’s . Baluchistan is a lost cause. The PM says the elite with money make policies. So —

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  • Feb 24, 2014 - 3:21PM

    None of the influential person who regulate the country wants to spend on education because by spreading educational their visdom will contract and they would be out of the power. No chaudery, vedera, sardar and double barrel khan wants education for the peoples and their visdom would enhance the prosperity of the country and they will loose the vip treatment extended to them while being in the power. There are many schools in the rural areas where there is no student although teachers are there on the books and getting salaries which is shared. Cattles are seen in the school building instead of student. Complete re-evaluation is required in the system and non-interference by the influential lords in the education. The attitute of the elite has also badly effected the behavior of the teachers and they started teaching at their homes or in centres where heavy fee is charged. Complete revamping in the system is required.Recommend

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