HEC: 110 Ph.D programmes Shut Down
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has shut down over 110 Ph.D programmes in public and private sector universities of the country. The programms are closed due to the lack of quality.
HEC chairman, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed revealed the information during a seminar named “Higher Education in Pakistan: Status, Trends, and Prospects” conducted by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad. Seminar was organized to discuss the scenario, upcoming opportunities, and challenges in the higher education of country.
Additionally, different strategies and steps taken by the commission to over come the issues were also discussed. During Seminar Vice chancellors, deans, head of departments and research supervisors were also present.
HEC chairman said, “We will not tolerate corruption in academia even though the HEC is under a lot of pressure from those with influence in Pakistan.” He further said that focus of HEC is to improve the quality of education in the country. He added, that HEC is ensuring that the research made will be beneficial to the economic growth of Pakistan.
Ahmed said, “We are working on several partnerships and refining the overall standard of education rather than focusing on the numbers game in Pakistan. If the students are not well equipped for the professional life numbers do not mean anything.”
While talking about previous publications, he told that in 2016 12,000 publications came out. Ahmed said, “We have adopted a strict no tolerance policy on plagiarism and the research culture is finally prevailing in Pakistan. However, to compete with western standards still, have a long way to go.”
HEC Cairman while talking about the performance of commission revealed that during the establishment of HEC there were 59 universities in the country with 2,75000 students enrolled in it.
However, now there are 188 universities in the country with almost 1.3 to 1.4 million students enrolled.