CM asked to ensure Sindh HEC formation before polls

KARACHI: After the devolution of federal education ministry to provinces through 18th Amendment of the Constitution, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah needs to form full-fledged Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) Sindh before next general election.

The formation of Sindh HEC is being anxiously awaited by the students of universities across the province so as to get full right of scholarships for receiving higher education.

The students of Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET) Karachi and various universities have hailed the devolution of the HEC Pakistan.

A DCET student said on anonymity that some elements in HEC Islamabad are out to create hindrance in devolution of HEC Pakistan in a bid to gain some nefarious designs. “Such bids are against the Constitution of Pakistan and will never be tolerated at any cost,” he said.

He said that the students of Sindh could not reach Islamabad to get scholarships. They are not being given due number of scholarship due to indiscrimination,” he complained.

He said that all political parties in Parliamentary Committee for reforming the constitution had brought the 18th Amendment that ensured federal education ministry’s devolution to Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. Hence there is no justification to further delay formation of Sindh HEC, he maintained.

“The upcoming general elections are nearing and time is running out for the formation of Sindh HEC, so it will be good if Sindh Chief Minister form Sindh HEC before going for polls,” he urged.

It may be noted that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah recently chaired a meeting in which it was revealed that HEC had granted 8,000-10,000 scholarships to a province while only 800 scholarships were provided to Sindh.

Such kind of difference clearly shows that there is grave discrimination with Sindh. This meeting had also unanimously approved the formation of the Sindh HEC.

Furthermore, the Vice Chancellors of Sindh’s public universities at the Chief Minster’s House had also extended support to the devolution of the HEC Pakistan, hence there is no need to delay the case.

Education experts are of the view that HEC devolution would develop the education sector and raise literacy rate in Sindh.

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