Students of Universities in Balochistan visit Higher Education Commission

Islamabad, September 27, 2016 (PPI-OT):Over 150 students from universities of Balochistan visited Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat. They were accompanied by Dr. Javed Iqbal, Vice Chancellor, University of Balochistan Quetta, Brig. (R) Muhammad Amin, Vice Chancellor, Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Khuzdar and Dr. Dost Muhammad, Vice Chancellor, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences.

Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC and senior management of the Commission welcomed the delegation. Dr. Arshad gave students an overview of HEC initiatives for development of higher education in the province, including different scholarship and R and D opportunities available for faculty members, researchers and particularly students.

The Executive Director informed the students that HEC has been planning to gradually increase access and bring education to the doorstep, particularly far-flung and less developed areas of the country. “We believe that significance of youth in any society could not be undermined therefore every possible step is being taken to facilitate our youth,” he said.

He appreciated the Vice Chancellors of Balochistan’s universities for taking keen interest and adopting a proactive approach for development of their institutions. Mr. Wasim Hashmi Syed, Adviser (HRD) HEC gave details of Balochistan specific scholarship programmes for students, including Fee Reimbursement Scheme, Aghaz e Huqooq e Balochistan Package, Scholarship Scheme for Balochistan/FATA.

He also elaborated the open merit scholarship programmes under indigenous and overseas schemes. He also shared the proposal of introducing a foundation course for students from Balochistan to help them prepare for overseas scholarships.

Dr. Muhammad Latif, Adviser (R and D) HEC elaborated different programmes of HEC for promoting research and development activities in the university. He said that in addition to knowledge transfer, universities are also supposed to create and exchange knowledge. He described National Research Programme for Universities, travel grants, startup research grant, access to scientific collaboration, joint research collaboration, etc.

Speaking on the occasion, all the visiting vice chancellors appreciated HEC for bringing the much-needed change due to different initiatives during the last decade. During question-answer session, the students also praised HEC for taking special initiatives for higher education in Balochistan.

They also gave suggestions for further improvement. The visiting students belong to University of Balochistan, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, University of Turbat, and Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission, Pakistan (HEC)
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-90402404, +92-51-90402412