Stories about HEC

Not enough money for school

“You will have to pay extra money for dental materials from now on,” our lab teacher announced, as we sat carving partial dentures in hot wax on plaster teeth models in our dental lab. ‘Why?’ was our immediate question. “We have already paid the university such an exorbitant fee, they could surely manage to supply us with the materials in that amount,”said a girl sitting next to me. Others nodded in agreement knowing very well how much they had paid. Since dental materials are not cheap to buy, we were all concerned. Many students were already having difficulty in ...

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Illiterate democracy

In a democracy that thrives on fake degrees, it is perhaps little wonder that our political leaders do not think much about the financial woes of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). So what if 9,000 PhD’s are unable to continue with their studies? So what if our education system, already in a terrible state, falls into oblivion? No, the money should much rather be spent on extravagances such as expensive renovations of the Parliament Lodges (Rs60 million) and serving meals at the 2009-2010 budget session (Rs11.5 million for just half a month) and an $11 million statue to commemorate a ...

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The PhD ‘business’

Anyone even remotely related to the field will confess to the silent revolution in the landscape of higher education in the country since the establishment of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Pakistan has a high number of scholarships for M.S and PhD candidates, much higher than countries like India, Iran, Australia or New Zealand. Unfortunately, there are loopholes. Even a cursory look at the Fellowship program will reveal the benefits the project awards to PhD advisors. These include a monthly honorarium and bonuses for synopsis, publications, thesis defense etc. This has resulted in many advisors becoming greedy enough to enroll every Tom, Dick and Harry with them for the ...

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A (fake) revolution

For the sake of the upcoming generations of Pakistan, this is a plea to rulers to look ahead and use this opportunity to do their best to wash away some of their nasty political past. The saddest chapter of this shameful crisis was the discrimination towards the Higher Education Commission’s chairman and his brother. The names of elected MNA’s, MPA’s and Senators of Pakistan continue to be added to the list of fake degree holders being discovered daily by educational institutes. HEC has the opportunity to make a difference in Pakistan and bring us the much awaited ‘educational revolution’ at least, if not a ...

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