Senate committee voices concern cut on higher education funding

Bureau Report

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology has expressed its big concern over the cut on higher education funding and recommended an increase in it as per the requirements.

A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on I.T was held at the HEC on Thursday under the chair of Senator Rubina Khalid to discuss the internet connectivity problem in online learning being faced by students of remote areas. Besides the committee members, the meeting was attended by the Chairman, HEC, Prof Dr Tariq Banuri, Executive Director, HEC, Dr Fateh Marri, Rector, National Academy of Higher Education, Dr Shaheen Sardar Ali, VCs of different universities and representatives of the Ministry of I.T, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, and Universal Service Fund.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman, HEC, Prof Dr Tariq Banuri briefed the Senate Committee on the steps taken to properly utilise the Learning Management System (LMS) in the higher education institutions of the country and said that since the closure of universities due to Covid-19 pandemic, the HEC had been actively trying to minimize the disruption in educational activities.

Senator Rubina Khalid while expressing her concerns over financial problems being faced by the universities, stressed on the need for an immediate increase in the higher education funding in order to make the education affordable and accessible for all, whereas she vowed that the Senate Committee would take up the issue in the next Senate meeting to play role in making assure the proper allocation of budget as per the requirements of the higher education sector.

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