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Financial devolution from HEC to the provinces yet to be achieved

Lahore : Meetings of the Functional Committee on Devolution were held in the University of Engineering & Technology and University of the Punjab.

These meetings are follow up of an earlier meeting of the Committee held at Islamabad, wherein a Public Petition regarding implementation of 18th Constitutional Amendment in the Sector of Higher Education was examined by the Committee.

The Petition was filed by Teachers Association. The Committee had detailed briefings from Vice Chancellors of UET & University of the Punjab, respectively.

The Committee observed that financial devolution of resources from HEC to the provinces is yet to be achieved.

Accordingly, the Committee will hold a meeting at Islamabad with all stakeholders including Federal HEC, Provincial HEC and Provincial Education Departments to ensure that Item 12 of the Federal Legislative List Part-II is implemented in letter and spirit.

The Committee also recommended that, given the quality of education in UET & University of the Punjab, the said Universities may extend support and assistance to universities in other Provinces.

The Committee also recommended that quota for students of less developed areas especially Balochistan and FATA may be increased and issues faced by the students of these areas may be resolved.

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