I would like to draw everyones attention to an impending disaster that the higher education sector is about to face in this country. As you might know Raza Rabbani and his team is hell bent upon devolving HEC under the 18th amendment, we in the academia believe that this is punishment to HEC for declaring fake the degrees of a number of parliamentarians. I must point out that this devolution to the provinces, who have no capacity to handle the affairs of higher education, will result in ruination of all the gains of HEC over the past few years. And let me assure you the gains have been tremendous, you just need to look at the numbers to realize how well the Universities and researchers are doing.
My personal example is right there, in the about 14 years of my career prior to HEC I had published 16 research papers in International journals, over the last 4 years due to funding for research from HEC I have published 31 papers and just last year I published 14 papers, which has been a personal record and almost unheard of for an experimental scientist and this year already I have published 6 papers. These have all been because of HEC, without which I would have stayed in the private sector and not moved into a public sector University. I must also point out that for the first time in my life I have had a respectable salary under the HEC TTS system, before that I was always hand to mouth and always thinking of leaving Pakistan to make a decent living. And these are just a few gains which I have had, others have also benefited immensely and for the first time in Pakistan's history I have seen poor students being awarded PhD scholarships to study in the developed countries.
I would thus urge everyone to raise their voice against this devolution of an institution which has been performing par excellence. Please do so before it is to late and Rabbani gets his revenge on HEC.
-- Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar, T.I. Dean of Research & Innovation