President Arif Alvi has approved an ordinance named as the HEC Amendment Ordinance, 2021, under which it has been decided to end the autonomy of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and bring it under the Ministry of Education, Geo News reported.

As per reports, after this move, all decisions of the education commission will be subject to the approval of the Ministry of Education.

The same ordinance was earlier approved by the federal cabinet and was sent to the president for his approval.

The ordinance also states that the appointment of the HEC chairperson will be for two years and the members of HEC will be appointed for four years.

Last month, the government through the same ordinance removed Dr Tariq Banuri, and reduced the tenure of HEC chairperson to two years.


“In terms of sub-section (5), read with sub-section (5A), of Section 6 of Higher Education Commission Ordinance, 2002, as amended vide Higher Education Commission (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021, Dr Tariq Danuri has ceased to be the Chairperson, Higher Education Commission forthwith and is accordingly removed from the said post, with immediate effect,” stated a notification issued by cabinet secretariat.

The HEC was established in 2002 as an autonomous institution to ensure the promotion of quality education without any political interference.

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