Pakistan is an independent Muslim Sovereign State. It
has four provinces Punjab, Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan.
Pakistan's literacy rate was 16% in 1951 and reached
to 51.6% in 2003. At present Government of Pakistan is going to enhance
human resources development (HRD), because HRD plays vital role in the
development of any country in this connection education is an important
tool for HRD and HEC is emphasizing on higher education with quality
After the establishment of HEC, a new sun has been
risen in the education sector. If we neglect our education our country
could not be entered in the row of developed countries because quality
education could only change destination of the nation. Education
contributes to economic development, as more educated workers produce
more goods and services because of their greater skill and knowledge.
More educated workers create better working habits,
more educated workers create great ideas and awareness among the masses.
Country with the lowest level of education has
highest rate of unemployment, so education can reduce the level of
unemployment in the country.
After the World War II, the economy of Japan was
totally collapsed since then government of Japan was preparing the
policies for the revival of its economy.
The first policy was prepared for the Human Resources
General McCarthry, father of modern Japan and policy
maker wanted educated people, healthy people and technical people.
He framed policy in the field of education and
emphasized on quality education. Do you believe, there are one thousand
universities in Tokyo city, capital of Japan and in Pakistan only forty
five Universities in public sector.
Prof. Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, Chairman (HEC) like
McCarthry stresses on higher education, he said while interviewing with
an English news paper:
• 300 Programmes have been launched within a year
to expand and raise quality of higher education in the country.
• 300 foreign Professors will be hired on contract
basis with attractive salaries to teach in Pakistani institution.
• Forty Universities of the country will be linked
with world's big universities/institutions by next June 2004, in all
• For the first time in the history of Pakistan 40
Pakistanis have been sent to China for Ph.D in engineering in top
• linkages with fifteen British Institutions are
being established to exchange knowledge and raise standard of Pakistani
• A dozen students has been sent to Austria on
Scholarship for Ph.D program.
Chairman HEC finally said that HEC has planned to
establish linkages between universities and national economy. Higher
education is today recognized as a capital investment and is of
paramount importance for economic and social development of the country.
Only highly educated manpower can handle advanced technology. Thus,
without the participation of highly qualified manpower, the process of
economic development is very difficult. So higher education is more
important factor. Higher education a source of great potential for
socio-economic development of the country and believes that through
standard higher education our country can be entered into a developed
nation easily. HEC is performing such duties, and has number of projects
regarding quality education. In this regard President General Pervaiz
Musharraf appointed Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman as Chairman, HEC Dr
Muhammed Akram Shaikh Executive Director, Prof. Dr. AQ Mughal Member
(Academics), Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H Naqvi Member (HRD) and praised for
their hectic efforts to provide education facilities to the nation and
emphasizing quality education, creating Ph.D holders in Engineering,
Agriculture, Natural Sciences Health Sciences and Social Sciences. On
28-12-2003 a GRE general type test was conducted by NTS for selection of
Indegious Ph.D Scholarship program and same Program
will be announced again in the month of February or March 2004. All
details are available at our website www.hec.gov.pk.