Aftermaths of HEC Devolution

Many students ask about the aftermaths of HEC devolution. Much debate is underway on this issue, please watch any talk show. Scholars like DR. Atta, Dr. Lagri and many others are trying to convince this nation about HEC current position. In contrast, less knowledgeable people with a doubtful career are trying to prove that they are more intelligent. As HEC is ineffective now-a-days so the incompetent and corrupt mafia has started exploiting the situation. The situation of UE is a living example about the aftermaths of HEC devolution. From the last four months UE is functioning without any vice chancellor. Now-a-days, there is no vice chancellor, no registrar, no controller, no treasurer. Corrupt mafia is taking the full advantage of this situation through making Illegal appointments, purchases, transfers, etc., Ph. D. degrees are distributed like anything. Both offices, Secretary of Higher Education and Governor House, are supporting them. Even in the presence of documentary proof no action is being taken. Who is suffering? You know better than me. The idea of devolution was perceived in 1973 but we are living in 2010 which is altogether a different world with totally different challenges and opportunities. I wish people could understand this simple point. But someone right said “if wishes were horses beggars would ride?”.

Due to HEC efforts Pakistan was making a little progress in higher education. Some people do not appreciate this! Let’s prey for a miracle but my recent experience has created many doubts. Just you imaging a Ph.D. student of the same University who was even not eligible for associate professorship were appointed as a care taker vice chancellor. Not only this, she is facing charges of financial embezzlement of more than Rs. 200 millions. What happened then? You students are facing the consequences; is there anybody who listen you. Just one person sitting on a key position in the Department of Higher Education is making the whole government fool just for his Ph.D .  As our politicians are incompetent, so in future every province will see such practices as a routine matter.   This is just a start of HEC devolution…………… What do you thing about the quality of your education and recognition of your degrees at international level?

Some people makea point that Dr. Lagari and his group is doing all this just to save their jobs. I personally know the professional competency of Dr. Lagari and his team.  It is a blessing for HEC and Pakistan, if they are working here. Much better opportunities are waiting around the globe for them; as is the case with me.

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Published by: Dr. M. A. Pasha

I have obtained a M. Sc. in Physics (Gold Medal) degree from Islamia University Bahawalpur in 1981 and a Ph. D. degree in Computer Science from University of Southampton, UK in 1996. I have more than 30 years experience in tertiary education, ten of which have been in strategic leadership positions, including as Professor of Computer Science and Dean, Faculty of Computing & Information Sciences, Imperial College of Business Studies, Lahore; Professor of Computer Science and Director, Division of Science & Technology at University of Education, Lahore; Pro-Rector of Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Karachi. Director, Institute of Computer Sciences & Software Engineering, The University of Lahore; Dean, University of Central Punjab, Lahore; Advisor to the Vice Chancellor on Information Technology, University of the Punjab, Lahore; Principal, Punjab University College of Information Technology, University of the Punjab, Lahore; Professor & Pro-Rector, Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Karachi. I also have the honor to work as Vice Chairman, National Computing Education Accreditation Council (Pakistan); Chairman Inter Universities Faculty Board for Policy and Framework Development of Computer Science and Information Technology Degree Programs (Punjab, Pakistan). In addition, I have worked in various academic and administrative committees of public as well as private universities performing diverse nature of assignments. Presently, I am member of the Chief Minister’s Committee to “Develop a Vision for Information Technology in Punjab”. I have delivered various teacher training workshops and taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervised postgraduate students and published 40 papers in national & international journals & conference proceedings. Knowledge Management, WWW Multimedia Content Management, and Artificial Intelligence are the key areas of my interest. I have attended various national & international professional trainings, conferences and took part in international ICT consultation sessions in Cambodia and Bangladesh in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

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