Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) shelves future scholarships: Cut in funds

ISLAMABAD, Nov 5: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has shelved all its future scholarships after the government imposed major cuts on its annual budgetary allocations, reliable sources told Dawn.

In view of the government’s decision not to provide funds to the HEC, which were promised under the cash plan for the current financial year, the HEC has stopped offering scholarships for higher studies.

However, knowledgeable sources said, the existent scholarships would not be affected by this decision.

“At present a major chunk of the money which the government is releasing to the HEC is going to our students who are studying at various international universities and left with no money to spend on other projects. Supporting our present scholarship holders is HEC’s prime responsibility,” they said.

Under an extensive Human Resource Development (HRD) project, the HEC had sent 6,500 scholars abroad for higher studies, and nearly 4,000 scholars are busy on various research projects within the country.

Considering the importance of HRD and HEC’s agreement with international universities, where Pakistani students are currently studying, the commission had to divert Rs1.5 billion of the Rs2.555 billion released by the government for the first quarter of the current financial year for this purpose. Therefore, the HEC is left with little funds to support more than 250 ongoing development projects in the higher education institutions of the country.

The financial worries of the HEC started when the government imposed a cut of Rs2.61 billion on its developmental grant of the fourth quarter of the last financial year. The government had only released Rs2.555 billion against the demand of Rs4.523 billion in the first quarter development grant of the current year.

The grant was required under the cash plan for 284 approved projects of the HEC. Moreover, the government has also warned the HEC with more budgetary constraints in months to come.

Public sector universities had already started complaining scarcity of funds to spend on their ongoing and new approved projects for the current financial year. The HEC had also stop paying monthly stipend to university teachers which they were getting for supervising PhD students.

“At present, we are in a tight corner and if the same condition persists, it would be difficult for us to continue working on most of HEC ongoing developments projects,” they said.


12 thoughts on “Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) shelves future scholarships: Cut in funds”

  1. Salam,
    Me Abdul Majid, student of BBA(Hons)2nd semester in Arid Agriculture University,Rawalpindi.I want to study abroad . Inshallah you would award me this scholarship.

  2. Syed Arif Ali Shah


  3. I don’t know what is happening in pakistan?but hope for the best to re open the funds for students
    actually our president is FA fail then how can our country can progress without a well educated and honest leader.
    ALLAH bless our country and all the pakistanis

  4. This is unbelievable, whatever is happening in Pakistan is all that we wanted. i hope we could find a leader like MAHATEER MOHAMMAD, if we dont perhaps GOD puts those thoughts in our leaders minds, shame on us, we give away billions and trillions to peoples who sit in their homes and do nothing but we dont have a penny to decorate our future, Scholars are future of Pakistan and after looking at this it is clear that the future is no more. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman was a golden man and we lost him too.

  5. India is progressing rapidly in the field of science and technology by setting up hundreds of universities and expanding a huge network of IIT in the country while exporting humane resource to Europe and America in the form of scientists and engineers which are now influencing the policies of these countries. Whereas, Pakistan is still exporting illiterate humane resource to these countries. Pakistanis are unable to defend country abroad simply because it is a matter of competition between educated indians and illetrate pakistani labour force. Unfortunately, A few months ago, landlords like “ishaq khakwani”, “Faryal Talpur”, “Azra Fazal Pechohu” were barking over a person who worked marvellously for higher education and provided basic R&D facilities in universities in order to develop a technological base of country. Mr. Atta will be remembered for long time in the history of this unfortunate nation for his tangible achievements in the field of higher education. He was one who served HEC for 8 years without getting any salary (Reference: See Q&As of 7th and 8th session 2008 of National Assembly). Shame on you, Mr Khakwani and other accompanying landlords. You have an evil mentality. It is unfortunate for the nation that illiterate landlords are now going to decide the future of higher education in Pakistan. Personally, I am not astonished over this decision as it is a direct outcome of the propaganda staged against HEC a few months ago. Off-course, politics of these landlords will flourish only if the people remain illiterate.

  6. Almost 300 scholars for countries like Italy, Germany and Astrai, are facing dificulties by the mind blowing decision of pending all overseas schoalrships till further orders. I know that we, as a nation are facing financial crises and same is the situation with HEC and Govt. In spite of all crises, all prjects launched by HEC should be continued till their completion.It does not need too much money and is easily managable as it is a kind of investment. All schoalrs, are bound to come back in Pakistan after completion of their degrees and serve Pakistan. They will definitly play a vital role in the scientific and economic development of the country. I am afraid that if these scholars, which definitly are the goods minds of the country, are not supported, may leave the country anyways and if it happens, this will be a big loss to the country. I request you to see this matter and help us saving our future.

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