Higher Education Commission (HEC) has closed down a wing, meant for looking after projects that were to be implemented with the help of foreign support, owing to unavailability of funds, an official in the Commission said here Sunday.
The Federal Coordinating Unit, headed by Javed Masood, was established at HEC to supervise efforts for speedy completion of the projects regarding the setting up of engineering universities with the support of foreign countries including Germany, China, Italy and Austria.
An official in the Commission said the Federal Cabinet on May 12 last year approved the project for establishing these universities at a total cost of Rs160 billion. But due to the current economic meltdown, it was not possible to materialise the project, which led to the closure of the unit in question, the official added.
The official said that HEC had specified areas for constructing university campuses and had already made temporary arrangements for holding classes. The project was to be completed in phases in 10 years, the official added.
Under the scheme, the source said that curriculum and examination system of these universities were to be managed by the foreign countries.
However, the official said the HEC is giving priority to provide funds to those 7,000 PhD students, who are studying abroad and in the country as well. They said the government has also set up a four-member committee to review all HEC projects.