According to the latest reports, the Islamabad High Court has ordered the government to appoint a new chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) within the next 15 days.

The chairman HEC case was heard by Justice Shaukat Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court bench.

The court had also summoned the Federal secretary, who said that the summary for the appointment of chairman HEC, prepared by the education ministry was turned down by the prime minister.

However, Justice Shaukat Siddiqui said that the delay in appointment was akin to a slap for the judicial system, because the government had repeatedly assured the court on the appointment issue. He also stated that it would be prudent for the government to appoint the chairman itself within the coming 15 days.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC), is a constitutional body, tasked with regulating and managing the higher education institutes of Pakistan. The body also formulates policies related to higher education and ensures that the quality of education in the country can be compared against international standards.

The office of the chairman HEC is vacant since Dr. Javaid Laghari’s term ended in August of 2013, and according to the HEC Act, ‘only a qualified person of international eminence and proven ability with significant contribution to higher education as teacher, researcher and administrator, can be considered as HEC chairman’.

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