Political parties at odds over HEC devolution

April 13, 2011 7:00 pm0 commentsViews: 7


The National Assembly witnessed a transparent division among the political parties on the problem of devolution of the upper Education Commission (HEC), because the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) alleged that those opposing the devolution were making hurdles within the provincial autonomy.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) termed the HEC a federal subject, the PPP remained targeted on a restricted role for the HEC within the federation, whereas the Awami National Party (ANP) sought the devolution of the Commission to the provinces. The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) members had variations of opinion, even amongst themselves.

Khurram Dastgeer Khan of the PML-N said that the HEC is an freelance establishment with no links to the provinces. He said that consistent with item-12 of the Federal Legislative Part-II of the Constitution, “Standards in establishments for higher education and analysis, scientific and technical institution” may be a subject for the federation.

He created it clear that the PML-N isn’t against provincial autonomy, however accused the govt of making confusion on the problem relating to the HEC.

Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination and chairman of Implementation Commission Mian Raza Rabbani strongly supported dissolving the HEC, saying that hurdles were being created within the method of granting larger provincial autonomy beneath the eighteenth change.

He said that some forces were obstructing the method. The devolution of education, together with higher education, are completed by June thirty, this year, beneath the eighteenth change, he added. “Some forces don’t need to finish the method of provincial autonomy. If these forces don’t stop their conspiracy then we’ll expose them with documentary proof and then they’re going to got to respond,” Rabbani warned.

He said that an autonomous body would be constituted to coordinate higher education problems at the federal level. it’ll work as a typical higher education commission and still work for the verification of degrees and also the unleash of foreign funds for higher education to provinces. He said that the devolution of the HEC wouldn’t have an effect on the standing of scholarships.

He said the HEC itself doesn’t generate funds and is being funded by the central. Funds amounting to Rs7.5 billion are released well before time, even this month he said.

ANP’s Pervez Khan said that the education sector has been transferred to the provinces beneath the eighteenth change and there’s no would like for the HEC. He said that beneath the eighteenth change, the federation couldn’t deny the proper of the provinces.

Amir Muqam of the PML-Q said that the HEC issue was within the court, and nevertheless they were discussing it within the House. He said it might be higher if the HEC was transferred to the provinces. Over a dozen parliamentarians of the PML-Q submitted a resolution against the dissolution of the HEC within the National Assembly.

The resolution, initiated by Marvi Memon of the PML-Q, and signed by fourteen MPs, states that the HEC’s devolution was against the Constitution and also the eighteenth change. The text of the resolution that has been submitted within the National Assembly states: “We don’t appreciate ministers misleading the general public saying that they need devolved the HEC to the provinces, whereas, they can’t do therefore beneath the eighteenth change since parliamentarians have already signed the eighteenth change to possess the HEC functions fall beneath the federal legislative list half one clause sixteen, 17, thirty two and half two clause six, 7, 11, 12 and 13.”

PPP-Sherpao chief Aftab Ahmed Khan Shepao appreciated the eighteenth change, saying that no-one was expecting provincial autonomy within the type that was mentioned beneath the historic change. He said that provinces should be burdened with a lot of responsibilities that they’re going to then learn to meet.

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