Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) would establish sub-offices at Bahawalpur, Sukkar, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit to facilitate young people and generalpublic from remote and far flung areas of Southern Punjab, upper Sindh, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. According to an official of HEC, the sub-office at Bahawalpur would be inaugurated this month while remaining sub-offices would be established subsequently.
Through these offices, HEC would guide youth of far-flung areas about various HEC programs/initiatives; scholarships and close liaison with higher education institutions of the areas would also be established. The Higher Education Commission HEC has paid special attention towards increasing access to higher education in remote and far flung areas of the country. Within last few years, out of total 55 new university campuses;31 have been established in rural areas throughout Pakistan.
A number of scholarships and other programmes have been launched aiming at equitable access to higher education throughout the country. HEC is also implementing Prime Minister’s Tuition FeePayment Scheme for students of Balochistan, Gilgit/Baltistan and FATA which has been recently extended by the federal government to northern Sindh and southern Punjab.
HEC’ four regional centres at all four provincial headquarters are already coordinating and managing different academic activities and events meetings, workshops, seminars, trainings, HRD and Quality Assurance programs in collaboration with different divisions of HEC as well as regional institutes of higher learning.—APP