Dr Atta Recommends 0.5% Of GDP Annually For Education Over Next 5-years
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ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Apr, 2021 ) :Chairman, Prime Minister's Task Force on Science and Technology Dr. Atta-u-Rahman has recommended increase in education funds to Federal and provincial governments by 0.5% of GDP annually till it reaches 5.0% of GDP over next 5 years.
Webinar was organized by Association of Private Sector Universities Pakistan (APSUP), Superior University, Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan (IUCPSS), University of Lahore, Government College University Lahore, and FPCCI Central CSR Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology.
He suggested at least 5% of all colleges should be converted to high level technical colleges with foreign collaboration to ensure high quality skilled workers, and 5,000 students should be sent on scholarships for PhD to top 200 universities abroad annually to pursue emerging technologies.
He further suggested major national programmes for technology parks and promotion of innovation/ entrepreneurship, funding for knowledge economy task force projects in emerging areas of industrial and agricultural importance, promotion of high tech manufacturing/ value added exports through appropriate policies and incentives.
Chairman Vice Chancellors Committee and Vice Chancellor Quaid-eAzam University Islamabad, Dr.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University & Chairman Vice Chancellors Prof. Dr. Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Vice Chancellor, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Prof. Dr. Tayyaba Zarif, Vice Chancellor, Government College University Hyderabad, Mr. Imran Masood, Vice Chancellor, University of South Asia & spokesperson APSUP , Prof. Dr. Gul Majid Khan, Vice Chancellor, Islamia College University Peshawar and Prof. Dr. Nek Muhammad Sheikh, Central President, FAPUASA, participated as panelists. The session was moderated by Mr. Murtaza Noor, Executive Director, APSUP.
The stakeholders recommended allocating 5% of GDP for education, involvement of stakeholders and end users across Pakistan in policy formulation process, equal opportunities of scholarships, research grants and faculty training both for public & private sector, one window facility for issuance of NOC and accreditation of academic programs in order to avoid unnecessary delays.
They also recommend restoring role of HEC as supportive and facilitative organization, respecting autonomy of the universities, restoring tax rebate to 75% for teaching & research community, establishment of contributory fund for payment of pensions, encouraging role of private sector in higher education sector, revival of indigenous scholarship program and special grants for mobility of sharing expertise, existing facilities, experience and knowledge.
They vowed to undertake collaborative efforts in order to overcome challenges being faced by higher education sector.
At the end, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman assured that these important recommendations by the stakeholders would be communicated to the concerned quarters.