PESHAWAR: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) due to severe financial crisis has imposed a ban on recruitments in all the universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to a notification issues to all vice-chancellors (VCs) of the varsities of KP on Tuesday, the recruitments have been banned due to financial crisis. It said for any recruitment, now the university administrations will have to obtain no-objection certification (NOC) from the HEC.

The ban on appointments in KP universities comes three months after the HEC stopped admissions to the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes in the University of Punjab. The Punjab University spokesman had stated that the decision to stop admissions was taken due to unavailability of required number of qualified teachers. The HEC had decided to stop admissions after visiting different faculties.

On Monday, Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Khusroo Bakhtiar said the government would complete all projects pertaining the HEC on time for promoting education in the country.

In a meeting with Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood, Khusro Bakhtiar assured of full cooperation of the Planning Ministry in timely completion of on-going projects of the Ministry of Education. He said the use of modern technology would help resolve current challenges of the country.

Earlier, the federal government approved the allocation of Rs6.55 billion from the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the Human Resource Development (HRD) Scholarships programme 2019-20 launched under the HEC.

The aim of the scholarship programme is to support all talented Pakistani individuals enabling them to meet their aspirations of obtaining highest qualification in the field of their choice while ensuring provision of necessary grooming for their development and good human being.

Official documents show that the HEC has approved 26,580 HRD scholarships under its 18 ongoing programmes for the year 2019-20. Out of these, 15,810 will be local scholarships, while 10,770 will be awarded for studies abroad.

Out of the total 26,580 scholarships, around 14,175 were awarded by the HEC during 2019-20 under the HRD Programme. The documents further stated that around 2,068 scholarships were given to the undergraduate students, 40 postgraduate and 8,213 to the PhD students.

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