Governor Opposes HEC Dissolution: Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan has said that dissolution of the commission in an abrupt manner will be harmful for the country. Talking to journalists after attending ‘Dental Symposium-’ at the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in Jamshoro on Saturday, the governor said HEC had played a pivotal role in improving standard of higher education. He said that he had discussed the HEC issue with the president and prime minister and presented them recommendations prepared by vice-chancellors, senior professors, academicians and intellectuals of the province, who wanted continuation of HEC and opposed its dissolution.
He said that several subjects had been transferred to provinces after passage of the 18th Amendment and the HEC was also among them. He had presented his point of view to the president and hoped the final decision would be in favour of the commission, he said. Answering a question about the appointment of vice-chancellors, Dr Khan said they were appointed under a set criteria. A high-powered committee advertised the posts and conducted interviews of eligible candidates, he said. The governor appointed VCs on the basis of recommendations forwarded by the committee.
About pay-scale of young doctors, the governor said that a committee had been formed to review their demands. Provincial ministers Dr Saghir Ahmed and Syed Murad Ali Shah were members of the committee and the decision would be made after receiving its recommendations, he said. Earlier, speaking at the symposium Dr Khan announced handing over government hospital Jamshoro to the LUMHS and expressed hope the decision would help in providing effective training to young doctors. He also announced upgradation of the cardiac department of the university to institute and praised the university management for making phenomenal progress in medical education and research.
“It is a matter of pride that the HEC has ranked LUMHS as the topmost public sector medical university in the country,” he said. The steady growth of number of postgraduate courses and disciplines indicated a wide range of credibility and acceptability for the courses, he said.
Sindh Minister for Health Dr. Saghir Ahmed said that the university’s mother and child care project launched with the support of WHO was providing great relief to the poor expecting mothers. LUMHS VC Prof Noshad Ahmed Shaikh said that with over 1500 delegates from all over the country and leading scientists presenting 60 papers, the symposium would prove to be a showcase for innovation in the discipline of dentistry. The governor awarded shields to eminent dental surgeons who played an outstanding role while working with the university. The governor also offered fateha and laid a floral wreath on the grave of noted scholar Dr N.A. Baloch and founder vice-chancellor Allama I.I. Kazi and his wife Elsa Kazi.