Dr Tariq Banuri


Universities are facing a financial crisis due to the budget cuts by the federal government in the last three years, vice chancellors and rectors of public sector universities observed during a meeting held at the Higher Education Commission on Sunday. In the two-day huddle at the HEC office, university heads gathered to explore solutions to the financial crisis brewing from university budgetary cuts and gave recommendations to resolve the financial discrepancies.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process and feels a special sense of responsibility to incorporate the SDGs process into academic activities in Pakistan. This was stated by Dr Tariq Banuri, HEC Chairman, while talking to a UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) delegation comprising of Musarrat Youssuf, UNICEF Chief, Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Section and Dr Luis Gorjon Fernandez, UNICEF Head of Social Policy.

Pakistani students proceeding to foreign countries for studies are ‘ambassadors of Pakistan’ and it is their responsibility to portray a positive image of the country, Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri said on Friday.  He was addressing 200 Pakistani students selected for Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship at the commission secretariat. The ceremony was part of Bilateral Higher Education and Scientific Exchange Program.