Federal Education Minister Rana Tanveer has imposed a ban on the opening of new universities in the country. The decision was taken in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Education and Training of the National Assembly.

Federal Minister of Education and Professional Training (MoFEPT) Rana Tanveer Hussain says that there is no use in the abundance of universities if the education is not of standard.

Committee members Aslam Bhutani and Nisar Ahmed Cheema said that degrees are being distributed in government universities like candies but the students do not get anything. The PhD scholars of Balochistan University (UoB) can’t even write a correct application.

The federal minister said that now universities will not be built in the public sector and attention should be paid to improving the quality of education in the already established varsities.

Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said that the first condition for the establishment of public or private universities is the ownership of land. We want the children who are studying not to be disappointed by getting degrees. No institution can operate until it gets NOC from HEC. The university, whether it is public or private, will not be allowed to work without NOC.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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