The Punjab Higher Education Department (HED) has invited applications for the post of Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairperson and the last date to submit applications for the position is February 28, 2019.

According to the advertisement, the candidate will be selected for the position for a 4-year term in office and the post of the chairperson is entitled to receive MP-I basic pay scale salary and other benefits after the approval of the controlling authority – the chief minister of Punjab.

Earlier in the month, the HED released the criteria approved by the Punjab Chief Minister for the post after making changes to the previous one. The advertisement also advises the prospective candidates to the study the new criteria before applying to the position. (

A five-member Search Committee, headed by Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, has been constituted by the HED to scrutinize and finalize candidates for the appointment of a Chairperson for the PHEC. Other members of the committee include Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Professor Dr Arif Nazir Butt, former Government College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab, Shahid Najam and HED Secretary Sajid Zafar who is a member as well as the secretary of the committee. (

Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin
Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin

The PHEC was established in 2014, however, it began operations in 2015 following a formal inauguration by then chief minister Shahbaz Sharif. Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin was appointed its first chairperson on December 16, 2014 for a term of four years.

Earlier, it was being speculated that Dr Nizam would be re-appointed without any delay, but, Punjab Higher Education Minister Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfraz later clarified that the government intended to re-advertise the post. However, the former chairperson is also in the race for being appointed the PHEC chairperson for a second term, as the law allows two terms to a single candidate. He is still considered a strong candidate owing to his influential political and academic network 

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