Sindh Higher education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Asim Hussain has advised both public and private universities to make themselves self-sufficient. He was addressing a ceremony organised by Jinnah Sindh Medical University on Thursday, to honour graduates  conferred for civil awards 2019 by the government. He warned that the latest cuts in university budgets were due to financial crunch.

“Many of the universities will not be able to sustain themselves because they have no other sources of funding and are dependent on the government,” he added.

Mentioning the challenges faced by Sindh Higher Education Commission due to the 18th amendment, he said the provincial universities need to work on raising their academic standards first. “I am trying to have academic people at the HEC – Sindh so we can move forward,” he said.

Earlier, Jinnah Sindh Medical University Vice-Chancellor Prof S.M. Tariq Rafi applauded the efforts of their alumni in the development of the country and said the event was organised to inspire current students to make contributions and achieve similar distinctions. He also presented a progress report of the university. Jinnah Sindh Medical University Pro Vice-Chancellor Lubna Ansari Baig, an alumna herself, presented details about the services rendered by the distinguished guests.

A total of seven SMC alumni and two guests were awarded shields to acknowledge their recognition from the Government of Pakistan. These included Dr Altaf Hussain Hashmi (Sitara-e-Imtiaz), Dr Shahid Ahmed Sami (Sitara-e-Imtiaz), Dr Majida Bashir Ahmed (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz), Dr Saeed Akhtar (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz), Dr Javed Suleman (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz), Col. Dr Muhammad Khalid Rafi (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Military), Col Dr Sharafuddin (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz), Dr Rukhsana Wamiq Zuberi (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) and Dr Abdul Bari Khan (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Imtiaz).

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