By Court Reporter
Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday summoned Secretary Ministry of Education, Training & High Standards in Higher Education on April 14 to apprise the bench about the delay in appointment of regular Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC).
A single member bench of IHC comprising Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui resumed hearing of a plea filed by Khawaja Aurangzeb through his lawyer Barrister Afzal Hussain, seeking appointment of regular Chairman HEC.
During the course of hearing, Barrister Afzal counsel for petitioner apprised the bench that the office of Chairman HEC is vacant since August 26, 2013 .
He argued that on November 8, 2013, the court had directed the Joint Secretary of ministry of education to appear before it and inform regarding the steps taken for appointment of Chairman HEC.However, the appointment of Chairman could not made so far.
Barrister Afzal stated that as per HEC Act, the federal government has to appoint regular chairman within 90 days.
The office of permanent chairman HEC is still lying vacant even after lapse of six months, which is affecting the affairs of the higher education regulatory authority, he said.
Afzal argued that as per HEC Ordinance 2002, all the key decisions related to higher education has to be taken by the Commission’s board, which is headed by its Chairman and the Secretariat acts as the executing wing of the Commission which is responsible for implementation of all the orders, decisions, directives of the board as per section: 1 and 2 of the HEC Ordinance, 2002.
Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddique remarked that chairman HEC`s office is a statutory position and non‑appointment of permanent HEC chairman is a very serious issue, which has also been reported in print and electronic media.
Further hearing of the case adjourned till April 14.