Islamabad (April 18, 2011): Higher Education Commission (HEC) is being devolved to the provinces under the 18th amendment plan. PHOTO: INP/FILE ISLAMABAD: Senator Raza Rabbani has said that all stakeholders will be taken on board after the law regarding the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) role and function is framed. Speaking to the media, Rabbani said that negative forces were “raising a storm in a cup of tea” on the HEC issue which was not acceptable. The 18th Amendment Implementation Commission met on Monday to discuss the restructuring of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The meeting reviewed compliance report of various ministries devolved so far. It also noticed that the center had occupied many important functions which were not present in the concurrent list. The commission also discussed the third phase of transfer of ministries of sports, environment and women’s development. Sources have said that the new name of for the commission will be Commission for Higher Standard Education. The HEC will be retaining eight of its functions. The Higher Education Commission is being devolved to the provinces under the 18th amendment plan. The HEC was created in 2002 and is widely recognised as a highly successful institution that has been able to revitalise higher education in Pakistan through its regulation of standards at public and private universities as well as securing additional funding for universities as well as scholarships for students, both to local and foreign universities. Nearly 5,000 Pakistani students are currently studying abroad on HEC or HEC-affiliated scholarships. In addition, the HEC finances research and has ensured that academics in Pakistan are well-paid.