LAHORE (Tuesday, April 12, 2011): DOZENS of students staged a demonstration on Monday against the proposed devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The demo was organised by the Islami Tehreek-e-Talaba outside the Lahore Press Club.
The students, carrying placards and banners, chanted slogans against the government and demanded it not to devolve the HEC.
The Islami Tehreek-e-Talaba office-bearers, speaking on the occasion, strongly criticised the government, saying that by dissolving the Higher Education Commission, the government would jeopardise the higher education sector.
Meanwhile, the banners signed by students against proposed devolution of the HEC were also put on display at different educational institutions by the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT).
The banners were inscribed with statements and signed by students against the federal government for its proposed plan.
IJT Pakistan nazim Syed Abdul Rasheed said that by disbanding the HEC, the government wanted to discourage research culture within the universities, adding that the students would strongly resent if any such plan materialized.
Meanwhile, INSAF Students Federation (ISF) has announced a protest rally against the proposed devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) by the federal government.
In a press release, ISF Lahore president Hasaan Niazi and general secretary Farrukh Habib said all the arrangements for the rally scheduled for April 13 (Wednesday) have been finalised.
They said by deciding to disband the HEC, the rulers had conspired to destroy the education system of the country. They said the move was not less than a drone attack on the country s education system.