Vows to bridge the gap between the public and private sector universities
Mr. Awais Raoof (Chairman, BoG, UOL) was recently selected to head All Private Sector Universities of Pakistan (APSAP) Punjab Chapter as president. He is deputized by Mian Imran Masood (former Punjab Minister of Education & Vice Chancellor, University of South East Asia), Asim Nazir Ahmad (Rector, Institute of Southern Punjab) as General Secretary, Faisal Mansoor (Chairman University of Sialkot), Joint Secretary and Abdul Rasheed (CEO, Qarshi University) is serving as the Treasurer.
Prof. Dr. Chaudhary Abdul Rahman (The Chairman APSAP Pakistan) took an oath from the newly selected officials on December 23, 2020 at an occasion attended by Dr. Faisal Mustafa, Dr. Ayesha Zahid, Dr. Nizam ud Din, Dr. Sumera Rehman, Dr. Rehan Yuonas, Dr. Khaleeq Ur Rehman, Nadeem Asghar Baig and Atif Mushtaq.
After swearing as President, Mr. Awais proclaimed that APSAP will play its potential role for the betterment of higher education in the province. “All the available resources will be exerted to resolving the challenges of the private universities in Punjab”, he added.
He said that APSAP is determined to bridge the existing gap between the public and private sector universities. “We shall cooperate with the relevant authorities and structures at every level to achieve our goals. Our ultimate mission is to improve higher education in Punjab and beyond”, he said.
The Chairman APSAP Pakistan, Dr. Chaudhary congratulated the new team members and assured them of his utmost cooperation. While sharing his concerns related to the new Higher Education Commission (HEC) admission policy for Ph.D. and BS Honours, he said that the statutory body should consult with all the stakeholders. “For any kind of policymaking of that nature, there is always a need to involve all the relevant stakeholders. That way, you create harmony and ease the implementation process”, he said.
He asked HEC to adjourn the new policy for at least one year in order to achieve countrywide consultations. “The National Reforms Committee should be established at national level consisting of private and public sector representatives to bring forth practicable suggestions”, he added.