After a prolonged period of over five years with interim leadership, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has finally appointed a permanent Executive Director. Professor Dr. Zia-ul-Qayyum, a distinguished figure in the realm of education, has been selected to fill this pivotal role.
Dr. Zia-ul-Qayyum brings to the position a wealth of experience and knowledge, having previously served as the Vice-Chancellor of both Gujarat University and Allama Iqbal Open University. His expertise in educational administration is well-recognized, and his appointment is seen as a significant step forward for the HEC.
The process of selecting the new Executive Director was meticulous and competitive. A search committee, comprising esteemed members such as the Chairman of the HEC, the Acting ED, the Secretary of Science and Technology, the Federal Education Secretary, and a notable education expert, was tasked with the responsibility of shortlisting candidates for the role. Out of 18 potential candidates, Dr. Zia-ul-Qayyum emerged as the most qualified, securing the top position with an impressive score of 72 points.
The HEC Board, after careful deliberation, gave its approval for Dr. Qayyum’s appointment, signaling the end of an interim arrangement that had been in place since October 2018. This decision is expected to bring stability and a renewed sense of direction to the HEC.
Educational circles have expressed optimism regarding Dr. Qayyum’s appointment. Under the guidance of HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, there is a strong belief that Dr. Qayyum’s leadership will usher in a period of progress and innovation for the commission.
The appointment of a permanent Executive Director is a crucial development for the HEC, which plays a central role in overseeing and improving higher education institutions in Pakistan. With Dr. Zia-ul-Qayyum at the helm, the commission is poised to tackle the challenges facing the sector and work towards enhancing the quality of education and research in the country.