STAFF REPORT ISB: Higher Education Commission (HEC) is yet to appoint its principal accounting officer and several other key officials.

A number of senior management slots are still lying vacant at the HEC including Executive Director, Member Operations and Planning, Member (Academics) and Advisor Human Resource Development, Advisor Quality Assurance, Advisor Finance, Advisor Monitoring, Managing Director Quality Assurance Agency, Director General Learning Innovation, Director General Quality Assurance, Director General Human Resource Development, Director General Finance and Budget.

The HEC management has appointed two consultants on deputation allegedly without following due process of hiring.

While contacted, HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said only two consultants were appointed by the commission as per the urgent requirement of the body and rules were not violated while making these appointments on deputation.

Meanwhile, the post of Executive Director is vacant for the last 19 months. The Executive Director is the commissions principal accounting officer who looks after the commissions secretariat.

The chairman HEC admitted delay in this regard, however, he explained that there were a number of factors behind the issue.

“The commission will hold its meeting on Janauary 11 in Islamabad and select the executive director from the three names already short-listed by the HEC Board,” Dr Mukhtar said.

He claimed that the commission remained busy in bringing its house in order throughout 2015 and hoped the current year will see improvement in higher education.

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