HEC to establish ‘Directorate of Students’ within Universities to curb extremism

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will establish “Directorate of Students” within the Universities in which the challenges being faced by the students and staff would be registered, analyzed and resolved.

The establishment of “Directorate of Students” is part of a comprehensive policy devised by the HEC for eliminating increasing incidents of terrorism, extremism and intolerance in the higher educational institutions of the Country.

Taking to the state-run news agency in Islamabad on Thursday, sources said that the aim behind the establishment of these directorates was to keep students away from the negative approach by involving them in extracurricular activities.

Sources said that the HEC, after the confirm reports of few student’s involvement in terrorists activities, has issued a letter to the Countrywide Universities to take concrete measures for the elimination of the menace from respective institutions.

The HEC also decided that sports activities would be declared compulsory in the Universities to stop students from the intolerance and extremism, sources said, adding that the students would be encouraged to participate in the extracurricular activities besides the education.

The Inter University Olympics would be conducted from the next years and a Special Budget from Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) would also be allocated for the cause.

The international teams of different sports would be invited in the Country to conduct tournaments at university-level.

In this regard, sources said that the campuses of different games would be established at area, national and international level aiming at to send the teams abroad for competition.

By engaging the students in healthy activities, they would be able to keep them away from negative activities, sources added.

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