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HEC ‘flouts’ its own policy regarding research journals

Rafiullah Mandokhail

QUETTA: Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) and Editors Association for National Research Journals have expressed their deep concern over the injustices done with the federation and rejected its new policy damaging the research culture in the country.

Central Secretary General Professor Dr. Kaleemullah Barech, president Editors Association for Research Journals Pakistan professor Dr. Syed Bacha Agha, Director Pakistan Study Center University of Balochistan professor Dr. Usman Tobawal, Professor Dr. Taleem Badshah and Dr. Abdul Rehman Kakar while addressing a press conference said that Higher Education Commission (HEC) has flouted its own policy regarding the research journals and trying to push professors across the country to the wall.

HEC should not make research a ‘child’s play’ and refrain from damaging the research at the hands of ‘incompetent’ Director General of R&D, who has been brought from abroad and appointed on a two-year contract. “None of the universities in the country is on the list of 300 and performing according to the international standard. For the research journals, the HEC has not mentioned ‘scoops’ in its policy accept international abstracting,” they lamented.

They alleged that HEC imposes its own decisions, ignoring the members associated with research and a board comprises of professors and doctors. The federation not only condemned the HEC for its new policy but also its ‘incompetent’ head, who is now bent upon damaging the higher education sector and discouraging the research trend in the country. They lamented that the decision of an individual is being imposed on the researchers contrary to its own policy.

Earlier, HEC had accepted Al-Manhal, Index Islamic, Australian Islamic Library and IRI for the Islamic journals – approached with the help of hectic efforts and expense, but surprisingly now HEC has denied it. Who will be responsible and answerable for the expenses and efforts accessed to index agencies?. FAPUASA asked the authorities concerned.

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