ISLAMABAD, MAR 27 (DNA) – Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri has been removed from his post before the expiry of his term.

The HEC Amendment Ordinance 2021 has been issued in this regard, paving way for removal of Tariq Banuri it may be recalled that Dr Tariq Banuri was appointed in May 2018 by former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for a four-year term and his tenure was due to end in May 2022.

The ordinance issued has reduced the tenure of the Chairman HEC from four years to two years which ultimately led to the dismissal of Tariq Banuri.

A formal notification issued in this regard states “In terms of sub-section (5), read with sub-section (5A), of Section 6 of Higher Education Commission Ordinance, 2002, as amended vide Higher Education Commission (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021, Dr. Tariq Danuri has ceased to be the Chairperson, Higher Education Commission forthwith and is accordingly removed from the said post, with immediate effect”.

Earlier, the Cabinet Committee on Legislation has passed an ordinance regarding the replacement of the HEC chairman.  The ordinance limited the tenure of the HEC chairman from four to two years. The committee approved a new ordinance to amend the HEC Act 2002. = DNA