ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, recently appointed educationist Dr. Tariq Banuri, as the new chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). He was welcomed by Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, Senior Management and employees of HEC.
Dr. Tariq Banuri, former Professor of University of Utah, holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He acquired his masters in Development Economics from Williams College after completing his bachelors in Civil Engineering from University of Peshawar.
He was a member of Steering Committee on Higher Education Reforms, the body that played an important role in the inception of Higher Education Commission in year 2002; and is now appointed as its 4th Chairperson.
Dr. Banuri is also a part of United Nations as a research fellow. He has also served as Founding Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan. He has also remained a member of the Board of Governors, State Bank of Pakistan and worked as Coordinating Lead Author on the Nobel Prize winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
He expressed his gratitude to the PM and HEC’s selection committee, to believe in him and to honor him with such a position. He firmly believes in focusing on the quality of education, for which he stated to set targets, to attain betterment in the education sector, and to overcome all the shortcomings. He insisted all board members to support each other and work as a team, to build a better organization and produce excellent educational standards.