Policy Recommendations

The association actively engages in policy discussions and contributes to the development of policies and guidelines related to higher education. It provides guidance and recommendations based on the collective expertise and insights of its member institutions to ensure that policies align with the needs of the private sector and promote academic excellence, accessibility, and relevance.

Enriching policy development

APSUP’s consultative roundtables on Pakistan Education Policy 2021

Following the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training’s directive to develop the ‘Pakistan Education Policy 2021’ through stakeholder consultations, APSUP took the initiative to organize a comprehensive series of consultative roundtables involving key representatives from the private higher education sector. Through a formal hybrid meeting format, APSUP conducted seven indigenous roundtables at various regional destinations.

One such roundtable took place at The University of Lahore (UOL), organized by Mr. Awais Raoof, Chairman of the Board of Governors (BOG) UOL and President of APSUP (Punjab Chapter).

The objective of this gathering was to deliberate and prepare recommendations for the development of Pakistan Education Policy 2021, under an agenda “To Deliberate and Prepare Recommendations Towards the Development of Pakistan Education Policy 2021”. Participants shared their experiences, viewpoints, and shed light on the education policy of Pakistan. In the second roundtable, a meeting of private sector universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was held out of which several recommendations and suggestions emerged after thorough deliberations. Additionally, a regional consultation session was initiated by the Association of Private Sector Universities of Pakistan (APSUP) and the Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences, Pakistan (IUCPSS). This session, jointly hosted by Hazara University, Mansehra, and Islamia College University on January 2021, aimed to facilitate discussions among stakeholders. Furthermore, a meeting took place at the Department of Education, Sukkur IBA University. The purpose of this session was to discuss the overall state of education and gather recommendations from relevant stakeholders regarding the National Education Policy 2021. This document captures the minutes of the session, focusing on the recommendations shared by the participants. APSUP’s consultative roundtables have played a vital role in contributing to the development of the Pakistan Education Policy 2021 by incorporating diverse perspectives and insights from stakeholders in the private sector higher education domain.

Details of Regional Consultative Roundtables

Lahore Roundtable

Subsequent to the letter of Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan on the subject of developing a ‘Pakistan Education Policy 2021’ through a consultative process, a formal hybrid meeting was held at The University of Lahore (UOL) on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM organized by Mr. Awais Raoof, Chairman BOG UOL/President APSUP (Punjab Chapter) & Mr. Mian Imran Masood, Vice Chancellor, University of South Asia, Lahore/Vice President APSUP (Punjab Chapter), convened by Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin (SI), Pro-Rector, Superior University, Lahore (former Chairperson PHEC) to deliberate and prepare recommendations towards the development of Pakistan Education Policy 2021.

Vice Chancellors from 40 universities shared their views.

Peshawar Roundtable

A regional consultation session, with all the stakeholders was initiated by Association of Private Sector Universities of Pakistan (APSUP) and Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences, Pakistan (IUCPSS). It was jointly hosted by Hazara University Mansehra & Islamia College University on January 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Islamia College University Peshawar. The consultation session on Pakistan Education Policy 2021 started with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Executive Director APSUP Mr. Murtaza Noor welcomed the participants and thanked the Vice Chancellor ICU Peshawar & Vice Chancellor of Hazara University Mansehra for hosting the session. Thereafter, Mr. Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training was requested to brief the participants about the Pakistan Education Policy 2021 and the purpose of the consultation. The Additional Secretary highlighted that the National Education Policy 2021 is going to be formulated after consultation with the stakeholders. Vice Chancellors from 36 universities shared their views.

Bahawalpur Roundtable

Vice Chancellors of 12 universities participated in the second day of the high level consultative meeting on Education Policy 2021 in coordination with the Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. The event was organized by Association of Private Sector Universities of Pakistan (APSUP), the Department of Education, the lslamia University of Bahawalpur and the Inter-University Consortium for the Promotion of Social Sciences, the session agreed to make joint efforts at all levels for development of higher standards in the field of higher education and research. Vice Chancellors from 12 universities shared their views.

Sukkur Roundtable

A meeting was held in the Department of Education, Sukkur IBA University on 27th January, 2021. The session was attended by Vice Chancellors, Department Heads and faculty members of universities and other higher educational institutions of Sindh and officials of Association of Private Sector Universities of Pakistan (APSUP) and Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan (IUCPSS). The purpose of this session was to discuss the overall conditions of education and to collect recommendations from the relevant stakeholders in relation to the National Education Policy 2021. The recommendations shared by the session participants were recorded. Vice Chancellors from 10 universities shared their views.

Karachi Roundtable

The 6th Hybrid Regional Roundtable consultation on Pakistan Education Policy was held on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Representatives of various public and private higher learning institutions of Pakistan attended the meeting on ‘Higher Education Policy’ at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) in collaboration with Iqra University (IU), Karachi. Additional Secretary of Education, Federal Ministry Mr. Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani spoke on the occasion. Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences delivered welcome remarks, while APSUP Executive Director Muhammad Murtaza Noor conducted the seminar. Vice Chancellors from 23 universities shared their views.

Quetta Roundtable

The Regional Round Table on Pakistan Education Policy 2021 was held on February 3rd, 2021, at AL-HAMD Islamic University in Quetta. Chaired by Mr. Murtaza Noor, the consultation brought together a diverse group of stakeholders in the field of education to discuss and provide input on the proposed education policy for Pakistan. The purpose of this consultation was to foster collaboration, gather valuable insights, and shape a comprehensive and inclusive education policy that addresses the current challenges and opportunities in the Pakistani educational landscape. Vice Chancellors from 12 universities shared their views.