Dr Mukhtar Ahmad appointed as HEC Chairman

ISLAMABAD: Professor Dr Mukhtar Ahmed has been appointed as Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Tuesday.

Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, who has been Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission since February 2013, has been appointed as Chairman HEC in pursuance with the directives of Islamabad High Court.

Dr Ahmed was responsible for the implementation of reforms initiated by the government in higher  education sector. Before joining HEC, Dr Ahmed was Deputy Director General, ISESCO in Rabat, Morocco.

As Deputy Director General, ISESCO, Dr Ahmed was responsible for the Directorates of Education, Science, Culture and Communication, ICPSR, CPID (Planning and Strategic Division) and ISESCO Regional centers.

He has persuaded ISESCO’s agenda in all OIC conferences, conventions, including Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers and also various ministerial conferences in specified various areas of ISESCO’s mandate.

Dr Ahmed was also responsible for preparing short-term and long-term programmes including three years action plans for the ISESCO. He was also the Editor-in-Chief, ISESCO Journal of Science and Technology.

With a Bachelors and Masters of Science from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Pakistan, Master in Business Administration and PhD from University of California, Riverside, USA Dr Ahmad has over 25 years of educational development and management experience at national and international level of teaching, research, academic administration, policy development, linking educational research to industry, introducing entrepreneurial approaches to education and a diverse range of educational development programmes.

His distinguished career is enriched with diverse academic, research and administrative experience both in public and private sectors of higher education in Pakistan.

He has worked with numerous educational and other institutions in different capacities at national and international levels as Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, Chairman/Head of Departments, Dean, Consultant,  Coordinator, Project Director, Director Student Affairs, Director Campus, Rector, Acting Executive Director HEC, Member
(Operations and Planning) HEC, Deputy Director General, ISESCO and now the Executive Director of Higher Education Commission in Pakistan.