Talat Khurshid retires after serving University Grants Commission/Higher Education Commission for 37 Years

Islamabad, June 29, 2012 (PPI-OT): Mr. Talat Khurshid, Adviser (Academics) HEC has retired from service after spending 37 years in the erstwhile University Grants Commission (UGC) and Higher Education Commission.

Mr. Khurshid is one of the founding members of UGC as well as HEC. Since his appointment in UGC in 1975, he served in various Divisions including Academics, Planning and Development, Administration, Training, Curriculum, Human Resource Development and Sports. Mr. Talat also remained Professor and Director of the Federal College of Education, Ministry of Education, Islamabad as well as Chairman, Masters’ Programme.

A ceremony to bid him farewell was recently held at the Commission Secretariat. Dr. Javaid R. Laghari, Chairperson HEC presided over the ceremony. Dr. M. D. Shami, former Whole Time Member of UGC, was also present.

Dr. Laghari acknowledged the services of Mr. Khurshid for development of higher education, especially promotion of university sports at national and international levels. Recalling the UGC days, Dr. Shami said that Mr. Khurshid put in his best efforts for strengthening university education in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Talat Khurshid reminisced about some of his memories of working at both UGC and HEC. He elaborated how the institution has contributed in the development of higher education sector of Pakistan. He advised the young officers to carry forward the mission of HEC with dedication and hard work.

At the time of his retirement, he was the senior most regular officer in HEC. He has also been teaching for last 20 years and has supervised over 150 research projects. Due to excellent services in the field of higher education, he was awarded the French Government’s Academic Civil Award Palmes de Academiques in 1999.

Mr. Khurshid holds MS in Education from USA, MSc from Quaid-e-Azam University (first batch 1973-75), MA in Political Science, MA in EPM as well as LLB degrees.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: 90402404, 90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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