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The HEC Controversy: Separating Fact and Fiction – A Talk by Pervez Hoodbhoy


Following the dismissal of the Higher Education Commission’s executive director, a fierce controversy is currently raging in the media about the future of higher education in Pakistan. What are the facts? Did the HEC actually succeed in improving our universities? How is “improvement” to be measured?

Join The Second Floor (T2F) for a talk by Pervez Hoodbhoy as he discusses critical issues about the state of higher education in Pakistan.

Pervez HoodbhoyPervez Amirali Hoodbhoy is professor of nuclear and high energy physics, and teaches at the School of Science and Engineering (LUMS, Lahore) as well as at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees, all from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. He is a recipient of the Baker Award for Electronics and the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics. He was visiting professor at MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Maryland. In 2010, Dr. Hoodbhoy received the Joseph A. Burton Award from the American Physical Society and the Jean Meyer Award from Tufts University. In 2011, he was included in the list of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.

Over a period of 25 years, Dr. Hoodbhoy created and anchored a series of television programs that dissected the problems of Pakistan’s education system, and two other series that aimed at bringing scientific concepts to ordinary members of the public. He is the author of “Islam and Science – Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality”, now in 8 languages. As the head of Mashal Books in Lahore, he leads a major translation effort to produce books in Urdu that promote modern thought, human rights, and emancipation of women. In 2003 he was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science. Also in 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was invited to the Pugwash Council. He is a sponsor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and a member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists.

Date: Friday, 21st December, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.

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