Critical thinking, the ability to think outside the box, the melting pot of ideas that see the status quo as up for grabs. A university degree is not just an education – it is an experience that will send you in the direction you want in life having forged you to think for yourself. With the ability to know the values you stand for and to argue them convincingly against anyone.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) does not see Campus life this way. It has instructed the ideology of the nation be taught, promoting nationalism to bring unity to the nation. Discussions contrary to this, including criticising the government, bring about chaos and negativism.
This letter is an insult to academia, students and the purpose of universities: to educate and stimulate debate. Bright young minds are to be dimmed. Voices constrained to sing praise to the government. A Higher Education body that would meet the approval of North Korea is a betrayal of the children of Pakistan.
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Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog