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Universities as supermarkets

Sometime ago I was sitting with a deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan when a vice chancellor (VC) of a public-sector university came to see him. After the…

UHC & private health sector

AS we recover from Covid-19, we should start rethinking our national development agenda. This pandemic is not the last of its kind, although, for some known and unknown reasons, it…

Dissecting public expenditure (Part – I)

Several commentators have argued that the problem of fiscal deficit in Pakistan lies in its profligate public expenditure and unless this expenditure is drastically reduced a healthy fiscal balance is…

Construction sector’s massive potential — I

The construction sector has great potential to uplift the entire economy, as it generates an impressive chain of activity in more than 40 industries. Roughly 30-35% of employment is directly…

Pakistani universities and governance

University governance is much more complex than what many believe, including those in government who intervene in university affairs. In reality, unless one has actually worked in a senior administrative…

The public diplomacy challenge

In my last piece published in this space (‘Scrambling for influence’, July 31), I spoke of the need for engaging in the battle of ideas as an expression of the…

Universities of the future

Universities can be harbingers of change. We have seen how the Oxford and Cambridge universities contributed to the development of the United Kingdom; how Stanford and MIT have done the…