ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday announced that his government would make no reduction in the budget of higher education allocated for the fiscal year 2022-23. The prime minister directed the authorities concerned to follow the instructions while preparing the next federal budget. The decision has been taken to avoid the closure of several university programmes and to ensure the smooth continuity of international higher education agreements. The prime minister also directed to reinvigorate the HEC in the manner it was functioning during the government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. He said the cuts in the budget of HEC during around the four-year tenure of the previous government had put a negative impact on higher education, that needed to be reversed. PM Sharif stressed focusing on the revival of educational projects in universities across the country. He also emphasized increasing the number of higher education programmes and making them meet international standards. The prime minister urged a significant increase in the resources of HEC and the provision of necessary facilities to the faculty and students.