Islamabad, December 17, 2016: Second biannual meeting of the National Technology Council (NTC), an accreditation and registration council established by Higher Education Commission to monitor and accredit diversified technologies degree programmes at bachelor's level, was held at Commission's Secretariat under the auspices of HEC's Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
The Council members discussed in detail the quality of technology education and improvement of diversified four-year technology degree programmes at bachelor's level so as to meet the vital need for advanced technologies and competent technologists for country's economic development.
Maj. Gen. Akbar Saeed Awan (Retd), Chairman NTC, chaired the meeting, which was also attended by Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC and a number of other eminent academicians from reputable higher education institutions, practicing engineers, technologists from all over the country, representatives of Pakistan Engineering Council, Ministry of Science and Technology and a few other ministries.
The meeting formulated several sub-committees on various technology disciplines to administer NTC's accreditation and registration processes based on transparent policies, procedures and criteria. These sub-committees include committees on all Engineering Technologies, Life Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Agriculture, Material Sciences, Physics, Information and Communications Technologies, Defense Technologies, Marine Technology, Space Technology, Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering Technology, Natural Resources Technologies and Renewable Energy Technologies, Cyber Technology, Textile Technology, and Technology Industry Interface.
Different programmes whose accreditation will come under NTC's purview include, though not limited to, B-Tech (Hons.), BSc/ BS Engineering Technologies, Animal Production and Technology, Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Emergency and Intensive Care Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, Dental Technology, Operation Theatre Technology, Mortuary Technology, Food Sciences and Technology, Nanotechnology, Information and Communication Technologies.
For improving the existing engineering technology education programmes, the Council recommended to HEC to formally launch in all engineering disciplines BSc/BS Engineering Technology four-year degree programmes, comprising 16 years of academic learning and call for a National Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC).
The curricula will be having substantial equivalence with international standards, including Supervised Industrial Training during seventh and eight semesters and will pave the way to mutual recognition agreement on academic qualifications with other countries and attain signatory status of Sydney Accord.
Pakistan Engineering Council also endorsed this proposal in view of an earlier decision in this regard at Ministry of Science and Technology and assured its full support to NTC.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, while addressing the participants, reiterated the strategic focus of HEC on improving quality of higher education being imparted in universities, adding that establishment of NTC itself is a reflection of the commitment to promoting technology and protecting technologists.
He appreciated the efforts of NTC in developing Institutional Framework in line with charter of the Council. He appreciated Mr. Akbar Saeed Awan for his concerted efforts to develop accreditation policy, service structure of technologists, accreditation processes and essential sub-committees for various disciplines of technology and assured all possible support of HEC for smooth functioning of NTC. He also inaugurated the official website of National Technology Council www.ntc-hec.org.pk.