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Foreign Student Interns Call on Chairman HECForeign Student Interns Call on Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, July 24, 2017: As many as 10 foreign students, presently working as interns in Pakistan under International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) programme, visited Higher Education Commission and met Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC and Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Welcoming foreign students to HEC, the Chairman underlined the significance of student exchange programmes for promotion and internationalisation of higher education. He said exchange of students between different countries not only helps students enrich their qualification but also develops cultural harmony. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He wished the students a great learning experience in Pakistan. "I want you to enjoy and learn a lot being in Pakistan and feel at home". </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The students expressed satisfaction on facilities available to them in Pakistani higher education institutions for their internships. They termed IAESTE a very important programme which helps beneficiaries learn in dynamic environments and develop their personalities as professionals.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">IAESTE is an international student exchange programme launched in 1948 at Imperial College London with a vision to encourage students from all over the world for their self-development as well as promotion of good relations among different countries. It provides students with international internships in their relevant fields of study and an opportunity to understand and experience cultures of other countries.  Pakistan became a member of IAESTE in 1990.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each year, IAESTE holds an annual conference, hosted by one of the member countries. It is one of the biggest events of IAESTE where over 250 delegates from across the world participate. The primary objective of this conference is to exchange internship opportunities among the member countries. This year, IAESTE annual conference was held in Seoul, South Korea.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">At the annual conference 2017, IAESTE Pakistan was able to secure 45 exchange opportunities from a number of countries including Austria, Vietnam, Germany, Oman, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, and Korea among others. So far, 14 Pakistani students have been accepted for internship in countries like Austria, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Ireland Croatia and Macedonia.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Currently, 10 foreign students are being hosted by Pakistan. These students have been placed at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad mainly, where they are being engaged in internships and trainings. Furthermore, five students are still anticipating their visas to Pakistan and will hopefully reach Pakistan soon. These students belong to different countries including Canada, Austria, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Oman, Turkey, Poland, Denmark, Slovakia, Switzerland, Vietnam and UAE.</p>27-07-2017 04:24:06<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Pakistani Students Take Part in Int’l Chemistry & Physics OlympiadsPakistani Students Take Part in Int’l Chemistry & Physics Olympiads <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Islamabad, July 18, 2017: Two teams of Pakistani students have participated in International Chemistry and Physics Olympiads at Bangkok, Thailand and Yogyakarta, Indonesia respectively. Teams comprising four Chemistry and five Physics students competed against over 300 talented students of respective subjects from around the world.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Students were selected under the STEM Careers Programme after nationwide screening tests held in all major cities of the country. Top 50 students for each competition were shortlisted for training in the subjects. After attending three-week long training camps, these students were further shortlisted and trained. Finally, two teams were selected to represent Pakistan in these Olympiads. Final camps for the two teams were set up in Hussain Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad respectively.  </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Students for Chemistry Olympiad included Maha Ayub from The Lyceum School, Karachi, Shah Muhammad Hassan from Generations School, Karachi; Amna Masood from Beaconhouse School System, Islamabad; and Mahnoor Moeen from Iqra Army Public School & College, Quetta. Whereas, the team of Physics students comprised Muzammil Ali Shaikh from Government Degree College, Larkana, Baqir Hassan Jafry from Karachi Grammar School, Karachi, Zoraiz Naeem from Beaconhouse School System, Abbottabad, Ubaidullah from ACME College of Excellence, Sargodha and Muhamad Mubeen from FG Sir Syed College, The Mall, Rawalpindi.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">These International Olympiads are one of the most prestigious competitions for college students up to age of 20 years. The first International Chemistry Olympiad was held in Prague, Czech Republic in 1968, while the first International Physics Olympiad was held in Warsa, Poland in 1967. Over 75 countries send their teams to compete in each of these competitions.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">STEM Careers Programme is a joint venture of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and PIEAS aimed at grooming talented youth of the nation to opt for career in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and preparing them for participation in the annual International Olympiads in Physics, Biology, Mathematics and Chemistry. </span></p>27-07-2017 04:21:36<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC-CAHE Forum Deliberates Challenges of Equitable Access, Quality in Higher EducationHEC-CAHE Forum Deliberates Challenges of Equitable Access, Quality in Higher Education <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:13pt;">Islamabad, July 17, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and China Association of Higher Education (CAHE) jointly organised the first Pakistan-China Forum entitled “Challenges of Equitable Access and Quality in Higher Education” at Air University, Islamabad on Monday.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:13pt;">Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms was the chief guest. Dr. Arshad Ali Executive Director HEC, Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar, Consultant (CPEC) HEC, CAHE delegates, and a large number of academicians were also present. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:13pt;">Speaking on the occasion, the Minister appreciated the role of HEC in building CPEC University Alliance and CPEC Consortium of Business Schools. “These efforts will help building collaborative linkages and intellectual connectivity which symbolize the spirit of CPEC”, he stated. He maintained that the Government is fully supportive of HEC in capacity building of existing higher education institutions to prepare suitable human resource for CPEC and promote cultural harmony between the two countries. “CPEC means Pakistan’s entry into the global supply chain,” he emphasised. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:13pt;">In his address, Dr. Arshad Ali thanked the Government’s commitment for promotion of higher education in the country which, he said, is not only a goal but also a pre-requisite for a knowledge-based economy. He also shared various initiatives of HEC with regard to HEC Vision 2025. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:13pt;">Earlier in his welcome address, Mr. Faaiz Amir, Vice Chancellor, Air University and Mr. Muhammad Asghar shed light on theme of Forum. The Forum focused on three areas including national role and contribution in improving quality of higher education, ensuring quality with large scale increase in access, and balancing quality of higher education in diverse regions. The Forum was also addressed by Mr Diaomei Wang, leader of the Chinese delegation.  </span></p>27-07-2017 04:18:11<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Funds 31 Technology Development Projects of PhD ScholarsHEC Funds 31 Technology Development Projects of PhD Scholars <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Islamabad, July 5, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has awarded 31 projects under Technology Development Fund to PhD scholars who have returned from abroad after completion of their PhD, in order to develop new technologies relevant to country’s socio-economic needs. In this connection, HEC organised the first project award ceremony at its Secretariat here on Wednesday.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms was chief guest on the occasion. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, vice chancellors, faculty members and other representatives of academia and industry attended the ceremony.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms congratulated the scholars and researchers on winning the projects. He said technologies are redefining the production means, adding that Pakistan has to adopt technologies as their beneficiaries so as to realise its dream of joining 25 leading economies of the world by 2025. He said that TDF has been launched to build strong linkages between knowledge and production platforms. “Our universities need to turn into centres of innovation,” he underlined.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">The Minister stated that economic prosperity is linked to political stability. “We have to be mature as a nation and ensure internal harmony and positive synergy,” he stressed adding that the Government is committed to bringing transformational reforms by making universities engines of innovation. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Mr. Ahsan stressed that the revolutionary and swift changes in information technology have to be adopted in a competitive manner. He said that new technologies of robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data science are fast changing the way developed world is progressing and we have to adopt these technologies on a faster pace. He appreciated HEC for focusing on faculty development adding that these areas have to be given special attention.  </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">In his welcome address, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed informed that as many as 116 scholars submitted their proposals under TDF. He said 31 projects have been selected for funding after thorough evaluation by HEC’s expert committee. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">The Chairman urged researchers to focus on bringing real impact in the society through these projects. He said the selected projects include nine projects in the field of Information Technology, eight projects in Food Science and Technology, and seven projects in Agriculture Engineering among others. He added that the University of Agriculture Faisalabad has won 10 projects, while National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad stood second by winning five projects. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said each approved project will receive a grant of 14 million rupees. “The projects approved in specified areas are expected to develop products or services which would positively impact the economy, resolve a current problem, meet a market need, utilise local raw material, and create large scale employment,” he said.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Sharing initiatives of HEC for promotion of higher education in the country since its inception in 2002, the Chairman said HEC’s achievements are being recognised at international level. TDF has been established by HEC with an aim to support researchers to materialise their ideas and research into products and services and help realise country’s dream of becoming a knowledge economy. It aims to support innovative ideas of researchers for prototype development, initial product development, patent filing, and marketing and licensing of new products so as to impact the country’s economy through new and emerging technologies.</span></p>27-07-2017 04:13:57<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
National Consultative Conference on HEC Vision 2025National Consultative Conference on HEC Vision 2025<div style="text-align:justify;"> </div><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, May 29, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan organised on Monday the National Consultative Conference on HEC Vision 2025 to deliberate future plans for higher education sector and discuss further improvement in the reform process in line with the Government of Pakistan’s Vision 2025.   </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform was chief guest on the occasion. Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Sanai, Minister for Education, Gilgit-Baltistan, Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi, Chairman, Pakistan Engineering Council, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, Mr. Shoaib Mir, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Vice Chancellors, deans and senior faculty, research scholars as well as representatives of different federal and provincial departments, industry and other stakeholders participated in the conference.  </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">HEC Vision 2025 is a comprehensive document, which has been prepared after extensive deliberation and consultation with eminent academicians, policy makers, business and industry leaders, and aims to consolidate HEC’s achievements during the last 15 years and carry on the reform process in a more ambitious and strategic manner while focusing on intellectual capital which is the way forward to build a knowledge economy.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;">The Vision document has gone through a critical in-house evaluation of achievements and reform business for the last decade through analysis of available data. A team of eminently qualified national consultants was engaged to develop key thematic areas. Outcome of various consultative sessions with the stakeholders assisted in identifying priorities and direction for the higher education sector. Draft of HEC Vision 2025 was also placed on HEC website for wider and critical feedback. Response from a number of academicians, scholars, government functionaries, students and general public facilitated in improving the draft.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal revealed how quality higher education can play a vital role in turning the country into a knowledge-based economy. He observed that the world has entered into the fourth industrial revolution wherein big data cloud computing, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, bio-technology, automation and robotics have evolved great significance. He maintained that competence in all these areas requires excellence in higher education. Terming the Vice Chancellors of Universities corps commanders of higher education sector, he urged them to concentrate on turning the universities into engines of innovation.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Minister revealed that the outcome of HEC Vision 2025 hinges upon seven key guidelines including academic excellence, applied research in universities, academia-industry linkages, transforming universities to serve the community for socio-economic development, making universities technology-enabled, institutional excellence, and university products i.e., skilled human resource. He affirmed that excellence in education is a must to make Pakistan an Asian tiger. “Erecting buildings in the name of Universities is no achievement, the real task is to create thirst for knowledge and research,” he emphasised.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Referring to the budget 2017-18, he said the Government has earmarked Rs. 35.5 billion for the PSDP of higher education sector. He maintained that various new programmes are planned to be launched including Inter-University Olympics, Global Leadership Internship, training of ERP systems to 100000 students, certificate and diploma programmes for 10000 youth who have done Masters in subjects which have no relevance in the job market, and establishment of Technology Innovation Fund.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his opening remarks earlier, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed shared the role of HEC in blending the human resource development with the country's socio-economic growth, promoting ICT-embedded education programmes, inspiring universities to share experience with other educational institutions, enhancing quality of higher education and research, increasing scholarships and global connectivity, facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship, and encouraging universities for community development. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said the strategic priorities of the HEC Vision 2025 include sustainability and consolidation of HEC; increasing equitable access; excellence in leadership; governance and management; research, innovation and commercialization; increased faculty with highest academic qualification; enhanced quality with curricular content for all levels of qualification offered; promoting ICT for education; and financial management and enhanced investment. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman said that before the inception of HEC, students enrolment in universities was only 0.276 million, while the number has now been taken to 1.3 million. "It is a happy development that gender-wise enrolment has been balanced, as now the ratio of male and female student enrolment is respectively 52 per cent and 48 per cent," he revealed. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He informed that so far over 200,000 students have benefitted from HEC scholarships, adding that more than 130,000 students of 114 districts of the country have been reimbursed fee under the Prime Minister's Fee Reimbursement Programme. He said 41 per cent increase has been witnessed in research publications in the last five years, adding that the number of publications was 6401 in 2011, however 12000 research articles were published in 2016. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said that HEC has set up 49 Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialization in addition to 25 Business Incubation Centres in different universities. He informed that HEC was awarded 3G Excellence in Higher Education Award in 2016, while it has also grabbed the 3G Award of the Cambridge IF Analytica in 2017. Sharing the three-tier model of Tertiary Education, he said HEC aims at ensuring 40 per cent PhD faculty in universities by 2025 and reaching the less developed areas of Pakistan. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Masoom Yasinzai presented a resolution on behalf of Vice Chancellors and Rectors of Universities. “We are grateful for all the support received from the Government of Pakistan particularly Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform. The HEC Vision 2025 has chartered an exemplary and ambitious roadmap for enhanced access, qualitative improvement of curricula and vibrant world-class research model for our institutions of higher learning. We affirmatively resolve that each and every leader of the higher education sector will play its vital role in achieving the aspirational goals and targets set in the HEC Vision 2025.”</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The conference participants were provided an opportunity to take part in special breakout sessions on Human Resources Development in Areas of National Importance, Quality of Education at Undergraduate Level, Universities as Hubs for Innovative Research in National Priority Areas, Role of Universities’ Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORICS) in Discovery and Dissemination of Useful Knowledge, Information and Communication Technologies, Access to Digital Information and Advanced Programmes, Standards Compliant Teacher Education Programmes, National Institutions of Applied Technologies with specific reference to CPEC, Embedding Social Values and Ethics in Higher Education System, Community Colleges for Skill Development, and Good Governance in Higher Education Institutions. The recommendations of these sessions will be considered for making any change in HEC Vision 2025 document.</p><p class="yiv4896386197msoplaintext" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12.5pt;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;"> </span></p>30-05-2017 03:57:48<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Approves Research Projects for Returning PhD ScholarsHEC Approves Research Projects for Returning PhD Scholars <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Islamabad, May 18, 2017: The Higher Education commission (HEC) Pakistan organized the second steering committee meeting for final review and approval of project proposals submitted under the project “Establishment of Technology Development Fund (TDF) for HEC scholars returning from abroad after completing PhD to introduce new technologies in Pakistan.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC chaired the meeting. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC and Dr. Muhammad Latif, Adviser R&D were also present on the occasion. Project Steering committee comprised members from education sector of all provinces, AJK and industry to maintain transparency for final approval of project proposals.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed highlighted importance of the project, as this project will not only strengthen relationship between academia and industry, it will also help researchers to materialize their ideas into products/services to support country’s dream of knowledge economy. He said both academia and industry should come closer to explore new horizons for betterment of the country. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Dr. Gul Mohammad Laghari, Deputy Chief S&T Section, Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms said that this project is one of the priorities of the Government to achieve Pakistan’s Vision 2025. Dr. Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, Vice Chancellor, UET Taxila highlighted that number of project proposals received from KP, Balochistan and Sindh were very few hence there is need to encourage provinces to apply under next calls.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Dr. Arhsad Ali also highlighted the role of HEC for taking such initiatives to provide researchers an opportunity to execute their ideas with industrial partners for socio-economic growth of country. He appreciated the support received from Mr. Imtiaz Rastgar, Chairman, Rastgar Group in identification of industrial experts. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Dr. Muhammad Latif, Adviser R&D and Ms. Noshaba Awais, Director R&D appreciated the contribution of expert panel for proposals’ approval as well as committee’s suggestions to further improve this project so as to facilitate more innovative ideas from all areas of Pakistan.    </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">The members of steering committee who attended the meeting included Dr. Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, Mr. Imtiaz Rastgar, Mrs. Anjum Afshan Naqvi, Director, Education Colleges AJK Muzaffarabad, Mr. Ata Muhammad Kakar, Deputy Secretary from Balochistan, Dr. Gul Mohammad Laghari, Mr. Khurram Zafar, Executive Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Lahore University of Management Sciences.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:12pt;color:#262626;">===============</span></p>19-05-2017 04:16:46<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC, ECOSF Forum Stresses Significance of Inquiry Based Science EducationHEC, ECOSF Forum Stresses Significance of Inquiry Based Science Education<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, May 11, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan in collaboration with ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) organised Forum on Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) -- <em>La main a la pate </em>to emphasise the importance of inquiry in science education and strengthening science base in schools. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Ameer Muhammad, Rector National University of Science and Technology (NUST) was chief guest of the occasion. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Mrs. Martine Dorance, Ambassador of France to Pakistan, Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, Dr. Athar Osama, Member S&T Planning Commission, Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro, President ECOSF, Mr. Mosharraf Zaidi, Campaign Director Alif Ailaan and students of different schools were also present. Prof. Pierre Lena, Chairman <em>La main a la pate, </em>a French organisation, was the keynote speaker of the forum. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his welcome address, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said HEC deliberated on creating base of students in the country's school system in order to bring about creative minds to the higher education level. "Though the main objective of HEC is to facilitate universities, however, following complaints from higher education institutions, it decided to contribute to improvement of quality at school level," he remarked. The deliberation led to various initiatives aimed at supporting schools through universities, he added. He maintained the HEC started the project of hand-holding of schools through universities. He shed light on the need for training of school teachers in order to produce fertile minds of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Urging the students to increase their interest in scientific developments, he said, "the future of Pakistan depends upon you and, I believe, many Nobel laureates are sitting here." He directed teachers to encourage students taking part in science activities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his keynote address, Dr. Pierre Lena termed science education a key element for the future of a nation. He paid tribute to the scientists who struggled to change the science education to bridge the gap between science education and technological discoveries. He revealed the importance of curiosity, observation, language, self-confidence and creativity in the field of science education. "Providing science education to every student is a key to understand the world, find a personal future, develop own creativity and talent, foster national development, and avoid atmosphere of world unsustainability," he underlined.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Addressing the forum, Mrs. Martine Dorance admired the role of La main a la pate in promoting science across the world. She said promoting science collaboration with Pakistan is one of the top priorities of France, as France encourages wide dissemination and development of science. She appreciated the HEC for its generous support to activities focusing promotion of not only higher education but also education at school level. Giving example of PERIDOT, she said, "we, together, can have a good future for our children and the coming generations."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Amir Muhammad, Rector National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU) described the efforts of HEC for promotion of higher education in the country. He said since the inception of HEC in 2002, the tertiary level education has marked a vital improvement. He said the base of education needs to be very strong to have a strong higher education. "A good quality of education at primary and secondary level lead to have a good quality of students at higher education level," he underlined. He also stressed the need for utilizing the modern way of science teaching at all levels in addition to improvement in the examination system.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Earlier in the introductory remarks, Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro said Pakistan needs a workforce having strong foundation in STEM subjects. He said the potential of students can be channalised by promoting inquiry based science education, adding that the country's institutions should encourage learning by doing.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt, Consultant HEC urged the students to pursue four C's i.e., curiosity, critical analysis, constructive approach and consistency in their studies in order to develop practical understanding of topics. He said three elements, including knowledge base, interactive education, and new strategies of teaching should be part of teachers training. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his closing remarks, Dr. G. Raza Bhatti termed the forum to be a great learning opportunity for students. He emphasised that questioning is the most important part of school life. "Inquiry based education outside of educational institutions is also very necessary in the learning process," he concluded.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The forum also included panel discussion on how inquiry based science education can be promoted in the educational institutions of the country.</p>11-05-2017 13:59:56<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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