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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;" />
HEC Organises Trainings for BPS 1-10 EmployeesHEC Organises Trainings for BPS 1-10 Employees<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, May 5, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has organised a series of trainings for personal as well as professional development of its employees working in different cadres. In addition to holding specific sessions for people working at managerial positions, HEC has also organized professional development programmes for staff working in BPS 1-10.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The training sessions focus grooming of HEC employees and includes a variety of activities. These refresher courses are aimed to boost morale, devotion, and organizational commitment among the employees.  Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC graced the closing session of two training programmes as chief guest. He appreciated interest and enthusiasm of participants in the activities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The last programme of the series is being held from May 5-7, 2017. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC will be chief guest in the closing ceremony. It is pertinent to mention here that numerous professional development activities were approved for current financial year 2016-17. The wide range of programmes focuses philosophy of catering for diverse needs and ensuring experiential interactive learning for development of individual, professional and teamwork skills. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p>06-05-2017 17:57:33<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Wins Global Good Governance AwardHEC Wins Global Good Governance Award<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, April 26, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has won the Global Good Governance (3G) Award of Cambridge IF Analytica, an international organisation based in Cambridge, UK. The award distribution ceremony was held in Dubai, UAE.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 3G Awards are presented to government organisations, corporations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for excellence in transparency, good governance and social responsibility. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The awards are given in three streams including government and politics, corporate sector, social sector and philanthropy. From the four nominations in each category, the winner is selected by a global poll. In order to maintain the highest standards of integrity, nominations are subject to multiple levels of independent review by a selection committee consisting of eminent personalities drawn from government, industry and academia. This is the second year running where HEC has bagged the award.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 3G Awards are based on a proprietary methodology, "3G Methodology", developed by the organisation. The 3G Methodology has a score card called 3G Card, which has five pillars including transparency, social responsibility, sustainability, impact and innovation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cambridge IF Analytica is a financial services intelligence house that specialises in developing and utilising powerful cutting edge analytical tools to evaluate business data, assess macroeconomic indicators and understand market trends, leadership positioning and brand development relevant to the development of the financial services industry globally. The HEC, Pakistan has been recognised for its achievements in increasing access to technology-embedded higher education and diligently creating a culture of innovative and useful research in higher education institutions in Pakistan. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Cambridge IF Analytica reviewed the HEC Vision 2025 and its inspirational goals to collectively improve quality of higher education to prepare increased number of qualified and productive human capital who will create a knowledge-based economy.</p>26-04-2017 11:08:43<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
3-Day Data Science Workshop Begins at HEC3-Day Data Science Workshop Begins at HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">​Islamabad, April 18, 2017: Opening ceremony of 3-day Data Science Workshop was held at Higher Education Commission Secretariat here on Tuesday. The workshop will provide networking and collaborative opportunities to local community and extend a platform to share thoughts and learn from domain experts, foreign professors, researchers and industry experts from US, China, UK, New Zealand and Australia.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC was the chief guest on the occasion, while Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, Dr. Edward Seidel, Director National Centre for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois, and Dr. Ayub Alvi, Chairperson National Computing Education Accreditation Council were also present. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed emphasized the need for promotion of constructive sciences which lead to welfare of mankind. "Let's work together for the well-being of humanity," he underlined. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said that fiction of today is tomorrow's reality. He observed that science has made rapid progress and scientific miracles are a beauty of nature, however destruction caused by misuse of science is also a bitter reality. He urged the scientists and the community associated with Data Science to focus the betterment of human beings in their work. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his keynote address, Dr. Edward Seidel shed light on the emergence of Data Science as a new paradigm. Describing the data-enabled transformation of science, he revealed the role of Data Science in various scientific fields. He also discussed topics like Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Big Data, Long Tail of Science, Materials Genome, Big Data Hubs, material innovations, and fundamental observations that scientists have communicated by sharing data. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Seidel shared the basic vision of opening data and publication services while describing new dimensions in modern publications. He stressed the need for a concrete policy to ensure effective use of Data Science in every field.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his welcome address earlier, Dr. Arshad Ali informed that HEC plans to set up five Data Science Centres in Pakistan -- one in each province and one in the federal capital. He said the purpose of organizing the workshop is to train faculty on teaching Data Science so as to prepare workforce for the future Data Science Centres. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He underlined that Data Science has an important role not only in Computer Science but in almost all the disciplines including medical, engineering, and agriculture. He said the advent of digital facilities has made it easy to collect and save a huge data, adding that the Data Science has also generated enormous job opportunities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Data Science is an emerging field that has gained significant attention in academia as well as industry for last few years. Huge amount of data is being generated by industry, government, telecommunication and private setups, however there is a dire need for professionals who can work on data generated for betterment of local businesses and community alike.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Due to inadequate training opportunities and awareness building programmes, professional expertise in harvesting Big Data is limited and it is difficult to capitalize on flourishing opportunities of Data Science available across the globe. HEC has taken the initiative of promoting Data Science activities in collaboration with national and international partners both from industry and academia.</p>18-04-2017 12:09:09<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Inks Pact with Overseas Technology for Online Courses, CertificationHEC Inks Pact with Overseas Technology for Online Courses, Certification<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, April 11, 2017: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan has signed an agreement with Overseas Technology Private Limited to acquire services of digital content, subsidized online courses and certification of high ranking renowned institutions to the recipients of Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The signing ceremony was held at the Commission Secretariat here on Tuesday. Ms. Leila Khan, Chairperson, Prime Minister Youth Programme was the chief guest. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, and other senior officers of the two sides were also present.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Leila Khan appreciated the managements of both HEC and Overseas Technology Pvt. Ltd. for taking measures to provide students with opportunity to secure internationally acclaimed specialization in diversified disciplines leading towards certifications through an online platform. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">She said the courses will enhance learning capabilities of students in their professional career. She urged HEC and Overseas Technology to facilitate students at the time of registration in this programme and throughout their courses. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Welcoming Ms. Leila Khan to HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said the Government is paying due attention for promotion of higher education in the country. He said HEC is effectively implementing Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme and Prime Minister's Fee Reimbursement Scheme the Prime Minister's Youth Programme. He maintained that laptop assembly plant has now been set up in Pakistan making the execution of PM's Laptop Scheme easier. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman said over Rs. 6.5 billion has so far been reimbursed to students from less developed areas of Pakistan under the Fee Reimbursement Scheme, adding that HEC has also set up Education Testing Council to ensure free of cost entry tests for admission to universities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Referring to Smart University concept, he underlined that HEC has so far enabled 15 universities with Wifi-enabled campuses linked with Safe Campus Project to not only facilitate students but also ensure their security. 'HEC intends to rollout this concept at all public sector universities by 2018," he added.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Earlier, briefing the Chairperson PMYP about significance of the agreement, Dr. Arshad Ali said that HEC is determined to improve effective utilization of modern technology, adding that improvement in the quality of education and access to education cannot be achieved without use of technology. He said the agreement is a step forward towards creating a learning environment for students. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The agreement will provide students with an opportunity to secure certifications from renowned institutions and will enhance their skills. A verified certificate from authentic online platform can serve as a proof for an employer that someone is abreast with cutting-edge tools and skills needed for a competitive career internationally. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​MS and PhD level laptop recipients can sign up and enroll in 70 specialization and associated courses, initially offered under the programme. They can earn a completion certificate upon successful completion of their specific course.</p>18-04-2017 12:06:38<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Afghanistan’s Media Delegation Visits HECAfghanistan’s Media Delegation Visits HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, April 4, 2017: A delegation of media persons and a few academics from Afghanistan, which is on a week-long visit to Pakistan, visited Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat here on Tuesday. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC welcomed the delegation and briefed them about development of Pakistan's higher education sector during the last decade. He elaborated different steps taken for a strengthened quality assurance system in higher education sector across Pakistan. The Chairman informed the delegates how different initiatives of HEC for human resource development and promotion of research has brought about tremendous progress in the sector. "Through different schemes for overseas, indigenous, need-based scholarships as well as Prime Minister's Fee Reimbursement Scheme over 200,000 faculty and students have been given scholarships. The more we invest in youth, the more we ensure development of the country," he said.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman said HEC has been playing an active role in increasing equitable access to quality higher education and encouraging relevant research activities. Underlining the strong connection of academia with rapid technological advancement and ongoing digitization process, he said that HEC has taken a number of measures for growth of ICT in the country. In this sphere, HEC has taken various initiatives including establishment of Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), Digital Library, and Cloud Data Centre. He maintained that HEC evolved Smart University concept in view of future challenges and opportunities in the higher education sector. He said that HEC has set up Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialization as well as Business and Technology Incubation Centres in many universities in the country.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are brotherly countries. He informed the delegates that the Government of Pakistan, in Phase-I, offered 3000 scholarships to Afghan youth for their capacity building of which over 600 have completed and returned to Afghanistan, the remaining are still studying. He further said that 3000 more scholarships will be offered through Allama Iqbal Scholarship Programme, the second phase of the project that will be launched in April. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said that the recently signed Document of Understanding (DoU) between two countries aims to devise a legal framework for collaboration in higher education sector. He also mentioned that a ceremony was held in Islamabad in February in the honour of Afghan students, which was presided over by the President of Pakistan and special Afghan delegation was invited which was headed by Minister of Higher Education and around 800 Afghan students attended the ceremony. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​He said that the purpose of these scholarships is to provide Afghan students opportunities of acquiring higher education which are being extended to Pakistani students and develop and progress jointly. He observed that the region has been facing a great 'human tragedy' during the last many decades, however the two nations have fought the unrest and chaos courageously. He stressed the need for promoting mutual trust help each other in all possible ways.</p>18-04-2017 12:03:55<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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