The IPFP (Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs) Program was initiated by HEC in 2009, both to provide employment to fresh PhDs, and support universities in attracting qualified faculty. IPFP provides all Pakistani fresh PhD graduates an opportunity to be placed as Assistant Professors on a tenure track system for a period of one year. Under HEC rules, the host institutions are required to advertise corresponding faculty positions and afford an opportunity to IPFP scholars to compete for positions. Since 2009, HEC has placed around 4,300 fresh PhDs in the IPFP Programme in universities. A recent review of the program has shown that the program was successful in placing about three-quarters (74.64 per cent) of the participants in long-term faculty positions (in the same or other universities). Of the remaining one-quarter of the participants, about half dropped out before the conclusion of the program (presumably to pursue other career choices), while the other half have faced delays in finding suitable permanent positions.
However, because of the increase in the number of PhD holders, there is growing demand for such interim opportunities. Meeting the expanded demand at current rates of remuneration would be unviable, especially under the current financial constraints. The financial crisis has also forced universities to cut down on recruitment of new faculty, which adds to the pressure.
The challenge requires fresh thinking, including on the contours of the IPFP program. Accordingly, HEC has reviewed the IPFP policy, and proposed significant changes, both to be able to expand the size of the program within the existing budget, and to ensure that it helps support longer-term career plans of the participants
- The Applications for fiscal year 2020-21 as 'IPFP Fellows' in all areas of study/disciplines under the programme IPFP (Phase-II) batch-2 of the program will be advertised between Septembers –October 2020.
- The second round of NAHE training started on June 08, 2020 comprises of 165 applicants divided into 4 batches. However, 153 applicants are taking the training. Their cases will be process further after completion of training. Meanwhile, they are also encouraged to contact the universities for their placement as well.
- The first Cohort comprises of 41 IPFP Fellows have taken NAHE training. They are ready to place at Universities. HEC has process the offer letter and forwarded to universities whose 'Consent forms have been received from the universities. The participants of this Cohort who couldn't be placed yet at universities, HEC will share their information with universities again in 2nd week of July 2020, however participants are also encouraged to contact the universities their self as well. The applicants will receive their stipend of training in 3-4 week of July 2020.
- Keeping in view current pandemic situation and to save the precious time of the applicants, National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) has started online training will be conducted in the form of cohorts ( May to August 2020) which have been devised in the light of results of applicants pre-assessments result.