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Korean Ambassador Calls on Chairman HECKorean Ambassador Calls on Chairman HEC<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, April 18, 2019: Mr. Kwak Sung-Kyu, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Pakistan called on Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) at the Commission Secretariat on Thursday. The two sides discussed issues pertaining to collaboration in higher education and research fields.    <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ambassador said that 1,650 Pakistani students are currently studying in different Korean higher education institutions. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman said that Pakistan and South Korea have a great potential to strengthen educational cooperation and research collaboration as the two countries enjoy good academic relations. He stressed the need for launching student and faculty exchange programmes among higher education institutions of both the countries. "Joint research initiatives may also be undertaken to further cement academic relations."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Ambassador highlighted the collaborative endeavours ongoing among Pakistani and Korean higher education institutions. He informed the Chairman that Pakistan Global Institute is being established wherein two disciplines, Information Technology and Business Administration, will initially be started after approval of its law by the Government of Pakistan.   <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">He said that the Korean Government welcomes initiatives meant to strengthen bilateral academic relations between the two countries.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============<br></p>18-04-2019 15:17:10<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Technology Development FundHEC Technology Development Fund<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Technology Developed for Application of Bioherbicide to Control Wheat Weeds  </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, April 18, 2019: A cost-effective technology has been developed by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and Jaffer Agro Services (Private) Limited for application of bioherbicide to control weeds of wheat. This project was approved and undertaken under Technology Development Fund (TDF) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The project entitled "Development of Bioherbicide Containing Allelopathic Bacteria for Biocontrol of Weeds of Wheat" was awarded to Dr. Zahir Ahmed Zahir and his team at the Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) along with Jaffer Agro Services (Private) Limited. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The team has already identified useful strains of rhizobacteria, a root-colonising bacteria suitable to develop a bioherbicide, which may be applied to wheat crop through the technology and a specified process. The team is also fostering to offer it to farmer community in a user-friendly form. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Wheat is Pakistan's major crop and, unfortunately, its annual production is witnessing 24 per cent decrease annually by weeds causing Rs.37.9 billion loss to the country' economy. Various weed control strategies are being employed, including manual weed control, which on one side is time consuming and labour intensive, while on the other side is suitable only for crops grown in rows, besides causing crop injury and elevating the cost due to high energy inputs. Chemical control is time-saving and cost-effective, but it causes harmful environmental impacts, destroying beneficial organisms, pollinators, terrestrial and aquatic life in different ways. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Field trials of the technology conducted in collaboration with the industrial partner have already proven its ability to suppress weed growth and promoted wheat growth by more than 15 per cent. It is estimated to increase 567 tons of wheat crop yield worth Rs.18.44 million annually by applying bioherbicide to only 15 per cent of total area under wheat cultivation. Moreover, along with other multiple benefits to biodiversity, ecosystem and economy of the country, three million rupees can be saved from import of harmful insecticides and pesticides.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The project after successful completion may not only save import costs but establish ways to fulfil the objectives of multilateral environmental UN agreements to which Pakistan is signatory and empower the ambition of knowledge economy.     </p><p style="text-align:justify;">TDF is the first initiative of its kind by HEC to harness the expertise of academic scientists for commercially viable prototype and product development with inbuilt mechanism to have industry partner.      <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============<br></p>18-04-2019 15:15:01<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Closing Ceremony of Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2018-19Closing Ceremony of Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2018-19<div style="text-align:left;"></div><p style="text-align:left;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">​</span><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2">President Arif Alvi Emphasizes Need to Accelerate Adoption of New Technologies</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, April 5, 2019: President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi has emphasized the need to accelerate efforts to adopt new technologies in every field of life. He was addressing the closing ceremony of HEC-Huawei ICT Skill Competition 2018-19 held here at HEC Secretariat on Friday. The ceremony marked the announcement of winners who will compete in the Global Final to be held in China next month.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulating the Higher Education Commission and Huawei for successfully conducting this ICT competition for students, he said that there is a huge potential of exports and employment generation in Pakistan's IT and Telecom industry, adding that this actually holds the key for any country's development. "Such competitions will prepare our younger generation to effectively contribute for country's socio-economic development."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Huawei ICT Competition Pakistan 2018-19 was launched in September last year. Roadshow and workshops were held in 53 universities and academic institutions across Pakistan. More than 5000 students attended the examination conducted on Huawei's learning platform. Top 300 students were invited to attend the second round, of which 171 students passed HCNA Certification. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The top 100 students took part in the National Final and the most competitive top six students were selected for the Middle East International Final in China. In May 2019, the top three students Zohaib Anwar, Jawaria Abbas and Asim Fareed shall participate in the Huawei ICT Competition Global Final in China with other regional winners from all over the globe.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking to the audience, the President stressed on the need to realize the swiftly increasing scope of information age, and implementation of right strategies to bring in relevant technologies in different fields. He gave various examples of education, health and agriculture sectors, and underscored the fact that a proactive approach is required to identify and incorporate IT solutions in every single field.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Alvi also highlighted the role of the State to ensure that younger generation is provided with every opportunity to unleash their talent and play an active part in this age of rapid transition and application of technologies. He narrated how he has been endeavoring to bring in IT solutions for his political activities not only in his constituency but also bring reforms in the election processes at party as well as national levels. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">He talked about the gaps in our university education and demand of different markets. "Though in some areas, we see very relevant output of graduates but overall we have to make more concerted effort to ensure that a person graduating from a higher learning institution has the relevant and updated skills and knowledge. "Relevant research is inevitable, if Pakistan has to progress and stand tall in the comity of nations."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The President mentioned how China has emerged as a global leader, particularly in development and adoption of latest technologies. He also acknowledged the tremendous achievements of Huawei in a short span of time.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Shafqat Mehmood, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training congratulated the students who have won at national level and wished them luck for participation in the Global Final. He advised the students to be firm and committed in their efforts. "As our Prime Minister always says that if you don't accept defeat, nobody can defeat you."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Minister informed the audience that the Government is focusing the areas where technology can help us leapfrog. "Efforts are afoot to link the skill development of our youth to the country's future requirements, and to ensure that an environment is created where ideas can flourish. I appreciate HEC for taking a number of initiatives for this purpose. And I further assure that the Government's full support is for innovation and technology."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Commending Huawei for its rapid progress in record time, he acknowledged how the company has invested in various technological projects for the youth of Pakistan. "There is no doubt that the friendship of China and Pakistan is deeper and stronger, which is clearly reflected in such joint initiatives in various fields."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC thanked the President for taking out time for the event, and for his continuous support to the cause of education. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Giving two examples from news stories that appeared on Friday morning, one about selection of five Pakistanis in Forbes' 30 under 30 and the second about a man's attempt to build a small aircraft in Pakpattan, Dr. Banuri highlighted Pakistan's potential to grow and take the upcoming technological challenges head-on. "The only thing we need to step up is unleash this imagination and creativity of our people, particularly youth."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Chairman emphasized that "technology is an input in the development process, the real source is imagination. And I am pleased to say that HEC is trying to create an environment where our youth is enabled to do so." He particularly mentioned Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN) which connects universities and research institutes at national as well as global levels enabling them to keep pace with the world. Describing HEC-Huawei partnership, Dr. Banuri said this collaboration has helped Pakistan in development of ICT setup. He said Huawei has taken different ICT initiatives jointly with HEC.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his remarks, the Chinese Ambassador Mr. Yao Jing said the global economy depends upon development of ICT, which is a pivotal element for nation's progress. He admired the students who have won the competition and wished them good luck in the final competition in China. He said Pakistan and China enjoy cordial relations and the two countries are committed to working together to cope with future challenges. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Saif Chi, CEO Huawei Pakistan that we will continue to see the digital and physical world merge as emerging technologies become a greater part of our lives. "In order to welcome the arrival of the intelligent world, Huawei has always focused on R&D. In Pakistan, Huawei established office in 1998. Since then it has been playing vital role in making Pakistan go digital", he said.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">===============<br></p>05-04-2019 11:30:49<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Launches Job Portal for PhD ScholarsHEC Launches Job Portal for PhD Scholars<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, April 3, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launched a Job Portal (<a href=""></a>) that aims to improve matching of PhD scholars with job opportunities. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Job Portal has been built on, Pakistan's largest job placement platform, with over 30000 active jobs and addition of around 1000 new jobs daily.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The portal will provide PhD scholars with access to opportunities in academia, research institutions, and in the private sector that can leverage the unique skills they have developed in pursuance of their PhD degree. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over time, the increased use of portal will provide HEC with job data analytics that will help shape future policy. The portal has been linked to the unemployed PhD data collected earlier this year. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The PhD scholars who are already registered with the HEC now have profiles created on These PhD scholars can start taking advantage of Rozee's sophisticated job matching algorithm and job alerting features. PhD scholars that have not already registered with the HEC can register themselves directly on the job portal.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The candidate's profile has been enhanced to include specific areas that are relevant to academia / research job seekers (i.e. publications, teaching experience, grant experience, etc.)<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">PhD scholars are encouraged to complete the enhanced profiles on the job portal in order to improve overall job matching results and provide more information to the prospective employers. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Universities will be provided access to the jobs portal and have been requested to post their academic jobs on the portal. Employers already using Rozee will have access to the PhD Scholars that have been added to Rozee's candidate database. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The portal can be accessed via <a href=""></a>. Further queries may be sent to <a href=""></a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">=</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">===</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:inherit;">===========</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p>03-04-2019 11:11:02<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC Starts New Cycle of Progress Review Meetings, Trainings for 184 Quality Enhancement CellsHEC Starts New Cycle of Progress Review Meetings, Trainings for 184 Quality Enhancement Cells<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, April 2, 2019: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has started the new cycle of Progress Review Meetings and training activities of Quality Enhancement Cells (QECs). The HEC has established QECs in 184 higher education institutions in order to strengthen their Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) mechanism and develop a quality higher education system relevant to national needs and compatible to International Quality Assurance Standards enabling the higher education institutions to demonstrate excellence in teaching, learning and research.     </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The activity was kicked off here by Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). All the QECs have been divided into 10 groups and two-day activities will be held for each group. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The activity of first group was attended by 17 QECs representatives. They also delivered presentations on their last year's performance. The second day activity will include training of QECs' Heads on modalities of Institutional Performance Evaluation, MS/MPhil and equivalent programmes review, PhD programmes review and Yearly Progress Report of QECs.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The activity for the second group will commence on April 4-5, 2019 followed by activities for the rest of groups till May 3, 2019. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Noor Amna Malik, Adviser Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), HEC was chief guest of the ceremony. Addressing the participants, she shed light on the HEC's vision regarding quality enhancement. She emphasised the need for steps to turn the QECs into statutory bodies wherein the head of a QEC should have a statutory position. She also highlighted the significant role of Directors at QECs in achieving the real aim of setting up these Cells. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In her opening remarks, Dr. Nadia Tahir, Managing Director (QAA), HEC briefed the participants about the current scenario and future plans of HEC pertaining to quality assurance. She stated that it is high time to gauge the impact of QECs with respect to employability and skills enhancement.     </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Under the umbrella of HEC, the QAA is striving hard to promote quality culture in the Degree Awarding Institutions (DAIs). For this purpose, QECs have been established in 184 DAIs to strengthen their Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) mechanism. These QECs are annually assessed by QAA for their performance against the defined parameters. Whereas, for External Quality Assurance (EQA), different mechanisms have been devised at institutional level as well as programme level.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Since establishment of QAA in 2005, the Quality Assurance mechanism of Pakistan is ranked amongst the most stable systems of neighbouring countries. Considering its importance and internationally acclaimed best practices, quality experts of Pakistan have pointed out the need for bridging the gap between IQA and EQA by linking them along for performance assessment of QECs.     </p><p>===============<br></p>03-04-2019 10:05:05<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
HEC, Kyrgyz Delegation Agree to Enhance Collaboration in Higher EducationHEC, Kyrgyz Delegation Agree to Enhance Collaboration in Higher Education<p style="text-align:justify;">Islamabad, March 28, 2019: A delegation of Kyrgyz academicians led by Dr. Osman Tongusakov, Director Institute of Philosophy and Legal Research, National Academy of Science, Kyrgyzstan visited the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and called on Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director HEC and senior HEC officers at the Commission Secretariat here on Wednesday. The two sides agreed to develop collaboration in various academic fields including medical, engineering and agriculture. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Asghar briefed the delegation about the main objectives, functions and future plans of HEC. He said HEC is playing its pivotal role for evaluation, improvement and promotion of higher education in Pakistan. He maintained that the main objectives of HEC include increase in access to higher education, improvement in quality, and ensuring relevance of education and research to national needs. He underlined that since its inception in 2002, HEC has marked remarkable achievements in terms of access, quality and relevance. He said the number of universities has reached 195 with an increase of up to 9.1 per cent in enrolment ratio. He added that the number of research publications has reached 14,024 per annum as compared to a total of only 800 publication in 2002. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Executive Director also shed light on HEC's major international collaborations including US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor, Pak-UK Education Gateway, and China-Pakistan Intellectual Corridor. He said HEC follows stringent measures to maintain quality and standards in the higher education institutions, safeguarding their autonomy and improving governance. He informed the delegation that HEC has streamlined the recognition, verification and accreditation of degree programmes of universities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">HEC extends all-out support to research and innovations through various programmes like Technology Development Fund, Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, Business Incubation Centres, and Patent Support Programme, he informed. He said HEC has set up 66 ORICs, 30 BICs and 184 Quality Enhancement Cells in universities.        </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In his remarks, Dr. Osman Tongusakov said Kyrgyz institutions aspire to develop collaboration with HEC, accreditation councils of Pakistan and Pakistani universities. He stated that the Kyrgyz universities are looking forward to having collaboration with HEC in order to improve its education system.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Kyrgyz delegation comprised Dr. Asylbek Aidaraliev, Chairman, Board of Trustees, International University of Kyrgyzstan, Dr. Almazbek Irgashev, Vice Rector, Kyrgyz National Agricultural University, Mr. Keneshbek Erysov (PhD), Professor of Neurosurgery, Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, and Mr. Dmitrii Vashniakov, Dean, Medical Faculty of International University of the Kyrgyz Republic. The delegation will also visit different Pakistani universities during their stay in Pakistan. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">From HEC, Ms. Noor Amna Malik, Adviser, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Waseem S. Hashmi Syed, Consultant, Human Resource Development, Mr. Raza Chohan, Director General, Academics, Mr. Tahir Abbas Zaidi, Director General, Attestation and Accreditation and other officers attended the meeting.    <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">===============<br></p>28-03-2019 18:05:56<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />,-Kyrgyz-Delegation.aspx
262 Students Awarded Merit & Needs-based Scholarships262 Students Awarded Merit & Needs-based Scholarships<p>Islamabad, March 21, 2019: As many as 262 undergraduate students from Pakistani universities were awarded scholarships under HEC- USAID Merit and Needs-based Scholarship Programme, during a ceremony held at the Commission Secretariat on Thursday.<br></p><p>The ceremony was attended by Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC, Mr. Paul W. Jones, <em>Chargé d'Affaires</em> US Embassy, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muhammad Asghar, Executive Director HEC and a large number of students and the Programme alumni.<br></p><p>The scholarship recipients are the latest cohort to benefit from this Programme, which was started in 2004. So far more than 5300 talented youth from financially disadvantaged families across Pakistan have received these scholarships. The grant covers student housing, textbooks, stipend and tuition.<br></p><p>The scholarship recipients come from different provinces and areas of Pakistan including Gilgit, Sindh, Balochistan, South Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They will attend 16 different institutions pursuing degrees in Agriculture, Business, Engineering, and Social Sciences. <br></p><p>Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Tariq Banuri congratulated the scholarship recipients. He said the real resource of Pakistan is its people. "Investing in our people will help the country overcome its socio-economic challenges."<br></p><p>The Chairman said the HEC-USAID partnership is not merely an academic collaboration, as development of higher education sector is part of agenda of collaboration between the two sides. He said that in addition to this programme, both the countries have, over the years, developed extensive collaborations. <br></p><p>He said that Pakistani youth have tremendous talent which needs to be tapped. "The Government of Pakistan is committed to increasing access and quality of education, and the development of higher education sector is one of the highest priorities of the Government."  <br></p><p>Ambassador Jones said the young people of Pakistan represent Pakistan's future. "Unfortunately, fewer than 10 percent of them currently pursue higher education. Our partnership with the Higher Education Commission was forged by the idea that we should help open doors and opportunities to as many promising students as possible.  Every bright and curious young person should be able to attend university and develop his or her full potential."<br></p><p>He hoped that the scholarships will enable students to play an effective role in addressing various challenges facing the country. He said the scholarship recipients and alumni have inspiring stories as they are following their dreams making them come true. <br></p><p>Alumnus Sahira Machid said, "I cannot express how it feels to stand here today and share my experiences with this audience.  Without support from HEC and the USAID, I would not have been able to complete my studies with distinction from a top business school of Pakistan." Similarly, alumnus Abdul Rasheed urged the students not to be scared of hardships and work hard to pursue their academic goals.        <br></p><p>===============<br></p><p><br></p>24-03-2019 15:55:56<img alt="" src="/english/PublishingImages/ThematicImages/HEC%20ICON-15.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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